Carrot, avocado, honey and egg face mask for dry ageing skin
This natural face mask is packed with antioxidants and moisturising agents that work to hydrate your skin, while also acting to neutralise the free radicals that otherwise cause ageing.
Carrots are rich source of potassium that prevents skin dryness and also contain anti-inflammatory properties to help revitalise and tone up your skin. The other three ingredients, namely, avocado, honey and egg yolk are all moisturising agents.
Take 1 carrot, peeled and de-stemmed, 1/2 avocado, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive or coconut oil and 1 egg yolk.
Steam or boil the carrot till it turns so tender that a fork can pierce it easily. Blend it along with 1/2 fully ripe avocado in a blender until it forms a uniform consistency pulp. Stir in 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk and mix well all the ingredients together. Smear it evenly onto your freshly washed face, leaving it there for about 15 minutes. Rinse of the mask with a warm washcloth, followed by applying moisturiser on the still wet skin.
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After launching it in China last year, ZTE has now brought the Blade A2 Plus to India. The device – which packs in a massive 5,000mAh battery – carries a price tag of INR 11,999 (around $180), and is a Flipkart exclusive in the country (it will go on sale Monday onwards).
Specs-wise, the phone is powered by MediaTek MT6750T chipset, and sports a 5.5-inch full HD display. RAM is 4GB (there’s a 3GB variant as well, but it’s not available in India), while internal memory is 32GB.
In terms of camera, the handset features a 13MP/8MP combo. Measuring 155×76.2×9.8mm, and weighing in at 189g, the Blade A2 Plus runs Android Marshmallow. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back. Color options include gold and silver.
Plex is getting into the home automation game. The popular media management software just announced it now has an Alexa skill, as well as smart home features that turns off the lights or post a message in Slack based on an action you take with Plex.
The new Alexa skill is available now in the US and UK Alexa stores. Once you’ve activated the Plex skill, you can ask your Alexa to play content from your local media library on demand, such as a movie or a television episode from a specific season. Not sure what you’re in the mood for? You can also ask Alexa and Plex (Plexa?) to suggest music or something to watch.
Plex doesn’t specifically say this, but it appears the Alexa skill is open to all users, not just Plex Pass subscribers.
That said, the company is also adding an interesting new feature for Plex Pass users called Webhooks. Basically, what this means is that when you take an action with Plex, a secondary action can be carried out by a computer.
If you start a movie in Plex, for example, you could use Plex’s Webhooks feature to automatically dim the living room lights. Right now, Plex is hoping to get developers to start adding Webhooks that integrate with Plex.
The impact on you at home: There are three examples on Github that you can try out right now, including desktop notifications for music playback, automated Slack posts when you rate something in Plex, and a smart light integration with the Wink Hub.
This story, “Plex’s new Amazon Echo support lets you control your home theater with your voice” was originally published by TechHive.
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People with Type 1 diabetes need to exercise safely (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
Maintaining good exerciseregimen may be difficult and risky, especially for people with Type 1 diabetes, because exercise tends to cause fluctuations in blood sugar, which may even become dangerous, researchers warned.
Patients with Type 1 diabeteshave to monitor their blood glucose levels before, during and after exercise, said Michael Riddell, Professor at York University in Ontario, Canada.
Regular exercise can help individuals with diabetes to achieve their blood lipid, body composition, fitness and blood sugar goals.
However, for people living with Type 1 diabetes, the fear of hypoglycemia, loss of glycemic control, and inadequate knowledge around exercise management are major barriers, Riddell said.
In the study, published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a team of 21 international experts brought out a set of guidelines on glucose targets for safe and effective exercising as well as nutritional and insulin dose adjustments to prevent exercise-related fluctuations in blood sugar.
Diabetic patients should maintain a healthy body weight nor do they achieve the minimum required moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity of150 minutes per week.
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In paediatric patients, exercise reduces the cardiovascular disease risk profile, improves the sense of well-being and brings down average blood glucose levels, whereas in adults, being physically active may decrease the risk of both diabetic eye disease and kidney disease.
They also have a better chance of achieving target levels of glycated hemoglobin levels, blood pressure levels and a healthier body mass index (BMI) when compared to inactive patients, Riddell said.
The results showed that aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging or light cycling are associated with reductions in glycemia while anaerobic exercise like sprinting, heavy weight-lifting, and interval sports like hockey are known to temporarily increase glucose levels.
Hence, a clear understanding of the physiology of different forms of exercise and the changes that can influence glycemia during exercise may ensure safe and diabetes control, the researchers noted.
The inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the US unlocked as many meme ideas as there are protests against his actions. But might be the weirdest we have seen – Russian company Caviar sells two 32GB iPhone 7 units with gold-plated backs and embossed faces of the Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
The backs also include the coat of arms of the country and the first two lines of the national anthem.
The iPhones come in a wooden box and there are plans to sell them in a globe-shaped box. “We have arranged a personal tête-à-tête meeting of leaders for integration of their forces”, commented brand representatives.
The price is RUB 399,000 or about $6,650 but you can get them separately for RUB 199,000 ($3,313) each.
Caviar does not stop there – it offers patriotic golden docking stations for said iPhones. Well, Winnie the Pooh said “The more, the better” and looks like the company is sticking by that when talking about gold
You are not running a marathon or trying to power through your morning jog. You are simply standing in one place and then Ouch! A sharp shooting musclecramp hits your foot. The pain is sharp, sudden and almost too much to bear. At some point, most of us have experienced this sheer agony of a spasm which occurs either through some protracted physical effort like running, playing football swimming, or, without any sort of provocation. Just like that. While exercise-related cramps can be avoided by stretching and warming up before and after, it’s the unexplained cramps that can cause you pains. Why are some people more prone to debilitating cramps than others? Could it because they could be suffering from…
Lack of water can cause muscles to contract. While water (more than your usual intake) is needed while you are exercising, doing physically strenuous work or hot summer — even day-to-day functioning — requires you to drink more water than usual, which is 8-10 glasses.
Lack of iron leads to lack of muscle oxygenation, which results in that sharp pain. Sources of iron are plentiful: leafy greens, whole grains, nuts and meat are some popular sources of iron.
Zinc is a trace mineral which is very important for muscular activity (aids development of muscle tissue). While this mineral is found in foods like oysters, crab, red meat, along with beans and legumes, it’s not available in too many foods. Check with your doctor if taking a multivitamin supplement is a good idea.
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Magnesium is another trace mineral important for muscle functioning. Low Mg results in cramps. Food sources include dark leafy greens, fish, seeds, nuts, yogurt and bananas.
…Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D helps in maintaining the balance of calcium and phosphorus, and a deficiency can cause cramping. Eat egg yolk, fatty fish and cheese. Ask your doctor about other ways to raise vitamin D levels.
Exercise-related cramps can be avoided by stretching and warming up before and after, it’s the unexplained cramps that can cause you pains.
Intel’s next big Moore’s Law advance will be a 7-nm pilot plant it is establishing this year to explore the upcoming manufacturing process.
The chipmaker announced it was establishing the pilot plant during an earnings call on Thursday.
For decades, Moore’s Law has been the guiding light for Intel to make teenier, faster, and more power-efficient chips. The effort has helped PC makers continuously shrink laptops and mobile devices while adding longer battery life.
Intel is trying to hang onto the long-standing observation as a way to push its chip technology forward. However, some experts argue Moore’s Law is expiring as it becomes physically impossible to cram more features on smaller chips.
The pilot plant will test and iron out kinks in manufacturing 7-nm chips. Intel hasn’t said when it’ll start shipping 7-nm chips in volume, but it won’t be in the next two to three years.
“The pilot line is about figuring out how to make billions of chips,” said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research.
The pilot plant has limited production, but it sets the stage for Intel to invest billions in larger factories to make smaller 7-nm chips.
“Once they have the process locked down, it’s replicated in the other plants,” McCarron said.
Intel’s latest chips, based on Kaby Lake, are made using the 14-nanometer process, and the company is now moving to 10-nm with its upcoming Cannonlake chip, which was shown in a PC at CES earlier this month. The 7-nm chips will come after the 10-nm process.
Cannonlake chips will ship in small volumes by year-end, and their availability will expand next year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during the earnings call.
Moore’s Law has also helped Intel roll out new chips on a yearly basis like clockwork. Intel first interpreted Moore’s Law as a way to double the number of transistors in chips every 18 to 24 months, which doubles performance.
But that interpretation didn’t work on the 14-nm process, where it became a challenge to cram more transistors in smaller geometries. Intel dealt with embarrassing product delays and had to move away from its decades-old schedule of advancing the manufacturing process every two years.
Intel also broke away from its history of making two new chip technologies with each manufacturing cycle. It made three new chip technologies — Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake — with the 14-nm process.
The chipmaker now isn’t worried about doubling the transistor count with every new chip generation. Instead, Intel is now interpreting Moore’s Law more in line with the economics related to cost-per-transistor, which would drop with scaling. That’s an important part of Moore’s Law.
Intel last year said it was trying to get back to a two-year manufacturing cycle with the 7-nm process, but with smarter chip designs.
The 7-nm process could bring radical design changes to chips, which will be much smaller and power efficient. Intel’s planning on using exotic III-V materials like gallium-nitride for faster chips that could bring laptops longer battery life.
Intel is looking at the 7-nm process to alleviate some of the challenges it faces on the 14-nm and 10-nm processors. The company has hinted it would introduce EUV (extreme ultraviolet) tools in the manufacturing process. EUV will help etch finer features on chips, but its implementation has been delayed multiple times.
The pilot factory will help validate all those features, and then allow Intel to order equipment for the new factories, McCarron said.
Competitors like Globalfoundries and Samsung are getting a head-start on the 7-nm process. Globalfoundries has said it will start making 7-nm chips by 2018, and ARM has released tools for the design of 7-nm chips. It’s not clear if Globalfoundries will do 7-nm test runs or start making chips in large volumes.
Samsung and Globalfoundries have just started making 10-nm chips like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, which will appear in smartphones soon.
Globalfoundries is a close partner with IBM, which produced the first 7-nm chips last year.
I hope you like videos, because we have about a million of them this week. Launch trailers, announcement vids, Planet Coaster rides, the works.
This week: A Dirt 4 teaser, Bossa’s new skateboarding turf war, Square Enix teaming up with Marvel, Ni No Kuni II on PC, the Pillars of Eternity documentary, the end of Star Wars recreated as a roller coaster, and so much more.
This is your gaming news for the busiest week of January, a.k.a. January 23 to 27.
Tony Hawk: American Paintland
Bossa’s Worlds Adrift isn’t even released yet, but apparently the studio’s been working on two games simultaneously. This week the Surgeon Simulator dev announced Decksplash, some sort of skateboarding game that involves painting an arena with sweet tricks. Literally.
I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. There’s video though:
The long tail
There are two releases I’m excited about this week. The surprising part? Both are related to games that launched way back in ye olde 2015. Some of 2015’s best games, actually. First up, Crypt of the Necrodancer, which released its Amplified DLC prequel into Early Access.
And then there’s Cayne, a free (FREE!) prequel chapter to isometric horror game Stasis. I haven’t gotten a chance to play Cayne yet and don’t know how good it is, but Stasis itself was brilliant. Highly recommended.
Another new announcement: Dirt 4, which is set to release a mere four months from now on June 6. Presumably 2015’s Dirt Rally will live on as the sim-oriented half of the series and Dirt 4 will be more arcade-y—a bit of a Forza and Forza Horizon dynamic. We’ll see! For now, there’s just a short teaser.
When’s the last time there was a good Marvel game? Maybe one of the Lego titles? Point being: Marvel may have taken over Netflix and movie theaters, but its video games have been either bad or nonexistent since the PS2 era.
That might change, though. This week Square announced a partnership with Marvel, with both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal apparently working on an Avengers game. Let’s hope it’s as interesting and innovative as Spider-Man 2 was at the time.
A trailer for every star in the galaxy
BioWare’s certainly making up for the fact we had no Mass Effect news for months and months and months. This week? Two trailers, one cinematic (below) and another focusing on the crew.
When’s the last time Quake was the focus of QuakeCon? Been a while, eh?
But with Bethesda announcing Quake Champions at E3 2016, it’s safe to say it’ll take center stage at this year’s QuakeCon. If that piques your interest, Bethesda announced it’ll return to Dallas from August 24 to 27. And hey, it’s free so…
Pray for release
The star of QuakeCon 2016 will probably not make another appearance this year though, considering it releases on May 5. That’s Prey of course, which nabbed an official release date.
Ni No Kuni on PC
The original Ni No Kuni and its painterly art style may be forever stuck on the PS3, but its sequel is making moves. Bandai Namco announced this week that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be coming to the PC day-and-date with the PS4.
Lamentations of the players
Conan Exiles hits Early Access next week, and if you’re curious what to expect then here’s a trailer featuring a crucifixion, a burly man, and a sabertooth with a scorpion tail.
This post is reaching its trailer capacity, but I somehow missed a Thimbleweed Park trailer last week so I’m going to rectify that now because, well, the game looks great. This one centers on Ransome, the swear-filled clown.
Pillars of Eternity II launched a Fig campaign just yesterday and it’s already blown past its $1.1 million goal. Excellent. If you’re curious what goes into game development though, you might be interested in watching The Road to Eternity, the documentary that chronicled development of the first Pillars of Eternity (originally for backers only). Set aside an hour and a half this weekend and watch.
That’s no moon, it’s a roller coaster
Planet Coaster’s been out for a bit and we’re starting to see some really impressive projects—like “Death Star Strike,” a Star Wars-themed coaster replete with a Millenium Falcon, X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the trench run from A New Hope. Created by Chuck Maurice and Co., the coaster apparently took over 100 hours of work and all I can say is “Wow.” (Via Rock Paper Shotgun)
The Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus are seemingly set for a Barcelona unveiling next month, but oddly it’s been just the Plus version that’s been the star in recent rumors. Well, it’s the non-Plus that’s stopped by the FCC, for a change.
The US telecom regulator has given it the green light, and even if it’s typically not the most prolific source of intel, sifting through the papers you could still find a few interesting bits. For one, the G5 will support NFC – a first for the G-series (if you don’t count certain regional versions of the Moto G4 Play, as pointed out in the comments).
FCC documentation excerpts
The other thing, revealed by the FCC filing, is battery capacity – listed at 3,000mAh, it’s slightly less than the floating 3,100mAh number for the Plus. The phone will come with a fast charger capable of outputting 14.4W at either 9V/1.6A or 12V/1.2A, as well as 5V/1.6A. You’d also be intrigued to find out that the bundled USB cable will be 1-meter long. Or not.
The rest of the so far established specs of the Moto G5 include a 5.5-inch FullHD display, 16GB of storage and a 13MP/5MP camera combo. For more, we’ll need to wait until February 26.
Healthy food may benefit people with HIV, diabetes: Study (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
Mediterranean diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats for six months may benefit people with HIV and Type 2 diabetes.
According to researchers, through healthy food and snacks HIV-positive people were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, and people with type 2 diabetes, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare.
The study, which appeared online in the Journal of Urban Health, was designed to evaluate whether helping people get medically appropriate, comprehensive nutrition would improve their health.
“We saw significant improvements in food security and in outcomes related to all three mechanisms through which we posited food insecurity may affect HIV and diabetes health–nutritional, mental health, and behavioral,” said Kartika Palar from University Of California – San Francisco.
“We saw dramatic improvements in depression, the distress of having diabetes, diabetes self-management, trading-off between food and healthcare and HIV medication adherence,” Palar added.
They included 52 participants in the study.
They found number of people with diabetes who achieved optimal blood sugar control increased, and decreases in hospitalizations or emergency department visits, but these changes did not reach statistical significance. Participants with diabetes also consumed less sugar and lost weight.
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The researchers followed the participants for six months and found they consumed fewer fats, while increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Overall, those in the study had fewer symptoms of depression and were less likely to binge drink. For those with HIV, adherence to antiretroviral therapy increased from 47 to 70 percent.
The meals and snacks, which participants picked up twice a week, were based on the Mediterranean diet and featured fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats like olive oil, and whole grains.
“This study highlights the vital role that community-based food support organisations can play in supporting health and well-being of chronically ill populations who struggle to afford basic needs,” said senior study author Sheri Weiser.
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