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Blake Griffin Trade Talk: Lakers, Knicks Headline Top Packages

As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the chatter around potential deals is only going to continue heating up. While a few big names have already been linked as trade candidates, there have been a handful of additional players mentioned recently. One specifically that jumps out is Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, although his scenario is a bit different than the others.
As Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson reported on Twitter, he believes Griffin has privately stated he wants to be moved. Robinson proceeds to cite the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat as possible options.

If Blake Griffin is moved, look for New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets & Miami Heat as his preferred destinations. https://t.co/PSX9TEJZqP
— Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB) January 27, 2019

Although it’s unknown what stage this whole situation is at and whether the Pistons would actually move Griffin, who was acquired last season, it’s an interesting topic. Even without knowing an overwhelming amount on this trade chatter, there are still a few teams who can put together strong deals for the Pistons star.
Let’s check out a few potential trades that could make sense for both sides if Detroit does decide to put Griffin on the table as a candidate to be moved. We’ll start off with the Los Angeles Lakers and a major hypothetical on their approach moving forward.
*Note: All trades created with ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine and are only for enjoyment purposes.

Lakers Acquire Second Star in Blake Griffin
ESPN NBA Trade Machine
Obviously, there’s a lot that goes into this trade, specifically the fact that it would mean the Lakers trading two potential pieces of a deal for Anthony Davis. This deal stems from The Athletic’s Bill Oram reporting that Magic Johnson and company would consider a “blockbuster that lands the Lakers a second superstar.”
“The second is obviously the priority, even if it means parting with some combination of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Ideally, the Lakers would be able to land a second star in free agency and keep the core intact. However, with Anthony Davis unlikely to become available by the deadline, that particular dilemma may be a moot point this season.”
It’s an interesting scenario, and to be clear, I have no idea if Los Angeles would decide to avoid the risk of losing out on Davis during the offseason by acquiring Griffin instead. While the current Pistons star isn’t quite the caliber of player Davis is, he’s currently playing the best basketball of his career and would help right the ship immediately.
Personally, I think the Lakers are more likely to wait for Davis and make the push during the upcoming offseason, even with the risk. But if not, this deal for Griffin also provides outside shooting with Reggie Bullock.

Knicks Begin Building for the Future
ESPN NBA Trade Machine
*Knicks also second 2020 first-round pick and 2022 second-round pick to Pistons
The New York Knicks are expected to be big players in free agency, and if they plan to make a run at someone like Kevin Durant, it could be helpful to have Griffin in town. There have been rumblings the Knicks want to move Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina, so it’s tough to envision a better deal that accomplishes that than this one.
Draft picks would almost certainly have to be included here, and a 2020 protected first-rounder along with a second-round pick in the likely “double draft” in 2022 could get it done. The big aspects of this deal on the Pistons side are how the team feels about Hardaway and whether they believe Ntilikina has the upside to become their point guard of the future.

Luka Doncic Gets New Star Teammate With Mavericks
ESPN NBA Trade Machine
*Mavericks send protected first-round pick to Pistons
The Dallas Mavericks would be quite a fit for Griffin, and I’m not going to put it past Mark Cuban to figure out how to make this deal happen. What’s interesting is that it would reunite Griffin and former Los Angeles Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan. That may or may not be a good thing, but regardless, Jordan is only under contract through this season.
In this scenario, Dallas moves Wesley Matthews’ contract and finds a perfect home for Dennis Smith Jr., who needs a fresh start. Smith could be the best part of this deal for the Pistons, although Harrison Barnes would be a solid addition as well. As Detroit searches for their potential point guard of the future, this is a low-risk, inexpensive opportunity to see what the former first-round pick in Smith can provide.
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Farmers Insurance Open Purse: How Much Prize Money Does the Winner Make?

Category : Breaking News , Golf , PGA Tour , Sports

Justin Rose, the winner of the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open, will take home a $1.278 million prize out of a total purse of $7.1 million. The tournament, held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, featured a field that includes many of the top 30 players in the world, including Rose, who held a solid lead heading into Sunday’s final round, along with Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Adam Scott.
The second place finisher, Scott, will take home $766,800, while the Hideki Matsuyama and Talor Gooch will receive a check for $482,800 for their third-place finish. The Farmers Insurance Open is one of the first marquee events of the 2019 PGA Tour season. The San Diego PGA Tour spot was previously known as the San Diego Open and began in 1952. Farmers Insurance took over as the sponsor of the tournament in 2010.
The Farmers Insurance Open is organized by The Century Club of San Diego and community and youth programs in the San Diego area.
Rose held a solid lead heading into Sunday and was able to hold off the charges by Scott, Matsuyama and Gooch. Rose finished at 21-under, with Scott at 19-under and Matsuyama and Gooch at 16-under. Day, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy finished tied for fifth at 14-under par
After the third round on Saturday, Rose told reporters, “I expect Jon and Adam to come out and play well tomorrow, as well as the chasing pack. But one of those guys is capable of something in the mid-60s. Obviously, if I go out and shoot 68, then that’s a great round of golf. But a 68 on the South course isn’t anyone’s to lose. You have to go out and get it. I think it’s going to take a good round of golf tomorrow to get this done.”
Scott praised Rose’s play during the early season tournament.
“As good as I’m playing, I feel like I’m a long way behind,” Scott told reporters, according to ESPN. “It’s almost all up to him tomorrow. So that’s no pressure on me. But this is not a course I can go out and just fire at pins. It’s too easy to make big errors. I’ll just have to chip away and see if he can do the same.”
Scott added, “He’s just playing too good. He’s the No. 1 player in the world, he’s played well for over two years. He’s feeling it. He wants to take advantage of all of his good golf and that’s why he’s running away with this thing.”
The Farmers Insurance Open was won by Jason Day in 2018. He took home $1.242 million after topping Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer in a playoff.
The PGA Tour will head to Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix Open next week, with another $7.1 million purse and $1.278 million top prize on the line. The tournament begins February 3. The fieldwill include Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Matt Kuchar, Rahm and Matsuyama.
Here is what the top 50 will be paid this year at the Farmers Insurance Open:

Farmers Insurance Open 2019 Purse

PLACE
PRIZE MONEY

1st
$1,278,000

2nd
$766,800

3rd
$482,800

4th
$340,800

5th
$284,000

6th
$255,600

7th
$237,850

8th
$220,100

9th
$205,900

10th
$191,700

11th
$177,500

12th
$163,300

13th
$149,100

14th
$134,900

15th
$127,800

16th
$120,700

17th
$113,600

18th
$106,500

19th
$99,400

20th
$92,300

21st
$85,200

22nd
$79,520

23rd
$73,840

24th
$68,160

25th
$62,480

26th
$56,800

27th
$54,670

28th
$52,540

29th
$50,410

30th
$48,280

31st
$46,150

32nd
$44,020

33rd
$41,890

34th
$40,115

35th
$38,340

36th
$36,565

37th
$34,790

38th
$33,370

39th
$31,950

40th
$30,530

41st
$29,110

42nd
$27,690

43rd
$26,270

44th
$24,850

45th
$23,430

46th
$22,010

47th
$20,590

48th
$19,454

49th
$18,460

50th
$17,892

 


Why Google bans ad blockers, but is actually fine with ad-blocking browsers

Category : Ads , Features

Ad blockers are nothing new. They’ve existed as web browser extensions for many years and a few Android apps even do it across the OS. However, there’s an interesting little conundrum. The Play Store allows web browsers with ad-block, but not system-wide ad blockers. It seems hypocritical at first — both types of apps block ads — but there is a difference.
Let’s take a look.
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The difference is key
Let’s start with the fundamental difference between web browsers with ad blocking and ad blockers as a whole. A web browser with ad block only blocks advertising within its own app. A proper ad-block app only blocks advertising in other apps. That’s a small, but extremely important difference.
Apps that disrupt, damage, or otherwise mess with how other apps work are strictly prohibited in the Google Play Store. You can find the relevant rule here. If you read down to the bullet list on that link, the very first rule specifically uses ad blockers as an example. This same ruling also bans apps like Lucky Patcher and other hack tools that give you freemium game purchases for free:
We don’t allow apps that interfere with, disrupt, damage, or access in an unauthorized manner the user’s device, other devices or computers, servers, networks, application programming interfaces (APIs), or services, including but not limited to other apps on the device, any Google service, or an authorized carrier’s network.
Tons of apps and games use ads to generate most of their revenue. In an interview with Android Authority, the developers of Alto’s Adventure theorized that the average person on Android would rather watch an ad than pay for anything. Those developers earn 99 percent of their revenue from ads and a paltry one percent from in-app purchases. If ad block, Lucky Patcher, and other similar tools existed on mobile like they do on the web, that ratio would be vastly different and earnings vastly lower. Even the developer of Flappy Bird made $50,000 per day solely on advertisements.
Even if the user was never going to tap the ad, impressions — when someone just views an ad — still generate a good deal of money for developers (read more about how ad impressions work here).
It’s understandable why the rule is in place. When developers get paid, Google also gets paid. Ad blockers and apps like Lucky Patcher mess with the revenue streams of both. A rule against such behavior makes perfect sense. This rule also prevents a lot of other bad behavior like bypassing the system power management, abusive API usage, and apps that circumvent security protections. This rule also affects a lot of root user apps, which is rather unfortunate.
The rule that bans ad blockers is the same rule that bans Lucky Patcher and similar apps.

Google controls ads on Google Play
Google seems to care about the ad experience on Android. There is a whole section in the Developer Policy Center specifically for advertising. The company bans the following types of ads and behaviors:

Deceptive Ad Placement: Developers cannot make ads that act as part of the app’s UI. If an app has a button that looks like it does something within the app, but just opens an ad up instead, the Play Store will ban the app.
Lock Screen Monetization: Apps can’t use the lock screen for ad placement unless it’s a lock screen app. Alto’s Adventure can’t show ads on your lock screen, but something like Hi Locker can.
Disruptive Ads: Developers cannot use full page (also known as interstitial) ads with no clear way to dismiss the ad.
Interference with Apps, Device Functionality, and so on: Advertisements cannot affect device functionality, other apps, or basically anything else. Ads must be in the app that provides them. This is basically the same rule preventing ad blockers in the first place, but for advertising. Ad-blockers can’t affect how other apps work and neither can advertisements. At least it’s fair.
Inappropriate Ads: Advertising that doesn’t follow a strict ethical code are banned. For instance, you can’t put dating website ads in a kid’s game.
Android Advertising ID rules: There are also a bunch of rules when using the Android Advertising ID. You can read all of those here.

These rules don’t get rid of all of the annoying ads — you still get full page video ads with sound — but they limit the worst offenders. On the internet there are no such rules for advertisers.
If you see or know of an app breaking one of these rules, fill out this form and report them.

Let’s go back to web browsers with ad-block
Google could put a blanket ban on ad blocking in all of its forms, but there really isn’t any reason to. Google isn’t actually against ad blocking, it’s against apps on Android affecting how other apps on Android work. It’s more of a security issue than an ethical one. Even Google Chrome has ad blocking.
There are a bunch of other potential reasons why web browsers get to stay and native ad blockers have to go. The App Store also allows web browsers with ad block and Apple’s Safari has ad and tracker blocking for better privacy. You can, of course, get desktop level browser ad blocking on Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Thus, even Google’s biggest competitor allows web browsers with ad blockers. It would be silly for Google to be the odd man out, to so to speak.
We don’t really think that’s why any of that is the case, though. All the evidence points to ad blockers affecting how other apps work. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that Google cares one way or another about the actual practice of ad blocking.

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As long as Google prevents apps from messing with one another, ad blockers will continue to be banned from the Play Store. It’s fine to be mad about. Again, we’re not defending or criticizing the behavior. We just wanted to know why.
Sound off in the comments if you want to talk about it further!


Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Suns; Latest on Kyle Kuzma Injury

The Los Angeles Lakers will play at least one more game without LeBron James when they host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. It seems they also may be without another go-to offensive weapon as well in forward Kyle Kuzma. With the Lakers playing the final few home games before a road stretch ahead of the All-Star break, they’ll look to snap a three-game losing skid against a struggling Suns group.
After falling in overtime against the Houston Rockets last Saturday, the team has since dropped games against the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves, moving to 25-24 on the year. LeBron’s absence has been nearly impossible to overcome, and since the Christmas Day injury, the Lakers have posted a 5-10 record as they await the return of their star forward.
Before diving into the roster and starting lineup for the date with Devin Booker and company, let’s check out the latest on Kuzma’s injury which may hold him out Sunday.

Latest on Kyle Kuzma’s Injury
It seems Kuzma’s injury may not sideline him long, but there’s a chance he could sit this game out. The Lakers revealed that Kuzma missed practice on Saturday due to a hip strain and is currently listed as questionable.
Beyond that, Mike Trudell of the team’s official website revealed head coach Luke Walton said Kuzma “didn’t look right” against the Timberwolves. He was limited in that game and the injury has apparently been nagging him as of late.

Luke Walton said Kyle Kuzma, who’s been dealing with a sore hip, “didn’t look right” physically, and that Kuzma “truly loves to compete but wasn’t able to do what he wanted to.” Already down LeBron and Lonzo, it didn’t help to have Kuzma limited, though Minnesota was beat up too.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 25, 2019

If Kuzma is unable to go, it’ll be interesting to monitor how Walton and the coaching staff opt to approach the starting lineup. Fortunately, the Suns play a fairly small lineup so they may be able to get away with going even smaller than they have as of late.
UPDATE: Kuzma has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Suns

Position
Expected Starter
Backup

Center
Ivica Zubac
JaVale McGee
Tyson Chandler

Power Forward
Kyle Kuzma (Q)
Michael Beasley
Moritz Wagner

Small Forward
Brandon Ingram
Lance Stephenson

Shooting Guard
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Josh Hart
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Point Guard
Rajon Rondo

There’s a chance Michael Beasley or Moritz Wagner could start, but the option to re-insert Josh Hart in the lineup with Brandon Ingram at the forward spots is more realistic. The Suns are likely going to start Josh Jackson at the four here, so putting Ingram against him defensively makes sense.
The obvious hope is that Kuzma can play, but with an upcoming stretch of six-straight games against possible playoff teams, it may be wise for the Lakers to give him the night off. After this game, Los Angeles will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
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Patrick Mahomes Girlfriend, Brittany Matthews, Cheers Him on at Pro Bowl

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Mahomes Crew, missing Jack❤️ #probowl2019 #chiefskingdom
A post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) on Jan 25, 2019 at 10:26am PST

Patrick Mahomes would have preferred to be playing next Sunday, but the Chiefs quarterback seems to be in good spirits with his girlfriend, Brittany Matthews, by his side at the Pro Bowl. Mahomes is playing with the AFC squad in Orlando, and Matthews is there cheering him on along with his mother, Randi Martin. Matthews has been posting photos on Instagram throughout Pro Bowl week.
“Mahomes Crew, missing Jack❤️ #probowl2019 #chiefskingdom,” Matthews posted referring to Mahomes’ brother, Jackson Mahomes.
After the Chiefs overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship, Matthews posted a video of her embracing Mahomes after the difficult loss.
“You’re the best in my eyes and that will never change ❤️💛 #MVP,” Matthews posted.
Here’s a look at the Instagram video Matthews posted after the game.

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You’re the best in my eyes and that will never change ❤️💛 #MVP
A post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) on Jan 21, 2019 at 9:36am PST

Tom Brady Offered Patrick Mahomes Words of Encouragement After AFC Championship

Tom Brady just quietly approached a security guard waiting outside the Chiefs’ locker room — and asked if he could see Patrick Mahomes. Brady was escorted into a room where he spoke briefly with him. A very clear display of respect from one incredible quarterback to another.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 21, 2019

Matthews is not the only one who tried to encourage Mahomes. In the midst of celebrating another Super Bowl appearance, Brady made it a point to find Mahomes after the AFC Championship. During an ESPN interview, Mahomes detailed what Brady said to him after the game (via Kansas City Star).
I think it was a little bit of both. It was such a great game with so many emotions where it was going back and forth at the end. He just came up to me and was kind of giving me, saying, ‘Good game,’ and everything like that.
I mean, he was in my place. He was young. He got to win the Super Bowl in his first year with you (Bruschi) and everybody and so he understands that, I mean, time it flies by and ‘make sure to put in the work. ‘And I think he saw that I’ve put in the work to be in those situations.

Brittany Matthews Runs a Personal Training Business

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If you got into the gym today and you were apart of chiefs kingdom yesterday, I applaud you👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Me…not so much but here’s a lovely few lower body exercises for yaaa🤩🍑 8-12 reps 3-4 sets Save it for your next leg day and of course share with me how you love it☺️ Outfit: @lululemon Shoes: @adidas
A post shared by Brittany Matthews (@brittanylynne8) on Jan 21, 2019 at 5:11pm PST

Matthews runs a personal training business in the Kansas City area. She admitted that she did not make it to the gym right after the Chiefs loss to the Patriots, but still offered a few workout tips for those that did.
“If you got into the gym today and you were apart of chiefs kingdom yesterday, I applaud you👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Me…not so much but here’s a lovely few lower body exercises for yaaa🤩🍑 8-12 reps 3-4 sets. Save it for your next leg day and of course share with me how you love it☺️ Outfit: @lululemon Shoes: @adidas,” Matthews posted.
Matthews asked for some gym recommendations in the Orlando area. Later in the week, she posted a photo from the gym noting how excited she was to see the sun.
“Just growing the gunsss💪🏼💪🏼. Save for a later and definitely give these a go💯. 8-12 reps 3-4 sets •••••Guys, I have never been so happy to see the sun here in Orlando🤩☀️,” Matthews noted.
Mahomes and Matthews are hoping they are making a trip to the Super Bowl rather than the Pro Bowl next year.

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What is 5G, and what can we expect from it?

Category : 5G , Features

The world’s first 5G networks switch on this year, promising faster data speeds and lower latency to consumers. In addition, 5G opens up avenues to new industrial applications and is a critical element to build widely connected “smart cities.” 5G is the next step to provide better networking in our increasingly technological world.
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Around the world, companies and governments are ironing out the finer points of how to bring 5G mobile communication to the masses. If you’ve been wondering what is 5G, this is the current state of the industry and what to expect.
What is 5G? It’s all in the details
5G, just like 4G technology, is an evolving standard, which is planned for and created by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The ITU’s IMT-2020 preparations and 3GPP Release 15 specification lay the foundations for early 5G technology and rollouts.
The specification outlines 5G technology required to build these futuristic networks. High-frequency mmWave base stations, sub-6GHz WiFi-esque small and medium cells, beamforming, and massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) are just some of the more common technologies talked about. But there are also major changes to data encoding and infrastructure network slicing that are seldom talked about. These are all new technological introductions compared to today’s 4G LTE networks.
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4G LTE is already providing millions of customers with super fast data, but with more and more carriers looking to flip the switch on even nippier 1 Gbps networks and phones boasting faster modems, it’s …
The 5G standard is split into two key parts – Non-Standalone (NSA) and New Radio (NR). Today’s first 5G networks will be based on NSA, and are planned to eventually transition over to SA once that part of the specification is finalized in the coming years. Complicating the situation further, U.S. carrier Verizon has its own version of 5G to accelerate its rollout. However, Verizon plans to adopt the mainstream 5G later.
5G networks are built from a wide range of technologies
5G technology explained
The most commonly talked 5G technology is mmWave, but carriers will also be utilizing new spectrum in the sub-6GHz WiFi region, low bands below 1GHz, and existing 4G LTE bands too. There is currently lots of unused high-frequency spectrum, known as millimeter wave. The higher the frequency the more bandwidth is available, but the trade-off is that this technology has a shorter range than lower frequencies used in 4G LTE.
The overall idea is to greatly increase the amount of spectrum available by combining the pros and cons of all these different frequencies. Combining more spectrum with carrier aggregation (sending data over multiple pieces of spectrum) allows for more bandwidth and much faster speeds for consumers.
5G greatly increases the amount of spectrum used to send and receive data.
Here’s a breakdown of the key 5G technology terms that you need to know.

mmWave – very high frequency between 17 and 100GHz and high bandwidth for fast data. Most carriers are targeting use in the 18-24GHz range. Reasonably short-range technology that will be used in densely populated areas.
Sub-6GHz – operates in WiFi-like frequencies between 3 and 6GHz. Can be deployed in small cell hubs for indoor use or more powerful outdoor base stations to cover medium range much like existing 4G LTE. Most 5G spectrum will be found here.
Low-band – very low frequencies below 800MHz. Covers very long distances and is omnidirectional to provide blanket backbone coverage.
Beamforming – used in mmWave and sub-6GHz base stations to direct waveforms towards consumer devices, such as bouncing waves off buildings. A key technology in overcoming the range and direction limitations of high-frequency waveforms.
Massive MIMO – multiple antennas on base stations serve multiple end-user devices at once. Designed to make high-frequency networks much more efficient and can be combined with beamforming.

Although lots of carriers like to talk up fancy advancements in mmWave technology, 5G networks will actually be a combination of everything. The various technologies can be thought of in three tiers, which Huawei explains neatly in many of its papers.
Low bands that can be repurposed from radio and TV make up the “coverage layer” at sub 2GHz. This provides wide-area and deep indoor coverage and forms the backbone of the network. There’s the “Super Data Layer” made up of high-frequency spectrum known as mmWave that suits areas requiring extremely high data rates or population coverage. Then the “coverage and capacity layer” sits between 2 and 6 GHz, which offers a good balance between both.
In a nutshell, 5G allows consumers to connect to and leverage the benefits of this wide range of spectrum for faster, and more reliable coverage.

5G Non-standalone vs standalone
The key to understanding the differences between 5G NSA and SA lies in the network backend. The first 5G networks based on the NSA standard use existing 4G LTE infrastructure to handle the Control Plane. The Control Plane handles the signal traffic, managing how user devices connect to base stations, checking subscriptions, etc. Meanwhile, the data plane is what you and I actually use to send and receive data.
In a sense, 5G NSA can be thought of as just having an extra fast data pipe attached to existing 4G LTE infrastructure. The adoption of the 5G Standalone (SA) specification sees the control plane transition over to the 5G Core and marks much bigger changes for the way that networks operate.
TVS 5G Standalone implements the 5G Core and Control Plane.
In addition to introducing the Control Plane over 5G radio technologies, Standalone supports more flexible Network Slicing and subcarrier encoding.
Network Slicing is a form of virtual networking architecture enabling greater flexibility to partition, share, and link parts of the back-end network together. This will allow network operators to offer more flexible traffic, applications, and services to their customers. This idea is seen as key to realizing ideas such as autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
The changes to subcarriers are a little harder to explain. Technologies encompassed by this include scalable OFDM and sub-carrier spacing, windowed OFDM, flexible numerology, and scalable Transmission Time Intervals. Put simply, frames that carry data can be bigger and faster when higher throughput at high efficiency is required. Alternatively, these frames can be made smaller in order to achieve much lower latency for real-time applications.
The first 5G networks will be based on the non-standalone specification, before bigger changes with the full standalone specification after 2021.
Network slicing can already be done with 4G networks, but 5G aims to improve on the range of flexibility and standardize support. The yet to be finalized 5G Standalone (SA) specification (3GPP Release 16) will divulge more detail on the back-end technologies which will power next-gen networks.
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What does 5G mean for consumers?
More important than the question “what is 5G”, is how it will actually affect consumers. Bottom-line, if you have a need for speed, 5G will help open up new doors.
IMT-2020 5G radio base stations will have to offer at least 20Gbps download and 10Gbps upload speeds to consumers. This refers to a shared link, so actual speeds will be lower. The specification states individual users should see a minimum download speed of 100Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps. Some of you might be lucky enough to see these speeds on your LTE-Advanced network already, but this will become a baseline level for all consumers on 5G networks.
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5G is coming this year, if some carriers are to be believed. But you won’t find a phone able to make use of 5G until at least 2019. Meanwhile, other networks and equipment manufacturers have been …
5G base stations will have to cover stationary users all the way up to vehicles traveling up to 500km/h (310~ miles), so your data connection hopefully won’t drop out on the train in the future. Fifth generation networks should offer consumers a maximum latency of just 4ms. There’s mention of a 1ms latency for ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) too. For comparison, my 4G LTE connection in London has a questionable 82ms latency, while the U.S. average is around 61 ms.
5G also wants to enable simultaneous connectivity to thousands of low power internet of things (IoT) devices and support device-to-device (D2D) connectivity for low latency connections between nearby devices.
5G vs 4G – key differences
Compared to 4G LTE, 5G networks will be consistently faster. Minimum user rate speeds increase from just 10Mbps to 100Mbps, a 10x increase. Latency is set to fall by a similar amount, from 10ms to just 1ms when compared to LTE-Advanced. The big increase in bandwidth also means that 5G will be able to handle up to one million devices per square kilometer, another 10 fold increase over LTE-A, all with a 10x boost to network energy efficiency.

 5G New Radio
(Release 15)LTE-Advanced Pro
(Release 13 & 14)LTE-Advanced
(Release 10 to 12)

User Data Rate> 10 Gbps> 3 Gbps> 1 Gbps

Latency> 1ms> 2ms~10 ms

Frequency SupportUp to 40 GHzUp to 6 GHzUp to 6 GHz

Channel BandwidthUp to 500 MHzUp to 20 MHzUp to 20 MHz

Max carriers16 (LTE + NR)325

Max Bandwidth1000 MHz640 MHz100 MHz

MIMO antennas64 to 256328

Spectrum SharingmmWave & NR
Dual Connectivity
NR-based LAA+
NR MulteFire
LTE-ULAA / eLAA
LWA
MulteFire
CBRS / LSA
LTE-ULTE-U (Rel. 12)

As we have covered previously, the range of networking technologies greatly increases too. LTE has undergone many improvements over the years. From the introduction of 256QAM and carrier aggregation with LTE-A to support for wider use of unlicensed spectrum through LAA, LWA, and Multefire with LTE-A Pro. This is why today’s 4G network is much faster than those built during the initial rollout all those years ago.
5G advances another step further, mandating the use of 256QAM and improving carrier aggregation technology to support more flexible carrier bands across unlicensed spectrum, sub-6GHz, and mmWave frequencies. The image below from Arm all the way back in 2016 explains this core difference rather succinctly.

5G networks around the world
The world is gearing up for the launch of 5G, both network operators and device manufacturers. As with the adoption of 4G LTE networks, 5G will be a staged process and some countries will launch their networks well ahead of others.
Mid-2019 is the date to keep an eye on, as both 5G smartphones and networks will be available to the first wave of consumers. However, deployment is not expected to ramp up on a more global scale until 2020 and 2021. Even by 2023, it’s anticipated that just 50 percent of consumers will have a 5G smartphone and network connection.
U.S. 5G rollout
The U.S. will be the first country to flick on its 5G networks across a number of carriers and in a decent selection of cities in the first half of 2019. U.S. carriers have been some of the biggest advocates of millimeter wave technology. Verizon is already the first with consumer 5G via its fixed wireless access service, but Sprint and T-Mobile are close behind with rollouts planned for mid-2019.  We’re actually waiting for 5G smartphones to arrive so that consumers can start using these networks on the go.
However, one of the country’s carriers has already been caught out playing fast and loose with the 5G term. AT&T’s “5G Evolution” is not a 5G network in any sense of the word, it’s simply an evolution of today’s LTE-Advanced networks.
If you want to keep up with all the latest deployment details as each U.S. carrier carries out their 5G rollout, check out the links below.

T-Mobile 5G
AT&T 5G
Sprint 5G
Verizon 5G

Europe trails the leaders
Europe is trailing behind the U.S. and the continent’s first 5G networks aren’t expected to switch on until late 2019 at the earliest. Although wider deployments aren’t scheduled until 2020 or later.
The UK is likely to be first with 5G available in major cities. EE is planning to launch its service in 16 cities this year. Meanwhile, O2, Vodafone, and Three still look set for a 2020 5G launch date. On the continent, operators have brought forward some of their plans, but major players Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Telefonica have only committed to a 2020 launch timeframe.
Part of this delay is that the European telecommunications ministers only unveiled their 5G roadmap for the block at the end of 2017.
Technical harmonization across spectrum bands isn’t scheduled to begin until 2019, with low-frequency 700MHz assignment scheduled for 2020 and availability expected even later in 2022.
Ambitious Asia
Japan and South Korea have been leading infrastructure tests throughout the 5G development cycle and will be right up there with the U.S. when they deploy.
In South Korea, major carriers are expecting commercial 5G deployment in the first half, if not the first quarter of 2019. A nationwide rollout is expected to be complete by 2022. In Japan, the 2020 Olympics are the next target for 5G millimeter wave trials in dense urban areas, and an agreement between Nokia and NTT DoCoMo will see commercial services begin later that year.
China is quickly becoming a major 5G player, tipped to accelerate past its Asian rivals and compete with the U.S. for deployment time. The country is home to major telecom infrastructure companies like Huawei and ZTE, which will provide equipment to carriers around the world. China has also invested $180 billion into mainland infrastructure, four times Japan’s investment. China Mobile is trialing its services in major cities this year and plans a full commercial launch in 2020.

What about 5G smartphones?
There currently aren’t any smartphones built for 5G networks on the market. Unless you count the 5G Moto Mod available for Motorola’s Moto Z3. Still, a number of smartphone manufacturers are talking up 5G smartphone releases for 2019. Most of which will likely appear around the halfway point of the year.
There currently aren’t any smartphone processor chips with integrated 5G modems inside them. Instead, phone manufacturers have to pair up existing processors with external 5G modems, along with the required radio antenna modules. So we shouldn’t expect the first 5G phones to be any more powerful than their 4G LTE rivals. In fact, they may require bigger batteries to cope with the extra 5G power drain.
The first Samsung 5G smartphone is likely to be a dedicated variant of the Galaxy S10. The expected release date is presumed to be Spring 2019. Likewise, Huawei is expected to have its first 5G phone ready for the second half of 2019, but recently that estimate moved to Q1 2019. OnePluswill  launch a 5G phone in 2019. And of course a number of other major manufacturers, including LG, HTC, and Oppo, are all confirmed to be working with Qualcomm’s X50 modem for upcoming phones.

All you need to know about every 5G phone confirmed so far
Why there are no 5G modems inside next-generation SoCs

5G frequency bands
Just like with 4G, networks and smartphones will support different frequency bands for data transfer. In addition to the existing LTE bands, 5G New Radio standardizes a number of new ones for upcoming networks. 5G is split into two ranges, the first for frequencies between 400MHz and 6GHz. Range 2 accounts for mmWave bands between 24 and 53GHz.

5G BandUplink FrequencyDownlink FrequencyBandwidthChannel BandwidthsType

n11920 -1989 MHz2110 – 2170 MHz60 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n21850 – 1910 MHz1930 – 1990 MHz60 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n31710 – 1785 MHz1805 – 1880 MHz75 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 MHzFDD

n5824 – 849 MHz869 – 894 MHz25 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n72500 – 2670 MHz2620 – 2690 MHz70 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n8880 – 915 MHz925 – 960 MHz35 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n20832 – 862 MHz791 – 821 MHz30 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n28703 – 748 MHz758 – 803 MHz45 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n661710 – 1780 MHz2110 – 2200 MHz90 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 40 MHzFDD

n701695 – 1710 MHz1995 – 2020 MHz15/25 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 25 MHzFDD

n71663 – 698 MHz617 – 652 MHz35 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n741427 – 1470 MHz1475 – 1518 MHz43 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzFDD

n382570 – 2620 MHz2570 – 2620 MHz50 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzTDD

n412469 – 2690 MHz2496 – 2690 MHz194 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n501431 – 1517 MHz1432 – 1517 MHz85 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80 MHzTDD

n511427 – 1432 MHz1427 – 1432 MHz5 MHz5 MHzTDD

n773300 – 4200 MHz3300 – 4200 MHz900 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n783300 – 3800 MHz3300 – 3800 MHz500 MHz 5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n794400 – 5000 MHz4400 – 5000 MHz600 MHz40, 50, 60, 80, 100 MHzTDD

n75-1432 – 1517 MHz85 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSDL

n76-1427 – 1432 MHz5 MHz5 MHzSDL

n801710 – 1785 MHz-75 MHz5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 MHzSUL

n81880 – 915 MHz-35 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n82832 – 862 MHz-30 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n83703 – 748 MHz-45 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n841920 – 1980 MHz-60 MHz5, 10, 15, 20 MHzSUL

n25726.5 – 29.5 GHz26.5 – 29.5 GHz3 GHz50, 100, 200, 400 MHzTDD

n25824.250 – 27.5 GHz24.250 – 27.5 GHz3.250 GHz50, 100, 200, 400 MHzTDD

n26037 – 40 GHz37 – 40 GHz3 GHz50, 100, 200, 400 MHzTDD

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LeBron James Injury Update: Will Lakers Star Return vs. Sixers?

The much-anticipated return of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James may be near. Or, maybe we should hold off on the excitement just a bit at this moment. It’s tough to gauge exactly what the outlook of the future Hall-of-Famer is when it comes to his groin injury. But one thing that’s certain is that he won’t suit up for Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
While James is trending in the right direction, he took a huge step forward in his recovery on Saturday. As the Lakers revealed (with pictures, which was a nice bonus), LeBron returned to full contact defensive drills during the most recent practice.

LeBron James returned to full contact defensive drills for the first time since his injury, but won't play Sunday against the Suns. pic.twitter.com/e8y9z8kbI8
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 26, 2019

The importance of this can’t be understated, as there were talks that James had done some non-contact work prior, but the fact he’s in the mix at practice points to a return being near. There is yet to be a return date set, but the outlook improves with this news and we’re going to take a look forward at when he could realistically suit up.

Will LeBron James Return vs. Philadelphia 76ers?
For the first time since LeBron’s injury, there is a real reason to believe he may return in an upcoming game. There are currently eight games remaining (including Sunday) before the All-Star break, and there have been no signs pointing to James missing the festivities that weekend. In turn, expecting him to get back in the lineup sooner than later makes sense, but doing so against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday would be beneficial for a few reasons.
The Lakers are obviously being cautious with James, which is the right move, and even when he returns it’ll almost certainly be with a minutes restriction. Tuesday’s game against the Sixers marks the team’s final “home” game (they play the Los Angeles Clippers two days later) before the All-Star break. After the Clippers matchup, they have five-straight games away from home, and it’s a stretch where the star will desperately be needed.
This run includes dates with the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Sixers, and Atlanta Hawks. While playing the Sixers in Los Angeles on Tuesday will be a tough matchup, giving James one game at home to log some minutes before this stretch could be key.

Hopeful of James’ Return for Tough Stretch
With the Lakers sitting at 25-24 currently, facing the first four teams listed on that road stretch, as well as the Sixers and Clippers prior to it, could leave them in a tough spot. James returning won’t completely keep that from happening, but it’s a starting point, even if he’s only able to play on a minutes restriction.
The Athletic’s Bill Oram cited that many had circled the game against the Suns as a possible return date for James. With that being the case, signs do point to him suiting up soon, and Tuesday is a decent spot to keep an eye on.
If you assume the Lakers defeat the Suns and move to 26-24 with five games they could easily lose waiting ahead, the idea of going into the break at 28-29 or 29-28 is far less than ideal. Even with their star back in a restricted fashion, it would at least give Los Angeles a chance to push a few of the top-tier teams that lie ahead.
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Rockets Trade Talk: Enes Kanter, Robin Lopez Deals to Bolster Depth

The Houston Rockets are slowly but surely working towards getting healthy once again. With Eric Gordon recently returning from injury and Chris Paul set to return Sunday, it essentially covers the backcourt depth. But the Rockets could use an extra body in the frontcourt, even with the signing/emergence of Kenneth Faried.
The injury to center Clint Capela will leave him out through the All-Star break more than likely, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed in mid-January that he had suffered a thumb injury. Unfortunately, it proved to be worse than originally thought, as Capela’s MRI showed ligament damage.
At this point, the addition of Faried could be enough to hold the Rockets over until Capela’s return, but adding another legitimate center to the mix makes sense. The key is that Houston almost certainly won’t want to give much up in a potential trade. Fortunately, two options in New York Knicks center Enes Kanter and Chicago Bulls big man Robin Lopez could come at a low cost to the team.
Let’s look at two potential deals, one for both players, which wouldn’t leave the Rockets shorthanded and will allow them to bolster their frontcourt prior to the homestretch of the year.
*All trades courtesy of ESPN NBA Trade Machine.

Robin Lopez Finally Gets Moved
ESPN NBA Trade Machine
*Note: Houston adds a second-round draft pick.
The Chicago Bulls seem to have little interest in buying out Lopez, although that may happen if the deadline gets closer and no deal happens. But instead of risking watching Lopez go elsewhere, the Rockets could offer up Brandon Knight for contract reasons and a second-round pick to make the deal happen.
The worst-case scenario for Houston is if they wait out the Bulls release of the big man and then he chooses to head to another team. With that said, the options are all on the table for the Bulls, but a deal with the Rockets makes sense for Lopez as an opportunity to see a solid workload and contend for a title.

Enes Kanter Traded to Rockets

*Note: Deal includes a second-round pick from Houston.
Things between the New York Knicks and Enes Kanter have taken an ugly turn. The big man can’t seem to find his way onto the floor at this point, even with starter Luke Kornet sidelined due to injury. And after a recent game, Kanter essentially asked for a trade out of town, as The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov revealed.
“What they’re doing to me is pretty messed up. I deserve better.”

“You either play me or let me play.” Kanter said, according to Vorkunov.
I can’t envision a world where the Knicks opt not to deal Kanter before the deadline. The problem is since head coach David Fizdale won’t play him and it’s known the team wants to trade him, Kanter’s value isn’t all that high. Plus, he’s on an expiring deal, so it makes little sense for the Knicks to stick him on the bench for the rest of the year.
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Super Bowl Atlanta 2019: What Free Events & Concerts Are Today Sunday, Jan. 27?

Category : Atlanta , Football , NFL , Sports , Super Bowl

Super Bowl 2019 week has hit Atlanta and is headlined by a series of free concerts throughout the week. What Super Bowl festivities are going on today Sunday, January 27th? Famed producer Jermaine Dupri helped organize a full week of free concerts at Super Bowl Live in downtown Atlanta.
The shows are free to the public and take place at Centennial Olympic Park. Fans will want to use the entrance by the Ferris wheel to enter the festivities after going through security. Entry to the events is free but expect to pay a little more than normal for parking in the downtown Atlanta area.
Sunday’s schedule has a country theme and the hours for Super Bowl Live (where the free concerts are taking place) are from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern. Today’s performances include REMakes, Jake Michael, Lyn Avenue and Seckond Chaynce. Super Bowl Live also features a number of interactive exhibits for fans of all ages.
Free concerts will also take place at Centennial Olympic Park on Monday, January 28th; Thursday, January 31st; Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd.
The NFL Super Bowl Experience will run every day through Saturday, February 2nd at the Georgia World Congress Center. Unlike Super Bowl Live, you must have a paid ticket to enter the event. Tickets on most days are $40 for adults and $10 for kids. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have the least expensive tickets at $20 for adults and free entry for kids. Kids are considered children ages 12 and under (with a maximum of three kids per adult) and children ages two and under are free on any day. Click here for ticket availability on the day you are interested in attending.
The Patriots and Rams are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta today. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Patriots will arrive at 4:25 p.m. while the Rams touch down at 7:40 p.m. This is closed to the public but fans can watch via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution live stream.
Here’s a look at today’s schedule of Super Bowl events in Atlanta.

Super Bowl Atlanta Events: Schedule for Sunday, January 27

PERFORMER
LOCATION
TIME (ET)

Gospel Brunch, Players Gospel Choir
Centennial Park
1:30-1:50 p.m.

REMakes
Centennial Park
2:30-3:15 p.m.

Jake Michael
Centennial Park
4:00-4:25 p.m.

Lyn Avenue
Centennial Park
5:00-5:30 p.m.

Seckond Chaynce
Centennial Park
6:00-6:45 p.m.

NFL Super Bowl Experience
World Congress Center
10 a.m.-8 p.m.

What Is the Super Bowl Experience & Super Bowl Live?
Both Super Bowl Live and the Super Bowl Experience are taking place in downtown Atlanta. What is the difference between the two events? Super Bowl Live is where the free concerts will be taking place at Centennial Olympic Park along with a few exhibits from NFL sponsors.
Super Bowl Experience requires a paid ticket and takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center also in downtown Atlanta. This features more football-related activities and games. Here’s how the NFL describes the Super Bowl Experience.
Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai is the NFL’s interactive theme park celebrating Super Bowl LIII from Saturday, January 26 – Saturday, February 2 in Georgia World Congress Center (Building B). At the Super Bowl Experience, you can participate in immersive exhibits and interactive games, take photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, collect free NFL player and Legend autographs, get an up-close look at the collection of all 52 Super Bowl rings and more!