OnePlus 5T hands-on review

It’s only six months old, but OnePlus has replaced the OnePlus 5 with the OnePlus 5T. The new device takes on a new look and a new camera, but leaves the power and the price alone.
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“Rent a Hasselblad” Launches With X1D-50c

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Hasselblad is introducing the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ service at around 40 rental pick-up locations across the globe. Starting with the X1D-50c mirrorless medium format camera and a selection of XCD lenses, ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ is a global online service to book Hasselblad cameras and lenses for a selected period of time.
Hasselblad Press Release
Gothenburg, Sweden 16 Nov 2017
HASSELBLAD LAUNCHES ‘RENT A HASSELBLAD’ – a New Way to Experience and Take Advantage of Hasselblad Medium Format Technology
‘Rent a Hasselblad’ enables easier and on-demand access to Hasselblad medium format cameras and lenses for photography enthusiasts and professionals. Hasselblad, the leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses, is introducing the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ service. The service has been created to allow photography enthusiasts and professionals to benefit from the advantages of medium format technology.
“Owning a Hasselblad medium format camera system is a significant investment even for a successful high-paid photographer,” said Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager. “Consequently, many professional photographers and enthusiasts haven’t had the opportunity to see what they’re able to create with Hasselblad’s medium format technology. The ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ program is designed to change that and we’re looking forward to seeing what photographers are able to produce having easier access to our photographic tools.”
‘Rent a Hasselblad’ is a global online service to book Hasselblad cameras and lenses for a selected period of time based on a photographer’s need to use the camera. Whether renting a Hasselblad system for a specific photoshoot, booking a camera to try it out before making up their mind to purchase, or reserving gear to pick up and use at their next travel destination, the rental service will give photographers more freedom and higher accessibility to Hasselblad systems.
At its launch, customers can book the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera, the X1D-50c, and choose from a selection of XCD lenses at around 40 rental pick-up locations across the globe. 
Plans are already underway to grow the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ service by increasing both the number of rental locations and expanding the selection of Hasselblad camera models at certain locations.
Furthermore, as a convenient online service with global coverage and reasonable rental fees, ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ offers photographers the possibility to offset rental cost against the purchase price if they then decide to make an investment in the Hasselblad camera system afterwards. 
The ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ booking system with pricing and additional information can be found at:www.hasselblad.com/rental

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2017-2018 MLB free agent rankings

Which players are the class of the offseason? This ranking is empirically correct, so we’ll do the thinking for you.
It’s that time of year again, when the stupid awards are over, and the hot stove is getting hotter. Mmm, so hot. This might be the best part of the offseason, and the only thing you have to do is forget just how wretched most of this free agent class is.
Well, maybe that’s too harsh. There are useful players to be found in the 2017-2018 MLB free agent bonanza this offseason. Some of the players who don’t make this top-40 list will play a significant role for a team next year, and they’ll be regarded as the steals of the winter. There just aren’t a lot of premium players. If your team is looking to slap the offseason upside the head with an oar, there just aren’t that many options.
This is a trip to the hardware store, then. There are no rides. There are no cotton candy machines. There are clamps. Mostly clamps. Maybe a few wood screws.
Okay, maybe there are a couple of cotton candy machines. Like …
1. Shohei Ohtani – RHP, 1B, RF, DH, QB, PF, G
The most perfect free agent possible, really. He can hit, he can pitch, and he isn’t going to cost your favorite team more than Joe Smith. That’s not a figure of speech. He’ll be less expensive than the actual Joe Smith.
He just needs to choose your favorite team. His reasoning might have to do with his future contract. It might have to do with a need for privacy. It might have to do for a desire for the spotlight. It might be based entirely on FiveThirtyEight’s burrito rankings (please, oh please).
There are still some bureaucratic hurdles with the posting system, specifically some rollbacks that would allow Ohtani’s old team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, to make more money for parting with their young superstar, but he’s almost certainly coming over. And he’s easily the best free agent of this class, if not his generation.
2. J.D. Martinez – OF
He’s been really, really good for four years now. The slugging percentage and general power output were absurd last year, but he’s always had a tantalizing combination of power and bat control — the answer to what would happen if Chris Davis could hit .300.
His defense ranges from iffy to incredibly iffy, regardless of what Scott Boras will have you believe, so there are risks with a five- or six-year deal. This is the best hitter on the market, though, and that was probably true before he ascended into the ionosphere with the Diamondbacks.
3. Yu Darvish – SP
The best starter on the market, as expected. Just, uh, ignore the part where he probably single-handedly cost his last team the World Series. It was a blip! Weird things happen when you mix slick balls with small samples. That goes without saying.
Because it’s 2017, not 1987, I’m pretty sure that teams will pay Darvish for the 135 games he pitched before the World Series, not the last two games he pitched. While his track record is inconsistent (just 200 IP in one season, and an ERA that’s gone up in each of the last four seasons), he’s still near the top of any rotation in baseball.
4. Jake Arrieta – SP
For four straight seasons, Arrieta was one of the hardest pitchers to hit in baseball. He led the NL in hits-per-nine in both 2015 and 2016, showing off a repeatable skill that’s hard to find and harder to maintain.
His velocity is down two ticks, though, so I’m going to believe that the bump in hits allowed last season has to do with hitters having extra milliseconds to make better contact. If you’re paying for Arrieta, pay for what he did last year, and then expect it to get slowly worse. That is a fine addition to any major league roster. If you’re paying for what he did in the seasons before that, good luck.
5. Eric Hosmer – 1B
He’s a fine first baseman. Stays healthy, can take a walk. There are some defensive metrics that hate him, but he passes the eyeball test. The good news about him is that he’s just 28, which is relatively young for a free agent.
He’s basically J.T. Snow, though. I lived through the career of J.T. Snow. There were some fine moments, and I will remember him fondly. But I wouldn’t remember him quite as fondly if he made the late-’90s equivalent of what Hosmer might get in this market, which is upward of $100 million. You enjoy players like Hosmer when he has a good team around him. You enjoy them less when they’re your free agent centerpiece.
6. Mike Moustakas – 3B
The sixth-best free agent? We’ve reached something of a tipping point, and I just started.
Moustakas’s career on-base percentage is .305. His glove is pretty okay. If you’re going to start there, you’re going to need the player to hit 38 home runs to have a ton of value. Luckily for him (and Boras), that’s exactly what happened, so there will be a team that will overpay.
This is exactly the kind of free agent that most teams should avoid, though. In his best-case scenario, last year, he walloped nearly 40 dingers and was still worth roughly two wins above replacement. What happens when the baseballs go back to normal? What happens when his fast-twitch reflexes fade, and he needs to swing at better pitches? I can see this one getting ugly fast, so the team that gets him had better be in ultra-win-now mode and have the money to brush financial mistakes off easily after a couple years of solid production.
He’s the Eric Hosmer of third basemen, really.
7. Lorenzo Cain – CF
Probably a better player than either of the other two Royals, but I would trust the power and patience to age better for the previous two when compared to Cain’s speed-and-defense combo.
For next year and maybe 2019, give me Cain, though. His 2017 season wasn’t much different than the year he had in 2015, when he finished third in the AL MVP voting, after all. I might come back in an hour and put him ahead of his former teammates.
8. Lance Lynn – SP
Healthy and able to make every start last year, Lynn is a fine choice for a team wanting to bolster their rotation while also planning to recreate the Dodgers’ 2017 postseason strategy. For the first two times through the order, Lynn is a solid fastball monster with the ability to miss bats. He used to keep the ball in the park, too, but he was hit as hard by the juiced baseballs as anyone.
If you believe that the home runs were a blip? Give him money. He’ll be cheaper than Arrieta and roughly as valuable. If you think that the home runs are here to stay? Be wary of that 4.82 FIP he posted last year, which makes his modest 3.43 ERA seem incredibly lucky.
9. Carlos Santana – 1B
That’s seven straight seasons with at least 18 homers and 600 plate appearances or more, which seems like something most teams can use, and that’s before you get to him being a switch-hitter with a .365 career on-base percentage.
He’s 32, though, and limited to first base or DH, if you ignore those bizarre attempts to put him at third or the outfield. Still, it would make sense to pay him half as much as Hosmer, considering he’s had the typical good Hosmer season in seven out of the last eight years.
10. Alex Cobb – RHP
The American League Lance Lynn, right down to the Tommy John surgery. Like Lynn, I’d rather pay Cobb for three years than most of these pitchers for five, but there’s also a chance that teams will pay all of these guys for five years, so I don’t know.
While it’s a shame that Cobb blew out as arm right as he looked like one of the brightest young starters in the league, he at least timed his rebound well. He allowed twice as many homers as he did in his last full healthy season, but so did everyone else, really.
11. Wade Davis – RP
If you’re looking for a dominant closer to ape what Andrew Miller and Kenley Jansen have done in recent postseasons, don’t look at Davis. Just ask the Cubs. This isn’t a knock on Davis, who gave the Cubs nearly everything they should have expected, but just a reminder that not every closer is built to hit the month of wildly intense bonus baseball and throw twice as often for twice as long.
Davis is a fine closer. Brilliant at times if you let him pitch just one inning. Expect that, and you’ll be satisfied.
12. Greg Holland, RP
Not to be cynical or rude, but when a pitcher coming back from Tommy John has the first-half/second-half splits that Holland did, you should be very, very, very, very skeptical about giving him tens of millions. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go for another one-year deal, really. There are innocent explanations for his second-half decline (general fatigue that is unlikely to carry over into 2018), and I’d prefer to believe those.
What if that pitcher from the first half isn’t coming back, though? It has to be a consideration, at least.
13. Zack Cozart, SS
I laughed at the idea that Daniel Murphy was somehow Rod Carew now. Now Daniel Murphy laughs at me. I’ve already apologized, but he keeps laughing, and it makes me feel worse.
Cozart might be a similar story. He’s always been one of the more underrated defenders in baseball, and prior to this season, he started hitting just enough to take seriously. No one expected him to put up a 933 OPS when he was 31, though. That’s just silly.
He’ll either be the best bargain on the market when he continues to hit like this, or he’ll be overpaid based on his potential to do that.
14. Todd Frazier, 3B
He’s averaged 33 home runs over the last four years, and the only thing keeping him this far below Moustakas is his age. Otherwise, they’re very similar players, with the main difference being that Frazier has done this a lot more often.
15. Logan Morrison, 1B
He went from someone who was practically guaranteed to be a non-roster invitee into a proven commodity. Morrison hit 38 homers in 601 plate appearances, which is about 1,000 plate appearances sooner than it usually takes him to hit that many. He’ll be 30, and his defense has never been exciting, but it would make sense for a lefty-friendly team like the Yankees or Red Sox to stop here first before committing $130 million on Eric Hosmer.
I wasn’t expecting this entire ranking to be a referendum on how much I’m going to hate the Hosmer and Moustakas contracts, but here we are.
16. Neil Walker, 2B
Surprisingly good! Year after year! I almost left him off the list entirely, but he kept sneaking up. He’s remarkably consistent, too, putting up an OPS between 750 and 810 every single freaking season, with competent-to-okay defense and double-digit home runs.
Walker has missed more than 50 games in each of the last two seasons, though, so it’s not all good news. Still, for the rare teams that are looking for a second baseman, they could (and probably will) do far worse than a reasonable contract here.
17. Tony Watson, RP
I had him ranked way too low, which means that I have to manually go back and change the numbers of everyone below him, and I’m mad at him right now. Still, he’s been a consistent left-handed presence in the late innings for years, and he’s the class of the late-inning lefties.
Watson was miscast as a closer, but he’s also miscast as a LOOGY, holding right-handed hitters to a sub-.300 OBP over his career.
18. Mike Minor, RP
What a fantastic renaissance season from a pitcher who hadn’t thrown a pitch since 2014. Durability has to be a concern, but Minor was death on lefties and hard on righties. There will be a lot of teams who think his durability concerns might be a feature, not a bug, if they can get him on a shorter contract because of them.
19. Brandon Morrow, RP
What a fantastic renaissance season from a pitcher who hadn’t thrown a full season since 2012. Durability has to be a concern, but Morrow was death on lefties and hard on righties. There will be a lot of teams who think his durability concerns might be a feature, not a bug, if they can get him on a shorter contract because of them.
(And I wouldn’t think that Morrow’s heavy use in the 2017 postseason will hurt his value that much. He looked outstanding for most of October.)
20. Anthony Swarzak, RP
I started this gig in 2011, and I’d like to think that I’ve written about just about every player since then. But this might be the first time I’ve ever written the name “Anthony Swarzak.” He was the most forgettable pitcher in baseball, every single year. There’s a plaque that goes with that, but they keep forgetting to send it to him.
Swarzak found his strikeout pitch, though. He actually found it in 2015, but this is the year he put it all together. You might disagree and prefer some of the relievers below him on this list, but I’m bullish on this newfound control-minded whiff monster. He’ll help build the copycat bullpen that one of these division winners is going to spend on.
21. CC Sabathia, SP
Still got it. He’s 37 and doesn’t like to run off the mound if he can help it, but he’s had two valuable seasons in a row, and he’s not likely to need a multi-year deal. The Yankees would be lucky to get him back, but there have to be a lot of teams interested in his 150-160 innings of generally solid pitching.
22. Tyler Chatwood, SP
His career ERA is 4.31, which is Pretty Okay. His FIP is 4.58, which suggests that he’s been helped by the brilliant Rockies infields of recent vintage. But his ERA+ is 105, which reminds you that, oh, yeah, Coors Field still exists.
Chatwood hasn’t thrown more than 158 innings in his career, and durability is a concern even more than it is with Lynn and Cobb. But how good can he be when he’s out of Coors? Maybe the walk rate will drop when he’s not worried about every single pop fly drifting out of right-center.
23. Jay Bruce, OF
Over the last four years, Bruce has put up a .237/.303/.457 line, and it’s not like is defense is anything other than passable, at best. He’ll be 31 next year. Please tell me that you see the red flags, too.
And yet he’ll get something like $40 million. He is a left-handed Ryan Ludwick, and there’s going to be a team that stumbles into the viper pit. Compare his numbers with Lucas Duda, then write a letter to your team! This isn’t 1983, and 36 homers aren’t what they used to be. He’s a good guy, lovely in the clubhouse, but his replacement-level play from 2014 through 2016 should really make teams think harder.
Dinger fever has no cure, though. I can respect that.
24. Pat Neshek, RP
He’s still something of a ROOGY, but those concerns are overstated. He can still face a lefty if you need him to, and he’s been quietly excellent for years now. Your bullpen can use more funk. All of them can.
25. Jake McGee, RP
He has a longer track record than Minor, but I’m not immune to recency bias, and even though he was better in 2017 than the previous year, he still never came close to his Rays peak with the Rockies.
On the other hand, he was on the Rockies, which seems tough. Take a moment to go back and remember just how dominant he was in his last two seasons with the Rays, and adjust him accordingly.
26. Addison Reed, RP
He would rank much higher, but he gave up 11 dingers. That is far, far too many for a late-inning reliever. Teams don’t need that kind of heartbreak, even if it’s cut with some excellent pitching in the interim.
Plus, he gets a Gin Blossoms song stuck in my head every time, and I will never forgive him for that.
27. Brandon Kintzler, RP
Ah, we’re deep into the funky relievers now. Brad Ziegler proved that funky can work for right-handed relievers for several years at a time, so don’t mind the below-average strikeout rate too much.
Mind it a little, though. And hope that your team has the right kind of defense if they spend money on Kintzler.
28. Steve Cishek, RP
Funky relievers! I would love to see a team swoop in and grab Neshek, Kintzler, and Cishek at the same time and build the entire bullpen out of funk. Just scour the Earth for all the sheks and kintzes, really.
Take the Neshek capsule and adjust downward for reliability, and you have Cishek, who would be a quality addition to most bullpens.
29. Jhoulys Chacin, SP
Ah, yes, the fourth-most valuable starting pitcher in free agency according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR (tied with Lance Lynn), so look here if you want a bargain. Don’t ask who no. 1 or 2 are. You’ll get to them soon enough.
Even if that seems a little unrealistic when it comes to what to expect from Chacin next year, it’s worth noting that he did have a solid year for the Padres, and it’s not like he’s without excellent stuff. He’s been a pick to break out since his outstanding year for the Rockies in 2013, and that’s only if you considered his 6 WAR season back then something that wasn’t a breakout season.
He’s probably a one-year bargain for someone.
30. Jonathan Lucroy, C
He was briefly one of the most valuable players in baseball, and while the Brewers cashed in on that value both on and off the field, Lucroy is stuck in the land of short-term deals. He could have been a $100 million player with better timing, which seems unfair when you think about some of the players on this list who will get serious money.
Considering his play in Colorado (.310/.429/.437 in 175 PA), I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s invited back. Even though he isn’t an All-Star anymore, he’s still better than most of his peers. That should count for something.
31. Welington Castillo, C
I still find it amusing that the Mariners — who have averaged a .100/.101/.102 line from their catchers over the last decade — had Castillo for two weeks before catapulting him into the desert. He can hit quite a bit for a catcher, and that’s something that will intrigue a dozen teams or two.
He’s not much of a framer or defender, though, so don’t expect the full package. But as an à la carte deal, it’s a pretty good one.
32. Carlos Gomez, OF
This should have been the year that Gomez got his nine-figure payday, but it’s like A. Bartlett Giamatti said, “The Milwaukee Brewers will suck the life force out of you and everybody you love.” Look it up.
Anyway, Gomez is a reasonable defender in center, and he looks a lot better offensively if you pretend that he’s a random player who wasn’t supposed to do much instead of an indie-label Yasiel Puig who used to do everything. It’s all about managing expectations.
33. Andrew Cashner, SP
Here is the top free agent starter by Baseball-Reference’s WAR!

Please clap.

Okay, I don’t get it either, but Cashner turned into Kirk Rueter with worse command, and it worked? I’ve stared at his Baseball-Reference page for an hour now, and I’m not closer to understanding it than I was at the start. Please appreciate this list of right-handed pitchers with low strikeouts, high walks, and above-average run prevention. Jason Marquis! Miguel Batista! Albie Lopez!
And this tall dude who throws in the mid–90s and could always strike people out before. I know he mixed in a cutter, so it’s possible that the Rangers found the secret to success. I would trust the FIP more than the ERA here, though.
34. Jason Vargas, SP
Here is the second-best free agent starter by Baseball-Reference’s WAR (tied with Yu Darvish)! Led the American League in wins and didn’t get a single Cy Young vote. Shameful.
Unlike Cashner, Vargas had his unlikely success in a very on-brand way, though. He was just 50 percent more vargasy. On a short-term deal, he’s similar to R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon last year, and he’ll probably work out as well as one of them.
35. Miles Mikolas, SP
Wild card! He’s following the Colby Lewis path, right down to the part where some poor overworked coach in Japan had to rebuild him from scratch and undo whatever in the hell the Rangers did to screw him up in the first place.
No, I know that’s not fair. But it is amusing to me. Mikolas turned into a bat-missing talent in a league that is known for appreciating the art of contact, and he did it while keeping his walk rate microscopic (2.25 ERA in 188 IP, with 187 K and 23 BB). Lewis’s success in his return to MLB probably made Mikolas an extra couple million. What kind of gift basket do you send over for that?

I would like to order a $25,000 gift basket, please. Yes, yes. Right. Yeah, at least 30 pistachios.

36. Lucas Duda, 1B
Assignment: Write what he’s done each year (four seasons total) on a separate piece of paper. Do the same for Jay Bruce. Put them into a hat, and draw them out. Pretend this is the new career sequence for both of them. Is Bruce going to get $50 million with this new, reordered career? Is Duda going to have to settle for a one-year deal?
The difference, of course, is that one can play the outfield and the other can’t. But as hitters, the only difference is timing. Bruce has it. Duda does not. Do not. Duda do not. Dudon’t. I’m still workshopping this.
37. Carlos Gonzalez, OF
Perhaps my favorite Carlos Gonzalez fun fact is that he’s only 32. It feels like he’s the same age as Matt Holliday instead of the prospect who was traded for Matt Holliday, but he’s actually the same age as Adam Jones.
Keep that in mind, then remember that he had a 114 OPS+ and played in 150 games or more in the previous two seasons. He was good as recently as 2016, and he’s only 32. Don’t just look at his home/road splits and call it a day, because the effects of Coors Field aren’t as simple as that. Accept his warts (platooning is a must) and see if he’s that rare combination of a name-brand player and a short-term bargain.
38. Bryan Shaw, RP
He’s far more boring than all of the other right-handed relievers on this list, but he might be better. More consistent, at least. He looks like a pitcher who was on the original Rays roster and just keeps plugging away, year after year. He’s led the league in appearances in three out of the last four years, which is either a red flag or something that goes on the brochure.
Shaw had the highest ERA of his career, while having the lowest FIP. That’s more than a little odd, but it’s because he allowed a career high in runs while preventing home runs better than he has since 2013. He’ll be just 30, so unless the mileage worries you, he might offer more cost certainly than some of the relievers ranked much higher.
39. Jarrod Dyson, OF
He won’t hit. His career OBP is .325, and it was .324 this year. He’s 33, so that’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.
But he can run, and maaaaaan, can he field. He won’t get a long-term deal, which should probably make him more attractive to everyone. Who can use a lefty-hitting fourth outfielder who can field like a Gold Glover and steal bases when he needs to? Everyone. Everyone can.
40. Yonder Alonso, 1B
Pay for the 774 OPS from the second half. Secretly hope for the 866 OPS on the season. Alonso will be 31 next year, and considering this is the first time he reached double digits in home runs — even Omar Vizquel did that once! — it’s okay to be skeptical.
Ask yourself, though, if you would rather have Alonso and an extra $100 million to spend, or if you’d rather have Hosmer. I know which one I would choose. Promise to come back here in a year and laugh at me if I’m wrong?
Look at the list from last year. Such bad takes all over the place. I’ll stand by the last ranking, though:

40. Edinson Volquez or Seth Smith or Joaquin Benoit or Sergio Romo or Mark Reynolds or Brandon Moss or Santiago Casilla or David Hernandez or Jason Grilli or Fernando Rodney or Adam Lind or Rajai Davis or Angel Pagan or Jon Jay or Pedro Alvarez or Mitch Moreland or Aaron Hill or Logan Morrison or Jon Niese or …
Seems like a jumble of uninspiring names, except you know one of those players up there will have an exceptional year on the cheap …

The answer was Logan Morrison. Logan Morrison. Someone not on this list will do the same next year. I’m not sure if it’s better or worse that we know this.
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Roger Federer v Marin Cilic: ATP World Tour Finals – live! | Sport

When Rafael Nadal signed off early from the ATP World Tour Finals this week with a hearty: “Thank you, and merry Christmas everyone,” it was tempting to shout out after the Spaniard as he limped home to the warmth and comfort of the Spanish sunshine: “And thanks for coming.”
It was the sixth time in 14 qualifications for this event that Nadal’s body has given up on him – the previous five of those before a ball was hit – and few players are more committed to the cause than the muscular Mallorcan. So, he should not be castigated for giving what little he had and he will be missed. But his departure certainly sucked the life out of the O2 Arena, hosting this season-ending cash bonanza for the eighth year, with at least three more to come.
However, this gig is as demanding as nearly any in sport, not so much because of the format or even the hard court that Nadal struggles with, but because of the accumulated workload the eight finalists have to bear to get here.

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NBA Scores 2017: Joel Embiid is ‘a problem,’ and everything else from Wednesday night

Embiid’s historical night headlined an action-packed NBA Wednesday.
Eleven NBA games were played Wednesday night, and I wish I could sit here with a straight face and say you didn’t miss anything, that basketball on Nov. 15 was nothing new. But that would be a lie, and we’re not in the business of fake news.
Wednesday night’s slate of hoops was packed with everything you could want from a night of NBA action. And without further ado, I’m going to shut up and get to it:

Joel Embiid was so good, he made history
Embiid finished with 46 points on 13-of-20 shooting, but also picked up 15 rebounds, seven assists, and seven blocks in Philly’s win over the Lakers. Those are career-high points, assists, and blocks for the 76ers’ legendary big man. I could write about how many legends he joined or records he broke, but you could read about that here.

What’s more important is that you understand how he did it:

Four words: Joel Embiid can ball.
46 PTS / 15 REB / 7 AST / 7 BLK
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers)

Embiid was so good, he left Lakers head coach Luke Walton speechless:

“Well, we thought [Julius Randle] did a nice job on him the first time, but he’s a handful down there, and obviously, you get a nice whistle, it makes it even more challenging,” Walton said. “Because every time there was some contact, it was two free throws, and he’s a heck of a shooter so it’s not like you’re gaining an advantage by sending him to the line.”

Then, Walton dove a little deeper:

“So we have a couple different coverages,” he explained. “One is to double from the baseline, but our rotational man didn’t get there in time. You’ve gotta be there on the flight of the pass, you have to be on your way so when he has baseline, he’s turning right into you. So we did not get there in time on that one. We doubled off the cutter one time, and when they saw us do that, they made the cutter J.J. Redick so they could space him back out as a shooter.
“So we tried a couple different things, but you’ve got to tip your hat. He’s a heck of a player. He’s hitting pull-up 18-footers. They used him as the man to enter the ball from the post, and he’s relocating to the strong side corner and hitting threes.
“So he’s … He’s a … He’s uhh … He’s a problem,” Walton conceded. “Our guys played really hard tonight, and you’ve gotta give Philly a bunch of credit because they just kept hitting those shots down the stretch, and eventually we ran out of ours.”

If you read all of that, you probably have already ordered an Embiid jersey.
Then of course, he trolled Lonzo Ball on Instagram:

WHAT A NIGHT !!!!! #TheProcess
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The crazy part is Ben Simmons went off, too
Simmons finished with 18 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, and five steals. Only 47 other players — including LeBron James, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan — have posted that stat line in NBA history, and Simmons, 21, is the third-youngest player to do it behind James and John Wall.
And this is what Philly’s future looks like playing off one another:

Ball was not as good
Ball finished 1-of-9 from the field and 0-of-6 from three for just two points on the night. He is off to the worst start to a season in NBA history. But he should not stop shooting. More on that at SBNation.com/nba at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET.
The Cavaliers had a lot of highlights
Including this James hockey assist, essentially to himself:

Dwyane Wade’s bounce pass on the floor to Iman Shumpert:

And, of course, this James steal-and-stuff that virtually ended the game:

Kyle Kuzma almost ended The Process

Kyle Kuzma is fearless. Really tried to hammer one on Embiid’s head.
(via: )
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_)

Almost.
Wall threw the ball between Hassan Whiteside’s legs

Looks like we’re back at the park
Some really odd stuff happened in Portland
First Magic head coach Frank Vogel touched Earth from a Damian Lillard jump shot:

Damian Lillard puts Frank Vogel on skates. Bye.
— Pettywise (@World_Wide_Wob)

Then we’ve got angry C.J. McCollum blowing kisses at Evan Fournier:

CJ McCollum really blew Evan Fournier a kiss.

— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits)

No idea what’s in the Portland water.
Oh, and the Kings lost by 46
To the Hawks, who were 2-12 entering Wednesday night. Gotta love the NBA.

I’ll watch just about anything NBA, but even I can’t deal with Kings-Hawks in November.
— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns)

The Hawks and Kings are both bad, but the Kings are still losing by 40
— Dom2K (@Dom_2k)

The Kings lost by 46 to the Atlanta Hawks. Imagine, the Hawks are in the locker room saying, “Man, those guys suck.”
— Marty Mac (@MartyMacsWorld)

Other things that happened

Kristaps Porzingis dribbled around one defender then dunked on another
The Hornets’ throwback jerseys were fire
Brandon Ingram used a referee as a towel
Simmons euro-stepped right around Ball
Guess what percent Embiid says his conditioning is at
Oh, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban doesn’t understand why kids wear jeans the way they do these days

Wednesday night’s NBA scores
Hawks 126, Kings 80
Wizards 102, Heat 93
Knicks 106, Jazz 101
Pacers 116, Grizzlies 113
Timberwolves 98, Spurs 86
Raptors 125, Pelicans 116
Cavaliers 115, Hornets 107
Thunder 92, Bulls 79
Bucks 99, Pistons 95
Trail Blazers 99, Magic 94
76ers 115, Lakers 109

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If You’ve Not Used A BlackBerry Android Phone, You’re Missing Out

Richard Goodwin

16/11/2017 – 12:32pm

BlackBerry might not be the coolest brand on the planet, but its command of Android is very impressive

I’ve always been a fan of BlackBerry. I like the way it does hardware, its focus on security, and its attention to detail.
Yes, the company seriously missed a step during 2010-2012, underestimating the rise of Android and iOS, but it did end up creating the criminally under-used BB10 and this, as well as a few other choice events, lead to it using Android.
I predominately use Android phones, so when word got out about BlackBerry switching to Android, I was seriously pumped. Unfortunately, the first handsets out the door weren’t particularly impressive.
Things have improved of late, though; the KeyONE and Motion are both excellent devices, devices that really do deserve a second look because they not only offer something a little different in terms of design but also because of just how good BlackBerry’s command of Android is.
All BlackBerry Android phones run Android in stock configuration. All BlackBerry phones feature a variety of BB10’s USPs, like the BlackBerry Hub, which is great for organising your notifications, social networks, and email life in one place.
The camera on the BlackBerry KeyONE was also superb; it kind of blew me away when I tested it, as I expected it to be rubbish because, well… BlackBerry isn’t known for its imaging prowess.

Mostly, though, I just love how BlackBerry is constantly working away on Android to make it more secure, easier to use, more useful. No other phone maker is doing anything like this. And while BlackBerry is still very much on the cusp of extinction, at least it is still trying to innovate.
So, yeah… make sure you factor them into your thought process next time you’re thinking about getting a new phone, ‘cos they ain’t dead yet!

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What does Gigabit LTE mean for business?

Gigabit LTE takes mobile connectivity to a whole new level of speed, delivering a killer combination of ultra-low latency and peak upload/download speeds of up to 150Mbits/sec and 1.0Gbits/sec. Pack a mobile based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform, like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and applications that once needed high-speed wired connectivity now work anywhere with a Gigabit LTE signal. In fact, there’s a compelling argument that Gigabit LTE could mean the end of wired broadband for some users. After all, why pay for a fibre connection when you can have real world speeds of up to 750Mbits/sec, or potentially more, through your mobile device?
The consumer applications are obvious; streaming 4K video, mobile VR, cloud-based games and applications. Yet Gigabit LTE can do just as much for business. To show you how, we’ll look at Gigabit LTE from the point of view of three different sizes of company, and explain how a new generation of mobile networks could help cut costs, boost productivity and enable the business to grow and change.
The Lean Startup
Running on a minimal budget with little or no office space, Gigabit LTE enables small startups to work effectively without any upfront investment in broadband connectivity or network infrastructure. If you’re effectively running from a virtual office, there’s no need to have a physical network at all.
Gigabit LTE has more than enough bandwidth for unified communications, videoconferencing and the most demanding data-intensive applications. Better still, the combination of high speeds and ultra-low latency makes Gigabit LTE the ideal platform for the cloud-based applications that allow small startups to build their business and scale. Productivity, Accounts, Business Intelligence and CRM applications work seamlessly, whether you’re on the road, working from home or meeting with a client or customer. There’s also even more potential for companies building their own industry-specific mobile apps.
Put it all together, and Gigabit LTE helps lean startups play to their strengths. With great connectivity everywhere they go, founders and workers can move and respond faster than larger, more established businesses, and take advantage of their innate mobility to go out and compete for business. And as the business grows, the combination of Gigabit LTE connectivity and cloud-based applications makes it quicker and easier to scale. Maximum speed, zero costs, no compromises – startups shouldn’t want it any other way.
The Growing SMB
Growing SMBs might have established connectivity and network infrastructure, but Gigabit LTE can still be a game-changer for them. It empowers companies to become both more mobile and more agile, so that sales or field support teams can work more effectively when away from the office, maximising productivity and minimising dead time. With real-world download speeds of up to 750Mbit/sec and upload speeds of over 100Mbit/sec, it no longer matters whether you’re on the office network or connecting remotely over a VPN; application performance is more likely to be affected by your internal infrastructure than by the speed of your mobile connection.
Teams can make full use of cloud-based applications even when they’re not in range of Wi-Fi, and get the critical business information and intelligence they need on the road, with the kind of instant, responsive, wait-free experience that helps them move quickly and decisively. Gigabit LTE also aids communication and collaboration. Voice and video chat or real-time collaboration tools work seamlessly, bringing teams together regardless of their physical proximity.
Gigabit LTE also supports business continuity. If the in-house network fails or the office is hit by fire or flood, it won’t affect those workers on mobile devices connected via Gigabit LTE. They can work, communicate and be productive from anywhere. As far as customers or partners are concerned, it’s business as usual. In a landscape where disruption can make all the difference for a growing company, this could make all the difference.
The Larger Enterprise
Business continuity matters to large enterprises too, with Gigabit LTE delivering what’s effectively a location agnostic, failover network that keeps the company operating even if the corporate network drops out. It also supports the flexible workforce strategies many larger organisations are now adopting – a recent survey for Aviva found that 64% of UK businesses now offered flexible working, with improved happiness, a positive impact on family responsibilities, increased productivity and increased loyalty the major benefits. With Gigabit LTE providing high-speed connectivity at any time, in any place to powerful mobile devices, employees have the freedom to work wherever they need to, without losing the full power of their business applications.
As with the other business sizes, Gigabit LTE is an enhancer for agility. Many larger enterprises have mobile sales teams, consultants, support teams and logistics teams, all of whom can use mobile devices with Gigabit LTE connectivity to get information faster and make decisions more effectively. This goes double for companies investing in data-driven business intelligence and cognitive computing strategies, where the ability to access and query substantial datasets could be critical. Gigabit LTE could really help larger businesses deliver a better customer experience and more powerful line-of-business mobile apps.
Perhaps most importantly, Gigabit LTE enables larger corporations to adopt cutting-edge mobile applications. If you want to use video conferencing and real-time collaboration tools to bring your teams together, Gigabit LTE supports it across a wide range of devices. If you want to bring in augmented reality and virtual reality applications for training, visualisation or field support work, Gigabit LTE can handle the large amounts of data that involves. What’s more, as Gigabit LTE lays down much of the groundwork for future 5G mobile networks, it’s a technology with a future and a clear, predictable upgrade path.
Gigabit LTE isn’t just a nice speed boost for business, but the start of something revolutionary. The new generation of mobile connectivity could drive increased mobility, flexibility and agility, while enabling a new range of business-changing applications. The effects could be transformative.
Find out how Qualcomm is driving the Gigabit LTE revolution.

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Xbox One S drops to lowest-ever price on Black Friday at Microsoft US

Just because the Xbox One X is now available around the world, it doesn’t make the Xbox One S chopped liver.
You’ll still be able to play all Xbox One X games on the S system (which is little more than a year old) and some titles will even get a bump in quality thanks to patches from developers in games new and old.
Also, there’s the advantage of a 4K Blu-ray player built right into the console for those who still get their kicks from physical media.
Related: Best Black Friday deals 2017 UK
So news Microsoft is lowering the Xbox One X to its best-ever price on Black Friday will be music to the ears of gamers. Especially those who’re more concerned with enjoying great games than teraflops and frames-per-second.
From November 23 the Xbox One X with one wireless controller will be available from just $189.99, which is a $60 saving on the retail price.
Better still you’ll get a free game with the purchase, a one-month trial of Xbox Game Pass and a 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold.
Buy now: Get an Xbox One S with a free game for $189.99 at Microsoft 
Buyers will also be entitled to $10 off an Xbox Live Gold membership (3 or 12 months) and $10 off a second Xbox One wireless controller, should they choose to double down.
Judging by the graphic shown on the Microsoft store, those taking up the deal will be able to choose from Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, Watch Dogs 2 and Just Dance among others.
We’d hope Microsoft kicks in some higher-end options by this time next week…
Will you be using the arrival of the Xbox One X to get a great deal on the Xbox One S this November? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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Apple iPhone 8 review: A size smaller – Hardware reviews

When the latest batch of new iPhones was presented, the iPhone X stole the show. But, the iPhone 8 is worth a closer look. While the successor to the iPhone 7 might not look all that different, it’s packing some new features on the inside.

Good

✓Excellent performance
✓Wireless charging
✓Great camera
✓Compact size

Bad

✕No headphone jack
✕Thick bezels
✕Battery life fluctuates

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Apple iPhone 8 release date and price
Purchasing an iPhone has always put a strain on the wallet, even with the very first Apple smartphone. Things haven’t changed in 2017. At the Apple Store, the iPhone 8 will set you back $699 for 64 GB of storage, or $849 for 256 GB. The optional but sometimes recommended AppleCare+ is an additional $129. For that, you get two years of tech support and accidental damage coverage.
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Apple iPhone 8 design and build quality
For a long time, the iPhone set the bar for smartphone design. These times are long gone. If you put the iPhone 8 next to its predecessors, one thing stands out above all else: nothing changes. The front, with the thick bezels around the display, looks stale and has remained the same since the iPhone 6S. It’s the boring truth that the dimensions haven’t changed from the models of yesteryear.
The iPhone 8 couldn’t be further away from the current trend of larger displays. For example, placing the current iPhone next to a Galaxy S8 with its Infinity Display, you have to admit that the competition looks much more modern and elegant. The iconic Apple home button now just seems to take up needless space, making the bottom bezel necessary. The bezels above and below the display maintain symmetry, which the front camera next to the call speaker then detracts from. This is less noticeable on the black iPhone 8 than the white version.

The glass back is the only thing new in the design of the iPhone 8. / © AndroidPIT

The glass back of the iPhone 8 has a smooth surface and looks beautiful. Although glass is not as robust as aluminum, it offers the advantage of generally better reception and the possibility of wireless charging. It is incomprehensible to me that Apple can’t manage to integrate a camera flush into the body without it protruding. The build quality of the iPhone 8, shown in the transition from glass to aluminum frame, the fit of the SIM drawer and the stability of the buttons, is completely impeccable.

Apple iPhone 8 display
With a diagonal of 4.7 inches, the LCD screen of the iPhone 8 is rather small for a 2017 smartphone. But that’s not necessarily bad thing, after all, many people are still looking for compact phones that you don’t need two hands to use. With a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels, the screen of the iPhone 8 reaches a pixel density of 326 ppi. Both values ​​are ridiculously low for a smartphone in the price range of the iPhone.
What is important is not the numbers on the data sheet, but the impression it leaves in reality, and the iPhone 8’s display leaves an outstanding one. The IPS panel is probably the best one currently found in a smartphone. The colors are appealing, the viewing angles absolutely perfect and the brightness very high – or optionally very low, which protects the eyes in a dark environment. Good OLED displays are superior to LCD technology in certain ways though, such as  black level and depth. But, with the screen of the iPhone 8, you’ll be happy with it for a long time.

The iPhone 8 has an excellent display. / © AndroidPIT

As with its predecessor, the touch screen of the iPhone 8 supports 3D Touch and the detection of different levels of pressure. Apple uses this especially for context menus when tapping on an app icon. This works well, but could also be done with a long press. The Taptic Engine on the iPhone 8, which provides haptic feedback when pressing firmly on the screen, does a good job. The technology works even more impressively with the home button, which feels like pressing down a real button thanks to the feedback, but is actually just a touch button.

Apple iPhone 8 special features
The iPhone 8 is missing exciting extras like the Face ID of the iPhone X or the portrait mode of the iPhone 8 Plus. But with ARKit, even the smallest new Apple smartphone has something to offer that you won’t find anywhere else. This toolbox for developers has already borne some beautiful fruits that make AR easy to experience without needing additional hardware like bulky, expensive glasses. These are mainly games, but also artistically inspired apps, with which 3D objects can be freely painted in space. The iPhone display allows you to explore the starry sky, walk through a forest with dinosaurs or look at human organs. Apple has a lot to offer with AR.

Playing around with AR is a lot of fun. / © AndroidPIT

Apple iPhone 8 software
The iPhone 8 comes with iOS 11. The latest version of Apple’s software looks like the old one. Thus, the software contributes to the same impression of the hardware – it was once totally fresh and hip, but we’ve seen it all before and we’re bored of it. So, you might be really tired of the fixed icon grid look by now.
The quick menu that you can pull out from below, called the Control Center, is convenient. Here you can get to the most important, frequently used settings. Strangely, however, you can’t turn off Bluetooth and WiFi here. You can only disconnect from the network or device you’re currently connected to, meaning the radio module itself is still on.
A swipe top to bottom, brings up the system-wide search on Apple. It’s annoying that when you swipe, it leads you to the lock screen rather than notifications. To get back to the home screen, you have to swipe from the bottom up; trying it in the middle of the display does not work.

iOS could use more of a refresh by now. / © AndroidPIT

Die-hard Android users will, of course, be annoyed with and disappointed by iOS. The back button is so far away from the home button that you’ll almost always overlook it in the top left corner. App settings are found not in the app itself, but in a long list buried in the system settings.
Always worth a positive mention is the update timeline from Apple. These iPhones will be provided with up-to-date software for five years; not in waves like Android, but all at the same time. This is a plus that you cannot forget in 2017. Fragmentation of different versions of iOS is hardly an issue for Apple.

Apple iPhone 8 performance
The iPhone 8 has brought a new chip on board, the Apple A11 with more power than its predecessor, the A10. The 6-core processor with the new Bionic engine, which is used primarily in photo applications, drives the iPhone 8 powerfully, ensuring a fast user experience in all situations. It can get noticeably warm, but it cools down quickly afterwards. Android users only know fluid and unwaveringly fast performance like this from the Pixel smartphones. For more about the performance of the new iPhones, you can check out our review of the iPhone 8 Plus, which is identical in this respect.

Apple iPhone 8 audio
The audio performance of the iPhone 8 is, as far as the internal speakers are concerned, not very impressive. The sound is decent and the volume is sufficient, but nothing more than that. Some people find the hard plastic headphones that come with the phone as comfortable and sonically good as others, while some complain about bad fit and a too thin sound. Both are related, because if the shape of the headphone does not match the ear, it won’t be sitting properly and thus can’t produce good sound.
The headphone jack is nowhere left to be found at Apple, and as is the trend, audio is handled via the single port. In this case, it’s not USB Type-C, but Apple’s Lightning connector. Apple provides an adapter at no extra charge, but if you want to charge your phone while listening to wired headphones, then it’s tough luck. That’s just how things are in the smartphone world now.

Apple iPhone 8 camera
Unlike the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, the smaller iPhone 8 does not have a dual camera. It packs just a single 12 MP lens on the back. In the front, selfies are snapped with an 8 MP lens. With the single camera, there is no double optical zoom or the new portrait mode, but that can be overlooked. The camera app from Apple works fast, but has just the basics and little else.
The photos that the iPhone took in our in-depth review were consistently good. No matter if there was too little or too much light, the shots have beautiful and lifelike colors, show many details and are sharp throughout. Even novices can take great pictures and video with the iPhone 8 without any effort. Although the Live Photo mini-videos don’t have much added value, they’re pretty cool to look at. And, 4K is supported for proper videos, up to 60 frames per second. The image format settings are found in the system settings rather than the camera app. The reason for this will likely remain a secret of the Apple developers for years to come.

The image dynamics and richness of detail certainly don’t disappoint. / © AndroidPIT

Actually, it is a shame that Apple still won’t give its users a manual mode in the camera app. You could certainly tickle out a little more from the photos. Even the fact that the Apple smartphones still can’t take RAW shots is lost potential. As long as the cameras still perform well, these considerations don’t seem to be a high priority for the Cupertino company.

A little lensflare can look pretty chic. / © AndroidPIT

Using the front camera is just as much fun as the back with the iPhone 8. Selfies show many details, have great color representation and almost never blur in good light. If the environment gets darker, of course, the image noise increases, which is hard to avoid.

Selfies also work really well with the iPhone 8. / © AndroidPIT

More photos taken with Apple iPhone 8 from our review can be found in this gallery on Google Drive.

Apple iPhone 8 battery
As usual, Apple conceals the exact capacity of the battery in the iPhone 8 and only indicates that the running time is about on par with the iPhone 7. But of course, such details can’t remain hidden for long, and so it is now clear that the battery in the new iPhone has a capacity of 1,821 mAh. This is nothing more than a bad joke on paper compared to Android smartphones, even the smaller models. But here, Apple’s trump card comes to fruition: The hardware and software are coming from one source and are perfectly matched, so long battery life can be achieved with such a low capacity.
In fact, in our review, the iPhone 8 always lasted until evening, and even through the night without a charge since the standby consumption when idle all night is so low. That means it’s possible to hit the two day mark without charging, even with quite active use. However, it depends on the iPhone 8, which apps are installed and what you do with the smartphone. Therefore, a clear determination of the duration is difficult. In the test, the battery life wavered between one and two days. For pure video streaming, a full five hours are possible with the display at full brightness, and just under eight hours at half-light.

The iPhone 8 has a small battery but can still last a long time. / © AndroidPIT

Fast charging costs extra with Apple
Annoying and incomprehensible: While the iPhone 8 technically supports particularly fast charging, Apple does not supply the appropriate charger in the box. Apple fans have to buy it themselves. With the standard charger, it takes more than two hours until the small battery is full again. That’s half an eternity in Quick Charge time. After all, Apple supports the Qi standard for wireless charging. This will actually take much longer, but the need for fiddling with a cord is eliminated.
One can not imagine how long the iPhone 8 would run if Apple finally managed to build a battery with a capacity that is on the level of the Android competition. Even with 2,500 mAh, the iPhone 8 would certainly be a true endurance artist. Strange that the iPhone is still not very thin or light despite the small battery. For comparison, the Motorola Moto Z, which has a 2,600 mAh battery capacity, is 2 mm slimmer and 12 g lighter.

Apple iPhone 8 technical specifications

Dimensions:
138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight:
148 g

Screen size:
4.7 in

Display technology:
LCD

Screen:
1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)

Front camera:
7 megapixels

Rear camera:
12 megapixels

Flashlight:
LED

Internal storage:
64 GB

Removable storage:
Not available

Chipset:
Apple A11 Bionic

Number of cores:
6

Connectivity:
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Final verdict

If you own an iPhone 7, or maybe even an iPhone 6S, then the jump to the iPhone 8 is not a big one. Sure, the performance is a bit better and there is wireless charging, but that’s about it. The jumps in the remaining features are not very big. If you own an even older iPhone and aren’t excited to splurge on the iPhone 8 Plus model or the iPhone X, this could be the best option for you.
And for the Android owners? The iPhone 8 is quite compact and such small smartphones are hard to find in the luxury class of the Android world. The exceptions are the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact and the Google Pixel 2, which has a few drawbacks. The camera of the new iPhone, despite its single lens, provides great results, and the performance is fluid. If you’re prepared to drop $700, the choice is yours.

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Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches “Lies”

At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook’s youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network’s go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school market with apps like the now defunct Lifestage.
But in August he switched sides, leaving to go work for Google. Yet his arrangement hasn’t stopped the now-21-year-old Sayman from tinkering with apps during his off-hours.
Today he launches his latest, a trivia game called Lies where you try to guess the one true fact about a friend amongst an array of fibs. It follows the social mechanics of his first hit, 4Snaps, which was like Pictionary but where you take four photos instead of drawing to get people to guess the right word.
Facebook is constantly accused of copying competitors like Snapchat, but with Lies, Sayman is returning the favor. Lies mimes the interface of tbh, the anonymous teen compliment sharing app Facebook recently acquired after it hit #1. “The idea came to me as an evolution of the past games I had created, as well as what I noticed was becoming popular on the App Store today.”

In Lies, you first upload your contacts, and then take a Tinder-style profile quiz where you swipe yes or no about questions about yourself. Then you’re given tbh-style four-choice questions about friends with the goal of correctly guessing which tribia tidbit about them is true. The statements range from “I’ve gone skinny dipping” to “I’m afraid of crowds” to “I’ve kissed someone on the first date”.
When friends answer questions about you, you get notified. “This game ends friendships” it declares, as you might learn who doesn’t really know you or thinks the worst about you.
That’s about it. Sayman proudly says he built the app over just two weekends before joining Google, so it’s thin and might still be a bit buggy. An Android version is in the works.

Michael Sayman grew up at Facebook. On the right, him at age 17 with Mark Zuckerberg. On the left, him at 20 (he’s now 21).

While a cute idea, Lies may succumb to impatience and vanity. It takes a few minutes of non-stop self-interviewing to answer enough questions to fill your profile and unlock the game. Some teens may flake before ever getting that far. And people might lie when answering some of the lewder or defamatory questions, like whether they’ve ever peed in the shower or stolen money from their grandparents. That breaks the game because friends’ guesses are irrelevant if the source of truth is fake news.
You could see Lies as the devil-on-your-shoulder counterpart to the tbh angel. The racier questions might draw people in, but the constant dealing in shameful topics could get exhausting. Still, Lies is another step towards Sayman cracking the code with a hit mobile app. He’s been building them since he was 13. And with Snapchat, Facebook, Houseparty, and other startups all chasing the teen market, Sayman’s combination of youth and experience make him a hot commodity.

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