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Waterproof iPhone 7 to be launched in tandem with Apple Watch 2





The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are still new with people lining up to buy them. As users of the handset are waiting for the iOS 9.1 update, which should land by the time the Apple TV 4 goes on sale on November 1. Nonetheless, there’s always that need to know more and now, we’re wondering about the iPhone 7. Until the iPhone 6S family was official, we had thought that maybe the September release was for the iPhone 7. It turns out we missed our estimates by about a year or so. The company is already in the process of making the iPhone 7 and rumors about the handset’s properties have already given way to wild expectations. The latest iPhone 7 rumor is rather interesting though, as it mentions yet another anticipated product, the Apple Watch 2. Indeed, word is that the iPhone 7 release date coincides with the Apple Watch 2 release date, which is an interesting idea to ponder upon.

The first edition of the Apple Watch was launched in March 2015 and most would have expected the second generation of the wearable to be launched around the same time slot. Apparently, that’s not going to happen as the development team of the wearable is said to have decided to postpone the Apple Watch 2 release date to September 2016 so that they can truly perfect the hardware and software . While the first gen Apple Watch is impressive, it is not quite there yet when it comes to functionality and more importantly, necessity. These are the suspected reasons behind the Apple Watch 2 release date being correlated with the iPhone 7 release date.

Such a launch should also open up the opportunity of bundle purchasing – an iPhone 7 with an Apple Watch 2, for a discount. If Apple was wanting to improve sales of the wearable, selling it as a bundle with the new iPhone 7 would be one of the best approaches the company could take, in my opinion. With new rumors about Apple making a new iPad stand for which it just got its patent approved, it’s entirely possible that Apple is going down the bundle road sometime in the future. That would be a similar strategy to that of Microsoft and its Surface line-up. Apple already showed evidence of this new tendency when it launched the iPad Pro with two new accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. Launching the iPhone 7 with the Apple Watch 2 almost seems like a natural event to follow.

The iPhone 7 release will be interesting even if it turns out to be the sole headliner of the show. That’s because the latest rumor and analyst chat says that the iPhone 7 design will be completely waterproof, similarly to Sony’s Xperia line-up of devices. An IP68 certification is the minimum that people expect, but most likely, the iPhone 7 will have a higher score. If the rumor is true, this would be the first completely waterproof device from the company and it is sure to create excitement across the world. Samsung fans who have lost their faith in the company which removed the waterproof certification from their latest flagships, should also gravitate towards the iPhone 7 if it turns out to be waterproof.

If the new Apple flagship will indeed be waterproof, that could bring on another big change for the handset: design. Waterproof smartphones are usually not made of metal unibodies, so we expect the iPhone 7 to include more plastic than before. Apparently, Apple came up with a design and a tech that would do away with cover flaps on ports and would make for a rather stylish device, even if made from plastic. Apple is known to concentrate on design, so even if the iPhone 7 is made out of polycarbonate, it should be a premium smartphone with an enviable design.

Besides being waterproof and associated with the Apple Watch 2, the iPhone 7 could also feature a much larger battery, a more durable body in general as well as possible 3D or virtual reality features. It’s about time for Apple to get in on virtual reality and the iPhone 7 seems like the right moment or rather, launch, to do so. Other features that are expected to be part of the iPhone 7 include 3D touch, an improved processor, even better camera as well as a revamped software experience.

Recent rumors say that the iPhone 7 display will be made entirely out of sapphire crystal screens and will still feature an improved version of 3D touch. That plays into the durability and waterproof theory and sounds like the phone someone should have made a long time ago. Although Samsung, Sony and others have tried their hands at durable, waterproof smartphones and while the Galaxy S5 was a neat attempt, it failed at design.


Sapphire crystal, no physical home button? Sounds like the iPhone 7.

Some say the iPhone 7 home button will be discontinued, according to analysts claiming to be familiar with the company. That would mean that TouchID would be moved to the side and Sony would be praised for its good idea that it implemented first in the Xpreia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. That would be quite an interesting flame war to follow indeed. Regardless, I think doing away with a home button completely is not something the iPhone 7 will handle. The analyst might have been thinking of the iPhone 8, as we still really use the iPhone home button and Touch ID pretty much.

To be fair, iOS 9 has been improved quite a bit and while older devices have problems with the new OS, the iPhone 6S family showcases how the software should actually work. The user experience is seamless and intuitive, and encryptions is top-notch. The price is definitely a bit too much, but the experience is truly pleasant, even for an Android user. Now iOS 9 still has missing features, but in recent times, Apple has shown interest towards changing its habits and starting to include third-party developers into their plans.

iOS 9.1 will bring in third-party support for Live Photos, the new camera feature in iOS 9, which is a step in the right direction. These efforts to unify the user experience will most likely culminate in the iPhone 7 and iOS 10, bringing forth a more open platform and ecosystem that allows users to customize their experiences. While some might say Apple will never change, I have faith that it will improve. The company certainly has the potential of becoming a more open and accepting platform for developers, so it might happen in a couple of years, if not with the iPhone 7.

There’s almost a year left until the iPhone 7 release date comes around, but it’s always fun as well as educational to try and pinpoint what smartphone manufacturers will try doing to boost sales and market share. Apple is a leader in the field, and while it does face a decent amount of hate on a daily basis, the company remains firmly in its leading position, with Tim Cook planning to go even bigger once the Apple Car becomes a reality.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health





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 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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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro





PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400





The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition


The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus


Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro


Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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