W. W. Jacobs

23 Jul 19
Considering that Wear OS — formally Android Wear — is now five years old, the platform still hasn’t realized it’s undoubted potential. The hardware is certainly not lacking but the cohesion and overall integration are where we see the Apple Watch simply devour every Wear OS option out there. Samsung and Huawei are two of the biggest players in Android smartwatches, and even they don’t appear to have faith in Wear OS. It’s why they have opted for their own smartwatch OSes — Tizen and LiteOS respectively. And in all honesty, it most definitely makes a difference too. In my experience, the Samsung Galaxy Watch platform is arguably the best option for Android owners that want a true extension of their phone — which is just really disappointing. That doesn’t mean that Wear OS is bad, because in many regards that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s just that Wear OS at this point in time feels a little neglected, a little forgotten, and a little bit behind the curve. But Google can help change all of that. Five years on since the launch of Android Wear, let’s look at Wear OS in 2019 and where we think it needs to be. Subscribe to the official 9to5Google YouTube channel Design The strong suit of Wear OS I am not a fan of the boxy design of the Apple Watch. I will admit that objectively it is a pretty good looking smartwatch though. For me, I feel the design is a core area that Wear OS (even in 2019) has the upper hand over competing platforms. The actual hardware and design options and alternatives are so varied that you can choose a watch that truly suits you and your own style and comfort preferences. You can see this variation with each smartwatch made by Fossil. They offer an array of options for watch-lovers to choose from, all with essentially the same core experience. And if you didn’t already know, Fossil makes Wear OS smartwatches for Emporio Armani, Michael Kors, Skagen, Marc Jacobs, Diesel, and a few others to boot. This gives you a ton of various, fashion-focused Wear OS-powered smartwatches to choose from. This is most definitely one of the strong suits of Wear OS. It also extends to the pricing. There are a number of cheaper designed smartwatches that give you further opportunities to get integrated into Wear OS. You simply don’t get that anywhere else. While the Apple Watch is still arguably the pinnacle of smartwatches, it doesn’t play nicely with Android and the latest model costs almost as much as the OnePlus 6T. With Wear OS you can spend $100 and get a working smartwatch that has all the same internals as a $300 smartwatch — most of the difference will be in the craftsmanship rather than the performance. Software No real direction, no real leader Ok, so before I start essentially laying in to Wear OS, I need to preface this by saying that I do actually like the platform. I have several Wear OS watches — my favorite being the Mobvoi TicWatch C2 — which I wear very regularly. And at the risk of being labeled a hypocrite, I’ll say that while I do really like stock Android, my watch doesn’t necessarily need to be so ‘stock’ per se. It’s partially the reason I enjoyed what little time I was able to get with the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and even the stripped back LiteOS-powered Huawei Watch GT. Variation based upon form factor is simply great for a watch. Minor software tweaks that benefit the aesthetic are more than welcome in my opinion. To me, the lack of variation is definitely most apparent when you switch from one Wear OS watch to another. You change form factor but end up with more or less the same software experience. There is just no incentive for smartwatch OEMs to really change it up from device to device at the moment — mainly as we only have two real players in Mobvoi and Fossil. I’m sure that most people love that, my issue is that there is nothing that differentiates the Wear OS watches (bar the design) and you end up with all of them feeling stale as a result. We could see a little more experimentation without massively forking the OS, something akin to OxygenOS but for smartwatches — that is the dream. The new Tiles for Wear OS feature has helped improve the overall experience and speed of the software but it still isn’t available across the board just yet. It’s the only major risk by giving OEMs more control over the OS. Already slow software updates seem to slow ever further once that control and onus is handed over to OEMs — as we’ve seen with Android in general. I wish I had a solution for this but alas, I don’t. It’s partially the reason that I think we should really see a Google Pixel watch come to fruition. A Pixel watch would offer the so-called ‘vanilla’ experience. This would give the OEMs a little more freedom to tinker and truly differentiate themselves from each other more than they are able to do at present. At the moment it feels like the only real differentiation with Wear OS is in the watch faces and often a solitary custom watch face creator app based upon the watch brand. I get that for some people, that is probably enough. To me though, it just feels as though the entire space is stagnant. Hardware Always wanting a little more The internals are often pointed toward when people suggest that ‘X’ Wear OS smartwatch will finally be the one “we’ve been waiting for.” Honestly, it’s time we let go of that sentiment. The Snapdragon Wear 3100 was supposed to be the chipset to finally bring Wear OS up to speed. It just hasn’t quite panned out that way. We just do not have a reliable SoC that is properly long-lasting and gives adequate, reliable performance. We’re still seeing the same ancient CPUs churned out and end up with no real performance gains. It affects battery life and therefore makes the platform feel almost doomed from the moment any new hardware gets announced. RAM too happens to be the crux of Wear OS smartwatches, as proven with the recent release Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G. The increase in RAM from 512MB to 1GB makes a massive difference in just how smooth overall performance is on the watch. The Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset is still present, but the boost to 1GB of RAM makes all the difference in general performance and snappiness. This highlights the importance of an improved Wear OS, so that it can take advantage of the current and future hardware limitations. It’s not just the SoC that is an issue. I will admit that while most of the touchscreen displays on Wear OS smartwatches have improved drastically, they still aren’t where they could be. One look at the Galaxy Watch Active display versus the TicWatch Pro and you’d be surprised that both watches actually cost almost the same brand new. The bottom line Wear OS needs a big player Research has shown that Wear OS’ market share is shrinking, even falling below 10% total market share at the start of 2019. Samsung alone has a total market share of over 11%. That to me indicates that Wear OS at present and in its current incarnation just isn’t working for most people out there. If Google does decide it is time for Pixel Watch, you would think that now is the perfect time to release its vision of the perfect smartwatch. We need a big player to enter the arena and potentially shake up the rest of the industry and lead from the front — and who better to do that, than the company behind Wear OS. With new chipsets on the horizon, the hope is that we could finally get the SoC that the Wear OS so desperately needs — although with that said, we don’t expect that to happen in 2019. The major problem with everything I’ve said so far though is that as we all know too well, with Wear OS it’s the hope that kills you. Let’s hear your own thoughts on the successes and failures of Wear OS at this stage in 2019. Will we ever have a platform that rivals the Apple Watch or are we doomed to repeat ourselves over and over with each iteration until Google ultimately pulls the plug? Let us know in the comments section below. More on Wear OS: Wear OS app adds handy ‘Tiles’ manager w/ server-side update Comment: Wear OS updates are a painfully fragmented mess Mobvoi Ticwatch E2 Review: Wear OS gets a new best low-cost option with a few compromises [Video]
19 Jul 19
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas football seniors McTelvin Agim and De’Jon Harris have been placed on the 2019 Preseason Media Days All-SEC Teams, which wraps the week-long event held in Hoover, Alabama. Harris was named to the second team by the media in attendance, while Agim highlights the third team defensive unit. It’s the second-straight year Harris was recognized on an All-SEC preseason squad, picking up three accolades heading into the 2018 season. From Harvey, Louisiana, Harris led all conference defenders in total tackles and solo stops during the regular season last year, posting 118 and 62, respectively. It marked back-to-back years Harris has paced the Razorbacks in total tackles, recording 115 the year before. He was the first Arkansas defender since Jerry Franklin (2010-11) to hit 100 tackles in consecutive seasons. Seven of his 12 games resulted in double-digit tackle performances last season, the most in the SEC, including five during conference action. He finished the year needing 15 tackles to crack the top 10 for most stops in a single season by an Arkansas defender. Harris also recorded nine tackles for loss, including two sacks, with five pass breakups, a fumble forced and a fumble recovered last season. Harris’ performance in 2018 landed him on the Associated Press All-SEC Second Team. He’ll enter his senior campaign as the SEC active career tackles leader with 270, needing 60 stops to move into 10th on the career tackles list Arkansas. Agim, a native of Texarkana, Arkansas, put together a strong junior campaign for the Razorbacks, racking up 45 total tackles, 16 unassisted, over 12 starts in 2018. He led the team in tackles for loss last year with 10, making him the first Arkansas defender to reach double-digit TFLs since Deatrich Wise Jr. in 2015. Nearly half of his tackles for loss were sacks (4.5), as he’ll enter the season as Arkansas’ active career leader in both categories. Agim also forced a team-best three fumbles in 2018, including two at Colorado State on Sept. 8 to make him the only Razorback on the roster to force multiple fumbles in two separate games heading into the 2019 campaign. Harris and Agim, along with fellow senior running back Devwah Whaley and head coach Chad Morris, represented the Razorbacks at the 2019 SEC Media Day on July 17. Arkansas kicks off its 2019 campaign on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Portland State at 3 p.m. at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. For more information on Arkansas Football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter. EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis) Georgia (233)1789Florida (21)1499Missouri (3)1149South Carolina (1)883Tennessee (1)804Kentucky (1)798Vanderbilt358 WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis) SchoolPointsAlabama (253)1813LSU (5)1493Texas A&M1268Auburn (1)1090Mississippi State (1)769Ole Miss504Arkansas343 SEC CHAMPION Alabama203Georgia49LSU3Mississippi State1Tennessee1Florida1South Carolina1Auburn1 2019 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM OFFENSE First-Team QB       Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama           RB        D’Andre Swift, Georgia             RB        Najee Harris, Alabama WR       Jerry Jeudy, Alabama    WR       Henry Ruggs III, Alabama  TE         Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri   OL        Andrew Thomas, Georgia      OL        Alex Leatherwood, Alabama      OL        Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn                              OL        Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama                C          Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU        Second-Team QB        Jake Fromm, Georgia   RB        Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt       RB        Lamical Perine, Florida            WR       Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt                          WR       Jaylen Waddle, Alabama               TE         Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt     OL        Solomon Kindley, Georgia         OL        Damien Lewis, LSU                            OL        Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri                           OL         Isaiah Wilson, Georgia C           Darryl Williams, Mississippi State                                         Third-Team QB        Joe Burrow, LSU  RB        Larry Rountree, Missouri      RB        JaTarvious Whitlow, Auburn      WR       Justin Jefferson, LSU WR       Bryan Edwards, South Carolina               TE         *Miller Forristall, Alabama TE        *Charlie Woerner, Georgia                               OL        Deonte Brown, Alabama                OL        Ben Cleveland, Georgia   OL        Logan Stenberg, Kentucky       OL        Matt Womack, Alabama              C          Drake Jackson, Kentucky                                DEFENSE First-Team DL        Raekwon Davis, Alabama       DL        Derrick Brown, Auburn                             DL        Rashard Lawrence, LSU                           DL        Jabari Zuniga, Florida                              LB         Dylan Moses, Alabama                        LB        Anfernee Jennings, Alabama        LB        Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State                              DB       Grant Delpit, LSU                               DB        J.R. Reed, Georgia                     DB        Trevon Diggs, Alabama                     DB        C.J. Henderson, Florida                  Second-Team DL        Nick Coe, Auburn                                                   DL        Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M                    DL        Marlon Davidson, Auburn                DL        Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina            LB        Cale Garrett, Missouri               LB         De’Jon Harris, Arkansas            LB        David Reese II, Florida                    DB        Patrick Surtain II, Alabama       DB        Xavier McKinney, Alabama                              DB        Kristian Fulton, LSU                                DB        Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State       Third-Team DL         LaBryan Ray, Alabama   DL        McTelvin Agim, Arkansas                 DL        Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State                               DL        Tyler Clark, Georgia    LB        Terrell Lewis, Alabama                                LB         Jacob Phillips, LSU         LB         Kash Daniel, Kentucky                               DB       DeMarkus Acy, Missouri              DB        Shyheim Carter, Alabama                       DB        Richard LeCounte, Georgia                         DB       Daniel Thomas, Auburn                             SPECIALISTS First-Team P           Braden Mann, Texas A&M   PK        Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia                                              RS        Jaylen Waddle, Alabama                                               AP        Jaylen Waddle, Alabama      Second-Team P           Tommy Townsend, Florida                                         PK        Anders Carlson, Auburn                                                  RS        Marquez Callaway, Tennessee                         AP        Kadarius Toney, Florida                       Third-Team P           Arryn Siposs, Auburn         PK        Evan McPherson, Florida       RS        Jashaun Corbin, Texas A&M        AP        Lynn Bowden, Kentucky            * – Indicates a tie
23 Jul 19
Schoen Books

1. Ainsztein Reuben. Jewish Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Europe: with a historical survey of the Jew as fighter and soldier in the Diaspora. Barnes and Noble, 1974. 970 pp.dj torn at base of spine. several pages have slight pen marks in margin. Good +. Hardback & DJ. (272290) $65.00 2. Anglo-Jewish Association. Germany’s New Nazis. NY: […]

23 Jul 19
Literary Theory and Criticism

PDF MOCK TEST 2 UGC NTA NET JRF English Exam Solved Paper All questions are compulsory and each carry equal marks. Time 35 Minutes 1. Which of the following statements on Pathetic Fallacy is NOT TRUE? (A) This term applies to descriptions that are not true but imaginary and fanciful. (B) Pathetic Fallacy is generally understood […]

23 Jul 19
glory authority

Glory Authority Spotlight: W&OD Trail 10K Glory Authority Spotlight is an ongoing series intended to highlight Glory Authority affiliated events, their causes, and the event organizers/organizations behind them. If you organize a running event (or know someone) that may be interested in partnering with Glory Authority please let us know! You can email frank@gloryauthority.org. Our […]

23 Jul 19
Raiders Wire

With more than $70 million in salary cap space and eight draft picks – including four selections in the first 35 – it seemed possible the Raiders could address all their needs during the 2019 offseason. General manager Mike Mayock selected nine total players, including three in the first round, and he opened the checkbook […]

23 Jul 19
The Australian

Eight months after turning heads at last year’s Melbourne Racing Carnival, billionaire investor Alex Waislitz and his 20-something partner Rebekah Behbahani are having a baby.

23 Jul 19

Written by: Ray Butler Follow us on Twitter! @Prospects365 Out of all the midseason list-related articles I’ve written/will write, this one is the most important. You’re not going to agree with all the things you’re about to read. In all likelihood, I’m going to be dead wrong on at least one of the prospects you didn’t […]

23 Jul 19
Leituras de Taróloga

Esta é a lista dos 1001 livros para ler antes de morrer. Os em verde já li ou estou lendo. Os em rosa são os que quero ler. Atualizado em 12/04/2019 (Acredito que muitos títulos tenham sido mal-traduzidos, por isso, se vir algum erro abaixo, por favor, me avise!) 1. Never Let Me Go – […]

23 Jul 19

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23 Jul 19
News Directory

CLOSE Two men in west Wilmington were shot on Monday evening, leaving one man in a critical condition, the police say. Video provided by John J. Jankowski Jr. Jenna Miller, The News Journal For a few hours after two Delmarva Power contractors were shot in Monday afternoon Wilmington, the police still did not say whether […]

23 Jul 19
Augusta Free Press

The Potomac Nationals (16-16, 46-53) fought through rain to play their series and homestand finale against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (15-17, 46-55) on Monday night.