Apple May Be Developing an iPhone Without Any Ports

A well-respected Apple analyst is predicting that Apple’s 2021 flagship iPhone will be completely wireless, meaning that it will have no ports whatsoever.

Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a long history of accurate predictions relating to future Apple products, believes that the 2021 flagship iPhone will come without a Lightning port, which has been standard on iPhones since 2013 when the company introduced the iPhone 5. Instead of the port — and in lieu of the USB-C port many have been hoping it would have — the device will charge and sync completely wirelessly.

The question is whether anyone will care about this, apart from companies that make Lightning cables. For many years now, Apple’s flagship iPhones have come without headphone jacks. While there was at first some pushback against this, and many still prefer the sound quality of wired earphones, most users have come to grudgingly accept the change.

But it is unlikely that Apple will receive anywhere near the same negative reaction due to the elimination of a Lightning port, just as long as the device charges and syncs wirelessly as well as it does with a wired connection. Even if it does not, it is hard to imagine that this alone will lead iPhone users toward Android.

Those who like a fully wired iPhone will not be left out in the cold.

Kuo is also predicting that Apple will be releasing the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 next year. This device is expected to look much like the current iPhone 8, with a 4.7″ LCD display and both a Lightning port and a headphone jack. At the same time, the device will likely have internal specs comparable with recent flagship devices, along with an unbeatable price.

Also expected next year are four flagship iPhones that will support 5G. These devices will all have OLED screens, with the two high-end phones having triple cameras and big screens and the two low-end having dual cameras and smaller screens.

XFL Unveils Jerseys & Helmets For The Eight Inaugural Teams

The XFL has ficially revealed the uniforms and helmet designs for all eight teams, which includes the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, Tampa Bay Vipers, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Seattle Dragons.

Scroll through the tweets embedded below for a look at each the unis.

The league’s eight teams have been divided into two divisions – East and West. The East is comprised the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, and Tampa Bay Vipers, while the West includes the Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Seattle Dragons.

The XFL season will kick f on Saturday, February 8, the week after Super Bowl LIIV. The first game will take place at Audi Field, as the D.C. Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 2pm ET, airing on ABC. That matchup will be followed by a FOX broadcast at 5pm ET, pitting the Los Angeles Wildcats against the Houston Roughnecks at TDECU Stadium.

Week 1 will continue on Sunday, February 9 as the New York Guardians host the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2 p.m. ET (FOX), while the St. Louis BattleHawks face f against the Dallas Renegades at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN).

Each team will play five home and five away games between February 8 and April 12, followed by one round two playf games April 18-19 and a championship game on April 26. All XFL games will air weekly on ABC and FOX, complemented by games on cable ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2.

Lloyd Banks Believes Clout Chasing Has Finally Gotten "Out Of Hand"

The term “clout chasing” took over hip-hop but has since become a global phenomenon. Clout is a global currency at this point and people undoubtedly do the most just to get a bit fame. It’s not that this is something particularly new but it has gotten pretty intense, especially because social media.

Lloyd Banks Believes Clout Chasing Has Finally Gotten "Out Of Hand"
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Lloyd Banks, who is the furthest thing from a clout chaser, had something to say about this recently. He took to Twitter where he shared some rare thoughts on the state the culture and the type things that people are doing for fame. In fact, he doesn’t even think the term clout chasing is applicable anymore. “What name did clout chasing replace?” He asked on Twitter. “I don’t think “clout chaser” is a harsh enough title for such nasty behavior..it’s getting out hand now.”

It’s unclear what prompted this but Lloyd Banks remains relatively low key for the most part. In recent times, he hasn’t found himself in any sort online warfare with anyone nor has he made a ton effort to be in the spotlight. He made that clear earlier this year when a fan asked him if he was going to come out with a new project. Unfortunately, it seems like he believes that the world isn’t checking for him anymore.

Peep his tweets below. 

Mark Cuban & Colin Cowherd Go Back And Forth On NBA Ratings Crisis

In the eyes many fans, the NBA has never been better. There are numerous superstars sprinkled throughout the league and for the first time in almost a decade, there is some parity when it comes to who might make it to the NBA Finals. Despite all this, NBA Ratings continue to plummet, meanwhile, the NFL’s ratings are consistent. During a recent Twitter thread, Mark Cuban came to the rescue to try and explain why this dip in ratings has occurred. As he explains, a lot it has to do with TV subscriptions.

“Ratings are down because all our national broadcasts are exclusively available on cable, which is losing subs daily,” Cuban wrote. “Football benefits from being on broadcast tv which is in every digital and traditional package along with gambling available in some the biggest markets.”

FS1 host Colin Cowherd saw Cuban’s reply and fered a different answer. Cowherd believes the NBA television rating issue can be explained by the lack superstars in the Eastern Conference which boasts all the early games. While this is certainly an interesting take, Cuban immediately came back with some data to dispell Cowherd’s claims.

Regardless where you fall on this issue, it’s certainly an interesting one to consider. The NBA tends to dominate social media when compared to football but isn’t getting the same ratings. Based on the date provided, it really seems like Cuban makes a great point here. Perhaps the NBA will take this into account when devising their digital content strategies moving forward.

African American News Coverage Channel To Launch January 2020

Whoever said 2020 was going to be a big year was right. According to Deadline, Black News Channel (BNC) will launch at the top the new year in January and will be a station that only broadcast news related to the African American community. The new platform was co-founded by former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts and TV executive Bob Brillante.

African American News Coverage Channel To Launch January 2020
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According to the publication, the network was set to launch this year in 33 million households cable and satellite but moved to 2020 as a way to bank on new technologies and platform services. “Our network is about providing intelligent programming that is informative, educational, inspiring and empowering to our African American audience, so they are participants in a national conversation,” J.C. Watts said in a statement. “If we have the opportunity to include the largest African American audience possible from day one, then that should be our top priority.”

BNC will be available in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York and has signed deals with Comcast, Charter and Dish Network. Former CNN anchor Fred Hickman, and Emmy Award-winning journalists Laverne McGee as well as Anthony Amey are set to the head news anchors for the network. 

BNC launches January 6th. 

Stephen A. Smith Offers Dramatic Advice To Antonio Brown: Watch

Antonio Brown has been the most fascinating case study in sports this season as he continuously got himself into trouble at the start the NFL campaign. He was promptly kicked f the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots with no other teams looking to sign him at this juncture. Much this has to do with the allegations surrounding him although he should be able to get back into the league soon enough. Regardless, Brown has done irrevocable damage to his career and fans are wondering if he’ll be able to save himself.

During a recent episode ESPN’s First Take, the always entertaining Stephen A. Smith spoke about AB’s antics and gave him some advice on how to make this all go away. Essentially, Smith thinks Brown should just admit that he’s insane as it’s the only way to justify his actions.

“Right now, he needs to come out with an insanity plea,” Smith said. Stephen A’s co-host Max Kellerman echoed those exact same sentiments which marks a rare occasion where the two agreed with each other. While Smith’s assessment might be harsh, he could be on to something although Brown should be evaluated first before making such a bold statement.

It will be interesting to see how Brown gets himself out this predicament and whether he’ll ever play another down in the NFL.

TuneIn Downplays Its Major Label Legal Copyright Infringement Defeat

Last week, TuneIn suffered a legal defeat against the major labels on copyright infringement grounds.

In the UK-based decision, TuneIn was for streaming stations based outside of the country.  In his decision, judge Colin Birss in London found in favor of Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, while also issuing sharp warning against the streaming service’s recording functionality (which, incidentally, was already terminated in the UK).

Now, TuneIn is downplaying that defeat with a ‘no big deal’ response.

In an email to Digital Music News sent shortly after the decision was issued, TuneIn CEO Juliette Morris seemed to brush the ruling off.  “The UK Court found in favor of TuneIn on the most important claim, confirming that music radio stations licensed in the UK can be made available through the TuneIn service to TuneIn’s UK users,” Morris underscored.

“While we continue to evaluate the ruling and consider all options, including appeal, we believe the judgment will have very little impact on the company’s revenue and ongoing growth strategies.”

It’s no small matter that TuneIn still has the right to broadcast stations from within the country from which it is hosted.

While that means no more American broadcasts in London, for TuneIn, the far bigger deal would be if internet rebroadcasting was disallowed or prohibitively expensive.

“We won on the most important element of the case, which was the right to provide UK users with access to UK-authorized radio stations,” Morris reiterated.  “TuneIn is committed to complying with all applicable laws in the countries we serve and will continue to defend the right to operate a directory service providing listeners access to content freely available on the Internet.”

The streaming platform also indicated that it was chasing down Bloomberg, whose story on the lawsuit had ‘many misleading points,’ though we’re not sure what those points were (or if they’ve been updated).

Incidentally, it’s worth noting that mega-streamers like Pandora has long since exited the UK, based on on copyright legal concerns.

 

HBO Pulls Plug On "Game Of Thrones" Prequel Series

It’s no secret that many were left unsatisfied with HBO’s Game Of Throneswith fans directing the bulk their ire at showrunners David Benif and Dan Weiss. Despite the public lambasting, all signs pointed to more Westeros to come, with HBO having begun production on a Naomi-Watts-led prequel. Not only had the cast been assembled in its entirety, but the pilot episode had actually been shot in Belfast. Unfortunately, HBO has decided to ax the project, leaving showrunner Jane Goldman, the cast and crew, and the fans high and dry.

Set to transpire one thousand years before the events  Thrones, George R.R. Martin previously alluded that the series would center around humanity’s first brush with the White Walkers. Sadly, the untitled prequel will never have a chance to see the light day, and HBO has remained tight-lipped as to the reasoning behind the decision. Curiously, the news arrives on the same day Benif and Weiss walked away from their Star Wars deal, making this the most eventful day in Thrones related news since the divisive finale. 

Though one prequel seems to be dead, another may very well emerge. It’s said that HBO will be keeping the world Westeros on the table by way another prequel series, this one based on Martin’s Fire And Blood. We can only hope the premium cable network provides further context on their decision to pull the plug. 

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XFL Reveals Inaugural Schedule For 2020 Season

The XFL has ficially announced their inaugural schedule for the 2020 season, which will get underway on Saturday, February 8, the week after Super Bowl LIIV.

The first game the XFL season will take place at Audi Field, as the D.C. Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 2pm ET, airing on ABC. That game will be followed by a FOX broadcast at 5pm ET, pitting the Los Angeles Wildcats against the Houston Roughnecks at TDECU Stadium.

Week 1 will continue on Sunday, February 9 as the New York Guardians host the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2 p.m. ET (FOX), while the St. Louis BattleHawks face f against the Dallas Renegades at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN).

The league’s eight teams have been divided into two divisions – East and West. The East is comprised the DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, and Tampa Bay Vipers, while the West includes the Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, and Seattle Dragons.

Each team will play five home and five away games between February 8 and April 12, followed by one round two playf games April 18-19 and a championship game on April 26. All XFL games will air weekly on ABC and FOX, complemented by games on cable ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2.

Francis Ford Coppola Says Marvel Films Are "Despicable"

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is adding on to the ongoing criticism mounted against Marvel in recent times.

It was while receiving the Prix Lumiere in Lyon, France that he sounded f on his own opinion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Godfather director would allude to Scorcese’s own words in his delivery.

Francis Ford Coppola Says Marvel Films Are "Despicable"

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“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” Coppola said per Agence France-Presse. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out seeing the same movie over and over again…Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.” 

It was in an interview with Empire that Scorcese previously compared Marvel films to theme parks. While he eventually commended the amount work that goes into creating the work, he still did not credit Marvel with creating films a substance by his standards.

“Honestly, the closest I can think them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks,” Scorcese would tell the publication. “It isn’t the cinema human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

50 Cent Urges Fans To Call Xfinity So They Don’t Remove Starz & "Power"

If you’ve been on 50 Cent‘s Instagram page today, you will have noticed that he has declared a state emergency. The cause extreme concern is that Comcast Xfinity is removing the Starz network from all its packages and bundles, meaning, no more Power for Comcast subscribers.

It was announced on Wednesday that Comcast would be replacing Starz with its competitor, Epix, due to an escalating carriage renewal dispute. Both parties are blaming each other for not being able to settle on a deal. “Starz has been working diligently to reach a fair market distribution agreement with Comcast Xfinity in order to continue providing our shared customers with access to our acclaimed lineup premium television content. However, months before our contract deadline and in spite our best efforts to engage in meaningful discussions, Comcast has publicly stated their intention to drop our networks from all packages and bundles, ignoring industry precedent and demonstrating a total disregard for its customers, communities, suppliers and other stakeholders,” Starz said in a statement.

Comcast warned its users that they could be losing access to some their favourite shows – such as PowerOutlander and Vida – as soon as December 10, when all 17 Starz channels are set to be removed. Although the contract between Starz and Comcast has not ended yet, 50 Cent is now claiming that this Sunday’s episode  Power could be its last. He shared posts expressing how distraught and frustrated he is that Comcast would do this in the middle such a successful show’s season. Despite all the negotiation troubles between the network and the cable provider, 50 is urging fans to call 888-90-STARZ or go to keepstarz.com to let Xfinity know the great demand there is for the show. 

Let’s hope that the power the masses convince Comcast that this move could be a major mistake. 

Snoop Dogg Employs a ‘Professional Blunt Roller’

Snoop Dogg has paid the cost to be the boss.

The superstar smoker reveals that he employs a “professional blunt roller” whose sole job is to prepare blunts for the rapper and his entourage. The job comes with an annual salary between $40,000 and $50,000 and “all-paid expenses.”

During an interview with Howard Stern on SiriusXM, Tha Doggfather described the unique job, comparing his roller to Lurch from “The Addams Family.” “That motherf**ker is like Lurch from the ‘Addams Family.’ ‘You rang?’” joked Snoop.

And when you’re working for the D-O-Double-G, it’s a full-time position. “That’s his J-O-B—his occupation,” he added. “On his résumé, it says, ‘What do you do? I’m a blunt roller. P-B-R, professional blunt roller. If you’re great at something I need, I’m hiring you.”

Seth Rogen, who was also a guest on the show, said he’s witnessed the blunt roller in action. “He knows how to gauge the look on someone’s face when it seems like they want a blunt and if they do, he gives you one,” said the actor. “He’s got the best timing there is.”

Added Snoop, “That motherf**ker’s timing is impeccable.”

During the interview, Snoop also shared his thoughts on Tekashi 6ix9ine and his federal racketeering case. “Snitches get stitches,” he said. “I’ve heard of people ratting on organizations, but he ratted on other organizations on top of his organization, his friends, his people—he just went berzerk. That motherf**ker sang like Aretha Franklin.”

Snoop Dogg Praises His Blunt Roller: "Motherf**ker Is Like Lurch From Addams Family"

At this stage in the game, Snoop Dogg has evolved beyond rolling his own blunts. The money is simply too long for that. Though there’s no doubt the Doggfather could craft a mean doobie if called upon, but for now he’s opted to outsource the task. Speaking with Howard Stern and Seth Rogen, Snoop opened up about one his highly specialized employees, who may or may not have one the game’s most fascinating jobs. 

Snoop Dogg Praises His Blunt Roller: "Motherf**ker Is Like Lurch From Addams Family"

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“I don’t have time, the muthafucka rolls em and puts them in a package,” explains Snoop. Seth Rogen confirms as much. “I hung out with him and there’s a guy whose job it is to roll blunts!” Snoop joins the infectious Rogen cackle, stating “that muthafucka is like Lurch from Addams Family. You rang!?!” Snoop goes on to praise his roller’s impeccable timing, while Rogen marvels at the man’s ability to gauge blunt-desirability at a given moment.

Howard Stern seems perplexed that the man is actually making a living rolling blunts, but Snoop assures him that it’s indeed the case. “That’s his J-O-B, his occupation. On his resume, it says what do you do: I’m a blunt roller. PBR, pressional blunt rolling. If you’re great at something I need, I’m hiring you.” Stern compares the position to a sommelier, asking about the general income. “That’s somewhere between 40 and 50 thousand dollars a year,” says Snoop. “And free weed!” 

XFL Announces Quarterbacks For Each Of The Eight Teams

The XFL has formally announced the eight quarterbacks that have been assigned to each team for the inaugural season, as the league ficially kicked f a two-day draft to fill out the 71-man rosters.

Those QBs, and the teams they have been assigned to, are as follows:

Dallas Renegades: Landry Jones, former Steelers backup who played under Renegades coach Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.

DC Defenders: Cardale Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes star who spent a season with the Bills and two as a reserve for the Chargers.

Houston Roughnecks: Phillip Walker, starred at Temple before a brief stint with the Indianapolis Colts.

Los Angeles Wildcats: Luis Perez, who most recently played in the AAF. Is also a pressional bowler.

New York Guardians: Matt McGloin, played for the Oakland Raiders from 2013-16, including seven starts (1-6 record).

Seattle Dragons: Brandon Silvers, drafted by the AAF’s Memphis Express, split time with Johnny Manziel.

St. Louis BattleHawks: Jordan Ta’amu, started at Ole Miss for two seasons. Went undrafted in 2019.

Tampa Bay Vipers: Aaron Murray, ex-Georgia Bulldogs star who spent four seasons in the NFL before signing with the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.

The XFL will kick f on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Games will air weekly on ABC and FOX, complemented by games on cable ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2. The schedule will feature back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2pm ET as well as two additional games on Sunday afternoons.

The games will be played at the following stadiums: Dallas (Globe Life Park in Arlington),Houston (TDECU Stadium), Los Angeles (StubHub Center), New York (MetLife Stadium), Seattle(Century Link Field), St. Louis (The Dome At America’s Center), Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium) and Washington D.C. (Audi Field).

Robert De Niro Goes In On Fox News & Donald Trump: "F*** Em!"

Robert De Niro is one the most outspoken Donald Trump critics in Hollywood. He rarely wastes the opportunity to criticize the president. While there are many Americans who think that celebrities shouldn’t comment on politics, that idea is ridiculous. No matter how rich or famous you are, if you are an American that can vote, you can speak your mind on the government. De Niro was doing an interview with Brian Stelter on CNN‘s Reliable Sources on Sunday morning, and he got heated when speaking on Donald Trump and Fox News. Fox has tried to discredit De Niro’s opinion whenever they can, knowing that he has quite a following.

“This guy should not be president period,” De Niro stated about Trump. Then Stelter questioned The Irishman actor about how he feels regarding the criticism he has been receiving from Fox News. “Fuck ’em. Fuck ’em,” De Niro repeated. “This is cable, so it’s not an FCC violation but it is still Sunday morning,” Stelter stated after the outburst from De Niro. “We are in a moment in our lives in this country where this guy is like a gangster,” continued De Niro. “He’s come along and he’s said things, done things we say over and over again. This is terrible. We’re in a terrible situation. We’re in a terrible situation and this guy just keeps going on and on and on without being stopped.”