MP govt to make available 50 lakh low cost masks at PDS shops

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Share MP govt to make available 50 lakh low cost masks at PDS shops Madhya PradeshMaskPDS News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 By Press Trust of India on April 20, 2020 Related Posts The government will get these masks stitched by women from urban areasThe Madhya Pradesh government has planned to procure 50 lakh low cost cotton masks and facilitate their availability at fair price shops for the public to contain the spread of coronavirus.The government will get these masks stitched by women from urban areas in the state, a public relations official said on Monday.A decision on this was taken during a meeting called on Sunday by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the state’s preparations to fight COVID-19.The masks will be made available at all ration shops covered under the public distribution system (PDS), the official said, adding that the preparation of masks would also provide employment to women.In the first phase of the initiative, the government will procure 50 lakh cotton masks, which will not only be cost effective but also reusable after washing, he said.Women of urban areas, who wish to engage themselves in the mask-making activity, can get themselves registered with the government and secure an order to make 1,000 masks, he added. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Commentlast_img read more

Midfielder close to agreeing Bournemouth deal, waiting for Barcelona counter-offer

first_imgMundo Deportivo report AFC Bournemouth are in the advanced stages of signing Barcelona Juvenil A midfielder Ramón Rodríguez Jiménez, commonly know as Monchu, this summer. The 18-year-old moved to the Catalan club’s youth setup from Mallorca in 2012. He has impressed for the Juvenil A side and his form for them saw the teenager get promoted to Barcelona B team in December 2017.According to the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Cherries have been closely following Monchu for several weeks. Bournemouth have held “several meetings” with the player’s camp and are close to reaching an agreement.Monchu and his family are aware of the offer made by Bournemouth. Before accepting their offer and flying to England, the player’s camp would like to know Barcelona’s last counter offer for the midfielder.Embed from Getty ImagesThe La Liga winners have already placed a proposal on the table for Monchu.However, the deal is nowhere close to what is being offered by the Premier League outfit. Failure from Barcelona to give him an improved deal could see Bournemouth recruit Monchu this summer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題Undolast_img read more

After much praise, Tottenham get a little Brazilian mockery thrown in…

first_imgWe’ve covered the praise that Spurs’ facilities have been getting, with claims that Brazil chose to stay there instead of picking Manchester United’s complex.Now we have more of a ‘in your face’ kind of story, as Lance reports the return of Paulinho to Tottenham Hotspur’s facilities.The fact that the midfielder was picked as the ‘worst signing in the club’s history’ is now seen as a joke, as the player now goes back to London as a Barcelona player, and a Brazil star for the World Cup.Embed from Getty ImagesPaulinho was sold from Corinthians to Tottenham in 2013 in a €20m deal. He only lasted two seasons at Spurs, before being transferred to Chinese side Guanghzou Evergrande for only €14m.He did pretty well in China, and even returned to the national team after that. Guanghzou coach Ivo Wortmann spoke to Lance about that: “We used to say that he was a Seleção player. When Dunga left, Tite sent people there to watch his game. Okay, that was enough.”That was enough for Barcelona as well, who paid €40m for the midfielder in the last summer. Now on a higher status, Paulinho has his comeback to Spurs highlighted by Lance, who jokes with the Portuguese expression which says ‘for English to see’.“Thus, Tottenham’s “worst signing in history” returns to the club more than valued and as one of the hopes of Brazil for the so dreamed sixth title. Such a turnaround, not for an English to see”.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo The stay of the Brazilian national team at Tottenham Hotspur’s training centre is resulting in a few nice stories in the South American press.last_img read more

Why this basketball coach gave up her job for her daughter

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A coach has stepped down from her position as head of the University of Virginia women’s basketball team to travel to Senegal with her young daughter to finalize her adoption.At issue? The family isn’t sure when they will be able to return to the United States.“It’s rocked me for sure,” Joanne Boyle, 54, told ABC News.Boyle said she had wanted to adopt a child from Senegal since she was a teenager. Boyle said she’d tried before with no luck until 2012, when a family friend connected her to an orphanage in the city of Tambacounda, which sent her a picture of Ngoty, now age 6, who was given up for adoption by her grandmother when she was a baby.Five months later, Boyle, who had visited the country before as the head coach of the University of California, Berkeley’s women’s basketball team, was back on a plane to Senegal to meet the baby and officially begin the adoption process. Over the next two years, Boyle said she took 14 trips back and forth to Tambacounda. Ngoty was sick — suffering from severe malnutrition and constant fevers, as well as a number of other ailments. At age 3, she weighed just 23 pounds, Boyle said.In 2014, Boyle was granted legal guardianship of Ngoty and given a court order allowing her to take the child out of Senegal. In December of that year, Boyle returned to the U.S. with Ngoty — still ill and using a tourist visa — by her side. But their troubles were just beginning. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied Ngoty’s I-600, a document that qualifies an orphan as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen.Boyle, through her lawyer, Irene Steffas, tried to appeal the denial, but according to the USCIS, Ngoty cannot be in the U.S. when the form is filed and processed.Therefore, Ngoty has to return to Senegal, but she won’t go alone. Boyle will be heading back with her daughter. But the process could take months or even years.There is a glimmer of hope, however: Ngoty’s story is gaining traction.Former 2016 vice presidential candidate and current U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., has contacted USCIS on the family’s behalf, his office told ABC News, and he went to Charlottesville on Sunday to offer his help in any way he can.“Ngoty is an energetic and active kid who likes to play dress-up and Nerf basketball with her neighborhood friends. Joanne has been working toward an international adoption for a decade,” Kaine said in a statement to ABC News. “Immigration officials have it in their power to grant this approval — and they should — so Joanne and Ngoty don’t have to say goodbye to the community they love.” Boyle is staying positive and relying on her faith, she said.“I have been on a journey for a long time. I have always walked in faith. I know there’s a purpose,” Boyle said. “If I don’t walk in that way, I will fall down.”Boyle said she will do all she can for her daughter and consider this time in Senegal an adventure for the two of them. But because she doesn’t know when she’ll return, she stepped down from her position as head coach of UVA’s women’s basketball team.“The person who is the head coach of this program needs to fully commit themselves and give their all to these deserving young women,” Boyle said in a statement announcing her retirement, citing only a “family matter.”Looking back, Boyle said her time as UVA’s coach was “an unforgettable seven years” as she coached women “who were united, selfless and truly committed to one another,” the statement read.“It was a pleasure and honor to coach them,” the statement added.UVA fully supports Boyle’s decision. Virginia athletics director Carla Williams described Joanne Boyle as “a tremendous representative” of UVA and a “tireless worker” in a statement.“I understand her personal situation and respect her decision,” Williams said. “It is a reflection of who she is as a person.”USCIS declined to comment on the case other than to say: “We are committed to acting in the best interest of the children and families while upholding the integrity of our country’s immigration system.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Jackson County Men Arrested in Macon County Drug Bust

first_imgThursday June 29, 2017 Arrests made of two suspects for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Heroin.Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received a source of information earlier in the day about possible drug activity. The source included information about suspects possibly bringing drugs back to WNC after a quick trip to the Atlanta Ga. area. Macon deputies located a vehicle on US 441 at approximately 11:50 pm last night and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle which was occupied by four individuals. One suspect was found to be in possession of multiple baggies and prescription pills. After a search of the vehicle two bags of trash were located in the trunk of the vehicle. While searching the two bags of trash, deputies located 15.2 grams of methamphetamine and 16.0 grams of heroin wrapped in paper towels and duct tape. Investigators believe that this concealment was done in an effort to disguise the presence and odor of the drugs and to discourage any officer from conducting a search of what most people would think is just typical household garbage.Also located in the vehicle were multiple plastic baggies, set of digital scales and a metal spoon. Bobby Cucumber and Aaron Alexander both of Jackson County were charged with multiple drug related charges and both had bonds set by Magistrate Justin Stamey at $400,000 each. Both suspects remain in custody at the Macon County Detention Center.Sheriff Robert Holland states, “The combined effort of multiple agencies helped guarantee this shipment of drugs would not be sold in our county or surrounding counties and would not have the possibility of destroying any lives as we see far too often. The efforts of these officers who followed up with their information are to be commended for their hard work daily. All of us understand there is much more work to be done. Nothing exciting about digging through someone’s trash but this case shows the commitment of these officers to rid the “trash” that is contributing to the destruction in our community and communities everywhere. Unfortunately that sometimes means even going through people’s trash.”last_img read more

South African web use surges

first_img21 June 2007South African internet usage is surging, a new report by internet media and market research company Nielsen/NetRatings finds, with the potential for even bigger growth in the online African language market.Released last week, the report – “South Africa’s Exploding Internet” – states that the number of South African internet browsers increased by 121% in the last two years, from 1.8-million in May 2005 to 3.8-million in May 2007.Over the same period, the number of South African web page “views” grew by 129%, from 91-million to 207-million.Affordable internet connectivity has been boosted recently, with state-owned telecoms company Telkom offering ADSL and broadband, cellular operators like Vodacom and MTN offering 3G and HSDPA access, and other companies like Sentech and iBurst offering wireless broadband.South Africa’s second fixed-line network operator, Neotel, is expected to offer similar services once it becomes fully operational.“In terms of the number of people using the internet, the most developed markets in the Northern Hemisphere have seen a plateauing of growth over the last year or so,” says Nielsen/NetRatings analyst Alex Burmaster.“In contrast, South Africa has seen phenomenal expansion – growing by around 50% in each of the last two years.“This type of growth is, of course, something we have seen across all markets as the internet has taken hold and moves away from being a niche activity to a very mainstream form of media and an integral part of life.”African language potentialThe majority of South Africa’s internet population speaks English, and the vast majority of South African online content is English.However, while the South African internet is experiencing huge growth in this area, Burmaster believes the opportunity for future “hyper-audience” growth lies in targeting African language speakers.English is generally understood across South Africa, being the language of business, politics and the media, and the country’s lingua franca. But it only ranks joint fifth out of 11 as a home language.According to the 2001 census, isiZulu is the mother tongue of 23.8% of South Africa’s population, followed by isiXhosa at 17.6%, Afrikaans at 13.3%, Sepedi at 9.4%, and English and Setswana each at 8.2%.Nielsen/NetRatings’ research report made the following findings on the demographics of South African internet surfers:SA’s internet population is split 54% male (2.15-million people), 45% female (1.79-million people).At 1.42-million people, South Africa’s 25- to 34-year-olds are the most dominant age group, accounting for 36% of the country’s online population – closely followed by 35- to 49-year-olds (1.37 -million: 35%).English is the dominant language – being the home language of around 2.10-million online South Africans (52% of SA’s internet population). Afrikaans follows at 1.11-million (28% of SA’s internet population).Burmaster says South Africa’s internet population is more concentrated around 25- to 49-year-olds than is the case in other English-speaking internet countries.“In South Africa this group makes up around 70% of the internet population, compared to less than 50% in the UK, around 45% in Australia and 40% in the US,” he said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

#Nextchat: Allies in the Workplace

first_imgSome of the most well-intentioned workplace conversations don’t always turn out as planned. Statements made in an effort to be supportive or complimentary can end up being insulting and hurtful.  A microaggression is a statement or action regarded as an occurrence of indirect, subtle or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group, including groups formed around gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, age and ability.Microaggressions contribute to feelings of exclusion in and from the workplace and negatively impact an organization’s culture. Even members of marginalized groups have biases and prejudices and can make discriminatory comments toward others. Sometimes the statements or actions are so subtle they can take the recipient by surprise.  Microaggressions can occur in the workplace, during meetings or casual conversations, and can be difficult to understand or detect. When someone sees or hears a microaggression, they may freeze due to a fear or uncertainty about how to respond. So what’s the solution for reducing instances of microaggressive language and behavior?Allies. Allies in the workplace work to reduce bias, heighten awareness and build cultures of inclusivity. Allies encourage cultures of inclusion through their constructive and mindful efforts. According to the SHRM news article “Workplace Allies Serve as Ambassadors for Change,”  “People can serve as allies for co-workers through simple actions that will have lasting, beneficial effects on those co-workers’ careers and, in the process, will create an inclusive work environment.” And while it can be helpful in various situations for individuals to respond to a microaggression in the moment, allies go a step further to serve as ongoing ambassadors for change.In her blog post “Learning to be a Better Ally,” employment attorney Heather Bussing writes, “It starts with opening our own minds and hearts to the experience of others and using our privilege and position to listen, learn, and open doors. It also requires understanding that what worked for me could be impossible for someone else because of a million different things. Some I may understand; others I can’t even imagine. We know that different perspectives create better insight, strategy, and decisions because we are not blinded by our limited views and assumptions. It’s time to get curious and educate ourselves on the experiences of others and the barriers they face, work on ourselves to see our own privilege and biases, and learn to stand up for others in ways that are useful and effective.”How are you becoming an ally in your workplace and what are you doing to increase inclusivity across your organization?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on September 18 for #Nextchat with special guest Heather Bussing (@heatherbussing). We’ll chat about microaggression, allies and how to build cultures of inclusivity in your workplace.  Q1. Describe a time you felt you didn’t belong. What would have made a difference?Q2. Describe a microaggression you have experienced.Q3. If you’ve ever been the target of a microaggression, how did you respond when you witnessed it happen to another and it was your turn to be an ally?Q4. If you’ve ever been called out for a microaggression due to your comments or actions, how did you respond?  Q5. What are some actions individuals or allies can take in the moment when they see discrimination or harassment?Q6. What are some tools and resources that organizations can use to make work more inclusive?Q7. What are some things you are personally doing to become a better ally in your workplace?How to participate in an HR Twitter chat.last_img read more

Everything You Wanted To Know About Android “Launchers” But Were Afraid To Ask

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian p rubin What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Google likes to promote its Android ecosystem with the tagline, “Be together, not the same.” Almost nowhere is that more apropos than in the first thing most users see when they pick up an Android phone: Its home-screen interface.Apple users can rest easy in the knowledge that any iPhone they pick up will look pretty much the same once they turn on the screen. The same is emphatically not true for Android, where most phone manufacturers have gone out of their way to customize Android’s basic interface with skins—known technically as “launchers”—that put their own stamp on a phone with differently styled design elements and even new features.These launchers have even become selling points for some companies. On Monday, for instance, LG released a video showing off its new UX 4.0 launcher, which will presumably show up on its G4 flagship phone later this April:You may spend most of your time in particular apps, but your phone’s home screen is still the first thing you see when you turn it on. It’s where you check the time, scan your notifications, move from app to app and—assuming you still do this—make and receive phone calls. It’s a pretty important part of what using a smartphone is all about.Yet many users don’t really understand why a Samsung Galaxy S6 looks and behaves so differently from a Moto X or HTC One M9. Even fewer probably grasp that they don’t have to live with the interface their smartphone manufacturer installs for them.Learning a little about launchers, it turns out, offers both power and freedom. Comparing the interface options from Samsung, Motorola, HTC and LG can help inform your decision if you’re in the market for a new phone. And knowing more about alternatives—from the stock Android interface offered by Google to other third-party skins also available in the Play Store—can set you free from a subpar launcher or even one that’s just grown tired for you.With all that in mind, let’s take a look at what the world of Android launchers has to offer.A Quick Tour Of AndroidFirst things first: The Android operating system and the launcher that controls the interface are two separate things. Of course, that’s not exactly obvious to the casual user.As you’d probably guess from the name, the Android OS is common to all Android phones. It handles all the phone’s basic functions, from shuttling data around and interfacing with underlying hardware (like, say, cameras and accelerometers) to managing apps. The launcher, by contrast, is basically just another app that sits on top of Android to display and manage the interface. It basically “launches” apps and widgets, sort of like the “Start” button in Windows used to do. Different launchers have different looks, sometimes offer different features, and may be more or less streamlined.Your new Android phone will come with a launcher pre-installed—typically one designed by the phone’s manufacturer. Let’s take a look.Stock Android (Nexus Devices, Motorola)If you ask most diehard Android fans, “stock” is the interface they prefer to all others. It’s Android as envisioned by Google itself, working simply and cleanly without any extra bells and whistles. For some users, it might be the most boring version of Android. For devotees, however, it’s the only version of Android worth using at all.Android Lollipop’s Material Design in action. Photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWriteStock Android—which, at the risk of oversimplifying things, is itself basically a launcher—is more easily defined by what it lacks than by its features. On the one hand, it’s something of a blank canvas for users to customize just how they like. On the other hand, it leaves the work of personalization to the user.And because it lacks the whiz-bang features of some of the other launchers described below, the virtues of stock Android can be a little difficult to grasp. Overall, however, its lack of extra features means it runs fast and clean, with fewer opportunities for OEM-installed software to get in the way or bog down the device’s performance.Stock Android also offers deep Google Search and Google Now integration. Each pane on the Android home screen provides a Google Search bar at the top, allowing for quick searching. And with just a few settings checked, you can say “OK Google” to your phone and issue voice commands to launch apps, search the web, send texts, place calls, and more. Motorola Android Lollipop, courtesy of MotorolaGoogle Now is the default launcher with stock Android devices, specifically anything in the Nexus line running Android 4.4 or later. Motorola’s smartphones, like the Moto X and Moto G, have skins installed that are extremely similar to stock Android.It’s also possible to install the Google Now launcher on other phones for a stock Android-like experience. More on that below.Bottom Line: Stock Android is the choice of Android purists. If you want a mobile experience that’s zippy and uncomplicated, go for stock Android.TouchWiz (Samsung)If you ever hear this sound in a crowded room, you’re almost certainly hearing Samsung’s TouchWiz. TouchWiz is easily identified because of its bright colors, a bluish glow on its notifications, and its cartoony icons. Samsung’s UI also gives a few more customization options for app organization and home screen layout, while stock Android is fairly Spartan in that regard. When most people think of Android, this is likely the version they’re imagining. That’s because of the sheer number of Samsung-made smartphones that have overrun the world—and TouchWiz runs on all of them. One analyst reported that Samsung’s phones accounted for nearly a full quarter of all smartphones sold in Q3 2014 in the world.While stock Android throws its Google search bar widget at the top of the display, TouchWiz puts it smack in the middle of your home screen. But while the bar is a permanent (if unobtrusive) fixture on stock, TouchWiz lets you remove it if you so desire. The navigation bar at the bottom also shunts the app drawer button to the right-most side of the display, as opposed to the center position it usually occupies on other Android UIs. TouchWiz also offers the option of using the “Easy Home” launcher, which simplifies the UI even further.TouchWiz’s Easy Home launcher features even BIGGER ICONS. Image via Android Stack Exchange.Samsung also has its own take on Google’s voice recognition. Called “S Voice,” it aims to deliver the same kinds of voice command functionality as Google Now, but head-to-head comparisons have shown that Google Now outperforms S Voice in terms of speed and functionality. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and Note 4, both running TouchWiz. Both feature the Google Search widget in the center, with the app drawer button on the right side, a placement unique to TouchWiz. Photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite.TouchWiz also offers users the Multi Window feature, which puts running apps on-screen side by side. It’s a nice addition that gives Samsung an edge in terms of productivity and multitasking.On the other hand, these extra features and options can sometimes weigh down a phone’s speed—though that’s something of a concern no matter which non-stock Android you’re using. In my own experience with TouchWiz, sometimes apps would hang, crash, or simply suffer from unexplainable bugs. My old Samsung Epic 4G crashed frequently, with trouble running Google Maps. My girlfriend’s Galaxy Light has shown some troublesome bugs for months, such as a display that refuses to turn off unless you manually hit the power button. Recent reviews of the Galaxy S6 say that Samsung used a lighter hand on its latest version of TouchWiz, making it more usable than previous iterations. It’s possible, then, that S Voice has grown up and the launcher is more reliable overall. Bottom Line: If you want to use the latest Samsung flagship, be ready for TouchWiz. It’s bright, and has lots of user-friendly options in terms of customization, multitasking, and access. But watch out for the bugs.Sense (HTC)Where Samsung’s TouchWiz is bright and cartoony, HTC’s Sense is a bit slicker and stylized. Its colors are a bit more muted with more minimally drawn icons. Sense starts with a time and weather widget at the top of the home screen, but an otherwise standard navigation bar layout on the bottom. The newest version of Sense brings Themes with it, which gives users a starting point in terms of wallpaper, icons, and color schemes from which to further customize their experience. Some of the themes available on HTC Sense.Sense also has options for customizing the navigation bar as well as a few other organizational widgets that other versions of Android don’t offer, like Sense Home and BlinkFeed. The former organizes apps you’ll need depending on where you are in the world (like home, work, etc.), while the latter is reminiscent of the suggestions offered by Google Now. Users can also use Sense to more easily customize their lock screens with the information they want to see at a glance, like appointments, weather, and email.Prior to the release of Android Lollipop, one of Sense’s biggest draws was its stylish rendering of the operating system and its slick animations. Lollipop’s “Material Design” styling catches stock Android up in that regard, which could make many of Sense’s other features feel unnecessary or redundant. Once again, I had a less-than-stellar experience with Sense on my Evo 4G LTE, which had the unfortunate habit of dropping my Wi-Fi network even though its indicator showed  I was still connected. Sense also tended to kill tasks or apps that were running in the background—technically a good way to save on battery and RAM, but still annoying when I wanted to resume a song or podcast I’d started earlier.Still, Sense has a unique style that stands out, and is far less garish than most other Android UIs. And with the forthcoming release of the One M9, it’s possible that HTC has made its latest version of Sense even better.Bottom Line: Sense has undeniable style, and gives your phone a premium software feel. Some of the extras HTC packs into Sense aren’t particularly necessary, but they might be fun additions to your mobile life. UX (LG)LG’s long-running rivalry with Samsung has resulted in an Android UI that shares a lot in common with TouchWiz. The simply titled “UX” (which, presumably, stands for “user experience”) isn’t quite as colorful or bright as TouchWiz, but it does offer some of the same kinds of features.Like Samsung’s Multi Window for same-screen multitasking, UX has QSlide and Dual Window: the former opens a few specific apps in separate floating windows on the display, while Dual Window, well, opens two app windows side-by-side. Dual Window in action on the LG G Flex.Some new features revealed (and helpfully translated from Korean by SlashGear) by LG to be coming to UX 4.0 include Quick Shot for fast photo snapping even when the display is off, Smart Alert for activity and wardrobe suggestions based on that day’s weather forecast, and a drag and drop feature to move Facebook events into your phone’s calendar app. UX 4.0 also features Knock Code, which can activate and unlock the phone’s display with a user-set pattern that they tap on the screen itself:I’ve never actually owned an LG handset, so I can’t speak to personal experience in terms of UX’s overall performance and stability. However, it stands to reason that, like TouchWiz and Sense, UX’s extra features might keep Android from running as quickly or as smoothly as the stock OS.Bottom Line: Some interesting photography options and multitasking capabilities make UX an interesting up-and-comer in the world of Android skins. It’s got a few strong similarities to TouchWiz, so it’s possible that deciding between the two could have more to do with a buyer’s hardware preferences in the end.“Be Together, Not The Same”Overall, each different Android launcher has its own advantages and drawbacks. For what it’s worth, I’ve long wanted an app on my Nexus 5 that gives me the same kind of multitasking features offered by Samsung and LG. Most third party app solutions I’ve found seemed sketchy in terms of adware or too disruptive to the overall Android experience, so I’ll keep pining. But for my money, even without single-screen multitasking, the best Android is pure Android. Meanwhile, if you hate the skin you find on your new phone, there are no shortage of launchers to choose from. Just look them up on the Play Store, download and install, and suddenly it’s like having a brand-new phone. (Well, kind of.)On the original Kindle Fire, I was desperate to get away from Amazon’s terrible FireOS (a heavily modified, forked version of Android). I enjoyed switching to the Go Launcher EX, but even more launchers have been released since then.If you have a different take on these Android UIs, let me know in the comments below.  Lead image courtesey of Kārlis Dambrāns; Android images courtesy of Google; HTC Sense image courtesy of HTC; LG Dual Window image courtesy of LGcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Android#Explainer#Google#HTC Sense#LG#LG UX#Motorola#Samsung#Samsung TouchWiz#Sense#TouchWiz#UX Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

No. 1 spot, last playoff berth at stake in crucial NCAA stretch

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the last remaining teams  in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut if the Pirates triumph on Thursday, that will turn the playoffs into a stepladder semis, with the Intramuros-based crew earning an outright berth in the best-of-3 Finals.Meanwhile, Arellano (9-9), Letran (9-9), and San Sebastian (8-9) are all making their case for the last semifinal ticket, and after Tuesday’s playdate, the Chiefs and the Knights are tied. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ However, it can still be a three-way logjam for the fourth spot if San Sebastian topples Perpetual in the final eliminations game on Thursday, giving them identical 9-9 marks.In that scenario, the Golden Stags will have a bye owing to their superior plus-30 quotient over the two, leaving the Knights (minus-9) and the Chiefs (minus-21) facing off in the first playoff on Friday.The winner of that duel will take on San Sebastian next week with the fourth semifinals seat hanging in the balance.One thing’s for sure, all NCAA teams still in the Final Four race will have their eyes firmly locked in on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL View commentslast_img read more

HTC One M8s with Snapdragon 615, 13MP Duo camera launched

first_imgWhile we are still to test the full potential of the One M9, HTC has come out and revamped its One M8 smartphone by launching the One M8s, showing there’s still some juice left in its 2014 flagship. The One M8s is essentially a tweaked version of the very-popular M8 smartphone that is exclusive to Europe for now.There is no word yet from HTC regarding the global availability of the One M8s.Let’s take a brief look at the specification sheet of the One M8s. The HTC One M8s retains the original design aesthetics of the original One M8, it looks exactly the same. HTC has also retained the same display specifics: a 5-inch full HD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution.HTC has tweaked the processor on this one. The One M8s is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The original One M8 comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU.The HTC One M8s comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card.   It runs Android Lollipop out-of-the-box with Sense 6 and drops the ultrapixel camera technology found in the original One M8. Instead, the One M8s sports a 13MP rear Duo camera along with a 5MP front-facing camera.Connectivity options include: NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, DLNA and 4G LTE. It is backed by a slightly larger 2840 mAh battery.last_img read more