September 2017 – Warehouse Discounts

Monthly Archive: September 2017

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Nokia 9 rumors hint the reinvigorated company is not finished with 2017 yet

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New Nokia 8 too small for your massive hands? Nokia may have a larger Nokia 9 model in the works.

Nokia has already launched several smartphones in 2017[1], including the Nokia 8[2], its most powerful phone to date. Rumors still persist it has a further device in the works, which is known as the Nokia 9, and it may be a larger, bezel-less version of the Nokia 8.

How can we be sure the Nokia 9 rumors aren’t just false Nokia 8 rumors? We can’t, but a quote from Nokia executives[3] circulating after the Russian Nokia 8 launch event hints a larger screen Nokia phone is still to come, ready, “to meet the needs of absolutely all users.”

Nothing is certain, and the release date is unknown for now; but here’s all the information we’ve gathered about the Nokia 9 so far.

Design

The Nokia 9 may have been confused with the Nokia 8 over the past months, and therefore many of the leaked images said to be the Nokia 9, turned out to be more representative of the Nokia 8. However, one image leaked back in April[4] shows a schematic of what could be a larger device from Nokia, which may be the Nokia 9.

It’s intriguing because the design is bezel-less, unlike the Nokia 8, and therefore more in line with other 2017 flagship Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8[5] and LG G6[6]. The image shouldn’t be taken as final, because when it was leaked, it was accompanied by a similar sketch for the Nokia 8, also with thinner bezels than the final version. This casts doubt over the accuracy of the Nokia 9 image.

That said, additional rumors[7] suggest that the Nokia 9 will indeed feature an edge-to-edge 3D glass display, which means that it’ll be effectively without bezels. There will be no capacitive touch buttons, and is said to exclusively support navigation with virtual touch-buttons.

Specification

The Nokia 8 is the most powerful version of the new 2017 range of Android phones from the company. The Nokia 9 may share many of the same features, including the Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual-lens Zeiss camera. A version with 8GB of RAM has been seen on the Geekbench[8] benchmarking website, but these results are easily faked.

Where the Nokia 9 may differ is in its screen size. The Nokia 8 is compact at 5.3 inches, and rumors suggest the Nokia 9 may have a 5.5-inch or even 5.7-inch screen. This fits in with the quotes attributed to Nokia from the Nokia 8 launch event[9], but shouldn’t be taken as official confirmation of the Nokia 9’s existence.

Recent rumors from Baidu also suggest that the Nokia 9 will have a 5.7-inch screen, with QHD resolution, and an OLED display. Wireless charging might also be part of the package.

Other features which have been mentioned in rumors include 128GB of internal memory, IP68 water resistance, and an iris scanner. We’d recommend treating all rumors regarding the Nokia 9’s specification as being speculation at best.

Release

We don’t know when, or even if, the Nokia 9 will be released. Rumors suggest, however, that it could be priced at 749 euros (around $885). The Nokia 8 arrived in mid-August, and it seems unlikely Nokia will launch another device in the very near future. We’ll keep you updated with all the rumors.

Update: Further specs and a possible price are now part of the rumor mill. 

References

  1. ^ several smartphones in 2017 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Nokia 8 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ a quote from Nokia executives (4pda.ru)
  4. ^ leaked back in April (nokiapoweruser.com)
  5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ LG G6 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ additional rumors (nokiapoweruser.com)
  8. ^ Geekbench (browser.geekbench.com)
  9. ^ Nokia 8 launch event (4pda.ru)
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Amazon announces three new sci-fi shows for its streaming service

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Three popular science-fiction franchises are getting the Game of Thrones treatment.

Thanks to the likes of HBO and Netflix[1], we’re living in a golden age of television[2]. Whether you’re a fan nostalgia-driven horror, gritty crime dramas, or fantasy politics, there’s something for everyone. That being said, one area that is lacking is the realm of science fiction. For a variety of reasons, sci-fi hasn’t quite made the leap that other genres have, but Amazon is hoping to change that with three new[3] shows.

Lazarus

Lazarus is based on the comic[4] by Greg Ruca, who has worked on numerous titles for DC and Marvel. The comic and show are set in an alternative future where the world is ruled by 16 rival families who rule over their fiefdoms. These families do not always get along, so in order to deal with their rivals and keep their subjects in line, each family employs an assassin known as a Lazarus.

In addition bringing Ruca on board as writer and producer, Amazon has hired Michael Lark and Angela Cheng Caplan to serve as co-producers.

Snowcrash

Based on the novel[5] by Neal Stephenson, Snowcrash follows Hiro Protagonist. Snowcrash takes place in a cyberpunk future where the world is ruled by corporations. Protagonist makes his living delivering pizzas for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc. The adventures of a cyberpunk delivery boy probably wouldn’t make for great TV, so it’s a good thing that Protagonist spends his evenings in the digital Metaverse. It’s there that he discovers a new computer virus killing his fellow hackers. The novel was an interesting blend of cyberpunk and mythology, so hopefully the show mixes it up as well well.

Snowcrash is being developed in partnership with Paramount Television and will feature Joe Cornish and Frank Marshall as executive producers.

Ringworld

Based upon Larry Niven’s series[6] of sci-fi novels from the 70s, Ringworld follows the exploits of Louis Gridley Wu. Bored with his life in the technological future, the 200-year-old Wu joins an expedition to explore the Ringworld which is an artificial structure found floating beyond the known reaches of space.

Ringworld is being produced in conjunction with MGM, but beyond that, little is known regarding the details of the show.

References

  1. ^ Netflix (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ golden age of television (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ three new (variety.com)
  4. ^ comic (imagecomics.com)
  5. ^ novel (www.goodreads.com)
  6. ^ series (www.goodreads.com)
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New York voters have no 1st Amendment right to snap ballot booth selfies

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A New York federal judge is upholding New York’s ban on photographing marked ballots in polling places, saying the First Amendment is trumped by the law’s stated goal to cut down on election fraud via vote buying and extortion.

US District Judge P. Kevin Castel said the statute deprives a perpetrator of election fraud the modern-day means to verify that a target voted a certain way. That verification method is a selfie of a voter holding a marked ballot at a polling place, which would then be posted to social media, he said.

“The State’s interest in the integrity of its elections is paramount. The law is also narrowly tailored…,” Castel wrote[2] (PDF) Thursday. “Alternatively, the Court finds that the statute is a reasonable, viewpoint neutral restriction of speech within a non-public forum.”

Castel’s ruling contradicts decisions by judges in Indiana, Michigan, and New Hampshire[3]. Courts in those states have ruled against bans on voting-booth selfies.

The New York judge said that any restriction on speech is only minimal, too.

“Voters can still post to social media (using messages that contain both words and images), attend rallies, donate to campaigns, volunteer, or express their views in a multitude of ways without taking photographs at polling sites,” the judge wrote.

The New York law was first enacted in 1890 and says that violators are guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum year in prison, if they show their “ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents.”

The judge also set aside a challenge by voters to New York City’s law barring the public, but not the accredited press, from photographing polling sites.

“The City Board’s policy prohibiting photography is not a content-based restriction and is not in tension with the First Amendment,” he ruled. “This policy is narrowly tailored to address significant state interests, such as avoiding longer wait times at the polls.”

As many as 17 states[4] bar ballot booth selfies.

A lawyer for the voters who challenged the polling rules said the decision would be appealed.

References

  1. ^ Enlarge (cdn.arstechnica.net)
  2. ^ wrote (arstechnica.com)
  3. ^ New Hampshire (arstechnica.com)
  4. ^ 17 states (www.wyff4.com)
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Amazon Fire OS update based on Android Nougat, adds new features

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If you’re a fan of Android Nougat, you’ll love Amazon’s Nougat-based Fire OS 6, which comes with picture-in-picture mode and more.

Amazon recently just announced, albeit quietly, that its Android-based Fire OS for Fire TV has been upgraded. The Amazon Fire TV Gen 3 will be launching with Fire OS 6, which is based on Android 7.1.2, otherwise known as Android Nougat. It seems that the update first appeared on one of Amazon’s developer pages[1] and was later reported on by Android Police[2].

But what about the previous Fire TV devices — will they be getting an upgrade as well? In response to this question, Amazon has simply said, “At this time, the previous Fire TV devices will not uplevel to Fire OS 6.”

On the developer’s page, Amazon wrote, “Amazon Fire TV Gen 3 runs on Fire OS 6, which is based on Android Nougat (Android 7.1.2, level 25). However, previous Fire TV devices (Fire TV Stick Gen 1 and 2, Fire TV Gen 1 and 2, and Fire TV Edition) remain on Fire OS 5 (which is based on Lollipop, or Android 5.1, level 22, and some backported Marshmallow).”

So it looks like the upgrade will only be for the third-generation Fire TV. However, it is possible that the update for existing devices will come in sometime the future, since Amazon didn’t necessarily say that they will never be updated.

Amazon Fire OS 6 will also be coming with some nifty features. It will include picture-in-picture mode, which will allow Fire TV to play videos in a small window while you browse for other videos. It will give you the ability to record content — multiple shows at a time — as well as schedule recordings much like a DVR, and allows users to pause, rewind, or even fast-forward through live content.

In addition, Fire OS 6 will be launching with 4K and Alexa support[3]. Although Android Nougat came with the multi-window feature when Google first launched it, the developer’s page does not mention whether or not this will be available for Fire OS 6. So it’s very possible we won’t be seeing that feature here.

Another feature that gives users more control over the app is the ability to check permissions at runtime. And users will also have the ability to revoke individual permissions when they are prompted. Additionally, Amazon recently announced a bunch of new Echo devices[4].

References

  1. ^ Amazon’s developer pages (developer.amazon.com)
  2. ^ Android Police (www.androidpolice.com)
  3. ^ 4K and Alexa support (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Echo devices (www.digitaltrends.com)
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My Hero Academia Episode 38 Review

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Season 3 can’t come soon enough.

By Alex Osborn[1]

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The second season of My Hero Academia comes to a tense and forward-looking close, as “Encounter” succinctly wraps up Deku’s first semester at U.A. High in favor of spending a significant amount of time setting the stage for what’s to come in the forthcoming third season[2].

This is by no means a complaint, as the introduction to Toga and Dabi, as well as Deku’s surprise encounter with Shigaraki, provides an exciting sense of progression. I love how Stain’s legacy lives on through the profound impact it’s had on Toga and Dabi, and how their admiration for the Hero Killer is such a point of frustration for Shigaraki. Their character designs are also fantastic, perfectly representing the two’s contrasting personalities. The maniacal and bubbly Toga has appropriately wild hair and always has a smile plastered across her face. Conversely, the gloomy and pessimistic Dabi whose face is seemingly stitched together, nearly always has a scowl.

Shigaraki’s less than warm greeting and reluctance to bring them aboard the League of Villains was an exciting and intense way to begin the episode. The moment they all lunged at one another and Kurogiri diverted all their attacks beautifully illustrates this discordant dynamic, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the future.

I’m still struggling to find Shigaraki’s motivations as a villain all that compelling. He’s an immature and ill-tempered man-child, so I suppose it fits his character, but the “conviction” he discovers during his conversation with Deku isn’t any different than what prompted him to launch attack the USJ in Season 1. He’s been fueled by a desire to destroy All Might since the beginning, and this “newfound” realization that this is still what he must do fails to develop his character in any meaningful capacity. I’m curious to see how All For One’s fatherly influence, which is hauntingly teased at the very end of the episode, plays out as he grooms Shigaraki to be his successor.

Still, Shigaraki has an unsettling presence that really adds a weight of tension and unpredictability to My Hero Academia. Seeing his hand wrapped around Deku’s throat, one finger away from killing him, was exciting to watch. Thanks to excellent writing, their conversation was equally intriguing. Deku, rendered physically helpless in the situation, jabs at Shigaraki’s ego by explaining why he at least understands Stain’s ideals even if he doesn’t agree with his actions. The expressive detail on the faces of Deku and Shigaraki do a remarkable job at conveying Shigaraki’s insanity and Deku’s desperation.

Amongst all the tension and drama, “Encounter” features plenty of fun and lighthearted moments, elevated by the well-executed integration of MHA’s upbeat ending theme song. Ashido shedding tears of joy when she learns that even those who didn’t pass the final exam will be able to take part in the training camp was adorable, and the way Aizawa presents the news as a last minute twist is a moment of self-aware silliness I really appreciated. While the revelation that the teachers weren’t actually trying to crush the students in the practical exam isn’t all that shocking, it does serve as a nice reminder and put into perspective the incredible power of these pro heroes.

Iida’s overly conscientious remarks, as well as Deku’s analytical muttering that prompts Tokoyami to inform him he’s frightening the children, are wonderful points of levity that highlight the fun eccentricities that make this lovable cast of characters so endearing and unique. Seeing Uraraka struggle to make sense of her feelings for Deku was also very charming. Meanwhile, I was disappointed, though not surprised, to find Mineta back to being his perverted self, with lockpicks and small drills at the top of his training camp supplies list.

The Verdict

Season 2 of My Hero Academia concludes with a tense finale that succinctly wraps up Deku’s first semester at U.A. High and sets the stage for an exciting future. With the introduction of Toga and Dabi, “Encounter” does a great job at teasing the new villainous threat, and while Shigaraki’s motivations aren’t especially compelling, his unpredictability and frustration with everyone’s admiration for Stain make him an exciting antagonist nonetheless. Additionally, some well-integrated, lighthearted moments add some levity to the episode, highlighting the eccentricities that make MHA’s lovable cast so endearing. If the primary goal of “Encounter” was to get me excited for Season 3, it absolutely accomplished its mission.

Editors’ Choice

References

  1. ^ Alex Osborn (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ forthcoming third season (www.ign.com)
       
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