A 14Team NFL Playoff Wouldnt Bring More Parity

New York Giants President John Mara said Tuesday that the NFL would probably not expand its postseason field from 12 to 14 teams for the 2014 season. But make no mistake, expansion is coming sooner or later. The television ratings for playoff matchups — even for early rounds — are so monstrous that it makes sense from a revenue-maximizing perspective to add postseason games.But how about from a football perspective? ESPN’s Stats & Information correctly points out that, even with 14 playoff qualifiers, only 43.7 percent of NFL teams would earn postseason berths, which is still lower than the 53.3 percent qualification rates in the NBA and NHL. Then again, both of those sports play best-of-seven series to determine who advances to the next round; the NFL’s postseason is a single-elimination tournament. (And, 2013 excepted, the NFL playoffs are trending toward less predictable outcomes as it is.)Even in a 12-team playoff format, the best team in football fails to win the Super Bowl far more often than not. But would a 14-team bracket add another layer of randomness? Using the power of Monte Carlo simulation and the theoretical distribution of true talent in the NFL, we can estimate how often a team of a given ranking in “true talent” wins the Super Bowl under both the 12-team format and the proposed 14-team arrangement. For both formats, I assigned each team a true-talent rating at random (from a normal distribution with a mean winning percentage of .500 and a standard deviation of .146) and simulated the 2013 NFL schedule 10,000 times, recording how often a team of a given talent ranking won the Super Bowl. Here are the results:As it turns out, a 14-team playoff format wouldn’t change much for the favorites’ chances of a Super Bowl victory. The No. 2 seed in each conference would be forced to play an extra game (rather than receiving a bye during the wild-card round), but that doesn’t move the needle a lot — mainly because the No. 1 seeds still get byes into the divisional round.What would really shake things up, though, would be a move to a 16-team bracket, which would give the NFL a playoff participation rate closer to the NBA and NHL (although the NFL would still be lower). If we run the same simulation process above but plug teams into a 16-team playoff format, the following probabilities emerge:Forcing the top seed in each conference to play an extra game would drastically shift the Super Bowl odds for the NFL’s three most talented teams, redistributing much of their current probabilistic advantage across the rest of the league. The move to a 16-team playoff would be a much bigger change than from 12 teams to 14.The remaining question is whether that’s a bad thing. A 16-team playoff would increase the role of chance in the NFL’s postseason — an element which has already been on the rise in recent seasons. The NFL’s landmark popularity over the past decade suggests that such parity has moved the league closer to the optimal mix of determinism and randomness. (By contrast, a system designed to turn the NFL playoffs into a science experiment always yielding the most deserving champion would be tedious and unpopular.) But it’s not clear whether there are diminishing returns to the NFL’s parity formula. read more


first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Dec 2014 – NO PNP CABINET MINISTER LEFT OUT OF PNP Administration Mid Term performance AWARDS announced this morning as the Opposition made a bold presentation in a press conference earlier today. The certificates are to be delivered to the members of the administration and are actually an indictment for what the PDM labels as government’s “bad behaviour” while in service. Apparently Hon Donhue Gardiner, Minister of Border Control is “out of control”… words probably borrowed from former Premier Mike Misick… Hon Porsha Smith, the Health Minister is “missing in action” but doubly bestowed and sharing “the most travelled award” with DP Hon Akierra Missick. A prize called: “The Alice in Wonderland” goes to the Premier Hon Rufus Ewing along with the “President of the Frequent Flyer’s Club” certificate. “Spin doctor” is the Deputy Premier according to the PDM list and the “Blame Dem” nod is earned by Hon George Lightbourne, who heads up Government Support Services. Media was snapping photos and taking video of the PDM members as they held up those certificate awards and gave this mid-term report card; opting not to go with letter grades for the evaluation as was the case after year one of the PNP. Hon Washington Misick, the Finance Minister was prized for his so called keenness to tax; “the Tax and Roll Back” certificate had his name on it. Hon Amanda Missick was cited for the road works, or lack thereof and the numerous problems along the roadways including the feral dog problem. “The Road way Award” goes to the member from Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hills. As for how the Ministers will actually be presented their PDM prizes; it was not clear but media was told the certificates would be en route right away. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:akierra missick, amanda missick, donhue gardiner, mike misick, Pdm, pnp, Portia smith, premier rufus ewing Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Federal legislators announce 15Mil for water infrastructure improvements at USMexico border

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Federal legislators announce $15Mil for water infrastructure improvements at U.S.-Mexico border SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of federal legislators from San Diego announced the allocation of $15 million today for water infrastructure improvements along the U.S-Mexico border.Legislators included the funding in a spending bill approved earlier this week and signed today by President Donald Trump. The $15 million will go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure program.Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and Susan Davis, D-San Diego, as well as congressional representatives from border regions of New Mexico and Texas have sought funding for the program since last March.“The $15 million in funding signed into law today will go to priority projects identified by the EPA to rein in the sewage crisis,” said Vargas, Peters and Davis in a joint statement. “As the EPA and the North American Development Bank determine how best to use the funding, we will provide input and communicate with San Diegans and other stakeholders to determine what the most pressing needs are.”The legislators did not specify which infrastructure projects would be tackled with the funding, but addressing polluted water flows from the Tijuana River is ostensibly one that would qualify. Eligible projects must sit within 100 kilometers of the border on either side, according to the EPA.Polluted water from the Tijuana River often affects U.S. shorelines as far north as Coronado, especially after rainstorms.In a January 2018 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, used the polluted flows as a reason to fund the program.“According to the Border Patrol Union, 80 agents at the Imperial Beach Patrol Station were sickened in just the last year from toxic transboundary runoff that could be addressed through increased resources for the EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program,” Feinstein wrote.Feinstein helped garner support the program’s funding in the Senate.“We are grateful for Sen. Dianne Feinstein for leading this effort in the Senate, the appropriators who helped secure the funding, and our local partners who provided valuable input to this conversation,” Vargas, Peters and Davis said. “Our partnership is essential to fully addressing the sewage crisis.” February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Producing a Magazine Industry Event in a Maelstrom

first_imgFGS was for innovators. It was attended by people pushing new forms of paid content, new forms of marketing on behalf of their clients. They’re working with lead generation, lead nurturing and social media. They want to stay one step ahead, not behind. And that applies to the suppliers too. The companies that exhibited at FGS are no doubt feeling the same pressure that publishers are. Their customers aren’t buying as much and their revenues are down. But they, too, want to stay ahead of the crisis. And so they attended. And because they did, they got access to forward-looking companies that are really engaged in seeking solutions—often the solutions that our exhibitors offered. Yes, the attendance was down, but this FGS felt like a home run. The faculty was tremendous—the presentations were rich and on target, with plenty of valuable takeaways. The keynoters—Jim Malkin, Bob Carrigan and  Brad Fayfield—offered great wisdom and insight. I could write blog posts for the next few weeks just on their presentations.FGS 2009 was invigorating. It felt like our best publishing summit so far. I just returned from the FOLIO: Growth Summit in Chicago. We conducted the event in a media-industry maelstrom—events all around us are being cancelled, downsized and postponed. You can’t overstate how hard hit the media industry is right now.As I walked through the sessions and receptions, both old friends and new ones told me—one after the next—how they’ve had to lay off staff, how they’ve frozen salaries, how they’ve implemented unpaid time off, how they’ve got 2009 issues tracking at 50 percent of last year. But the publishing executives at FGS weren’t only there to talk about those cost-containment measures. They were there because they want to attack this economic calamity and make something of it. They want to be pro-active, not reactive. They want to be on the offensive and not just hunker down and close their eyes and hope the storm blows over. (The companies and executives who do that are far less likely to survive the next 12 months.) last_img read more

The New Republic Bulks Up Editorial People on the Move – 10516

first_img Atlantic Media has promoted two and hired one. Jessica Leigh Hester and Adam Sneed, both associate editors, have been promoted to senior associate editors at CityLab. Gracie McKenzie joins CityLab as social media editor. Finally, Steph Leke was hired as media relations manager from a PR role at Princeton Architectural Press. The New Republic has added six in an effort to bulk up editorial and business departments at the company. The magazine also has three open editorial roles it’s looking to fill. Stephanie Davis Smith is now editorial director of Modern Luxury Media. She replaces Beth Weitzman. Though not new to the company, Laura Reston has been promoted from reporter-researcher to managing editor. She previously worked at Forbes and the Boston Globe. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Siung Tjia was hired as design director. Previously he served as the creative director for Bloomberg Markets and ESPN The Magazine. Eliza Fish is now audience and partnership manager from a fundraising and marketing role at The Baffler. Sarah Jones was hired as social media editor from a role at the non-profit Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Graham Vyse is now a staff writer in the Washington bureau. He previously served as the politics editor of InsideSources. Bonnier has named Colin Kearns editor-in-chief of Field & Stream. He previously served as senior deputy editor at the brand, and replaces Anthony Licata, who will continue as editorial director of the Bonnier Lifestyle Group. TV Guide has added Food Network host Sandra Lee as a columnist. Lee, known for her show “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee,” published her first column this week. “It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” Eric Bates, editor of The New Republic, said in a statement. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.” Kamelia Angelova has joined Mashable as director of emerging platforms. She joins the brand from her role as supervising video producer at Business Insider and Tech Insider.   Sam Jacobs has been promoted to executive editor of Time Digital, from his position as assistant managing editor of Time magazine. He joined the company in 2013 as senior editor of Time.com.last_img read more

Uber Copter helicopter service to get added US rival in Airbus Voom

first_imgVoom’s on-demand helicopter service is reportedly taking off in the US this fall. Airbus/Voom Uber’s helicopter service hasn’t even taken off yet, but it already has a new competitor. Airbus-owned Voom will reportedly begin offering its on-demand helicopter shuttle service in the US this fall. It previously offered the service only in Latin America. Voom hasn’t shared which cities it’ll be available in or how much it’ll cost to use the service, according to Fast Company, but it’s said the price will be “competitive with ground alternatives.” The company also reportedly said it plans to operate in Asia this year, and aims to be in 25 cities worldwide by 2025. The app-based offering would compete with Uber Copter, the ride-hailing platform’s helicopter service that takes flight in New York City next month. When it launches, Uber Copter will take passengers between Lower Manhattan and JFK International Airport, with average rides reportedly costing between $200 and $225 a person. Ride-hailing company Blade also provides a similar helicopter service.Voom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Rylo 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. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Share your voice See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it Read the AirPods review 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. Best Buy $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 7 Apple iPhone XS See It $59 at eBay $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $210 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice 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. 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. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Tags Uber,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. 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.center_img Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP Tags $155 at Google Express Turo $999 Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint 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. 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. 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. See It $299 at Amazon See It Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy 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). Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Tech Industry Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 0 Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazonlast_img read more

Everything the iPhone 11 needs to be successful

first_imgEvery year in September, Apple holds an event to announce the next iPhone. And with the iPhone 11 (or whatever it’ll be called) looming near, it’s time for Apple to step up. iPhone sales fell 12% in the fiscal third quarter, more people are trading in their iPhones for Androids, and rivals like Samsung’s Note 10 and 10 Plus are packed with an abundant amount of compelling features. The iPhone doesn’t need a radical redesign, but for Apple to really make the next one a success, it’s going to need at least seven improvements and updated features if it wants to remain competitive in this increasingly crowded phone industry.Read: iPhone 11: 8 features I want real badThe iPhone 11 doesn’t need a radical redesign, but it does need some solid upgrades and new features to be a success. Angela Lang/CNET Better battery lifeThe iPhone XS brought significant improvements to the battery life over the iPhone X, and the bigger iPhone XS Max lasted 17 hours and 23 minutes in our looped video tests in Airplane mode. Though that’s a solid time, phones like the Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro last 21 and 23 hours respectively. Compared to the top phones with the best battery life, there is a lot of room for improvement for the iPhone.Luckily, iOS 13 is expected to make app downloads and launches, including FaceID faster and more efficient. But Dark Mode could help, too. When displaying black screens and menu pages, an OLED screen uses less power which in-turn could, in some small way, help keep the battery from draining too quickly.The next processor, likely named the A13, could also help improve battery life, especially if as expected, it’s more efficient than last year’s A12 processor. But what I want to see at the 2019 Apple keynote is for Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing, to show a slide for the iPhone 11 that reads, “30% longer battery.” Now playing: Watch this: Three new iPhone 11 models coming in September, rumor… Google Huawei LG Samsung Apple Apple iPhone XS Apple Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) And speaking of new modes, if the iPhone 11 does have three rear cameras, I’d be curious to see what kind of things Apple decides to do with them. LG has a triple shot mode on its V50 phone that can take a photo with each of its three rear cameras simultaneously with a single shutter press. There are rumors that Apple’s triple camera will be able to fix framing errors. For example, if you accidentally cut someone out the frame, the iPhone could use data it captured with the ultra-wide camera to “repair” the missing person.Then, there’s video. Currently, the iPhone records the best video of on any phone and yet it would be great to see Apple take things further. That could be adding a Portrait Mode for video like the LG V50 and the Galaxy Note 10 which are pretty much a mess, or even add something ridiculous and video centric like an Alfred Hitchcock dolly zoom effect.And lastly, in regards to both photos and videos, the Smart HDR in its current form on the iPhone XS is very heavy, especially the way it pushes color temperature and saturation to some truly artificial places. The next iPhone is in need of a more balanced Smart HDR.’A13 Efficient’One thing that is often taken for granted is the huge leaps Apple makes in processing power for the iPhone year-after-year. If there were awards for the most valuable part of the iPhone, I’d give it to the A-series processors.Apple has to once again this year release a processor that’s not only more powerful than the A12 Bionic but one that is more efficient. The iPhone XS A12 Bionic processor is already a couple of generations ahead of those found on the newest Android phones, but any ways to make the iPhone 11 more efficient will go far in helping improve that battery life. It’s all about that battery. Also, A13 Efficient has a nice ring (OK actually it doesn’t).The iPhone needs a better nameApple simultaneously came up with the coolest name for a phone and the worst one when it released the iPhone X — pronounced “ten” not “ex”. Yep, Roman numerals don’t really work for the iPhone. It’s confusing and makes me think of the Super Bowl or an outline I’m writing for a term paper.I hope that Apple returns to something simpler. Perhaps just call the new phone: iPhone. And if there’s a more powerful version, call that one the iPhone Pro. Let’s stop this Roman numeral business. Share your voice $999 Papa needs a brand new screenThere is absolutely nothing wrong the OLED displays on the iPhone X, XS and XS Max. But with Samsung’s HDR10+ displays on the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, Note 10 and 10 Plus, and the OnePlus 7 Pro with its high-refresh rate, Apple needs to step it up.It could be as simple as improving the brightness and color gamut on the next iPhone screen. Even better, Apple could bring Pro Motion to the iPhone. Pro Motion is Apple’s branding for its high-refresh rate display in its iPad Pro line. The screen refreshes 1.5X to 2X faster than a regular phone or tablet display. The result is that everything looks crisper and animations render buttery smooth. If rumors are accurate, maybe there will be an iPhone Pro. And perhaps the word “Pro” stands for Pro Motion display.Include a fast charging cable and power brickSince the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X were released, you can fast charge the battery to juice it up faster. But that requires you to buy a $19 USB-C to Lighting cable and a $29 18-watt charger. It would be an easy win for Apple to just include these in the box at no extra charge. Especially since many people already have the old USB-A to Lighting cable and 5-watt charger. Seriously, we’re already paying $999 for a phone.Add a better selfie camera or twoSometimes it feels like the selfie cameras on phones are an afterthought. The one on the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max is okay, but could be so much better. The new iPhone needs a higher resolution front-facing camera that would improve detail and image quality. And please let’s bring selfie video capture up to 4K resolution. I know there are some people who don’t want to see every imperfection in such detail, in which case they could always record at a lower resolution.iphone-x-web-9130The iPhone’s front-facing cameras need to ‘glow up’. Josh Miller/CNET It would also be smart if instead of having a fixed focus front-facing camera to have a selfie camera with auto-focus like the one found in the Galaxy S10. This would ensure you’re never out of focus. But the ultimate improvement would be Apple adding a second wide-angle front-facing camera like ones on the Pixel 3 and LG G8. Imagine having two cameras to FaceTime with?! Basically, the front-facing camera on the iPhone needs to get closer in quality to those on the rear.Upgrade rear cameras and image processingSince the iPhone 4, Apple has always had a solid camera system on the back of its phones. But in recent years, phones like the Huawei P30 Pro and Pixel 3 have surpassed the iPhone’s photo abilities, especially in low-light. While there are rumors that the iPhone 11 will have three rear cameras, hopefully, any new cameras will have larger sensors with larger pixels to absorb more light.Apple needs to add some sort of ‘Night’ mode similar to those on the Huawei and Pixel which take multiple photos and merge them together to improve the image quality and exposure. Of course, one of my favorite things about camera effects like Portrait Lighting mode on an iPhone is how you can see a preview of the effect before you take a photo. Perhaps, Apple’s night mode would work more like its Pano mode where you see the photo build as it’s captured and processed. See All Best Buy See It 24 Photos reading • Everything the iPhone 11 needs to be successful See it See It Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carriercenter_img Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Mobile Phones Comments Pixel 3’s Night Sight brightens tough low-light scenes Sprint See It 8:10 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 70 $999 • $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $999last_img read more

Pakistan plunges into uncertainty as PM ousted

first_imgActivists of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PNL-N) protest against the Supreme Court (SC) decision against Pakistan`s prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Multan on 28 July, 2017. Photo: AFPPakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from public office over long-running corruption allegations, a decision that ousts him from the premiership for the third time.The ruling saw political instability take hold in Pakistan once again, dissolving Cabinet and leaving the country without a sitting prime minister.General elections are scheduled for next year, but Sharif now falls short of becoming the first premier to complete a full five-year term.As the verdict was announced in Islamabad, opposition supporters rushed into the street chanting slogans and handing out sweets in celebration.Hundreds also took to the streets in northwestern Peshawar, beating drums and distributing money and sweets while chanting “Go Nawaz Go”.But in Lahore, capital of Sharif’s power base of Punjab province, sporadic protests broke out, with his supporters burning tyres and locking streets.The allegations against the prime minister spiralled from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over details of the lavish lifestyles and luxury London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty.Those claims prompted an investigation which said there was a “significant disparity” between the family’s income and lifestyle, and unearthed fresh claims over Sharif’s links to companies based in the United Arab Emirates.The court cited the UAE allegations in its ruling Friday, declaring they indicated Sharif was “not honest” as it brought his tenure to an unceremonious end.“He is disqualified as a member of the parliament so he has ceased to be holding the office of Prime Minister,” Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan told the packed courtroom in Islamabad.Sharif’s ruling PML-N party confirmed he had stepped down with “serious reservations”, a move which automatically dissolves Cabinet.The party currently has no clear successor in place. The Supreme Court called on President Mamnoon Hussain, who swears in the prime minister, to take the “necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure the continuation of the democratic system”.The push against Sharif has been spearheaded by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party.“I want to tell the nation that it is a huge victory of yours,” Khan told reporters at his home outside Islamabad Friday, adding that he was “extremely pleased”.“I am seeing the destination of a new Pakistan in front of me,” he said, announcing a rally to be held on Sunday.• Family fortunes and ‘fontgate’ -Karachi-based political commentator Farooq Moin said the judgement was “historic”.“The situation is quite fluid and it is difficult to say at the moment whether there will be snap elections or an interim government will be formed,” he told AFP, though he added chances were “bright” that Sharif’s PML-N would form a new government.The Sharifs and their allies have consistently and noisily rejected the graft claims against them.“Not a single penny of corruption has been proved in this decision against Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan also know it,” information minister Maryam Aurangzeb told reporters after the decision.The court has asked the national anti-corruption bureau to launch a further probe into the allegations, which could see criminal charges brought against the Sharifs.The controversy erupted last year with the publication of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca documenting the offshore dealings of many of the world’s rich and powerful.Three of Sharif’s four children-Maryam and his sons Hasan and Hussein-were implicated in the papers.At the heart of the case was the legitimacy of the funds used by the Sharif family to purchase several high-end London properties via offshore companies.The Supreme Court had in April declared there was “insufficient evidence” to oust Sharif over the allegations, and ordered an investigation.Its findings, including previously undisclosed links between Sharif and companies in the UAE, sparked an uproar, with the scandal playing out on the country’s frenetic news channels.Attention focused on the investigation’s conclusion that documents regarding Sharif’s daughter and some of the family’s London properties were “falsified”-dated 2006, but typed in Microsoft’s Calibri font, which was not released for commercial use until 2007. The Supreme Court’s judgement Friday was typed in Calibri.Graft is endemic in Pakistan, with the country coming in 116th place out of 176 countries ranked according to corruption levels by Transparency International in 2017.Sharif has been ousted by corruption allegations once before, when he was sacked by the country’s then-president during his first term in 1993. He was removed from office in his second term by a military coup in 1999.Sharif’s ousting comes as the civilian government appears to have reached an uneasy detente with the military, which has ruled Pakistan for half of its existence.last_img

Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify in Senate

first_imgTrump’s outburst saw a new #MeToo era hashtag storm the internet, with people — mostly women — sharing why they did not report being assaulted under the Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.Ford told the Post she went public with her claims because she felt her “civic responsibility” was “outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation” after the basic outlines of the story emerged in the media.Ford’s husband, Russell Ford, was quoted by the Post as saying the thought that Kavanaugh could be considered for the Supreme Court after Trump took office troubled his wife so much that she considered moving as far away as New Zealand.”She was like, ‘I can’t deal with this,'” Russell Ford said. “‘I cannot live in this country if he’s in the Supreme Court.'”Republicans are frustrated over what they say was the deliberate timing of the last-minute revelation of Ford’s allegation, accusing Democrats of seeking to prevent the process from finishing before the midterm elections in a few weeks.For their part, Democrats say Republicans are mounting an unseemly rush to get Kavanaugh into the nine-member Supreme Court while they still control the legislature. US president Donald Trump introduces his Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh (L) in the East Room at the White House in Washington, US on 9 July. Photo: AFPThe woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down president Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has agreed to testify in the Senate, her lawyers said Saturday, setting up a dramatic showdown next week.Christine Blasey Ford’s decision followed days of negotiations and came after Trump turned against her and said her accusation could not be true.Ford “accepts the committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” said a message from her lawyers to the senate Judiciary Committee, US media reported.Hours later, multiple outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast reported the hearing would take place on Thursday, citing sources familiar with a phone call between the committee and Ford’s lawyers.The tentative deal capped a day of frenetic developments, with time running out for Trump to get his hand-picked conservative judge confirmed — thereby tilting the Supreme Court firmly to the right for years to come — before November elections when Republicans risk losing control of Congress.Earlier, the panel had given the California professor until 2:30pm (1830 GMT) to decide whether to appear, after she rejected a Friday evening deadline imposed by the committee’s Republican leader, Chuck Grassley.”Although many aspects of the proposal you provided via email, on (Friday) are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process, we are hopeful that we can reach agreement on details,” read the lawyers’ letter cited by The Washington Post.The White House criticized Ford for allegedly dithering. “But one thing has remained consistent: Brett Kavanaugh remains ready, willing and eager to testify as soon as possible,” it added.DenialFord alleges that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her at a party when he was 17, she was 15 and they were attending private schools outside Washington in the 1980s.Kavanaugh denies knowledge of any such assault and wants to give his side of the story to the committee.Grassley had wanted the hearing to take place on Wednesday, but Ford asked that it be held on Thursday at the earliest and to be able to call as a witness a man she says was present during the assault.The committee’s Republican leadership turned down those demands.After several days of maintaining a relatively neutral posture, Trump on Friday declared that Ford was lying.”TAKE THE VOTE!” Trump tweeted, blaming “radical left wing politicians” for the controversy.A call for respectAccording to Trump, the fact that Ford remained silent until now shows the incident probably never happened — even if this runs counter to what experts say is the typical reaction of sexual assault victims afraid or too embarrassed to report.”I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says,” Trump tweeted, “charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.”The senior senator for Trump’s Democratic foes, Chuck Schumer, called the president’s logic a “highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma,” while Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein said: “We must treat sexual assault survivors with respect, not bully or try to silence them.”Even one of Trump’s own Republican senators, Susan Collins — who sits on the Judiciary Committee — said she was “appalled by the president’s tweet.””We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist,” Collins said.last_img read more