Sex of the baby may play important role in would-be mother’s immunity

Sex of the baby may play important role in would-be mother's immunitySex of the baby may play important role in would-be mother’s immunity
A study reveals would-be mothers, carrying female fetuses may exhibit a heightened inflammatory response that can contribute to sickness-related symptoms, such as achiness and fatigue.

According to researchers, women, over the years, have claimed that body of a mother, carrying male and female baby, react differently.

The study, published in journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, shows the sex of a baby is associated with pregnant women’s immune responses.

Inflammation is a critical part of the immune response involved in wound healing and responses to viruses, bacteria and chronic illnesses and excessive inflammation is stressful to the body and can contribute to sickness-related symptoms, such as achiness and fatigue.

Researchers from the Ohio State University’s wexner medical center in the US followed 80 pregnant women across the course of their pregnancy and examined whether women exhibited different levels of immune markers called cytokines based on fetal sex.

The analyses were conducted on levels of cytokines in the blood and levels produced by a sample of immune cells that were exposed to bacteria in the lab.

“While women didn’t exhibit differences in blood cytokine levels based on fetal sex, we did find that the immune cells of women carrying female fetuses produced more pro-inflammatory cytokines when exposed to bacteria,” said principal investigator of the study Amanda Mitchell.

“This means that women carrying female fetuses exhibited a heightened inflammatory response when their immune system was challenged, compared to women carrying male fetuses,” Mitchell explained.

Adding, “This research helps women and their obstetricians recognise that fetal sex is one factor that may impact how a woman’s body responds to everyday immune challenges and can lead to further research into how differences in immune function may affect how a women responds to different viruses, infections or chronic health conditions (such as asthma).”


Guide to Buying a Baby Play Yard

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Play yard is a portable play pen where you can put your baby when you have no time to watch him. For example, you can put your baby in the play yard while you are preparing his meal. In this way, you don’t have to worry about him crawling to around home and accidentally doing something dangerous. It is convenient to bring a play yard with you if there is no cot available for you to put your baby at the place where you are going to stay in your travel destination.

Today’s play yards come with entertainment extras such as mobiles or lullaby music. With just push, you can quickly set up the play yard within a few minutes. There is a manual which you can refer to the manufacturer’s instructions when assembling it. The manual will state the maximum weight and age limit the play yard can support. Basically, you should stop putting your child in the play yard when your child reaches the age limit recommended by the manufacturer or when he is big enough to climb out on his own.

The cheap pack play yard for babies is light and you can easily carry it to different room whenever you want. Even though the play yard is light, it is very sturdy and won’t collapse when your baby is jumping and moving around in it. When you don’t want to use the play yard, you can fold it away and store in the travel bag. It only takes one pull to fold the play yard.

The padding in the attached bassinet is soft and serves as a cushion for your baby. Because of the soft cushion, your baby won’t easily get hurt when he falls onto the padding. It can also be used as a bed for your infant. Many play yard comes with a changing table insert that allows you to change your baby’s diaper conveniently.

The bassinet can support baby that weigh up to 15 pounds. When the bassinet attachment is removed, it will function as a play yard for a child that weight up to 30 pounds. You can remove the bassinet when your baby becomes heavier than 15 pounds. Usually, at this time, the baby will be able to sit up or crawl.

There are meshes on all four sides to provide adequate ventilation while the baby is inside. The durable frame is made from metal tubing. You should find a play yard that is equipped with caster wheels if you are going to move it around a lot. There may be pockets that allow you to store your baby items such as diapers and blankets.

If you want to use it as a travel cot, make sure it comes with a sturdy travel bag. The travel bag must be comfortable to carry and won’t easily break when you frequently use it to carry the play yard. Play yards that have been tested for safety will feature the JPMA certification seal. Therefore, you must remember to check for this seal no matter you are buying it at an online or offline store.

Google Play Newsstand gets a long overdue makeover

The latest version of the app finally gets up to speed with the latest Material Design visual guidelines.

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Google Play Newsstand is the long-neglected outlier of Google’s family of Android apps. It’s finally getting some attention that makes it looks like it belongs side by side with the many other apps in the Google portfolio.

Version 4.0 starts you out with “The Briefing,” a collection of relevant articles that lead the news cycle based on your location and interests.

There are four new bottom navigation bars to help you move around the app with greater ease: For You, Library, Explore, and Read Later.

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A new briefing and bottom navigation bars highlight the new interface.

Additionally, you’ll find trending topics when you hit the search bar and more categories when scrolling around that offer you a chance to stumble upon additional news articles. Google is also tapping into your browsing habits in an effort to give you a more personalized experience.

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Trending searches and splashier categories are designed to help you find news worth reading.

In all, the app looks good. You can also head to the settings and enable or turn off customized alerts based on topics you want to hear more about. Also, the app remains the digital home for any magazines that you subscribe to through the Play Store.

Version 4.0 is rolling out through the Play Store and is available now on APK Mirror.

The impact on you: This update may finally give you a reason to take another look at Google Play Newsstand. It had dropped off my radar so much I didn’t even have it installed on my Pixel until this update came along. There are some good features in this new version, though it may not be overwhelming enough to replace whatever daily habits you’ve formed in getting news from other apps.


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Windows Store won’t let you play with Steam gamers

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Continuing the trend of “Windows Store versions being demonstrably worse than their Steam counterparts,” Activision’s put out some disturbing news about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare—namely, that the Windows Store version isn’t cross-play compatible with either the Steam version or the Xbox version.

Wait, what? I thought the big draw for games in the Windows Store was making Xbox and Windows 10 could play well together? Not here, apparently, because while Microsoft’s platforms support cross-play, it’s not required. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare isn’t an Xbox Play Anywhere title (meaning your PC purchase doesn’t transfer to the Xbox) and the multiplayer communities won’t have any contact. Nor, more disturbingly, can you see your fellow keyboard-and-mouse brethren playing through Steam.

On the game’s FAQ, two similarly worded questions read “Can I play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered for Windows 10 on Windows Store with my friends that are playing on Xbox One/another PC platform?” The answer, in both cases, is “No, you can only play these titles with other users of Windows 10 on Windows Store.”

I’ll keep it simple: Don’t buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare through the Windows Store. Get your PC copy literally anywhere else. This is a ridiculous constraint, and whether it’s the fault of Activision or Microsoft or just a limitation of the Windows Store’s sandboxed universal Windows platform format, the consumer is getting screwed.

Windows Central received a statement from Microsoft that says “We support cross-play between devices and platforms for partners who want to enable it.” That makes it sound like this befuddling, deal-breaking multiplayer restriction is Activision’s fault, but there’s enough wiggle room that it doesn’t really rule out it being a limitation of UWP itself.

Regardless, Call of Duty’s PC presence is already minimal compared to consoles, and the number of people buying through the Windows Store instead of Steam is undoubtedly even smaller. With no cross-play, the Windows Store-specific multiplayer community is a niche subset of an already small group, and it’s going to dry up faster than a puddle in the Sahara.


Motorola Moto G4 Play lands in India for $135

As expected, the Motorola Moto G4 Play has been launched in India. The device – which was made official back in May this year – carries a price tag of INR 8,999 in the Asian country. This translates into around $135 at current exchange rates.

Specs-wise, the handset is powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC, and sports a 5.0-inch HD display. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable internal memory, and packs in a removable 2,800mAh battery. In terms of camera, the phone features an 8MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter.

The Moto G4 Play is an Amazon exclusive in India, with sales beginning 10:00pm today.


Unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be out in the US in October

Unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be out in the US in October

So far the Moto Z and Moto Z Force have both been exclusive to Verizon in the US, but back when they were first announced we were promised an unlocked version of the former would hit the States at some point. And now we know when to expect that.

It turns out that both the Moto Z and the just-announced Moto Z Play will be available in unlocked form in the US in October. Pre-orders for this version of the Moto Z will start on September 15.

The unlocked Moto Z will be sold directly by Motorola for $699.99 and it will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. The unlocked Moto Z Play will go for $449.99. In both cases, the prices are higher than what Verizon is charging – $624 for the Z and $408 for the Z Play. But apparently that’s the price you need to pay if you want a Z-series device and can’t stand the carrier nicknamed Big Red.


Another set of Moto Z Play images leak

A couple of new images of the Motorola Moto Z Play have surfaced online, revealing the front of the upcoming phone. While the first one focuses on device info, the second image shows a photo captured by the device’s camera in low-light conditions.

As for design, this new set of leaked images is inline with images we’ve already seen before.

In case you missed, the handset was recently spotted in a promotional poster in China. The poster revealed that the Moto Z Play is a modular smartphone with 16MP rear camera and a battery that can run up to 36 hours in standby mode. In addition, it was also revealed that a 15 minute charge is enough for the phone to run for a whopping 10 hours.

Already certified by TENAA and subject of several rumors and leaks, the device is expected to be made official on September 6.


Motorola Moto Z Play now spotted on GFXBench

Motorola Moto Z Play now spotted on GFXBench

The Motorola Moto Z Play, which has already been the subject of several rumors and leaks, has now been spotted on benchmarking website GFXBench, reconfirming some of its key specifications.

The listing reveals that the device is powered by a Snapdragon SoC with octa-core 2.0GHz processor, and sports a 5.5-inch full HD display. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, and also features a 16MP rear unit.

If you compare, these specifications are broadly in line with what TENAA revealed earlier this month. Other key specs that were revealed by TENAA include 5MP front shooter, 4K video, and 3,510mAh battery. Also revealed by the listing were the device’s measurements (156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm) and weight (165g).

The Moto Z Play is expected to be made official on September 6.

Now you can play Solitaire and more in Google search


Google just decided to add a little more fun to search—as if “do a barrel roll” and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe references weren’t already enough. The company recently announced that you can now play solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and flip a coin right inside your search results.

On top of that you can entertain young children (or childish co-workers) with animal sounds that playback in your browser. The new features are available now on the web and within the Google app—not including the app for Windows mobile devices.


Google’s new solitaire game.

The new feature works like anything else would in a search result. Just search for “solitaire” in Google and right at the top you’ll see the option to play. Google has only included the standard version of solitaire. Searches for Freecell or Spider Solitaire will come up short for games embedded in your results.


Google’s Tic-Tac-Toe game.

Tic-tac-toe also shows up at the top of search results, and is built for player-vs-player games or player-vs-computer.


Google’s new Animal Farm.

As for animal sounds, just search for “what sound does a pig make?” At the top you’ll see an option to play a pig’s oink, as well as a carousel below that with all the other animal noises that are available.

The story behind the story: Google is no stranger to adding games to search, but typically these games replace its logo as a Google Doodle. The most famous example of which was in 2010 whenGoogle added Pac-Man to its site. An analysis by RescueTime said the Pac-Man game cost the U.S. economy $120 million in lost productivity on its first day in the wild. What’s interesting this time, however, is that Google chose to call out the addition of solitaire and the other games to search. Typically, little things like this are left as Easter Eggs for users to discover.


Motorola Moto Z Play spotted in promotional poster in China

Looks like the Motorola Moto Z Play – which has already been the subject of several rumors and leaks – may soon be made official. A promotional poster for the upcoming device has been spotted outside a retailer’s shop in China, suggesting an imminent launch.

The poster suggests that the Moto Z Play is also a modular-smartphone, with a battery that can run upto 36 hours in standby mode. A 15 minute charge is enough for the phone to run for a whopping 10 hours. The poster also confirms a 16MP rear camera for the device.

Reports say the phone – which has already been certified by TENAA – could be made official on September 6.