‘Our business just exploded’: All eyes on thriving store

VISION: Diana Ward, from the Optical Superstore in Riverlink, has  considerable experience in the industry.

ACCORDING to a recent Roy Morgan Research report, 58%of Australians wear prescription glasses and on average replace them every two and half years.

It seems the older we get, the more we need to wear glasses.

One local business, Optical Superstore Ipswich, assists locals with all of their optical needs.

Diana and David Ward have been in business since 2002, moving from the Ipswich City Mall to Riverlink and in their third move are now located opposite Coles in the Riverlink Shopping Centre. “Coming into Riverlink was our best move we ever did, a lot more foot traffic and our business just exploded,” co-owner/operator David Ward said.

The husband and wife duo has considerable experience in the industry. Mr Ward worked in Melbourne, the home of the Optical Superstore.

“I am an optical mechanic, I did my apprenticeship in this and I am trained to make lenses and fitting them into frames.

“This particular role is now gone, replaced by computers. I went on to become an optical dispenser,” he said.

Diana is a qualified optical dispenser studying for the position during a four-year course. Starting out as a receptionist in a laboratory, where the two worked together, she moved to selling frames to retailers.

The complementary skills of the pair means customers are the beneficiary of their considerable knowledge and skill.

Optical Superstore is an Australian-owned and operated business.

“When I worked for them they only franchised to people known to the owner,” he said. “I had a young family and wanted to move back to Ipswich and I asked if he would support me opening a store here. He was happy to do that.”

In this highly competitive business, Optical Superstore Ipswich prides itself on offering the latest in technology for eye examination.

“We try to buy Australian-made frames and stock other international brands. In fact, we have well over 600 frames on display in our store.”

Two optometrists, Alison and Emma, are instore six days a week. Bookings can be made from Monday to Saturday, with appointments until 5pm on Saturday and 7pm on Thursday.

“I will go out of my way to assist our customers – that’s what others will not do. For example, I will do prescription diving masks, people don’t think of that.

“I also do a lot of individual safety glasses that are prescription and certified,” Mr Ward said.

While consumers are more aware of their eye health, it seems there is an increase in young people needing prescription glasses due to constantly being on smart devices without taking breaks.

Optical Superstore Ipswich are providers for Veteran Affairs clients and work with all major health funds for hi-caps claims. Mr and Mrs Ward operate a very successful and customer-oriented business, dedicated to continue to support the local community.

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Kourtney Kardashian Reveals All the Details on Her Insanely Strict ‘Detox’ Diet

Kourtney Kardashian lives her life mostly void of gluten, dairy, sugar, red meat, etc. in general, so it should come as no surprise that when she decides to “detox,” she really goes for it.

In a new post on her app, the reality star says she has been detoxing “on and off for a few months now” due to her doctor finding high levels of mercury and lead in her system. In order to keep her body in a state of ketosis—”when the glycogen in your liver is depleted and the body burns fatty acids for energy,” Kardashian explains—she follows a prolonged, restrictive eating plan. (It should be noted that she urges you to consult your actual doctor before trying it yourself.)

In general, the plan consists of 3 meals a day that are low-carb, high in protein and fatty acids. Sounds pretty standard, but when she says low-carb, she means low-carb: no grains, beans or legumes for any meal.

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For breakfast, Kardashian says she is allowed to eat “minimal amounts of fruit,” so she usually opts for her go-to avocado smoothie (which she also uses on her hair, FYI). For lunch and dinner, she sticks to proteins like fish and chicken and maybe some cauliflower rice or broccoli. Following dinner, she is not allowed to eat breakfast for 14 to 16 hours.

Oh yeah, and one day per week, she does a 24-hour fast during which she only drinks water and bone broth. “On fasting days, I try to stay busy and, if I’m home, I’ll avoid going into the kitchen,” she says.

Finally, there is no snacking permitted, other than the occasional handful of almonds for Kardashian.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, this detox is difficult,” she says, adding that her goal has been to stay on the diet for 3 months. Of course, she does make some healthy exceptions. “I also know that I need to enjoy my life, so I break the rules when I go on vacation or if there’s a special occasion.”

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A few minutes of light exercise, rather than a sweaty gym workout, is all that is needed to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, study suggests

Even small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against diabetesEven small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against diabetes, new research suggests.

A new study found that even a little exercise wards off insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes which can result from a high-fat diet.

Insulin resistance occurs when the cells of the body stop responding to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels in the body.

Exercise can prevent insulin resistance by prompting the body to remove damaged cells and enhancing the quality of mitochondria, the cell’s energy powerhouses.

Type 2 diabetes affects 4.5 million people living in the UK and 29 million people in the US.

Even small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against diabetes

The study also casts doubt on the previously held view that increasing the quantity of mitochondria could help fix some consequences of a high fat diet, including insulin resistance.

The researchers found that the benefits from physical activity were not affected by the quantity of mitochondria.

Lead researcher Megan Rosa-Caldwell, a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas, found that mice genetically engineered to have higher quantity of mitochondria were not more protected against high-fat diet induced insulin resistance.

How was the research conducted?

The researchers fed all the mice in the study a Western diet high in fat.

The genetically engineered and control mice were further divided into a group that was allowed to exercise, and a sedentary group.

Their results showed that physical activity, regardless of the amount of mitochondria, offered similar health benefits against insulin resistance.

Even a little exercise wards off insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes which can result from a high-fat diet

Study found even a little exercise wards off insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes

The researchers said that it appears that exercise’s ability to help remove damaged cells and enhance the quality of the mitochondria may be more effective for preventing insulin resistance.

But they said these aspects need to be further tested.

Exercise offers ‘the greatest protection’

Ms Rosa-Caldwell said that with rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes continuing to increase, understanding the cellular processes that help or hurt insulin resistance can help doctors better tailor effective preventative measures such as exercise.

She added: ‘For now, physical activity is the greatest protection, but further research may enable us to prevent and treat insulin resistance, and subsequent diabetes, more effectively.’

The research was published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

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AYUSH Diets Claim to Heal All But How Easy Are They to Follow?

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New York: On this International Day of Yoga (IDY), India’s 69.2 million diabetics might consider waking up to a spoonful of methi seeds soaked overnight on an empty stomach, followed by with meals of salads fresh fruits, multigrain rotis and brown rice gruels.

This is part of the ideal sattvic diet for diabetics, according to the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), a body of the Ministry of AYUSH, most recently in the news for advising pregnant women to “detach themselves from desire, anger, attachment, hatredness [sic] and lust”.

The pamphlet on Mother and Child Care, distributed by AYUSH minister Shripad Yesso Naik, in the run up to the IDY, is scarcely the only document advising lifestyle and dietary practices. The aforementioned diet is part of a similar booklet on the benefits of yoga and naturopathy on diabetes, one of India’s most prevalent non-communicable disease (NCD). Dr. Ishwara Acharya, president of the CCRYN told News18 that these practices could rid India of NCDs.

Much of this advice, however, is treated warily by nutritionists.

“AYUSH diets endorse ‘sattvic’ philosophy, which is fine, but does not mean that people who have been consuming non-vegetarian foods are not eating healthy. In fact, several nutrients are only found in non-vegetarian foods like long chain omega 3 fats, vitamin B12 etc,” said Dr. Shweta Khandelwal, nutritionist and associate professor, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

Nor is the humble egg, disdained by the sattvic diet, easily substituted. Khandelwal did the math. One egg has the biological value (BV) — the unit for measuring how much protein a food source provides the body — of 100. One whole egg makes available 6 gram of protein for the body. Thus eggs are an excellent source of protein. However, she explained, many of the vegetarian sources of protein have a low BV. Thus one has to consume about three to four bowls (200-250 ml each) of dal to get as much bioavailable protein.

Protein requirements are still easier to achieve with a vegetarian diet for an adult, said Purnima Menon, senior fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); the trouble would be with iron, zinc and calcium. In a country with widespread anemia among girls and women, which affects lifelong health and makes pregnancy more dangerous, iron is hard to ignore.

According to Acharya, naturopathic diets could correct menstrual cycles from puberty on, perhaps stopping the loss of iron from excess bleeding. He was careful to add that the CCRYN was not asking anyone to stop taking supplements, even though naturopathy is a drugless system.

However, iron has limited vegetarian sources — certain leafy vegetables or lentils — Menon said. These are either expensive or not readily available.

The latest antenatal guidelines by the World Health Organisation recommend “consumption of a variety of foods, including green and orange vegetables, meat, fish, beans, nuts, whole grains and fruit” for healthy pregnancies.

Even if an AYUSH prescribed diet fulfills one’s nutritional needs, it trips over accessibility and affordability, as pointed out by both Khandelwal and Menon.

Seasonal fruits, prescribed for diabetics, are often priced too highly for urban poor to afford, who have now become increasingly vulnerable to diabetes according to the ongoing diabetes survey of the Indian Council of Medical Research. As are the dry fruits to be consumed by pregnant women.

“Consuming a balanced and nutritious diet is a problem across all classes and sectors,” said Khandelwal, adding “With the rise in working populations and erratic lifestyles we all often fall prey to cheap, ready-to-eat options, which are mostly empty calories laden with trans fats.”

However, the minutely detailed AYUSH diets are more suited to those either leading a life of leisure or who have enough help at home with the amount of preparation required.

Menon, who works at the Health and Nutrition Division at IFPRI, said the prescribed diet, at least for pregnant and lactating women would take significant efforts in terms of time and resources. “It takes time to procure and process, things like alfalfa and sprouts,” said Menon, “and many pregnant women do not have the time, the access or the support.” For many women, it will be hard to adhere to fruits and sprouts at 7am, whole wheat rotis at 11am and juices at 3pm.

Recently having completed a study on nutrition and behavioural changes in pregnant women in Bangladesh, Menon called it impractical to expect women to make drastic changes in their diet at the moment of pregnancy. Acharya may call naturopathy a change of lifestyle. However, “changes, and recommendations on what changes to make, to add those extra 350 to 400 calories and other nutrients to a pregnant woman’s diet, have to be incremental and contextual,” said Menon. People form habits by eating multiple times a day, every day. One cannot expect women from coastal communities to suddenly stop eating fish, a ready source of protein. In India, diverse socio-agricultural diversity, a daily family diet in Kerala would be very different from Gujarat or from any other state, she said.

 

 

 

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All universities to have ‘Grievance Redressal Cell’ within four months: Delhi High Court directs UGC

Appointment of an ‘ombudsman’ in every university and a grievance redressal committee (GRC) for every college or group of colleges are now “mandatory”.

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The Delhi High Court, on Friday, after identifying the need to address the grievances faced by scores of students in colleges and universities, directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to set up ‘Grievance Redressal Cell’ in all varsities within four months.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said appointment of an ‘ombudsman’ in every university and a grievance redressal committee (GRC) for every college or group of colleges were “mandatory” and were provided  for under the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations of 2012.

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The court said failure of the universities to appoint ombudsman or to constitute GRC for colleges “would defeat the very object of grievance redressal mechanism provided under the regulations”. It also directed Delhi University (DU) to “take necessary steps forthwith and appoint the ombudsman” in terms of provisions of the regulations “as expeditiously as possible preferably within a period of four months from today”.

The court’s ruling came while disposing of a PIL filed by a former law student, who had alleged non-compliance of the UGC regulations with regard to appointment of ombudsman by universities, particularly DU.

As per the regulations, the ombudsman “shall be a part-time officer appointed for a period of three years or until he attains the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier”, the bench noted in its judgment

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Samsung,details,8-point,battery,safety,check,for,all,new,devices

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Asus just jumped into the mini PC game with a solid choice for 4K video-capable entertainment computer.

The company is currently selling the Asus Tinker Board in the UK and Europe with prices starting around 46 pounds—about $57. That’s quite a bit more than the top-end Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which has an MSRP of $35 but usually sells for around $40.

The 4K video support—including H.265 decoding—in Asus’ board is thanks to the Mali-T764 GPU lurking inside its quad-core, 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 SoC, as first reported by Hexus. In addition to 4K, the board also supports 192kHz/24-bit audio. The PC comes with 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI out, microSD port, gigabit ethernet, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. For hobbyists, the Tinker Board packs a 40-pin internal header with 28 GPIO pins, CSI port for the camera, and DSI port.

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The 2GB RAM is particularly nice considering the Raspberry Pi Model 3 B comes with just 1GB. As for software, the UK sales page says it supports Debian Linux and (conveniently) Kodi—the popular media player. This is no different than the Raspberry Pi, and just like the Pi, it appears you’ll have to load the OS onto an SD card yourself. Also similar to the Pi, the Tinker Board requires you to supply your own five volt, two amp power supply, .

The impact on you at home: The Asus Tinker Board appears to be a nice little device though we can’t say how well it performs pumping out 4K video as we haven’t tested it. Anyone eyeing this device as an import or waiting for it to land in the U.S. should know that it will lack some of the conveniences that have built-up around the Raspberry Pi. The Pi has a wide selection of cases, for example, and you can also buy starter kits from third parties that come with the software pre-loaded on an SD card, power supplies, and everything else you need to get started.

Nevertheless, if you need 4K and want a mini PC there isn’t much of an option on the Raspberry Pi side. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed within the coming months—that is just speculation, however.

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Samsung,details,8-point,battery,safety,check,for,all,new,devices

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Now that Samsung has finally come clean on the cause of the Galaxy Note7 fires that spawned a global recall and a months-long flight ban, the focus can finally turn from blame to prevention.

To safeguard against future issues, Samsung has implemented an 8-point Battery Safety Check Test, which “involves putting our batteries through extreme testing, inside and out, followed by careful inspection by X-ray and the human eye.” The extensive tests will be performed before all new devices that ship in an effort to create a new standard for battery safety.

The story behind the story: Customers have been waiting for an explanation ever since the first Note7 handsets began catching fire in September, and now Samsung needs to follow through on its promises. Now that the company has pinpointed the cause, it needs to assure customers that its safety measures are more than just words. Only by putting consumers’ well-being ahead of competitive ship dates and battles over thinness can Samsung regain the trust it has lost.

Stress test

As Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh detailed in a press conference, there were actually two separate flaws that caused the handsets to overheat, each affecting different sets of shipments. According to the company, the first batch of phones included an issue related to deficiencies in the heat-sealed protective pouch in the upper-right corner of the battery, which caused the positive-negative electrodes to touch and consequently short circuit. After the first recall, a second flaw in the new battery caused by welding defects and missing insulation tape resulted in similar overheating.

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Samsung is implementing a new 8-point Battery Safety Check Test for new handsets.

The new tests are designed to insure such flaws never arise again. It starts with a durability test that runs the batteries through several stress tests that subject them to overcharging, puncturing, and extreme temperatures. The test continues with a visual inspection, and moves onto an X-ray for each battery to check for internal abnormalities. Then, Samsung runs a large-scale charge and discharge test, followed by a Total Volatile Organic Compound Test to check for leaks. Samsung continues its testing by randomly disassembling batteries to assess build and component quality and running them through an accelerated usage test designed to simulate two weeks of continuous use. Finally, a Delta Open Circuit Voltage test will monitor the batteries for any voltage spikes through the manufacturing process.

Additionally, Samsung is rolling out improved training programs for everyone involved in the handling of batteries and dedicating teams to handle each core component of the device. It has also commissioned a battery advisory group of experts from the University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University “to ensure the company maintains a clear and objective perspective on battery safety and innovation.”

Safety first

Along with the extensive battery checks, Samsung is also implementing multi-layer safety measures during the design stage on other components of its devices—including design, materials, and software—to make sure the system doesn’t put any undue strain on the battery. For example, the company revealed that future smartphone designs will add more space around the battery to accommodate a new bracket design to protect the battery against physical force when dropped, while improved software will offer protection against fluctuation that could have an impact on the core temperature.

Koh said he hopes the issue will serve as an opportunity to improve the safety of Lithium-ion batteries, and said he is exploring ways to share the company’s new testing with the rest of the industry. Samsung has been dealing with the fallout from a spate of Note7 fires and explosions for months, with the FAA only recently deciding to lift the requirement for airlines to announce the ban before all flights.

To isolate the cause of the fires, Samsung built a large-scale charge/discharge test facility to complete a detailed analysis of not just the battery, but the entire system. It found that the battery was solely to blame for the issue, and the fast-charging system, water resistance, and USB-C port were all functioning normally.

In its extensive testing, the company commissioned 700 researchers and engineers, and tested some 200,000 fully assembled devices and 30,000 batteries subjected to repeated charge/discharge testing. Its own research was corroborated by independent testing from UL, Exponent, and TUV Rheinland, all of which came to the same conclusions. In his remarks, Koh reiterated that Samsung has seen some 96 percent of Note7s returned out of about 3,000,000 which were activated.

This story, “Samsung details 8-point battery safety check for all new devices” was originally published by Greenbot.

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Tantric Orgasm: All you need to know

Tantric Orgasm: All you need to know (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)Tantric Orgasm: All you need to know (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Orgasm is a word that’s mostly taboo. We hardly mention it at our dinner table, at public places, or at family gatherings. We just can’t. There’s a lot about orgasms that we do not know. A sexual apogee can affect not only your bodies, but also your mental health and even your lives, or so says Teal Swan, an international spiritual catalyst. There are many kinds of orgasms; most of them have nothing to do with sex. There are countless benefits of orgasms, and these not only involve physical and emotional benefits but also achieving what you desire. They are like the sorcerer’s stone. They may also help you undo harmful beliefs and manifest what you want in your lives.

TOI Health got in touch with Teal Swan, an international spiritual catalyst, who shared with us her views of orgasm, its types, and benefits.

TYPES OF ORGASMS

The primary thing that we need to understand is that an orgasm may not be only sexual. Orgasm refers to a sudden release of energy which may or may not be sexual in nature. “When it applies to a sexual orgasm, this energy that is accumulated is usually sexual energy. Where as in a different type of orgasm experience, the energy that could lead to a peak can be any type of energy. On an energetic level, an orgasm can technically be seen as a climax that involves the sudden release of accumulated energy. This could be either pleasurable or not. For example, by this definition a seizure is a kind of orgasm, so is yawning, so is sneezing, so is birth, and so is crying. As far as the body is concerned, orgasm is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. But we can use techniques, like breathing and conscious control of our thoughts to facilitate any kind of release that we desire to have,” says Teal.

Two studies reported the percentage of women who had orgasm while giving birth. A 2013 study pinned it at 0.3 percent while a more recent 2016 study found the number increased to 6 percent.

USES OF ORGASMS

We have often heard that orgasms are healthy for your body. “Accumulation of energy creates imbalance in the body and if that energy is not channelled, the body becomes unhealthy. So, orgasm keeps you healthy on a mental, emotional and physical level,” says Teal.

The physical benefits

“Orgasm leads to feelings of euphoria and pleasure which reduce stress, depression and anxiety levels, thus boosting the immune system. Orgasm is also known to burn calories, promote relaxation and release tension, which can improve your sleep quality. It increases blood circulation in the body and the brain, leading to increased mental sharpness. It can help alleviate pain, regenerate cells in the body and inhibit the aging process,” says Teal.

“It increases the hormone oxytocin in your body, which is a powerful brain chemical that inspires feelings of intimacy. Known as the “cuddle hormone,” oxytocin makes you feel connected to your partner, making you bond better,” she added.

The Spiritual Benefits

“After an orgasm, the body opens up to a state of receptivity, during which the meridians and chakras of the body receive an unrestricted flow of energy. Alignment occurs between the vibration of your physical perspective and your non-physical perspective. Thus, you experience a blending between your physical aspect and your non-physical aspect.

During an orgasm, the awareness of your identity or your ego is dissolved. Hence, you can touch your infinite nature. This is why sex and orgasm have been used as tools in spirituality to reach higher states of consciousness. Orgasm is, in fact, one practice you can use to attain enlightenment. Tantra is the most well known example of sexual practice being used as a doorway to enlightenment,” Teal said.

Manifest What You Want In Your Life Through Orgasms

This sounds a little too fancy to be true but the analogy is convincing. Teal says,” Human life on earth is the by-product of orgasm. Orgasm and conception go hand in hand. An orgasm has an element of extreme creative force to it. The question is, what are you conceiving?”

She calls it the ‘art of manifestation’. She says, “Orgasm is one of the most powerful tools for manifestation that you can possibly imagine. Nothing matters more than what you are focusing on and feeling the experience of in the moment of orgasm. What you focus on, especially on a feeling based level, is what you will conceive.”

“In the minute of orgasm, the accumulated energy that is building up is released. You can aim and lend that powerful burst of energy towards what you desire, thus manifesting it into reality.”

Be it a career promotion, a relationship you want to mend, a project you want to work, think about being there when you have your next coming.

Manifest Positive Beliefs In Your Life Through Orgasms

Much the same way as manifesting your desires works, here your focus is on manifesting a belief in your life while you climax. This can be used as a powerful self-esteem building process, a process to replace negative childhood thoughts such as about your looks, and so many more. Take the help of your partner to prompt what you want to hear while you are having your big O, or utter it mentally to yourself.

THE IDEAL FREQUENCY OF ORGASMS

Many of us often wonder what is healthy. Teal answers it for us. She says, “This really depends on the person and the person’s capacity to build up energy. We are all different in this respect. For some people, an orgasm per day is healthy; for others, several a day is fine; while for some, once a week will do. This also depends on what a person is doing in their lives. We can “waste” our sexual energy and use orgasm as an escape, in which case the orgasm is not healthy. But we cannot make general statements about what is healthy for all people or how many anyone can have.

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CBS All Access will start streaming live NFL games this weekend

Sling TV, Twitter, YouTube, and now CBS All Access. The NFL and CBS just announced that CBS All Access subscribers can watch the network’s NFL broadcasts starting on Sunday, December 4 and continuing through the post-season—including Thursday night games. This is a multi-year deal, which means NFL on CBS will return to CBS All Access for the 2017 season beginning with the pre-season games.

There are also a few extra benefits for CBS All Access subscribers. Apparently subscribers will also be able to “sample content” from NFL Game Pass beginning next season. Game Pass is the NFL’s subscription game streaming service, which is full featured outside of North America, but heavily restricted inside football’s heartland. It’s not clear what this “sample content” will be, but this could mean CBS All Access subscribers will get to see content from the NFL Network and RedZone. Both NFL-owned channels are part of Game Pass subscriptions.

Next season, the NFL on CBS may also be available to All Access subscribers on NFL sites and apps as well.

And now for the bad news

So here’s the thing. This is not going to be wide open streaming, where you get to pick any game that CBS is broadcasting that day. You will only see the games that are broadcast by your local CBS station, and only if you get local CBS broadcasts as part of your All Access subscription. All Access currently offers local broadcasts in 150 markets across the U.S.

This restriction is pretty standard for live NFL streaming. Sling TV, for example, only offers local Sunday day games with Sling Blue.

The other issue is that you cannot use CBS All Access to stream NFL games on your phone. Verizon has an exclusive deal for the NFL on phones, and that’s not going to change with CBS All Access.

That said, you can watch CBS All Access’ NFL games on pretty much anything else, including tablets (iPad, Android, Windows 10), consoles (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4), TVs (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick), and PCs via the web.

Why this matters: Despite the NFL’s deep ties to television and restrictive broadcast deals, the league keeps working on ways to extend its reach into the digital realm. The CBS deal follows NFL’s agreement to stream games via Twitter and deals to bring the NFL Network and RedZone to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. The NFL also recently rolled out a new virtual reality series on YouTube called NFL Immersed.

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The Google Pixel has a scary vulnerability that could compromise all your data

The PwnFest hacking competition, held in Seoul yesterday saw an interesting demonstration by a white-hat hacker group, called Qihoo 360. The hack successfully targeted Google’s shiny new Pixel handset, won the group a $120,000 cash prize and opened-up a lot of patching work for Google.

Both the regular and XL versions of the smartphone appear to be susceptible to the attack that utilizes what is know as a zero-day vulnerability. What that essentially means is a hole in the device’s security, that was present on the initial software the units shipped with. And to our knowledge, no subsequent patches have remedied the issue, yet.

As for the severity of the hack, we have to say it is pretty high up there. What the hackers demonstrated on stage is known as remote code execution. In this particular case, the attack appeared to be triggered by receiving a special message. Through it, the Pixel then proceeded to open the Google Play Store and Google Chrome. The latter displayed a message that read “Pwned by 360 Alpha Team”.

This was quite aptly put, since the video demonstrated clearly that on the attacker’s side, there was access to the phone’s full list of permissions, thanks to a background, rogue app install. That practically leaves all of your data, including multimedia, contacts and even communication channels open to whatever form of exploitation the attacker sees fit. Scary, indeed.

The good news here is that, as already mentioned, Qihoo 360 is a group of white-hat hackers, who make their money selling information for these kinds of vulnerabilities to the responsible parties, in this case Google. That, theoretically means that the online titan should have enough time to figure out how to patch the holes in peace, without details of the

vulnerability falling into the wrong hands.

It is also curious to note that Qihoo 360 cached-in a total of $520,000 at the event, after demonstrating another v

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