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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review
In some senses, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus doesn’t really deserve its own review. It’s much the same as the Samsung Galaxy S8. It has the same features as its (slightly) smaller sibling; the same internals, camera, storage options, and screen aspect ratio and resolution.
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What makes it different, of course, is the sheer size of the thing. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus’ screen measures 6.2in across the diagonal. This would make a regular phone practically unusable – but the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is no regular phone.
That’s mainly because the 18.5:9 aspect ratio allows Samsung to add extra screen real estate without expanding the physical width of the phone too much. This means the S8 is actually no less usable than the Huawei Mate 8 I spent three months with last year. Indeed, it feels quite comfortable to hold and use in one hand, which is quite the surprise.
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Looking objectively at the numbers, though, this should come as no real surprise. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a mere 73.4mm wide, which works out at only 0.8mm broader than last year’s S7 Edge. It’s noticeably taller at 159.5mm (compared with 150.9mm for the S7 Edge), but thanks to incredibly narrow top and bottom screen bezels, it isn’t as unwieldy as it could have been.
Despite this, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is still not the most pocketable of smartphones. Despite the narrow bezel, this phone is taller than the Google Pixel XL by nearly half a centimetre and it’s pretty hefty, too, at 173g. You’ll need to plan on keeping it in a jacket pocket – or get handy with a needle and thread and add extensions to your jeans pockets.
In terms of practicality and looks, these are pretty much the only differences between the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and the regular S8. They’re both available in the same range of colours – silver, blue and black – and both look and feel glorious. There’s Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and rear, although the lack of bezels means it probably will smash if you drop it anyway. It’s IP68 dust- and water-resistant, though, so when you get caught out in a rain shower or drop it down the toilet, it should continue to work.
Just like its little brother, the S8 Plus also has a microSD slot, and it has a fingerprint reader that’s been repositioned at the rear as well. That’s poor positioning, in my view, because it means you frequently smudge the camera lens with your finger trying to locate it. At least there are other ways to unlock the phone, although both the iris recognition and new facial recognition are less convenient to use because you have to lift up the phone to engage them.
However, there’s no denying that this is one handsome smartphone, largely due to the lack of bezels and the gorgeous curved edges that run up the S8 Plus’ flanks. No other smartphone looks this good; it’s a pleasure to pick up, use, stroke and fondle – a jewel of a smartphone that’s one step ahead of the rest of the market.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Performance and display
Performance-wise – yep, you guessed it – the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus offers much the same as the regular S8, which means to say it’s superfast. You get a 10nm Samsung Exynos 8895 (or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 if you live in the US) and this is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 2 storage.

Above are the benchmark graphs for your reference. As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus matches the regular S8 test for test – hardly surprising given the identical internals.
The Galaxy S8’s display, too, is just what you’d expect from Samsung, which has become a pass master in this area in recent years. It’s an AMOLED panel, so it has perfect black and its performance in every test we put it through was superb.
Colours are perfectly poised – not oversaturated yet still vibrant – and it goes just as bright as you need it to. We usually measure brightness by switching off auto-brightness and then sliding the adjustment all the way up to the maximum; however, with Samsung phones, the maximum brightness can only be achieved by enabling auto-brightness and placing the phone in high ambient light.
In these conditions, with a full white screen, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is able to push screen brightness up from a maximum of 347cd/m2 to 554cd/m2, which means it will be bright enough to read in most conditions.
That’s still not the full story, however. Since the screen is HDR Premium certified, it should be able to reach higher peak brightness than this and so it proves. With only a small patch of white pixels displayed on the screen, the S8 Plus pushes peak brightness up to a searing 912cd/m2.
It’s one hell of a display, then, but there are practical issues to contend with. That long-tall screen aspect ratio (or short-wide, depending on how you look at it) means that not all apps and content adapt perfectly. I came across a number of games during testing that left thick black borders at the top and bottom of the screen and, when you turn the phone on its side, it’s a similar situation with movie and TV content.
While YouTube and Samsung’s own video player let you stretch content to fit the wide screen, other apps don’t yet offer the option to do this. Fire up a movie on Netflix, for instance, and you’ll have to put up with black bars to the left and right, with no way to either zoom or stretch the video to fill the screen; perhaps we’ll just have to be patient on this front, but at the moment it’s a little disappointing.
The one area of performance where the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has the potential to be different from the regular S8 is battery life. With a larger 3,500mAh capacity, you’d expect stamina to be longer, although there is the compensating factor of that larger screen.
Anecdotally, this is a long-lasting phone. I’ve been using it for around a week now, and I regularly get longer than a full day out of it. If I go to bed, having taken it off charge at around 6.30am, it will typically still be running the next morning if I forget to plug it in overnight. This is with moderate use: no heavy-duty gaming, GPS or VR.
Our video-playback battery test backs up this experience. With the phone set to its default screen resolution (1,080 x 2,220), the screen calibrated to 170cd/m2 and flight mode engaged, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus lasted 20hrs 33mins before running dry. That’s a pretty decent result, and places it a long way ahead of the Google Pixel XL, LG G6 and the regular S8.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Cameras
On paper, the rear camera isn’t much to shout about. It has the same resolution as last year’s Samsung flagships, remaining at 12 megapixels, and the secondary specifications are a match as well, with optical image stabilisation, dual-pixel autofocus and a bright aperture of f/1.7.
The only difference on paper is that the camera, via the S8 Plus’ ISP (image signal processor), captures not one but three frames in rapid succession every time you shoot, combining them together in a bid to create sharper images.
It’s like HDR for every shot you take and is Samsung’s attempt to match the Google Pixel phone’s HDR+ technique, which captures up to ten images and combines them in a similar way. What effect does this have on captured images?
Surprisingly – as with the S8 – it improves things significantly over the S7 and, in good light, the S8’s images compare well with the Pixel’s. The main difference is not in detail capture, but exposure, where the Pixel captures much more naturalistic images than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, which has a tendency to slightly overexpose and oversaturate images.
I also noticed in a couple of examples that the S8 Plus is applying significantly more noticeable sharpening than the Pixel. This is evident only on very close inspection, but it means that the S8 Plus’ images, in some circumstances, can look sharper.
^ The Pixel XL on the left produces more balanced, natural-looking shots than the S8 Plus, which has a tendency to blow out highlights
^ There’s a more yellowy, over-saturated look to the S8’s shot (right), where again the Pixel produces more realistic images
In low light, however, the win goes more clearly to the Pixel XL. Its pictures look a little grainier than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus’ images, but that means it’s better at retaining details. Once again, there’s slightly more naturalist colour capture as well. The Google Pixel is clearly still the king of smartphone photography.
^ In this low-light image, the Google Pixel XL (left) gets white balance under fluorescent lighting spot on while the S8 Plus’ image is slightly too yellow. Close inspection also shows the Pixel’s shot to be grainier, but slightly better in terms of detail preservation
If you value your front-facing camera as much as your rear, though, you’ll be very satisfied with the S8 Plus’ snapper. It has a much better selfie camera than the S7 Edge (8 megapixels vs 5 megapixels), although it’s again a close-run thing with the Google Pixel XL. The S8 Plus’ f/1.7 aperture lets in much more light than the Pixel’s f/2.4, but the Pixel tends to exposure images more accurately and ends up capturing more natural-looking snaps as a result.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Software, Bixby and DeX
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus runs Android 7 Nougat, which is hardly surprising, and this is overlaid with the usual Samsung launcher software. You might find this intrusive, with its slightly different icons and laundry list of extra features, but I don’t. It’s different, but not unpleasantly so, and although there’s quite a long list of preinstalled apps, the 64GB standard storage allocation and microSD slot mean this isn’t the problem it might have been.
The big selling point of this particular iteration of Samsung’s software is supposed to be Bixby – the firm’s answer to Alexa and Siri. Despite not being available on the phone at launch, Samsung  released its smart AI assistant on both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in more than 200 countries in August. This includes the UK, Australia, and Canada.
Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can now use Bixby by pressing the Bixby button and updating the app. To activate Bixby, hold the dedicated button on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ phones, or say “Hi, Bixby.” 
There’s an automatically curated feed of personalised news and info to the left of the homescreen that looks uncannily like the Google Now, and Bixby Vision – a plugin for the camera that analyses what you’re pointing the lens at and attempts to provide useful information, be that shopping links for products or information on people and landmarks.
I can’t see myself bothering with either of these in the long run, but since I’m reviewing the phone, I’ve been taking the opportunity to test the features out over the past few days. I can’t say I’ve been impressed.
The newsfeed works well enough, but I can see no practical reason for reinventing what Google Now does. Bixby Vision is of little to no use at all. The shopping aspect I could never get to work; nothing I pointed it at brought up any kind of recognised product. The image recognition was patchy at best. A photo of the BT Tower matched a bunch of towers across the world, but a snap of my face brought up wildly inaccurate match list, topped by a story about Robbie Williams. I’m not sure if I should be offended by that or flattered.
The Place option seems the most useful, but how many times are you going to find yourself in a place wanting to know something about a building that looks famous? I’m guessing not often.
Samsung DeX, on the other hand, is considerably more impressive. This is Samsung’s answer to Microsoft Continuum: slot the phone into the DeX dock (a rather costly £129 extra), connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor, and you’ll be able to use your phone to run a complete windowed desktop environment.
It’s surprisingly snappy and capable, too. I was able to work perfectly happily on just the phone for almost a whole day – until I needed to use Photoshop to do some RAW file editing. It’s certainly a big improvement on Microsoft’s rather sluggish effort.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review: Verdict
In essence, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the same phone as the S8, with all the things that make that phone great, but with a bigger screen, a bigger battery, a more unwieldy profile and a higher price.
Is it any better, though? In my view, the answer to that question has to be no, and that’s mainly due to the 6.2in Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus’ size: it’s just one step too far. Although it isn’t over-wide, it’s too tall and although I’d be happy to carry around the regular Samsung Galaxy S8 in my pocket day to day, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus doesn’t quite get it right in the same way.
We’ve been here before with big phones, of course. I remember reviewing my first 4.5in smartphone and thinking that ludicrously big at the time, so my opinion might change (as long as my pockets do at the same time). Of course, you do get better battery life than the Galaxy S8 as well.
But given the choice, and considering the price differential – the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus costs a hefty £779 to the S8’s £679 – the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the phone to choose from this pair.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 Review

2018 Mazda CX-9 Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is a beautifully bold-looking three row SUV that delivers impressive handling for the size and a high-end interior that looks and feels beautiful. This is the larger sibling to the CX-5 and, with it, you get room for seven passengers, easy access to the third row as well as optional all wheel drive.
Available in four trim levels and starting at $32,130, the CX-9 offers a wide range of safety and driver convenience features. It’s not as roomy as the Chevy Traverse and you won’t find Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the CX-9, but Mazda offers nicer handling. Mazda is adding Apple CarPlay to some vehicles, but it is not clear if it will come to the 2018 CX-9.

2018 Mazda CX-9

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 looks amazing inside and out, handles like a smaller SUV and includes an incredible amount of safety and driver convenience features.

What’s Great
Exterior style and upscale interior
Impressive handling and comfortable ride
Amazing heads up display
Impressive set of driver convenience and safety features

What Needs Work
No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support
Cargo space and towing capacity are below the competition

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What’s New for 2018?
Mazda sticks with the same basic look from 2016, but now buyers get more standard safety features including; low-speed automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The CX-9 also comes standard with G-Vectoring control which helps with the handling through corners. Mazda adds in a new Soul Red Crystal color option for 2018 as well as new packages and trim adjustments that add more seat adjustments as well as a heated second row.
What It’s Like to Drive the 2018 Mazda CX-9

After just five minutes behind the wheel, you’ll wonder if someone slipped you into a smaller CX-5. The 2018 CX-9 is a sporty three row SUV that handles and drives like a smaller SUV or crossover. That’s great when you stack it up against the competition which, in most cases, feel as big or bigger than they are.
The CX-9 offers very good acceleration from a complete stop. It’s in line with the competition here, but it feels quicker than expected. The braking is good and not grabby at all during standard use. The transmission is smooth and, when you toggle sport mode on, the shift points change slightly for a little more power and pep.
Mazda delivers impressive handling and steering in the 2018 CX-9. It’s easy to stay in your lane without constant micro-corrections and when you do turn the response is quick and you feel in control the whole time. The handling is incredible for a three row SUV. And, while you can feel the SUV lean slightly when cornering at higher speeds due to the higher position, it never builds too much. The result is  a seven passenger SUV that drives like one you’d be hard pressed to cram five people into.
You’ll get around 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city, which isn’t bad for a three row SUV. With All Wheel Drive this drops to 26/20 mpg, but it’s a good trade-off in snowy regions.
2018 Mazda CX-9 Design & Interior

The bold style of the 2018 CX-9 starts with an attention demanding nose and grille. This sets the tone for moderately aggressive body lines and a stylish look. The style is essentially the same as the 2017 and 2018 models, but it looks like it could just as easily been introduced at an auto show earlier this year.
This sleek look comes at a cost though. Inside there is less headroom for second row passengers and less cargo room behind the third row that you will find in some of the competition. The middle row offers decent legroom, but older passengers missed the added legroom that came with the Traverse and made exiting easier. That said, the interior feels much larger than you would expect from the outside.
The front and middle row seats are comfortable, but wider passengers may feel cramped by the seatbelt placement on the second row. Driver seat controls offer a lot of adjustment and allow tall or shorter drivers to easily find a comfortable position. The middle row seats are heated on higher trim levels. The third row is good for young kids, but it’s not going to fill out the seating for seven adults.

Visibility is good overall, though with the third row in use you will definitely be leaning on the blind spot monitoring and backup camera. That’s common for three-row SUVs in this class.
Inside you’re treated to a quiet ride on the highway and a ride that is tuned with comfort in mind, but can be a little bumpy on poorly maintained roads. I spent a week in the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature which includes high-end materials that I typically expect to find in a higher end luxury vehicle. The interior looks and feels amazing and everything was solid and uniform. While I am not a huge fan of white paint, the Snowflake White Pearl is beautiful.
The cargo room in the back isn’t as big with the third row in use, but if you only need that when hauling your kids and their friends you’ll find a decent amount of room. There are a lot of small openings and storage cubbies throughout to hold everything you and your family needs on hand. The CX-9 is only rated to tow 3,500 pounds.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Tech and Safety
Mazda’s infotainment system is easy to use with support for touch and a dial based control system just below the shifter. The screen sticks up on the center dash and looks like it should retract in James Bond style when you turn the car off, but it stays up all the time.
The system works well for bluetooth audio and making calls and allows you to plug-in your phone to use it as a source as well. The USB plugs don’t put out much power, so I found my phone battery wasn’t getting much juice by the end of a trip where I used the phone for directions. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support yet, though Mazda added it to the 2018 Mazda6 and previously stated that it would come to older models, so there is a chance this will come as an update.
With Bose speakers throughout the sound is good across a wide range of music and it makes the narration in my Audible audiobooks sound amazing.

With low-speed automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as standard features, the Mazda CX-9 is well on the way to offering the must have car features we recommend. The adaptive front lighting on the Touring and Signature trim levels turns the headlights slightly as you corner for better visibility. Radar cruise control with stop and go simplifies highway driving by keeping you in the flow of traffic up to a set speed and it can bring you to a full stop and then start driving again. Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist add to the driver confidence.
The heads up display is awesome. It is easy to see and read while driving and it shows relevant information. In addition to all the radar cruise information and lane keeping icons you can also see blind spot notifications on the heads up display, so you know if a car is in your blindspot without even glancing at the mirror.

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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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GITZO Adventury Backpacks | Photography Blog

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The GITZO Adventury Backpacks are new premium bags have been designed to provide long-lasting comfort and safeguard all the equipment required by professional bird, wildlife, nature and landscape photographers. 
Gitzo Press Release

Gitzo, a pioneer in some of the most advanced, revolutionary technologies for professional camera equipment, is pleased to introduce the GITZO Adventury Backpacks. These new premium bags have been designed to provide long-lasting comfort and safeguard all the equipment required by professional bird, wildlife, nature and landscape photographers.

The new GITZO Adventury Backpacks are available in two versions: the 45L and 30L. They are both made of premium weather-resistant materials and are designed to safely carry CSCs and DSLRs with long lenses and provide their users comfort and effortless access from the back and side.
Gitzo initiated the outdoor photography era by combining performance with the freedom to embrace creativity. Today, the centenary brand continues to set new standards of excellence in the market.

 The GITZO Adventury 30L Backpack safeguards a pro DSLR (such as a Canon 1D  Mark II or Nikon D5) with a 70-200 mm f/4 lens attached and a second camera body plus up to 4 lenses or up to 400 mm detached f/4 lens, a camera body and a couple of lenses or small accessories. Its interchangeable dividers also enable it to fit a full premium CSC set up (such as Sony Alpha 7/9 Series) plus foldable drone and remote control with accessories (i.e. DJI Mavic Pro series).

The GITZO Adventury 45L Backpack is the perfect solution for bird and nature photographers wishing to carry their complete photography kit in a single, outdoor-ready bag that is secure, roomy and feature-rich. Thanks to the new GITZO G-Cushion, the pack protects a pro DSLR (such as a Canon 1D X Mark II or Nikon D5) with up to 600 mm f/4 telephoto lens attached, plus a second camera with lens attached and additional lenses. Its interchangeable dividers can also be configured to fit a DJI Phantom Drone plus remote and a camera with lens attached, additional lens and accessories.  

The 45L also has a comfortable adjustable waist belt and an ample pocket for additional accessories, which is completely removable. This model also features an infinity pocket on the side, which expands to create extra storage and a bottom zip also allows for the storage of a very long tripod or accessory
Both new models feature a smart photography insert that can easily be removed whenever users are not carrying photography gear and require an everyday pack. A clever back opening ensures the gear’s maximum security, enables effortless use and helps keep the pack clean and dry. Each model also accommodates a laptop up to 15” (MacBook Pro 15”) and a tablet (iPad Pro 12,9”).

The Gitzo Adventury backpacks also feature multi-link straps that can connect a big tripod such as the Gitzo Systematic series on the 45L or the Gitzo Mountaineer series on the 30L, or a variety of accessories on the front and side, by simply configuring the daisy chain system. The adjustable ergonomic shoulder straps and a ventilation system on the back allow for maximum comfort. Thanks to the Expandable roll-top, which accommodates personal accessories, Gitzo Adventury users can carry everything they need for their bird, wildlife, nature and landscape photography adventures.
Coated zippers, water-repellent fabric and a coated bottom section make this bag suitable for use in the most humid environments. There is also a rain cover for extreme weather. The Adventury backpacks’ colourway is designed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
– 30L backpack – £219.95 
– 45L backpack – £299.95
About Gitzo 
Professionals the world over acknowledge Gitzo tripods, monopods, heads and accessories as setting the industry’s standards for excellence.  Innovations such as the first uses of carbon and basalt fiber to make tripods and magnesium to make heads, matched with a design policy of “no gimmicks and no compromise on quality,” put Gitzo products in a class of their own.  Gitzo’s carefully crafted products form a comprehensive range of supports for large, medium and small format cameras, for film or digital technology, for still photography or dynamic video, for studio or location work.  Precision assembly, high quality materials and fine control are all qualities that represent Gitzo products.

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How to factory reset your iPhone

There are many reasons you might want to factory reset your iPhone and wipe it squeaky clean. Whether you’re experiencing stubborn and persistent issues with your iPhone, or are looking to sell it online, a factory reset will put your device back to the way it was originally, leaving no trace of you having ever been there.
There’s another, more concerning, reason why you might want to factory reset your iPhone – loss or theft. However, if you’ve lost your iPhone or it’s been stolen, you can still wipe your data remotely.
Thankfully, it’s incredibly easy to factory reset your iPhone, but there’s one thing you should do before you go ahead with the full restore.
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Back up your iPhone
Before you factory reset your iPhone, it’s always wise to back up your data in iCloud or iTunes first. If not, you’ll lose everything: your apps, conversations and even photos. The simplest way to do it is to back up through iCloud.
First, connect to Wi-Fi, go to Settings | iCloud | iCloud Backup and tap Back Up Now. All of your data will then be stored on your current Apple ID. To check if it’s been successful, go to Settings | iCloud | iCloud Storage | Manage Storage. Here you’ll see the date and time of your last backup.
If you prefer to back up using iTunes, it’s just as simple. Open iTunes, connect your iPhone to your computer and click Back Up Now.
Now that you’re backed up, here’s how to factory reset your iPhone.
How to factory reset your iPhone
Clearing all of your data on your iPhone is just as straightforward as backing it up, but make sure you have your Apple ID and password handy.

Go to Settings | General | Reset | Erase all Settings and Content.
When a pop-up appears, tap Erase and enter your passcode, Apple ID and password when prompted.
The device will begin to erase all your data, before rebooting and starting up again as if it were new. You can then leave it as is, or restore your most recent backup.

If you’ve lost your iPhone or it’s been stolen, never fear: Apple allows you to factory reset it remotely via iCloud.
How to factory reset your iPhone remotely

Navigate to
Click “Find my iPhone”.
Enter your Apple ID.
Choose your iPhone from the All Devices list and click Erase iPhone.
All the data on your lost or stolen iPhone will now be erased.

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Halo Developer Hiring for 4K 60FPS Game

At the time of this writing, there is virtually nothing that we know about Halo 6 except that it is in development at 343 Industries. However, a recent job posting may confirm a new detail about the game, mainly that it will feature 4K visual resolution and run at 60 frames per second – at least when it comes to the Xbox One X, anyway.

Halo 6 developer 343 Industries is hiring a Lead Graphics Engineer to work on “the next big Halo shooter experience” as well as other future Halo titles. This makes it likely that Halo 6 will have Xbox One X enhancements, which should come as no surprise since it is the next entry in Microsoft’s flagship franchise.
As for when we will get an official announcement for Halo 6, that remains to be seen. However, it seems likely that Microsoft will finally pull the curtain back on the long-awaited game during its E3 2018 press conference this coming June.

Once Halo 6 is officially announced, the next thing fans will have to wait for is a release date. 343 has suggested that Halo 6 won’t release in 2018, and if that’s true, then a 2019 release seems likely. However, if Microsoft is able to launch Halo 6 this holiday season, it will have a huge exclusive to help sell Xbox One X systems.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if any rumors surrounding Halo 6 turn out to be true. One rumor making the rounds suggests that Halo 6 will have a battle royale mode as a way to compete with the likes of games like Fortnite and PUBG. Another rumor, based on a job listing, teased that Halo 6 will have virtual reality features of some kind. Since the Xbox One currently doesn’t support virtual reality, this rumor may hint at a VR announcement coming at E3 as well.
Whatever form Halo 6 takes, it’s clear that 343 is aiming for it to have as impressive of graphics as possible. It will be exciting to see the game in action whenever Microsoft is ready to properly reveal it to the world.

Halo 6 is in development for Xbox One.

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Pros and cons of the trendy 18:9 screen format

Like some other trends, such as the notch, the 18:9 screens have flooded the market, and now it’s nearly mandatory that top-range devices come with this aspect ratio, with many intermediaries already adopting this feature as well. The 18:9 screens seem to have been well received by the public, but what are their biggest advantages and disadvantages? Let’s check them out.

The LG G6 is one of the precursors of the 18:9 screens. / © ANDROIDPIT

Do more things simultaneously
The dual-screen feature has come to various brands and their devices before being completely incorporated into Android software. With this function you can fit a lot in an 18:9 screen, either vertically or horizontally. With the longer display, two apps work much better on the device, and consequently, their productivity increases.

The 18:9 format makes it easier to do more things at once on my smartphone.
What do you think?

More space for apps
Some apps easily benefit from an 18:9 screen. Browsers and eBook apps, for example, get more area to present text and images, which is great for people who are accustomed to a large computer screen. Some games will also take advantage of the increased screen size and usage area.

The Galaxy S8 was Samsung’s first endeavor with an 18:9 format. / © AndroidPIT

Easier to hold
With this new aspect ratio, it’s become possible to increase the size of the screen without harming the device’s usability. Therefore, devices with 6-inch screens feel much more secure than devices with 5.5-inch screens in the previous format. In the same way, the 18:9 format and infinite screen facilitate one another, making it easier to implement this feature without disturbing usage.
Videos aren’t ready
With the increasing number of 18:9 devices (including monitors and TVs), the production of content in this screen format has increased as well. But until then, you’ll have to make complicated decisions when watching a video, because either you’ll cut off the subtitles or you’ll lose content on both sides. Some companies are already producing content in this format, but they’re still the minority. So until there’s more of them, we’ll have to wait for content.
Apps aren’t ready yet
And it’s not just with videos that problems appear. In the case of apps, many of them are also not up to date to deal with long screens. So you end up with two black bars on the top and bottom, or on the side. Yes, this isn’t such a serious problem, but you paid a premium to have an 18:9 screen, so wouldn’t it be better to take full advantage of it?

The LG Q6 shows how the 18:9 format has arrived on mid-range phones. / AndroidPIT

Longer swipes
This would be a disadvantage even if the screen still had a 16:9 aspect ratio, but with a longer screen, it becomes more difficult to reach available content. In the case of swipes that require the whole screen, like in browsers, it doesn’t make that much of a difference. But in the case of a game, where your thumb needs 25 centimeters to quickly complete a command, things get more complicated.
And what about you? Do you see more advantages or disadvantages in an 18:9 display?

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Elon Musk says Tesla will be profitable in Q3 and Q4 – TechCrunch

Tesla is one of the more interesting companies for Wall Street that had an interesting couple of months this year — and it seems even tweets from Elon Musk, who said that the company will be profitable in the back half of the year, may be enough to swing its stock.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder sent a tweet very early this morning that the company would be profitable and cash-flow positive in the third and fourth quarter this year. Tesla is known for setting ambitious targets and forecasts, especially as it looks to ramp up Model 3 production to around 2,500 vehicles per week. Musk said he took direct control of Model 3 production earlier this month in a note to employees, also sent out at around 3 a.m. pacific time. Tesla’s shares were up slightly, gaining around 2% in trading today.

The Economist used to be boring, but smart with a wicked dry wit. Now it’s just boring (sigh). Tesla will be profitable & cash flow+ in Q3 & Q4, so obv no need to raise money.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

Tesla saw a small bump in its stock throughout the day. While it could be for a variety of reasons, Musk’s data point may have offered a small amount of clarity (and optimism) around whether the company will be able to eventually turn a profit. The tweet was fired off as a response to a story by The Economist that said the company may have to raise additional capital at some point, according to banking firm Jeffries. (It was also quite snarky.)
On Tesla’s last call to discuss the company’s quarterly results with Wall Street analysts, Musk said that the company would begin generating “positive quarterly operating income on a sustained basis,” and said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the company would be GAAP profitable. Musk said the company wanted to hit a production target of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week at some point in 2018, though did not give a specific time frame. The tweet, while fired off as a response to a story by The Economist, appears to offer another small data point as to when it might happen.
Earlier this month, Tesla fell back behind Ford in terms of its market cap as some pressure has hit the stock. Tesla has had to address a fatal crash involving its autopilot, in addition to a voluntary recall of 123,000 Model S vehicles. There is some skepticism around whether Tesla will hit its production targets from Wall Street (making cars is hard, it seems).

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Apple will repair some Apple Watch 2 models that have swollen batteries or won’t power on for free

Apple will fix some Apple Watch Series 2 devices if they have a swollen battery or don’t turn on, according to a new service policy seen by MacRumors.
The policy states that “some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery,” and that it will service “eligible devices free of charge.” Only 42mm-sized models are eligible for free repairs, which includes the Sport, Edition, Hermès, and Nike+ variants. MacRumors says that this does not apply to Series 1 or three models, nor the 38mm model.
In 2017, Apple extended its service policy twice for first-generation Apple Watch models: in instances when the back cover separated from the watch, and for swollen batteries.
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Warriors and Spurs begin first-round series

The Golden State Warriors open their title defense on Saturday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series. It is a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals, but has a much different feel to it.
For one, the Spurs haven’t really been the Spurs this season, dropping to the seventh seed out west, and with 47 victories snapping their phenomenal streak of 18 years with at least 50 wins. Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played since January 13, suffering a quadriceps injury. San Antonio was 29-15 after that game, but just 18-20 afterward.
Leonard may or may not play this series — he was — but nearly everything about his injury has been odd. From our own Tom Ziller:

But this situation is so unbelievably weird that you never know what twist could come. Is there a bigger X-factor in the entire league right now? Imagine the look on the Warriors’ faces if he’s back for Game 1.

Golden State limped the finish as well, just 7-10 down the stretch to finish with only 58 wins, which is still excellent but off their average of 69 wins in the previous three seasons.
Steph Curry played just once in those final 17 games, suffering an MCL sprain that will likely keep him out until the second round.
The Warriors won three of the four regular season meetings between these two teams, with the Spurs lone win coming in their last meeting, an 89-75 win in San Antonio in a game played without Kevin Durant, who averaged 28 points on 60% shooting in last year’s conference finals sweep.
Warriors vs. Spurs Game 1 info
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
Game time: 3 p.m. ET
Announcers: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson
Online streaming: Watch ESPN

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Liverpool v Bournemouth: Premier League – live! | Football

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4 min “I’m not a fan of applause as a replacement for a minute’s silence,” says Tim, who was in Pen 3 at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. “Did they expect Bournemouth to not observe a silence? It seems unlikely. A minute’s silence seems so much more appropriate for such an emotionally heavy memorial.”
Yes, I wondered about that. There are times when it makes sense, as much as anything because of the fear that silence will be interrupted, but that was never an issue today.


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3 min Salah misses an excellent chance, stabbing wide at the near post after a marvellous low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.


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3 min Liverpool have had almost all of the ball in the first few minutes. Bournemouth are shuffling diligently from side to side like the aliens in Space Invaders.


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1 min Roberto Firmino gets the match underway. Bournemouth are in their neon blue away kit.

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Tomorrow is the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, and there is a minute’s applause for the 96 before the match.

The minute’s applause in tribute to the Hillsborough disaster. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

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Another email! “One reason Milner is keeping his engine going and his powder dry is precisely because he is not doing the international gigs,” says Ian Copestake. “No need to change that.”
Not much banter in that email mate.

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“True…” says Marie Meyer. “but have you seen the state of the current England team?”
I quite like it. But yes, fair point. You could certainly make a case for him starting in midfield.

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12.05pm EDT12:05

It’s a gorgeous evening in Liverpool, and there’s a feelgood mood at Anfield. I’ve got a feeling this could be a pr-etty special game.


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An email! “Looks like Klopp understands that Milner is so important he has to be kept in cotton wool until the Roma match!” says Marie Meyer. “Couldn’t agree more. What is Gareth Southgate waiting for – can’t he get the Queen to order him to unretire from international duty?”
Really? Don’t get me wrong, I like Milner a lot and I’d certainly have him in the squad, but we’re not exactly talking about peak Paul Scholes.

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The teams

Liverpool (4-3-3) Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.Substitutes: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Moreno, Woodburn, Ings, Solanke.
Bournemouth (3-4-2-1) Begovic; Francis, S Cook, Ake; Frasier, L Cook, Gosling, Daniels; Ibe; King; Defoe.Substitutes: Boruc, B Smith, Simpson, Surman, Pugh, Wilson, Mousset.
Referee Chris Kavanagh.

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Hail the conquering heroes! Liverpool return home to face Bournemouth after a glorious week in which they beat Manchester City and Roma to reach the Champions League final. They don’t have that much to play for today – they are going to finish in the top four regardless – but Jurgen Klopp’s sides usually play for the sheer love of football and sweat. You’d expect them to put on a show tonight.
Bournemouth will come to play as well, so this should be a really enjoyable game. They have lost only two matches since Christmas and are still in with a chance of equalling last season’s ninth-placed finish. In their own modest way they are an amazing team. The story of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth will make a cracking book one day; so will the one about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Kick off is at 5.30pm.

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