A diet that goes against conventional wisdom on healthy eating is gaining momentum among Silicon Valley tech workers. And it involves eating a lot of fat.
The ketogenic (or “keto”) diet – which first became popular in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy and diabetes – limits carbohydrates to no more than 50 grams a day, which is the rough equivalent of a plain bagel or a cup of white rice. By comparison, dietary guidelines laid out by the USDA recommend consuming between 225 and 325 grams of carbs a day.
On the keto diet, the body goes into starvation mode and taps its own fat stores for fuel. Studies suggest the low-carb, high-fat diet may promote weight loss , dull hunger , and stave off age-related diseases. More research is needed on its long-term effects, especially in healthy people.
An increasing number of health nuts – from internet entrepreneur Kevin Rose tp podcaster Tim Ferriss – swear by the keto diet. I spent the last two months eating bacon, butter, and avocado to see why the keto movement is so popular.
2016 was one hell of a year for Myst-alikes, eh? Straight from the source, from Cyan itself, you had official spiritual successor Obduction—a game which crept onto our Games of the Year list. Then there was The Eyes of Ara, which utilized the same sort of puzzles although in quite a different sort of setting.
But I wish I’d gotten around to playing Quern – Undying Thoughts. I don’t know why I didn’t, although it certainly wasn’t helped by a late November release nor its impenetrable title.
I recently delved into Quern’s world though—nothing like those slow Januarys for catching up on your backlog—and it’s excellent. Like Myst of old, you arrive in an area with no idea how you got there or what you should be doing. In this case you’ve been teleported to an island by way of a massive gateway which promptly self-destructs upon your arrival.
There’s a way off the island though, approximately 50 locked doors and dozens of puzzles in your future. Puzzles involving gears and simple mechanical contraptions, puzzles involving audio cues, puzzles involving some lightweight botany, and puzzles involving a whole series of crystals each of which has its own unique properties.
Along the way you’ll delve into the origins of the titular island, Quern. The island’s previous occupant has left behind directives, notes on the peculiar properties Quern possesses, the secrets he’s uncovered and what he’s done with said knowledge. His journal entries lead you from area to area, sometimes giving context, sometimes giving clues, and all apparently part of some plan. But what plan? And why?
It’s as close to a Myst game as I’ve ever seen from another developer. Or rather, a Riven game. Just look at the architecture here:
This is the first village you enter. It’s your main hub and where you’ll spend a good portion of Quern. And it’s incredibly reminiscent of the bleached-white adobe buildings that dotted Riven’s Jungle Island:
Those huts may represent the most obvious parallel, but the game reeks of Cyan’s mid-’90s output. It has the same sense of weary isolation, the same unexpected warmth to its grimy copper gizmos, and that feeling of “Normal” and “Alien” bashed together in one place. Here, a library. There, a forge. Everyday objects, but all of it residing in a world so unique and unusual.
Between the focus on mechanical puzzles and the aesthetic nod, Quern feels like the Riven successor we never really got (and likely never will get). It’s grim and lonesome in the same way that made Riven a classic—and much closer in tone to Riven than Cyan’s actual sequel, Myst III.
And it takes the same approach to puzzles—not just in terms of aesthetics, but philosophically. Quern loves introducing new ideas and puzzle constraints at a rapid pace and then disposing of them at will, adhering to a certain internal logic but unconcerned with building on its own foundation.
Hell, there’s even a puzzle similar to Riven’s famous spinning room.
Quern’s not nearly as bash-your-head-against-a-wall obtuse, of course. While Riven occasionally stumps me even today, twenty or so years after I first played it, Quern is breezier. Benefiting from an additional two decades of puzzle design and fully 3D environments, it took me maybe eight or nine hours to get through. Not too bad.
It’s also not a perfect game. Some of its puzzles fall into the typical adventure game trap—very obvious solution buried under a cumbersome series of steps. One puzzle is just a retread of the Knights of the Old Republic puzzle where you do a bunch of column math to blow up injector pods on Manaan. (Yes, it’s as boring as it sounds.) And you do it three times here. Ugh. There are a few other stinkers, but that one’s the worst.
The game also includes a seemingly handy Notebook feature, which is supposed to function like in-game screenshots. You see something important, a clue to a puzzle, and you can “jot it down in your notebook” at the touch of a button. Quern then makes a cool little sketch-representation of whatever item you were looking at.
Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, welcome you to the world of Fallout 4 – their most ambitious game ever, and the next generation of open-world gaming. As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. Currently Amazon has the PC and XBOX ONE versions discounted by 50% and the PS4 is 43% off. Check out these deals on Amazon.
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A couple of weeks ago we heard that Apple may be bringing back the Black color option for the iPhone 7 – aka Space Black like the Apple Watch has.
A leaked photo of several iPhone 7 units pours cold water on that, there is just four of them – Silver and Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Those are the standard colors available for the iPhone 6s and co.
Apple nixed the darker hue because of chipping and hasn’t brought it back since. It could still be working on the Space Black version, which will launch later (a la White iPhone 4) or it may not be coming at all.
There isn’t even a rumor that Apple is considering a non-monochrome, non-gold version, if you were hoping for an iPod touch-like rainbow of colors.
Huawei has found out that it will be launching a brand newtelephonenext week – July 14 to be unique. Dubbed Maimang five, the deviceseems to be a smaller version of the Chineseorganization‘s Mate 8smartphone that turned intolaunchedlateultimateyear.
Aside from giving us the device‘s first look, the teaser picture of the Maimang 5alsoincludes a slogan that asserts (translated), “notscared of what the young,” or betterput “notafraid of being young.” This likelyshows that the cellphone is basicallygeared towardyoungsters.
Nothinga good dealis thoughtapproximately the handset besides that it is going to beavailable ineditions, with one among them being powered with the aid of SD650 or SD652 SoC, and providing4GB/64GB reminiscence configuration, and 16MP importantdigital camera (with OIS and ability to shoot 4kmovies).
Reports say the Maimang 5shoulddeliver a fee tag of around RMB 2,000, or round $300.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC has made its way into the Indian marketplace, bridging the distancebetween the GLA and GLE. Mercedes-Benz India has formallyreleasedthe luxurious SUV in India with the GLC 220d priced at Rs 50.7 lakh, and the GLC three hundred petrol set at a rate of Rs 50.9 lakh respectively (ex-showroom, Pune).
The GLC is essentially the facelifted model of the GLK-magnificence and is renamed due to the brand’supdatedmodel nomenclature. the new SUV stocks its underpinnings with the C-class sedan. but, it has aextra spacious cabin thanks to the wheelbase of 2873mm, which is 113mm longer than the sedan. the general styling has been kept in-line with the C-class, however thecosmeticmodifications have enriched the appears over its predecessor. The fascia boasts of a twin-slat grille with a chrome completedfaux skid plate. even as the headlamps are identical to the C-elegance headlights, the taillights have taken conceptfrom the AMG GT’s tail lights. The rear phasealsofunctionsdual exhausts surrounded by way ofa very goodamount of chrome.
The cabin is updated with new functionsto raise the premiumsense and make the interior very highly-priced. This consists of silk beige or coffee brown ARTICO leather-based upholstery, wood inserts at thedashboard and door panels, ambient lights and a panoramic sunroof. the automobileadditionallyreceives a COMAND infotainment system, which features a 20 CD stereo, Garmin-primarily basednavigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity etc. This unit alsogives out a 360-degree view of the SUV.
on theprotectionfront, the GLC boasts of a whole load of features. This includesenergetic parking help,attentionhelp, adaptive brake lighting fixtures, tyre-strainmonitoringdeviceand 7 airbags. Hill descentmanipulate is a preferredfunction and the SUV additionallyreceivesmore than onedriving modes and off–avenue settings consisting of off-avenue, incline and slippery.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is being supplied in both petrol and diesel engine alternatives. The GLC 220d comes powered with the aid of a 2,143cc 4-cylinder diesel mill, which churns out 170bhp of energy and 400Nm of torque. alternatively, the GLC three hundred petrol is powered by using a 1,991cc 4-cylinder motor, which is tuned to produce 245bhp of power and 370Nm of torque. both the engines come paired to a 9–velocityautomatic transmission and energy is sent to all four wheels thru the 4MATIC all-wheel forcegadget.
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Gionee unveiled the narrowest 5.5″ phone yet – just 74.9mm wide. Meet the Gionee S8. The company called out the iPhone 6s Plus, Huawei’s Mates, the Oppo R7s as examples of wider phones. Well, that’s what Gionee says, it conveniently forgot to mention the LG G3, a 5.5″ phone that’s actually narrower.
The Gionee S8 features a “loop” full-metal design. “Loop” here means that the antenna runs around the side of the phone. Unlike the LG G5, the S8 has traditional antenna lines, but they are painted to perfectly match the rest of the body.
The AMOLED screen has 1080p resolution and is covered with 2.5D glass. It has 3D touch too, recognizing three levels – Touch (selects), Tap (previews) and Press (opens).
The camera comes fully loaded. It’s a 16MP shooter that’s geared towards low-light shooting. It has a bright f/1.8 aperture and a RWB sensor – that means the usual green pixels have been replaced with more sensitive white ones. Gionee promises a 40% boost in sensitivity and an 80% reduction in noise. There’s also Laser focus and Phase Detection AF.
The phone records 1080p video with advanced audio capture. A 70dB high-sensitivity dual-mic system and an AKM4961 chip do the work. There’s “multi-dimensional” noise reduction and “3D recording.”
The Gionee S8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 chipset (octa-core CPU) with a healthy dose of memory – 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The 3,000mAh can be fast charged at 18W (9V, 2A).
The phone will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow at launch and has a fingerprint reader on its Home key. Initially, the custom Amigo 3.2 skin will be used (Gionee’s own take on Android), but the 4.0 update will come out in June.
The company has brokered an interesting, unique feature with WhatsApp (the popular chat app). The S8 can log into two WhatsApp accounts, so you can keep personal and work communications separate.
Also in terms of communications, the S8 is a dual-SIM phone with LTE and VoLTE.
The Gionee S8 will launch at the end of March for €450.