Sam Allardyce Allardyce seduced by Everton’s ambition Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:25 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Everton Everton v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town Premier League The 63-year-old said the ambitions of those in charge persuaded him to sign an 18-month contract with the Toffees to replace Ronald Koeman New Everton manager Sam Allardyce says he was seduced by the club’s ambition after previously claiming he was not interested in returning to the day-to-day job of a club management role.Everton announced an agreement was in place on Wednesday and officially confirmed Allardyce’s appointment a day later, finally hiring a full-time successor to Ronald Koeman.Toffees 6/4 to beat Huddersfield to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Dutchman was dismissed on October 23 and after just two wins in nine Premier League games despite spending an estimated £142 million in pre-season.David Unsworth took over on an interim basis but failed to inspire much of an improvement until Wednesday’s 4-0 win over West Ham, with the club having also been heavily linked with Marco Silva and Sean Dyche.Eventually Allardyce, who left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, became the frontrunner and he joins despite insisting in the past that only an international job would bring him back into management.”I’ve always thought Everton was a great club,” he told the club’s official website.”It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and hopefully I can put that behind us as quickly as possible and start looking upwards again.”Because, ultimately, it’s the ambition of the club, the ambition of the owner and the board, allied to the fact that it’s Everton and all the fantastic history, which have proved to be key for me.”Ambition is important for any manager or coach, owner or director. It’s what you need to have and hopefully we can deliver to the fans to get this club high up the league. That’s what we’re aiming for.”I think that whatever has happened before, we’ve just got to all rally around together. Our will to do it all together would be my way forward.” | Sam Allardyce has sat down with evertontv for his first interview as #EFC manager. Full video https://t.co/gzeyVPhwvU pic.twitter.com/22tV1RzLz7— Everton (@Everton) November 30, 2017Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri added: “I’m delighted to confirm Sam as our new manager. His strong leadership will bring great motivation and get the best out of players.”Sam understands the long-term ambitions we have for this great club and I know he is a man who gives it his all and is focused 24 hours a day on the club.”Evertonians are the most passionate and best fans in the world and when the club does badly we all suffer. But in football everything changes very quickly, so I hope this will help to propel us to where we should be.”I would like to put on record our thanks as a club to David Unsworth for stepping up when we needed him over the last few weeks. He is a real Evertonian, embodying the commitment, pride and passion we all feel for the club.”Everton also confirmed that Unsworth will return to his role with the Under-23s.
Southampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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The New York Giants are not a particularly good football team — at least going by most surface-level analysis that goes beyond their win-loss record.Before defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6 on Sunday, the Giants ranked 27th in yardage offense, 14th in yardage defense, average in takeaways and pass rush, and were outscoring opponents by less than a point per game and had a minus-five turnover differential. Quarterback Eli Manning was the NFL’s 22nd-rated passer, and the running game had the third-fewest yards in the league.After their impressive win over the Lions, though, the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine games — including their second of two wins over the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC’s current No. 1 seed. If the Giants aren’t better than average-to-middling at passing the ball, running the ball, stopping other teams from gaining yards or making disruptive plays, how are they winning all these games?The short answer: Their defense is built to stop modern NFL offenses.In today’s NFL, short passes have replaced power runs as a NFL offense’s bread and butter. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, 66.7 percent of this season’s pass attempts — and 38.8 percent of all offensive snaps — have been throws that traveled less than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.As Neil Paine wrote for FiveThirtyEight back in 2014, the Giants’ offensive coaches were targeting a 70 percent completion rate for Manning in the 2014-15 season. He didn’t come close (63.1 percent), but what seemed like a historically high target in 2014 is today a plain reality: Both Minnesota’s Sam Bradford and New Orleans’ Drew Brees have completed more than 70 percent of their passes on the season so far, and several more are within striking distance.With a leaguewide average completion rate of 63.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference, the coaches’ canard about the three things that can happen when you throw the ball has been upended: Now the one good thing happens nearly two out of three times.The Lions are a useful example: Over the past season and a half, Matthew Stafford has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, largely on the strength of short passes under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. On the season, 47.7 percent of the Lions’ passes have been thrown less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranks ninth in the NFL. Detroit runs the ball less than any other team but the Cleveland Browns, per Pro Football Reference, and came into Week 15 as the league leader in both average plays per drive and average length of drive. It’s a Woody Hayes-approved three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, except when Stafford drops back it’s 7.4 yards and the cloud is a vapor trail.But in Week 15 he ran into the New York Giants.Stafford quickly discovered his array of screens to backs, tight ends and receivers weren’t going anywhere, as New York sniffed them out and schemed them away. Though pass rushers Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul have drawn well-deserved attention for their work up front, it’s the back seven’s outstanding coverage that has suffocated pass-happy offenses such as the Lions’. On Sunday, the Giants defensive backs flew to the ball and wrapped up: Safety Landon Collins, corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, corner Eli Apple and safety Andrew Adams each were among the leaders in solo tackles for the day.The Lions abandoned the short pass and tried to establish the run. It didn’t work.Per Tim Twentyman of the team’s official site, nine first-down runs by the Lions gained a total of just 19 yards. And while Stafford has thrown nearly half of his attempts less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season, against the Giants that figure was just 35.9 percent.Forced to throw fewer, deeper passes, Stafford’s effectiveness numbers were down across the board: He completed just 61.5 percent of his passes, per ESPN.com, posted an NFL passer efficiency rating of 71.8 and a QBR of 69.2. These numbers were all down from his season averages to that point of 66.7 percent completion rate, 97.8 rating and 72.5 QBR. His usual method of moving the chains denied, a quarterback under serious MVP consideration led his team to just two field goals.Over the course of the season, the Giants defense has allowed the second-lowest completion rate, and second-lowest passer efficiency rating, of any in the league, per Pro Football Reference.It’s little wonder ball-control teams such as the Lions, the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have done so poorly against them. Pass-reliant, hurry-up offenses such as the New Orleans Saints’ haven’t fared well, either; the Saints scored less than half their season average in Week 2.Offenses that go downfield more aggressively and more often, like Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s, have fared better against New York. But it’s impossible to argue with the results: The Giants defense has now allowed an average of just 17.9 points over their first 14 games — and they’re getting trending stingier at the best possible time.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of only four remaining undefeated teams in college football, but coach Urban Meyer said he has not addressed the topic of potentially being named national champions by the Associated Press with his team. Meyer said he tries “not to control what we can’t control,” since the team is banned from postseason play this season, and that his team’s focus is on playing Wisconsin Saturday. “They know what’s coming,” Meyer said of Saturday’s game. “Our guys know where they’re at.” Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said he and his teammates are approaching the season “one game at a time.” “What we can control is just to go out there and beat every team that we face,” Howard said. “For right now … everyone is just focused on this one opponent, and that’s Wisconsin.” Meyer called this Saturday’s contest, which will kick off at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., at 3:30 p.m., a “rivalry game.” “It’s a rivalry game because we have to understand who you’re playing and what they’ve done the past few years,” Meyer said. “They’re a very good team.” Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers 33-29 at Ohio Stadium. In 2010, the Badgers handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season at Camp Randall. The 2012 season was later vacated by the NCAA as part of sanctions that resulted from Buckeyes players exchanging OSU football memorabilia for free tattoos. Senior defensive end John Simon said the matchup with the Badgers is a “huge game” for the Buckeyes. “This is going to be a tough, tough game for us,” Simon said. “We know they’re going to come in with a chip on their shoulder … we’re doing everything we can this week to prepare and we’ll be up to the challenge.” There is one potential achievement the Buckeyes can control: with a win on Saturday, the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division title, even though Wisconsin has already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game due to OSU and Penn State’s postseason bans. Meyer said that he will discuss that with his team. “That’s real important to us,” Meyer said of winning the division title. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the divisional championship after Penn State’s 32-23 loss at Nebraska. Injury update After missing the Buckeyes’ last four games with a broken right fibula, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino is back in the starting lineup, Meyer said Monday. Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and senior Zach Boren, who moved to linebacker from fullback following Sabino’s injury, are the team’s starting linebackers as of Monday, Meyer said. Meyer said senior linebacker Storm Klein will also play off the bench. Freshman cornerback Armani Reeves, who plays on the team’s kickoff coverage unit but has missed the past four games due to injury, is back this week, Meyer said. The news was less positive for freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn, who Meyer said is out for Saturday’s game with an MCL sprain. Meyer said the injury did not require surgery, and that his return for the season finale versus Michigan is questionable. Meyer said starting center junior Corey Linsley is “still a little banged up, but he hopes Linsley will be back at full strength by Wednesday. He also said redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson was “good to go” for Monday’s practice after suffering a head injury against Illinois.
‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Game of Thrones is in its last season, however, the show is climbing the ranks when it comes to global demand: On the day of the series’ Season 8 premiere, the global demand exceeded the global premiere demand of every other TV show, for any season across all platforms and markets under measurement.Parrot Analytics, a firm that focuses on global audience demand measurement, collaborated with Guinness World Records to chart Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere’s demand and officially declared it as the most in-demand TV premiere, Deadline reported.Who will take the Iron Throne? Millions couldn’t wait to find out as @GameOfThrones comes to the final season https://t.co/ytVqQso5mY— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) May 3, 2019The firm’s methodology claims to leverage real-time, platform-agnostic, and global TV demand measurements. Parrot Analytics and Guinness World Records analyzed global demand for all series openers from April 2015 to April 14, 2019, the date of the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere, to calculate the ranking.“Game of Thrones amassed a per capita global audience demand of 25.46 on 14th of April 2019, its Season 8 premiere day. Compared to its per capita global demand of 24.74 on the day of its Season 7 premiere, the latest and final season has premiered 2.9 percent higher globally,” Samuel Stadler, VP of marketing at Parrot Analytics, told Deadline in a press statement. “Premiere day demand has been particularly strong in the United States, United Kingdom, and France.”Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1, which highlighted Winterfell preparing for a battle with the Night King’s Army, generated millions of viewers, said a Guinness World Records press release. HBO confirmed that 17.4 million people streamed the episode on their subscription TV services, and their HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming apps, within 24 hours of the Season 8 premiere.“It comes as no surprise. Game of Thrones has its fans tightly clenched in its dragon-like grip, and excitement for this final series has seen phenomenal engagement across every platform,” Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said in the press release. “It has broken records since it first aired – for its viewership figures, Emmy wins, and even its status as the most pirated TV show! It looks like it’s going to continue breaking records right up to the final, undoubtedly devastating episode.”More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to WinEmilia Clarke: Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Fight Will Be Bigger Than Winterfell
Who Are They?Kitana is the good and fair Princess of Edenia. Or rather she was until the fantasy realm was violently conquered by the villainous forces of Outworld. She then spent much of her life as the unwittingly “adopted” desert assassin daughter of the brutal emperor Shao Kahn, where her DNA was even stolen to create a monster clone “sister” Mileena. But Outworld’s struggle against Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat gives Kitana an opportunity for revenge against her “father.”Kombat KhronologyKitana was one of the major new characters in Mortal Kombat 2, giving the game more female representation beyond just Sonya Blade. And since then she’s remained one of the game’s most prominent female characters, the mold other fantasy women characters diverge from. She’s also become a bit of a love interest for Liu Kang in later games, with Mortal Kombat 11 especially playing up their bond both in the past and in the present as evil zombies.Koolest KustomizationsKitana’s face gets one of the better upgrades thanks to Mortal Kombat 11 now rendering the characters more like real people. So I go with her human form versus her rotting corpse form. As for moves, Kitana’s main gimmick is slicing foes with razor sharp fan blades. So I go for death by a thousand cuts with moves that increase how many fans I can throw out at once or summon around myself for a protective barrier.How Gross Is The Fatality?Kitana’s regal grace doesn’t make her fatality any less gruesome. She just doesn’t get her own hands dirty. Instead, she cut you open and uses her fans to summon a tornado that pulls your entrails out like a gory force of nature. Takes my breath (and everything else) away. Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Kitana. Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf
Italy’s Mount Etna launched streams of lava into the night sky in the early hours Friday.The volcano, located on the east coast of Sicily, began erupting at 3 a.m. local time following an increase in seismic activity over the last week.The eruptions sent rivers of smoking red lava streaming down its southeastern slope. The smoke did not affect nearby Catania airport and flight continued as normal, according to reports.Boris Behncke, from Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), posted a series of photos on Twitter of lava taken from nearby towns. He said the eruption on Thursday night is considered a “subterminal eruption,” meaning it is occurring close to the summit craters, generally at an elevation of around 2900-3000 meters (9,514-9,842 feet).Scenes of #Etna‘s new, sub-terminal eruption, during the night of 30-31 May 2019, seen from Santa Venerina, Fiumefreddo and (last photo) Tremestieri Etneo. “Sub-terminal” means the eruption is occurring close to the summit craters, generally at around 2900-3000 m elevation pic.twitter.com/6uBXJTShkV— Boris Behncke (@etnaboris) May 31, 2019According to the INGV, the nascent eruption began on the night of May 29. Starting off by producing a thick column of ash rising from the New Southeast Crater, it gave way on May 30 to a far more lava-heavy display in the area, featuring two fissures blenching out lava.The northern lava flow extended toward the northern wall of the Valle del Bove and subsequently turned eastward, reaching a maximum distance of about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) on the morning of May 31, at an estimated altitude of about 6,075 feet (2,050 meters).New eruption near the summit of #Etna: two eruptive fissures have opened early on 30 May 2019 on the northeastern and south-southeastern sides of the New Southeast Crater, producing modest Strombolian activity and little lava flows. View from Tremestieri Etneo pic.twitter.com/Htl90nUYbL— Boris Behncke (@etnaboris) May 30, 2019Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at two-and-a-half times the next largest, Mount Vesuvius.Fissures in the 10,912 feet-tall peak can flare into action several times a year, although the last major eruption was in 1992.More on Geek.com:Watch: Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes in One of Largest Eruptions in YearsWatch Bali Volcano Spew Ash 18,000 Feet Into the Air in Incredible Timelapse Video35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes From Space Man Critically Injured After Falling Down Volcano on HoneymoonAstronauts Capture Incredible Photo of Volcanic Eruption From Space Stay on target
Stay on target Amazon is opening 10 brick-and-mortar shops across the UK in an effort to promote small businesses.The tech titan partnered with Enterprise Nation, Direct Line for Business, and Square to launch a new program aimed at boosting small-brand growth, in-store and online.A year-long pilot will enable more than 100 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to sell directly on the high street via Clicks and Mortar pop-ups.The first location opened today on St. Mary’s Gate in central Manchester, with more coming soon to the Midlands, Yorkshire, and across South East England, as well as Scotland and Wales.Each store will stock a range of brands—everything from homeware, health, and beauty products to food, drink, and electronics. That includes foldable Swifty Scooters for adults, leather Torro Cases for electronic devices, and Altr for Men skincare products.“The up-and-coming brands have all built successful online businesses and now want to explore physical retail for the first time,” according to a company press release.Amazon is not usually associated with small biz owners. In fact, it’s often treated as a big bad—a giant carelessly stomping on anything in its path.But the firm has been working with independent sellers for nearly 20 years, boasting tens of thousands of UK-based small businesses trading their goods on Amazon’s global sites.“Small businesses are one of our most important customer groups, and we’re thrilled to work with Enterprise Nation to design a comprehensive package to help entrepreneurs across the UK grow their businesses, both in-store and online,” Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager for Amazon, said in a statement.With that in mind, the company announced a new £1 million ($1.3 million) fund to train 150-plus workers through a mix of in-work, online, and classroom coaching.The so-called “apprenticeships” last 15 to 18 months, and are open exclusively to any brand-owning SME registered in England that currently sells on Amazon and has a turnover of less than £1 million.“From giving up-and-coming online British brands the chance to experience physical retail, to funding the training of full-time apprenticeships and helping to increase SME exports,” Gurr said, “Amazon is committed to supporting the growth of small businesses—helping them boost the economy and create jobs across the UK.”More on Geek.com:Amazon’s Automatic Packing Machines Could Replace 1,300 JobsAmazon Key Now Delivers to Ford, Lincoln VehiclesDrunk Shoppers Blow $48B Annually—Mostly on Amazon Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
Stay on target Watch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of…200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size A couple sleeping on the ground escaped what could have been a very dangerous situation when a quick-thinking Tennessee deputy got them out of the path of a rattlesnake.Maury County Sheriff Rowland said the deputy was responding to a suspicious persons call when he found a couple sleeping next to a rattlesnake. The deputy noticed the snake immediately. The deputy “started to approach, he sees that it is a rather large rattlesnake. And of course, he stays very calm and as he approaches the folks, the snake is kind of slithering away,” Rowland said.Before the situation escalated, the deputy was able to direct the couple to safety.In a video shared Friday on the Maury County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the deputy can be heard waking the couple and then giving careful instructions. “Don’t move… Roll toward me,” the deputy instructed the couple.The man stood up didn’t exactly “roll,” though. He stood up and bolted.Fortunately, the rattlesnake didn’t strike.“So many life lessons to be learned in this video,” the Maury County Sheriff’s Department said on the Facebook post.“They didn’t follow it just exactly right, but fortunately it worked out,” said Rowland.Rattlesnakes are common in Tennessee. Of Tennessee’s 32 snakes, only four are venomous. The Timber Rattlesnake is is the largest, and the most dangerous, of the four venomous snakes in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Timber rattlesnakes, which occur across the state, kill prey by a venomous bite, in which the venom is injected by fangs located in the snake mouth.More on Geek.com:Rare, Venomous Snake Hitches a Ride on Kayak Paddle in MichiganSnake Pops Out of Toilet, Bites Florida Man (On the Arm)Anaconda Gets Pregnant Without a Male, Has ‘Virgin Birth’ at Aquarium
Stay on target Spotify’s experimental listening app Stations is now available in the US.Introduced in Australia earlier this year, the Pandora knock-off is free to download for iOS and Android.“With the world’s music at your fingertips, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge,” according to an app-store description. “Stations gets you to music instantly—no searching or typing needed.”Like the long-running Internet radio service it apes, Spotify Stations relies on user feedback—in the form of a thumbs up or thumbs down—to create personalized playlists.Easily tune your stations by adding or removing artists.Since moving to the UK and losing access to my curated Pandora channels, I’ve learned to lean on Spotify’s pre-generated playlists and artist radio stations for effortless listening.But there is only so far “similar to Elton John” can take you.Spotify’s stand-alone radio app is now available in the US (via Spotify Stations)Open Stations for instantaneous tunes—occasionally disrupted by advertisements for free users; premium subscribers can enjoy an ad-free experience, while skipping an unlimited number of tracks, Billboard revealed.The platform, which requires a Spotify account, also incorporates popular features like Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Favorites.“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users,” a company spokesperson told Geek in an email.“Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important [lesson],” the statement continued. “Spotify Stations is one of those tests.”Another experiment, reported this week by The Verge, involves the creation of podcast playlists (another Pandora dupe): Citing a source close to the company, the tech blog tipped curated episode suggestions around specific genres.Five playlists themed around comedy, true crime, “geek culture,” “walking (motivational),” and mindfulness are rolling out to a handful of users in North America, South America, the UK, and Spotify HQ Sweden.“It’s unclear how the curators are choosing the episodes,” The Verge said, wondering if they’re working from network deals or picking personal recommendations.“This test aims to make it easier for users to discover new podcasts while giving creators another mechanism to connect with new fans,” according to Spotify. “We have no further information to share at this time.”More on Geek.com:This Device Lets You Play Your Spotify Music Without a PhoneSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music ArtistsBuild Spotify Playlists With Friends in MessengerEditor’s note: This article was updated at 7:05 a.m. ET with comment from Spotify. Spotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-SeriesDisney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify Hub
Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form June isn’t exactly brimming with many big titles but it is a better month than May. The big releases on this list are obviously Super Mario Maker 2, Judgement, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for the pure fact they’re entirely new games. The rest of this list comprises of remakes and remasters. If you’re already played these games, then it’s a bummer. However, if you’ve never tried them, now is a good as time as any to dive in.Super Mario Maker 2Platform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: June 28Many Wii U games have found a renewed life on Nintendo Switch. Many (myself included) expected a port of Super Mario Maker since that is one of the best games on the system. Instead of a port, Nintendo went and developed a full-on sequel, appropriately called Super Mario Maker 2. Like the original, players can create their very own Super Mario Bros. stages and share them with others. That last point is a big part of the reason for the series’ popularity. It is very cool seeing how creative the player base can get. I’m never good with these create-whatever-the-hell-you-want type of games so I’ll just play other people’s levels and curse them for being so difficult.Pre-order Super Mario Maker 2 on AmazonJudgmentPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: June 25We’ve seen a number of Yakuza titles released in the West this generation but things have slowed down in 2019. Thankfully, the same developers are delivering a new IP called Judgment. Like Yakuza, you go around fictionalized Japanese cities and towns beating the crap out of thugs and partaking in all manner of strange mini-games. The big difference is you play as a cop instead of a criminal. On top of brawling, you’ll have to inspect crime scenes for clues and question citizens in order to further your investigations. Like I said, there’s not a new Yakuza game this year, so Judgement will fill that void.Pre-order Judgment on AmazonBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlatforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: June 18Koji Igarashi has been developing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for what seems like ages, so it’s awesome to see the game actually releasing. In case you don’t know, Igarashi was in charge of Castlevania games like Symphony of the Night. Since Konami (at the time) didn’t want to make an old-school Castlevania entry, he decided to form an independent studio and develop a game in that style. I’ve played numerous Bloodstained demos over the years so I’m very excited to have the finished product in my grubby hands. I expect I’ll sink many hours into Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night this summer.Pre-order Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on AmazonCrash Team Racing Nitro-FueledPlatforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: June 21Crash Bandicoot returned to the gaming landscape two years ago with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Since that game performed so well, it’s no surprise to see Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled get the HD spit n’ polish. Like N. Sane Trilogy, Nitro-Fueled features completely redone character and environmental models along with high-res textures. It has all of the tracks from the original title, along with some from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing. I personally never got into the Crash games back in the day, though I did enjoy N. Sane Trilogy (until it became frustratingly difficult). I’ll probably skip Nitro-Fueled, but if you’re into kart racing games, you should dig this one.Pre-order Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled on AmazonThe Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: June 4The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel released on PS4 back in April and its sequel drops this month. How is that possible? Because both titles are ports of PS3/PS Vita games. The Legend of Heroes is one of those JRPG franchises I’ve heard of but never got around to playing. From what friends who are fans tell me, the games feature deep turn-based RPG mechanics and an even deeper lore. I’m not sure how I feel about sinking a million hours into a JRPG these days, but the series does look intriguing. If you’re into the genre, it might be a good time to check out Trails of Cold Steel II (along with its predecessor) to pass the long summer months.Buy The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II on AmazonOctopath TravellerPlatform: PCRelease date: June 7Formerly a Nintendo Switch exclusive, Square-Enix’s Octopath Traveler makes its way to PC this month. If you’ve already played this then you won’t find any new content in this package. It’s essentially a straight port of the original but with higher resolutions. That’s both good and bad, depending on who you ask. Though I initially loved Octopath Traveller, the endless grinding eventually burned me out. I don’t usually mind grinding in RPGs, but this one took it to a whole other level. But if you don’t mind spending endless hours leveling up characters then you’re going to have a good time with this one.Pre-order Octopath Traveller on Humble StoreHeavy RainPlatform: PCRelease date: June 24Speaking about console exclusives coming to PC, Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain is making its own journey to the Epic Games Store. Like Octopath Traveller, this is a pretty faithful port of the original. Of course, this edition sports higher-res textures and a smoother frame rate. Some folks (understandably) aren’t fans of Quantic Dreams’ titles, but I’ve always enjoyed them even when they get super cheesy. Heavy Rain was my first introduction to the studios’ work so it’ll be interesting to revisit this one. Maybe this time I won’t become as annoyed when they reveal the killer’s identity. I also look forward to seeing all the various mods the community will no doubt conjure up. On second thought, maybe I don’t want to see that.Pre-order Heavy Rain on the Epic Games StoreMore on Geek.com:Irresponsible Video Game Predictions for E3 2019‘Game of Thrones: Beyond The Wall’ Is a VR Westeros Adventure‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the Shadows
Scientists Find ‘Hungry’ Supermassive Black Hole Eating 3 Meals DailyScientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million Prize Stay on target The neighborhood surrounding the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is bustling with cosmic and gaseous activity, however, astronomers have not been able to capture most accreting gas movement. Now, new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observations have detected a cool, interstellar gas “ring” surrounding the supermassive black hole, which has never been seen before.Researchers, which published their findings in the journal Nature on June 5, are exploring this strange nebulous “disk,” which could provided additional information on how accretion, the siphoning of material onto a black hole’s surface, works in space, said a National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) press release.For decades, astronomers have analyzed the crowded area around the supermassive black hole, which is located at the heart of the Milky Way. According to NRAO, our galactic center is roughly 26,000 light-years from our planet and the supermassive black hole (Sagittarius A*) is four million times the mass of the sun. This space is quite chaotic with interstellar dust clouds, roving stars, and a massive reservoir of phenomenally hot and comparatively colder gases and these gases are supposed to circle the supermassive black hole in a vast accretion “ring,” which is nearby the supermassive black hole’s event horizon.ALMA image of the cool hydrogen gas ring circling the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. (Photo Credit: ALMA – ESO / NAOJ / NRAO / E.M. Murchikova; NRAO / AUI / NSF / S. Dagnello)Before the ALMA image, astronomers were only able to image the hot, glowing portion of the accreting gas flow, which showed no rotation and has an approximate temperature of 18 million degrees Fahrenheit. Previous observations with millimeter-wavelength telescopes have also found comparatively cooler hydrogen gas (roughly 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit) located within a few light-years from the supermassive black hole and the contribution of this much cooler gas to accretion flow onto the black hole wasn’t determined yet.New @ALMAObs observations reveal a never-before-seen disk of cool, interstellar gas wrapped around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; S. Dagnello https://t.co/xxcoazEUrc pic.twitter.com/gcZLTwtF7E— ESO (@ESO) June 6, 2019Thanks to the ALMA, which was able to sense a small millimeter-wavelength signal and generate the first image of the cooler gas “ring” at roughly a hundredth of a light-year away from the supermassive black hole, astronomers can trace the motion of gas. Mapping the shifts in wavelengths of this radio light because of the Doppler Effect allowed astronomers to see the gas circling around the supermassive black hole.“We were the first to image this elusive disk and study its rotation,” Elena Murchikova, lead author on the paper, said in the press release. “We are also probing accretion onto the black hole. This is important because this is our closest supermassive black hole. Even so, we still have no good understanding of how its accretion works. We hope these new ALMA observations will help the black hole give up some of its secrets.”More on Geek.com:Astronomers Capture Image of Black Hole for the First TimeScientists May Have Detected ‘Violent’ Black Hole-Neutron Star CollisionSee What Black Hole Photos Might Look Like in the Future
Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon this week expanded its free one-day shipping service, promising to deliver last-minute products to Prime members the very next day.But what if you need sunscreen and beach towels now?The company on Wednesday unveiled its latest Prime Air drone: A fully electric device that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver lightweight packages to customers in less than 30 minutes.“Our newest drone design includes advances in efficiency, stability, and, most importantly, in safety,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, wrote in a blog.Wilke introduced the next-gen UAV at Amazon’s first re:MARS conference—a new global AI event examining machine learning, automation, robotics, and space.Boasting a hybrid design, the Prime Air drone makes vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter, while being efficient and aerodynamic like an airplane.It is controlled with six degrees of freedom—more than the standard four—for added stability (particularly handy when operating in gusty wind conditions).“We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe,” Wilke said. “So we’re building a drone that isn’t just safe, but independently safe, using the latest artificial intelligence technologies.”Amazon’s drone doesn’t simply rely on communications systems for situational awareness. Using diverse sensors and advanced algorithms, the aircraft can detect (and dodge) static objects like a chimney, as well as moving objects like a paraglider or helicopter.Upon descent, it leans on embedded stereo vision and artificial intelligence to identify a clear location for landing. Amazon even invented computer-vision techniques to help drones recognize and avoid clotheslines, telephone wires, or electrical wires.“We’re also thrilled about the potential environmental impact,” Wilke wrote.Prime Air is one of the company’s sustainability initiatives to help achieve Shipment Zero—a vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon. In February, the e-retailer announced a short-term goal to reach 50 percent by 2030.“Today, most of us run to the store because we need an item now. With a service like Prime Air, we’ll be able to order from home and stay home,” the blog said. “This saves tremendously on fuel usage and reduces emissions.”Watch: Boston Dynamics Robot Is Now a Warehouse Worker<br />More on Geek.com:FAA Greenlights Google Wing Drone Deliveries in USDHL Kicks Off Regular Autonomous Drone Deliveries in ChinaUPS to Transport Medical Samples Via Drone
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… The Game of Thrones coffee cup dilemma continues: After the show ended last month, fans are still blaming Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner for the object’s random appearance in a major scene. However, Turner claims that the incident was actually Kit Harington’s fault.In an interview with Conan O’Brien, Turner jokingly addressed the coffee cup controversy, which is still carrying on even though Game of Thrones ended last month, Fox News reported. Turner cleared the air and said Clarke wasn’t to blame either, since they both had to wear corsets during production.“I hear this every day of my life, this coffee cup thing. So it’s good to know that the coffee cup got more press than the final season altogether,” Turner told O’Brien on his show.She continued, “The coffee cup was where Kit’s [Harington’s] chair was. First I blamed it on Emilia [Clarke], but I don’t think Emilia [Clarke] would do that. Kit [Harington] is lazy, and I think he would have done that. It was in front of Kit’s [Harington’s] chair and then obviously he moved, so this picture was taken and it looked like it was in my seat, but I wasn’t there either. It was Kit [Harington]. It was a 100 percent Kit [Harington].”Turner then went on to explain how she had a complicated costume situation that didn’t really allow her to drink a lot of beverages on set.“I wear a corset, so I either piss myself or I throw up,” Turner told O’Brien.The already infamous coffee cup has now been edited out of this week’s #GameofThrones if you watch it back(via @verge) pic.twitter.com/ePWkhuHt2l— Fandom (@getFANDOM) May 7, 2019The rogue coffee cup, which didn’t turn out to be an actual Starbucks cup, showed up in a key Season 8, Episode 4 scene, where Winterfell was celebrating a victory over the Night King’s army. Fans pointed out that the coffee cup was placed next to Daenerys Targaryen in the scene, and following major backlash, HBO apologized and eventually removed the coffee cup from the Game of Thrones episode.Game of Thrones is officially over, but none of the cast or crew members have come forward and admitted that they left the coffee cup there. So far, the out-of-place object remains a mystery and it doesn’t look like fans will receive any confessions soon.More on Geek.com:Emilia Clarke Responds to ‘Game of Thrones’ Coffee Cup Controversy‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Cup From Season 8 Scene‘Game of Thrones’ Left a Starbucks Cup in a Scene and Fans Are Freaking Out
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8/25 WWE Live Results: Panama City, Panama (Kingston vs. Bryan, Nakamura vs. Ali) Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast SPOILERS: 8/25 NXT UK TV tapings from Birmingham, England to air on the WWE Network Rock ’N’ Roll Express challenging for ROH World Tag Team Titles at Honor For All Google+ The 8/25 WWE RAW ranked among the top 25 shows on cable last week for the week ending 8/31/14. The show came in at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8.The show did a 2.88 cable rating with 3.97 million viewers.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Kanye West Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup WhatsApp
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