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New iPhone 11: What to Expect?




New iPhone 11 What to Expect

It’s almost that time of year again– the release of the next generation of iPhones.

This year, analysts predict three phones will be released on the third or fourth week of September:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11R
  • iPhone 11 Max

Apple hasn’t officially announced the names of these phones and may opt to use roman numerals (example: iPhone XI Max). Each phone is a successor of the previous generation of iPhones.

Historically, newly released Apple phones have been expensive. In 2018, the new iPhones cost $1,000 for the lesser-specced option and $1,370 for the full-specced option.

It’s reasonable to expect that the 11th generation of iPhones will be similar in price if not slightly more. But, of course, the question on everyone’s mind is “What will these new iPhones offer?”

One of the most common trends for iPhone releases is to first provide dummy phones. Apple produces these dummy phones so companies can create appropriately sized iPhone cases.

And they tell us a lot about what the new iPhones are like:

1. Triple lens camera bump

The camera received an upgrade with an additional lens. There’s the standard, telephoto, and now the ultra-wide.

The 2018 iPhone cameras were 7 megapixels, but the 2019 iPhones will get an increase as high as 12 megapixels.

Users will be able to take extremely high-quality photos and videos, as well as have a variety of camera options. Including 3x optical zoom, better performance in low light, and better 3D sensors for augmented reality.

This will be significant for Instagram-users, photo-lovers, and augmented reality-gamers.

The downside is that the camera has a “bump,” meaning it’s not flat with the rest of the back. Due to its size and protrusion, the camera looks clunky and inelegant.

The front side still has a selfie camera and a small-notch for quick facial recognition.

2. Lightning charge only

The dummy phones reveal that the new iPhones have lightning charge ports. Unfortunately, they do not have any kind of USB type C port.

There are a lot of different ports pioneered by manufacturers. Lightning is designed by Apple.

The significance of a USB type C port is that it’s universal and not proprietary. Meaning, they can be used anywhere and by anyone.

Many tech giants are beginning to release products with USB type C ports, believing they are the future universal port.

But with Apple’s lightning-only iPhone 11, this means users must always use an Apple-specific cord to charge their phone.

3. No more 3D touch

3D touch debuted with the iPhone 6 generation. This introduced a pressure-sensitive screen, which allowed iPhones to distinguish between “light” touches and “heavy” touches.

This meant users had more options when touching their phones. For example, a user could open an app with a light touch or open the app’s menu with a heavy touch.

Many Apple users have long suspected 3D touch would be removed from iPhones. It received largely negative reviews for being unnecessary and a lot of iPhone carriers simply do not use it.

It’s rumored the iPhone 11s will do away with the feature altogether. Theoretically, this should lower the company’s cost of production.

4. Similar size and color

The iPhone 11 appears to be similar in size to its predecessors. They’re easy to hold in one hand, fit in a pocket, and seem to have the same screen size as an iPhone 10.

Approximately, the iPhone 11 is 5.8 inches and the iPhone 11 Max is 6.5 inches.

iPhone 11s have the same sleek design as previous iPhones, maintaining that metallic case and dark glass front we’re familiar with.

5. Circular mute switch

The buttons and speakers are similar to previous iPhones, but the mute switch is different.

Instead of a thin oval, the mute switch will be circular. Users frequently mute and unmute their phones, even in a single day.

A circular switch makes the process easier and more natural than attempting to find a tiny button hidden on the phone somewhere.

6. Shipped with iOS 13

It is not confirmed but almost guaranteed that the new iPhones will arrive with iOS 13.

Earlier this year, Apple released iOS 13 beta testing to the public. And since then they have improved the software with additional updates.

This means the new iPhones will have the latest and most cutting-edge software that Apple has to offer.

A few announcements, leaks, and beta-testers have revealed a few noteworthy features with iOS 13:

7. Significant speed boost

Apple Vice President Craig Federighi spoke at WWDC, saying, “nothing is more important to our iPhone users than performance. So this year, we worked top-to-bottom making everything faster that you do the most.”

Here are the specific statistics Apple claims about iOS 13:

  • App downloads will be 60% faster
  • App launching speeds will be twice as fast
  • Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster

One of the biggest expectations for the iPhone 11 is a significant speed improvement.

8. New Siri voice

With the iOS 13 debut, there’s now a new Siri voice that sounds less robotic and more human. Apple claims users will notice this particularly with longer sentences, such as reading the news.

Siri also totes some new features. For example, Siri can now discern between voices. If a user says, “Siri, what’s my schedule,” it will pull up that specific user’s schedule, rather than someone else’s schedule.

9. Sign in with Apple

Apple is now competing with Facebook and Google by offering users to sign into third-party accounts. Therefore users won’t have to give their email to unknown parties when signing into apps and websites.

Users do not have to give Apple their own private email either. They can create a unique email for Apple’s services.

This adds an extra layer of security and privacy for users.

10. Dark mode

Beta testers for the iOS 13 have reported that there’s a nifty feature called dark mode.

With it activated, the screen now automatically changes white backgrounds into black or dark gray on supported apps.

Phone users will be able to use their devices at night time without blinding themselves with bright white backgrounds.

11. Silence unknown numbers

With iOS 13, the iPhone 11 will be able to automatically silence unknown numbers.

Spam cold calls are becoming more common for mobile users and annoying thousands of people. Apple is responding with this feature.

Siri scans your recent calls and contacts to see if it recognizes the incoming number. If not, it goes straight to voicemail.

12. Changes to camera and portrait mode

iOS 13 enables users to change the intensity of light when taking photos and videos. Something Apple users have wanted for a long time.

Users will also have more options and control when navigating and editing photos. For example, the photo gallery allows easier navigation with pinching and holding photos.

The photo gallery will have a new tab that holds the user’s best photos for each week, month, and year.

Beta testers report a more user-friendly camera and photo editor. iOS 13 finetunes photo editing, giving the user more filters, effects, and options for rotating and cropping.

13. More formatting options for email

Up until now, email text has limited options. Users can’t send a hyperlink via email and instead have to copy and paste an obnoxiously long URL right into the email.

With iOS 13, users can send a hyperlink and customize their text more. This includes more control over font size, style, color, alignment, and indenting or outdenting text.

Users will also have more options with bulleted and numbered lists.

14. More customization for memojis

Memojis are the emojis of the Apple world. They were immensely popular in the previous generation of iPhones.

Apple empowered users to customize their own emojis. The iPhone 11 will capitalize on their popularity and expand customization.

Apple announced a wider selection of emojis will be available by fall of 2019. And many users anticipate the ability to customize their memojis on a detailed level with the iPhone 11.

For example, users will be able to apply make-up and add piercings or headwear to their memojis.

Once a memoji is created, the iPhone 11 can create a sticker pack of various expressions of the memoji. The pack would live in a small menu on your keyboard and would be shareable across different media and apps.


It appears the biggest features to the iPhone 11 are the additional camera lens and the expectation of iOS 13.

The design is roughly the same as previous iPhones, but will likely cost the same or slightly more.

Do you plan on buying the iPhone 11?

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STUDY: Being Wealthy Adds 9 More Healthy Years to Your Life




STUDY Being Wealthy Adds 9 More Healthy Years to Your Life
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By Amelia Hill

Being wealthy adds nine years to healthy life expectancy: a life free from disability and pain, according to transatlantic research.

The 10-year study, conducted across the UK and US, looked at all the social and economic factors behind the reasons why people sink into ill-health as they age.

“We found that socio-economic inequalities in disability-free life expectancy were similar across all ages in England and the US but the biggest socio-economic advantage in both countries and across all age groups was wealth,” said Dr Paola Zaninotto, a professor in epidemiology and healthcare at University College London, which led the research.

Published on Tuesday in the Journal of Gerontology, the data from 10,754 UK adults aged 50 and older, and 14,803 US adults over 50, examined how long people can expect to live free from disabilities and to what extent socio-economic factors play a part.

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the US Health and Retirement Study both found that while life expectancy is a useful indicator of health, the quality of life as we age is crucial to determining our health.

“By measuring healthy life expectancy we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favourable states of health or without disability,” said Zaninotto.

“We know that improving both the quality and the quantity of years that individuals are expected to live has implications for public expenditure on health, income, long-term care of older people and work participation and our results suggest that policy makers in both England and the US must make greater efforts into reducing health inequalities,” she added.

In both countries people in the study were divided into groups based on total household wealth. Comparisons were made between the richest and least wealthy groups.

The paper shows that at 50 the wealthiest men in England and the US lived about an additional 31 healthy years, compared with about 22 to 23 years for those in the poorest wealth groups.

Women from the wealthiest groups from the US and England lived around an additional 33 “healthy” years, compared with 24.6 and 24 years from the poorest wealth groups in England the US respectively.

Recent ONS statistics also showed that those aged 65 are seeing their healthy life expectancy increase: since 2009, men in England and Wales aged 65 have gained 31.5 weeks of life and 33.5 weeks of healthy life. Women of the same age have gained 17.4 weeks of life and 23.3 weeks of healthy life over the same period.

But the data also revealed that children born today are likely to spend a larger proportion of their lives in poor health than their grandparents.

They will also benefit from substantially smaller increases in their life expectancy than those born a few years earlier, in the first decade of the 21st century.

In contrast, the proportion of life expected to be spent in good health in the UK has decreased between 2009-11 and 2016-18, from 79.9% to 79.5% for males and from 77.4% to 76.7% for females.

This article’s headline was amended on 20 January 2020 to more accurately reflect the content of the article.
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STUDY: Number of Billionaires Doubles in Last Decade




Number of Billionaires Doubles in Last Decade
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The number of billionaires has doubled in the past decade and the world’s wealthiest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined last year, the charity Oxfam said Monday.

Meanwhile, unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the world’s economy each year at least $10.8 trillion than the technology industry, the Nairobi-based charity said in its “Time to Care” report.

Women around the world work 12.5 billion hours combined each day without any pay or recognition, while the world’s 22 richest men have more wealth than all the women in Africa.

“It is important for us to underscore that the hidden engine of the economy that we see is really the unpaid care work of women. And that needs to change,” Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India, told Reuters.

“Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist,” Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam beginning Tuesday.

“Women and girls are among those who benefit least from today’s economic system,” he added.

There will be at least 119 billionaires worth about $500 billion attending Davos this year, according to Bloomberg, with the highest contingents coming from the US, India and Russia.

“The very top of the economic pyramid sees trillions of dollars of wealth in the hands of a very small group of people, predominantly men,” the Oxfam report said.

“Their wealth is already extreme, and our broken economy concentrates more and more wealth into these few hands,” it said.

To highlight the inequality, Behar cited the case of a woman called Buchu Devi in India who spends up to 17 hours a day walking almost two miles to fetch water, cooking, preparing her kids for school and working in a poorly paid job.

“And on the one hand you see the billionaires who are all assembling at Davos with their personal planes, personal jets, super rich lifestyles,” he said.

“This Buchu Devi is not one person. I in India encounter these women on a daily basis, and this is the story across the world. We need to change this, and certainly end this billionaire boom.”

Behar said that to remedy the problem, governments should make sure above all that the rich pay their taxes, which should be used to pay for amenities such as clean water, health care and better schools.

“If you just look around the world, more than 30 countries are seeing protests. People are on the street and what are they saying? That they are not to accept this inequality, they are not going to live with these kind of conditions,” he said.

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New Book Explores What Being a Man Means in 2020




Destin Gerek The Evolved Masculine
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Written by Destin Gerek, an internationally recognized expert on masculinity and male sexuality, The Evolved Masculine helps men navigate perilous times.

In the decade that just ended, once-powerful men such as Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein and the late Jeffrey Epstein toppled from their lofty positions after the toxic way they treated women became public. At the same time, women spoke out and continued to make inroads into politics and other traditionally male preserves.

Destin Gerek: The Evolved Masculine

And while this may be unsettling for some men, it is a good thing, notes Destin Gerek, an internationally recognized expert on masculinity, male sexuality and male empowerment. As he points out in his new book, The Evolved Masculine: Be The Man The World Needs & The One She Craves (Archetypal Publishing), “We are living in a time in which notions of masculinity and femininity and the roles of men and women are being questioned and have become more fluid than ever before. … Increasingly powerful women have necessitated men to rethink their own role: These radical changes have become increasingly uncomfortable for us as men. They have forced us to look within, reassess our own outdated programming, and evolve our understanding of masculinity and what it means to be a man.”

Gerek’s book aims to fill that void even as it chronicles his own transformative search for the answers to what is masculinity, what is the beauty and good in it, and what qualities and values it adds to men’s lives.

Gerek has been featured in Entrepreneur, Details, the Associated Press, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and on Showtime and Playboy Radio, among others.

In an interview, he can discuss:

  • What does it mean to be a good man in 2020?
  • Why does he say that recreating the world to allow for women and the feminine to flourish doesn’t need to be at the expense of men?
  • How can men cope with the confusing and conflicting messages that surround them?
  • What did he learn from creating his Erotic Rockstar avatar than led him to a seemingly endless stream of lovers in over two dozen countries?
  • How can men unleash their sexuality without becoming “one of those guys” women despise?
  • What are some of the concepts he promotes that challenge what we have been taught to believe?

Praise for The Evolved Masculine

“Destin Gerek is THE most informed and skillful educator of conscious masculinity today. During a daunting era for the modern man, he fearlessly leads them out of confusion and into clarity, power, and purpose. His wisdom is the guidance every man should have if he wants to play a bigger game.” – Eva Clay, LCSW, clinical sexologist and founder of the Institute of Intimacy Arts

“This book takes real risks. Destin plumbs the depths of his own story (and psyche) to offer a path to any person ready for reinvention. … The Evolved Masculine turns the idea of authenticity on its head, and arrives, surprisingly, at a place of vulnerable and authentic being for men.” – Boysen Hodgson communications director, ManKind Project USA

“I could hardly put it down. … I feel greater understanding and compassion for men as a result of reading The Evolved Masculine.”– KC Baker, founder, WomanSpeak, Inc.

About the Author

Destin Gerek is a globally recognized leading voice in masculinity, sexuality, and personal empowerment. He is founder and CEO of The Evolved Masculine, a pioneering coaching and training company for men and an international speaker and hosts a podcast by the same name.

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