England have long stuttered on the big stage and they last reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006, when Beckham was captain. Their only World Cup final was way back in 1966, when they beat Germany at Wembley.“I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham predicted at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.But the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups, warned that the road ahead looked hard for Gareth Southgate’s team.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Beckham’s assessment may also have been influenced by the struggles of some of the top teams in the early games, including Mexico’s defeat of defending champions Germany.Argentina, who could meet England in the semi-finals or final, drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first game as Messi, their talisman, missed a penalty.Improving Chinese football at the club and national level has been a priority for President Xi Jinping, who aims to make his country a global power in the sport.But it is a Herculean task for China, who have only ever qualified for one World Cup, in 2002 — when they exited without scoring a goal.Beckham said the world’s most populous country, currently 75th in the FIFA rankings, is heading in the right direction — but that there was still a long way to go.“This is where it starts, with universities, with young children — to educate the children to become professional and then become leaders in the game,” said Beckham, who played an exhibition game with Chinese youngsters.“In the future this country has a real opportunity to become one of the powerhouses in the sport, but this takes a lot of investment and hard work,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham played three World Cups with England. © AFP / FRED DUFOURBeijing, China, Jun 21 – Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions’ chances after a positive start in Russia.Beckham was speaking at a promotional event in China after England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, boosting their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.
Das Keyboard is one of the companies that popularized the modern mechanical keyboard for mainstream computer users, and now it’s taking to Kickstarter in hopes of being at the forefront of another shift. The Das Keyboard 5Q is billed as the world’s first cloud-connected keyboard, using smart RGB backlighting to relay information from online services.The Das Keyboard 5Q is a full size 104-key board with per-key RGB backlighting. A desktop application (the Q App) allows you to modify the lighting as you like. That’s been done by many other boards before, but the Q App also plugs into online services like IFTTT, eBay, and more. You can essentially turn the LEDs into notification lights for all your content. For example, new emails can flash on key a certain color, or an entire group of keys. The same goes for any other notification you can think of.Das is building an open API for the 5Q that will allow developers and users to add functionality without waiting for Das to do it for them. An in-developement website will serve as a hub for community-created features using the API. The volume knob on the 5Q is also a button that launches the Q App for easy configuration and review of your alerts. So, whatever you add to the keyboard, you can use the LED for general notifications and get more details in one press. As for the mechanical keyboard part of this project, Das has adopted a new type of tactile (non-clicky) switch called the Gamma Zulu. These switches are manufactured by Omron, the same company that makes Logitech’s Romer G. In fact, the Gamma Zulu looks exactly like the Romer G with an LED conduit down the center of the keycap, which makes for much brighter and more even backlighting.According to Das, the main difference between Romer G and Gamma Zulu is that its switches have a slightly larger travel distance. I don’t personally love the Romer G switches, but the short travel is one of my main issues with them. Also be aware these switches use non-standard keycap stems, so you won’t be able to replace them with other caps.The Das keyboard 5Q has already smashed through its $100,000 funding goal — it’s more than doubled that so far. The minimum you can pay to get a keyboard is $139. The final price will be $249 when the 5Q ships in January 2017.