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Does Tripollar therapy really work?

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The latest in home gadgetry promises to restore both face and body.

Stop and Pose. This is a fair description of what you’ll spend your time doing after you use these two new Tripollar radio frequency devices on your face and body.

The Tripollar Stop device is designed for the face and promises the usual lessening of wrinkles and general tightening of the skin. The Pose is for the body and aims to reduce cellulite and provide all-over toning. Both devices heat the connective tissue (collagen fibres), causing a healing, regenerative effect, which leads to the skin being visibly lifted, tightened and thickened.

I’m only 29 but, used for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, two to three times a week, both the Stop and Pose have made a difference to my skin. It wasn’t something that happened instantly, but over the six- to eight-week recommended period of use, I noticed my crow’s-feet had reduced, my skin had gained back a little of the thickness I had when I was 20 and the skin on my thighs had tightened.

Let me preface my next confession by saying that each Tripollar piece is designed to be your personal device. That is to say, only you should use it. However, seeing that my trial was in the interest of researching for the greater good, I also tested the Stop out on some friends. One, who has chronic acne and scarring, had people asking her why her skin looked so good only one day after we tested the implement.

I also gave my Pose over to another friend, who regularly laments the loose skin on her stomach after giving birth more than a year ago. Said friend reported back that after using it for only four weeks on her “most hated area”, she could see a definite difference.

Even better is the fact that once you’ve popped the prep gel on, you can just plonk yourself in front of the TV or a magazine and zone out while you move the device over your face.

It takes about 20 minutes to complete the process. You glow a little afterwards (read: a slight redness, like you’ve finished exercising), but this fades in about 10 to 15 minutes to reveal plump, fresh-looking skin.

I’ve concluded both the Stop and tripollar Pose devices are well worth the initial cash investment. It works out to be a whole lot cheaper in the long term than salon laser treatments, which promise the same results.

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LG EC9800

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LG EC9800

LG EC9800: 4K + OLED + webOS + 4K Netflix might well equal the ultimate TV

LG is the first to combine 4K and OLED technologies in one screen, and it bags Netflix 4K streaming
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The smallest of the optional appendage models is 55in, but in the fictional world in which we have serious houses and even bigger salaries it’s the 77in 77EC9800 that we’d profit.

LG 77EC9800 4K Curved OLED
All three have curved screens, which LG yet claims is for the purposes of immersing you in the describe but we’on the subject of still fairly unconvinced roughly, though they do something see darn beautiful.

These 4K OLEDs plus obviously pack in all money happening front perplexing scare and whistle in LG’s roster, including apparently infinite contrast ratios, a Colour Refiner, and upscaling of amenable sufficient-def and bog-enough HD to near-4K atmosphere. They also all present the added and rather pretty looking webOS-powered smart TV platform, which we’vis–vis hoping to go hands-on the order of subsequent to every single one hastily.

 

Of course it’s original 4K you in fact hurting to be watching, which is why Netflix President Reed Hastings stormed the LG stage at CES, to find that LG would be the first manufacturer to join together Netflix 4K streaming into its TVs, and to insist that season 2 of House of Cards will be handy to stream in 4K this year.

That’s a big win for LG. Combined subsequent to what looks to be the most compelling insipid sensitive TV platform yet, it’s making the company’s 2014 TV lineup express pretty formidable.

 

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Cuphead Is Possibly The Most Beautiful Game You Will Never Finish

Cuphead Is Possibly The Most Beautiful Game You Will Never Finish

Regardless of its old-school Walt Disney cartoon-inspired appears to be like, Cuphead is something however lovely. The characters look charming, sporting expressions and animations that remind us of less complicated, care-free time, an period when TV was about Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. The precise expertise is a far cry from these days although.

At Gamescom 2015 We performed the sport at Microsoft’s press convention and got here again with our egos battered to submission. And we weren’t alone. Everybody who performed the sport earlier than us had hassle clearing a single degree. None of them might. Neither did we. Very like titles akin to Tremendous Meat Boy and I Wanna Be the Man, Cuphead is hard as nails, and that is nice.

With gameplay within the mould of classics like Contra, you will end up working and gunning from one boss or one other once you’re taking part in the sport.

Normally, you’d want that you could possibly progress by simply working as an alternative as a result of there’s a lot to absorb from the sport. The degrees are imaginative; one in every of them takes place in a bar like space, the place you sq. off in opposition to a duo of frogs in boxing shorts. They merge to kind a slot machine that spouts projectiles inflicting harm.

Sounds weird? This is not the one one. There is a boss that is a carrot with creepy third eye, and a chook whose head flies via a home and hurls eggs (presumably its personal) at you. There is not any scarcity of subversive parts that appear to exist for the heck of it. That’s in fact, till you knew the premise.

You don the position of the titular Cuphead, who actually has a cup for a head. Quite than having you run after a damsel in misery just like the Mario video games do, right here, you must repay a debt to the satan. In doing so you will end up up in opposition to the aforementioned bosses, with the ultimate recreation having round 30 of them. As you’ll be able to inform, the sliver we encountered had been subsequent to unimaginable to defeat.

Cuphead’s appears to be like masks arduous as nails gameplay. We might go so far as saying that the appears to be like preserve you taking part in regardless of the robust gameplay. Throw in some slick animations starting from lovable facial expressions of Cuphead, to the easy act of firing on an enemy (by pointing your hand as a gun in fact) make this maybe probably the most lovely trying recreation you will play. Whereas we’re positive there are strategies to defeat every boss with pitch excellent timing and reflexes or a couple of crafty stratagems or just a mixture of trial and error and luck, it is protected to say that many people will not go far in it. With the sport anticipated on Xbox One and Home windows in 2016, we can’t have to attend lengthy to seek out out simply how little will probably be accomplished of this nice trying title.

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Microsoft Surface tablet review

Microsoft Surface tablet review

I’ve been conditioned just like any other consumer to expect certain things from certain companies. When it comes to tablets, I expect Apple’s to look and feel amazing, Google’s to seamlessly blend online services such as Gmail and search, and Amazon’s to have easy access to its online store.
So when Microsoft came out with its first tablet computer, the Surface, I wanted and expected a machine that is good for work. After all, its Windows operating system runs most of the world’s computers, particularly in corporate environments.


The Surface is Microsoft’s first attempt at a general-purpose computer. In the past, it made the software and left it to other companies to make the machines. But to catch the tablet wave led by Apple’s iPad, Microsoft felt it needed to make its own device.
The Surface’s price tag starts at $499, the same as the latest full-screen iPad, but if you are going to buy one, you’ll want to spend the extra $100 or more for an optional cover that comes with a working keyboard.


After several days with it, I felt that Surface comes close to becoming a replacement for my work computer, but it doesn’t make it all the way. Some elements designed for “play” make Surface surprisingly good, while others verge on being frustrating.


Interface
There’s no doubt that Surface has a split personality, steeped in its very physical design. It’s a tablet, but transforms into a personal computer with the keyboard cover, snapped on using its magnetic spine.
Trying hard to be both means compromises. For instance, a kickstand lets you prop up the screen on a flat surface so that it feels more like a laptop with the keyboard attached, but the setup is clumsy for typing on your lap. On the other hand, you can flip the keyboard cover upside down and use the kickstand to form a supportive triangle for the screen. In this position, the device is a comfy companion while watching TV on the couch.


A big aspect of the split personality comes in the software. Surface’s start screen has a bunch of square tiles that represent apps – akin to the round icons on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. One touch, and an app opens full screen. But there’s also a tile that takes you to a very different operating system called the desktop. Presumably, this is where the “work” begins.
Because the desktop interface takes on the old Windows style of boxes and icons, your suddenly big-seeming fingers become less well-suited to navigating. I had to give up on touch and use the keyboard cover with its trackpad (The pricier Type Cover with real keys is far easier for typing than the soft, flat Touch Cover, by the way). Swiping around on the cover’s built-in trackpad quickly brings up the mouse pointer, whose precision you’ll both need and appreciate in the desktop world.


Work
The Surface that went on sale Oct. 26 comes with Windows RT, the slimmed-down version of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. While I understand the need for a slimmer OS to run on low-power chips that extend battery life, RT makes the device clearly not a PC.
Although the device has Microsoft’s latest browser, Internet Explorer 10, third-party plug-ins that have helped power the Web for years don’t work correctly. I couldn’t get behind my company’s firewall because a Juniper Networks plug-in couldn’t be installed. IE 10 is meant to be plug-in free, but the Web hasn’t caught up to it yet. Devices with the full version of Windows 8 won’t have the same plug-in problem, Microsoft says. But a Surface with Windows 8 Pro isn’t due out for a few months.


Surface gives you free copies of the Office programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which is a big bonus. The RT versions of Office operate much like the full versions, but lack some meaningful conveniences such as the ability to email files as attachments with a couple of clicks. Microsoft says that’s because Outlook isn’t included in the package. Instead, Surface uses a program called Windows Mail, but it makes little sense to me why it can’t be integrated with Office.
Still, in my testing I was able to save and access Word and OneNote documents on Microsoft’s Internet-storage system, SkyDrive. As a result, I could access those files back on my office computer without the hassles of USB and other storage drives.


Play
Part of the “play” element of Surface should have been the joy of just getting around using the touch screen, but some things made it confusing.
At first, I didn’t have a problem with the need to swipe in from the edges to make certain options appear.
Swiping in from the right brings up several buttons including ones for searching, changing settings or returning to the start screen. When you first set up the device, an explanatory graphic pops up to walk you through it. You hold the device with both hands and the screen lengthwise, and you do the swiping with your thumbs. This is very different from the idea of holding the tablet with one hand and touching it with the other, which Apple’s iPad seems to favor.
Swiping down from the top lets you either discard an app completely (by swiping through the bottom of the screen) or create a split screen for multitasking (by pushing the app to the left or right until it snaps in place). Swiping up from the bottom brings up app-specific options.
The problem is swiping in from the left. When you do so, it takes you back to the previous app you had open. I was impressed with how snappy the tablet was flipping between programs.
But I got confused sometimes with websites. I wanted to go back a page, not leave the app completely. The difference between these two functions is swiping in from beyond the edge or swiping in from just near it. I often found myself in places in applications without knowing how to return easily.


Also, if you swipe back through apps quickly, you can zip past the one you want, but you can’t swipe forward to return to it. As a stopgap, you can swipe in slightly and then back out of the left side to get a list of previous apps. But this is not really intuitive and you have to be careful to touch the one you want when the list comes up.
This painstaking learning takes some of the fun out of having a tablet and makes it maddening to use at times.


Another quirk
The standard font was quite small, forcing me to hunch close to the screen to get a good look. You can scale up the size of everything in the desktop world, but not elsewhere. A function called Magnifier helps make small parts of the screen bigger, but at low resolution. And certain apps let you spread and pinch with your fingers to zoom in and out, but other apps don’t. The lack of consistency makes the touch interface less enjoyable.
One other niggling complaint: Even though the screen size should make for perfect widescreen viewing in the 16:9 aspect ratio common for widescreen television, some Netflix movies with wider ratios continued to be shown with big black bars on top and bottom of the screen, wasting valuable screen space.
One big thing Microsoft got right was music. Xbox Music gives you a really clean interface, with beautiful moving graphics, and a “Smart DJ” feature, which plays entire songs in rotation in a genre – much like Pandora. You can also play songs or albums from a catalog of millions; it’s free, with ads. In rare cases, you may get only 30-second previews because of licensing reasons, but those songs are also available for purchase from the app.


I liked how Xbox Music plays in the background. When you toggle the physical volume rocker, a little box with pause, forward and back buttons pops up in a corner and fades away quickly. That works with whatever happens to be using the speakers, including iHeart Radio. It allowed me to easily catch up on the morning’s news and my email inbox at the same time.
Smart Glass, a feature that allows the Surface and other Windows devices to interact with the Xbox, was interesting but at times confusing. For instance, when I tried swiping through a menu of available videos, games and Xbox apps, I swiped right to left, but the menu on my TV screen went left to right. Same with up and down.
Microsoft says this configuration was intentional based on user research. But for me, it gave the impression that this was not, as CEO Steve Ballmer promised, a delightful product “right out of the box.”


Conclusion
The software is far from flawless, but I’m hopeful it will get better over time as apps are developed and software bugs are discovered and fixed.
What’s important is that Microsoft got the hardware right – creating a light portable computer that has an ample number of fun features and a decent work environment. That combination could make Surface as addicting and as useful for extending the work day as the BlackBerry once was.


About the Surface
The Surface costs $499 for a version with 32 gigabytes, though about half of it gets taken up by the operating system and pre-loaded software. A Touch Cover costs an extra $100 when purchased with the tablet (It’s $120 separately). A Type Cover – with real keys – goes for $130.
For $699, you get the 64 GB version with a Touch Cover included.
The Surface is available only at Microsoft’s stores and website.

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Panasonic TX-42AS500

Panasonic TX-42AS500

The most affordable Freetime TV packs in all UK catch-up TV apps

This TV is a step up in Panasonic’s range from the one above, and it’s all about usability. Pictures from all sources are clean, with HD channels and Blu-ray in particular reasonably fluid and with just enough contrast and colour to compete. It’s Freetime that really excites however, the Freesat-centric catch-up TV service that’s not available on the model below. Bringing not only excellent usability, but all key catch-up TV apps for the UK, it complements the excellent My Home Screen user interface, and adds a Netflix app. The TX-42AS600 also plays nicely with digital video, music and photo files.