Goal-line technology set to be formally adopted by clubs

The Football Association expects goal-line technology (GLT) to be adopted by Premier League clubs this week.

Last week Fifa awarded German firm GoalControl the contract to supply GLT to this summer’s Confederations Cup.

Premier League clubs meet on Thursday with GLT set to be agreed for next season, while the FA wishes to install the technology at Wembley.

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“Technology that says ‘yes, the ball has crossed the line’ and lets the referee know, makes an awful lot of sense to me”

Alex Horne FA secretary general

“I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game,” said FA general secretary Alex Horne.

“The [Premier League] club meeting is on Thursday so I’m expecting it to go through at that meeting.”

The FA and Premier League are running a joint-tender process for the supply, installation and maintenance of 21 systems – all 20 Premier League stadiums and Wembley – in an attempt to secure a better deal.

Hawk-Eye, a British-based system well known for providing tennis and cricket with ball-tracking technology, is competing with the three other Fifa-licensed firms – Cairos, GoalControl and GoalRef – to win the contract.

If adopted this week, Wembley, along with the 17 Premier League teams that survive relegation and the three teams promoted from the Football League, will have the necessary equipment installed and verified during the close season.

The FA wants to use GLT for the first time in the Community Shield, which is scheduled to be played in mid-August.

Horne told BBC Sport: “There are occasions [when GLT is needed] and we’ve seen them here at Wembley, we’ve seen them in World Cups, we’ve seen them 11 or 12 times in the Premier League this season alone.

“So technology that says ‘yes, the ball has crossed the line’ and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me.

Goal Line Technology

How Fifa’s goal-line technology will work

“Particularly where it’s a knock-out situation, incorrect decisions have less opportunity to even themselves out over a season.”

GLT will also be used in next season’s FA Cup, from the third round onwards in any stadium fitted with the system, and Horne sees the technology as a way for the world’s oldest knockout competition to keep pace with a football landscape that has changed beyond recognition since the foundation of the Premier League in 1992.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve and engage,” Horne continued.

“The FA Cup for me is just one of those fantastic competitions which keeps growing year on year, from strength to strength.

“It gives so much back, particularly to the smaller clubs.

“We generate £65m a year from the competition and over a 10-year period £650m gets reinvested back into football. That’s a real fillip for some of the smaller clubs. For example, Luton made £460,000 out of their Cup run, which is a fantastic sum of money for a non-league side.”

Next weekend Wembley, which celebrates its 90th birthday on 28 April, will see Wigan take on Millwall and Chelsea meet Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Horne said: “[Teams] want to come here and win at Wembley Stadium. So I think the competition is in rude health.”

Source via BBC Sports


Goal-line Technology Two Seasons Away

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The introduction of goal-line technology is likely to be delayed by another 12 months until the start of the 2013-14 season, the Football Association revealed today.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has indicated that the hi-tech aids could become law by July 1 and individual leagues, including the Premier League, could start to use them from the start of next season.

But FA general secretary Alex Horne, who is also a member of the law-making International Football Association Board, doubts whether the system could be up and running that quickly.

“I think that’ll be too late for season 2012-13,” he told reporters at the Leaders in Football conference. “I think it’ll be 2013-14 because there’s then a big capital decision-making process for any league or any competition who want to apply it.

“Do you have one technology for a competition, do you have multiple technologies for multiple competitions? There are big, big decisions for competitions to take.”

Horne said that details of private trials of the first phase of tests of different goal-line technology systems will be released “over the next few days”. Read more…

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How To – Part 10 (Blackberry Tip) How to Install or Upgrade to a New RIM BlackBerry Operating System (OS)

Research In Motion (RIM) is constantly developing and testing new software and applications for your BlackBerry.  Keeping up to date with the newest operating system (OS) software for your smartphone ensures that you have access to all the latest and greatest features and performance tweaks.

First of all, take a deep breath. Everything’s going to be just fine. 😉

What follows is a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your BlackBerry’s OS.

1) Download New BlackBerry OS Software

2) Download and Install the Latest BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software

I’ll describe the process of removing the XML file in the tutorial, but I’m using a Windows 7 machine. Perhaps the process is different if you’re running Vista or XP? Read more…

ERROR CODE Blackberry. The Meanings.

Have you ever wondered what all those error codes shown on your blackberry screen meant?

We get different error code messages and we can’t seem to understand what it means… From research and experience I bring to you a well detailed explanation to help streamline your troubleshooting skills..

Here below are the codes and meanings


Internal JVM Error

Invalid code in file system. The .cod files in the handheld have been checked for modification and it has been determined that there is a problem with one or more .cod files

The starting address for the boot .cod file cannot be found. This might mean that a boot .cod file has not been installed on the handheld, or that its format is invalid or corrupt.

An uncaught Java exception was thrown in the Java code and diagnosed by the JVM. Execution can be continued or the handheld can be attached to a debugger on a desktop through a serial or USB cable. The event log should contain the traceback of the thrown exception.

An OS file system API returned an error status for a certain operation. This can indicate a corrupt file system or an error in the JVM.

An error has been detected in the graphics system of the handheld.

Internal JVM error.

Internal OS error.

Non-idle event downtime error. A problem has been detected in the accumulation of JVM down time that represents how long the JVM has been idle. This indicates an error in either the OS code or the JVM code. Read more…

World IPv6 Day

On 8 June, 2011, top websites and Internet service providers around the world, including GoogleFacebookYahoo!Akamai and Limelight Networks joined together with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6. By providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event helped demonstrate that major websites around the world are well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled Internet, enabling its continued exponential growth.

For those who might not know what IPv6 means…. Its an Internet Protocol Version 6 (next-generation Internet protocol) which offers a large number of IP addresses and is designed to succeed Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4).

What is an IP address? An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device in a computer network. Every node of an Internet Protocol (IP) network, such as a computer, router, or network printer, is assigned an IP address that is used to locate and identify the node in communications with other nodes on the network. Read more…

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A Quick Review on USB 3.0, Plus Cable Photos

No doubt you might not be familiar with the Universal Serial Bus (USB), but if you do that’s great to know – Its been ranked as a top PC innovation of all time by maximumpc.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a specification to establish communication between devices and a host controller (usually a personal computer), developed and invented by Ajay Bhatt, while working for Intel. USB has effectively replaced a variety of interfaces such as serial and parallel ports.

But what do you know about the next version of this ubiquitous interface? USB 2.0 (otherwise known as USB Hi-Speed) boosted USB 1.0 from 12Mbps data rate to 480Mbps over eight years ago, and now USB 3.0 (known as USB Superspeed) is set to multiply that bandwidth tenfold. Intel released the Extensible Host Controller Interface to hardware partners last week after some reported disputes with AMD and Nvidia (who, afraid Intel would have a jump start in incorporating the tech in chipsets, threatened to develop their own USB standard). But how does this affect you? We dug up some new information about USB 3.0 from www.maximumpc.com, they got their hands on the new connectors, and even took a look inside the new cables.

USB 3.0 will be backwards-compatible with USB 2.0

Like the upgrade from USB 1.0 to 2.0, the new 3.0 connectors and cables will be physically and functionally compatible with hardware from the older specs. Of course, you won’t be able to maximize your bandwidth unless you’re using a USB 3.0 cable with Superspeed devices and ports, but at least plugging a 3.0 cable into a 2.0 port won’t blow up your PC. The spec’s compatibility lies in the design of the new connectors. USB 2.0 cables worked off of four lines – a pair for in/out data transfer, one line for power, and the last for grounding. USB 3.0 adds five new lines (the cable is noticeably thicker), but the new contacts sit parallel to the old ones on a different plane, as opposed to being adjacent to them. This means you’ll be able to differentiate between 2.0 and 3.0 cables just by looking at the ends.

The maximum speed of USB 3.0 is 4.8Gbps

It’s true: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed will be 10 times faster than the 480Mbps limit of the 2.0 spec. The example Intel likes to give out when talking about the new speed is that transferring a 27GB HD movie to your future media player will only take 70 seconds with USB 3.0, while it would take 15 minutes or more with 2.0. Keep in mind that you’re only going to be able to take advantage of this speed if your portable storage device can write data that quickly. Solid state devices will benefit most from the speed boost, while magnetic hard disks will be limited by their RPM (
Revolutions per minute) and corresponding read/write speeds. Also, new Mass Storage Device drivers will have to be developed for Windows to take advantage of the specification.

USB 3.0 will charge more devices, quicker

Not only will USB 3.0 cables facilitate faster transfer speeds, but they’ll carry more power, too. The USB-IF recognizes the growing number of portable devices that charge via USB (cellphones, MP3 players, digital cameras), and have bumped the power output from about 100miliamps to 900 milliamps. That means not only will you be able to power more than 4 devices from a single hub, but the increase current will let you charge up heftier hardware as well.

Thanks to Maximumpc for this important piece of information…

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Windows XP’s Days are Numbered

Screen shot 2011 04 26 at 9.14.22 AM Windows XPs Days are Numbered

Some Microsoft engineer was definitely having some fun with this one:

Last week, Microsoft quietly a released a desktop gadget to remind customers and businesses of one important fact: Windows XP falls out of support in 2014, and would you please consider purchasing an updated OS?

The End of Support gadget

Getting it is pretty simple: after validating your copy of Windows, you can download and install the gadget from Microsoft’s website. After installation, there will be a blue box on your desktop, quietly counting down the days until Windows XP stops being patched. Read more…

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