If the smell of freshly brewed coffee brings a smile on your face, then read on. Coffee happens to be one of the most loved beverages across the world. The coffee that we drink is derived from dark brown aromatic beans that grow on coffee trees. Origins of the coffee plant coffea can be traced back to Sudan and Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion in the Indian Ocean. It is now cultivated across the world and is the second most consumed drink worldwide after water. There are primarily two varieties of coffee – c.arabica and c.robusta. Arabica beans are flat and add acidity to the flavour, while Robusta beans are oval in shape and make a bitter brew. The coffee we drink is brewed from the dried and roasted seeds of the berries of certain coffea plants. The drink we get is dark, bitter, a little acidic and stimulating because of its caffeine content. Caffeine is present naturally in seeds, leaves and fruits of a number of plants and is safe for consumption in moderate amounts. Caffeine content of coffee depends on how it is brewed.
Caffeine content (mg)
Café coffee-latte or cappuccino
Expresso- short Black
Source: Australian Beverages
In addition to caffeine, coffee beans have other nutrients too:
Nutrition In Coffee:
One eight-ounce cup of regular coffee contains about:
Coffee also contains antioxidants that are linked to protection against inflammation, which is the root cause of a number of diseases. Antioxidants act against free radicals in our body converting them to harmless substances that are then flushed out. Roasted coffee has the best amounts of antioxidants. Some of the antioxidants found in coffee and their effects are:
– Cafestol: This is linked to enhancing memory.
– Trigonelline: It is high in roasted coffee; gives it the bitter flavour and has antibacterial properties.
– Chlorogenic Acid: This is found both in roasted and green coffee, and has important anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect in our body.
– Caffeine: It is being investigated as an antioxidant.
he holidays are upon us, and shoppers are in the midst of researching the latest and greatest high-tech gifts. We decided to go straight to the source, asking top tech experts which gadgets they’ve had their eyes on this year. Whether they want to give these products as a gift or receive one for themselves, here are the products that top Forbes Technology Council members’ lists.
1. Apple Watch Series 4
While many people have considered the Apple Watch to be superfluous, unnecessary technology for technology’s sake, the latest version is, in fact, a boon to geriatric healthcare. With fall detection and the ability to monitor your vitals and call emergency services, there’s now a much more fashionable alternative to “life alert” technologies that your grandparents may want to wear. – David Isaac Murray, Doctor.com
2. HTC Vive
An HTC Vive works well with everyone, ranging from adults to young children. I took my kids to a VR gaming arcade and it was heaven. My youngest doesn’t understand that it’s just a headset. He thinks he’s actually transported to a different world. It’s unreal! If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out. – Matthew Barlocker, Blue Matador 3. Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charging Mat
It’s more on the wish list for Apple to release it than it is on my personal wish list. With a growing number of electronic devices, it has become cumbersome to keep track of different charging cables or even wireless chargers. The AirPower wireless charging mat is a nice initiative to remove the need for separate charging resources for multiple devices. Hopefully, it comes out this holiday season. – Vikram Joshi, pulsd
After many teasers, Asus has finally launched the Asus ZenFone Max M2 and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 smartphones in the country. The two phones are priced fairly aggressively, and look to give tough competition to other entry-level and entry-to-mid level phones in the market. The Asus ZenFone Max M2 and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 phones are a little bit different in terms of design, and come with slightly different specifications as well. The devices are both exclusive to Flipkart, and will go on sale next week with launch offers.
We pit the Asus ZenFone Max M2 with the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 to see what the differences between the two.
Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs ZenFone Max Pro M2 price
The most obvious difference between the two phones is the price. The Asus ZenFone Max M2 is cheaper than the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 variant, which starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant.
On the other hand, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be available in Blue and Titanium colour variants from December 18, exclusively via Flipkart. Launch offers include no-cost EMIs, and discounted rates for Flipkart’s Complete Mobile Protection programme (available at Rs. 99).
On the other hand, ZenFone Max M2 will be available in Blue and Black colour variants in India from December 20, exclusively via Flipkart. It has similar launch offers.
– IndoStar Capital Finance is transforming from a wholesale financier to a diversified lender – Diversification strategy to gradually push-up operating cost – Asset quality has been resilient so far but remains vulnerable – More-than-adequate capital and comfortable liquidity are key differentiators – Company maintains growth outlook despite tight funding environment
– Strong return ratios and compelling valuations makes it a worthy buy
Non-banking financial companies (NBFC) stocks have seen a sharp fall since September-end following liquidity concerns that engulfed the sector. While the correction has eliminated valuation froth creating some interesting investment opportunities, funding in the near term is expected to remain constrained, demanding a selective approach.
After running through a long list of NBFCs that have been penalised by markets, but stand out in terms of business fundamentals and valuation, we zeroed in on IndoStar Capital Finance.
Incremental loan growth driven by retail assets
Primarily a wholesale financier, the company forayed into SME, vehicle and housing finance to de-risk its loan book. The result of its diversification strategy is clearly evident in the changing mix of its Rs 7,767 crore loan book. Non–corporate loans now constitute 37 percent of its loan book as at September end as against 22 percent a year ago. In fact, 68 percent of disbursements in Q2 FY19 was towards the three focused retail segments (SME, vehicle and housing finance).
The Nokia 8.1, the global version of the Nokia X7 is now available to order in Taiwan after going official yesterday.
The phone is priced at NT$ 9,990 (€285), which is a significant step down from its projected €400 ($454) price in Europe. Nokia Taiwan even bundles a clear case with the phone and also offer the official flip case at a discounted price of NT$ 22 ($0.71). So far it looks like the only available color is Steel. Pre-orders are live now and shipments are expected to start on December 12.
The United Arab Emirates are expected to start Nokia 8.1 pre-orders later today at a price of AED 1,500 ($410).
The Nokia 8.1 packs a 6.18-inch IPS LCD of 1080x2280px resolution, a Snapdragon 710 chipset with 6GB of RAM, a 3,500mAh battery and a dual 12MP + 13MP main camera at the back.
HMD Global’s event in Dubai on December 5 is expected to be the launchpad for up to three smartphones, including the Nokia 8.1 – for a while this has been rumored to be nothing but a rebranded international version of the Nokia X7 that has been available in China since October.
And now, mere hours before said event, a promo video for the Nokia 8.1 has been outed, which intriguingly shows us a much larger notch than the Nokia X7’s. The phones could still be identical on the inside, though, with only that visible differentiating feature.
As you can see, the video emphasizes the camera’s Zeiss optics with OIS, its prowess in shooting superior low-light images, its ability to make “AI” portraits, and beautiful bokeh. The screen supports HDR10, and that’s all we get from this presentation. It looks like the Nokia 8.1’s marketing will be very focused on the camera (excuse the pun), if this is anything to go by.
Anyway, stay tuned for all of the official details coming straight from the Dubai event in a few hours.
Samsung has been spotted promoting the Galaxy Note 9 ₹ 67,650 using an iPhone. The latest incident comes a long time after Spanish tennis player David Ferrer who was roped by the South Korean giant harped about the Galaxy S4 apparently using an iPhone. Samsung’s official Twitter account in Nigeria has now found sharing a tweet about the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 9 that was found to be posted not through a Galaxy smartphone but using Twitter for iPhone.
As first spotted by tech reviewer Marques Brownlee who’s renowned for his YouTube channel MKBHD, the Samsung Mobile Nigeria account on November 25 posted a tweet that was apparently produced using the Twitter for iPhone app, which is exclusive for iPhone. The tweet in question was notably highlighting the display panel of the Galaxy Note 9 that is competing against the iPhone XS Max.
Since it’s been noticed on Sunday, the alleged tweet has been pulled down. Brownlee reported that shortly after he highlighted the flaw by its digital marketing team, Samsung even removed its Nigerian Twitter account. However, at the time of filing this story, the account was live, though the tweet wasn’t able for reference.
Photo Credit: Twitter/ Marques Brownlee
This isn’t the first time when Samsung’s digital marketing team has been caught using an iPhone to promote Galaxy smartphones. Earlier this month, the official Samsung Saudi account made a similar mistake and allegedly used an iPhone to post a promotional tweet about the Galaxy Note 9. Also recently, Samsung filed a lawsuit against its brand ambassador in Russia – Ksenia Sobchak – for using an iPhone X ₹ 74,000 on television, despite being contractually obligated to use a Samsung smartphone in public. Spanish tennis player David Ferrer who was roped as a brand ambassador by Samsung in the past was also spotted praising the Galaxy S4 using an iPhone.
The ‘Augmented Humanity: Isobar Trends Report 2019’ explores the changing nature of the human relationship with technology: from how we work and play, to how we travel, shop, spend our leisure time and engage with brands. Also find five key trends that businesses and brands need to know
Isobar, the global digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has released the ‘Augmented Humanity: Isobar Trends Report 2019’, an exploration of five digital trends for 2019. The report explores the extent to which humanity will work in harmony with technology to expand and enrich life in 2019.
Written by the innovation and strategy experts across Isobar’s 85 offices in 45 markets, the report, which is available for download at isobar.com, is built on the concept of Augmented Humanity, developed by Isobar, in 2018. The 2019 trends report explores the changing nature of human relationship with technology: from how we work and play, to how we travel, shop, spend our leisure time and engage with brands.
The report is centred round a belief that technology augments our experience of the world, allowing us to work more efficiently, to live healthier lifestyles, to make better human decisions and to expand our creativity. It explains why Isobar believes that this is an important moment in human history, outlines some of the myriad opportunities that these technological developments open up and shines a light on some of the challenges posed by digital disruption.
Jean Lin, Isobar’s Global CEO, said, “Technology today plays a key role in driving relevance, scale, and elevating human experiences. It is our job to harness its wonderful power and the potential for businesses and brands, in serving people better in the age of Augmented Humanity.”
Commenting on the launch, Shamsuddin Jasani, Group Managing Director, Isobar South Asia, said, “We need to embrace the power of technology. Today, we are on the edge of an augmented age where technology is redefining the possibilities of what a human can truly be capable of. This next phase of transformational technological advances, wearable and embedded devices will unlock human potential by tapping into almost all our day to day activities. In 2019, we shall see how digital is going to be omnipresent and VOICE will be the biggest game changer in the field of marketing.”
Isobar’s five key trends for 2019 are:
The evolving interface: How the intersection between humans and technology is changing
The human algorithm: How data can help us to better understand ourselves and enable better decisions
The fluid vs the collective self: How the digital world enhances personal and collective experiences
The trust paradox: How technology can help or hinder our understanding of the increasingly complex world around us
The transformed experience: How Augmented Humanity enables us to feel and experience the world differently and in deeper ways
The annual report provides guidance on navigating this new landscape to keep businesses and brands ahead of the curve for 2019 and beyond. Each chapter outlines why these developments are important, key examples of the trends in action, why businesses need to be aware of them and how they can take advantage of their positive potential.
We’re in a bit of a lull here. Next week is the Game Awards, a.k.a. that one random point in the winter where we get a bunch of game announcements—and Geoff Keighley gives out a few awards too, if we’re lucky. This week’s all lead-up to that slew of trailers, basically.
But luckily we were off last week for Thanksgiving, so we’ve got two slim weeks of news to recap. Turns out two boring weeks is almost equivalent to one good week, so let’s dig into the FTC’s loot box investigation, Obsidian’s new game tease, Dragon Age…something, Life is Strange 2 and Pathologic 2 and the future of episodic games, and more.
This is gaming news for November 26(ish) to 30.
Anthem alpha and Dragon Age
BioWare’s got a double dose of news this week. First up, Anthem—the game we do know about. It’s set to release in February, less than three months from now if you can believe it. No surprise then that EA’s running a closed alpha December 8 and 9. If you sign up before December 3 you’ll have a chance to participate, though you might want to look over the rules first.
Then there’s the more exciting news, which is a potential Dragon Age reveal set for December—perhaps at the Game Awards, though Casey Hudson’s blog post doesn’t say for sure. Keep an eye out for more soon.
Just a few weeks ago Microsoft announced it acquired Obsidian, which called into question the state of Obsidian’s current projects. We won’t have to wait long for more news apparently, as Obsidian’s currently teasing an announcement for next week’s Game Awards, most likely the project it’s been working on with Take Two. If you head to Obsidian’s site right now you’ll see some odd ads that look vaguely Fallout-esque. Could it be a spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas? Or even a spiritual successor to the old isometric Fallouts?
Can’t wait to find out.
Weight and see
Speaking of Fallout, Bethesda announced its first changes to Fallout 76 this week. Some of these had been discussed before, but we now have a timeline and a few more details. By December 4 the stash limit will increase to 600 pounds, which Bethesda admits is “somewhat conservative,” but it wants to see how the increase affects server load. Then by December 11 the PC version will receive push-to-talk and ultrawide capabilities, as well as an FOV slider. There’s more to see in the official blog post, but these are the highlights. None of it really addresses Fallout 76’s fundamental issues, but at least those enjoying it for what it is will have a slightly smoother experience.
Begun, the Clone Wars have
Anyone still playing Star Wars Battlefront II? Anyone? I’ll admit, it’s been almost a year since I properly checked in on the game. First impressions count, and Battlefront II made a very bad one. But for those who stuck it out, DICE is finally getting around to releasing one of the most iconic conflicts from the original Battlefront II, the Battle of Geonosis. Ewan McGregor is along for the ride too, and those cool six-legged robot-tanks.
The wait is strange, too
Are episodic games over? Telltale shut down, Hitman 2 went back to a full-fledged retail release. It seems like the era has passed us by.
Not helping matters is Life is Strange 2, the first episode of which released in September. History tells us another episode should be releasing around now, but instead Dontnod said this week to expect a January 2019 release—four months after Episode 1. I want them to get it right, of course, but I also don’t want any game to take almost two years from beginning to end. Hell, I barely remember the finer details of Episode 1 already as it is.
Maybe it’s time to retire episodic releases for good.
…Or maybe not. Ice Pick Lodge announced this week that Pathologic 2, the long-awaited remake/reboot/sequel to cult classic Pathologic, will be released episodically starting in 2019. Like its predecessor, Pathologic 2 is a story told through the viewpoints of three different characters and will be released in corresponding chunks—first the Haruspex’s tale, then sometime later the Bachelor and the Changeling’s stories. Can’t wait? Well, you could always play Pathologic Classic HD instead.
The Yakuza games, long a PlayStation exclusive, started trickling onto PC this past summer with the release of Yakuza 0. It’s been silent since then though, which makes even a hint of news worth mentioning. One Andrew Marmo spotted a listing on SteamDB for Yakuza Kiwami this week, indicating the release isn’t too far off. Hopefully after its official arrival we get some news about the rest of the series too. (Via PC Gamer)
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is one of the few releases left in 2018 that I’m still anticipating, blending XCOM with a just plain weird post-apocalyptic setting. Up until now we’ve seen a lot of Dux and Bormin, a mutant duck-man and pig-man, respectively. Now, just in time for launch, we’re getting a glimpse of Farrow the mutant fox-lady. Love it.
NieRly Game of the Year
Nier: Automata made its way onto our Game of the Year list last year, despite the PC version being pretty damn busted. And it’s still busted, almost two years later—which makes it a bit bizarre to hear Platinum’s reportedly prepping NieR: Automata – Game of the YoRHa Edition for PC. Will that version run? And more importantly, will the original version finally be patched? We’ll find out soon, I guess.