Daylon Mack HitYou remember that Jadeveon Clowney hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith during the 2013 Outback Bowl, right? Of course you do.Well, Texas A&M freshman defensive tackle Daylon Mack just did his best Clowney impression on a poor Nevada ball-carrier. Note to Aggie opponents: probably unwise to leave this guy unblocked like Nevada did right here. My goodness. Keep in mind this is the same kid who did this last week.Mack is going to be a good one.
Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says non- communicable diseases (NCDs) take up 70 per cent of the country’s health budget, and represent the biggest public health challenge globally in the 21st Century. Dr. Wheatley says it is against this background that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that member states give this matter “full priority” by developing “policies for the prevention and control” of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors. The Minister was speaking at a Diabetes outreach conference at the Jewel Resort, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on April 26, sponsored by the Universities of the West Indies, Technology and Northern Caribbean. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says non- communicable diseases (NCDs) take up 70 per cent of the country’s health budget, and represent the biggest public health challenge globally in the 21st Century.Dr. Wheatley says it is against this background that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that member states give this matter “full priority” by developing “policies for the prevention and control” of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors.The Minister was speaking at a Diabetes outreach conference at the Jewel Resort, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on April 26, sponsored by the Universities of the West Indies, Technology and Northern Caribbean.Dr. Wheatley noted that in 2005, the WHO, in a report, said that some vital investments will be needed to tackle the problem.“Non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, account for 60 per cent of all deaths worldwide. Four out of every five deaths from chronic diseases come from low and middle income countries,” he said.The Minister pointed out that innovative dietary management is a proven strategy to combat diabetes, adding that physical activity should also be a part of “any daily routine.”“Our diet in this country is mostly of complex carbs. Whether yam, wheat or rice, it is just a Jamaican reality. We have to make the conscious decision to eat in moderation and watch exactly what we are putting in our bodies,” he warned.Dr. Wheatley further added that physical inactivity is a major contributing factor to obesity, “which has been causing all kinds of health issues worldwide.”“A healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of non-communicable diseases,” the Minister advised.Non-communicable diseases tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors.The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. They mostly affect people in low and middle income countries.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks are slumping in early trading on Wall Street led by steep drops in Macy’s and other retailers after several of the companies reported weak holiday sales.Macy’s plunged 18 per cent in early trading Thursday and Kohl’s dropped 10 per cent.Airlines were also taking a hit after American Airlines released a weak forecast for its fourth-quarter results.The losses, if they hold, would end a four-day winning streak for the market, its longest since September.The S&P 500 index fell 15 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,569.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 111 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 23,773. The Nasdaq gave up 50 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,906.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.70 per cent.The Associated Press
Mass shootings seem to have become a sad new normal in societies these days. On Friday morning, two shooting incidents were reported from the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid in Linwood, both in Christchurch, New Zealand, resulting in multiple fatalities. The Bangladesh cricket team members were present at the mosque when the shoot-out happened. Fortunately, they escaped unhurt. The third Test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, has been cancelled. Players took to social media to express shock. Mass shootings are happening too often and at extremely unexpected venues like concerts, places of worship, even cafes and schools. And who are the targets? Anybody, actually. These incidents leave a deep impact on people including post-traumatic stress disorder. Certain debilitating psychiatric conditions may get chronic, like the survivor’s guilt, which can aggravate over time and become more difficult to treat. It is thus important to understand and consider the fears and feelings of not only children but also adults who are involved in such incidents. Very often, they have lifelong influences. Mass shootings definitely contribute to heightened societal anxiety, posing a hindrance towards effective solutions. Firsthand experience of gun violence in what should be a ‘safe place’ for them can be indeed challenging and overbearing. Violence and criminality are pervasive in popular social themes and mass murderers gain notoriety through non-stop deliberations, resulting in a culture where narratives of such shootings spread and gain momentum. Undoubtedly, such episodes evoke raw emotions. For prevention, the world has adopted a number of measures that are also endorsed by researchers and doctors. Some of them include tightening gun laws, identifying potentially dangerous people in a community, learning self-defence mechanisms, restricting depictions of mayhem in video games, social media or on prime-time television, a crackdown on bullying in schools and working towards a peaceful conflict resolution. But hate crimes are rising. And each time, such frightening cases have either close or distant association with white supremacy and far-right extremism. Regrettably, they are motivated by the victim’s ethnicity, religion, race and even gender. It is a very complicated and stubborn phenomenon where the perpetrators feel emboldened enough to disobey the law and carry out their acts of violence. Thus, only prayers are not enough. What we need are stricter laws against such acts of violence, regulations which can set a precedence of its own and be an emblematic example to society, taking us towards an enhanced pervasiveness of investigation and study of each of such acts. Behind every such action, the hate is real. And so is the threat.
OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) celebrates during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8 in Columbus. OSU won, 74-50. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team extended its win streak to six games Sunday, as it defeated Illinois 75-73 in a close-fought conference matchup in Columbus. OSU survived the Fighting Illini’s 3-point barrage in the second half, narrowly escaping as Illinois’ last-second heave bounced off the left side of the backboard. After the game, OSU coach Thad Matta said he was impressed by Illinois’ performance, as the visitors played OSU tough up until the final whistle.“I thought Illinois played very, very well,” Matta said. “They hit some of the (timeliest) shots that I’ve ever seen. Give our guys credit, (because) a few weeks ago we would have probably crumbled, but we kept our composure, we kept fighting.” The Buckeyes were led by the play of junior forward Marc Loving, who had 27 points and seven rebounds. The win pushes the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 10-5, including a 2-0 mark in the Big Ten.Matta said getting high-level play from Loving, the most experienced player on the team, is essential to the team’s success. “Marc was very, very efficient tonight,” Matta said. “I think he kind of had a huge three in the corner, but also was able to put the ball down on the floor, got to the foul line. Marc has had a really, really good focus the last few games and, as your lone upperclassman on a basketball team, you hope that’s something we can continue to ride on.” OSU was able to ice the game at the free throw line, shooting 28-of-39 from the stripe for the game. Both teams were in foul trouble early in the second half, much to the disdain of Illinois coach John Groce.“We’ve got to play a lot harder without fouling,” Groce said. “That’s the highest number of free throws an opponent has shot against us all year and that was the difference in the game.” Groce’s team only made 12 of 32 3-point attempts, and overall OSU held Illinois to 40 percent shooting from the field. Matta said although the defense is not be where he ultimately wants it to be, he is happy with the way the defense is playing.“I think that we’re getting there,” Matta said. “The thing that I would say that I’m not pleased with is we made some mistakes and they made us pay for them tonight. Those are things that are happen. I do think we’re understanding scouting more. We’ve got to continue to build it, but I like the direction we’re headed with our defense.” For OSU, the first half was one to forget, as the team was held to only 32 percent shooting from the field, thanks to the 2-3 zone Illinois employed. The rough first half, however, could perhaps be attributed to the absence of freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle, who picked up two fouls in the opening two minutes of play. The Buckeyes clung to a 30-26 lead going into halftime, looking for improved results in the second frame.OSU found those results with Lyle back on the court. With their starting point guard leading the offense, the Buckeyes returned to form in the second half — seeing a near-instant improvement. With Lyle running the show, OSU shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half.“I couldn’t be happier with the way (JaQuan) played,” Matta said. Lyle said he was disappointed to pick up two quick fouls and put his team in a bind early on, but knew when he came back in the second half, he would have a chance to lead his team to victory. “My mindset was that I was fresh,” Lyle said. “Everyone else had been playing the whole first 20 minutes so I took advantage of that. My legs were fresh and I made a couple of layups. Then I just started making plays.” Lyle poured in 14 points and a team-high 5 assists — all in the second half — for OSU.The Buckeyes, now on a hot streak with six straight wins, will move to face Northwestern on Wednesday in Evanston, Illinois, which Matta said will be a good test for his basketball team.“We’re going to see where we are,” Matta said. “The last road game against (Connecticut), we were awful. It will be interesting to see how we come out to start that game. Northwestern is playing some great basketball right now and it’s always a tough place to play.”Tip-off against the Wildcats is set for 9 p.m.
With just two games left on its slate of regular season games, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is back on the hardwood to face Illinois Thursday in Champaign, Ill. After taking down Michigan State, 67-60, at home Monday night, the Buckeyes might be looking to salvage what’s been an otherwise disappointing season. “We played great Monday night and the win was important,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “The team just needs to keep getting better and Illinois will be a tough test.” The Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) have struggled in conference play this year. But the victory against the Spartans has OSU motivated heading into its contest with the Fighting Illini. “Winning games, especially the other night, helps a lot in terms of confidence,” said senior guard Amber Stokes. “This season has been somewhat of a struggle, but winning our next two games would be huge and we’d have some momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament.” Illinois (16-10, 9-5 Big Ten) head into the game coming off of a 13-point win against Indiana on Feb. 23. The game against OSU is Illinois’ final home game of the season and, as such, it’s Senior Night for the likes of senior forward Karisma Penn, who averages 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In a 79-73 win against OSU on Jan. 6 at the Schottenstein Center, Penn scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. “That was really a bizarre game,” Foster said. “We sent them to the foul line over 30 times and we dealt with some injuries. It was very strange, but since then, I think we’ve gotten a lot better.” In that contest against the Illini, Stokes suffered a sprained MCL in the first half that sidelined her for four additional games. Stokes, who returned to action in a 71-56 loss to Penn State on Jan. 27, is relishing her time back on the court. “It was a tough loss, and spraining my MCL in the first half, then not returning, was terrible,” said Stokes. “I really want this win, it would be huge.” Senior guard Tayler Hill, who is averaging 21.2 points a game, has been a consistent force for the Buckeyes in spite of their ups and downs. “We have to take one game at a time and play as a team,” said Hill. “Everybody needs to play their role and we just have to play defense.” Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.
Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 6 seed Ohio State men’s soccer team hits the road and looks for revenge against the No. 3 seeded Spartans in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.The Buckeyes (7-9-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) enter the matchup riding an eight-game losing streak, which started against the Spartans, as Ohio State lost 5-1 on Oct. 1. In their last game of the season, the Buckeyes fell 2-0 to Wisconsin.Head coach John Bluem thought the cause of the loss came from self-inflicted mistakes by the team.“I think what we learned most from that game is that our own mistakes is what really killed us,” Bluem said. “Immediately after tying the game up, before halftime we allowed another goal which kind of killed us. In the second half, I don’t think we had the attitude and the mental capacity to come back from that mistake.”The Spartans (11-2-3, 5-0-3 Big Ten) are coming off of a 1-1 tie against Indiana and are undefeated at home this season (5-0-2). The five in-conference wins were the most in program history.Senior forward Nate Kohl believes the loss earlier in the season to the Spartans was not an accurate representation of Ohio State.“We’re going to Michigan State and it’s not an easy place to play, but I believe that if we play at our very best I think we can beat them,” Kohl said. “I mean the game we played earlier in East Lansing this year, I don’t think it was the character of our team. A 5-1 loss wasn’t Ohio State soccer, we’re going to come out and we’re going to be ready to play.”The Buckeyes are led offensively by junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed, who has 11 points (three goals, five assists), and freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, who has seven points (three goals, one assist). But scoring will not be easy against junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague, who was the first-ever Spartan to win Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.Ohio State will take on a tough Spartan defense, which ranks second in the nation in shutout percentage (.643) and 11th in team goals against average (.667).The Spartans are led offensively by junior forward Ryan Sierakowski, who has 17 points (seven goals, three assists), and junior forward Dejuan Jones, who has 16 points (six goals, four assists). The Buckeyes hope to return starting sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried, who is 7-5-1 on the season.The Buckeye defense is holding opponents to 1.24 goals per game, but Siegfried allows just .90 goals per game and has picked up seven shutouts.Senior defender Hunter Robertson is embracing the Buckeyes’ underdog role and thinks it can play to their advantage. “Every year I’ve played in the Big Ten tournament there has always been some upsets,” Robertson said. “They thrashed us the first time, but I think this time if we can bring more intensity into the gameplay, be more physical, and if we can get one or two on them we can win the game.”Even though it’s single-game elimination, Robertson has confidence in his team to push through the adversity presented to them.“One game at a time, if you lose you’re out that’s the mindset right now,” Robertson said. “If we lose this game it’s my last game playing at Ohio State and I really don’t want that to happen, so I’ll do whatever I can to prevent it.”Robertson is one of three Ohio State players in the past 10 years to start in over 80 matches. He wants his senior year to continue and to have the chance to set the school record for most starts in program history, which would only be possible if the Buckeyes make it to the National Championship game.“If you would have told me that I was going to have that many starts when I first came in, I probably would’ve laughed and told you that you were crazy,” Robertson said. “I feel very humble and appreciative of every opportunity the coaches have given me and this has been, by far, the best experience of my life and I hope I can drag it out for as long as possible.”
64GB Black Shark: Having the joystick on the Gamepad accessory and actual buttons changed PUBG for me. It was so easy to run and move. With my fingers off the screen I could see the game better, too. Note that the Gamepad kind of bends and feels like it’s a sneeze away from breaking. It makes the Nintendo Switch feel like a robust piece of German engineering.Razer: After 12 minutes the phone was very warm. Game control was OK, but when I played with the optional $150 Razer Raiju Mobile game controller it was a far more enjoyable experience — especially since I didn’t have to hold onto a warm phone with my bare hands.Red Magic Mars: The phone got warm after 20 minutes. The capacitive shoulder buttons are great to have, especially for gunfire and kneeling.ROG: The fan popped on right away at a low speed, but the phone never got hot. Mapping onscreen controls to the pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons (AirTriggers) was easy and made playing PUBG much easier.Sdorica Sunset Best value gaming phone Xiaomi Black Shark Best overall gaming phone $399 Black Shark 8,371 Black Shark: After 7 minutes, the phone got warm. The physical buttons on the Gamepad were nice, but I didn’t find much of an advantage over screen taps.Razer: After 8 minutes, the phone warmed up on the sides and corners. The screen made the constantly shifting graphics look amazing.Red Magic Mars: In darker scenes, it was difficult to see details on the display. Like the ROG, the touch shoulder buttons were OK, but I preferred the onscreen controls for this game.ROG: After 4 minutes the fan accessory kicked in. The phone remained lukewarm throughout gameplay though. The main game controls are tapping and tapping-and-holding on the screen. I tried using the pressure-sensitive AirTriggers instead, but for fast jumps and holding flips I found more nuance from the onscreen controls.PUBG Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags Geekbench v.4.0 multicore Black Shark 62,751 Solid battery life even when gamingThe Razer Phone 2 and Black Shark both have a 4,000mAh battery and during our test for continuous video playback on airplane mode, the phones lasted nearly the same amount of time. The Black Shark stayed on for 10 hours and 25 minutes and Razer Phone 2 lasted 10 hours and 31 minutes. It’s worth noting that when I first reviewed the Razer last fall, it only lasted 9 hours and 11 minutes. That impressive extra hour or so is thanks to the Android 9 Pie update.The ROG also has a 4,000mAh battery but lasted even longer in our tests at 13 hours and 40 minutes. I think a lot of that has to do with the phone’s OLED screen, instead of an LCD one like the other three phones.The Red Magic Mars has the smallest battery of the four at 3,800mAh, but managed a time of 14 hours and 7 minutes in our tests.In everyday use, all four phones got through a day on a single charge just fine.Quick Charge supportBlack Shark: Quick Charge 3.0Razer: Quick Charge 4.0+Red Magic Mars: Quick Charge 3.0ROG: Quick Charge 4.0Big speakers equal big soundThe built-in speakers on the Razer and ROG are loud and offer a rich audio experience whether playing a game or watching videos. The Razer also has 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) via a USB-C dongle. With a good pair of headphones, audio sounded warmer and fuller.Why we didn’t consider the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XRMy priority was comparing phones designed around the gaming experience first and foremost. Would the Samsung Galaxy S10E or the iPhone XR be an excellent phone for gaming? Absolutely. They both have powerful processors and lots of RAM and are a tad more affordable than their flagship siblings, the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10.But neither is focused solely on the gaming experience and culture. The iPhone offers an interesting predicament because iOS tends to get new games first, and many games remain iOS exclusives. To that end, Apple announced it would offer a gaming subscription service filled with exclusives called Arcade. The platform offers some amazing gaming experiences that were built exclusively for the iPhone. At this point, the service is expected to launch this fall but there’s no word yet on how much the subscription will be. 6GB Same processor but one is fasterAll of these phones use a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is pushed beyond normal speeds for gameplay. For example, the ROG can get a sustained 2.96GHz out of the processor while all the other phones max out at 2.8GHz. For perspective, the Pixel 3 tops out at 2.5GHz.Cooling systems are tkey to a gaming phoneAll of these phones have an internal cooling system to keep things from getting too hot. This is probably the most important aspect of a gaming phone.The Razer Phone 2 and ROG use a vapor chamber cooling system to maximize the area to dissipate heat. The result is that there’s not a specific part of the phone that feels hot to the touch. The ROG also uses a built-in cooling pad and copper heat sink to combat heat. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a tiny fan that attaches to the back of the ROG that Asus calls the AeroActive Cooler.The Black Shark uses a liquid cooling system. As it gets hotter, special liquid evaporates into gas and collects into cooler areas of the chamber, eventually becoming liquid again. The Red Magic Mars uses a vapor heat sink too, along with four air intakes to keep things cool.As expected, all four phones got warm when I played games, but these cooling systems are all about longevity. I found the ROG with its fan accessory and the Red Magic Mars were the most comfortable to hold for long periods of gameplay.Which gaming phone is the fastest?Each phone has performance enhancement tweaks that keep the phone fast and sustain that speed during extended gameplay. All four phones perform pretty close to each other and all four were plenty fast. But on paper, the Razer ultimately has the edge over the other phones. Best gaming phone & accessory combo 3 Review • Razer Phone 2 review: A powerful gaming phone with a dash of flagship panache In 2019 mobile gamers have access to a wide array of phones to choose from like the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Nubia Red Magic Mars and Xiaomi Black Shark, and it takes a bit of diligence and legwork to find the best gaming phones in the market. The specs on these phones match higher-priced flagships like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, just not the price. Gaming phones are designed especially for gaming with features like superfast processor speeds, advanced cooling systems, gaming-specific controls and displays with a high refresh rate. Interestingly enough, all of these phones run on Android.The iPhone XS and XR gaming phones have a more powerful processor and access to newer and exclusive game titles. But Apple’s phones lack gaming features to make the phones more compelling to play on. And like Android flagships, iPhones are expensive — a baseline iPhone XS starts out at $999.Fortunately for consumers, the four gaming phones reviewed here have prices ranging from $385 to $900: the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic Mars. 8,905 See at Nubia Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 128GB Now playing: Watch this: Best gaming phone for the everyday Preview • Razer Phone 2 attempts to fix the first phone’s mistakes, will cost $800 $385 $900 Geekbench v.4.0 single-core See at Amazon But first, some notes on priceAt this time, three of the phones cost under $500. The Razer Phone 2 is a steal right now, especially since its originally retailed for $800. Compared with the other phones, the ROG is the most expensive. For the price of one ROG, you could buy the Red Magic Mars and Black Shark and still have a few bucks left in your pocket.Even if you got an upgraded Black Shark with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it is still just $425. Also, as of the writing of this review, there are discounts on the Black Shark and Red Magic Mars as new models are expected to be released in the US at the end of May or June.I’m not saying don’t buy the ROG at all (as you will read soon, I highly recommend it). But the phone you’ll buy will most likely depend on your budget.Best overall gaming phone: Asus ROGThe Asus ROG sporting its detachable fan on the back. Josh Miller/CNET The Asus ROG phone (which stands for Republic of Gamers) offers the most power, the best ergonomics and the most thoughtful design. Its 6-inch AMOLED display refreshes 90 times a second — a first for any OLED phone. The higher refresh rate means less motion blur and faster response times. It’s not as high a rate as the Razer Phone 2’s 120Hz LCD screen has, but I still saw a noticeable improvement over other phones when playing games.The phone’s innovative AirTriggers which are pressure-sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games, expanding game control beyond the screen. Its dedicated X mode gives you an optimized gaming experience that can be made even more comfortable when using the phone’s detachable fan accessory, which is included in the box. The ROG also has the longest battery life in the group, and has the most gaming accessories that you can buy — though the detachable fan comes included with the phone.The downside is that, at $900, you’re going to pay a lot for these refinements and innovations.Read: CNET’s Asus ROG phone review Razer Phone 2 64GB Black Shark: Sometimes the joystick on the Gamepad 2.0 accessory would send me in the wrong direction. Recalibrating didn’t help.Razer: The phone was warm bordering on hot. I used the included USC-B DAC headphone dongle and a pair of Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones and was amazed by the quality of the sound.Red Magic Mars: It was surprisingly comfortable to hold without getting hot. I didn’t feel any real advantage using the capacitive shoulder buttons over onscreen controls.ROG: Shadow Legends got the ROG cooking pretty hot and the fan turned on high immediately. Shoulder buttons weren’t needed for this game.Nimian Legends BrightRidge Check out the Razer Phone 2 and its chic boxy frame RAM News • The Razer Phone 2 hits an all-time low: $498 Price 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited 62,751 6,499 61,252 6,438 Black Shark 2,556 Razer Phone 2 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Comments Nubia Red Magic Mars reading • Best phone for gaming in 2019: Razer 2 vs. Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic Mars 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited Black Shark: This was another game where the joystick accessory hugely improved gameplay.Razer: I topped out the quality of the graphics, effects and frame rates with this game. The Razer got hot instantly. At least the game looked gorgeous on the display.Red Magic Mars: The capacitive shoulder buttons helped in certain aspects of the game.ROG: The AirTriggers were nice for gameplay.That ‘gamer look’If you want a gaming phone, it needs to look the part. Angular lines, exposed copper heat sinks, a touch of neon or bright colors are all hallmarks of a gaming phone. The metallic red color of the Red Magic Mars screams for you to pick it up and play. The ROG phone looks like something Frank Gehry would have designed if he were a gamer. Somewhere underneath all the exposed copper heat sinks, carbon fiber and angular cutouts lies a smartphone. Its different textures and asymmetrical grooves don’t feel like any phone I’ve ever used. An informal poll of friends and coworkers found that people were divided on the look: Half loved it, but half hated it. The Black Shark looks the most like a normal phone. The smooth angled back has a raised area like contour lines on a topographic map — that’s where its lights are hidden.Out of the four, the Razer Phone 2 has the most minimalist design. It has a rectangular shape with right-angled corners and edges. I realize this approach isn’t for everyone, but out of the bunch, I find it the most appealing.The optional Razer Phone 2 wireless charging dock lights up as you charge. Patrick Holland/CNET Does the phone unnecessarily light up?Black Shark: Yes, the logo and four bowtie-looking corners on the back.Razer: Yep, the back Razer logo glows the color of your choosing.Red Magic Mars: Yes, there is a long LED strip on the back.ROG: Yes, the Asus logo on the phone and the detachable fan light up any color you choose.Built-in physical game controlsThree of the phones use buttons and/or capacitive or pressure-sensitive touch to help improve gameplay. The Red Magic Mars and Black Shark phones each have a physical switch that triggers a game mode to organize your games, optimize settings and protect your gaming sessions from interruptions. The Black Shark calls its gaming mode “Shark Space.” Every time I played on the Black Shark I felt inclined to whisper to myself, “Going into Shark Space.”The ROG and Red Magic Mars have faux shoulder buttons that can be mapped to different actions for games like triggering a gun. The ROG also has a second USB-C port on the side, so you keep the phone plugged in while playing it in landscape, though the cable does fall between your hands. The other three phones only charge at the bottom, which made them awkward to hold while gaming and charging at the same time.The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone of the group that doesn’t have a physical feature to improve game controls or ergonomics.After playing games for hours on each phone most of these additions were nice, but didn’t yield enormous improvement when it came to controls. I found that good mobile games should be played with onscreen controls. However, having capacitive touch buttons for playing games originally designed for a console was useful.There is one feature I’d add if I were to design a gaming phone: a joystick. I’d want a thumbstick that could lie flat when not in use and telescope up for gameplay. Imagine something like an iPhone 8, where the home button popped up to be used as a mini joystick.As phones move away from having bezels, foreheads and chins around the screen, my joystick dream doesn’t seem like it could become a reality. But since gaming phones tend to eschew mainstream trends, perhaps it could happen one day. See at Amazon Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Best Buy Asus ROG $534 Best gaming phones Asus ROG Asus ROG $399 Asus ROG Razer Phone 2 2,385 63,253 See All 61,252 Storage Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Black Shark $500 Red Magic Mars 8GB Red Magic Mars 2,417 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Red Magic Mars 128GB Asus ROG Phone is the best phone for playing PUBG Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Phones Gaming 2,393 Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 2:56 63,253 Asus ROG See it 6,616 High refresh rate displayPretty much all phones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second (fps). The Razer Phone 2 has a refresh rate of 120 fps, which leads to sharper images and text as well as smoother animations. There aren’t a ton of mobile games designed for 120 fps, but the ones that were looked wonderful. And even games designed for lower refresh rates looked good.The only other phone with a high refresh rate is the ROG, which has a 90Hz screen. Like on the Razer, things are sharper and animations are smoother. The Razer Phone 2 has a much brighter screen while the ROG’s OLED display had better colors that were more vibrant.The Red Magic Mars’ screen is the weakest part of the phone. It’s dim and feels lower quality when viewed next to the other phones.OS: Android 9 Pie and Android 8.1 OreoBlack Shark: Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s not known exactly when Android 9 Pie will be available.Razer: Android 9 Pie.Red Magic Mars: Android 9 Pie.ROG: Android 8.1 Oreo: Asus announced it will upgrade to Android 9 Pie sometime this year. Walmart 19 Photos Black Shark Best gaming phone for everyday use: Razer Phone 2The Razer Phone 2 sports a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Josh Miller/CNET If you’re looking for a gaming phone that can double as a daily driver, I recommend the Razer Phone 2. It looks the part of a gaming phone, but doubles as a terrific phone to use every day, when you’re not gaming. The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone in the group with IP67 water resistance and wireless charging.Out of the four, I like the Razer Phone 2’s design the most. There are many people who will be turned off by the “monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey” looks. But the marquee feature on the Razer Phone 2 is its bright 120Hz screen. Whether you’re gaming or not, animations like scrolling pages look supersmooth and graphics are crisp. It has amazingly loud built-in speakers and seems as designed for gamers as it is for anyone who lives on a diet of movies and music.In my initial review the battery wasn’t great, but with the update to Android 9 Pie, the battery life has improved quite a bit. Best of all, this phone is only $499 right now.Read: CNET Razer Phone 2 reviewSee at AmazonBest value gaming phone: Nubia Red Magic MarsThe back of the Nubia Red Magic Mars phone. Angela Lang/CNET The Nubia Red Magic Mars is the follow-up to 2018’s Red Magic phone. A Red Magic Mars with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM originally cost $399. Now that gets you a model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.The Red Magic Mars crams in a lot of features like capacitive shoulder buttons, an innovative cooling system and a terrific game mode at a wallet-friendly price. Aside from its custom gaming mode, the phone runs stock Android 9 Pie. Its biggest downside is the screen: It’s just OK, and in that area the Red Magic Mars can’t compete with the Razer and ROG phones. Other than that, the phone is solid. But if you’re interested in grabbing a Red Magic Mars, I’d wait, or at least shop around. First, the Black Shark is often discounted and recently its price has been hovering between $380 and $400.Second, Nubia announced the Red Magic Mars 3 last week. It packs an upgraded Snapdragon 855 processor, a 90Hz OLED screen and an internal fan. These are enormous upgrades. It just launched in China and is expected to hit the US at the end of May. Best of all is the price; a model with 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM will be 2,899 yuan or roughly $430.Read: CNET en Español Nubia Red Magic Mars phone reviewSee at NubiaBest gaming phone with the best accessory: Xiaomi Black SharkThe Black Shark with the Gamepad on the left and the Gamepad 2.0 on the right. James Martin/CNET Xiaomi’s Black Shark comes with a Gamepad that slides onto the end of the phone. Having a physical joystick made a huge difference in gaming for me. Unfortunately, it felt lopsided when I used it, so there is a Gamepad 2.0 for $89 that has a more symmetrical design. Similar to the Nintendo Switch, it has a left and right controller that slide and lock onto either end of the phone.Like the Red Magic Mars, the Black Shark runs close to a stock version of Android. It’s Android 8.1 Oreo and not Android 9 Pie, but using the phone’s UI for nongaming stuff felt like using a Pixel 3 when it first came out.There are some downsides though, like the lack of a headphone jack and the very “cheap” plastic feel to the gamepad accessory. At launch the Black Shark cost $499 but you can find it for around $380 these days. In March, Xiaomi announced the Black Shark 2. It includes an updated Snapdragon 855 processor, a touch-sensitive screen similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, an in-display fingerprint reader and mappable onscreen left and right controls. Currently it’s on sale in China for 3,200 yuan, which converts roughly to $475. No word yet on US availability.Read: CNET en Español review of Black Shark phoneSee at AmazonShall we play a game?I played a variety of games on all of these phones from RPGs and side scrollers to puzzles. Below are five games I played on each phone and my notes on the experience.Alto’s Odyssey 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. 6,526 8,132 Mentioned Above Razer Phone 2 See It $399 Razer Phone 2 Red Magic Mars CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Asus ROG Red Magic Mars Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Black Shark: Within minutes the phone got really hot.Razer: The music and effects sounded full over the built-in speakers. But man oh man did the phone get hot.Red Magic Mars: The audio was thin and when the volume grew louder it also sounded muddy. Without a case, this is my favorite phone to hold for playing Sdorica.ROG: The phone remained warm but never got hot.Shadowgun Legends 61,010 Apple 4:12 61,010 I evaluated each gaming phone in terms of design, specs, performance and, most importantly, gameplay. (P.S.: All of them have the Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s found in the Note 9, OnePlus 6T and Pixel 3.) Below are my recommendations and an in-depth breakdown of gameplay, design, battery life and cooling systems on each phone. Read on to see which of these gaming phones is the best buy.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 8GB • 8GB Share your voice See at Amazon Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 gets unboxed 8,445 Xiaomi ZTE Amazon Asus Google Razer Samsung Apple
EPFO to accept EPF and EPS claims offline nowReutersNow, claims for provident fund (PF) withdrawals above Rs 10 lakh can be done offline. Reversing its earlier decision, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has decided to accept PF withdrawal claims above Rs 10 lakh submitted offline via physical forms.The EPFO, in February 2018, had made it compulsory to file online claims for provident fund withdrawals above Rs 10 lakh. Similarly, it also made mandatory to file online claims for withdrawals of Rs 5 lakh under the Employees Pension Scheme (EPS).In its circular dated April 13, the EPFO said that it has revised instructions to settle claims for EPF and EPS withdrawals. The PF withdrawal claims of above Rs 5 lakh can also be submitted offline now.”Instructions issued on the circular regarding ‘Submission of claims through online mode in case of settlement amount is above Rs 10 lakh’ have been revisited in a meeting chaired by CPFC, in view of the problems faced by members/claimants (including International Workers) in filing online claims,” the EPFO said in the circular.”Considering the grievances raised by members, this stipulation will be kept in abeyance so that offline claims will also be accepted in all cases,” it explained.”However, in view of the need to step up security, claims received online from claimants will be sent online to employers for further verification, only after which the claim will be settled. The employer should return the claim within 3 days to the EPFO office either accepting or rejecting the claim”, the circular added.
(PhysOrg.com) — Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) has demonstrated what might be the next version of high speed WiFi. Currently named 802.11ac, (wireless transmission traditionally uses .11 as opposed to .3 for Ethernet, or cable based transmission) the new proposed standard was shown to deliver 120Mbps throughput to three receivers at the same time. Citation: NTT demos 802.11ac – next generation high-speed WiFi (2011, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-ntt-demos-80211ac-high-speed.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The new standard uses the same 5GHz bandwidth as is currently used now in home WiFi systems; to get it to carry more data, the signal is multiplexed (sent out as round-robin bits of data from several different sources) on one end, and then de-multiplexed on the other, all using multiple-user Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology that in this case has been developed by NTT. The object is to get 1 Gbps per system, a rate that will be needed as bandwidth hogging applications such as ever higher video resolution or 3D content creates demand for ever faster LAN systems able to deliver such huge amounts of data to always hungry-for-more, customers. In the NTT demo at the Wireless Technology Park, in Yokohama, six antennas were used to deliver the signal, and three to receive it. The new technology developed by NTT relies on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that utilizes mathematical algorithms to set space divisions for the data as its being multiplexed into its individual parts, and then of course to do the reverse on the other end. According to NTT, this processing could be done with a dedicated chip, instead of the FPGA, should the new standard be approved by the International IEEE standards body.Even if all goes according to plan, though, the new standard isn’t likely to be adopted until at least 2013, though that doesn’t necessarily mean products won’t ship before that date that utilize the proposed new standard, as was done with earlier wireless standards. Also helpful is the fact that 802.11ac, whatever its final form, will offer full backwards compatibility with the current version, meaning early adopters won’t do any worse than what they have now, and likely will do much better as new hardware comes available.Looking ahead past 802.11ac, the next generation of wireless LAN technology, initially dubbed 802.11ag is expected to step outside of the 5GHz currently unlicensed space, and to shoot for a tenfold gain in throughput. © 2010 PhysOrg.com NTT DoCoMo Achieves World’s First 5Gbps Packet Transmission in 4G Field Experiment