Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Fulham promoted to Premier League: Scott Parker says club will 'learn lessons' from 2018-19

Head coach Scott Parker says promoted Fulham will learn the lessons of their Premier League failure in 2018-19.

from BBC News - London https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53659417

ET Deals: $400 Off Alienware Aurora AMD Ryzen 7 Gaming Desktop, Linksys WHW030 Velop Mesh Wi-Fi Router System 3-Pack $279, Lowest Price on Apple AirPods Pro

Step up your game with a high-end Dell Alienware desktop. Today you can save $400 on one of these edgy looking systems; it comes equipped with a top-tier Ryzen 7 3700X processor and an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super graphics card.

Dell Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD ($1,619.99)

This Alienware desktop features an edgy, rounded design and powerful gaming hardware capable of running most current AAA titles with maxed out graphics settings. In addition to looking cool, this system was also designed to provide improved airflow over the older Aurora desktops, which means the hardware inside will also run cooler as well. For a limited time you can get this system from Dell marked down from $2,029.99 to $1,619.99.

Linksys WHW0303 Velop Mesh Router 3-Pack ($279.99)

Linksys engineered these wireless network devices to work together to extend a Wi-Fi signal to cover an area of up to 6,000 square feet.  The system can also broadcast on three bands simultaneously to reduce latency and improve performance. Right now you can get this system from Amazon marked down from $499.97 to $279.99.

Apple AirPods Pro ($219.99)

Apple’s AirPods Pro utilizes a new design that’s different from the company’s older AirPod earphones. The key new feature that these earphones have is active noise cancellation. Each earphone also uses a custom driver and a high dynamic range amplifier to improve sound quality. You can snag them with a $30 discount from Verizon that drops the price from $249.00 to $219.99, which is the lowest price we’ve seen on them to date.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X w/Wraith Prism LED Cooler + Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ($279.99)

AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X comes with eight SMT enabled CPU cores with a max clock speed of 4.4GHz. This gives you exceptional performance for multitasking and running power-hungry applications. Currently, you can get it from Newegg marked down from $329.99 to $279.99, and it also comes with a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for PC.

SanDisk Extreme Portable 500GB External SSD ($87.99)

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Dell Vostro 3670 Intel Core i7-9700 Desktop w/ 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD ($669.00)

This desktop comes equipped with an eight-core Intel Core i7-9700 processor that can operate at speeds as high as 4.7GHz. This gives the processor strong performance for multitasking on work projects, web pages, and various other tasks. This model also has 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. Right now it’s marked down from $1,212.86 to $669.00.

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Add Up To Two Additional Monitors To Your Laptop With The Help Of Mobile Pixels

When you’re working from home, productivity takes on an even greater importance than ever before. With some many potential added distractions, your time spent in front of your personal laptop, banging away on a work project, absolutely needs to be time well spent.

Of course, certain deficiencies can easily detract from that focus, including the state of your monitor situation. A second monitor to expand your desktop has been shown to increase productivity by up to 50 percent — and while your office computer likely spotted that extra feature, it’s very likely your laptop isn’t so equipped.

You can change that with a Mobile Pixels Trio Portable Screen Laptop Monitor, transforming your humble home laptop into a dual-screened, or even triple-screened productivity colossus.

The Trio is the latest iteration of Mobile Pixels’ popular Duex monitor, which attaches easily with magnetics to the back of your laptop.

The Trio is like the Duex on steroids, the lightweight screen or screens connecting to your laptop with a dual purpose USB connector transferring power and data. Just slide out the monitors and you’re ready to expand your work surface to a dual screen or even a truly epic three-screen experience. Each 1080p high definition monitor also features 270 degrees of rotation, so they can be positioned in any configuration that suits your needs, including turning a screen (or two) around completely to serve as a presentation screen to deliver a proposal or just let other viewers in on your favorite videos or movies.

Mobile Pixel designed the Trio to integrate with any popular operating system from Windows and iOS to mobile OSs like Chrome, Android and more.

While a typical standalone monitor screen is traditionally anything but mobile, the Trio is a true road warrior, weighing in at under 2 pounds each so that even if you want to take a three-screen array out and about, it won’t feel like toting a brick with you.

Right now, you can get a Mobile Pixel Trio to fit your laptop screen size, from a 13 or 14-inch model ($214.99; originally $259 for a single screen; $419.99; originally $500 for two screens); or the larger Trio Max edition for 15 and 15.6-inch screens ($269.99; originally $319 for one; $499.99; originally $600 for two).

You also have the option of trying out the model that started it all, the Mobile Pixels Duex for just $179.35 when you purchase and use the code SAVEDUEXPRO.

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ARM Co-Founder: Sale to Nvidia Would Be a Disaster

Over the past week or so, I’ve written several articles exploring the idea of an ARM sale to Nvidia and the long-term effects on the computer industry, as well as how Nvidia might ameliorate some of those concerns. According to one of ARM’x co-founders, Hermann Hauser, allowing Nvidia to buy ARM would be a disaster, as it would compromise the neutrality and ability ARM has to address the needs of multiple disparate companies and vendors.

I should note that there are new reports suggesting Nvidia might take a stake in ARM, with SoftBank still retaining a share as well. It’s not clear if these reports reflect the ongoing negotiations more accurately or if they are a response to concerns about Nvidia’s potential full ownership, but the idea of joint ownership between two or more entities has also been floated.

“It’s one of the fundamental assumptions of the ARM business model that it can sell to everybody,” Dr. Hauser told the BBC.

“The one saving grace about Softbank was that it wasn’t a chip company, and retained ARM’s neutrality. If it becomes part of Nvidia, most of the licensees are competitors of Nvidia, and will of course then look for an alternative to ARM.”

Dr. Hauser opposed the sale of ARM to SoftBank in 2016 and noted he does not believe Nvidia would keep R&D focused in Cambridge if it bought the company. He argues that the UK government should help raise funds to bring ARM back to native ownership within the UK.

The first issue over competitive licensing is more relevant to our discussions than whether or not the UK should re-assert ownership over ARM for strategic or national prestige, so we’ll focus there. It’s true that Nvidia owning ARM could create tension with potential licensees. It’s also true that historically, Nvidia has preferred to develop and extend its own technology in-house rather than offering it up under broad and favorable licensing terms. But Nvidia has never attempted to buy a company like ARM, either, and regulators worldwide would undoubtedly require the company to agree to certain conditions as a requirement for buying the company in the first place.

While Dr. Hauser is concerned that Nvidia’s purchase would send rivals streaming to other archictures, it’s not clear what other architecture they could reasonably adopt. Android used to formally support MIPS, but the last builds linked on MIPS.com are for JellyBean (4.2.1). x86 CPUs haven’t been supported on Android since Intel withdrew from the market and AMD shows no signs of planning to enter it. RISC-V wouldn’t be problematic to support with four-year-old Android based on Dalvik, but multiple software authors online have attested to the difficulty of porting ART for a different ISA. The Android Runtime (ART) translates application bytecode into native instructions for runtime environment execution and would have to be rewritten for RISC-V instead of ARM. This is a substantial practical barrier to shifting the Android ecosystem to a different CPU family.

What all of this suggests is that any attempt by Nvidia to buy ARM is going to come with enough package to safeguard the rights of companies and the entire mobile ecosystem that depends on the CPU family. The degree to which this becomes a good thing or a bad one, in turn, depends on Nvidia’s willingness to commit to a licensing and business model that protects the global infrastructure that depends on ARM in the first place. While it’s true that Nvidia is going to be a competitor of some of the ARM licensees that emerge, at the moment, the CPUs and SoCs that NV is building are intended for the self-driving vehicle market and other fairly niche AI/ML tasks. Without more clarity on where and how Nvidia intends to compete if it buys ARM, it’s difficult to assess the risk to other firms. Right now, not much that Nvidia is building directly threatens the work Samsung, Qualcomm, or MediaTek are doing in mobile.

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Google Will Begin Shutting Down Play Music Next Month

Google Play Music, which debuted in 2011, has been on the chopping block ever since Google decided to refocus its music streaming efforts on the YouTube brand. Now, Google is bringing the blade down. YouTube Music will take over completely from Play Music, with the latter shutting down forever in the next 60 days. Google encourages anyone still using Play Music to transfer their content before it’s too late. 

YouTube Music focuses on streaming content, as well as remixes and live renditions that are only available on YouTube. Google pushed Play Music almost a decade ago by promising to store users’ uploaded music and stream it for free. Initially, Play Music supported 50,000 tracks, but that later expanded to 100,000. Naturally, many customers took Google up on the offer, and that has made it difficult to move away from Play Music. 

Earlier this year, Google released a transfer tool that migrates purchased and uploaded music from Play Music to YouTube Music. However, the process could take several hours, and the way older Play Music content is integrated with the YouTube Music app is confusing. It’s also harder to stream that music from various devices — you basically have to give in and pay for a YouTube Music subscription for Assistant-powered speaker support. 

Regardless of the inconvenience, Google is moving ahead with retiring Play Music. The first phase of the shutdown will come in September when users from New Zealand and South Africa will lose access to Play Music. Those are the guinea pigs — if there are no major issues, Google will shut the service down in all other regions. The Music Manager application will also stop accepting new uploads or downloads later this month. 

The easiest way to save your Play Music content is to transfer it to YouTube Music. If YouTube Music isn’t to your liking, Google also supports downloading all your personal music via its Takeout tool. Whatever you choose, make sure to get it done by the end of 2020. Google says that it will completely shutter Play Music in December, removing any remaining data from its servers. 

If you’ve been putting off the migration, it’s time to get on that. For those who primarily stream subscription tunes, the change to YouTube Music won’t be too painful. However, anyone who relied on Google to stream thousands of uploaded tracks is in for some pain, though.

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Edward Enninful: Focusing Vogue on activism a 'no-brainer'

The September issue is described as a "rallying cry for the future" and includes 40 activists.

from BBC News - London https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53648032

Bob Willis Trophy: Middlesex skittle Surrey for Oval win

Surrey collapse to 123 all out as they suffer a 190-run Bob Willis Trophy defeat against Middlesex.

from BBC News - London https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/53649836