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Freak accident at Jack in the Box drive-thru kills Missouri man, 20

Freak accident at Jack in the Box drive-thru kills Missouri man, 20

A man was killed in a car accident as he reached for his food at a Missouri Jack in the Box drive-thru.

(Reuters)

A St. Louis-area man died in a freak accident Wednesday while purchasing food at a Jack in the Box drive-thru window, according to a report.

Charles Wood Jr., 20, of Velda City, pulled up to the drive-thru window at an angle around 10 p.m., so he needed to open the car door and lean out to pick up his order, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

But as he reached for his food, the car accelerated backward and pinned Wood against a tree, the report said.

Wood suffered severe injuries to his head, neck, torso and legs, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fox News emailed the fast-food chain early Friday, but did not immediately receive comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sources: Butler uninterested in rejoining Wolves

Sources: Butler uninterested in rejoining Wolves


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  • Adrian WojnarowskiESPN

Minnesota Timberwolvespresident of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forwardJimmy Butleron Monday to try to convince him to rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources told ESPN.

Butler declined, the sources said.

Butler is uninterested in practicing or playing with the Timberwolves again, and has implored owner Glen Taylor and Thibodeau to trade him soon, because the team will lose him next summer in free agency regardless, according to the sources.

The front office’s strategy on the trade discussions could park Butler on the sidelines far longer than he had hoped this season, the sources said.

Taylor excused Butler from the team media responsibilities on Monday, and the private conversation with Thibodeau ended with Butler reiterating that he has no plans to play for the Timberwolves again, league sources said.

Still, one league source told ESPN on Monday night that Thibodeau “isn’t giving up.”

Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden, who is the point man for trade conversations, continue to leave rival executives and owners unclear about both the specific players and broader kinds of assets that the Wolves value in a deal, sources said. Even more doubt exists about whether there’s even yet alignment between Taylor and Thibodeau on a structure and a timetable for a deal, league sources told ESPN.

From starting the week insisting to other teams that Minnesota wouldn’t trade Butler to slow-playing return phone calls and failing to share guidelines for the kind of deal that Minnesota wants to execute, Layden has graduated to the next phase of negotiations with teams: Asking for stars, starters, draft picks and salary cap relief for the chance to acquire Butler, league sources said.

Thibodeau told reporters on Monday that, “We’re not going to make a bad deal,” and there’s a belief among interested teams that Thibodeau is reluctant to bring strong offers to his owner for examination because he’s still holding out hope to get Butler on the floor for Minnesota this season.

Thibodeau understands that the Wolves won’t receive close to comparable talent back for Butler, and that he could miss the playoffs for the second time in three years and lose his job.

As the trade process grinds along, some interested teams are working to bypass Layden and go directly to Wolves ownership with trade offers. Teams dealing with Minnesota describe an unusual level of confusion. Some have heard separately from Taylor and the Layden/Thibodeau management team, with little apparent coordination between the two levels of Minnesota’s organization. There have been bubbles of optimism that Taylor has convinced Layden and Thibodeau to follow his edict to trade Butler soon, but those have so far given way to renewed uncertainty and hazy chains of communication.

Butler underwent his physical in Minnesota on Monday, missing the team’s media day with ownership permission. He’s preparing to stay away to continue what has been called a final week of rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right hand, but the direct message to Taylor and Thibodeau has been unmistakable: He expects that he will never wear a Wolves practice or game jersey again and doesn’t want to prolong the drama on his way out, sources said. In his meeting with Thibodeau on Monday in Minneapolis, Butler reiterated that he had no plans to play for the team again, league sources said.

To facilitate a Butler trade, the sort of broader deal necessary to meet the financial needs of Minnesota and Butler’s future team, circumstances will necessitate bringing theSacramento Kingsinto the process. If the Timberwolves remain intent on unloading backup centerGorgui Diengand the three years, $48 million left on his contract, they’ll need the Kings. No one in the NBA comes close to the $11 million in salary cap space that the Kings possess to absorb a contract, as well as the several expiring contracts — includingZach Randolph($11.6 million),Iman Shumpert($11 million) andKosta Koufos($8.7 million) — to move onto a team that prefers to clear cap space in July.

In recent days, Sacramento has been aggressive in courting Minnesota and several of Butler’s trade suitors — offering to use its space as a landing spot for bloated contracts. The Kings are without their first-round draft pick in 2019, and uniquely positioned to leverage that cap space into, at a minimum, a future first-round pick and maybe more as part of a Butler blockbuster. TheBrooklyn Nets,LA ClippersandMiami Heatall have contracts that they’d love to unload, and a Butler deal could mean that they deliver Sacramento a pick and cash to take on a veteran player.

Assistant GM Brandon Williams has informed teams that the Kings aren’t adverse to parking contracts that extend into the 2019-20 season, including Dieng. Whatever happens with the Butler deal, the Kings are determined to use that $11 million in cap space and their expiring contracts to gather more assets for the future.

Information from ESPN’s Zach Lowe was used in this report.

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Kavanaugh is short of votes, but fate hinges on upcoming testimony

Kavanaugh is short of votes, but fate hinges on upcoming testimony


When it comes tothe nominationof Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, remember one thing:

The math is the math is the math.

Nothing else matters.

Either the math works in favor of Kavanaugh or it doesn’t.

The Senate is divided between 51 Republicans and 49 senators who caucus with Democrats.

Forty-one Republicans have pledged their support to Kavanaugh. Ten GOPers remain undecided. They are Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; John Kennedy, R-La.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court.

– Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

There are at least four Republican senators who are genuinely in play right now. Fox is told the number could be as high as seven Republicans. The four obvious ones on the fence are Collins, Corker, Flake and Murkowski.

So, Kavanaugh’s fate is far from clear.

“In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court,” said McConnell in a speech at the Values Voters Summit on Friday. “So my friends, keep the faith.”

By Monday, the Kentucky Republican tempered his pronouncement.

“Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor. Up or down, on the Senate floor, this fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future,” said McConnell.

Up or down.

It’s unclear if Kavanaugh will have the votes.

“We’re in the Twilight Zone when it comes to Kavanaugh,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

That’s why the nomination is struggling. Kavanaugh refuses to withdraw. Heappeared on Fox Mondaynight to dispute the allegations leveled against him by Christine Blasey Ford and others.

Know this: a nominee on the verge of sailing to confirmation doesn’t appear on national television with his wife to make his case.

So, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is trying to salvage the nomination.

McConnell delivered a blistering speech on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. He upbraided Democrats over the methods to sink Kavanaugh and simultaneously rallied Republicans to the fore.

In addition, this may have been a signal by McConnell to President Trump that he’s going to the mat for the nominee.

After all, the Senate is in play this fall. The open seat on the High Court is a swing vote. If Kavanaugh stumbles, Republicans may struggle to fill the vacancy with a conservative voice.

Baseball clubs eliminated from the pennant race often mail it in over last few weeks of the season. Some Kavanaugh advocates fear that could be the case here. McConnell knows GOPers won’t have any chance if they don’t run through the base on every ground ball in an effort to rescue the nomination.

Moreover, forging ahead with a vote could help Republicans in the midterms. Holding a vote could be a tactic to force moderate Democratic senators facing competitive re-election bids from red states, to declare their position on Kavanaugh. No free passes. This approach was part of the GOP game plan with Kavanaugh from the start.

So why not stick to the playbook? Republicans might not install Kavanaugh on the High Court. But they can at least weaponize a roll call vote against Sens. Joe Manchin, D-WVa.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and a host of others in an effort to bolster Senate Republicans.

Fox spoke with multiple Republican senators Monday. All say they want to hear from Ford. But many senators confided they could in fact vote against Kavanaugh if they hear something alarming in Thursday’s testimony. By the same token, many Republican senators are worried about establishing a precedent which could upend someone’s career based on impossible-to-prove allegations.

Also, there is a chance that Democrats may overplay their hand on Kavanaugh. There is chatter on Capitol Hill that efforts to undermine Kavanaugh’s nomination could boomerang against the Democrats just before the election.

This is all white hot.

Considering the controversy involving Kavanaugh, most senators on Capitol Hill Monday would have preferred to have discussed thefate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

[W]hile I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying.

– Christine Blasey Ford

It was possible until Monday afternoon that McConnell could yank Kavanaugh’s nomination off the floor if he lacked the votes for confirmation. In mid-July, the Senate was moments away from taking a voting on the nomination of Ryan Bounds for a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. But senators unearthed some racist writings by Bounds and discovered he held some controversial views.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is the only African American GOPer in the Senate. Scott met with Bounds and reported to McConnell that he couldn’t support the nomination. Bounds lacked the votes for confirmation.

McConnell abruptly cancelled the confirmation vote and President Trump withdrew the nomination.

It’s unlikely that situation will repeat itself.

So all eyes will focus on the Thursday hearing with Ford appearing first, followed by Kavanaugh.

In a letter to Grassley, Ford declared “while I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying.” In a return missive to Ford, Grassley wrote in the margin “P.S.: I look forward to your testimony.”

Thursday’s forum won’t play out in in the commodious, TV-friendly hearing facility in the Hart Senate Office Building, constructed for major events such as this one. Instead, the Judiciary Committee will convene in a much smaller room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Keep in mind that in her letter to Grassley, Ford said she wants a hearing that won’t “become a media TV show.”

As for a committee vote, it’s not out of the question for the panel to announce there could be a committee vote on Kavanaugh later that day. But even if Grassley “notices” a committee vote for Thursday, he can delay the vote. Senators from both sides of the aisle need time to process what Kavanaugh and Ford said. That’s why a floor vote on Kavanaugh won’t unfold until next Tuesday at the earliest.

Does Kavanaugh have the votes? He’s short right now.

And win or lose, the math is the math is the math.

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Ex-Facebook content moderator claims disturbing images gave her PTSD; sues

Ex-Facebook content moderator claims disturbing images gave her PTSD; sues


A former contract employee for Facebook alleges in a lawsuit filed on Friday that her time there as a content manager left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, triggered at times when she touches a computer mouse.

Selena Scola, who worked at Facebook for nine months, was tasked with enforcing the company’s policy on prohibited content such as violence, hate speech, child exploitation, nudity and disinformation, according toSFgate.com.

She claims the tech giant failed to uphold its workplace safety standards for the moderation field. Scola says she developed PTSD “as a result of constant and unmitigated exposure to highly toxic and extremely disturbing images at the workplace.”

Korey Nelson, a lawyer for Scola,said in a statmentthat the company is “ignoring its duty to provide a safe workplace and instead creating a revolving door of contractors who are irreparably traumatized by what they witnessed on the job.”

A spokesman for the company told Reuters in a statement that Facebook “takes the support of our content moderators incredibly seriously, … ensuring that every person reviewing Facebook content is offered psychological support and wellness resources.”

Facebook hires thousands of moderators around the world to determine if posts violate its policy on appropriate content. 

The woman reportedly worked for Facebook through a third party contracting company, Pro Unlimited, Inc., which is based in Boca Raton, Fla.

Scola claims that her PTSD could be triggered by entering cold buildings or touching a computer mouse.

Her lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, demands that Facebook and the third party companies it outsources provide content moderators with proper mandatory mental health treatment and support.

The social media website has been developing artificial intelligence to help identify such content, however, the technology is reportedly not yet sophisticated enough to replace human labor.

Gerren Keith Gaynor is Homepage Editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter@MrGerrenalist.

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iPhone Xs Max Outselling iPhone Xs By Four Times

iPhone Xs Max Outselling iPhone Xs By Four Times


For years Apple clung onto the belief that the original iPhone’s size was the perfect size. It was only with theiPhone 5that Apple started increasing the display size, and it seems that there is now proof that yes, users do seem to prefer larger screens because according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone Xs Max is selling pretty well.

In a research note from the analystobtained by MacRumors, apparently the iPhone Xs Max is outselling the iPhone Xs by as much as four times. According to Kuo,“We have determined that the demand for XS Max is better than expected (3–4 times that of XS). The gold and space-grey colors are significantly more popular than the silver. 256GB is the most popular, and 512GB is subject to a serious shortage because only Samsung can currently ship NAND Flash well.”

“We are positive that XS Max shipments will grow steadily in 4Q18 thanks to demand from Asia market and the gift season.”This can actually be seen for yourselves if you were to head on over to Apple’s website, where the iPhone Xs Max has shipping estimates of 1-2 weeks, while the iPhone Xs will ship out within 3-5 days.

Apple has yet to announce the official numbers, but the company has stopped announcing first weekend sales for the past few iPhones already so we’ll probably have to wait until Apple’s next financials to get a better idea of how well the phones have sold.

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Audi Q3 (2018) review: pass the ProPlus

Audi Q3 (2018) review: pass the ProPlus


► New Audi Q3 SUV driven
► Comfy, practical and robust…
► …but boy is it dull

Chances of this happening are slim, but if someone asked you to picture a premium crossover in your head, this is probably what it would look like. It’sAudi’s new Q3, now in its second full generation ready to follow in the huge success of the first. More than 1.1m Q3s have been sold so far since 2011; for perspective, Audi has only managed to flog around 600,000 TT coupes and roadsters since 1998.

So, yes, take one look at the Q3 and you’ll know its design won’t exactly upset the crossover status quo. Heck, it won’t even upset the status quo within modern Audi design: many more angles than before, wheelarch bulges that are a nod to the original Quattro, a front grille big enough to swallow a house, scrolling LED lights front and rear, optional (and very cool) wheels from anRS6 Performance… we could go on.

Audi Q3 wheel

At least there are some tasty colours to brighten it up a bit – Turbo Blue and Pulse Orange (pictured) are particular favourites, although we’re pretty convinced few will choose the latter. Shame.

Is the Q3’s new interior any different?

It’s a bit like Ready Steady Cook – remember that TV show? Chefs would be given the same ingredients but asked to put their own spin on it. Modern Audi interiors are the same: almost all of them share a common parts bin – albeit a plentiful and well-made one – with some of the cars in Audi’s portfolio featuring different methods of how those bits are arranged.

Audi Q3 interior

The Q3, for example, has the ubiquitous Virtual Cockpit as standard regardless of trim, one main touchscreen (so half the A6, A7, A8 etc. minus the haptic feedback), lower switchgear from the new A1 and the climate control unit from the A3. Nothing ground-breaking, but it’s all inset in a well-built and roomy cockpit. Little details like a slim Alcantara finish that runs across the top of the dash are a cool addition, as are the rev and speedometers on the optional larger Virtual Cockpit that are little more than a graph line that rises and falls, like the dials on aLamborghini Reventon.

Audi’s new model numbers decoded

It’s generously-equipped, too; entry-level Sport cars come with LED headlights, MMI Nav Pro, Virtual Cockpit and lane departure as standard. Step up to familiar S line and top-of-the-shelf Vorsprung spec for more kit.

You mentioned it’s roomy?

Yup. The cabin in general is really airy, and the rear space has big windows, decent headroom and a slideable rear bench for if you want to prioritise rear passenger space or more room for your things in the boot.

Audi Q3 rear seats

With the seats slid all the way back, there’s 530 litres of boot volume (110 litres larger than the first Q3) and with the rear bench slid forward there’s up to 675 litres on offer – even more than the standard load bay of an A6 Avant.

Is the engine and specs range confusing?

‘Fraid so. There are five engine choices spanning the three trim levels (with certain configurations being limited to certain specs), with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic gearbox and either front- or quattro all-wheel drive available. And worse, they’re all in Audi’s terrible new model code. It’s so bad in fact, thatwe’ve written a guide to decipher it here.Here’s a quick run-down:

35 TFSI
1.5-litre 4cyl turbo with cylinder on-demand
148bhp
Front-wheel drive only, manual or S tronic

40 TFSI
2.0-litre 4cyl turbo
187bhp
Quattro only, S tronic only

45 TFSI
2.0-litre 4cyl turbo
227bhp
Quattro only, S tronic only

35 TDI
2.0-litre turbodiesel
147bhp
Front-wheel drive only, manual or S tronic

40 TDI
2.0-litre turbodiesel
187bhp
Quattro only, S tronic only

Audi believes UK buyers will go for the 35 TFSI engine more than any of the others. It’s smooth and incredibly quiet on the move and the cylinder de-activation tech will be a boon for urban drivers but you’ll be left wondering what thinners Audi’s engineers were huffing when they said it could get to 62mph in a wildly optimistic 9.2 seconds; it is SLOW.

Audi Q3 rear tracking

We also tried the 45 TFSI, which certainly felt pokier and started up with a similar parp to a Golf GTI but it still wasn’t exactly earth-shattering. During our first drive, there was also a 40 TDI engine there, which had quite a slim torque band you have to regularly exploit. And it ain’t half gargly – even at motorway speeds, which will be a little irritating. Sixth gear in the manual felt a little short, so even at 70-ish miles per hour, there was a consistent grumble.

What about handling?

Very little interesting to write home about. The good bits included one of the least intrusive dual-clutch ‘boxes we’ve ever witnessed, well-spaced pedals on the manual versions, a smooth manual shifter and a better-than-you-think ride even on larger wheels.

Audi Q3 front cornering

Optional adaptive dampers help, but only a tiny bit (and therefore not quite enough to really warrant paying extra for). The rest is just completely inoffensive; the steering’s neutral but not entirely numb, the brakes are competent but lack real feel, and there’s no real dynamics to speak of – not that the majority of buyers will mind. 

Audi Q3 (2018): verdict

If practicality and desirability are at the top of your agenda, the new Q3 will carry all of yout stuff/family/friends and look good in a modern yet reserved way while doing it. But boy, oh boy, is it dull. The engine range ticks all the boxes It drives pleasantly. It looks inoffensive and slots neatly into the updated, ever-growing Audi range. 

Few premium crossover buyers will care that it brings little to the party when it ticks off many of the basics with ease, but when rivals like the jazzyBMW X2and near-replacement Range Rover Evoque are so much better to drive and theVolvo XC40does such a better job of being alternatively cool and supremely comfortable, the Q3 by comparison is just so… vanilla.

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leak yet again

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leak yet again


Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphonesmay be among the most leakeddevices in modern consumer electronics history. With just two weeks to go until theofficial October 9th press event, where both devices will be unveiled presumably alongside some other Google-made hardware products, we’re getting yet another visual leak of the handsets,courtesy ofWinFuture.

This comes after a torrent of leaks revealing what the devices look like and what the specs are, in addition to a look at atest device out in the wild when it was left in the backseat of a cab. This new leak, which includes a bunch of renders of the front and back of the devices, doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know or have been almost certain of for quite some time now, thanks to prior leaks. The new set of images does, however, confirm the existence of white and black color options. (We kind of assumed that would be the case, as it has been with past Pixel devices, but better to know for sure.)


Image:WinFuture

It’s also another look at what may be one of the official wallpapers for the device, featuring a large three splashed across a black or white background. Beyond that, past leaks have pretty much confirmed the specs of the devices, which will have better cameras, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and 4GB of RAM. Both will arrive running a stock version of Android Pie. The big difference between the standard Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will be theexistence of a prominent notch on the XL variant.

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Google Search Just Got The Biggest Overhaul in Years

Google Search Just Got The Biggest Overhaul in Years


At an event in San Francisco, Google announced a number of changes to its search engine.  The big takeaway is that Google search is getting a lot more visual, and that the company wants to bring relevant content to the forefront.

Google also isn’t shy about copying features that work for social networking platforms, such as Stories.Credit: GoogleCredit: Google

Discover

The most significant new feature is a new “Discover” news feed that will appear below the default Google search bar on mobile browsers. Like Facebook’s news feed, Discover will show “relevant” content, rather prioritizing chronological order. Content will appear based on your engagement and browsing history. 

Discover will come with a slider that you can use to increase or decrease the amount of news you’re seeing. Bilingual users will be able to see Spanish items as well as those in English.

Credit: GoogleCredit: Google

More Visual Results (including Videos)

In addition, Google is adding more visual elements to your search results. You’re going to start seeing “featured videos” at the top of your results. Google’s AI will generate previews of a video relevant to your search based on the most relevant parts of the clip.

MORE:10 Reasons Android Beats the iPhone

Stories Are Here

You’re also going to start seeing Google’s “Stories” as search results. Google has been allowing some publishers to create “stories” — phone-sized photo and video montages popularized by Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook — since Feburary. Now, Google’s AI will also create stories, which will appear in both search and image-search results. 

Smarter Image Search, Lens Integration

Google has also overhauled its image search’s algorithm. Images will soon be sorted by the relevance of the web results they correspond to, and image search results will contain more information about the pages they come from.

And Google images on mobile is now connected to lens. If your phone has Google Lens, you can tap the button and search for the object present in any image.

SOS Meets AI

The company also announced that it plans on using artificial intelligence to fine-tune its SOS Alerts product. Google will use“AI and significant computational power”to incorporate history, water levels, terrain and elevation of specific areas to best predict the areas most at risk of natural disaster, beginning in India. Through a partnership with India’s Central Water Commission, the company will roll out early warnings to populations of at-risk areas through Google Maps and Search.

Mover Over, Indeed

The company is also introducing Pathways, a new job-search product. Inside job searches, Google hopes to include links to relevant training opportunities. The feature will roll out in Virginia first. 

Bookmarking Searches

Finally, it’s going to get easier to use Google for research projects.

You’ll soon be able to see the previous searches you’ve made in your search box itself, so you can easily click back to them and get to where you left off. You’ll also be able to separately bookmark search results related to your project, and Google will recommend additional content based on your bookmarks. Google is also refining its algorithm to make it easier to find more advanced knowledge as you continue your research.

As Google makes new strides in dozens of areas, it’s exciting to see the original search engine along for the ride.

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Monica Chin

@mcsquared96

Monica Chin is a staff writer for Tom’s Guide, covering artificial intelligence and the internet of things. You can usually find her at poetry slams, attempting to exercise, or yelling at people on Twitter. Contact her at mchin@tomsguide.com.

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Pitaka IPhone Xs Max Luxury Case Review

Pitaka IPhone Xs Max Luxury Case Review


Pitaka iPhone Xs Max Luxury Case Review


The brand-new Pitaka MagCase for the iPhone Xs Max with Aramid fiber is released.

The new Pitaka MagCase for the iPhone Xs Max is a high-end super thin case for your new iPhone. I havetested the Aramid fiber (used in Kevlar) casefrom Pitaka in June for the iPhone 7 Plus and made it my daily driver. The iPhone Xs Max needs even more protection with high cost and glass background. It was clear that I wanted to test the new Pitaka iPhone Xs Max case.

This luxurious protective case for the iPhone Xs Max is only 0.65mm thin and weighs 14g. The Pitaka case fits extremely tight on the iPhone Xs Max to the effect that this doesn’t look like a case. It appears to become part of the iPhone’s own shell. Besides the thinness, the soft feel of the surface is another highlight.

The carbon texture gives the case a very elegant

The Aramid fiber is no problem for wireless charging. I tested the iPhone Xs Max with the case on the$9.99 Anker Charging padand it works without any issue.

Pitaka also offers magnetic iPhone holders. This is why there are even metal plates integrated into this ultra-thin case. The Pitaka MagCase is on sale right nowdirectly from Pitakafor$44.99(deal ends Sept, 24). The regular price is $49.99. The Pitaka MagCase is also avaible for the iPhone X and other iPhone models onamazon.com.

There are manymore affordable iPhone Xs Max casesavailable, but the Pitaka MagCase is very special. You don’t want another case after owning a Pitaka Aramid case.

See the Pitaka MagCase for the new Apple iPhone Xs Max in detail in the review video below.

The iPhone Xs Max is Apple’s iPhone with the biggest screen. It’s actually smaller than an iPhone Plus. With $1,100 its also the most expensive iPhone ever, but worth it. I own one since Friday and its incredible. I even like FaceID. It’s really fast and works in all conditions.

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Despite Loss, ‘Fitzmagic’ Has Earned Bucs’ Starting Job over Jameis Winston

Despite Loss, ‘Fitzmagic’ Has Earned Bucs’ Starting Job over Jameis Winston


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

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The “Fitzmagic” is not gone, nor should it be removed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineup anytime soon. 

How quickly everyone forgets. 

One poor half was all it took for public opinion to turn onRyan Fitzpatrick despite the fact that he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first two weeks of the 2018 season.

Although, a near second-half comeback had everyone believing again.

Even in a 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday at Raymond James Stadium, the 35-year-old gunslinger solidified himself as the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback, despite Jameis Winston’s imminent return. 

“We’ll worry about that when the time comes,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said last Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times Martin Fennelly

The time has come, since Winston’sthree-game suspension for violating theNFL‘s personal conduct policy ends Tuesday. Koetter can’t seriously entertain the idea of replacing Fitzpatrick after he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 or more yards in three consecutive games. The 14-year veteran only needs one more 400-yard game to tie Dan Marino andPeyton Manningfor the most such games in a season, according toNFL Research

“If Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin, whoever it is, is playing lights-out, I don’t think it’s fair right now just to say, ‘Yes, automatically, [Jameis] is going to be the guy,'” general manager Jason Licht said a week prior to the start of the regular season, perSports Illustrated‘s Michael Shapiro

Will the Buccaneers adhere to this philosophy? They should. 

Even in a sloppily played and turnover-prone contest, Tampa Bay rallied around its veteran signal-caller and nearly had enough to erase a 20-point halftime gap. Fitzpatrick completed 19 of 29 second-half passes as the Bucs rattled off 17 unanswered points to come within three points of tying Pittsburgh. 

Fitzpatrick’s first-half performance wasn’t nearly as bad as portrayed, either. His three interceptions will be scrutinized—in a misplaced attempt to rationalize the argument that Winston should start upon his return—even though none fell squarely on the quarterback’s play. 

All three occurred on consecutive second-quarter drives. 

Pittsburgh linebacker Jon Bostic tipped the first, and Mike Hilton caught the deflection to stop the Buccaneers in the red zone, as seen below:  

NFL@NFL

TIPPED.
PICKED!

Huge INT for the @Steelers in the red zone. #HereWeGo

📺: #PITvsTB on ESPN https://t.co/IP2PcAtiZ7

A protection breakdown allowed a free runner at the quarterback. Right tackle Demar Dotson didn’t slide his protection to the outside threat. Instead, he locked onto T.J. Watt. Fitzpatrick tried to beat the blitz by throwing behind it, only to have his pass ricochet off Bostic’s helmet. 

The second mistake appeared to be a miscommunication between the quarterback and his target, Mike Evans: 

NFL@NFL

Another @Steelers INT!

This time the rookie @rell_island6 comes up with the pick. #HereWeGo

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Evans slowed his route and attempted to sit in the soft spot of the Steelers’ zone coverage, whereas Fitzpatrick seemingly expected the 6’5″ receiver to keep running between the dropping linebacker and safety. 

The third interception was a backbreaker, as linebacker Bud Dupree returned the ball 10 yards for a touchdown:

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PICK-6! 🚨

Interception #3 for the @Steelers defense! #HereWeGo

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Nose tackle Daniel McCullers provided pressure and placed his gigantic paw in the way of Fitzpatrick’s throwing motion, which caused the ball to sail despite an open underneath receiver.

So much is placed on the quarterback, even when he’s not the problem. 

For example, Fitzpatrick can’t be blamed for dropping a pair of potential touchdown passes, as Chris Godwin did. The second-year wide receiver lost a fumble as well. Godwin finished the contest with five receptions, 74 yards and a touchdown, but his mistakes left too many points on the field and directly led to seven Steelers points. 

Furthermore, 27 points and 455 yards of total offense should be more than enough to capture a victory. Instead, the Buccaneers fell to 2-1 overall because the defense surrendered 413 total yards and couldn’t get a key stop late in the game. 

After all, Fitzpatrick didn’t attempt to tackle tight end Vance McDonald only to betruckedand give up a 75-yard touchdown. Chris Conte suffered that embarrassment and left the game with aninjured knee

The quarterback displayed his leadership skills during his postgame press conference. 

“Three interceptions on me. Can’t have them. Hard to win a game that way,” Fitzpatrick told reporters. “We obviously dug ourselves a pretty big hole there. The great thing to me coming out of this game is the belief in the huddle during the second half, and guys not wavering and not blinking and having the feeling the whole time we were going to come back and win the game.” 

Even if the Buccaneers, specifically Fitzpatrick, fell completely flat on their faces, his previous performances built enough goodwill to hold off the former starter. 

Prior to Monday, the Buccaneers quarterback led the league with 819 passing yards, 13.4 yards per attempt and a 151.5 passer rating. He’s still the league’s leading passer with 1,230 yards through three games, and the Buccaneers feature the NFL’s No. 1 offense. 

How good Winston looks or how much he’s prepared for another opportunity doesn’t matter—and he looks great, according to quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr.: 

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3.5 weeks of tireless preparation by Jameis Winston has concluded. I know how excited he is to join his teammates & coaches. #Buccaneers @Jaboowins https://t.co/vrS39riatn

The Buccaneers are Fitzpatrick’s team for now. 

“He’s playing on fire right now,” wide receiverDeSean Jacksonsaid last week, per theWashington Times‘ Matthew Paras. “With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You can’t take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now.” 

Nothing has changed. Fitzpatrick remains the hot hand despite some first-half slippage. Winston may be ready to play, but he must earn back his teammates’ trust after seeing what his backup-turned-starter accomplished.   

Koetter didn’t make an immediate decision about Tampa Bay’s Week 4 starting quarterback, even though the right move is obvious. 

“Let’s see what happens,” Koetter said, per theTampa Bay TimesRick Stroud. “I’d love to get a chance to talk to Jameis [Winston] face to face before I tell the rest of the world.”

The Chicago Bears defense won’t be as forgiving, but Fitzpatrick may have a little something up his sleeve. 

As British authorJ.B. Priestley once said“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @brentsobleski.

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