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22
Nov

6 Practical and Ingenious Bathroom Gadgets



Are you a gadget passionate? Do you like spending time in the bathroom to relax? Would you like to somehow combine these two, if it were possible? If your answer to these questions is yes, here are 7 ingenious bathroom gadgets that anybody should consider adding to their restroom in order to make the experience even more pleasurable.

  1. Chromotherapy Shower

The chromotherapy shower will allow you to change the colours in your shower or bathtub. The mechanism has a lot of potential, as it can induce different states of mind. When it comes to the mental side of things, it can have many benefits – if you were to use a dark colour like black or blue, you could become calmer due to a focus on relaxation. A colour like red is more likely to energize you due to the fact that is very noticeable and puts your body in an alert state of mind. A chromotherapy shower it’s definitely something worth the investment.

2. Automatic Soap Dispensers
We recommend that you give automatic soap dispensers a try. Getting rid of germs is always important because in the long run, it allows you to stay away from colds or diseases. Sometimes, even the contact with the dispenser can give you germs so having a touch-less soap dispenser whose purpose is for cleanliness and health is a very good asset for a homeowner. Its value can’t be underestimated, you can be sure that the risk of germs will decrease.

3. TOTO toilet
The TOTO toilet is a well-worth-the-investment piece for every bathroom. This specific model has features like self-cleaning, closing the lid and an auto-flush feature. The TOTO toilet even has a nightlight feature. The design is sleek and compact. You can’t make a bad purchase if you choose it, many users stand by that.

4. Warming Drawers
As not everybody lives in California or Arizona, where the weather can be consistently warm, for some people a cold bathroom is a serious problem. Using the restroom should be a pleasant experience, as hygiene is one of the most important things to care about. The warming drawers are some appliances one can choose for his/her bathroom in order to keep the things in it and the bathroom overall at a higher temperature. Who wouldn’t enjoy wrapping up in a warm bathrobe or towel, after a quick shower in a cold day?

5. Digital Shower Controls
Digital shower controls are highly recommended for those who want to have a better control over the appliances in their bathroom. If you’ve ever been to a 5-star hotel, you may have encountered this kind of appliance. In most of the bathrooms, if you try to make the slightest turn when taking a shower or even preparing the bathtub, the water can either become really hot or really cold. The digital shower control allows you to make your experience as precise as possible. Having a remote is much better than subpar turning mechanism. It is truly one of the ingenious bathroom gadgets to add to the list of to-buy things.

6. TV
Last but not the least, we can recommend you to opt for installing a TV in your bathroom. For some people, showering isn’t an experience that should be interrupted. For others, it’s quite the opposite. If you’re one of those people who wants to watch the news or a certain show while showering, then this appliance is for you. If you need to get ready and don’t miss your favourite show on TV in the same time, then this gadget would be the perfect choice to upgrade your bathroom. Probably everyone has dreamed of having a TV installed in their bathroom at least once in life so go ahead and fulfil this dream of yours!

Hoped you’ve enjoyed reading this list of the most ingenious bathroom gadgets on the market today. Whether it’s a warming drawer or a TV, we hope to have made your experience in the bathroom better.

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22
Nov

Grab a Huawei Matebook on Amazon for just $800 with this pre-Black Friday deal


The Huawei Matebook X is about to get a huge price cut, thanks to Amazon’s pre-Black Friday deals. The super-slick, ultra-portable laptop was one of our favorites this year, and with a retail price of just $1,100 for the entry-level model, it was already a good deal. Even the high-end “Signature Edition” starts at a reasonable $1,277. Beginning today though, you’ll be able to pick up the entry-level model for just $800, and the Signature edition for only $974.

The price cut puts the Matebook X in direct competition with some of our favorite budget laptops. If you’re looking for a stylish laptop, now might be the time to buy. The Matebook X offers a lightweight chassis, exceptional build quality, and a sharp, colorful display.

It’s the second foray Huawei has made into the ultraportable laptop market, but it’s due for an update now that Intel’s latest 8th-generation processors are starting to trickle down into midrange and lower-end laptops. There’s no telling when they’ll make their way into the Matebook X, however, so Amazon’s Black Friday pricing makes a compelling case for a robust little laptop.

In our performance tests, the Matebook X managed to push past the 2017 12-inch MacBook in processor performance and hard drive speeds. It did fall a bit short of the MacBook’s stellar display quality, but during our time with the Matebook X we didn’t have any complaints about its vibrant 1440p display. Even at $800, it’s still a bit more expensive than our favorite budget laptop, the Asus Zenbook U330UA, but if you’re looking for something small, sleek and stylish — a laptop with MacBook style if not MacBook pricing — you really can’t do better than the Huawei Matebook X.

This year’s Black Friday is shaping up to be one of the more competitive shopping seasons in recent memory, with major manufacturers like LG and Huawei offering deep discounts on some of their most popular products. Alongside the Huawei Matebook X, Amazon’s Black Friday deals include massive discounts on 4K TVs, and a number of smaller gadgets that would make great stocking stuffers.

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22
Nov

Google finally breaks ground on its impressive ‘landscraper’ campus in London


For years, the plans for Google’s London campus were just that— plans. The ambitious project stayed stuck on the drawing board, with the web giant abandoning parts of the original plan and then swapping architecture firms as it dithered over the final look.

Having finally settled on a striking design that’s become known as the “landscraper” — for being much longer than it is tall — the company’s CFO Ruth Porat and its U.K. managing director Ronan Harris on Tuesday broke ground at the site in the city’s vibrant King’s Cross district.

They were joined by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who hailed the project as further confirmation of “the capital’s reputation as one of the world’s leading technology hubs.”

Designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group, the campus will be home to 7,000 Google employees when it opens. The 11-story structure will stretch for 330 meters and cover some 100,000 square meters. Google will occupy about 65 percent of the space, with the first floor given over to stores and an open market hall.

Well known for its love of offbeat workspaces, the landscraper will offer Googlers a multi-use games area for a slew of sports activities as well as a three-lane, 25-meter swimming pool. Massage rooms and nap pods will be available, too, should the stresses of London life become too much at any point.

L to R: Joe Borrett of Real Estate & Construction; Google CFO Ruth Porat; London mayor Sadiq Khan; Google U.K.’s Ronan Harris

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More opportunities to chill out will be available on the roof, where workers will find a lush garden stretching almost the entire length of the building. Workers will be able to lose themselves among wildflowers and woodland plants, or simply kick back and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at its coffee shop.

And yes, the landscraper will have some areas set aside for work, too.

Google has been working on the design of its London office for more than four years. The original plan, which featured an exterior similar to the final design, was dreamed up by British architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and was given the go ahead in 2013. But a short while later, Google had second thoughts and asked AHMM to rethink the plan before the two ended their collaboration in 2015. Google ended up settling with Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group, which changed parts of the design according to Google’s requests. Now they just have to build it.

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22
Nov

Xiaomi’s excellent Mi Robot Vacuum is on sale for just $269


Xiaomi’s Mi Robot Vacuum, Mi Max 2 phablet, and Mi Note 2 are heavily discounted right now.

Xiaomi’s Mi Robot Vacuum is one of the best products in this category. It’s affordable, has a minimalist design aesthetic, and features a powerful 1800Pa motor that does a magnificent job of cleaning the entire house. And starting today, you’ll be able to get your hands on the vacuum cleaner for just $269 using coupon code XIAOMIVAC when ordering through GearBest’s China warehouse, or XMIVCHK for orders through the Hong Kong warehouse.

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The Mi Robot Vacuum relies on an ultrasonic radar sensor, a gyroscope, cliff sensor, and an accelerometer to intelligently map out the interior of your house, plotting out a course automatically cover all corners. It goes back to its charging base automatically once cleaning is completed, or if the battery level is low.

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum review

One of the best features of the Mi Robot Vacuum is its ability to sync with the Mi Home app, which lets you set automated cleaning schedules, area covered by the vacuum cleaner, battery life, and the route the vacuum is taking in real-time. If you’re interested, hit up GearBest from the link below and use coupon code XIAOMIVAC or XMIVCHK to get the vacuum for $269.

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Mi Max 2 and Mi Note 2 also see price cuts

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The Chinese retailer is also discounting other Xiaomi products, including the Mi Max 2. The Mi Max 2 made its debut earlier this year, offering a 6.44-inch 1080p display backed by a Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, 12MP back camera, and a massive 5300mAh battery.

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The Mi Max 2 has limited LTE bands (1/3/5/7/8/38/39/40/41), but if you’re in a market where you can access LTE on those bands, GearBest is running an enticing deal. The retailer is selling the Mi Max 2 for $209 with coupon code Bfriday038.

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Finally, last year’s Mi Note 2 is now available for just $299. This particular variant of the device doesn’t have global LTE bands, but it will work with most carriers in India and the UK (1/3/5/7/38/39/40/41).

The hardware isn’t all that bad either: the Mi Note 2 features a Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, dual-curved 5.7-inch 1080p display, 22.5MP camera at the back, 8MP front shooter, and a 4070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

See at GearBest

22
Nov

Google voice recognition could transcribe doctor visits


Doctors work long hours, and a disturbingly large part of that is documenting patient visits — one study indicates that they spend 6 hours of an 11-hour day making sure their records are up to snuff. But how do you streamline that work without hiring an army of note takers? Google Brain and Stanford think voice recognition is the answer. They recently partnered on a study that used automatic speech recognition (similar to what you’d find in Google Assistant or Google Translate) to transcribe both doctors and patients during a session.

The approach can not only distinguish the voices in the room, but also the subjects. It’s broad enough to both account for a sophisticated medical diagnosis and small talk like the weather. Doctors could have all the vital information they need for follow-ups and a better connection to their patients.

The system is far from perfect. The best voice recognition system in the study still had an error rate of 18.3 percent. That’s good enough to be practical, according to the researchers, but it’s not flawless. There’s also the matter of making sure that any automated transcripts are truly private and secure. Patients in the study volunteered for recordings and will have their identifying information scrubbed out, but this would need to be highly streamlined (both through consent policies and automation) for it to be effective on a large scale.

If voice recognition does find its way into doctors’ offices, though, it could dramatically increase the effectiveness of doctors. They could spend more time attending patients and less time with the overhead necessary to account for each visit. Ideally, this will also lead to doctors working more reasonable hours — they won’t burn out and risk affecting their judgment through fatigue.

Via: 9to5Google

Source: Google Research Blog, ArXiv.org

22
Nov

ProtonMail will use encryption to lock down your contacts list


About a year and a half ago, ProtonMail opened up its previously invite-only beta encrypted email service to the public, along with a couple of mobile apps. A couple of months ago, ProtonMail created a free tier for its VPN service, too. Now the company is offering ProtonMail Contacts, which it’s calling “the world’s first encrypted contacts manager.”

The service works within ProtonMail’s email system, and includes both zero access encryption (which means that even ProtonMail won’t know what’s stored on their servers) and digital signature verification (which makes sure no one else has tampered with your data). You can encrypt specific fields of your contact data, including phone numbers and note fields. Email addresses are not protected this way, says the company, so that it can filter your emails and know where to deliver your message. ProtonMail notes the many benefits of this sort of protection. “For example, if you are a journalist with a confidential source,” writes the company in a blog post, “it is very important to protect the phone number or address of that source.”

How does it work, though? The company says that it creates a new private and public key pair for each email account; it’s used only for contact encryption. The private key is made on the client side and uses a derivative of your own password so that ProtonMail won’t have access. Contact fields that are encrypted use your contacts public key and can only be decrypted by your private key. The digital signature is verified with your private key, too, which ensures your privacy above and beyond ProtonMail itself.

Via: The Verge

Source: ProtonMail

22
Nov

Belgium moves to ban ‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’-style loot boxes


We learned last week that Belgium’s gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language publication VTM Nieuws. The commission claims that purchasable add-on boxes, the contents of which are randomized, mix “money and addiction” and thus are a form of gambling.

Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens added: “Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.” The commission will now reportedly work through the European Union’s process to execute a total ban. We’ve reached out to Belgium’s Gaming Commission for more details on its next steps and the legal implications of the ruling.

The country isn’t alone in its stance on loot boxes. Just hours ago, Rep. Chris Lee (D) from Hawaii denounced EA’s “predatory behavior” in a speech uploaded to YouTube (first spotted by Kotaku). In the clip, Lee also talks of the detrimental affect micro-transactions have on children, with specific reference to Battlefront II, which he describes as a a “Star Wars-themed online casino, designed to lure kids into spending money”.

Lee is proposing legislation for Hawaii that would prohibit the sale of games containing loot boxes to minors. He claims that introducing a change on the state-level could influence others to follow suit, which would make things sticky for game publishers even if a federal law isn’t introduced.

He also jumped on Reddit to add: “While we are stepping up to act in Hawaii, we have also been in discussions with our counterparts in a number of other states who are also considering how to address this issue.” He continued: “Change is difficult at the federal level, but states can and are taking action.”

Of course, the impact of such a move will reverberate throughout the gaming industry. Although, EA is getting dragged for the game-breaking pay-to-win content in Battlefront II, it’s not the only publisher profiting from micro-transactions. Let’s not forget that Overwatch was also part of the Belgium Gaming Commission’s investigation.

But, despite the inference from the Belgian regulators, the message may have already been heard. Less than a week ago, EA pulled in-game purchases from Battlefront II (albeit temporarily) following the backlash.

Source: VTM Nieuws, Rep. Chris Lee (YouTube)

22
Nov

Uber wants riders to consider more carefully how they rate drivers


In light of the recent revelation of Uber’s hack cover-up, its riders and drivers might want to give the company a big fat zero rating right now.

But when it comes to riders rating drivers, Uber announced on Tuesday it’s making some changes to its five-star system in a bid to ensure they give fairer assessments of their driver at the end of a journey. That’s hugely important when you consider that a driver can lose their chance to work for the ride-hailing giant if their rating slips too low.

Uber’s Aaron Schildkrout said the changes will “make ratings clear and balanced on every trip, and that give drivers more protections and feedback when they need it.”

One notable change is that if a rider wants to give a driver four stars or less, they’ll have to add an explanation via the app first.  The idea is that it’ll make the rider consider why they’re giving that particular rating, and allow drivers to find out how they can improve.

Also, if the reason for a sub-five-star rating relates to something like the route taken or heavy traffic, Uber won’t count it toward the driver’s average.

The changes are coming into effect soon, according to Mashable. Uber already applies some of these rules to POOL trips where people can share rides with strangers taking the same route.

Other efforts to discount bad ratings focus on riders’ rating behavior. So if an Uber passenger has a habit of giving drivers a bad rating, the company is more likely to prevent them from affecting the driver’s overall rating.

To help riders better understand how the platform makes sense of ratings and therefore how they might impact a driver’s overall rating, Uber is also introducing an in-app scale that explains precisely what each star means.

This latest change is the second effort this year by Uber to improve its rating system. In April, the company made rider ratings more visible within the app so that it might make them consider their behavior more during subsequent rides. That’s something that might help Larry …

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22
Nov

OnePlus 5T is now the company’s fastest selling phone


After just six hours of sales, the OnePlus 5T becomes the company’s fastest selling device.

Availability of the OnePlus 5T kicked off yesterday, and the company is now announcing that after six hours of sales, the phone is its fastest selling device yet. The OnePlus 5T brings a new 18:9 display with minimal bezels and a new secondary camera at the back, while retaining the same great internal hardware as the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus didn’t share any sales figures, but the company said the same of the OnePlus 5 earlier this year. Based on launch-day sales alone, it looks like the OnePlus 5T outperformed its predecessor.

Record-breaking launch day sales – in just 6 hours, the #OnePlus5T has become our fastest selling device. Order now. https://t.co/vErBcGRqXX pic.twitter.com/0DvxL1dqUA

— OnePlus (@oneplus) November 22, 2017

The phone is marginally more expensive when compared to the OnePlus 5, with a starting price of $499 (versus $479). That’s not the case in India, where the OnePlus 5T is retailing at the same price point as the OnePlus 5.

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22
Nov

Live-action Pokémon movie lands its lead actor


We’re one step closer to finding out what a live-action Pokémon film looks like. Legendary Pictures has already nabbed writers for its Detective Pikachu movie (in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls penman Alex Hirsch), and now it’s secured a lead as well. Rising talent Justice Smith — best known for playing the protagonist on Baz Luhrmann’s short-lived Netflix show The Get Down — has been tapped to star in the film based on the Nintendo 3DS game, according to Variety. Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) is directing.

It’s unclear at this stage who Smith is playing in the flick — we’re guessing he won’t don a yellow onesie for the role of the titular character (although, he could be voicing a CGI Pikachu). Before then, the 22-year-old is on track to gain a lot more exposure, thanks to the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Pokémon fever is currently in full swing, courtesy of the latest Pokémon Go event, which has already seen players catch over 500 million pocket monsters just days since it kicked off. And, in case you didn’t notice, the franchise’s latest anime film Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! briefly graced theaters earlier this month.

Despite the abysmal fate of Assassin’s Creed, Hollywood hasn’t given up on video game adaptations. Next year’s contenders include a live-action take on the classic arcade game Rampage, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and a Tomb Raider reboot. Rather more exciting is news that Nintendo is exploring a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

Source: Variety

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