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Live NFL draft updates: Who will Raiders, 49ers take in 1st round?

first_imgWill the 49ers and Raiders pull off any stunning moves in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night? Follow our live feed for the latest rumors, news and analysis from our reporters and NFL insiders across the country as the draft begins at 5 p.m.If a trade is in the works or a player appears headed to the Bay Area, there’s a good chance you’ll read about it here first.Coming off identical 4-12 seasons, it will be crucial for both the 49ers and Raiders to come away from this year’s …last_img

Where rain showers aren’t popping up in Ohio, weeds are

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the past few weeks on the DuPont Pioneer Field Report there has been a lot of talk about a lot of rain affecting planting, but for Account Manager Doug House’s area in North Central Ohio it is a lack of rain that is causing concern in June. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

First Impression: HTC Has A Winner With The One

first_imgRelated Posts HTC remains focused on sound quality, offering two front-facing stereo speakers and Beats Audio. HTC calls this package “BoomSound.”From a first-look perspective, it’s hard to think how the One could be improved upon. We’ll have a better idea when we get our hands on the device for a full review, but it seems that HTC really set the bar pretty high. HTC has been beaten down for more than a year as it tries to turn heads away from the like of Samsung and Apple. If any phone can get people to pay attention, it has to be the HTC One. Then again, quality doesn’t always win the war. We’ll know by the middle of 2013 if the HTC One is the company’s savior… or its last gasp.Event photos by Dan Rowinski. Product photos courtesy HTC. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … HTC may have a winner on its hands – if only people will pay attention.The Taiwanese smartphone maker announced its new flagship device, the HTC One, at launch events in New York City and London. The events themselves were a little anti-climatic – short, full of corporate cheerleading and lacking anything of real substance. Good thing the quality of the One makes up for HTC’s lack of verve on its own.HTC president Jason Mackenzie shows off the One.Hardware DetailsWith the One, HTC has officially raised the bar for smartphone design, hardware and aesthetics. It is a trim, 4.7-inch device with an aluminum body and a 1080p screen that features 468 pixels per inch (ppi). By comparison, the iPhone 5’s “Retina” display offers 326 ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 features 306 ppi. The One runs a quad-core, 1.7 GHz processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, and 2GB of RAM. It will come in two varieties – with 32GB or 64GB of storage – and will start at $199 in the United States on a two-year contract from Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. The HTC One will begin shipping in late March, according to executives.HTC One aluminum body caseSo, that’s the HTC One from a physical standpoint. From a broad perspective, the One will be the best smartphone on the market when it ships later this spring. Nothing from competitors, major or minor, really comes close… yet. We will see how the likes of Samsung, LG, Nokia and Apple compare with their major flagships as the year goes along, but HTC has fired the first salvo in the 2013 Smartphone Wars, and it’s an impressive one.A Content PerspectiveThe One is more than just a beautiful body and hardcore specs. HTC thought a lot about experience with its new flagship and for once, a smartphone-manufacturer skin laid on top of the base Android operating system doesn’t interfere with a quality user experience. HTC lead designer Jonah Becker tells the crowd about the OneHTC has updated its Android skin Sense by building on top of successful features from its previous flagship smartphones, the One X and One X+. The One is running Android 4.1.2, which will disappoint many Android enthusiasts hoping that HTC would get in gear and release a smartphone running the most current version of the operating system (Android 4.2.2). Either way, the One still technically runs Android Jelly Bean and most, if not all, users will be hard pressed to figure out the difference. The One introduces a unique feature called “BlinkFeed” on the One’s home page that serves up social media updates, calendar events, news and other feeds in one area. HTC has partnered with 1,400 media brands that produce up to 10,000 articles a day, including ESPN, Reuters and others.A glance at BlinkFeed might lead you to think that HTC is aping Microsoft’s “Hub & Tiles” from Windows Phone or the new app panels in BlackBerry 10. That’s not really the case. Think of BlinkFeed as a kind of real-time Pulse news reader that updates automatically on one home screen. The One still lets users set up Android widgets and app icons on other home screen panels. What The Heck Is An UltraPixel? Finally, An AnswerHTC has introduced what it calls an “UltraPixel” camera that features a new sensor with larger pixels the company claims can capture 300% more light than traditional smartphone cameras, allowing it to take better low-light photos. Of course, “UltraPixel” is a marketing gimmick, although if it even comes close to working as advertised, it would be a decent achievement. HTC also announced a feature it calls Zoe, which allows users to take pictures that includes motion before and after the shutter was snapped. This isn’t exactly a new innovation, as both Samsung and BlackBerry offer something like it. But that’s not going to stop HTC from emphasizing it anyway. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#HTC The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Cinematography Tips from The Best In The Business

first_imgWant to improve your cinematography and video production? Learn from industry leaders in these free online interviews.Cover image via Laurie Sparham / Creative Cow.There are a dozen great pay-per-view filmmaking classes on the internet. There’s the Masterclass series with legendary creatives such as Werner Herzog, Aaron Sorkin, and Hans Zimmer. At MZed you can find a six-hour course by Vincent Laforet on directing. Terminator Salvation DP Shane Hurlbut hosts his own cinematography course. The list goes on.However, there are also free online resources you can take advantage of. While these aren’t tutorials like the preceding examples, they do provide valuable insight from the best of the best.Here is a roundup of my favorites.Rob Hardy 2014’s Ex Machina from Alex Garland wasn’t just a stylish sci-fi drama, it was also an excellent study in primal human behavior — and a beautifully shot film. In this thirty-six minute talk, DP Rob Hardy discusses his work on the movie.Robert Richardson Robert Richardson is an esteemed DP who primarily collaborates with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. With over thirty years’ experience, he has a lot of knowledge to share. In this hour-long interview with The Movie Geeks United, Richardson discusses working on the variety of films that fill his resume.We previously examined Robert Richardson’s work when framing wide shots. Dive into his work here.Sean Bobbitt DP Sean Bobbitt has a fine list of movies and TV shows on his résumé. Over the last ten years, he has collaborated a few times with director Steve McQueen, and in this fifteen-minute interview with Cinefii, he talks about that journey and the process of shooting films for McQueen.Seamus McGarveyWhether it’s the WWII drama Atonement, the family film Charlotte’s Web, or the mega blockbuster The Avengers, Seamus McGarvey has worked on many films you’ve loved. In this discussion with Blind Spot Gear, Seamus discusses the art of cinematography and how he started out.Roger DeakinsI’m sure Roger Deakins needs no introduction. He’s a fan favorite, a critic favorite, and a favorite among PremiumBeat writers — you’ll often see him and his methods referenced in the cinematography articles here. This interview is much more refined than the previous examples, as Deakins solely discusses the cinematography of the 2001 Coen Brothers film The Man Who Wasn’t There.Wally PfisterWally Pfister has worked as DP for some of the greatest action and drama films of the last decade: The Dark Knight, Inception, The Prestige. Obviously, there’s a pattern here; Wally is the long-time collaborator of director Christopher Nolan. In this interview, Wally, discusses his cinematic approach and working with Nolan on Inception.Do you know of any noteworthy interviews from leading cinematographers? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL

first_imgSanchez reaches deal to avoid prison time in tax fraud case Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “He is a competitor, man. That’s one thing he wants to do, get the journey started right away,” teammate Courtney Lee said. “So I think he is mentally strong and he is mentally ready to switch his focus from playing and helping us make the playoffs to now rehabbing and getting back 100 percent and helping us when he gets back.”Well-wishers around the league think he will.“Setback for a major comeback!” the National Basketball Players Association tweeted, with a photo of Porzingis. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIEScenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting New York was already facing a tough climb from 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and that would have been difficult even with Porzingis carrying them.The Knicks probably would have needed to find some help by Thursday’s trade deadline, and perhaps they would have tried given Porzingis’ stated desire for a playoff push. But now they are better off playing for the lottery than the playoffs, and any moves they make would likely be with that in mind.That appeared to be the case Wednesday when they sent Willy Hernangomez, voted to the All-Rookie first team last season, to Charlotte. The Knicks got back a pair of second-round picks along with forward Johnny O’Bryant, who Perry said would be waived.“We were without second-round picks,” Perry said, “and we value first-round picks and second-round picks, but we were without picks in 2020 and 2021. So this deal allowed us to do that.”For now, the Knicks will likely give more time to rookie guard Frank Ntilikina, and Perry and Hornacek said players from the team’s G League affiliate could get opportunities.Porzingis had at least given New York reason to entertain playoff hopes in a season that started days after Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City. Even the Knicks didn’t know if Porzingis was ready to flourish in the No. 1 role at 22.But he wanted the challenge and has been up for it, averaging 22.7 points and a league-leading 2.4 blocked shots per game.The only thing he couldn’t really do is put to rest injury concerns that often follow players at his age and size. He had missed at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons and will finish with only 48 games played in this one.He had come back stronger this season in hopes of becoming more durable and better handling the pounding in the post.Now he will have to work even harder to come back from a serious injury. An MRI revealed a torn left ACL, an injury that will sideline Porzingis for the rest of this season and perhaps a good deal of the next.“Obviously he was devastated that he has that injury and so are we,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “It’s a tough thing to have happened. He’s had such a great year and we’re trying to grow with him.”Disappointment could be felt not only in New York but around the NBA. Porzingis is a popular player for his wide array of skills at 7-foot-3 that led Kevin Durant to nickname him a “unicorn,” but also for the personality he brought to New York when he arrived in 2015 as a teenager from Latvia.“Was hoping for the best news when I saw the play after the game,” LeBron James wrote on Twitter . “Best wishes and have a speedy healthy recovery.”Porzingis was set to play on James’ team next week when he made his debut as an All-Star, and he was also set to defend his title in the Skills Challenge. He hoped to return from Los Angeles to a playoff race after not coming close in his first two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That’s all that’s left after Porzingis was lost to a torn ACL, ending his All-Star season and probably any hopes the Knicks had of making the playoffs.They say they’ll keep playing hard, but the first trade they made after Porzingis’ injury showed they aren’t loading up for a playoff push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Look, we want to compete every night,” general manager Scott Perry said Wednesday. “We want to continue to fight.”Porzingis had hoped they would fight all the way to the playoffs for the first time in his career. But those plans were derailed when Porzingis crashed to the court, punching the floor in pain after a dunk in the second quarter of a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is helped off the court after being injured during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Without Kristaps Porzingis, there’s no reason for the New York Knicks to be thinking about the postseason.It’s time to look to their future.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more