Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Release date rumours and news

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t exist. It probably will at some point. What will it look like? A rectangle. Will it be more powerful than the Galaxy Note 8? Yes.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Features
A big screen. The Note 8 and Galaxy S8 both came with “infinity display” screens, and seeing as Apple is barking up a similar tree with the iPhone X, expect the Note 9 to push its bezels as far back as possible. It’s also worth noting that Samsung actually manufactures the iPhone X display.
Facial scanning. The iPhone X does it, and Samsung already has a form of the technology in its handsets. It’s likely that the company will make more of a song-and-dance about face scanning with the Note 9 and Galaxy S9.
In-screen fingerprint scanning. This is rumoured to be something Samsung is working on, although it may not be a feature that’s finessed in time for the Note 9.
Better battery. Samsung played things safe on the battery front with the Note 8, which is understandable given the explosive mess of the Note 7. Perhaps the Note 9 will see some forward steps in terms of fast charging and battery capacity.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Specs
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 could wield a formidable 512GB chip, given Samsung’s recent announcement that it’s mass producing the Universal Flash Storage Chips. This would, of course, put it leagues ahead of the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8, which offer a comparatively measly 256GB each. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Could it have a bendable screen?
Samsung is supposedly developing a foldable phone, currently dubbed the Galaxy X. There are rumours that this device could end up being the Note 9, which would certainly be a headline-grabbing way for Samsung to differentiate itself from Apple, as well as buck iterative upgrades with a big hardware shift. Whether or not the Korean tech giant wants to risk the experimental tech on one of its major flagships remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting prospect…

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Breath of the Wild Almost Had Spider-Man Like Traversal System

Although Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched without the fan-favorite hookshot, it almost had two, according to an interview with director Hidemaro Fujibayashi. Furthermore, the dual hookshots were almost used to enable Link to travel “like Spider-Man.”

Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi revealed, “In the early stages of development, we did actually do tests with double hookshots and just being able to kind of go anywhere, like Spiderman. Your mobility and your speed was just kind of incredible. We did some test like that.” One of the potential issues with including the hookshot was that its role in the game was accomplished by the ability to climb and parasail, according to series producer Eiji Aonuma during the same interview. Gamers who wish to travel like Spider-man will sadly have to wait for Insomniac’s PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game to release, which recently received a new gameplay trailer.
While this certainly seems interesting, it may have been a major change for fans of Breath of the Wild. It seems unlikely that this would have been a welcome change to The Legend of Zelda’s typical formula, but it also seems that the exclusion of the hookshot, while generally a non-issue, wasn’t the most popular decision. Fujibayashi also revealed that there were a lot “of fans in the staff…who really like the hookshot and they kept bugging me about it.”

It seems the hookshot was ultimately removed because, as Fujibayashi stated, “the hookshot kind of completely breaks the climbing mechanic.” Since Breath of the Wild mods have gotten slightly out of control, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the hookshot, perhaps in this capacity, introduced with a mod. The hookshot doesn’t look as game-breaking in comparison.

While Breath of the Wild fans cannot travel like Spider-man, Breath of the Wild still offers a lot of content for its players. (For example, the latest downloadable content, The Champions’ Ballad, released on Dec 7th.) For this reason and much more, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won Game of the Year at the 2017 Game awards – without a hookshot.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

Source: IGN

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Save £300 on this 58″ Samsung 4K HDR TV – now under £650

Upgrade your Christmas movie game and deck the halls with a 4K TV, courtesy of this mega-deal over at Currys PC World.
You can now pick up the Samsung UE58MU6120 58-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV over at Currys for the bargain price of just £648.97. That’s a huge discount on the normal price tag of £949 – making for an epic £300.03 saving.
If you don’t want to splash the cash outright, you could instead own this product for £32.48 per month, based on a 19.9% APR representative rate. That brings the total amount payable to a slightly higher £779.52, but even then, this is still a great deal.
This particular television features a large 58-inch display with a true 3840 x 2160-pixel Ultra HD resolution. That means you can watch 4K UHD content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Video, or YouTube.
But it’s also a HDR television, which means it supports High Dynamic Range content. So if you buy this TV, you can head over to Netflix (assuming you pay the subscription fee) and enjoy HDR TV shows and movies to your heart’s content. Look out for a wider range of colours and improved lights and darks.
Other perks include built-in Wi-Fi (for downloading smart TV apps, like BBC iPlayer), Bluetooth support, three HDMI ports, and two USB 2.0 sockets.
We haven’t reviewed this particular model, so we can’t speak to its quality. However, Samsung televisions have typically scored well in our reviews historically, and the company is a known and trusted player in the TV market.
We should add, however, that this television has earned an impressive 9/10 score on Currys, based on 44 reviews (as verified by reevoo). Customers were most impressed by the ease of use, design, image quality, and value for money.
Related: Best 4K TVs
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Fitbit Ionic review: The sporty smartwatch – Hardware reviews

Fitbit, undisputed star of fitness trackers, has decided to step out of its comfort zone. For the first time, the US manufacturer wants to compete with the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches. The Fitbit Ionic is the first smartwatch from the company able to take advantage of apps developed by third parties. After several weeks of testing, here are my impressions.


✓Battery life
✓Built-in GPS
✓Fitbit app
✓Heart rate monitoring


✕OS can be a bit slow
✕Replying to notifications not possible
✕Limited swimming features

Release date and price
Made official at IFA 2017, the Fitbit Ionic is available for $299. Fitbit’s connected smartwatch comes in three colors: Blue Gray/Silver Gray, Slate Blue/Burnt Orange and Charcoal/Smoke Gray.
Fitbit Ionic

Design and build quality
As far as I can tell, the Fitbit Ionic is not the best looking smartwatch on the market. The Ionic follows the tradition of the Blaze with its square dial. In everyday life, it goes rather unnoticed, so it should be fine for a wide range of people. However, those concerned with fashion will opt for another model, since the Ionic is missing a bit of sex appeal due to its rather thick borders around the dial. The watch is comfortable to wear and is easily forgotten despite its weight of 46 grams. 

The Ionic retains the square style of the Blaze. © AndroidPIT

On the technical side, the Ionic’s casing is made of Series 6000 aluminum, an alloy of magnesium and silicon identical to the iPhone 6, which showed signs of weakness soon after its launch. Apple has opted for aluminum 7000 series for its iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 because it contains zinc, which guarantees more strength. I remain, for example, quite pessimistic about the Fitbit Ionic resistance to scratching. Regarding the build quality and finish, however, everything looks and feels right.

On the back, you’ll find the optical heart rate sensor. © AndroidPIT

The strap supplied in the box is made of silicone. For sports, it’s very practical. Its fastening system (a buckle and an attachment button) is invaluable to avoid any risk of loss. It is sometimes a little difficult to wrap around the wrist, the loop being so tight that the piece of elastomer on the bracelet has difficulty fastening. Fortunately, silicone seems to be able to withstand the test of time (and perspiration). Of course, the strap is proprietary so you’ll have to go through the Fitbit store to get new ones (including leather). The changing the strap is, fortunately, very easy.

The bracelet will not come loose during your activities. © AndroidPIT

In the middle, of course, is the 1.4-inch screen of the Fitbit Ionic. There are three buttons on the sides (two on the right edge, one on the left edge). The one on the left is a back button, while the buttons on the right are for navigation. The top button displays the stats of your day, and the second is dedicated to kicking off exercise sessions. On the back, there is an optical heart rate sensor. I will return to the topic of its effectiveness later. The watch is waterproof, so swimming with it is definitely possible.

The Fitbit Ionic features a 1.42-inch LCD touch screen, with a resolution of 348 x 250 pixels and a pixel density of 302 pixels per inch. Just like the Gear Fit2 Pro we tested recently, the watch is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for extra durability.
Compared to Samsung’s smart fitness band, the display of the Ionic does not offer as much contrast, but the watch’s display is still very good. The Fitbit Ionic features bright colors and high brightness (1000 nits like the Apple Watch 2). The readability is very good, and the Fitbit Ionic is a perfect companion for any type of sporting activity. I was pleasantly surprised by its usability underwater, especially in terms of readability.
As for responsiveness, it’s not bad. However, the screen is sometimes a bit slow to respond and you have to make an effort to move your wrist enough to wake the screen. This is annoying from time to time when you are doing an activity and want to know information quickly.

The screen is one of the best aspects of the device. © AndroidPIT

Special features
Fitness features
In addition to its smartwatch capabilities, the Fitbit Ionic is of course a perfect tool for tracking your sports activities. All the fitness features we know and love from other Fitbit products can be found here:

Pedometer: The Ionic translates motion sensor data to count your steps. Active days will result in a large number of steps, and inactive days, a small number. As always with Fitbit, the result is rather optimistic.
Sleep monitoring: The watch automatically detects the hours between when the user falls asleep and wakes up. The app also tells you about your sleep cycles: in-between, light, deep. Personally, I appreciated this information since it allows me to predict fatigue. You just have to get used to sleeping while wearing this watch all the time, which could be painful or uncomfortable for some people.
Nutritional monitoring: It’s possible to manually monitor your diet in the app. However, you must always enter the information about your meals yourself, which requires a certain commitment.
Caloric expenditure
Activity tracking: running, cycling, swimming, treadmill, bodybuilding, etc.

Although I still had some initial apprehension during my underwater sessions, the Fitbit Ionic has been able to withstand swimming. Sometimes the results can be distorted when counting distance for laps in the pool.

Fitbit covers a broad spectrum of activities. © AndroidPIT

Fitbit Coach
If Fitbit presents its smartwatch as a fitness coaching watch. Through videos shown on the watch, you’ll be guided through workouts. For the moment, only three videos are available. More free videos should arrive later. The idea seems good, but sometimes it’s difficult to follow the video on your wrist and move at the same time. Maybe a speaker would have helped here.

 By default, three free coaching videos are offered. © AndroidPIT

Fitbit also offers other custom exercises in the Fitbit Coach app. This is actually a new version of the Fitstar app, from a company bought by Fitbit. Custom exercises will be suggested to you, but there’s a $39 annual subscription fee. These custom workouts will show you exactly what to do. Each exercise, you can leave comments to better adjust your workouts. The goal here is to help you improve and encourage you to try different types of exercises.

Fitbit Coach is your personalized coach, but you will have to get out your wallet to really enjoy it.  © AndroidPIT

The Fitbit Ionic runs on the manufacturer’s own OS, Fitbit OS. Despite the marketing promises of the brand, I admit to being disappointed with the possibilities offered by the watch. If the purchase of Pebble for $40 million foreshadowed good things, its integration still leaves something to be desired. For the first time in its history, Fitbit offers a development kit (SDK) for third party developers to create their own apps for the watch. For the moment, though, the Fitbit App Gallery catalog is relatively empty. Apart from a few partner apps that are very strong (Strava, Starbucks and Pandora to name a few), there’s not many other satisfying options. Fans of Spotify will, for example, have to transfer their songs to the 2.5 GB internal memory of the watch. It doesn’t need to be so complicated.

The interface is simple and intuitive, but it can be slow sometimes. © AndroidPIT

Unable to respond to notifications
Fitbit OS allows you to receive notifications on your Ionic (calls, messages, social networking). The problem is that you don’t have the opportunity to respond, which creates a great sense of frustration. It is only possible to clear the notifications, one by one or all at once. Why, Fitbit? The watch doesn’t have a microphone or suggest replies.
Fitbit app
As always, the Fitbit app is one of the best features. It’s always so intuitive and fun to use. The app displays the essential information on the home page as blocks which you can rearrange as you wish. You can easily find all activities completed and you can challenge your friends. It is compatible with a large number of third-party services (Alexa, IFTT, MyFitness Pal and more).
There’s nothing to say about the synchronization between the smartwatch and the app. It’s quick and painless. The only problem I encountered was during the initial configuration, since it took more than two hours to download and install the mandatory update to use the device.

The Fitbit app is one of the great strengths of the Ionic. © AndroidPIT

As far as tech specs go, the Fitbit Ionic has 2.5 GB of internal storage, which can be used to store your music for example. There’s an NFC chip for payments, a GPS, an optical heart rate sensor, a gyroscope, a barometer and an accelerometer to measure all of your physical activities.
In general, the performance is good and the resource management seems to be under control. However, as explained above, I’ve experienced some delays, though I’m not sure whether it’s because of the processor or the system itself. 

Thanks to the GPS, you can check the weather. © AndroidPIT

GPS and heart rate monitoring
The GPS performed well and the distances proved to be accurate and consistent with what my smartphone recorded. Regarding the optical heart rate sensor, I found the results slightly higher than reality, even though Fitbit explained that its new algorithms made the measurement more accurate. While the results are more stable, the recordings still seems a little high. If your wrists are heavily involved in your sporting activities, the heart rate results are basically useless. Of course, as for other fitness trackers, we must remain cautious about the information received since these are always estimates. Once again, I encourage you to read the article written by my colleague Stefan on the topic:

If you’re looking for a long lasting smartwatch, the Fitbit Ionic will delight you, as battery life is one of the areas in which the watch excels. As promised by the manufacturer, the Ionic is able to hold out for nearly 4 days before showing severe signs of fatigue and requiring recharging. Rest assured, there is no need to disable the cardio sensor or limit the brightness to achieve such a result. It’s a different story if you use the GPS a lot, as the range is greatly reduced. But there is nothing surprising about that.
It is difficult to competing smartwatches that are doing better in this area. The only negative point is the method of charging itself. As always, Fitbit offers a proprietary cable, so you’ll want to take care not to lose it as it’s a pain to replace. Fitbit offers only the charging cable and not the charger in its box. Given the price of the watch, we were entitled to at least that.

The charging system is convenient (similar to Apple’s Magsafe) but it’s still a proprietary format. © AndroidPIT

Final verdict

Was Fitbit’s bet on the coaching watch successful? Not really, in my opinion. As a smartwatch, it’s a little too limited. The system isn’t very mature (it’s not possible to reply to notifications!), and it lacks apps. The design is a bit too simple to really win me over.
Nevertheless, the Fitbit Ionic isn’t a bad product. The watch is an ideal companion for sport tracking and it benefits from the brand’s experience in this field. As ever, the Fitbit app is a great strength. You can use the device for many activities (running, swimming, bodybuilding) and its battery life is fantastic. But in the end, the price seems a bit too high for an activity tracker, and it’s not advanced enough for a smartwatch when you compare it to the competition (Samsung Gear S3, Apple Watch and others).

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The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor

Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet.
I’m hardly alone in my fear of skiing. The ski and snowboard industry is suffering a generational downturn in the sport, driven by less snow due to climate change as well as an increasingly sedentary population of young athletes more addicted to their smartphones than to the slopes. While several top resorts are growing exceptionally well, many other locations are shrinking and at risk of disappearing.
Cue Sno-Go. The product, the brainchild of Utah-based co-founders Chase Wagstaff and Obed Marrder, is a “snow bike” with three skis and handlebars that allows any person to get back onto the mountains.
Riding the bike is simple. Riders stand on the back two skis just as they normally would with traditional skis, but instead of holding ski poles, they grip the handlebars connected to the front ski. The whole bike articulates as you move your weight from one side of the bike to the other, allowing the rider to navigate hills with ease.

For Wagstaff and Marrder, the product — and the startup they are building — is the culmination of a years-long pursuit of a better ski experience.
The two first met in seventh grade, and both faced similar challenges with skiing. “I come from a family of five boys, and all of my brothers are practically professional skiers, so from an early age I was forced to go to the mountains,” Wagstaff explained. Yet, he didn’t like skiing, and couldn’t get into snowboarding either. Marrder tried skiing, but on his first attempt broke his wrist, and on his first attempt to snowboard, broke a thumb.
Instead, the two got into mountain biking, and biked every summer. That worked great when the mountains were clear, but was hard in winter when snow made biking impossible. “Winter-time was just dreadful since we didn’t participate in any winter sport,” Wagstaff said, and so he and Marrder would be left behind as his family and friends headed up to the ski resorts for a weekend of fun.
After graduating high school, the two hatched a variety of businesses, together and separately, including businesses in auto detailing, mobile phone repair, and nutrition supplements. Despite hard work around each of their entrepreneurial ventures, the two walked away with a string of failures, and their goal of becoming millionaires impossibly distant. Then an epiphany came. “Our businesses were all failing, and we hadn’t had much success,” Wagstaff explained. “We realized we weren’t passionate about what we were doing, and we were just starting businesses.”
The two ran into the snow bike concept online and were intrigued by the technology. They ordered a couple of models and for the first time, started to enjoy their time on the ski slopes.
The two decided to try prototyping some snow bike concepts. Wagstaff noted that at the time, only one resort in all of Utah would allow ski bikes — Brighton Ski Resort. So the two started inquiring what the resorts concerns were. Two main issues came up that blocked allowance: the challenge of getting a ski bike onto a chairlift, and the risk that the bike would cut deep treads into the snow, making the mountain unsafe for other skiers.
Most ski bikes at the time used two skis, but the two founders realized that a three-ski model made far more sense. They could align the three skis in such a way that the treads they left behind were identical to a standard pair of skis. They now had a concept, but prototyping a bike was expensive. Engineering and production would cost tens of thousands of dollars to get a model out, and unlike in Silicon Valley, there wasn’t an immediate rush of venture capital to launch the company, nor was their exit money from a pervious venture return.
So Wagstaff and Marrder did what any bootstrapped entrepreneur knows dearly: they worked side gigs to fund their dreams. “What we did was do door-to-door sales every summer, and then we just poured that money into development,” Wagstaff said. Over a period of five years, the pair built a series of seven prototypes, each one getting better and more focused on their vision of what a snow bike could be.
In 2015, they were ready to go. The two scouted out a manufacturing partner in Utah with factories in China to produce the units. And then they launched a Kickstarter, which raised $42,710 from more than one hundred backers, with sales to more than 15 countries. “We realized we were on to something, so we started talking with some local investors,” and the two built a syndicate of local Utah business leaders to fund the first round into the company.
Fast-forward a season, and Sno-Go has launched an Indiegogo that has already raised almost $60,000. The base cost of their bike is $1,699, with a special rate for Indiegogo backers of $1,399. Part of that cost is the state-of-the-art Rockshox fork, which itself is hundreds of dollars per unit. Moving forward, the company intends to build a kids bike targeting a $700-800 price point so that whole families can come together skiing.
For Wagstaff, seeing the vision for the product come to life has been rewarding, but the true value has come from customers who have suddenly gained the ability to ski for the first time. “We get a ton [of customers] from the adaptive community,” Wagstaff said. He noted that several customers are veterans with injuries who can’t use traditional skis, but can ride a snow bike because it gives them more stability while riding.
Wagstaff noted that, “When we started this business, it was just for us, we didn’t have any intentions of impacting the lives that we are. So many people can benefit from us.” For two bootstrapped founders, toiling summer after summer has suddenly meant building a far more vibrant winter, and a path to becoming the ski business moguls they always dreamed about.

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Stanford finished 2nd in the Heisman race for the 5th time since 2009

The Cardinal’s amazing run continues.
Your 2017 Heisman Trophy winner is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. After an outstanding season where he led the Sooners to a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff, Mayfield’s selection wasn’t a major surprise.
Your Heisman runner-up? It was Stanford running back Bryce Love, beating out Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.
That’s the fifth time Stanford finished second in the Heisman voting since 2009.

Running back Toby Gerhart missed out on the 2009 award by just a handful of votes to Alabama running back Mark Ingram.
Then the next year, Andrew Luck finished second behind Cam Newton.
And then the next season, Luck finished second again, this time to Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.
In 2015, Christian McCaffery, despite the best efforts of the Heisman meme guy, finished second to Derrick Henry of Alabama.
And in 2017, Love finished second to Mayfield.

The final voting results show that Baker Mayfield ran away with the Heisman.
( : )
— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB)

Why is this happening? Well, one reason is just plain ol’ bad luck.
I mean, you can’t complain about not winning the Heisman Trophy the year that Newton did. Luck was very solid and all, but that’s just running into a buzzsaw.
And while the 2011 race was closer, Griffin turning Baylor into an interesting, nationally relevant program for the first time in a generation was a massive story that would have been difficult to overcome.
Part of winning the Heisman is being awesome at just the right time, and Luck had the bad luck of being really good at college football in the wrong years.
Part of this might be because Stanford wasn’t always quite good enough of a team.
Gerhart’s 2009 Stanford squad finished 8-5 and wasn’t ranked in the final AP Poll, and 2017’s Cardinal team has four losses and is currently ranked 15th. Over the last 25 years or so, Heisman winners almost always come from nationally elite programs, those in the top 10, or even higher. A superlative statistical season can help a candidate crack the finalist lists without being on an excellent team, and rarely, even win (hi, Lamar Jackson!), but that’s pretty rare.
And yes, East Coast Bias is probably at least some kind of factor here.
There are 870 media members who vote on the Heisman, but only 145 of them are in the “Far West” region. Stanford plays a lot of games awfully late at night, when national media members based in the Eastern time zone are less likely to be tuned in. There’s only been one Heisman winner who played in the Pacific time zone over the last decade (Marcus Mariota in 2014).

But getting this close to the Heisman this many times is a hell of an accomplishment.
Stanford recruits well these days, but it’s no Alabama or Ohio State on the recruiting trail. To be this close to having the best player in the country basically every other year over the last decade or so is a testament to how well Stanford has evaluated and developed talent.
Eventually, they’ll probably win this trophy.
And if not, hey, nobody can take Jim Plunkett’s 1970 win away from you, Cardinal fans.

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Liverpool v Everton: Premier League – live! | Football

Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner; Mane, Solanke, Salah
Subs: Karius, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Coutinho, Can, Ings, Alexander-Arnold
Everton: Pickford; Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina; Gueye; Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Niasse
Subs: Robles, Schneiderlin, Keane, Jagielka, Lennon, Vlasic, Lookman
Six surprise changes for Liverpool, with Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino dropping out. As does Emre Can. And just look, Danny Ings is back amongst it, in a matchday squad for the first time since September. Well, well, well.
“It is part of the season where you have to make the changes when you can make the changes,” Klopp says. “I know people are saying Liverpool are flying and that, but today we need to be ready for a proper fight. It’s our stadium, it’s our home ground and I really want to see that.”

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NFL picks against the spread 2017, Week 14: Giants, Raiders and the 10 best bets this week

Helpful advice for the adventurous gambler.
We’ve got some good games on tap this week, so let’s just get right into the gambling picks here. It’s your money, so YOU have to make the decision how to spend it. But here’s some helpful advice.
All odds come via OddsShark. Home team is in all caps.
1. GIANTS (+3.5) over Cowboys — It looked like Jason Garrett remembered how to run an offense last week in Dallas’ 38-10 drubbing of Washington. That mostly involved running the hell out of the ball.
So why am I picking the Giants to win? Simple, they fired their head coach, Ben McAdoo, a guy who wasn’t exactly beloved by the veterans in the locker room. The last head coach to get fired during the season was Gus Bradley, of the Jaguars, who got the boot after Week 15. The Jaguars beat the Titans in Week 14, 38-17, despite being 4-point underdogs. Overall, teams are 13-9 against the spread after firing head coaches since 2003.
Oh, Eli Manning is also starting again this week.
2. Patriots (-11) over DOLPHINS — It’s only been two weeks since these teams last played each other. New England won that one 35-17. Expect similar results on Monday night. Also worth noting, the Dolphins are 0-8 against the spread in their last eight Monday night games.
3. Raiders (+4) over CHIEFS — Marcus Peters’ suspension tips the scale here. The Chiefs secondary already had its problems, as evidenced by Josh McCown looking like vintage Peyton Manning against them last week. Oakland also has Michael Crabtree back this week. This could actually be a high-scoring affair, since it looks like the Chiefs offense has figured things out again. The over/under is 48.5; take the over.
4. CHARGERS (-6) over Washington — Los Angeles is a top five defense for both sacks and interceptions. Moreover, teams can run at will against Washington because of injuries in the front seven. Dallas’ previously dormant running game woke up and rumbled for 182 yards last week. Hi, Melvin Gordon.
5. Ravens (+4.5) over STEELERS — After struggling in the first half of the season, Ben Roethlisberger has gotten better. Since Week 10, he’s thrown 12 touchdowns and just four picks. The Ravens will be without their top corner, Jimmy Smith, who’s serving the second of a four-game suspension for PEDs.
But this game is more about the injuries than what the starters are doing. The Steelers will be without Ryan Shazier and still without Joe Haden. That should be enough for the Ravens to at least cover.
6. Jets (even) over BRONCOS — Josh McCown MVP? No. But compared to any of the Broncos quarterbacks he is.
7. BENGALS (-6.5) over Bears — Just fire John Fox and get it over with, Chicago.
8. BROWNS (+3) over Packers — The Browns covered last week, so all aboard the hype train! Not really, but covering a big spread against the Chargers on the road was impressive considering where the Browns have been most of the season. They also have Josh Gordon back, and against Dom Capers’ defense, which is allowing an average of more than 84 yards per game to No. 1 receivers, that can be the difference.
9. JAGUARS (-2.5) over Seahawks — Russell Wilson has been incredible this season, in case you haven’t heard. But he’s doing it all alone. That’s a tall order on the road against Jacksonville’s defense.
Please refer all questions to Jalen Ramsey.

Jalen Ramsey isn’t worried about the Seahawks
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT)

10. Vikings (-2.5) over PANTHERS — Cam Newton has struggled against the NFL’s better defenses — 7 TD/8 INT against top 10 defenses — and the Vikings defense is one of the best.
My other picks:
TEXANS (-2.5) over 49ers
Titans (-3) over CARDINALS
RAMS (-2) over Eagles
Lions at Buccaneers — We’re not getting odds right now because Matthew Stafford’s status is to be determined. I expect him to play, and thus the Lions winning.
Colts at Bills — Same situation with Tyrod Taylor. As bad as the Colts are, I’m not sure they’re bad enough to lose to Nathan Peterman if he ends up starting.

The worst call in the NFL last week

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LG G7 To Pack Fancy "All-In-One" Iris Scanner

Paul Briden

08/12/2017 – 2:39pm

The LG G7 is coming in 2018 and could bring a new multi-purpose front facing camera with an iris scanner built in

Given that the LG G flaghsip series tends to arrive in the earlier part of each year, it’s about time we started hearing a few things about 2018’s LG G7.
According to a new report, the LG G7 will feature an advanced iris scanner technology similar to what Samsung has aboard the Galaxy S8 series and Galaxy Note 8.
The technology was noticed in an LG patent, picked up by LetsGoDigital, which shows an “all-in-one” design capable of functioning in different lighting conditions and which would also incoprorate the phone’s normal front-facing camera sensor.
This would appear to be something like the all-in-one sensor LG debuted at 2016’s Korea Electronics Show (KES), which has never appeared in a commercially released device since.
The patent also seems to show a few additional flourishes LG has introduced, one example requires the user to follow a series of dots on the screen – a bit like the current pattern unlock where you swipe with a finger, but here you would move your eye to follow the pattern. This kind of “active” retina scanning with a moving eye means someone cannot break into the phone just by holding up a static image of your eye.

Iris scanners can only work by lighting up the eye in front of them with a type of infrared light, this way an accompanying camera sensor can capture incredibly high-detail images of the iris, including features you simply can’t capture with regular light (from an LED flash, for example). 
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 feautres a second front-facing camera (not incorporated as an all-in-one lens would be on the LG G7), which is only there for iris scanning, as it has been designed to operate with infrared light. Regular cameras tend to filter infrared out as it can reduce photo quality. So it’s interesting that LG may be planning to combine the two.
According to the LGD report, LG may be using a method where the sensor array can switch light filters, meaning it would be a regular camera filtering out infrared, until it needs to perform iris scanning duties, at which point the filter would be deactivated.
What will be really interesing in 2018 is whether or not the LG G7 re-takes the LG G series place as the LG flagship handset. This year, because LG couldn’t get any Snapdragon 835 processors in the earlier part of the year (Samsung had bought them all!), the LG G6 launched with the Snapdragon 821 processor from 2016, which meant it struggled to keep pace with the compeition. The LG V30 emerged later in the year as the defacto flagship with a Snapdragon 835 onboard.

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Samsung is bringing the flip phone back with the W2018

Samsung looks to the 90s to help create their new smartphone

We’re obsessed with things that flip this year, from bottle flipping to backward flipping robots, everyone seems to love things that flip. Now Samsung is joining in on the flipping fun by announcing a new smartphone called the W2018 that, you guessed it, flips.
Bringing the functionality of the smartphones of 2017 into the design of phones of the early 2000s, Samsung has created one sleek, luxury flip phone. The W2018 has two 4.2in AMOLED displays on both the ert_main_wide_image/public/2017/12/samsung_is_bringing_the_flip_phone_back_with_the_w2018_-_1.jpg?itok=I49KWApW” alt=””/>

While the phone may look retro on the outside, it certainly doesn’t perform like a phone from the nineties. The W2018 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with a whopping 6GB of RAM, making it just as good as the Samsung Galaxy S8. This is evidenced further when you look at the camera, which boasts a 12megapixel camera on the rear with optical image stabilisation and an aperture of f/2.4 and f/1.5 in low light.
Unfortunately, though, UK customers are out of luck: the W2018 is only due to be released in China. On the bright side, you’re saving a reported £2,000 – enough to buy two iPhone Xs, and make your own flip phone with a makeshift hinge.
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