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First Human Head Transplant

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A lot of people concluded that the head is the most important part of our body. There are pacemakers to replace the heart and prosthetic to replace missing limbs. Technically, it’s quite close that almost any other body parts can be replaced or bypassed with science but the head is irreplaceable. But how long can we live with our head cut off? Is it just a second or two?

Head transplant. This might be a treatment that all cancer patients have been waiting for. A human head transplant is accurately what it sounds like as the removal of one’s living head including the brain and putting it into a new body. A 52-year-old, Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero shocked the world when he broadcasted last 2013 that he would execute the world’s first human head transplant this 2017. Until recently, a head transplant seemed completely unrealistic, but Dr Sergio Canavero believes it’s possible. Thus, he has been already dubbed by some as “Dr. Frankenstein,”

Canavero is a very famous surgeon. He is the an author of a book about central pain syndrome, founded and established surgical cortical brain stimulation for those who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease and finally, he spent his 35 years of his life working towards head and body transplant.

In his head transplant, he explained that a wheelchair-bound Russian citizen will be the first person to undergo a head transplant, Valery Spiridonov will be getting a new body. Spiridonov, 31-year-old who is suffering from Werdnig-Hoffman which is a muscle-wasting disease which is incurable agrees to give the head transplant a shot. He is cramped to a wheelchair with very limited movement of his arms and has problems in breathing and swallowing. With his condition worsening every day, he belongs to the 10 percent who get through into adulthood unlike some individuals who died within just the first few years of their lives. Valery Spiridonov affirmed that his family thoroughly supported his decision to be the first human to be subjected with such surgery.

As he knows that the disease will definitely kill him, Spiridonov is hoping that he will be given a second chance through this operation. He even publicized that his neurosurgeon would define how the extraordinary surgery was progressing in September and the world first method is aimed to take place in December 2017.

The Head Anastomosis venture or HEAVEN by Dr Canavero is very controversial on its right. The spinal cord will be trimmed, rectified, restored and fused onto a donor body and the skin stitched together again. They believe that Spiridonov will carry over his complete and entire self, including his cognition, self identity, and personality. If successful, the operation could still run into ‘unexpected psychological reactions’ from the patient as they get dominated to their new life, so a virtual reality territory to compose them for an advanced and different and body is being developed.

A lot of people are hoping that it will work out, but realistically some of them doubt it will. They don’t think this is the way humanity should go, since God doesn’t make mistakes, and how He made this Russian man is how God wants him. But because the surgery has been planned already, a lot of criticism aired and beamed. Some insisted that this procedure would mean we will still need people who die so we can use their bodies as a donor which is really close to killing someone in a really expensive way. Basically we would need a “body farm”. Would this be Immortality? If this is successful, then couldn’t they just put someone’s head on a younger body or something? Where one individual would look old as dirt in the face, but has the body of a 21 year old? It cannot be immortality, but it is significantly extended.

While those surgeons who are into this extraordinary surgery don’t get it if why are people so doubtful and negative about this. They even expressed and explained to the public that there’s a volunteer with a life threatening condition, who certainly know the risks, and then they will use a brain dead donor body that will be killed for organs no matter what, so this is only a win-win situation, there’s nothing to lose. That only some people are too less scientific and too skeptic. They didn’t hear any proper reasons why it should NOT work, only that it is unethical and that it will not work anyway. Nobody even thinks of considering the possibility or discussing certain difficulties or other details about it.

What about you? Aren’t you excited for this plan to save a human life? Has science gone too far?

5 Possible Ways to start World War III

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Nobody wants to make the world war 3 happen but we know that it isn’t impossible. World war III is not far, we are already in it. How close are we to World War III?

Here’s 5 possible ways to start World War 3.

1A possible Airstrike to Syria by Donald trump might be the start of World War 3.


Trump launches missile strike against Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad command ’s use of chemical weapons because the targeted zone started the chemical attack on a rebel-held area that choked out the lives of vulnerable and powerless men, women and children. It was a heartless and sadistic death for so many. Even faultless babies were brutally murdered in this tremendous barbaric attack. Moreover, Trump called on other states to oppose Syria’s embattled leader.

As a response, Syria’s military expressed that due to US attack, six troopers died and various people are wounded in the strike, thus Russia and Iran forewarned US that they will definitely ‘respond with force’ if red lines traversed in Syria again. Syria further concluded that US military strike is an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.

2Middle East and Arabic countries. The spread of conflicts.


United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are neighbors, but don’t entertain friendly relations. There is a tension between those countries. Saudi Arabi is already accused to finance small terrorist groups, Qatar too. In which Qatar stands isolated under accusations of sponsoring terrorism.

But where are the proofs? Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic war with Qatar. And it has been concluded already that supporting Saudi Arabia over Qatar would risk America’s security. They all have different resources and are oil suppliers, worldwide. They all want to dominate their neighbors. A lot of people say that Qatar is somehow the root of all evil. Other’s explained that Qatar straightly sponsors and seconds the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and paid $1b to ISIS the previous year for “kidnapping” its al jezeera is all good and moral in English whilst in Arabic it just spreads and teaches hate all day long. Some expressed that it is Saudi Arabia, which they consider as the world leader when it comes to sponsoring Islamic extremism. It is where Wahhabism was established which pretty well makes it the origin of all evil when it comes to terrorism. But our hope is to save civilians, not coddle Qatar or Saudi Arabia.

3A rise of nuclear power.


North Korea who is now steadily making progress towards a nuclear weapon via Iran. Iran and North Korea are joining forces in order to design a long range nuclear missile.

Countries that are intensely separated, North Korea and Iran are pretty much alike. They both have the same goal which is to have the most powerful nuclear warhead the world has ever seen. Whenever the more they pacify the West, the more they get closer to achieving their goals

Perhaps, the nuclear and ballistic interaction between the two countries are enduring, deep-rooted, intriguing and distinctive.

4Support of terrorism by a major country of the united nations.

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We all know that many countries has sold weapons at some point in the past to rebel groups. What would happen if any UNO’s country were financing terrorism? Such as France, U.S.A and Russia? If we want to stop terrorism for us not to get close to World War III, we should stop supporting the dictators who fund terrorists. We should stop overthrowing those people who hold moderate views and arming those mentally deranged people. Security vs. Freedom, Protestants vs. Catholics and considering Israel as a Target of Terror. These are just a few reasons of wars from where we are not even able to think any solution on how to aid this matter.

5Messing with Russia at a geopolitical level (Crimea, Middle-east).


We could assist to a rise of tension between eastern and western Europe.
Russia invaded Crimea, and is linked with Syria. With what happened with the Crimea invasion, Russia made enemies. It looked like a conquest from another century. France (ally of Russie), decided to finally not respect the deal and did not deliver the 2 warships. Russia wants al assad, leading Syria. But he is a mass murderer. Russia is linked with Syria, it has assets there. Resolving the conflict in Syria is difficult, one wrong move and Russia would respond. This conflict might lead into a bigger and terrible result, such as war.

Conclusion

As you can see. World War 3 is around the corner and we should prepare ourselves. We might not have the power to stop and the only thing we can do is pray for the people who do have the power, to make the right decision.

10 Things you need to know about the Hyperloop

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The revelation of futuristic concept for the high speed Hyperloop train of Elon Musk caused a complete and dramatic change when hyperloop completed its first successful test ride in which this “pipe dream” is now already one step closer to becoming a reality.
Nobody wants to be the first to walk inside a windowless giant tube with a supersonic speed and is up above ground. Nobody wants to picture out what could happen to their bodies if something goes wrong. Nobody wants to be melted and condensed.

But here’s everything you need to know about the Hyperloop.

10. It can run 760 mph Speed


Musk’s Hyperloop consists of two massive tubes extending from San Francisco to Los Angeles is expected to get you to your destination in as little as 35 minutes and cost a mere $20 per ride. No doubt why it was captured from the word “hyper” where it transports people and goods at speeds of up to 760 mph. To differentiate, a usual high-speed train has a top speed of just 150 mph and traveling the same distance by car takes roughly six hours.

9. New mode of Transport


There exist four modes of transportation; car, air, rail, and water. While we are busy discovering where our sixth sense is, Elon Musk is also busy creating a fifth mode of transport which is the Hyperloop, visualizing a tube-based transportation system that will leave these four groups behind. Musk’s past success with Tesla and SpaceX imparted reputation to his bizarre proposal in the face of many doubts.

8. The Hyperlook is not a Train


Let’s understand and comprehend what hyperloop is. Not the lower case of hyperloop, because there are many versions beyond what Musk has proposed. The hyperloop is not a train. A closer analogy is a ski lift pod, but the pod isn’t attached to the cable loop, but it is like a puck gliding over an air hockey table.

7. You can ride hyperloop in virtual reality


While the pod is windowless, and viewing out the window at 760mph is probably a terrible experience in real life. Hyperloop have virtual screens that will play the animation of passing scenery whilst presenting extra and further information related to your travel.

6. Hyperloop could only be run on a securely straight fastened line


Hyperloop has to be produced in a path where there should be no curves, zigzag patterns or ups and downs. This would mandate eliminating of spaces or running it under water. Furthermore, being inside the hyperloop tube would keep it away from disturbing weather setting outside involving drizzle, mist, fog and snowfall.

5. The sun is simply one big battery for us


Hyperloop has a potential environmental impact because it has a scheme consisting of solar display that would ‘self-power’ the system. Solar display would be situated above the tubes and would generate sufficient energy to power the entire system. The Hyperloop transport system wasn’t being only conceived as a technology with capabilities for quick, competent transportation, with an additional bonus of comfort for the passengers; it also has the target of utilizing renewable energy to power the whole structure.

4. Magnetic Levitation is the future


Magnetic Levitation (maglev) considered as the fastest floating vehicle for land transportation that is supported by either electromagnetic attraction. This has been compared to hyperloop already from where the speed of maglev trains is limited when the air drag is high unlike to hyperloop when air drag is low. If hyperloop’s air drag is decreased by utilizing low pressure air in the tube and the sipping in the least amount of air pressure, which is used on the face of the capsule through the compressor fan and using this air to create low friction in the middle of the capsule and air with the help of air bearings. As a result, it will provide more speed (low friction helps to travel fast) compared to maglev train which travels in an open setting.

3. The making of hyperloop design spreads curiosity


The curiosity level of people, which may indicate that they can be influenced to seek for information given to their interest. This technology has a great impact for future and other inventors who think that we are just only about to sleep with our dreams and dream again the next day. Perhaps, this idea of Musk is somehow considered as a wake up call that everything can be possible. Our ideas and visions, if we will not let someone conclude that we “can’t”.

2. We’re clearly the farthest ahead


Musk latterly publicized his company would create a test track in California. But he expressed that he’s not that guaranteed that I the Hyperloop is going to work well in California or in fact somewhere all over the Earth but will work well on Mars.

1. The Government is fighting over the Hyperloop concept


Governments and countries across the world want their own high-speed transit, which is the Hyperloop and even lots of companies wants a piece of it. At the end of the day, the international competition may be enough to guarantee that we get to enlarge around in tubes soon, contrary, a lot of countries will appear as pretty silly.

As a fellow enthusiast of this idea, I want to see it succeed. However, there are a lot of little things to consider before implementing this futuristic transportation. As far as we know, we can only see how it goes if it’s already running.

What is Virtual Reality fitness and does it really work?

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Has science gone too far? Or are we just really a technology dependence?

There is no reason that a generation which can memorize over 100 Pokemon characters, with all their characteristics, history and evolution, can’t learn the names and capitals of all the 181 nations in the world. It just depends on how it is presented. Technology has already modified and adjusted the human physiology. It makes us think differently, even dream in another way. But it’s not just the technology. It is what we choose to do with our awareness when we have the power to choose. These advancements made it possible for rational human to walk on the moon. Even though these evolutions offer many benefits, there’s still a lot of people argue that technology will lead to destruction upon earth. And this article will analyze the merits and demerits of a new proposed technology before a reasonable conclusion can be drawn in your mind.

Are you really ready to start creating and doing instead of day dreaming and waiting? Most of us wants to put ourselves in a picture. But the question is “How”. Yet, we can dream out of our head and get it on paper if we really want to make a dream into a touchable reality. Virtual reality guarantees to create a convincing world inside the computer, one that an individual, wearing a purpose-built helmet, gloves and goggles, can live on, dwell and interact with. There have been contrasting attempts and expressive ideas and they were all significant in the quest for the development of virtual reality. Sadly, not all of the ideas were successful, but we should be thankful to some pioneers who helped make VR possible and pave the path.

Here’s a quick overview on what Virtual Reality really is.

Virtual Reality features two small HD screens whose vision are slightly neutralized, creating the illusion of three dimensions, ones never seen in the outside world or representation of actual scenes can be reproduced objects which don’t really fit into the ordinary world.To introduce you further about this, you can actually change the camera position, which is where trees can be automatically drawn from a selected density and view point and light direction are under your control, as is much more. It must be drawn an attention that this is not a drawing or painting program because the computer creates the landscapes following the user’s way and path. There is also an animation option, in which you appear to be moving through the landscape.

This year, VR made its presence felt, but different feedbacks emerged about this newly invented technology. For years, developers have tried their ultimate idea to stop the monotony of sitting on a motionless bike or treadmill while looking yourself in the mirror, or extremely try to avoid making eye contact with neighboring body build conscious. Pioneers are betting virtual reality as a cure for the routines of working out and make exercise less boring because it’s not the same old stuff. Hence, the VR exercise machine delivers a core workout by making it seem like users are really in an active actual environment. It even makes you play your favorite activity game where it doesn’t have to look like exercise but it can look like fun.

Gyms are actually trying to embrace and build in VR fitness into their program, yet, you can carry out your VR workout routine without leaving the comfort of your home if you just have a PC at your place. VR is for everyone, it is also for children who adore gaming, teens, who’s fond of exploring up to date and on trend stuffs and mid-age office employees who can’t spare time for gym. If you have chosen to work out through gaming, then you wouldn’t even recognize  that you are working out. It helps you to just burn out some fat effortlessly.

Virtual Reality has a lot of uses. It can be used to train paramedics to learn life saving skills through a realistic scenario. It can be used as a counseling technique such as phobia treatment, for example a fear of crowd and public speaking where an individual can build up his/her confidence in a virtual environment.

Nevertheless, When it comes to fitness or in any different life aspects, you should provide a sense of accountability. You should find something to look forward to, set goals and be motivated. You’ll be far less likely to bail when you determined on what your goal is, regardless of how tiring or sweaty it might be.

The first SpaceX Spacesuit

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Everyone wants to explore space. The thought of exploring deep space sparks a somewhat controversial topic among space exploration enthusiasts since space isn’t exactly a 2 hour drive away, but now it will be possible thanks to the SpaceX space suit. For those of you who are wondering what exactly is SpaceX and where does it come from, SpaceX or Space Exploration Technologies Corporation is an American space transport service company and aerospace manufacturer based in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk. The same sounds familiar? It should. Elon Musk is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. In addition to building the super cars of the future and occasionally disrupting the age old traditional road systems, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a goal of reducing space transportation costs and establishing a colony on Mars as part of his SpaceX enterprise.

Earlier today, the entrepreneur has already posted the first official photo of the famed Space X space suit on the social networking site Instagram. Of course, his post sparked the interest of his followers and promising that more details are to be disclosed within the coming days.

At first glance, one would automatically think that the space suit is sexy. But not just any kind of sexy, it’s the James Bond kind of sexy version of a space suit. According to Elon Musk, their space suit design is not just for utility but for aesthetics as well. “It needs to both look like a 21st century space suit and work well. It’s really difficult to achieve both”, he adds.

To achieve the James Bond-esque design of the space suit, Musk hired the famous Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, who is responsible for the costumes of Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Batman, The X-Men and Spiderman, just to name a few. Admittedly, when SpaceX first presented the proposal to Fernandez, he says he didn’t know what SpaceX was and thought it was an up and coming film. Fernandez says that Musk wanted it to look stylish, but practical. Practical but it also needed to look great. When asked to describe the space suit, the famed designer simply said “It’s pretty bad ass.”

When asked what Musk wanted for the overall look of the space suit, here’s what Fernandez has to say “He kept saying, ‘Anyone looks better in a tux, no matter what size or shape they are.’ He wanted people to put this space suit on and he wants them to look better than they did without the space suit. Much like a tux. He wants the person to look heroic.”

Musk did not specify, but the space suit is meant to be worn by astronauts when onboard the company’s Dragon Capsule. They are not designed for spacewalks but they should be worn by astronauts during transport. Just incase the capsule will depressurize. Musk also values form alongside the functions in his other business. He was keen on designing much more attractive solar panels stating that is quite a radical difference between having solar panels on your roof that makes your house look a whole better versus ones that do not improve your house’s overall aesthetics. The billionaire also noted that it was incredibly hard to balance function and aesthetics.

The unveiling comes with Boeing and SpaceX struggling to meet deadlines for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The suits will be worn by NASA astronauts for the commercial crew program, but that is only when SpaceX starts launching people to and from the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Program is a cost savings partnership between the agency and private sectors focused on facilitating travel to the space station.

Meanwhile, eagle eyed fans recognize that the reveal today is similar to the SpaceX suit that was leaked years ago on Reddit. The design is still very elegant and feels like a science fiction flick while still paying homage to the old school space suits that NASA astronauts wore when they first stepped on the Moon. Musk promises more pictures of the SpaceX suit soon and rest assured, they will be stylish. Musk is really going to look good when he steps on Mars.

10 Things you didn’t know about Tesla

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Tesla, Inc. or formerly known as Tesla Motors, is an American automobile maker based in Palo Alto, California. The company was founded in 2003 and specializes in electric cars, lithium-ion battery energy storage and residential solar panels. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO announced on June 12, 2014 that Tesla Motors or TSLA will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who uses their technology in good faith. This of course, has shocked the business world. With that in mind, here are a few facts you never knew about the company.

1The History of the Name

– Tesla was named after the physicist Nikola Tesla. Tesla Motors then has risen from a simple concept to a motoring giant in less than 15 years.

2Tesla motors wasn’t the first Tesla to share patents.

– The inventor, Nikola Tesla, which the company was named after sold his AC patents for less than 2 percent of their original value to help the buyer compete with rival Edison.

3Tesla Motors is the second oldest

– And by second oldest, we mean the second oldest publicly listed American Automobile maker, right behind Ford. GM went bankrupt and now it’s stock is only 4 months younger than TSLA. Chrysler was not publicly listed when it went bankrupt as well. Chrysler however, is still a private company.

4Elon Musk does not spend all of his time at Tesla

– Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, only spends half of his time on Tesla ever since Tesla’s inception. He spends most of his time in Southern California, at SpaceX half of the week and for the other half, he works at Tesla.

5Elon Musk did not start Tesla

– Contrary to popular belief, the company was actually founded by two people, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Though the current CEO, Elon Musk led the first investment round in February 2004. It was at that point that he joined the company’s board of directors as Chairman.

6Tesla as a business

– Since creating video games as a young man in South Africa, Tesla’s very own CEO has made some pretty bold moves creating billions for his and his business in the process. The number of companies Musk has taken to valuations over $1 Billion is 4. Namely PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and Solar City.

7The Frunk

– The Model S has the most spacious front trunk (more known as the “frunk”). It has the most cargo space of any car in it’s class which has a whopping 31.6 cubic feet. Which means it can fit a whole person. The car can also fit a bike, a surfboard and a 55 inch screen TV. And that’s all at once.

8The most coveted award

– The Model S is the first vehicle to ever receive Motortrend’s Car of the year award. This award is one of the most coveted in the automobile industry.

9Exactly how big is Tesla?

– Tesla is big, but not really that big. Tesla is already worth more than other car companies such as Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Suzuki or Fiat. But with a market capitalization of $25 billion, it is only approximately 40 percent the size of Ford or roughly 15 percent the size of Facebook.

10Still expanding

– So far there are only 52 Tesla showrooms in the United States and in Canada. They most definitely have a long way to go before they can catch up to Chevrolet’s 3,000 dealerships.

Side note: There are only six parts on a Tesla Model car that needs to be replaced regularly. That would be the two wiper blades and the four tires, which is amazing.

So there you have it, these are 10 facts you (might!) never have known about Tesla Motors. With these facts you should already be well informed about Tesla, it’s electric cars, and their possibilities for when the EV revolution kicks off.

10 Essential Gadgets for Students

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The beginning of a new semester can be dreadful and titillating at the same time. However, with the purchase of a few well selected gadgets that can help students with their everyday tasks, things can definitely be so much easier. Laptops are a given essential, so we’ve excluded those from our list and have included only devices and gadgets that are fun and useful additions to student life and will absolutely help you breeze through your student tasks. Check out our picks below.

1. Lumie Bodyclock Active 250

Lumie Bodyclock is a wake up light or a dawn simulator giving you a more relaxed way of waking up without shocking your body. Lumie wakes you up gradually with increasing natural light and sends a signal to your body to ease the production of sleep hormones or melatonin and increase cortisol, the hormones that help you get up. This clock will help you wake up feeling more refreshed, alert, and ready to face another day. You can get the Lumie Bodyclock from Amazon for $115.

2. Kensington ComboSaver Portable Notebook Computer Lock

What’s worse than dreaming that you showed up to class in nothing but your underpants? Well, a students ultimate nightmare is stepping away from your desk at the library and return only to find out that your laptop as well as your school work (which is due tomorrow) is missing. Let’s not wait for that to happen to you. Presenting the lock that actually keeps your laptop where it’s supposed to be – Kensington ComboSaver Portable Notebook Computer Lock. It has a Resettable four wheel number code with thousands of possible combinations. It also has a cut resistant cord and a push button design so you can easily attach the lock even while your other hand is occupied. And if you’re forgetful, it also has a Register & Retrieve™ program, so you can look up your code if you ever forget. Secure your laptop now by getting yourself one for $29.99.

3. Livescribe 3 smartpen

Focus on learning in class instead of just taking down notes. Livescribe captures everything you write and hear even if you have a rapid fire professor. Livescribe may look like an ordinary pen, but it has a voice recorder and up to 8GB of storage. Not only does it remember everything you’ve written, it also allows you to sync your handwritten notes to your PC and share them online. It also lets you record words, diagrams, symbols, audio and scribbles and sync everything with what you wrote. You simply have to tap on your notes and the smartpen will play back your professor’s explanation – verbatim. Never miss a word again.

4. Amazon Kindle

So you’ve started your semester and you go around campus hauling all your books, plus your laptop, and etc. Why not get yourself a kindle? Kindles can store hundreds of thousands of books and there are a million choices – from academic texts to romance novels. The new design is thinner and lighter, perfect for stashing in your backpack. It’s touchscreen display is made to mimic real paper and is also easy on the eyes . Unlike other tablets, Kindle has no screen glare so you can continue reading outdoors , even under the sun. Get yours here.

5. Tile

So you’re constantly on the move with all your classes, extra curricular activities and campus parties – which leaves a lot of chances to leave behind and misplace your stuff. No worries, with Tile you can keep track of your things and valuables. Tile is a bluetooth enabled tracking device that you can sync with the smartphone app (for Android and iOS). It has a 100 foot bluetooth range and if you lose your device or wallet, or even your keys, it will play a loud tune until you find it. You can even use your tile to make your phone ring even on silent, so you’ll never have to frantically search for it. Tile also remembers the last place and time you had your item, so you’ll know where you should start looking. For more information and to see tile in action, click here.

6. WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive

Safeguarding your work against a computer crash or malfunction is a must and is most definitely worth the money and effort. The WD Elements Portable external hard drive offers a very large amount of storage space for a very low cost. It also stores one Terabyte of data, but there’s also a two Terabyte version. WD Elements portable external hard drive is compact and light, so it’s very convenient to carry around campus with or without your bag. It has a very simple design thus allows it to work very well with game consoles, computers and other types of hosts.

7. Incase Nylon Backpack

Carrying a lot of stuff around campus can be very straining on the back and shoulders and if you’re a student with a full schedule, that’s pretty much your very day life. You’ll need a backpack with comfortable shoulder straps, lots of zippered compartments, plenty of padding but minus the bulk. This compact and very light (almost 1.5kg) nylon backpack from Incase Designs is the one you’re looking for. There’s two spacious zippered compartments, a reinforced pocket to cushion your beloved laptop, mesh pockets for your pens and cables, and a smaller zippered pocket for your mobile phone and mp3 player. The padded shoulder straps should help ease the pain of having to carry around lots of stuff. Check out their other cool designs here.

8. Shure SE112 sound isolating earphones

Some people like to do a little head banging to help them concentrate a better however, you can’t really do that with speakers in the library. Shure has one of the best sound isolating earphones. Sound isolation provides better noise reduction than noise cancellation. It’s great for blocking a noisy television set, speech and other ambient noise. Shure offers a wide variety of sleeves with their earphones to ensure that the listener always has a custom fit.

9. Canon Pixma IP100 Printer

Although we’re already quite advanced when it comes to technology, there are still some professors who prefer and insist that you turn over your assignments the old fashioned way. Yes, paper. And yes, you will need a printer for that. So we found a printer that will fit right in your dorm room. The Canon Pixma IP100 Printer is only 4.4lbs or 2kg and it’s only as large as a thick laptop. When it’s not in use, you can easily stash it under your bed or in your drawer. Bonus points for photo print quality.

10. Surge Protector

Perhaps the most boring of all in this list is the surge protector. Nonetheless, you still need one of these – Or two if you’ve got a lot of gadgets. The last thing you want is to try your computer or your roommate’s due to your room’s horrible electricity. With this, you’ll be sure that your electrical Appliances and devices will be protected from any kind of electrical issues.

Everything we know about the Iphone 8

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Apple has something major to celebrate its 10th year anniversary. There are already an abundance of rumors circulating and hinting of the impressive features and specs of the upcoming iPhone 8 set to be released this year. We have a month or so before the launch of the iPhone 8 and Apple has ambitious plans for the device. No one really knows what the iPhone 8 will look like, but we’ve seen a lot of leaked images as well as the specs of the much awaited device.

A couple of new iPhone specs that we might see on the iPhone 8 are Dual Lens camera, which is quite popular with this year’s phone release and has become quite the staple for new high end phones. Apple has finally decided to move away from the traditional aluminum body that was previously used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7 and the iPhone SE. The iPhone 8 has been rumored to have a Stainless steel and glass body similar to what was used for the iPhone 4, four or more colors including a mirror like and reflective design and a curved OLED display with True Tone Technology and or Ion-X glass.

Like the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 is expected to be water resistant, however it may have a much more improved IP68 water resistance rating. It will still continue to hold up to rain, splashes and brief submersion in water. Like the Galaxy S7 which is also IP68 certified, it is said that the iPhone 8 will also offer a full dust protection as well as withstand 1.5 meters of water submersion, but for only 30 minutes. However, even with this feature, customers are highly encouraged to make an effort not to get their phone wet. This is due to the iPhone 7’s warranty not covering water damage, and there are talks that the iPhone 8’s warranty will be the same and will exclude water damage.

In an interview, Apple supplier Wistron has accidentally leaked information regarding the iPhone’s water resistant feature. Wistron implied that at least one iPhone model will be waterproof and that it would support wireless charging. But, since Wistron is manufacturing the 5.5 inch iPhone 7s and not the iPhone 8, it is possible that the executive was talking about the iPhone 7Plus. However, a feature coming to the iPhone 7 plus is most likely to extend to the other two iPhone models that are set to be released this year. This water resistant feature has already been confirmed by an Apple supplier and will likely extend to all future iPhone models being released in 2017.

Rumors suggest that the iPhone 8 is expected to have a 10 nanometer A11 chip that will make the device faster and more efficient. All iPhone models coming in 2017 are expected to use Apple’s A11 chip. The production of Apple’s A11 chip has already been started way back May 2017. Originally, TSMC wanted to begin production in April however, due to the issues with the 10 nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, the production was delayed. The A11 chip is said to be much faster and more power efficient than the current A10 which is manufactured in a 16 nanometer process. It is also said that the A11 chip could most likely introduce a speedier performance and better battery life.

Previous iPhone 8 rumors suggested that Apple is developing a long range wireless charging technology that could be implemented as early as 2017. Wireless charging rumors have been unclear whether it would be integrated into the device by default or via an optional accessory. However, new information and speculations suggest that instead of the long range wireless charging technology, Apple will instead be implementing an inductive style wireless charging solution which is similar to the Apple watch. Wistron, an Apple supplier has already (albeit, accidentally) confirmed that wireless charging is planned for the next iPhone models.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kou, the next iPhone would also support USB-C powered faster plugged in charges, while still sporting the standard Lightning port to offer a fast charging feature. This feature would allow the iPhone to charge more quickly. Kou also believes that the iPhone 8 will still continue to ship with the same 5w power adapter equipped with a USB-A port that is a standard inclusion with the iPhones today. However, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis disagrees with Kou’s statements and predicts that Apple will upgrade from 5w charger and instead will ship with a 10w USB-C Wall Charger.

The next iPhone 8 will be capable of wireless charging and even biometric capabilities such as facial recognition that would be used for added device security, most likely to replace Touch ID. According to Kou, Apple has been planning to eliminate Touch ID from the iPhone 8. Or, as rumors suggest, The iPhone 8 will have a virtual home button, but it will not support Touch ID, giving even more credence to the Face ID thing that they’re pushing. In a nutshell, Face ID is kind of like Touch ID, but with your face instead of your thumb or fingerprint. Apple’s 3D sensing facial recognition system is so advanced it can unlock an iPhone with ease within a few hundred milliseconds.

Kou has suggested that Apple will most likely be introducing an ‘improved’ security feature that will let their customers unlock their phones as well as Apple Pay payments wil facial recognition instead of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It is said to capture more data than a fingerprint scanner can, and it’s more secure than Touch ID. Also, Apple is using a 3D depth perception techniques, so it will prevent the facial recognition software from being fooled by a photograph of the device owner. It is even said to work even when the device is set on a table or a flat surface, so it’s functional even at odd angles and should not be a hassle to use even when making payments at a terminal.

Aside from being able to detect a face even when lying flat, the sensors in the iPhone 8 are also believed to have the capability to mute incoming notifications as long as the a user is looking at the phone screen, and the facial recognition software also keeps the phone unlocked as long as the face is within range.

So If Apple has figured out how to make Face ID work, would there still be any use for Touch ID? Maybe. Or maybe not. Back in June, in a Vivo Phone at a Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Qualcomm has unveiled it’s under screen fingerprint sensing technology. So yes, in theory, it could still be done. Although some reports say that Apple has already figured out how to embed Touch ID into the display itself. Others have also suggested that the challenge of mass producing a virtual home button is the main reason why the iPhone 8 will not be released in September, contrary to previous rumors about the release date.

There are rumors that Apple might move the home button to the back part of the phone, as shown on twitter by Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, the Tweet features alleged leaked render images of the supposed iPhone 8. Rumor has it that there is a high chance that Apple will most likely locate the iPhone 8’s home button on its back. Or maybe that Apple would altogether ditch the home button as what Samsung did to the Galaxy S8.

Given the radical design changes that Apple plans to introduce on the OLED iPhone, rumors have been suggesting there will be serious supply constraints. Apple is said to be planning to position the OLED iPhone 8 as a 5 inch premium phone model that will be sold alongside its standard counterparts that are 4.7 and 5.5 inch phones that carry traditional LED screens. Although the iPhone 7s is rumored to stick to the traditional LCD technology, the next flagship phone is most likely to have OLED. A curved OLED Panel would be considered a big time upgrade to the iPhone and would be considered an equalizer in its rivalry with Samsung’s Galaxy 8.

The new display could also be one of the biggest factors that pushes back the release date of the device. The iPhone 8 is expected to be priced between $850 to $1,000 and as much as $1,200 in the United States, which is considerably more expensive than the previous iPhone models. The iPhone 8 and its companion devices are said to be available in a limited range of colors – Black, Gold, and Silver.

Size wise, the iPhone 8 will more likely to be similar in size to the 4.7 inch iPhone. Although with the OLED iPhone, it will be using a larger display because it includes no bezels, it’s reasonable to picture the iPhone 8 as an iPhone 7 with a screen that spans from edge to edge.

What is Blockchain

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Blockchain or Blockchains is a digital ledger in which transactions are made in bitcoin or any other crypto currency which are recorded chronologically and publicly. This is an incorruptible digital ledger that is programmed to record financial transactions and everything of financial value. Blockchains are embedded within a network, thus by definition is public. Altering any information within the blockchain would require a huge amount of computing power to be able to override the whole network.

Blockchain is somewhat similar to something we are all familiar with, “Wikipedia”. Like Wikipedia, blockchain entries are not coming from one specific publisher only. No one person controls the information and many people can write entries into a record of information. A community of users can then control how the information records are updated and amended. A user with permissions associated to the specific account will be able to change Wikipedia entries stored on a centralized server. Whenever users access a wikipedia page, they will get the updated version of the ‘Master Copy’ of that specific Wikipedia entry. The control of the database remains with the administrators allowing permissions and access to be maintained by a central authority.

Allowing digital information to be distributed, but not copied has enabled blockchain technology to create a backbone for a new type of internet. It was originally devised for the digital currency, Bitcoin. Now, the tech community is constantly finding ways to make use of blockchain technology. Wikipedia has a digital backbone that is very similar to the highly encrypted and centralized databases that insurance companies, banks and the government uses. Blockchain technology has a fundamentally different backbone. This is also an important and distinct feature of the blockchain technology. Compared to Wikipedia, wherein one user edits the entry and all users will be able to see the updated version, Blockchain technology will have to have each node in the network update the record independently whenever a contributor updates information. The most popular record will then become the de-facto official record, instead of having the traditional master copy.

With this striking difference, it sets the blockchain technology apart from others and makes it very useful. And yet, blockchain technology is not a new technology. It is rather a combination of proven technologies applied in a new way. The particular orchestration of three technologies specifically the internet, protocol governing incentivization and private key cryptography has made the idea of the bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto very useful.

Blockchain Technology is a system for digital interactions that does not need a trusted third party. The work of securing digital technologies is already supplied by the elegant but robust network architecture of the technology itself. For blockchain technology, private key cryptography provides a strong ownership tool that fulfills authentication requirements. Possessing a private key is ownership. It also prevents a person from having to share more personal information than they actually need, thus preventing them from hackers.

Bitcoins are now being dubbed as the currency of the future. It’s a form of payment because you can use Bitcoins to pay for stuff. Most retailers are also now accepting Bitcoins as a payment method. Aside from paying stuff, you can also send Bitcoins to in small amounts to people in other countries without having to worry about the exchange rates and conversion fees.

The value of Bitcoins have fluctuated over the years based on the law of supply and demand. The more people who want to use them, the higher the value. Bitcoins were originally envisioned as a trustless exchange. In other words, you can transact with anyone in the world, without having to supply them with your personal information and credit card information. The receiver of the payment will not get any information about the buyer and thus cannot use it to steal any money from the sender in the future. However, once the payment has been made there is no way of stopping it. Should you have any disputes, you’ll have to settle with the other party.

Information regarding every Bitcoin is recorded in a digital ledger which we all know as Blockchain. You will need to buy in the ledger by purchasing one of a fixed number of slots either with cash or by selling a product or service in exchange for bitcoins. The book and page number does not change, only the owner. Similar to when buying a house, the ownership gets transferred to someone else. Thanks to technology, no one will know who the current owner of that slot is, nor who the seller was. That information is encrypted and cannot be decrypted without the digital key.

Finance currently offers the strongest use cases for Blockchain Technology. For example, International Remittances. The World Bank estimates that in 2015, over $430 Billion US in money transfers were sent. At the moment, there is still a high demand for blockchain developers.

Blockchain has the potential to cut the middleman for these types of transactions. Due to the invention of the Graphical User Interface which took a form of a ‘desktop’, personal computing has become accessible to the general public. The most common form of GUI that was devised for blockchain are those ‘wallet’ type of applications which are widely used to to buy things using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Another use for blockchain is to store people’s online identities. Then, that identity is linked to scores and reviews on marketplace and sharing economy sites. P2P lodging sites like Airbnb, HomeAway and OneFineStay has already begun to transform the lodging industry by making a public market in private housing.

Blockchain technology can also be used to protect intellectual property. As we all know, digital information can easily and can be infinitely reproduced thanks to the internet. This has given web users an infinite supply of free content. Unfortunately, copyright holders aren’t so lucky since they are losing control over their intellectual property and suffering huge amounts of financial losses. Mycelia uses blockchain to create a P2P music distribution system. Mycelia is founded by the UK singer and songwriter Imogen Heap. This app enables musicians to directly sell their music to audiences. It also produces license samples to producers. All these features are being made automatic by smart contracts. The capacity for blockchain to issue micropayments is a sign that blockchain has a huge chance of success.

Currently financial institutions must perform a labor intensive process for each new customer. Anti money laundering and ‘know your customer’ are currently being adapted to the blockchain. This in turn could reduce costs incurred through inter-institutional client verification. Polycoin has an Anti Money Laundering and Know your Customer solution that involves transaction analysis. Transactions that are identified as suspicious or fraudulent are forwarded to compliance officers. Another Startup Tradle, is developing an app called Trust In Motion. TiM allows users to take snapshots of their documents such as passport, utility bills, and the like. Once verified by a financial institution the data is cryptographically stored on the blockchain.

BitProof is an online notary which is based on the Bitcoin blockchain. Users may drag and drop files, then it goes through numerous cryptographic functions and gives you a blockchain certificate proving your ownership and timestamp of the file. This is one of the numerous documenting timestamp apps that have emerged over the recent years. Free versions of this exist, however BitProof offers more services. This also includes one that targets intellectual property protection. Just recently as well, BitProof has partnered with Holberton School in San Francisco to have their student academic certificates on the blockchain. This totally re-engineers how diplomas and student certificates are used and handled. Everything on the client’s side is encrypted. Users are encouraged to pick a very strong password when signing up and reminded to remember it since BitProof Administrators have no way of decrypting your files or altering your certificates.

What BitProof does for files and documents, Uproov does for photos and videos. Your data can be made public or private on the blockchain. Pictures and videos that you take can be relied upon as authentic. Anything that you want to prove that existed at a certain point in time, like insurance claims or police brutality can be used in the future. Once you upload your recordings, a unique time stamp key is generated and integrated into the blockchain ledger. Pre existing photos may also be Uprooved, they will be stamped with Red Ezy-id.

Genecoin, although it sounds like Bitcoin is to a cryptocurrency. Rather, it is a novel service that ‘backs up your DNA’. Genecoin gets your DNA sequenced and places a copy of your genome on the blockchain. Aside from the Sci-fi tendencies that comes with making a copy of yourself, there are legit medical uses for keeping your DNA accessible. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a kit to collect your spit sample which then gets forwarded to a DNA sequencing provider that creates the data version of your genome. After that, your genome gets stored in the Bitcoin blockchain. By defaullt, genomes can be very large. A human genome can contain up to 3GB of data if it was encoded incorrectly. However, with Genecoin’s methods, a full genome will only be approximately 750MB.
Most users will be concerned about their privacy and will most likely want their genome to be encrypted before uploading it. Users have the option to keep their information as private as they want. They have the choice to encrypt the data with their own computer.

Everledger uses blockchain to track features like diamond quality, color, clarity and cut. This also helps monitor diamonds from war zones. This tracks individual diamonds from the mine to the consumers and beyond. The diamond Industry is continually growing. Jewelry sales alone currently in excess of $72 Billion every year. According to the World Diamond Council, roughly 30% of all diamonds are used for jewelry while the rest are sold for industrial applications like cutting, grinding, drilling and polishing. Tracking a diamond from the mine to the retail store is considered very tricky, and the process is far from perfect. And instead of recording these assets from owner to owner, Everledger is combining data from police departments, certification houses, and insurance companies.

Their goal is to provide an accurate database that is available to everyone on blockchain. It gives consumers a global ledger and global transparency over the chain of custody of the diamond as well as the supply chain. In a 2013 insurance fraud survey conducted by Fair Isaac Corporation and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, 31% of insurers estimate that up to 20% of claims are the direct result of fraud. 57% of the insurers surveyed said they anticipate a rise in losses due to fraud on personal insurance lines, which are policies that were designed to supposedly protect individuals and families.

Everledger was built as a platform for law enforcement and insurance companies to combat fraud. According to Leanne Kemp, CEO of Everledger “Identification of fraudulent claims help to uncover the sale of stolen valuables and can aid their recovery. We work alongside crime agencies to assist in the identification of cross border transactions, money laundering, and counterfeit goods.”

She explained during a podcast with Consult Hyperion the life cycle of a diamond before Everledger existed. After cutting and mining, the diamonds are then sent for certification. The Certification houses then inspect the diamonds while laboratories grade them using the 4 C’s of diamond classification – Cut, Clarity, Carat and Color.

Certification Houses typically sterilize the diamonds and then they issue physical certificates with all the attributes of the diamonds. This includes the girdle dimensions and even hand-drawn line pictures. These certificates then go with the diamonds to the retail stores which help increase the value and price of the stones significantly.
Certificates previously belong to the certificate houses which are not made readily available to the public. Certificate houses are also not immune to corruption. Kemp then explained that insurance fraud is one of the biggest global problems with incomplete global statistics.

10 Best Laptops For Students

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With only weeks to go and it’s already back to school time, we’ve put up a list for the 10 Best laptops that will help serve the needs of students be it for college or university. There are a wide variety of laptops available for everyone, however picking out one over the wide array of choices that would help cover the needs of student may be a tricky task. Check out our list below for some tips on the 10 best laptops for students.

1. Asus ZenBook UX330UA

Asus ZenBook UX330UA

Asus ZenBook UX330UA is light enough to carry around campus and powerful enough for all imaginable homework. This little hotshot is also affordable enough for your bank account. You get a sharp 1080p Screen, a speedy 7th Generation Intel Core i5 (up to i7) processor, Windows 10 Pro, super fast 512GB SSD storage and the very revolutionary USB-C port that gives you high speed access to your high end peripherals. Also, you can ditch the power brick in your dorm since the battery lasts for more than 10 hours. And since we know that staring at laptops brings strain to the eyes, ASUS Eye Care mode protects your eyes by reducing emissions of blue light by up to 30% so that your eyes won’t be too strained while working on your homework. You can get this for $699 on Amazon.

2. Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

With it’s virtually borderless 13 inch full resolution display the Dell XPS 13 is indeed a solid machine. This bad boy packs a powerful 7th generation core i5 processor with 128 GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. The XPS 13 with a price tag of $899 lasts for up to 14 hours. There’s also the $1,399 version which comes with all the goodies and a touch display. With it’s sleek and lightweight design you’re bound to turn heads with this laptop. Get yourself a Dell XPS 13 from their official website.

3. Alienware 13 with Oled display

Alienware 13 with Oled display

If you’re looking for a laptop that’s easy enough to carry around campus for your school work but also want a laptop that’s powerful enough for your gaming needs, look no further than the Alienware 13. This behemoth has a fabulous 13.3-inch Oled display which is first ever to be integrated into a laptop and the power to play one of the most demanding game titles like Metro: Last Light. Did we mention that’s at very high frame rates?
Aside from those features, Alienware 13 also boasts of a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics card and a 512GB SSD. You can get your hands on the Alienware 13 for $999 on the Dell Official Website.

4. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Considered the Maserati of business laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon packs a vibrant 1080p or a 2K display and one of the best keyboards you can get on a laptop. This super svelte laptop has a 2.49 pound body and can last over 12 hours. Powered by the an all powerful 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, you’ll surely accomplish all your school work with this power house. Get yours starting at $1101.75 from the Lenovo website.

5. Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro

At first glance, the Microsoft Surface Pro’s 12.3-inch display makes a really good presentation device. With it’s folding keyboard, this will ensure that you get a full laptop experience when it’s time to do some writing. With it’s 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD,you’re sure to get a lot of work done. It also has an Intel Core i7 7660U Processor. You may have to pay extra for the cover type keyboard and the Surface Pen, but having them in your arsenal makes it easier to take down your notes. The front and rear camera also takes great pictures to make sure you can snap a photo of your whiteboard. Purchase your Microsoft Surface Pro for $799 from Amazon.

6. Dell Precision 5520

Dell Precision 5520

Dell Precision 5520 shows you that if you ever need a high end mobile workstation, you don’t need to settle for a big, bulky, ugly laptop. Equipped with Nvidia Quadro graphics card and an Intel Xeon Processor, this ultra sleek laptop gives you power and beauty at the touch of your fingertips. Best of all, this 4.4 pound system is lightweight but lasts a full 11 hours and 57 minutes. Get yours here for $1399.

7. Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM)

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM

This laptop boasts of a 1080p display, an Intel Core i3 GPU, 4GB RAM and a 1TB HDD. If you’re on a tight budget but need a laptop that only needs office and web apps, then Acer Aspire E15 is the laptop for you. This lovely piece of work also offers over 8 hours of battery life. Overall this laptop is a combination of strong usability, good battery life and solid performance. You won’t find another laptop that’s $350 with this kind of performance. Get yours from Amazon for $349.99.

8. Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch

For those of you who are fond of Animation and Video Editing, this one’s for you. You will love the Touch Bar, it replaces the function key with a specific toolset tailored to fit your needs. The Apple MacBook Pro boasts of Thunderbolt 3 ports to make it easier for you to connect multiple 4K displays. This can also enable you to transfer large uncompressed media files to external backup storage devices with ease. You can get yours from Apple’s website.

9. Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin

With a design made from high end parts, the Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs a heavy punch. This laptop retails for approximately $899 and it already comes with an Intel Core i7 Processor, a 15.6-inch LED Display, 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD. You can also use this to bring your games to life thanks to the Nvidia 940MX GPU. If you want a bit more of kick, you can choose to upgrade so you can do more and enjoy more. Not only does the specs of this laptop leave you in awe, it also features fast charging so you can stock up on laptop juice quicker. Visit Samsung for more information and to finalize your purchase.

10. Huawei Matebook X

Huawei Matebook X

A slim and portable designed laptop comes fully equipped with Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB RAM LPDDR3 and a 256GB SSD. Huawei Matebook X is also very light so you’ll be able to take this around with you wherever you go. With it’s crisp 13-inch display, tactile keys and backlit keyboard, it only weighs 1.05KG. One thing that does bother us with this laptop is that there is no ethernet port, so it may be a bit difficult to connect in libraries which have ethernet only connections. You can visit Huawei’s official website for more information regarding the Huawei Matebook X.