Best iPad mini cases 2018: Save your iPad mini from scratches and cracks

The iPad mini 4 has been around for a good few years now, but it’s still the best small tablet on the market. If you’re the proud owner of one, and wish to remain so, you won’t want it to get scratched or cracked – nor shattered, waterlogged otherwise compromised.

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In short, you’ll want to equip your tablet with a suitable protective case. Here’s our pick of the very best cases money can buy; we’ve focused on the iPad mini 4, but If you’re still using an older iPad mini then many of the manufacturers listed below also make cases for previous models.
And if you’re waiting for the iPad mini 5 – well, then, don’t hold your breath. Right now it doesn’t even have a release date, but you can read all about the rumours right here.
Best iPad mini cases from £8
1. Apple Smart Cover for iPad mini 4: Best official Apple case
Price: £24 | Buy now from Amazon

If you’re a die-hard Apple loyalist, this is the iPad case for you. The Smart Cover is considered the best of Apple’s first-party cases, thanks to its attractive appearance and functional simplicity. Its snap-on, snap-off mechanism is easy to attach and remove, and protects the screen when not in use. Your iPad mini will also wake up when you open the cover, and automatically go to sleep when it’s shut. Hence the “Smart”, we suppose.  
Then, of course, there’s the cover’s real party trick – it folds into several different positions, so you can prop up your iPad mini at an angle, making it easy to enjoy videos. Amazon is selling the Smart Cover for a reasonable £24, although if you’re really committed to Cupertino you can pick one up at the Apple store for £39.
2. Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case for iPad mini 4: Toughest overall iPad mini case
Price: £37.50  | Buy now from Amazon

Some iPad users buy multiple cases to suit different purposes – but if you just want one, the Griffin Survivor will do the job whether you’re sat at home reading an e-mag or watching Netflix in a warzone.
Its military-standard protection is certified to guard your iPad against damage from scratches, drops, water, dust, vibrations, and other extreme environmental hazards. With four layers, including a built-in screen protector, shatter-resistant polycarbonate and shock absorbing silicone, there’s not much this hardcore case can’t handle – and it doesn’t look bad either, in a rugged sort of way.
3. Cooper Dynam Kidproof Case for iPad mini 4: Best case for children
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon

Children love iPads – but if you’re considering letting the kids loose on your £320 tablet, you need to be certain they won’t shatter the screen playing frisbee with it. Enter the Cooper Dynam Kidproof Case.
Available in six eye-catching crayon colours, this durable rubberised enclosure features EVA foam for great shock absorbency – and it also happens to be toxin-free, so there’s no need to fear if your toddler gets a bit peckish halfway through Peppa Pig.
There’s also a nifty fold-down handle which can be used to carry or prop up the tablet, and a self-applied clear screen protector. Cooper Dynam claims that these one-piece iPad mini cases are indestructible – and we’re sure your kids will happily put that to the test.
4. JETech Case for iPad mini 4: Best case for under £10
Price: £8 | Buy now from Amazon

This JETech case is one of the cheapest cases you can buy – which is perhaps one reason why it’s the number one choice on Amazon. It’s the quality that really impresses, though. While the JETech costs a lot less than the official Apple Smart Cover, it’s similar in style and function, with an automatic wake/sleep feature, a tri-fold free-standing cover and protective hard shell bumpers. It even comes with a lifetime warranty, so you don’t have to worry about build quality. An absolute steal.
5. KHOMO Dual Carbon Fibre Case for iPad mini 4: Best dual cover case
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon

This chic carbon-fibre case may not be quite as rugged as the Griffin, but it’s ideal for everyday use around the house, and tough enough for travelling. It’s ultra-slim, coated in scratch-free rubber, and available in no fewer than 15 eye-catching colours.
The rear provides a non-slip grip with added drop protection, while the front cover seals magnetically to prevent accidental opening. The front can also be folded at two different angles, for typing or watching video, and there’s a wake/sleep function too. You might also appreciate the clever “Sound Boost” feature, which uses cut-outs in the case to reflect the sound from the iPad mini 4’s speakers directly at you, enhancing the perceived audio volume.
6. Otterbox Symmetry Series Folio Case for iPad mini 4: Most stylish folio case
Price: £23 | Buy now from Amazon

Otterbox is well known for its stylish but sturdy smartphone case, and it has an attractive range of tablet cases too. The Symmetry Series Folio Case is by far the most elegant case we’ve seen for the iPad mini 4 – it comes in Black Night, Merlot Shadow or Glacier Storm – and it’s also the easiest to use, with a one-piece design that slides on like a glove.
Weighing just 60g and made from flexible polyester-urethane hybrid materials, the Otterbox Symmetry Series Folio isn’t quite as durable as some heftier cases. However, it offers excellent scratch protection and should protect your tablet from odd knocks and drops. It’s best feature is definitely the versatile folding cover stand, which can be set up in portrait or landscape; if you want your iPad mini 4 to travel in style, this is the case to buy.
7. Grovemade Wooden Maple Sleeve for iPad mini 4: Best protective sleeve
Price: £79 | Buy now from Grovemade

This sleeve won’t protect your iPad mini 4 while you’re using it, but it’s perfect for travelling or storing your tablet away when not in use. Slip the unit in and it’s snugly sandwiched in ultra-cushioning premium wool felt – which is in turn encased in an exterior hard shell of laser-cut, hand-polished wood. When you want to use your iPad, you just slide it out using the smart, practical pull-tab.
It’s a truly tough and distinctive sleeve. The downside is that it costs $79 – and you have to ship it from Oregon, which will further add to the cost, and frustrate impatient shoppers accustomed to next-day delivery.
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Fortnite Fan Creates Epic Black Panther Villain Skin – Game Rant

As if it needed to be said, one of the breakout performances in this year’s theatrical release of Marvel‘s film Black Panther came from Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of the villain known as Erik “N’Jadaka” Killmonger, with fans and critics everywhere praising the actor’s grit and intensity. As it so happens, the character seems to have some fans in the world of Fortnite, as one player recently created concept art for a skin based on the figure to potentially be added into Epic Games’ sandbox survival title.

As seen in the image below from the Redditor known as zmandella, Fortnite fans can get a gander at Killmonger in his militaristic garb from the aforementioned superhero movie, with the mock-up also altering the in-game pick-axe to resemble the way one of the villain’s weapons would look. Without a doubt, the model would be a solid fit alongside the other warlike outfits worn by base level avatars found in the hybrid building shooter game.

Interestingly enough, Killmonger isn’t the only Black Panther character to have had his likeness recreated as a potential outfit for use in Epic Games’ Fortnite, as one fan lovingly put together a design for a T’Challa skin that had the movie’s hero and protagonist donning his full-body vibranium micro-weave mesh suit. Unfortunately, though, the concept art has yet to actually find its way into the free-to-play Battle Royale portion of the game.

All things considered, perhaps Fortnite will one day add skins and outfits from various Marvel figures like Black Panther and Killmonger, as Epic Games recently held a limited time crossover event in the title that added an Infinity Gauntlet mode where players could assume the role of Thanos. Of course, we will likely be waiting a while, as the developer will surely need to go through some legal red tape when it comes to acquiring the licenses to represent the comic book characters in the game.

Fortnite is available now in early access for iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Reddit

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P20 Lite hands-on: an iPhone X with a Huawei soul – Hardware reviews

The Huawei P20 Lite is the new mid-range flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. As in previous years, this version is less powerful but more affordable than its flagship. Marketed at a price of 369 euros (or around 450 dollars), a question arises: does it deserve its price? Do the latest design changes and features introduced to the Lite family justify the price increase?

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A Lite version that isn’t very affordable
With the P20 Lite, Huawei lets you enjoy some of the new features of its new flagship, the P20 Pro, for a more reasonable price. The smartphone is 369 euros (approximately 440 dollars). It is available in three colors: black, blue and pink.
Even though this price is more attractive than the P20 Pro, the device can still be viewed as expensive if you consider the device’s technical specs. For comparison, the Honor 9 Lite offers the same Kirin 659 processor for around 200 dollars cheaper. Of course, Honor’s phone come with 1 GB less of RAM, but that doesn’t justify such a price difference.

A bit expensive for a Lite version. / © AndroidPIT

An attractive design
Looking at the P20 Lite, the first impressions are that it is similar to the iPhone X. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering that it’s a mid-range phone. The P20 Lite isn’t compromising on the premium glass and metal look. On the front it’s a 5.84-inch, 19:9 FHD+ resolution display, which is almost bezel-less and has a notch. I won’t go on about the advantages and disadvantages of the notch in this review. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but personally, I don’t like this design element and I prefer the look of the Honor 9 Lite.

The P20 Lite has a FullView display with a notch

The slim body of the phone (71.2×148.6 x7.4 mm) with its rounded corners is definitely inspired by Apple, but at the same time, some features are also characteristic of the Huawei and Honor family of devices.

Metal and glass are part of the package. / © AndroidPIT

On the back, in addition to the fingerprint reader, there is another new feature for the Lite line: a double camera that protrudes slightly from the body. The USB Type C port is located along the bottom edge of the device to charge it. The physical keys remain on the right side and are easy to reach.

As on the P20 Pro, the inscriptions on the smartphone are written vertically and not horizontally. / © AndroidPIT

All in all, the Huawei has done a very good job in terms of the finishing. It is true that the black version easily attracts fingerprints on the body, but other manufacturers are in the same boat. If the smartphone isn’t particularly original in terms of aesthetics, it remains pretty nonetheless and its compact format ensures a very good grip.
Apart from the notch, I regret that the smartphone doesn’t offer a certification that protects the device from water, as is the case for many devices now.

A high-quality screen
Huawei opts for a 5.84-inch IPS screen and uses a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. As mentioned above, the display comes with a 19:9 format, but no curved edges. The maximum brightness of the screen is 500 nits, which is sufficient. For the sake of comparison, the screen (IPS) on the new LG G7 reaches 1000 nits.

The display takes up most of the front of the device. / AndroidPIT

In everyday use I enjoyed the P20 Lite screen. It offers good contrast, balanced colors and excellent brightness, even in fairly sunny outdoor conditions. As always, Huawei also offers the option of adjusting the color temperature in its settings. 
The viewing angles are also good (although they could be better) and the Full HD+ definition is also nice, making apps, games, and videos enjoyable.

The display on the P20 Lite offers very good color representation. / © AndroidPIT

Face recognition on the menu
As we mentioned, Huawei has included the notch, which was introduced by Essential and made popular by the iPhone X. This feature has already been adopted by several flagships and we can expect to see it on many more high-end phones this year. In this price range, however, it is still a rarity, and many users will appreciate this design choice. Of course, time will tell if the apps will work properly even if the notch is there.

The P20 Lite has a dual rear camera

In addition to the notch, the device can be unlocked with a smile! In other words, by using face recognition. In order to make this possible, the 16MP front camera comes into play: we will test the accuracy and timing of unlocking as soon as we receive the device in the editorial office, but I expect it will function in a similar way to the View 10.

The notch has also reached the mid-range class of smartphones. / © AndroidPIT

Software: The P20 Lite’s Achilles heel
As we’ve already seen on some Huawei Lite versions, the smartphone’s software interface remains its main weakness. While the P20 Lite may offer Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8.0, Huawei’s phone suffers from some delays that hinder the user experience.
During my test I noted some unfortunate bugs that were disappointing, even for a mid-range smartphone. I’ve experienced some apps close unexpectedly, some overheating at times, generally slow animations and poor multitasking management. Another concern is that many apps aren’t yet compatible with the notch and some information isn’t displayed correctly. While the last update (Build Number ANE-LX1 fixed a lot of the problems, it hasn’t fixed all of them. I hope that Huawei does something quickly to find a solution.

Oreo is part of the package, but the P20 Lite doesn’t run very smoothly. / © AndroidPIT

A convincing device?
If you look at the P20 Lite, you might think you have a high-end device. But if you look at the specs sheet, you’ll immediately notice that the device closer resembles the Huawei P Smart more than it does the iPhone X. At the heart of the P20 Lite we find a Kirin 659, a chip that has already proven itself on other devices (such as the Honor 9 Lite).
Perhaps Huawei could have gone with a new chip, but with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal memory via microSD, the Kirin 659 is enough for daily use. It’s just a shame that the software hasn’t been optimized. While the transition between certain apps can sometimes take a while, fortunately the performance is sufficient to ensure a pleasant experience, but the device functions better if you don’t ask too much of it.

Huawei P20 Lite benchmarks

3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme ES 3.1
Geekbench Multi Core
PassMark Memory
PassMark Disk

Huawei P20 Lite



Huawei P20 Lite audio
With the P20 Lite, you have a single speaker. The stereo sound of the P20 Pro unfortunately doesn’t come on the Lite version. The sound is therefore rather disappointing, especially at high volume where the distortion causes a somewhat metallic sound. As for the audio output, it’s quite average. Those who love good sound and have high-end headphones may want to look into other devices.
As far as communication is concerned, the Huawei P20 Lite gets the job done. Calls are clear and network coverage is very good (even if you’re on the subway). The smartphone is compatible with all 4G bands.

The fingerprint sensor is also fast and reliable. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Huawei P20 Lite camera
Until now, the Lite line has been limited to a single camera. Huawei made the decision to include two cameras on the P20 Lite, which are located vertically on the left, the same as on the standard P20 and iPhone X. The camera is slightly protruding and consists of two sensors with 16+2MP and f/2.2 apertures. The second sensor only serves to create a bokeh effect in portraits. Several modes are available in the camera (including Pro, Night, Panorama, HDR, and AR). You can also use the Wide Aperture mode to play with the blurring effects before and after taking the picture.
The quality of the pictures is quite disappointing for a smartphone that wants to compete with more upscale smartphones. This is correct but we clearly expected more from the smartphone. An Honor 9 Lite or Honor 7X offer better results. This photos lack details, the white balance remains a bit cold and the focus is sometimes hard to get right.

The camera in action! / © AndroidPIT

An enduring smartphone
The P20 Lite battery has a capacity of 3000 mAh. It offers very suitable autonomy in daily use. If you’re a moderate user, it’s easy to exceed the day and a half of autonomy, provided you’re not a huge gamer. The Huawei P20 Lite withstood our benchmark PCMark test for almost 9 hours.

Huawei P20 Lite technical specifications

148.6 x 71.2 x 7.45 mm

145 g

Battery size:
3000 mAh

Screen size:
5.84 in

Display technology:

2280 x 1080 pixels (432 ppi)

Front camera:
16 megapixels

Rear camera:
16 megapixels


Android version:
8.0 – Oreo

User interface:
Emotion UI

4 GB

Internal storage:
64 GB

Removable storage:

HiSilicon Kirin 659

Number of cores:

Max. clock speed:
2.36 GHz

HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Final verdict

This is a mid-range device that has a premium look and that overall fulfills its mission. Its processor isn’t the newest, but it has proven itself in other devices. Its RAM, internal memory, autonomy, compatibility with 4G and Android Oreo / EMUI 8.0 will provide a decent user experience for the majority of you.
The camera also has some small features that many users will find useful: dual SIM compatibility, USB Type-C, a dual camera, face recognition, and the notch… it’s up to the users to see how this fares on a daily basis, but for a device in this range, it’s a pleasant surprise.
We do, however, remain somewhat disappointed by this device that doesn’t in any way stand out from the competition (particularly in comparison to the Galaxy A8). The price isn’t really affordable, which makes the price-performance ratio quite unspectacular. You can definitely find devices with similar technical data that are cheaper, such as the Honor 9 Lite or Honor 7X.

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First CubeSats to travel the solar system snap ‘Pale Blue Dot’ homage – TechCrunch

The InSight launch earlier this month had a couple of stowaways: a pair of tiny CubeSats that are already the farthest such tiny satellites have ever been from Earth — by a long shot. And one of them got a chance to snap a picture of their home planet as an homage to the Voyager mission’s famous “Pale Blue Dot.” It’s hardly as amazing a shot as the original, but it’s still cool.
The CubeSats, named MarCO-A and B, are an experiment to test the suitability of pint-size craft for exploration of the solar system; previously they have only ever been deployed into orbit.
That changed on May 5, when the InSight mission took off, with the MarCO twins detaching on a similar trajectory to the geology-focused Mars lander. It wasn’t long before they went farther than any CubeSat has gone before.
A few days after launch MarCO-A and B were about a million kilometers (621,371 miles) from Earth, and it was time to unfold its high-gain antenna. A fisheye camera attached to the chassis had an eye on the process and took a picture to send back home to inform mission control that all was well.
But as a bonus (though not by accident — very few accidents happen on missions like this), Earth and the moon were in full view as MarCO-B took its antenna selfie. Here’s an annotated version of the one above:

“Consider it our homage to Voyager,” said JPL’s Andy Klesh in a news release. “CubeSats have never gone this far into space before, so it’s a big milestone. Both our CubeSats are healthy and functioning properly. We’re looking forward to seeing them travel even farther.”
So far it’s only good news and validation of the idea that cheap CubeSats could potentially be launched by the dozen to undertake minor science missions at a fraction of the cost of something like InSight.
Don’t expect any more snapshots from these guys, though. A JPL representative told me the cameras were really only included to make sure the antenna deployed properly. Really any pictures of Mars or other planets probably wouldn’t be worth looking at twice — these are utility cameras with fisheye lenses, not the special instruments that orbiters use to get those great planetary shots.
The MarCOs will pass by Mars at the same time that InSight is making its landing, and depending on how things go, they may even be able to pass on a little useful info to mission control while it happens. Tune in on November 26 for that!

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Honor 10 review

Erupting in a kaleidoscope of color, the glass-bodied Honor 10 costs way less than you’d expect, and still has the excellent camera we’ve come to expect from the company. We’ve had it in our hands to see if it can live up to those initially very strong impressions. Here’s our Honor 10 review.
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The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, explained

The NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday night and we have all the info you need from the format to the odds for each team winning the No. 1 overall pick.
The 2018 NBA Draft lottery is Tuesday night ahead of the second game of the Eastern Conference Finals. At the lottery, the league’s worst 14 teams will find out which pick they’ll receive in this year’s draft.
Teams are eyeing 19-year-old Slovenian Luka Doncic, who is the overwhelming favorite to go No. 1 overall, as well as Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Texas’ Mo Bamba, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Oklahoma’s Trae Young, and a list of other potential all-stars. This year’s draft isn’t the deepest, but there are stars at the top, so landing a high pick is as important as ever.

The 14 teams participating in the draft lottery had the worst records in the league and missed the postseason. The NHL and NBA are the only two major sports that award the worst team in the league the best chances at the top pick in the draft. The odds get worse depending on how many games teams won.
So how does the lottery work?
Fourteen ping-pong balls are labeled 1-14 and placed in a machine to be selected at random. Four balls are selected to create a four-digit number. Each team is assigned a different percentage of those four-digit numbers depending on how terrible their record was last season. The Suns won last season’s tank-off and will have the best odds.
Balls are only drawn for the top three picks in the draft. The other 11 are ordered again by last season’s standings.
This format will change next year
In September, the NBA approved a change for the 2019 season that’ll award the worst three teams by record equal chance at the top pick in the draft. They will each have 14 percent odds rather than 25, 19.9, and 15.6 percent odds, respectively, in an effort to curb tanking.
Each pick after the top three will drop incrementally in percentage, too. The lottery will also select the top four picks, meaning the team with the best odds could fall as low as the No. 5 pick, rather than the current system which wouldn’t let them fall below No. 4.

The 2018 draft lottery odds

Here are the odds for each team receiving each pick, per Tankathon.

Can any teams lose their picks via trade?

The Pistons will only keep their pick if it lands in the top three, otherwise it goes to the Clippers from the Blake Griffin trade.
The Cavaliers will get the Nets’ pick no matter what from their trade with the Celtics for Kyrie Irving

The Lakers will lose their pick no matter what, but where they land will depend on who it goes to. If they get the Nos. 1, 10, 11, 12, or 13 picks, it’ll go to the Sixers via the trade to get Markelle Fultz. If it lands Nos. 2 or 3, it belongs to the Celtics.

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How much do you know about the Premier League 2017-18 season? – quiz

Who kept losing? Who was proud? Who was ‘the manager of the year’?
In which month did Crystal Palace score their first goal of the season?
Who were the only team to win the majority of their points away from home?
Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
Which goalkeeper made one save in the league last season and 111 this season?
Asmir Begovic
Loris Karius
Wayne Hennessey
Willy Caballero
Tottenham finished the season as the highest placed team from London. Who was their manager when they last achieved that feat?
Gerry Francis
Martin Jol
Juande Ramos
Harry Redknapp
Nine clubs changed their managers during the season. Which of them brought in a permanent replacement with no previous experience of managing in England?
Crystal Palace
Leicester City
West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City
Stoke City
Who did José Mourinho proclaim “the manager of the season” in early April?
Pep Guardiola
Darren Moore
Carlos Carvalhal
Roy Hodgson
Which of these managers had a 0% win percentage this season?
Alan Pardew
Frank de Boer
Craig Shakespeare
Mauricio Pellegrino
Tony Pulis
Which player scored against all of the top six clubs – Manchester City, United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal?
Riyad Mahrez
Marko Arnautovic
Glenn Murray
Jamie Vardy
What do Jack Cork, Harry Maguire, Lewis Dunk, Mathias Jorgensen and Alfie Mawson have they common?
Their only goals this season were own goals
They made their international debuts this season and were relegated
They were all sent off four times
They are the only outfielders who played every minute of every game for their club
Who said this about the vacant managerial role at Everton: “It would have been a fabulous job, but it just didn’t feel right – it just never materialised as I thought it would”?
Arsène Wenger
Marco Silva
Sean Dyche
Sam Allardyce
Four managers took charge of West Brom this season. Which of them earned the most points?
Tony Pulis (12 games in charge)
Alan Pardew (18 games in charge)
Gary Megson (2 games in charge)
Darren Moore (6 games in charge)
What did Lewis Dunk do against Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Swansea?
He was sent off in the first half
He scored an own goal
He was booked for diving
He conceded two penalties
Which team were not beaten on their own ground? (Spurs don’t count)
Manchester City
Manchester United
Who declared himself the “proudest man in Proudsville”?
David Wagner
Rafa Benítez
Sean Dyche
Marco Silva
Manchester City defeated every side they faced in the league this season. So did which other club?
Manchester United
8 and above.
9 and above.
A decent score. Enjoy the World Cup
10 and above.
A fine score. Enjoy the World Cup
11 and above.
Super. Enjoy the World Cup
12 and above.
Super. Enjoy the World Cup
13 and above.
Wonderful. Enjoy the World Cup
14 and above.
Wonderful. Enjoy the World Cup
15 and above.
Pep, is that you?
1 and above.
Oh dear
2 and above.
Oh dear
3 and above.
Oh dear
4 and above.
Oh dear
5 and above.
Not great
6 and above.
Not great
0 and above.
Frank de Boer, is that you?
7 and above.
Not great

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Need vacation ideas? Just follow Mike Leach on Twitter

He’s even sent these out right before kickoff on game day.
Summertime is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re daydreaming of taking a summer vacation. This is especially true in football, where the end of spring ball means the one time all year when coaches briefly unplug.
One head coach who is also fantasizing about his next getaway is Washington State’s Mike Leach. How do we know this, you ask? Instead of tweeting just about his team and the NFL Draft like most coaches, his Twitter account has been filled with summer getaway ideas for the majority of last month:

21 Lazy Rivers to Float This Summer – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Best Long-Distance Hiking Trails – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Islands Under the Radar – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

What to Do in Wyoming – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

UPDATE: Leach has found his destination! He posted a photo of him in Taiwan in mid-May:

The Night Market in Taipei
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

But this wasn’t exclusive to just the month of April — Leach was dreaming about swimming holes and sailing back in February and March:

The 10 Best Swimming Holes in the World – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

10 Great Small Towns for Big Vacations – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

And even during last season! This was one day before Wazzu’s game against Arizona:

10 Haunted Highways and Byways – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Who Needs Venice? 10 Floating Towns You Can Sail Through – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

This one was on game day against Oregon State — the timestamp looks like it was just about an hour and a half before kickoff Pacific Time, amazingly:

Paris Neighborhood Guide for First-Time Visitors – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

My favorite part about all of this is that randomly, in the middle of a series of travel tweets, completely unrelated articles like the following will pop up out of nowhere, and it’s hilarious:

George Washington was nearly impossible to kill – Business Insider
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

On the cusp of turning 112, a whirlwind life for the oldest living World War II veteran – My San Antonio
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

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— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

This was a thing last summer, too!

Gorgeous Castles You Can Rent on Airbnb – Travel Channel
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

At the very least, you gotta applaud Leach for being consistent in his reading and Twitter habits.

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5 Reasons Google Maps Still DESTROYS Apple Maps

Michael Grothaus

15/05/2018 – 3:04pm

And how Apple can improve its mapping software in order to better compete with Google Maps?

It’s fair to say Apple Maps didn’t get off to the right start. When the company’s mapping app replaced Google’s in iOS 6 in 2012, many thought that it would be inherently better than Google Maps.
Boy were they wrong. Apple Maps was plagued with a host of problems upon launch, the primary being a dearth of Points of Interest (POIs) aka locations like stores. And of the POIs it did offer, many of them were incomplete or entirely wrong.
It was arguably Apple’s biggest public blunder to date. But in the almost 6 years since its launch, Apple has made Maps MUCH better. Its POIs is almost as good as Google’s and it now sports some basic features such as transit directions and some indoor maps.
Even so, Google Maps is still widely superior to Apple Maps in terms of feature sets. Here are five reasons why–and five things Apple should steal from Google for their next Maps update.
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Another visual element missing from Apple’s Maps is a noticeable lack of structures when compared to Google’ Maps. Structures are things like buildings or other man-made objects that have outlines on maps. On Google Maps the outlines are numerous and complete and correspond almost entirely accurate to the shapes of their real-life counterparts.
On Apple Maps, the company does display structures, but they are lacking in number and accurate shape in even the biggest cities on the planet, like New York and Tokyo. A look at the same area of the world on Apple’s and Google’s Maps apps and you can see just how many more structures Google offers, which makes navigation easier.
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Another feature Google has offered for a while now is Offline Maps. This allows you to select an area on a Google Map–such as an entire city–and download all of its maps content to your phone so you can access the map and some POIs even when your phone is offline.
Needless to say, this is a boon to travelers who often land in foreign countries yet don’t have a mobile Internet service plan yet. It also saves on having to use up your data plan downloading map information. Why Apple Maps has yet to offer an offline maps mode is beyond me.
Street View

Google has offered Street View for over a decade now. The feature allows you to view photographs of a street that are stitched together, giving you a virtual way to explore the area on the map. Street View is very useful when looking for a particular establishment or just browsing Maps to see where you might want to live next by browsing in areas without actually going there.
Apple Maps doesn’t have a street view, but it does offer what it calls “Flyover.” This is a semi-3D aerial view of an area. It’s more like enhanced satellite imagery than street view, however. And Street View is still far superior. It would be a welcome addition to Apple’s Maps.

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The Honor 10 is here — and it’s a £399 smartphone stunner

The Chinese manufacturer’s newest smartphone has already been released domestically, but today’s launch brings its psychedelic glass design to UK shores.
The Honor 10 comes with a 5.84in, 2,280 x 1,080 FHD+ display, and a pixel density of 432 pixels per inch. It’s built around a notched screen – à la iPhone X – and a resolution that sits somewhere close to the Huawei P20 Pro (click here to read our full review).
Honor has made much of the handset’s “AI camera”, which is able to automatically tweak photos to make the most of lighting in different situations. The rear camera modules are 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel respectively, while the front camera ups the game with an impressive 24-megapixel sensor. Couple that with Honor’s “AI portrait mode” and it looks like this is one handset which will be great for everything from selfies to video calls.
Honor 10: Price, specifications and design

The Honor 10 is a seriously eye-catching handset. The glitzy “Phantom Blue” finish looks utterly gorgeous in the flesh, and looks more than a little like Samsung’s Galaxy S9 if you squint. 
A thin bezel at the bottom of the phone houses a fingerprint scanner, similar to the Huawei P20 Pro, and the notch at the top of the screen houses the front-facing camera. Ingeniously, though, there’s an option to hide the notch by toggling a setting that will add black bars to the screen on either side of it.
The build quality feels great, too, and as the handset measures 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm and weighs in at a very reasonable 153g, the Honor 10 feels light yet balanced in the hand. The only disappointment? There’s no waterproofing. 
There’s no shortage of performance on tap. Honor has employed the octa-core Kirin 970 alongside 4GB of RAM, and both are powered by a slightly under-sized 3,400mAh battery. 
The clincher, though, is that the Honor 10 will cost only £399, which impressively undercuts its competitors – several of which are offering comparable specs for substantially more money. 
Not sure whether it’s the phone for you? We’ve been testing the Honor 10 over the past week, so stay tuned for a full review in the coming days.

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