Texting Hurts Your Spine!

That’s correct – a back surgeon from New York has done all kinds of research on the subject, and he’s convinced that the way we normally text, by looking down at our phones, exerts around 60 pounds of additional force on our heads. Given the fact that many Indians spend hours a day texting, Whatsappin friends over time, that pattern can really have a damaging impact on the spine. If left unchecked, it can ultimately lead to back surgeries, etc.

How long do you spend texting each day? Have you suffered any spinal problems directly related to texting? If so, please tell us about them in the comments section below. It will be interesting to see how common this problem really is!
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TextSecure Protocol Used to Encrypt WhatsApp

Are you ever concerned that the messages you share between friends can ever be read by others? Most messaging services such as LINE and WhatsApp have more features than just text support; you can send audio and video as well. So should you be overly concerned about your data? Well, I wouldn’t worry too much about it if I were you as it appears as though your privacy is being taken quite seriously by WhatsApp.  They have just made a deal with Open Whisper Systems this week to use TextSecure protocol to scramble messages, thereby hiding the message.

“Open Whisper Systems said in a blog post, “WhatsApp deserves enormous praise for devoting considerable time and effort to this project…Even though we’re still at the beginning of the rollout, we believe this already represents the largest deployment of end-to-end encrypted communication in history.”

The TextSecure encryption is enabled automatically as a default setting in the most recent version of WhatsApp for mobile devices powered Android software. Open Whisper said. “Brian Acton (WhatsApp co-founder) and the WhatsApp engineering team has been amazing to work with…Their devotion to the project as well as their thoroughness in getting this done are inspiring in a world where so many other companies are focused on surveillance instead of privacy.”

Open Whisper is an open-source project that is supported by grants and donations.During the South By Southwest conference earlier this year, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is known to have praised the encryption tools offered by Open Whisper.

The announcement was confirmed to AFP but apparently they declined to comment any further.  In October, Facebook completed its purchase of WhatsApp, with the mostly stock deal reaching nearly $22 billion.

SOURCE: http://phys.org/news/2014-11-whatsapp-messages-end-to-end-encryption.html
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Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Released

Lightroom is Adobe’s state-of-the-art professional photo development, manipulation and organization software. Lightroom’s powerful features enable users to transform RAW photographs into beautiful images of any kind. Sharpness, contrast, tone, white-balance and color can be adjusted in fine detail manually or through a large range of default and downloadable presets. Styles such as black and white, sepia, high contrast color and velvia are applied with one click.

To organize photographs, Lightroom provides a concept of catalogues and collections that can include one or multiple images from various folders on your hard-drive or other media sources. The book module makes for easy creation of photo books or brochures which can be saved as PDF to be ordered at online print services. Lightroom is capable of importing AVCHD-Videos to extract single JPG images for further processing. Pictures with GPS data can be shown on its location on Google Maps.

Supported Image and Video formats include: Camera Raw, DNG, TIFF, JPG, Photoshop (PSD), AVI, MOV, MP4 and others.

The following updates have been undertaken in this version of Lightroom:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar. This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog. Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a coloured badge to indicate that there are unread comments.
  • Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.7
  • The crop overlay displayed an intermediate step when progressing through images in the filmstrip with overlay displayed.
  • The lens profile for the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 would not auto-select when using Lens Profile Corrections.
  • ICC profiles resulted in incorrectly clipped shadows and blacks in Lightroom. Note that this is related to the issue identified here and only occurs on Mac OSX 10.9 and later
  • Fixed crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Improved quality of Camera Matching colour profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
  • Context menu (right click on PC or control+click on Mac) was disabled for images contained in Lightroom mobile collections.
  • Fixed issue that prevented Lightroom 5 from reading Photoshop Elements 13 libraries.
  • Cover images set by Lightroom mobile were sometimes incorrectly reset by Lightroom desktop.
  • Sync with Lightroom mobile sometimes stalled when asset is added to same album on both LrM and LrD and later deleted
  • Resolved issue that caused Lightroom to crash when creating a Print and saving it to a mounted DVD directly inside Lightroom.
  • Publishing images to Behance using the Behance Publish Service has been restored.
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Duck Hunt is Coming to the Wii U

The first video game we can remember playing is Duck Hunt on the original Nintendo (NES) System.  Duck Hunt first came out way back in 1984 and was one of Nintendo’s original classic games. It’s not staying “classic”, though, as Nintendo has announced they’re re-releasing it for the Wii U.

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Guy Bought 99 iPhones to Propose & Got Turned Down

Who knew there was such a thing as Single’s Day? (Props to you if you did know that!) Apparently it’s celebrated dreaded in China on November 11th. Unfortunately, one Chinese man is going to be remembering this Single’s Day for the rest of his life. Deciding he didn’t want to be single anymore, he decided to propose to his girlfriend before the unfortunate “holiday” could visit him again. And this particular man spent a ton of money just to pop the question – and I’m not even talking about an engagement ring. He went out and bought 99 iPhone 6’s, set them up like a gigantic heart, and proposed to his girlfriend inside of the iPhone heart.

Unfortunately, love was not in the air, and she said no. I hope all those iPhone 6’s were still within the return period, because the heartbroken guy spent somewhere in the ballpark of $82,000. And no, I have no idea what he planned on doing with the iPhones if she’d said yes. So if you think you’re having a bad day, just look at the photo below.
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YouTube adds Support for 60 Frames Per Second. Why?

YouTube has made a new feature available in which videos will be able to stream at 60 frames per second as opposed to its usual 30. While the majority of video buffs and avid gamers out there will be excited about this, it’s kind of hard for people on the sidelines to understand what’s so interesting about doubling the amount of frames that each video displays per second. Also, there is a lot of science here that I think we’re missing out on in the middle of all of this excitement. YouTube’s move towards 60 frames per second is a break from a very long tradition that goes back to when black and white television was aired.

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How to Play the Hidden Flappy Bird Game on Android Lollipop

We all love hidden games, did you know each version of Android has hidden Easter eggs popped in by bored developers? The latest Lollipop release is no exception. This time it’s a hidden version of possibly the most annoying surprise hit of 2013 a version of the FlappyBird game.

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