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Huawei P8 launch event highlights – Huawei P8 Max launched

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The Huawei P8 launch event was scheduled for today and although it wasn’t as flashy of an event as the Galaxy S6 unveiling at the MWC 2015, it was certainly a nice show to watch. Until the Huawei P8 launch event went live, we already knew a few things about this Chinese flagship, including specs and a possible design, which were leaked yesterday on an official-looking poster. There are quite a few Huawei P8 leaked images out and about, but they are not all identical. Our best guess is that the announcement poster was to trust, and it turned to be ….

We had previously speculated upon Huawei P8 specs to be between mid-range and flagship, with a 5.2 inch FHD display, a HiSilicon Kirin CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. Today’s Huawei P8 launch event took place in London and the theater was packed full. Huawei wanted to unveil the “biggest surprise” today with the motto “Make it possible”, a product that will supposedly help everyone out there work towards their dreams and fulfill them. The Huawei P8 launch event focused a lot on media creation with the camera.

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The Huawei P8 launch event demonstrated that Huawei can once again launch a product that is premium, affordable and filled with features. The design has been revamped, turning the Huawei P8 into a sleek metal smartphone, with a thin profile, thin bezels and an iPhone-like feel to it. One thing I liked about the Huawei P8 launch event was all the video editing, the vids were truly fascinating to watch, with a pretty great soundtrack, too. Although the Huawei P8 design takes away elements from the iPhone 6 and Sony Xperia Z3, it does like a pretty unique smartphone.

The Huawei P8 launch event focused on merging the sophisticated design with the high-tech of a smartphone, aiming to make the Huawei P8 a fashionable and functional smartphone. The vent really had a tendency to resemble Apple launch events, with a lot of emphasis on design, fashion and appearance. Like the iPhone 6 and HTC One M9, the Huawei P8 gets a full metal unibody that measures only 6.4 mm in thickness. The flagship will be available in Mystic Champagne, Prestigious Gold, Carbon Black and Titanium Grey. The 5.2 inch IPS-Neo display that is on the Huawei P8 is supposedly less of a power consumer than the average IPS display, according to the company. In the box of the Huawei P8, besides the phone, you’ll get a quick charger, headphones and a standard charger.

The Huawei P8 gets on-screen buttons,  but more importantly, an upgraded camera. The Huawei P8 launch event focused on camera quite a lot before unveiling what the actual specs of it are. The Huawei P8 camera will feature enhanced low-light photography, group-selfies, 4cm Micro view, enhanced high-contrast photography, 4 color 13 MP RGBW imaging sensor with improved OIS.  DSLR-level ISP capabilities, great zoom, great detail, light painting function and fast face detection and optimization. The 4 color RGBW sensor is an industry-first which will reduce noise in low-light conditions, according to Huawei. The camera is able to combine 4 different frames taken with different settings in order to get a great photo even in high-contrast conditions. A fun part of the Huawei P8 launch event was that everybody seemed overly thrilled about the camera not protruding at all, compared to the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S6.

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The Huawei P8 launch event highlighted the camera a lot

The Huawei P8 comes with dual SIM slots and Dual 4G LTE, some neat Roaming features which let you connect faster to local networks. One interesting feature is that the Nano SIM card tray within the phone doubles as a microSD card slot, so that you can use a microSD card instead of a second SIM card. We’re not sure if that’s a trade-off or a feature right now. Huawei also introduced Rich Touch, a new input feature that takes after Apple’s Force Touch. It’s essentially a new gesture, using Knuckle sense technology. It’s a funny name, but it sounds useful: you can use your knuckle to draw, crop and interact with the screen. It’s like a Snipping Tool for your smartphone, and it’s quite interesting to be honest.

The Huawei P8 launch event focused on a camera, but it didn’t forget to emphasize that the new flagship will get good performance and great battery life. The specs of the phone include a HiSilicon Kirin 930/935 64 bit CPU, which is supposedly a 20 % more power efficient than other CPUs. Huawei decided to include its own firewall this time, which will manage power consumption for third-party apps so that your battery life will not suffer and you won’t have to fiddle with settings yourself. According to Huawei, the Huawei P8 battery life will be about two and half days with a 2600 mAh battery unit within.  One thing that I really liked about the Huawei P8 launch event is that they were honest: power users will get one day of battery life, that’s it. Clear, concise and honest, hopefully.

The Huawei P8 also gets some neat features like voice activation which will let you know where the phone is if you’ve misplaced it. The phone also comes with an e-ink back cover for the times when you want to spare as much battery life as possible. It’s a smaller 4.3 inch display, but it looks like the perfect display for reading on your commute and takes inspiration from the YotaPhone 2. The new flagship is also spill resistant thanks to a nano-coating, apparently. Pretty heavy on features, isn’t it? Check out the Huawei P8 hands-on video below to get a feel for the new phone.

But that wasn’t all that was launched at the Huawei P8 launch event. The Huawei P8 Max was also debuted, as the bigger version of the smartphone, that can compete with the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6. It comes with a 6.8 inch QHD display, and is the leader in color saturation. According to the the company, the Huawei P8 Max display is brighter and more spectacular than the iPhone 6 Plus display, even if it’s considerably larger and even in bright sunlight. It’s more of a tablet than a smartphone actually, and it actually looks awesome. A 4360 mAh battery is powering the device, which promises at least 10 hours of continuous video playing, which sounds pretty great. It promises 2.23 days of normal usage on a single charge, which might make this the best QHD-touting smartphone on the market.

Huawei thinks that oneof the most impressive traits of the Huawei P8 Max will be that it won’t overheat, even if it is encased in metal, thanks to a 7 layer heat conduction structure and high thermal conductivity materials. The design is pretty impressive, with a great screen to body ratio of 94 % and a 6.8 mm thin body, even thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus. The puns in the Huawei P8 launch event were heavily focused on the iPhone 6 by the way, which was fun.

Now for the gist: the Huawei P8 price is $500 unlocked while the Huawei P8 max price is $650 unlocked. The Huawei P8 comes with 16 GB or 64 GB internal memory, the latter costing $600, while the Huawei P8 Max gets 64 GB of internal memory They will be available in Europe and Asia first, and one month later, it will be available across the world. Exact release dates were not revealed, but hopefully they will be available at the end of the month.

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Spotify is providing refunds for Car Thing as it confronts a lawsuit regarding the malfunctioning of the streaming device

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Spotify is receiving ongoing criticism for its choice to terminate support for Car Thing, its in-car streaming device, which was announced in May. According to the company, the device will become inoperable after December 9, 2024. Gen Z users on TikTok are sharing videos to express their dissatisfaction with Spotify’s decision and its suggested measures, such as transitioning to Android Auto or CarPlay. The users point out that they often lacked access to integrated infotainment systems in their cars, which makes them a prime target market for a specialized player like Car Thing.

The streaming service’s in-car device hadn’t been on the market long enough to become outdated. The product was introduced in February 2022 but was subsequently discontinued within the same year. However, the company assured customers who had already purchased units that it would continue to provide support and maintenance. Prior to its release, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek indicated that there was a significant consumer interest in this product. During an earnings call with investors, Ek reported that over 2 million users had registered on the Car Thing waitlist in anticipation of its launch.

While Spotify did not disclose official figures, it is probable that Car Thing did not meet expectations or did not justify further investment in the current challenging economic climate. Spotify, on the other hand, terminated approximately 1,500 employees towards the end of last year. This followed previous rounds of layoffs earlier in the year that impacted hundreds of employees.

Car Thing users, on the other hand, are not concerned with the company’s financial issues; their primary concern is the functionality of the device or, at the very least, receiving a refund for the $90 cost.

As a result, some individuals have attempted to lodge their complaints directly with Spotify by sending direct messages on the X platform using the handle @SpotifyCares or by utilizing different email addresses associated with Spotify that have been shared on Reddit. As a result, certain users have reported that Spotify provided them with multiple months of a premium subscription as compensation for their inconvenience, whereas others have stated that they inquired with customer service and were informed that no reimbursements were being offered.

According to Spotify, they have recently implemented a refund procedure for Car Thing. However, the user must present evidence of purchase in order to be eligible for the refund.

Car Thing users were officially informed about the availability of customer support through a second email sent on Friday of last week, in response to the increasing criticism and dissatisfaction caused by the discontinuation of Car Thing. Within the message, Spotify provides users with the appropriate customer support link to contact the company. The email does not guarantee any reimbursements but states that users can contact us for inquiries.

Although a refund might appease a certain segment of the user population who are dissatisfied with Car Thing, numerous individuals are earnestly imploring the company through TikTok videos and comments on Spotify’s TikTok posts to refrain from rendering their device inoperable. (Indeed, grievances regarding the Car Thing have become so prevalent on Spotify’s videos that the algorithmically generated search recommendation on certain videos is “what is the spotify car thing.”)

“Spotify, I kindly request that you refrain from subjecting me to any further distress.” “I have a strong affection for my automobile,” expressed Carla, a TikTok user known as @carlititica on the platform.

“Depressed,” expressed another user, @nikkilovestech. “They seem to encourage people to use their phone, which is a source of distraction,” she stated in the video description while demonstrating a Car Thing mounted on her dashboard. In her video, she also addressed the issue of electronic waste resulting from the discontinuation of a fully functional product.

Spotify is still facing challenges regarding the discontinuation of Car Thing, despite the introduction of a refund process that has not been widely publicized. According to Billboard, Spotify is currently dealing with a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify deceived customers by selling them a product that would soon become outdated, and then failing to provide refunds. The lawsuit was initiated on May 28th.

While Spotify is unable to provide a comment regarding the lawsuit, a representative did share the following statement regarding Car Thing:

The objective of our Car Thing investigation in the United States was to gain further insights into individuals’ auditory habits while driving. In July 2022, we made a public statement declaring our decision to cease any future manufacturing activities, and now we must bid farewell to the devices altogether. The deactivation of all Car Thing devices will occur on December 9, 2024, giving users until that date to continue using them. To gain further knowledge about the various methods available for listening to Spotify in your car, please refer to the For The Record section. Car Thing users can contact Customer Support for any inquiries by visiting: https://support.spotify.com/us/contact-spotify-support/

While the issues surrounding Car Thing may not impact all of Spotify’s user base, this development coincides with a period when users are already dissatisfied with being required to pay additional fees for features they consider essential to a music service, such as access to lyrics, a feature that Spotify recently made available only to paying subscribers. Furthermore, users are expressing dissatisfaction with Car Thing and are issuing ultimatums to discontinue their subscription to Spotify due to the introduction of paid access to lyrics.

Furthermore, Spotify raised its subscription fees last year, and Bloomberg has reported that another price hike is imminent in 2024.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health

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Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the itch.io website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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