W2W4: Injury-riddled Mavs hope to stay hot vs. Raptors

DALLAS – Rick Carlisle could have a long conversation with former Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey about the tough luck their teams have had on the injury front.

The Mavs are missing their top two players, Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, plus Elton Brand will miss a game to join his wife for the birth of their child. Casey’s rebuilding Raptors had their star, offseason trade acquisition Kyle Lowry, leave the arena in a protective boot last night after turning his ankle and exiting a loss to the Thunder.

But Carlisle and Casey aren’t woe-is-me kind of guys. The good friends will try to figure out how to make up for their missing stars at each other’s expense when the Raptors arrive at the American Airlines Center this evening.

“Is it tough? It’s supposed to be tough,” Carlisle said. “That’s why they pay you a lot of money to do this job, last time I checked. If it was easy, they could be pulling guys off the street to do this job.”

Records: Mavs (3-1); Raptors (1-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: American Airlines Center


Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM (Spanish)

What to watch: The Mavs can’t possibly keep shooting 60-plus percent from the floor, right? With Darren Collison doing a masterful job orchestrating the flow offense, the Mavs hit more than 60 percent of their shots in two consecutive games for the first time in franchise history in their blowout wins over the Bobcats and Trail Blazers. Carlisle is well aware that kind of remarkable efficiency won’t continue, which is why he focuses so much on doing the dirty work well. Rebounding remains the Mavs’ biggest weakness, and they’ll be without their top two rebounders in Marion and Brand. The Raptors aren’t a good rebounding team, either, especially without rebounder/point guard Lowry.

Key matchup: O.J. Mayo vs. DeMar DeRozan – It’s a matchup featuring one-and-done former USC stars. Mayo is coming off consecutive 30-point games for the first time since his rookie year four seasons ago. He’s clicked with point guard Darren Collison, resulting in a lot of open looks for Mayo, who is 13-of-18 from 3-point range in the last two games. DeRozan, who just signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension, is a freakishly athletic 6-foot-7 wing. He got off to an encouraging start as Lowry’s sidekick, but he struggled last night when Lowry left the game early, finishing with only eight points on 2-of-10 shooting in a lopsided loss to the Thunder.

Injuries: Mavs – PF Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and F Shawn Marion (knee) are out. G Rodrigue Beaubois (ankle) is questionable. Raptors – PG Kyle Lowry (ankle) is out.

Up next: at New York Knicks, 6:30 p.m., Friday.

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4692545/w2w4-injury-riddled-mavs-hope-to-keep-hot-vs-raptors

Sony rolls out update to Xperia T and TX for Miracast mirroring, extra-long standby

Sony Xperia T review

Sony Xperia T and TX owners won’t have to wait until the eventual Jelly Bean update to eke some new life out of their software. From this week onwards, the Bond-blessed Android phone is getting an update that adds screen mirroring through Miracast; provided the stars align and you’ve got a compatible TV, the high-end Xperia gets that much larger a canvas. Upgrading also introduces an extended standby mode that temporarily shuts off data, a movie app with a small video player and a photo album that makes use of Sony’s full image processing engine. We’re further reminded as to how much sweeter that HD Voice calling on the T (but not TX) should sound. As much as we’d prefer a full-fledged OS update, it’s a welcome dose of relevancy for a smartphone that has had fierce competition almost from the start.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/07/sony-rolls-out-update-to-xperia-t-and-tx-for-miracast-mirroring/

Obama victory photo smashes Facebook ‘Like’ record

The new most liked photo on Facebook.

Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)

Shortly after President Obama won re-election last night, a simple photo of the president embracing his wife was posted on his Facebook page. Just a few hours later, and with apologies to Gangnam Style, Justin Bieber and adorable kittens worldwide, that shot became the most liked photo ever on Facebook.

At the moment, it’s been “liked” over 3.1 million times, and and the number is still climbing.

The same photo was also posted to the President’s Twitter account last night, and quickly smashed Twitter records for the most retweets. At the moment it’s been retweeted over 638,000 times. The next most popular tweet from Justin Bieber has under 225,000.

Over on the GOP side of Facebook, where Mitt Romney’s page has about a third the “likes” of Obama’s, a few simple posts with a shot of the candidate and the words “Thank You” have garnered just under a million digital thumbs-up so far. Understandably, Republican voters seem to have been in less of a liking mood last night.

Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)

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Shawn Marion (sprained MCL) out at least 3 games


DALLAS – An MRI revealed that Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during Monday’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Mavs announced that Marion will not play in the team’s three remaining games this week. He will be re-evaluated next week.

“It’s a little minor thing to deal with,” said Marion, a 14-year veteran who has averaged 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in four games this season. “I’ll go on and treat it and take one day at a time. It could have been a lot worse. Luckily, it’s not.”

Rookie second-round pick Jae Crowder is the probable starter at small forward while Marion is out. Veteran Dahntay Jones is also a possibility.

Marion’s injury, which occurred when his knee buckled after colliding with teammate Elton Brand in the third quarter Monday, leaves the 3-1 Mavs without anyone who played a postseason minute during the franchise’s 2011 title season.

Read the rest of the story here.

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4692521/shawn-marion-sprained-mcl-out-at-least-3-games

Microsoft partners with Devicescape to give WP8 users access to over 11 million WiFi hotspots

Easy Access to High-Quality Hotspots Offers Windows Phone Users Cost Effective Data Use

SAN BRUNO, Calif.,November 6, 2012 Devicescape, the WiFi offload company, today announced that it has licensed WiFi data from its Curated Virtual Network (CVN) to Microsoft forWindows Phone 8. This agreement will allow Windows Phone 8 users to easily and reliably locate high-quality hotspots leading to a significantly improved user experience while reducing mobile data costs.

“Mobile data caps, tiers and throttling are limiting the smartphone experience”, said Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. “By leveraging the Devicescape network of public hotspots, Microsoft can now pass along tremendous value to its Windows Phone 8 users enabling them to locate a nearby quality WiFi network. Windows Phone 8 users will now have an alternative way to manage their monthly data plan while maintaining the quality of service they are accustomed to from their mobile provider.”

Devicescape’s CVN is the most advanced collection of high-quality hotspots with over 11 million to date. By leveraging crowd-sourced data from the millions of devices already deployed, the ever-growing WiFi network is constantly discovering new hotspots while continuously measuring the quality of existing access points. The inclusion of WiFi data from the CVN for Windows Phone 8 serves to enhance the overall user experience while providing significant value to end-users and the Microsoft suite of mobile solutions.

“Devicescape has the leading collection of WiFi hotspots,” said Reid Kuhn, Windows Phone Program Manager. “By utilizing the Devicescape WiFi hotspot data, Windows Phone 8 users will be able to locate free and popular WiFi hotspots, allowing them to save money wherever they may be.”

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/06/microsoft-devicescape-11-million-wp8-wifi-hotspots/

Battery life battle royale: Nexus vs. iPad

The Nexus 10’s battery is a bit disappointing compared with what the iPad offers.

Screenshot: Eric Franklin)

With all the hoopla about the relative graphics performance of the fourth-generation iPad and the Nexus 10, it’s easy to forget another important performance metric: battery life.

Battery life dictates how long you can actually use the unit before it requires a recharge, so I’d say it’s pretty darn important. So important in fact that it gets its own blog post. Here I pit the last two generations of
iPad, the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7, and the
Nexus 10 against each other in a take-no-prisoners battery blood bath! Or acid bath I guess.

The results
The results speak for themselves, but if you need further explanation, continue reading after the chart.

How we tested battery life
I evaluated battery life the same way I do for all
tablets: by continually running a movie file until the tablet’s battery dies.

I set each tablet to Airplane Mode and adjusted their respective brightnesses to 150 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) or as close to that number as possible. The iPads were running version 6.0.1 of iOS; the Nexus 10 ran Android 4.2, while the Nexus 7 was running Android 4.1.2.

I ran the 720p iTunes iPad version of the recent “Avengers” movie on the iPad and the Google Play version of the same movie on the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7, each movie playing through the tablet’s native default video players.

The final score is an average of two full runs on each tablet, with the two numbers coming within 5 percent of each other.

The iPad continues its tablet-battery-life dominance.

Screenshot: Eric Franklin/CNET)

The iPad continues its battery life dominance over all other tablets. Not the flagship iPad, but the previous-generation iPad and iPad Mini as well. At 13.1 hours, the latest and greatest iPad lasted longer than any previous tablet.

The two smaller tablets on the list make a strong showing, with the Mini posting an impressive 12.1 hours. Very few Android tablets last over 10 hours, but the Nexus 7 achieved the almost mythical feat with 10.1 hours.

The now 8-months-old-and-busted iPad (third generation) still manages to make an impressive showing with 11.4 hours of life.

Google claimed the Nexus 10 would support 9 hours of video playback on a single charge. In CNET’s test it gets close, but doesn’t quite hit that target, lasting a slightly disappointing 8.4 hours; however, that’s only slightly lower than the 8.5 hours we saw from the Asus Transformer Infinity.

The big takeaway here is just how impressive the iPad Mini’s battery is. Its screen may not be as impressive as the Nexus 7’s, but the extra 2 hours of life the Mini is capable of may make all the difference, depending on your needs.

Keep checking our battery-testing results chart for updates on all tablet battery life.

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