UFC 250: Nunes vs Spencer — Start time, full fight card, how to watch or stream online – CNET

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Amanda Nunes, almost certainly the greatest female MMA competitor of all time.

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The UFC was one of the first sports in the US to re-open and it has no intention of stopping. UFC 250, its second PPV event post COVID-19, takes place this Saturday, June 6.

UFC 250 doesn't have a super compelling main event like UFC 249 did. Amanda Nunes is without doubt the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time, but few give her opponent, Felicia Spencer, a real chance of dethroning the current two-weight UFC champ. Spencer is a BJJ specialist with one helluva chin (she went the distance with a marauding Cris Cyborg) but in Nunes she's facing a cleaner, more efficient striker. And Nunes is also a BJJ black belt who can more than match Spencer should the fight go to the ground. Paths to victory seem limited to say the least.

Thankfully UFC 250 has a main card packed with a number of compelling fights, particularly in the UFC's stacked bantamweight division. You have the return of former champion (and notorious knockout artist) Cody Garbrandt facing off against perennial top 5 contender Raphael Assunção. You have Aljamain Sterling (who arguably should be fighting for the title) taking on Cory Sandhagen in another high stakes match-up. 

We also get to see star-in-the-making Sean O'Malley take on his first real test in veteran Eddie Wineland. 

UFC 250, for sure, is a card for hardcore fans of MMA. Here's the details...

How to watch UFC 250

This year the UFC entered a new partnership with ESPN. That's great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, but bad news for consumer choice. If you want to watch UFC live in the US especially.

In the US, if you're looking for how to watch UFC 250, you'll only find the fight night on PPV through ESPN Plus. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options to watch UFC on ESPN, according to ESPN's site.

  • Existing yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC fight for $65
  • Existing monthly ESPN Plus subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the ability to watch UFC PPV for $65 by itself.
  • New ESPN Plus subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will autorenew after one year, at the price of an ESPN Plus annual subscription at the time of autorenewal.

You can do all of the above at the link below.

MMA fans in the UK looking for how to watch UFC 250, will find it exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options to watch UFC live if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 250 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also stream online on the UFC website or watch UFC live online using its app to stream on your computer or smart TVs. You can even order UFC using your PlayStation 4 to watch the fight or stream using the UFC app on your Xbox One.

Start time

US

  • The main card starts at June 6 ,10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT)
  • The prelims start at June 6, 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)
  • The early prelims start at June 6, 6:15 p.m. ET (3.15 p.m. PT)

UK

  • The main card starts at June 7, 3 a.m. BST
  • The prelims start at June 7, 1 a.m. BST
  • The early prelims start at June 6, 11:15 p.m. BST

Australia

  • The main card starts at  June 7, 12 p.m. AEDT
  • The prelims start at June 7, 10 a.m. AEDT
  • The early prelims start at June 7, 8:15 a.m. AEDT

Fight Card

Main Card

  • Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Felicia Spencer 
  • Raphael Assunção vs. Cody Garbrandt
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Neil Magny vs. Anthony Rocco Martin
  • Eddie Wineland vs. Sean O'Malley

Prelims

  • Alex Caceres vs. Chase Hooper
  • Ian Heinisch vs. Gerald Meerschaert
  • Cody Stamann vs. Brian Kelleher
  • Charles Byrd vs. Maki Pitolo

Early Prelims (On UFC Fight Pass)

  • Jussier Formiga vs. Alex Perez
  • Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark

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Best Verizon phone for 2020 – CNET

Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 line remain top buying choices, but they're not the only phone companies that are releasing fantastic handsets of their own. The industry is innovating and evolving faster than ever, from 5G connectivity to foldable screens, and all of the competition benefits us.

Consumers now have excellent phones at a range of prices to choose from, and we did some digging to give you the straight talk on which phones actually deliver the goods. Read on to see which of these options will be the best Verizon phone for you, and check out our tips on how to buy a new phone.

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Starting at $700, the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model iPhone that Apple has ever made. Its cameras (both selfie camera and rear camera) get an excellent new Night Mode and an ultrawide-angle camera adds extra detail in photos. Video on this device is fantastic, too. Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

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The refined, feature-packed Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus closes the gap with rival phones, making it a great Verizon cell phone option. This top-of-the-line Android smartphone was made for people who want the best Android phone. This Galaxy Note has a killer 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, an all-day battery life and excellent camera tools. Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.

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The 2019 Pixel 3A shaves a few features off of last year's Pixel 3: This Verizon phone option is not water-resistant, doesn't have wireless charging, and it maxes out at 64GB of storage. But it adds a headphone jack and keeps the same amazing Night Sight camera that can shoot great photos in the dark. (Daytime photos look amazing, too.) It's because of its great value that this budget phone recently earned a CNET Editors' Choice. Read our Google Pixel 3A review.

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Though the Moto G7 Power doesn't have dual rear cameras like Motorola's current flagship the Moto G7, the G7 Power has a monster battery. Its 5,000mAh battery lasted 23 hours and 10 minutes in our tests, making it the longest-lasting smartphone we've tested this year so far. Read the Moto G7 Power review.

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As the most wallet-friendly Galaxy S10 phone, the Galaxy S10E has a lot to offer. It's a smaller smartphone, which is great for those looking for a small grip, it has a superfast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a lengthy battery life. It can also charge other phones and accessories through wireless charging. So much better than those flip phones of yesteryear, this is the best Verizon phone if you're on a budget and looking for something small. Read our Samsung Galaxy S10E review.

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The Moto Z4 launched in May without much fanfare, despite the fact that it's one of the few smartphones that can connect to the 5G network. It works with a Moto Mod modular accessory, which attaches to the back of the smartphone using magnetic pins. The phone is $500 and the Mod costs extra, but even with the additional costs, the Z4 is the cheapest 5G cell phone yet. Read our Motorola Moto Z4 review.

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Though it came out last year, the iPhone XR delivers many desirable iPhone features, including an excellent big screen in a comfortable body, fast performance, Face ID and wireless charging, as well as a great rear camera and selfie camera. It also has a long battery life, lasting a fantastic 19 hours and 53 minutes during our lab tests. This is the iPhone that won't break your budget. Read our Apple iPhone XR review.

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Watch The Lord of the Rings Zoom reunion with Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and more – CNET

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One Zoom to rule them all.

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As Zoom reunions go, this is the big one. Just about the entire cast of The Lord of the Rings gathered their Zoom screens together for a reunion nearly two decades after the end of the epic fantasy film trilogy.

Watch all 50 beautiful minutes below.

Pretty much everyone was there, including: Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sam Astin (Sam), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Sean Bean (Boromir), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Miranda Otto (Eowyn), Karl Urban (Eomer) and writers and director Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

This all came about thanks to Josh Gad, best known for voicing Frozen's Olaf and currently starring in Apple TV's Central Park. He's been taking it upon himself to bring the joy of nostalgia to those stuck at home in lockdown, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts.

First he reunited casts of movies and TV shows from the '70s and '80s, starting with The Goonies, then Back to the Future, then the film Splash starring Tom Hanks. Now, jumping to the early noughties, he's brought the One Zoom to rule them all.

Watch them all on his YouTube channel, where the series is aptly called Reunited Apart.

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Apple closes Apple stores across US amid widespread riots, looting – CNET

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The Apple Store in San Francisco's Union Square was closed on Sunday out of concern for safety during riots.

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Apple has reportedly temporarily closed many of its US retail stores as protests across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd  turn violent. The move, which affects stores across the US, is out concern for the safety of employees and customers as stores have been targeted by looters and vandalized, 95to5Mac reported Sunday.

"With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we've made the decision to keep a number of our stores in the US closed on Sunday," Apple said in a statement to 9to5Mac.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to US streets for five nights in a row to protest the death of Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of the police. Curfews had been enacted in at least 25 cities, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed after a police officer kneeled on his neck.

The closures come just five days after Apple announced plans to reopen more than 100 of its 271 US stores across 21 states that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Apple began shutting its stores throughout the West in the middle of March, as the coronavirus began spreading through cities in the US and Europe.

Apple didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Apple closes Apple stores across US amid widespread riots, looting – CNET

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The Apple Store in San Francisco's Union Square was closed on Sunday out of concern for safety during riots.

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Apple has reportedly temporarily closed many of its US retail stores as protests across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd  turn violent. The move, which affects stores across the US, is out concern for the safety of employees and customers as stores have been targeted by looters and vandalized, 95to5Mac reported Sunday.

"With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we've made the decision to keep a number of our stores in the US closed on Sunday," Apple said in a statement to 9to5Mac.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to US streets for five nights in a row to protest the death of Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of the police. Curfews had been enacted in at least 25 cities, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed after a police officer kneeled on his neck.

The closures come just five days after Apple announced plans to reopen more than 100 of its 271 US stores across 21 states that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Apple began shutting its stores throughout the West in the middle of March, as the coronavirus began spreading through cities in the US and Europe.

Apple didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Get the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox STEM toy — perfect for kids and parents — for $128 – CNET

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Whenever I encounter a great deal on a Lego kit, I wonder if it's more for the parents or the kids. I know that as my own kids grew up, I was often just as obsessed with Legos as they were. And when you combine motors, sensors, Bluetooth and simple drag-and-drop visual programming, you've got the recipe for the world's best STEM toy for kids and parents alike. The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 is a programmable 840-piece kit that regularly sells for $160. Right now, you can get the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 for $128 at Best Buy.

The box is marked for ages 7 to 12, but let's be real: I'd play with this kit in a heartbeat, and I am several times that max age. It follows the build-code-play philosophy of many STEM toys; you can build a Lego creation using the motor and sensors (it includes a color sensor and a distance sensor) and then program it using the mobile app for your phone or tablet. The set includes a slew of games and interactive activities that challenge your kid's logic and coding skills.

Central to the Boost system is the Move Hub, a device that acts like the brain of whatever you create. It has Bluetooth for connectivity to your phone as well as motors, lights, and a tilt sensor. You can build literally anything you can imagine, or start out with the MTR4 (the Multi-Tooled Rover 4) by following the kit's instructions -- and then customize it as you see fit. 

I don't know how long this deal will last, but probably not long. It's full price at Target and the official Lego site, and only available from third parties at Amazon. Grab it while you can. And if you want to learn more, you can read CNET's review of the Lego Boost system

This article was published earlier in the week. 

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The Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad is back on sale for $100 – CNET

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The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is a great iPad companion, and much more palatable at $99.

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Can an iPad take the place of a laptop? Not without a keyboard, no. And ideally you want one that takes advantage of newer iPads' Smart Connector, which eliminates the need for Bluetooth pairing and keyboard charging. Presto: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad for $99. Regular price: $160. It's matched at Amazon if you prefer to buy there.

This version of Apple's keyboard is compatible with three current-generation models: The iPad 10.2, iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Air. It doubles as an iPad cover, offering both front and back protection. When you flip it open for keyboard duty, it can prop the iPad at two different viewing angles. Here's CNET's Apple Smart Keyboard Folio preview from last year if you want to learn more. 

There are, of course, lots of other iPad-compatible keyboards. For example, this Bluetooth iPad keyboard case features backlit keys and sells for just $39. It's compatible with the same three iPad models as Apple's keyboard.

Still, if you like the idea of Apple's made-for-iPad keyboard but not the price, here's your chance to score it at a considerable savings.

Originally published last year. Updated to reflect new sale price and availability.

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Hear TV dialog the way it was meant to be heard with the Zvox soundbar, on sale for $140 – CNET

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Please don't go for the easy joke -- yes, I know that my ears are getting older. But that's beside the point. The speakers built into modern TVs are terrible and do a lousy job of reproducing dialog. Compound that problem with the fact that many modern TV shows go for a more realistic approach to sound design, which means actors intentionally mumble their way through pivotal scenes. One solution is to turn on subtitles. Or you can, like Cheapskate Rick keeps suggesting, get a soundbar. A soundbar like the Zvox AccuVoice AV157 dramatically improves your TV's audio, and in particular is designed to enhance dialog. Right now, you can get the $300 Zvox AccuVoice AV157 speaker for $140 -- that's 53% off.

That's quite a deal. First of all, let me point out that this is a higher-end model than the AV155 which Rick recently tried out and lauded. While the AV155 has six different levels of dialogue enhancement, this AV157 has 12 levels. You can precisely dial in exactly how much audio boost you need for the center channel dialog.

There's also a feature called Output Leveling, which prevents big spikes in volume (like when commercials come on or there's a noisy action scene). That's almost worth the price of admission all on its own, because it prevents bumbling around for the remote to raise and lower volume like you're on some sort of audio roller coaster.

The AccuVoice soundbar features three full-range speakers (center channel as well as left and right) in a frame that's 17 inches long and 3 inches high. It works with Alexa, automatically turning down the TV volume whenever you ask it a question. And it supports Dolby Digital decoding as well.

This deal should be available now through June 1, or while supplies last. 

This article was previously published. 

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Snag the AirPods Pro for $220 at Woot – CNET

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Grab 'em while they're hot, folks: Woot is currently selling the AirPods Pro headphones for $225, or just $220 for Amazon Prime members. Even better, these are factory fresh, not used or refurbished models. That $220 price tag matches the best rate we've seen for the noise-canceling true wireless models that were first introduced last year. They're currently running $228 at Amazon, and -- as always -- pegged at their full price of $249 at the Apple Store, so this is a discount of up to $29.

You can dig into our full AirPods Pro review for the details, but suffice it to say that the Pro is a top-notch headphone that's sweatproof, supports wireless charging and pairs seamlessly with Apple devices. 

The sale is slated to run all day Sunday or "until sold out" -- we'd bet the latter happens sooner rather than later. 

Check out our top headphone picks for Father's Day for more gift ideas, too.

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Snag the AirPods Pro for $220 at Woot – CNET

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Sarah Tew/CNET

Grab 'em while they're hot, folks: Woot is currently selling the AirPods Pro headphones for $225, or just $220 for Amazon Prime members. Even better, these are factory fresh, not used or refurbished models. That $220 price tag matches the best rate we've seen for the noise-canceling true wireless models that were first introduced last year. They're currently running $228 at Amazon, and -- as always -- pegged at their full price of $249 at the Apple Store, so this is a discount of up to $29.

You can dig into our full AirPods Pro review for the details, but suffice it to say that the Pro is a top-notch headphone that's sweatproof, supports wireless charging and pairs seamlessly with Apple devices. 

The sale is slated to run all day Sunday or "until sold out" -- we'd bet the latter happens sooner rather than later. 

Check out our top headphone picks for Father's Day for more gift ideas, too.

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