Transfer Talk: Sunderland eye Lafferty, Wilson MLS medical

first_imgIt may be Hearts’ miserly defence that is drawing attention on the park but it’s the sharp end of the team that’s been making all the news in the transfer window.Steven Naismith has been recruited, Isma Goncalves is on the verge of a switch to Uzbekistan and now Kyle Lafferty is in the headlines with Sunderland said to be readying a move for the Northern Irishman.The Championship side’s struggles are well known and they’ve targeted Lafferty as the man to help ease their relegation fears.Over at Ibrox, the long pursuit of Greg Docherty has come to fruition with the former Hamilton star now a signed-up member of Graeme Murty’s new look Rangers. But as Docherty arrives, Danny Wilson looks to be on his way out with a medical lined up ahead of a move to Colorado Rapids. Aberdeen have been clear in their message that Scott McKenna is not for sale but Hull City aren’t listening and are reported to have tabled a third bid as they work to land the defender. Tigerish.Scotland international Tom Cairney could be part of a big money move in the next few days with West Ham ready to splash out £15m while Celtic say they’ve knocked back one bid for Moussa Dembele and insist they aren’t looking to sell this month.last_img read more

Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetual

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ceres silences Roar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano University survived its toughest test yet, climbing back from two sets down to beat University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs leaned on their trio of Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha, who combined for 50 points.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Maria Tripoli had 20 points while Cindy Imbo added 19 for the Lady Altas, whose lead over fourth-running San Sebastian in the standings is now just half a game after falling to 4-2.Joyce Sta. Rita set a career-high to lead San Sebastian past Mapua, 25-20, 25-7, 29-31, 25-14, in the other match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “We played so bad in the first two sets so I made adjustments beginning the third set and things started to click,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino after steering his squad to its 18th consecutive win dating back to last season.Prado scored 20 points with four blocks while Marzan and Arocha scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I just told them to play with heart,” Prado said in Filipino. “The games become more important as the season goes so we have to treat every game like there’s no tomorrow.”After a tough first four sets, defending champion Arellano showed its composure and raced to a 10-1 start in the deciding fifth set. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Micromax Canvas Hue AQ5000 review: The iPhone 4 doppelganger

first_imgBack in 2010, Apple’s iPhone 4 did wonders for smartphone design. It was a Rolls-Royce in a sea of me-too Hyundai’s. Even today, the design of the iPhone 4 can be considered the nicest seen on a phone. However, what happens after 5 years? Of course, Apple moved on. But it did “inspire” a legion of manufacturers. A latest example is Indian smartphone vendor Micromax, which admittedly is not known for its design finesse, but has come up with a phone that looks almost like an iPhone, has decent specifications, and costs under Rs 15,000.This phone is the Canvas Hue AQ5000. While it undoubtedly has good looks and decent hardware, at least in terms of specification sheet, it also faces formidable competition. So is it any good? Let’s find out.Design and build qualityAs we have already mentioned, the Canvas Hue is going to remind you a lot of the iPhone 4 or 4S. It sports a similar design, which combines glass on two sides, a metal frame subtly curved on edges and a classic candy-bar shape. Even the camera is placed on the top left corner with an LED flash almost exactly like the iPhone 4. The only major difference between the iPhone 4 and the Canvas Hue in terms of design is the presence of Android capacitive buttons instead of the usual Home button found in the iPhone. There is no doubt that the Canvas Hue is a looker. But the design is not original. Moreover, the fit and finish of the product cannot be compared to an iPhone 4. They are just not in the same league. For instance, the metal frame is painted in gold. Finish of the paint is not great and it looks cheap.advertisementFor the price segment, the Canvas Hue offers acceptable build quality. But then it is not something that you can’t get in other phones in the same price range. For example, phones like the Mi 3 (which unfortunately is not available for sale anymore) and the Moto G offer better build quality.The phone also appears to be thicker than most phones in the segment, though cleverly Micromax has not revealed its dimensions and weight.As was the case with the iPhone 4, ergonomics are not exactly great with Canvas Hue. If anything, they are poorer thanks to the larger 5-inch screen on it as compared to the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone.  As the phone has straight lines on the sides and is flat on the back, holding the phone over long periods can be cumbersome.  One-handed use is possible, but it is not without risk, as the glass back on the phone makes for a slippery grip and chances are you will drop the phone. We dropped it once; thankfully, the glass on the back did not shatter. It was merely scratched.We had a bone to pick with the volume and power rockers, which we found to be flush against the body of the phone, and were a little difficult to use. Lastly, the process of adding the SIM card is convoluted and we feel most people will struggle installing a SIM card on their own. You have to pry open the back of the phone in an awkward way. This also means the phone gives out the illusion of having an unibody design, but in reality its back cover can be removed. DisplayThe 5-inch AMOLED display is the star of the show on the Canvas Hue. It has a decent 720p resolution, which converts to 293 pixels per inch, but the real story is the quality of the panel itself.The colour and contrast reproduction of the display is superb. Of course, as it is an AMOLED display, the colours are very punchy and vibrant. They do not look true to life, but they do please the eye.Even the brightness levels and viewing angles of the display are good. Even outdoors, the display is usable for getting work done. Typically AMOLED displays struggle under direct sunlight, however, the Canvas Hue fares better.CameraOf late, Micromax has been putting an extra effort in the imaging capabilities of its smartphones. The 8-megapixel camera on the Canvas Hue is by no means a prop. In proper lightning, the phone can take nice photos with decent amount of detail. But by no means, the image quality rival that of the now defunct Xiaomi Mi 3. In fact, it even trails what the Asus ZenFone, the Xiaomi RedMi Note 4G or the Yu Yureka are capable of.The big problem is in day light as the phone struggles to deal with strong sunlight. It totally blows out areas of the frame that have lots of sunlight.advertisementAs for colour reproduction and contrast, the phone does a good job of keeping things natural. The phone also does well at macro shots.The bigger problem is the slow focusing. This means that there will be many times you will be trying to capture a moving object and you will fail to get a decent photo.In low-light the performance is poor. That being true, sometimes we managed usable shots that were decently lit, not blurred and had good colour and contrast ratios.The phone’s software offers a lot of control to the user and combines a multitude of modes like exposure, colour effect, scenes, and white balance. Users can also enable zero shutter lag and there’s a decent HDR mode to boot.The front facing 2-megapixel camera is useful for selfies and the odd video call. However, the image quality is very disappointing. It also struggles to lock focus consistently.The phone shoots only 720p video. Generally, the quality of videos is inconsistent and it struggles to automatically adjust focus with movement. On many occasions we found the audio captured along with video was garbled.Check the following image samples to get an idea of Micromax Canvas Hue Camera performance: Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4, Sample 5, Sample 6, Sample 7, Sample 8. SoftwareOne of the most unique things about the Canvas Hue is the fact that it is a vessel for Micromax’s new user interface. The new UI is similar to Android skins we have seen on phones by Chinese manufacturers as there is no dedicated app drawer, but just an iPhone like springboard that is home of apps and widgets.  Like most phones, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat; however, the heavy customization to Android may result in slow OS updates.Like the MiUI on Xiaomi phones, Micromax’s UI has provisions for themes. At the time of testing there were a handful of themes.In use, this UI is simple to use, however it feels slow in operation. When replaced with something like the Google Now launcher, the phone felt vastly more responsive. So dear Micromax, “Thanks, but no thanks”.The phone also comes with a number of preloaded apps. Some apps like a SwiftKey keyboard, TrueCaller and Skype are regular stables on any Android phone. However, things like Where’s My Perry, Dr Safety, Hitout Hero’s, Grow Away and a bunch of M! branded apps just ruin the experience by being wasteful and non-removable additions.PerformanceIn terms of hardware, the Canvas Hue is a rather ‘run of the mill’ Android smartphone. It is powered by quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor. It runs at 1.3GHz SoC. The phone has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, and a microSD card slot.  For basic tasks like messaging, making calls, emails, and a bit of productivity, the phone is fine. It is just not a fast phone by any metric. In fact, cheaper Android One phones feel faster than it. Installing Google Now launcher improves the performance. But even with a new launcher the Hue can’t match the Moto G (2nd gen), the Asus ZenFone 5 or the Xiaomi Mi 3. Compared to these devices, the Canvas Hue feels inferior.advertisementThe story is the same while gaming. When we tested graphically intensive games like the Dead Trigger 2, and Asphalt 8, the phone showed signs of frame rate drops. Not that other phones do not suffer from frame rates issues, but the Canvas Hue suffered from these problems more often.  The call quality of the phone was not outstanding, but it got the job done. Rarely did we face dropped calls. We tested the phone on a Vodafone network in Delhi NCR. In addition to this, the quality of the loudspeaker was average at best, and at times when we pumped metal music at max levels, the sound quality degraded and was distorted.Battery life While the display of the Canvas Hue impresses a lot, its biggest calling card is its mammoth 3,000mAh battery. In the week we tested the phone, on an average, the phone lasted between 20-22 hours. This is solid performance for something that costs below Rs 15,000. At times, the phone lasted a day and a half on a single charge with frugal usage and the super power mode enabled.The phone lasted 4 hours and 55 minutes on the PC Mark’s battery benchmark, which is not stellar, but in regular usage, the performance of the phone was certainly better. Perhaps, this is one area where the lack of a powerful processor helps the Canvas Hue over phones like the Asus ZenFone, the Xiaomi Mi 3, and the Moto G.Our usage consisted of 2 hours of calls, 45 minutes of music streaming, two social media accounts, two email accounts, a bit of gaming, 15-20 photos shot on a daily basis and streaming videos from YouTube.Should you buy it?There are multiple ways to look at the Canvas Hue. It can be seen either as an attractive low-cost phone or an iPhone doppelganger or perhaps as an underpowered phone for its price. The underpowered bit is the most pertinent of the lot.While, the Canvas Hue is a handsome, yet unoriginal phone, there is no escaping from its limitations as a smartphone. Micromax’s software customizations make matters worse and it certainly feels inferior to phones like the discontinued Mi 3, the cheaper ZenFones and the Moto G.If you are going to spend Rs 10,999 on your next smartphone, you can do a lot better than the Canvas Hue. In fact, if you want to buy a Micromax phone, get the company’s Yureka. It is cheaper and much better.last_img read more

Davis Cup: Leander Paes falls short of world record, India lead 2-1 against New Zealand

first_imgThere was no world record in store for Leander Paes in the Davis Cup as the Indian tennis veteran and Vishnu Vardhan went down in the third match to Artem Sitak and Michael Venus of New Zealand in the Asia-Oceania Group I tie on Saturday.The defeat for Paes and Vardhan meant that the 43-year-old veteran could not overtake Italian Nicola Pietrangeli for most wins in doubles in Davis Cup history. The two players are tied on 42 wins.On Saturday, Sitak and Venus rallied from being 0-2 down to take a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win in two-and-a-half hours.India, who are now 2-1 ahead in the tie, will need to win one of the two reverse singles on Sunday to clinch a place in the second round.India had taken a 2-0 lead on day one with Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan winning the first two singles.Paes and Vardhan began well by clinching the opening set in 28 minutes by breaking Venus in the sixth game.In the first set, Vardhan served a couple of aces in succession and Paes followed suit with a fine return of serve before clinching the point with a cross court winner to break the Kiwi’s serve at 15 that put the hosts 4-2 ahead.Vardhan did not let go of the advantage and went up to 40-0. Despite the Kiwi combo fighting their way back to 40-30 they had no chance as the 29-year-old Indian served a timely fourth ace to close out the set.advertisementBut the Kiwi pair fought back superbly by winning the second set by breaking Paes’ service once and then lorded over the third set, in which the Indians squandered two break point chances.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ could be the first phones to get Snapdragon 845

first_imgIn August, there were reports that Samsung had partnered with Qualcomm and bought the entire batch of Snapdragon 845 for its S9-series of phones. Now a new report confirms this. According to the fresh reports, Qualcomm will sell the entire first batch of Snapdragon 845 to Samsung for its Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones.This means that the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ could be the first phones to come with Snapdragon 845. Currently, Snapdragon  835 is the latest processor from Qualcomm that has been used by Samsung in the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones.Basically this is the same thing that had happened before during the manufacturing of  Galaxy S8 series of smartphones. The company had a deal with Qualcomm to keep the entire first production of Snapdragon 835 reserved for its Galaxy S8-series of handsets.This also means that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Snapdragon 845 could only be exclusive to US and China markets. The S9s coming to India could run on Exynos 9810.If the reports stands true then this means that only the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could be the first phones to come with Snapdragon 845. In simple words, other rival companies who are also planning to launch their flagships around the same time, will have to wait until Qualcomm readies its second batch of production of the Snapdragon 845 chipsets.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S9 to come with Snapdragon 845, Android OreoRumours have it that the upcoming Snapdragon 845 would be manufactured through TSMC’s 7nm process and would be clocked at the maximum speed of 2.5Ghz. However, some reports disagree to this and say that the chipset could be built through the usual 10nm process and include an octa-core processor. The two S9s are also expected to sport a similar design as that of S8 with curved-display and dual camera set up that we saw in the latest Galaxy Note 8.advertisementAccording to an Express report, Samsung could unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the Mobile World Congress 2018. Excluding the S8 and S8 Plus which was delayed due to the battery issues, Samsung has been announcing its S-series of phones at the MWC for the past three years.last_img read more

Does It Matter That The Sixers Best Players Have No Playoff Experience

The Philadelphia 76ers are going to make the playoffs — not that their best players know what that feels like. Teams with their level of inexperience don’t usually push past the first round. Can the Sixers break the mold?

Former PM Ingraham says register to vote

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 1, 2017 – While voters wrangle over the relevance of Free National Movement leadership, its former leader and former Prime minister of The Bahamas is today in the Tribune telling Bahamians to get out and register to vote.  Voter apathy is high, voter registration turn out is low and the trend is troubling with General Elections set to be called anytime now.   The three term Prime Minister for the FNM said in the article, “It is a very important exercise in democracy. The higher the percentage of people who register, the higher the percentage of people who vote. It’s the one opportunity that people have to determine who is going to govern them and notwithstanding whatever issues that might confront people, it’s the most effective means people have to determine the direction of their country by registering to vote and so I encourage them to vote.” The Parliamentary Registration Department says just over half of who registered last elections have showed up at registration centers; recorded now at just under 88,000 Bahamians.  The Tribune caught the retired country leader and his wife at Government High School, where they were registering themselves.  #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:Former PM Ingraham says register to votecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

SpiceJet to expand fleet run 41 more flights

first_imgBudget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Friday said it has embarked upon a major fleet and flight expansion programme for the upcoming winter season.It said it will induct six new aircraft within 30 days, calling the move “a first of its kind initiative in the history of Indian aviation”.Presently, the airline has in its next generation fleet 20 Boeing 737s and 1 Airbus A319 aircraft along with 14 Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.According to the airline, the fresh induction was part of a comprehensive plan to meet the winter demand.SpiceJet also unveiled a new winter schedule, raising a total daily flight operations to 291 from the current 250, adding 10 new sectors, 30 new frequencies and 22 connecting flights.”We have been speedily moving on the growth path by consistently adding new flights to enhance our overall network,” said Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president and head of sales and distribution, SpiceJet.”With the new network schedule, we are offering better timings, increased frequencies. With this enhancement we have significantly growing our capacity by 16 percent.”SpiceJet said the newly added sectors in the winter schedule effective from 25 October were Ahmedabad-Goa, Mumbai-Varanasi and Varanasi-Hyderabad. The flights for Khozhikode-Dubai and Amritsar-Dubai are to start from 15 November. Under the winter schedule, the airline has reinforced its frequencies on multiple routes such as Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Chennai, Goa-Mumbai, Delhi-Kolkata, Kolkata-Agartala, Mumbai-Kochi, Hyderabad-Mumbai and Chennai-Madurai, among others.last_img read more

Forge national unity against autocracy Kamal tells people

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGono Forum president Kamal Hossain on Tuesday urged people to get united against autocracy and restore healthy politics in the country, reports UNB.”In an autocratic system, the rule of law and freedom of speech are obliterated while the nation’s progress is hampered due to corruption, plundering and politicisation,” he said.Speaking at Gono Forum standing committee’s meeting at its central office, Kamal further said, “Autocracy also destroys economy, state institutions, and civilisation. So, we must unite people and forge a national unity against autocracy.”He said it is impossible to establish good governance without healthy politics. “As people are the owners of the country, we must unite them to restore healthy politics and free the nation from an individual’s rule.”Kamal Hossain asked his party colleagues to strengthen their organisation at the grassroots level involving people and identifying their problems.Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria, executive presidents professor Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury and party MP Mokabbir Khan, among others, spoke at the programme.last_img read more