The big winners and losers this week in the NFL preseason

Patrick Mahomes launched a nice touchdown pass, and Josh Allen just might end up as the Bills’ Week 1 starter.
The second week of the preseason is a little bit of a comedown from the euphoria of “welcome back, football!” the week before. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things get excited about, though.
This year, the matchups are pretty dang good for a random preseason week. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers made their 2018 debuts Thursday night and — shocker of all shockers — they looked like two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.
Friday was Brownsbills Day — and this time, the game was worth watching, mostly because of the two rookie quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield vs. Josh Allen). The Bills edged the Browns 19-17, ending Cleveland’s five-game preseason winning streak.

We’re keeping track of the big winners and losers over the weekend, up through the Week 2 finale Monday night. Be sure to check back as we update our list.
Winner: This Patrick Mahomes 69-yard touchdown
Forget the nice part of this touchdown. Because holy crap, look how NIIIIIICE this touchdown is:

Mahomes ➡️ Hill
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs)

Now you understand why a few weeks ago, Tyreek Hill said, “Pat (Mahomes) is the first guy that I have played with that has the arm strength.”
Mahomes, who made a brief appearance last week in the Chiefs’ preseason opener, played the entire first half Friday night against the Falcons. He had an uneven night — he completed 8 of 12 passes, but also threw a pick and nearly a second one.
Yet all it took was that 69-yard touchdown strike with 17 seconds left until halftime to show the world what kind of magic Mahomes can bring. And that’s gotta feel nice for Chiefs fans. — Sarah Hardy
Winner: The Falcons’ offense showed some life
Last year, the Falcons’ offense regressed coming off of a record-setting season in 2016 under first year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Last week looked like much of the same as Atlanta’s starting offense struggled with penalties and went three-and-out against the Jets.
This week against the Chiefs, their starting offense was locked in. Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman didn’t play, but that didn’t stop them from driving right down the field for a touchdown on their first drive.

Austin Hooper
— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin)

Matt Ryan played well, Tevin Coleman ripped off a couple big runs, and Calvin Ridley showed off the explosive skills that made him a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.

Calvin Ridley angles out then cuts in to create separation for a long gain. Sizzling.
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris)

It’s early, but if the Falcons’ offense can improve upon their numbers from last year, they’ll make an already tough NFC even tougher. — Charles McDonald
Winner: Josh Allen’s chances of starting in Week 1
Allen was called into duty earlier than expected after AJ McCarron went down with what was later revealed to be a broken collarbone. Allen had a fairly good debut last week, other than a lol-worthy blunder. But he didn’t necessarily outplay Nathan Peterman or McCarron, either.
Against the Browns, Allen helped his case to be the Week 1 starter. His stats don’t really jump off the page — he went 9 of 13 for 60 yards and a touchdown — but he led his team down the field for a score in all three of his series, looking confident out there and playing smart:

Give me an IV of this.
On this play Josh Allen:
-Stands tall in the pocket-Keeps his eyes up with pressure around him-Accurate on an off balance throw
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes)

With McCarron out indefinitely, the QB battle is now between Peterman and Allen. That’s a race Allen could win with another strong performance next week. — Sarah Hardy
Loser: Tyrod Taylor’s revenge
The Bills never really embraced Taylor, described by expert QB evaluator Jalen Ramsey as “a better quarterback than he gets credit for.” In March, they thanked him for helping them end their nearly two-decade playoff drought by trading him to the NFL’s QB wasteland, the Browns.
Taylor said that he was motivated to play against his former team Friday, but if you were hoping he’d go all Kill Bill on the Bills, you were left disappointed. Taylor completed just 4 of 7 passes for 22 yards.
At least Taylor gave us the second-best NFL story of the week (first, obviously, being Ramsey’s glorious trash-talking): Is his name pronounced TIE-rod or TUH-rod?! — Sarah Hardy
Loser: The OL play in Giants-Lions

The last few years, the Giants have had major offensive line problems. At the end of last season, new general manager Dave Gettleman promised he’d bring in some “hog mollies” to help remedy the situation — and he delivered in free agency (Nate Solder) and the draft (Will Hernandez).
The good news on Friday night is that the Giants didn’t give up a sack. Eli Manning’s backups all faced a good amount of pressure, though.

Good luck Eli… Lions hardly elite on the DL
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz)

With Saquon Barkley resting his sore hamstring, the Giants’ rushing game only averaged 3.7 yards per carry …
… which was still better than the 3 yards the Lions averaged. Plus, Matthew Stafford, who played just three series, was sacked twice — and that was with most of the first unit out there. And let’s just say that the less said about the backups, the better. — Sarah Hardy
Winner: The Patriots’ Super Bowl do-over
OK, so the Patriots’ preseason win over the Eagles definitely doesn’t make up for their Super Bowl loss in February. But after six months of people basking in the glow of New England being a five-time Super Bowl loser, it had to feel good for the Patriots to get a small measure of revenge — especially since they looked so great doing it.
In a lot of ways, the Pats’ 37-20 blowout win was what many fans expected out of that winter night in Minnesota. Brady was efficient and hardly faced any pressure (perhaps more importantly, the Patriots didn’t try to turn him into a receiver on any plays). James White found every hole as a receiver and runner, gaining 91 yards on just 10 touches. The New England defense had some fight, allowing just seven points in the first half and harassing the Philly quarterbacks to the tune of eight sacks.
The Eagles were sloppy and sometimes undisciplined: they turned the ball over twice and totaled nine penalties. Nick Foles, who missed last week due to muscle spasms, was easily rattled and kept missing his receivers — and that was before he left the game with a shoulder strain.
But nothing changes the past. The Eagles are still the reigning champs and Foles is still a Super Bowl MVP (and Carson Wentz’s backup).
And right now, what matters is the future. For the Patriots, that looks like nothing but sunshine, as usual. They had some kinks to work out; earlier this week, Brady seemed frustrated with himself and with his receivers. But they were on the same page Thursday night and that bodes well for the regular season:

Tom Brady’s targets in preseason debut –
James White: 6-of-6, 61 yards, TDChris Hogan: 5-of-7, 25 yards, TDJulian Edelman: 4-of-5, 26 yardsPhillip Dorsett: 1-of-3, four yardsWill Tye: 1-of-2, 11 yardsCord Patterson: 1-of-2, 23 yardsJacob Hollister: 1-of-1, 22 yards
— Oliver Thomas (@OliverBThomas)

Despite the forgettable night, the Eagles should be fine, too. If nothing else, no one can ever take that Super Bowl 52 win away. — Sarah Hardy
Loser: Mason Rudolph’s first start
After a solid outing last week in the second half of his first preseason game, the Steelers’ backup had a rougher go of it against the Packers defense. The first throw of the game was a pick-six by Rudolph. Packers corner Tramon Williams jumped the route and ran it back 25 yards for a score.
He redeemed himself two drives later, finding JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 4-yard touchdown, after the Steelers got the ball back because of a Packers fumble. Rudolph finished the night 5-for-12 with 47 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
It wasn’t an awful performance, but it wasn’t exactly the kind of outing that inspires much confidence in the rookie’s readiness to be the No. 2 QB in Pittsburgh. — Ryan Van Bibber
Winner: The Joshua Dobbs and James Washington duo
The Steelers’ other backup quarterback had a better game. His two touchdowns came against the bottom of the Packers roster, but a good effort is a good effort.
Dobbs’ first pass was a pick six too, but he had a nice evening after that. Regardless of the level of competition he was playing against, what stood out most was that he had the offense humming along. He and rookie receiver James Washington had a mind meld going:

Contested catch TD by James Washington
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris)

Washington made tough catches and caught the deep throws, finishing with 114 yards on five catches. — Ryan Van Bibber
Winner: Aaron Rodgers to Jimmy Graham

Get used to hearing that. The two scored an easy red zone touchdown from 8 yards out to cap off Green Bay’s first drive of the game.
That’s a big reason the Packers, normally tight-fisted in free agency, went out and signed Graham to a three-year, $30 million contract. Green Bay’s tight ends caught a grand total of two touchdowns last season. — Ryan Van Bibber
Winner: Look at James Conner run!
Conner’s touchdown in the first quarter wasn’t necessarily the kind of thing that really puts a preseason game on anyone’s radar. But he did manage to rush for 57 yards on just five carries, and when you put that next to his 4.5 yards per carry last season, his rookie year, it’s a good sign.
Bigger than that, Conner’s a great person to root for. He beat cancer during his college career at Pitt, and got picked with the 105th selection in the 2017 draft by the hometown team. — Ryan Van Bibber

— NFL (@NFL)

Loser-ish: Sam Darnold hype
Darnold’s stats against Washington didn’t really jump off the page, but he didn’t do anything to derail his chances of winning the starting job, either. An interception in the second quarter damaged his QB rating, but it wasn’t exactly the kind of pick that’s going to give Jets fans Mark Sanchez flashbacks. It was just a tipped pass on fourth-and-1 that he probably shouldn’t have thrown.
He finished the first half 8-for-11 with 62 yards, a pick and 5.6 yards per attempt. He was 6-for-6 in the shotgun, with 42 yards, but just 2-for-5 under center.
Darnold’s place on the roster is not in doubt, but he will need a good outing next week to get the hype train back on track and maybe have a chance to start in Week 1. — Ryan Van Bibber
Winner: Teddy Bridgewater and the Jets
The Darnold hype train took a sidetrack while the Teddy Train was full speed ahead.
He was 8-for-12 with a touchdown, but on his 13th pass, he forced a throw to the sideline that wasn’t well placed. Interception. Cold water.
For all the talk about trading him, maybe that’s not a wise move for the Jets. It’s not like this is a team known for its stellar quarterback play in recent decades. He’s clearly the best quarterback on the roster right now. — Ryan Van Bibber
Winner: Chad Kelly has the Broncos backup QB job on lock
I suppose we could do this section as a Paxton Lynch loser one, but let’s think positively here. Maybe it would be a negative situation if picking between Kelly and Lynch was deciding who was less terrible, but things have been easy for the Broncos because Kelly actually looks fantastic.

Chad Kelly’s first two preseason games:
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala)

He isn’t 6’7 like Lynch, but Kelly can sling it with some power and he was firing away against the Bears defense Saturday night. His touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton had about as much mustard on it as you’ll ever see.

What a LASER from to !
— NFL (@NFL)

It’d be a surprise if Lynch stuck on the Broncos’ roster much longer. — Adam Stites
Loser: The injury bug
Injuries never belong in the “winners” column, but they’re double losers in meaningless preseason games.
Here’s a quick rundown of some notable injuries so far this week:
Eagles: backup QB Nick Foles (shoulder)Patriots: rookie OT Isaiah Wynn (ankle)Washington: RBs Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (leg), for the same team that lost rookie Derrius Guice to an ACL tear last weekPackers: , guard Justin McCray (leg), and WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder)Bills: QB AJ McCarron (collarbone), DT Kyle Williams (knee)Texans: CB Kevin Johnson (shoulder)Cowboys: OL Zack Martin (knee)
Most of those injuries don’t appear to be serious — Foles should be fine, and the early word was positive for Perine, Marshall, Williams, McCray, and Kumerow. But the news was much worse for Wynn:

Patriots’ first-round pick, OT Isaiah Wynn, tore his Achilles vs. the Eagles and he will be out for the season, per source. The worst of the preseason on display.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)

And for McCarron:

QB AJ McCarron suffered a hairline fracture of the collarbone in the first quarter of tonight’s preseason game vs. , The Buffalo News has learned.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci)

Every preseason injury deserves a big “booooooooo,” especially the ones that jeopardize a player’s season before it even really begins. — Sarah Hardy
Loser: New rules
It remains to be seen if officials are being extra strict about new rules because it’s preseason, or if the regular season will be called the same way. But the crew of referee Shawn Hochuli gave the blueprint for a nightmare application of these rules during the Jaguars’ 14-10 win against the Vikings.
Maybe the most egregious was a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Vikings linebacker Antwione Williams for a sack of Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler.

This is an extremely bad roughing the passer call. The QBs body movements after he got hit made it seem like the defender pile drives him. He didn’t. Not close
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz)

The penalty was thrown because the officials determined Williams dropped his body weight on to the quarterback — a ruling the league has determined will be an emphasis in 2018.
If that was the worst penalty of the game, the personal foul on the Jaguars’ A.J. Bouye was a close second. The cornerback was called for lowering his helmet to initiate contact as he was run over while attempting to make a tackle.

What is the defensive back supposed to do??
— Michael Robinson (@RealMikeRob)

The pair of flags were two of 20 penalties that were accepted Saturday in the Jaguars-Vikings game, which racked up 200 yards’ worth of combined penalties. If this is what the regular season ends up looking like … uh … yikes. — Adam Stites

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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Galaxy S9+: a surprisingly competitive shootout

I don’t know what ransomware is.
Is this also the case for you?

For some, this might seem like an uneven battle due to the difference in price between the two devices and the fact that one is of much greater notoriety. But in fact, as you’ll see from this article, the Korean and Chinese flagships are closer than you’d imagine and the choice between the two models might be more difficult than you’d expect.
The Mi 8 certainly isn’t afraid to show some muscle. / © AndroidPIT

From the perspective of performance, the two smartphones are similar. Both have 6GB of RAM and in its US version, the S9+ uses the same SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 as the Xiaomi Mi 8. The international version of the Galaxy S9+ uses a chip produced by Samsung, the Exynos 9810, which is faster than the Qualcomm chip in terms of CPU, but it’s legs behind in terms of graphical power.
If you’re a gamer and outside the US, you’ll probably prefer the Mi 8. The differences are noticeable with the naked eye in high-quality games, even without measuring the frames per second.

The direct clash in benchmark tests

Galaxy S9+(Exynos 9810)
Xiaomi Mi 8

Geekbench CPUSingle core

Geekbench CPUMulticore

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.1

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.0

3D MarkIce Storm Unlimited ES 2.0

PassMark Memory(RAM)

PassMark Disk(Storage)

You should choose the Samsung Galaxy S9+ if:
Design is important to you
It’s undeniable, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ has an exceptional design. The two curved glass panels perfectly merge with the metal frame, giving the S9+ a pleasant, modern and elegant look. The workmanship is great and the “premium” feeling that this smartphone exudes is unparalleled.
The design of the S9 is objectively stunning. / © AndroidPIT

The Samsung smartphone is comfortable in your hand despite the size of the display. You can still use it with a single hand with the support of the ergonomic lines of the device. In short, if what’s most important to you is what your smartphone looks like, the Galaxy S9+ is the choice for you.
You want the best display in the world and hate the notch
The notch trend just won’t go away. I don’t want to get too deep into the subject, but if you’re one of the people who can’t hand the notch in the display, you should choose the Korean flagship.
Not only does it have a notch in the display, the curved AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels (529ppi) was rated as the best overall among all smartphones: it’s definitely a better choice than the Mi 8 or any other device in this regard.
Brilliant colors, high brightness and absolute contrasts. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

You don’t want to compromise on security
Samsung’s devices are universally recognized as among the safest and are most popular in the business sector. Not only does the S9+ have a fingerprint reader, it also integrates the safest iris scanner, a unique feature of Samsung smartphones.
The Xiaomi flagship offers a faster and more reliable fingerprint reader and face recognition than Samsung, but its iris scanner is not as secure. Moreover, the Mi 8 also lacks the hardware and software security structure you’ll find on Samsung KNOX.
The audio experience is fundamentally important to you
The Xiaomi Mi 8 doesn’t have the same outstanding audio equipment that the S9+ does. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S still retains the coveted 3.5mm headphone jack and uses a pair of truly powerful stereo speakers made in collaboration with Harmon Kardon. You also shouldn’t underestimate the Dolby Atmos equalization support.
The Mi 8 offers only a mono speaker that faces downward. The sound is sufficient, but not excellent, and you’ll also need USB Type-C headphones or Bluetooth, unless you decided to you the additional USB-C / headphone jack converter that comes with the device.
Samsung said no to the dongle. / © AndroidPIT

You’re a fan of accessories
Perhaps for some this might not be too important, but for others it clearly is. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ arrives in a world of easy accessories that make a real difference. I’m not just talking about the Pad for wireless charging or Samsung’s DeX accessories, I’m also talking about the myriad of covers and protective cases (whether they are official or not) which are practically available everywhere, both online and in physical stores.
Samsung’s DeX Pad. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Unfortunately, the Mi 8 isn’t such a popular device, and at least for the time being, you’ll hardly find covers in stores that are created specifically for the Xiaomi flagship. The situation is improving online, but in most cases, you’ll have to be patient and wait for an incoming package from far away China.
You should choose the Xiaomi Mi 8 if:
You only want to recharge the battery once a day
Unfortunately, this is the truth. Despite its 3500 mAh of battery capacity, the Galaxy S9+ can’t keep up on more demanding days. The wireless charging is convenient and a Galaxy S9+ will charge quickly when you need it to, but the Xiaomi Mi 8 is certainly more durable despite its mere 3400 mAh battery. But for many users this is an important criterion, so you don’t always need a power outlet nearby to give your smartphone that little extra charge you need.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is no autonomy champion, but it’s much better than the S9+. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

If you can’t stand Samsung software
It’s no surprise here: the Samsung Experience is not one of the most popular Android skins. The Korean brand’s software isn’t optimized perfectly, and although it has improved in the later versions, it still causes devices to slow down occasionally, which can be annoying in the long run.
With an alternative launcher, you’ll forget all about the similarities between MIUI and iOS. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

On the Xiaomi Mi 8 you’ll find MIUI, a version of Android that is even more deeply altered than the Samsung skin, but at least it’s optimized very well. In fact, MIUI is further from Android stock than the former TouchWiz. It’s fluid, fast, and snappy. You can tell that the designers paid attention to detail. The only impediment might be that the software closely resembles iOS, but that’s something you can sacrifice since it’s so speedy and fluid.
You want to save some money
Obviously, choosing a smartphone also includes the issue of cost. Not everyone is willing to spend 839 dollars (the list price from the 64GB version of the Galaxy S9+) for a smartphone will almost certainly be replaced after two or three years. This makes the price of about 455 dollars (current deal on Amazon) for the Xiaomi Mi 8 more palatable.
Don’t throw your money out the window! / © AndroidPIT

It’s true that you can find Samsung smartphones for discounted prices on some online shops, but even if you find a better deal, purchasing a Mi 8 will still save you hundreds of dollars that you could save for a nice vacation.
Photo lover? You can go either way
A comparison between the cameras on the Mi 8 and S9+ doesn’t yield a real winner. The S9+ has a 12-megapixel camera with variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4 and can capture video in 4K at 60 fps or in slow motion at 960 fps. The Mi 8 has a normal 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera without any particular tricks up its sleeve, at least on the surface.
Both smartphones use a dual camera with a 2x zoom telephoto lens. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The results are closer than expected. The Mi 8 manages to hold its own against the other smartphone cameras on the market without major problems. The S9+ certainly has a more elaborate manual mode and many shooting and recording modes that the Mi 8 doesn’t have, but the Xiaomi smartphone has a phenomenal automatic mode due to its software optimizations. And thanks to the much talked about AI, the Mi 8 changes the settings to give you excellent shots.

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+ technical specifications

Xiaomi Mi 8
Samsung Galaxy S9+

Sorry, not yet available!
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

172 g
189 g

Battery size:
3300 mAh
3500 mAh

Screen size:
6.21 in
6.2 in

Display technology:

2248 x 1080 pixels (402 ppi)
2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)

Front camera:
20 megapixels
8 megapixels

Rear camera:
12 megapixels
12 megapixels


Android version:
8.1 – Oreo
8.0 – Oreo

User interface:
Sorry, not yet available!

6 GB
6 GB

Internal storage:
64 GB128 GB256 GB
64 GB256 GB

Removable storage:
Not available

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Samsung Exynos 9810

Number of cores:

Max. clock speed:
2.8 GHz
2.7 GHz

HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 5.0
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Which one should you choose?
It will be a subjective choice either way. Some people prefer to spend a little more and rely on well-known brands and there are others who want to save at any cost. Either way, if you choose one of these smartphones, you’ll get along just fine and won’t regret your decision.
I personally prefer the Xiaomi Mi 8, which I fell in love with while I was reviewing it. The Galaxy S series no longer has the same appeal it once did, and given its price tag, I would prefer to not compromise on buying a device with such mediocre battery life. If you choose the Mi 8 you’ll have to make some compromises as well, but in my opinion, these are more acceptable compromises when you look at the price.
On the other hand, the S9+’s unique qualities stand out, and despite their efforts, Xiaomi hasn’t quite made its flagship invincible. Whatever the case, I expect a harder fight from Samsung, Apple’s main rival. Instead, we’ll have to call this one a tie with a newcomer from China.
Have you tried either of these devices? Let us know how your experience has been so far!

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DoorDash raises another $250M, nearly triples valuation to $4B – TechCrunch

Food delivery startup DoorDash announced this afternoon that it has raised $250 million, just five months since the company announced a $535 million round.
Why raise more money so soon? CEO Tony Xu told Axios that he wasn’t actively looking for additional investment, but was open to investor interest because it could help the company expand more quickly. (Maybe he’ll have more to say about those plans at Disrupt SF next month.)
The new funding was led by Coatue Management and DST Global. It sounds like the terms were pretty appealing too, with the valuation growing from $1.4 billion to $4 billion.
In a blog post, the company said it’s had a good 2018, with deliveries increasing 250 percent year-over-year, restaurant chains like Chipotle and IHOP signing up and last week’s launch of the DashPass subscription service, where you can pay $9.99 per month to get unlimited free deliveries.
“As we grow, we will stay true to our values and our mission of connecting people with possibility  —  and, trust us, we’re just getting started,” DoorDash wrote.

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Fourth Nikon Mirrorless Camera Teaser Video – Lens

Nikon have released the fourth teaser video for their upcoming mirrorless camera, focusing this time on the Lens.
“For over 100 years, NIKKOR lenses have offered photographers limitless ways to express themselves. At the heart of their journey is the desire to seek out and control the essence of light.“

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Google rolls back Android Messages to old design and removes dark mode

On Thursday, it looked as though Google was starting to roll out a redesigned version of its vital Android Messages app. The update featured some visual changes like getting rid of the blue bar at the top and switching over to the company’s Google Sans font. It also included a dark mode as an alternative to the default, so-much-white look.

But late last night, as Reddit users were quick to notice, Google reverted to the old Android Messages design — even for those who had already installed the most recent update. If you had the new Messages yesterday, open it up today and you’ll see that it’s gone. Yes, Google has the server-side ability to change the look of Messages on a dime.
Some users had complained about losing the option to assign custom colors to chat bubbles for their different contacts, but it’s rather unlikely that Google would reverse course over that bit of feedback alone. Perhaps dark mode was causing some issues, or there was another bug the company discovered, or the revamped Messages started appearing before Google actually intended.
Oh well. It looked good. Hopefully it returns soon.
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MacBook Air 2018 release date and price: All you need to know about the upcoming release

Apple’s MacBook Air, last fully updated in 2015, could be finally getting a refresh. According to a Taiwanese news report translated by MacRumors, the company is readying a new laptop for release before the end of 2018.
A new Intel processor to replace the fifth-generation one in the latest MacBook Air is slated, with a Kaby Lake processor likely to be used due to delays in Intel’s transition to Cannon Lake chips.
That’s the headline news, with other specs and details thinner on the ground at the moment. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled all the current information about the upcoming MacBook Air here. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the Air, including UK price, release date, specs and looks.
MacBook Air 2018: Everything you need to know
MacBook Air 2018 release date: When is it coming out?
Apple’s September event will likely focus on new iPhones, such as the iPhone 9, iPhone 11 or even an iPhone SE 2. That means that the new MacBook Air could be unveiled at a separate event the following month. The company has, on occasion, announced iPads and Macs in October, the last such announcement coming in 2016.
MacBook Air 2018 price: How much will it cost?
The current 13in MacBook Air with 128GB of storage starts at £949, so we’d expect a similar sub-£1,000 price for the base model of the new Air. With more storage come higher prices – the 256GB model costs £1,099 – so a similar price range should apply to the new laptops.
MacBook Air 2018 specs and design: What does it do and look like?

Well, the processor upgrade is the main piece of information out there at the moment. The Air got a minor upgrade – just the processor – in 2017, but aside from that, the current laptop hasn’t changed since its release three years ago.
READ NEXT: Apple 2018 buying guide: When to buy an iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad or Apple Watch
As noted above, Intel’s Kaby Lake processors are rumoured to be coming to the new MacBook Air. The eighth-generation processors are a big step up from the fifth-gen chips currently in use, with the new Air lineup slated to include i5 and i7 models with clock speeds of 1.6GHz and 1.9GHz respectively.
It’s a nice upgrade, but Kaby Lake is a year old this month, and Intel’s newer Whiskey Lake – not released in time to meet the manufacturing needs of an autumn Air release – could be in other computers by the time the new Air is out.
With Kaby Lake comes with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, plus support for up to 32GB of RAM. But aside from these details, there aren’t many spec details around at the moment.
As for the looks, a radical redesign isn’t exactly likely, but again there isn’t much information to go on here. Apple strives to make their devices thinner and lighter with each iteration, so an improvement on the 17mm thick body and 1.4kg weight is possible.

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Ohio State says the Meyer investigation will finish on time on 8/21

The Buckeyes announced a two-week deadline for the investigation’s close. They’re on track to meet it.
Perhaps a bit buried in the news cycle thanks to another Big Ten East team, Ohio State’s investigation into the football program and Urban Meyer is in fact still going on. On August 7th, a two-week deadline was set by the special working group reviewing the case. On August 16th, Ohio State’s president Michael Drake said that the 21st is not a hard deadline.
But on August 17th, he announced that the investigation is on track to finish on the 21st and an official announcement of the findings could come in the following week.

Today’s update related to the football program:
— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake)

Interim head coach Ryan Day also released a long Twitter post going position by position to give an update on what’s going on on the field in Columbus as the Buckeyes are set to break camp — the Buckeye staff and players are currently off limits for interviews.

— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime)

So in the end, it seems we might just get the announcement of the findings in a timeline that tracks with what was initially announced.

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Talking Horses: the best Saturday tips for Newbury, Ripon and Newmarket | Sport

Mere inches saved Sir Dancealot (3.35) from being the unluckiest loser at Glorious Goodwood, after he met repeated trouble during the course of the Lennox Stakes. Gerald Mosse’s mount got just enough luck to find a clear run through in the dying strides and bounded forward to score by a short-head.
That margin radically underplays the value of his performance that day and he is surely worth sticking with at Newbury today in this similar contest, even while conceding a few pounds to his rivals. David Elsworth’s charge has taken a step forward in his seven-furlong races this year.

Librisa Breeze travelled well enough in France last time to be rated a major danger, stepping down into Group Two company for the first time since being runner-up in this last year. Gustav Klimt comes from a yard that has hit a slow patch and has a bit to prove on the balance of his form.
1.50 Newbury The progress made by Good Fortune in three starts this year has been really impressive and he looks one to stick with after his 10-length success at Lingfield last time. He will need further in time but for now he might have too much firepower for Boitron, who would possibly prefer a faster surface.
2.05 Ripon Having hit form at York last time, Quick Look might be one to stick with, having enjoyed consecutive wins at the end of last season. Even with 5lb extra, he is fairly treated if able to run to his best once more and went close over this course and distance in April. He does not want the ground to dry out.
2.25 Newbury While he did not cope particularly well with being pitched into the Eclipse early last month, Raymond Tusk proved he belongs in Group company by finishing strongly to land a Listed prize at Hamilton last time. This good-looking colt from the Richard Hannon yard could do with settling a bit better over this longer distance but he was having only his fourth start and it is worth betting that he can show more maturity, with Silvestre de Sousa aboard for the first time to help him.
2.45 Newmarket Andrew Balding’s fine summer continued when he won half the races on the Shergar Cup card last weekend. He could have the key to this in Rebel Streak, penalised for a ready success on Sunday, when the return to six furlongs seemed to help.
3.00 Newbury De Sousa could have a fruitful time on this card, as Sea Fox comes here in search of a hat-trick. Tough and consistent rather than improving, the four-year-old should again stick on gamely from a prominent early position.
3.15 Ripon She finished down the field in the Stewards’ Cup but Marie Of Lyon had every excuse and travelled well enough to be of interest at 20-1 here. She met traffic problems that day at Goodwood and then had to be eased down in the closing stages as her saddle slipped but it was a promising effort in her first handicap of the year. The Great St Wilfrid takes a lot of winning but Richard Fahey’s filly has matured into a contender.

Doncaster 1.15 Saisons D’Or 1.45 Alba Del Sole 2.15 Mehdaayih 2.50 Missy Mischief 3.25 Normandy Barriere 4.00 East Street Revue 4.35 Tobruk 5.05 Ascot Week
Perth 1.25 Boston Heather 1.55 Galvin 2.30 King’s Song 3.05 Cubomania 3.40 Parthenius 4.15 Anytime Now 4.45 Chu Chu Percy 5.25 Rashee
Ripon 1.30 Just Later 2.05 Quick Look 2.40 Junius Brutus 3.15 Marie Of Lyon (nb) 3.50 Solar Gold 4.25 Weellan 5.00 Breathable
Newbury 1.50 Good Fortune 2.25 Raymond Tusk 3.00 Sea Fox 3.35 Sir Dancealot (nap) 4.10 Sextant 4.40 Hidden Depths 5.15 Outofthequestion
Newmarket 2.10 Khaadem 2.45 Rebel Streak 3.20 Goodnight Girl 3.55 Roxy Art 4.30 Saunter 5.05 Turnpike Trip 5.35 Amplification
Market Rasen 4.55 Cliffside Park 5.30 Angel Of Harlem 6.00 Opechee 6.30 Sissinghurst 7.00 Helium 7.30 Allelu Alleluia 8.00 Lucky Robin
Chepstow 5.10 Glamorous Rocket 5.40 Enthaar 6.10 Jaganory 6.40 Letmestopyouthere 7.10 Weld Al Emarat 7.40 Desert Cross 8.10 Unbridled Spirit

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Little League World Series bracket, scores and schedule

8 U.S. teams and 8 international teams face off in Williamsport.
The top 12- and 13-year-old baseball teams on the planet are in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the 2018 Little League World Series, with 16 teams set to play 32 games over 11 days to determine a champion.
Actually, there will be two champs, with eight United States teams playing in one bracket and eight international teams in another. The U.S. and International bracket winners will face off for the 72nd overall Little League championship.
These teams have earned their trips to Williamsport through qualifying tournaments in their region or country over the last few weeks. Among the notable achievements were a no-hitter by the Gold Coast, Queensland team to win and represent Australia, and a perfect game by the Staten Island, New York team to earn the Mid-Atlantic spot in the tournament.

The 16 teams are split into two groups, the United States and International. Each bracket is double-elimination until each side is down to two teams. The U.S. and International sides will each determine a winner of their bracket on Saturday, Aug. 25, with the winners facing off on Sunday, Aug. 26 for the Little League World Series championship.
Each game is six innings long, but could be shorter if a team is leading by 10 or more runs. There are two consolation games between the 0-2 teams to ensure that every team in the tournament will play at least three games.
International teams have won 37 of the 71 Little League World Series, including Japan in 2017, their 11th title. Taiwan has won the most championship with 17. The U.S. has won 34 titles, led by California’s seven.
The games will be played in two stadiums in Williamsport. The main park is Lamade Stadium, which holds 3,300 seats and will host the championship games and various others. Some games will be played at Volunteer stadium, with a capacity of roughly 3,000 seats.

Source: Little League

Television coverage
The ESPN family of networks will televise every game of the Little League World Series, with most of the games on ESPN, a few on ESPN2, and the championship games on ABC. Online streaming is available through Watch ESPN.
Schedule & results
All times ET
Thursday, Aug. 16
Game 1: Asia-Pacific def. Caribbean 4-2Game 2: Mid-Atlantic def. Midwest, 5-2Game 3: Mexico def. Australia, 3-2Game 4: Southwest def. New England, 3-1
Friday, Aug. 17
Game 5: Japan def. Europe-Africa, 11-1Game 6: Great Lakes def. Northwest, 5-4Game 7: Latin America def. Canada, 8-3Game 8: West def. Southeast, 2-0 (11 inn.)
Saturday, Aug. 18
Game 9: Caribbean vs. Australia, 1 p.m. (ESPN)Game 10: Midwest vs. New England, 3 p.m. (ABC)Game 11: Europe-Africa vs. Canada, 6 p.m. (ESPN)Game 12: Northwest vs. Southeast, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Aug. 19
Game 13: Asia-Pacific vs. Mexico, 9 a.m. (ESPN)Game 14: Mid-Atlantic vs. Southwest, 11 a.m. (ESPN)Game 15: Japan vs. Latin America, 1 p.m. (ESPN)Game 16: Great Lakes vs. West, 2 p.m. (ABC)
Monday, Aug. 20
Consolation Game A: Game 9 loser vs. Game 10 loser, 11 a.m. (ESPN)Game 17: Game 15 loser vs. Game 9 winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)Game 18: Game 16 loser vs. Game 10 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)Game 19: Game 13 loser vs. Game 11 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)Game 20: Game 14 loser vs. Game 12 winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Consolation Game B: Game 11 loser vs. Game 12 loser, 11 a.m. (ESPN)Game 21: Game 17 winner vs. Game 19 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)Game 22: Game 18 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Game 23: Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)Game 24: Game 14 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Aug. 23
Game 25: Game 21 winner vs. Game 23 loser, 3 p.m. (ESPN)Game 26: Game 22 winner vs. Game 24 loser, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Aug. 25
International championship game: Game 23 winner vs. Game 25 winner, 12:30 p.m. (ABC)U.S. championship game: Game 24 winner vs. Game 26 winner, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Sunday, Aug. 26
Consolation game, 10 a.m. (ESPN)Little League World Series championship game, 3 p.m. (ABC)
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