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9 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric signs with Mendes as Juventus circle

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric signs with Mendes as Juventus circleby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has joined super agent Jorge Mendes’ stable.Juventus are being linked with the veteran.Mediaset says the Ballon d’Or winner was linked with a move to Inter Milan after last year’s World Cup after six years at the Bernabeu.Mendes has been drafted in by the 33-year-old to facilitate a potential switch to Italy.Inter are desperate to take Modric to the San Siro but they could struggle to convince him to move to Milan if Juve are a viable option.The Milan outfit have offered the ex-Tottenham man a lucrative four-year deal worth nine million-a-year. last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd hero Scholes: Sell Pogba – he’s not a big loss!

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Scholes: Sell Pogba – he’s not a big loss!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Scholes says Manchester United will not miss Paul Pogba. The World Cup winner wants to leave the club from Real Madrid.Red Devils legend Scholes thinks the club could deal with losing the talented midfielder.”I think it’s quite clear he wants to move on,” said Scholes, a 13-time Premier League winner.”He wanted to go to Real Madrid, for whatever reason it didn’t happen.”I wouldn’t be surprised if the same offer had been made like with Cristiano when he was at United.”If they’ve asked him to stay for a year we’ll see what happens, but I don’t think he’ll be a big loss to United.”I don’t think his form has been great anyway, over the two or three years he’s been there. I’m sure there are more players who can do just as good a job.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd social media abuse unbelievable – Mata

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd social media abuse unbelievable – Mataby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata has found the abuse he gets on social media as “unbelievable”.Mata and his under-fire team-mates have endured a stuttering start to the season that has seen the pressure pile on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Speaking to The Times, he said: “As players, we all have to take responsibility. We are United. There are many people outside waiting for United not to be good and enjoying it when we don’t do well.”We have two options: to stick together or let that criticism and that enjoyment from others at our results affect us in a way that we divide ourselves. One weekend you’re an idol, you score the winner, and three days later you miss a big chance and you’re a villain.“The repercussions of every single action in a game is unbelievable. It can be turned into a video seen by millions instantly on Twitter or Instagram , missing a penalty, making a mistake, and it’s seen as ‘a tragedy’ on many smartphones and in many minds.” last_img read more

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Video: Kansas Football Just Found The Worst Way To Lose A Game Ever

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgKansas playing South Dakota State.Twitter/@lukezimKansas is not very good at football. That much is true. Many picked the Jayhawks to lose to FCS power South Dakota State, and lose they did. The Jayhawks actually held it close until the end, with a chance to win the game on the final play. That…did not quite work out. In an attempt to spike the ball, quarterback Montell Cozart fumbled the snap, recovered it but was ruled down, and then attempted to spike the ball from the ground. He tried to quickly take another snap and spike, but the clock ran out before the Jayhawks could run a play.We’re sorry, KU fans, but here is the video, via SB Nation’s Luke Zimmermann.Not like this, Kansas pic.twitter.com/W4LQB07AKH— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 5, 2015Basketball season is closer than you think, Jayhawks.last_img read more

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‘Napoli are the best option for James’

By on October 26, 2019

first_imgNapoli are “the best option” for James Rodriguez, claims the Colombian’s father, with a transfer to Italy favoured over one to England if another move away from Real Madrid is made.The South American playmaker has registered on the recruitment radar of those in the Premier League for some time, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United credited with interest.Speculation has surfaced again this summer, with the exit door having been flung open at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? James is back in Spain after a two-year loan spell at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.They will not be taking up a purchase option and the 27-year-old is expected to remain out of favour in Madrid with Zinedine Zidane back at the Blancos’ helm.With another change of scenery likely, James’ father believes a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti in Serie A – a coach the former Porto star has previously worked with at Real and Bayern – makes the most sense.“I think a new change is what he needs for his career now, and [fellow Colombian] David Ospina is at Napoli now and I think he is very important,” Wilson Rodriguez told CalcioNapoli.“Napoli are the best option for him.“He has character and personality. Even at times of adversity, he’s always come out strongly. He was born for this, thank God.“Between him and Ancelotti, there was immediately a lot of respect. James is grateful to Carlo for what he did, he knows how to get the best out of him and that contributed to their great friendship.“The coach has always been very happy with his performances. I’ve heard about [the speculation] and I think a change is what he needs right now.”James, who also took in a spell with Monaco in Ligue 1 before heading to Madrid in 2014, is considered to have played the best football of his career to date under current Napoli boss Ancelotti.“Porto, Spain, Bayern, are all very different situations that I believe he has always faced with the same attitude,” Rodriguez senior added.“His best season remains that in Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti, but I am optimistic for the future.”last_img read more

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Neymar to Barca would be good for Brazilian football – Filipe Luis

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first_imgFilipe Luis said he hopes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returns to La Liga champions Barcelona for the good of Brazilian football.Neymar wants to leave Ligue 1 holders PSG, with a move back to former club Barca on the cards two years on from his world-record €222 million (£199m/$249m) exit.Real Madrid are another possible destination for Neymar, whose future is dominating headlines during the off-season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG sporting director Leonardo has conceded Neymar can leave, but he has said no club have made an acceptable offer for the star. While Filipe Luis would like to see his Brazil team-mate return to Camp Nou, the former Atletico Madrid full-back acknowledged it will not be easy.”I want him to finish in Barcelona,” Filipe Luis told Cope’s Tiempo de Juego program.”At Barca, Neymar is happy. I want him to enjoy and play next to [Lionel] Messi.”I hope, for the good of Brazilian football, that Neymar returns to Barca, but I think it will not be easy.”Filipe Luis was speaking having confirmed his departure from Atletico following eight seasons with the La Liga side.The 33-year-old – who started his career at Figueirense – is reportedly set to return to Brazil via Flamengo on a free transfer.It has been a busy off-season for Atletico, who have lost Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Rodri and Diego Godin but signed Joao Felix, Hector Herrera, Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Felipe and Renan Lodi.Atletico have also been linked with Real Madrid and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who is wanted by Serie A side Napoli.Napoli have been vocal in their pursuit, with coach Carlo Ancelotti hoping for a reunion with the player he coached at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but Filipe Luis is hopeful Atletico can land the Colombia star. Filipe Luis added: “Having a player like James at Atletico would be very interesting, it would not be bad. Whoever comes will help but signing James would be spectacular.”last_img read more

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‘I promised two goals’ – Neymar lifts lid on Barca’s historic 6-1 PSG win

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first_imgNeymar has revealed that he predicted he would score two goals in Barcelona’s history-making 6-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017.Trailing 4-0 after being humbled in the first leg in France, Barca returned to Camp Nou in need of a miracle.And, after producing a sensational performance in the return meeting, they pulled off what seemed to be the impossible to put six past the French side and advance to the quarter-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Neymar, however, claims that he always knew the Blaugrana would win at home and that he would play his part in turning a disastrous first-leg result on its head.”Two of my friends said that PSG had a great team – and they did – and that they had already qualified, this and that…” the 27-year-old told DAZN.”But I got up and said: ‘You are my friends, you work with me, but it seems you don’t believe we can turn this game around. We will reverse this situation, and I promise you two goals’.”We had trained in the morning and I saw each player’s face. Everyone was happy, nobody was down or worried about reversing the situation against PSG. We knew it would be very difficult to reverse the game. “Our conversation was about playing football as it had always been Barcelona’s play to display good football, to turn a football game into a show. “We knew we would win. We didn’t know if we would go through to the next round, but we knew we would win because we knew we would play our part very well.“When the game began, it started with a different vibe. I was challenging everyone, running more than ever. It was one of, if not the biggest match I’ve ever played in and one of the most emotional.”We scored the first two goals quickly so we were thrilled. We went into half-time 2-0 up with two more goals to score. The team we had was different – we didn’t go about screaming in the dressing room. No, it was a conversation. “We were very calm, very focused, relaxed and the only conversation I remember having was: ‘Keep calm, let’s do it goal by goal’. We were not worried about going into the next round. I think that’s why we played really well that day. We were not desperate. We were quiet and focused.”The atmosphere after the second goal was different. We saw that the fans were believing. They kept shouting, encouraging us.”When we scored the third goal, it was Leo [Messi] who scored. I won the penalty, he scored it.  The fans were on fire and we thought: ‘Let’s go, now we’re going to go through’.”At that moment, we suffered a blow, [Edinson] Cavani’s goal. When we conceded the goal, we saw everyone was half-hearted, doing that face: ‘We’re f*cked’. It became more difficult, it was practically impossible. Everyone thought we would score another, but now we had to score three.Neymar The Making Of“We still tried to keep playing our football, to continue to score goals, to see what would happen. We just hoped not to concede any more goals. One goal had already complicated things because we had to score three. Two? Forget about it.”I still believed. I still wanted to score those two goals I promised to my friends. Oh, it gives me shivers, a lot of strong emotions definitely.”With 88 minutes gone, Neymar curled a spectacular free-kick into the top-left corner to deliver the first half of his promise and take the score 4-1 in Barca’s favour, although it remained 5-4 to PSG on aggregate. Moments later, Luis Suarez won a penalty and it was the Brazilian who was charged with the responsibility to take it.”I was going to give it to Leo, but Leo told me to take the penalty,” Neymar recalled. “He said: ‘No, you go’. I said: ‘Me?’ He said: ‘Yes, you do it’.”My only thought was that I could not miss that penalty, because if I missed the penalty I would end the stadium’s dream of going through to the next round.”It was the most I’ve ever focused on a penalty, and thank God I managed to score. I kept the promise of two goals. That was the moment I thought we had it. I asked Leo: ‘Why did you let me take that penalty?'”He said: ‘I felt at that moment that you would score the goal, that you were more confident’. I think he had that feeling, and it turned out alright. The penalty brought the possibility, the strength, to score the sixth goal.”Only seconds remained of second-half injury time as Barca pushed for a match-winning strike and it was Neymar himself who engineered the move to send Sergi Roberto through on goal to complete one of the greatest Champions League comebacks ever.“In that game, the most striking goal was Sergi Roberto’s,” Neymar said. “It was the goal that made us go through. It’s the goal that will be remembered in history and I’m happy to have made the move, but his goal was special – that’s when the Camp Nou exploded. “That was the most important goal. I think that, in terms of excitement, in terms of making everyone crazy, that was one of the most important goals in Barcelona history.”I wasn’t crying, I was over the moon! It was crazy. I had never seen Camp Nou like that. After the sixth goal, the explosion was huge, both for the players and the fans. It was something that I don’t think I’ll ever live through again.”That’s why I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”You can watch the full series of The Making Of  exclusively on DAZN .last_img read more

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ESPN Issues Formal Apology For Comment Made On College GameDay

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first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has issued a formal apology for a comment made by a guest during this morning’s College GameDay show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The comment, made by LSU fan James Carville, accused the SEC of cheating in favor of Alabama with regards to the suspension for Tigers’ defensive back Devin White.Carville brought up other SEC players who were ejected during games against Alabama, implying that the SEC refs favor the Crimson Tide.“And now the best defensive player in the conference is not going to play in the first half because of officials,” Carville said. “He did nothing wrong.”“Everybody in the world who saw that tape said he went in their with his hands up,” he continued.ESPN’s College GameDay shared a clip of the segment on social media, but it’s since been deleted.Now, ESPN has issued a formal on-air apology to the Southeastern Conference.Here’s the apology:ESPN just apologized to Greg Sankey for the James Carville take this morning. Lol. pic.twitter.com/PG9WTeLvew— Belle Es You (@SouthernbeLLSU) November 3, 2018That is not something you see every day. In fact, I can’t remember ESPN ever doing something like this in regards to a comment made on College GameDay.Alabama and LSU, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Prediction For Florida-Florida State

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first_imgflorida and florida state players on the fieldGAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 25: Ermon Lane #7 of the Florida State Seminoles hauls in a 39-yard reception during the second half of the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Florida and Florida State used to be one of the biggest games of Rivalry Week, but the series doesn’t have the same luster it had two decades ago.Still, there’s a lot at stake in today’s game. Florida is 8-3, and a win for the Gators could mean a better draw for a postseason bowl game.Florida State, meanwhile, is 5-6 after last week’s win over Boston College. The Seminoles need to win today to keep the nation’s longest bowl streak going.ESPN has updated its prediction for today’s matchup. The computer likes the Gators on the road.The FPI has Florida with a 76.8 percent chance of winning.ESPN prediction for Florida-Florida State.Florida and Florida State will kick off at noon ET from Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.ABC will broadcast the game.last_img read more

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Alabama DC Reportedly Interviewed For NFL Job

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first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The exodus from Nick Saban’s Alabama football staff may not be over year. Defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is weighing his options.Lupoi has been on staff in Tuscaloosa since 2014, when he was a defensive analyst.In 2016, he was upgraded to outside linebackers coach, and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2017.Lupoi played defensive line at Cal from 2000-05, and coached the position at his alma mater from 2008-11. He had the same position at Washington from 2012-13.Now, he has reportedly looked into a job in the pros, which would be his first at that level.According to Matt Zenitz, Tosh Lupoi has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for a job on the defensive staff.Quarterbacks coach and interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens was promoted to Browns’ head coach after his strong work with Baker Mayfield as the 2018 season went along.From AL.com:Tosh Lupoi has interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for a defensive position on new coach Freddie Kitchens’ staff, sources told AL.com. Several sources in the coaching community told AL.com they believe it’s likely Lupoi lands with the Browns.Alabama has lost numerous staff members, many of whom are on the offensive end, already this off-season.Mike Locksley accepted the head coaching job at Maryland ahead of the College Football Playoff. His co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis was set to join him, but instead took over as OC and play caller at Michigan.Quarterbacks coach Dan Enos was expected to take that role but instead took the offensive coordinator job at Miami under Manny Diaz. Offensive line coach Brent Key has also left to work for Geoff Collins at Georgia Tech.Former Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian and Notre Dame OC Chip Long have reportedly interviewed for jobs. Outside of Nick Saban, Alabama’s staff is going to look incredibly different in 2019.[AL.com]last_img read more

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Oregon QB Justin Herbert Reportedly Met With Top Grad Transfer WR

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first_imgJustin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks attempts a pass.EUGENE, OR – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on September 22, 2018 in E (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)After turning down a chance to leave Oregon early and enter the NFL draft, it appears that Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert wants to gear the team up for a run at the Pac-12 title next year.According to ScoopDuck reporter Max Torres, Herbert has reportedly had a dinner with Penn State grad transfer wide receiver Juwan Johnson, presumably in an effort to recruit him to Oregon.Johnson was second in receiving yards at Penn State in 2017, and third on the team in 2018.He has 81 receptions for 1,123 yards and two touchdowns with a 13.9 yards per catch average over the past three seasons.Last year’s leading wide receiver for Oregon was Dillon Mitchell, who opted to leave school early to enter the NFL draft, leaving a spot wide open for Herbert to find his next go-to guy.According to an inside source Oregon QB Justin Herbert sat down for dinner with Penn State grad transfer WR Juwan Johnson on his official visit this weekend. Ducks pulling out all the stops to help bolster young receiving core. #GoDucks #Transfer #NSD2019 pic.twitter.com/gyXsS3OWwN— Max Torres (@mtorressports) February 3, 2019The effort to recruit Johnson comes as Herbert prepares for his final season at Oregon.Initially projected as the first quarterback to come off the board for the 2019 NFL Draft, Herbert ultimately decided to stay at Oregon and try to improve upon last year’s season.The junior quarterback led the Ducks to a 9-4 record and a win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl this past year.He finished the season with career highs in completions, attempts, yards, and touchdowns.last_img read more

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Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptop

By on October 25, 2019

first_imgAsus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptopThe Asus TUF FX505 is relatively a more affordable way to enjoy high-quality PC gaming on the move. The robust build and powerful specifications make this gaming laptop a great buy for gamers on a budget. Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 16:09 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe TUF FX505 offers a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core processors and various RAM as well as storage configurations.The 15.6-inch Full HD display has a butter-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.The i7-8750H in the TUF FX505 is one of the powerful variants of the Core i7 family with a hexa-core setup.Asus is one of the very few brands in India that focuses on the gaming segment more than anyone else. Their ROG series of laptops are popularly known to be the choice of hardcore gamers, with several gamer-friendly features. The TUF series offers a more no-nonsense approach to PC gaming at relatively affordable prices. They even came up with a ROG-branded Android smartphone for catering to mobile gamers. That’s why, when Asus does a gaming laptop, you know that it won’t disappoint you, to say the least. The TUF FX505 is their latest offering and from the looks of it, the laptop seems impressive.The TUF FX505 offers a choice of 8th Gen Intel Core processors and various RAM as well as storage configurations. The range starts at Rs 79,990 for the variants with Core i5 processor. However, as you bump up the specifications, the price goes up to Rs 1,29,990 for the variant with a hexa-core Core i7 processor and a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. This is a very good deal for performance enthusiasts, considering Asus is offering some of the latest generation specifications for offering a fairly enjoyable gameplay experience.Asus TUF FX505 design and build:Gaming laptops are a different breed of portable computers with a strict focus on functional and performance-oriented design. The TUF FX505 is no exception – it looks and feels like any other gaming laptop from Asus. It looks and is, bulky, especially with an overall weight of 2.2Kg. Since this doesn’t fall under the coveted ROG series, it feels a little bland in comparison, especially with trapezoid Aluminium lid. There are no crazy patterns or whacky RGB lighting on the lid. Instead, it’s a very ultrabook-esque matte metallic finish. The Asus logo glows, but I never saw it display a myriad of colours like its ROG counterparts. There is ROG-inspired cross pattern, but the effect is dialled down to such an extent that it often feels like a normal laptop. The cutout towards the hinge for showing the LED indicators for power, processor involvement and the aeroplane mode gives the much-needed gaming laptop zing.advertisement The massive exhaust for the heat sink at the top edge means business, especially with the red coloured fins. However, compared to older TUF models, this one also features an additional heat vent towards the right side, with no ports to accompany it. Asus as moved all the ports to the other side, which I think is a clever touch to enhance ease of use. The speakers are located at a slanted angle with a red grille accent.The TUF FX505 offers a fairly decent choice of connectivity options. All the ports are located to the right side. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, an RJ 45 Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone.Open the lid and entire understated theme of the exterior is offset by the typical gaming laptop-esque interior. Yes, there are crazy lines and patterns on the plastic base. The pattern is reminiscent of Asus’ trademark brushed Aluminium finish. A very cool addition is the TUF Gaming logo printed on the right side. On the deck, there’s an RGB backlit keyboard and a fairly big trackpad laid out spaciously. The lid holds a standard 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels to the sides. This makes for an overall compact form factor compared to previous models. The bottom has a very impressive vent design for the fans to suck while the laptop is busy playing games. On the whole, the TUF FX505 has very understated looks on the outside but a very “oo-la la” gaming-inspired design on the inside. This is good enough for people who don’t want to embarrass themselves everytime they take out their laptop for doing basic work.Asus TUF FX505 display:I have used a lot of Asus laptops in my time as a tech journalist and I have maintained the notion that Asus offers the best display on its laptop in that category. With the TUF FX505, nothing changes. The 15.6-inch full HD IPS LCD display with a matte finish works well in resenting smudges. Boot up the laptop and the brilliance of the display is immediately visible. The display features a wider dynamic range with very vibrant colours and adequate brightness. Even while using it outdoors, the display is easily visible. The contrast is very high and makes for a very AMOLED-like viewing experience, especially with its deep blacks. The display does lose colour accuracy a little when viewed from extreme angles, but considering only one person plays at a time on a laptop, this isn’t much of a bother.advertisement However, what I loved about the display is the butter-smooth refresh rate. At 144Hz, everything just flows on the display. Whether you are watching the latest Netflix title or driving an F1 car at the Belgian Grand Prix in F1 2017, the 144Hz refresh rate means you will want to see more content on this display. Even navigating around Windows on this laptop makes for a great experience. Well done Asus.Asus TUF FX505 specifications and performance:With any gaming laptop, performance is expected to be top-notch. At the heart of the TUF FX505 lies Intel’s latest 8th Gen core i7-8750H CPU clocked at 2.20GHz. With overboost, the clock speeds can go up to 4.10GHz. The i7-8750H is one of the powerful variants of the Core i7 family with a hexa-core setup. Asus has paired this processor with a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM. As standard, you get 16GB of DDR4 2666RAM. For storage, there’s a 256GB SSD and a 1TB 5400RPM Firecuda HDD. As usual, there’s a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home looking after the daily errands.With a laptop like this focused solely on performance, it hardly makes sense as to speak about how fast stuff happens. The usual Windows tasks such as opening applications and shuffling between several folders at a time are no big deal for the TUF FX505. With 16GB of RAM, multitasking with 4-5 web browsers, each holding at least 5 tabs is a breeze.The TUF FX505 has very understated looks on the outside but a very “oo-la la” gaming-inspired design on the inside.Since gaming is what this laptop is born to do, I tried some the latest titles on the TUF FX505 and I was left fairly impressed. F1 2017 ran on the highest graphical settings with an average frame rate of 60. Since the GTX 1060 is now a little older, the ultra graphics settings made the game drop frame rates slightly. Forza Motorsport 7 ran on high graphics with no issues, but the ultra settings weren’t that gamer-friendly. Fortnite ran like a dream at the highest possible graphics. Older titles from a few years ago such as PES 2017 and Grand Theft Auto 5 were able to exploit the resources fully. War Thunder, which is an online multiplayer title with high fidelity graphics was handled very well at the “High” settings. The thermal management is on-spot. There’s a HyperCool Technology involving a dual fan system to suck air from the bottom and throw it out of the vents situated on the sides. When you aren’t gaming, the fans keep spinning at a bare minimum speed. However, when you are busy shedding sweat on virtual battlefields, the fans start spinning at their max speeds to keep the processor from sweating. There’s a boost button to put the fans in overboost mode if you feel the laptop is heating up.Windows 10 isn’t a very well-optimised operating system, especially with some updates having the ability to make or break the ultimate experience. However, Asus’ optimisation and certain custom add-ons make sure the experience stands up to what’s been promised. Asus’ custom TUF aura core app manages the RGB lighting of the keyboard. The application is a watered-down version of the version on ROG laptops with only four lighting modes. There’s no ROG centre for monitoring the live clock speed or other statistics of the computer. Maybe Asus could do something about this, considering the asking price goes above a lakh for this laptop.advertisementIn its category, the Asus TUF FX505 is easily one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now.Since a laptop also needs to be used for other purposes, I used the TUF FX505 as my primary computer for a few days. For the most part, it impressed me with its versatility. The keyboard is comfortable to type a long document and the higher key travel makes it a satisfying experience. The RGB backlight isn’t in your face even when it’s at full brightness. The slight curvature of the keys reduces ghosting by a huge margin. The trackpad is fairly comfortable to use and is very accurate. However, I would have preferred a slightly bigger trackpad for easier user experience. While all of this makes for a great work laptop, the sheer bulk of the FX505 restricts the usage to indoors. I wouldn’t carry this outdoors for lighter work such as writing documents and browsing the Internet.When it comes to the audio, the inbuilt speakers are a massive improvement from the previous versions. With passive amplification, the speakers can get fairly loud with a focus on higher frequencies. However, it still lacks base and isn’t suitable for gaming. If you are playing PUBG, make sure you plug in your headphones as the 3.5mm audio port supports 7.1 channel surround sound. This elevates the gaming experience further.Asus TUF FX505 battery:With a 3 -Cell 48Wh polymer battery, it’s a fairly standard affair. On battery power, the FX505 can at most last up to an hour and 15 minutes while playing games. However, when you are not gaming and using it as a conventional laptop, the stamina can go up to 4.5 hours. Since gaming will mostly take place when the device is plugged in, the smaller battery stamina isn’t bothersome. To fill it up quickly, Asus has enabled a fast-changing technology with a 180W fast charger. It should fill up to 60 per cent within an hour.Should you buy the Asus TUF FX505 gaming laptop? As with all gaming gear, the Asus TUF FX505 is quite expensive. But, in its category, this is easily one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now. The Intel Core i7-8750H is a super fast performer while the Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU is fairly powerful to manage the latest gaming titles without breaking a sweat. I also adore the extensive heat management system and the butter-smooth 144Hz display. For competing at e-sports events, this is a laptop that can hold it for longer sessions while you are busy making a name for yourself. Surely, as a gamer, I would have preferred some crazy eye-catching design as well as a slimmer overall profile inspired from the ROG series.Despite that, the TUF FX505 is a very powerful gaming laptop for Rs 1,29,990. The laptop doesn’t disappoint in terms of raw performance and is surely a dependable gear for hardcore gamers.ALSO READ | Asus VivoBook X505ZA review: Powerful AMD Ryzen chip, lightweight build make this budget laptop desirableALSO READ | MacBook Air 2018 13-inch review: Air re-imagined but not re-inventedALSO READ | iPad Pro 12.9-inch review: Closer than ever to replacing your laptopAsus TUF FX505 review 8/10ProsReliable performanceRobust build qualityUltra-smooth 144Hz displayConsSub-par battery lifeUnimpressive designThick profileGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AsusFollow GamingFollow LaptopsFollow Windows Nextlast_img read more

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IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How, Where to watch DC vs KKR Live StreaKKRng

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first_img India Today Web Desk DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 12:28 IST IPL 2019, DC vs KKR broadcast channels (BCCI Photo)The first week of the Indian Premier League has seen some nail-biting encounters and one team that has ensured edge-of-the-seat entertainment is Kolkata Knight Riders. Having won both their games so far, they have come here to take on the Delhi Capitals in their third game of the 12th edition of the cash-rich league at the Feroze Shah Kotla.While KKR have been on a roll, Delhi Capitals have had a mixed fate. While they thrashed Mumbai Indians in their opening game, they lost to Chennai Super Kings at home in their second game. Going into their third game of the season, DC will want to put the campaign back on track and avoid getting stuck like in the last few seasons.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Kolkata from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR?advertisementYou can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR?Delhi Capitals: Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant (wk), Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Colin Munro, Jalaj Saxena, Harshal Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Bandaru Ayyappa, Ankush Bains, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane RutherfordKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Shubman Gill, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Yarra Prithviraj.Also Read | Trent Boult on Mankading incident: We should play in the right spiritAlso Read | IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How, Where to watch KXIP vs MI Live StreamingAlso Read | You destroyed my day David: Sanju Samson tells Warner after SRH thrash RRFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow DC vs KKRFollow DC vs KKR broadcasting channelsFollow Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi CapitalsFollow DC vs KKR broadcast tv channel IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How, Where to watch DC vs KKR Live StreaKKRngDC vs KKR IPL 2019 broadcast channels list: In the 10th match, Delhi Capitals will host Kolkata Knight Riders as they look to improve their home ground advantage at the Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Terminally ill fan gets to experience Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car at home

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first_img Press Trust of India SurreyMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 19:01 IST Harry Shaw also got signed photographs and a Mercedes cap from Lewis Hamilton (F1 Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarry Shaw, the 5-year-old Lewis Hamilton fan, is suffering from a rare form of terminal bone cancerHarry had sent a good luck message to Hamilton on Instagram from his hospital bed before the Spanish GPMercedes later arranged for one of its cars to be flown to Harry’s homeIn a touching gesture, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have surprised a five-year-old boy in the UK with a rare form of terminal bone cancer by sending a Formula One car to his home for him to experience the vroom.Harry Shaw, from Surrey, sent Hamilton, a five-time Formula One World Champion, a good luck message on Instagram from his hospital bed.Harry, who has Ewing’s sarcoma, said in his video message: “Hello Lewis Hamilton. Good luck wining the race in Spain and thank you for the gifts. Lots of love from Harry and goodbye.”The boy has since moved back to his home for his final days, the BBC reported.For Harry This brave, inspiring young man was diagnosed with cancer in August 2018 and he’s not stopped fighting since!We’re supporting @HarrysPledge5 to raise money for research into Ewing’s Sarcoma and other childhood cancersPledge your support https://t.co/qQGXZIywYK pic.twitter.com/A13UmWSM1oMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 12, 2019Hamilton described Harry as his “spirit angel” as he dedicated his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to him on Sunday.”Harry, you don’t know how much this message means to me buddy. Thank you so much, you are my inspiration today Harry,” Hamilton tweeted.”I will try to make you proud. You are such a strong boy, I wish I was as strong as you, I wanted the world to see how strong you are and ask everyone to send their best wishes and prayers to you during this hard time. Sending you love Harry. God bless you. Your friend, Lewis”.advertisementTerminally ill Harry Shaw sent @LewisHamilton and @MercedesAMGF1 a good luck message ahead of the Spanish Grand PrixThey responded by sending his car and winning trophy to Harry’s homeHarry’s fundraising page: https://t.co/cSCVkMSt7F@PA pic.twitter.com/K0b2oNmMgLFormula 1 (@F1) May 13, 2019Mercedes later arranged for one of its cars to be flown to Harry’s home, where he is also expected to be presented with Hamilton’s winning trophy from the Barcelona race, the report said.In April, Harry’s parents were told he had just one week left to live.Harry’s father, James Shaw, said: “I don’t know Lewis, but I think what we’ve seen is what a genuine, decent, lovely person he is.”That was a heartfelt message he did and he won that Grand Prix for Harry and that means a lot.”#thumbsup pic.twitter.com/WS2IQtWwxzHarry Shaw (@HarrysPledge5) May 13, 2019Charlotte Shaw, Harry’s mother, said: “It’s brought smiles into his life at a time when there’s a limited amount of fun to be had, to be perfectly honest.”She said gifts including signed photographs and a Mercedes cap first brought smiles, adding: “It just went from there, really.”It’s just got bigger and bigger and better and better and the smiles have got broader and broader.”It’s so special to see Harry enjoying himself.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Next Terminally ill fan gets to experience Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car at homeLewis Hamilton described Harry Shaw as his “spirit angel” as he dedicated his victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to him on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Spurs’ Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal to sink Juventus in Singapore

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first_img Reuters SingaporeJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 22:02 IST Harry Kane overshadowed crowd favourite Cristiano Ronaldo with a sublime goal in last-minutes. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarry Kane’s last-gasp goal completed a comeback after Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus 2-1 in frontSpurs midfielder Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the first half, striking from close range in the 31st minuteTottenham Hotspur defeat Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contestTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called one of the best goals of his career to beat Italian champions Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore on Sunday.Kane capitalised after teammate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from the halfway line high into the steamy night and over the head of Juventus’ back-pedaling goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.His goal completed a comeback after Cristiano Ronaldo put Juventus 2-1 in front.It is probably one of the best goals of my career, Kane said.I could see in parts of the game the keeper was off the line. I thought if I get a chance to shoot, I’ll shoot and thankfully it went in.Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela scored the only goal of the first half, striking from close range in the 31st minute after Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon palmed a shot from teenage striker Troy Parrott into his path.In a more lively second half, Juventus substitute Gonzalo Higuain equalized in the 56th minute after some neat interplay on the edge of the box gave him the space to place it low into the right corner.Then up stepped crowd-favourite Ronaldo.Defender Mattia De Sciglio cut the ball back to the Portuguese who drilled it across the keeper in his last touch before he was replaced.But Juventus’ lead did not last long. In the 65th minute, Moura got on the end of a pinpoint pass from Tanguy Ndombele, the French midfielder who joined Spurs for a club-record fee earlier this month.advertisementIn the closing stages, Higuain had a decent chance to break the deadlock. But it was Kane’s wonder-goal – which came after Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot lost the ball – which sealed the win in the dying seconds.It was a great goal. Unbelievable from Harry. It is good for him to set off pre-season with scoring, said Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.The International Champions Cup features 12 teams playing friendly matches in venues in North America, Europe and Asia.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow JuventusFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow English Premier LeagueFollow Serie A Next Spurs’ Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal to sink Juventus in SingaporeHarry Kane scored a sensational last-minute goal against Juventus in Singapore to earn his side a 3-2 victory in the International Champions Cup clash.advertisementlast_img read more

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Don’t have to be Einstein to work that out: Trevor Bayliss on England’s top-order problems ahead of Ashes

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first_imgDon’t have to be Einstein to work that out: Trevor Bayliss on England’s top-order problems ahead of AshesEngland coach Trevor Bayliss also said Jason Roy will need some time to adjust to red-ball cricket, saying that the aggressive opener need to be more selective than usual. advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 13:52 IST Jason Roy has been named in England’s 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrevor Bayliss conceded England have had long-standing issues with top-orderEngland announced a 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test vs AustraliaJason Roy, Joe Denly and Rory Burns are top-order options for EnglandAhead of the upcoming Ashes series, England’s coach Trevor Bayliss has said that the team has been hampered by the top-order problems since last six or seven years, saying you don’t have to be Einstein to work that out.”You don’t have to be Einstein to work that out. They have been for the last six or seven years, but it didn’t stop us from winning the Ashes four years ago,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Bayliss as saying.England announced their 14-member squad for the first Ashes Test against Australia on Saturday. Jason Roy, Rory Burns, and Joe Denly were named in the team and they will be the opening options for the side in the upcoming series.The team defeated Ireland in the one-off Test match by 143 runs. England were bundled out for just 85 runs in the first innings and they managed to score 303 runs in their second innings.Defending 181 in the second innings, England bowled out Ireland for 38 (the seventh-lowest total in Test cricket), and as a result, the team registered a comprehensive win.Roy who scored just 5 in the first innings, managed to change his fortunes around, as he played a knock of 72 in the second innings.England coach admitted that it might take some time for Roy to adjust to red-ball cricket.”Like any debutant, he looked nervous, but to score 70-odd in your first Test was a good effort. There was a bit more in those wickets than I’m sure he’s been used to in white-ball cricket over the last few years, but runs are runs. He wouldn’t be the first player to look scratchy and eke out runs. In fact, that’s a good sign, I think,” Bayliss said.advertisement”We want him to go out and play his natural game, but in red-ball cricket, you have to be a little more selective. You’ve got to make a conscious effort to say to yourself, I’m not going to go for the big cover drive on the up until I’m really settled, the wicket is flat or the ball’s not doing as much,” he added.In the 14-member team, fast bowler Jofra Archer received his maiden Test call-up.The 24-year-old found a spot in the squad on the back of his impressive performance in England’s successful ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign.Archer readiness for five-day cricket will be assessed, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had announced.Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, both who were rested for the one-off Test against Ireland, also returned to the squad. Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach, who were part of the one-off Test, were dropped from the side.The squad will be reporting to Birmingham on July 29.England’s 14-man squad for first Ashes Test is as follows: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.England and Australia will compete in five Ashes Test matches from August 1 to September 16.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019Follow Trevor BaylissFollow Jason Roylast_img read more

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Uprise Art: Making the Gallery World Manageable

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first_img Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride Tze Chun graduated from Columbia University in 2006 with a background in art history. After school, she watched as friends and acquaintances from college entered the working world, obtaining high salaried, New York “dream jobs” in finance and law. Everything looked good from the outside, but there was a snag.“A lot of my friends had these great jobs, lived in nice apartments and had this disposable income that they didn’t know how to use. They worked long hours and then came home to a bare, white box,” Chun explained. “One person I knew worked for a law firm that gave its employees a free membership to the MOMA, but she knew that she was never going to use it.”That’s when Chun first had the idea for a service that would help hardworking professionals connect with New York’s abundant gallery world; as well as provide a general art education. After working in the non-profit art arena for five years, she observed a variety of galleries embracing a more online existence. So, in 2011 Uprise Art, the online gallery that allows art lovers or curious city dwellers to purchase pieces of art either outright or on a monthly installment plan, was born.The majority of Chun’s clients choose to purchase their pieces on an installment plan. “That’s really how we’ve been able to expand our market and reach and connect with different types of professionals who have an interest in art, but just don’t know where to start at being an art collector,” Chun explained.One of the most important services that Uprise Art offers is its free client consultation. Chun believes that it is important to give a “white glove, concierge” service to anyone that is interested in the gallery. Chun or another Uprise employee will go to a client’s home, look at the existing décor and help decide what kind of art would or would not work. The main purpose of this facet of the gallery is to help educate newcomers to art collecting as well as create an environment where no question is a bad question.“It’s hard to just walk into a gallery and ask questions,” Chun said. “So we try to make art collecting, easier, more enjoyable and more affordable.”Because the gallery is strictly online, Chun and Uprise Art are constantly partnering with different schools and business around the city to set up lessons in art collecting, studio visits and other parties and events in order to maintain a real world presence. “Basically, we’ll find plenty of excuses to party,” Chun joked.However, what Chun stresses the most is educating and connecting people through art. So, whether you know what makes Jeff Koons great or don’t have a clue about cubism, give Uprise Art a holler and start rolling up those sports posters for posterity. Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Morelast_img read more

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Sony’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker is an elegant brick of high-powered sound

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first_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Remember when Sony was king of electronics? While it reined on high in the 80’s, a series of missteps (and a healthy dose of South Korean competition) has put the tech titan on its heels. Sony is attempting to get some of its mojo back, however, with a new emphasis on hi-res audio. It is that ambition that spawned the company’s SRS-X9 wireless speaker, a luxurious brick of glass and aluminum loaded with top notch components, and priced to impress at a whopping $700.While the sticker is certainly shocking, Sony has put together an impressive piece of electronics in the X9. The gleaming top panel reflects lower models in its wireless speaker lineup, but the X9 stands alone with a host of premium accents, including golden halos around a pair of super tweeters on the top panel, brushed aluminum side panels, and a magnetically-attached speaker screen that can be removed to reveal five active drivers and two passive radiators under the hood.The system is powered by a monstrous 154 watts of claimed power from 8 individual digital amplifiers, and it’s one of the few truly hi-res wireless speakers we’ve encountered, offering playback of digital WAV and FLAC files at up to 192kHz/24 bit resolution. In addition, the X9 is designed to upscale your lower resolution files through a suite of digital sound processing (DSP). Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connection supporting both DLNA and Airplay, along with dual USB ports.As for the sound, the X9 is strikingly clear, providing lucid transparency for the midrange and top end to dig up the finest details – though it does have a bit of bite. Bass isn’t as large and in charge as you might hope from a speaker at this price, but it does provide a hefty punch for its size. Speaking of hefty, this thing is as solid as it is elegant, packing over 10 pounds into its 17 x 5-inch frame.Those looking for a speaker that is strikingly accurate, and relentlessly elegant will want to take a look at the SRS-X9 for themselves. The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club last_img read more

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Throttle Jockey: Harley’s expanded Sportster lineup has a bike for everyone

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first_img 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation I’ve been trying to stick to the “one bike focus” thing for Spring, but like Honda’s diverse line of bikes with automatic transmissions that we looked at last time, I’m having a hard time picking just one again, especially when it comes to Harley-Davidson’s recently expanded offerings around a single model: the Sportster.We’ve all lusted after a shining cruiser, and no one has had more experience cruising than Harley-Davidson, but one of their best-selling bikes is the speedy and sort of anti-cruiser Sportster, a slim, stripped-down, versatile and affordable bike that Harley has wisely refined and expanded upon as of late.Initially debuting way, way back in 1957, until recently the Sportster had been Harley’s lighter-weight, entry-level machine, a niche now occupied by the even lighter-weight Street 500 and 750cc machines. While the big-inch bikes have always held all the glory and have gotten ever larger in terms of size and displacement, the 883 and 1200cc Sportster models have soldiered on, sometimes in the shadows, but always there, winking, promising an experience involving less money, a bit less ego and a fair bit more velocity.Today, the Sportster isn’t just one bike, it’s become a platform unto itself. There are no less than seven Sportster variants to tempt you, from the simple 883cc SuperLow at the base of the pyramid to the newly returned 1200cc Roadster  and SuperLow 1200T Tourer at the top. In between are classically-styled Iron 883, 1200 Custom, the Seventy-Two chopper-esque throwbacks, and the neo-retro Forty-Eight. Such largess, and the SuperLow starts at a super low price of just $8,500.Back in 2005, Harley slipped some vibration-quelling measures into the Sportster’s traditionally solid-mounted and vibe-happy engine, making the bikes much more tolerable for distance riding (and truthfully, just about any riding). They’ve been refining them ever since. The shake is still there at idle, but once underway, the Sportsters now merely thrum along with a perfectly muted vibe, reminding you it’s still an old-school air-cooled V-twin down there, but now no longer requiring new fillings or organ transplants after extended outings.While the Sportster may be regarded as a “beginner bike” by riders who have graduated to the big-inch models, don’t be fooled: if you’re looking for an easy way to get rolling on a bike that includes plenty of power, a bit quicker handling and a slim profile, this is the rig. Bigger is not always better, especially if you’re going to be rolling around a modern city.Riding around Portland late last year on the Forty-Eight series, I never had a moment where I thought “shucks, this is just too small and slow.” Rolling on the throttle to catch a group ahead, the lusty red Sportster I was on quickly powered past 90mph, with plenty left in the engine room if needed.Cruising through Portland’s tight downtown streets, the suspension soaked up the crumbling pavement and the wide bars made quick direction changes a snap. Comfort was spot-on despite the compact form factor of the Sportster. You couldn’t ask for a better city bike in this displacement class. It’s a classic combination of style and performance perfectly suited for an urban commute but still capable of a weekend getaway – even two-up. Remember, the big Sporty is a 1200cc twin, it’s not like you need to wring it out to achieve escape velocity; just surf that big wave of torque.Nits? The stock EPA/DOT/Nanny-compliant exhaust is far too quiet (a complaint that can be leveled at almost every bike made by any bike maker today) and depending on the model, cornering clearance can run out quickly – issues solvable with Harley’s infinite accessory catalog and even more infinite aftermarket.Despite all their modern refinement, glittery paint, hip new style variants, the current hot-rod Sportster – whichever version ticks your box – remains a near-perfect city bike.If you can stand all the attention that comes with owning and riding the marque, you’ll likely find it can get you to a happy place just as quickly as you dare.Photos by Riles and Nelson Photography 1. Harley-Davidson Sportster 2. Harley-Davidson Sportster 3. Harley-Davidson Sportster 4. Harley-Davidson Sportster 5. Harley-Davidson Sportster 6. Harley-Davidson Sportster Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa center_img Editors’ Recommendations Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy A Beginner’s Guide to Road Bikinglast_img read more

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The Bo Light Is a Minimalist Bullseye

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first_imgI love lamp.The newest light offering by L.A. design studio MASSESS manifests in the shape of a simple archer’s bow, but is far from basic. Cordless and seemingly bulb-less, Bo ($250) is a brilliant practice in deconstructed minimalism.Installed on the wall of your apartment, it can even make your framed Derek Jeter jersey look sophisticated. (No disrespect to Mr. November.)MASSESS achieved its design goal of deconstructed minimalism by stripping away elements and materials to give space to what remains. For Bo, that is a solid oak arch reminiscent of an archer’s bow, kept tense by a bronze braided wire that acts as a touch-activated light control.Lightly touch the wire to illuminate LEDs embedded into Bo’s oak spine, which diffuses light outward in a warm glow.Designers at MASSESS said during the creation of Bo, they allowed the materials to guide its process, whereas traditionally designers sketch a product and source materials to fit its shape and purpose.Bo ups its minimalist points by being explicitly cultureless (a main principle in the design aesthetic). It also pulls on the element of dislocation, as we quickly notice the shape of the light and its association to a bow and arrow, however the item now functions outside of the surroundings we might expect to see it.If Bo is already Incepting your mind, join the club.Its designers added that Bo is, “An approach to rediscover the beauty that arises from a deep understanding of the limitations in materials and processes… Yielding products that encapsulate not only form, but also physical forces.”I guess the main point is, Bo’s not just a lamp. It’s part sculpture and part lighting solution that is stunning both in its functionality and presentation. (I guarantee you won’t be able to look at your normal lamps the same way anymore.)Available in Ebony or natural finished Oak, Bo offers us a chance to dabble in hardcore minimalism, adding breadth and contemplation to our living area without going balls-to-the-wall and swearing to live with less than 100 things.It’s the perfect choice for a space that needs to feel larger and less cluttered, and isn’t too strong of a design choice that you can’t use other styles like industrial lighting in other rooms.Each fixture is handmade in-house at MASSES, where the designer’s obsessively detailed craftsmanship makes just another lamp into a timeless sculpture. And for those of us who have a hard time rationalizing the purchase of art (not to mention the excessive cost), you can kill two birds with Bo and get a masterpiece and a daily essential. The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Editors’ Recommendations A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked last_img read more

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