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The JungleAugust 19, 201826min0

WWE SummerSlam 2018 – where and when

WWE SummerSlam is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 19th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This will be the fourth year in a row that the WWE’s second biggest PPV of the year will be held at the venue, which can accommodate up to 16,000 wrestling fans.

The five-hour event will begin at 7pm ET (4pm PT, midnight BST, 9am AEST MOnday morning) though you may want to tune in two hours earlier if you want to catch the kickoff show at 5pm ET.

WWE is pulling out all the stops for its biggest event of the summer with a loaded match card and seven hours of action. And there are plenty of ways to live stream SummerSlam 2018.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 will feature all of your favorite wrestlers including Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey who will both be returning to the ring after sitting out WWE Extreme Rules.

Samoa Joe is challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns is going up against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey is set to take on Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship. 

Additionally Japan’s Shinsuke Nakamura will meet Jeff Hardy in the ring to see who will win the US Championship while Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Carmella will face off for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship.

If you’re a die-hard wrestling fan or just interested in seeing some of the top names in sports entertainment meet in the ring, then WWE SummerSlam will be an absolute must watch. Luckily for you, we’ll show you how to live stream the entire event with our guide to watch WWE from anywhere in the world.

Live stream WWE SummerSlam from anywhere in the world

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Live stream on the WWE Network

First thing’s first…the WWE Network is your first stop for the most comprehensive wrestling coverage on the planet. It’s a paid subscription service (think Netflix, but only for the WWE) available pretty much anywhere in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and including the US, UK, Australia and Canada.

The list of devices you can watch on is almost as lengthy, with apps for iOS and Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV, Roku and Smart TVs all included.

The cost of course varies from territory to territory, but the $9.99 or £9.99 monthly bills in the US and UK should give you a good idea. That includes the SummerSlam live stream and the ability to re-watch every PPV the WWE has ever put on.

Just wanting to watch that Lesnar vs Reigns rematch and don’t want the WWE Network after SummerSlam 2018? Then there’s a free trial available, too. Head to the WWE Network to sign up and new subscribers can test out the service for themselves for a full month. 

How to watch SummerSlam 2018: USA stream

Stick to the WWE network

If you’re watching from the United States, then subscribing to the WWE network is your best bet as it is the most cost effective way to watch. Other pay-per-view providers including Spectrum, Dish Network and Xfinity are showing SummerSlam 2018 but they cost upwards of $40 each. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Canada stream

It’s the WWE Network again

As is the case in the WWE’s home country, the WWE Network is also the cheapest, most convenient place to watch SummerSlam 2018 in Canada. However, you could choose to go with Bell, Shaw PPV or SaksTel PPV but expect to pay similar prices to PPV providers in the US. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: UK stream

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Australia stream

If you’re in Australia, then Extreme Rules will be shown live at 9am on Monday morning on the Main Event channel for $30 or $35 depending on your cable provider. Luckily though, WWE Network is also available in Australia, so that’s also a good choice if you’d prefer to save some cash and even be able to re-watch all of the WWE’s PPV events. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Japan stream

The WWE Network is available in Japan

Japanese fans eager to watch Nakamura take on Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship can catch all the action live on the WWE Network. SummerSlam 2018 will start at 8am on Monday morning in Japan. Alternatively, DMM.com, J:Com and Sukachan are all listed as offering PPV options. 

How to watch WWE Extreme Rules 2018: India stream

WWE fans in India can tune in to watch SummerSlam 2018 on Sony Ten 1 and Ten HD on their televisions. The event will be telecasted live from 5.30am IST onwards. 

The WWE Network is also available in India and a VPN can let you access the stream with familiar commentary from Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman. 

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The JungleAugust 19, 20188min0

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Twitter is under increasing scrutiny over harassment on its service.


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Two weeks ago, Apple, Facebook, YouTube and others kicked the harassing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site off their services. 

But Twitter refused until Tuesday, when it suspended him for seven days after he effectively called on his viewers to take up arms against journalists and others. What changed?

It turns out, the media did. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, told CNN in an interview Sunday that the work that network and other reporters did digging up instances where Jones and his Infowars broke the company’s rules ultimately helped lead to his ban.

Until those reports started coming in, Twitter hadn’t received reports “that we felt we could take action on that violated our terms of service,” he said. “As we receive reports, we take action.”

Dorsey saying Twitter doesn’t proactively police its service much isn’t particularly new — Facebook, YouTube and Twitter all say they rely heavily on us, the users, to point out bad behavior. But it’s a reminder that even at high-profile moments, such as after Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Stitcher and others had banned Jones from their services for bad behavior, Twitter still didn’t devote resources to keeping an eye on a user who has a history of attacking traumatized victims of mass shootings, and their families.

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Dorsey told CNN Sunday that it was a matter of time, energy and money. “People may say you should be a lot more proactive around all the content. And while we could do that, it just requires so many resources,” he said. (Twitter, meanwhile, posted $133 million in adjusted profits for the three months ended June 30.) “I mean, hours and hours and hours of looking through video content.”

For its part, Facebook’s solution has been twofold. It’s pledged to hire 10,000 more security and content moderation employees, a significant investment that’s already appears to drag down the company’s profits.

Silicon Valley has also been trying to train computer programs to better identify bad behavior. So far, Facebook said its programs have identified 99 percent of terrorist propaganda before anyone has a chance to report it to the company. But it struggles more with hate speech, the company has said.

Meanwhile, conservative pundits are pushing back, raising concerns that tech companies are censoring dissenting voices. They’ve also complained the companies aren’t being transparent enough about how they arrive at their decisions, or what posts in particular are at issue.

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted about the issue, arguing that social media companies are “closing down the opinions” of conservatives.

“They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others,” he tweeted. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen.”

Jones’ suspension from Twitter will likely lift by Tuesday evening.

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The JungleAugust 19, 201810min0

The global smartphone industry has become a battle of Android phones, especially now with Huawei becoming the second largest smartphone vendor globally, surpassing Apple. With the competition getting fierce, it’s time to compare Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 9 to the HUAWEI P20 Pro in four areas that drive an end user to buy their new: Camera, chipset, design and, ultimately, value for money!

Superior Camera

We took the camera out for a few fun test shots, both during the day and night and found that even though launched in March, the HUAWEI P20 Pro, is still the best smart camera phone on the market.

Equipped with Leica Triple Camera, HUAWEI P20 Pro has a leading rear camera system comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. Compared to the Note9’s 12+12MP dual lens camera, HUAWEI P20 Pro supports a higher resolution in both its primary and secondary sensors, and on top of that, it also has a third sensor with a dedicated telephoto lens.

In the simplest terms, the images shot on a camera with a higher resolution are clearer and more detailed, whilst a low-resolution camera is only capable of producing images that are comparatively blurrier and noisier. However, there are several more factors that impact image quality– for instance, the sizes of the sensor and photosites (pixels on the sensor).

With AI being the recent game changer in camera specs in smartphones, it is safe to say that Huawei was the first to launch the AI powered camera feature last year in its flagship device HUAWEI Mate 10 series, which offered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition. This basically meant that the camera settings were automatically set based on the object and scene, where actually the phone recognizes the object and scene and adjusts the camera setting automatically to capture a clear and sharp picture.

This feature was further developed and improved upon with the launch of their HUAWEI P20 Pro that comes equipped with a triple 40 MP AI camera. In all fairness, one of the most unmatchable features of HUAWEI P20 Pro is its low light photography capability, which is equipped with state-of-the-art AI Image Stabilization. Phone users are be able to capture incredible blur-free, handheld shots in low-light using Night Mode, without the need for a tripod. The HUAWEI P20 Pros night mode also balances high-contrast scenes for effortlessly clear, light-balanced snaps in any setting. In fact, HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Night Mode feature can sometimes capture scenes that even the naked eye cannot see.

Besides HUAWEI P20 Pro’s edge in sensor specifications, HUAWEI’s current top-of-the-line flagship also supports 3x optical zoom, allowing the HUAWEI P20 Pro to zoom farther than the Note9, which only can manage 2x optical zoom. Also, though both devices support 10x digital zoom, HUAWEI P20 Pro also supports 5x hybrid zoom, which leverages its on-device AI capabilities to combine both optical and digital data to minimize quality loss while zooming.

AI is the future and the P20 Pro is designed for it

CPUs are poorly optimized to execute AI tasks. Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, they struggle in areas such as image recognition.The Huawei P20 Pro comes built-in with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside the Kirin 970 that is optimized for AI tasks. The EMEA models of the Galaxy Note 9 are powered by the Exynos 9810 processor which lacks a a discrete processor for AI tasks.

Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, the EMEA model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will likely provide a subpar user experience compared to the HUAWEI P20 Pro. Another score for HUAWEI P20 Pro with its AI enabled Kirin 970 chipset.

Beauty beyond Compare

We chose phones that are trendy and stand out from the crowd. Over the years, phones have become a fashion statement that is an extension of ourselves. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be launched in three colors in the Middle East: Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue and Midnight Black. However, their visual impact pales in comparison with HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Twilight color. Whereas all Note9 variants have a singular color, some also with a metallic finish, HUAWEI P20 Pro is available in an iridescent gradient color.

Drawing inspiration from the Northern Lights, Huawei created the unique Twilight purple-to-blue gradient color using the NCVM process, a lengthy industrial process that involves high costs and low yields, but produces a unique look that makes the HUAWEI P20 Pro instantly stand out from amongst others.

Huawei’s designers deliberately aligned the camera module in a way so that when a user holds the device horizontally, the look of the device resemble that of a compact camera. This is an exemplification of how Huawei speaks through design—just from looking at the device, a user can tell that it’s made for photography. On the other hand, Note9’s design showcases Samsung’s clear lack of attention to detail. The primary rear camera on the Note9 is slightly, though noticeably off from the center 

Yet again, HAUWEI P20 Pro’s gradient colours and camera + key placement, makes it a user-friendly and ‘haute’ phone to own and hold.

Better Value

Lastly, which works better for your pocket and gives you the best value for your money?

Launched in March 2018, the HUAWEI P20 Pro comes with a trove of innovations and features that competitor devices have only recently caught up to. For instance, when Samsung put a 3300mAh into its Note8 and a 3500mAh battery into the S9+, Huawei designed the HUAWEI P20 Pro with a massive 4000mAh battery. Following in Huawei’s footsteps, Samsung included a 4000mAh battery in the latest Note9. 

But that wasn’t the only feature that Huawei introduced first. One of the features that Samsung highlighted during its Unpacked event was the Samsung DeX desktop mode without the need of a dedicated dock. Huawei has the same feature on the HUAWEI P20 Pro under the name “Easy Projection”, for over five months now. Perhaps most importantly, Huawei is offering these premium features at a very competitive price today—while Samsung still needs another few weeks before they can put their costly new flagship into the hands of consumers.

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The JungleAugust 19, 201817min0

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This is the red version of the OnePlus 6. You won’t have to wait long for the successor OnePlus 6T. 


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OnePlus‘ next flagship phone will get a feature that’s new to the company: the backing of a major US carrier.

T-Mobile will be the exclusive US carrier partner for the OnePlus 6T when it launches in October, according to several people familiar with the launch plans. That includes a specific version of the OnePlus 6T optimized for T-Mobile’s network, the people said. 

The company, however, will still sell its standard global version that’s unlocked and able to run on either AT&T or T-Mobile, as well as networks overseas. The price of the OnePlus 6T is tentatively set at $550, although that hasn’t been finalized. 

For the phone-savvy, OnePlus represents an alternative to the $1,000 super premium smartphones offered by Samsung (Galaxy Note 9) and Apple (iPhone X). Its rise in popularity coincides with the decline of older stalwarts like HTC and LG.


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The partnership underscores the progress that OnePlus has made in the US. The Chinese phone maker isn’t a household name, but has long attracted diehard Android fans for its mix of high-end specs and affordable prices. Having a place at T-Mobile stores means it’ll attract more mainstream awareness through a physical presence in thousands of retail stores. 

“Getting carrier shelf space is a prerequisite to volume sales in the US,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data. 

While the typical route for a phone maker hoping to break into the US market is to work with a carrier — typically on cheap phones first — OnePlus took a different route and has steadily built its own cult following here by selling directly to customers online, often through “flash sales” where the product sells out quickly. 

Other companies have tried and failed to go directly after consumers. OnePlus’s growing success here as a Chinese company contrasts with some of its peers, including Huawei and ZTE, which have seen their efforts hobbled by government pressure. ZTE is just now clawing back from its near death sentence after settling with the Commerce Department in a deal pushed by President Trump

This deal is a culmination of talks that began much earlier. The company’s CEO, Pete Lau, said in an interview with CNET in January that he would begin talking with the US carrier this year.

“If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we’ll be very happy to experiment,” Lau said through co-founder Carl Pei, who served as interpreter. 

The odds were always going to be high that OnePlus landed at T-Mobile or AT&T, since its global unlocked phones are compatible with the two carriers. Because of the need for different wireless standards or issues with network certification, OnePlus phones don’t work on Verizon or Sprint. And while OnePlus is part of the same group that owns Chinese phone brands Oppo and Vivo, it lacks the resources to commit to building specific phones for different carriers. Verizon’s notoriously high standards of testing already made a OnePlus phone on its network an unlikely reality.

T-Mobile’s version of the OnePlus 6T will be optimized for the carrier’s network, including the new 600 megahertz band of spectrum being rolled out that promises better and faster coverage. T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray has often boasted about the improvement to the quality of the network thanks to the new swath of spectrum. 

The only hiccup with the US launch could come from the testing required by T-Mobile to get certification on the network. OnePlus is still in the process of getting what’s known as “technical approval” at the carrier, according to one person. Failure to get the approval could cause a delay with the carrier launch.

Also, presence in a US carrier store doesn’t guarantee success, notes Lopez Research analyst Maribel Lopez. Just look at the Essential phone at Sprint. Sales rep often push the most popular phones for the quickest sales, which tend to be Apple and Samsung devices. 

But OnePlus’ younger, more technically savvy crowd, however, lines up well with T-Mobile’s core demographic. For OnePlus, getting a little of the Un-carrier mojo couldn’t hurt. 

The story originally published on Aug. 17 at 5 a.m. PT. 

Update, 8:04 a.m. PT: To include additional background. 

Update, Aug. 18 at 4:07 a.m.: To include additional background.

Update, Aug. 19 at 5:49 a.m.: To include additional background. 

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The JungleAugust 19, 201810min0

Another season of Rainbow Six Siege is right around the corner, and of course that means another pair of operators to add to the sizeable group of playable characters. After the two most recent operations offering up two operators on the same side, we are back to having one of each, with Operation Grim Sky bringing one new attacking operator from the US and one new defensive operator from the UK. 

Clash and Maverick are the 41st and 42nd operators in Rainbow Six siege, but both of them bring something completely new to the table. Clash is the first defensive operator to wield a shield, while Maverick is a hard breacher who isn’t focused on creating new pathways. Of course both are much deeper than that, and will certainly take a good bit of getting used to. 

However, we did get the chance to go hands on with these new operators, which will launch next month as part of Operation Grim Sky, at the Six Major Paris where the best Rainbow Six teams in the world competed for a share of $350,000. 

Clash

Electrified full-body riot shields might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the Metropolitan Police Service, but that is exactly what new operator Clash brings to the table. After being a member of the Met and becoming an expert on mob behavior and snatch-squad tactics Clash has now transferred over to team Rainbow, bringing her massive shield with her. 

Unlike other shields in Siege, which are all on attacking operators while Clash is a defensive option, this shield easily covers her entire body height all the time, meaning pretty much every single shot coming from in front of her will be blocked by this massive shield. However, like all shield operators, she has no protection on her back, so if you can flank a Clash you have an easy kill on your hands. 

Of course holding a shield this big requires two hands, and while Clash can bring a secondary weapon with her, 95% of the time you will just be holding your shield, and unable to shoot any bullets at your foes. Instead the shield is equipped with what are basically a couple of tasers. These short range electric shocks can be fired pretty rapidly, and will slow down any opponents hit by them, and do a small amount of damage. 

This effectively means that Clash’s most suited role is crowd control and being a pretty good distraction. If she can get in front of a couple of operators, while a teammate gets a better angle on them then you are sure to get a couple of easy kills.  On the Hereford base reworked map, where we got to play Clash, we found that putting clash on a staircase, while another teammate flanked via the new second staircase worked wonders, as players would be so preoccupied with shooting Clash’s shield they would forget to check for the flank behind them. 

Clash is certainly great fun to play, but once you start to come up against high skill players she seems to become a little less effective. Obviously the best way to deal with her is to get behind her, and while less experienced players might be okay with unloading an entire mag into her shield a more experienced player will simply get behind her. She is great fun to play when you are absorbing a ton of bullets and baiting players in, but we expect high level players to figure her out very quickly. 

Maverick

While Clash is all about distracting opponents, Maverick is a hard breacher who is quite good at remaining unnoticed. Unlike most other hard breachers, Maverick can use his high powered blowtorch to create small holes in surfaces, including reinforced walls. By doing this he can create tiny lines of sight that are hard to notice for any defenders, but can be perfect holes to shoot a few bullets through and get a free kill if someone walks past. 

It will of course take a while to figure out the best places to create these smaller holes to get easy kills on spots where defenders like to sit, but even with just a few rounds to play with Maverick it became clear how strong this power can be.  

In one round, again on the new Hertford base, there was one defender sat in a room with a Castle barricade on one door, making the other door a clear risk for the one remaining attacker, a Maverick. The Maverick assumed that the defender would be watching the other door, so created a tiny hole in a wall, that gave him a perfect angle onto the defender. A couple of shots later and the round was won and the defender had no idea where the shots had come from, thanks to the Suri Torch being almost silent when burning through wall. 

Of course Maverick can also use his torch to create a path through walls, even reinforced ones for his team to run through, but this is a pretty inefficient use of time and resources if you have any other kind of hard breacher on your team. Creating new lines of sight and creating tiny kill holes certainly seem to be the best use of his gadget. 

The changes to hatches, with them now being partially destructible instead of just totally disappearing when they take enough damage, also means that you can create great lines of sight from above with clear vision. Maverick’s blow torch can burn through floors to do this, just like a grenade can, but you will often have a ton of support beams blocking your view, and more importantly shots. But partially destroying a hatch means you have a totally clear line of sight to shoot down through. 

Maverick seems to be much more useful than Clash when it comes to higher level play, he is an operator everyone will be able to use well, regardless of skill and will always be useful as a breacher. However he would probably be an unlikely choice to bring as your only hard breacher, so where he will end up fitting into the meta remains to be seen. 

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The JungleAugust 19, 201811min0

Fall is nearly here and as we slowly slide into Halloween season, you may as well start on your horror binge. Amazon Prime picked up a few good horror films including The Amityville Horror, Pumpkinhead and Jigsaw. Or, if you’d prefer to watch something a little less scary, there’s Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II

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A few classics are popping up this month, including Chinatown and Blazing Saddles. Though if you’re like me and would rather watch some fun, terrible movies on Prime, we have you covered

King Lear, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, will also drop this month, though the date hasn’t been announced yet. 

Check out the full list below:

Available on Amazon Prime, September 2018

September TBD

  • King Lear, Season 1 (Prime Original series)

September 1

  • Asylum, Season 1
  • The Blue Rose, Season 1
  • The Broker’s Man, Seasons 1-2
  • The Field of Blood, Seasons 1-2
  • Golden, Season 1
  • The Kevin Bishop Show, Season 2
  • London Irish, Season 1
  • The Palace, Season 1
  • Parents, Season 1
  • Rocket’s Island, Seasons 1-3
  • Sam’s Game, Season 1
  • Texas Rising, Season 1
  • The Triangle, Season 1
  • Trust, Season 1
  • Westside, Seasons 1-3
  • Wild at Heart, Seasons 1-8
  • 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
  • A Field in England (2013)
  • A Good Woman (2006)
  • A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
  • A Murder of Crows (1999)
  • A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010)
  • A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise (2012)
  • All You Can Eat Buddha (2017)
  • Bandits (2001)
  • Beowulf (2007)
  • Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • Bolero (1984)
  • Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police (2012)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Cool It (2010)
  • Double Impact (1991)
  • DragonHeart (1996)
  • Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Fall Time (1993)
  • Fighting Temptations (2003)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Ghostbusters II (1989)
  • Going Overboard (1989)
  • Gutland (2017)
  • Hard Rain (1998)
  • Harry and Paul’s History of the 2s (2014)
  • Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (2015)
  • Hotel for Dogs (2009)
  • House of D (2004)
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)
  • Ingenious (2009)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Joyride (1997)
  • Kill Me Again (1989)
  • Lea to the Rescue (2016)
  • Luk’Luk’I (2017)
  • Miami Vice (2006)
  • Over the Top (1987)
  • Paycheck (2003)
  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
  • Prancer (1989)
  • Primal Fear (1996)
  • Pumpkinhead (1988)
  • Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
  • Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  • Roger Dodger (2002)
  • Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
  • Senorita Justice (2004)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  • Stealth Fighter (1999)
  • The Amityville Horror (1979)
  • The Dark Half (1993)
  • The Eagle (2011)
  • The Great Outdoors (1988)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • The Man Who Lost His Head (2007)
  • The Perfect Weapon (1991)
  • The Score (2001)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • Tonightly (2008)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

September 2

September 4

  • Beirut (2018)
  • Crescent (2017)
  • Strangers Prey at Night (2018)

September 6

September 7

  • Pete the Cat, Season 1a (Prime Original series)
  • Six Dreams, Season 1 (Prime Original series)
  • Wishenpoof, Season 2b (Prime Original series)
  • Cesar Chavez (2014)

September 8

  • From Paris with Love (2009)
  • Stronger (2017)

September 12

September 14

  • Forever, Season 1 (Prime Original series)
  • High Fantasy (2017)

September 15

September 16

  • Baby Mama (2008)
  • I Am Wrath (2016)
  • The Good Shepherd (2006)

September 20

  • Jugnu (1973)
  • This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018)

September 21

September 22

  • For Colored Girls (2010)
  • Hot Summer Night (2018)

September 27

September 28

  • Hannah (2017)
  • Plonger (Diving) (2017)
  • Suburbicon (2017)

September 29

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The JungleAugust 19, 20183min0


It looks like Valve is planning upgraded livestreaming capabilities for Steam, after a new service at the Steam.tv domain briefly went live over the weekend. Before it got pulled, the feed was showing a livestream of Dota 2 at the Valve’s esports tournament for the game, The International 2018.

Valve later admitted to CNET that the feed went live earlier than it was supposed to: “We are working on updating Steam Broadcasting for the Main Event of The International, Dota 2’s annual tournament,” a representative said. “What people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public.”

CNET and other outlets briefly had chance to play around with the new Steam.tv service, and it comes across as a more mature and powerful version of the rather limited Steam Broadcasting platform that already exists. In other words, Valve might be planning to take on Twitch and YouTube Gaming more directly.

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The feed was only available in the web and didn’t work in the Steam desktop application, those who saw it confirmed. There was the option to create live chats and video chats alongside broadcasts, though the only content being streamed before the site went dark again was of Dota 2.

That rather brief statement from Valve confirms that something is on the way, but just how advanced it ends up being remains to be seen. The Main Event starts on Monday August 21 (tomorrow), with the final on Saturday August 25, so something should go live soon.

Valve and Steam have a big enough presence to take on the likes of Amazon (which owns Twitch) and YouTube, and gaming streams and esports continue to grow rapidly in popularity (and money-making potential): Twitch current averages more than a million views on the platform at any one time.

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The JungleAugust 19, 201817min0

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At Samsung’s lavish Unpacked 2018, the tech powerhouse announced two new gadgets we all expected — the Galaxy Note 9 phone and a new Galaxy Watch — as well as one we didn’t: the Galaxy Home smart speaker. You know, the speaker that looks like a cauldron, fondue pot or backyard grill.

The Home is Samsung’s first speaker based on Bixby, a voice assistant that debuted with the Galaxy S8 phone and has since made its was to Samsung’s TVs and smart appliances. Its competition includes Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, all of which have a pretty healthy head start. The Home is trying to break into a market with three of the most aggressive competitors out there — and that’s not even including other players like Microsoft, Xiaomi and Alibaba. 

Samsung didn’t provide many details about the speaker at its event, leaving the meat and potatoes — like pricing and when you can actually buy one — for its Developer’s Conference in November. Until then, the Home is ripe for speculation, much like a big, black, three-legged pear. To the suggestion box!

It needs to cost $200

Once the superb Sonos One hit the marketplace its $200 price became the sweet spot for good-sounding smart speakers, but I won’t be surprised if the Home costs more than that — something closer to the $350 HomePod. That would be a mistake in my book.

Emulating Cupertino is no guarantee of success. While Siri is the most popular voice assistant on phones — thanks to the massive install base of iPhone users — it’s far from tops in the home. According to a recent report, the HomePod had a mere 6 percent of the US market, dwarfed by Amazon’s 70 percent and Google’s 24, respectively. Of course, Amazon and Google have a head start measured in years, and offer devices that sell for as little as $35 to $50. If Samsung wants to compete, it needs competitive pricing. 

The Alexa-powered Samsung VL350 is $250, so I’m guessing the larger, “premium” Galaxy Home will be at least $300. That’s just too much. People will swarm to the popular restaurants, but no one wants to go to an expensive place where they’re dining alone. Which leads us to…

It needs Google Assistant as well as Bixby

In what could be a blueprint for Bixby’s future, Microsoft and Amazon have made Cortana and Alexa interoperable. If you’re looking for the closest analog to a Bixby speaker it’s the Harman Kardon Invoke (ironically, produced by Samsung-owned Harman), which uses Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant. While the Invoke was introduced at $200 six months ago it is now going for $100. Adding Alexa (and dropping the price) could help it boost sales.

Given Samsung’s strong ties with Google (it’s the top vendor of Android-powered phones), it would make sense for the Galaxy Home to offer Google Assistant as well as Bixby. This would bring with it built-in Chromecast media streaming and that system’s excellent multiroom audio capabilities, and jibe well with Samsung’s SmartThings smart home ecosystem, which already works with Google Assistant.

Sonos promises it will add Google Assistant sometime this year — it already supports Alexa and Apple’s AirPlay 2 in its newer products — so Samsung should follow suit. In the near future it is likely that “choose your own assistant” speakers, at least high-end ones, will be the new normal.

It needs to sound good

Apple’s HomePod is the best-sounding dedicated smart speaker. It still has some issues, in part due to its small size, but it’s still the best of the lot — edging out Google Home Max and Sonos One. 

To be a contender, the Galaxy Home should sound at least as good as the Sonos One and even approach the HomePod. With the power and legacy of Harman — and the Samsung audio lab— behind it, along with its hefty size, audio quality shouldn’t be a problem for the Galaxy Home.

Make the microphones at least as good as Apple’s

There are dozens of smart speakers out there, from the dirt-cheap Insignia Voice and up. While most of them offer variations on “cruddy sounding,” there’s one thing that really separates them: the quality of the microphones used to “listen” for your spoken commands.

Of all the models we’ve tested, the HomePod again stands out as the best listener. The microphones are very sensitive and can pick up the wake word (“Siri”) when you’re in another room or even if the speaker is blaring. And that’s hard to get right. If Samsung is really going after Apple, it needs to compete on the microphone front, too.

It needs stereo pairing (and line-in)

A single speaker is fine for the kitchen or the bedroom, but some people want their speakers to perform in a larger room, too. The best smart speakers offer features such as stereo pairing for improved sound quality — two Galaxy Homes as a stereo system, yes please — as well as multiple inputs so people can hook it up to their TV.

While we’re on the stereo-pairing thing, if you’re using two Homes on stands or having them flank a TV on a wall, those spindly legs need to be removable. Or at least offer a floor stand as an option.


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Samsung’s strange-looking Galaxy Home speaker has promise, if only because the company makes quality audio gear already, such as the HW-K950 sound bar. All it needs is a competitive price, solid performance and a little help from another Assistant. That’s not so hard, is it?

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday awarded Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (TTWO.O), the maker of the “Grand Theft Auto” series, a preliminary injunction to stop a Georgia man from selling programs that it said helps players cheat at the best-selling video game.

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Take-Two had accused David Zipperer of selling computer programs called Menyoo and Absolute that let users of the “Grand Theft Auto V” multiplayer feature Grand Theft Auto Online cheat by altering the game for their own benefit, or “griefing” other players by altering their game play without permission.

U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan said Take-Two was likely to show that Zipperer infringed its “Grand Theft Auto V” copyright, and that his programs would cause irreparable harm to its sales and reputation by discouraging users from buying its video games.

Stanton also said an injunction would serve the public interest by encouraging Take-Two to invest more in video games and was appropriate because of the “high risk” that Zipperer, who claimed to be unemployed, could not afford damages.

The judge dismissed an unfair competition claim against Zipperer, who according to court papers lives in Ellabell, Georgia, west of Savannah.

A lawyer for Zipperer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Take-Two said in a statement it will keep pursuing legal actions to avert “disruptions” to its multiplayer gaming community.

The New York-based company has lost at least $500,000 because of Zipperer’s programs, according to its March 23 complaint.

The case is Take-Two Interactive Software Inc v Zipperer, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 18-02608.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Sandra Maler

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The JungleAugust 19, 20183min0


It’s been a while since we saw a new Chromecast, so it’s perhaps no surprise that an updated edition is rumored to be on the way: and according to a filing with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the US, it should be packing improved connectivity options.

Specifically, the new and improved dongle is going to rock up with support for Bluetooth and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands (a faster but shorter-range wireless standard available on most modern routers), Variety reports.

A Chromecast with full Bluetooth functionality was rumored back in May. The current Google Chromecast includes a Bluetooth chip, but it’s only used during the setup process – you can’t use it to hook up gaming controllers or a mouse and keyboard, or to stream audio to the device.

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Exactly what Google plans to do with Bluetooth support on the Chromecast remains to be seen. Extra peripherals seems likely – so you could connect up a gaming pad and use the dongle as a little gaming device. Mouse and keyboard support would make navigating menus and entering text much easier too.

Don’t expect there to be many changes on the outside though: it sounds as though the new Chromecast is going to look exactly the same as the existing ones. Google currently sells a standard 1080p Chromecast and a 4K Chromecast Ultra.

We know Google is planning a mammoth hardware event for October 4 or thereabouts, where we’ll probably see new phones, new laptops, and maybe even a new Pixel-branded smartwatch too. Based on the latest FCC filings, an updated Chromecast could well be thrown into the mix as well.

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