Wednesday, December 14, 2016

UK government 'must take action' on 5G

The rollout of the UK's future 5G mobile network must be handled better than 4G was, according to a new report.
The current 4G network ranks only 54th in the world in terms of coverage, the government-appointed experts said.
Lord Andrew Adonis, who led the investigation, told the BBC that coverage on the UK's trains and motorways was "frankly appalling".
He urged ministers to ensure there would be far fewer dead spots on the next-generation network.


"The government has been putting more investment and obligation requirements on the mobile operators but we think that needs to be taken further," Lord Adonis, who heads the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), told the BBC's Today programme.

"We particularly think there is a big problem with our road and rail networks. Up to 25% of the time it is not possible to get a decent signal."
Highways England and Network Rail must take "direct responsibility" for improving coverage on roads and railways, he added.
'Must improve'
Ofcom welcomed the report but indicated the study that gave rise to the UK's low ranking might not be reliable.
The communications regulator's targets are based on the percentage of properties that have access to a mobile phone signal rather than coverage to all parts of the country.
But the figure quoted by the NIC was based on data gathered by an app used by volunteers measuring the amount of time they had access to a 4G network as they travelled about.
"We agree that mobile coverage must improve, so we're pleased the NIC shares our ambition for universal coverage," said a spokesman for the communications regulator.
"Our rules mean that virtually all UK premises must receive a 4G signal by the end of next year, and we're also making more airwaves available to boost mobile broadband.
"Last month, we challenged mobile operators to explore how to reach all remote areas and transport lines.
"We will shortly publish robust data on 4G in the UK, to help inform decisions on improving coverage."
Lord Adonis acknowledged that the crowdsourced data gathered by OpenSignal was not perfect, but said it was "based on 15 million users worldwide and 60 million measurements in the UK - no one's got better data than that".
5G masterplan
A 5G standard does not yet exist, but the technology is expected to surpass 4G to provide faster data uploads and downloads when it is deployed, some time after 2020.
The NIC said mobile connectivity had become a "necessity" in society and 5G would play a crucial role in the economy.
Graphic showing the UK's position (54th) in the top 60 countries with the best 4G availability
"The UK's networks are not complete. There are too many digital deserts across the country and the availability of our 4G network is worse than many countries including Albania, Panama and Peru," the commission said.
Its report called on the government to become a "digital champion" by, for example, creating a dedicated cabinet minister.
Roadside networks needed to be made "fit for the future", while the railway network must "rapidly improve connectivity", it said.
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The commission wants to see 5G available on transport
The necessary infrastructure for both should be in place by 2025, the report said.
The NIC predicted the need for tens of thousands of small wireless cells in towns and cities for devices to connect to the 5G network.
The idea is that these would have less range than the current mobile phone masts, but there would be more of them and they would be better positioned to ensure blanket coverage.
The report called on local authorities to work with network providers to make this possible.
The commission said the government and Ofcom must "ensure basic outdoor mobile services are available wherever we live, work and travel".



It said the two bodies should develop a "meaningful set of metrics that represent the coverage people actually receive and use these to determine a mobile universal service obligation setting out the minimum service level people should expect to receive".
Regulation in this area must "keep pace" with the rapid evolution of the mobile communications markets, in order to allow new firms to "provide services that the existing market has not delivered", the report added.
A spokeswoman for the Treasury noted that the chancellor had already committed £1bn to support 5G trials as well and fibre broadband.
"We want the UK to become a world leader in 5G, which is why we asked NIC to carry out this study," she said.
"We will consider their recommendations carefully and respond at Budget 2017."


Credit: BBC

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ravens vs. Patriots 2016 final score: New England outlasts Baltimore despite costly miscues

It looked like the New England Patriots were going to run away with the game early against the Baltimore Ravens, but we ended up having a great Monday Night Football game filled with excitement as the Patriots pulled out a 30-23 victory.

The first score of the game was a safety, when Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon was caught by the Patriots’ Malcom Brown and Patrick Chung behind the goal line.




The Patriots would build momentum with a masterfully blocked field goal by Shea McClellin, who gracefully leaped over the line to get all of Justin Tucker’s kick. It was Tucker’s first miss on the season.

The Patriots then went on a 10 play, 74-yard drive that was capped off by a LeGarrette Blount touchdown. It was Blount’s 14th rushing touchdown on the season, tying a Patriots record held by Curtis Martin.

After forcing the Ravens to punt in New England territory, Tom Brady and the Patriots went on yet another drive resulting in a touchdown. This time around, the Pats went 89 yards, and Brady found Malcolm Mitchell for the six-yard touchdown.

Both teams would exchange interceptions and punts, before the Ravens ended the half with a field goal from Tucker, good from 50 yards. The Patriots led, 16-3.

New England opened the second half looking good as they did in the first. Brady connected with Martellus Bennett on a spectacular catch on a well-placed throw.


At this point, the Ravens needed just about anything to get back into the game, down 23-3. They certainly got it, and it happened a lot faster than anybody could have expected.

After the Patriots forced a three-and-out, the Ravens punted, and Cyrus Jones didn’t get out of the way of the ball. It grazed his foot, and the Ravens recovered inside the five-yard line. It ended up in a Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Darren Waller.


On the ensuing kickoff, the Patriots fumbled the kick return, and the Ravens had great field position yet again, this time inside the Patriots’ 25-yard line.


It was the Ravens’ second fumble recovery in 14 seconds. Four plays later, Dixon caught a touchdown pass from Flacco to make it a 23-17 game on the latter end of the third quarter.

Both teams exchanged a few punts, before the Ravens appeared to be driving and on their way to a score, but had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Tucker. It was 23-20 Patriots, but the Ravens were as close as ever.

The Patriots took the life out of the Ravens on the very next offensive play. Starting from their own 21, Brady threw a perfect pass to Chris Hogan, who cruised into the end zone for the easy score.


The next drive for the Ravens went for 10 plays and 61 yards, but had to settle for a field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the game. A poor onside kick attempt gave the Patriots the ball, and they were able to run out the clock and end the game.

The Patriots maintained their first-place standing with the victory, and moved to 11-2 on the season. They now hold the best record in the league alongside the Dallas Cowboys, who lost to the New York Giants Sunday night.
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Giants snap Cowboys' 11-game winning streak 10-7

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.


Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained — he fumbled away the ball on that play — and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

The Giants had three sacks, continually made Prescott uncomfortable, and he threw two picks.

New York's offense was unsightly much of the night, blanked at halftime with only 84 net yards. Then it switched to the no-huddle and put together a short drive to Robbie Gould's 39-yard field goal, making it 7-3.

But Odell Beckham Jr., stepped up, as he often does, and sped through the Cowboys on a 61-yard touchdown play. Beckham caught Eli Manning's pass at the Giants 48 and raced all the way to the end zone for the lead the defense preserved.

Manning was 17 for 28 for 193 yards, one TD, one interception and two fumbles. His main adversary was linebacker Sean Lee, who had 18 tackles.

There wasn't much offense in the opening 30 minutes — Prescott threw for 101 yards and Manning had only 80. That was no issue for Dallas, which simply let Elliott control matters with 15 rushes for 86 yards; 2 more yards than the Giants had in total offense. The one big play was Prescott's 31-yard TD pass to Terrance Williams as the Giants completely bit on a play-action fake.

New York was plagued by sloppiness and poor blocking in the second straight game in didn't score in the opening half. Dallas got to Manning three times in that half, forcing fumbles on two of those sacks. Lee seemed to be in on every tackle for the Cowboys, forced one fumble and recovered another.

Dallas came close to extending its 7-0 lead on the final play of the first half, but Dan Bailey's 55-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar.

DAK'S PASSING

Prescott had thrown for a touchdown and not been intercepted in five straight games, a rookie record. He got a TD early Sunday when he connected with the wide-open Williams for a 31-yard score, but the string ended when Bryant slipped as Prescott threw and Janoris Jenkins picked off the second-quarter pass.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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First Reactions to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Are Overwhelmingly Positive


"Great Kid, Don't Get Cocky."

Just over a week ago, we got our first reactions to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but those (extremely-positive) reactions were based solely on 28-minutes worth of footage (not shown in order) and came from a select number of people that Lucasfilm invited. Aside from that, Alan Tudyk revealed that the cast was left speechless after they saw it for the first time and Star Wars creator, George Lucas, personally-called director Gareth Edwards to tell him he "loved" it.
So, after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had its world premiere on Saturday in Los Angeles, those that attended the event were given permission by Disney and Lucasfilm to share their initial reactions, and as you can guess from the headline above, they found them film to be very enjoyable.
Click on "Start Slideshow" to see the best non-spoilery reactions to Rogue One.
By the way, now that we can confidently assume that Rogue One will receive stellar reviews from film critics, there's a good possibility the film will end up on the high-end of its already lofty $280-350 million projected global opening.


From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. if you get rogue movie or rogue trailer then comment.

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