World Cup 2018: Schedule, scores, highlights from Day 9

It’s Neymar Time.
Here we go. The World Cup group stage rolls on with one of the tournament’s biggest favorites and its smallest nation in action on Friday.
In the opener on match day 9, Brazil edged Costa Rica, 2-0, with Coutinho and Neymar both netting late goals to settle a nervy affair. In the middle game, Nigeria brought upstart Iceland, riding high off a surprise draw with Argentina, back to earth. Wrapping up the Friday schedule, Serbia and Switzerland tangle in Group E.
World Cup schedule for Day 9

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Serbia vs. Switzerland

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET; TV: FOX and Telemundo; Livestreams: foxsports.com, fuboTV, TelemundoDeportes.com.

Let’s watch all the goals from World Cup day 9
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland
Ahmed Musa scores twice for Nigeria

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— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

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— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
Neymar seals it

¡Para sellar la victoria! le ponte punto final al marcador de sobre y así lo narra
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Coutinho breaks the deadlock in stoppage time

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— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

World Cup news and reads

Do yourself a favor and read Zito Madu’s conversations with immigrants in the United States about identity and watching the World Cup
Definitely check out The New York Times’ interactive explanation of Luka Modric’s screamer of a goal for Croatia against Argentina.

Vox.com dropped an explanation on problems of the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

The Guardian is ready to introduce you to all 736 players at the World Cup.
Wondering about these big beefy World Cup boys you keep hearing about? Nate Scott has the important information you need.
Wondering how Argentina can find its way out of the group stage? Nate Scott has you there too.

Please enjoy some funny sad World Cup memes
Lionel Messi was sad, understandably. Argentina was overrun by Croatia, 3-0, on Thursday, with one of the goals coming by way of a howler from goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Jokes were made.

— SB Nation (@SBNation)

Me on an airplane realizing I left my headphones at home
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How To Play Fortnite: Tips & Tricks For New Players

22/06/2018 – 3:00pm

Want to get into Fortnite? Here's some tips to get you started

You might have heard of a game called Fortnite – it’s become quite popular! Over 45 million players worldwide at last count, in fact. So what’s it all about? How do you get involved?
Fortnite, by Epic Games, actually started off as a semi-co-operative sandbox zombie survival game, in the vein of Minecraft, Rust, and ARK: Survival Evolved. The idea was that you’d build bases and defend them against zombie hordes, all while scavenging for equipment, parts, and resources (something which could also bring you into conflict with other players). Incidentally, this stuff is all still in the game.
However, with the popularity of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Epic decided to follow the trend so many other titles are now going down of adding a “Battle Royale” mode to mimic it, which has sort of taken over as the main game mode by propelled it to a higher level of fame than it enjoyed previously. The switch has put it in direct competition with PUBG.
What’s Battle Royale mode then? Essentially it mimics the famous Japanese 1999 book “Battle Royale” and 2000 film of the same name based upon it.
A series of competitors are dropped into an island arena and tasked with eliminating each other while surviving to be the last contestant standing.
Additional dynamics to make things a bit more interesting include everyone starting with nothing, requiring them to scavenge for weapons and supplies. On top of that, over time the “safe” play area contracts at periodic intervals, eliminating anyone caught outside the play zone after a certain time limit, and forcing the remaining players closer together as the game progresses.
The game’s massive surge in popularity has seen it become a firm favourite with YouTube and Twitch streamers and it’s fast becoming a kind of e-Sport, with millions tuning in to watch the highly competetive, fast-paced matches.
Naturally, of course, a lot of people also want to join in, which is easy enough as you can get the game on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One consoles, as well as Microsoft Windows and Mac computers, and iOS mobile devices.
So, if you want to get started in Fortnite: Battle Royale, we’ve got some basic beginner’s tips for you…
Like Dark Souls, Prepare To Die…A Lot
The thing about Battle Royale style games, whether you’re dealing with a server full of experienced players or complete newbies, is that by definition everyone except one remaining player is going to get eliminated every game session.
That means that a lot of the time, particularly while you’re still learning the ropes, you’re going to get taken out, sometimes VERY quickly.
The important thing here is to not let it discourage you if you go 10 or even 20 games without coming near the last five remaining players – this is just how it is.
Skill and experience are part of it, over time you will develop strategies and tactics to improve your survivability, however, remember at all times that a big part of it is also luck. Sometimes, rarely, you’ll get lucky, for example finding a player with their back to you. More often though, you’ll be on the receiving end of such misfortune.
It’s the nature of the beast, with a lot of human-controlled players running around in a small area all trying to stay alive in a no mercy, everyone-for-themselves contest. It also gets worse the longer the match goes on, because although the number of players becomes fewer, the play area is smaller and everyone who remains is armed to the teeth (not to mention probably filled with more adrenaline).
The best way to play? For fun! Just try to enjoy it and set little challenges for yourself, like see how long you can survive or how many opponents you can defeat. If you aim for the big prize of being the last survivor, then nine times out of ten you’re going to be disappointed. If it comes as an occasional by-product of just enjoying the experience, you’re going to enjoy the game on the whole a lot more.
Understand The Storm Feature
One of the things which catches a lot of new players out is the Storm feature, which is essentially Fortnite’s method of contracting the arena area periodically to force players into conflict.
The Storm begins to form a minute after the match starts, at which point a white circle will appear on the mini-map showing you the safe-zone you need to reach. You’ll also see a timer, this shows the count-down to when Storm will begin to move, once that timer counts down, another timer will start to show the time for the Storm to complete its movement inwards towards the edge of the white circle. After that, the whole cycle repeats with a smaller white circle.
All of this means you do have a fair bit of wiggle room on when you actually need to be in the safe-zone. You won’t die instantly inside the Storm, it takes off around one health-point per minute.
Grab The Loot!
You start with noting but a pickaxe, which although can be used as a weapon, is pretty weak and is mainly intended for the resource-gathering and building component of the game. That being the case, every other weapon and bit of gear you need to find in the game world.
As soon as the game starts, pretty much every player will immediately begin searching for loot to improve their chances of surivival – you need to do the same!
There are particular audio cues to listen out for which signal when a loot chest is nearby – they won’t usually be in a very obvious or easy-to-reach place, so you’ll have to do a bit of hunting.
Remember You Can Build
It’s easy to forget that Fortnite started off as a building and survival game in the middle of a hectic Battle Royale firefight, but that mechanic is still present in Battle Royale mode and you can leverage it to give you an advantage.
The pickaxe you start with can be used to gather resources from most any object in the game world – just equip it and start hitting things, and you’ll get bits of metal, wood, stone, and brick which you can use to build with.
To build, go into your inventory and you’ll see an icon in the lower right which when clicked allows you to choose from wall, roof, stair and floor tiles which you can then place in the game world. This means you can build a sniper nest or wall yourself into a defensible position. It can also help when climbing to reach loot boxes.

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OnePlus 6 Review | Photography Blog

Introduction

OnePlus’s latest smartphone is another model designed to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone models, but at a much cheaper price.
The tagline of the OnePlus 6 is “the speed you need”, and has been designed to be quite different from the last few OnePlus phones. There has been upgrades to the screen, the design of the phone, the camera and battery.
In terms of the camera, it uses a dual-camera setup, with a 20 megapixel and 16 megapixel sensor, both equipped with f/1.7 aperture lenses. The second camera (the 20 megapixel device), is used for detail, and for the portrait mode – it’s not used as a telephoto lens, such as you might find on several current flagship phones, such as the Huawei P20 Pro, iPhone X or the Samsung S9+.
A re-addition for the OnePlus 6 is optical image stabilisation, something which was missing from the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T. This is aimed at making the OnePlus 6 better equipped to take good shots in low light. There’s also 4K video recording at up to 60fps, as well as super slow motion video which can be recorded for up to a minute.
The sensor’s also had its pixel size increased to 1.22 microns, which represents a 19% increase and has been designed to capture more detail, without adding too much noise.
Pricing for the OnePlus 6 starts at £469, representing a significant saving when comparing it to the majority of high-end flagship smartphones.

Ease of Use
The OnePlus 6 is almost the same size as its previous devices, the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5, but it has a bigger screen thanks to a much slimmer bezel. The 6.28-inch screen is the largest OnePlus display to date – and also incorporates a notch at the top of the screen, just like you’d find with an iPhone X or a Huawei P20 Pro. The navigation bar previously found at the bottom of the screen has been removed, to make way for gesture control.
Constructed from glass, the OnePlus 6 marks a departure from the metal bodies of the previous devices. OnePlus says that it wanted to emulate the look and feel of ceramic phones, but without the fragility and weight. While you may think glass would also be fragile, this is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with the company’s own tests show that the OnePlus 6 is just as resilient against being dropped as any previous phones.
There are three colours available – “Mirror Black”, “Midnight Black” and “Silk White”. The latter of the three is a limited edition, so may be more difficult to get hold of. We’ve been using the Silk White edition to review the phone – it’s a very attractive finish, with a pearlescent sheen which has a premium look about it. Mirror Black features a shiny surface, which is very prone to fingerprints – Midnight Black uses a matte finish and is much more resilient to smudges.

Front of the OnePlus 6

In the box you’ll find that the phone comes ready equipped with a screen protector. This is a good way to help keep your screen from picking up scratches, but you might want to remove it if you want the “cleanest” view possible of the screen. Also included in the box is a rubberised phone case. Again this detracts somewhat from the clean sleek lines of the phone, but helps to protect it from scuffs, marks and scratches. Other phone cases are available to buy separately.
You can unlock the phone in a number of ways. Setting up Face Unlock enables very quick unlocking of the screen, while you can also set up a password or pattern. If you just want to access the camera though, you don’t need to fully unlock the phone, and instead the native camera app can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom right hand corner. If you do that, you’ll only be able to view images you’ve taken in the current session – fully unlock the phone to see more images.
The native app has a very simple and clean layout, which is refreshingly simple to use. Along the bottom of the screen, you’ve got three choices – Video, Photo and Portrait. The Portrait Mode is a shallow depth of field effect mode, which can be used for photos of people, as well as creating shallow depth of field effects with other subjects, such as animals, plants and so on.

Rear of the OnePlus 6

Along the top of the screen in standard Photo mode, you’ve got a few options which you can toggle between, including switching HDR on and off, switching the aspect ratio, turning the flash and the timer on/off.
You’ll see on the screen a circle with “1x” inside it. If you tap it, it’ll change to “2x”. You can use this to activate the digital zoom – despite the fact that the OnePlus 6 has two lenses, the second one is only used for detail, not as a telephoto zoom. You can zoom in even further by using a pinching motion on the screen – up to 8x is available. Any time you want to go back to the standard “1x” option, simply tap the circle on the screen.
Tapping around the screen allows you to change the autofocus point. You’ll also see when you do this that a slider appears which allows you to adjust brightness (or exposure compensation).

Front of the OnePlus 6

Portrait Mode is something which is becoming very popular among smartphone manufacturers. In essence, it recreates the look of using a DSLR or CSC to create a shallow depth of field effect. A fun addition for the OnePlus 6 is “Light Bokeh”, which gives you the option to choose differently shaped bokeh, such as orbs, stars and hearts. Although there’s just three options right now, it’s more than possible that OnePlus could add other bokeh shapes with software updates at some point in the future.
An OS update for the OnePlus 6 has brought Portrait mode to the front-facing camera. As the front-facing camera is only one sensor/lens, it estimates the portrait effect using software only. You also don’t get the opportunity to use the different shaped bokeh as in the main Portrait mode.
In Video mode, you’ll be able to tap an icon at the top of the screen which allows to choose between the different resolutions. You’ve got the choice starting from 720p all the way up to 4K at 60fps. Considering this is a mid-range smartphone, having 4K at 60fps is quite an advanced feature.

Front of the OnePlus 6

If you want to get a little more complicated, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal a few extra modes. Most intriguing of all of these is the “Pro” mode, which means you can adjust a variety of parameters, including white balance (you can even set custom white balance options), ISO, shutter speed, focus type and exposure compensation.
Interestingly, you can also shoot in raw format – something which is relatively rare, especially at this segment of the market. In the Pro mode, a couple of extra features which could prove useful are a histogram and a horizontal reference line (a level for helping when shooting landscapes). Also in Pro mode you can set the exposure point separately from the focal point. Tap the point on screen you want to use to expose from, then drag your finger across the screen and you can select a separate focal point. For some reason, flash is not available when shooting in Pro mode.
Slow-motion video mode can also be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. You’ve got the choice b between 480fps (720p) and 240fps (1080). Other modes available in the swipe up menu include Time-lapse and Panorama.

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Unihertz Atom Review: Don’t Underestimate Its Size

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Unihertz Atom

Large screens, small bezels, fashionable glass bodies — these are all the traits smartphones have been moving towards for the past few years. The Unihertz Atom is a smartphone that has none of these things, which is why you may want to buy one.
The Atom by Unihertz is a follow-up to last year’s Jelly Phone, and its existence is solely thanks to a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign. Unihertz promises the Atom to be a speedy, long-lasting, durable and water-resistant Android phone that can serve as a primary device for outdoor activities, and in the week we’ve spent with the phone, it delivers.
A tiny titan
Size is the first thing you’ll notice about the Atom; true to its name, it’s tiny and easy to grip. Even the smallest of hands should have no problem holding this phone.
If size isn’t what’s first on your mind, it’ll be the Atom’s rugged body, which frankly looks a little ugly. It’s wrapped in a TPU-style material that’s reminiscent of rugged cases from the likes of Otterbox. The reinforced corners are stylized with red accents, which make the phone look flashy. Still, this phone feels like it could fall down a mountain without significant injury.

There are chunky bezels around the 2.4-inch display, and the front-facing fingerprint scanner is flanked by two capacitive buttons. The volume rocker is on the phone’s left side, along with the SIM card tray; the right side houses the power key, as well as a programmable push-to-talk (PTT) button, which we’ll get to later. Oddly enough, the USB Type-C charging port is also on the right edge of the phone.
A headphone jack is present too at the top center of the Atom. Thanks to the small size, you shouldn’t have any issues accessing any part of the phone, though you might have problems holding the phone in your right hand while charging, due to the awkwardly-positioned charging port.

The Atom feels like it could fall down a mountain without significant injury

Flip the phone over and it will look even more rugged. The TPU back panel has a diamond-pattern texture for extra grip, and a lanyard attachment at the bottom underneath the large Unihertz logo will ensure extra drop protection (no lanyard included). The rear-facing 16-megapixel camera and flash sit at the top of the rear, and the only speaker on the phone is at the bottom. The speaker is suitable for calls, but we wouldn’t recommend using it for music. You’re better off pairing the Atom with a pair of wireless earbuds or a Bluetooth speaker.
We’re happy to see a fingerprint sensor available on the Atom, but its placement is awkward because the phone is so small. Even worse, the sensor proved unreliable most of the time, as it really requires the perfect-placement of your fingertip. When it does work, however, it’s quick.

Unihertz Atom Compared To

There is a Face Unlock option available, which actually tended to work more reliably than the fingerprint sensor. A change of hairstyle, sunglasses, or lighting can easily set it back, though.
The Atom is hardly fashionable, but it’s not really trying to be a replacement for your $1,000 iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. It’s a phone you take out on weekend outings when you’re worried about damaging your expensive smartphone. It’s tough and rugged, the build quality is superb, and it’s also lightweight at just 108 grams. The IP68-rated water- and dust-resistance means the Atom can handle some water (up to 1.5 meters depth for about 30 minutes) — just make sure the ports are dry before recharging.
A disappointing display, but solid performance
Considering the Atom has a 2.4-inch LCD display, you’d be right not to expect a super high resolution screen — it has a measly 432 x 240 pixel resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, delivering 207 pixels per inch. It’s not a big deal because the phone isn’t going to be replacing your media center, but it certainly isn’t sharp. Pixels are easily visible.
We are a little disappointed, however, that the colors are a little washed out, and blacks lack punch. Worse yet, the screen doesn’t get bright enough to view outdoors in broad daylight, which feels like a huge misstep. It’s manageable, but Unihertz should have really made sure a brighter screen was a key feature on the Atom.
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The screen is protected by an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass, which can still shatter. The phone does come with a pre-installed film screen protector, to protect against scratches, but it doesn’t fit the whole screen, only covering half of the selfie camera. It looks like the same screen protector Unihertz sold for the Jelly Pro.
Despite the disappointing screen, the Atom comes roaring back with solid performance. It’s powered by an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of internal storage, which is plenty for most people. Despite dual-SIM support, there’s no MicroSD card slot, which may come as a disappointment to some.
Here are a few benchmark results:

AnTuTu: 84,856
Geekbench 4: Single-core 811; multi-core 3,272
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 441

The Unihertz Atom beats out the midrange Moto G6 with its AnTuTu score by a considerable margin. Its scores rival the Nokia 6.1 in some areas, and comes close to the Moto G6 Plus — two similarly-priced phones. Benchmark scores don’t necessarily reflect a phone’s performance, though, so how did the phone react in day-to-day use?
The Atom handles most tasks easily, zipping through navigation menus and opening apps in a blink. While the tiny screen isn’t going to be your first choice for mobile gaming, the Atom surprised us with solid performance during games like Hearthstone.
Stock Android
Unihertz has opted for the stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, which is likely why performance is relatively smooth. The software is simple to use. There are only a few apps installed by default (other than the standard array of Google apps), such as the walkie-talkie emulating app, Zello. The physical, red push-to-talk button will trigger Zello’s broadcasting function by default, and you can chat with other Zello users just like with a walkie-talkie. Thankfully, you can swap it to launch something else.
Some other pre-installed apps have proved useful, like Toolbox. It’s packed with a surprisingly accurate compass, a level, flashlight, and other tools that might be useful in a variety of circumstances.

You can expect the Atom to stay up-to-date with the next version of Android at the very least.

Our biggest frustration is with the keyboard. The Atom comes preloaded with Google’s Gboard app, which works wonderfully on big-screen phones. Typing with it on a 2.4-inch screen, however, is painful. Using Gboard’s swipe-to-type function alleviates the problem a little, but we found ourselves avoiding typing whenever possible, and you likely will too.
Unihertz told Digital Trends that an Android P update is in the works, so you can expect the Atom to stay up-to-date with the next version of Android at the very least.
Average camera
There’s only a single, 16-megapixel camera on the back of the Atom, but there’s also a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The right lighting conditions will get decent performance out of the main lens on the rear. We took some nice photos with blue skies and well-balanced color palettes. In scenarios with high contrast or low lighting, the camera starts to struggle — a problem that plagues almost all budget phones. Also, photos you take may look better on the small screen than they really are when enlarged on a computer.
The camera’s focusing is also quite unreliable. It struggled to focus properly multiple times when we tried to focus on particular subjects, like a rock.
The app is barebones, but that’s not necessarily a problem. Holding the shutter button takes burst shots, there are options for some filter overlays, and there’s an HDR mode — though you can’t use filters in HDR mode. A panorama mode is also available, but the results are not good at all.
The Atom can take some surprisingly good photos, but we would have really liked to see a better camera here, especially since people likely want to take and share photos of their outdoor experiences. If that’s you, then you still may want to bring your primary smartphone or DSLR, which will undoubtedly take better photos (though doing that defeats the purpose of using the Atom). If you don’t care about taking a lot of photos, then the Atom’s camera will be sufficient.
An excellent battery, and extra features
The tiny Atom packs a 2,000mAh battery, which may sound small, but don’t forget this phone’s size. The battery also doesn’t need to power a large screen or a powerful processor, which means the Atom is capable of offering two-day battery life.

The battery finally expired two days after it had been taken off the charger.

After taking the Atom off the charger at 8 a.m., we took it on a five hour hike. During this time, we used GPS navigation, took pictures, and kept up to date with various messaging systems, and ended up with 54 percent battery still remaining at 5 p.m.. After that, we ran benchmarks, took further test images, and tested gaming performance, and the battery finally expired two days after it had been taken off the charger.
Sitting on the bedside table overnight, the phone only lost 2 percent battery, which is great standby time. Charging it back to full took about two hours, which isn’t too fast.
The Atom will ship with U.S. and E.U. adapters for its USB Type-C charging cable. Unfortunately, a U.K. adapter will not be included with phones making their way across the pond. When we asked Unihertz about this, the company said U.K. adapters would be available from its store. It’s odd they can’t package it in.
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The Atom does have NFC, which means you can make contactless payments via Google Pay, and the USB Type-C port is On-The-Go (OTG) compatible, so the Atom can also transfer its battery life to another phone, or pull files from a USB stick when used with the correct adapter. Unihertz also sells accessories to go with the phone, including a bike mount, a belt clip, and armband.
Price and availability
The Unihertz Atom is currently available on Kickstarter. Backers can buy it for the discounted price of $220 until the campaign ends on July 11. After the campaign, the Atom will retail for $300 on Unihertz’s website. The Atom is sold unlocked, and it works with 4G networks on Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T (Sprint support still has to be confirmed).
Unihertz offers a 12-month warranty that only covers manufacturing defects to the phone.
Our Take
The Unihertz Atom delivers zippy performance, simple Android software, and excellent battery life. Its screen and camera are mediocre, but if you can look past them, this is a perfect little companion to take on outdoor trips over the weekend.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes, if you’re looking for a small smartphones. The iPhone SE and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact offer great performance, great screens, and have good cameras. They’re small, but they’re considerably larger than the Atom, and so are their price tags. Check out our best small smartphones guide for more.
If you just need a phone that lasts for a long time in the $300 price range, you can’t go wrong with the new Moto E5 Plus, which has a larger display and a two-day battery life. You can find more options in our list of phones with the best battery life.
If durability is your primary concern, your best bet is the LG X Venture. It has two-day battery life, it’s water resistant, has a solid screen, but it’s sadly only available on AT&T and U.S. Cellular. Check out our best rugged smartphones for more devices.
How long will it last?
The Unihertz Atom is well built, with water resistance and built-in shock resistance. It won’t get damaged easily. In terms of software, Unihertz has already promised the Android P update, and we expect the device will work relatively well for around two years or more. You won’t be using this phone every day (unless you make it your primary phone) so performance and the battery shouldn’t decline as quickly as other budget phones.
Should you buy it?
Yes. If you’re in the market for a secondary backup phone — especially one to take on outdoor activities like hikes — the Atom is a great companion that will take up very little space.

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Crackdown 3’s Original Developer Isn’t Working on the Game – Game Rant

There’s no denying that things have been uncertain for Crackdown 3‘s development cycle since its reveal back in 2014, but it was finally announced to be launching in February 2019. It is now known what possibly caused the game to be in development for so long.

The potential reason for the delays with Crackdown 3 has to do with a change in developers. When the game was first announced back in 2014, it was stated that the series’ creator, Dave Jones, was attached to the project. He and two companies he helped found, Cloudgine and Reagent Games, were working on the title. Cloudgine focused on the cloud technology that was responsible for the game’s destruction elements, while Reagent handled development.
In January of this year, Cloudgine became a part of Epic Games, the studio behind battle royale juggernaut Fortnite and Jones himself is no longer with Reagent Games, either. He also joined Epic, where he helps with their cloud technology as well as being an esports strategist for the company. Sumo Digital is now the primary studio in charge of Crackdown 3‘s development.

Booty, however, did not state whether or not the cloud technology Cloudgine created to power the destructibility is still in the game. As of right now, that element has been stated to only be available in Crackdown 3‘s multiplayer. Many are now wondering if the current build of the game will have the same level of destructibility that left many in awe when an early version of multiplayer was shown in a 2015 Gamescom demo.

While news of a change in the development may seem concerning to some, other fans of the series are probably happy to know the game has an expected release window. Some games don’t always make it to release after a change in developers is made. This wasn’t the only news to come out at E3 about the game, though, as Microsoft also showed off a new gameplay trailer at its press conference.
Crackdown 3 is expected to release in February 2019 for PC and Xbox One.

Source: Polygon (via VG247)

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Physical keys: HTC removing them, Samsung adding them

Increasingly large, bezel-less displays, slim bodies, and smartphone frames that gradually abandon physical keys. Those are the biggest trends, but not for Samsung, which seems to have an unstoppable passion for clickable keys, so much so that they’ve decided to add a new one to the Note 9.

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Can you imagine the Note 9 with 5 physical keys?
How many physical clickable keys does your current smartphone have? The most common answer is two: power on and volume control. Some devices do this with a single button, others with two. If you have a Galaxy S8 or S9 you’ll answer three. How could you forget the South Korean voice assistant? The addition of the physical button for Bixby on the S8 created such a fuss for users who found themselves with a button that’s useless and isn’t reprogrammable.
A new physical button on the Note 9? / © AndroidPIT

Even despite this, Samsung seems like it doesn’t want to give up. The South Korean manufacturer’s designers must have a particular passion for these buttons, and the Note 9 will be equipped with a fifth physical button.
Last week Android Headlines announced that there could be five physical keys on the Note 9. The announcement showed a protective cover equipped with 5 holes for 5 physical keys. The button will be located at the bottom of the right or left side and may be involved in the use of the camera.
The news reported on the Korean site mentions the brand’s recently registered trademark for perfect capture technology. It’s unclear what it specifically does, but the term suggests it has to do with the camera. It might take pictures, start video recordings or take screenshots. Nothing is certain, at least for now.
Some brands add them, some remove them
If we look at what HTC has done with the new U12+, Samsung looks more like a countertrend. The Taiwanese manufacturer has given up clickable keys in its new flagship. There are slight protrusions in the aluminum frame that will remind you of more traditional buttons, but they’re actually completely immobile. HTC has implemented the same technology that it used in Edge Sense to detect where a key is pressed or not.
HTC says goodbye to traditional physical clickable buttons. / © AndroidPIT

Devil’s advocate: it’s not a physical key
Is it better to remove or add them? These are personal preferences, but if you consider the evolution of voice commands and smartphone bodies, I personally find the HTC approach more interesting. If you think about LG’s way of thinking about smartphones of the future, the addition of new physical keys seems poorly executed. When I think of the smartphones of the future, I’m thinking of flexible displays, minimalist designs and voice interaction that can operate all the offered functions. But that’s my personal opinion.

Opinion by Jessica Murgia

New high-end smartphones should get rid of physical keys.
What do you think?

At the moment it isn’t clear whether the Note 9 will really offer 5 physical keys. There are also some people, namely Ice Universe, who deny everything on Twitter:

Note9 There is no button in this position. There are two holes in this position on the protective case for the lanyard. Many mobile phone cases have such holes. It may be that Samsung is too lacking in change to make people think that it has A button exists, hahaha.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce)

According to the leak, this isn’t a physical key dedicated to the camera, but two holes that allow you to use a lanyard. So everything is still unresolved at this stage.
Do you prefer HTC’s approach or do you think a physical camera button would enhance the photographic experience and be useful?

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Happn takes on Tinder Places with an interactive map of missed connections – TechCrunch

Dating app Happn, whose “missed connections” type of dating experience connects people who have crossed paths in real life, is fighting back at Tinder. Seemingly inspired by Happn’s location-based features, Tinder recently began piloting something called Tinder Places – a feature that tracks your location to match you with those people who visit your same haunts – like a favorite bar, bookshop, gym, restaurant, and more.
Of course Tinder’s move into location-based dating should worry Happn, which had built its entire dating app around the idea of matching up people who could have met in real life, but just missed doing so.
Now, Happn is challenging Tinder Places with a new feature of its own. It’s debuting an interactive map where users can discover those people they’ve crossed paths with over the past seven days.
Happn founder, French entrepreneur Didier Rappaport, dismisses the Tinder threat.
“We don’t see it as a threat at all but as a good thing,” he tells TechCrunch. “Find the people you’ve crossed paths with has always been in Happn’s DNA since the beginning….We are very flattered that Tinder wants to include the same feature in its product. However, we will never use the swipe in our product,” he says.
Rappaport believes swiping is wrong because it makes you think of the other person as a product, and that’s not Happn’s philosophy.
“We want to [give our users a chance] to interact or not with a person, to take their time to decide, to be able to move back in their timeline if suddenly they change their mind and want to have a second chance,” he notes.

To use Happn’s map, you’ll tap on a specific location you’ve visited, and are then presented with potential matches who have been there too, or within 250 meters of that spot. The map will use the same geolocation data that Happn already uses to create its timeline, but just displays it in another form.
For those who aren’t comfortable sharing their location all the time with a dating app (um, everyone?), Happn also offers an “invisibility” mode that lets people hide their location during particular parts of the day – for example, while they’re at work.

While Happn’s new feature is a nice upgrade for regular users, Tinder’s location-based features – we’re sorry to report – are more elegantly designed.
Today, Happn’s invisibility mode has to be turned on when you want to use it, or you have to pay for a subscription to schedule to come on automatically at certain times. That means it requires far more effort to use on a day-to-day basis.
Meanwhile, Tinder Places lets you block a regular place you visit – like, say, the gym – from ever being recorded as a place you want to show up for matches. It also automatically removes places that would be inappropriate, including your home and work addresses, and alerts you when it’s adding a new one – so you can quickly take action to remove it, if you choose. Tinder Places is also free. (It’s just not rolled out worldwide at this time).
Happn, however, does offer a way to hide your profile information and other details from select users, and never shows your current location in real time, also like Tinder.
Happn, which launched back in 2014, now claims nearly 50 million users worldwide, across 50 major cities and 40 countries. It claims to have 6.5 million monthly users – but that’s much smaller, compared with Tinder’s estimated 50 million actives.
And with Tinder parent Match Group snatching up Hinge, suing Bumble, and effectively copying the idea of using “missed connections,” one has to wonder how much life rival dating apps, especially those of Happn’s size, have left.
The app is a free download on the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store.

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2018 Volvo XC60 Review

2018 Volvo XC60 Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is a luxurious, small SUV that stands out with a beautiful design, upscale interior, incredible sound system and wealth of safety features.
Volvo’s XC60 is a two row SUV that is smaller than the flagship XC90, but still offers a lot of room for passengers and cargo, and the super & turbo-charged motor delivers plenty of power.
The Volvo XC60 is an excellent small SUV.
Is the 2018 Volvo XC60 a Good SUV?
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is an excellent SUV. It’s a luxurious and upscale vehicle that doesn’t cut corners. It looks great and I love the sporty look of the XC60 R-Design model that I spent the week with.
Already fun to drive, if you opt for the XC60 R-Design you get an upgraded sport chassis with stiffer springs and dampers that delivers more responsive handling for more control during spirited driving.
Volvo packs in incredible sound, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto support, plus all of the must have safety and driver convenience features.
Shoppers looking for a sportier driving experience should consider the Jaguar F Pace.
If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s fun to drive, offers a nice interior and starts at about half the price, check out the Mazda CX-5.

2018 Volvo XC60 R-Design

What We Love
Luxurious interior and good looks.
Great sound system.
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Support
Loads of safety features.
Semi-Autonomous driving mode is very capable.
Smooth ride, with enough power for on the T6 Inscription model.

What Needs Work
Plan on $8,000 in options to get the best setup.
Competing models offer a more thrilling driver experience.

The 2018 Volvo XC60 R-Design is a great small SUV that is fun to drive, luxurious, packed with tech and safety features and comes with one of the best in-car sound systems.

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What’s New in 2018?
The XC60 is all new for 2018, delivering a major upgrade from the outgoing model that takes inspiration from the larger XC90.
If you’re shopping for the XC60, this is a year to skip the old model and pick up the new. This total redesign is the first major upgrade for the XC60 in years and it’s one that owners will want to make sure they are driving.
2018 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Performance
The 2018 Volvo XC60 comes with two engine options. I tested the 2.0L Super & Turbo charged engine which offers plenty of power ready at the tap of your foot.
With multiple driving modes, you can control how the power is delivered. In comfort mode it’s easy to keep things cool and collected for passengers, but in dynamic mode you can have more fun and wring a little more power out of the engine. There’s also an off-road mode that raises the height of the car. While you won’t be off-roading, this is handy for pulling into a drive with a steep incline as it gives you better approach angles.
The 2018 Volvo XC60 R-Design is fun to drive, but there are more spirited competitors.
The Volvo XC60 R-Design, comes with an upgraded chassis that helps deliver a more spirited driving experience with a better connection to the road. One of the biggest differences you will notice is less body roll — how much the car feels like it leans on a corner — with this upgrade. The T6 Inscription trim level also includes all wheel drive.
In addition to the fun aspects of driving that you get on a curvy road or when you have less traffic, the XC60 is there to help you with your commute and annoying drivers.
With the Convenience Package, you can use Pilot Assist. This is a semi-autonomous driving aid that will keep you in your lane, keep your speed while keeping you a safe distance from cars in front of you and even bring you to a stop. This is a must have upgrade. It’s easy to use and makes highway driving more enjoyable. One adjustment drivers need to make is that the lane-keeping technology often keeps you in the exact center of a lane, which is closer to center than many drivers keep their vehicle on a regular basis.
The 2018 XC60 gets 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, with a combined 23 MPG.
2018 Volvo XC60 Interior
The interior is luxurious and spacious.
The Volvo Xc60 interior is very well appointed. The seats are comfortable and the interior is very driver focused, angling the screen and controls at the driver, but still very accommodating to passengers.
I found the front seats to be very comfortable, especially the adjustable front edge. There are also small R-Design touches on the wheel and the seats that look sharp.
Instead of wood, like the XC90 I recently tested, the T6 Inscription R-Design includes a metal mesh inlay that looks and feels great and fits the sportier vibe in the R-Design perfectly.
In the second row there is a good amount of legroom and the rear seats are also comfortable. Elderly passengers were able to get into the rear seat without much trouble.
The second row offers good legroom.
You’ll hear some road noise, but overall the cabin is quieter than many. The supercharger whine does intrude into the cabin, which isn’t traditional luxury, but it fits the R-Design and isn’t too much.
There is a good amount of cargo room for a small SUV like this. I like that there are several attachment points in the back and ways to secure cargo.

2018 Volvo XC60 Tech & Safety
Volvo absolutely nails the in-car infotainment and sound experience with the XC60.
The Sensus infotainment system is easy to use and the large screen in portrait orientation does a great job of always showing you the buttons and information that you need to see.
The touch screen is responsive and if you prefer to use the Sensus system instead of connecting a phone for CarPlay or Android Auto it’s one of the best you will find.
You can use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in the XC60, and it takes up about half of the screen. This makes it easy to access other car controls and features without exciting CarPlay or Android Auto. Future versions of Sensus will include Android Auto built-in without the need for a phone connected.
The Bowers & Wilkins sound system is one of the best you will find in any vehicle. The 10 speaker system includes the characteristic center speaker and tuning options that allow you to dial in the sound to match your music and your listening preferences.
The infotainment system is easy to use, responsive and supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
If you commute and use your car as your escape from the world, the sound system in the XC60 can elevate your commute. Whether it was Run the Jewels, a classical track, my wife’s Metal addiction or an audiobook the XC60 sound system handles it with grace.
In addition to the Semi-Autonomous driving upgrade covered in the driving section, the 2018 XC60 has a plethora of standard safety features and optional safety upgrades.
The XC60 includes collision avoidance for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. Other features include Run off avoidance, Run off mitigation, Lake keeping aid and Oncoming Lane mitigation.
The optional Convenience Package is $2,000 and includes adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist. The Vision Package is $1,100 and includes Blind Spot information with steering assist, cross traffic alert and front and rear parking assist with Park Assist Pilot to help you park. The Advanced Package is $1,900 and includes a 360 view of your surroundings, a heads up display and full LED headlights with Active Bending.
The active bending headlights are great for illuminating the road at night as they turn the direction you are going, instead of pointing straight off the front of the car.

You Need These 10 Must Have Car Features: Find Out Why
Smart Cruise Control

Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.
Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.
Here’s why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips. 

Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal. 
You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature. 

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Gigabyte Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 review (hands on): Sharp performance, slashed price

Gaming laptops aren’t cheap – and they probably never will be. However, if Computex 2018 is anything to go by, several manufacturers are pushing for a future where affordable gaming laptops are the rule rather than the exception. Gigabyte’s selection of fun-ready portables is the next pair to add to the list, with the Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 delivering top quality gaming action from as little as $999 (around £744).
Gigabyte Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 review: What you need to know
So you want a 15.6in or a 17in gaming laptop? Read on. Sitting underneath the no-holds-barred high-end luxury of Gigabyte’s Aorus ranges you’ll find the Sabre range. These laptops come in both 15.6in and 17.3in variants and now that 2018’s Computex show in Taiwan has rolled around, Gigabyte has given both models a firm kick in the spec list.
Intel’s six-core 8th Gen Core i7-8750H now takes centre stage alongside Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti and 1060 GPUs but while the sky currently isn’t the limit, your overdraft most certainly is.
Depending on the health of that current account you can decide between models with anything up to 16GB of RAM, single 1TB HDDs or laptops with 256GB NVMe drives and HDDs as a backup. And, according to our contacts, versions equipped with Intel’s Optane super-fast storage technology are just around the proverbial corner. These will go under Intel’s new ‘+’ designation, so you can expect Core i7+ to make its debut on the options list at some point.
Gigabyte Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 review: Specifications

15.6in or 17.3in 1,920 x 1,080 display, 120Hz, 3ms response time
Up to Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel HM370 Express, Intel Graphics 630
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce GTX 1060
Up to 32GB RAM
2.5in HDD, Optional M.2 NVMe PCIe x4 SSD
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type C), USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A), USB 2 (Type A), HDMI (2.0 w/HDCP 2.2), mini DP 1.2, mini DP 1.3, Gigabit Ethernet, 6-in-1 card reader, DC-in jack
802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5
378 x 267 x 30mm (Sabre 15); 419 x 289 x 30mm (Sabre 17)
2.5kg (Sabre 15); 2.8kg (Sabre 17)

Gigabyte Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 review: Features and design
If you’re expecting a few sheets of judiciously hewn metal here and there for that premium look and feel, then you might come away a little bit disappointed. These Sabres are slightly blunted thanks to their all plastic construction.
That’s not to say they look or feel low-rent, though. The overall design has a kind of squat, purposeful look to it, and both laptops feel like they’d shrug off the odd knock on their travels.
If this is all sounding rather bland and boring, though, think again. Suffice to say, if you’re one of those people who just has to have RGB lighting in your life, well, Gigabyte has thought of you: the keyboard has full RGB backlighting. And it doesn’t feel too bad to type on either.
It’s reassuring that the practicalities have been thought through, too. There’s oodles of connectivity, with USB-A and USB-C sockets buddying up alongside both HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs. And where MSI’s GF63 (click here to read our first look review) cut a few corners by opting for HDMI output, which is limited to 4K at 30Hz, Gigabyte has equipped its laptops with full-fat HDMI 2.0 ports and HDCP 2.2.
Whichever model you choose, you’ll find a Full HD matte display up top. The bezels aren’t especially slim, but both panels look pretty impressive up close. Gigabyte quotes a gamut coverage of 94% NTSC, which translates to somewhere around 100% of Adobe RGB, so both panels should provide a wide enough palette of colours to make sure games have plenty of pop and vibrance. I’ve got my fingers crossed that colour accuracy is on song, too.
Gigabyte Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 review: Prices
We haven’t seen UK pricing as yet, but MSI did provide details for a range of US models.
Gigabyte Sabre 15

GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD: $999
GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB, 128GB SATA SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,099
GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB, 128GB SATA SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,199
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,249
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, 16GB, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,349
GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,449

Gigabyte Sabre 17

GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD: $999
GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB, 128GB SATA SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,199
GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB, 128GB SATA SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,299
GeForce GTX 1050i, 8GB, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,349
GeForce GTX 1050i, 16GB, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,449
GeForce GTX 1060, 16GB, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD: $1,499

Gigabyte Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 review: Early verdict
It’s great to see some more affordable gaming laptops but it’s particularly awesome to see ones with so few compromises. Gigabyte has wisely swapped out luxuries such as metal lids and keyboard surrounds to keep the hardware specifications as beefy as possible.
If you are looking for maximum power with minimum expenditure, then the Sabre 15 and Sabre 17 are shaping up very nicely indeed. Whether you want a rock-bottom price with a GTX 1050 or a powerful portable with the GTX 1060 and Intel’s Optane-boosted Core i7+ platform, you’ll be able to take your pick sometime later this year.

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Facebook Messenger can now translate between Spanish and English

Facebook Messenger can now automatically translate messages between Spanish and English as part of a new M Translation feature that was first announced at F8 earlier this year, via Engadget.
M Translations join the existing M Suggestions features that are already built into Messenger for things like quick replies, polls, and sharing your location. The translation feature, which should be available now for users in the US and Mexico, will recognize when a user gets a message in a language that isn’t set as their default. Then, Messenger’s M bot will pop up and offer to immediately translate it. The feature had previously been available for users in Marketplace transactions, but it’s rolling out now to all standard Messenger conversations, too.
For now, translations only supports Spanish / English, but Facebook is apparently already working on adding other languages.
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