Samsung has just developed an “unbreakable” OLED screen

Samsung’s display technologies arm Samsung Display has just announced it’s developed an “unbreakable” display for use in smartphones.
The technology behind the display itself is nothing new, Samsung has been working on flexible screen technology for years now. However, past attempts were locked away behind a sheet of glass, protecting them from damage and restricting them to a single form – such as the curved edges of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 devices.
That’s changed with the announcement that Samsung Display has found a way to encase its display technology inside a plastic-coated frame that allows it to remain flexible while still offering a level of protection on par with glass. This new technology has been certified by UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories) – the folks who decide if a tech or science product is safe for use in global markets – marking it as a truly viable product that can be described as “unbreakable”.
UL put the panel through its paces, using tests set to standards by the US Department of Defense. The panel was dropped from 1.2 metres 26 times in succession as well as being subjected to temperatures of 71 degrees Celsius and -32 degrees Celsius. At the end of the testing, Samsung reports that the “unbreakable panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges.”
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The UL also dropped the panel from a 1.8-metre drop – higher than military certification standards – and the display suffered no damage.
“The fortified plastic window is especially suitable for portable electronic devices not only because of its unbreakable characteristics, but also because of its lightweight, transmissivity and hardness, which are all very similar to glass,” explained Hojung Kim, general manager of the Communication Team at Samsung Display.
The technology is touted specifically as a “smartphone panel” but the innovation behind its construction could easily be used in a variety of other display situations. Samsung sees it as having a use in car displays, military devices, tablets and portable games consoles. For now, though, smartphones are the focus – partly because we drop them all the time.
If you’re holding out hope that you’ll find one of these super-tough screens in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, chances are you’ll be very disappointed. Not only has the display only just been certified – and the Note 9 has been in production for a while now – but it’s almost certainly prohibitively expensive to go to market right now.
2019’s flagship phones, however, they could well be on the receiving end of an unbreakable screen.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Relatively cheap, but ancient and outdated

When we originally reviewed the £140 Samsung Galaxy Tab E in 2015, we found it to have a somewhat sluggish performance, mediocre battery life and a sub-par display. At the time it had quite a lot of competition, fast-forward to 2018 and the now £120 tablet has even more to compete with.
For example, the Amazon Fire HD 8 costs just £80, while the £130 Vodafone Smart Tab N8 has a big screen and 4G connectivity. Both provide better value for money with comparable specs to the Galaxy Tab E. We’d suggest looking at these alternative instead.
Our original review continues below
The Galaxy Tab E shows its age as soon as you turn it on. The first sign is in the software: this tablet is still running Android 4.4 KitKat, which is now positively ancient compared to the more modern Android 6 Marshmallow and Android 7 Nougat operating systems. It hasn’t received an update, and nor will it – which does put it at a disadvantage over other tablets.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Display
As a result, the Tab E looks old-fashioned from the off, and it certainly isn’t helped by its low resolution of 1,280 x 800. Stretched across its 9.6in, 16:9 display, text is visibly grainy and curved icons are jagged, making the Tab E pretty hard on the eyes over long periods of time. Of course, we’ve seen other budget tablets recently with the same resolution – most notably the Amazon Fire HD 8 – but in the case of the Fire, those pixels are spread across a much smaller display, resulting in a higher pixel density, and fractionally more sharpness.

The quality of the Tab E’s screen isn’t great, either. Our colourimeter showed it’s only capable of displaying 60.8% of the sRGB colour gamut, which is below average, even for a budget tablet, and this means colours don’t look as vibrant as they could do. At least it’s bright, hitting a peak white level of 409cd/m2, which is more than enough for outdoor use (although maybe not in direct, bright sunlight), and its contrast ratio of 1,085:1 is also respectable.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Performance
This isn’t the newest tablet, so it’s perhaps unsurprising to find that its quad-core 1.3GHz Spreadtrum SC8830 processor and 1.5GB of RAM isn’t the fastest or most modern processor around. It’s sluggish in everyday use, web browsing was quite stop-start, and to make matters worse it wasn’t even compatible with the Geekbench 4 benchmarks, making it difficult to compare it with other recent budget tablets.
It also wasn’t able to run GFXBench GL’s Manhattan 3 test, which doesn’t exactly bode well for its overall longevity. If it feels slow now, it will feel even worse a year or so down the line. Still, I was able to play a reasonably smooth game of Threes, which proves it’s able to cope with simple games.
It also coped fine with Netflix and BBC iPlayer streaming. Just bear in mind that the Galaxy Tab E only comes with 8GB of internal storage (of which 5GB is available to the user), so you may want to invest in a microSD card to make more room for your various downloads.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Battery life
Battery life was fairly decent, but again, other tablets have managed better in the past. With the screen set to our standard measurement of 170cd/m2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E lasted 8hrs 52mins in our continuous video-playback test, so it should have enough stamina to last the better part of a day. However, it still pales in comparison to the Fire HD 8, which lasted an impressive 13hrs 4mins under the same conditions.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Camera
As for camera quality, well, it’s as I’d expect from a budget Android tablet, which is to say it’s not particularly impressive. While the 2-megapixel front-facing camera is just about serviceable for Skype calls and the like, the 5-megapixel sensor on the back is poorly equipped to deal with either indoor or outdoor photography, producing blurry, noisy shots devoid of detail and vibrant colours.

Samsung Galaxy Tab E review: Verdict
The Galaxy Tab E might be relatively cheap at around £120, but there are simply superior alternatives on the market right now. Amazon’s new Fire HD 8 is much cheaper, has better battery life and offers a better experience for younger users, while the Vodafone Smart Tab N8, offers the cheapest 4G tablet on the market.

HARDWARE

Processor
Quad-core 1.3GHz ARM 7100

RAM
1.5GB

Screen size
9.6in

Screen resolution
1,280 x 800

Screen type
LCD

Front camera
2 megapixels

Rear camera
5 megapixels

Flash
No

GPS
Yes

Compass
Yes

Storage
8GB (GB)

Memory card slot (supplied)
microSD (up to 128GB)

Wi-Fi
802.11n

Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0

NFC
None

Wireless data
None

Size
241 x 149 x 8.5mm

Weight
299g

FEATURES

Operating system
Android 4.4.4

Battery size
5,000mAh

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Sony RX100 VI Review | Photography Blog

Introduction

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI takes Sony’s popular range of premium compact cameras in a new direction thanks to the introduction of a 24-200mm, 8.3x zoom lens, which greatly expands its telephoto reach compared with previous models in the series that have all had a maximum zoom of 70mm. This means that the RX100 VI is now very much a travel-zoom camera, capable of covering every photographic subject from wide-angle landscapes to candid portraits.
That extra reach does come at a cost, however, in the form of a substantially slower lens – the maximum apertures offered by this new model are f/2.8 at 24mm and f/4.5 at 200mm, considerably slower than the Mark V’s f/1.8 and f/2.8 settings.
Commendably, despite the huge increase in zoom range, you’d be hard pressed to tell the two models apart, with the new Mark VI only measuring a couple of millimeters thicker than the previous version, which continues in the range for the foreseeable future. To further support the new lens, Sony have improved the optical image stabilization system to offer 4 stops of compensation, which should help when hand-holding the camera at those new longer telephoto settings.
Other notable improvements to the Sony RX100 VI include a faster auto-focusing system that offers better subject tracking and the addition of the popular Eye AF mode, a touch panel LCD screen for the very first time on an RX-series camera, and an expanded tilt-angle screen which can be rotated 180 degrees upwards or 90 degrees downwards.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is available now for around $1200 / £1150 / €1300.

Ease of Use
The biggest change to the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is the new 24-200mm lens, which extends the zoom range from 70mm on the previous model to a whopping 200mm. This makes the new camera much more versatile and capable of dealing with most photographic situations that you’ll encounter. We’d now classify it as a bona fide travel-zoom camera, so the RX100 VI takes Sony’s premium compact camera in a brand new direction, pitching it against the likes of rivals such as the very popular Panasonic TZ-series.
As we mentioned in the introduction, however, increasing the zoom range so drastically has meant that Sony have had to compromise elsewhere. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is somewhat incredibly virtually the same size as the Mark V version, only being 1.8mm thicker and from the front looking exactly the same.
So the compromise has been made in the speed of the lens rather than the size of the camera, which offers much slower maximum apertures of f/2.8 at 24mm (compared with f/1.8 on the Mark V) and f/4.5 at 200mm (compared with f/2.8 on the Mark V). Sony have made a big play of pointing out that the new camera offers f/4 at 100mm, making it more effective for portraits, but it only offers f/4 at 70mm too, a whole stop slower than the Mark V. This is mitigated somewhat by being able to shoot at the longer focal lengths, but the new camera isn’t as capable of producing such shallow bokeh effects as the previous model, certainly between 24-70mm anyway. So while some users will welcome the extra reach on offer, others will bemoan the slower lens, and the fact that it also lacks the built-in ND filter of its predecessor.

Front of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI continues to use a relatively large 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor as employed by previous models in the series. This is the same size as that used in the now-defunct Nikon 1 series compact system cameras and 4x as big as a typical compact sensor. Consequently the RX100 VI offers the same excellent image quality (for such a compact camera) as its predecessors.
On the back of the RX100 VI is a large 3-inch, 921-dot resolution LCD screen which can be tilted up to 90° downwards to shoot over crowds or up to 180° upwards for easier selfies. Somewhat disappointingly the resolution has actually dropped from the previous model, but the downwards tilt has been increased by 45°, making awkward shooting angles easier than before.
The major improvement to the LCD is the introduction of touchscreen functionality, somewhat amazingly for the very first time on an RX-series camera. As on the recent Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras, the screen can be used for some elements of operation, including operating the auto-focus whilst looking through the EVF or using the LCD screen, a feature that we’ve seen on several other high-end mirrorless cameras recently.

Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Unfortunately Sony have once again stopped short of offering a full touchscreen experience – somewhat inexplicably, you can’t use the menu system in this way, press the on-screen icons, or even scroll through images during playback, a la smartphones, although strangely you can double-tap images during playback to zoom in, then scroll around to look at the finer details.
A subtle but surprisingly important improvement has been made to the action of the pop-up EVF. On previous models, you had to press the Finder switch to pop it up, then pull out the eye-piece manually, but on this new version the eye-piece both extends and retracts automatically, greatly speeding up the operation of the EVF. Another new default feature is slightly less welcome – when you pop-up the EVF, by default the camera turns itself on, but it also turns itself off when the EVF is pushed down, something that thankfully can be disabled in the main menu system.
There’s still no means of gripping the camera on the front, though, with just a small thumb-shaped lozenge on the rear, making the RX100 VI a little difficult to get to grips with, especially since its aluminum body is very smooth. Sony have recognised this, though, by selling the optional AG-R1 grip accessory, or you can purchase cheaper third-party versions, but we’d really like to see something integrated into the camera design, especially with the longer zoom range now on offer where stability is more crucial.

Tilting LCD Screen

The Sony RX100 V can shoot full-resolution 20 megapixel images at 24fps for up to 233 JPEG / 109 Raw images, an incredibly fast rate and very large buffer for what is after all a compact camera, especially as the 24fps rate is complete with AF/AE tracking for every single frame, rather than being locked at the first one.
Combined with the even faster and more accurate AF system, which now boasts an AF time of just 0.03sec, this makes the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI the best compact camera that we’ve ever used for taking pictures of fast-moving subjects, and indeed one of the best cameras full-stop, regardless of format. Being able to zoom to 200mm, instantly focus on the subject and then continuously track it whilst shooting at 24fps is an amazing achievement for any camera, never mind one that you can slip inside a pocket. The fast and effective Eye AF mode once again proves its worth for easily capturing great portraits, engaged by simply holding down the center button on the rear control wheel.
In addition to the NFC and Wi-fi connectivity offered by the previous Mark IV model, the new version now offers Bluetooth too. Somewhat inexplicably this can only be used to geotag your images in conjunction with your smartphone – you can’t also transfer images automatically from camera to phone or control the camera with your phone, as on most recent Bluetooth implementations, instead relying on the rather clunky PlayMemories Mobile app for the latter functionality. So like the LCD touchscreen, Sony haven’t really gone far enough in their implementation of what could have been a key new feature.

Pop-up Viewfinder

The RX100 VI can record video at Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30/24fps for up to 5 minutes. The RX100 V utilises 5028×2828 pixels to create the UHD video, so that it effectively oversamples by 1.7x in each dimension, which should result in better quality footage and no field of view crop. Slow motion, high frame rate Full HD 1920×1080 sequences can be recorded at 240, 480 or 960fps for up to 4 or 7 seconds in duration via the dedicated HFR shooting mode. The RX100 VI now also features Sony’s S-Log3 Gamma curve which enables it to record greater dynamic range, providing you’re prepared to colour grade the recording in post-production, and a 4K Hybrid Log Gamma setting too.
Battery life continues to be poor though on this new RX camera, thanks to the continued use of the tiny NP-BX1 unit – you’ll need to budget for several of these to get through a serious day’s shooting. Also, there’s still no Mic port, which sadly will continue to rule out the RX100 VI for more serious vlogging (or probably any vlogging at all).

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Won’t Outsell Black Ops 4, Says Analyst Firm – Game Rant

There’s no doubt that Red Dead Redemption 2 is poised to be one of the biggest games of the year, and in fact, its October release date has reportedly seen other companies push their titles to early 2019. However, even though Red Dead Redemption 2 will likely be a sales juggernaut, analyst firm Piper Jaffray estimates that it will be outsold by the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V.

This is according to the firm’s latest report that estimates just how much the biggest games of the year will sell. Considering the fact that Call of Duty games are typically the highest-selling games each year, it’s no surprise that Black Ops 4 (estimated to sell 21.5 million units in calendar year 2018) will likely outsell Red Dead Redemption 2 (estimated to sell 15.5 million units by March 31, 2019). However, this doesn’t mean that Black Ops 4 will outsell Red Dead Redemption 2 in terms of the games’ lifetime sales total.
After all, Rockstar’s previous game, Grand Theft Auto 5, is the most profitable entertainment product of all time. Red Dead Redemption 2 is not expected to match GTA 5‘s sales numbers, but the game will still likely have some long-term success, especially since it is Rockstar’s first major, original game since 2013. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, meanwhile, will potentially have huge early numbers that will slow down over time.

Of course, none of these sales numbers are set in stone, and are in fact just estimates from Piper Jaffray. It’s worth mentioning that other groups have provided estimates that stand in contrast with Piper Jaffray’s predictions, like the NPD Group, for instance. According to the NPD Group, Red Dead Redemption 2 will “edge out” Black Ops 4 to become the best-selling game of the year, with Battlefield V, NBA 2K19, and Far Cry 5 filling out the rest of 2018’s lineup of best-selling games.

At this point, it seems almost impossible to call which game will end up being the best-selling game of the year, as there are a number of factors that could influence whether Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, or another game comes out on top. Review scores could play a role, and Black Ops 4‘s lack of a campaign may not sit right with some of its diehard fans. It also remains to be seen if fans will be receptive to Black Ops 4‘s Blackout battle royale mode, which may fail to win over Fortnite‘s dedicated audience.

In the meantime, it’s worth pointing out that Red Dead Redemption 2 is releasing with a sales disadvantage when compared to Black Ops 4 and many other games, as it’s not going to be available on PC at launch. Some comments Rockstar and parent company Take-Two have made in the past have suggested that Red Dead Redemption 2 will one day make its way to PC, but it will likely be months or even years after it’s available on PS4 and Xbox One. Whether or not Red Dead Redemption 2‘s lack of a PC release plays a significant role in its sales total remains to be seen, however.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One.

Source: WCCFTech

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Smartphone Camera World Cup Final: the titans take the field

Of the eight smartphone contenders, two have made it to the final match. The Apple iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 have left the competition in the dust, and now we’re about to find out which one will take the title of best smartphone camera. It’s up to you to decide.

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First, let’s look at how the two competitors progressed to the final. The Google Pixel 2 has swept the Android competition from the field with its single camera: In the first round, the Google smartphone outclassed the HTC U12+, and the OnePlus 6 did not fare better in the second round. Even the heavy-hitting Huawei P20 Pro was unable to oppose the Pixel 2, and was decisively beaten.

Capture the stars with iPhone X camera. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Despite opening defeat to the final
The iPhone X, the only non-Android in the field, started out with a defeat by the P20 Pro. Then the iPhone X but won back the glory by tossing out the LG G7 ThinQ. The Apple smartphone then barely prevailed in the semifinals against the Samsung Galaxy S9.
So, now it’s time for the big duel for the best smartphone camera! In the final, we took the two smartphones and shot five photos and a video to get the most meaningful result possible. As always, each this is a blind test, so that personal preference and brand loyalty plays no role in determining the result.

The best Android camera is still the Google Pixel 2. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Scene 1
In good light, it is easy to take nice pictures. But even then, not all smartphones the same. Think of factors such as the color temperature, the details or the ideal exposure. Which camera captured the Berlin TV tower best?

Scene 2
In the semifinals, the selfie performance of each of the finalists was their trump card, so it’s only logical that we compare them directly. Both smartphones take good shots, but you’ll notice there are distinct differences.

Scene 3
Like the selfie, the portrait also focuses on one person. The actual image quality can best be assessed without calculated light effects or depth of field/bokeh effects. Therefore, this and the other photos were taken in automatic mode and not in a special “portrait” mode.

Scene 4
This time we tortured ourselves by getting up at dawn to take photos in the first, soft light of the day. The scenery in front of the window shows differently illuminated areas and presents the smartphones with a tall order. Who managed this better?

Scene 5
The next scene demands even further demonstration of the qualities of the smartphone cameras. The structure of the wallpaper must remain as recognizable and the mood of the lighting must be captured appropriately. Do you have a clear favorite with this picture?

Scene 6
In the final, we also wanted to take a closer look at the video quality of the two smartphones. For this, we put the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 together and shot simultaneously on the balcony around outside office. Which video do you like better?

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Apple’s Search Ads expand to six more markets in Europe and Asia – TechCrunch

In December, Apple introduced a new pay-per-install ad product called Search Ads Basic aimed at smaller developers, to complement the existing Search Ads product, which then became known as Search Ads Advanced. Today, the company is expanding Search Ads to more countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Spain, bringing the total number of countries where Search Ads is available to thirteen.
In addition to the U.S., Search Ads Advanced had already expanded to Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the U.K.
Developers in the newly supported countries will be able to create campaigns using Search Ads Advanced starting on July 25, 2018 at 4 PM PDT, with those campaigns appearing on the App Store starting August 1, 2018 at 4 PM PDT.
Meanwhile, Search Ads Basic will be available across all thirteen supported countries starting on August 22, 2018 at 10 AM PDT.
To encourage sign-ups, Apple is offering first-time advertisers a $100 USD credit to try out the product.
While the first version of Search Ads launched back in October 2016 in the U.S., the idea behind the newer “Basic” product was to offer developers a different – and simpler – means of reaching potential customers.
Search Ads was originally designed to allow developers to target users’ keyword searches, combined with other factors like location, gender or whether or not they had installed the app in the past. Developers would pay when users tapped on those targeted ads.
With the launch of Search Ads Basic, it’s easier to set up campaigns.

Developers only have to enter the app to be advertised, the campaign’s budget, and how much they want to pay per install. Apple helps by suggesting the max developers should pay using historical data. Then, developers only pay for actual installs, not taps.
Although the App Store was redesigned with the launch of iOS 11 to offer improved discoverability, search is still a key way people find out about apps.
Apple says that over 70 percent of App Store visitors use search to discover apps, in fact, and 65 percent of all downloads come directly from an App Store search.
The ads work well, too, as they have an over 50 percent conversion rate, on average, says Apple.
Apple’s advantage over the pay-per-install ads found elsewhere on the web isn’t only the ads’ placement – at the top of App Store searches, where they’re identified with a blue background and “Ad” icon – it also manages this without violating user privacy. That is, it doesn’t build specific profiles on individuals for ad targeting purposes, and it doesn’t share user data with developers. By its nature, this makes the system GDPR compliant.
In addition, Apple only places an ad when it’s relevant to a user’s search – developers can’t pay more to have their ad shown more often across less relevant searches, which offers a more level playing field.
Apple didn’t say when Search Ads would reach other countries, but with the new expansions it has some of the top markets now covered.
 

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Apple’s T2 chips may be causing problems on 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac Pro computers

Hot on the heels of the last MacBook Pro controversy about overheating concerns — which followed the previous uproar about keyboard issues, which, in turn, followed the original outrage about USB-C ports when the current design was first introduced — is yet another potential issue with Apple’s latest laptops. This time, it’s centered around the T2 chip that enables things like secure boot, better encrypted storage, and “Hey Siri” support.
According to a report from Digital Trends, that chip may also be causing kernel panic crashes on both the recent 2018 MacBook Pros and last year’s iMac Pro, which also features the chip.

Another day, another MacBook Pro controversy

The issue seems to be sourced from several threads on Apple’s community discussion forums, which complain of crashes on both T2-equipped computers. It seems that most of the problems are rooted in Bridge OS, the embedded operating system used by the T2 chip, although it’s not entirely clear whether the chip is directly causing the problems.
Going through the various forum threads, users have reported trying solutions like wiping their hard drives and reinstalling macOS, restoring from Time Machine backups, avoiding peripheral use, exchanging their computers, and more to no avail, which is leading to speculation that the problem is more deeply rooted in the system.
Apple has yet to address the Bridge OS issues, and the company did not response to a request for comment by the time of publication.
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An NFL player saying he wouldn’t draft 5-star Evan Neal motivated him to get in shape

Neal has an argument to be the top player in the nation.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Five-star IMG Academy offensive lineman Evan Neal is down more than 30 pounds from his high of 390-plus this winter.
“I feel the best I’ve ever felt as a player. My goal weight is about 320-325, so I still got a lot of work to do.”
Pro players often train or rehab at the Academy. Neal said that NFL offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga (6’5, 314) told a trainer back in the spring that if he was an NFL team, he would not draft Neal because of his weight. Neal said that having a lineman already in the NFL say that motivated him, because Bulaga knows what it takes to get there to the highest level.
“If he says he wouldn’t draft me, obviously I’m doing something wrong, and I gotta get right.”

Neal on February 18, 2018
The main thing for Neal has been watching what he eats. He is now much slimmer than he was in the photo above from February. It helped him dominate opposing defensive ends at The Opening Finals in Dallas earlier in July.
Neal isn’t visiting anywhere before his season starts
Neal said that IMG players are not allowed to visit schools in the last weekend of July because IMG is starting camp. (Some players have said they are still going to visit). Schools across the country are trying to get him to visit.
Neal did say that if he was allowed to visit anywhere this weekend, it would be Alabama or Florida State. Many in the recruiting industry, and his teammates believe Neal is trending back to the Tide, where he was once committed.

“Alabama, Miami, Florida, Florida State; the Southern Schools,” he said when asked which he likes, declining to name a leader.
Neal will decide during or shortly after his season
And because he is an early enrollee, he is going to need to take most or all of his official visits during the season. Neal says that those visits will be in the Southeast, and maybe one to the West Coast.
On Alabama: “Nick Saban keeps winning National Championships,” that’s the pitch, Neal said of Alabama.
On FSU: Neal said that he wants to get back to Tallahassee, and that him not getting back to Tallahassee is not due to a lack of desire, but rather scheduling conflicts. Neal said that coach Raymond Woodie told him something about FSU having part of its spring practice at IMG, but that it doesn’t mean much to him.
On Miami: “Miami is really high on my list, and extremely high on my mom’s list. Everybody knows that.,” Neal said. “If it was up to her, I’d already be committed there. They’re a great program, and I grew up a Canes fan, I had family that played for the Hurricanes.”
But Mom can’t get him to commit just yet?
“She’s on my about it, man, but it’s a decision I have to make. I want to take my time with it and not jump the gun.”
Early playing time is not an important factor
“I feel like I can get early playing time anywhere. Wherever I go, I know I’ll have to work for my position, be it Miami, or even Alabama,” Neal said. “I’m not the type of dude to look at a program just because they have an open slot to start as a freshman.”
Analysis
It’s great to see Neal is now in shape, because he can be a dominant factor. I’d be shocked if he ended up anywhere by Alabama, Miami, or maybe Florida State. Most I speak with think he’ll end up at Alabama or Miami, but he does keep mentioning an intention to get back to FSU. And while he maintains that early playing time is not a factor, the latter two schools can offer a legitimate chance to start as a true freshman.
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Domestic cricket under threat as Lord’s leaps to wretched conclusion | Sport

The tumult of this extraordinary sporting summer has momentarily died away. Suddenly the remnants of an ancient civilisation have reappeared, like the outlines of a flooded village reappearing amid the caked mud of a parched reservoir.
First-class cricket is being played in the land, in agreeable places with perfect weather. Days of wine and Roses matches. I have been watching with good companions, sometimes discussing events as they unfolded, sometimes talking about life, which is the way cricket should be watched.
A young man called Hammond scored a century at Cheltenham, glistening with extra-cover drives, which last happened in 1937 (this one is called Miles not Wally). Selectors were being nudged at Worcester, where a duel between Jamie Overton and Moeen Ali ended with .

At Chesterfield Ben Duckett came out and struck the ball with an authority that marked him out from everyone else on view. However, he made only 16 and Northamptonshire needed 314 to win, so that was not much help. Duckett risks ending in that grim niche of cricket history reserved for the brilliant wastrel. Yet it was somehow all part of the joy. I had forgotten how much I loved this stuff. And the 2019 season looks enticing, including both the World Cup (the only modern competition that has acquired any patina of tradition and credibility) and the Ashes.
“But at my back I always hear/time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near.” 2019 threatens to be the last summer. The background noise to this blissful week was a series of conflicting leaks emerging from that hotbed of fuckwittery, the England and Wales Cricket Board offices at Lord’s.
The year 2020 has, appropriately, long been designated as the year English cricket would be transformed by the introduction of a new city-based Twenty20 competition to run alongside the existing county-based Twenty20 (founded 2003) known this year as the Vitality Blast, which sounds like a rival to either cornflakes or Red Bull. But Twenty20 was not enough for English cricket’s ruling duumvirate, chairman Colin Graves and chief executive Tom Harrison. All week Lord’s has been leaking. Five-ball overs! 15-a-side! No, 12-a-side! Abolish lbw! Hey, let’s make it 10 overs! No, a hundred balls! That’s it!

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PAPN: Time for the Miami expectations game

We missed you, “Mark Richt can’t win the big one” narrative.
Uh oh, a Mark Richt team has high expectations again. Time for HOT TAKES ON THE INTERNET.

Topics:

“Miami-ing”
How good FSU is will define part of Miami’s 2018 narrative
How bad is a bad Bud Foster defense?
Virginia Tech has a … semi-realistic fanbase?
Larry Fedora is proof you should never go off-script at media day
Godfrey’s former co-worker Mick Foley
Scott Frost is uniquely qualified to talk about the best way to determine the national champ
How long will Matt Canada be at Maryland (spoiler: probably not long)
Ed Orgeron hiring Canada reflects poorly on him (with 20/20 hindsight)
How sustainable is the ACC’s massive middle class?
What it would take for Jim Harbaugh to end up on the hot seat (spoiler: a lot)
Why doesn’t Southern Miss have more upward mobility?
Oregon’s got a decent amount going for it
How much longer does Jeff Brohm stay at Purdue?
Hal Mumme getting hired by Kentucky is one of the biggest upsets in college football history
How do you transfer from triple option personnel to something more standard?

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