The Weight loss Not So Secret! Include Green Tea In Your Routine

When we think of green tea, we have the idea of an almost-mighty eastern detox tea that has spread its leaves throughout the world to become the healthy popular beverage we know today. Certainly, everyone has a general knowledge about the preventing and healing power of the impressive antioxidant leaves, but not everyone is aware of its endless weight loss benefits or how to put them in practice to maximize efforts.

What’s in green tea?

One of the first things everyone should do before putting anything inside their bodies is understanding what it is and what it contains. So, let’s take a look at some of green tea’s main information. All types of green tea are Camellia Sinensis leaves and almost all of them have the same nutritional value. The best part is that it does not have any fat or carbohydrates, but it does have 1 calorie per 100g, a little caffeine and really small amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin c, b1, b2, b3, b6, calcium, iron, potassium, and sodium.

How does it work?

First of all, the fact that green tea has almost no calories makes it easier to boost metabolism and, along with it, the body’s efficiency when burning energy.

However, the most important antioxidant is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), also called catechin, which breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. As this is the hormone the nervous system uses to signal the fat break-down, a stronger signal is sent and more fat cells are broken down.

Another important element that influences weight loss is caffeine. In fact, EGCG and caffeine boost their work toward the same end. Certainly, green tea does not contain as much caffeine as coffee does, but it is more than enough to stimulate fat burn and improve exercise performance.

Also, it is a natural diuretic, which means that it does not only helps the body burn energy effectively, but also helps fight fluid retention problems and tissue inflammation. In that sense, the incredible drink can help bodies burn up to 19% more fat.

Adding exercise to the equation

Although this beverage may sound a little too good to be true, experts recommend green tea consumption as a weight loss supplement, which means that it should be included in a regular routine of diet and exercise.

Such arguments are very well grounded, considering that several studies have shown an important increase in body fat reduction of green tea extract consumers, in contrast to placebo consumers or non-consumers, during periods of exercise. This boost in weight loss is not only seen during the exercise, but also during the rest of the day.

A Cup of Green Tea

Green tea improves fat burn

It is no secret that the body is always burning calories. The body needs energy to function, even when sleeping or doing “nothing.”

Green tea has an important effect in this regard since consumers tend to burrn up to 8% more calories while resting than non-consumers. In that sense, the green tea’s effect does not only persist in time, but it can burn up to 180 more calories per day after a three-month routine.

It’s also important to mention that the small numbers (about three pounds in average) are balanced in quality, given that a good part of the weight loss comes from the visceral fat – the one that lodges around the organs. This is very important, considering that this type of fat is responsible of insulin resistance, inflammation, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and many other problems.

How to maximize weight loss with green tea supplementation

The most important parts to get the benefits of green tea are understanding how it must be taken and persistence in the process.

The best way to take it as a best weight loss supplement is in extract form, so the benefits are concentrated in a small one-take size. However, researches show that taking 2 to 3 cups a day can provide the same benefits, but there are some important aspects to follow in that sense. First, it is important not to overheat the water or the boiling water may damage the catechins. In order not to fall for this, the water can be boiled and poured in the tea after resting it for 10 minutes. Then, it should take at least a minute to brew before serving it, so that it can infuse its benefits in the water.

Also, there are different kinds of green tea, Matcha tends to be the most nutritious one, as its leaves are not only infused but drunk. Try the one that best suits your taste and include it in a daily routine. Professionals recommend the substitution of sugary or calorie-filled drinks with the detox tea, so that it becomes part of the routine, increasing the energy levels and boosting the metabolism throughout the day.

A little secret? It can be added in daily recipes such as smoothies and healthy desserts.

Lose Pounds with These Seven Naturally Occurring Supplements

People tend to cringe when you tell them you’re on dietary supplements for weight loss. And it’s an understandable cringe.  

Really, since most of these supplements tend to have mixed reviews at best. At worst, they have side effects that will make you embrace all your fat and never let go. 

And there’s literally no shortage of supplements promising to “blast away your fat”. All you have to do is mistakenly type “weight loss”, and Google’s algorithm will incessantly hound you with adverts of 310 meal replacement, from every nook and cranny (anyone can sell supplements since they don’t need FDA approval), on every site you visit. 

As a result of all these factors, more people are drifting towards natural meal replacement. Mostly because, let’s face it, the obesity rates aren’t dwindling down and surprise, people still find eating healthy and working out too difficult. So, here’s a list of some of these weight loss supplements. 

Most Effective Natural Dietary weight loss supplements 

1. Olive Leaf Extract

Apparently, no part of the olive plant is to be wasted. One of the substances in olive oil, oleuropein, which is responsible for most of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and disease-fighting properties can be found in the olive leaf as well. But aside from fighting free radicals in the body, olive leaf extract has been shown to improve how insulin works in the body, thereby cutting down on fat reserves from synthesized carbs. 

So, it can normalize your glucose levels, thus balancing your sugar levels.  

2. Cayenne Pepper

The burning sensation from consuming even half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper can curb your appetite and speed up your metabolism for weight loss. At least that’s what some studies have shown. 

Actually, this isn’t a feature unique to cayenne pepper. It’s because it contains capsaicin, a thermogenic chemical that could help speed up one’s metabolism and decrease appetite. 

3. Chitosan

These are naturally occurring biocontrol active ingredients that you’ll find in the shells of crustaceans and the walls of some microorganisms (like fungi, in case your vegan). 

Chitosan has some special properties that bind with fat, thus decreasing fat absorption in the body. This way, the total calorie intake from any single meal is cut down. Cholesterol levels may also be reduced with constant consumption of chitosan supplements.  

4. Glutamine

To lose weight, you’ll need to up your protein, vegetable and vitamins intake while cutting down on carbs. One of the most abundant amino acids is glutamine. And while most nutrition shakes will try to tell you otherwise, your body can produce it. And if you’re still doubtful, you can get it from protein-rich foods like fish, poultry, beans and so forth. 

It’s really great in muscle building and repairs of worn out tissues from perhaps, stressful workout sessions.  

5. Green Tea & Green Tea Extract

The extract is a more concentrated form of green tea. In large doses, the extract can damage some of your organs. 

In moderate quantities, one of the most consumed teas in the world has been credited with preventing everything from skin diseases to liver problems, and even cancer due to its wide range of antioxidant properties. Regularly consuming green tea has also been shown to improve blood sugar.  

6. Green Coffee Extract

Although the research on this isn’t conclusive, some research has shown a positive correlation between consuming unroasted coffee beans and greater weight loss. At least better weight loss gains than is expected when the coffee beans are roasted. 

It’s generally thought to stimulate brown adipose tissue into thermogenesis. So, it makes your body oxidize fat instead of just storing it.  

7. Grapefruit Essential Oil

There was a time when “speed diets” with “eat the only grapefruit and shed fat quick diets” were in vogue. These types of diets kind of gave grapefruits a bad name. But they really do have active ingredients that boost metabolic rates. As long as they’re taken proportionally, with healthy meals, grapefruit essential oils can help you lose weight.  

Wrapping It Up 

Synthetic dietary supplements for weight loss generally don’t sit well with people, because most of them have other active ingredients which either have negative side effects or no effects at all. 

Natural weight loss supplements for women and men are becoming more popular because they’re less adulterated. And moreover, most people can grow them in their home gardens. So, if you’re still on the fence about what dietary supplement to get, why not try something natural? 

WhatsApp Web Will Soon Get Picture-in-Picture Mode, ‘Reply Privately’ Option: Report

WhatsApp seems to be planning to add Picture-in-Picture mode to the Web client, a few months after the feature was rolled out to mobile devices across the world. The WhatsApp Web feature will be rolled out with a future update, which is said to be adding an option for users to reply to messages privately in group messages. For now, the feature is not available to download, but may be rolled out soon. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was found to include a ‘Restricted Groups’ settings to help administrators restrict group members from sending text messages, photographs, video, GIFs, documents, or voice messages.

WhatsApp Web Picture-in-Picture mode

According to a brief report by WABetaInfo, which is a popular source for unannounced WhatsApp features, the company has submitted the version 0.2.7315 of its Web client that includes the two new features. The first in the series is the Picture-in-Picture mode that lets users watch videos in a separate pop-up screen that includes controls such as a play/ pause button, volume controller, and timeline slider. A new icon apparently enables the Picture-in-Picture video content in a new screen to let you continue your chat or any other work on the existing screen. The new video-centric feature appears to work similar to the Picture-in-Picture mode available on the mobile versions of WhatsApp that was debuted in September.

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WhatsApp Web with Picture-in-Picture mode
Photo Credit: WABetaInfo

WhatsApp Reply Privately option
Alongside the new mode, the reported WhatsApp Web update includes a ‘Reply Privately’ option that allows you to communicate with one of your group members privately. As per the screenshot provided by the folks at WABetaInfo, the new option will be available alongside the existing ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward message’ options and will quote the group message alongside your private message. It is expected that the new ability to privately send messages to group members would also soon debut on WhatsApp for Android/ iOS.

The said features are not currently available on WhatsApp Web but are likely to go live on the Web-based interface in the near future.


WhatsApp Web Reportedly Getting Picture-in-Picture Mode, ‘Reply Privately’ Option

Months after adding it to mobile devices, WhatsApp is now said to be bringing its Picture-in-Picture mode to desktops through a new update to the WhatsApp Web client. The new update is also reported to add the option to let users privately reply to a message they received in a group. Earlier this month, WhatsApp was found to include a ‘Restricted Groups’ settings to help administrators restrict group members from sending text messages, photographs, video, GIFs, documents, or voice messages.

According to a brief report by WABetaInfo, which is a popular source for unannounced WhatsApp features, the WhatsApp team has submitted the version 0.2.7315 of its Web client that includes the two new features. The first in the series is the Picture-in-Picture mode that lets users watch videos in a separate pop-up screen that includes controls such as a play/ pause button, volume controller, and timeline slider. A new icon apparently enables the Picture-in-Picture video content in a new screen to let you continue your chat or any other work on the existing screen. The new video-centric feature appears to work similar to the Picture-in-Picture mode available on the mobile versions of WhatsApp that was debuted in September.

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WhatsApp Web with Picture-in-Picture mode
Photo Credit: WABetaInfo

Alongside the new mode, the reported WhatsApp Web update includes a ‘Reply privately’ option that allows you to communicate with one of your group members privately. As per the screenshot provided by the folks at WABetaInfo, the new option will be available alongside the existing ‘Reply’ and ‘Forward message’ options and will quote the group message alongside your private message. It is expected that the new ability to privately send messages to group members would also soon debut on WhatsApp for Android/ iOS.

The said features are not currently available on WhatsApp Web but are likely to go live on the Web-based interface in the near future.


Sachin Saga Cricket Champions Review

A game that lets you relive the career of Sachin Tendulkar, one of the most prolific batsmen cricket has ever seen, is bound to be extremely popular in India, where the Master Blaster has a massive fan following. The game is free to download for Android and iOS, and when you put all of these elements together, you know that this is a recipe for huge success in India. That was our mindset when we started playing Sachin Saga Cricket Champions, but unfortunately the game isn’t the polished masterpiece that we wanted to see.

Sachin Saga Cricket Champions has the official blessing of the cricketer, which is how the game uses his name and likeness. This is pretty much the biggest selling point of the game, and will draw a lot of people to it. Sachin Saga greets you with a tutorial that briefs you about the basics — a short swipe is a defensive stroke, long swipe is an attacking stroke, and a normal swipe will play a regular stroke. The controls are quite responsive and we faced no issues with them. The game begins in Legend mode, which is where you’ll be replaying famous matches from Sachin’s career. This starts with domestic cricket matches and takes you through his international career.

We really wanted to like this game mode but it got tiring really fast. While each scenario features a different opposition, it began to feel repetitive by the time we reached the tenth scenario. In each case you’ll be tasked with scoring some runs within a specific amount of overs without getting out. Some scenarios will be clearly described as a Test match where Tendulkar batted to earn India a draw, but the target will be something like: “Score 50 runs in 10 overs.” This doesn’t make much sense as ideally the target should be to survive X number of overs to save the match.

In every scenario, the AI bowlers do the same things. There’s no variation in bowling to make you feel like you’re facing entirely different teams. Facing the fearsome pace attack of Pakistan in the 90s should ideally feel a lot different than facing the mediocre bowlers of the Ranji Trophy team of Delhi, but it doesn’t. That’s why this game mode falls flat an hour after you start playing.

You can only play as Tendulkar in this mode and the game takes some generous liberties here. Even if Tendulkar scores one run and goes to the other end, he will face the next delivery, when ideally the non-striker should be doing so. Still, this mode is all about Tendulkar, so it’s acceptable.

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Sachin Saga Cricket Champions also has all the annoying free-to-play elements that we’ve come to expect from the most popular mobile games. Got out? You can watch an unskippable ad to play that ball again. Each legend mode match costs one energy point to play, and the bar recharges whenever you level up, otherwise you get one energy point every 30 minutes. You can buy unlimited energy for 450 gems, which you can purchase for around Rs. 250. The game also has other consumables such as Event Tickets, Coins, and Starter Packs.

That brings us to the Events mode in Sachin Saga Cricket Champions. This is ‘inspired’ by FIFA Ultimate Team, where you get to pick a squad of 11 players and achieve targets in matches — essentially score a certain number of runs in four overs. Every event lasts for a limited time, such as 48 hours, and if you win the most number of games within that time, then you can top the online leaderboard for big rewards, such as new players, Coins, Event Tickets, and so on. To enter any event, you need Event Tickets, which you can buy using Coins, which you earn in Legend mode (or buy with real money via the in-app store).

It’s easy to guess that to win these rewards, you will have to pay, simply because the top scores are just way too high for people to achieve without paying. Are the rewards really worth it? We don’t think so. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes us suspect that the game was built for maximum monetisation rather than a good gameplay experience.

There are a bunch of things that the Sachin Saga Cricket Champions could’ve featured instead of this Events mode, one of them being bowling. The developers have said that bowling will be added to the game later, but the current state of the game makes us worry whether it’ll be any good. We say this because of numerous technical flaws that we noticed in the game.

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The biggest of these is run-outs. When there’s an appeal for a run-out that gets referred to the third umpire, the game shows a replay on a big screen (full of sponsor logos) in the stadium. The replay doesn’t accurately reflect the batsman’s position at the time of the run-out. When playing the game, many times we noticed that the batsman was too far from the crease in the replay, but much closer during gameplay. Quite a few times, the replay showed a completely different sequence — the batsman had made it to safety before the bails were whipped, but the replay showed him outside and hence he was declared out.

We also noticed that the ball often conveniently teleports itself to the middle of the bat right before you hit some shots. If you pay attention to the ball, you’ll see that it’s often going to miss your bat but somehow you end up timing it perfectly, which is perplexing. There’s another big bug when you’re running between the wickets. Once the batsmen cross the halfway point, hit the Cancel Run button on screen. Both players will return to their original positions and yet you’ll see one run being added to the scoreboard.

The problems don’t end there. Commentary sounds good for the first five minutes, and then you’ll realise that there are about ten phrases repeated over and over, which gets annoying really fast. The fielding AI is very bad too as you’ll regularly see fielders running in slow motion behind the ball instead of diving to cut it off. The developers have also used a few shortcuts — fielders will always score a direct hit and they’ll always throw at Tendulkar’s end in the Legend mode. The game doesn’t even have a practice mode where you can improve your batting skills.

All of these things make Sachin Saga Cricket Champions almost feel like a beta build of the game. The game is very buggy, lacks basic features such as a practice mode or bowling, and it gets repetitive way too soon. There are two things this game has done well — getting Sachin Tendulkar’s official license, and throwing in aggressive monetisation tactics. Thanks to the license, this game will likely find a lot of takers but we strongly feel that these players deserve a lot more than the unfinished beta that is Sachin Saga Cricket Champions.


  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Historically accurate Legend mode


  • Major bugs
  • No bowling or practice mode
  • Stale gameplay
  • Poorly thought out Events mode
  • Aggressive monetisation

Overall rating (out of 10): 3

Gadgets 360 played Sachin Saga Cricket Champions on a Samsung Galaxy S8. The game is available for free (with ads and in-app purchases) via Google Play and the App Store.

Windows 10 could introduce smart tricks for ‘always connected’ laptops

The next major update for Windows 10 (likely to emerge next spring) may well yield better power management functionality – and therefore boosted battery life for notebooks. On top of that, it’s expected to enable seamless set-up of a mobile data plan on a laptop that boosts cellular connectivity.

The latter will obviously be a boon when it comes to the ‘always connected’ Qualcomm-powered notebooks (powered by Snapdragon 835 chips with integrated LTE) which were unveiled earlier this week.

As ZDNet reports, all this comes from slides revealed at the recent WinHEC workshop in Taipei. Some LTE-toting notebooks already come with bundled SIM cards (or options for them), but the idea with the next version of Windows 10 will be to introduce a full ‘consumer eSIM’ capability. (An eSIM is an embedded SIM card, built into the device so you don’t have to mess around swapping fiddly little bits of plastic as per the traditional SIM model).

What that means is you’ll be able to seamlessly hook up your Windows 10 tablet or laptop with a data plan from your mobile carrier, with the ability to grab an eSIM profile straight from the cloud. As ZDNet clarifies, you won’t need any in-store activation to use this functionality, and it sounds like it’ll be a truly no-fuss procedure.

It’s certainly a neat idea, although there will be caveats, such as it only being available in certain geographical markets, and it will also be dependent on mobile carriers as well.

On the business front, an enterprise eSIM will also be piloted, allowing companies to purchase bundled-together subscriptions for multiple staff members, utilizing device management capabilities for easy deployment across the workforce.

Power to the people

As we mentioned at the outset, the other interesting development unearthed pertains to power management, and a considerable boost is expected on this front in the next big update for Windows 10.

Specifically, Microsoft said that it was working closely with Intel (note that there will be ‘always connected’ PCs built around Intel chips as well as Qualcomm) to push forward with driving the ‘accelerated readiness’ of Modern Standby devices.

Any power-efficiency improvements will obviously be very welcome for all notebooks in terms of extending battery life. Qualcomm-powered ‘always connected’ laptops are already set to offer a claimed battery life of up to 20 hours when these devices launch in the spring of next year, possibly to coincide with 2018’s first big Windows 10 update.

Apparently both Microsoft and Intel are also keen to get Modern Standby going on desktop PCs and not just laptops, with a ‘Wake-on Remote Desktop’ feature planned for jolting your machine into action in order to use it from a remote location.

Just a few months ago, Microsoft was pushing to boost battery longevity for portables with Windows 10. So, this news that said laptops should last even longer should come as music to users’ ears.

Android 7 Nougat release date: when you’ll get the update and every new feature

Latest news: Android 8 Oreo is also out now, so we expect to see a lot of manufacturers focusing efforts on updating devices to the newer software rather than Android 7. We will keep this list up to date with the latest Nougat information as and when we have it.

Android Nougat was Google’s big refresh of its phone and tablet operating system in 2016. Android is an OS that’s been so thoroughly refined that the company is now more than halfway through the alphabet with names.

It hasn’t stopped at Nougat either as there’s now the eighth iteration of Google’s OS called Android Oreo. That is out now for a select number of devices, so it may be worth checking whether your phone is ready to upgrade to even newer software.

Google released the latest version of Nougat as Android 7.1.2 software in July 2017, and many phones are still being upgraded to it now. There’s a good chance your phone already has the latest Android Nougat software update waiting, or it’s coming very soon.

Below we’ve listed all of the devices we know have the update already and the latest information on when it will launch. That said, you need to bear in mind the official release date for the update won’t always be reflected in the software update section on your phone.

Manufacturers decide when the software is ready to rollout, but mobile carriers and networks can also cause delays to an update so it may be worth checking with your phone provider if the update isn’t ready for you yet.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The second most recent version of Google’s mobile OS
  • When is it out? Right now, but you’ll need to wait for some devices though
  • When will I get it? Dependent on your phone and tablet maker, read on below
  • What will it cost? The best news is it’s free

Android Nougat release date

Android Nougat is out right now, but when you’ll get the upgrade is going to dependent on your device. The release date is rather staggered.

It’s came pre-loaded on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL and it’s available to download on Google-made devices like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and the Nexus Player. That said, Android Oreo is also ready for these devices too.

Sadly, if you have a Nexus 5, you’re going to miss out on the Android Nougat upgrade altogether. It misses Google’s two-year cut off by a year. But it’ll still get another year of Google’s all-important security patches.

Samsung, LG, HTC and other phone makers, meanwhile, have to rework their own version of the software and push it out to users, and that can take months. We’ve listed below the devices we know about:

Samsung phones with Android Nougat

Samsung has updated a variety of its devices to Android Nougat including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The update is also ready and waiting on the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Those who own the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017) can download Android 7 right now to their devices, but if you own the Samsung Galaxy A8 or Galaxy A5 (2017) you won’t be able to get the update yet.

All of these software updates may hold you over until you decide to buy the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy Tab S3, all of which come with Android Nougat pre-loaded.

LG phones with Android Nougat

LG technically launched the first Android Nougat phone back in September 2016 with the LG V20. But that was a ‘world’s first’ title only South Koreans benefited from initially.

Thinking of upgrading to the LG G6? Well, everyone, right away, can get in on the Android Nougat action that way. It launched with the Android 7.0, the AI helper Google Assistant and a killer 18:9 screen in a slim body.

Both the LG V20 and LG G6 came running Android 7 software out of the box, but LG G5 owners yearning for the same Nougat update need to check the Software Update menu right now. It’s available for all G5 phones. The LG V10 also has the update to Android 7 ready and waiting.

Things are still moving slowly for the LG G4, which is now confirmed to receive Android Nougat but it’s low-priority for the 2015 phone so those who have that may have to wait a while longer.

Sony phones with Android Nougat

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium launched with Android 7.1 software onboard, but you can now get the most recent Oreo software on it too. What about the older range of Sony phones though?

The Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia XZ are now up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat. Even older phones like the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z3+ all have Android Nougat and so does the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

You won’t find it on the Xperia Z3. It’s an odd twist, for sure. While we were surprised to see Sony weigh into the Android Nougat developer with the Z3, it didn’t follow through with the full Nougat upgrade for this phone.

HTC phones with Android Nougat

If you’ve bought an HTC phone launched in the past year or two, you may have access to Android Nougat already. It launched on the HTC U Ultra and U Play and it’s not rolling out to unlocked HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 handsets in the US and UK. While the update was delayed in the rest of Europe, everyone there should have it now, too.

HTC had confirmed it would bring the Google update to the HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 by the end of the 2016. It didn’t make that deadline everywhere. But, it’s here now and that’s all that matters.

Android Nougat isn’t available for HTC One M8 and never will be. HTC told TechRadar that it will not get the latest upgrade. You’re going to have to buy a new phone for this update.

Motorola phones with Android Nougat

Motorola has now confirmed which phones it will upgrade to Android 7, and its list of phones is rather long.

Android Nougat is out for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, and it also launched on the Moto Z Play – both the unlocked and Verizon versions of the battery-life-focused smartphone.

Nougat also launched for the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5, which came out after the update, plus you can also get Android 7 for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

Its X-series phones – like the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto X Force – also have the update now, as well as Verizon’s Droid Turbo 2, and stay tuned for updates on the Droid Maxx 2.

Huawei phones with Android Nougat

So far the Huawei Mate 9, Mate 8 and P9 have all been upgraded to Android 7 software upgrade, while 2017’s P10 comes with it onboard straight away.

The Chinese manufacturer has updated the Huawei P9 Plus, P9 Lite and the Huawei Nova while the Huawei Nova Plus update isn’t yet set.

The Huawei P8 won’t be getting the upgrade to EMUI 5.0 (which comes with Android 7 features). It looks like both of those phones are set to be left behind, despite being quite recent devices.

Honor phones with Android Nougat

The Honor 8 and Honor 6X now have the Android Nougat update while those with an Honor 5C will have to wait a bit longer.

OnePlus phones with Android Nougat

OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T both have Android Nougat 7.0, but if you own a OnePlus One or a OnePlus 2 you’ll miss out.

ZTE phones with Android Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat is now on the ZTE Axon 7 and it gets owners of this unlocked phone a way to step into virtual reality with Daydream VR compatibility.

Axon 7 was the first Android Nougat phone to be “Daydream-ready,” and while phones like the Google Pixel and Moto Z launched with the VR software first, ZTE has made good on its promise.

Other phones with Android Nougat

BlackBerry has confirmed it won’t be upgrading the Priv to Android 7 software and there has been no confirmation whether the DTEK50 from BlackBerry will get the update either.

Bluecoins App on Android Is Great for Travellers Who Need To Track Their Budget

There are a lot of ways to track your finances using your smartphone. Expense diaries that let you log your spending are nothing new, and they come with a number of financial planning features including analytics that make them quite useful. I’ve personally become very reliant on apps that automatically track your spending by reading bank SMS updates, and these are really a great option. Then I had to travel out of the country for a while without international roaming, and that meant no more SMS updates, rendering the automatic tracking featured useless.

Instead, I realised I had to manually track every spend, and that’s were things started to get a little complicated. Especially because my spending was happening in both dollars and rupees, using a mixture of cash, a forex card, and my debit card. It became hard to properly keep track of everything in multiple currencies with the apps I had been using already.

Hence began my search for a new expense tracking app and I had a few requirements in mind. First, the app had to work offline since I didn’t have Wi-Fi everywhere I go. Second, it had to support entries in multiple currencies – if I make a payment to the local burger store in dollars using cash, then take an Uber and pay the fare using an Indian debit card so I am charged in rupees, and then watch a movie where I pay through my forex card, paying in dollars again, I should be able to track it all together. Reconciling this into a single account manually is confusing and the app should be able to handle this. Finally, I wanted an app that looks good, is easy to use, and provides useful analysis.

I tried using the various money tracking apps that we had tested in the past to see if any had updates that met all three criteria. After that, I tried out a number of newer apps as well. After about a week of testing, and juggling multiple expense tracking apps, I finally found a favourite – Bluecoins.

Although I really liked Bluecoins, it’s important to point out that it isn’t the only app that I found useful, and if it’s not the right one for you, then there are a few others you should try out. Some of the other contenders are Pocket Expense (Android | iOS), Toshl Finance (Android | iOS), and Expensify (Android | iOS), all with their own pros and cons. That said, here’s why Bluecoins has become my top pick, and is going to be my go-to application for tracking spends while I’m traveling (and perhaps even afterwards).

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The first thing that I noticed about Bluecoins is how simple it is to use. Just tap a button, enter the amount, add a label, and it’s done. Many other apps are like that but Bluecoins stands out because simplicity doesn’t come at the cost of functionality. The app actually shows a very detailed demo mode on first run, where the app has already been filled out with a lot of data. This way, you can explore the different features such as the summary, reminders, balance sheet, and so forth. It also asks for a default currency, which can later be changed in settings.

The first thing to do is add accounts – things like cash in hand, bank balance, and so on. This is all done manually so I just entered in the details, and then once I started spending it became easy to track how much money was still available, and where. Like we mentioned before, adding expenses as they happen is quite straightforward. There’s a big ‘+’ sign at the bottom right corner of the screen. To add an expense, just tap that and then enter a name, and the amount, and then add the category, and where you’re paying from. This is all pretty easy to do and you can also attach a photo of the bill at this point.

When entering the amount, the app also shows a handy calculator view – so if you want to put different cab bills together in a single entry, for example, you could just total them up directly at this point. On the right, the currency is shown in a big button. Tapping that changes the currency for each transaction – so although my default currency is rupees, I can change it to dollars to match my spending, instead of having to do any conversions. In the settings you can mark it to remember the last currency used, which I’ve turned on, or you can have it switch to your default for every new transaction if you prefer.

There’s also a travel mode – this assigns the travel label by default to all new transactions. What’s the benefit of this? If I had already been using Bluecoins at home, ahead of my travel, then I would have found this handy. The way it works is to create a special label for when you’re traveling, and then it automatically applies that label to all new entries. Then, if you want to see the money you’ve spent while travelling, you can just check by the label, rather than having to manually track entries.

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Bluecoins automatically shows the latest exchange rate, so I can see the amount I just spent in dollars, along with the rupee equivalent right away. This feature works offline, but it needs to connect to the Internet periodically to update the conversion rate.

All of this is possible using the free version of the app. Extra features can be unlocked via an in-app purchase for $6.49, or Rs. 418.85 in India, which I didn’t find necessary for my usage. The free version is limited to 13 accounts and 30 categories of spending, but since I’m currently using this only for travel, didn’t come anywhere near hitting those limits. The other big advantage that the paid version has is SMS banking notifications – so it can automatically record transactions and offer bill reminders with notifications for due bills and credit card payments.  The paid version is also ad-free, but the ads in the free version are pretty discreet and they didn’t bother me.

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These are useful features and I’ve had a good experience with Bluecoins, so after the travel is over, I’m going to purchase the premium upgrade, and enable these features as well, and see how it does as my only expense tracking application. From the perspective of simple tracking for travel though, I already love it with just the free mode. You can download Bluecoins for Android and try it out for yourself.

Google Search Celebrity Questions Will Now Be Answered Directly With Selfies

Google launched an exciting new feature for Search on Thursday. Google Search will now show selfie-style videos, from certain celebrities, for answers to questions that users popularly search for about them. These celebrities will be a mix of rising stars and well-established personalities.

In a blog post, Google said that it had started piloting the feature with a few celebrities, namely, Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo, and Dominique Ansel.The new feature aims to give a personalized touch to Google Search, with Priyanka Chopra for example giving the answer to how many languages she can speak and users finally finding out whether Will Ferrell can really play the drums or not.

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The Mountain View giant also said that a lot more celebrities and answers would be added to the feature in the coming days, making it accessible to a bigger audience with a wide variety of personalities to choose from. The videos are being tested in the US initially. These videos will remain self-recorded to maintain the originality of the concept.

“Today’s announcement gives you a snapshot (or should we say selfie-shot) of what’s to come, but in the next few months, you may see more videos as you search for your favourite personalities. For now, pick up your phone to search for one of the people mentioned above-you just might find a surprise video answer waiting for you,” the blog post added.

This feature seems to have taken inspiration from Wired’s ongoing series on YouTube where celebrities answer the most Googled questions about them. These selfie-style videos will be made available only on mobile Search and not on desktop or any other Web embeds.


Could IdealShake be the Best Meal Replacement Shake to Help You Drop Pounds This Winter?

There are always a couple things you want to look for in the best meal replacement shake, but the most important qualities have to be:

  • Plenty of protein to flood your body with necessary resources to recover from grueling workouts while starving the fat creation components of your body 
  • The right amount of effortlessly digestible carbohydrates to give you the energy you need to get through the day without fueling fat creation 
  • A flavor and consistency that isn’t going to have you shying away from meal replacement shakes and towards unhealthy snacks that aren’t going to help you get the results you are looking for

The IdealShake formula covers all of the above bases and then some, giving you the opportunity to lose weight faster than you would have been able to otherwise while at the same time making sure you lead a healthy and productive lifestyle along the way.

If you have been thinking about taking the plunge with what you think is the best meal replacement shake solution, but aren’t quite sure of whether or not it is really right for you, check out the inside information we are able to share below.

Proven formula designed to help you decrease fat

Right out of the gate, you’re going to appreciate the fact that the IdealShake formula includes everything you need to start burning fat a lot faster than you would have been able to with traditional meals – keeping your calories restricted while filling you up and flooding you with all of the protein you need without bogging you down with all kinds of carbohydrates and sugar.

Each and every single serving of the IdealShake comes in at about 100-110 calories, with 11g of high quality protein in just 2g or less of sugar. The formulation also includes a number of hunger blockers designed to cut down on your cravings while making you feel full, giving you a big boost when it comes to portion control.

Tastes so good you’ll replace meals with no trouble at all

Of course, even the best meal replacement shake isn’t going to be able to help you out at all unless you are excited to replace actual meals with it – and that’s only going to happen when you are dealing with a meal replacement shake that’s tasty enough to get you to skip some of your favorite meals.

The IdealShake comes in a variety of different flavors, each and every one of them delicious, but a lot of people consider the Chocolate version of the IdealShake to be the very best of the bunch. It is almost impossible to imagine any weight loss journey being easier than the one where you get to enjoy a delicious chocolate shake that helps you melt fat at the same time!

Won’t risk your short or long-term health

Of course, you need to make sure that you aren’t getting conned with modern-day snake oil peddled by less than ethical marketers these days – which proves more difficult than most anticipate, considering just how insidious some of the weight loss companies out there can be.

Thankfully though, the folks behind the IdealShake formulation aren’t ever going to risk putting your short or long-term health in jeopardy. The formulation is proven, safe, and free of nasty chemicals that can derail your health and wellness, and is instead loaded with ingredients designed to support your weight loss journey while making you feel – and look – better every step of the way.

Closing thoughts

At the end of the day, you’ll have plenty of different options to pick and choose from when it comes time to start your weight loss journey this winter.

But if you’re serious about accelerating your rate of weight loss while at the same time enjoying one of the most delicious meal replacement shakes that’s been proven time and time again to provide you with results you can depend on, you need look no further than the IdealShake formulation.

Some other options to find the best meal replacement shake include 310 Shake, Vega One Shake and the Orgain Shake if you want to look into some more.