August 16, 2018

Unboxing Samsung A6+ Smartphone


Mommy and I had an upgrade on our gadget. She had the Samsung A6+ while I got Asus Zenfone 5Q which I will also post it here soon.
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For the Samsung A6+, the package contains the usual Smartphone, charger with cable and headset.
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Now going for the external features, the Samsung A6+ is made of an all metal body with a 6.0-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display. Navigation buttons are removed in front making it look more sleek, stylish and smooth finish.
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The power or lock button is placed on the upper right side while the volume buttons are located on the left side.
Samsung A6+ Smartphone, smartphone, phone review

Below the volume buttons, two separate slots are provided. The first slot is for the Primary SIM and the other slot is for the secondary SIM and the microSD tray. these slots can be open with the pin provided.

I just observed the top side of Samsung A6+ is free of any inputs of speaker. The 3.0-mm jack inlet is located at the bottom beside the charging or data cable slot. Another is the phone speaker is located neither top or bottom side but on the right side just above the power button.
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The Samsung A6+ is equipped with dual 16MP + 5MP rear and a single 24MP front cameras. The front camera has features of taking Single and Wide selfie, Sound and Shot, Selfie Focus, Beautification,  and Bixby Vision modes.
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On the other hand, the dual rear camera has an Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, Night, Sport, Sound and Shot, Live Focus, Beautification, and Bixby Vision.

To provide enough and controlled lighting for taking photos, a LED flash is equipped in the unit. This can be also used as flashlight.

Right below the rear camera is a rectangular fingerprint sensor.

With a huge capacity battery pack, the 3500mAh can stand the device up to 11 hours while up to 18 hours in airplane mode.

Here are the other features of Samsung A6+:
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Memory: 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM
Operating system: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), HSPA (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), LTE (Band:1/3/7/8/20/38/40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size (L x W x T): 160.2mm x 7.9mm x 75.7mm or  6.31in x 0.31in x 2.98in
Weight: 191 grams

Next to post is my Asus Zenfone 5Q.

What can you say about the Samsung A6+?
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August 13, 2018

The Tridax Sky


"People with disabilities have abilities too
and that is what this course is all about - 
making sure those abilities blossom 
and shine so that all the dreams 
you have can come true."
- Mary McAleese


One of the tips I got in photography is to shoot in an unusual angle. So here is a tridax daisy flower taken from the bottom making the sky as the background rather than shooting it down .

Happy Monday!
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August 10, 2018

5 Streaming TV Options for Sports Lovers



These days, you don’t need a cable or satellite subscription to watch sports. Since online streaming services started seeing the light, getting access to live tv streaming is easier than ever. If you want to cancel your cable subscription, chances are that your budget will allow for high-quality sports streaming service since they are, generally speaking, much more affordable.

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This leaves you with one problem – which TV streaming service is the best for watching sports? Let’s take a look at 5 streaming options for sports lovers.

Terrarium

Terrarium is a popular streaming service that offers you a lot in terms of on-demand content and tv broadcasts. Terrarium works with almost all streaming devices including Android TV, Fire TV, and PC browsers. Adding Terrarium to Fire TV is easy, and if you have a Fire TV Box, you will be able to stream 4K video, which will enhance your viewing experience tremendously. Terrarium has an awesome interface which makes searching and navigating through content much easier.

PlayStation Vue

This live TV streaming service from Sony is closely integrated with PS3 and PS4 consoles. This does not mean, however, that you need these to access the service. PlayStation Vue is compatible with almost all online streaming devices, including Apple TV, Fire TV, and Chromecast. You will also be able to access it with any Android or iOS device.

PlayStation Vue offers their subscribers up to 90 channels with numerous add-ons to ensure that they can access local and international live tv broadcasting, including sport. These add-ons include a sports package, HBO, Cinemax, Epix, and Fox Soccer Plus. If you are the owner of a PlayStation Console, this is the TV streaming app for your sport viewing needs.

SlingTV

This is a more affordable streaming service that offers subscribers up to 50 channels, which includes ample sports broadcasting. SlingTV has a wide range of add-ons that include international packages but also a cloud DVR storage for recording and, amongst other things, and extensive sports package and an NBA League Pass.

SlingTV works on all online streaming devices, including a Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox One. SlingTV is the streaming service for you if you have a tight budget or if you’d like to tailor your content library to your needs. It is also a well-known for providing the best in live sports broadcasts and other sports-related content.

Hulu's Live TV

Hulu is originally an on-demand streaming service that saw the need for live tv broadcasting. They give access to over 50 channels. Many of these channels are designated to sports broadcasting. The add-ons that Hulu provide are not really geared towards sports streaming, so it is important to make sure that you get everything you need from the primary server. One of the add-ons is DVR storage so you can record sporting events if you want. Hulu work on every streaming device there is, including Fire TV, Apple TV, and Xbox.

fuboTV

If you need a channel that prioritizes sports streaming, you can’t go wr4ong with fuboTV. This service provides you with up to 65 channels and 3 local and international sports packages. Additionally, you can also sign up for DVR storage to record games. fuboTV is compatible with all streaming device and you will be able to watch sport anywhere you like. These devices include a Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Android and iOS devices. As an avid sports lover, fuboTV will provide you with the best value for money.
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August 9, 2018

The Calm Sea


"You can never cross the ocean
until you have the courage
to lose sight of the shore"
 - Christopher Columbus



"Life is like an ocean.
It can be calm and still or rough and rigid.
But in the end it's always beautiful."
- Unknown

The above photo is taken during our company outing in El Pescador, Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Happy Thursday!
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August 4, 2018

An Overview Of Heal And Soothe


What is Heal and Soothe? 

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Heal and Soothe is a supplement that is designed to help alleviate pain. It works by using systemic enzyme therapy. This form of therapy has been used for the past 50 years. The word systemic refers to the whole body. The word enzyme refers to something that speeds up something else. It is also known as a biocatalyst. 

Certain Enzymes can help protect the body from inflammation. It is important to note that this supplement is not an anti-inflammatory drug. The enzymes work by neutralizing the effects of enzymes. This helps people recover faster from sprains, strains, surgery, bruises and broken bones. Additionally, the enzymes help improve heart health and prevent cancer. 

Ingredients in Heal N Soothe 

In addition to proteolytic systemic enzymes, Heal N Soothe has several other ingredients that help alleviate pain. This supplement has the following ingredients. 

Bromelain 

Bromelain is a compound that is found in pineapples. It also has proleolytic systemic enzymes. This compound has been studied for over 60 years. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent toxins from building up in the body. It can also prevent swelling in the joints. 

Turmeric Extract 

Turmeric extract comes from the dried root of a plant. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments. Turmeric extract works by blocking the COX-2 and 5-Lox Enzymes. This helps reduce inflammation and pain. It also reduces free radicals. Free radicals can also trigger pain. 

Papain 

Papain has enzymes that break down proteins. There have been a number of studies done to confirm that it benefits health. It can boost the immune system. 

Boswellia Extract 

Boswellia Extract has been used in Indian medicine for thousands of years. Many studies have shown that Boswellia extract can improve blood circulation. It can also reduce inflammation. 

Rutin 

Rutin is found in many fruits and plants. This is a flavonoid that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can reduce the damage that free radicals have on the body. 

Mujave Yucca Root 

Mojave Yucca Root has resveratrol and yoccaols, which are antioxidants. Both of these antioxidants can reduce inflammation. It has been shown to improve digestive health as well as boost the immune system. 

Ginger Extract 

Ginger extract has been around for over 2,500 years. It helps treat nausea and vomiting. It can also decrease the number of prostaglandins in the body. This helps reduce pain. Prostaglandins are substances that trigger pain. 

Devil's Claw 

This is another natural pain reliever. It originated in Africa and has been used for thousands of years. Studies have shown that it only alleviates pain, but it also helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. 

Citrus Bioflavonoids 

Citrus bioflavonoids are filled with antioxidants. They reduce the activity of elastase and collegenase, which are enzymes that cause collagen to break down. When collagen breaks down, it can trigger joint pain. Not only does it prevent joint pain, but it can also prevent free radical damage.

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Is Talkspace Changing The World Of Therapy?



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Talkspace is very bold and innovative idea that promises to help people via texting method, functioning as an online therapy platform. But how successful is this project? More importantly, how effective is it? And why is the app partnered with Michael Phelps? Let's find out!

A Text Therapy App?

Talkspace app is an online therapy text-based platform founded on the idea of making therapy available for everyone, everywhere and at any time. The idea behind it is fundamentally simple: you create an app, get a lot of smart and certified/licensed therapist and connect them with people who are in need of their services.

Keep in mind that the goal of the Talkspace app is not to replace traditional, in-office treatment. No; the purpose of this app is to provide help to those who can't afford conventional methods of treatments, as well as to provide relief to those who prefer treatment in their home environment rather than in offices or dispensaries.

What's With The Michael Phelps?

What is the relationship between Michal Phelps, a professional swimmer, and an online therapy app? In 2014 Michal Phelps had everything. At that time, he was one of the worlds most successful athletes and arguably the most successful swimmer in the history of humankind. Up until then, he had won 18 gold medals; he was the embodiment of American Dream.

On the surface, Michael was the guy that had everything. In reality, Michael had locked himself in a room, depressed and anxious. He didn't sleep nor eat, and the only thing he contemplated was the idea of killing himself. After realizing that he won't be able to deal with the burden of depression on his own, he sought help; the decision to seek help ultimately saved his life.

Due to his experience with depression and anxiety, Phelps partnered with Talkspace in the hope that his shared story will encourage other people to react promptly and not to let themselves get into the position he was in. Michael also did a commercial, which you can watch here!

Recent Developments
Talkspace is an active voice and a fighter for human rights. They joined #Metoo campaign which was a collective response to all the sexual harassment scandals that have been coming out over the past couple of years.

One New Version article pointed out that the app took the fight beyond the #Metoo campaign. They put the focus on victims, advocating that it is essential to talk about these issues but that it is even more important to help victims cope with their emotions and heal from their traumatic experience.

Licensed professionals that are partnered with Talkspace app point out the severity and seriousness of such traumatic experiences, emphasizing the importance of overcoming of guilt and shame, the two most frequent emotions victims feel after having experienced such horrible things (according to one GcReport article.)

Most recently, the company announced its partnership with the New Directions Behavioral Health with the purpose of giving more people a chance to receive the help they need. Thanks to this new partnership, New Directions clients will now be able to reach a therapist via the Employee Assistance Program.




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August 1, 2018

How Rocketship Education Has Changed Public Schooling



Rocketship Education has made a promising name for itself in recent years, working diligently to grow and expand their system of public charter schools for kindergarten through fifth grade. Their mission is, realistically, relatively simple - they want to provide the same high quality, top-tier education to all students, regardless of their family's ability to afford private schools - which, in California, can be exceptionally pricey. Their statistics boast that approximately 85% of their students are low income, however, they are ranked in the top 10 percent of all public schools, as far as performance goes.
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The ability to receive a top-quality education is, admittedly, something that many families never truly expected their children to have. Many low-income California residents have said in the past that they didn't expect their children to be able to attend schools where education was truly valued, as private education is often exceptionally expensive, difficult to get into, and religiously affiliated. This combination of attributes has made it difficult for low-income families to have the ability to see to it that their children are properly educated.

However, it's no longer limited to just California. As the Rocketship Education method has taken off, new schools are opening across the nation, with locations in Milwaukee, Nashville, and Washington D.C. New schools are opening each year, providing further opportunities for students to grow their knowledge in new, unique, and creative ways.

More than this, Rocketship Education is empowering students - their curriculum is tailored to each and every individual student, truly taking to heart the meaning of "no child left behind" - students are allowed to learn and grow at their own pace, with chances to ask questions and explore topics they find interesting, while also staying consistent with state-mandated expectations for student excellence. Students who find themselves struggling, furthermore, are given the necessary resources to ensure they are staying on track and learning at their expected, or even accelerated, pace that fits their own approach.

Another great aspect of this public charter school is their approach to working with teachers. They follow a talent pipeline method, allowing teachers who display leadership attributes, and who desire to move up within the organization and grow as educators with the charter school to follow an expected career path. They provide training for teachers, for instance, who are interested in becoming principles at a Rocketship school - they call it their principal in training program, and it allows these individuals to learn and grow and acclimate to what may become their new position, which has proven to be effective as it gives each new prospect the ability to test the water and learn from their peers before assuming the role.

And, of course, there is the aspect of parents - Rocketship schools pride themselves, as well, in being able to give parents a voice in their student's education. This aspect is one of many that drive home the choice of schooling for many parents, as they feel as though they have the ability to actively partake in their children's education - something that many public schools alienate parents from.

Each of these aspects has brought on a new, unusual, and fasicnating change to the education system. Rocket schools are slowly rearranging the way public schooling, as well as the public charter school, is seen - it's provided individuals who may have been in low performing schools the ability to learn and grow as they need, turning apathetic young students into bright young scholars. Their time, dedication, and excitement to see students succeed has been a driving factor behind the Rocketship schools, allowing them to change the face of education on a whole.
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