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  1. Is everyone ready for the most important hashtag that has ever existed on Twitter? For a couple of days now, #FinePeopleFromIndia has been trending, and after looking at the beautiful people in the hashtag, we know why this is the best hashtag ever, and how it is still going so strong. And, just a fair warning, please don't come out and say this is narcissism, because this is simply self-love, and no one has the right to tell people to not love themselves. Desis are gorgeous, and here we have proof. Different, but great in all. #FinePeopleFromIndia ð®ð³ smh i look different in all of them ðð pic.twitter.com/OrZGwFxyA6 — Simran (@sc_x_cs) March 12, 2018 Yes, they do. Because hijab-wearing Indian women matter #FinePeopleFromIndia pic.twitter.com/zAWIAFcH8R — sumaiya • सà¥à¤®à¥à¤¯à¤¾ (@sumi4prez) March 13, 2018 Life motto – why not. #FinePeopleFromIndia bcus y not u knowð¤·ð½‍âï¸ pic.twitter.com/HPlnTHKRLb — TAEðº (@tajalpatel) March 12, 2018 And, this is how we get world peace. Gotta rep both of the parents.#FinePeopleFromPakistan ðµð°#FinePeopleFromIndia ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/OpeaYHim9V — Gyals Not Hot ð (@svnsetmami) March 13, 2018 Yes, we're seeing. #FinePeopleFromIndia ð¤ let's see pic.twitter.com/49LaDVKMw6 — Nehað° (@NangNeha) March 12, 2018 Exactly. #FinePeopleFromIndia One more reason to post pictures ob twitter! ð#MyPicsOnTwitter pic.twitter.com/xXcxLpE5XA — Pirated Daactarni (@MonoChronica) March 13, 2018 That hair, tho. It's ya fav curly haired Indian boy #FinePeopleFromIndia pic.twitter.com/HkJ7dILOOr — ARJUN (@arjunflacko) March 13, 2018 Yes, you're famous now. #FinePeopleFromIndia Make me famous please pic.twitter.com/ChPnsEheGm — Henrikh Aubameyang (@fahim_shaikh_) March 13, 2018 Best of both worlds, indeed. Best of both worlds ð⨠#FinePeopleFromAfghanistan #FinePeopleFromIndia pic.twitter.com/vIP3MwMjYN — ð» (@sahara_yar) March 12, 2018 Yes, obviously. #FinePeopleFromIndia ð®ð³ had to rep for all the brown boyss pic.twitter.com/FyvwXvfUcL — Shanks ⨠(@shankar1229) March 12, 2018 Not late at all. kinda late but aint that the point? #FinePeopleFromIndia ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/BTxVrCzsHv — system.out.println('and they were roommates'); (@LegendOfAkay) March 13, 2018 No problem. What if I'm both? #FinePeopleFromIndia #FinePeopleFromSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/ochLKIaAcY — pavliacci (@paviasidhu) March 14, 2018 Yes please, join in. #FinePeopleFromIndia I'm hopping on feel me pic.twitter.com/zuXn1jl8dt — Shikha HK (@shikha_422) March 14, 2018 Are the best? #FinePeoplefromindiað®ð³ Indian girlssss ð𤤠pic.twitter.com/QRykl8HcLW — Lana ⨠(@pwincessxlana) March 12, 2018 Poppin' Let's get it poppin #FinePeopleFromIndia ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/vGU9xbfU2q — 951 (@JITXA) March 12, 2018 Why not, indeed. Why not? #FinePeopleFromIndia pic.twitter.com/dtzkbyUOVr — _urmx (@Urmi396) March 12, 2018 Bow down to the queen. The queen herself ð¤¤ð#FinePeopleFromIndia pic.twitter.com/92alTVwmaS — Sab ð¥ (@_Sab98_) March 15, 2018 Me, right now. Ugly people from India looking at #FinePeopleFromIndia hashtag like pic.twitter.com/Kwgp3hGp6Q — Zinq (@Optimum_Crime) March 12, 2018 The second best. #FinePeopleFromIndia (Bachelor edition) pic.twitter.com/oXX87a242m — Ocean Sharma (@oceansharma) March 13, 2018 The best. #FinePeopleFromIndia. @pakalupapito miss you bro. pic.twitter.com/WJ63VtayqV — IamRayaan ð¸ð¦ð®ð³ (@IamRayaaan) March 12, 2018
  2. Photo: Reuters A new plastic tax could see a levy slapped on disposable coffee cups, chewing gum and throwaway burger trays in Britain. The British government will consult on how the tax system can be used to change consumers? behaviour on plastic use, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Tuesday. He said the ?call for evidence? would look at the whole supply chain for single use plastics, at alternative materials, re-usable options and re-cycling opportunities. ?It will look at how the tax system can help drive the technological progress and behavioural change that we need, not as a way of raising revenue but as a way of changing behaviour and encouraging innovation,? Hammond said during his spring statement to parliament. He said the government would commit to investing to develop new, greener, products and processes, funded from any revenue raised. Hammond?s statement echoed his budget speech last November when he said the government would investigate how the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items could reduce waste. Takeaway boxes, disposable cups, plastic wrap, chewing gum and cigarette filters are some of the plastics that the government is consulting on, Yahoo.com reported. The government said it would consider a ?latte levy? of 25p on the millions of disposable coffee cups used each year, ?alongside other options?. A 5p charge on takeaway burger containers has also been mentioned, according to Yahoo.com. Chewing gum, which is made of synthetic rubber, could also be taxed. A Treasury spokesperson said it was seeking views from everyone and nothing was being ?ruled in or out? as part of the call for evidence, Financial Times reported. The damage caused by plastic, which is extremely durable, has garnered significant global attention. Around 12 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year.
  3. It has been widely rumoured that new iPhone models may be unveiled later this year at WWDC and there is a high chance it would be the new iteration of the iPhone SE. However, a new report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News suggests that the only new devices that will be announced at Apple's annual event will be new iPads. © Twitter The reports further suggest that Apple is expected to launch an updated version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a brand new 11-inch iPad Pro at WWDC 2018. Sources have detailed that the new tablets are supposed to have thinner bezels and feature the A11X processor just like the iPhone X. In fact, it will be very similar to Apple's current flagship device and will also support Face ID. This could mean that the home button will be removed from the tablet as well. The main premise of the report appears to be that Apple will not announce a new iPhone WWDC this year and sources believe that Apple will announce the smartphone in the second half of the year. © Twitter_iDrop News It is worth noting that a new affordable iPhone cannot be completely ruled out and it is expected to have same design updates as the iPhone X. However, KGO securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cast doubt over the iPhone SE revival as it would cost a lot of money and resources to bring back the affordable device. © Apple This can be further corroborated as other reports have suggested Apple is working on two new OLED iPhone models alongside a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model. It is highly unlikely that a fourth phone would be launched by Apple as it would cause confusion amongst their customers and may also affect sales of more expensive models.
  4. Persistent, low-level exposure to lead over decades is statistically linked to some 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year, far more than previously thought. Photo: file PARIS: Persistent, low-level exposure to lead over decades is statistically linked to some 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year, far more than previously thought, researchers said Monday. Compared to people with little or no lead in their blood, those with high levels -- at least 6.7 milligrammes per decilitre (mg/dl) -- were 37 percent more likely to die early, according to a new study in The Lancet Public Health, a leading medical journal. The risk of succumbing to coronary heart disease doubled in such cases, the study found. "Low levels of lead exposure are important, but largely ignored, risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease," mainly heart attacks and strokes, said lead author Bruce Lanphear, a professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada. The new research challenges "the assumption that specific toxicants -- like lead -- have ´safe levels´," he said in a statement. Lanphear and his team reviewed two decades of health data for more than 14,000 adults in the US, covering the period 1990-2011. The participants all had blood tests at the outset to measure past and current exposure to lead, as well as a urine test for the metal cadmium. People can be exposed to lead via fuel, paint, and plumbing, as well as around smelting sites or by handling lead batteries. Lead contamination can also occur in drinking water, as well as foods stored in lead-tainted containers. Safety regulations have significantly reduced the risk of lead exposure in recent decades, especially in developed countries, but the heavy metal can persist in the body for many years. Lead was undetectable in the blood of nearly one in 10 of the volunteers tested. At the other extreme, a fifth were found to have at least five mg/dl of lead flowing through their veins. The largest lead concentrations found in the study were 10 times higher. Lead-laden jet fuels Overall, 18 percent of US participants who died from all causes during the period reviewed were found to have more than one mg/dl of lead in their blood. The study concluded that nearly 30 percent of all deaths due to cardiovascular disease -- basically, heart attacks and strokes -- "could be attributable to lead exposure". "Lead represents a leading cause of disease and death, and it is important to continue our efforts to reduce environmental lead exposure," Lanphear said. The researchers called for more aggressive measures to retire contaminated housing, phase out lead-laden jet fuels, replace lead pipes in plumbing, and reduce emissions from smelters and lead battery factories. "Lead has toxic effects on multiple organ systems and relatively low levels of exposure previously thought to be safe," Philip Landrigan, a professor at New York´s Icahn School of Medicine, said in a comment, also in The Lancet Public Health. "A key conclusion to be drawn from this analysis is that lead has a much greater impact on cardiovascular mortality than previously recognised." The authors controlled for other factors that might contribute to cardiovascular disease, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet and lack of exercise. They were not, however, able to factor out the possible impact of exposure to arsenic or air pollution.
  5. The next generation of AirPods is currently under development at Cupertino and it may feature an upgrade that is common in high-end wireless earbuds. A recent report by analysts from Barclays claims that Apple is looking to include noise-cancelling capabilities and water resistance to the wireless earbuds. It was previously reported by Bloomberg that a new version of the AirPods will also feature hands-free Siri integration as users will be able to launch the voice assistant by simply calling out “Hey Siri”. Apple's AirPods uses a custom chip on Apple's devices for faster and better Bluetooth connectivity. © MensXP The original AirPods were announced in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and has been deemed successful in terms of sales. The wireless earbuds were launched in lieu of Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack to make room for other components. Analysts estimate that at least 85 percent of the global wireless headphones market sales is accounted for AirPods and the numbers are expected to grow in the coming future. © MensXP Apple announced a new charging case for the AirPods during the launch of iPhone X and is capable of charging the wireless earbuds wirelessly. More information should be available once Apple officially launched its own wireless charging solution i.e. AirPower. Apple is also rumoured to be working on a premium wireless earbuds which would have over-the-ear design and would have high-grade audio drivers for better audio quality. It would be interesting to see how Apple would perform in the premium earphone space and we expect to know more about it later this year. Source: 9to5mac
  6. If you ever wanted to know how people multi-task, read this story and you will know what I am talking about. Well, I am not giving away any life hacks or tips; I am talking about myself because as I write this story, I am packing my bags to move to China. Why? Because China seems to have a secret fountain of youth or a magic pill hidden somewhere, which stops your ageing and lets you look the same, no matter how old you grow. Plus, the country seems to have such great work culture that people end up staying in the same place for not months or some years, but decades. CCTV We are not exaggerating, guys. We are talking about China's 'ageless goddess', 44-year-old Yang Dan, who has been a weather reporter for the state broadcaster CCTV for 22 years now. The weather might have drastically changed in the past 22 years, but their weather girl still looks the same and can easily pass off as a regular 20-year-old on her 1st day at work. CCTV For those who think it's not that big a deal? Let's break it down like this. She started her job as a broadcaster in 1996, some of us weren't even born by that time, few of her us were crawling on the floor. The concept of smartphones and internet was still alien to us. In fact, forget smartphones, we were using mobile phones that probably weighed more than a dumbbell. CCTV American President Donald Trump was still a businessman and completely unaware of the fact that he will rule a country someday. The first installment of 'Mission: Impossible' was also released that year. While, we have come a long way from that time and Yang Dan has witnessed it all, she seems to have accidently pressed the button that stops one's ageing. CCTV Internet is clearly left baffled after they came to know about her and we can understand why. It all started when a video of Yang Dan went viral. It was shared on International Women's Day with the caption, “Many web users have grown up watching her show. They marveled why they have grown older but she hasn't. What's more? It appears she is younger and younger.” The video was a timeline of her 22 years of work. In fact, many are now contemplating whether they recorded all her videos in the same day again? Or she is a time traveller or a vampire? CCTV No matter how strict a diet plan or health regime you follow to be in the best shape, there's no way you can look like the way you did 20 years back. Thanks to this, we can easily dodge our old annoying classmates, whom we never want to meet again. CCTV But, in Yang Dan's case, even a random stranger will know it's her, no matter which yearbook's picture he refers to. In fact, she looks younger that she did two decades ago. Yang was reportedly born in November 1973 and graduated from the Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 1995. Who knows someone else might talk about the 'ageless goddess' 20 years from now and how she hasn't changed at all. Now you all can go back to counting your grey hair and plucking them out.
  7. The iPhone X was a big experiment for Apple and one that came with a few features that weren't received well. The biggest of those was the $1,000 price tag, but the unsightly notch at the top of the display ended up looking like a design oversight. According to the report, Apple will dump the "notch" that is used to house the 3D sensor and camera module at the top of the display and move to a full-screen design where the components are embedded into the display. © MensXP The parts of the bezel protrusion are called Romeo and Juliet because they have to be paired together for the system to be in place and function correctly. 'Romeo' throws 30,000 near-infrared beams on the face and 'Juliet' collects these beams based on an algorithm that Apple developed. The report says “Apple decided to get rid of notch design starting from 2019 models and is having discussions with relevant companies.” said an industry representative. “It seems that Apple is planning to implement full-screen that is more complete in its new iPhones.” © Wired Apple may have already figured out how to do that, or at least include these components without requiring a notch while retaining the all-important 'Face ID'. The report also speculates that Apple is trying an alternative of embedding the Face ID in the display instead of an annoying notch. ”Suppliers are interested in how Apple will be able to place receiver, front-camera, and Face ID feature and implement full-screen at the same time. Some display industries think that Apple will either drill holes into OLED panels or use BM (Black Matrix) area within displays,” mentioned in the report. Apple's biggest contender Samsung already has a patent for drilling holes in the display while Apple also does have patents for the same. As always the case with Apple-related news, we won't have anything confirmed by Apple until launch day. However, in recent years the details flooding out in the run-up to a new iPhone launch often turn out to be correct. Source: ETNews
  8. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets Saudi Arabia´s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace. -AFP LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May defended Britain's links to defence and security ally Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Britain's Queen Elizabeth for lunch at the start of a high profile visit to London. A fiery exchange in parliament between May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn underlined tension in Britain over Prince Mohammed's trip, which is aimed at building a broader economic partnership between the two countries, but has sparked protests about human rights and war in Yemen. "The link that we have with Saudi Arabia is historic, it is an important one, and it has saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country," May said, pausing her answer briefly as opposition lawmakers cried "Shame!". The debate took place as Prince Mohammed lunched with the British monarch on the first leg of trip packed with displays of diplomatic affection designed to help the widen longstanding defence ties into a more far-reaching partnership. Both countries sense an opportunity to broaden their existing relationship: Britain is looking for trading partners as it exits the European Union, and Saudi Arabia needs to convince sceptical investors about its domestic reforms. But when Prince Mohammed meets May later on Wednesday, demonstrators will be outside protesting against both countries' roles in Yemen where war has killed an estimated 10,000 people and where 8.3 million people depend on food aid and 400,000 children have life-threatening levels of malnutrition. Corbyn said British military advisers based in Saudia Arabia were "directing the war" in Yemen and that the government was colluding in events which showed signs of being war crimes. May´s spokesman said the comments were "strange" and he would look into them. Strategic partnership Foreign minister Boris Johnson led the welcoming party for Prince Mohammed on his arrival late on Tuesday. Wednesday's first official engagement was a trip to Buckingham Palace to see Queen Elizabeth - a rare honour usually reserved for heads of state. The Saudi delegation will meet May and senior ministers inside May's Downing Street offices to launch a UK-Saudi "Strategic Partnership Council" - an initiative to encourage Saudi Arabia's economic reforms and foster cooperation on issues such as education and culture, as well as defence and security. Britain is vying to land the stock market listing of state oil firm Saudi Aramco, but no decision is expected this week. "We would like the Aramco share option to be issued in the United Kingdom and we will continue to suggest the City would be the best place for it," junior foreign office minister Alistair Burt told parliament. Later this month Prince Mohammed visits the United States, which also wants the lucrative listing, although sources said both countries may miss out. British officials were privately delighted at the decision by Prince Mohammed, 32, to choose Britain as the major western destination on his first foreign trip since becoming heir to the Saudi throne last year. The British government is keen to develop a two-way trade and investment relationship, eyeing both an expanded market in Saudi Arabia for service sector exports, and attracting Saudi cash to finance domestic projects. Saudi's ambitious heir wants to show that "shock" reforms have made his country a better place to invest and a more tolerant society. Photographs posted online showed London taxis displaying advertising graphics welcoming Prince Mohammed, and electronic billboards promoted pro-Saudi messages with the hashtag #anewsaudiarabia. Business deals are possible with British defence group BAE Systems and European weapons maker MBDA, and initial agreements could be concluded on gas exploration, petrochemicals and other industries, according to British and Saudi sources. Royal treatment The three-day visit will include a second Royal audience - dinner with Prince Charles and Prince William - a briefing with national security officials, and a prestigious visit to the prime minister´s country residence. May intends to use the private dinner at Chequers on Thursday, a 16th-century manor house 40 miles (60 km) northwest of London, to bring up concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, her spokesman said. A Saudi-led military coalition is fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen, generating what the United Nation said in January was the world´s worst humanitarian crisis. Protesters are planning to target the Saudi officials over Yemen and other human rights issues, and Britain for licensing 4.6 billion pounds of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia since 2015. May said all arms sales were strictly regulated, that Saudi Arabia's involvement in the conflict was backed by the UN Security Council and her government supported it. Speaking to reporters in London on Monday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said his country had failed to effectively communicate the reasons behind its involvement in Yemen, but that they had not chosen to start the war. Buses have spent two days touring London with banners accusing Prince Mohammed of war crimes, with more planned for Wednesday before the main rally, and parliament called an urgent debate on the visit. "There will be widespread concern across parties at the fact that the dictatorial head of a medieval, theocratic regime is being given the red carpet equivalent of a state visit," said Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party.
  9. The Apple MacBook Air has been immensely popular among all other MacBook models, and the company is said to be working on a newer MacBook Air model that will be priced cheaper than its predecessor. According to a report by 9to5Mac, citing KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch a 13-inch MacBook Air model with a 'lower price tag' in the second quarter of this year. Apple will host the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June this year, where it is expected to announce the launch. It's been ten years since Apple first released the MacBook Air and many believe a redesign is long overdue. At the time, it was dubbed the 'world's thinnest laptop,' with Jobs boasting that it was so slim that it could fit into a manila envelope. © Reuters While Apple managed to successfully discontinue the 11-inch MacBook Air in 2016, the 13-inch variant has remained on the shelves, albeit without any major upgrades or even visual changes. The focus has been on the 12-inch MacBook, which should have been the obvious successor, but with prices starting at 1,00,000 rupees, it is just too expensive. Interestingly, some reports recently pointed out that Apple may discontinue the MacBook Air line this year, however, contrarily the MacBook Air has so far garnered good sales. With this kind of product, Apple could target lower-income users, starting with students, who often look to alternative options running Windows 10 or even Chrome OS. So, rather than abandoning the Air, as some may have expected, Apple could be set to prolong the lifespan of this product. © Reuters We also heard at the end of January that Apple would fit its new computers with custom processors; Bloomberg noted at the time that at least two laptops were slated to get those chips. The company has previously designed processors in-house for things like image processing, security and handling Touch Bar duties. Source: 9to5Mac
  10. Netanyahu and Trump in the Oval Office on March 5, 2018. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday he might travel to Israel for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united front against Iran in White House talks. Trump?s decision for the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy there from Tel Aviv reversed decades of US policy, aggravated Arab allies and has complicated his administration?s attempt to revive long-stalled Middle East peace talks. Trump, with Netanyahu at his side in the Oval Office, said he was considering making what would be his second visit to Jerusalem as president. The opening of the US embassy is planned for May. ?We?re looking at coming,? Trump said. ?If I can, I will.? Mired in corruption investigations threatening his political survival, Netanyahu ? questioned at his home by police on Friday ? stepped into a different spotlight during his five-day US visit. Trump?s push to change or scrap Iran?s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and concerns over Tehran?s foothold in Syria topped the agenda of his talks with Netanyahu, US and Israeli officials said. Both leaders have long railed against the deal, citing its limited duration and the fact it does not cover Iran?s ballistic missile programme or its support for anti-Israel elements in the region. ?If I had to say what is our greatest challenge in the Middle East to both our countries, to our Arab neighbours, it?s encapsulated in one word: Iran,? Netanyahu said. ?Iran must be stopped. That is our common challenge.? Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement unless European allies help ?fix? it with a follow-up accord. The White House said in a statement that Trump ?underscored his goal of countering Iran?s malign influence.? Netanyahu told Israeli reporters that Iran had been a big focus of talks, which he said ran an hour longer than scheduled. Israel has accused Tehran of seeking a permanent military presence in Syria, where Iranian-backed forces support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war. US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (right) welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second left) and Mrs Netanyahu (left) at the White House in Washington, US, March 5, 2018. Photo: Reuters Netanyahu, whose relationship with Trump has been among the closest of any world leader, has also cautioned that Israel could act against Iran itself after an Iranian drone flew into Israel last month and an Israeli warplane was shot down while bombing air defences in Syria. He has accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon, amid tensions along that border. The talks also touched on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinians, Netanyahu said, while the White House said Trump had ?emphasised his commitment to achieving a lasting peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, angered by Trump?s Jerusalem move, has refused to engage with the United States on Middle East peace, prompting Trump to delay the rollout of peace proposals. Participating in the talks was Trump?s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been on the defensive amid investigations into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Some analysts believe Kushner?s ability to run the Middle East initiative has been handicapped by his loss of access to certain valued US intelligence because of a White House clampdown on access to such secrets for those without full security clearance. The White House said the downgrade of Kushner?s security clearance did not affect the role he played in the meeting. A US official speaking ahead of Netanyahu?s second visit to the Trump White House characterised it as a ?routine check-in.? For Netanyahu, however, the Oval Office meeting offered a respite from his legal troubles. Netanyahu, who will speak to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC on Tuesday, awaits a decision by Israel?s attorney general on whether to indict him, as police have recommended in two bribery cases. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.
  11. LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May called on homebuilders on Monday to ?do their duty? and build new houses more quickly to meet demand, launching a draft policy on planning laws to try to ease Britain?s housing shortage. May has made tackling the long-term housing shortage one of her top priorities as she looks to show voters that her government is capable of delivering domestic reforms at the same time as negotiating the country?s exit from the European Union. It is also a chance for May, weakened after losing her party?s majority at last year?s election and under pressure from warring factions over Brexit, to get back to her original promise to build a country ?that works for everyone?. But successive British governments have failed to meet homebuilding targets, contributing to a steep rise in prices that has left many young Britons unable to afford a property and which has driven up rental prices. May took aim at property developers, saying their bonus structures prioritise profit over the construction of affordable homes, and warned that failure to build on approved sites could affect future decisions to award new planning permission. ?I expect developers to do their duty to Britain and build the homes our country needs,? May told an audience of industry leaders in London.?I want to see planning permissions going to people who are actually going to build houses, not just sit on land and watch its value rise.? The British Chambers of Commerce, which represents thousands of businesses, said firms would welcome the measures to increase house building, but added:?Planning revolutions have often been promised, but usually turn out to be a false dawn.? The planning reform will also look at ways local authorities can fast-track developments without eating into protected green spaces, and give nurses, teachers, and other key workers priority access to affordable housing. The plans will be subject to an eight-week consultation, with the final version due to be published in the summer. ?The picture we see today is the result of many failures by many people over many years,? May said.?Fixing it won?t happen overnight. But the size of the challenge is matched only by the strength of my ambition to tackle it.?
  12. If you bought smartphones at some point in the mid 2000s, you will definitely remember one of the most iconic phones ever released by Motorola. The Motorola RAZR was not as technologically advanced as other offerings from competitors, albeit it did have a very sexy design and form factor. © Reuters At the time, the design was revolutionary and garnered a loyal following simply because it was orgasmic to use the flip feature to make and cut calls. As it is becoming a common practice for companies to revive old iconic phones, there is a chance that Motorola may follow suit with their own RAZR phone. © Reuters Flip phones are still a thing in South Korea and China and it looks like the world may get a taste of it as well. HMD Global has already unleashed the Nokia 3310 and now the 8110 to the world, and we feel that Motorola may do the same with the RAZR phone. Having said that, the phone is going to be different from the original device as it will need to have a modern spin on it. Last year, Lenovo (parent company of Motorola) hinted at the possibility of releasing a new iteration of the RAZR, however, it was never confirmed. © YouTube We can speculate that foldable smartphones are going to be a thing in 2018/2019 and we can expect the RAZR to adopt a similar design. Smartphones with a foldable display are already in the works by companies like Samsung and it may not be too far-fetched to expect a RAZR smartphone with a similar design. © YouTube Motorola CEO Yang Yuanqing spoke to our sister website TechRadar (https://www.techradar.com/news/motorola-ceo-just-dropped-a-major-hint-at-a-razr-return-complete-with-foldable-screen) and said, "With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design,” "So hopefully what you just described [the Motorola Razr brand] will be developed or realized very soon". Having said that, Motorola may face another obstacle in regards to engineering and the design of the phone. The original RAZR was extremely sleek and slim, which made it famous in the first place. A foldable smartphone may not be able to completely lay out flat like the original and we can expect it to be a bit thicker. Source: TechRadar
  13. A new sketchy leak has emerged on the interwebs, first spotted by IThome, that shows us our first look of the upcoming OnePlus 6. A photo was shared on Chinese social media website Weibo which has since been deleted. The image depicted what the upcoming OnePlus 6 is going to look like. © Weibo Ever since the iPhone X launched, more and more Chinese OEMs have been copying the design and it seems like OnePlus is not going to be left behind. If this picture is legit, OnePlus will have a few design changes for their flagship killer in 2018. OnePlus, like everyone else will look to adopt a screen that has fewer bezels and the inclusion of the notch will give the smartphone even more real estate to work with. OnePlus 5/5T took inspiration from the iPhone 7 Plus' design and implemented a horizontal dual camera setup. If this image is to be believed, OnePlus has rearranged the dual camera setup and the fingerprint sensor to look more like the Galaxy S9+. © Weibo Other reports have suggested that the OnePlus 6 will come with top of the line specifications such as 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and Android Oreo out of the box. OnePlus is also expected to incorporate Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 SoC. No other information about the smartphone has been made public and we expect to find more information closer to the launch date. Of course, since the publisher of the image is now unknown, this leak could be a fake or one of the prototypes OnePlus is currently working on. It is very well known that OnePlus 5 went through several design changes before the final product was launched in 2017. We expect the new device to launch in the coming months, so until then, keep an eye on our technology section for more OnePlus news. Header image for representation purposes only. Source: ITHome
  14. Just a day before MWC starts, Samsung has officially announced its 2018 flagship duo, the Galaxy S9, and S9 Plus. (c) Twitter/TechCrunch The display department hasn't changed a lot. The S9 and S9 Plus mount a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED panels from Samsung. The aspect ratio stands at 18.5:9 in a taller form factor. The US and China are getting a 10nm based Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor while the other markets will be powered by Samsung's proprietary Exynos 9810 CPU. And this is where the similarities between the two phones end. Following Apple, Samsung is packing the Plus model with more bells and whistles. The RAM got a usual upgrade to 6GB compared to 4GB of Galaxy S8. The storage also gets doubled at 128GB for Galaxy S9 Plus. Thankfully, Samsung is still keeping a micro-SD slot and a headphone jack. (c) Twitter/Verge The S9 features single lens 12MP rear camera with a variable aperture at f/1.5 and f/2.4. The f/1.5 aperture kicks in dark situations and helps to gather more light to improve the image quality. The f/2.4 shows off its advantage in daylight conditions and reduce the over-sharpening of images often done by a wide aperture. The single LED flash and OIS are there as well. The bigger brother comes with dual camera setup and the primary camera works similar to Galaxy S9's 12MP snapper while the secondary camera features a telephoto lens. The functionality is same as Note 8 with Live focus mode that adds fake blur in the background and let you adjust the blur after the image is saved. Both the lens are OIS equipped too. The addition of new and powerful chipset has added the support for 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The video camera is also capable to shoot what Samsung calls Super Slow-Motion film at 720p@960fps. (c) Youtube/Verge The selfie shooter stands at the 8MP resolution and this time Samsung has added portrait mode too. The company has also packed their version of AR emojis. Unlike Apple, Samsung will make a similar avatar of your face using the front camera and the users can use it to make a gif and animated videos and unlike Apple, these are shareable to major social platforms. For the first time, Samsung has implemented stereo speakers that are specially tuned by AKG. The microphone at the top and the bottom speakers work simultaneously to deliver the best possible sound experience. And don't worry, the headphone jack is here to stay! The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery respectively. Unfortunately, Samsung is still stuck with adaptive fast charging based on Quick Charge 2.0. (c) Youtube/Verge The fingerprint scanner is now moved to below camera, making it more accessible than ever. The iris scanner and Android Face Unlock will work together to provide better security and an instant response time. The S9 series runs on Android Oreo 8.0.0 with Samsung Experience 9.5 on top. The two devices will retail for $600 and $700 respectively (Approx INR and INR xxx). There is no word as to when the two devices will be available in India however we will keep you updated as soon as we have the information.
  15. It is not yet known whether the Mi Mix 2S is going to be announced officially at MWC this year. However, countless leaks have already pointed towards details that we already know. The Mi Mix 2S is said to sport Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 processor and there's something else. A leaked video suggests that Xiaomi's high-end smartphone will use gestures to navigate exactly like how it works on the iPhone X. Originally spotted by weico.cc and later posted by OnPhones on YouTube, the video shows that the phone does not feature a home button and has a near bezel-less display. © Youtube In order to navigate, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch the must-tasking app switcher. The gesture has been directly lifted from the iPhone X and if the video is authentic, it means Xiaomi may not adopt the fingerprint sensor from the Mi Mix 2. Other leaks have also suggested that Xiaomi's latest device may feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, further solidifying the rumour of the fingerprint scanner being absent. The smartphone is expected to launch at MWC 2018 and according to rumours, it will be the first smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and is expected to have a 3400 mAh battery, 8GB RAM, a dual camera setup and 256GB internal storage. © Weibo An official banner had also surfaced on Weibo that shows the design of the smartphone. From the banner we can gather that the device has a very high screen-to-body ratio and also sports a notch just like the iPhone X. Xiaomi has not sent any invites for the keynote that is expected to take place at MWC. However, we will keep you updated as soon as we know more details about the smartphone.
  16. The official Sony Xperia account on Twitter is teasing an upcoming announcement at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and while that's not a huge surprise, the hardware itself may be. The teaser is a bit vague but presumably, it will have something to do with the company's upcoming phone. A stretching bow of sinuous waves flows down from the top of the screen, onto an outstretched hand, indicating two things, either a curved display or a more perfectly balanced physical design. We've seen Sony's OmniBalance design for year now and very well mean a more modern refinement. Join us. 26.02.2018 #SonyMWC pic.twitter.com/n6IQ82XRVZ — Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) February 19, 2018 Basically, any Xperia device launched from 2012 up to this point have had a similar look, leading many to feel that Sony's new smartphones are just plain boring. In a market where OEMs are switching up designs almost year-to-year, it's easy to get stale. From what we know so far, one of the phones that Sony may unveil could be the Xperia XZ2 as it has been the most talked about phone in recent weeks. The XZ2 is tipped to sport an FHD+ 18:9 display with minimal bezels, which would be a drastic change from what we have come to expect from the company. The Xperia XZ2 is also expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adreno 630 GPU and will most likely run Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone is tipped to come with a full-metal design and could sport a 15-megapixel rear camera and a 12-megapixel front-facing sensor. © TechAdvisor There doesn't appear to be any legit renders of this device floating around yet, which is surprising, but a common thread seems to be that the corners of the device will be rounded somehow. Last year, Sony unveiled an interesting Xperia XZ Premium phone, which was named the best new smartphone at MWC 2017. It came as a surprise to everyone because it was widely expected the S8 shall bag the award. In the current state, Samsung is already leading with the S9 thanks to the numerous leaks in the past few days while LG has reportedly postponed its flagship launch to June. It'll be exciting to see what Sony has up its sleeve at MWC 2018! Stay tuned to MensXP for the latest coverage from Barcelona!
  17. MOSCOW: Five Russian citizens may have been killed in Syria in clashes with US-led coalition forces this month, but they were not Russian military personnel, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman told a news briefing on Thursday. The spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said media reports about dozens or hundreds of Russian dead in Syria were "disinformation". Associates of Russian private military contractors fighting alongside government forces in Syria have said there were large-scale casualties among the contractors when US-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria´s Deir al-Zor province on February 7.
  18. Pope Francis talks aboard the papal plane while en route to Italy, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files LOS ANGELES: Pope Francis is heading to the big screen to talk life, the universe, and everything in a rare Vatican-backed theatrical documentary, studio executives announced Wednesday. Written and directed by three-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders, Pope Francis ? A Man of his Word opens in the US on May 18, Focus Features said. In the documentary, an almost unheard-of co-production with the Vatican and outside filmmakers, the pope addresses the audience directly, discussing immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, and the role of the family. "The film?s direct-to-camera visual and narrative concepts engage the audience face-to-face with the pope, creating a dialogue between him and, literally, the world," a spokesman said in a statement. "Taking questions from people of all walks of life, Pope Francis responds to farmers and workers, refugees, children and the elderly, prison inmates, and those who live in favelas and migrant camps." The film shows the 81-year-old pontiff traveling the world, with footage of him speaking at the United Nations, addressing the US Congress, and at Yad Vashem ? the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. He speaks to prisoners and to refugees in Mediterranean camps, and is shown visiting the Palestinian territories and Israel as well as Africa, South America, and Asia. "Pope Francis is a living example of a man who stands for what he says. In our film, he speaks directly to the viewer, very candidly and spontaneously," Wenders said in a statement when the project was first announced last year. "We wanted Pope Francis ? A Man of his Word to be for all audiences, as the pope?s message is universal." Focus said Universal Pictures International will distribute the film overseas, although there were no immediate details on the global release schedule. The former archbishop of Buenos Aires, born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the Argentine capital in December 1936, rose from modest beginnings to become the first Latin American leader of the 1.2 billion-strong Church. Pope Francis made his big-screen debut last year, playing himself in a six-minute cameo role in the English-language children?s adventure film Beyond the Sun.
  19. This year's Android update is reportedly codenamed Pistachio Ice Cream internally, though Google may choose to go with another moniker when it launches. Making Android work with phones that look like the iPhone X is one way to woo iPhone users into switching to Android, according to a report by Bloomberg. Google is also said to be designing the updated operating system to better integrate camera notches, such as the ones found on the Essential Phone and iPhone X, as more and more hardware manufacturers embrace reduced-bezel designs. © Essential Phone PH-1 The feature allows those companies to offer bigger screens with slimmer bezels but still keep key features like the earpiece and front-facing camera in place. By developing an improved Android OS that will offer software features that utilize the notch instead of moving away from it. When the iPhone X was first unveiled, it was mocked for its front-facing camera cutout. However, the Android-based Essential Phone's has one too, and several other phone makers have mimicked the notch. © BCCL To further enhance Android's appeal, Google is also working on features that would improve the software's effects on smartphone battery life, according to the report. Google also wants to ensure the operating system will work with new smartphone designs, including those that come with foldable screens. Report sources claim there will be a "dramatic redesign" of the OS with Android P. Android hasn't seen any major changes since Material Design was introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, so a new look for the home screen is arguably overdue. It also says Google Assistant will assume a greater role in Android P, integrating more tightly with apps and the OS to help it stay ahead of rivals Alexa and Siri. Android P is expected to be more closed than Android 8.0 Oreo, according to previous reports, with Google supposedly working on limiting third-party access to some APIs in order to reduce the overall fragmentation of the OS.
  20. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, February 7, 2018. REUTERS LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt to unite her feuding cabinet and convince a skeptical European Union that Britain knows what it wants from Brexit in a series of speeches over the next few weeks. Britain is hoping to seal a transition deal next month to smooth its exit from the EU, and reach agreement on a long-term trade agreement later this year. However, Brussels said last week a transition deal was not a certainty and that London needed to clarify what it wanted from the EU. May?s government will aim to address that in a series of six speeches by the prime minister and other senior ministers in the next few weeks, which her office dubbed ?The Road to Brexit?. ?Brexit is a defining moment in the history of our nation,? a source in May?s office said. ?As we move along the road to that future, we will set out more detail so people can see how this new relationship will benefit communities in every part of our country.? A BMG poll on Sunday for the Independent showed 74 percent of Britons were unclear about May?s overall Brexit strategy. As well as facing pressure from Brussels, May also needs to unite a cabinet and Conservative party, still deeply split between those who voted for Brexit in 2016 and those who didn?t, behind a single vision for Britain?s future outside the European Union. May will host senior ministers at her country residence, Chequers, to try to broker an agreement between the different factions in her cabinet. RALLYING CRY May?s first speech, to be delivered at a conference in Munich next Saturday, will set out the security relationship Britain wants with the EU. She will deliver another setting out Britain?s future partnership, although a date for that has yet to be confirmed. Foreign minister Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit advocate, will begin the ?Road to Brexit? series with a speech on Wednesday, described by May?s office as a ?rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate?. Brexit minister David Davis will outline how Britain?s businesses can maintain their global reputation after Brexit in an as yet unscheduled speech. Trade minister Liam Fox and cabinet minister David Lidington will also give speeches. Finance minister Philip Hammond, seen as the most pro-EU member of May?s cabinet, will not give a speech. May?s authority on Brexit, already weakened after a failed gamble on a snap election last year, has been further damaged by ideological splits between ministers, exacerbating concerns that Brexit talks may fail and the government collapse. Conservative lawmaker and prominent critic of May?s EU exit strategy, Anna Soubry, warned on Sunday that the type of Brexit the government was seeking did not have majority support in parliament, which will get a say on the final exit deal. Last week, Japanese businesses warned May that they would have to leave Britain if trade barriers after Brexit made them unprofitable.
  21. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, US, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a potential immigrant?s use of certain taxpayer-funded public benefits to determine if they could become a public burden. For example, US officials could look at whether the applicant has enrolled a child in government pre-school programs or received subsidies for utility bills or health insurance premiums. The draft rules are a sharp departure from current guidelines, which have been in place since 1999 and specifically bar authorities from considering such non-cash benefits in deciding a person?s eligibility to immigrate to the United States or stay in the country. ?Non-citizens who receive public benefits are not self-sufficient and are relying on the US government and state and local entities for resources instead of their families, sponsors or private organizations,? the document states. ?An alien?s receipt of public benefits comes at taxpayer expense and availability of public benefits may provide an incentive for aliens to immigrate to the United States.? Receiving such benefits could weigh against an applicant, even if they were for an immigrant?s US citizen children, according to the document. ?The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer,? said Tyler Houlton, a DHS spokesman. ?Any potential changes to the rule would be in keeping with the letter and spirit of the law ? as well as the reasonable expectations of the American people for the government to be good stewards of taxpayer funds.? In 2016, nearly 383,000 people who would be subject to the new standards obtained permanent residence while already in the United States, according to DHS statistics. The rules would not apply to permanent residents applying for citizenship but would apply to a wide range of people living or working in the United States, including close family members of US citizens and workers employed by US companies. In addition, nearly 620,000 other immigrants living abroad obtained US permanent residence through the State Department in 2016. If DHS publishes a new rule, the State Department will decide then whether to change its guidance, said Ashley Garrigus, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. US immigration law has long required officials to exclude a person likely to become a ?public charge? from permanent residence. But current US guidelines, in place since 1999, narrowly define ?public charge? to be a person ?primarily dependent on the government for subsistence,? either through direct cash assistance or government-funded long-term care. Current guidance instructs immigration officers to look at a narrow range of public benefits in trying to determine whether someone is likely to become a burden, specifically directing officers not to consider most non-cash benefits, such as government food assistance programs or preschool programs. The new rules, if adopted in their current form, would significantly change these guidelines. Under the draft rules, a person would be considered a ?public charge? if they depend on ?any government assistance in the form of cash, checks or other forms of money transfers, or instrument and non-cash government assistance in the form of aid, services, or other relief,? according to the document seen by Reuters. Immigration restrictions Trump, who took a hard line on illegal immigration during the 2016 presidential campaign, has in recent months also taken aim at legal immigrants. He has advocated ending a visa lottery program and some kinds of family-based immigration. But many of the administration?s proposals would require congressional action. Several immigrant advocates and current and former US officials said the proposed rules could advance the administration?s goals without changing US law, by effectively barring lower- and middle-income people from immigrating. ?The big picture here is the administration is trying to accomplish by regulation the substantive changes to immigration law that it has proposed be enacted by statute,? said Barbara Strack, a career DHS official who retired in January and helped draft the 1999 rules. The experts and officials said they were also worried that the proposed changes would dissuade immigrants from using services to which they are entitled. ?It?s going to scare a lot of people into yanking their children off of needed healthcare, school programs, child nutrition programs, basic sorts of subsistence-level programs that have kept the population healthy and employable,? said Charles Wheeler, director of training and legal support at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. A 2017 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that 5.5 percent of immigrant households with children received cash assistance, compared to 6.3 percent of native households. Four percent of immigrant households used housing assistance, compared to five percent of native households. And about 46 percent of immigrant households used Medicaid, compared to 34 percent of native households. Conservatives have long expressed concerns about non-citizens? access to public benefits, saying it is a drain on resources that should go to US citizens. ?Efforts to limit immigrant access to these programs mostly have not been very successful,? said Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, which favours stricter immigration policies. Among the benefits singled out in the draft rule for consideration are: health insurance subsidies such as those provided by the Affordable Care Act; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Children?s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); WIC, a federal program that feeds poor pregnant or nursing women and their children; transportation and housing vouchers; programs that help the poor pay their heating bills; and programs such as Head Start, which provides early education to low-income children. Some benefits would not be considered in making the ?public charge? determination under the draft regulations, including emergency or disaster relief, public health assistance for immunizations, attending public school, receiving free or reduced-price school lunches, and earned benefits such as disability insurance, Medicare, and unemployment payments.
  22. India may be involved in Monday's targetted killing of a Chinese national in Karachi, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said Thursday, referring to the anti-CPEC agenda of Pakistan's eastside neighbour. During an interview with a British media outlet, Iqbal cited Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's admittance of terrorist networks set up by India in order to "sabotage" the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Talking about how the CPEC has enhanced Pakistan?s economy, the minister noted that it ?has brought new momentum? and ?created new job opportunities?. ?It has revived our cement [and] construction industry. So CPEC has been really a game-changer by bringing in new opportunities, optimism, and attracting world investors towards Pakistan,? he added. Further, Iqbal stressed that Pakistan and the United States, together, can help bring peace in Afghanistan. Islamabad does not want dollars but rather looks forward to the US' acknowledgement of sacrifices it has made in the war against terror, he added.
  23. Research suggests that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape PARIS: Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping´s effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes. But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape, the research team reported. "If you choose to take up e-cigarettes... this indicates a red flag that there may be an increased susceptibility" to pneumococcal bacteria, study co-author Jonathan Grigg of the Queen Mary University of London told AFP. Grigg and a team conducted three types of experiment. One exposed human nose lining cells to e-cigarette vapour in the lab, another involved mice inhaling vapour and then being exposed to pneumococcal bacteria, the main cause of pneumonia. A third trial studied the nose lining of 11 e-cigarette users compared to six non-vapers. The team noticed a sharp increase in the amount of bacteria sticking to airway cells after e-cigarette exposure. Such adhesion has previously been shown to increase susceptibility to disease. "Some people may be vaping because they think it is totally safe, or in an attempt to quit smoking, but this study adds to growing evidence that inhaling vapour has the potential to cause adverse health effects," said Grigg. "By contrast, other aids to quitting such as (nicotine) patches or gum do not result in airway cells being exposed to high concentrations of potentially toxic compounds." Less harmful? Last month, a US study said vaping may increase cancer risk because it leads to DNA damage, despite containing fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke. That study, too, did not compare the effects of cigarette smoking directly to vaping. Research in the journal Tobacco Control last October said a large-scale switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes would prevent millions of premature deaths by the year 2100, even assuming the gadgets are themselves not risk-free. E-cigarettes, said to contain no tar and fewer toxins than tobacco cigarettes, were developed as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking. But many people fear that a harmless veneer may make e-cigarettes a "gateway" for young people to lifelong nicotine addiction. Commenting on the latest study, Peter Openshaw, an experimental medicine professor at Imperial College London, said any evidence that vaping raised lung infection risk was "only indirect". "Although it is possible that vaping might increase susceptibility to pneumonia, the effect is likely to be lower than from smoking itself," he said via the Science Media Centre. "This study should not be used as a reason to continue to smoke rather than vape -- the evidence to date is that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking."
  24. The world's first smartphone with a diamond screen may be on its way by 2019 and makers Akhan Semiconductor says it is stronger, harder and more scratch-resistant than Corning's Gorilla Glass. The company has been talking about it since 2016, however, there is no device that has currently implemented the new diamond screen. © National Jeweller Having said that, it could change next year as CNET reports that Akhan is currently working with a smartphone manufacturer to test the glass panel. The device could hit markets by 2019 and it looks very promising, as of now. Miraj Diamond Glass technology uses lab-grown diamonds that will be as hard as you expect a diamond to be. The screens may be harder to scratch but it does not mean it will be tougher than current solutions. As it is expected to be really hard, it is easier to shatter the glass panel when a phone is dropped or comes in contact with a sharp object. © Youtube According to Akhan, there is a workaround where it could be outfitted with a glass on top of another material, maybe Gorilla Glass itself. This additional layer will not only provide extra protection from scratching, it will also make it tougher to prevent shattering. © National Jeweller As this is a new technology, you can expect it to be super expensive and that may be one of the reasons why we haven't seen a smartphone with a diamond screen until now. Even though growing diamonds in a lab sounds great, it is still an expensive process and will likely cost a lot to implement on smartphones. We can very well assume that this diamond screen will not be implemented on a budget smartphone for now and may just be an option for premium devices. Source: CNET
  25. image obtained from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows an artist's impression shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. -AFP PARIS: Seven planets recently spotted orbiting a dim star in our Milky Way galaxy are rocky, seem to have water, and are potentially "habitable", researchers studying the distant system said Monday. Though much remains unknown about the planets' surfaces and atmospheres, the new measurements have not ruled out the possibility that they may harbour even rudimentary life, the scientists reported. "So far, no sign allows us to say that they are not habitable," said University of Birmingham astronomer Amaury Triaud, the co-author of a study on the subject. "All the traffic lights we have passed so far are green." Research teams gleaned more information about the dwarf star at the centre of the Trappist-1 system, as well as improved measurements of the size and mass of each planet, and the composition of their atmospheres. All seven are mostly made of rock, with up to five percent of their mass in water - though it may be in the form of gas or ice, or trapped deep inside the rocky orbs, researchers said. On Earth, the oceans account for about 0.02 percent of our planet´s mass. A year ago, researchers announced the discovery of the seven Earth-like planets orbiting Trappist-1, an "ultracool" red dwarf star some 39 light years from our home. As for the odds of the planets hosting organic life forms, "we cannot say at this stage, as they are vastly different from the only planet we know to harbour life (Earth)," Triaud told AFP. "But they have suitable characteristics and are to date the best place beyond the edge of our (Solar) system to search." The presence of liquid water is considered essential for life to exist anywhere. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to learn more about the Trappist system by studying the planets' atmospheres as they passed in front of their star, appearing as a dark, travelling dot from the observer´s point of view. Findings were published Monday in two papers in the journals Nature Astronomy, and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Cooler than the Sun All seven planets were considered potential candidates for harbouring water, but the chances to find it in liquid form are highest in the temperate "Goldilocks" zone - not too far from the star for it to be frozen, nor too close to evaporate. The Trappist-1 system is considered the current best hope for finding evidence of alien life. "When we combine our new masses with our improved radii measurements and our improved knowledge of the star, we obtain precise densities for each of the seven worlds, and reach information on their internal composition," said Triaud. Image obtained from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star. -AFP "All seven planets remarkably resemble Mercury, Venus, our Earth, it's Moon, and Mars." According to study co-author Simon Grimm from the University of Bern, the third and fourth planets from the star are "the most likely" to host some form of life. "The more we learn about these planets, the more habitable they seem to be," Grimm told AFP by email. Compared to our Solar System, the Trappist-1 family is very tightly-knit. With orbits ranging from 1.5 to 12 days, the planets would have fit comfortably in the distance between the Sun and its closest planet, Mercury. Trappist-1 has a mass less than 10 percent the mass of our Sun and is much cooler, which explains why its planets can orbit so nearby.