NEWARK, N.J. — After falling short of the team goal of a national championship with a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team received some positive news: Freshman forward Jared Sullinger confirmed his plans to return for his sophomore season. “I’m coming back next year because I have to work on — a lot of things — and I don’t like the taste that I just had,” the freshman said to reporters after the loss. “I don’t appreciate losing. I never appreciate losing and I’m going to come back to win.” Sullinger led the Buckeyes in points and rebounds per game with 17.1 and 10, respectively. The Freshman of the Year award winner is also one of four finalists for the Naismith Award, handed out to the best basketball player in the country. Accolades aside, Sullinger’s motivation to return was simple. “The love of this basketball team makes me want to come back,” he said. “These guys are my brothers.” OSU coach Thad Matta was not surprised by his freshman’s vow to return. “He told me from day one he’d be back for two years,” he said. “I think all the things he learned this year, with a great offseason, I have no doubt he’ll be the best player in college basketball (next year).” Sullinger tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s loss to the Wildcats on Friday. The double-double was the forward’s 18th in 37 games. It was not those numbers or the team’s 34 wins that made Sullinger’s choice an easy one, but rather the loss to the Wildcats. The freshman plans on getting right back to work. “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back,” he said. Despite being widely projected as a top-five pick, Sullinger was adamant that he would not be swayed by the NBA. “I’ll be in an Ohio State jersey next year,” he said. “It’s my personal choice and I want to come back and serve this basketball team and play for Matta.” Sullinger has until April 24 to submit his name to the NBA draft, but said he is not interested in even testing the waters. OSU junior guard William Buford said he plans to return, but might look into the NBA by entering his name. If he does, he will have until May 8 to withdraw it and retain his college eligibility. Buford, however, doesn’t think he is ready to play professionally. “I’ll be back,” he said. “I just want to get better so when I do go, I’ll be prepared to make an impact and not just go to be a player in the league.” If both players return, OSU will retain its top two scorers and top rebounder from the 2010–11 season, along with the team leader in assists, freshman point guard Aaron Craft. Though he was emotional after the team’s tough loss, Sullinger said he did not take the decision lightly and was clear that he would not renege on his choice. “I’m a man of my word,” he said. “I won’t change my mind for anybody. This is what I want. This is where I’m happy. I’m happy being an Ohio State Buckeye and playing for coach Matta.”
France boss Didier Deschamps insists that he has prepared his side for facing Edinson Cavani ahead of their quarter-final clash with Uruguay, regardless of whether he plays or notThe Paris Saint-Germain forward was the hero for Uruguay in their previous knockout round against Portugal, where his stunning goals proved to be the difference in the 2-1 win over the European champions.However, Cavani’s heroics came at a price and he was seen limping off the pitch towards the end of the game with a calf injury with some assistance from Cristiano Ronaldo.Since then, Cavani had missed three consecutive training sessions with the Uruguay squad as of Wednesday and did some minor work on Thursday.Although he still appears to be a likely doubt for their last-eight match against France.But Deschamps is not taking that for granted.Kylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.“I am preparing my team for Cavani. Whether he plays or not, we will know tomorrow. If he doesn’t play, (Oscar) Tabarez has other options. I have prepared my team keeping different options in mind,” said the French coach, according to Hindustan Times.The 49-year-old feels that France must put their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina behind with Uruguay set to be an entirely different challenge altogether.“This Uruguayan side has a different profile from Argentina. We have to be very patient. They are extremely well organised in defence,” he said.“If they need 10 players to defend, they will do that. When they don’t have ball possession, they know what to do; everybody defends, even the striker defends.”But Deschamps knows there is more to Uruguay than their defence, he added: “They can counter-attack very quickly. We must also bear in mind that this is a team that knows how to take advantages of set-pieces.”Uruguay and France will face off at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today at 16:00 (GMT +2).
After the transmission of the Juventus vs Manchester United Champions League match, Arsene Wenger made a rare confession about Jose Mourinho.During his time as a manager for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger had a very heated rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson first and Jose Mourinho after.The career that spanned throughout more than two decades with the Gunners, brought the French manager on many occasions in which he really became one of the Portuguese manager’s biggest enemies in football.There were even years in which both managers went after each other and kept a high insult count in every single time they had the chance to do it, but Wenger is out of the game right now and he doesn’t really need to criticize Jose Mourinho.Now that he lives as a retiree for the moment, Arsene can say what he really thinks about Jose Mourinho and the reaction we got during the match between Juventus and Manchester United was very surprising for everyone.Nobody expected that Arsene Wenger would praise the new Red Devils’ boss, but that is exactly what happened after they defeated Juventus at the Allianz Arena Stadium in Turin.It’s in this way that Jose Mourinho has also managed to turn the opinion of one of his biggest rivals in the Premier League.Wenger credits Mourinho with steadying the ship at #MUFC. #beINUCL pic.twitter.com/nwkfF5HZi4— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) November 7, 2018But if we look at the history that these two managers have during their rivalry in England, we can tell you that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really deserve such high praise from Wenger because his criticisms were almost always hurtful.Although the Frenchman is certainly responding to the Mourinho that praised him during the final days of his over two decades at Arsenal, that Jose was very respectful towards the long spell that Wenger had with the Gunners and to the legacy he left behind in English football.It’s to that man that Wenger s responding, which is why we understand the words he said to BeIN Sports as a pundit during the match.“It looks to me that against Everton and Bournemouth he turned his team on the right side in terms of the performance,” said Wenger.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“His team was down and responded twice in a very positive way. Overall you can trust his quality and experience to get Manchester back on track.”“I don’t see him working everyday so I don’t know if he has changed or not. We had very heated confrontations so for me I don’t think his motivation has dropped.”EPL: Wenger Defends Mourinho, Asks Fans To Trust His Experience https://t.co/PRMsr8U5Cg pic.twitter.com/mY1faNNuud— Dove Bulletin (@dovebulletin) November 7, 2018Arsene Wenger is correct on one thing about Jose Mourinho, especially after this Wednesday’s victory against Juventus.The Portuguese manager has double confirmed that he has recovered the squad completely, they can now be considered a title contender without question and they will pose a huge threat to any other club from the Top 5 that thought they could beat the Red Devils.Next Sunday’s Manchester Derby will be one of the most exciting matches of the season, one from which the Portuguese manager cherishes great memories from the last time both squads faced in the Premier League.Maybe you don’t remember but, Jose Mourinho was good enough to prevent Manchester City to claim the Premier League title last season at Old Trafford, an event that could’ve scarred all Manchester United fans for many years to come.Just for this reason alone, the next Manchester Derby should be more than enough reason for anyone to cancel any plans they have and watch the whole 90 minutes of what promises to be an unforgettable day.Wenger: Mourinho turning things around at Man Utd #AFC https://t.co/SoUxmXAeqo pic.twitter.com/AV0m9llWPE— Arsenal Report (@Arsenal_Fanly) November 7, 2018What do you think about Arsene Wenger’s rare praise towards Jose Mourinho? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Celtic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wasn’t too despondent at his team’s inability to record a win against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.The first draw in six league games for the champions was still enough for them to reclaim top spot in the Premiership for the first time this season.“I thought it was a good game and credit to both teams.” Rodgers said, according to Daily Mail.“We did the basics very, very well. Livingston test you with how they play with throw-ins, deep free-kicks and I thought we stood up that really well.”Generous in his praise for the performance of Livingston keeper Liam Kelly, the former Liverpool manager continued:“We had chances and their goalkeeper was man of the match.”Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He made three fantastic saves and I have no complaints. My team has given everything over the last seven weeks and we have to give credit to Livingston. They are a tough team to break down and they have been up at the top.”“The season started slowly for us. But I’ve been so pleased with the last seven weeks or so – the performance level.”“We were never going to reach top level today in terms of goals and creativity as the surface is really difficult for that.”“You add to that a team which defends really well and it was always going to be difficult for us. It’s a good point here on the back of all the games we’ve had.”“So we’ll take the positive from it of which there were a lot.”“Our form and our rhythm has been really positive. We hope they all come back from international duty fresh and fit and we’ll look forward to a busy but exciting period between now and the mid-season break. So it’s looking really good for us.”
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti concedes that Atalanta forced them to change their gameplay to a defensive approach in a keenly contested 2-1 win.Fabian Ruiz put them in front within 76 seconds, cancelled out after the restart by Duvan Zapata, but Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to score the winner late on.“We knew Atalanta play very dynamic and aggressive football, so it was tough. We played a slightly different game than we had expected, as we took the lead so early and allowed Atalanta to come forward. They pushed hard and deserved the equaliser, but then a different match opened up.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Probably the energy they spent to get back into it left them fatigued and we had more left in the tank to win,” the Coach told Football Italia.“I love attacking football, but it’s not as if I dislike defending! We attack when we need to and defend when we need to. It wasn’t something we were accustomed to, defending so much here, but Atalanta pushed us into that attitude with their pressure.“Everyone wants champagne football, but there are the opponents to deal with too and this performance was a show of maturity. I also want to point out the atmosphere was wonderful, it was a festival of sport for everyone and the Atalanta fans sent a wonderful signal as to what games should be like, both on and off the field.”
Posted: July 9, 2018 July 9, 2018 Concerned El Cajon residents fear threat of cars slamming into property , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – Homeowners in one El Cajon neighborhood are fed up with cars slamming into their homes, fences, and even a pool.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti reports that the stretch of road is a constant fear for those living nearby. Concerned residents in El Cajon say the accidents keep happening.Furthermore, the speed limit is 45 miles per hour, with an elementary school nearby. Their main concern isn’t loss of property, it’s loss of life.
TEWKSBURY, MA — John James “Jack” Whitman, age 72, a well known member of the community, especially known for his great humor and wit, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 16, at Lowell General, after a courageous, decades long, battle with diabetes. He was beloved husband and “best friend” of Ellen C. (Doucette) Whitman, with whom he had joyfully celebrated a fifty-first wedding anniversary this past February 10th.He was born in Medford in August 1946, one of four children of the late John J. and Catherine (Dillon) Whitman, and raised in Tewksbury. Jack worked in sales, and retired as the New England Sales Manager for Sunshine Biscuit Company.Jack was a faithful member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, and worked his way through the chairs to serve as Exaulted Ruler of the Lodge in 1976. He loved the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Pat’s. But Jack will be best remembered for his incredible sense of humor. He loved a good joke. He delighted in sharing them with a catalogue quality recall of great jokes, stories and one-liners. “Pulling your leg,” was Jack’s forte, and nobody walked away from a conversation with Jack without a smile.Besides his wife, he leaves three beloved children, Jeffrey Whitman and his wife Lynnette (Blanchard) of Westford, David Jon “D.J.” Whitman and his wife Sherrie (Fairbanks) of Middleton, and Allyson Armstrong and her husband Chris of Tewksbury; eight adored grandchildren, Jasmine Whitman of Newfield, NH, Jack Whitman of Westford, James Whitman and Ava Whitman of Middleton, Kaylie, Riley, Cassie and Cara Armstrong of Tewksbury; two devoted sisters, Lois Sheehan and her husband Richard and June Fowler and her husband Robert all of Tewksbury; his sister-in-law Pauline (Doucette) Barry and husband Connie of Chelmsford; his brother-in-law Arthur Doucette and wife Deborah of Panama City Beach, Florida; brother-in-law Dana Doucette and wife Debbie of Methuen; his lifelong friend, Jack Canty of Rye, NH; numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his sister, the late Arline Whitman.Services are pending. View details at the Tewksbury Funeral Home.John James “Jack” Whitman(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Tewksbury Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William John Robinson, Jr., 85In “Obituaries”
Sprint Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ask Alexa for the value of pi (if you have time to kill) Planes write out pi over the skies of San Francisco Bay Area Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 1 Sci-Tech $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 18 Photos TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Haruka Iwao ran the calculations using the y-cruncher application running on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines. “The biggest challenge with pi is that it requires a lot of storage and memory to calculate,” Haruka Iwao said. It took 121 days for Google’s virtual machines to reach the magic number. See at Amazon Apple iPhone XS Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Comment I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 How quantum computing will help us build human-level… Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Fun with pi The previous pi record held the digits title for over two years, but there will always be more digits left to go.”In terms of how long this record might stand, we can’t predict the future. But now that it’s been calculated with the cloud, the sky’s the limit,” a Google spokesperson said. If you want to peruse the fruits of the pi triumph, Google Cloud has published the digits as disk snapshots, along with technical details on the accomplishment. It’s the perfect reading material for Pi Day. Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 3:40 Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Comments Boost Mobile $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Cloud computing Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It See It Googler Emma Haraku Iwao took her fascination with pi all the way to 31.4 trillion digits. Google When I think of pi, I think of three digits: 3.14. Google cloud developer advocate Emma Haruka Iwao thinks in terms of trillions of pi digits. Haruka Iwao set a world record by calculating pi to 31.4 trillion digits using Google cloud technology.Here’s the full mind-boggling number: 31,415,926,535,897 digits. The previous record, set by Peter Trueb in late 2016, was 22.4 trillion digits. Since she was 12, Haruka Iwao has been fascinated by pi, the enigmatic mathematical constant defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. As a kid, she even downloaded a computer program to calculate pi. Her present-day Google project put that childhood interest on steroids. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate See at Turo See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice See it $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $155 at Google Express
0 Meet Blake Crouch. Sarah Tew/CNET Blake Crouch likes messing with your mind. Whether in the Wayward Pines trilogy (recently adapted as a TV series), Good Behavior (also a TV series), or the critical gem Dark Matter (in the works as a film), his characters encounter moral dilemmas, often with a sci-fi twist. Recursion, his latest novel, takes things deeper, mixing elements of a police procedural with time travel, alternative universes and just a bit of mad scientist menace. Naturally, it’s already being developed by Shona Rhimes for Netflix.My colleague David Carnoy, author of several mystery novels, joins in for this episode of Book Club, while Scott was out of town. Subscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher See Recursion at Amazon Random House About CNET Book ClubThe Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We’ll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott. Previous episodesBorne by Jeff VanderMeerWalkaway by Cory DoctorowArtemis by Andy WeirDown the River Unto the Sea by Walter MosleyTen Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierCNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 gift guide specialTeam Human by Douglas RushkoffJosh Frank on bringing the Marx Brothers and Salvador Dalí togetherTim Maughan asks, what if the internet dies?Subscribe to CNET Book Club: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher Tags Share your voice CNET Book Club Culture Post a comment
NASAA well-defined Hexagon structure spotted on Mars is now the hottest debating point among space experts and alien enthusiasts. The structure was initially spotted by a YouTube user named Jean Warde from one of the many images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The video uploaded by Warde soon became viral, and it caught the attention of prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring who operates from Taiwan.After analysing the mysterious image, Waring claimed that this structure could be actually a building built by an advanced alien civilisation that lived in the past. The self-proclaimed alien researcher also suggested that the structure is half a kilometre across in size.”There is no way that such a large structure could be found in nature like this. It is huge, about half a km across. This is an amazing discovery and is proof that aliens did once live on Mars and the structures they left behind are still intact. A potential base for humanity in the future,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.This is not the first time that Scott C Waring has made astonishing discoveries on the Red Planet. A few months back, the Taiwanese alien researcher had spotted a tomb-like structure on Mars from an image taken by NASA. After spotting the tomb, Waring claimed that the structure is approximately two meters long, and it also has some carvings on its surface.Before the tomb discovery, Waring also discovered fossil-like structure on Mars, and after the finding, he urged United States president Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA. Waring also added that he will disclose all the secrets about alien life once he gets an opportunity to work as the head of the United States space agency.However, sceptics have always dismissed the claims made by Waring. As per sceptics, it is the peculiar capability of the human brain called ‘pareidolia’ which creates this visual trickery. Pareidolia is the capability of the brain to form recognizable images on unknown patterns.As per space experts, structures like these used to form in Mars due to natural wind erosion, and there is no alien connection behind them.
Share Alex Wong/Getty ImagesChristopher Wray is sworn in during the confirmation hearing on his nomination for FBI director before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.The Senate has easily confirmed Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director, a position he assumes after former Director James Comey was ousted by President Trump in May.The 50-year-old former Justice Department lawyer was approved by a 92-5 vote.Wray was Trump’s choice to lead the FBI after he decided to fire Comey — a controversial decision that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s elections and possible collusion between top aides to the Trump campaign and Russia.During his confirmation hearing last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee — which approved him unanimously for the post — Wray stressed his independence from the White House and underscored that he believes the intelligence community’s determination that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential race, even though Trump has at times cast doubt on that assessment.Wray pledged he would “never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period.” And he added that anyone who thought he would pull any punches as FBI director “sure doesn’t know me very well.”Wray also said he was “very committed to supporting Director Mueller in the special counsel investigation in whatever way is appropriate for me to do that,” and added that any effort to tamper with or influence the investigation would be “unacceptable and inappropriate” and would, in his view, need to be dealt with “very sternly.” Wray also said he had not given anyone “any kind loyalty oath at any point in the process” when he was under consideration for the appointment by the White House.According to NPR’s Carrie Johnson, Wray “has spent years working in and around the U.S. Justice Department, making national security policy and overseeing cases against corrupt business executives. But he’s operated outside the spotlight, by design.”That shunning of the spotlight has earned him praise and led many to conclude he can help steady the agency at a time of upheaval and increased scrutiny. Wray was a former federal prosecutor in Atlanta before joining the George W. Bush Justice Department as it dealt with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has upgraded its network in the northern part of Borken in north-western North Rhine-Westphalia.The upgrade means that 200Mbps internet speeds will become available to an additional 26,900 homes in Unitymedia’s footprint. The move takes the number of homes in the Borken district capable of receiving 200Mbps internet to 75,000.
Almost half of US consumers with an SVoD and pay TV subscription watch their streaming services as much as, or more than, cable, according to a study of streaming habits by IBM Cloud Video.According to the study of 1,000 US consumers, almost two thirds of adults have used an SVoD service. Some 72% of Millennials with b oth SVoD and cable watch the SVoD service as much or more than their cable service.Some 72% of SVoD customers take Netflix, according to the survey, with 14% taking the next most popular offering, Amazon Prime, and 7% taking Hulu. Access to more content is the primary reason for taking an SVoD subscription. In the case of Amazon Prime, however, only 14% signed up specifically for the video servie, with the majority attracted by shopping benefits.The survey found that 42% of SVoD customers shared their password with family members, but only 4% shared it with others. Six per cent of SVoD viewers admitted to using someone else’s password to view content, although 27% said they had borrowed a password to try a service before subscribing. Amazon Prime customers are much less likely to share passwords than others, probably because the service also gives access to one-click shopping.Thirty-one per cent of respondents said they had cancelled a streaming service, with Hulu and Amazon customers more likely to cancel than Netflix users. Reasons to cancel included too many ads, cited by 27%, cost, cited by 25% and lack of good content, cited by 20%. Technical reception problems were cited as a reason to leave by 17%.Technical problems are common, with 49% saying they had experienced buffering, and 24% saying they had experienced delays in content starting.
Operators need to cater for the growing trend towards mobile-first viewing, writes Arpad Jordan, head of media processing and delivery at Ericsson.Mobile consumption is exploding. Consumers are not only shifting where they are watching, but also on which device to consume certain types of content. They are now rating their user experience through the relative value of watching video on different screens. This has prompted new challenges to the industry to find fresh ways to increase the accessibility of TV and video and make it more suitable to a broader range of devices.Mobile viewing will be led by the smartphone Today, we can see that viewers are watching video across their tablets, their laptops and above all else, their smartphones, which continues to grow in penetration and has taken the role of the consumers’ all-in-one favourite device. They are now a fundamental part of daily consumer viewing habitsAs this year’s Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media findings reveal, around 70% of consumers watch TV and video on a smartphone today – twice as many as in 2012. Furthermore, smartphones now make up a fifth of total viewing, with approximately six hours per week spent watching TV and video on the device. Looking forward into the future, this trend is only going to increase further. By 2020, 50 percent of all viewing is expected to be done on a mobile screen, of which half will be on a smartphone alone.Millennials demanding content on their terms The data also reveals that a lot of the consumer shift is happening amongst younger age groups. For instance, more than 60 percent of their TV and video viewing hours are spent on a mobile device. This age group also spends more than half of their time watching on-demand content, an increase of more than 100% – or almost 10 hours a week – since 2010. 60-69 year olds, on the other hand, still spend almost 80% of their viewing time watching live and scheduled linear TV, which is almost as much as in 2013.Demand for content on the consumer’s own terms is intensifying as our industry transforms towards an age of on-demand, over-the-top video viewing, which has become increasingly personalised and interactive. We are moving towards the generation of mobile-first, where everything that is on a screen is increasingly connected to a broadband IP network, with the internet becoming the dominant delivery medium.New solutions for anywhere, anytime viewingNow, with the introduction of software-defined networks, video encoding and cloud capabilities, service providers have the potential to offer consumers the content they want, including when and how they want it. As such, emerging technologies are helping to bring the number of formats and types of formats to an all-time high. We have already undergone the transition from standard definition to high definition and now we have many new immersive viewing experiences that could be added to next generation television, including higher spatial resolution of 4K TV and High Dynamic Range (HDR).All of these attributes together form a much more immersive viewing experience but they also mean that there needs to be changes in the workflows to accommodate them. The more flexible the workflows are in the interfaces for doing that, the more you can accomplish.Workflow for mobilityThese trends are prompting service providers to focus on the fundamental technologies needed to deliver video content that negates the challenges of mobile viewing while supporting its inherent benefits.One of the biggest trends is the use of scalable cloud based platforms streamlining the media processing workflows needed to make content suitable for mobile first audiences. The advantages of platforms such as Ericsson’s MediaFirst Video Processing that allow a software controlled and highly scalable solution, means that tasks such as compression and stream processing along with personalisation elements can dynamically adapt content to different device constraints and mobility profiles.By unifying these processes within an integrated platform, mobile users can gain access to the growing list of advanced features such as cloud DVR, on-demand and time-shifted services that are tailored in terms of resolution and frame rate to the limitations of device screens and network bandwidth. Our Video storage and Processing Platform (VSPP) solution, for instance, is designed to reduce the complex, costly and time-consuming process of delivering these next generation TV experiences.Is the industry ready for 5G?This visionary platform approach offered by MediaFirst Video Processing will become even more valuable as new mobile technologies start to reach maturity. As consumption increases, in order to deliver the ultimate video quality anywhere, technology enablers such as 5G will be increasingly important, from the home and the workplace, all the way through to densely populated live events or public transport. 5G will maximise the consumer experience further, helping to accelerate the development of new services in all makers, as well as proving hugely beneficial to delivering live TV at scale.By enabling consumers to realise the types of TV experiences they are demanding, content owners, broadcasters, and pay-TV service providers can break further boundaries and drive a plethora of new and differentiating revenue opportunities.