Dad of the year proves anyone can get into esports

TwitterFacebook

The youth are into all sorts of things these days, and sometimes it can be difficult for their parents to keep up. This dad put in the effort, though.

During the ESL One New York Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament this weekend, dozens of parents descended upon Barclays Center in Brooklyn to experience a live esports event with their kids. But this dad, Andrew, went above and beyond to connect with his son Sam’s passion.

When asked by ESL One’s on stage host OJ Borg how Sam managed to drag his dad along with him to watch some professional Counter-Strike, Sam said he came because it’s Sam’s passion. Read more…

More about Gaming, Esports, Counter Strike, Esl One, and Csgo


The year of Wonder Woman continues with the excellent 'Professor Marston'

TwitterFacebook

Can Wonder Woman’s year get any better? Turns out, yes. 

A few months after her first big screen outing dominated the box office, her real-life origin story is coming to theaters in the form of a biopic, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. And like Wonder Woman before it, Professor Marston feels both comfortingly familiar and quietly groundbreaking. 

Dr. William Moulton Marston is typically credited as the creator of Wonder Woman. But like last year’s Hidden Figures, Professor Marston gives the lie to the assumption that creative brilliance is the sole province of tortured and solitary assholes. Wonder Woman, in this telling, is borne of the romance and collaboration between three people: Bill Marston, Elizabeth Marston, and Olive Byrne. Read more…

More about Movies, Wonder Woman, Professor Marston And The Wonder Women, Angela Robinson, and Rebecca Hall

Ookla: US LTE speeds up by 19% on average for the past year, T-Mobile leading the pack in H1 2017

The average mobile download speeds in the USA increased by 19% for the past year, according to Ookla. The company behind speedtest.net (the site where you check your download/upload speeds) just released its U.S. Market Report for mobile broadband, and it reveals some pretty interesting statistics. 

In said report, Ookla used a new “Speed Score” scoring system that supposedly measures “the full breadth of networking experience on a given network” in a more accurate manner. Essentially, it’s a mix of low-end, median, and top-end performance for both upload …

Of course Kendrick Lamar takes home the Video of the Year award at the 2017 VMAs

TwitterFacebook

Kendrick Lamar and the stunning visuals for his single “HUMBLE” took home the coveted Video of the Year award at this year’s MTV VMA awards. It’s the fifth award the video has received tonight.

Lamar’s “HUMBLE” beat out a slew of stars who had to sit down and be humble in the presence of the G.O.A.T.—including Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful,” DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd’s “Reminder.”

He accepted the award from Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot and gave a sweet but brief thank you to fans and the folks behind the video.  Read more…

More about Mtv, Music Video, Vma2017, Culture, and Celebrities

A customized version of Nokia 8 may eventually arrive in the U.S. this year

Officially unveiled last week, HMD’s flagship, the Nokia 8 is expected to hit the shelves in early September for €600. Unfortunately, many Nokia fans won’t be able to purchase the smartphone because the Finnish company has decided not to bring it to markets like China and U.S. At least that’s what HMD officials were quoted saying right after the Nokia 8 was made official.

Now a new report claims HMD plans to launch customized versions of Nokia 8 in the United States and China sometime this year. The information comes from sources with knowledge of HMD’s plans, but …

Five million Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handsets have been sold in India this year

India happens to be the second largest smartphone market in the world, grabbing that title from the U.S. last year. But most major handset manufacturers can not afford to applaud this fact, mostly because of the economics involved. For 2013, the latest data available, India’s per capita income was $1,570 which placed the country 112th out of 164 as measured by the World Bank. Obviously, that doesn’t leave much money for consumers to purchase flagship and high-end smartphones.

However, the environment is perfect for a value-type producer such as China’s Xiaomi. This past week, the company …

HTC U Life 11 to land later this year with 5.2-inch 1080p screen, SD-630 chipset?

Last month, we told you that HTC was prepping a mid-range handset code-named the HTC Ocean Life. This morning, more speculation about the device has leaked, including the alleged  name of the phone. Reportedly dubbed the HTC U11 Life, the mid-range model will be equipped with a 5.2-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That compares to the 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution display that rocks the HTC U11. While initial reports called for the Snapdragon 660 SoC to power the model, it now seems likely that the Snapdragon 630 will be found under the hood. This chipset comes with an octa-core …

Back to school shopping guide 2017: best phones, tablets, smartwatches and trackers to start the new year with

Are you thrilled by the fact that school starts in just a few short weeks? Yeah, us neither. But shopping – now that’s one thing that can get most people excited. With the 2017-2018 school year approaching, the time seems right to review your school gear and check if anything needs to be added or upgraded. Below are our top recommendations for smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets.

Smartphones

Although we all want to own the latest and best device our favorite smartphone maker has to offer, these always cost a pretty penny. And since …

Report: Google was ready to pay $30 billion for Snapchat last year

In November 2013, Snapchat reportedly turned down a purchase offer from Google for $4 billion. That same month and year, Snapchat turned down a deal from Facebook for $3 billion. Snap (Snapchat’s parent company) was eventually valued at more than $24 billion after going public. The bottom line was that by staying patient, Snapchat was eventually able to give its investors a better opportunity. So now out comes a rumor that states Google was willing to pay as much as $30 billion last year for Snapchat.

The talk between Google and Snapchat was alleged to have taken place just before the Series …

Fitbit confirms its smartwatch will arrive later this year, but LTE support is no go

After acquiring Pebble and Vector, two prominent companies specialized in smartwatches, Fitbit announced earlier this year that it would launch its own smartwatch. Fast forward a few months and reports emerged that the Fitbit smartwatch might have been delayed until fall, even though Fitbit’s officials didn’t offer an exact release date in the first place.

Today, Fitbit CEO James Park told Financial Times in an interview that the company’s smartwatch hasn’t been delayed and that it will be launched later this year. According to him, the Fitbit smartwatch will focus …