Blogonblogspot.com http://blogonblogspot.com Blogging and more Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:06:28 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Listen Up, Men: Why You Must Hit the Gym for Stronger Bones http://blogonblogspot.com/lifestyle/health/listen-up-men-why-you-must-hit-the-gym-for-stronger-bones/ http://blogonblogspot.com/lifestyle/health/listen-up-men-why-you-must-hit-the-gym-for-stronger-bones/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:06:13 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1996 gym

You’ll find most men talking about fitness and being gym freaks. Of course, your reason to hit the gym could be to stay in shape, build a muscular body or get those envious six-pack abs but here’s a great way it can actually benefit your body. According to a new study, published in the Journal Bone, engaging in weight-bearing exercises like resistance training and various types of jumps regular can help improve bone health in men.

The study suggests that one year of targeted exercise can decrease the harmful sclerostin, a type of protein made in the bone, and increase IGF-1, a hormone associated with bone growth. These changes promote bone formation and increase bone density leading to stronger bones.

To reach this conclusion, researchers examined 25 to 60 year old men who had low bone mass. They were split into two groups. The first group practiced resistance training exercises such as lunges and squats using free weights while the second group indulged in various types of jumps such as single-leg and double-leg jumps. After 12 months of performing these exercises, the team compared their levels of bone proteins and hormones in the blood. Interestingly, it was seen that there was a decrease in the level of sclerostin in both of these exercise interventions in men. Another important thing that was noted was the increase in the hormone IGF-1 which triggers bone growth.

Health experts always recommend some amount of daily exercise (ideally 30 minutes) to keep your body healthy and prevent the risk of lifestyle diseases like heart trouble, diabetes and obesity. But this study shows that focusing on some specific forms of exercise can give you additional benefits like stronger bones in this case.

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British Teenager Points Out Error in NASA Data http://blogonblogspot.com/science-and-innovation/british-teenager-points-out-error-in-nasa-data/ http://blogonblogspot.com/science-and-innovation/british-teenager-points-out-error-in-nasa-data/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:03:52 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1993 British Teenager Points Out Error in NASA Data

A 17-year-old British teenager pointed out a major error in a set of data that NASA collects from the International Space Station (ISS), the media reported.

A-level student Miles Soloman from Tapton School in Sheffield, was working on the TimPix project – which lets school students in the Britain access data recorded by radiation detectors.

The project, held during British astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month stay on the ISS, helps the school children look for anomalies and patterns that might lead to further discoveries.

Soloman found that radiation sensors on the ISS were recording false data and then emailed scientists at NASA, which according him was “pretty cool”, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

The correction was said to be “appreciated” by NASA, which invited him to help analyse the problem.

“It’s pretty cool. You can tell your friends, I just emailed NASA and they’re looking at the graphs that I’ve made,” Soloman was quoted as saying to BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme.

Soloman and his fellow students were given Timepix measurements in a giant pile of excel spreadsheets, where they analysed the radiation levels on the ISS.

“I went straight to the bottom of the list and I went for the lowest bits of energy there were,” Soloman explained.

Soloman noticed that when nothing hit the detector, a negative reading was being recorded. But you cannot get negative energy. Thus, he contacted scientists at the US space agency.

It turned out that Soloman had noticed something no-one else had, including the NASA experts.

According to NASA, it was aware of the error, but believed it was only happening once or twice a year. However, Soloman had found it was actually happening multiple times a day.

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HUAWEI P9 LITE NOUGAT UPDATE HAS BEEN DELAYED http://blogonblogspot.com/technology/gadgets/huawei-p9-lite-nougat-update-has-been-delayed/ http://blogonblogspot.com/technology/gadgets/huawei-p9-lite-nougat-update-has-been-delayed/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:02:39 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1990

The Huawei P9 was first released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a fine Android version in itself, but now the Android 7.0 Nougat update is on its way to the Huawei smartphone. Read on to find out about the Huawei P9 Android update. The latest news is that the Nougat update for the Huawei P9 lite has been delayed. Available Android Versions for Huawei P9/P9 Plus and P9 Lite

Huawei P9 Android Nougat update

Huawei had confirmed that the latest Android update would be hitting Huawei P9 smartphones in Q1 of 2017. Seeing as the first quarter of 2017 will finish by the end of March, you can therefore expect the update to be rolled out to devices sometime this month.

Having first been updated in China months ago, the update for the P9 will now happen on a global scale. In addition to Nougat, the P9 will also be getting EMUI 5.0 and possibly the latest security patch, the latter point we’ll confirm at a later time.

Huawei P9 Plus Android Nougat update

The Android Nougat roll out has begun for P9 Plus devices in Europe this month, with spottings in Germany, Romania and now Italy. The build number for the update is VIE-L09C432B360, and the update weighs in at 2.39 GB.

Huawei P9 lite Android Nougat update

However, the Huawei P9 lite’s Nougat update is falling behind the others. There are reports now that the update has been delayed. We don’t yet know the reason for this, apart from “technical issues”, but the roll out is now expected to begin at the end of March.

What will the update include?

As mentioned above, the Android update to Nougat will also include the latest version of Huawei’s user interface, EMUI 5.0. This brings a lot of exciting new features, as well as the longed for app drawer. We tested Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 on the Huawei P9 when the update was available in a beta test for the device and were impressed by what we saw. Other included features are a redesigned settings menu, multi-window mode, more intuitive notifications and app mates, to name just some.

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ANDROID 7.0 NOUGAT UPDATE OVERVIEW FOR SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS http://blogonblogspot.com/technology/android-7-0-nougat-update-overview-for-smartphones-and-tablets/ http://blogonblogspot.com/technology/android-7-0-nougat-update-overview-for-smartphones-and-tablets/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:00:20 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1987

Android 7.0 Nougat is official. Hit the links below to jump straight to the latest manufacturer or scroll down to find out whether your device will receive the Android 7.0 and/or 7.1 Nougat update. The latest news is that the Nougat update has been delayed for the Huawei P9 lite, and that the OnePlus 2 is receiving an OxygenOS update without Nougat.

Asus

Asus had a bit of a bumpy ride with the Nougat update when it started rolling it out to the Asus Zenfone 3 line in January this year and had to halt it due to bugs appearing. However, we come bearing good news: the roll out has now resumed so you can now look forward to features like bundled notifications, an enhanced touch performance and multi-window options.

Google

The Android Nougat update for Nexus and Pixel devices has been released, but it could take some time for the latest update to hit your specific device. Google has posted some of the factory images online, so you can get it loaded up already if you’d prefer to flash it yourself.

The public beta of Android 7.1.2 Nougat has arrived. The Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and Nexus Player devices are eligible to participate in the beta program. The build numbers for the update are npg05d and npg05e, but nothing is yet known about new features. Join the beta for 7.1.2 OTAs here, or go here for the images. Nexus 9 devices will not be getting 7.1.2.

The Nexus 6 had already received an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but Google has now decided to downgrade the smartphone back to Android 7.0 Nougat, likely due to bugs. The downgrade OTA is causing some issues, though.

HTC

The HTC Bolt/10 Evo comes with Nougat out-of-the-box. HTC has taken steps to streamline its development process in an attempt to ensure more timely Android updates. So, Nougat is already available for unlocked HTC 10 devices, and also now available for unlocked HTC One M9 devices.

Carrier editions of the HTC 10 and HTC One M9 will receive the Nougat update in early 2017. It is very likely the unlocked HTC One A9 will receive it in early 2017 as well, as an update for the phone has already been confirmed by the company.

T-Mobile US released its Nougat update to its HTC 10 smartphones in early January. Arriving as version 2.37.531.5, and weighing in at 1.22 GB, there is little other information on what other changes have been included as part of this update. Installation details are now available on the HTC website. For the moment there is no indication of when the other major US carriers will be rolling out their own updates, but it should be sometime soon.

For those of you who own an unlocked HTC 10, you needn’t wait any longer. The Vice President for Product Management at HTC, Mo Versi, has tweeted that unlocked HTC 10 devices can update their devices directly via the HTC website.

A recent rollout of Nougat to HTC 10 was halted by the company after it was reported the update had been affected by bugs. HTC has yet to confirm exactly when the rollout will resume, but tipster @LlabTooFeR has indicated it will happen within the next three weeks and may also include the January 2017 Android security patch. For the moment only EU devices, including carrier versions, will receive the update. That said, it’s anticipated that other regions will receive the update around the same time.

Huawei / Honor

The Mate 9 was the first Huawei phone to come with Nougat, via EMUI 5. But, Huawei intends to bring Nougat to some of its other devices soon.

The Chinese company is generally quick to make promises and slow to fulfill them. The company’s track record of rolling out updates is, shall we say, not excellent. Despite this, Huawei says it will begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat in the form of its EMUI skin version 5.0, in the first quarter of 2017. The roll out has already begun with the Huawei Mate 8 and P9 according to AndroidSoul, and will be followed by the P9 Plus, P9 Lite, nova, and nova Plus. Huawei India recently posted a tweet confirming that Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 would be rolled out to the P9 in March, and it has already begun for the P9 Plus in Europe. The update for the Huawei P9 lite has been delayed due to unspecified technical issues, and it expected at the end of March.

Huawei has recently deployed an OTA update for Mate 8 devices to run Android 7.0 Nougat. In addition to Nougat the update includes a new version of the customization software EMUI 5.0, which will include new graphics and provide a new level of functionality. For the moment this update is exclusive to Italy, but if its successful we’re expecting the update to be rolled out to all remaining regions soon afterwards.

The official roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 for the Honor 8 will start on February 11, 2017 in the US. It will be available on all Honor 8 devices by the end of the month.

The Honor 6X is set to receive an update to both Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5 in March 2017. Honor had announced that the Honor 6X would receive a software update as part of its presentation at CES 2017, which was speculatively slated for release in Q2 of 2017. Honor now appears to be working ahead of schedule, as the company has now confirmed that the Honor 6X will receive the update in March.

The Honor 5X is covered by Honor’s software update policy, and is thus guaranteed to get software updates for 24 months from its release. That means it can expect to get Nougat, but a date hasn’t been announced yet. The Honor 5C’s upcoming upgrade to Nougat has just been confirmed in a tweet by Honor Italia, but the timing is unknown. However, there is still no official news about the Honor 5X and the Honor 7 getting the update.

Devices not receiving the update to EMUI 5/Nougat are also the P8, P8 Lite, Mate S, Shot X and GX8, according to HuaweiBlog.de, which received an official press release on the matter from Huawei Germany.

Lenovo / Motorola

Lenovo is now running things over in Moto land, but given the near-stock nature of the devices’ software, there is little reason why timely updates should not continue as usual. The roll out of Marshmallow did see some upsetting exclusions, however, but it looks like Lenovo has decided to be a little more proactive with the Moto family for Nougat.

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are available with Android 7.0 Nougat, and they are be the first non-Google manufactured smartphones to be deemed officially Daydream-ready. The Moto Z Play is now also joining the party and getting the Android Nougat 7.0 update.

The Moto G4 and G4 Plus have just begun seeing their OTA updates to Nougat in India, according to users on the XDA Developers forum. The Moto M, which was launched in China a month ago and has just been released in India, is confirmed by Moto India to be getting a Nougat update soon.

Motorola has confirmed that the other devices which will receive the update are: the Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
Moto G Play (4th Gen), Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Force, Droid Turbo 2, Droid Maxx 2, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play and the Moto Z Play Droid. They mentioned this was the full list, so if you don’t see your phone here, you’re out of luck.

LG

The LG V20 is the first smartphone to ship with Android Nougat right out of the box. LG was one of the first manufacturers to produce the Marshmallow update, so we can expect speedy updates for LG’s other smartphones.

In the US, Nougat is now available for LG G5 devices on Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and now Verizon. Users have just begun reporting on Reddit that they’re receiving upgrades on their Verizon LG G5 phones, so the roll out has begun. We expect AT&T to get it in the next couple of months.

The LG V10 Android Nougat update will being rolling out in South Korea in Q2 2017 and the LG G4 will get the update from Q3 2017, also in South Korea. A schedule for the rest of the world will be announced later.

Geekbench benchmark results from an LG G3 running Nougat have popped up online, meaning it and the newer G4 may be getting Nougat around the same time.

NVIDIA

NVIDIA has recently confirmed that its Shield and Shield K1 tablets are soon to receive Android 7.0 Nougat. At the moment NVIDIA is recruiting testers for both devices, so if all goes well the rollout should start in a few weeks.

OnePlus

The incremental rollout of OxygenOS 4.1.0 has started and will arrive within a few days for all OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users. This update is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and also includes the March 1 security patch from Google and some new features and bug fixes.

With the update to OxygenOS 4.0 and above, new Nougat users can expect improvements to the design of the notifications and settings menu, new features like Multi-Window View and the ability to reply to messages directly from notifications, plus new customization options for status bar icons and the Shelf.

OnePlus head of software Brian Yoon said to Engadget that the OnePlus 2 will also be getting Nougat, but no date is set. While the OxygenOS 3.5.8 update is rolling out for the OnePlus 2 now, unfortunately, it will not bring Nougat to the device.

The OnePlus X’s hardware doesn’t live up to the requirements for Nougat, sadly.

Samsung

Samsung Turkey recently released a list of the devices that will receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, which confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is set to receive the long awaited update. Now, a month later, Note 5 users have confirmed that Android Nougat has officially started rolling out. In addition, the S6 Edge+ is now receiving the update in Turkey as well. At this point it’s only a matter of time until carriers release the update in the US.

Beta testing ended in December, and now Android 7.0 Nougat is here for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and finally Verizon. But, sadly, the Nougat update for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge has been delayed so its quality can be reviewed, and there is no word yet from Samsung on when to expect it.

We’ve heard that the Galaxy A5 (2016) and A3 (2016) will be getting Nougat too, but there is no roll out timeline yet. The Galaxy S5 is incompatible with Nougat, sadly.

Sony

Sony Mobile’s Concept team wants to be the first non-Google manufacturer to release Android 7.1.1, but they didn’t reveal for which devices. They said, according to XperiaBlog, “this is our number 1 priority,” and that, “if you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes!” Their development team has the source code already and is only waiting to receive the application suite (GMS apps) and the Compatibility Test Suite from Google. They appear to be serious about getting the update out first, so we will keep an eye out to see if they’re keeping their promise.

Previously, Sony confirmed which of its Xperia devices are set to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in a post on its blog. “We will make Android 7.0 Nougat available for: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance,” said Sony. In a separate blog, they added the Xperia X Compact to that list.

Sony has announced that it has started rolling out Android 7.0 to Xperia Z5 devices. The update has already received certification and has the build number 32.3.A.0.372. Users can expect to find multi-window functionality for all their multi-tasking needs, a new self-timer function for the built-in camera and improvements to its notifications. Sony has also promised better battery life for Xperia Z5 devices following the update, which is always a welcome addition for any smartphone update.

A presentation slide from Sony Slovakia leaked the company’s roadmap for when some of the Sony devices could be expected to receive the Android Nougat update. This was leaked by GSMarena and is transcribed below. The leaked roadmap said the Xperia X and X Compact update would come around November, but the 1.2 GB Nougat update has only just begun to arrive. The OTA roll out of 7.0 for the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ is already happening.

  • The Xperia X and X Compact could come around November
  • The Xperia Z5 series along with the Z3+ and Z4 tablet might be around December
  • The Xperia XA and Ultra would be the last and could happen in early 2017

Xiaomi

The rollout of Nougat is already underway for the Xiaomi Mi 5, and now we have confirmation that more of their smartphones will be updated to Nougat. The information comes via GSMArena from a Xiaomi representative’s post on Weibo, saying that the Mi 4c, Mi 4s, Mi Note and Mi Max will all be receiving an update. An exact date wasn’t specified, but we think it will be in Q1 2017.

Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed exactly when other smartphones like the Mi 5s, Mi Note 2 and Mi Mix will get the update to Android Nougat, but it’s likely not to be until early 2017. Bad news for owners of the Mi 2, 2S, Mi 3 and Mi 4 though, as the hardware doesn’t live up to the requirements for Nougat.

Incompatible smartphones

Nougat supports the Vulkan API for top-notch gaming graphics, and this requires hardware that can support Open GL ES 3.1. Mandatory support of OpenGL ES 3.1 was introduced just before Android 7.0 Nougat was finalized by Google. That means almost all the top phones from 2014 and those with Snapdragon 800/801 are inherently incompatible with Nougat. This includes the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 compact, Nexus 5, OnePlus X, Moto X (2014), HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

If your device is too old to receive Nougat, see our article on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Unofficial updates via custom ROM

If you want to get Android Nougat but there is no official release for your device, you may consider flashing a custom ROM to get some nice new features. CyanogenMod 14.1 is based on Android 7.1 Nougat, and is available for many devices. Their official website is here, if you want to learn more or find out if your device is now compatible.

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iCloud Not Hacked, but Some Passwords in Criminals’ Possession Reportedly Genuine http://blogonblogspot.com/internet/icloud-not-hacked-but-some-passwords-in-criminals-possession-reportedly-genuine/ http://blogonblogspot.com/internet/icloud-not-hacked-but-some-passwords-in-criminals-possession-reportedly-genuine/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:55:49 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1979 iCloud Not Hacked, but Some Passwords in Criminals' Possession Reportedly Genuine

Apple has denied that its security has been compromised, following ransom demands from a criminal group that claims it has the usernames and passwords of hundreds of millions of iCloud and Apple email accounts. However, independent verification of samples of this set provided to media outlets indicate that at least some of them are in fact genuine, and that users should be worried.

The relatively unknown organisation calling itself Turkish Crime Family says it will remotely wipe users’ devices and the contents of their accounts on April 7 if Apple does not pay each of its seven members $100,000.

The group has released evidence that it is in contact with Apple’s security team, and has also proactively reached out to various international media organisations to bolster its claims. A public Pastebin post and several tweets describe frustration with reporting of the situation, and clarify that the group never claimed to have hacked Apple directly, but the accounts are genuine and were gathered from multiple insecure third-party sources.

The Turkish Crime Family further claims to be able to reset 150 accounts per minute using 17 scripts running simultaneously on each of its 250 servers, for a total of 637,500 accounts per minute. Those servers have purportedly already verified 250 million of the Apple IDs in the group’s possession, with more being added after checking for simple password modifications such as the capitalisation of the first letter.

ZDNet and TNW have both investigated the situation, and report that while some of the accounts are several years old and not functional, many others are. ZDNet reached out to the Turkish Crime Family and was given a small sample of 54 user IDs and says that Apple’s password reset page accepts them all as valid accounts. ZDNet then tried contacting the users in question, and managed to confirm that ten of the passwords it was given were correct and still in use.

All ten individuals said that they had not changed their passwords since creating their accounts several years ago. One other respondent said that the password in ZDNet’s possession was correct in the past but had been changed by him two years ago, which means at least some of the breach occurred longer ago than that.

Among those contacted, there was no common pattern of ownership of specific Apple devices or using specific iCloud or Apple ID features. While many respondents admitted to using the same password for other major services, three said that their passwords were used only for iCloud, opening up the possibility that this data was harvested from sources other than third-party breaches.

TNW was also provided a sample, and says that it cross-referenced them with accounts known to have been harvested from the massive LinkedIn breach. However, only a few accounts matched, indicating that those users were simply using common email addresses and passwords across services.

No matter whether Apple itself was compromised or not, and whether these credentials have been collated from one breach or multiple sources over multiple years, anyone with an Apple ID should change their passwords immediately and enable two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorised access. This covers Me.com and iCloud.com email accounts, iTunes store accounts, and iCloud itself.

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iPhone 8 Tipped to Be Available in Limited Quantities After Launch http://blogonblogspot.com/technology/iphone-8-tipped-to-be-available-in-limited-quantities-after-launch/ http://blogonblogspot.com/technology/iphone-8-tipped-to-be-available-in-limited-quantities-after-launch/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:52:15 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1973 iPhone 8 Tipped to Be Available in Limited Quantities After Launch

Apple is tipped to launch three iPhone models this year – the usual iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, as well as a more expensive iPhone 8, also rumoured to be called ‘iPhone Edition’. Now, a fresh report claims that the iPhone 8 may come in limited quantities when launched in September, and full-fledged availability could be delayed until the end of the fourth quarter.

According to the latest research from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley, and Jerry Zhang, the iPhone 8 will be launched in September but will be made available only in limited quantities. It will presumably go out of stock soon, and full-fledged availability will be sometime around the end of the year. This refutes previous claims that suggest that while the iPhone 8 will be announced in September, it won’t be available until till much later.

“Suppliers generally had good things to say about the upcoming iPhone 8 launch (for our purposes iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone Pro) as new features drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher ASPs. We now believe that all three devices will feature wireless charging and will all be launched in the normal September timeframe, although the majority of iPhone Pro volumes may not be available until Q4,” the Barclays note obtained by MacRumors reads.

The reasons for the delay in full scale availability are not detailed, but constraints in OLED display supply could be one of them. The report also reiterates Kuo’s claims by stating that the iPhone 8 will have a 5.8-inch display with only a 5.15-inch of usable space. There will be the introduction of virtual buttons, and Touch ID will be embedded underneath the display. Barclays also expects a 3D sensor module in the front, a dual camera setup, and a film-based Force Touch solution. Because of its large size, the analysts expect the iPhone 8 to pack a larger battery.

As mentioned earlier, Apple is expected to launch three smartphones this year, two of which will be successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and will most likely be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. These smartphones are tipped to retain the 4.7-inch and 5.2-inch display sizes, but pack improvements under the hood.

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Singapore to scrap 2G network, cash-strapped migrant workers get 3G phones http://blogonblogspot.com/internet/singapore-to-scrap-2g-network-cash-strapped-migrant-workers-get-3g-phones/ http://blogonblogspot.com/internet/singapore-to-scrap-2g-network-cash-strapped-migrant-workers-get-3g-phones/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:29:07 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1963 Related image

Singapore: A Singapore migrant welfare group has started distributing 3G-enabled mobile phones to cash-strapped foreign workers days before the city-state shuts down its 2G network.

Telecom operators in the highly wired island will end second-generation services on April 1, forcing thousands still relying it to upgrade their handsets or become a casualty of technology’s relentless advance.

Migrants group Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) said the first batch of handsets was given to 50 jobless foreign workers late Tuesday.

The labourers are out of work due to wage disputes or workplace injury.

Many rely on cheap 2G handsets to keep in touch with loved ones back home while awaiting a resolution to their problems.

TWC2 said it would hand out 120 more handsets next week, while some of the remaining 80 phones which have been collected would be given to other migrant welfare groups for distribution.

The group had urged the public to donate used 3G handsets or money to buy phones for the workers.

Singapore, with one of the world’s highest mobile penetration rates, is re-allocating scarce radio frequency spectrum to meet surging consumer demand for high-speed data.

But some 132,300 people in the city-state were still using 2G phones as of December, official data showed.

“Phones are a lot more important to these workers than to all of us who have access to computers. It’s their only link to their family… a very important social lifeline for them,” TWC2 treasurer Alex Au told AFP.

There are almost 1.4 million foreign workers in labour-scarce Singapore, many in the construction and marine industries.

Bangladeshi Ahamed Mohammad Faruk, 30, who has been jobless for eight months after his employer withheld his salary, was among those who got a phone.

He had been wondering how his three-year-old daughter has grown since he left for Singapore two years ago with just a few pictures of her. His old 2G phone could only be used for calls and texting.

“I am excited to see her (recent) pictures,” a smiling Ahamed told AFP after getting a touch-screen phone that can send and receive multimedia and browse the internet. Japan, South Korea and US telecom giant AT&T have already shut down their 2G networks and Australia is set to stop the service in September.
But globally, 2G is not set to vanish, even as the number of smartphones is projected to soar from four billion last year to some six billion by 2020, according to IHS Markit data.
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Netflix Now Supports Firefox for Linux http://blogonblogspot.com/internet/netflix-now-supports-firefox-for-linux/ http://blogonblogspot.com/internet/netflix-now-supports-firefox-for-linux/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:25:17 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1960 Netflix Now Supports Firefox for Linux

Netflix will now work for Firefox users on Linux, the streaming service announced via its technology-dedicated blog on Tuesday.

“Starting today, users of Firefox can also enjoy Netflix on Linux,” the statement reads. “This marks a huge milestone for us and our partners, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla that helped make it possible.”

Previously, only Google Chrome users could run Netflix while using the open-source Linux operating system. Linux constitutes around 4 percent of Internet users, according to the most recent data available.

Engadget notes that Firefox users could mask the browser’s identity as Chrome as a workaround earlier, but now it’s officially supported. It’s good to see Netflix’s team of developers roll out support for ecosystems that must form a fraction of the Internet population, let alone Netflix’s own watching crowd.

The more important work remains on the premium end of video technology, such as 4K and high-dynamic range (HDR). Currently, the only way to run Netflix’s chest of 4K content on a PC, is to use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, which is the only browser that supports the necessary DRM restrictions. The requirements don’t stop with the software – you’ll also need the latest 7th-gen Intel Core processor.

Netflix says it’s working to bring 4K support for other platforms “soon”. As for HDR, they are simply “looking ahead” now. In the meantime, you’re better off sticking with a Netflix recommended TV to get the ultimate 4K HDR experience, or grab the LG G6 when it arrives in a month or two.

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Come to Sun Basket- Eat Yummy and Be Happy http://blogonblogspot.com/reviews/come-to-sun-basket-eat-yummy-and-be-happy/ http://blogonblogspot.com/reviews/come-to-sun-basket-eat-yummy-and-be-happy/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:41:28 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1983 A stomach full meal with your family and friends is the ultimate goal of all of us. When we sit at the breakfast table for the first meal of the day to the last meal of the day, i.e., dinner with our loved ones; the served food if it’s healthy and delicious is always icing on the cake. Now with Sun Basket, eating yummy food and at the same time nutritious food is the next in-thing. It is offering a wide range of food items which are a must for food lovers as well as health conscious people too. Read the Sun Basket review here.

Health is Wealth:

Those days are gone, when one had to slog in the kitchen for the whole day to make just two meals. These days everyone is busy with numerous other things that they deal on the daily basis. It’s the need of the hour to cook quick meals but not at the cost of health.

When talking about health, it is very crucial to note that cut-throat competition is not untouched from food and agriculture industry. In the race to produce more and at low costs, some farmers are adding huge amount of pesticides, chemicals and other harmful GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). It is medically proven, when excessive amounts of pesticides and chemicals are used during farming, they are bound to be a part of our food. We can’t completely get away with it, howsoever we clean those products, though government is very strict when it comes to use of such harmful chemicals, but with no good result.

To curtail this very evil from entering our stomach, the best thing is to go with hundred percent organic foods. Such food items are grown with no harmful chemicals and are very safe. No fertilizers are used, only natural manure, which is safe as well as healthy not only for humans but also for environment too.

Let’s Cook:

Now when you have fully safe ingredients, just put on your kitchen apron and hit a quick recipe for your family. Here at Sun Basket, you will find a plethora of quick recipes which you will fall in love with. From pure vegetarian to vegan, from dairy free to gluten free, from non-vegetarian to low calorie recipes, which will make you lick your fingers.

These quick recipes do not require a lot of preparations and are very easy to make with simple ingredients. So be it an early morning breakfast, which needs to be prepared before 7 or be it dinner, for which you do not have energy after a whole days work, you can get the meals ready in no time. Though there are quick recipes, don’t forget to involve your family too after all it is not just about the pleasure of eating together but also having fun whilst preparing it together. Read the Sun Basket review here.

Come to Sun Basket and explore the unexplored. Get spoiled by eating good and sumptuous meals. You will fall in love with cooking, serving and eating.

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Importance of Using Healthy Weight Loss Pills http://blogonblogspot.com/lifestyle/health/importance-of-using-healthy-weight-loss-pills/ http://blogonblogspot.com/lifestyle/health/importance-of-using-healthy-weight-loss-pills/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:08:24 +0000 http://blogonblogspot.com/?p=1955 Millions of weight loss pills are launched on the market each day, and this has made it outlandish for clients to understand which ones work and are safe and healthy for them to utilize while attempting to get in shape. A few pills sold over the counter are greatly harmful to human health and a considerable measure of care must be watched while utilizing these pills. When searching for pills to help you cut down on your weight, it is important to take time to so research on the different pills, read the labels and attempt to make sense of the different fixings that have been utilized as a part of the pills. This will help you understand what ought to be avoided to avoid more health complications.

Image result for Weight Loss PillsThere is no single component that is known to cause weight loss in each and every individual, making it to a great degree difficult to call attention to which specific pill can be utilized and still be safe. There are a few fixings that ought to be avoided at all expenses because they have been associated with extremely serious health impacts or because they basically don’t work.

When searching for weight loss pills that are healthy, guarantee that you stay away from anything that contains ephedra. This substance has since been banned in the US, however you can easily discover it on the internet sold by a few stores. This substance has long been connected to heart issues, stroke, and hypertension and, in more genuine cases, death. There are, however, a few sorts of tea that exist in the United States that are accepted to contain ephedra; they are legal yet are accepted to have the same symptoms as the pills if they are taken in abundance.

A large portion of these pills fall under the dietary supplements bunch and are not regulated by the FDA. This is, in fact, the only weight loss pill that has been approved by this body as it has been demonstrated to keep fat from being absorbed by the digestion systems, therefore lessening weight despite the fact that you consume the same volume of calories as some time recently.

Not all pills that are sold as natural supplements are safe; guarantee that you read the labels and check the maximum dosage and fixings. There are those pills that are safe as long as you take the correct dosage, however they may cause gastrointestinal and bloating discomfort when overdosed. Others are great in stifling appetite, yet can also lead to unsafe glucose levels and dehydration.

Weight loss pills can bring about mellow to serious symptoms relying upon the supplement taken. Conceivable impacts incorporate bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, nervousness and retching. There are different genuine symptoms, including heart failure and death. The vast majority of these pills are sold over the counter without being approved by the FDA; it can take several years prior to Astralean brand in the UK, so you really should do your research well.

Green tea extract and conjugated linoleic acid are the two major fixings generally utilized as a part of these pills. Thinks about have shown after some time that they can cause a sentiment totality, increase metabolism and accelerate fat blazing. There is, however, no single fixing that will lead one to get in shape, yet they can only aide the procedure.

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