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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had to know what he was doing when he was standing way too close to the field, blocking Jacoby Jones’ path, right?
The coach said he was just looking at the Ravens’ video screen and “lost my placement” when Jones almost ran into him during a kickoff return. It’s a little hard to buy that. If nothing else it’s inexplicable why Tomlin didn’t get a penalty for being in a restricted area of the sideline.
The Jets got a penalty last week for being too close to the field when an official had to run around a member of the team’s staff. An official had to run around Tomlin, hands in his pockets looking up blankly at himself on the video board about to get run over by Jones if the Ravens returner didn’t cut inside. Tomlin’s roadblock might have slowed up Jones just enough that he got tackled from behind. No flag was thrown.
That doesn’t mean Tomlin has heard the end of it. The NFL is reviewing the play to see if Tomlin should be disciplined, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report. That’s no surprise at all. It won’t be a surprise if the league gives Tomlin a fine, either.
The Ravens won, so they could have some laughs about the incident. And, in fact, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith posted a fantastic photoshopped image on Instagram poking fun at Tomlin side-stepping out of Jones’ way.
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The once mighty and ubiquitous neon light of Blockbuster will soon go dark. The chain –owned by Dish for the past couple of years — will shut down all its remaining stores and discontinue its DVDs-by-mail service over the next few months.
Blockbuster was once a titan of home entertainment, coming to dominate the DVD rental world in the late 1990s and early 2000s before broadband and names like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu started to chip away at the convenience of a neighborhood store with the trademark blue awning.
The company went from being on top of the world to a dinosaur of the entertainment world so quickly my brain has a hard time placing it in the timeline of my life.
It was scarcely 15 years ago that my weekends were dominated by Blockbuster. Friday nights would kick off with a visit to the store, the agony of making those selections, and then waiting two more hours to actually watch the movie with friends only after they finished their shifts working at Blockbuster. Could such a treasured American ritual as this already have… [Read more]
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The iPad Air goes on sale Friday, but the first reviews are in today. And if you were on the fence about buying Apple’s latest large screen tablet before, you won’t be after reading the reviews, which are unanimous in their praise.
Apple is being lauded for its thinnest and lightest full-sized iPad yet, along with fast new internals. Most reviews mention the lack of Touch ID, and there’s some doubt as to how it will fare against the upcoming iPad mini with retina display, but there’s no denying Apple has another hit on its hands with the iPad Air.
Below are some highlights to give you a sense of what everyone is saying.
As strange as it may sound, the latest iPad is actually just a larger version of the 7.9-inch mini. It’s as if the smaller device — which launched at the same time as the fourth-gen iPad — was a pilot test for Jony Ive’s new design language. Calling it the “Air” was fitting indeed, since it’s ridiculously small and light compared to previous models… Simply put, the iPad Air is the most comfortable 10-inch tablet we’ve ever used.
Trying to summarize what makes the iPad Air special quickly turns into a list of the things Apple likes to have with any evolution of an existing product: it’s smaller, lighter and faster with absolutely no tradeoffs made in the process. The iPad Air feels like a true successor to the iPad 2.
We coached the iPad Air through some of our favorite benchmarks, along with a fourth-gen iPad running the most recent version of iOS (7.0.3). The results were quite compelling. In Sunspider 1.0.1, the old iPad took 661ms on average to complete the tests, whereas the new Air blasted through in 402ms average. That’s a greater than 50 percent improvement in Web rendering speed. (The iPhone 5S scored 417ms.) Geekbench 2 was similarly improved, 1,797 vs. 2,382 (higher is better here), and on Geekbench 3 the gap widened, 1,429 vs. 2,688. In fact, the iPad Air’s single-core score of 1,475 is higher than the dual-core score of the fourth-generation iPad.
So should you upgrade if you already own, say, a third or fourth generation iPad? There’s no overarching reason to spend the $ 499 on up for a Wi-Fi only model, or $ 699 on up for a model that adds cellular. Your current iPad runs all 475,000-plus apps in the App Store that have been especially produced for Apple’s tablets. It also runs iOS 7 like the Air, assuming you upgraded.
In other words, your existing iPad can pretty much do everything that the iPad Air can do. That said, if you’re new to iPad or are in the market to buy a tablet anyway, I expect you’ll be more than thrilled with an Air.
Speaking of power—let’s talk about the battery. I don’t use my iPad all day, every day, but I do use it on occasion throughout the day. For instance, if I have an appointment, I’ll take the iPad with me and do some writing. I did that today.
I sat for a few hours today, utilizing LTE for Internet, and writing in Byword. I was doing simple things really—nothing that was taxing for such a powerful device, but still important work for me.
I used it a few more times during the day for research, email, surfing the Web and other such tasks. I wrote and edited part of this review on it. As I type this, there is 84% of my battery remaining. Not bad for having a device at my disposal all day long, ready to do anything I need.
I’ve been testing the iPad Air for about a week and found it a pleasure to use. This new iPad isn’t a radical rethinking of what a tablet can be, but it’s a major improvement on a successful product. It is the best tablet I’ve ever reviewed.
We’ll plan to follow up with our own thoughts after spending time with the new iPad Air, but for now, it seems like Apple has yet another winning tablet on its hands.
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You might finally be able to buy Google’s Nexus 5 — the only Android phone you should care about this holiday season — this Friday!
“In the future, out of 100 customers, we want to excite ten of them instead of not offending all 100.”
Almost all of the details about the Toyota New Group Architecture (TNGA) strategy have come out since the initiative was first reported on in March of this year, but Autoblog did learn a few new things about it on a recent trip to Japan. Probably the second-most important detail is that each new segment platform will be based around a common hip point to create an “optimal driving position architecture.”
Previously, each car was conceived on its own, so Toyota couldn’t extract savings from cars that were close in size. The Etios, sold in Latin America and India, is not much smaller than the Corolla, but the two compacts had two different lead engineers, so they have different hip points and require different manufacturing processes and different kinds of commodity parts like seat belt equipment.
A common hip point and driving position, as well as other moves like the an R&D reorganization and the switch to parts engineered for global approval and pooled buying, will allow Toyota to harmonize parts like airbags, pedal boxes and seat belts to save money. The company expects to save 15 to 20 percent on manufacturing using TNGA, and 20 to 30 percent overall once development is included. Toyota also says it will use the efficiencies gained and money saved to make those commodity parts better, and they will have longer life cycles; while the lifespan of a Corolla won’t change, a pedal box might carry over from one generation into a brand new generation. Three new front-wheel-drive cars are expected to ride on the platform in 2015, the Prius being one of them, and its advance estimate of 55 miles per gallon is said to be aided by the TNGA.
Another important objective of the streamlined development programs and common parts is allowing the designers to actually, you know, design a car instead of wrapping a platform in meek metal. Said company CEO Akio Toyoda earlier this year, “Instead of developing what customers would want next, we were making cars that would rake in sales” – cars that were just as popular as they were boring.
That brings us to what we think might be the most important advance provided by the TNGA, revealed in a presentation by company design chief Tokuo Fukuichi: “Before, we made cars so as not to be disliked by anyone. In the future, out of 100 customers, we want to excite ten of them instead of not offending all 100.”