Friday, November 27, 2015

How to get rid of dry winter skin – 3 quick tips

Avoid dry winter skin

Winter can be very ruthless with your hands. Smooth and silky in September, yes, but everything can change during the cold season, leaving you with what is known as dry winter skin, lasting until February.

The main culprits? The cold and lack of hydration of course. During winter, the air humidity decreases and it can affects multiple parts of your body. Still, since your hands are the ones which get the most ‘damage’.

Considering this, we made a short list with tips on how to protect or get rid of the dry winter skin.

Hydrate. A lot! 

Your skin’s barrier is a mixture of proteins, fats and oils, protecting the skin against dehydration and helping them regenerate in the winter. If the barrier is weak, your hands have bigger chances to get dry.

The best method to prevent dry winter skin is to start using a moisturizer before hands start showing signs of dryness, claim specialists. Also, if you apply it frequently, the effects will last longer. 5-6 applications per day will provide non-stop protection.

Keep some cream around

Keep some moisturizing cream around, both at home or over the office, and you will never deal with dry winter skin. Remember that when you rub your hands you should also consider nail and cuticle moisturizing, as they can also become dry!

Choose fragrance-free cream

The best hand cream and body lotions can be found in pharmacies. Dermatologists advise us to take into account two main ingredients when buying such products: emollients and moisturizing agents.

The emollient acts as a lubricant for the skin, filling the cracks between dead cells and leaving enough space for regeneration. Avoid a very fragrant cream, as it may irritate your skin, if you’re more sensitive. Choose, instead, odorless cream, with high moisturizing power.

And there you have it, a few tips in order to avoid dealing with dry winter skin in the next months. Consider them and your hands will be thankful!

New York Times offered a free Google Cardboard VR kit

    google cardboard

    We’ve said it before and we’re going to say it again: soon enough, virtual reality will become one of the major entertainment methods in the world. New York Times made a step forward to this, by offering a free Google Cardboard viewing device into their issues from this weekend.

    According to Newsweek, the newspaper is also looking forward to investing in virtual reality, as they’ve recently launched a special mobile application, NYT VR. After downloading it, users will have access to two special immersive videos from the New York Time Magazine.

    One of them, entitled “Displaced” presents the live of three children, expelled from their homes due to a conflict. Viewers are put in the shoes of Oleg, a 11-year-old from Ukraine, Cuhol, a 9-year-old from South Sudan and Hana, a 12-year-old from Syria.

    As for the second video from New York Times‘ app, it presents behind-the-scenes images from the making of of the magazine’s recent cover, “Walking New York”, showing the likeness of an immigrant blown up and superimposed onto a city street.

    Both videos received a lot of positive feedback, as they were way different than what virtual reality users were used to see.

    “It’s one thing to put people in a location and say, hey, you can look around this place and see what it’s like to be there. But that gets old fast,” said New York Times Magazine Editor in Chief Jake Silverstein. “What is clear in both films is that connecting to characters, to individuals, is one of the real unique qualities of virtual reality,” he added.

    The New York Times isn’t the first magazine to adopt VR, as publications like ABC, The Wall Street Journal and Vice News have already used it.

    Top 5 Best Vitamins for the Cold Season

    best vitamins for the cold season

    Even though it’s not December already, the temperatures are closer to 0 already and a lot of people might have to deal with a cold or, even worse, a flu. But this shouldn’t be an issue as long as you’re consuming enough vitamins and your immune system is ready to fight.

    We’ve put together a short list with five of the best vitamins for the cold season, which you should consider consuming in order to be fully protected against viruses.

    Vitamin C – It was pretty obvious that we had to start our list with this, since it’s one of the best vitamins for the cold season. Still, remember that during winter, you can’t rely just on fruits for vitamin C, so make sure you take supplements as well!

    Vitamin E – Acting as an antioxidant, vitamin E protects cell membranes from damage, besides protecting against cancer and hear disease. You can get it from nuts or green leafy vegetables, like broccoli, spinach and cabbage.

    Vitamin A – It’s one of the best vitamins for the cold season, especially if you’re having a lack of iron. It’s great for your bones, especially during the winter, when you might slip on ice and risk a fracture.

    Vitamin D – Since the sun is setting down earlier during these days, your body might be lacking vitamin D, absorbed when it’s exposed to sunlight. If it’s sunny outside, stay there as much as possible, so your body can absorb calcium and stimulate specific immune responses.

    Vitamin B – It’s actually a complex, so you can call them some of the best vitamins for the cold season. They’re responsible for converting carbs into energy, metabolizing fats and proteins. Also, consuming supplements, especially with vitamin B12, great for when you’re feeling depressed or anxious.

    Do you know other great vitamins for this season? Tell us about them in the comments section below

    The BlackBerry Priv is now on sale, but will it be a hit?

      blackberry priv

      You don’t necessarily have to be a fan in order to be curious about the new BlackBerry Priv, as the Canadian manufacturer’s first Android handset managed to create a lot of buzz, even before its launch. Like expected, everybody is curious to see how this device will be received by the market, as it’s basically the company’s last hope.

      It’s not a cheap smartphone!

      Starting with this week, the BlackBerry Priv is now available in the offer of some of the biggest carriers. AT&T, for example will give it for $250, with a two-year contract, a sum that seems more pocket-friendly that the $699 off-contract price.

      According to Computer World, the pre-orders started two-weeks ago. A spokesman declared that the number ‘far surpassed’ the pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic and Passport, launched last year. More details weren’t given.

      Of course, as positive and optimistic this might sound, we shouldn’t take a decision already. The above mentioned phones were also expected to be the company’s saviors, but in the end, they weren’t even close to what BlackBerry was expecting.

      BlackBerry has serious issues

      The same source mentions that in the first two quarters of 2015, BlackBerry managed to ship just 800,000 phones, which is a very low number, compared to 2.1 million devices in 2014.

      As for the BlackBerry Priv, besides the sliding form-factor and a physical keyboard, which should be one of its main attractions, especially for BB’s die-hard fans, it’s pretty clear that the most interesting aspect is the operating system. A very secure version of Android is expected to lure clients who otherwise would’ve opted for other brands.

      Recently, CEO John Chen declared in a conference that it the BlackBerry Priv won’t be a profitable device, he would consider shutting down the phone manufacturing business. And by profitable he means at least 5 millions shipped units. We can only wish them the best of luck!

      Top 3 Best New Year’s Eve destinations for 2015

      best new years eve destinations

      2015’s end is getting closer and a whole planet will celebrate the moment with fireworks, singing and popping champagne? Probably, most of you have already decided upon your destination for December 31st and the friends you’re going to party with.

      Still, if you have left this for the last days, we’ve made a short list with three of the best New Year’s Eve destinations for 2015, so you can have a celebration that you’ll never forget.

      Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro

      A Brazilian New Year’s Eve, or Reveillon, as the locals call it, is a memorable event you shouldn’t miss by anything in the world. Beautiful women, fireworks, samba, costumes and exotic costumes…everything is waiting for you, right on the beach, so there’s no doubt that this is one of the best New Year’s Eve destinations for 2015.


      Don’t forget to dress in white, as the tradition demands, though, and get ready to dance, with nearly two million people!

      Times Square – New York

      People say that one of the best New Year’s Eve destinations is New York and we can totally relate. The countdown from Time Square and the fireworks show are watched live by at least a million people and at least 1 billion viewers worldwide.

      times square

      Basically, it’s a giant party that continues after midnight in hundreds of clubs, discos and restaurants from the huge American metropolis!


      Being one of the first major cities around the world celebrating New Year, Sydney wanted by all means to show that it can be an example for others. Only here you can enjoy not one, but two fireworks shows, one at 21:00, called Family Fireworks, and one at 00:00, called Midnight Fireworks.


      Each year, Sydney has some of the most spectacular fireworks shows, popular all over the world!

      Do you other locations that can be considered as some of the best New Year’s Eve destinations? Let us know about them, using the comments section below!

      Google is investing in Chinese company Mobvoi

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        If until know Google wasn’t fancying the Chinese market that much, it’s time for a change, as the search engine giant is planning to make its first direct investment in a Chinese company called Mobvoi.

        According to Bloomberg Business, Mobvoi operates a Chinese-language voice-activated search engine, previously used by Google this year on the Moto 360. As you probably know, the smartwatch is based on Google’s voice search, but since its services are restricted in China, they needed an alternative.

        The amount of money Google is planning to invest wasn’t specified

        China is the world’s largest mobile market, so it’s pretty clear that it has a huge potential. Former Google employee of the translation and voice search deparment and Mobvoi co-founder Li Zhifei declared that they are “very excited to welcome Google as an investor as both companies share a long-term view on technologies.”

        Mobvoi has developed some very unique speech and natural language processing technologies,” Google Inc’s vice president of corporate development, Don Harrison, said in a statement. “We were impressed by their innovative approach and the early traction that they’ve seen.,” he added

        Mobvoi is currently valued at $300 million, if two people familiar with the company are to be believed. It also managed to raise $75 million from backers like ZhenFund and Seqoia Capital, as stated by the same source.

        Mobvoi is planning to reinvest the money in the company’s development

        The money received from Google will apparently be used for strengthening the company’s artificial-intelligence development, alongside exploring smart-car technologies and attracting more workforce.

        While Google’s email client, Gmail, is not available in China, other services, like YouTube, Google Search or Android are being used. The company is also considering opening an app store in the future just for Chinese users, as Google Play is also restricted and smartphone owners are using alternative app stores.

        Amazon is getting ready for the holiday season

          amazon seasonal employees

          As soon as the the holiday season is getting close, some of the biggest retailer, no matter if we’re talking about physical or online store, are looking for extra personnel, in order to deal with the increasing amount of work.

          Amazon is one of the companies that already started to prepare for the holiday season, as, according to Bidness Etc, they have already hired 25,000 full-time employees. Also, they’re looking forward to hiring 100,000 part-timers, especially for the Christmas period.

          Christmas is one demanding holiday 

          The positions are in Amazon’s network of sortation and fulfillment centers in the United States, which will definitely be overwhelmed, considering the increasing number of orders registered every year before Christmas.

          “We’ve hired more than 25,000 full-time associates across the U.S. in recent months and we’re looking forward to adding 100,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday season,” said Mike Roth, Amazon Vice President of North American operations.

          Anybody who’s interested in working for Amazon, even just for this season, can find more details on their jobs website.

          The prospect of a part-time job should be very interesting in this situation though, as the same source mentions that according to statistics, more than 90$ of Amazon US’ seasonal or part-time employees managed to get full-time jobs.

          Amazon can be a great place for a job

          A full-time employee, the retailer offers major advantages, like healthcare, stock in the company and multiple bonuses. Besides this, employees have access to various training programs and career counseling.

          Also, if an Amazon employee wants to take a course related to specific fields that are in demand, the company will pay 95% of the tuition fee.

          Other companies, like Toys R Us, GameStop or Wal-Mart are also looking for seasonal employees, but their open positions are not as many as Amazon’s.

          The highly-anticipated HTC One A9 was finally unveiled

            htc one a9

            Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is already done with launching its top smartphones for 2015, but lately, they managed to create a lot of buzz with a mid-range phone. The HTC One A9 was initially believed to be another flagship, considered by many a so-called savior, but in the end it turned out that it doesn’t have anything special, except the design…

            The iPhone 6 resemblance can’t be ignored

            According to GSM Arena, the manufacturer claims that the phone was designed from scratch, combining elements seen on previous models, like the antenna stripes on the back, from the One M7 and M8, with a new design. Of course, the tech community’s first thoughts were that it resembles the iPhone 6 way too much.

            The HTC One A9 is entirely made out of metal, with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass protecting shield covering the front. Measuring 7.2 mm in thickness and weighing 143g, this 5″ phone is relatively thin, so you can easily fit it into your pocket.

            Sticking to the design, one of the most important additions is the Home Button, with an integrated fingerprint scanner, enabling you to unlock the phone or make various payments.

            Not a flagship, but a nice mid-ranger

            Besides the 5″ AMOLED display, with an 1080p resolution, the HTC One A9 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 617 chip, with four Cortex-A53 cores, running at 1.5 GHZ, and four Cortex-A53, clocked at 1.2 GHz. The CPU teams up with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2 or 3 GB of RAM, since it’s available in two versions. The internal storage capacity counts 16 or 32 GB and it’s expandable, using a microSD card slot.

            On the back, it has a 13 MP camera, with optical image stabilization, able to shoot 1080p videos and RAW support. As for the front camera, it’s using a 4 MP UltraPixel sensor, with a really nice F/2.0 aperture.

            Finally, the HTC One A9 is powered by a 2150 mAh battery and it’s running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, customized with HTC’s Sense UI.

            Square snatched Jacqueline Reses from Yahoo

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              Square announced on Monday that it had hired Jacqueline Reses, former Yahoo chief development officer, to head up Square Capital, its business financing division.

              Jacqueline Reses, a high profile leader, will answer directly to Square CEO Jack Dorsey. “Jackie’s understanding of the financial services industry and her background in tech and investing make her the perfect fit to lead Square Capital,” said Dorsey, according to Forbes.

              Yahoo’s second loss in a month

              Reses’ departure isn’t the only loss for Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer. According to the same source, last month, Yahoo lost Chief Marketing Officer Kathy Savitt to movie studio STX Entertainment, while other notable departures include the early 2014 firing of well-compensated Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro.

              So, no wonder Jacqueline Reses chose another project, aiming for some stability. Reses becomes the fourth women of Square’s C-suite, a necessity in the eyes of the financial services company CEO, Jack Dorsey, who is looking for diversity in building his company’s culture.

              “Square Capital reaches businesses that traditional financial institutions often neglect, and I’m very excited to expand that opportunity to others,” said Reses in a statement.

              Jack Dorsey adds a new member to his team

              With tons of experience in her background, Jacqueline Reses will probably have a key role in Dorsey’s team. Alongside Reses, in Square’s team of executives there will be Alyssa Henry, who leads all product and design for the company’s merchant-facing business, and former Googler Francoise Brougher, who leads all sales operations.

              Meanwhile, at Yahoo headquarters, her departure will be surely miss, as Jacqueline Reses worked there for more than three years and, until she chose to take on a separately road, Reses was working on the contentious, tax-saving efforts to spin off Yahoo’s 15% stake in Alibaba, a move that has drawn heavy scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, says Forbes.

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