Galaxy Note 10 might not get Samsung’s new 64MP camera – SlashGear

Samsung just recently announced two new camera sensors from its rather young ISOCELL brand. One of them was a 64 megapixel image sensor that seemed to be clearly aimed to one-up Sony’s 48 megapixel IMX586. Naturally, it seemed to be a perfect fit for the premium flagship that Samsung still has to announce later this year. According to one leak source, however, that will not be the case, putting Samsung’s commitment to mobile photography into question.

It’s easy enough to draw parallels between Samsung’s and Sony’s sensor, aside from the fact that Samsung did announce a more direct rival in the 48 megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2. That and the 64 megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 used a similar technique of combining four pixels into one to produce clear and bright images even under low-light. Sony brands it as a Quad-Bayer array while Samsung calls it Tetracell technology.

It’s only natural to expect that Samsung would put its best sensor on its best phone for later this year, which would be the Galaxy Note 10. After all, what would it use that for? It’s not like Sony whose imaging arm made great sensors that it then sells to other OEMs but doesn’t provide it to its own mobile business.

Unfortunately, according to Ice universe, the Galaxy Note 10 won’t use that high-end 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 “to be sure”. That doesn’t exclude using the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM2 but that won’t really be beating Sony at it’s own game, just playing as equals. While Ice universe does have a track record of accurate leaks, this is one instance Samsung fans might hope the leakster is wrong.

More than just disappointment, however, it could cast some doubt on Samsung’s commitment to one of the biggest factors that determine a smartphone’s success in the market. While the Galaxy S10 5G does stand almost equal with the Huawei P30 Pro, it comes up short when it comes to low-light photography. A 64 megapixel “Tetracell” camera could do wonders for that, though, granted, some software updates might also be enough.

Diablo 2 remaster with AI upscaling looks DEVILISHLY good – TweakTown

If there was a game that would benefit from AI upscaled textures it would have to be Diablo 2, with its now low-res graphics being upgraded through AI. Yeah, AI is helping make old classics like Diablo 2 come back to life looking better than ever before.

 

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According to Redditor ‘Indoflaven’ who has been “playing around with ESRGAN and decided to see how it would handle Diablo 2. This is done using the Manga109 model with a 1024×768 source image”. The AI upscaling method ‘ESRGAN’ stands for Enhanced Super Resolution Generative Adversarial Networks which adds more detail to low-resolution images, making it perfect for low-res games from the 90s.

 

The team behind ESRGAN explains its tech: “By doing it over several passes with the goal of fooling its adverserial [sic] part, it will usually produce an image with more fidelity and realism than past methods. I have upscaled the textures in Morrowind to four times the vanilla resolution using ESRGAN. Below you can compare various models’ results to the original (HR)”.

 

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This is not running in real-time at all as Indoflaven used the Manga109 model for ESRGAN to upscale the included screenshots, up from their original 1024×768 resolution — which back in the 90s when Diablo 2 came out, was incredible. There’s no HD texture pack for Diablo 2 or download here, just the ‘what if’ of a high-res Diablo 2.

 

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Android Q desktop mode silently prepared for a multi-screen future – SlashGear

Android is getting into form factors that, during its birth were probably never envisioned. That’s not only smartwatches and smart TVs but even things like set-top boxes, laptops and Chromebooks, and, of course, foldable phones. Google, however, is also preparing another relatively new territory for Android: Android desktop from your phone.

This actually isn’t completely new. Samsung and Huawei have both been working on desktop mode for quite some time now. Even then, however, they weren’t original in the idea. OEMs and third-party developers have all tried to retrofit Android into one form of desktop scenario or another and now it seems that Google is finally giving it serious thought. Somewhat.

Android Q was already spotted with a hidden desktop mode yet Google was surprisingly silent about it even at Google I/O 2019. The good news, however, is that it has actually been actively developing it. Even better news, it’s encouraging app developers to prepare their software for that future, even if it’s only subtly doing it.

The Desktop Mode briefly took center stage in one of the developers talks about Foldable, Multi-Display, and Large Screen devices. It detailed some of thee conventions that developers must be aware of when preparing their apps to work properly on such unconventional screens. From having a windowed mode to resuming apps from one state to another, Google is finally giving developers the tools to officially make those features a part of the user experience.

Of course, just because Google gives them the API doesn’t mean developers will immediately bite. Given how niche even desktop mode features on Samsung and Huawei are, it’s going to take a while before it becomes a norm for all apps. Maybe by then, there might no longer be any need for custom UI’s like Samsung DeX and all Android phones can become true PCs in your pockets.

Couture in running for Conn Smythe, but what about Selke? – NBCSports.com

The Sharks opened a third straight Stanley Cup playoffs series with a win on Saturday night. The home team found the net in every period, and tied their largest margin of victory in these playoffs, with a 6-3 win in Game 1 over the Blues.  

Here are five observations from the Western Conference final opener.

Logan Couture keeps on scoring

He put San Jose on the board less than four minutes into the contest, and secured victory late with the empty netter. Those are his 10th and 11th markers of this postseason.  The center is coming up huge, just as he did in 2016 when playing for the Cup.

Since 2010, only Alexander Ovechkin (50) has more playoff goals than Couture (45).     

Evander Kane

One of the less obvious stat leaders on Saturday night could have been Evander Kane. Nobody recored more hits by San Jose in the game than the power winger, who still hasn’t appeared to hit full stride on a regular basis during these playoffs.  

The physical game suits Kane well, however, and considering the opponent and their tactic of laying the body, this could be the perfect way for Kane to make his (literal and figurative) mark with this matchup.

The Joe Pavelski story continues

The Joe Pavelski story is almost at Mighty Ducks level. As in, Hollywood couldn’t write a more compelling script than what we’ve witnessed so far. The captain who became an emotional centerpiece of the first round, then returned to help close out in the second round.  

All Pavelski did was score on the power play on Saturday night to open up the Western Conference final. With four goals and four assists, Pavelski is not among the team leaders, but it becomes more impressive when you consider all that has come in less than his nine full playoff games.

Rookie goaltender

Goalie Jordan Binnington and the Blues were 5-1 on the road in these playoffs entering their matchup with the Sharks. Binnington, a rookie who is up for the Calder Trophy, had never previously faced San Jose, or obviously played an NHL game at SAP Center.

And while his rise and performance this season were legitimate, the Sharks have to be pleased with their first encounter sending a message to the St. Louis netminder.  

Blues’ comeback attempt

St. Louis made a noticeable and respectable third-period push in Game 1. Maybe it was San Jose taking their foot off the gas with a late lead? Maybe the Blues started to figure some things out? As my colleague Scott Hannan stated on our television coverage, it’s hard to carry game play for a full 60 minutes in the postseason.  

The Sharks did hold a majority of control on Saturday night, but the visitors carved out their own chances in the middle to late portions of the third period. It would be foolish to think that Craig Berube and the Blues won’t sift through all the video, make proper adjustments and challenge San Jose to a much greater extent on Monday night.

Softball Earns No. 1 National Seed – Soonersports.com

NORMAN — The eight-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma softball team (49-2, 18-0 Big 12) has earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional at Marita Hynes Field beginning Friday, May 17.

Oklahoma has been a national seed for each of the past 13 seasons and will host a regional for the ninth year in a row. This is the second time in program history that the Sooners have been the top-seeded team, also earning the No. 1 spot in 2013.

The four-team, three-day event features Notre Dame (36-16, 12-2 ACC) facing Wisconsin (40-12, 12-2 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. CT on Friday on ESPN before the Sooners take on UMBC (30-22, 7-11 American East) at 8:30 p.m. CT Friday on ESPN2.

Friday’s winners will square off in the first of three games Saturday, while Friday’s losing teams will face off in an elimination game for game two of Saturday’s tripleheader. The loser of Saturday’s first game will take on the winner of the day’s second game in an elimination game later Saturday night. The winner of Saturday’s final game will take on the winner of the day’s first game on Sunday with an if necessary rematch scheduled for later on Sunday. 

The winner of this weekend’s regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the winner of the Evanston regional, hosted by Northwestern, the following weekend with the ultimate goal of reaching the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma has made the NCAA Tournament in every year of head coach Patty Gasso’s 25 seasons at the helm of the program and in 26 straight seasons overall. Last season, OU reached its 12th WCWS in program history and reached the national semifinals. With four national titles (2000, ’13, ’16, ’17) Oklahoma trails only UCLA (11) and Arizona (8) for most in NCAA history, and no other team has more than two. 

A limited number of all-session general admission tickets for the 2019 NCAA Softball Norman Regional go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. online and over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU.

All-session general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 youth/senior citizens (ages 2-18; 55+). Each day of the regional is considered one session and a session ticket is good for all games in one day. OU students will have to purchase an OU student ticket for this event as it is an NCAA sponsored tournament.

Single-session tickets, if availability remains, will go on sale the first day of the tournament at the Oklahoma Softball Complex box office. Single session tickets are $10.

Orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.

Check back with SoonerSports.com later for the full schedule with game times and TV information. 

Brewers fall 4-1 in rainy series finale against Chicago – Brew Crew Ball

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It was a cold, wet Mother’s Day on the north side of Chicago as rain fell down upon Wrigley Field while the Milwaukee Brewers met the Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball. It was the Cream City Nine’s first appearance on ESPN on a Sunday night since 2013, and it didn’t exactly go well.

Jhoulys Chacin started the game for the Brew Crew and put his team in a 1-0 hole early, though a first-inning error by Orlando Arcia didn’t help matters as the run was unearned. He pitched a nice game overall, though, allowing only one more earned run in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Javier Baez. He made a hell of a defensive play coming off the mound, too.

Chacin finished with six innings pitched and those two runs allowed, yielding six hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Those two runs would be all Jon Lester needed. He dealt with a lot of traffic as Milwaukee piled up nine hits against him in 6.2 innings, but the only extra base hit was a double by Jesus Aguilar in the fourth. That hit plated Christian Yelich for Milwaukee’s only run of the day, after Yelich had reached on an error by Kyle Schwarber in left field.

Adrian Houser came on in relief of Chacin and finished the game up for Milwaukee, coughing up a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the seventh inning that made it 4-1. Brandon Kintzler threw 1.1 scorless innings and Steve Cishek tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.

Milwaukee (24-18) falls to two games back in the NL Central after dropping the final two contests in Chicago (24-14) to end the series. The Brewers head to Philadelphia next, beginning a three-game series tomorrow night at 6:05 PM central. Aaron Nola will start the game for the Phillies and ‘TBD’ is currently listed for Craig Counsell’s squad, though it’s likely to be an opener ahead of Freddy Peralta.

Tennis: Game Set and Match Podcast – 13th May – New Zealand Herald

There are just two weeks to go to the year’s second tennis Grand Slam – the French Open in Paris. World number one Novak Djokovic seems to be timing his run to perfection, capturing his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 title in Madrid while Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens has emerged as a genuine French Open women’s contender with her victory in the women’s final over defending Roland Garros champion Simona Halep.

Radio Sport tennis commentator Matt Brown is joined by Tennis NZ High Performance Manager Simon Rea to discuss the events in Madrid, we hear from Djokovic and Bertens and reflect on Rafael Nadal’s relative struggles. Yes – the King of Clay has failed to win any of the three clay events he has played this season – Monte Carlo, Barcelona and now Madrid. Is he still the favourite for Roland Garros?

Simon and Matt also chat about what some of the leading Kiwis are up to, most notably Erin Routliffe capturing the biggest doubles title of her career in Florida.

Bumgarner trolls Puig over homer Reds outfielder hit – NBCSports.com

SAN FRANCISCO — A day after surprising comments that took aim at president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi’s recent moves, left-hander Derek Holland met with Zaidi to clear the air.

The two discussed Holland’s comments, made late Saturday night, before Sunday’s finale against the Reds, and Holland told NBC Sports Bay Area that “everything went really well,” while also expressing remorse for becoming a distraction for the team. 

“It was a good conversation. Obviously I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did with the media,” Holland said. “I was just frustrated with not performing the way I was last year. I let my emotions get the best of me. I took shots I didn’t need to, and I’ve got to handle it a little better. I should have come to them first, but my emotions got the better of me.”

It has been a difficult stretch for Holland, who resurrected his career last year and re-signed with the Giants in January. A year after posting a 3.57 ERA, Holland is at 6.75 through seven starts. 

The Giants put Holland on the injured list April 29 with a bone bruise on his left index finger and he returned to make just one start before Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Holland would be moving to the bullpen. A few minutes later, Holland told reporters the initial roster move had been because of a “fake injury.” 

Zaidi pushed back, telling the San Francisco Chronicle that Holland got an MRI and the club had extensive documentation of the injury. The front office felt Holland needed to take a few days to heal up. Holland felt he could keep going. 

“As a pitcher we have to be selfish, we don’t want to come out of a game, or come out with an injury,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area. “It was a lingering injury, but I was trying to be super-competitive .Obviously nobody wants to be on the (injured list). You want to stay out there and get back to where you were.”

Holland also spoke with Bochy and said he understands his standing with the team and now will fully embrace life as a reliever, something he did successfully at points of last season. The Giants brought Holland back knowing he could end up in the bullpen, and Bochy said Holland will be used as a long reliever as the Giants take a look at young starters. 

“I know I’ve gotten to a point of my career where I’m more of a bullpen guy,” the 32-year-old Holland said. “I’ve got to embrace that.”

[RELATED: Morse, Flannery react to Holland’s comments]

Holland said he’s ready to move on and hopeful the team can turn this around. That would solve a lot of issues. Holland is not the only one in the clubhouse who has privately expressed frustration, just the only one to go public. 

“If we’re 23-16, I don’t think we’d be sitting in this room right now,” Zaidi told reporters Sunday morning. “I understand it. I’m as frustrated as anybody. But again, I want us to have a culture of accountability where people are looking in the mirror and asking what they can do better.”