How to watch WWE SummerSlam 2018: live stream the PPV from anywhere

WWE is pulling out all the stops for its biggest event of the summer with a loaded match card and seven hours of action. And there are plenty of ways to live stream SummerSlam 2018.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 will feature all of your favorite wrestlers including Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey who will both be returning to the ring after sitting out WWE Extreme Rules.

Samoa Joe is challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns is going up against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey is set to take on Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship. 

Additionally Japan’s Shinsuke Nakamura will meet Jeff Hardy in the ring to see who will win the US Championship while Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Carmella will face off for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship.

If you’re a die-hard wrestling fan or just interested in seeing some of the top names in sports entertainment meet in the ring, then WWE SummerSlam will be an absolute must watch. Luckily for you, we’ll show you how to live stream the entire event with our guide to watch WWE from anywhere in the world.

Live stream WWE SummerSlam from anywhere in the world

Live stream on the WWE Network

How to watch SummerSlam 2018: USA stream

Stick to the WWE network

If you’re watching from the United States, then subscribing to the WWE network is your best bet as it is the most cost effective way to watch. Other pay-per-view providers including Spectrum, Dish Network and Xfinity are showing SummerSlam 2018 but they cost upwards of $40 each. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Canada stream

It’s the WWE Network again

As is the case in the WWE’s home country, the WWE Network is also the cheapest, most convenient place to watch SummerSlam 2018 in Canada. However, you could choose to go with Bell, Shaw PPV or SaksTel PPV but expect to pay similar prices to PPV providers in the US. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: UK stream

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Australia stream

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Japan stream

The WWE Network is available in Japan

Japanese fans eager to watch Nakamura take on Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship can catch all the action live on the WWE Network. SummerSlam 2018 will start at 8am on Monday morning in Japan. Alternatively, DMM.com, J:Com and Sukachan are all listed as offering PPV options. 

How to watch WWE Extreme Rules 2018: India stream

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Meet the new Rainbow Six Siege operators coming in Operation Grim Sky

Another season of Rainbow Six Siege is right around the corner, and of course that means another pair of operators to add to the sizeable group of playable characters. After the two most recent operations offering up two operators on the same side, we are back to having one of each, with Operation Grim Sky bringing one new attacking operator from the US and one new defensive operator from the UK. 

Clash and Maverick are the 41st and 42nd operators in Rainbow Six siege, but both of them bring something completely new to the table. Clash is the first defensive operator to wield a shield, while Maverick is a hard breacher who isn’t focused on creating new pathways. Of course both are much deeper than that, and will certainly take a good bit of getting used to. 

However, we did get the chance to go hands on with these new operators, which will launch next month as part of Operation Grim Sky, at the Six Major Paris where the best Rainbow Six teams in the world competed for a share of $350,000. 

Clash

Electrified full-body riot shields might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the Metropolitan Police Service, but that is exactly what new operator Clash brings to the table. After being a member of the Met and becoming an expert on mob behavior and snatch-squad tactics Clash has now transferred over to team Rainbow, bringing her massive shield with her. 

Unlike other shields in Siege, which are all on attacking operators while Clash is a defensive option, this shield easily covers her entire body height all the time, meaning pretty much every single shot coming from in front of her will be blocked by this massive shield. However, like all shield operators, she has no protection on her back, so if you can flank a Clash you have an easy kill on your hands. 

Of course holding a shield this big requires two hands, and while Clash can bring a secondary weapon with her, 95% of the time you will just be holding your shield, and unable to shoot any bullets at your foes. Instead the shield is equipped with what are basically a couple of tasers. These short range electric shocks can be fired pretty rapidly, and will slow down any opponents hit by them, and do a small amount of damage. 

This effectively means that Clash’s most suited role is crowd control and being a pretty good distraction. If she can get in front of a couple of operators, while a teammate gets a better angle on them then you are sure to get a couple of easy kills.  On the Hereford base reworked map, where we got to play Clash, we found that putting clash on a staircase, while another teammate flanked via the new second staircase worked wonders, as players would be so preoccupied with shooting Clash’s shield they would forget to check for the flank behind them. 

Clash is certainly great fun to play, but once you start to come up against high skill players she seems to become a little less effective. Obviously the best way to deal with her is to get behind her, and while less experienced players might be okay with unloading an entire mag into her shield a more experienced player will simply get behind her. She is great fun to play when you are absorbing a ton of bullets and baiting players in, but we expect high level players to figure her out very quickly. 

Maverick

While Clash is all about distracting opponents, Maverick is a hard breacher who is quite good at remaining unnoticed. Unlike most other hard breachers, Maverick can use his high powered blowtorch to create small holes in surfaces, including reinforced walls. By doing this he can create tiny lines of sight that are hard to notice for any defenders, but can be perfect holes to shoot a few bullets through and get a free kill if someone walks past. 

It will of course take a while to figure out the best places to create these smaller holes to get easy kills on spots where defenders like to sit, but even with just a few rounds to play with Maverick it became clear how strong this power can be.  

In one round, again on the new Hertford base, there was one defender sat in a room with a Castle barricade on one door, making the other door a clear risk for the one remaining attacker, a Maverick. The Maverick assumed that the defender would be watching the other door, so created a tiny hole in a wall, that gave him a perfect angle onto the defender. A couple of shots later and the round was won and the defender had no idea where the shots had come from, thanks to the Suri Torch being almost silent when burning through wall. 

Of course Maverick can also use his torch to create a path through walls, even reinforced ones for his team to run through, but this is a pretty inefficient use of time and resources if you have any other kind of hard breacher on your team. Creating new lines of sight and creating tiny kill holes certainly seem to be the best use of his gadget. 

The changes to hatches, with them now being partially destructible instead of just totally disappearing when they take enough damage, also means that you can create great lines of sight from above with clear vision. Maverick’s blow torch can burn through floors to do this, just like a grenade can, but you will often have a ton of support beams blocking your view, and more importantly shots. But partially destroying a hatch means you have a totally clear line of sight to shoot down through. 

Maverick seems to be much more useful than Clash when it comes to higher level play, he is an operator everyone will be able to use well, regardless of skill and will always be useful as a breacher. However he would probably be an unlikely choice to bring as your only hard breacher, so where he will end up fitting into the meta remains to be seen. 

Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Grim Sky is due for release in September.

Valve mistakenly previews its upcoming Steam.tv streaming service

It looks like Valve is planning upgraded livestreaming capabilities for Steam, after a new service at the Steam.tv domain briefly went live over the weekend. Before it got pulled, the feed was showing a livestream of Dota 2 at the Valve’s esports tournament for the game, The International 2018.

Valve later admitted to CNET that the feed went live earlier than it was supposed to: “We are working on updating Steam Broadcasting for the Main Event of The International, Dota 2’s annual tournament,” a representative said. “What people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public.”

CNET and other outlets briefly had chance to play around with the new Steam.tv service, and it comes across as a more mature and powerful version of the rather limited Steam Broadcasting platform that already exists. In other words, Valve might be planning to take on Twitch and YouTube Gaming more directly.

Come back next week

The feed was only available in the web and didn’t work in the Steam desktop application, those who saw it confirmed. There was the option to create live chats and video chats alongside broadcasts, though the only content being streamed before the site went dark again was of Dota 2.

That rather brief statement from Valve confirms that something is on the way, but just how advanced it ends up being remains to be seen. The Main Event starts on Monday August 21 (tomorrow), with the final on Saturday August 25, so something should go live soon.

Valve and Steam have a big enough presence to take on the likes of Amazon (which owns Twitch) and YouTube, and gaming streams and esports continue to grow rapidly in popularity (and money-making potential): Twitch current averages more than a million views on the platform at any one time.

Android Giants: Samsung Note 9 vs. Huawei P20 Pro, which one should you go for?

The global smartphone industry has become a battle of Android phones, especially now with Huawei becoming the second largest smartphone vendor globally, surpassing Apple. With the competition getting fierce, it’s time to compare Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 9 to the HUAWEI P20 Pro in four areas that drive an end user to buy their new: Camera, chipset, design and, ultimately, value for money!

Superior Camera

We took the camera out for a few fun test shots, both during the day and night and found that even though launched in March, the HUAWEI P20 Pro, is still the best smart camera phone on the market.

Equipped with Leica Triple Camera, HUAWEI P20 Pro has a leading rear camera system comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. Compared to the Note9’s 12+12MP dual lens camera, HUAWEI P20 Pro supports a higher resolution in both its primary and secondary sensors, and on top of that, it also has a third sensor with a dedicated telephoto lens.

In the simplest terms, the images shot on a camera with a higher resolution are clearer and more detailed, whilst a low-resolution camera is only capable of producing images that are comparatively blurrier and noisier. However, there are several more factors that impact image quality– for instance, the sizes of the sensor and photosites (pixels on the sensor).

With AI being the recent game changer in camera specs in smartphones, it is safe to say that Huawei was the first to launch the AI powered camera feature last year in its flagship device HUAWEI Mate 10 series, which offered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition. This basically meant that the camera settings were automatically set based on the object and scene, where actually the phone recognizes the object and scene and adjusts the camera setting automatically to capture a clear and sharp picture.

This feature was further developed and improved upon with the launch of their HUAWEI P20 Pro that comes equipped with a triple 40 MP AI camera. In all fairness, one of the most unmatchable features of HUAWEI P20 Pro is its low light photography capability, which is equipped with state-of-the-art AI Image Stabilization. Phone users are be able to capture incredible blur-free, handheld shots in low-light using Night Mode, without the need for a tripod. The HUAWEI P20 Pros night mode also balances high-contrast scenes for effortlessly clear, light-balanced snaps in any setting. In fact, HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Night Mode feature can sometimes capture scenes that even the naked eye cannot see.

Besides HUAWEI P20 Pro’s edge in sensor specifications, HUAWEI’s current top-of-the-line flagship also supports 3x optical zoom, allowing the HUAWEI P20 Pro to zoom farther than the Note9, which only can manage 2x optical zoom. Also, though both devices support 10x digital zoom, HUAWEI P20 Pro also supports 5x hybrid zoom, which leverages its on-device AI capabilities to combine both optical and digital data to minimize quality loss while zooming.

AI is the future and the P20 Pro is designed for it

CPUs are poorly optimized to execute AI tasks. Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, they struggle in areas such as image recognition.The Huawei P20 Pro comes built-in with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside the Kirin 970 that is optimized for AI tasks. The EMEA models of the Galaxy Note 9 are powered by the Exynos 9810 processor which lacks a a discrete processor for AI tasks.

Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, the EMEA model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will likely provide a subpar user experience compared to the HUAWEI P20 Pro. Another score for HUAWEI P20 Pro with its AI enabled Kirin 970 chipset.

Beauty beyond Compare

We chose phones that are trendy and stand out from the crowd. Over the years, phones have become a fashion statement that is an extension of ourselves. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be launched in three colors in the Middle East: Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue and Midnight Black. However, their visual impact pales in comparison with HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Twilight color. Whereas all Note9 variants have a singular color, some also with a metallic finish, HUAWEI P20 Pro is available in an iridescent gradient color.

Drawing inspiration from the Northern Lights, Huawei created the unique Twilight purple-to-blue gradient color using the NCVM process, a lengthy industrial process that involves high costs and low yields, but produces a unique look that makes the HUAWEI P20 Pro instantly stand out from amongst others.

Huawei’s designers deliberately aligned the camera module in a way so that when a user holds the device horizontally, the look of the device resemble that of a compact camera. This is an exemplification of how Huawei speaks through design—just from looking at the device, a user can tell that it’s made for photography. On the other hand, Note9’s design showcases Samsung’s clear lack of attention to detail. The primary rear camera on the Note9 is slightly, though noticeably off from the center 

Yet again, HAUWEI P20 Pro’s gradient colours and camera + key placement, makes it a user-friendly and ‘haute’ phone to own and hold.

Better Value

Lastly, which works better for your pocket and gives you the best value for your money?

Launched in March 2018, the HUAWEI P20 Pro comes with a trove of innovations and features that competitor devices have only recently caught up to. For instance, when Samsung put a 3300mAh into its Note8 and a 3500mAh battery into the S9+, Huawei designed the HUAWEI P20 Pro with a massive 4000mAh battery. Following in Huawei’s footsteps, Samsung included a 4000mAh battery in the latest Note9. 

But that wasn’t the only feature that Huawei introduced first. One of the features that Samsung highlighted during its Unpacked event was the Samsung DeX desktop mode without the need of a dedicated dock. Huawei has the same feature on the HUAWEI P20 Pro under the name “Easy Projection”, for over five months now. Perhaps most importantly, Huawei is offering these premium features at a very competitive price today—while Samsung still needs another few weeks before they can put their costly new flagship into the hands of consumers.

Google’s next Chromecast should offer improved connectivity

It’s been a while since we saw a new Chromecast, so it’s perhaps no surprise that an updated edition is rumored to be on the way: and according to a filing with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the US, it should be packing improved connectivity options.

Specifically, the new and improved dongle is going to rock up with support for Bluetooth and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands (a faster but shorter-range wireless standard available on most modern routers), Variety reports.

A Chromecast with full Bluetooth functionality was rumored back in May. The current Google Chromecast includes a Bluetooth chip, but it’s only used during the setup process – you can’t use it to hook up gaming controllers or a mouse and keyboard, or to stream audio to the device.

Hardware spectacular

Exactly what Google plans to do with Bluetooth support on the Chromecast remains to be seen. Extra peripherals seems likely – so you could connect up a gaming pad and use the dongle as a little gaming device. Mouse and keyboard support would make navigating menus and entering text much easier too.

Don’t expect there to be many changes on the outside though: it sounds as though the new Chromecast is going to look exactly the same as the existing ones. Google currently sells a standard 1080p Chromecast and a 4K Chromecast Ultra.

We know Google is planning a mammoth hardware event for October 4 or thereabouts, where we’ll probably see new phones, new laptops, and maybe even a new Pixel-branded smartwatch too. Based on the latest FCC filings, an updated Chromecast could well be thrown into the mix as well.

Via Engadget

Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news

Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies aimed at curbing heated political rhetoric on the site.

The executive’s lukewarm comments reflect an embattled social network that has been the brunt of criticism from both sides of the political divide. The left has taken Twitter to task for relative inaction over incendiary comments from far right pundits like Alex Jones. The site was slow to act, compared to the likes of services including YouTube, Facebook and even YouPorn (yep).

When it ultimately did ban Jones’ Infowars, it was a seven day “timeout.” That move, expectedly, has drawn scrutiny from the other side of the aisle. Yesterday, Trump tweeted a critique of social media in general, that is generally being regarded as a thinly-veiled allusion to his embattled supporter, Jones.

Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others

Trump also recently called for an end to what the right has deemed the “shadow banning” of conservative voices on social media.

“How do we earn peoples’ trust?” the CEO asked rhetorically during the conversation. “How do we guide people back to healthy conversation?”

Dorsey suggested that his company is “more left-leaning,” a notion that has made him extra cautious of blowback from the right. He also continued his position of refusing to hold the company to be accountable for fact-checking, a policy that runs counter to proclamations of other social media like Facebook.

“We have not figured this out,” Dorsey said, “but I do think it would be dangerous for a company like ours… to be arbiters of truth.”

For now, Dorsey and co. appear to be in a holding pattern, an indecisiveness that has drawn fire from all sides. The exec pines for a less polarized dialogue, citing NBA and K-Pop accounts as examples of Twitter subcultures that have been more measured in their approach.

Of course, anyone who’s spent time reading replies to LeBron or The Warriors can tell you that that’s a pretty low bar for discourse.

The fact of the matter is that this is the state of politics in 2018. Things are vicious and rhetoric can be incendiary. All of that is amplified by social media, as political pundits lean into troubling comments, conspiracy theory and outright lies to drive clicks. 

Dorsey, says he’s pushing for policies “that encourage people to talk and to have healthy conversation.” Whatever Twitter’s “small staff” might have in the works, it certainly feels a long way off.