Apple apologizes for slowed-down iPhones and offers cheaper battery replacement

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Apple Inc. announced Thursday that it will temporarily lower the price of replacing iPhone batteries, hoping to ease the backlash over its acknowledgment that it deliberately slowed down older-model iPhones.

The announcement — along with an apology — came less than two weeks after the company said that in order to prevent iPhones with aging batteries from drawing too much power and abruptly shutting down, it issued software updates to “smooth out” the power flow. Such smoothing can cause apps to launch more slowly and otherwise hinder the devices’ performance.

Since last week’s announcement, iPhone owners have filed at least 10 class-action lawsuitsagainst Apple, saying the company’s choice to keep quiet about that software led them to buy newer, more expensive iPhones instead of just replacing the batteries. Some accused the company of fraud.

Apple pushed back. “We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the Cupertino, Calif., company said Thursday.

Starting in early January and lasting through December of next year, Apple said, it will charge only $29 to replace the battery of an iPhone 6 or later whose warranty has expired. That’s $50 less than the current price of a battery replacement.

It also said it will release a software update that enables iPhone users to see whether their batteries’ condition is affecting the performance of their phones.

Apple has grown reliant on iPhone sales — the devices account for well over half of the company’s revenue.

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Cool in-ear earphones for a low price

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If you are a music lover then you are advisable to choose branded headphone because it can only produce premium quality of sound. In this modern world, most of the people are using earphone or headphone on the daily basis. Suppose you are struggling to choose the headphone then you must concern about specific things such as
  • Usage
  • Design
  • Music type
One of the primary factors considers should be usage type. Different types of the headphones are there which is suitable for indoor use, outdoor use and so on. If you are planning to use headphone for watching TV at night then you are suitable to use headphone which is having noise cancelling features. It is always important to look at the impedance level of the headphone when you are planning to buy headphone. Headphone might differ from shape, design and color.

Amazing benefits of using in ear headphone

Numerous numbers of the benefits are associated with the in-ear headphone which includes
  • Easier and lighter to pack when compared to other kinds of headphone types
  • It could be used different sized rubber or silicone tips which ensures comfortable fit
  • It has excellent features water resistant that is the best choice to outdoor runs and workouts
  • Some of the ear tips is really useful to block outside sound

A good quality of headphone is offering premium quality of sound and always chooses the headphones which come under your budget. In ear headphone could be self explanatory and most of the people are willing to use this headphone because it consists of the excellent specifications. Vast numbers of the reasons are there to choose in ear headphone such as comfort, portability, noise rejection and sound quality. The concept of the noise cancelling headphone is most important one and for that reason only most of the people are willing to use in ear headphone. In ear headphone is having capability to reject outside. As everyone knows in ear headphone is completely portable to use. Form, size and comfort are one of the major reasons to buy this earphone and it is suitable to both indoor and outdoor use.

According to the studies says that three forms of the earphones are available such as over ear, on ear and in ear. If you are a beginner to buy the headphone then you must think about the style and control method. Most of the headphone is having control on the earpiece themselves. Now a day most of the online portals are offering headphone but choosing the legit website is important one. If you are seeking for the best headphone along with the advanced features, fantastic sound quality, great noise cancellation and other features then you are advisable to select earbuds. This kind of the headphone is the best choice to voice chatting or simple music listening. A good pair of the headphone can offer more focused bass, clearer sounds and more detail in the music.

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Interesting information about in ear headphone

If you are seeking for the best headphone to improve your listening experience then you can choose in ear headphone because it comes with awesome features such as
  • Narrow soundstage
  • Rich and balanced audio
  • Amazing build quality
  • Sibilant at times
  • Impressive definition for control

In case you are choosing premium quality of the headphone then it comes with the excellent key characteristics such as great isolation, stunning sound quality and less precision when compared to the open back cans. Plenty of reasons are there to choose in ear headphone such as easy to use, exercising, convenience, more functional or sturdier. This kind of the headphone can last longer when compared to the traditional headphone. If you are searching in online then you might get an idea to choose the headphone according to your requirements. Basically in ear headphone can improve the way to listen music, television and video game. It is the best choice to people who love to listen to music when you are exercising. Try to choose branded earbuds because it can last for long year. When you are buying headphone, you must concern about convenience and portability of the headphone.

This Guest Post was written by: Alyssa Conbear

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Alyssa Conbear is a writer, developer and digital marketer. She's interested in innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good.


Bitcoin prices continue to fall

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Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency, extended its decline over the long holiday weekend, failing to reverse a sell-off that began after an unprecedented rally that brought the digital currency’s price to nearly $20,000.

The drop brings more end-of-year weakness to a market that last week had its worst four-day tumble since 2015.

“The West is what’s causing this sell-off,” said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at Tel Aviv-based online broker eToro, pointing to increased trading in dollars and less in yen. The recent cryptocurrency surge was so steep that investors were prone to take money off the table as Christmas neared, he said.

The retrenchment isn’t typical for cryptocurrencies, which often snap back after a few losing sessions. The last time bitcoin dropped for five successive weekdays was September and, before that, July.

The tumble coincided with several warnings in the past week from financial authorities about elevated risk in holding digital coins.

“The crypto market went to astronomical highs, so it’s got to come back to reality,” Greenspan said. “Something that goes up 150% in less than a month is probably going to have double-digit retracement.”

Bitcoin fell 3.8% from Friday’s close to $13,703 shortly after 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Monday, when most U.S. markets were closed for Christmas. That was down 30% from its record high of $19,511, based on prices compiled by Bloomberg.

Ethereum, the No. 2 cryptocurrency by market value, rose Monday to $717. That was up about 5% from Friday’s close.

Although “nascent blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are rapidly entering mainstream finance,” some second-generation digital coins such as ethereum have a better outlook than bitcoin, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mike McGlone wrote in comments published Sunday. The whole group is akin to internet-based companies a few decades ago and exchange-traded funds more recently, he said.

“Bitcoin is the crypto benchmark, but not the best representation of the technology,” McGlone wrote. Alternative cryptocurrencies “should continue to gain on bitcoin, which has flaws and where futures can be shorted,” he said.

Bitcoin’s price reached its record high Dec. 18 hours after CME Group Inc. debuted futures contracts, which some traders said would encourage short position-taking.

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Google’s Tacotron 2 simplifies the process of teaching an AI to speak

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Creating convincing artificial speech is a hot pursuit right now, with Google arguably in the lead. The company may have leapt ahead again with the announcement today of Tacotron 2, a new method for training a neural network to produce realistic speech from text that requires almost no grammatical expertise.

The new technique takes the best pieces of two of Google’s previous speech generation projects: WaveNet and the original Tacotron.

WaveNet produced what I called “eerily convincing” speech one audio sample at a time, which probably sounds like overkill to anyone who knows anything about sound design. But while it is effective, WaveNet requires a great deal of metadata about language to start out: pronunciation, known linguistic features, etc. Tacotron synthesized more high-level features, such as intonation and prosody, but wasn’t really suited for producing a final speech product.

Tacotron 2 uses pieces of both, though I will frankly admit that at this point we have reached the limits of my technical expertise, such as it is. But from what I can tell, it uses text and narration of that text to calculate all the linguistic rules that systems normally have to be explicitly told. The text itself is converted into a Tacotron-style “mel-scale spectrogram” for purposes of rhythm and emphasis, while the words themselves are generated using a WaveNet-style system.

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The resulting audio, several examples of which you can listen to here, is pretty much as good as or better than anything out there. The rhythm of speech is convincing, though perhaps a bit too chipper. It mainly stumbles on words with pronunciations that aren’t particularly intuitive, perhaps due to their origin outside American English, such as “decorum,” where it emphasizes the first syllable, and “Merlot,” which it hilariously pronounces just as it looks. “And in extreme cases it can even randomly generate strange noises,” the researchers write.

Lastly, there is no way to control the tone of speech — for example upbeat or concerned — although accents and other subtleties can be baked in as they could be with WaveNet.
Lowering the barrier for training a system means more and better ones can be trained, and new approaches integrated without having to re-evaluate a complex manually defined ruleset or source new such rulesets for new languages or speech styles.

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Facebook is clamping down on posts that shamelessly beg for your engagement

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A lot of crap gets shared on Facebook, but coming soon the volume may be a little less after Facebook made a move to penalize content that shamelessly begs people for engagement.

The social network giant said today that it will penalize Page owners and people who resort to “engagement bait,” which means posts that encourage users to like, comment or tag people in the comments section in order to gain wider visibility of their content.

The incentives — such as “Share with friends to win a free trip” or “Like if you’re an Aries” — gets content shared through engagement, ultimately helping the post, and the Page owner/author, grow its reach as users interact and it shows up on their friends’ Newsfeeds.

Not so now. A new tweak to the Newsfeed algorithm will mean “stricter demotions” for Pages, and/or individual, who adopt engagement bait tactics. Starting in a couple of weeks, offenders will have the total reach on all of their posts reduced if their content is begging or baiting users to interact. As you’d expect, serial offenders will be hit hardest.

But, Facebook is extending an olive branch and — initially, at least — engagement baiters can earn their original reach back with good behavior, i.e. less of the sludge and ‘better’ content all round.

Facebook did specify that there are some exceptions to this clampdown, and that includes examples like a missing child report, raising money for a cause, or asking for travel tips, to quote the company directly.

The crackdown itself is led by a machine learning model that the social network said has been fed “hundreds of thousands of posts” to detect different kinds of engagement bait.

This push to close down some of the spammier types of content follows a clampdown on sites with crappy web experiences — for example those caked in advertising — and moves to weed out clickbait in multiple languages.

Facebook is, of course, still answering tougher question about the overall impact that its service is having on society across the world. In addition to explaining how Russian actors used the site to try to manipulate the U.S. general election and the UK’s Brexit vote, it is also being criticized from former executives who accuse it of “destroying how society works.”

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Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cash

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Oracle will pay $1.2 billion in cash to buy construction software developer Aconex, the companies announced today. Based in Melbourne, Aconex’s cloud-based software allow teams working on building projects to collaborate and share documents. Oracle agreed to pay AUD $7.80 (about $5.97) per share in cash for a total of $1.2 billion. This price represents a 47% premium over Aconex’s Friday closing price of AUD $5.29 (about $4.05).

This marks Oracle’s second acquisition of a cloud-based construction software maker so far. Last year, it purchased contract and payment management platform Texturafor $663 million and combined it with its own construction management software, called Primavera, to form the Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit.

Construction projects consist of many moving parts, including multiple contractors and suppliers, complicated building codes and piles of paper documents, and managing everything can be a costly, time-consuming nightmare. This, of course, gives the tech industry an opening. In the past few years, several startups have launched to modernize the building industry, including FieldwirePlanGridNet30 and UpCodes.

Founded in 2000, Aconex currently has offices in 30 countries and says it has been used to manage over $1 trillion in construction projects. The company claims 5.5 million project users, who can manage and communicate about building progress, documents, safety checklists and other issues on desktops or mobile devices. Oracle says Aconex will complement its cloud-based construction software, which focuses on project planning, management and payments, to create an end-to-end solution for builders. After the acquisition’s close, which is expected to take place in the first half of 2018, Aconex will become part of Oracle’s construction and engineering unit.

In a letter to Aconex’s customers, co-founder and chief executive officer Leigh Jasper said “we expect that Oracle’s continued investment in Aconex will deliver more functionality and capabilities at a quicker pace, as well as provide better integration and alignment with Oracle’s other product offerings.”

One of the largest enterprise software companies in the world, Oracle makes several acquisitions a year. According to Crunchbase, Oracle has agreed to buy three other companies in 2017 so far: API design platform Apiary, developer tools startup Wercker and Moat, which measures ad engagement. That’s a small number, however, compared to Oracle’s acquisition spree last year, when it bought nine companies, including NetSuite for $9.3 billion and Textura.

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WHO declares that medical marijuana has no public health risks

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Having raged for decades now, the debate on whether to legalize marijuana shows no signs of reaching a consensus anytime soon. While some progress has been made, especially in the United States, where THC was legalized in the state of Arizona for medical usage back in 2010, other countries have categorically refused to entertain the possibility of legalization.

However, it is difficult to contest some of the benefits of marijuana. Advocates for the legalization of THC claim that not only is it a healthier alternative to alcohol but that it can provide those who live in chronic pain or suffer from mental illness with some relief.

And now, after months of deliberation, The World Health Organisation has concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) - the relaxant property of cannabis that is used in medical marijuana - does not carry any risk of addiction and should not be scheduled drug.

Asserting that CBD is a helpful treatment for those who suffer from epilepsy, WHO stated in a report published yesterday that, "there is increased interest from Member States in the use of cannabis for medical indications, including for palliative care". The report continued, "responding to that interest and increase in use, WHO has in recent years gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components.

The WHO concluded that "recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions." And the authors added that "current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol", on account of the fact that taking medical marijuana does not lead to addiction to THC, the psychoactive property of cannabis that induces a "high".

Raul Elizalde, who has campaigned tirelessly to get his epileptic daughter, Grace, CBD treatment, was overjoyed by the report.

Speaking to the Mail Online, he asserted:
"I’m ecstatic that these international health leaders agree that CBD is a substance that should not be scheduled and has therapeutic value for a variety of medical conditions. 
I never thought I would be doing this, that cannabis would be part of our life. But Grace changed everything. Now I know that just taking CBD is like taking a health supplement. It is not a replacement for her treatment, but it has changed her life."I never thought I would be doing this, that cannabis would be part of our life. But Grace changed everything. Now I know that just taking CBD is like taking a health supplement. It is not a replacement for her treatment, but it has changed her life."

Elizalde, who is the founder and president of HempMeds Mexico, spoke on behalf of his organization when he added, "We look forward to continuing our conversation about its many benefits in 2018."

The World Health Organisation is now planning to launch a more extensive review in May to delve into how medical marijuana and other cannabis-related properties can help those who suffer from cancer and Alzheimer's, as well as epilepsy.

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Microsoft makes Azure Bot Service generally available for developers

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Microsoft introduced the Azure Bot Framework more than two years ago and companies have been building chatbots for a variety of scenarios ever since. Today, the company made generally available the Microsoft Azure Bot Service and Microsoft Cognitive Language Understanding service (known as LUIS).

“Making these two services generally available on Azure simultaneously extends the capabilities of developers to build custom models that can naturally interpret the intentions of people conversing with bots,” Lili Cheng, corporate vice president at the Microsoft AI and Research division wrote in a company blog post on the announcement.

Conversational AI allows humans to have a conversation with a bot, such as an online chat or in a chat tool like Facebook Messenger or Kik. The customer asks a question, and if it’s routine, the bot can answer it in a natural conversational manner that feels like you’re talking to a human — at least that’s the theory.

Microsoft has created a whole set of tools for developers to create their bots, including the Bot Framework and Cognitive Services. Cheng says Microsoft has designed the bot framework to be as flexible as possible. You don’t even need to host it on Azure if you don’t want to. The Bot service is actually part of a broader set of Azure services Microsoft has created to help developers build applications with artificial intelligence underpinnings.

“You can build a bot and auto provision on Azure and you can publish on Facebook Messenger, Slack and most of the Microsoft channels [such as] Cortana, Skype and Skype for teams,” Cheng explained. You also can embed the bot in a web page or in an app and customize the UI as you see fit.

When you combine the bot building tools with the LUIS language understanding tool, you get what should be a powerful combination. The latter helps the bot understand and parse the query to deliver the correct answer (and understand related queries).

Cheng said more than 200,000 developers have signed up for the Bot service, and they currently have 33,000 active bots in areas like retail, healthcare, financial services and insurance. Companies building bots with the Microsoft tools include Molson Coors, UPS and Sabre.

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Google releases iPhone hacking tool for security researchers

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Google releases a tool that helps security researchers hack iPhones

Ian Beer, a well-known name among iOS bug bounty hunters who works for Google Project Zero, released a proof-of-concept tool on Monday that allows security researchers and other developers to hack into iOS 11.1.2, a recent version of Apple’s operating system. This could open up the possibility of jailbreak for devices such as iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.1.2.

For those unaware, Google’s Project Zero identifies bugs and exploits in all kinds of software of various companies to make them safer.

According to Beer, the tool released takes advantage of an exploit called “tfp0”. Beer says the tool was tested on iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPod touch 6G. However, he believes that with some tweaks, the tool should work on all devices.

“tfp0 should work for all devices, the PoC local kernel debugger only for those I have to test on (iPhone 7, 6s and iPod Touch 6G) but adding more support should be easy,” Beer wrote .

The Google researcher last week teased this release in a tweet that asked the iOS 11 kernel security researchers to keep a research-only device on iOS 11.1.2 or below raising sparks of a fresh exploit of the OS.

“If you’re interested in bootstrapping iOS 11 kernel security research keep a research-only device on iOS 11.1.2 or below. Part I (tfp0) release soon,” Beer said at the time.

Speaking to Motherboard, Google told that Beer’s goal is to allow other security researchers to explore and test iOS security layers without the need to develop and find their own exploits. In other words, Google gave other researchers a head start to carry out their own research.

According to Google, their ultimate goal is to help security researchers search and find other potential vulnerabilities and hopefully report them to Apple so that they get fixed and the operating system is made safer.

“While it might seem surprising that Google would release a tool to hack a device from a competitor, it actually makes a lot of sense. The iPhone is one of the hardest consumer devices to hack, and researchers who can do that and are able to find bugs in it rarely report the bugs or publish the tools they use because they are so valuable”, said Motherboard.

However, the disclosure opens up the possibility for the jailbreaking community to bootstrap an iPhone jailbreak until Apple issues a fix.

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Apple Buys Shazam to Boost Apple Music

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Apple Inc. agreed to acquire music-identification service Shazam, taking ownership of one of the first apps to demonstrate the power of the iPhone, recognizing songs after hearing just a few bars of a tune.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but a person familiar with the situation said Apple is paying about $400 million for the U.K.-based startup. That would be one of Apple’s largest acquisitions ever, approaching the size of its 1996 purchase of Next Computer Inc. which brought co-founder Steve Jobs back to the company. That transaction would be worth more than $600 million in today’s dollars.

The deal announced Monday will be a disappointment for some of Shazam Entertainment Ltd.’s investors, including Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Institutional Venture Partners and DN Capital Ltd. The 18-year-old company, which has required twice the average time to deliver an exit for backers, was valued at about $1 billion when it closed its last funding round in 2015.

"A company isn’t worth a billion dollars until it’s sold or exited. Many of these so-called unicorns are of course fakies," Mark Tluszcz, co-founder of VC firm Mangrove Capital Partners and chairman of website building service Ltd. "They will face their day of reckoning and may turn out to be a disappointment. The case of Shazam will serve as a stark warning to other companies."

The Shazam app uses the microphone on a smartphone or computer to identify almost any song playing nearby, then points users to places they can listen to it in future, such as Apple Music or Google’s YouTube.

While Shazam has been popular with customers, it struggled turning its clever music service into a business that justified its valuation. It expanded beyond simple audio recognition in 2010 by adding capabilities that let television viewers "Shazam" an ad, which would then open a promotion from the advertiser on a user’s device. The company said this feature was used 700,000 times during the 2014 Super Bowl broadcast.

"Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users," Apple said in an emailed statement on Monday. "We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement."

In November, Shazam had about 175 million monthly active users globally across iOS and Android, according to research firm App Annie. The U.S. is the largest single market, with about 20 million active users in November, while the U.K. had about 4 million in the same month.

"Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS," Apple also said. "Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms."

The acquisition would help Apple embed that capability more deeply into its music offerings. The company’s digital assistant Siri gained Shazam integration in 2014, so users could ask it what song is playing in the background.

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Eating this fruit can do magic to our health – Start consuming it now

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With this age modern technology, they is an abundance of different supplements people can choose from. Most of the time, people believe that herbal supplements are much better than the synthetic ones.I for one, also want something more natural. However, even though over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) are made of herbal medicine but still undergo various processes and still infused with a combination of chemicals to make it effective and can last long after being processed so the preservation will be longer.If you are still feeling uncomfortable with the chemicals being added, it might be best that you try to look for a more natural source.

In all honesty wonders of nature can offer better treatment than those medicines since it is freshly served, without other chemical content, which means you can protect your kidneys and other internal organs from unwanted side effects.

One great example of a fruit that has countless benefits is the sinigwelas. Sinigwelas is its Filipino name but it is also called as  Spanish plum, purple mombin or wild plum, purple plum, java plum, red plum.This tropical fruit needs little maintenance to be cultivated. It grows in short shrubs and is seasonally common in the summer.

This fruit is still underrated, given it has a lot of health benefits than we can ever imagine! It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C great for boosting your immune system. Moreover, it is known as the “food of the Gods” in the Philippines since it gives a distinct taste sweet when eaten riped. You can also add to that the other benefits it can give such as phosphorus, ascorbic acid and amino acids like lysine, high in calcium methionine, threonine, and tryptophan.

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Let’s highlight its wonderful benefits here:

Rich in Nutrients

Plums are filled with a great source of nutrients.Since singwelas belongs to the family of plums, it is naturally rich in Vitamin A, dietary fiber, beta-carotene, and potassium!

Controlling Cholesterol

There are many reasons why we should control our cholesterol levels. Sinigwelas high-level contents of Vitamin C can prevent oxidized cholesterol from building up in the walls of arteries. This is also useful to prevent atherosclerosis,  colon cancer, osteoarthritis, asthma,  and rheumatoid arthritis which are caused by high cholesterol in a person’s body.

Antioxidant Protection

SInigwelas is a fun way to get your antioxidant fill. It is more natural than taking coffee or capsules. Since it is very rich in antioxidants, it can neutralize disease-causing oxygen radicals that can build up inside the body. These radicals are what causes cancer and can also destroy internal organs.

Improved Iron Absorption

Digesting food through the use of nutritious fruits is a very pleasant option as well. Fortunately, sinigwelas is one of the fruits which can enhance our bodies ability in absorbing iron from the food we eat. So next time you feel overly stuffed or heavy and cannot stop binging, why not try some sinigwelas.

Prevent Macular Degeneration

According to some research, three servings of plums regularly can effectively lower the risk of macular degeneration, also known as age-related is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field. Sometimes it barely has symptoms

 Immune System Booster

As a fruit, the Sinwelas rich contents of vitamin C and ascorbic acid, can primarily help in boosting body immune system and protect people from common illness cough, colds, and fever. Another great news is that ascorbic acid is a great way to add more energy in your day, it allows you to do more and feel less tired. In the case of vitamin C, it helps in keeping a more youthful look since it keeps skin looking healthy and glowing.

Dysentery Aid

Other health benefits included the fruit used for stomach problems like dysentery, a disorder of the intestine when it becomes inflamed, especially of the colon, that results in severe diarrhea containing blood and mucus in the feces.

Cure to. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

This fruit decoction is also a cure for leucorrhoea, the whitish or yellowish inflammatory discharge of mucus from the urethra or vagina. also to the more common kind of STD which is gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection.

Stops Stomatitis

Stomatitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth can affect or  disrupt a person’s ability to eat, talk, and sleep, applying the sinegwelas bark sap on the mouth can alleviate this condition as well.

Mitigates Juandice

Some also shred the leaves and combine the resin of the tree with pineapple to create a concoction for the case of jaundice or the yellowish pigmentation of the skin.

As a Diuretic for Cleansing

Eating this fruit can give a diuretic effect so it is good for production of urine if you are interested in cleansing the body. It also has antispasmodic properties which are for preventing muscle spasms. Aside from the notorious guava leaves, this fruit can also be boiled and used as antiseptic for preventing infection of wounds and even healing mouth sores. Even in the old days, it is commonly used to cleanse wounds, burns, and cuts. Its liquid extract has antibacterial capabilities.

However, you have to be careful in swallowing or eating the fruit’s seed as it is known to be poisonous. It is actually hard to miss that since it’s seed is too hard for human teeth to bite into, but you will never know, some people might be curious enough to try. It can be served raw or can also be processed for making tart or as a delectable green sauce. Still, other people prefer to create jellies or processed the fruit for making vinegar or wine. The tropics are really blessed with such wonderful fruits. Hoping that there will come a day when this fruit can be easily accessed in different parts of the world.

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Instagram is testing a standalone app for direct messaging

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Instagram has changed a lot since its acquisition by Facebook in 2012.
The original premise was so simple. Beautify your photo and share it to your friends in a couple clicks. Like your friends photos with a simple scroll and a double-tap.

Now, Instagram has videos and gifs (Boomerang). It has its own set of superstars and an algorithmic feed that helps those superstars dominate users’ feeds, including mine. And it has a direct messaging system.

Today, Instagram is testing out yet another change with the launch of a standalone Instagram Direct app. For now, the app is only available in Uruguay, Chile, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Israel.

The Verge first noticed the test.

Instagram had this to say on the test:

We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is a big part of that. To make it easier and more fun for people to connect in this way, we are beginning to test Direct – a camera-first app that connects seamlessly back to Instagram.

The app will let you create and share stories, and give you access to exclusive filters, Boomerang and other creative tools on Instagram. And, of course, your Instagram friends are added instantly to the Instagram Direct app.

This begs the question: Why build a separate app for stuff that’s already available and functional within Instagram? The most obvious answer is that this is yet another barrage in the Instagram’s assault on Snapchat.

And it’s been working. In January, TechCrunch reported that the launch of Instagram Stories had resulted in lower usage of Snapchat Stories. The launch of Instagram Direct, with its perception of more private and intimate one-to-one conversations, could feasibly have the same effect on Snapchat’s direct messaging.

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Amazon Prime Video finally lands on Apple TV

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Tim Cook said six months ago Amazon Prime Video was coming to Apple TV sometime before the end of the year. And here it is: the long-awaited app is finally available on Apple TV and the iOS flavor was updated to support the iPhone X.

The native tvOS versions is compatible with Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later. If the app isn’t visible yet, try searching for Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV and it should pop-up.

The release of the Apple TV app could signal Apple TV’s return to Amazon, as well. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said previously that the retailer would not sell the streaming device until it was compatible with Prime services.

“We want our player, our Prime Video player, to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms,” said Bezos at Code Conference 2016. “And if you can’t, then we don’t want to sell it to our customers, because they’re going to be buying it thinking they can watch Prime Video and then they’re going to be disappointed. And they’re going to return it.”

The Amazon Prime Video app was the lone missing streaming service from the Apple TV, where Netflix, Hulu and the rest had previously been available.

Now if only Apple could fix the terrible Apple TV remote.

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