Lenovo Z5 price, release date and specs: The all-screen Lenovo phone is an edge-to-edge beauty

When most companies claim they’ve made an all-screen phone, what they often mean is that they’ve made an all-screen handset with a notch like the iPhone X, or a near-bezel-less phone like the Huawei P20 Pro. However, it seems that Lenovo has been hard at work to make the first actual all-screen phone, with no hideous notch in sight.
Lenovo’s latest flagship phone, the Lenovo Z5, first emerged on Chinese social media service Weibo in a post by Lenovo’s Vice President Chang Cheng. The teaser showed off two concept pictures of the device, which certainly looks very swish.
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So, what can we expect from the Lenovo Z5 and when can you get your hands on this all-screen beauty? Read on to find out everything we know so far about the Lenovo Z5, including UK price, release date, specs and features.
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Lenovo Z5 design and display: What does it look like?
The Lenovo Z5 concept sketches show that the phone has an all-display design, without the faintest whiff of a single bezel. And, unlike the iPhone X, there’s no notch either. The screen, according to Lenovo’s Vice President, has a 95% screen to body ratio.
It certainly looks the part, but it’s clear that there isn’t a front-facing camera on the Z5, and I can’t imagine there’s a place for the phone’s fingerprint sensor – at least on the front of the device. Little is known whether Lenovo will ditch the front-facing camera altogether or, alternatively, if there’s some fancy in-display camera tech involved. Lenovo could also opt for a similar mechanism to Vivo’s Apex concept phone – which has a pop-out front-facing camera – as well as an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The possibilities are endless.
Lenovo Z5 features: What’s inside?
We’re not sure yet, but Cheng has claimed that the Z5 will make use of “four technological breakthroughs” as well as “18 patented technologies”. If that isn’t just marketing gobbledigook, it looks like the company may have found a way to hide the sensors and speakers.
Again, the Z5 could adopt similar tech from the Vivo concept phone, and perhaps even have a vibrating screen to play audio, rather than conventional speakers – similar to the same teh inside some of Sony’s super-flat TVs.
Lenovo Z5 release date: When can you get your hands on it?
Probably not for a while, seeing as we have basically no information about the phone at the time of writing. Even if we did have a release date, you likely wouldn’t be able to get it in the UK anyway.
Lenovo usually only sells Lenovo-branded phones in Asia, and leaves the Motorola-branded phones for everyone else. Although hopefully, this won’t be the case with the Z5.
We will update this article as soon as we hear more official details about Lenovo’s mysterious all-screen phone.

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Fan Favorite Destiny Map Returns for D2 Iron Banner Next Week – Game Rant

Not too long ago, Destiny 2 fans finally got their hands on the science fiction shooter’s Warmind expansion, with the new DLC offering a plethora of fresh content to whet Guardians’ appetites for more action in the title. Now, it looks as if Bungie is set to make even more gameplay available in the near future by confirming the date and time for the next Iron Banner, with the video game developer also teasing the return of a fan-favorite map from D1 for the Crucible event.

As seen in the tweet below, Bungie asks Guardians to “raise your banners” and shares an accompanying image that alludes to the return of a revamped version of the map Bannerfall to Destiny 2‘s next Iron Banner. Once the limited-time Crucible event goes live on May 22, 2018, 10:00 AM PT, fans will be able to explore the additional changes of the map beyond what is shown below, which depicts alterations such as the removal of Bannerfall’s iconic tree, some wanton destruction, and the flying of the Red Legion emblem above the wreckage.

Raise your banners.
Next week, Iron Banner 6v6 goes live at 10 AM Pacific on May 22.

— Bungie (@Bungie)

For the uninitiated, Bannerfall was first introduced in what is arguably the Destiny franchise’s most well-received expansion, The Taken King, with the map quickly becoming popular with fans in the Crucible – particularly with those who enjoy Control and Rift. This was the case due to it being a solid mid-sized map offering decent sniper sight lines, several spots for close-quarters encounters, and multiple points where flanking the competition became a crucial part of players’ strategies.

Of course, in addition to the return of Bannerfall, Bungie has also made sure to display a Hunter, Warlock, and Titan on the map sporting newly designed gear that will likely work as certain rewards for the next Iron Banner. While some Guardians may be eager to pick up the fresh equipment, others may simply be content to take part in the forthcoming Crucible event due to Bannerfall’s appearance in Destiny 2.

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Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: The best on the market – Hardware reviews

Huawei didn’t just present the P20 Pro, P20 and P20 Lite this year. The Chinese manufacturer also debuted another smartphone with a much heftier price tag. Why does the new Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS cost so much more than other high-end smartphones? In addition to its partnership with the Porsche Design studio, the Mate RS has a fingerprint scanner under the screen! Is it worth the money? Find out in our full review.

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A luxury price…
The collaboration between Huawei and Porsche Design has been going on for years, but it’s usually with the release of a Mate device that the two companies publicly show the fruits of the relationship. This year, the Mate RS is the Porsche Design variant of the P20 Pro, rather than a variant of a Mate device.
As the name suggests, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is a luxury smartphone (Porsche isn’t exactly low-cost), and it’s aesthetically pleasing with a great set of specs. As for what’s on the inside, the Mate RS has nothing to envy from the competition. It features the Kirin 970 processor, AI, a triple camera, no notch, a Full-View display, Fast Charge, IP67 certification against dust and water. In short, it lacks nothing, but the lack of compromises comes at a price. 
The 256 GB model costs 1,550 EUR ($1,840 USD), while the 512 GB model costs 2,095 EUR ($2,488 USD). Of the two colors, the red version will be sold in China, while the black version will be sold in Europe. A US release is unlikely since Huawei has run into many setbacks trying to officially offer its devices in America lately. Australian Huawei fans can hold onto hope though, since the Mate 10 Porsche Design was made available there.
It costs a lot of money, but it’s a luxury smartphone, so what do you expect? It may not have the diamonds or crocodile leather of a Vertu device, but its technical specs are at the forefront.

The smartphone comes boxed with two chargers (one for Europe, one for the UK), two USB Type-C cables, a pair of headphones and a leather case (which looks like plastic).

The Porsche Design Mate RS comes fully equipped with accessories. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

It’s a thing of beauty
The Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS has a lot in common with the Huawei P20 Pro. The two share the same processor, battery and camera. However, in terms of looks, they are very different.
The Mate RS remains true to the style of the other Porsche devices. On the front, the rounded edges and the curved 6-inch OLED screen are reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, or the S9. In terms of materials, the smartphone features glass prominently and the result is a very elegant design.
Without its case, the Mate RS is very slippery, just like other smartphones made with the same material. Given the price of the device, you’ll want to take care not to drop it. It becomes covered in fingerprints very quickly.

The Mate RS has a premium finish. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The black review unit we received had a very sober air about it, and it fits well with the general design of the device. The way the glass fits together with the frame is seamless, and though it’s expensive, the device seems to have earned its price.
The Porsche Design Mate RS packs a lot into a small package (152.9 x 72.5 x 8.5 mm) with a weight of 183 g. That means it’s easy to handle and fits into your pocket easily. Everything you may need to use is easily accessible.

The smartphone is very elegant. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Unlike the Huawei P20 Pro, the camera is centered on the back of the device, just above the fingerprint reader. Huawei also put a fingerprint reader in front, just under the display. Huawei is the second manufacturer (after Vivo) to offer this type of in-display fingerprint reader. We will return to this topic later in the review, but for now, I’ll say it was very impressive.
For those who aren’t sold on the technology yet, there’s still a normal fingerprint reader on the back, so users are given a choice. Finally, there’s also facial recognition for unlocking the device.

Huawei also offers a standard fingerprint sensor on the back. © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

No notch and a perfect display!
Unlike the P20 family, the Porsche Design Mate RS doesn’t have a notch on its 6-inch OLED display. In an interview with Digitaltrends, Christian Schwamkrug, the head of design at Porsche Design, justified this choice. It was important to follow the philosophy of Ferdinand Porsche, co-founder of the brand, namely the famous quote: “If you analyze the function of an object, its form becomes obvious.”
“When I saw the notch for the first time, I nearly couldn’t believe it. It’s disturbing, from a design philosophy,” he explained. “A picture is either rectangular or square, with a border line, and a clear frame format. I like symmetry. I didn’t want to have the notch, I think it’s a compromise.”

No notch, and that’s a good thing! © AndroidPIT

Personally, I think it’s a very good decision. All apps are compatible with this 18.5:9 display format. For the rest, we find all the positive qualities of an OLED screen with a result that’s just as excellent as the P20 Pro. The brightness is very good, the blacks are deep and the 1440 x 2880 definition offers a pixel density of 538 pixels per inch, which is all perfect. The viewing angles are without fault. Huawei did a great job again on this smartphone.

The notchless display is of a very high quality. / AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

In the settings, it is possible to change the color of the screen. By default, the Mate RS uses the ‘vivid’ color profile. The Always On mode is very practical in everyday life. However, unlike on some Samsung phone, it is only possible to display the date, time and remaining battery level.

The results of our display test of the Porsche Mate RS. / © AndroidPIT

Unlocking your smartphone has never been easier
The Porsche Design Mate RS gives users several options for unlocking the smartphone. You’ll find a normal fingerprint scanner on the back, facial recognition and of course the famous in-display fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design is one of the first devices to have this feature. According to analysis by IHS Markit, in-display fingerprint readers will become much more widespread in 2019 with no less than 100 million smartphones produced with it.
All three methods make it easy to unlock the phone in different situations. The fingerprint scanner on the back is just as efficient as we’re used to seeing on other Huawei devices. Facial recognition works perfectly and quickly unless you’re in the dark. The smartphone can even recognize your face with glasses on.
What about the in-display fingerprint scanner?
Contrary to rumors, this type of reader was not integrated on the new Huawei P20 Pro but instead on the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant. The Chinese manufacturer has showed its willingness to innovate and its desire to be among the pioneers of the feature. The company which made the fingerprint reader under the glass is unknown. There are two possibilities which come to mind: Qualcomm and Fingerprint Cards. 
How does it work? The reader detects the presence of a finger placed in the correct area of the screen, which then lights up in blue. The reader then saves an image of the print, which is then compared with the one saved in the device’s memory. If it matches, the smartphone unlocks. If not, it vibrates and lets you try again up to 5 times.

Easy as cake! © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The most interesting thing to note is that recognition takes place relatively quickly, making this method of unlocking just as effective as the conventional scanner or facial recognition. Admittedly, these two techniques are still slightly faster on this model, but the position and ease of access of the in-display scanner make it more useful and pleasant. It’s also guaranteed to impress your friends.
For more details, check out my full article on the in-display fingerprint scanner.

Unlocking has never been easier. / © AndroidPIT

Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8
Unsurprisingly, we find Android 8.1 Oreo and the EMUI 8 interface on the Porsche Design Mate RS, along with the security patch for the month of April. There’s no notable change compared to the P20 Pro which shares the same specs.
Aesthetically, that means we’re in familiar territory. The context menus on the app icons can by found by pressing for three seconds. Twin apps are also part of the party. There’s also the possibility to use an app drawer if you don’t like the default. The size of the home screen grid, the transitions, color themes and permanently displayed information can also be tweaked to your liking.

Oreo is part of the package. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Overall, the interface is perfectly fluid and the smartphone supports multitasking without flinching. There aren’t any slowdowns or freezing either. For a smartphone at this price point, that’s what we expected, and there weren’t any nasty surprises. One flaw, common to all Huawei smartphones, is Huawei’s software suite which often overlaps with Android’s native features. 

A racehorse
Under the hood, the Porsche Design Mate RS has a Kirin 970 processor with 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage (the memory is not expandable via microSD card). As with the P20 Pro, expect high-end performance. The smartphone is fast and does not choke, even under pressure when playing the most demanding games. Combined with the EMUI interface, the performance was excellent and, at times, superior to that of its competition.
It packs all the equipment you could want on the P20 Pro (LTE Cat.18, Gigabit WiFi, Bluetooth with aptX HD, Dolby Atmos, USB Type-C…), and with the exception of a headphone jack. USB Type-C headphones come packaged in the box to help ease the pain. The smartphone is dual SIM compatible.
The benchmark test results below demonstrate the overall power of the device.

Processor and graphics performance results

 
Pixel 2XL
Sony Xperia XZ2
Galaxy S9 (FullHD+)
Galaxy S9+ (FullHD+)

Huawei Mate RS

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.1
3571
4437
3274
3304
2953

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.0
4714
5043
3873
3966
3214

3D MarkIce Storm Unlimited ES 2.0
37844
48021
38488
38701
30587

Geekbench CPUSingle core
1867
2435
3645
3771
1911

Geekbench CPUMulticore
6291
7164
8820
8923
6747

A perfect companion for multimedia
Like the P20 Pro, the Mate RS also offers stereo speakers for your audio pleasure. The speaker at the bottom of the device brings the bass, and the one at the top provides treble. The volume is sufficiently loud, and Dolby Atmos technology reproduces surround sound. When you crank the volume up too high, there’s some distortion in the high end.
Audio output is through the USB Type-C port since there’s no headphone jack. You must arm yourself with a wireless headset (the device is compatible with the aptX, aptX HD and LDAC standards) or use the provided headphones. 

Stereo sound has to make up for the lack of headphone jack. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Triple threat camera
In partnership with Leica, the camera of the Huawei Mate RS is the same as that of the P20 Pro. So, here again, there are 3 lenses, with a maximum resolution of 40 megapixels and a maximum zoom of 5x. The camera benefits from artificial intelligence, and again, we see the same results as with the P20 Pro. Even if the device is technically quite complicated, it’s incredibly simple to use. In automatic mode, the quality of the photos is impressive, and the videos are good quality too (though the S9 is still a little better in this area).

The Porsche Design Mate RS also benefits from the partnership with Leica for its camera. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Even in low light conditions, the results are great. The focus is fast and accurate. Details are visible and the color reproduction is good. The competition isn’t outshining it in any respect.
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Appropriate battery life
The device comes with a non-removable 4,000 mAh battery. This may seem like a lot on paper, but you have to take into account that the phone has a large display and features that take up a lot of power. In practice, the smartphone holds out for a day or more, in somewhat intensive conditions (calls, texting, internet browsing, YouTube …). Compared to the Huawei P20 Pro, the smartphone doesn’t last as long. How is this possible given that the phones have the same specs? It could be due to software optimizations, but the main cause is probably the QHD definition of the Porsche Design Mate RS.

The Porsche Design Mate RS is compatible with wireless charging. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design supports fast charging, of course, and it takes an hour and a half for a full charge. The provided power supply is 10 watts. Finally, the smartphone is compatible with wireless charging (unlike the P20 Pro).

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS technical specifications

Dimensions:
152.9 x 72.5 x 8.5 mm

Weight:
183 g

Battery size:
4000 mAh

Screen size:
6 in

Display technology:
AMOLED

Screen:
2880 x 1440 pixels (537 ppi)

Front camera:
24 megapixels

Rear camera:
40 megapixels

Flashlight:
Dual-LED

Android version:
8.1 – Oreo

User interface:
Emotion UI

RAM:
6 GB

Internal storage:
256 GB512 GB

Removable storage:
Not available

Chipset:
HiSilicon Kirin 970

Number of cores:
8

Max. clock speed:
2.4 GHz

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

Final verdict

Is the Porsche Design Mate RS the best Android smartphone of the moment? Yes, in my opinion. The smartphone has an attractive design, top performance, a killer camera and it offers a real technological innovation with the fingerprint scanner under the display.
Is it worth the price? Alas, no…It’s almost twice the price of the Huawei P20 Pro, which it has a lot in common with, technically speaking. Even though the in-display fingerprint sensor brings a breath of fresh air and truly differentiates it from other high-end smartphones, the Porsche Design Mate RS hardly lives up to its price.
In short, if the price doesn’t matter to you and you want the best Android smartphone money can buy, the Porsche Design Mate RS is definitely the smartphone for you. For others, I recommend checking out the Huawei P20 Pro or Galaxy S9, or simply waiting for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which should offer the same main attraction, an in-display fingerprint scanner.

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BeerBox is a vending machine that opens your beer for you

When you hear about beer vending machine BeerBox, you might wonder: Why don’t we have machines like this already?
Founder Robert Gaafar explained that there are actually several reasons why beer vending machines haven’t made sense in the past. For one thing, there’s the obvious legal necessity of ensuring that people are 21 years or older. For another, many venues won’t sell you a closed container of alcohol, because it can be used as a projectile (so you either get draft beer in a cup, or an already opened can or bottle). Plus, a normal vending machine might shake up the can too much, resulting in a foamy mess.
So BeerBox is a vending machine that opens the can for you. The company is part of the accelerator at ZX Ventures, the innovation arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Gaafar said that if all goes well, BeerBox could eventually spin out as a separate company.
He added that BeerBox is meant to address “a pain that we’ve all felt” at concerts or festivals or ball games — the long lines at the bar: “It’s like, do I really want a drink? I might miss the next quarter.”
“These venues would love to sell more beer at the end of the day but they’re limited with real estate,” Gaafar said. “They can’t build more bars in the arenas, nor do they necessarily want to hire more people to staff that.”
The machine was developed in partnership with Intelligent Product Solutions. Ralph Cassara, the company’s senior director of architecture and embedded software, explained that the can-opening functionality represents even more of a “unique technical challenge” than you might think.
One aspect was simply studying how your fingers open a can of beer and figuring out how to replicate that mechanically. But Cassara also noted that the cans can be loaded into BeerBox top-first or bottom-first, so the machine needs to detect the can’s orientation, and then locate the tab at the top of the can.
And where another beer vending startup called Civic is focused on using blockchain to solve the age verification issue, Gaafar said that’s addressable with human checks — just put the BeerBox (or, eventually, multiple BeerBoxes) in an area that’s only accessible to guests who’ve shown their ID.
The current BeerBox prototype can hold 150 25-ounce cans of beer (though Gaafar said that will end up going down to 110 cans as the machine is redesigned for airflow). Payments are cashless, but the company is also planning new models that support secure, offline payments. And while the prototype we saw only dispensed Bud Light, he said it eventually will include a touchscreen for ordering multiple types of beer.
In the meantime, you’ll be able to see the BeerBox at select concert and sports venues this summer.
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Trump reportedly wants to punish Amazon by trying to double Postal Service rates

President Donald Trump has personally asked the Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the US Postal Service charges companies like Amazon to use its services, according to a report from The Washington Post today. The move is just the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, turn in the ongoing feud between the sitting president and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world and owner of The Washington Post. Trump has often criticized the newspaper for its coverage of his administration.
Brennan has managed to keep Trump at bay, fearful the request could massively complicate existing contracts between the USPS and companies like Amazon, many of which are reportedly reviewed by a regulatory commission, The Post reports. Yet last month, Trump ordered a Postal Service review via executive order so that a task force can evaluate the finances of the organization, presumably to help back up his claim that it loses billions a year due to poor deals struck with Amazon and others.

This is the latest chapter in Trump and Bezos’ ongoing feud

Trump has also criticized Amazon in the past for not paying an adequate amount of taxes and for using The Post as an idealogical arm of Bezos to criticize Republicans and the White House, a charge Trump has been making for years prior to his winning the 2016 US election. Bezos, in response, has offered to shoot Trump into space using a Blue Origin rocket, though he made the joke back in 2015 when it would likely garner a less polarized response.
Brennan, who has spent 32 years at the Postal Service and became Postmaster General in 2014, has met with Trump multiple times in the past 18 months to discuss the Amazon matter, according to The Post. Reportedly, the debate over how much Amazon should be paying the Postal Service has divided top administration officials, with Trump calling on and receiving conflicting opinions from members of his cabinet and staff like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, who left the White House in March over a major rift with Trump on proposed steel and aluminum tariffs.
Amazon’s relationship to the Postal Service is a complicated one. The Post reports that Amazon, like many other retailers, uses the USPS for so-called last-mile deliveries, meaning Amazon brings the package to the post office closest to a customer’s home so a mail worker can then bring it to the door. Amazon reportedly uses the USPS for 40 percent of its last-mile deliveries, according to some analysts, and paid $21.7 billion in 2017 in shipping costs.
The Postal Service, though it’s lost money for the last 11 years, reported a 11.8 percent year-over-year increase in revenue to $19.5 billion last year, some of which is likely attributable to Amazon’s increased spending in the area. The nature of Amazon and the Postal Service’s deal remains secret.
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Terry Rozier is a reminder that nice surprises still exist in sports

The Boston Celtics guard went from a panned NBA Draft pick to the star of a dominant playoff team.
The iconic image of Terry Rozier so far is of the Celtics guard floating in mid-air before throwing down a hammer dunk with LeBron James trailing behind him. It was a brave, audacious, statement dunk in the third quarter of the Eastern Conference Finals against one of the greatest chase-down block artists of all time.
Yet, in some sense, the play was completely normal. Rozier’s fearless attitude hasn’t changed regardless of opponent or conditions:
“When I wake up in the morning, I’m not worried about nobody. When I go to work, I’m not worried. That’s not me trying to say how tough I am, but that’s just what it is. I have no fear.”
In the last round, Rozier got into a scuffle with Joel Embiid after the big man tried to take the ball out of his hands in the second quarter of Game 4. He even threw a shot into Embiid’s chest before the two had to be separated.

Terry Rozier and Joel Embiid getting heated…
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Against the Bucks, he went at it on the court and off with Eric Bledsoe, and wore a Drew Bledsoe jersey to taunt his opponent after the Bucks were eliminated.
I declared that Rozier was the greatest player of all time while I was watching him against the 76ers at a bar with a few friends. It was during that first game, when he arrived at the arena wearing the Bledsoe jersey and finished the game with 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block. He was all over the place, shooting threes, playing staunch defense, and running a one man fastbreak. The declaration was obviously hyperbolic — it started as a joke to annoy one of my friends who was cheering for the Sixers, and was bemused by Rozier’s ability to do any and everything — but Rozier embodies one of my favorite things about sports: surprises.
Since Rozier has been a backup for most of his career, and a lot about him, his potential, and his limits, is still unknown. Brad Stevens might have known what Rozier was capable of, but the general audience didn’t. They had no reason to believe that the guard could do anything close to what he’s been doing in the playoffs.
This unknown quality means that there are no true expectations for him. At most, people expect Rozier to play like a backup: to manage the game, get out of the way of his more talented teammates, and maybe do a few cool things along the way. That leaves Rozier with the opportunity to determine his own story out of a blank slate.
If Rozier fails, it’s not surprising — after the hammer dunk, LeBron got the chase-down block on Rozier soon after Rozier attempted a layup. But when Rozier succeeds, as he did on that initial dunk and in several games when he’s been dominant on both sides of the ball, it’s especially delightful, because no one has any idea where it’s coming from or what he will do next. For a few games in the playoffs, he becomes a myth: the trope of the fearless, hard working athlete who waits patiently for his chance and then rides a small opportunity to greatness. It’s Rudy but much better.
When Rozier was drafted by the Celtics in 2015 with the 16th overall pick, he by CBS Sports. He was a fail. Celtics fans have been retweeting the grade as a way to taunt those who made it, because it looks ridiculous in the face of what Rozier has been doing for weeks. That grade also shows the problem with sports predictions in general, especially with college players: predictions look at the past, in a sporting world that is always in flux, and claim a hard and determined future from that evidence.
Grades and predictions tend to ignore what a change in conditions — like coaching, team environment, or even the player’s own determination to be better — can have on a player’s future. They look at what’s available and what can be measured at the time, which is entirely reasonable. But a player’s productivity, or lack of, can also only be true of their particular situation at the time. Changing that situation, for better or worse, can change what that player is. There is a long list of high and sought-after draft picks who have failed to live up to their hype, and at least as many low or dismissed picks who eventually became great.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili went 28th and 57th overall, respectively. Draymond Green went 35th with the criticism that he was undersized, and it wasn’t until David Lee’s injury that he was allowed to prove how tremendous he could be. Jimmy Butler wasn’t thought to be anything special, and it took Rozier’s former teammate Isaiah Thomas some years after being drafted in the second round to show how good he is.
That’s not to say that Rozier will become as great as the players mentioned — his run could come to an end at anytime — but that there’s so much unknown when it comes to player ability and potential, even in a world of lengthy NBA Draft scouting reports and video breakdowns. That’s what makes players like Rozier so fun to watch. It’s not just the hammer dunks and the scuffles — though those are great for their own sake — but what he is when he’s scoring 18 points against the Cavaliers and mean-mugging the camera.
Rozier is a counterpoint to exercise of forecasting. He’s a reminder that the element of surprise still exists in sports, and that the future is not written in stone. He is evidence that a player still has the power to write their own story, even if it’s only for these playoffs.

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Simon Yates retains overall Giro lead as Elia Viviani wins 13th stage sprint finish | Sport

Elia Viviani won the 13th stage to make it a hat trick of wins in the Giro d’Italia while Simon Yates remained in the overall lead on Friday as the race prepares to head into the mountains.
Viviani won a bunch sprint at the end of the flat 180km (112-mile) leg from Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia for his first victory in Italy after two wins in Israel at the start. Sam Bennett, who was also seeking a third victory, was second, just ahead of Danny van Poppel.

The general classification was unchanged as Yates retained his 47-second advantage over defending champion Tom Dumoulin. Thibaut Pinot is third, one minute and four seconds behind the British cyclist.
The stage was meant to be a relatively easy one before the race hits the mountains this weekend and so it proved. There was an early breakaway of five riders, who swiftly built a lead of three-and-a-half minutes.
The peloton picked up the pace as they headed into Nervesa della Battaglia the gap was down to 22 seconds at the top of the Montello climb, shortly before the finish, and the leading group caught with just over six kilometers remaining.
Viviani was set up perfectly by his Quick-Step Floors team-mates and he showed his skills to surge through a gap and past Sacha Modolo, punching the air as he crossed the line.

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The Giro heats up again on Saturday with a climb up Monte Zoncolan at the end of a 186km route from San Vito al Tagliamento. There are four other categorised climbs before the final, iconic ascent.There is another gruelling leg through the Dolomite Range on Sunday, followed by the Giro’s third and final rest day. The 21-stage race ends in Rome on 27 May.

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Elfrid Payton cut his signature hair

The NBA’s contest for most recognizable haircut is back on.
The NBA’s most recognizable hair (beards excluded, James Harden) is no more. The Phoenix Suns’ Elfrid Payton has eliminated one of the biggest talking points of whatever basketball game he was playing in by cutting his signature hair.
Payton posted the cut on his Instagram story Friday morning:

His hair was often joked about as one of the best defenders in the NBA, or an “Elfrid Payton stopper.” Why? Because, well, the flopsy part hanging over his eyes got in the way sometimes.
This is perhaps his most notable miss that was likely affected by his hair:

With a closer look, either the basketball brushed against Payton’s hair, or his hair was covering so much of his face that he lost sight of the rim. We can’t be sure which is the case, but it’s pretty clear that it’s one or the other, which isn’t great!

Michael Brice-Saddler watched 62 Payton free throws in March of 2017 to determine whether or not the hair was affecting Payton at the stripe. He found that Payton’s free throws mostly missed by hitting either the front or back of the rim.

Front of rim: 27Sides of rim: 11Back of rim: 24

His conclusion? “Considering all this evidence, it’s not far-fetched to think Payton’s hair might play a factor in his broken jumper. But it’s still unclear how much it actually hurts him.”
This upcoming NBA season may show us whether his hair was actually a problem. But regardless of how you felt about the appearance of his hair, or its effect on his game, there’s no denying that it was unique. Payton’s hair made him a recognizable player even though he isn’t a superstar.
The biggest tragedy in all of this is that Payton doesn’t look like Jean-Michel Basquiat anymore. But his new haircut does look good, so good for him.
It might be May, but it’s never too late for the whole “new year, new me” thing.

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How To Stop Advertisers From Tracking Your iPhone

Michael Grothaus

17/05/2018 – 2:26pm

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iOS’s Safari, like any web browser, is capable of giving information about you to advertisers–whether they use iAds or other advertising solutions on the websites you view. But blocking advertisers from getting info about you is easy in iOS 11.
1. Tap the Settings app and then tap Safari.
2. On the next screen, scroll down until you see the “Privacy & Security” heading. Toggle the “Prevent Cross-site Tracking” option to ON. This will stop websites and advertisers from tracking you around the web.
Limit iAd Tracking

You can also limit the ability for Apple to serve you iAds based on your current location. To do this:
1. Tap the Settings app and then tap Privacy.
2. Tap Location Services.
3. Scroll down and tap System Services.
4. Find where it says “Location-Based Apple Ads” and toggle that switch to OFF.

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