iPhone XR review: Imperfectly perfect

first_imgThe iPhone XS and XS Max are the default flagship iPhones of 2018 that bring incremental updates over last year’s iPhone X. Most of the reviews about these phones have been positive, although ending with a suggestion to wait for the iPhone XR before making up your mind. Reason? It is the cheapest iPhone among the three, but with a lot of the same features as the XS and XS Max. Cheap, however, is a relative term here because the XR still comes at a pretty high starting price of Rs 76,900 in India.The iPhone XR was Apple’s “one last thing” at its hardware event. It gets the same A12 Bionic chipset, Face ID, stereo speakers, wireless charging and (almost) similar cameras as the more expensive models. The reason it is cheaper is because it misses out on an OLED display, 3D Touch, a secondary telephoto lens and a stainless steel frame. I used the XR as my primary device for about 5 days to understand whether the missing features are a deal breaker or not and here’s what I found.DesignIf you take a look at the iPhone XR from a distance, you would be hard-pressed to find it any different than the more expensive iPhones. It gets a similar edge-to-edge display with that distinctive wide notch on top and glass on both the front and back. The difference is that the XR goes with a 7000 series aerospace-grade aluminium frame instead of stainless steel. That means it loses that shiny, reflective finish, but it also means it will most definitely register fewer scratches and dings in the long run compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max.advertisement The iPhone XR has the best size in my opinion. It’s not too compact as the XS, but it’s also not as big and unwieldy as the XS Max. It’s just the right amount of length so it sits comfortably in your hand, and reaching the top of the display to pull down notifications or the Control Center will not be an issue as well. The buttons on the sides have a solid tactile feel and are easy to reach, but may require some adjustment if you have small hands.The iPhone XR has the best size in my opinionApple claims the new iPhones come with a more durable glass and it seems true as I didn’t notice any scratches on the display. However, the rear panel of the XR has the same glass as last year’s iPhone X. In my long-term review of the X, the rear panel saw more than a few scratches, and the XR will likely follow the same fate. Speaking of which, the 2.5D glass on the front and back curve beautifully around the edges meeting the aluminium frame for a seamless feel. So, the XR feels no less premium than the XS, if you were still wondering.The iPhone XR is also a lot like the iPhone 5C in that it comes in a variety of colours that include Yellow, White, Coral, Blue, (PRODUCT)Red and Black. The unit I received was in a subtle black colour that looks more like Space Gray depending on how light hits it. It’s a safe choice for a lot of people who want a stealthy colour that doesn’t draw a lot of attention. The Coral and (Product) Red really stand out and I like how they look based on the pictures I have seen. Blue makes the XR look a lot like the iPhone 5C, and I’m not a big fan of Yellow, but that’s quite subjective.DisplayThe iPhone XR sports a 6.1-inch HD (1792×828) LCD display. Apple may have added a fancy touch to it by calling it a Liquid Retina display, but that doesn’t stop the fact that this is an HD display with a resolution just above 720p, which is one of the things a lot of consumers have pointed out already. At Rs 76,900, Apple could have easily introduced a higher resolution, but I reckon it didn’t because that would just be one more reason not to buy the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max. But here’s a note of assurance – the iPhone XR has a terrific LCD panel.The iPhone XR’s LCD display shares a similar 326 ppi as the iPhone 8/7/6 and earlier, only with more pixels to fit a larger screen. This will cheese off a lot of consumers knowing that they’re basically getting the same Retina display as the 2010 iPhone 4 in 2018. Yes, you’re not going to get the same vibrancy and deep colours as you would on an OLED display. But then again the iPhone XR is not for iPhone X users looking to upgrade. It is for consumers who are planning to trade in their iPhone 8 or an older iPhone, and I think for them the display will look quite good. In fact, if you keep the XR next to the XS, you won’t be able to tell them apart easily.advertisement Apple claims it is the most advanced LCD display yet, and I want to believe this is true. It delivers rich colour reproduction and good viewing angles, and Apple’s True Tone display looks pleasant all around. The panel is vibrant for the most part with good white balance and good blacks, although not as deep as an OLED display. The display gets a little on the warmer side at certain angles, but you probably won’t notice it much. The only time you’ll feel the sharpness lacking is when you watch videos, but only if you hold the phone really close to your eyes and really start squinting. YouTube will downscale 1080p resolution to fit to 828p, which will look sharp enough at viewing distance. The XR also supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10 (to its best capacity) so supported content on Netflix and other platforms will show you some crisp quality videos.The XR is for consumers planning to upgrade from an iPhone 8 or older iPhone, and I think for them the display will look quite goodNow, the bezels around the display are a touch thicker compared to the XS, and you’ll notice that if you keep the phones next to each other. That’s because the LCD panel can’t bend the way OLED can, which means the panel cannot reach as close to the edge as you see it on the XS. That being said, Apple deserves credit for making the bezels look more symmetrical and thin compared to LCD Android phones that come with a notch and a thick chin.Performance and softwareI probably won’t be able to stress this enough, but the new A12 Bionic chip powering the new iPhones is just terrific. While it gives a notable bump in speed and overall smoothness in performance, the real impressive bits about the chipset is its power efficiency thanks to a 7nm process and the fact that it can perform 5 trillion Neural Engine operations per second. Apps launch extremely fast, including the camera app from the lock screen. Every task rolls off the finger with great fluidity. Animations are smoother and faster than ever before.Apart from a more powerful 7nm chipset, what makes the new iPhones perform exceptionally well is an impressive iOS 12 software. I reviewed iOS 12 a while back on the iPhone X and called it Apple’s most stable and reliable update in a really long time. It is a stark contrast to a very buggy iOS 11 that caused serious battery drain issues apart from offering tons of glitches and issues. With iOS 12, everything feels faster and smoother than before and this more noticeable on older iPhone models.advertisement New features like Grouped Notifications really helps de-clutters the notification panel and it’s easy to get used to. It still has its issues as notifications often stack up without any chronological order to them. Sometimes messages I have already read appear within the stack, but Apple will likely fix that in a future update. Screen Time is a handy feature that tells you how much time you have been spending on apps. You can set timers for certain apps if you feel the need to restrict yourself. I averaged around 2 hours of screen time and picked up the phone over 100 times everyday. So far, I haven’t felt the need to set any timers on app usage, and I doubt I ever will.Apart from a powerful 7nm chipset, what makes the new iPhones perform exceptionally well is an impressive iOS 12 software.Face ID gets ever so slightly faster and is now easier to get used to, so you won’t really be missing Touch ID. The stereo speakers on the XR is louder and just a little more clearer than the XS. The XR also supports dual-SIM (one physical SIM and one eSIM). Apple has partnered with Airtel and Reliance Jio to offer eSIM support in India for the new iPhones as well as newer Apple Watch models.The iPhone XR misses 3D Touch, but I honestly don’t miss it all that much. I barely used 3D Touch on the iPhone X or the iPhones before it apart from force pressing a message for quick reply. It is also one of the ways Apple was able to keep the price of the XR lower than the other two iPhones which do offer 3D Touch.CamerasA lot of people will wonder whether not having a secondary telephoto lens on the iPhone XR will make much of a difference. Yes, the XR only gets a single rear camera, but it’s the same optically stabilised 12-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.8) as the XS and XS Max. A secondary telephoto lens would have come in handy for depth-of-field photos and 2x optical zoom. The XR also gets the same 7-megapixel TrueDepth front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture as well so the experience is largely similar across all the three new iPhones. The rear camera on the iPhone XR captures some excellent shots in most light conditions. Exposure levels and saturation is nicely balanced and colours look true to life. At times, the colours may look washed out if you compare to the Galaxy Note 9, so if you’re looking for photos that pop with deep, saturated colours, you won’t find that with the XR. The camera captures really good detail under brighter conditions, but there is some noise as you zoom into pictures. The camera also manages only 5x digital zoom, which tends to overprocess the photo the more you zoom in.There is a lot of computational photography at work here in the form of Smart HDR. The camera is able to capture a multi-frame buffer during still photos from the moment you press the shutter to the moment the image is captured, and this allows for zero shutter lag. And this in turn means crisper stills and sharper details pretty much every time.IMAGE SAMPLESComputational bokeh shots on the XR were quite impressive. They look quite natural in daylight with good edge detection, but it tends to blur the edges of the subject a little more as the sun goes down. That being said, low-light bokehs are brighter than what the XS manages with its telephoto lens. In fact, unlike the XS which requires you to stand at a certain distance to capture portrait shots, the XR will be able to create background blur even if you’re standing close to the subject. Apple also allows you to tweak the background blur after taking the photo, something that’s been part of Samsung phones for a while. Unfortunately, the XR’s portrait mode does not work on subjects other than human faces. So, you won’t be able to take bokehs of that Funko toy in your room or your pet, which is disappointing.The TrueDepth front camera also supports portrait mode with a number of shooting options such Stage Light, Contour Light and Studio Light. Selfies captured showed natural colours and good exposure without blowing out the background. There is some beautifying taking place and this has been called out already. Apple says it will Optically stabalised videos recorded in bright light showed good dynamic range and barely showed any shake or stutter.BatteryApple claims the iPhone XR will deliver 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 8 Plus. Now, while it’s hard to test facts like this as I didn’t have an iPhone 8 Plus with me at the time of this review, I will say that the XR has a fantastic battery life, probably the best in an iPhone yet and this includes the XS Max as well. The device averaged around 6 hours of screen-on time, which is pretty satisfying. It managed to last all the way till night time and and a good portion of the next day on day-to-day actions like messaging, social media browsing, watching a few videos on YouTube and messing around with the cameras. The combination of a power efficient 7nm chipset along with a more optimised iOS 12 has paid off quite well to extend battery life and reduce standby battery drain. Now, I could make a case (to some extent) on why Apple’s LCD panel is actually impressive, but what I simply cannot justify is why Apple refuses to ship its premium iPhones without a fast charger in 2018. The iPhone XR, much like other recent iPhones, supports fast charging that’s capable of charging the device up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. But you will need to shell out around $70 (approx Rs 5,000) extra to buy a separate 30W USB-C charger and USB-C to Lightning cable. A 12W iPad charger, if you have any of those lying around your house, will also charge the iPhone XR significantly faster compared to the 5W charger that comes with the box.Should you buy the iPhone XRI have no doubt that the iPhone XR will sell in great numbers. These numbers are likely going to come from consumers who have been waiting for a cheaper iPhone to hit the market. I think the iPhone XR is for people who didn’t want to spend $1000 on the iPhone X last year. It’s for people who don’t want to spend over Rs 1 lakh on an iPhone this year. And these consumers will not be disappointed, because the XR is a terrific iPhone for the masses. It may not be as ornamental as the XS and XS Max, but Apple has done well to make sure the XR doesn’t compromise on features that matter.A higher resolution display would have been better indeed, but the LCD panel on the iPhone XR is great and your eyes won’t miss a thing. The XR also captures brilliant photographs thanks to some impressive software backing, and the lack of a telephoto lens is again not really missed. As for everything else, the XR is identical to the more expensive iPhones and that’s really what one needs to hear. The icing on the cake is that you also the best battery life in an iPhone. All at a price significantly cheaper than the iPhone XS, making this the default iPhone for most consumers.If there is an iPhone that will help Apple regain some of its lost market share in India, it is the XR. Don’t get me wrong, the XR is an expensive iPhone, but I think we’re past the point where we should expect iPhones that cost Rs 50,000. The base and middle variants are likely going to the most takers, and rest assured you are not going to be disappointed.iPhone XR review8.5/10ProsGood LCD displayGreat battery lifeExcellent camerasConsLow resolutionMisses advantages of a telephoto lenslast_img read more

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Manu Sawhney appointed ICC’s Chief Executive Officer

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Tuesday appointed media professional Manu Sawhney as its new chief executive officer, replacing incumbent David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup.Richardson’s contract expires at the end of this summer’s ODI World Cup in England and Wales.Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, will join the organisation next month before formally taking over the reins from Richardson in July, the ICC said in a statement.The appointment was ratified by the ICC Board following a global search and appointment process led by the apex body’s chairman Shashank Manohar and the Nominations Committee.Manohar said: “He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game…Manu stood out as the man to work with our Members and take cricket forward.”Sawhney, was with ESPN Star Sports for 17 years and, during his tenure as Managing Director was responsible for scaling the business and doubling annual revenues.”He has proven success in a number of leadership roles in both sport and broadcasting. He is a strategic thinker and understands the cricket landscape and its complexities. The decision of the Nominations Committee to recommend Manu to the Board was a unanimous one…”Additionally, Sawhney led the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007-2015. He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd.advertisementHe said: “It is a great privilege and responsibility to serve the global cricket community as CEO of the ICC.”Sawhney will work alongside outgoing CEO Richardson to ensure a smooth transition of leadership before assuming control in July.last_img read more

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‘Wenger feud fuelling Mourinho’s Ozil efforts’

first_imgTransfers Wenger feud fuelling Mourinho’s efforts to take Ozil to Man Utd, says Keown Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:14 12/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Mesut Özil José Mourinho Arsenal Premier League The ex-Arsenal defender believes the Red Devils boss wants the World Cup winner due to his on-field ability and what a deal would mean off the pitch Jose Mourinho wants Mesut Ozil at Manchester United because a deal would offer “a poke in the eye” to old adversary Arsene Wenger, says Martin Keown.The Portuguese has rarely seen eye-to-eye with his Arsenal counterpart throughout his various spells in the Premier League.A feud which first ignited during an initial stint at Chelsea carried over into a second spell at Stamford Bridge and now at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But while the pair have regularly engaged in tactical battles on the touchline, and the occasional war of words, Mourinho is now seeking to hit his rival where it hurts in the transfer market with a mooted approach for a World Cup-winning playmaker.Offering his take as to why United are reported to be keen on landing Ozil as his Arsenal contract runs down, former Gunners defender Keown told the Daily Mail: “I think Jose Mourinho would love for that move to happen, for two reasons.Martin Keown Jose Mourinho Arsene Wenger Mesut Ozil transfer“One, because of the quality of the player, and two because it would be a poke in the eye for Arsene Wenger“That rivalry between the two managers has not gone away.”Ozil, like team-mate Alexis Sanchez, is yet to agree an extension to a deal at Arsenal which is due to expire in the summer of 2018.If no agreement can be reached, then the Germany international will continue to head towards the free agent pool.Alternatively, the Gunners may be tempted to sell in January if a suitable offer is tabled for an asset that is only going to decrease in monetary value.United have been linked with an approach for some time, but La Liga giants Barcelona are also said to be keen – with Ozil having impressed once before in Spanish football during a productive spell with Real Madrid.last_img read more

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NT State Titles

first_imgLast weekend, Northern Territory Touch held their State Titles in Darwin.Teams from all over the Northern Territory and even some players from Western Australia came to contest the tournament, which strengthened the quality of the touch played.Australian representative Bo De La Cruz also came back from a successful Trans Tasman Series to play for Honkers Inc.National Referees Panel member Ken Golden also attended the tournament to assess and coach the referees.One referee was upgraded to Level 2, three were upgraded to Level 3, while one referee attained their Level 4 badge.The results were as follows:Men’s OpenCrocs – 4 def. Carla Furnishers Palmerston Bulls – 3Women’s OpenHonkers Inc – 8 def. Crocs – 718’s MixedHonkers Inc – 9 def. Gove – 735’s MixedHornets – 7 def. Stragglers – 4Regional MenAlice Springs – 14 def. Katherine – 5Regional WomenAlice Springs – 15 def. Gove – 3Player of Series:Women’s OpenNikki Waterman – Big DealsMen’s OpenDaniel Questroy – Bundy BearsDaniel Mintcheff – Alice Springs18’s MixedMale – Paul Bond – Darwin BlueFemale – Deanna Peckham – All Blacks35’s MixedMale – Peter Alley – HornetsFemale – Jo Howard – GoveBarry Hounslow Memorial Trophy Overall Player of SeriesRodney Hoffman – Katherine Bubbles Peckham Memorial Trophy – Sportsmanship AwardKelly Ewin – Honkers IncReferee of the TournamentMargaret Levienlast_img read more

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Kate del Castillo Calls For Orca Lolita To Be Set Free

first_imgOn the heels of Ringling Bros.’ announcement that it’ll shut down its operation in May as well as the death of Tilikum, the subject of the documentary Blackfish, at SeaWorld Orlando after languishing in captivity for 33 years, actor Kate del Castillo is teaming up with PETA to urge the Miami Seaquarium to see the writing on the wall and return the captive orca Lolita to the ocean, where she was seized from her family over four decades ago.Lolita hasn’t seen another orca since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died after ramming his head repeatedly into the side of their tank. Del Castillo, who stars in a new video screened at a Miami news conference on Tuesday, says, “Lolita’s story is particularly tragic and poignant to me because I come from a tight-knit family. And so does she.” She continues, “Orca families spend their entire lives together. Lolita should have spent her life with her mother and aunts and siblings. But instead, she has spent 46 long and totally miserable years stuck inside the world’s smallest orca tank at the Miami Seaquarium.”The La Reina del Sur star is calling on her fans to boycott the facility, which she calls a “hellish tourist trap.” She says, “Everything moves me about Lolita’s story …. I think it’s devastating and it breaks my heart in every single way.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing an exhibitor’s license to the Miami Seaquarium, despite the facility’s alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. It has also filed a lawsuit against the park alleging that confining Lolita to a tiny tank with incompatible animals and virtually no relief from the hot sun violates the Endangered Species Act.last_img read more

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Andhra govt transfers DG Intel after HC refuses relief against EC order

first_imgAmaravati (AP): The Andhra Pradesh government Friday transferred the Director General of Intelligence A B Venkateswara Rao shortly after the High Court rejected its plea challenging the Election Commission’s order.Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha issued a G.O transferring Rao and directing him to report to the police headquarters. The high court rejected the state government’s contentions, particularly that the DG had nothing to do with the conduct of elections and that the EC had no jurisdiction over him and ruled there was “no case for interim relief.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The high court refused to stall EC’s order, transferring two IPS officers, including the Director General of Intelligence and a non-cadre officer in the state government, and keeping them away from election duties. The Chief Secretary directed the Director General of Police (Head of Police Force) to not assign any election-related work to Rao till the completion of current elections. The Election Commission on Tuesday night directed the AP Chief Secretary to shift the Intelligence DG and not assign him any poll duties. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Chief Secretary immediately issued an order transferring the 1989 batch IPS officer. However, Punetha issued another order on Wednesday afternoon, after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu raised an objection to Rao’s transfer, and cancelled Tuesday night’s G.O. Neither the ruling Telugu Desam Party nor the state government were not so particular about the EC’s same directive in respect of the district SPs of Kadapa and Srikakulam. The Chief Minister was adamant the Intelligence chief be continued in the same post and the state officials apparently toed his line. The state government also filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging the EC directive. A division bench of the High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Praveen Kumar and Justice Satyanarayana Murthy, ruled that there was “no case for interim relief” in the matter and said the state government should comply with the EC order.last_img read more

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Muslim Canadian MP Subjected to Death Threats Over Parliamentary Motion

Rabat – It doesn’t sound like Canada but nevertheless, Canadian Liberal MP, Iqra Khalid, has received more than 50,000 disturbing and hate-filled emails since tabling a motion in Parliament intended to deal with the presence of Islamophobia in Canada, according to CTV News. Canada, rightly so, prides itself on its welcoming and inclusive national character. There is, however, in all human societies, an ugly underbelly that occasionally attempts to pollute the fresh air it finds when it surfaces. It’s been a lesson learned for Liberal MP, Iqra Khalid, who has been championing the adoption of Motion 103 in Parliament.The motion addresses “systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamaphobia, in Canada.” It is the use of the word “Islamaphobia” that critics of the motion, mainly members of the Conservative party, are finding objectionable. They cite possible issues with free speech and that the word is not defined in the motion. Since tabling Motion 103, Iqra Khalid has been deeply disturbed at the level and volume of hate mail she and her staff have received from a certain segment of the Canadian public that, while in the minority, still deserve to be called out.Standing in Parliament on Thursday, Khalid read out a small but visceral selection of the emails she has received. Here is a small sampling of the more than 50,000 emails she has received, with a warning that the language will be difficult for some:“No need to debate her. Simply remind her that she is merely a woman and that she needs to sit the ____ down and shut the ____ up. She has to comply according to Sharia.”“Kill her and be done with it. She is here to kill us. She is sick and she needs to be deported.”“Real Canadians will rise up and get rid of the nasty, ____ Muzzie stench in Ottawa. They should all go the ____ back to the hole where you belong. We will burn down your mosques draper head Muslim.”“Why did Canadians let her in? Ship her back.”“Why don’t you get out of my country?”“You’re a disgusting piece of trash and you are definitely not wanted here by the majority of Canadians.”While Khalid acknowledged that she has also received a great deal of positive feedback and support for the motion, she admitted that she has instructed her staff to lock the office after her for everyone’s safety. “I have asked them not to answer all phone calls so that they don’t have to hear all the insults, threats and unbelievable amount of hate shouted at them and myself.”While Conservative MP’s are calling for the removal of the word “Islamaphobia” from the motion, New Democrat Party MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault voiced his opinion that the emails themselves speak to the need for the word to remain.“That seems to bring to light certain aspects that some members [of Parliament] are having difficulty seeing, and are perhaps blinded by or hung up on certain terms, whereas it is evident in her [Khalid] speech that Islamaphobia does exist in Canada.”According to the same source, 69,000 Canadians signed a petition asking the federal government to do something to deal with the issue of Islamaphobia in Canada, prompting the creation of Khalid’s motion. When asked to water down Motion 103 by a Conservative MP, Khalid responded that she had no intention of dishonouring the 69,000 signatories by cutting out the very heart of the motion.Thursday evening, federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told CBC’s Power and Politics that she had also received derogatory and threatening emails regarding the motion. “Since I’ve presented the governments’ response on this, I have myself been receiving emails and trolls of people that have been presenting such outrageous comments.”The government’s support for Motion 103 remains absolute. read more

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JewishMoroccan Author Holocaust is New Religion to Justify Zionist Occupation of

Rabat – Moroccan-French author and activist Jacob Cohen has strongly criticized the Zionist strategy aiming to influence people around the world to justify the occupation of the Palestinian territories.The author, who was born in Meknes in 1944, criticized Zionism at a lecture under the theme “the Holocaust … and the Zionist Agenda” held in Rabat on Friday, January 4.Cohen referred to the Holocaust as a “new religion” invented by Zionists to influence the world to justify the occupation of Palestine. He added that the Zionist lobby made the issue of the Holocaust so “existential” and have “prevented  historians from talking about the issue unless it is done in a way that satisfies the Zionist agenda.”Read Also: King Mohammed VI Decision to Integrate Holocaust in Text Books, Unfounded Media HypeThe agenda, according to Cohen, aims to victimize Jews, and to show that nobody suffered more than them.The author added that Israeli governments have been presenting the Holocaust as a mean “to spread fear” since the 1970s to  turn a blind eye to its massacres against PalestiniansCohen also criticized the Aladdin project  initiated by  the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed at introducing Muslims to the realities of the Holocaust.“Aladdin also set itself the task of highlighting the historical evidence concerning the role of Muslim rulers and citizens who helped the Jews during the Nazi reign of terror, said ProjetAladin.org.Commenting on the project, Cohen said that the Aladin program shows that “zionists only talk about peace and the ideal of this dream, and even the right to a two-state solution without condemning the occupation.”He also spoke about te “the evil genius of Zionist”  and the racist propaganda and deception, recalling the “arbitrary identification of the number of Jewish victims.” read more

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In milestone UN aviation agency reduces separation level on flight paths

The Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), achieved yesterday at 0200 UTC, “will generate considerable economic, environmental and passenger service benefits” the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said in a news release.“This latest achievement is a significant step forward in ICAO’s global cooperative effort with its contracting states and airspace users to maximize operational benefits for all concerned, while at the same time ensuring that safety considerations are given the highest priority,” the president of the ICAO Council, Assad Kotaite, said.RVSM improves the availability of more efficient cruising levels. “This leads to less air pollution because of reduced fuel burn and to fewer ground delays, in this case for flights on the Asia-Europe routes south of the Himalayas,” ICAO said. “It also provides for a more seamless transition through the airspace of the Middle East.” RSVM is planned for the Caribbean/South American regions in conjunction with the United States in its domestic airspace with a target date of 20 January, 2005, while the next stage in the Asian region is being planned for Japan and the Republic of Korea in the second half of 2005. read more

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Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 Source: EdjFootball 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Game winning chance 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 DVOADVOA 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Philadelphia69.670.472.0 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible. read more

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SKF to manage asset life cycle and total cost of ownership for

first_imgSKF has recently won a number of long-term contracts to provide companies in Latin America with services ranging from machine lubrication to condition monitoring. Wim Stam Latin American Regional Director for SKF Industrial Market, Regional Sales and Service said “Maintenance costs are a large part of the total cost of ownership. What we provide for these customers is SKF’s knowledge of their industry and the application of this knowledge to improve their productivity and increase the asset life cycle of their equipment,”One of the contracts is a four-year lubrication service contract worth SEK 55 million in Peru, where SKF will supply lubrication tools to one of the world’s biggest copper producers. SKF will plan, schedule, execute and manage the lubrication of the customer’s mine equipment, including trucks, shovels and drills; and also its concentrator plant equipment, including conveyor belts, crushers, ball mills and flotation cells.InChile, SKF has signed a SEK 34 million technology contract for a major copper producer. The project will focus on monitoring the condition of the customer’s critical mining equipment in its concentrator and roasting plant. SKF will provide products, specialised detailed engineering services, project installation and supervision.Added to this, SKF recently secured a five-year contract worth SEK 10 million with a packaging solutions company inEcuador. SKF’s asset management services for the customer will include planning and improving maintenance strategy, and performing maintenance work, including lubrication management, on an ongoing basis.last_img read more

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Kentin Mahe goes to VfL Gummersbach

French handball playerKentin MaheVfL Gummersbach MVP of the last summer U20 European Championship in Slovakia, French playmaker, Kentin Mahe (20 – 1991) from German DHC Rheinland signed a three years contract with VfL Gummersbach. Legendary German team isn’t so financial strong, but it is obvious perfect place for development of younger players, who wants to achieve TOP teams level.Mahe already has played two games for French “A” team. His father was also a National Team player. For DHC Rheinland, Kentin scored 80 goals in 26 matches.HANDBALL-PLANET.COM put Mahe at the TOP 10 list of most perspective handballers – Future of Handball. ← Previous Story TOP 10 “missed targets” transfers in 2010/2011: Lions, Zebras and others… Next Story → Richard Mezei new Director of Pick Szeged read more

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Traffic slow on Cork motorway after bus catches fire

first_imgA BUS CAUGHT on fire on the M8, near Glanmire, earlier this morning.There were no passengers on the bus and no reports of injuries. Emergency services attended the scene, brought the fire under control and the vehicle has now been towed away.However, AA Roadwatch has reported very bad traffic in the area as a result.One lane was completely blocked after junction 18 Glanmire and delays are back to the Skehard Road junction on the South Ring Road.“Traffic is very busy on the route southbound approaching the Dunkettle Interchange,” it added.Transport: Irish airport traffic up 5.4 per cent in Decemberlast_img read more

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After Swiss court ruling Google threatens to pull Street view from Switzerland

first_imgLast month, a Swiss court ruled that Google must manually obscure the faces and license plates of Swiss citizens and vehicles in Google Street View to protect their privacy. Google contended that they have technology that automatically obscures faces and licenses plates, but the court insisted that Google engineers need to do it by hand. As a result, Google said they may be forced to pull Street View from the country entirely, as complying with the request would be too much of a resource drain on the company.As anyone who uses Google Street View in the United States knows, license plates and people’s faces are automatically blurred out before they even make it to Google’s Web site.AdChoices广告Google says that this technology makes 99 percent of a person’s face unrecognizable, and that should be enough to satisfy privacy concerns. The Swiss court disagreed, and said that this automatic processing wasn’t enough, and ordered the company to do it manually if they cannot guarantee the automated process can obscure 100 percent of all faces and license plates.Google has appealed the ruling. Peter Fleischer, legal counsel for Google, argued that the ruling was unreasonable, and stated that if the ruling wasn’t amended Google would have to pull the service from the country. Fleischer pointed out that 99 percent is already quite high and that the company’s technology will likely get better over time, but it’s impossible to promise 100 percent every time.Switzerland isn’t the first European country to take issue with Google Street View. Both France and Germany have had their own tussles with the company over the service, and the Netherlands recently passed data protection laws designed to force companies like Google and Microsoft to restrict the amount of information they collect from wireless networks while mapping.It’s possible that the Swiss ruling is specifically designed to shut down services like Google Street View, as the court must know it’s impossible to promise a 100 percent result from any process. Privacy groups have cheered the ruling, calling it a victory for personal privacy and a strong statement to other companies, like Microsoft, who recently announced plans to bring StreetSide to Europe.via the Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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The Flash Season 5 Episode 11 Recap A Proper Return

first_img It’s been a while since we last saw Cicada, and it turns out there’s a reason for that. He’s been hiding out at the doctor’s house after his battle with Team Flash before the “Elseworlds” crossover. He’s done hiding now, though. The doctor gives him a CCPD list of known metas and tells him it’s time to get back to work. That’s exactly what he does. We see him interrupt a robbery, brutally stabbing one of the metahuman culprits, though the other manages to get away. As Barry and Iris learn while investigating the body the next day, another body with the same wounds showed up across town. Cicada’s back and it’s time to get this season rolling again.He continues his killing spree into the next day, which has the unintended bright side of allowing Team Flash to track his movements. The whole team goes after him: Flash, XS, Killer Frost and Elongated Man. (Yay, he’s back!) The battle is short, but they pack some cool superhero action into it. Making up for last week, I guess. They save the woman Cicada’s trying to kill, and Killer Frost switches to Caitlin for some emergency medical help. Cicada’s victim isn’t the only one who needs it though. While the rest of the team is distracted, Cicada grabs Nora and punches her hard in the back, knocking her unconscious. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, their worst fears are confirmed. Her back is badly broken, and Cicada’s dark matter in her system is blocking her powers. They should kick in eventually, but she’ll be paralyzed for a while.Grant Gustin as The Flash (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)The emotion of the scene where they tell her is played so well by all involved. It’s one of those scenes that reminds you The Flash can still make you feel for these characters when it wants to. When it’s not being repetitive or making them needlessly dumb, this show can tell some great personal stories alongside the ridiculous comic book ones. They even throw in an absolutely stupid joke that made me laugh way harder than it had any right to. As Sherloque Wells and Ralph Dibny detect the pattern behind Cicada’s targets, they notice they all show signs of having been in jail. Including that one seems to have ingested a lot of prison wine, or “Borat” on Wells’ Earth. “Bruno” on this one. Damn it, Flash.They figure out that Cicada’s using a CCPD list of known metas, and Barry’s ready to conclude there’s a rat in the department. Captain Singh doesn’t want to believe it. Except it comes across more Singh wanting to be cautious and Barry ready to start interrogating people. I’m glad they don’t make this disagreement out to be a bigger hallway talk-size deal they could have. Barry’s scoff at Singh’s caution makes him look whiny enough already. It’s smart to have him and Cecile move onto the next plan. She sets up a deal for the FBI to take the threatened metas into protective custody. With Killer Frost’s help, they get all the metahumans together and convince them to go where it’s safe. Peekaboo is the only one who doesn’t show up, leading to another brief confrontation with Cicada. He gives Peekaboo a Vibe portal and stalls Cicada. The fight doesn’t change anything between them, but we do get few exciting hits from both of them.Chris Klein as Cicada and Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Frost (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)The real fight comes later at the handoff. Cecile figures out who leaked the list to Cicada (handy having an empath on the team), but she doesn’t do anything about it in time. The leaker tells Cicada about the handoff to the feds. Cicada uses his dagger to disable the helicopter’s landing gear, dampens all the surrounding metahumans’ powers, and attacks. Elongated Man leads the rest of the metas outside to stretch them onto the copter. Meanwhile, The Flash stays inside to fight, and get beat up by, Cicada. That’s where Killer Frost comes in. Yes, we finally get a good action scene from Killer Frost. With an ice dagger fight and everything! This is what I want to see more of. She’s able to freeze his dagger, cancelling out its power-dampening, and The Flash unloads on him. As the team at the lab realizes, he’s ready to kill Cicada for hurting Nora. Fortunately, Nora is healed just in time to stop her dad from becoming a murderer. Cicada gets away because we still have another half-season to get through, but Barry’s still a hero.It’s a good thing the main story is a hell of a lot of fun, because both the side plots feel like they’re stalling for time. One involves Caitlin trying to help Cisco figure out the equation to his metahuman cure, and Killer Frost sabotaging her at every turn. First by erasing her values and replacing them with asterisks, then by flat out destroying her white board. She refuses to talk to Caitlin about why she’s doing this, but Ralph gets her to open up. She’s afraid that one day Caitlin will wake up and decide she doesn’t want a metahuman living inside her anymore. That she’ll just decide to erase Killer Frost at some point. Dibny tells her that when DeVoe took away Killer Frost last season, Caitlin did everything she could to get her back. Caitlin wouldn’t give up Killer Frost that easily. So mostly stuff we already knew. At least it moves this story forward a little but by the end of the episode. Killer Frost accepts that the cure can help some people and gives Caitlin a drop of blood she collected during the fight with Cicada. That’ll be a lot of help.Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Shane Harvey/The CW)The other story, with Sherloque investigating Nora, goes absolutely nowhere. He starts questioning her and realizing once again that her answers don’t add up. Iris notices him investigating her daughter and puts a stop to it right away. We even get a can-I-talk-to-you hallway scene out of it. That’s how pointless it is. Last week, we saw her free Eobard Thawne in the future. This week delivers on none of that. All we get is a shot of Wells discovering that there are two distinct sets of handwriting in Nora’s journal. He wonders who the other one is, and his face is reflected in the computer screen. BECAUSE THAWNE HAS THE SAME FACE AS WELLS GET IT? It’s a cool effect, but it would be a lot cooler if we didn’t already know the answer to this mystery. Like if this scene happened earlier in the season, and this was the clue that let us in on the answer. but subtlety has never been any of these CW shows specialty.Even with the side stories being just OK, this is the kind of episode I was hoping for when the show returned last week. It had plenty of great action, the story moved along at a quick pace, and we got to see the entire team doing cool superhero things. Not even just fighting bad guys. Cecile used her empath abilities to find the leak inside CCPD. Elongated Man stretched people to safety in a helicopter, saving one from Cicada’s dagger at the last minute. It was pretty much everything you want from an episode of superhero TV. The Flash leaned into its strengths for this episode, reminding us why we keep watching five seasons in.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5 Episode 10 RecapElseworlds RecapThe Flash Season 5 Episode 8 Recap Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

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Man hospitalized after being stabbed in face in Miami

Man hospitalized after being stabbed in face in Miami

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – An argument between two men in Miami escalated into physical violence when, police said, one of them was stabbed in the face, sending him to the hospital, Saturday afternoon.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene in the area of Northwest 28th Avenue and 22nd Street.Officials said the 29-year-old victim suffered a laceration to the face after the verbal dispute.Police said the assailant fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.Paramedics transported the victim to Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition. Officials said he was conscious and alert during the transport.There is no word of any arrests. The incident remains under investigation.If you have any information on this stabbing, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

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Grace VanderWaal Can Cry On Demand Behind The Scenes Of Clearly

Grace VanderWaal Can Cry On Demand Behind The Scenes Of Clearly

first_imgNews Facebook The “AGT” winner and rising star shares some secrets behind the making of her latest music videoBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2018 – 6:03 pm On March 30, rising singer/songwriting star and “America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal dropped the new video for her latest single, “Clearly.”The anthemic self-assurance ballad interpolates lyrics and melody from reggae singer/songwriter Johnny Nash’s 1972 classic “I Can See Clearly Now” into the chorus, and the video showcases a coolly collected VanderWaal displaying an acting prowess that belies her age of just 14 years.As a follow-up to the video release, VanderWaal has shared a brief behind-the-scenes spotlight about the making of the project through Vevo. In the clip, she discusses how she was able to cry so convincingly, revealing it’s a skill she can summon on demand. She also shared a teaser for the B.T.S. video via Instagram, where she explains her secret. Email Twitter Grace VanderWaal Can Cry On Demand: Behind The Scenes Of “Clearly” VanderWaal will hit the road later this month as the supporting act for Imagine Dragons’ summer stadium tour. The young performer will open for 40 dates on the North American leg of the Evolve World Tour. Tickets and full show dates can be found on her official website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhb1JzCgnhY/?utm_source=ig_embed Grace VanderWaal, “Clearly”: Behind The Scenes grace-vanderwaal-can-cry-demand-behind-scenes-clearlylast_img read more

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Googles redesigned News tab wants you to know who stories are from

first_img Chris Monroe/CNET Over the next couple weeks we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop. The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organizes articles more clearly to help you find the news you need. Check it out 👇 pic.twitter.com/xa2aZfO4Qd— Google News Initiative (@GoogleNewsInit) July 11, 2019 “Over the next couple weeks we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop,” it wrote. “The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organizes articles more clearly to help you find the news you need.”Right now, Google’s News tab aggregates a bunch of news stories together in a list that’s basically designed to fit as many links on the screen at once. The new version will spread them out more and give you a better sense of what you’re looking at before you click, along with grouping strands of news on the same topic together. The company launched its three-year Google News Initiative in March 2018, kicking off a global partnership with news publications to help highlight the most accurate information possible, especially during breaking-news situations. First published at 4:23 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:58 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Share your voice $999 Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate See it Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review Amazon Sprint Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Boost Mobile $60 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Turo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo $155 at Google Expresscenter_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $299 at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET $210 at Best Buy 5 See It Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET See It $999 $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Internet Services DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Comments Google’s giving its News tab a refreshed layout. Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images Google is updating the desktop version of its News tab to make it more obvious which outlet you’re reading and make the headline more prominent — basically making it look a lot like the search giant’s main news site. It showed off the refreshed look in a tweet Thursday. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20)last_img read more

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Metal Gear Solid HD Collection includes original Metal Gear Solid in Jap

first_imgMetal Gear Solid designer Hideo Kojima took some time on Twitter to break down in greater detail the regional differences between releases of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, the updated compilation release of the Metal Gear Solid saga for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.In either territory, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 have been given graphical overhauls to run at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Those two games serve as the core of a package full of playable MGS goodies that let players fill out their collections of the games on modern consoles.On @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN, a translated English feed from his official Japanese account, Kojima first spelled out what Japan gets, and it’s a doozy. The Japanese package includes MGS2 and 3, as was announced at this year’s E3, but also includes a download code for the original Metal Gear Solid.But the fun doesn’t stop there. Kojima also tweeted that MGS2 and 3 are the Substance and Subsistence versions respectively, which were effectively “director’s cut” releases with enhancements left out of the initial releases. Since MGS3 Subsistence shipped with the original 8-bit Metal Gear 1 and 2 on the disc, this updated collection will include those games as well (but still in the original 8-bit).The US, described as “overseas” on Kojima’s tweets, has that whole package with one difference. The Americans do not get the original MGS but instead get an upgraded version of the PSP title Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker.Lastly, Kojima tweeted images of the PS3 Trophy icons (seen above) that will ship with that version of the game. MGS HD Collection is due out in November.via Twitterlast_img read more

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