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Analysis: Major Improvements In iPhone 12 Pro Cameras

“The photographer’s phone” is what Apple calls the iPhone 12 Pro, and almost the entire presentation of that model (and its larger iPhone 12 Pro Max sibling) focused on the cameras.

The iPhone 12 Pro has the same 6.1in screen with XDR technology as the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the largest screen ever in a 6.7in iPhone. They use the same ceramic crystal glass that should be four times more durable than iPhone 11.

The frame around the body of the phone is made of stainless steel that has been coloured and polished to an extreme sheen, and Apple says the gold-coloured model has a lustre that is more reminiscent of actual gold than ever.

Another novelty is even better sealing: the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max both offer an IP68 water-resistance rating to a depth of 6m.

But the really big improvements can be found in the cameras.

Super-sharp cameras

The iPhone 12 Pro has a new telephoto camera corresponding to a focal length of 52mm (which is to say, what most photographers would regard as a ‘normal’ lens), while the Pro Max goes a bit further with a corresponding focal length of 65mm.

As expected, both models have LiDAR sensors that are used partly for AR functions, but also to improve the cameras. In low light, the iPhone 12 Pro uses LiDAR to focus up to six times faster than infrared light. Together with the ultra-wide-angle camera with a corresponding focal length of 13mm, the iPhone 12 Pro thus has 4x optical zoom while the iPhone 12 Pro Max has 5x.

The image stabilisation has now moved into the sensor, something which improves shake protection as it can adjust the image five times faster than in the iPhone 11. Apple claims it

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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Improvements to Pro Stick, Passing and More Outlined

Visual Concepts has offered some in-depth details on what’s coming to the next-gen version of NBA 2K21, including improvements to shooting and dribbling with the Pro Stick, as well as changes to the Shot Meter, Shot Creators, 3-point line recognition, and passing.

Apparently, the Pro Stick will be taken to “even greater heights” for NBA 2K1 on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, with slow flicks of the analogue stick when shooting resulting in higher shot arcs and faster flicks of the Pro Stick keeping your shot flat. Bank shots and layups will also be easier to control, while the Shot Meter will benefit from being made more ‘readable’, no longer scaling by distance, and gaining an arrowhead for aiming and timing, so you can better see the ‘sweet spot’.

The Shot Meter window is blue and will grow or shrink depending on how good a shooter your chosen player is, as well as based on shot difficulty and how well you’re being defended. Layup timing on the shot button has also been nixed by default, so you can focus on taking it to the rim, with the game now better able to detect defensive threats and choose an open spot to lay up under the rim. Fewer ‘canned’ finish and contact animations will pull you to the wrong side of the hoop, too.

Off-dribble jump shots and signature moves for key players have been revamped, while placement behind the arc for a 3-pointer will feel “more grounded”. Size-up moves when dribbling will also have their speed dictated by fast and slow flicks of the Pro Stick, and signature dribble moves for players like LeBron James and James Harden have also been introduced. Bounce passes, Lead Pass mechanics, and pass accuracy will also be improved.

NBA 2K21 will be

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Home Depot Shows Pro Loyalty To Its App

Mobile apps are having a moment this week, with Walmart announcing it will make its app symbol part of its official signage, and Home Depot giving a mobile-first edge to its new loyalty program.

According to Mobile Marketer, the home improvement retailer has updated its loyalty program, giving members of its Pro Xtra program a cleaner integration for earning points for shopping at Home Depot and redeem perks through its app. Users can track purchases and see savings by scanning a Pro Xtra Virtual ID in the app at store checkouts. Pro Xtra members need to tap within the app to see the Virtual ID bar code, which must be scanned at checkout to earn points. Included in the rewards: Tool Rental Perks, credits for future purchases and surprise perks. Home Depot started the Pro Xtra program in 2012.

“Home Depot’s integration of its Pro Xtra loyalty program with its mobile app may provide greater convenience to home-improvement professionals and foster stronger brand loyalty for when they decide which retailer to buy from,” says Mobile Marketer. “The app not only provides members with greater transparency into the loyalty program, but also lets them avoid the inconvenience of carrying clunky membership cards and key fobs that wear out or are easily damaged.”

Loyalty and loyalty programs have been a priority at Home Depot. According to the company’s Aug. 18 earnings call, the rate at which its existing customers adopted new channels has more than doubled year to date. The company has also seen a third of recently acquired customers reengage for another purchase in a different department. During Q2 the mobile app saw a record number of downloads, along with significant growth in conversion rates across all digital platforms.

“But with all these new

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NHL 21 Shows Off Improvements Made To Be A Pro Mode

EA Sports released new info and a trailer today showing off improvements made to the Be A Pro mode in NHL 21. Previously the mode had you go through what felt like the typical rise to stardom for a player in the game’s version of the NHL. This time around there’s a few changes to the experience that should make for a richer story. First and foremost, you’ll be thrown into a race for the Calder Cup, the main trophy for the AHL, which comes with an updated progression system and an array of salary perks. On top of that, you’ll be able to choose from 15 different player archetypes including forward, defenseman, and goalie. So rather than be cast into a very specific type of player, you can force your own destiny and career with a unique look, skating style, play style, and more.

What path will your career take in NHL 21? Courtesy of EA Sports.
What path will your career take in NHL 21? Courtesy of EA Sports.

Players can start their careers prior to the NHL Draft in either the CHL, Memorial Cup or Europe, as they pry their way up draft boards and aim to become one of the most sought-after players in the world. Draft position and draft status will have a direct impact on rookie year expectations, so be prepared to live up to the hype. New to Be A Pro, key moments will result in impactful conversations with media, teammates, coaches, general managers and more. Based on a player’s responses, their personality will start to grow, whether they want to trend towards a confident superstar or a quiet team player. Brand, management and likeability will all be affected based on conversations.

Probably one of the more interesting aspects of this is the Conversation System, where you will be defined by your choices and

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9 Pro Tips for Selecting a Custom Home Building Contractor

Planning to build your custom home that matches your personal taste in architecture? First, you have to find a contractor you can rely on. Selecting between different residential contractors can be tricky at times, because every other company claims to be the best in business. Here are the 9 pro tips that you need.

1. Ask around. When you are looking for custom home builders, references always count. Talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbors to know about the services that they have tried so far. Ask them about the experience and why they liked or disliked a service.

2. Check if the company is genuine. Don’t be surprised to find that many of the contractors don’t have any experience working with clients. They often offer the best discounts and sell the contracts to smaller subcontractors to make some easy money.

3. Make sure the company is licensed, insured and bonded. You need to check if the contractor has the required permissions to work in your city and area, and they must be insured, as well. These are basic aspects that people often ignore while comparing the options.

4. Are they open to your ideas? A good and reliable general contractor will take the time to understand the needs, expectations and requirements of their clients. They will also discuss the ideas that you may have in mind, and depending on the practical aspects, they may suggest the right things.

5. Will they offer an estimate? As a client, you should be extremely careful about your choice of contractor, especially with regards to the estimate that they provide. Check if their prices are genuine and in sync with the standards. Getting an estimate is also important because you can compare the options.

6. Specialization counts. Always work with a contractor who …

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