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Friday, 25 April 2014

Google ChromeCast – A revolutionary Video Streaming Device is now Available in India

Few months back Google Inc has launched a thumb sized media streaming device that could revolutionize your TV viewing experience. Till Last month this device was out of reach for Indian Audience but not anymore. Now if you have Rs.3100 rupees in your pocket then you can also have this device and start enjoying HD Video content from your Mobile device to your HD TV.
If you are not aware about Google ChromeCast, here is breif introduction:

What is ChromeCast:
Chromecast is a small device through which you can send your favorite online shows , Movies, youTube Videos from your Mobile/Table to your HD TV. To do this you just need to plug Chromecart into the HDMI port of your TV.
Why I should Use Google Chrome Cast:
Here is what Official site of Google Chromecast has to say about the use of this device
"With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps."
Key Featured:
ChromeCast works or comparitble with almost all devices that are available in the market, be it Android Phones, Iphone, Chrome Browser, it works with everything. All you need to do is install a simple app in your handheld device and plug ChromeCast device in your TV.
To Download ChromeCast app from Google Play Store: Click here
  1. Remote Free: With ChromeCast , you don';t need to have remote in your hand, you can control playback, adjust volume right inside from your smartphone of tablet
  2. Plug in & Play: Using ChromeCast is no rocket Science, just plug devices in your TV,connect it over WiFi then video from your handheld device to your TV and watch with your friends & Family

How Can i Buy Google ChromeCast in India:

Till few days Google Chromecast was available only for US residents but now many E-commece Sites like Amazon, Ebay have this at lowest prices for Indians.
The price of Google Chromecast in india is just Rs.3045 at Amazon.in. Buy it from Amazon here @ 3045
Other Sites from whch you can buy Google ChromeCast
Some Important  FAQs about Google ChromeCast:
What apps can I cast from on my smartphone or tablet?
Casting is currently supported from HBO GO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music and a growing number of other apps. Amazon Instant Video is not currently supported.
What video formats work with casting a tab from Chrome?
Almost every video you can view in your Chrome browser should work, including Flash videos. Video formats that require other plugins, such as Silverlight and Quicktime, may not work.
Can I plug my Chromecast into an audio/video receiver?
Yes, you may plug in your Chromecast into an audio/video receiver with an HDMI input.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Friday, 25 April 2014

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 and New Gear Devices Now Available Globally

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Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, today goes on sale in 125 countries, including the U.S. It also becomes available in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and most markets in Asia.
The company's trio of fitness devices — Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit — also become available today.
Launched during this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a powerful device, with a 5.1-inch screen, a quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage and a 16-megapixel camera. It's waterproof and dustproof, and comes with a fingerprint scanner and a heart-rate monitor.
In the U.S., you can get it at every major carrier, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, for the price of $199 with a two-year contract.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are the company's new, sleeker and lighter smartwatches, the biggest difference between the two being plastic (instead of metal) case and the lack of camera on the Neo. The Gear Fit is a smaller, leaner fitness wearable with a 1.85-inch Super AMOLED curved touchscreen. All three devices are water-resistant, and come with a heart-rate monitor.
Check out our reviews of the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit.
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Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Saturday, 12 April 2014

You're Not Going to Deform Your Spine by Texting Too Much

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Constant texting can be dangerous — whether it's behind the wheel or crossing the street. But it turns out that perennial claims that texting is having an adverse, and potentially lethal, impact on people's posture may be overstated.
For years, stories have appeared online warning about the bodily harm associated with compulsively bending one's neck downward to look at their phone. Many of these articles cite warnings from the United Chiropractic Association, which says that frequent texting can result in hyperkyphosis - a severe curvature of the spine that leads to increased mortality rates.
But recently, Harriet Hall of the blog Science-Based Medicine refuted the claims of the UCA. Though hyperkyphosis can do very real harm — particularly in the elderly — Hall argues that the link between this pronounced form of spinal disfiguration and texting has not been conclusively proven.
First, a quick crash course in chiropractic medicine. Kyphosis is a condition involving an "exaggeration of the natural curvature of the spine." This malady becomes hyperkyphosis when this bend exceeds 45 degrees.
A recent Telegraph article positing the spinal dangers of texting notes that hyperkyphosis has been shown to increase mortality rates by 1.44 times. That's roughly the same increase in the likelihood of death caused by obesity.
"Chiropractors have said a lot of silly things, but this ranks right up there among the silliest," Hall writes. "They are just making stuff up and using scaremongering as a practice-building technique."
Hall, a former family physician and Air Force flight surgeon who has written prolifically to debunk bad medical advice, says the idea that cellphone use could lead to irreparable spine damage is akin to the old wives tale that crossing one's eyes can become a permanent condition.
Like most myths, there is a kernel of truth to this one, Hall says. Texting can lead to a mild form of kyphosis, so mild in fact that it's what you or I might call mere slouching. And although slouching can cause some temporary muscle pain, it's certainly not life threatening or irreversible.
The more severe hyperkyphosis condition (which would manifest itself like the Hunchback of Notre Dame), is usually caused by more dramatic factors. It's often found in older people, particularly women, as a result of osteoporosis causing actual deterioration of vertebrae. In younger people, it's usually the result of some kind of physical accident or birth defect.
"Remember when Mom told you not to cross your eyes because they might get stuck and stay that way permanently?" Hall writes. "Of course that can't really happen; and no amount of hunching over a cellphone is going to produce a permanent hyperkyphosis either."
So to put things in perspective, when it comes to cellphone use, you should be much more wary of the impact it has on your ability to pay attention rather than your posture. Though it's still a relatively rare occurrence, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that in 2011, more than 1,150 pedestrians went to the emergency room as a result of injuries they suffered while texting and walking. And recently, researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York found that fatalities related to texting while driving have eclipsed drunk driving deaths among teens.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on

Lab-Grown Vaginas Successfully Implanted in Patients

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Researchers have grown vaginas in a lab, and the organs are working normally in four teenage patients who were among the first people to receive such an implant, scientists reported April 10, 2014.
All of the patients in the study underwent surgery five to eight years ago because they were born with a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus are underdeveloped or absent.
Scientists grew each vagina from the patient's own cells, and then implanted it in her body. So far in the follow-up, the treatment has been successful, and the patients who are now sexually active have reported normal function, according to the study, published April 10 in the journal Lancet.
Although this is a small pilot study, the results show that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in people, said study researcher Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Although more research needs to be done, growing vaginal tissue from a person's own cells could potentially be a new treatment option for patients with vaginal cancer or injuries who require reconstructive surgeries, the researchers said.
"A lot of what we are doing right now is really applicable to patients who have deformity or abnormal organs for many other conditions — of course, the most prominent being cancer — [and] also patients who may have an injury in the area," Atala said.
The girls in the study had a congenital deformation called Mayer-Rokitansky-K├╝ster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which affects between one in 1,500 and one in 4,000 female infants, the researchers said.
To build the personalized vaginas, the researchers took a small piece of vulvar tissue, less than half the size of a postage stamp, from each patient, and then allowed the cells to multiply in lab dishes.
The vagina is made up of two major layers with two cell types: muscle cells and vaginal epithelial cells. To build these layers, the researchers placed one cell type on one face of a scaffold, made of a fabric-like material, and placed the other cell type on the other face of the scaffold.
"We were able to shape the scaffold specifically for each patient, and place this device with the cells in a bioreactor — which is an ovenlike device and has the same conditions as the human body — for about a week, until it was slightly more mature," Atala said.
Once the organs were ready, doctors surgically created a cavity in the patients' bodies, and stitched one side of the vaginal organ to the opening of the cavity and the other side to the uterus.
"The whole process takes about five to six weeks, from the time we take the tissue from the patient to the time we actually plant the engineered construct back into the patient," Atala said.
The girls were between 13 and 18 years old at the time of their surgeries. Researchers followed up with the patients every year for five to eight years, and examined the organs using X-rays and biopsies to check their structure. Patients also reported on the organs' functionality, including the sexual function.
Data from these yearly follow-up visits show that up to eight years after the surgeries, the organs had normal function, including normal sexual functions, such as desire and pain-free intercourse, according to the study.
Current treatments for MRKH syndrome include dilation of existing tissue or, for more severe cases, reconstructive surgery using a piece of intestine or a piece of skin to create a new vaginal organ.
However, the risk of complications is high with these techniques because the tissue substitute is not vaginal tissue, Atala said. "They are not ideal because they don't perform the same functionality," he said.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on

Thursday, 3 April 2014

I Used the Internet to Quit Smoking

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I started smoking for the same reasons most people begin the nasty habit: I was young and stupid.
Like many teenagers, I could care less about the negative aspects of smoking. Money wasn't yet a burden on my everyday existence, the long term effects meant little to nothing and I had myself convinced that quick spritz of spray deodorant and some gum masked the smell well enough.
The truth was that smoking, once a fun and social activity then began to control my life.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed smoking. In fact, I loved smoking.
Smoking was always there for me. It helped alleviate stress, introduced me to most of my good friends, it felt amazing and played a huge role in my daily routine. I would sneak a smoke break anywhere I could, and living in a city always provided a few moments to puff, when waiting for the bus or walking between destinations

The beginning of the end

At age 22 I was up to a full pack a day, sometimes more. My family begged me to quit, but you can't just tell someone to stop smoking — they have to hit rock bottom, they have to want it.
A few years later, at age 24 I was living in New York, the most expensive city in the United States, where cigarette prices are over $12 a pack. There was now no way for me to further delay my mountainous, six-figure student loan debt. I simply couldn't afford to smoke anymore, and quite frankly, I didn't want to.
Then a friend posted an Instagram of her Timehop app. The nostalgia-based app allows you to see your photos and social media updates from exactly one year prior. Someone with whom I had once enjoyed many cigarettes had made it a full year without smoking, and I desperately wanted the same.

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM
After some encouragement from friends and family, I started to seriously consider quitting for real. I had tried a few times before, but I had never put any calculated effort towards it.
I began researching popular methods people use to quit, and stumbled upon an online support group on Reddit, r/stopsmoking. The encouraging community is a place for Redditors who seek motivation to quit, and is filled with stories, words of encouragement and advice. A yellow badge appears next to your username with a number, signifying the number of days since quitting.
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IMAGE: REDDIT
Once I immersed myself in the subreddit, I found that the community extremely friendly and helpful. Unlike other places on the Internet, there were no trolls or hateful words toward those who sought advice.

I quit

Although I had yearned to quit, and had done some research in the method and practice I thought best for me, I never picked a specific time to quit. But when I awoke on New Year's Day with a splitting headache, reeking of an ash tray, I figured now was as good a time as ever. The hangover alone was enough to make me not want to smoke, so I knew the first day wouldn't be so bad.
Searching for methods to quit smoking on the Internet is like searching for weight loss tips — there are thousands of different approaches that all claim to be the best, but not all is right for you.
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IMAGE: ITUNES APP STORE
The patch seemed too weird for me, the gum made my mouth itch, prescription medication was definitely out; I had no insurance, e-cigarettes hadn't caught on yet, and reading a self-help book just made me feel like a drug addict, which I was.
Along with cigarettes, my phone was the only other thing I couldn't leave my apartment without
One method that did peak my interest was appsAlong with cigarettes, my phone was the only other thing I couldn't leave my apartment without, and now it was my only clutch.
There are hundreds of apps geared towards quitting smoking. I downloaded an app called QuitIt, because it had good ratings, it was free and wasn't as invasive or time-consuming as some others.
There are hundreds of apps geared towards quitting smoking. I downloaded an app called QuitIt, because it had good ratings, it was free and wasn't as invasive or time-consuming as some others.
The app is geared toward information as motivation. You plug in the amount of cigarettes you smoke, cost per pack and the time you quit smoking. The app does the math and delivers you information based on your specifics.
The status screen tracks the amount of time since you quit, the money you've saved, cigarettes not smoked and the tar associated with that number. The app also includes a number of health goals, which monitors your progress as time continues.
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IMAGE: QUITIT

Utilizing the app

Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Like most quitting stories, I did get a little sick, I was irritable and I felt terrible, but the most difficult part was the empty feeling I was left with. I felt as if nothing was ever going to be the same — any activity I had once enjoyed while smoking was simply never going to be as good as it was with a cigarette in hand.
My morning coffee just wasn't like it was before. I drank alone inside bars as my friends braved the cold weather for their vice, and even though my appetite did increase, meals weren't as satisfying without a cigarette for dessert.
Any time I had a craving, I would open the app, and track the progress I had made. If I had a craving while I was on the computer, I'd immediately go to r/stopsmoking, to read a success story, or to offer someone else having a harder time than me support. It was like complaining about a sprained ankle at the doctor's office when the person next to you doesn't have any legs at all.
After just a week or two, I started to notice a difference in my health and hygiene, especially in my mouth. Once the initial shock wore off, sleeping became easier, although occupied with strange, lucid dreams And I began to think about cigarettes less and less.
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IMAGE: REDDIT
The app worked for me because of its no-nonsense vibe. The ads are small and barely noticeable, it isn't overloaded with features and functions, it loads quickly and isn't a battery killer.
Other apps like Kwit use game design techniques to encourage quitting.
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IMAGE: KWIT
The app Livestrong which calls itself a "MyQuit Coach" combines game design, community and motivational information. It was a little frustrating to use, however, and the popups just made me want to smoke more.
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IMAGE: LIVESTRONG
A lot of apps also feature the humble, social media brag element, allowing you to connect your social media accounts to the app. For me, the thought of failure was worse once I boasted to my followers about how far I had come with my addiction.
Not smoking is still an everyday struggle, and probably will be for the rest of my life. Although myQuitIt app slowly moved from the home screen on my iPhone, to the third screen, back among other forgotten and hardly used apps, I have no desire to delete it. Still, the only time I ever open it is when someone asks how much money I've saved since quitting.
Answer: lots of money, and many years.

Posted By: Pawan Lubana on Thursday, 3 April 2014

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'Mean Girls' and 'Titanic' Are Finally on Netflix

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Oh my god, Karen, you can't just ask people what they're watching on Netflix.
But if Karen, the ditzy Mean Girls character, did ask Netflix users about their viewing preferences in April, they might answer with one of the many films and TV shows available to stream this month — Mean Girls included. It's not even Oct. 3. So fetch, right?
The new additions come after Netflix's massive purge on Jan. 1. Below, you'll find nearly 40 of the titles that have already arrived or will come to Netflix in April.

Movies Available as of April 1

  • A League Of Their Own

  • Amistad

  • Braveheart

  • Chinatown

  • Coneheads

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Jumanji

  • Lars And The Real Girl

  • Mean Girls

  • Rocky
  • (the first five films)
  • Titanic
  • Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in Titanic from 1997.
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  • Scary Movie 3

  • Steel Magnolias

  • The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

  • The English Patient

  • The Muppets Take Manhattan

  • The Odd Couple

Movies Coming Later in April

  • Peeples, April 11
  • The Dirties, April 11
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation, April 12
  • Scoop, April 16
  • The Eagle, April 16
  • The Family, April 16
  • The Benchwarmers, April 23

TV Shows Available as of April 1

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Hugh Laurie plays Dr. House in medical drama House.
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  • House, M.D., all seasons
  • Bob's Burgers, season three
  • Royal Pains, seasons one through four

TV Shows Coming Later in April

  • Short Poppies, season one, April 3
  • Turbo FAST, April 4
  • Legit, season one, April 10
  • The Bible: The Epic Mini Series, April 13
  • R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour April 14
  • A.N.T. Farm, season three, April 20
  • Switched At Birth, season three, April 23
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