Galaxy Note 9 proves $1,000 is too steep a price to pay

The Galaxy Note 9 is here. We’ve had a chance to share our first impressions of it, and you’ve seen the specs, design and price for yourselves. So, in last week’s poll, we asked whether you would consider buying one. What’s the verdict? Let’s take a look at the poll results and find out.

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Smartphone prices have finally hit the dreaded $1,000 mark. That seems to be where a lot of smartphone users draw a line and start to think twice about purchasing a device. The Galaxy Note 9 goes for $999 to $1,249, depending on whether you want 128 GB or 512 GB of internal storage, and the results of last week’s poll indicate that number is more than the majority is willing to pay.
Even if it comes with killer specs, a gorgeous display and a gigantic battery, 40% of respondents said the Note 9 was just too expensive and wouldn’t buy it, while 11% are waiting until next year for a price drop. That’s a 51% majority whose deciding factor is the price tag. That doesn’t bode well for sales.

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Nevertheless, there seems to be a decent number of serious Note fans in the house. A quarter of all the voters said they would absolutely buy the Note 9. That’s not an insignificant figure, especially considering how expensive the device is and that it hasn’t had a chance to prove itself in longer term reviews yet. Of course, there are some holdouts who are waiting for the final reviews before committing. These cautious folks comprise just 7% of the vote.
Then, there are those who just don’t like the design, who represent another 7% of the vote. That leaves 10% who wouldn’t buy the Note 9 for reasons not listed in the poll. In the comments, some of these users report that they wouldn’t buy it for other important factors, like already having a perfectly good Note 8, not seeing any super innovations in the Note 9 or already being loyal to another brand.  
Do you agree with the results? Would you ever buy a smartphone that costs more than $1,000?

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Professor Oak’s Japanese Voice Actor Has Died – Game Rant

Pokemon‘s influence has reached far and wide over the years, and the character of Professor Oak has been there from the beginning, appearing in nearly every season of the anime and a multitude of games. Sadly, Unshō Ishizuka, the man who helped bring Professor Oak to life, has now passed away.

According to Unshō Ishizuka’s talent management agency, the prolific voice actor passed away after a fight with esophageal cancer. Ishizuka had been receiving medical treatment, but esophageal cancer is notorious for being aggressive and difficult to detect. Sadly, doctors weren’t able to cure the legendary voice. The details of his fight are unclear, but it seems it didn’t stop Ishizuka from doing what he did best. Ishizuka was still working through this year, providing his voice talent for a variety of roles in 2018.
Ishizuka began his voice acting career way back in 1984, appearing in not just video games, but also anime and movie dubs. He made his first appearance as Pokemon‘s Professor Oak – Dr. Okido in Japan – in 1997, revisiting the role whenever the games or anime called for it. Considering that the Pokemon series and games were dubbed into English with the help of voice actor Stuart Zagnit, many English-speaking players may have never heard the Japanese voice of Professor Oak. Even so, there’s a good chance that they’ve heard his voice before in some of his other work.

Goodbye Unshō Ishizuka, you gave life to so many memorable & fantastic characters including Mr. Satan (Dragon Ball Super). You will be dearly missed.

— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation)

Ishizuka’s voice was utilized to bring a wide variety of characters to life. His voice bridged the gap between games and anime, with his characters often appearing in both. Gamers may recognize Ishizuka’s work as Heihachi of Tekken, Mr. Satan of Dragonball Xenoverse, Jet Black of the Cowboy Bebop series and game, and of course, Old Joseph Joestar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. With so many roles under the voice actor’s belt, Ishizuka’s voice has reached myriads of people in both the anime and gaming communities, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

The ongoing series that Ishizuka lent his talent to for so many years will have to find new voice actors to take over the roles, but nothing will erase Ishizuka’s contributions to the field and the memories that gamers and anime fans have of characters he helped to bring to life.

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Nikon D3400 review: A fantastic budget DSLR

Nikon’s D3400 is still one of our favourite entry-level DSLRs, especially at its new lower price (you can normally pick one up with an 18-55mm kit lens for well under £400). Above all, it offers superb image quality, portability and excellent battery life, making it an excellent-value travel companion.
However, now that the camera has been around for the best part of two years, you’d be justified in wondering if it’s getting a bit long in the tooth and could soon be suceeded by new model. And that’s just what Digital Camera World is predicting. According to the website, we could see it’s successor, the D3500, announced this year, potentially as soon as August or September. Otherwise, it’s likely it’ll arrive some time early next year.
Digital Camera World claims the Nikon D3500 could feature a new sensor, better autofocus system and improved connectivty, among a range of other new features, making it a truly exciting prospect. So, if you’re looking for your first DSLR, it might just be worth holding out to see what Nikon has in store. Otherwise, the D3400 remains an excellent camera and one that’s unbeatable at its price.
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Digital SLR is a relatively mature technology, so finding something new and exciting to put into entry-level models isn’t easy. It’s debatable whether Nikon has risen to this challenge with the D3400. In appearance there’s very little to tell the D3400 apart from the Nikon D3300; it even has the same physical measurements, although it has shed 15g of weight.
There’s a new kit lens with a stepping motor for smoother focussing during video capture, plus Bluetooth for wireless transfers. Battery life is up from 700 to 1,200 shots, which an impressive achievement considering it’s the same battery as before. This could be because the updated sensor is more energy-efficient, but it might just be because the flash range has dropped from 12m to 7m. That’s more than a third down on the power of the D3300’s flash.
Nikon has also done away with the D3300’s microphone socket, and there’s no longer an ultrasonic cleaning function that shakes dust from the sensor. I doubt many people will miss the microphone socket, as without a headphone socket to monitor the results it isn’t a whole lot of use. Keen videographers are better off using a separate audio recorder and syncing the video and audio files in editing software. The lack of ultrasonic cleaning is more worrying but it’s not something I can test objectively. If you only ever use the kit lens you’ll have no need to remove it, so the sensor should never get dusty.
Nikon D3400 review: Wireless and performance
The Nikon D3300 lacked Wi-Fi for wireless transfers to smartphones and tablets, which is a shame as it’s likely to be quite a popular feature for consumers to the click-and-share convenience of a smartphone. As such, it’s good to see wireless transfers included on the D3400. There’s no Wi-Fi, though; it’s all handled via Bluetooth.
Bluetooth consumes less power than Wi-Fi and this allows the camera to maintain a permanent connection and transfer all photos (or 2-megapixel copies) rather than simply transferring on demand. There’s also an option to continue with transfers while the camera is switched off. There’s no wireless remote control function, though.

The wireless facility worked well in my tests – at least at the start – with photos appearing on my Android phone shortly after capture. The SnapBridge app was also able to use the phone’s GPS radio to geotag photos, both on the transferred copies and the originals still in the camera. Various Wi-Fi cameras offer this function but it’s not normally this effortless.
However, after successfully transferring 200 photos, both camera and app ceased all communication and it took a lot of poking around both devices’ settings to get them talking again. User reviews on the iTunes and Google Play stores suggest such experiences are quite common. I also found that selecting the Send While Off option caused the camera’s battery to run down when not in use.
Other aspects of the D3400’s design and performance are in line with the D3300, but that’s no bad thing. It was consistently fast to focus when using the viewfinder and managed a shot every 0.4 seconds in normal use.
Continuous shooting lived up to the claimed 5fps speed and lasted 21 JPEGs or nine RAW exposures before slowing to the speed of the card. Autofocus in live view mode was impressively fast, too, but there was a two-second delay before the camera was ready to take another shot. Live view is unavailable in continuous drive mode.
Nikon D3400 review: Controls
The physical controls are relatively simple for an SLR but you do get dedicated buttons for exposure compensation and drive mode, plus a customisable Fn button that accesses ISO sensitivity by default, while pressing the “i” button provides quick access to 12 commonly used settings.
There are a few annoying quirks common to previous Nikon SLRs, including how its Auto ISO mode is only available via a submenu, and how the self-timer resets after each exposure. The new kit lens has no switches on its barrel either, so selecting manual focus requires a trip to the menu as well.
Subject tracking autofocus is available but with just 11 autofocus points in fixed locations, it isn’t terribly effective. Pricier SLRs with more autofocus points let you focus precisely on your subject’s eyes, for example, whereas with this camera you may have to line up the subject’s eye with an autofocus point, half press the shutter button and then reframe the composition to your liking before taking a shot. This isn’t too arduous but a potential reason you might consider paying more.

Nikon D3400 review: Video and photo quality
The D3300’s video mode was mostly excellent but autofocus was a little clunky and the soundtrack was spoiled by robotic whirrs from the autofocus motor. The D3400 is much better, with decisive adjustments that were barely audible in the soundtrack.
It doesn’t focus continuously during capture, and instead only updates focus when the shutter button is half-pressed. That may lead to subjects drifting out of focus, but I like being able to keep focus fixed and only update it on demand.
Video autofocus wasn’t perfect in my tests, with a tendency to overshoot slightly and then correct itself. The Canon EOS 750D is a better option for video capture but the D3400 easily outperforms the EOS 1300D in this respect. As with previous Nikon SLRs, details were crisp and colours exhibited the same flattering tones as the camera’s JPEG photo output.
Photo quality is a significant step up from the Canon EOS 1300D, too. Its 24-megapixel sensor captured sharper details than the Canon’s 18-megapixel sensor and it also exhibited much less noise at ISO 3200 and above. The D3400 showed a small but welcome improvement in noise levels compared to the D3300, evident both in JPEGs and unprocessed RAW files. Colour rendition was up to Nikon’s usual high standards, and the kit lens did a respectable job of delivering sharp focus across the frame at various focal lengths.

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2018 Mazda 6 Review

2018 Mazda 6 Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a great sports sedan that is fun to drive, packed with tech including Apple CarPlay and a good deal of safety features that round out the experience.
In 2018 the Mazda 6 stands out even among strong competition from the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Kia Optima.
The Mazda 6 is roomier than the Mazda 3, and it’s a great fit for many drivers who are still looking for a car. If you need more room and are looking at Mazda, check out the CX-5 or CX-9.
The 2018 Mazda 6 is an excellent sporty mid-size sedan.
Is the 2018 Mazda 6 a Good Car?
The 2018 Mazda 6 is an excellent mid-size sedan. Mazda delivers a fun driving experience with great handling and the upgraded 2.5L engine.
With the addition of Apple CarPlay and upgraded features Mazda rounds out the offering and addresses one of the main complaints we’ve had with earlier models.
With the new Signature trim interior upgrades and a better overall package the 2018 Mazda 6 is a top pick for car shoppers in 2018.

2018 Mazda 6 Review

The 2018 Mazda 6 is a fun and practical mid-size sedan that looks great inside and out, handles great comes with more power for 2018 and finally adds CarPlay.

What You’ll Love
Great handling and fun to drive
Bold new style with a great interior option
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto support
Great safety ratings and features

What Needs Work
No all wheel drive option
No hybrid option
Can’t use touch screen when driving

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What’s New for 2018?
The 2018 Mazda 6 is completely upgraded for 2018 with new looks, an optional turbocharged 2.5l engine that comes over from the Mazda CX-9 and upgraded infotainment and safety features.
This year the larger infotainment screen adds in support for Apple CarPlay. The adaptive cruise system supports a complete stop and then can resume up to full speed.
Mazda’s new Signature trim level upgrades the interior with soft touch materials including brown leather trimmed seats and Japanese Sen wood interior trim details.
2018 Mazda 6 Interior & Design
The Signature trim interior looks more like an entry level luxury car.
The interior of the Mazda 6 varies based on the trim level. Across the product line you’ll find a well laid out interior with a driver centric front seat.
With the Signature trim level, the Mazda 6 interior steps up the game dramatically. The seats are very comfortable with a new wider base and they are wrapped in Nappa leather on the Signature trim level. Throughout the cabin there are loads of soft touch materials.
The back seat offers enough legroom and headroom for most adults as long as the driver isn’t super tall. I like the fold down arm rest in the back that hides two USB ports that will keep passengers or kids charged up without stringing cables down to the center console.
The Mazda 6 exterior is sporty and stylish.
While everything may not be clad in leather or Alcantara like on luxury sedans, the Mazda 6 interior is clearly better than the sum of its parts, allowing it to punch above its weight class. With beautiful accents, the Japanese Sen wood inlay and very good overall placement
Outside, the Mazda 6’s new looks are sporty and sharp-looking. This design hits all the right notes to keep things sporty, yet refined and ultimately it’s a winning combination.

2018 Mazda 6 CarPlay Android Auto, Tech
After holding out for years, Mazda finally delivers a major upgrade to the infotainment system. The 2018 Mazda 6 includes a larger touch screen and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
This works with the existing Mazda Connect system, so it’s a little different to use while you are driving than in other cars. Mazda disables the touch screen while the car is in motion, so you need to use your voice or the joystick/dial on the center console. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s an upgrade I loved using on the Mazda 6. If we can get this on the Mazda MX-5 Miata I’m going to need to have a conversation with my wife about adding on to our garage.
Mazda is adding in CarPlay and Android support, so if you picked up an early model and don’t have it, you can bring it into the dealer for a free upgrade. If you are shopping for a new one, make sure it’s already installed.

Connecting a phone to listen to music or take calls is as easy as plugging into use CarPlay or Android Auto, or just pairing with Bluetooth. Call quality is good, and you can use voice controls to easily start a call.
The stereo is above average, delivering good sound for most music and audiobooks, but I’d love a little more oomph on the low-end.
2018 Mazda 6 Safety
The Mazda 6 comes with a 5-star overall safety rating and individual scores of 4 or 5-stars. In addition to safe design, you get a nice mix of safety and convenience features that actively help you as you drive.
Standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support. These help you avoid accidents when switching lanes, backing up, and by automatically braking the car and reducing engine power if an obstacle is in front of you and you don’t show signs of stopping at 20 mph or less.
On the Touring and up, you get Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go. The lane keeping features do a good job of warning you, and ultimately helping keep you in your lane so you don’t go into traffic or off the road. This isn’t semi-autonomous driving, but it is an aid that will help keep you safe.
Tha Radar Cruise control is very good on the Mazda 6, and with Stop & Go support you can come to a full stop using the system and resume your speed without using the brake or the gas. On any car this system takes some getting used to, but once you do it makes commutes and long trips with traffic much more enjoyable.
2018 Mazda 6 Driving & Performance
Mazda offers a great ride and excellent handling that combine to make this a fun car to drive.
The Mazda 6 is a car for people who love to drive, but need something practical. Yes, this is a mid-size sedan, but it’s more like a sports sedan with the available 250 horsepower 2.5T engine.
Mazda knows how to tune both the engine and the driving dynamics of the Mazda 6 to deliver a fun, sporty ride. This comes from the G-Vectoring Control and the turbocharged engine.
In the Mazda 6 you’ll find yourself seeking out the scenic route on your trip more often. Yes, this seems like a cliché, but the handling is perfectly suited to turning off when you see a curvy roads ahead sign and enjoying the drive.
Sport mode delivers a more engaging drive with slight tweaks to shift points to give you more access to power. There is a little more engine noise when you’re in sport mode.
Ride quality is also good, and while road noise is evident, it’s not at a level that impedes conversation or cuts into your road trip in a meaningful way.
The 2018 Mazda 6 Signature with the 2.5L Turbocharged is rated at 26 MPG combined, with 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway. That’s in line with what I observed during my week with 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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Best Xbox One X deals 2018: All the best cheap deals for the Xbox One X, including great bundles

There’s still not a load of Xbox One X deals to choose from – the console only came out last November – but there’s definitely more floating around now compared to a couple of months ago. To aid you in your quest for an Xbox One X deal, we’ve compiled the best the internet has to offer and brought them all to this one page for you to digest.
If you’re torn between the Xbox One X and Sony’s alternative, you can currently get some really great PS4 Pro bundles (which you can scope out here). You’ll have to ask yourself just how important it is to have the most powerful console on the market when the PS4 Pro is, arguably, the better device of the two.
READ NEXT: Best gaming TVs in 2018
If you’re still not deterred by those prices and that news, and you don’t fancy yourself an Xbox One S for half the price, then read on to see the best Xbox One X deals.
Xbox One X deal of the month in August 2018
Xbox One X bundle with five games (was £576, now £530)

This Currys bundle gets you the Xbox One X 1TB console and five hugely popular games – Assassin’s Creed: Origins, PUBG, Killer Instinct, Forza 7 and Mafia III – which should help you get to grips with your new console and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it. 
For the discount price of £530, you’ll be saving £45 if you buy this bundle, compared to the cost of buying all of the components separately. You’ll also get a three-montth Xbox Live Gold membership, which will connect you to even more awesome games.
Buy now from Currys
Read on for even more fantastic Xbox One X deals.
Xbox One X deals 2018: Best bundles to buy this August

1. Xbox One X 1TB console with two games and three months of Xbox Live Gold (was £515, £470)
If you don’t need quite as many games as the bundle above, this Currys option might be just what you need. For £470, you’ll get the 1TB Xbox One X console with Mafia III and Assassin’s Creed Origins, as well as picking up a three-month membership to Xbox Live Gold.
Buy now from Currys
2. Xbox One X 1TB console with Call Of Duty: WWII, an extra controller and two months Now TV Entertainment (was £528, now £484)
Offering something a little bit different, this GAME bundle will get you the 1TB Xbox One X console, a second controller, Call Of Duty: WWII and a two-month Entertainment Pass for Now TV. Buying those bits separately would cost you £528, but this bundle does it for £484 and saves you £44.
Buy now from GAME
3. Xbox One X 1TB console with PUBG, Fallout 4 and 2 months Now TV Entertainment (was £495, now £450)
Here’s some great value for you: a 1TB console with two massive games and two months of Now TV Entertainment, all for £450. You’d be saving £45 compared to the separate selling price, as well as picking up some excellent stuff.
Buy now from GAME

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Profar, so good in Texas triple play

Bases loaded, nobody out? No problem for Texas
The Rangers faced a precarious position, with the bases full of Angels and nobody out in the fourth inning. But thanks to an unconventional play and quick thinking by Jurickson Profar, Texas was out of the frame with no damage done.

You don’t see this every day.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers)

We are used to seeing cool plays from the Rangers third baseman, though they usually come from Adrian Beltre. But the veteran is out with his third hamstring injury of the season, a situation so frustrating that the 39-year-old Beltre was contemplating Thursday just when to “say goodbye” to baseball.
Ariel Jurado was the beneficiary of the defense, and he needed it. Already down 6-3 to the Halos, the 22-year-old rookie walked Taylor Ward then allowed singles to Eric Young Jr. and Kole Calhoun to load the bases for David Fletcher.
Teams with the bases loaded and nobody out this season average scoring 2.25 runs for the rest of the inning, per Baseball Prospectus. The odds of scoring at least one run is a whopping 83.5%. Understandably it is the worst position a pitcher could be in.
But sometimes all it takes is a single pitch to get out of a jam.
Fletcher grounded a ball to Profar’s right, and his momentum allowed him to step on third base for the force out to retire Young. But this is where it got interesting. Ward, playing his third major league game, was on third base, and instinctively tried to avoid a tag from Profar so he moved off the bag and into harm’s way.

Ward wasn’t able to avoid the tag for the second out, then Profar threw to Rougned Odor at second base for the third and final out. Calhoun was out at second on a force out, but for good measure Odor ran down the line to tag him anyway, completing the sixth triple play in the 58-year history of the Rangers.
And just how rare was a triple play in which the batter wasn’t retired on the play? How about none in the previous 105 years!

In the 4th inning tonight, the turned a triple play against the without retiring the batter, David Fletcher.
It was the first MLB triple play without the batter being retired since June 3, 1912, when the Dodgers did so against the Reds.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS)

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Lleyton Hewitt angered as Australia’s Davis Cup tie is left in limbo | Sport

The International Tennis Federation’s radical overhaul of the Davis Cup has cast doubt over Australia’s scheduled World Group playoff in Austria after the ITF voted to reduce the 118-year-old competition to a season-ending World Cup-style format featuring 18 teams from 2019.
The first edition will be held in Madrid or Lille in November next year, with the inaugural host city to be announced in the coming weeks. The reforms have angered Tennis Australia and Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, who now doesn’t even know if next month’s tie against Austria in Graz will even take place.

Victory over the Dominic Thiem-led Austrians would have propelled Australia back into the 16-team World Group in 2019 but the playoff now appears meaningless, with Australia needing to take part in February qualifiers next year just to make the new 18-team competition.
TA officials were set to hold crisis talks on Friday, but it is understood the governing body were bewildered by the whole situation and genuinely uncertain about their next step.
Despite the farcical state of affairs, Australia could be forced to play the apparently redundant clay-court tie from 14 to 16 September – the weekend after the US Open – or risk being fined by the ITF or potentially suspended and docked world team rankings points.
“I am obviously totally against these changes to Davis Cup and pretty frustrated by what has occurred and the lack of information available,” said Hewitt, a two-time winner of the Davis Cup and Australia’s most successful singles player in the century-old event.
“The competition they suggest is not the Davis Cup. You can’t call this the Davis Cup. You can ask anyone for the past 50 years who has played the Davis Cup and they will tell you this proposal is not what it is about, nor what it should be about.”
Hewitt said many current and former players saw the new format as “a money grab”.
“The home and away fixture and the five-set battles are also part of what makes Davis Cup unique in tennis and sets it apart from the regular tour,” he said. “Playing at home, or even away in front of a passionate partisan crowd, is part of the reason we want to play.”

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All the top highlights from Week 2 of the NFL preseason

Three games down, 13 more to go this weekend. Let’s get you caught up with what’s happened so far.
Here’s a quick look at what happened in the three games Thursday night. Join us again on Friday for another night of preseason action.
New England Patriots 37, Philadelphia Eagles 20
The Patriots might have had a little bit of revenge on their minds. They came out firing on all cylinders against the defending Super Bowl champs.
41-year-old Tom Brady is still Tom Brady: Brady, who was 5-for-5 on their first drive, capped it off with a 4-yard touchdown strike to Chris Hogan:

Brady ➡️ Hogan…
— NFL (@NFL)

It wasn’t all good news for the Patriots, though. Rookie first-round tackle Isaiah Wynn left with an ankle injury.
Nick Foles had a forgettable night: Foles also visited the medical tent after he was hit by Adrian Clayborn and stripped of the ball. Ja’Whaun Bentley picked it up and took it 54 yards to put the Pats up 17-0:

Strip sack! Recovery!
— NFL (@NFL)

After that, Foles’ night was done. The Eagles announced that he was dealing with a shoulder strain.
The Eagles got on the board soon after, with Nate Sudfeld at quarterback:

Shelton Gibson runs a nice route for the TD.
— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH)

Sudfeld had a pretty good night overall, throwing for 312 yards and three touchdowns, while getting picked once.
The Patriots’ two-minute drill is alive and well: With two minutes left before the half, Brady did what he does: led the Patriots down the field for another score as if it required no effort whatsoever. Brady played the entire half and went 19 of 26 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Unlike in the Super Bowl, he wasn’t sacked either.
RIP, ankles: With Brian Hoyer at QB, Cordarrelle Patterson got in the end zone for the first time with his new team — he also broke some ankles along the way:

Crossed him so hard
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown)

Recap for Eagles fans: Bleeding Green Nation
Recap for Patriots fans: Pats Pulpit
Green Bay Packers 51, Pittsburgh Steelers 34
Not a great start for Steelers QB Mason Rudolph. His first throw of the game was a pick six. For Packers fans, it had to be refreshing to see Tramon Williams looking like the player he was when these two teams met in the Super Bowl after the 2010 season. Williams is 35.

First play of the game…
Tramon Williams PICK-6!
— NFL (@NFL)

Aaron Rodgers to Graham, easy peasy. Get used to hearing that. Rodgers found Green Bay’s big ticket tight end acquisition for an 8-yard red zone touchdown to cap off their first drive.

Welcome to Green Bay, Jimmy! hits for the TOUCHDOWN!
— Green Bay Packers (@packers)

No Le’Veon Bell, no problem. Well, that’s getting a little far ahead of things, but the Steelers have to be pleased with running back James Conner’s work on a three-play touchdown drive in the first quarter. The Steelers fed it to Connor on all three plays, and he picked up 58 yards and the score.
Conner’s a second year player who beat cancer to get here, not to mention he’s pretty good at this whole football thing.

— NFL (@NFL)

Preseason or not, a 60-yard field goal is impressive. Mason Crosby booted one in the second quarter to give the Packers a 27-14 lead.
Recap for Steelers fans: Behind the Steel Curtain
Recap for Packers fans: Acme Packing Company
Washington 15, New York Jets 13
Running back woes: Washington engineered a pair of field goals in their first two drives, the first of which led by Alex Smith behind center. The second scoring drive was highlighted by Samaje Perine ripping off a 30-yard run, but left with an injured ankle after the play. Byron Marshall also left with a lower leg injury, leaving Washington’s running back depth chart depleted. But Washington still had runs of 33, 30 and 17 yards on the night.
Dead red zone: These teams combined for five trips inside the 20-yard line in the first half, two trips each for Washington and the Jets. Those red zone sojourns produced a grand total of 12 points, nine by Washington. The one trip that failed to produce points was ended when Sam Darnold on 4th-and-1 saw his pass tipped for an interception.

The rookie Troy Apke picks it off!
— NFL (@NFL)

Despite the pick, Darnold was relatively effective, completing 8-of-11 passes for 62 yards. But a pair of third-down sacks killed early drives, giving New York a total of three points in the first 30 minutes.
Colt McCoy was 9-of-12 for 113 yards on the opening half. He completed a pass into the end zone to Cam Sims, but the potential touchdown was called back due to illegal formation.
The comeback continues: Teddy Bridgewater looked very good for a second consecutive week, completing 10-of-15 passes for 127 yards in the second half. He led the Jets to the game’s first touchdown early in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to his wide receiver catching this 16-yard strike at its Peake:

Oh wow, Charone Peake!
— NFL (@NFL)

Recap for Jets fans: Gang Green Nation
Recap for Washington fans: Hogs Haven

The second week of NFL preseason will kick off on Thursday evening with three games scheduled.
The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The Patriots won their first preseason game against Washington last week.
Washington will host rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Darnold threw for 96 yards and a touchdown on 18 pass attempts in the Jets’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Baker Mayfield will be in action on Friday when the Cleveland Browns face the Buffalo Bills and their first round quarterback Josh Allen, who was recently criticized by Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The Baltimore Ravens will wrap up Week 2 action on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Preseason Week 2 Schedule:
All times listed are Eastern.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m.
New York Jets vs. Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Atlanta Falcons, 7 p.m.
New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions, 7 p.m.
Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns, 7:30 p.m., NFL Network
Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., NFL Network
Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4 p.m., NFL Network
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 7 p.m., NFL Network
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans, 8 p.m.
Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos, 9:05 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m., NFL Network
Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8 p.m., ESPN

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Motorola P30: the iPhone X/Huawei P20 clone nobody asked for

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With the launch of Motorola’s new smartphone in China, Apple and Huawei must be feeling very flattered right now. The unoriginal design of the P30 owes its general shape to the iPhone X and its color scheme to the Huawei P20. Is there anything original or enticing about this device?

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Until now, Motorola had resisted cloning other devices or introducing the trendy notch into its smartphones. But, the rumors were true and Motorola has just presented its Huawei P20/iPhone X clone, which will be released only in China, at least for now.
Mid-range specs which fail to impress
Apart from its unoriginal aesthetics, what does the P30 have to offer? It comes with a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD+ (2,246 x 1,080) resolution. Motorola has taken it upon itself to spread the notch to new users, so naturally the P30 has various proximity and brightness sensors in the front, as well as a 12 MP selfie camera. 

No, it’s not an iPhone X. © Motorola

When it comes to technical specs, the P30 certainly doesn’t live up to the iPhone X or Huawei P20. Under the hood, it’s packing the mid-range Snapdragon 636 processor and a generous 6 GB of RAM. With 64 or 128 GB of internal storage, it runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Lenovo’s ZUI 4.0 interface. On the bright side, the smartphone has a dual rear camera (16+5 MP) aided by AI for better shots. Battery capacity seems standard here, with 3,000 mAh, and Motorola promises 8 hours of use with just 15 minutes of charging since it’s compatible with fast charge technology.

Motorola P30: technical specs

Technical specs

IPS LCD, 6.2 inches, FullHD+

Android 8.0 Oreo + ZEN UI 4.0

Snapdragon 636

6 GB

Internal storage
64/128 GB

16+5 MP (back) / 12 MP (front)

3,000 mAh

An attractive price
The base model of the Motorola P30, with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage costs 1999 yuan, which is about $290 USD. The version with 128 GB of storage goes for 2099 yuan, which is about $305 USD. If you want to get your hands on it, then you’ll have to import it from China, which has additional costs. The three colors available are Ice White, Bright Black and Aurora Blue. 

The P30 in its black and white variants. / © Motorola

Should you buy it?
The Motorola P30 may take on some of the design characteristics of premium flagships like the iPhone X and Huawei P20, but it is anything but premium. With its Snapdragon 636 processor and IPS LCD display, it’s definitely a mid-range device that just happens to have a bit of flair in its design. If you care about looks over performance and have a limited budget, the P30 might be an option for you.
What do you think of the P30? Would you buy it?

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Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow – TechCrunch

I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive or mouse, send MIDI data, and even blink quickly.
The Tomu runs the Silicon Labs Happy Gecko EFM32HG309 and can also act as a Universal 2nd Factor security token. It is completely open source and all the code is on their GitHub.
I bought one for $30 and messed with it for a few hours. The programs are very simple and you can load in various tools including a clever little mouse mover – maybe to simulate mouse usage for an app – and a little app that blinks the lights quickly. Otherwise you can use it to turn your USB hub into an on-off switch for your computer. It’s definitely not a fully fledged computer – there are limited I/O options, obviously – but it’s a cute little tool for those who want to do a little open source computing.

One problem? It’s really, really small. I’d do more work on mine but I already lost it while I was clearing off a desk so I could see it better. So it goes.

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