Amid the greatest NCAA basketball upset ever, a Twitter hero emerges

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Happy Saturday, everyone! While many things in the world are very bad today, if you were on the Internet last night, you probably caught wind of a pretty cool historic moment in college basketball: UMBC — University of Maryland, Baltimore County — knocked off the overall number one seed in the annual NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament in an absolute landslide.

So, naturally, I absolutely had to find the tech angle here, and if you owned a smartphone, you probably saw a series of extremely excellent tweets from UMBC’s twitter account, which went absolutely ballistic last night. So, we wanted to recognize the other star of the show: UMBC’s twitter account. You probably would too if, as a 21-point underdog, beat what most consider the best team in the country. Most tweet compilations are not great, but this one is very great.

University of Virginia was absolutely crushed during the second half of the game after dominating the world of college basketball for the entire regular season and throughout the conference tournament on the way to the overall number one seed — a system in place where teams are placed in the tournament based on favorable matchups as a reward for their performance. The system is still ripe for upsets, and there have been a lot this year, but this one is arguably one of the biggest upsets of all time.

So, without further ado:

Alarming bucket of truth, that one. We’ll end with this one:

Happy March Madness, all! May fortune favor (the rest) of your brackets.

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Apple Promotes iMac Pro as ‘Most Powerful Mac Ever’ With Series of Short Films

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To demonstrate how the iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac ever, Apple recently invited a group of filmmakers, CG artists, and graphics designers to create a series of short films using its advanced technologies.

The artists include creative director Erin Sarofsky, motion graphics designer Esteban Diácono, 3D artist Luigi Honorat, director and designer Michelle Dougherty, design and motion studio ManvsMachine, and an integrated collective of designers, artists, and storytellers from production company Buck.

From concept development through final preparations for render, Apple says the iMac Pro was at the center of the creative work. The fine print does note that additional equipment was used for final rendering of 3D content.

Each film is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video showing how the iMac Pro fit into the creative process, alongside a list of software tools used and testimonials about how great the iMac Pro is. Apple hasn’t shared the films on its YouTube channel yet, so it’s unclear if they’ll double as TV ads.

iMac Pro was described as “blazingly fast” in an early review. Based on benchmarks, the mid-range model with a 10-core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processor is up to 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro. The 10-core iMac Pro is also up to 93 percent faster than the latest top-of-the-line 27-inch 5K iMac.

Watch the Films: “iMac Pro: The most powerful Mac ever. Pushed to the limits.”

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The App Store Currently Has ‘Darkest Dungeon’, ‘Gorogoa’, ‘Thumper’, and More Discounted with Some Games Being Discounted for the First Time Ever

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Over the last few years, we saw some really nice games get discounts. At first it was just Darkest Dungeon [$ 4.99 (HD)] and The Witness [$ 9.99] being quite heavily discounted. Soon after, more games started popping up like Gorogoa [$ 4.99] that sees its first discount ever on iOS and the likes of Thumper [$ 3.99] and more. For a change, I don’t own everything that’s discounted in the list below and while this is no coincidence, as of this writing, there doesn’t seem to be a feature up on the App Store for this big title sale.

From the discounts, Darkest Dungeon is an absolute no brainer at just $ 0.99 which is less than what the cheapest DLC costs on other platforms. We’ve written about just about every game that has been discounted as well like how great The Witness is on iOS and even how much fun Thumper is in its touch conversion. Here’s the full list of games discounted on the App Store (some discounts are still rolling out) in this seemingly big indie sale:

Bridge Constructor Portal [$ 4.99]
Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition [$ 4.99 (HD)]
FROST [$ 4.99]
Gorogoa [$ 4.99]
Iron Marines [$ 2.99]
Mini Metro [$ 2.99]
Milkmaid of the Milkyway [$ 1.99]
The Witness [$ 9.99]
Thumper: Pocket Edition [$ 3.99]


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13 years after Intel’s iPhone mistake, it might take the biggest ever tech deal to resolve it

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Some 13 years after Intel turned down the opportunity to make the CPU for the upcoming iPhone, is it now considering the world’s biggest ever tech acquisition to deal with the threat that decision continues to pose today.

In 2005, when Apple was working on the first-generation iPhone to be launched in 2007, Steve Jobs invited Intel to pitch for the CPU business for the planned smartphone. Not believing Apple’s sales projections, and not seeing any way to make money from it, Intel turned him down …



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Will remote work ever become mainstream?

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For the past five years of my professional career, I’ve been blessed to work remotely from my home. First, as an SEO freelancer, then as an employee, and currently, as a content marketing consultant. Working remotely has meant I’ve been able to work from the comfort of my home (or a coffee shop, whenever I’m tired of seeing the same wall every day) without having to suffer the problems of commuting. The benefits I’ve gotten have gone beyond avoiding commuting, however. I’ve saved time and money, lowered my stress, and increased my work satisfaction. This made wonder why there aren’t…

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New McLaren hybrid hypercar will be company’s fastest ever

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By Antti Kautonen We've reported earlier that the upcoming McLaren Ultimate Series "Hyper-GT" BP23 will be a seriously fast machine. Today, McLaren set a top speed target for it: The limited-edition hybrid hypercar will surpass the legendary McLaren…
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Lowest Price Ever: Apple’s loaded 2TB 15″ MacBook Pro for $2,999 ($1,300 off) with no tax in most states

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The DJI Mavic Pro drone just dropped to its lowest price ever

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The gold standard of personal drones, DJI’s Mavic Pro, has dropped to just $ 769. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen, beating last year’s Black Friday sale of $ 815. The MSRP for the Mavic Pro is $ 999, which makes this deal a 23-percent discount.

When it was released in 2016, The Verge gave Mavic Pro a 9.5 score, saying it “has all the range, battery life, and advanced features of larger drones” while small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. It’s more powerful than last year’s Spark (also on sale at Amazon for $ 339, down from the already discounted $ 399) and more portable than DJI’s flagship quadcopter series, Phantom. (The latest edition, Phantom 4 Pro, retails for $ 1499.)

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Galaxy S9+ Tops iPhone X as Best Smartphone Camera Ever in DxO’s Controversial Rankings

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DxO today said Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 Plus has the best smartphone camera it has ever tested. The device earned the highest-ever DxOMark score of 99, topping both the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X, which scored 98 and 97 respectively.

In its review, DxO said the Galaxy S9 Plus camera lacks any “obvious weaknesses” and “performs very well across all photo and video test categories,” which will make it a compelling choice for photography-minded smartphone users.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department. In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date. Add one of the best smartphone zooms and a capable bokeh simulation mode to the mix, and the Galaxy S9 Plus is difficult to ignore for any photo-minded smartphone user. With the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung is setting the pace for 2018. We’ll see if the competition can follow suit.

While the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 12-megapixel dual-lens rear camera like the iPhone X, a key new feature is variable aperture, which means the lenses can adapt to various lighting conditions just as the human eye would, and automatically let in more light when it’s dark and less when it’s too bright.

In dim conditions, the rear camera uses a very fast f/1.5 aperture to maximize light capture, according to DxO. In brighter light, it switches to a slower f/2.4 aperture for optimized detail and sharpness.

DxO found the Galaxy S9 Plus produces “excellent results” in bright light and sunny conditions, with vivid colors, good exposures, and a very wide dynamic range. The autofocus wasn’t the very fastest DxO has ever tested, but they said it’s more than fast enough not to be an issue for any user.

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While the review crowned the Galaxy S9 Plus as an “excellent bright-light performer,” DxO still experienced some “fairly minor issues” in those conditions. Some of its photos had “purple fringing on high-contrast edges” and “pretty noticeable” ringing halos, while others had “slight blue or pink color casts.”

DxO said the Galaxy S9 Plus’s performance in dimmer conditions is “equally impressive,” yielding photos with “nice exposures with vivid color, accurate white balance, low noise, and good texture in low-light conditions.”

The rear camera earned top marks in several other areas, including autofocus, zoom, flash, and bokeh, exposure, contrast, and color accuracy, so be sure to read the full-length review for more detailed analysis.

To determine scoring in its smartphone camera reviews, DxOMark said its engineers capture and evaluate over 1,500 test images and more than two hours of video, both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article explains more about the methodology.

DxO’s smartphone camera reviews are well known, but they’ve also attracted some criticism, since the overall quality of a camera is subjective. When comparing dynamic range on the Galaxy S9 Plus, Google Pixel 2, and iPhone X, for example, DxO itself said the results are “pretty much a question of personal preference.”

For those interested, here is DxO’s review of the iPhone X camera. But reviews from professional photographers like Austin Mann may be more valuable. Together, they provide good technical and real-world insight.

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be pre-ordered starting today for $720 and $840 respectively. The smartphones launch March 16.

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