Friday, 17 March 2017

Review of Asus PB279Q


High quality 4K monitors are designed to offer superb image quality that can suit the needs of color-sensitive gamers and graphic designers. The following Asus PB279Q review starts by highlighting its key benefits that make this monitor recommendable for gamers.
Highlights
The Asus PB279Q is a quality 4K monitor purposely built for providing high-quality visuals and images. It features an adjustable stand that allows for the rotation, swivel and tilt of the monitor. 
Asus PB279Q Monitor. Photo credit: Xtremehardware.com
About Asus
The Asus PB279Q monitor is made by AsusTek Computer Inc, a Taiwan-based multinational electronic and computer hardware company. The company name is usually shortened to Asus, with the official history of the company stating that this name is derived from Pegasus, a winged mythological creature. The name was chosen to highlight the commitment of the company to rapid innovation, efficiency of service, and persistent perfection of its products.
Asus was established in April 1989 by four ex-Acer hardware engineers. Since its establishment, the company has gained a reputation for manufacturing high-quality products that offer superb performance. Its range of products include laptops, desktops, servers, netbooks, workstations, mobile phones, tablet computers, mortherboards, networking equipments, projectors, optical storage devices, graphic cards, multimedia products, and high-performance monitors.
Asus is responsible for launching the first ultra-thin notebook, dubbed Asus U36, in 2010. It is also responsible for other innovative computer hardware components, and quality of its products have given a high reputation in the computer industry. In fact, Asus is rated as one of the top 10 IT (information technology) companies in Asia by BusinessWeek; and was also rated as the top ranking manufacturer of computer hardware products in Taiwan in 2008.
Main Positives of Asus PB279Q
There are 3 main positives that this monitor offers the user. They are quality displays, extended range of connectivity options, and a good price-quality ratio. These positives are described below.
1. Quality of Display
This monitor offers an ultra-high display (UHD) resolution of 3840 X 2160pixels, and this brings it into the 4K range of resolution. 4K is a descriptor used to denote a horizontal resolution of 4000pixels. Technically speaking, the horizontal resolution of Asus PB279Q does not reach 4000pixels, and it can best be defined as a UHD monitor, but due to the widespread conventional use of UHD as synonymous with 4K, then Asus PB279Q is conventionally classified as a 4K monitor.
The feature-packed UHD display of Asus PB279Q uses advanced time-tested technology to render and deliver high-quality videos, images, and game graphics. To begin with, it uses a AHVA IPS single-panel display design to render full UHD resolution at a fine-textured refresh rate of 60 Hz. The panel display is further accentuated by the WLED back-lights.
The screen technology uses AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle), an advanced version of VA technology, which enables it to provide 178-degree viewing angles. This technology also supports the IPS (in-plane switching)-type panel to fine-tune its color reproduction. This technology also allows the display panel to offer a 16:9 aspect ratio in its wide-screen mode.
The display panel offers a brightness of 300cd per square meter and a 10-bit color coverage.
2. Connectivity
Its connectivity specs encompass a commendable array of input streams including HDMI 1.4 ports, a Mini DisplayPort and a DisplayPort 1.2. The digital DisplayPorts provide an interface that supports High-Continent digital content protection (abbreviated as HDCP), which allows the user to view protected or encrypted content.
There is a single DisplayPort 1.2 that is located adjacent to a Mini DisplayPort (mDP) 1.2. Either of these two ports affords a screen resolution of 3840 by 2160 at a refresh rate of 60Hz. It also has a 3.5mm audio port, and a 3.5mm earphone port.
There are four high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) 1.2 ports. These HDMI ports can also be used as MHL (mobile high-definition link) ports. The MHL ports enable tablets, smart-phones, and other compatible mobile devices to be connected to the monitor, and their input streams allows the user to view high-quality videos (including 8K videos), stored in the mobile device, using the monitor. These 4 HDMI/MHL connectors support a maximum of 4 simultaneous input streams, which is usually used when the display is switched to PbP (picture-by-picture) mode. The HDMI ports support a screen resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels at a refresh rate of 30Hz.
3. Price-Quality Ratio
This feature-packed monitor retails for about 680 British pounds, or about USD870 at the current exchange rates. The quality of its display, along with the life-span and quality materials used to build this monitor, allow it to offer superb service for a long time. These benefits far outmatch the price value of the product.
Also, the monitor integrates a sound system that allows the user to get the best sound performance when using the device. The earphone port allows the user to connect an earphone to the monitor, and this is useful for gamers who want to enjoy their video games without disturbing the people around them. It can also be used by a gamer who wants to enjoy the benefits of an audio surround speaker system while playing a video game, and in this instance, the speaker system is connected to the monitor through the earphone jack.
The price includes accessories which are shipped alongside an Asus PB279Q. These accessories HDMI cables, Power brick, a USB cable, a power cable; along with DisplayPort cables; and they are used to augment the superb performance of the monitor. In summary, the performance, quality , and benefits afforded by this monitor surpasses its price tag, and thus the monitor has a good price-quality ratio.
Other Positives and Considerations
There are additional positives offered by this monitor. They include a 1.07 billion color array which can cover almost all visual highlights. Likewise, the monitor has a screen depth of 18mm which improves the visual scope of the screen.
The back-light panel is made up of powerful white light-emitting diodes which are well placed, and positioned in relation to each other so that they can maximize their lighting effect, and thus augmented the screen lighting as well as improve the quality of its visuals. This also allows this monitor to be used in darkened spaces including dimly-lit room without the user experiencing poor game graphics.
Its Delta E value is 1.8. The delta E value is the difference in value between the true color of an object, and how this color appears on the screen. A low value shows that this monitor captures the right spectrum of colors in an object.
This Delta E value allows gamers to have an exceptional gaming experience as they are able to discern various objects in the game play. This is quite important for high-graphics games which require exceptional image quality for the gamer to even move around in the scene.
However, if one needs a cinematic experience featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio, then the 34-inches LG 34UM95 is better than Asus PB279Q as it offers better display quality.
Asus and LG 4K Monitors.  Photo credit: Youtube.com
Even though this monitor comes with inbuilt speakers, they are of low quality, and their performance is not up to the levels that gamers need. For this reason, the manufacturer added an earphone port at the input panel. However, if the user needs to play music files stored in mobile phones using the inbuilt-speaker, then the phone can be connected to the audio-in port of the monitor and the speakers can then be used.
Design and Warranty
This monitor features a plain design and connected to its stand by a bezel. The height of its stand can be adjusted by the user. The base integrates a turntable which allows for the monitor to be rotated. The color of the bezel and stand is matte black, and this matches with the black color of the frame of the screen panel. 
Backside of Asus PB279Q monitor. Photo credit: Amazon.com
The monitor weighs about 7.7 kilograms without its stand, and approximately 10 kilograms with the stand fitted. This shows that the monitor can be mounted and dismounted from its stand.
Its input ports are well placed at the lower part of its backside. The displayports are located adjacent to the audio port. This convenient location allows the user to easily and cleanly fit the displayport cable into the monitor.
The in-built features, and the plain design of the monitor, as well as its relative low weight shows that the monitor has a sturdy design which allows a strong frame to carry its weight while providing space for ports and buttons for calibration.
The robust stand allows for a 5-degree forward tilt and a 20-degree backward tilt. Likewise, the height can be adjusted by 150 millimeters. Furthermore, its swivel mechanism allows for a 60-degree swivel, and this swivel can be either to the right or to the left.
The monitor has buttons that can be used to calibrate its display, as well as adjust its color spectrum. The lowest position that the user can bring the bottommost button to is 43mm above the desk surface, and the highest height that the topmost calibration button can be raised to is 410mm above the desk surface. Among the buttons is the power button.
This monitor has a warranty of three years since the purchase date. However, the warranty is valid if the monitor was purchased from authorized sellers or dealers, and if the purchaser has not modified any of the inbuilt features of the monitor. Though the manufacturer of the monitor is Asus, the main supplier of this monitor is OverClockers, a computer trading company that is based in the United Kingdom.
Final Words
The Asus PB279Q offers unrivaled value to gamers, with its 27-inch display rendering high-quality visuals that have high color accuracy. Likewise, its unique features, including an adjustable stand that allows the user to optimize the positioning of the monitor, and an array of MHL-capable HDMI ports which permit the user to connect compatible mobile devices to the monitor; ultimately work together to offer quality user experience.
The easy-to-use design of the monitor allows for easy operation of the device, while the myriad of calibration buttons allows the user to optimize the appearance and operations of the monitor. Likewise, the monitor is made from quality products, and its relative light-weight nature makes it portable. These features when compared with the price value show that the price-quality ration is good, and the gamer who purchases this product acquires a quality product at an affordable price.
Pros and Cons
Its main pros are:
- Exceptional color range.
- superb brightness
- Four HDMI ports.
- 10-bit color.
- Wide color gamut.
- Superb design.
- Good price-quality ratio.
- Display-enhancing software.
Its main cons are:
- It lacks HDMI 2.0 ports.
- No USB ports.
- Low-performance inbuilt speakers.
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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Headphone Types, Fits, and Styles

When planning to purchase headphones, you must have felt the need to buy the best type and highest quality of headphones that you can afford. This leads to the question; what kind of headphones is best for you? As a rule, the best headphones for you are the ones that suit your needs. However, you may be a noob in matters concerning headphones, but this should not prevent you from selecting the right headphones. This post will help you understand the different headphones types, headphone fits and styles. This understanding will allow you to determine which headphones fit your needs and budget. This will save you the buyer remorse, which you get after purchasing headphones that end not being what you really wanted, or their poor sound quality and bad performance infuriates you. Therefore, a little investment in time for reading this post will help you avoid buyer remorse, and sometimes even allow you to save money.
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 Headphone Types and Fits
Ever heard of market forces? They are the dynamics that drive and determine how a specific market niche operates. These market forces determine the dynamism of the headphone market. One of these market forces is the availability of alternative products and substitute products. This means that there should be different styles, varieties and flavors of headphones in the market. Alternative products are the second-best headphones that you will buy if you find out that you cannot afford your headphones of choice. Substitute products are headphones of better quality or better type than the headphones you had planned for, which you find out in the market, and you can afford them.
There are different types of headphones, each built to fit into, or on top of your ear, in specific ways. This means that each type of headphones has its own unique fit pattern. Therefore, the different types of headphones can be more precisely be described as different fit types. These headphone fit types are described below.
1. Full Size Headphones
These are the headphones that most people picture when you talk about headphones. They are also called over-ears headphones or more precisely, circumaural headphones because they encase your entire ears. There are different types of circumaural headphones; open-back headphones, semi-open-back headphones, closed-back headphones, wireless, and noise-canceling headphones.
The open-back headphones, the back of the ear-cups are open to allow for entry of ambient noise. Their sound quality is phenomenal due to their excellent bass response. Sometimes, the ear-cups are partly enclosed at the back with a mesh that allows you to see the internal circuitry. This types of circumaural headphones are called semi-open-back headphones.
In closed-back circumaural headphones, the ear-cups are enclosed at the back so as to keep out ambient noise, and this allows it to offer exceptional noise isolation. However, its quality of noise isolation cannot match that of noise-cancelling headphones.
Noise-canceling headphones are designed to cancel out external noise by about ninety percent. There are two variants of these headphones; the active noise canceling headphones, and the passive noise canceling headphones. The active noise canceling set has a microphone, noise-canceling electrical, and a battery that powers their circuitry. The entire circuitry supports the active-noise control engineering technology, which produce sound waves whose orientation are opposite to the sound waves produced by external noise; and when the two waves meet, they cancel each other out and you achieve silence. On the other hand, the passive noise canceling set does not contain a microphone, noise-canceling electrical, and definitely does not have a battery. This set relies on heavy padding to keep out external noise.
Some people prefer wireless headphones because of their convenience. There are three types of wireless headphones; infrared, radio-frequency (RF), and Bluetooth wireless headphones. Wireless headphones are quite portable, and less bulky because they do not have wires, and you can use them when you are traveling, exercising, jogging, or even when playing your favorite sports. All wireless headphones use media codecs to maintain sound fidelity, and also ensure that the quality and clarity of sound is preserved - even after your music (usually MP3) files are compressed before being sent from your device to your wireless headphones.
Circumaural headphones are the headphones of choice for personal entertainment for an audiophile, as they can be used for gaming, movies, music, and critical listening, as well as for recording podcasts, or music, in a studio.
2. Earpad Headphones
Some people tend to confuse earpad headphones with full size headphones. Earpad headphones are also called on-ear headphones, or supra-aural headphones because their padded earpieces, or earcups, are designed to rest on your ears. Unlike a circumaural headphone, the supra-aural headphone does not encase an entire ear. There are different types of supra-aural headphones; open-back headphones, semi-open-back headphones, closed-back headphones, wireless, and noise-canceling headphones. However, due to the small size of their ear-cups, the quality of their performance in terms of noise isolation and noise cancellation is poorer than that of circumaural headphones.
3. Earphones
Most cheap mobile devices come with these type of headphones. They are also known as in-ear monitor (IEM) or in-ear headphones; and they are designed to fit into like earplugs into your ear canals. The earbuds can fit well into your ear canals, but some tend to fit loosely and are prone to falling out. For this reason, clip-on headphones were designed to ensure that the earphones do not fall out of your ears.
Headphone Styles
Each of headphone fit types described above can be built in different styles depending on what features and component they have. These styles are described below.  
1. Headphones with a Microphone
If you are planning to use skype, then these headphones are for you. Microphone headphones are referred to as headsets. They allow for voice recording, and communication with other people. There are two types of headsets; the extended mic headset, and the inline microphone headset.
The extended mic headset is purposely built for chatting, and its microphone is designed to ensure that your conversations are clear.
In the inline microphone headset, the microphone is positioned along the wires; and if it is a wireless headphone, then the microphone is located inside the headphone.
2. Behind-the-neck Headphones
You have seen some headphones whose wires are designed to rest behind your neck. These are called behind-the-neck headphones. They are of two types; behind-the-neck in-ear type, and the behind-the-neck on-ear type.
In behind-the-neck in-ear headphones, the wires that connect the two earbuds, of your in-ear headphones, are designed to rest on the backside of your neck, and this conveniences you when you are using the headphones during exercises in the gym or when jogging as the wires do not dangle in-front of your chest. Likewise, in behind-the-neck on-ear headphones, the lightweight connector piece that connects the earcups of your circumaural or supra-aural headphones is designed to rest properly on the back of your neck.
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Headphones: Explaining their Features and Specs


There are different types, qualities, styles, and brands of headphones. You may therefore find it hard to select the right pair of headphones that suits your needs. You might think of going for the celebrity-endorsed brand of headphones, but this is not recommended as you may end up purchasing expensive headphones that do not suit your needs, and their sound quality may also be poor. Even so, it is still not easy for an average person to understand the information provided in the specification sheet of each pair of headphones. The spec sheet is usually written in a complex way, with extremely technical terms and data filling up the entire document without further elaboration as to what each individual specification means.
This piece focuses on headphone features, and also describes the utility of each feature for the user. It will also explain in simple terms what the specs mean. It will therefore help you understand the information detailed in the spec sheet, and also allow you to discern which particular set of headphones is fit for you.
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Headphone Features and Uses
The most important feature of any particular headphone is design that allows it to fit into, or onto, your ears. Each type of headphones has its own unique design, but the different designs can be broadly categorized into the following categories.
1. Canal Headphones
They are also described as in-ear headphones or in-ear monitors (IEM). Popularly, they are known as earphones. They are designed to fit into your ear canal. This design has two key advantages; it allows the headphone to sit near your eardrum, and it also fills the entrance of your ears. Sitting near your eardrums allows the headphones to deliver good sound quality as sound is not muffled through air. Moreover, it is designed to seal your ear canals, and this allows it to act as an effective sealant against external noise. They therefore allow you to enjoy your music without interruptions from external sounds or noise. They are also small in size, and extremely portable. You can therefore use them when you are traveling, jogging, or exercising in the gym. However, their small size means that they cannot give you the same quality of performance as the larger sets of headphones.
The ear tips (or ear buds) of in-ear headphones are built in different sizes, and you can therefore choose a size that will fit properly into your ears. Choosing the right fit is important as it determines the sound quality and performance of the headphones. If you use a pair with an ill-fitting ear-tip, it will keep sliding out of your ears, and its performance in terms of audio isolation will be quite poor, and you will still be able to hear the surrounding noise. Therefore, an ill-fitting ear tip will deliver poor sound quality, and this experience of bad performance may also injure your ears.
2. Supra-aural headphones
They are also called on-ear headphones. They are designed to rest on your ears. They are therefore able to deliver sound down your ear canal. Still, their design allows them to leak out noise to those near you, and some of them can hear the music that you are playing. This can be annoying sometimes. Even so, many people find them more comfortable than the ear-buds of in-ear headphones. However, if they squeeze too tightly onto your ears, then the accompanying clamping will give you some discomfort, especially if you use the headphones for a long time.
Supra-aural headphones are portable, and they provide good sound quality (depending on the quality of the set). They are well-suited for personal entertainment, including watching movies and playing music. If they have a microphone attached, they can be used as general purpose headphones that allow you to communicate with your friends and peers.
3. Circumaural headphones
They are also called over-ears headphones because they are designed to encase your entire ears. Their large size allows them to deliver loud sounds and a good bass performance. They also have a large driver owing to their size, with driver primarily positioned further from the ear drum as compared to supra-aural and canal headphones, and this ultimately allows it to produce spacious sounds similar to those produced by speakers. Even so, their large size makes them less portable than either supra-aural or canal headphones.
Their also offer excellent noise isolation, and this noise-canceling feature makes the headphones of choice for an audiophile who loves gaming, watching movies or training videos, or even for playing quality music. They can also be used for critical listening, and for recording podcasts in a studio.
Open-back and Closed-back headphones
Specific headphones, primarily circumaural headphones, can be described as open-back or closed-back headphones depending on the design of their ear-cups. In open-back headphones, the back of each ear-cup is open, and it therefore allows sound leakage. However, some audiophiles prefer open-back headphones because they deliver natural sound. In some headphones, the back of each ear-cup is partly closed, and they are therefore described as semi-open-back headphones. In the backs of each ear-cup is closed, then the set is described as closed-back headphones; and they offer the best quality of noise isolation as compared to the open-back or semi-open-back variants; but its forceful sound is akin to that delivered by in-ear headphones.
What Specs Mean
One of the most important components of any headphones is the driver. The driver has a diaphragm, voice coils, and magnets, which serve to transduce electrical signals into sound which our ears can hear. In the spec sheet, the entry noted as driver indicates the diameter (size) of the diaphragm (of the driver) in millimeters. Generally, a larger driver delivers better sound performance especially for circumaural headphones.
The spec sheet also has entries for sound pressure level (SPL) and sensitivity. These two related terms describe how loud the headphones are. Sensitivity indicates the efficiency of how the electrical signals are converted into acoustic signals (sound). SPL measures the sensitivity, and is normally expressed in decibels. Sensitivity is also expressed as decibels of SPL per each milliwatt (dB SPL/mW). The normal range of most headphones is 85-120 dB SPL/mW. To put this into context, normal traffic noise is 80dB, and the sound of a jet-take off is 130 dB. Also, health officers warn that prolonged exposure to an SPL greater than 85 dB for prolonged periods of time can lead to partial hearing loss.
The spec sheet also lists the electrical resistance of the driver. This measure is described as impedance, and is expressed in Ohms. A higher value of electrical resistance means that the headphone will consume more power. Therefore, earphones meant for mobile devices have low impedance so that they do not drain the power out of your battery very quickly. However, lower impedance requires a high current, and this current can create unnecessary vibrations of the diaphragm, which cause an audible background hiss. On the other hand, some high-quality and high-end circumaural headphones have impedance exceeding 300 ohms, and this requires them to be powered by an in-built amplifier. This also means that they need a low current to operate, and this in turn creates a smooth sound void of any background noise.
Another item in the spec sheet is the frequency response. It indicates the range (or scope) of audio frequencies that can be produced by your headphones, and is expressed in Hertz with the highest figure representing the measure for treble, and the lowest provides the measure for bass. Generally, most headphones have a frequency response that matches that of normal people, which is 20-20000 Hz. Frequency response can allow you to choose the right headphone depending on what you want to use it for. For example, if you want to listen to music with a better bass quality, then it is recommended that you select a headphone whose bass frequency is low.
The plug type of a set of headphones is indicated in the spec sheet. There are two common plug types; the 2.5mm plug and the 3.5 plug type. The 3.5mm plug type is the dominant plug, and it can fit into the audio-jack ports of a wide variety of devices.
The cord length of your set is also specified in the spec sheet. The most common cable length ranges between 3 feet to 4 feet long. A shorter cable length can inconvenience you.
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Love Handles - A Natural Regimen for Losing Belly Fat

Everyone desires a healthy body. Likewise, a sculpted body with well-toned muscles is desirous because of its overall appearance. Also, a well-sculpted body is generally regarded as a manifestation of optimal metabolism. However, people tend to gain excess weight due to their diet and sedentary lifestyle. Weight gain usually manifests as excess fat deposited underneath the skin in areas around the lower belly (or midsection), thighs, arms, and hips. Deposition of fat around the midsection distorts the shape of the body, and sometimes wraps around the hip region thus forming the undesirable love handles. We will focus on love handles, their causes, and how you can lose love handles fast.
Love handles are therefore a manifestation of obesity. Accordingly, the process of losing love handles requires you to get rid of the modifiable causes of obesity. The causes of obesity can be broadly categorized into two: modifiable and non-modifiable. Modifiable causes include an unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and eating disorders, mainly bulimia and binge eating disroders. Unmodifiable causes include genetic predisposition to obesity as manifested in people affected with Prader-Willi syndrome, Cohen Syndrome and Bardet–Biedl syndrome. Since obesity due to non-modifiable causes is characterized by a plethora of syndromes, experts have decided that obesity due to modifiable causes should be described as non-syndromic obesity. Love handles are therefore a manifestation of non-syndromic obesity, and this also means that one can lose the excess fat naturally, without resorting to invasive surgical interventions such as liposuction.
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Body Fat
It is appropriate for you to understand what are the immediate causes of love handles so that you can tailor your weight loss program appropriately. Love handles are caused by accumulation of fat in the lower belly region or midsection. There are two types of fats in this region: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
Visceral fat is the fat found around abdominal organs including pancreas, liver, intestines, and kidneys (which is surrounded by the peri-renal fat). Subcutaneous fat is the fat stored underneath the skin – in the adipose tissue. Love handles are caused primarily by subcutaenous fat.
Poignantly, popular misconception has led people to believe that they only need to focus on losing the subcutaneous fat in order for them to tone the stomach and eliminate the love handles. This is not quite true as visceral fat is known to cause persistent metabolic derangements, which can hamper the process of trimming the body of its excess fat. Visceral fat is currently designated as one of the active endocrine organs because it produces inflammatory molecules and hormones that interfere with metabolism. Therefore, leaning the visceral fat should be part of the program for getting rid of love handles.
How to lose love handles fast
The program for losing love handles is tailored towards reducing both visceral and subcutaneous fat, and it will allow you to achieve a well-toned tummy. The program described hereafter incorporates three main elements; diet control, exercises, and progress appraisal. Diet control allows you to avoid fat-rich meals, while exercises enable you to burn the excess fat already present. You will also need to monitor the progress you have made in reducing your belly fat after starting to exercise and eating a healthy diet.
Foods that Reduce Belly Fat
Diet control aims to ensure that you eat protein-rich foods, as well as high-fiber diets; while concurrently reducing the amount of calories you get from sugary foods or fatty meals. The foods described below serve to aid digestion, redistribute fat, lower blood sugar, reduce blood cholesterol levels, as well as lower the blood pressure. Elevated blood sugar and cholesterol levels, alongside high blood pressure and abdominal obesity are defining features of metabolic syndrome – a condition associated with increased risk of one developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, the foods described hereafter not only reduce belly fat, but they also improve the metabolic status of the body.
            1. Avoid Fad Diets
You can achieve instant results with extreme dieting, but this is impractical in the long-term as many people are unable to maintain their fad diet for over two weeks. Also, fad dieting can lead to cachexia, a general wasting of the body. Cachexia results from the body using more energy than it receives from the diet, and this is associated with breakdown of energy stores, fat cells, and even muscle cells during metabolism so that sufficient energy can be produced to power the body.
            2. Eat healthy foods
It is also prudent for you to stop consuming too much processed food. Likewise, you can skip some meals, and modify your lifestyle a bit, for instance by having a walk everyday. Also, you need to limit your caloric intake by eating a healthy and well-balanced diets. The following foods will also help you tone your tummy. Reducing your caloric intake is aimed at preventing your body from producing more fat - through the process of lipogenesis -  which will ultimately be deposited around visceral organs and underneath the skin in the adipose tissues.
(a) Eggs
Eggs are rich in proteins, and also contain vitamins, healthy fats, and important minerals such as calcium. Eggs will therefore provide you with energy. They also improve your metabolism, as well as makes you feel full for a considerable period of time, and this reduces prevents you from eating a lot of food. This ultimately reduces your caloric intake. Nonetheless, you must eggs in moderation, five eggs per week is fine.
                         (b) Spinach
Spinach are rich in proteins and fiber. Also, like eggs, they alleviate cravings for food. Likewise, spinach contains a micromanagement called thylakoid which slows down the digestion of food, as well as promotes metabolism of visceral fat. Slowed digestion allows you to feel full for longer, and this reduces your cravings and hunger pangs. Ultimately, you will reduce your caloric intake. Spinach also reduces the instances of stomach bloating. It is recommended that you eat spinach in at least one of your daily meals, preferably dinner.
                        (c) Avocados
Avocados are rich in healthy mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, which are beneficial to your normal body physiology. They are also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The fibers promote peristalsis, which ensures that food moves smoothly through your digestive tract, thereby preventing constipation. Avocados also help stabilize your blood sugar levels by preventing post-pradial spikes. This reduces the amount of sugar available for storage as fat, which is usually deposited around visceral organs. Therefore, avocados prevents the accumulation of visceral fat. Nonetheless, you should eat them in moderation, for instance, eating an avocado with each meal is enough. Also, you can add an avocado to a smoothie.
                        (d) Whole Grains
Unprocessed whole grains have high fiber content. They are also filled with essential nutrients, including iron, magnesium and selenium; and vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. These essential nutrients and vitamins help stabilize blood sugar concentrations as well as prevent certain types of cancers. Whole grains also aid digestion, promote fat redistribution, lower cholesterol, and also reduce blood sugar. Eating a whole grain meal at least thrice per week is fine.
                        (e) Blueberries
Blueberries are rich in fibers, antioxidants, and vitamins. Antioxidants help the body get rid of free radicals. Accumulation of free radicals is associated with tumor development, aging, and impaired metabolism. Blueberries also reduce cholesterol and triglycerides levels, as well as improve glucose metabolism. Moreover, the content of blueberries is about 80% water, and this means that they have few calories. Eating blueberries not only reduces your caloric intake while making you feel full, but it also reduces belly fat by preventing the body from producing excessive amounts of fats. Blueberries can be eaten alongside your oatmeal or yoghurt, or as part of your keto diet. You can also eat them as part of your fruit meal.
                        (f) Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a whole grain that has a low glycemic index, and this means that it is easily digested by the body. It also contain a unique compound, beta-glucagon, which allows it  act as a sponge in your stomach where it absorbs water and makes you feel full. Moreover, it also improves your mood. It also lowers the cholesterol level, and this serves to reduce blood pressure as well as lower the risk of you developing type 2 diabetes.
                        (g) Almonds
Almonds are rich in proteins, fibers, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. It is recommended that you eat almonds everyday.
                        (h) Beans
Beans are rich in proteins and fibers. They are also low in calories. Beans help reduce belly fat by improving metabolism, promoting energy expenditure, and increasing fat oxidation, which breaks down fat stored in your body. You can always add beans to your meatless diet.
                        (i) Lemon Water and Green Tea
They both serve to stimulate your digestive system as well as reduce bloating, thereby promoting food digestion. They also promote fat oxidation. They are also low in calories; and either of them can be taken everyday as part of the breakfast meal. Moreover, they help to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
            3. Limiting Caloric Intake
The aforementioned food types are low in calories. You can also limit your caloric intake by calculating the amounts of calories consumed daily. This can be done by reading the caloric value of your foods as presented in their food labels. You can also keep a food journal, which will guide you on the amount of calories that you need to consume each day. Moreover, you can use calorie counters and calculators to keep track of the amounts of calories you have consumed. The goal is to lose your weight rapidly, and thereafter reduce your caloric intake, preferably by reducing the amount of calories consumed by 600 calories daily. This will allow to lose at least 1.5 pounds each week if your diet regimen is coupled with a regular exercise program.
Regular Exercises
Physical exercises do promote your metabolism, as well as accelerate the process of fat burning. Improved metabolism and accelerated fat oxidation allows your body to burn out excess subcutaneous fat. The best types of physical exercises for trimming the belly fat are described below:
1.                  Bicycle Crunches
Bicycle crunches exercise your abdominal muscles, and if performed properly, will help tone your abdomen. They also help improve the tone of your hip muscles.
2.                  Russian Twists
The aim of Russian twists is to strengthen your abdominal muscles. They also help trim your lower abdomen, and this allows you to eliminate your love handles.
3.                  Side planks
Side planks exercise the entire core, that is, your torso. They not only strengthen your core, but they also improve the tone of your abdominal muscles, besides helping you achieve a well-toned abdomen.
4.                  Total-body toning
Total-body toning allows you achieve a sculpted body that is silhouetted by lean well-toned muscles. Yoga exercises, as well as pilates, will help you tone your entire body. You can enroll into a yoga program, or you can use instructional yoga videos to guide your yoga exercises.
            5. Aerobic exercises
Aerobic exercises improve your cardiovascular health as well as accelerates the process of burning calories. This will help you reduce your body fat, and also improve your general health.
Tracking Progress
Keeping a track of the progress you have made in reducing your belly fat not only helps to keep you motivated, but it also allows you to determine whether you have achieved the goals you had set for yourself. You can track your progress in the following ways:
            1. Measurements
You can measure your waist circumference regularly, and compared your current readings with your previous measurements. If your waist circumference is reducing each week, then you should know that you are gradually losing your belly fat.
You can also keep a track of your weight. If your weight decreases each week, concurrently with your waist circumference, then for sure you are losing your belly fat; and you are in right path towards losing your love handles.
            2. Food Journal
A food journal allows you to keep a track of the foods that you consume. This allows you to detect instances where you ate more calories than needed. ,Moreover, the food journal will also help you organize your diet schedule.
            3. Exercise Buddy
Your exercise buddy will be a source of inspiration, and will also help you determine whether you are losing your belly fat in the appropriate manner, and according to your schedule. It is therefore important for you to find an exercise buddy.
Conclusion

The principal cause of love handles is excess accumulation of subcutaneous fat around the lower abdominal region. The program for losing love handles is tailored towards reducing both visceral and subcutaneous fat, which will allow you to achieve a well-toned abdomen. The program incorporates three main elements; diet control, exercises, and progress appraisal. Diet control aims to reduce caloric intake, as well as ensuring that you eat healthy, well-balanced diet. Physical exercises do promote your metabolism, as well as accelerate the process of fat burning. Tracking progress keeps you motivated as well as allows you to gauge the value of your achievements so far.
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Features to Expect from the New Microsoft Phone Series

In early 2017, Microsoft plans to introduce a new phone, the Surface Phone, into the market. There will be three variants of the phone, with all the variants featuring the following common features; 5.7-inch display, keyboard flip case, and improved Continuum support, as well as a  Snapdragon 830 CPU. The surface phone family is envisaged as the replacement of the Lumia family; and is also expected to share one definitive common feature with Surface Hybrid Laptops – an all-metal body. Apart from the aforementioned features, what else can you expect from the new surface phone series. There are obviously positive expectations that people have about the new phone series, which will make it better than its predecessors, the Windows phone series and the Lumia Family. Probably, not all their expectations will be fulfilled. Nonetheless, at the moment the following features are known to have been incorporated into the Surface phone series.
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What to Expect from Microsoft New Phone
The new productivity-focused phone is expected to be the most secure phone produced by Microsoft to date. Also, there will be three iterations of the phone; the consumer model, the enthusiast edition, and the business model. Since the new phone is purposely built primarily for business users, it is expected that it have a mobile payment system, the Microsoft Wallet. Additionally, the advanced Continuum feature will allow the phone to better function as a Personal Computer when it is hooked up with the right gear. It will therefore support the running of Win32 apps.
With regards to specifications, there will be three flavors, each with a different memory and storage capacity. The expectations are as follows; Version 1 will have a memory of 3GB and a storage capacity of 32GB, Version 2 will have 6GB of memory and 128GB storage capacity, and Version 3 will have 8GB of memory and a storage capacity of 500GB.

The display of the phone is expected to feature QHD resolution. Additionally, the phone will feature a Carl Zeiss PureView 21-megapixel rear camera. The phone is also expected to be fitted with the USB Type-C port.
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Friday, 18 November 2016

Transfer of Out-of-State Firearms to California

California allows its residents to purchase and own firearms. It also permits them to purchase firearms outside the state. Even so, transfer of firearms purchased from other U.S States into California is now tightly regulated. Interstate transfer of firearms is regulated by gun transfer laws and firearms statues. Regulation is necessary because such firearms, if unregistered, can be used to commit crime in California and the law enforcement agencies will find it difficult to trace the firearm to the person who committed the crime. Therefore, the laws and statutes are meant to preserve the capacity for traceability and culpability during investigations, as well as ensure proper registration of firearms.
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How to Transfer Firearm to California from Outside the State
There are different legal guides that regulate the purchase of different types of firearms from outside California and their subsequent transfer to California. Basically, these laws can be broadly categorized into federal law and state law; and there is a nuanced - but exceedingly important - difference between the two as will be explained later.
1.      Federal Law
Federal statues allow firearms dealers to sell guns across state borders. However, once an out-of-state resident makes a purchase, federal law stipulates that the dealer must transfer the gun to the new owner through a licensed dealer in California. The California-based licensed dealer then completes the transaction with the soon-to-be gun owner. In this transaction, the California-based licensed firearms dealer is described as the recipient dealer, while the soon-to-be gun owner is the purchaser.
The recipient dealer is obliged by federal law to then complete the transaction according to California state law. This requires the dealer to honor the 10-day waiting period, as well as perform a background check of the purchaser, and also verify that the purchaser is licensed to own a firearm. The recipient dealer is also expected to ascertain that the purchaser has a valid handgun safety certificate.
On the other hand, licensed gun dealers and firearms manufacturers are exempted from observing these aspects of federal law, and they can therefore easily conduct interstate firearms transfer. Even so, the transfer of firearms between licensed gun dealers located in different states is subject to the provisions of the Firearms Shipment Approval.
2.      State Law
Enforcement of federal laws has been lax. Therefore, in January 2015, California enacted a new state law that supplants the federal law in matters pertaining to interstate transfer of guns. The law, stipulated under Penal Code Section 27585, prohibits Californians from directly transferring, or shipping, into California firearms purchased or acquired outside the state. Like the federal law, it requires an out-of-state firearms dealer to transfer the purchased firearm to a licensed dealer in California. The gun dealers must still adhere to the clauses of firearms shipment approval. The California-based licensed dealer is then expected to conduct the remaining transaction as an ordinary in-state transaction.
State law also requires the recipient dealer to perform the necessary checks as specified by the California Firearms Licensee Check program. This allows the recipient dealer to ascertain that the purchaser is permitted to own and use firearms. This also ensures that the transaction is CA compliant.
Just like federal law, state law also exempts firearm dealers (both wholesalers and retailers) and gun manufacturers from adhering to its provisions. Gun collectors, importers and military personnel are also exempted.
Dissimilarity
State law differs from federal law in one key area; temporary use of loaned firearms. While federal law permits interstate transfer of loaned or rented sporting firearms for temporary use, the state law strictly prohibits the direct transfer of guns from outside the state, even if the gun has been loaned or rented to a Californian for sporting purposes for a short period of time.
Responsibility for Firearms Transfer
The out-of-state firearms dealer is responsible for transporting the purchased gun to a licensed gun dealer in California. Long guns including shotguns and rifles can be shipped through a contract carrier such as UPS, USPS (United States Postal Service), and Federal Express. At present, USPS cannot ship handguns.
Penalties
The aforementioned state law stipulates several penalties for those who do not comply with its provisions. If a Californian illegally acquires an out-of-state handgun, the offense is regarded as a felony or misdemeanor, and the prosecution is at liberty to choose whether to charge the person for either felony or misdemeanor. Misdemeanor is punished by a jail term not lasting more than 12 months in county jail, while a felony is punished by a jail term not exceeding 36 months in state prison. For other types of firearms, the offense is considered as a misdemeanor.
It is therefore prudent to ensure that the entire process of acquisition of an out-of-state firearm is CA compliant. Still, CA DOJ may be contacted at their general number of (916) 227-7527 in Sacramento for guidance in these matters.
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