McAfee, known for his love of bath salts and allegedly being secretly paid to promote questionable cryptocurrencies to his unsuspecting acolytes, has long sung the praises of dubious investments. In a rambling Q&A-style statement tweeted Monday, the 75-year-old made clear that his fundamental nature remains unchanged.
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WaveMotion technology that mimics fingers for acute g-spot stimulation • Eight settings for different clit/g-spot stimulation combos • Sleek look
The manual doesn’t detail exactly what the settings are • High price point
The Soraya Wave is perfect for sex toy users who love simultaneous clit and g-spot stimulation — but its price may be a deterrent.
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Self-care looks different for everybody, which means it can be a little difficult to know how to shop for a self-care gift.
As with any type of present, keep your recipient’s specific priorities in mind as you search. If they’re into art, you might get them an art kit or coloring book. Or maybe they’re more focused on their home’s atmosphere and would prefer an air purifier, essential oil diffuser, or plant.
We’ve found more than 40 gifts ideal for anyone into self-care, whether that’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or anyone else on your list. (Hey, it could even be yourself. That’s the beauty of self-care, baby.) Read more…
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Donald Trump’s 60 Minutes interview drummed up major buzz last week when the president walked out of the interview early. Despite Trump subsequently posting “leaked” footage on his Facebook page, CBS wasn’t deterred from airing the combative conversation between Trump and journalist Lesley Stahl.
Comedian James Austin Johnson lampooned the footage, spending three minutes comparing characters on Sex in the City to those on Gilmore Girls, all while doing a damn good Trump impression.
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Scientists have created a model that suggests that a tectonic plate, located in western North America some 60 million years ago, actually existed. Geophysicists have been torn between the probability of the Resurrection plate actually existing. While one school of thought said it never was there, the other school believed that the Resurrection got pushed sideways and downward inside the planet’s mantle in the early Cenozoic period.
Giving the second group a considerable lead in the argument, a team of geologists at the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have erected a model that proves the plate existed. By studying the existing mantle tomography images of our planet, the group has “found” Resurrection to exist in northern Canada, a statement by the team said.
The researchers think that this lost plate was responsible for the link between the ancient Pacific Ocean and North America. Also, it led to the creation of the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean. Jonny Wu, assistant professor of geology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, said, “Volcanoes form at plate boundaries, and the more plates you have, the more volcanoes you have”. He further explained that the new finding can help researchers understand how many volcanoes have been there and how the climate changed there.
The third major geologic era of Earth, the Cenozoic Era, is considered to be the time period when the continents had assumed their modern or current shapes and sizes. It follows the Mesozoic Era and extends from 66 million years ago to the present day.
As we are currently living in the Cenozoic era, the plate tectonics of the age are still undergoing. However, there has been a dispute regarding the Resurrection plate that is believed to have been present in the early Cenozoic era. Now the latest study has found that Resurrection existed in between two larger plates called Kula and Farallon.
The results of the study have been published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin.
Realme is going to launch a non-pro smartwatch model early next month, a company social media post confirmed. Earlier, a pro model from the firm was spotted at a certification website. The official Twitter handle of Realme Pakistan has tweeted to announce that the company will be launching Realme Watch S on 2 November. The new smartwatches will be round-faced, unlike the square-faced smartwatches released by the company earlier this year. The tweet added that the watch will have a 1.3-inch touchscreen with an auto-brightness adjustment display.
Your world now on your wrist with #realmeWatchS. Get Fit with 16 Sports mode, 1.3″ auto-brightness adjustment display and multiple health monitors. #LeaptoNextGen on 2nd November by watching the Live event on FB and YT. #realme #DareToLeap pic.twitter.com/Ij6vCatDhU
— realme Pakistan (@pakistan_realme) October 23, 2020
Branded as a competitor to the fitness watches by Xiaomi and Apple, the Realme Watch S will come with multiple health monitors. The device is also going to feature 16 sports modes and will be able to measure a user’s heart rate and blood-oxygen level. The device promises a 15-day battery life as well.
The tweet also mentions that the new product will be launched through a virtual event that will be broadcast live on the company channels on Facebook and YouTube.
Realme Watch was introduced in India in June this year along with some other products like a smart TV, earbuds and a powerbank. The device had a 1.4-inch touchscreen and was available for Rs 3,999. Aside from an “intelligent activity tracker”, the smartwatch came with 14 sport modes.
Hence, it can be expected that the upcoming Realme device is priced at a similar range. There is no confirmed news about its availability as of yet. But there is a pro Realme Watch model under development as spotted back in September. The Realme Watch S Pro had appeared on FCC’s listing. At 1.39 inches, the product was seen to feature an AMOLED touch panel with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. Powered by a 420 mAh battery, the device had Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity and GPS support. As it has already passed certification, the model is likely to be launched soon.
It’s been a good four years since Google launched its ‘Home’ smart speaker, and there’s been few offerings in India after that. There’s the Google Home Mini followed by the Nest Mini, the Nest Hub and now, the Nest Audio. In short, Google has not been updating its speakers year after year, like Amazon has with its Echo range. So, even if the Nest Audio seems like a new product, it’s basically the Google Home replacement that many in India were waiting for. And after spending some quality time with it, I’m happy to conclude that it’s a good one!
It fits right in
Setting up the Nest Audio is simple, and this is good for first-time buyers who want to try out a smart speaker. You just have to install the Google Home app on your smartphone, power up the speaker and you will be up and running a few minutes. Connecting IoT devices to it is also quite simple, and can be quickly set up using the Home app.
The Nest Audio will pretty-much disappear in your house, whether it’s your living room or your bedroom, thanks to its subtle design. It looks like a tiny pillow, standing up all by itself, with the mesh fabric all around, except for the bottom. It does not resemble a speaker; there’s no branding on it and it does not have the typical cylindrical or boxy shape that we have gotten used to over the years.
It’s as big as a regular desk photo frame, and just an inch taller than the older Google Home. What I also liked about the design is how slim it is for a speaker that focuses on delivering good sound.
There’s just one switch at the back for silencing the mics when you don’t want Google to listen. And if you are worried about privacy you can simply tell Google to delete your history by saying, “Ok Google, delete what I just said”. Obviously, you would not want to do this every time, so you can also delete your data in the ‘My Activity’ page after logging into your Google account online.
The touch controls are hidden under the top-front edge of the speaker, and respond to taps accurately. It’s divided into three touch zones, and these can be used for stopping the Assistant from blabbering away, pausing music and adjusting the volume.
The subtle LED indicator from the other Nest devices is also here. It comes alive after the ‘Ok Google’ prompt, and will turn orange when you flip the privacy switch.
As with Google Home, the Nest Audio can also connect to and control IoT-enabled devices, whether it’s your air purifier, your TV, lighting and others. All of that worked flawlessly when I tried it out.
More impressive were the mics. There’s three of them, and they do a fantastic job of listening to and accepting voice commands, no matter how loud you have turned up the volume.
It sounds really good
The previous Google Home was meant to be the command center of your connected home. It did a good job at that, but was not really designed with audio quality in mind. In most cases, you would need to hook it up via Bluetooth to some quality speakers and use it as a hub more than a speaker.
With the Nest Audio, Google has focussed on the audio quality and it shows!
My bedroom has a 12-foot high ceiling and is about 270 sq feet. The Nest Audio, with its 19 mm tweeter and 75 mm woofer felt quite sufficient when it came to filling that room with sound, despite its front-firing layout. But I had to keep the volume at around 60-70 percent to get the best audio quality out of it, as anything lower did not sound as effective. In a space as large as a hall, I would recommend setting up two in stereo for the best audio quality.
When it comes to sound, the Nest Audio is a massive improvement over the Google Home or any speaker from its currently available range in India. It sounds better than the 3rd gen Amazon Echo, so it is the best you can get in its segment at the moment. However, this could change depending on how the 4th gen Amazon Echo performs, as it too is focussed on audio quality, but goes with a top-firing speaker layout (with two tweeters) that works better as a single unit.
Despite not being a stereo speaker, the Nest Audio delivered impressive clarity and lets you hear every strum of the guitar if you are listening to instrumental music. It’s not ideal for listening to classical performances (unless you connect two in stereo) as the soundstage just isn’t there for that kind of listening. However, it’s perfectly fine for pretty-much everything else, as it delivers clear vocals and does not get too bass-heavy.
In short, it delivers a balanced sound that’s pleasing to the ears, which is a lot better than what you get from the current batch of smart speakers in this price range.
There are a few hiccups. There were times that paused music or podcasts would randomly resume, as if someone had pressed the play button. I would recommend telling Assistant to “pause the podcast” or “stop playing the podcast”, when you’re done listening before you move on to something else.
There were also other occasions where it randomly started giving out answers to questions I had not even asked. This was enough to convince me to slide the mic switch off at night, to prevent sudden scares.
There’s no 3.5 mm line in/out port at the back of this speaker, so you won’t be able to turn your existing dumb speaker setup smart.
Keeping in mind that this speaker was designed for listening to music, the music streaming service selection is strangely limited to a few apps including Spotify, YouTube Music and Jio Saavn. Whatever happened to the rest? Apple Music and Amazon Music users are out of luck.
Yes, you should buy one
Now, all of that praise in the performance section may sound impressive (and it is), but it’s still not ideal for audiophiles. For that, there’s always the Amazon Echo Studio or Apple’s HomePod smart speakers that are better equipped (at a price) for a more critical listening experience. But for everyone else (which is most of us), this is as good as it gets at 7,999.
I don’t know when manufacturers decided that SMR drives were a good idea for the average consumer, but they did, and it’s very frustrating. SMR or Shingled Magnetic Recording is an efficient data storage technique that results in a higher data density, leading to fewer platters (magnetic disks that store data) and thus, lower costs. But all this comes at a significant reduction in performance. The recently released WD MyPassport HDD ably demonstrates these issues.
This 2.5-inch, 2 TB USB hard drive from Western Digital is noticeably slimmer and lighter than most other 2 TB drives I’ve used, and even some older 1 TB drives. This might seem like a good thing, but I don’t think a few spare millimetres is particularly helpful, and I’d rather have consistent performance than middling speeds.
Speaking of, WD is very careful to not mention speed or SMR on the packaging or store listing of the drive. And with good reason.
While this is a 5,400 rpm drive with a USB 3 interface, I never saw average speeds hitting over 60 MBps. Older, thicker drives that don’t use SMR can easily hit 90-120 MBps.
Earlier, drives stored data the way you imagined they stored data. A magnetic read/write head would glide over a platter and write data in parallel tracks. SMR makes this process more efficient by taking advantage of the fact that data can be read from narrower tracks than it was written on.
Without getting too technical, what happens in SMR drives is that data is divided into blocks. Given how SMR works, even if a small chunk of data in a block has to be rewritten, the entire data block will have to be moved, edited, and then restored. This is a lot of additional work for the drive to perform.
As you can imagine, moving tiny files around an SMR drives can be a nightmare, resulting in extreme performance drops and variations in performance. The performance penalties are so high that users will notice. In fact, WD got into a lot of trouble when it tried to sneak SMR drives into the market, trouble that resulted in the company being forced to come clean and apologise, while also promising more transparency in the kind of tech its drives use.
If I’m transferring a large chunk of files, speeds on the WD MyPassport HDD will hit 90-100 MBps before dropping to 20 MBps every 30 GB or so. HDTune registered a read speed of 243 MBps. CrystalDiskMark registered a speed of 76.54 MBps. PCMark10’s results indicate a bandwidth of 33 MBps. Write speeds can also sometimes drop as low as 10 MBps when moving small files. The results are all over the place, and they just make no sense.
Either way, these speeds are atrocious, but the technology is also part of the reason why you can get 2 TB of storage for just Rs 5,000, and in a package that you can slip into a shirt pocket.
The one saving grace here is that WD isn’t alone in this. Every other HDD maker has done the same, and just about any Rs 5,000 external HDD you buy will perform just as poorly.
Breast cancer affects around 2.1 million women per year, with over 1.6 lakh new cases reported each year in India. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in India, according to the National Health Portal. It can occur anytime from the early thirties and 50-64 years of age. This deadly disease is responsible for at least 15 percent of all cancer-related deaths among women.
In 2018, India reported 87,090 breast cancer-related deaths among women and has become a major health concern across Indian cities. By 2030, breast cancer will cause more deaths in Indian women than any other form of cancer.
The survival rates are high if detected at an early stage. In case of late detection, however, the survival rates drop. Almost 50 percent of breast cancer patients don’t survive five years from the time they were diagnosed.
Despite breast cancer being one of the most common cancers in women worldwide, knowledge and understanding of the causes are still very limited. There are many factors underlying breast cancer risk, depending on a combination of one’s genetics and lifestyle choices. However, breast cancer cases in India are very different from cases in other countries. In India, many younger women are being affected by this type of cancer and more than half of them are diagnosed in advanced stages, which are significantly harder to treat.
Through the National Health Mission (NHM)’s Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) program for prevention, control and screening for common cancers i.e. oral, breast and cervical, are being implemented in over 150 districts. The aim of the initiative is to not only to help diagnose cancers early, but to also generate awareness on the risk factors of the diseases. Twenty-seven erstwhile Regional Cancer Centres in the country are providing comprehensive cancer treatment facilities and carrying out cancer prevention and research activities.
Despite breast cancer being a major health concern across Indian cities today, there is a lack of attention at every stage – from awareness to detection, from diagnosis to counselling and treatment. There is a small chance of breast cancer being hereditary and that is independent of external factors.
Helping women understand the significance of early diagnosis and speaking openly about it is critical to raise awareness against this deadly disease. Early diagnosis is the key to prevent breast cancer. Lumps or thickening in the breast shouldn’t be ignored – they should be given immediate medical attention. Early symptoms may include pain in one or both breasts, discharge, change in shape and size, rash, flaky or crusty nipple and dimpling of the skin.
Age, family history, genetics, dense breasts and race are the major risk factors for breast cancer.
The author is a senior consultant for medical & hemat-oncology at Max Superspeciality Hospital in Delhi