What Can a Laser Do for Your Skin?

Lasers are fantastic devices that can do absolutely all sorts. They are used more and more frequently for different types of skin treatments as well. So just what can a laser do for your skin?

Skin Peel

The skin can be exfoliated with laser, meaning dead cells are removed. This leaves the skin appearing more youthful and shiny. By doing this, the skin is stimulated into producing new, healthy cells.

Wrinkle Removal

Laser wrinkle removal is perhaps the most popular of all laser treatments. It does, however, lead to a bit of redness that has to heal. That is because dead cells are actually removed or ablated. Modern techniques take about four days to recover, which is only a third of more traditional methods.

New Collagen Stimulation

One of the reasons why we develop wrinkles is because the skin is no longer able to produce sufficient collagen, which is needed for the elasticity and youthful appearance of the skin. If collagen is warmed up to the exact right temperature, however, it is stimulated into creating new cells. This can also be done by laser, which penetrates the layers of the skin to just the right depth and warms the collagen up to just the right level.

Pigment Removal

People with pigment and sun damage can use laser to have this damage removed. Most commonly, professionals will use Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL. It is very gentle and highly effective at removing brown spots, creating a more youthful appearance.

Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening works in the same way as collagen stimulation. Essentially, when more collagen is produce, the skin becomes tighter. This procedure is effective, but does not achieve the results expected from a face lift, for instance. Additionally, healing can be quite lengthy and many people have to have multiple treatments.

Removing Rosacea and Red Spots

As people age, it is quite common to start to develop red spots, have broken blood vessels, and have permanent rosacea on the face. While not overly unsightly, most people who have it feel very self-conscious about it. Laser treatment can help remove these types of spots and blemishes. IPL can be beneficial, although the 1064 Yag is the most effective of all.

Hair Removal

Laser can also be used to remove unwanted hair. The Lightshear Diode is most commonly used. This method is particularly effective on people with dark skin.

Tattoo Removal

Last but not least, laser can be used to remove tattoos. It is important to understand, however, that this is an incredibly painful procedure, far more painful than the original tattoo, and it is not a quick fix. People should not see it, therefore, as an easy solution to fix a silly mistake.

These are some of the most common uses for lasers on the skin. If you are interested in any of these procedures, it is vital that you find a true specialist to do it. Lasers, after all, are very dangerous as well.

Samsung’s smart motorcycle windshield uses your phone to power a virtual dashboard

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Samsung’s brewed up a fresh idea of how to bring a smart dashboard system to the motorcycle with a new concept called the Samsung Smart Windshield. It’s a kind of heads-up—eyes slightly down, really—display that allows motorcyclists to keep their hands on the handlebars and still interact with their phones.

The basic idea is that you connect your smartphone (via Wi-Fi and a dedicated app) to a device embedded in your bike that includes a projector. When you’re on the road, the projector takes information from your smartphone and displays it in a semi-transparent view on the bottom of the bike’s windshield.

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The Smart Windshield can display all kinds of content, including turn-by-turn navigation, email, messaging, and phone notifications. Other smartphone notifications may also be available. There’s also an automatic SMS reply feature to keep bikers from reaching for the phone in their pocket while on the road.

Samsung is billing the Smart Windshield as a “revolution for young motorbike riders.” Ignoring the use of “motorbike” instead of “motorcycle,” the Smart Windshield sounds like a useful feature. So far, adding smart features to motorcycles has centered around heads-up displays built into the helmet, as Auto Blog pointed out in its initial report of Samsung’s concept product.

A windshield display may make more sense, however, since it would be less distracting than something that’s right in your face. That said, looking down at the windshield would still divert your attention, and on a motorcycle the negative consequences of distracted driving tend to be worse than in a car.

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Why Instagram wants to re-order your photo feed

Instagram will soon rearrange its users’ feeds based on relevancy rather than chronological order, the photo-sharing app said in an official blogpost on Tuesday.

Instagram said it hopes that a more tailored feed will improve the overall user experience. The company told CNBC it’s using machine learning to detect patterns and adapt to users’ behavior.

“If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in,” the company said. “And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy, you won’t miss it.”

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, made similar changes on its feeds earlier this year.

Twitter also introduced a similar feature earlier this year. As a result, Twitter said users tended to tweet and retweet more.

Instagram’s change will roll out in the coming months, and during what it called an extended testing period, the company will be accepting feedback on those changes, Instagram said.

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The bull run’s not over — but curb your enthusiasm: Traders

Stocks have staged a massive comeback from their mid-February lows — and that has lit a fire underneath some of Wall Street’s biggest bulls.

Last week, an encouraging U.S. jobs report helped blue chip stocks end a turbulent two-month stretch, with the Dow Jones Industrials closing above the psychologically-key 17,000 level for the first time since early January. The S&P 500 Index also jumped to a 2-month high.

Read MoreWall Street’s 7-year old bull could slow down

“On the margin there’s a lot of puts and takes, but the tone is really different,” Fundstrat Global Advisors, Tom Lee told CNBC’s “Fast Money” last week. “For January and February, for the most of the month, it was universally negative and I think in the last few weeks things have really changed.”

Lee, who is the biggest bull on the Street, has an S&P 500 2016 year-end price target is 2,325 and sees the market returning to its most recent high of 2,130, by May.

Oppenheimer Chief Market Strategist, John Stoltzfus, believes that the broad market will continue to grind higher to 2,300 by the end of 2016 – but there’s no reason to get overly excited about mini-rallies along the way.

“I think things keep getting better at a creeping kind of rate. It’s a Larry David kind of market,” Stoltzfus told “Fast Money” recently. “You got to keep your enthusiasm curbed. Right-size your expectations, and you just might be positively surprised.”

‘LINE IN THE SAND’

Lee isn’t the only one banking on stabilization to push the market higher. One trader called crude’s recent push above $30 a “kind of a line in the sand” for investors

If we can stabilize above that, I think the equity market will like that,” Wells Fargo Senior Global Equity Strategist Scott Wren, told the traders recently. “I think all the market needs to do to get into our year-end target range and the upper end of that target range is stability.”

Wren recent cut his year-end target from 2,230-2,330 to 2,000-2,100, citing the excessive declines seen in January.

Meanwhile, UBS believes the bull run never ended and the market’s “negativity bubble” has popped.

“What we think has happened is this turn in February where assets from the Mexican peso, to unleaded gas, to retail stocks in the S&P, all turning together means that that mentality has changed,” UBS Executive Director of U.S. Equity and Derivatives Strategy, Julian Emanuel, said.

“Things just need to go a little bit better than they have been, and you can continue to get a rally,” he added. Emanuel’s year-end price target on the S&P 500 is 2,175, nearly 9 percent higher than current levels.

According to Lee, there are multiple key drivers that could push the market even higher: crude oil reaching an equilibrium, new policy actions in China, high-yield stabilization and the dollar beginning to flatten out.

“The dollar is no longer going up 20 percent a year, so that’s really bullish for risky asset views,” said Lee.

If the S&P does surge into year-end, sectors Stoltzfus finds attractive are consumer discretionary, tech, industrials and materials – He’s much less positive on the financials.

“We’re looking for financials to play second fiddle to the cyclicals,” he added.

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10 awesome hidden features in your Android smartphone

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Check all apps you have installed till date on your Android device
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Check all apps you have installed till date on your Android device

As Android works on your Gmail account, you will be happy to know that you can actually check all the applications you have downloaded on your device till date.

To see the entire list of the applications installed till date from your Google ID:

Tap on the three lines on the Google search bar in Play store.

There you will find the ‘My apps’ section under the ‘Apps and games’. Tap on it to see the list.

Of course, you can also install ‘My purchases’ from the Play store that shows you everything you’ve paid for at Google Play store with the respective prices. But the above method is way cooler, don’t you think?

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There’s no doubt that Android is the most widely used mobile operating system around the globe. It is also the most customisable mobile OS out there and the flexibility it offers is unparalleled. If you think you have explored your Android phone to the fullest, then take a look at these 10 tips and tricks that will make you see your phone in a different light.
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Eating your greens might stave off glaucoma

estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and 120,000 are blind because of the disease. A study published this week in JAMA Ophthalmology shows that a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables might reduce the risk of this debilitating disease. It is time to break out the spinach.
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Could nitrates in leafy greens prevent glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness; even if treatment is received, 10% of people with the condition will eventually lose their sight.

Unfortunately, as it stands, there is no cure; to make matters worse, there are no early symptoms that might assist in catching the disease in its developmental stage.

This most recent investigation shows that an increase in dietary nitrate and green vegetables significantly reduces the risk of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG).

POAG is the most common form of glaucoma and is characterized by an increase in eye pressure and a gradual loss of vision.

Researcher Jae H. Kang led the investigative team based at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

The group used data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

In total, the analysis investigated 63,893 women (1984-2012) and 41,094 men (1986-2012). All participants were over the age of 40 and had no history of POAG. For the duration of the follow-up, 1,483 cases of POAG occurred in the sample.

Primary open-angle glaucoma

POAG is caused by a slow clogging of the eye’s drainage canals that slowly increases the pressure within the eye. “Open-angle” refers to the angle at the point where the cornea meets the iris. In POAG, this angle is normal. For angle-closure glaucoma – a rarer version of glaucoma – the angle is reduced.

An impaired autoregulation of the blood flow in the optic nerve has also been implicated in POAG. The vascular endothelium (the lining of the circulatory system) helps regulate this blood flow and is considered to play a role in the etiology of glaucoma. One of the factors that impacts the functioning of the vascular endothelium is nitrous oxide (NO).

Dietary nitrate, predominantly derived from green, leafy vegetables, is converted to NO and has been shown to be beneficial for blood circulation. Kang and her team wanted to see if an increase in nitrate might have a positive effect on glaucoma.

Nitrates reducing glaucoma

In the present study, every 2 years, the group’s diets were assessed for their green vegetable intake, and their nitrate intake was calculated. The participants were split into five groups accordingly; the highest group consumed roughly 240 mg of nitrate per day and the lowest approximately 80 mg per day.

The researchers found that the group consuming the most nitrogen had a 20-30% lower risk of POAG.

The results were even more substantial for a type of glaucoma associated with a dysfunction of blood flow autoregulation, known as POAG with early paracentral visual field loss. In this case, nitrogen-rich diets lessened the chances of developing the disease by 40-50%.

The study’s authors recognize that cause and effect is impossible to infer from this type of study, but they also recognize the significance of the findings:

“These results, if confirmed in observational and intervention studies, could have important public health implications.”

Nitrate-rich foods

Nitrate (NO3) is a varied chemical with a host of seemingly contradictory roles. Millions of kilograms of nitrate are produced yearly as fertilizer; it is also used as an oxidizing agent in explosives. Another, albeit less common, use of nitrate is during the curing of meats.

For the purpose of this article, our primary interest is nitrate’s potential benefit on cardiovascular health. Dietary nitrates are thought to help keep oxygen levels high in the blood and consequently reduce the thickness of the blood, lowering blood pressure and preventing potentially dangerous clotting.

Although there are numerous nitrate-rich vegetables to choose from, in the current study, only two vegetables were robustly associated with a drop in glaucoma:

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Internet Archive brings hundreds of classic Apple II games to your web browser

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The Internet Archive has been on a roll lately, bringing back classic MS-DOS games, Windows 3.1 software, and even defanged versions of old PC viruses.

Now, the site has hit a milestone with its Apple II collection: A group of anonymous hackers have successfully broken the elaborate copy-protection schemes on more than 500 classic games and programs. The result is that these Apple II classics are now playable directly in modern web browsers.

It’s worth noting that Archive.org’s Apple II collection already spanned thousands of titles—yes, including Number Munchers—before hitting this milestone. But as archivist Jason Scott explains in a blog post, a subset of these programs have proven particularly troublesome to preserve in their original form.

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“Off the shelf, the programs would include copy protection routines that went so far as to modify the performance of the floppy drive, or force the Apple II’s operating system to rewrite itself to behave in strange ways,” Scott wrote.

The difficulty of cracking these schemes meant that hackers would sometimes omit parts of the code, or embed “crack screens” or alternate color schemes as a way of putting a personal stamp their work. They also tended to focus entirely on popular arcade games rather than obscure software.

Archive.org’s “4am collection” (4am being a term for anonymous persons) attempts to preserve a wide swath of Apple II software in its original form. The site then uses its JavaScript-based emulator to run these games and programs directly in the browser. Each of these offerings include elaborate descriptions from the hackers on how they overcame the disk’s copy protection. (Here’s an example.)

To play the games, you need a modern browser such as Firefox or Chrome, with JavaScript enabled. Most games are playable with a keyboard, though it may take some experimentation to figure out the key mappings.

Why this matters: As with the Internet Archive’s DOS and Windows libraries, the Apple II catalog includes popular fare like Pac-Man and Arkanoid, but also plenty of titles so obscure that they’d surely be lost without efforts to run them on modern hardware. The anonymous hackers behind the 4am Collection are doing important work, even if it wades into legally murky territory.

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Onetastic add-in for OneNote puts your notes in a calendar

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Microsoft’s OneNote is a great tool for keeping random notes, research, shopping lists, and whatever else you feel the need to jot down. But it doesn’t really have a great way to extract notes based on date. That’s where a fantastic add-in called Onetastic can help.

Built by Microsoft developer Omer Atay, Onetastic adds a calendar, called OneCalendar, to the Windows desktop version of OneNote (Windows Vista SP2 and up).

Onetastic also adds other features such as desktop quick links to specific pages and an easy way to add macros. Many of these extra features are worth exploring, but we’re only going to focus on OneCalendar here.

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Check if you’ve got a 32- or 64-bit install of OneNote before installing Onetastic.

Before you install the add-in, you have to know whether you’re running a 32- or 64-bit build of OneNote—not Windows, but OneNote. Open the program and go to File > Account > About OneNote. This will open a new window. At the top, it will show you the version. If you’re using a 32-bit version of OneNote, for example, then you’ll download the 32-bit version of Onetastic.

Next, shut down OneNote and don’t forget to close the OneNote clipping tool in the system tray. You won’t be able to install Onetastic if OneNote is open.

You can download and install Onetastic directly from Atay’s site—remember, download either the 32- or 64-bit version of the add-in based on your version of OneNote. If you’re not interested in all the extra frills you can even download just OneCalendar as a standalone add-in from the same downloads page.

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OneNote’s menu with Onetastic’s OneCalendar installed.

The add-in should install very quickly. Once it’s done, launch OneNote and click on theHome tab. To the far right you should see some new options, including a big purple calendar-looking icon that says “Launch OneCalendar.”

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Onetastic’s OneCalendar in action.

Click that option and a new window opens with a basic monthly calendar set to today’s date. From here, you can see a list of all your OneNote pages that were opened or created within the last month. Hover over an item and a preview page of your note appears. Click the item and OneNote launches directly to that page.

At the bottom of the calendar there’s a search function to find specific notes by title keywords. On the bottom-right there are buttons to switch the calendar view between Month, Week, and Day.

Click the cog icon on the bottom-right corner and you get to the Settings page where you can tweak all kinds of options. You can, for example, choose to view notes by their created date and not when they were last modified—or vice versa. You can choose to only show content from specific notebooks instead of every possible notebook you’ve ever created. The font is also adjustable if the default view is illegible to your eyes.

Onetastic’s OneCalendar is pretty basic, but it’s easy to use and gets the job done when you need to view your notes by date.

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You can soon play your PS4 on an Apple Mac

You’ll soon be able to play your PlayStation 4 games on your Windows PC and Apple Mac.

Sony is releasing an update that will allow its “Remote Play” feature to be compatible with rival devices, the company announced on its official blog Tuesday.

Remote Play allows a user to mirror what they are playing on the PlayStation 4 onto Sony’s PS Vita handheld device and its Xperia line of phones. However, this is the first time Sony is opening this feature up to Apple and Windows.

The PlayStation 4 3.50 update kicks off tomorrow for users who signed up for the beta download. But the Remote Play feature for Windows PC and Apple Mac users won’t be available to test in beta, but Sony said “you can look forward to it soon”.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been hugely successful for the company with an install base of around 36 million.

But Sony’s other devices have not done as well. Its smartphone business has been struggling. It recently cut its full-year smartphone sales forecast for the fiscal year 2015 but in the three months ending December 31, operating profit in the division rose 133 percent, according to official results. The earnings reflect Sony’s strategy of shifting away from focusing on unit sales to profitability.

Without the scale in smartphones and tablets, the success of the remote play feature could be hindered. The Japanese electronics giant realizes that many people will own PlayStation 4 consoles, but not a corresponding Sony device to access the remote play feature. That’s why it is now opening up the service to the PC and Mac.
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You can soon play your PS4 on an Apple Mac

You’ll soon be able to play your PlayStation 4 games on your Windows PC and Apple Mac.

Sony is releasing an update that will allow its “Remote Play” feature to be compatible with rival devices, the company announced on its official blog Tuesday.

Remote Play allows a user to mirror what they are playing on the PlayStation 4 onto Sony’s PS Vita handheld device and its Xperia line of phones. However, this is the first time Sony is opening this feature up to Apple and Windows.

The PlayStation 4 3.50 update kicks off tomorrow for users who signed up for the beta download. But the Remote Play feature for Windows PC and Apple Mac users won’t be available to test in beta, but Sony said “you can look forward to it soon”.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been hugely successful for the company with an install base of around 36 million.

But Sony’s other devices have not done as well. Its smartphone business has been struggling. It recently cut its full-year smartphone sales forecast for the fiscal year 2015 but in the three months ending December 31, operating profit in the division rose 133 percent, according to official results. The earnings reflect Sony’s strategy of shifting away from focusing on unit sales to profitability.

Without the scale in smartphones and tablets, the success of the remote play feature could be hindered. The Japanese electronics giant realizes that many people will own PlayStation 4 consoles, but not a corresponding Sony device to access the remote play feature. That’s why it is now opening up the service to the PC and Mac.
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