U2 360 Tour 2009

Only 11 days are now left until U2 hit the road again and the excitement is soaring; most of their tour’s shows are already sold out.

The band will kick off their 360 tour from Barcelona’s Camp Nou on June 30th, 2009 (sold out) and then will roam through Europe making stops in Italy, France, the UK and Ireland (of course), among other countries. U2 will visit North America around mid-September.

Snow Patrol will be the supporting act for most of the gigs, with Muse and Black Eyed Peas making appearances as well.


iPhone 3G s goes on sale soon

The new iPhone will be on sale this coming Friday and the news are already all over the web. The iPhone is the main item features, of course, on the Apple website and rightfully so since with it Apple managed to enter into a whole new dimension as far as sales and marketing go.

I wonder what the retail shops here in Cyprus will sell it for and when they will do so. As you might already know the iPhone is not officially being sold here but some retail stores do carry it for a hefty price (more than 600 Euros last time I checked).

(new) Larnaka International Airport trials

If you want to take part in the trials of the new Larnaka International Airport then you can do so by going here and registering yourself.

According to the webpage the selected volunteers will be notified by e-mail and phone, will have the chance to win prizes and will also receive a commemorative gift. (There is your incentive if you want to help).

Trials will take place in September and October, prior to the airport’s official November opening.

Nicosia metro

How would you fancy to see a metro system all around Nicosia? Here is a draft plan.

Nicosia metro

I have no clue who drew this but it seems pretty elaborate and realistic, to say the least. And it would definitely cover all the needs of the capital.

Of course, this is just  a plan, but you never know. Now let’s see a metro for Limassol as well. 🙂

Anthony Pappa – Limassol, 28th of June

Dj Anthony Pappa seems to be confirmed for June 28th, 2009 at Guaba Beach Bar.

From Wikipedia: “Anthony Pappa is a DJ from Melbourne, Australia. After meeting Sasha and John Digweed during an Australian tour, he decided to move to Great Britain. He has released mix compilations on labels including Platipus Records, System Recordings, EQ (Grey), and most notably on Boxed’s Global Underground Nubreed series.”


We do like the fact that Kathimerini (affiliated with IHT; the Global version of the New York Times) has finally hit Cyprus.

You can actually find good articles, with a twist of international perspective and a taste of Cyprus at the same time. Good news.

Couchsurfing – travel the world

I came across couchsurfing the other day, while reading an article in Sunday’s Vimamagazino and I have to admit that this is a pretty nifty idea.

You basically register yourself on the couchsurfing website and fill in your profile in as much detail as possible. Then, based on where you want to travel, people will make you offers for having you over. Once the hosts are  agreed and confirmed, it’s travel time…simple as that.

It is, I believe a fun way to meet people and see other countries from a different angle, inside out let’s say.

Last but not least, the site offers certain measures to ensure the safety of its members while traveling to their hosts and vice versa; such as references users give to one another and a verification system confirming the location and identity of users.

Any Cypriot couchsurfers out there?

Unforgiven remixed

Just heard on the radio a really really bad remix of Metallica‘s Unforgiven. I wish people would not remix certain songs, especially classics (…and as much as Metallica have changed from the good old days).

Cyprus loses to Italy in stopage time 1 – 2

From uefa.com: “The Udinese Calcio striker scored an early opener and a late winner for Marcello Lippi’s side, who struggled to cope with Cyprus throughout this Group 8 encounter following Efstathios Aloneftis’s equaliser. The Azzurri also lost Alessandro Gamberini and Fabio Grosso to serious-looking injuries in the opening 20 minutes”.

Google Chrome vs. everybody else – part 2

One thing I do not like about the Chrome is that they have combined the search bar and address bar into one. Supposedly, this was to make things simpler.

I need to have, though, a drop-down address field available. If I need to revisit a site I can simply select the address from the drop-down, instead of having to remember what search term I used in order to reach the site in the first place.

In addition, I need to have search terms I used throughout a session available, e.g. in their own (drop-down) field. It might be the case that I will use them again.

World Cup 2010 – Cyprus vs. Italy

The 2010 World Cup preliminary games are underway and Cyprus will be hosting Italy this coming Saturday, with the World Cup holders calling some of their big stars for the game. Below is the Italian side’s call-up list.

Goalkeepers: Marco Amelia (Palermo), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray)

Defenders: Andrea Barzagli (Wolfsburg), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Marco Cassetti (AS Roma), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan).

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan).

Forwards: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich).

Google Chrome vs. everyone else

The web is literally full of articles on Google’s new browser Chrome. The web community has greeted the new browser as a new benchmark that other browsers have to reach in order to keep up in the browser game. 

To be honest, I have not seen dramatic speed improvements while browsing with Chrome, as posted on various sites on the web. This is in comparison, not with IE, nor with Firefox, but with Opera. And it is to me very surprising that many of the comparison articles have not listed Opera as one of the competing browsers. 

Down to the details of Chrome now. The interface is very simple and clean. The Chrome window does not even have a top border (i.e. a windows border). The buttons are very few and the theme of the browser rather blueish; in a relaxing tone. 

On the top-right side of the broswer there is a button called “Other bookmarks”, where you can find all of your bookmarks (e.g. whatever you have imported for example from IE or Firefox; the only two options offered while importing data from other browsers). 

Above the “Other bookmarks” button there is one for tweaking the various settings of Chrome, as well as a button for performing various tasks on the current open page. Overall a very simple approach to interface design; after all this has been one of the aims of the Google team. 

What remains to be seen now is whether the multiple processes that Chrome fires in the background (one for each page opened), are more memory efficient than the collective memory usage of a single process in other browsers.  

More on Google Chrome in a few posts (while using the browser). 😉

iPhone 3G unlocked?

From CNET: “Despite the best efforts of Apple and AT&T, it appears that the latest version of the iPhone has been unlocked via the same method as used on the original iPhone.

A Brazilian blog, TechGuru, posted the first report of it. Gizmodo checked it out, and said the method involves using a special SIM card adapter. It tricks the phone into thinking it’s on an approved network.

“This method forges the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, making the phone believe it’s working in the network in which it’s supposed to work,” Gizmodo writes.”

Maybe it is a bit too early to be true, but then again we wouldn’t be surprised if it has alread been unlocked. There is already a huge industry behind the unlocked version of the iPhone.

Palm Treo 800w

Palm has released a new Treo model, 800w. The device is loaded with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g, 802.1x (EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS), built-in GPS, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera, a micro USB port and it runs on Windows Mobile.

The phone is available on Sprint‘s network for now, with no dates for a European realease being announced yet.