Creative Outlier Air review

first_imgI’ve always hated wearing headphones at the gym or when running. They always fall out my ears or the wires get in the way. A couple of years ago I picked up a cheap pair of Bluetooth headphones which I found better but they were still connected to each other by a wire. They also continued to fall out my ears and had terrible battery life, not to mention endless connection problems.When I was given the opportunity to review the Creative Outlier Air I was interested to see how far the technology has come. The Outlier Air are Creative’s first shot at fully wireless in-ear headphones. They fall into the same category as Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds. A nice surprise is that they come in cheaper than both of those big names at a very reasonable £74.99 compared to the £159 and £139 of the Apple and Samsung offerings.When you buy a set of these, in the box you get the left and right earbuds, a neat charging case, an extra set of silicone tips, a USB-C cable and a small instruction manual. Everything looks a bit futuristic and I was impressed by the design of the earbuds and the charging case. The charging case is made of aluminium with curved edges and it has a lovely smooth premium feel. It weighs just 54g and fits easily into the palm of your hand. Dimensions-wise it comes in around 7.5cm x 4cm x 2.5cm which is a little chunky but I’ve had no issues at all carrying it around in my jeans pocket.It’s not immediately obvious what the case is and people I’ve shown it to have thought it might be a powerbank for my smartphone. That’s actually a decent guess because one end of the case has four LEDs and a USB-C connection. This is because inside is a rechargeable battery that keeps your earbuds topped up when you aren’t using them. Fully charged they last for up to 10 hours and the case stores an additional 20 hours worth of playtime.Credit: CreativeThe charging case can be fully charged in under two hours. Pushing the end of the case without the LEDs and charge port, slides out the earbud tray. Here you’ll find two magnetic slots to place the earbuds. They are very easy to pop in and take out, plus it stops them falling out should you open the case upside down.The first earbud that you take out of the case becomes the main one and pairs with your phone. The second one will then automatically pair. After pairing with my phone for the first time they just paired automatically each time and this worked flawlessly. When you place the buds back in the case they turn off and begin to charge. It’s possible to wear both buds together or just a single bud if you prefer.Popping them in your ears is simple enough and I found them to fit snugly. For me they just fit perfectly and remain comfortable during long sessions. The other thing that I was delighted about is that they just stay put. I didn’t have to constantly adjust or keep pushing back into my ears like most other headphones I’ve used over the years. These are also IPX5 rated which means they are sweatproof and can withstand rain.Each bud has an illuminated circle on the outside that lights up red or blue. The middle of these rings is a large push button that can be used to perform all the actions you’d expect such as play/pause, change volume and skip tracks. You can also use them to answer calls, with both buds featuring mics and playing the audio, or talk to your digital assistant such as Siri or Google. The buttons get the job done but can be a little awkward and although they were ok for me, I think some users might find pressing them can be uncomfortable.Credit: CreativeFor the price point, the audio quality of these earbuds is outstanding. They feature 5.6mm graphene drivers and support Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and AAC codecs. This means they use less energy than older versions of Bluetooth despite performing at least twice as fast. All kinds of audio I’ve thrown at them sound excellent with great bass and performance at different ranges. I’ve also had no issues with connection dropouts and audio has stayed in sync perfectly with video.Overall I’ve been incredibly impressed with the Creative Outlier Air. They perform as well as, if not better, than many wireless earbuds and at a much cheaper price point too. Creative have achieved something really special here and I really can’t recommend them enough if you’re in the market for some wireless earbuds.last_img read more

US 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction Raises $4.5 Billion

first_imgThe US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the successful conclusion of bidding in its auction of Priority Access Licenses in the 3550-3650 MHz band for 5G Applications. The auction, which was designated as Auction 105, made available the greatest number of spectrum licenses ever in a single FCC auction. This 70 MHz of licensed spectrum will further the deployment of 5G, as well as the Internet of Things and other advanced spectrum-based services.According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the auction was a resounding success. The strong demand for licenses was the direct result of FCC’s reforms to the rules for the 3.5 GHz band – reforms that would not have been possible without the leadership and hard work of Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. The auction has been a key part of FCC’s 5G FAST Plan and their ongoing push to make more mid-band spectrum available for 5G. Mr. Pai is now looking forward to the Commission making available 280 more MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G in the C-band auction beginning December 8.Bidding in the auction of 70 MHz of Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3550-3650 MHz band (Auction 105) concluded today following round 76. Gross proceeds reached $4,585,663,345, and bidders won 20,625 of 22,631, or more than 91.1%, of available licenses. The FCC will release a public notice in a few days providing detailed auction results, including the names of Auction 105 winning bidders, and announcing deadlines for payments and the filing of long-form applications, as well as other post-auction procedures needed for the prompt issuance of licenses. That information, as well as other information about Auction 105, can be found here.last_img read more

Ateneo bags UAAP men’s football title

first_imgGayoso was named the season MVP on top of his fourth straight Best Striker award while AJ Arcilla, who produced key saves for the Eagles in extra time, was named the Best Goalkeeper.Negrense Shanden Vergara of the Green Archers was named Rookie of the Year while teammates Yoshi Koizumi and Jed Diamante bagged the Best Defender and Best Midfielder awards, respectively.Meanwhile, De La Salle University Lady Archers topped Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 2-0, for a record 11th UAAP women’s volleyball championship.After a goalless first half, the Lady Archers went on attack mode as Rocelle Mendaño opened the scoring with a 54th minute header while rookie Shai Del Campo netted her 10th goal of the season with a 79th minute strike that iced the win./PN Members of Ateneo Blue Eagles rejoice after capturing the UAAP Season 81 men’s football crown at the expense of De La Salle University Green Archers at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. TIEBREAKER TIMES PHOTO MANILA – Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles reclaimed the crown in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football with a 2-1 victory over De La Salle University Green Archers at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium here.Jarvey Gayoso and Julian Roxas converted a goal each on Thursday night as the Blue Eagles captured its second UAAP men’s football crown in the last three years, and eight championships overall.The Green Archers looked to end a 21-year championship drought after rookie Mohammad Almohjili opened the account in the 78th minute but Gayoso was able to force an extension with a hit in the stoppage time.Roxas did not waste time in the first extension as he surged the Blue Eagles ahead at the 100th minute from a pass by Luke Alleje before the Ateneans tightened its defense on the Green Archers.last_img read more

Report: Indians to Ink International Prospect SS Jose Pastrano

first_img Related TopicsIndiansJose PastranoLuis Durango Matt Loede The Indians are looking to the future with the chance to sign players on the International market, and MLB.com reports the team has landed a player that is in the top 30 on MLB.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list.That player is shortstop Jose Pastrano, who is the 25th ranked player on the top 30 list released by MLB.com. The report says that the Indians will pay Pastrano $1.5 million.Pastrano from Venezuela is 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds. He is currently playing in the Dominican Summer League. The scouting report on Pastrano says that he is an agile middle infielder with a chance to be a good hitter with quick feet. He already has quick feet, soft hands and solid defensive actions. Add a strong arm that could become above average and the teen has a chance to be a plus defender.At the plate, he is a line-drive hitter who shows a good feel for the strike zone. He drives the ball to the opposite field particularly well and has enough bat speed to compete against average and slightly above-average fastballs. He’s a good runner now and is expected to be a plus runner in the future.The Tribe has also come to terms with outfielder Luis Durango of Panama, agreeing to pay him $550,000. Luis’ dad (also named Luis Durango), played from 2009 to 2011 with the Padres and Astros. center_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Ho takes commanding Lexus lead

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 BANDO, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight joint leader S.K. Ho of South Korea opened up a five-stroke lead after shooting a 6-under-par 65 in the third round of the Championship by Lexus on Saturday.Ho got his momentum going with three consecutive birdies from the third hole and added three birdies in four holes around the turn as he moved to 14-under 199 at Otone Country Club.center_img Australian Steven Conran, the other coleader after two rounds, shot a 70 to finish the day alone in second on 204. last_img read more

Betway signs deal with Ninjas in Pyjamas

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 It was announced last night that Betway has become the main sponsor of one of esports’ most established organisations Ninjas in Pyjamas, better known as NiP. This is the second partnership between a classic sportsbook operator and an esports team; Fnatic and Dafabet have had a partnership in place since October 2015. The ‘high six figure’ deal will see the Betway logo brandished on NiP player shirts and the deal significantly also includes “content usage rights, onsite branding at the NiP gaming house and full player access”. There will also be interviews with Bjorn ‘THREAt’ Pers, coach of NiP, and gear giveaways. Betway’s Anthony Werkman said: “Betway were very proud to be the first bookmaker to launch a bespoke eSports microsite last year. Since then, we have invested heavily in our team which is full of die-hard fans of the sport.“As a company we seek to provide a first-class, premium service and look to partner with those who share the same ideals and values to be able to bring fans closer to the action. As sponsors of West Ham United of the Premier League in England, we constantly engage with supporters to give them insight into the club they wouldn’t get anywhere else.”He concluded: “It’s with these ideals, values and mission in mind that we partnered with NiP.”NiP has some history in esports. It first formed back in 2000 in Sweden, and after a hiatus in 2007, it came back in 2012. NiP currently has teams in CS:GO and Overwatch, and has previously had rosters in Dota 2 and League of Legends.If you’ve heard about esports but want to know a little more about its origins, then check out this handy infographic below:Hicham Chahine, CEO of Ninjas in Pyjamas, said of the new partnership: “We are thrilled with the opportunity to work closely with the leading eSports betting company and are certain the partnership will allow us to continue to grow our legacy to give our millions of fans around the world unforgettable experiences they will remember for a lifetime. #GONINJAS!” ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Jamie Lee Curtis says new Halloween sequel is a horror movie for the #MeToo age

first_imgAndrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) — In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, Jamie Lee Curtis explains how her new Halloween sequel has evolved since the original film in 1978.This time around, Curtis’ Laurie Strode takes on masked murderer Michael Myers with the help of her daughter and granddaughter. She says the film — directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley — is a reflection of the changing times.“I do not believe that when David and Danny and Jeff were writing this, they were looking at it as a way of incorporating the #MeToo movement into this retelling or revisiting of this story,” she tells EW.“I think it is the natural occurrence of a zeitgeist, of a change, of a shift in thought and action which comes from these moments of tremendous cultural change.”Curtis, whose character is suffering from PTSD in the film, says the Halloween sequel will be part of the growing chorus of women reclaiming their own stories.“I didn’t realize it until we were making it, and I realized what Laurie was doing, and that’s very powerful,” she says.Halloween hits theaters October 19.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Captain Marvel’ Fandango pre-sales already superheroic; GoFundMe aims to send young girls to see it

first_imgMarvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Captain Marvel has taken its place among Fandango’s top three Marvel Cinematic Universe first day pre-sellers, alongside Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.The film — starring Brie Larson as the titular character, a fighter pilot-turned-alien-enhanced superhero — is outselling other Marvel Cinematic Universe ensemble movies, including Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as the MCU solo outings like Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange, in their first 24 hours of pre-sales.Incidentally, A new GoFundMe campaign aims to send impressionable young girls to see Captain Marvel, the first female-led MCU film. “Everyone should have an opportunity to see women in roles they can aspire to one day be, roles that show women as strong, smart and bold. From a teacher to a fighter pilot — or a superhero. This is an opportunity to continue to empower girls to be just that,” a message from the campaign says. The campaign has already collected more than half of its $10,000 goal.Captain Marvel — also starring  Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening and Jude Law — opens nationwide March 8. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Viral Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper lands Netflix special

first_imgCredit: Mindy Tucker(LOS ANGELES) — Author/comedian Sarah Cooper, who has become a viral sensation with her impersonations of President Donald Trump on TikTok, has landed her own Netflix special, titled Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine, the streamer announced on Wednesday.The special, directed by Orange Is the New Black alum Natasha Lyonne and executive produced by Saturday Night Live vet Maya Rudolph, will feature a “vignettes dealing with issues of politics, race, gender, class and other light subjects,” according to Netflix.Cooper, 42, will also be “joined by a fantastic array of special guests who will participate in short interviews, sketches and more shenanigans.”Cooper, whose satirical lip-sync impressions of the president have gained mainstream attention over the past several months, have earned her praise from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Stiller, Halle Berry, Cher and Jerry Seinfeld, among others.Prior to that, Cooper was a writer and correspondent on the CBS All Access pilot Old News, which was produced by Stephen Colbert, and wrote the best-selling books 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings and How to be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.She also guest hosted Tuesday’s edition of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine is set to premiere sometime in the fall.By George CostantinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Week 4 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games

first_imgWeek 4 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournamentsQB Case Keenum and WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins @ GiantsThe other side of the Giants-Redskins also offers us some nice stacking options, and this game could be the key to taking down a GPP. The total is set at 49 with both teams having bad defenses, especially against the pass. While I like the Giants side of the game in cash games, the Redskins side of the ball offers even more value based on price. Keenum had ups-and-downs on Monday night, but I’m willing to overlook that performance based on the fact that he was playing the Bears. The matchup with the Giants is probably the softest matchup that a quarterback can face, and he’s in a nice bounce-back spot at a price of only $4,900 on DraftKings. Keenum has posted over 3x value at that price in all three of his games this season against the Eagles, Cowboys, and Bears. The stacking choice for Keenum is Redskins’ top wide receiver and breakout rookie McLaurin. The former Ohio State pass-catcher has looked explosive in his first NFL season, and his price has not come up enough given the production that he has shown thus far. The Giants like to play man-to-man defense, which means that McLaurin will be matched up with CB Janoris Jenkins, who, similar to Josh Norman, looks like a shell of his former self. This stack is also cheap enough to allow you to play virtually anyone else in your lineup that you would like. WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endQB Jared Goff and WR Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams vs. BuccaneersGoff has been disappointing this season, but you have to love the spot that he finds himself in this week against the Buccaneers at home. While Tampa’s defense has been better this season, especially against the run, their pass defense still leaves a lot to be desired. Goff has massive home/road splits, with a plus-minus of plus-eight over his past 10 home starts. After his slow start to the season, you have to project Goff to have low ownership at the QB position, but he has legitimate 35-plus fantasy point upside in this matchup. You can stack Goff with any of his three top pass-catchers, but for tournaments, I’m going with Cooks. While Cooks has yet to really have a ceiling-type game, he has been close, and Goff continues to take shots down the field to him multiple times per game. Cooks also has similar home/road splits as Goff, with a plus-minus of plus-5.8 over his past 10 starts at home. I expect most of the ownership in this game to go toward Cooper Kupp after his big performance last Sunday night, which makes Cooks — who has just as much, if not more, upside — one of the best leverage plays on the slate.There’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning DFS lineup, and the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools. RotoQL’s Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you’re building lineups, regardless of contest size or site. Just like basically every other article on this site in Week 4, Daniel Jones is prominently involved. He’s a key part of our NFL DFS stacking strategy for DraftKings cash games, and there’s a rookie on the other side of that game that should also be part of your daily fantasy football tournament picks, as Terry McLaurin will look to extend his scoring streak with a surprisingly effective Case Keenum.Last week’s Dak Prescott/Ezekiel Elliott stack against the Dolphins did well, but it would’ve worked out better if Zeke could’ve actually scored. At least we came away feeling very good about stacking Jameis Winston and Mike Evans after Evans had a monster first half. WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPFor more great gambling and NFL, NBA, PGA, and MLB DFS content, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj), where I’m always answering daily fantasy questions and providing more DFS analysis.Week 4 NFL DFS Picks: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games     QB Russell Wilson, WR Tyler Lockett, and TE Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks @ CardinalsWilson was a garbage-time hero for fantasy owners last week, throwing for over 400 yards with four total touchdowns. While I normally try to fade players coming off big weeks, this is too good a matchup and game environment for Wilson. Expect him to be one of the most popular quarterback plays on the slate, but he is by far the best high-end value at the position. The top pairing option with Wilson is his Lockett. The Cardinals have one of the worst groups of corners in the league while Patrick Peterson is still suspended, and while Lockett probably won’t equal last week’s volume (14 targets), he should still approach or surpass double-digit looks. The Cardinals currently rank 28th in DvP against wide receivers, and Seattle will likely look to lean on their passing game with Chris Carson having fumbling issues and fellow running back Rashad Penny struggling with a hamstring injury. Lockett, like Wilson, will be a chalky option, but the matchup, price tag, and projected volume will work well in cash games.I don’t like playing a triple stack in cash games on most weeks, but this week is an exception with Will Dissly completing the Seahawks stack. Dissly has been one of the most surprising players in the league this season, and he has 12 targets and three touchdowns over the past two weeks. Arizona has been lit up by TJ Hockenson (6/131/1), Mark Andrews (8/112/1), and there’s no reason to expect that to change significantly this week.MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Lineup BuilderQB Daniel Jones and WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants vs. RedskinsJones mania has hit New York after the rookie led the Giants to an improbable come-from-behind victory last week at Tampa. The hype around Jones is only going to build this week, and he is likely to be a popular cash game play at his modest price point around the industry in a plus-matchup against the Redskins at home. Not only did Jones look good passing, but he also showed some nice rushing upside with two rushing touchdowns last week. With Saquon Barkley (ankle) out of the lineup for the next few weeks, Jones will have even more pressure put on his shoulders, and the Giants will likely be forced into becoming a pass-first team. Obviously I don’t see Jones having consistent 30-plus fantasy point upside like we saw last week, but he should be able to more than pay off his $5,300 price tag on DraftKings against a Washington defense that ranks 30th DvP against quarterbacks. I don’t hate the idea of playing Jones by himself in a cash game lineup with his rushing ability and low price point, but if you do want to stack him with one of his pass-catchers, then Shepard or TE Evan Engram are the clear best options. I love Engram this week, but I’m looking to spend down at the tight end position in cash games with Dissly, so Shepard gets the nod. Shepard returned to the lineup last week against the Bucs and put up a great 7/100/1 line on nine targets. He has a solid shot at another good outing this week against a horrendous Washington pass defense. The Redskins rank dead last in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, and former top corner Josh Norman looks like a shell of his former self and is someone we should pick on for the rest of the season. WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kickerlast_img read more