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This Genius iPhone Case Will Make Catching Pokémon MUCH Easier

If you’ve been struggling to catch Pokémon on Pokémon GO, there’s now a simple solution to make things much easier. 

Jon Cleaver, an industrial design student in Australia, created a cool iPhone case that acts as a guide to help your fingers consistently throw Pokéballs straight. This should help cut down the amount of attempts it typically takes for you to catch Pokémon.

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You can download the plans for the Pokéball aimer for free at My Mini Factory. You just need to have your own 3D printer and iPhone 6.

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If you don’t have a 3D printer,  Twitter user @mouri45 came up with a much cheaper solution by using a rubber band. While it’s probably doesn’t look as good as the case, its not a bad alternative if you’re strapped for cash.

 

h/t: RocketNews24

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Science Says Playing ‘Mario Kart’ Actually Makes You a Better Driver

Playing “Mario Kart” actually makes you a better driver, according to a recent university study.

Those hours you spent drifting your way through Rainbow Road may have paid off after all. A new study, published this month in the Psychological Science journal, confirms that certain video games enhance your real life motor skills.

Action-based video games were found to improve an individual’s visuomotor control, which involves processing incoming visual cues and translating them into muscle responses. Visuomotor skills are important for daily tasks that includes driving a car.

 

In the study, researchers from New York University Shanghai and University of Hong Kong had participants play a variety of video games. Action-based video games such as Mario Kart and Call of Duty often require players to respond to visual cues while non-action based video games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon, involve players directing the action.

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Several experiments were conducted with a pool of 80 participants that were made up of students and faculty from the University of Hong Kong.

For one experiment, individuals who have never played action-based video games were assigned to play Mario Kart or a first-person shooter game. Another group of people were assigned non-action video games to play.

Subjects in both groups played their games for 10 one-hour sessions. In the end, researchers found that those who played action-based games experienced a significant increase in their visuomotor control skills. On the other hand, those who played non-action video games had no improvement whatsoever.

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Li Li, a member of New York University Shanghai’s Neural Science Program and lead author of the study,  concluded:

“Our research shows that playing easily accessible action video games for as little as 5 hours can be a cost-effective tool to help people improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving.”

In a separate experiment, researchers placed experienced and inexperienced gamers in a driving simulation test. Gamers are considered experienced if they played a minimum of five hours of action-based video games a week.

What they found was that experienced gamers were better at controlling virtual cars in a driving simulation test than inexperienced gamers. More surprisingly, the fact that certain participants were licensed drivers had no effect on the study’s outcome.

Of the 80 subjects, only 14 individuals had their driver’s license. Li Li, the lead author of the study, told The Huffington Post:

“We found that the improvement observed in participants who had driver licenses was similar to those who did not.”

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Playing first-person shooting games may even be more beneficial than actual driving games for improving visuomotor skills among drivers. The study found that shooting games helps individuals become better defensive drives by honing their ability to predict “input error signals.” That is because shooting games “require players to constantly make predictions about both where and when bullets will most likely hit.”

However, Li advised that different video games may be more effective in improving motor skills depending on the gamer’s level of experience :

The differing effects of driving and FPS (first-person shooter) video games on the sensorimotor system suggest that for experienced drivers, who have stable control but need to improve their ability to predict input error signals, training with FPS rather than driving video games is more effective. In contrast, for novice drivers, who are still struggling with obtaining stable control, training with driving rather than FPS video games is more helpful.”

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You’ve Probably Been Charging Your iPhone Wrong This Whole Time

Chances are you’re probably charging your smartphone wrong and doing more damage to your battery than you know.

Many of us know the struggle of having our phones die on us half way through the day. Even when we charge it to 100% capacity overnight, it fails after a few hours of usage. Well, the key to prolonging the life of your battery lies in the way you charge your phone.

Cadex, a battery company with a site called Battery University, goes into detail about how the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones actually work and how it affects the way we should charge our phones.

If you’re like most people, you probably plug your phone in overnight so that it’s fully charged by the time you wake up in the morning. However, Battery University says charging your phone this way may ruin your battery in the long term.

Lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to stress, which can deteriorate the chemistry of your battery. When your phone reaches 100%, “trickle charges” keeps the battery in a state of high-stress and tension when it is left plugged in. Give your battery a break!

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Battery University advises:

“When fully charged, remove the battery” from its charging device. “This is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise.”

We typically aim to charge our phones to the maximum 100%. However, continually charging your phone throughout the day lessens the wear on your battery. Battery University explained:

“Li-ion does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery.”

Ideally, you should charge your phone whenever it loses 10% of its battery. Though it may be a hassle to constantly plug your phone in, it will keep your smartphone battery performing optimally for longer.

Lastly, keep your smartphone in a cool place since the batteries are sensitive to heat. That means don’t leave it in the sun or bring it into your hot yoga class with you. In fact, Apple even  suggests users remove certain phone cases before charging their iPhones as some cases are known to insulate heat.

Your smartphones do a lot of work for you so do it a favor and charge it properly.

h/t: Tech Insider

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Hong Kong Charity Drive To Collect 1,000 Old iPhones for Blind People Gets Just One Donation

A charitable foundation’s effort to help gather 1,000 used iPhones in Hong Kong and China to aid the visually impaired is not doing very well. So far, the group has collected a just one used iPhone.

Jabbok Charitable Foundation chairman and campaign organizer Edward Yip Bing-chiu said a lot of people were surprised to know how smartphones can be beneficial to blind people. In partnership with Barrier Free Access, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Society for the Blind, Yip hoped to divide the collected iPhones between Hong Kong and mainland China beneficiaries, reports South China Morning Post.

A survey conducted on 126 blind people by Jabbok revealed that 72% of them used a smartphone and 60% used voice readback functions. In total, Hong Kong has about 174,800 visually impaired citizens.

Yip showed at a press conference on Tuesday how some apps benefit his particular segment of the population. Yip, who is blind himself, said that certain functionalities can aid a blind person outside the house, especially the navigational tools and their readback functions, which both iPhones and Android devices have.

Unfortunately, the drive has yet to take off as the group has only received one phone for their campaign. Yip himself paid for 50 iPhones to aid his training programme for the visually impaired young people in mainland China.

Barrier Free Access manager Navy Hui said the reason people are unwilling to let go of their old iPhones is that even older models are still considered high value commodities in Hong Kong and China and can still be sold at a high price.

Hong Kong native Matthew Ho Lok-hin is among the blind who have benefited from using the iPhone. “There have been many times when the bus driver just forgot to tell me that it was my stop, and I completely missed it,”  Lok-hin told SCMP. With the help of the iPhone, he was able to travel better and felt a lot safer. 

Lin Wing-chee, who is near-blind, uses a variety of iPhone functions to help her daily. From listening to e-books to cooking and traveling, her iPhone has transformed her life immensely. “It’s very versatile. Even if I’m on the tram I can use my iPhone to do work,” she said.

Looks like the team could use some help from those Chinese who have been getting rid of their iPhones for “patriotic” reason. Patriots or not, anyone can still send their donations by contacting Matthew Ho at 3971 8100 or emailing them via: [email protected]

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Why Japanese Food is More Expensive Than Chinese Food

Ordering at a Chinese, Indian or Mexican eatery probably won’t put much of a dent in your bank account, whereas dining at a French or Japanese restaurant may.

There is a reason as to why certain cultural cuisines in the United States are cheaper than others. When cuisines from other countries are brought over by immigrants, they either end up served at high-end, five-star restaurants or at lower-status food joints with an “ethnic food” label. But why is Japanese cuisine, for example, “finer” than Mexican cuisine?

Krishnendu Ray, an associate professor of food studies at New York University and author of “The Ethnic Restaurateur,” explained his reasoning behind the phenomenon:

“The shortest answer would be cultural prestige, some notion of an evaluation of another culture’s reputation.”

According to Ray, certain components determine a country’s position on the “global hierarchy of taste.” The global hierarchy is based on a nation’s military prowess and financial capital. The more well-off a nation is, the richer its emigrants are and the more likely the cuisine menu prices will be higher.

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Japanese and Chinese cuisines are both popular Asian cuisines in America. However, Japanese cuisine is often held in a higher regard as a haute cuisine. Renowned Western chefs have been known to pay visits to Japan to learn from traditional master chefs.

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Perceptions of a particular culture may hold them back from moving up the global hierarchy of taste. Ray elaborated:

“Japanese is doing very well in terms of prestige, and that is about … the rise of Japan as a major economic power. With China, [Americans] are still filled with this funny disdain, that it is about cheap and crappy stuff, including about cheap and crappy food.”

Ray analyzed data collected by Zagat of New York restaurant ratings in 2015. Since reviews from restaurant goers often include check prices for meals, Ray was able to determine the average price for dining at a certain restaurant.

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The average check amount for a Zagat ranked Japanese restaurant that includes a meal, drink and tip for one person was $ 68.94. On the other hand, the average price for a Zagat-ranked Chinese restaurant was $ 35.76 for the same meal, drink and tip.

The price difference can be seen across the Zagat rating price spectrum for the various cuisines. Japanese ranked highest for average check price in New York while Chinese, Thai, Indian and Mexican food were near the bottom.

h/t: The Atlantic

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Be a Successful Businessman – Choose the Appropriate Business

Do you wish to start up your own business? Then the best option to be successful is to select an area that is appropriate to you. There are many points that you need to remember before stepping into the vast area of business.

Recognize the minutiae of Business.

Do not ever take the risk of starting up a business just hearing a word of someone near you. Try to understand even the minute points of business you are intending to start with. Recognize your potential, compare that with businesses, and select appropriately.

Select a business you are familiar with.

If you start up a business in which you possess previous experience, it may definitely turn out to be a successful one. You will be able to use your potential, training, knowledge and contact network in the appropriate way in the development of the business.

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Steve served many construction industries for around ten years. He initially started as a journeyman carpenter and after that served as a project manager. He then got an idea to start up an own business. He stepped into a contracting small-scale business in home-development. Steve was well versed in this area and was aware of even the minute areas that are required in the development of the business. He had many contacts and therefore easily attained work force to start up. 

Hence, if you want to turn your business into a successful one, you need to stick on to a business that is ideal for you. Even if you do not possess a fair experience, you can make researches by consulting experienced people. Transform your skills, qualification and strength to build up a successful business with an appropriate choice. 

The risk of starting an unfamiliar business.

Regrettably, enticement of rapid profits influences most people to indulge in businesses in unfamiliar areas. This is a definite formula to failure. There are many examples of such cases around us. In a hurry to bring up huge profits, many people start up with trendy business and end up in failure. This is what happened with Leo.

Leo had adequate knowledge in business.  However, he started up a trendy business by hearing the words of his best friend. Leo did not have adequate experience in the field he started up and neither his friend had. They end up the business with a huge loss.  This is an example of classic mistake in the field of business.

Therefore, before getting into a business try to evaluate your potential and choose a business that is appropriate to you in every means.

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Science Says Sleeping With A Chicken Wards Off Mosquitoes

Sleeping next to a live chicken can keep mosquitoes from sucking the life out of you.

Scientists have discovered that mosquitoes steer clear of areas where they detect odor emitted by fowl such as chickens. It’s a natural mosquito repellant that has the potential to help with the malaria pandemic that puts 3.2 billion people around the world at risk.

Researchers tested their theory by having volunteers between the ages of 27 and 36 sleep in beds surrounded by mosquito nets. Mosquito traps were set up in the room so that researchers are able to count how many flew in. When a cage with a live chicken or chicken feathers were hung adjacent to the bed, the insects tend to avoid the area.

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Anopheles arabiensis, one of the main mosquito species known for transmitting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, also avoid chickens when searching for potential hosts to suck blood from. Though mosquitoes are known to bite humans, they also enjoy feeding on cattle, goats and sheep.

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However, they actively avoid flying near chickens that they’re able to sense through their smell. Author of the research, Rickard Ignell, explained:

“We were surprised to find that malaria mosquitoes are repelled by the odours emitted by chickens. This study shows for the first time that malaria mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species, and that this behaviour is regulated through odour cues.”

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In 2015, malaria, the mosquito-borne disease caused by parasites affected 214 million people worldwide. Symptoms of malaria are often flu-like, but when left untreated can develop into serious and fatal complications. The findings from the research were published in the Malaria Journal in hopes of helping those at risk for contracting the disease.

Ignell continued:

“People in sub-Saharan Africa have suffered considerably under the burden of malaria over an extended period of time and mosquitoes are becoming increasingly physiologically resistant to pesticides, while also changing their feeding habits for example by moving from indoors to outdoors.

“In our study, we have been able to identify a number of natural odour compounds which could repel host-seeking malaria mosquitoes and prevent them from getting in contact with people.”

h/t: DailyMail

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These Viral Vacation Photos Have Everyone Worried For These Chinese Tourists

Chinese tourists are literally afraid of nothing — not even a swamp of hungry crocodiles.

Online photos showing a group of Chinese tourists on a flimsy looking raft and feeding a swarm of crocodiles have made everyone else very uneasy.

The group of tourists were visiting the Elephant Kingdom park in Chonburi while on a trip to Thailand.

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Photos show men, women and children standing aboard the raft situated in the middle of a green swampy lagoon. The raft appears to be made of plastic barrels, metal railings and wooden beams.

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The Chinese tourists were given sticks with meat dangling from them to feed the crocodiles.  Over a dozen large crocodiles can be seen encircling the raft in the photo.

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The Chonburi tourist park is home to 4,000 crocodiles, according to an Elephant Kingdom spokesperson.

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The Chinese tourists’ apparent disregard for safety has been denounced by netizens on Weibo, with one commenter asking:

“What if those people got pulled down or even fell into the lake accidentally?”

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h/t: Shanghaiist

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This New ‘Rage Yoga’ Class Let’s People Drink Beer and Scream to Find Inner Peace

Sometimes when you’re angry, you might feel like getting belligerently drunk and smashing glass bottles against a wall — or you could go to rage yoga.

One woman is bringing the dark side to yoga by allowing participants to swear, scream, listen to heavy metal and drink beer during their vinyasa class. Lindsay Istace, 24, is the founder of this style of yoga that she dubs “Rage Yoga.”



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The class she teaches is based in Calgary, Canada and is offered every Monday and Wednesday in the basement of Dickens Pub. Her website describes rage yoga as “a practice involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humor, with the goal of attaining good health and to become zen as f*ck. More than just a practice, Rage Yoga is an attitude.”

Istace discovered rage yoga after going through a messy breakup. She told CBC News that the other yoga classes she went to had a “very deadpan, serious, overly serene approach to things.”

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Yelling and cursing during yoga is a more cathartic experience than the traditional classes, according to Istace. The pioneering yoga teacher explained to Self:

“My hurt feelings really began to come out on the mat and suddenly I found myself screaming and swearing a lot during my practice time. At first it seemed crazy but I found that combining the emotional released with my routines really helped!”

Istace launched her rage yoga classes in January and teaches up to 12 students per session. She charges attendees $ 12 per drop-in class and an additional $ 2 for mat rental. The price includes a free beer ticket as well.  

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A number of people have been resistant to her twist on the vinyasa flow, but others are more receptive. One of her students, Colleen Trumble, told CBC News about her experience:

“I find the atmosphere of the class is a lot more easygoing. If you fall over or wobble, you can just sort of laugh through it. You don’t really feel like you’re disturbing some sort of ‘tranquility’ of the class.”

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Istace also launched a Kickstarter in order to fund her project to film and provide online classes for those interested in practicing rage yoga. A schedule of upcoming travel workshops in August is also available on the website. 

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Famous Filipino Entrepreneurs: How to Lead the Philippines

Famous Filipino Entrepreneurs: How to Lead the Philippines

We are left way behind now. And we’ll continually slipping unless some people take their parts in rebuilding a country that has once promised an “empire”.

Some years back, we were at par with countries that has now formed the “greats” of Asia. Now, we are struggling to tap the way back while all of them has already reached their glory days.

With widespread need to globalize and get into the game with the BIGS and the POWERFULS, many Filipinos are quite skeptical if we’ll even make it. Well, we need to wake up and reunite our paths back to the course it had before. And with barriers falling on us, it is easier to assume that we need to work harder, harder than what we have first imagined.

In the new trends, Filipino entrepreneurs will have to invest their money on things that need immediate support. This does not necessarily mean that we must act as saviors of our country. Nevertheless, it is common sense to focus on things that are most lucrative.

Famous Filipino entrepreneurs, despite the doubled risks of not getting through still have mustered the will to take them.

It is not easy making business here in the Philippines. With frequent economic fluctuations and inconsistent growth and failure, it easy to give on the first storm that comes. But those people, who have made themselves great risk takers still forced their eyes open to invest in a country that is slipping down. To save it? Probably. But it is more like really finding the hidden potentials that the country has to offer. And they are not few. Only they are hidden.

Famous Filipino entrepreneurs were all once young people with dreams. They tapped the idea and grabbed all opportunities that will shed light to that thought. They all took the initial risks, they even have probably enjoyed the beginner’s luck. But that first streak of luck was only temporary. Then came the risks that almost broke them down. Then they willed themselves to set aside comforts in exchange for hardy lives that later became the foundation of their business.

The businesses that became the inspiration for other young entrepreneurs to follow and the businesses that gave hope to those who were once hopeless. The jobs that they have produced are so extensively effective that they sparked new hopes to budding entrepreneurs.

Famous Filipino entrepreneurs are not famous because their names are published on magazines or they were invited in talk shows and the likes. They were famous because they reached lives through providing jobs.

Jobs are the vehicles for making other Filipinos feel their worth and their self-esteem. These create more productive individuals useful in rebuilding a country. And the jobs that they were able to produce paved ways for making our country worthy of becoming a player in the world market again.

Famous Filipino entrepreneurs developed the power to harness creativity from the people and modify their talents to achieve mutual benefits. They sparred the country to move forwards.

The progress may be slow, and it is really slow. With some exceptions, almost everything aren’t new. In fact, the moguls are still those who elated themselves to the pedestal before the war.

The capitalistic community of the Philippines may not be as strong or as refreshed as those that may be found in other states. We may be weak. We may be left behind. But the thing is, despite every hurdle that we encounter, including those that are pulling us behind, young entrepreneurs are still hopeful in making business in the Philippines.

Famous Filipino entrepreneurs were the once who have toughed the tides. They were those who believed in revolutionizing things and in innovating systems that are adapted to our conditions.

They may be formed from the classic story of being once a son or daughter of poverty who happened to had the will to take the risks and embark into the unknown. They mastered themselves along the way and mastered other people. Thus, they succeed. That may be the formula for becoming a famous Filipino entrepreneur but it can be seen in many ways possible. Central to such stories though is the willingness to be a risk taker and to take the leadership to lead oneself and to lead other people for your common good.