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World of Tanks (WOT) Blitz is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game that involves strategy...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-09-20 - 20:43 By: admin

World of Tanks (WOT) Blitz is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game that involves strategy and experience

Whilst I normally focus more on real simulation games I always thought of WOT as an arcade style game (from what I saw in short clips in videos) but having a deeper look today made me realise this is far from the case. There is a lot of choices that go into the type of tank, country of choice, strategy in battle, choice of upgrades, training of crew, and the ballistic mechanics that add to the realism.

Back in December 2013, the game had 75 million registered players worldwide and a 1.1 million peak concurrent players so it has a major following. It debuted as an eSports game at the World Cyber Games 2012 and is playable across multiple platforms.

World of Tanks Blitz is free and playable on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. There is also a version of WOT for XBox and PS4. One tip is before you create an account have a look for online invite codes that will give ytou some extras to startout wiith.

The video below just touches on the choice of nation, type of tanks, and their characteristics - see https://youtu.be/QFon-E7-R1E. Another valuable starters guide is a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS6E5H_yhXc.

#WOT #worldoftanks


Spotify will now let artists directly upload their music to the platform as a free service

Posted on: Thu, 2018-09-20 - 16:06 By: admin

Spotify will now let artists directly upload their music to the platform as a free service

Spotify has announced a new beta feature that will allow independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform instead of through a label or digital aggregator. Normally, artists who aren’t signed to a major label (which can directly upload music to Spotify) have to pay a fee to a third-party service like Tunecore to upload their music to Spotify. The upload feature will be contained within the service’s existing Spotify for Artists platform, which, among other things, allows artists to view data about their listeners and directly submit their songs for editorial playlist consideration.

The new upload feature won’t work like SoundCloud, where songs will be instantly available. Instead, Spotify views it as a way for artists to have control over their own music in advance of its release date. Those who are part of the program will be shown an interface where they can upload their music and accompanying artwork, pick a release day, input additional information (like if it’s a single or an album), and then preview how it will look once published. Direct upload is being offered as a free service.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/20/17879840/spotify-artist-direct-upload-independent-music

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Spotify will now let artists directly upload their music to the platform
The beta program is still invite-only

Air pollution possibly linked to dementia, London study suggests

Posted on: Thu, 2018-09-20 - 15:18 By: admin

Air pollution possibly linked to dementia, London study suggests

A study shows a link between the condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and toxic air particles.

Patients living within the M25 in areas with the highest NO2 levels were 40% more likely to develop dementia than those in areas with lowest levels, researchers said.

Alzheimer's Research UK said the results should be treated with caution (a trend is shown but is not necessarily the cause).

The study, published in journal BMJ Open, used anonymous patient health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink to collect data from 75 general practices within the M25.

The researchers, from the University of London, Imperial College and King's College London, said further work was "urgently" needed to confirm its findings.

Their work focused on 131,000 patients, aged between 50 and 79 in 2004, who had not been diagnosed with dementia. The health of each patient was tracked for an average of seven years until they were diagnosed, died or left their GP practice.

Those living in areas with the top fifth of nitrogen dioxide levels had a 40% increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia compared with those living in areas with the lowest fifth. A similar rise was seen in areas where the air had higher levels of the toxic air particles PM2.5, the study added.

"The cause of these neurodegenerative diseases is still largely unknown... while toxicants from air pollution have several plausible pathways to reach the brain, how and when they may influence neurodegeneration remains speculative." Alzheimer's Research UK has supported the idea of further research.

See https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-45572821

#pollution #no2


Air pollution 'linked to dementia'
A study finds a link between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide.

Yogurts deceptively high in sugar, UK study finds

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 22:55 By: admin

Yogurts deceptively high in sugar, UK study finds

Most yogurts have deceptively high levels of sugar, with organic yogurts among the worst offenders, a new study warned. Researchers analyzed more than 900 yogurt brands found in UK supermarkets and found that only 9% can be classed as low in sugar -- containing less than five grams of sugar per 100 grams -- while just 2% of children's yogurts are low in sugar.

The study also warned of the "health halo" effect that leads consumers to automatically assume that organic products are healthier, despite this category of yogurt being the most sugary. Organic yogurts contained an average of 13.1 grams of sugar per 100 grams, which is roughly equivalent to three sugar cubes, while children's yogurts averaged 10.8 grams. Greek and natural yogurts were the least sugary varieties, with an average of five grams per 100 grams.

My own observation, when I started out on LCHF, was that the low-fat yogurts were the worst culprits as they seemed to be adding sugar to compensate for the flavour lost when the fat is removed.

See https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/19/health/yogurt-high-sugar-intl/index.html

#LCHF #yogurt


Supermarket yogurts high in sugar, study finds - CNN
Most yogurts have deceptively high levels of sugar, with organic yogurts among the worst offenders, a new study warned.

New Huawei earbuds offer unique power combination - Phone will wirelessly charge the earbuds!

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 21:49 By: admin

New Huawei earbuds offer unique power combination - Phone will wirelessly charge the earbuds!

The new Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro will be wireless earbuds specifically designed to work well with the AI embedded in the Kirin 980 processor powering the Mate 20. Huawei did not stop there though, adding some unique twists to the earbuds – well, the case to be more specific.

Those who have used or looked at wireless earbuds that are truly wireless in that the earbuds connect wirelessly to each other and the source – no wire between them – know that a charging case is part of what you get when you buy some. The earbuds go in the case to get charged and the case usually connects to a power source using a USB cord. To stand out a bit, Huawei added in wireless charging capability to the case itself so that users can just set the case on a Qi-enabled charger to power up the case and in turn the earbuds.

Huawei did not stop there, adding wireless charging via a Qi charger. They also figured out they could use the Mate 20 as a charging device. This means the typical flow of energy into the back of the phone is reversed and charging can be delivered to another device so that the Mate 20 becomes a Qi charger. Thus, users can just set the Freebuds case on the back of the Mate 20 to charge it up.

See http://www.talkandroid.com/332777-new-huawei-earbuds-offer-unique-power-combination/

#huawei #freebuds


New Huawei earbuds offer unique power combination
In just under a month on October 16th Huawei will launch their latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 20. New information points to Huawei also releasing some new wireless earbuds in conjunct…

How cauliflower took over your pizza, your kitchen, and the world - How does a food become a trend? ...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 19:32 By: admin

How cauliflower took over your pizza, your kitchen, and the world - How does a food become a trend? Ask cauliflower

First came the cauliflower steaks, thick vegetal slabs, roasted and served like cruciferous T-bones. Then there was Buffalo cauliflower, breaded and fried and generally chicken-shaped.

“Cauliflower moves to the center of the plate,” declared New York magazine in 2013, crowning it “Vegetable Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Piece of Meat.”

Then came the cauli grains — riced cauliflower, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower gnocchi — and eventually cauli memes. “If cauliflower can somehow become pizza…” the website Food52 said inspirationally on Instagram, “you, my friend, can do anything.”

It has been a spectacular rise for a vegetable that was previously best known in the US for being ignored on plates of crudités. If you weren’t paying attention, cauliflower seemed to rise out of nowhere — you weren’t eating it, and then you were. But to the people who track these things, both chefs and trend forecasters, the rise of cauliflower is a perfect illustration of how food trends evolve.

Suzy Badaracco, president of the trend forecasting company Culinary Tides, says she first started noticing cauliflower showing up around 2008, which means we are entering our second decade of cauliflower. You might think we would be done by now. We are not done.

The weird thing about cauliflower, though, is that while it has allies, it doesn’t really have adversaries. “Its only adversary is actually itself,” Badaracco says. The biggest strike against cauliflower: Some people don’t like it. (Also, she points out, it doesn’t work so well in desserts. “You’re probably not going to see cauliflower milkshakes.”)

See https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17874782/cauliflower-trend-vegetarian-paleo-rice

#LCHF #cauliflower


How does a food become a trend? Ask cauliflower.
How cauliflower took over your pizza, your kitchen, and the world

The Verge: Apple Watch Series4 Review Video

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 16:03 By: admin

The Verge: Apple Watch Series4 Review Video

As I'm a really happy Android phone user this watch is in no way a temptation for me but to be honest if it had decent Android integration I may now be seriously tempted. My other remaining hesitation is square watch faces - I really love round watch faces but get it that a square face is probably way better for information and text detail. That is somethingI'm probably going to have to adjust to in future.

But when watches get done right with useful features and reasonable battery life you can see where they could start taking off in popularity. The newest Apple watch is certainly a big move forward and this candid video highlights some of those improvements as well as some of the features not working so well.

Watch it at https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/19/17875882/new-apple-watch-series-4-review-ekg-bands-screen-price

#applewatch


Apple Watch 4 review: the best gets better
Better screen, better health features, and better speed.

Whats New In iOS 12 (MacRumours Video)

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 15:45 By: admin

Whats New In iOS 12 (MacRumours Video)

Apple’s iOS 12 software is finally here, the software is now available to download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system brings a wide range of new features to Apple’s devices. The main focus of the software is to improve performance, reliability and also faster on all devices, including older devices.

Watch it at https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/whats-new-in-ios-12-video-18-09-2018/

#ios


Whats New In iOS 12 (Video) - Geeky Gadgets

15 audio podcasts guaranteed to tell you a fantastic story

Posted on: Wed, 2018-09-19 - 15:17 By: admin

15 audio podcasts guaranteed to tell you a fantastic story

What's the magic ingredient of a really great podcast, the thing that makes people tune in time after time? It's simple in theory: Have a really good story. But how?

There are all sorts of ways. Take Serial, the investigative journalism podcast that launched with the true story of the unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee. It's been downloaded more than 350 million times as of 2018. Come September 20, it will debut its third season. Or, consider This American Life, where producers have been sharing good stories since 1995.

However they do it, one thing is for sure: You won't want to stop listening. These 15 podcasts deliver on story-telling like no others.

Use any free podcast player such as Pocket Casts, Player FM, Google Podcast, or Apple's Podcast Player to stop and continue the entertainment as you have gaps in your day.

See https://mashable.com/article/storytelling-podcasts/

#podcasts


15 podcasts guaranteed to tell you a fantastic story
From nonfiction to science fiction, there are great stories to be found with these 15 noteworthy podcasts.
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