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10 reasons why your baby is crying a lot

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The sound of a baby crying is nearly impossible to ignore and triggers an urgent response from Mom or Dad.

Your baby is fully dependent on you, and you want to do everything you can to stop the crying quickly and effectively.

Obviously, your baby cannot tell you what is wrong, and it can be tricky to interpret the cries, especially for those who are new parents.

Also, living with a baby who regularly cries inconsolably can be very stressful, so it is important to be aware of the possible reasons behind the tears. This can help you handle the situation better and enjoy parenthood like never before.

Here are the top 10 reasons why your baby is crying a lot.

1. Hunger

hungry baby

One of your baby’s basic needs that you need to take care of is hunger. When this need is not fulfilled, your baby will cry.

In fact, hunger is probably the first reason that you must think of when your baby cries. The problem is more common in younger babies who have not started eating solid food.

Your baby’s small stomach can’t hold much food for very long. This is why babies become hungry more often.

Have a close look at your baby and if you notice stretching or squirming, sucking sounds or mouth movements, or sucking on fingers, consider it as a sign of hunger. Offer your baby some breast milk or formula milk. If your baby is hungry, the crying will stop as soon as feeding is offered.

2. Dirty Diaper

It has been found that most babies simply cannot tolerate a dirty or soiled diaper. Babies communicate this discomfort through crying.

A wet diaper can irritate a baby’s soft and tender skin, which causes them to cry. Such crying can even happen during sleep.

Once the wet diaper is changed, the baby will calm down and go to sleep.

So, if your bundle of joy starts crying without any known reason, have a look at the diaper.

In fact, try to change the diaper regularly every two to three hours. This will help reduce the risk of diaper rash.

3. Diaper Rash

Similar to a dirty diaper, a rash in the diaper area, which includes the upper thighs, buttocks and genital area, can be the reason behind your baby’s crying.

The inflamed skin in the diaper area can be painful and, if not handled timely, can even lead to blisters.

If you notice red or inflamed skin on your baby’s bottom, get a diaper rash cream from the market and apply it often. You can also consult your doctor for more suggestions.

To prevent diaper rash from developing, always use a barrier cream at diaper changes. If possible, give your baby diaper-free time often so that the sensitive and soft skin can breathe and does not have to bear the discomfort of moisture.

4. Teething

teething baby

If your baby is between 6 and 8 months of age and is suddenly crying a lot, it can be due to teething. Teething can cause a lot of discomfort and pain.

With your clean finger, feel your baby’s gums. Swollen and tender gums, as well as your baby’s tendency to bite on things, are clear signs of teething.

Give your baby a long piece of chilled carrot to offer some comfort. You can also gently massage the sore gums to ease discomfort. Gentle pressure helps calm the fussy and crying baby.

As soon as a new tooth comes through, your baby will return to his or her normal routine.

5. Overtired

When babies are overtired, they simply do not know what to do and end up crying.

Due to tiredness, the baby needs sleep and as they cannot simply go to sleep on their own, their means of communication is crying.

Overtired babies may find it hard to sleep and they tend to whine and cry at the slightest thing.

Cuddling and swaying your baby, or using white noise like from a hair dryer or fan, may soothe your crying baby and help him or her to sleep.

Follow a routine for your baby and make sure he or she is not overtired. A change in routine can disturb your baby’s nap time as well as sleep time.

6. Tummy Troubles

The problem of gas or colic can also lead to lots of crying in small babies. In the case of colic, a baby may cry inconsolably for hours.

If your baby cries right after being fed, consider it as a sign of a tummy problem. The main cause of colic is air trapped in the abdominal cavity that leads to pain and discomfort.

Give your baby a soothing warm bath. It will distract your baby from his tummy discomfort and make him sleepy, too.

Also, putting a slightly warm washcloth on your baby’s stomach can provide relief from the gas and stop the crying.

If your baby is prone to gas-related problems, put him on his back, hold his feet and move his legs in a gentle bicycling motion. This exercise helps eliminate gas when done 2 or 3 times a day.

7. Wants Attention

baby wants attention

Babies are not designed to be alone, and they love to be social. Most babies expect to be around people. This is why babies often cry when they want to be held or played with.

In fact, some babies are more sensitive and need a lot of cuddling. When they do not get the much-needed attention, they start crying. Such babies stop crying after getting the sensory stimulation that comes with touching, talking and cuddling.

Simply hold your baby close by your heart to stop the crying. The rhythm of your heartbeat, the warmth of your body and your smell is what your baby needs at times.

8. Needs to Burp

If your baby is fussy and cries after a feeding, then all that he or she may need is a good burp.

Small babies have a tendency to swallow air while breastfeeding or sucking from a bottle. When this swallowed air is not released through burping, it may cause discomfort.

After a feeding, pat or rub your baby’s back for a minute to cause him or her to burp.

You can even try a different feeding position to reduce the chances of your baby swallowing air.

Thousands of Tanzanian civil servants found with fake school certificates

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Nearly 10,000 Tanzanian civil servants have fake school certificates, according to a report received by President John Magufuli.

The details released in the capital, Dodoma, show that 9,932 government employees were found to have fraudulent secondary school qualifications.

The BBC’s Sammy Awami says that this is just over 2% of the country’s 435,000 civil servants.

President Magufuli, seen here in the right at his inauguration


President Magufuli, seen here in the right at his inauguration, has a reputation for being a no-nonsense leader

South Africa foils ‘coup plot’

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A suspected “coup plotter” has been arrested in South Africa for planning to assassinate nearly 19 people – including government ministers, officials of state-owned firms and prominent citizens, the elite Hawks police unit has said. 

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday following undercover operations in the capital, Pretoria, and the main commerrcial city, Johannesburg, Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

The suspect, a founding member of the Anti-State Capture Death Squad Alliance (ASCDSA), was arrested while trying “to explain to donors how the assassination of state capture beneficiaries was going to be carried out by the undercover coup plot snipers”, Brig Mulaudzi was quoted by local media as saying.

The Hawks said its investigators had also uncovered a plot by a group known as the Anti-White Monopoly Capitalists Regime (AWMCG) which had also been “soliciting donations in order to assassinate senior government officials and other South African citizens”.

One person had been arrested over the alleged plot, and was due to appear in court on Friday, it said.

South Africa has been hit by sharp political divisons over the past year with President Jacob Zuma’s critics accusing him of allowing a wealthy Indian-born family to wield undue influence in the government. The refer to this as “state capture”.

Mr Zuma and the family deny the allegation.

In turn, the president’s allies accuse his critics of being close to “white monopoly capital”, and opposing “radical economic transformation” aimed at benefiting the black majority.

African National Congress (ANC) and South African President Jacob Zuma dances and chants during the closing session of the ANC's National General Council (NGC) in Durban on September 24, 2010.
Mr Zuma has been a polarising figure in South Africa

Source: BBC

Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds

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Couple running in a park
Moderate physical exercise such as cycling or jogging can help boost brain power

Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50, research suggests.

Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.

This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline.

Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the Australian researchers said.

Exercises such as T’ai Chi were recommended for people over the age of 50 who couldn’t manage other more challenging forms of exercise, the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said.

Brain boost

Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brain’s natural decline as we enter middle age.

The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone that helps the formation of new neurons and connections.

In this analysis of previous studies, researchers from the University of Canberra looked at the effects of at least four weeks of structured physical exercise on the brain function of adults.

An outdoor tai chi class
T’ai Chi may help to keep the brain healthy without over-exerting

In a variety of brain tests, they found evidence of aerobic exercise improving cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – had a significant effect on memory and the brain’s ability to plan and organise, the so-called executive functions.

Joe Northey, study author and researcher from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise at Canberra, said the findings were convincing enough to enable both types of exercise to be prescribed to improve brain health in the over-50s.

“Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done,” he said.

He said people should be able to hold a conversation while doing moderate exercise.

NHS guidelines recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week and exercise the major muscles on two or more days a week.

Heavy shopping bags

Dr Justin Varney, lead for adult health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said any physical activity was good for brain and body.

“Whilst every 10 minutes of exercise provides some benefit, doing 150 minutes a week cuts the chances of depression and dementia by a third, and boosts mental health at any age.

“Doing both aerobic and strengthening exercises leads to a greater variety of health benefits.”

He said cycling or walking to work could count as aerobic activity and carrying heavy shopping bags was one example of a good strength exercise.

Dr Dean Burnett, lecturer in neuroscience and psychiatry at Cardiff University, said the study gave a clearer picture of how exercise affected the brain – but there were still issues.

“It could lead to increased pressure for the 50-plus age group to exercise more in order to stay mentally healthy, which is good advice but also overlooks the fact that as we age it’s increasingly difficult to engage in physical activity, as our bodies are simply less capable of it,” he said.

“Physical exercise is one element of improved brain functioning, but not the whole story.”

As well as staying physically active, Dr David Reynolds, from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said it was equally important to look after our brains by staying mentally active, eating a balanced diet, drinking only in moderation and not smoking.

Source: BBC

Piles of cash keep turning up in Nigeria

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Money in NIgeria


Nigerians have been shocked and bemused after huge piles of cash have been unearthed in various parts of the country in recent months. Journalist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at what is going on.

In February, $9.2m and £750,000 were discovered by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, in a property belonging to Andrew Yakubu, a former director of the national oil company, NNPC.

In March, large sacks containing bundles of “crispy” banknotes worth a total of $155,000 (£130,000) were found in Kaduna airport.

In April, a stash containing $43.4m, £27,800 and 23.2m naira were recovered from a Lagos apartment with its owner yet to be identified.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg.

EFCC head Ibrahim Magu was quoted in the local media as saying that the total amount recovered by the agency in the past few months was about $53m, £120m and €547m, on top of hundreds of millions of Nigerian naira.

So what’s going on? To find out, read Nigerian journalist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani column here.

Source: BBC

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize

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Rodrigue KatemboRodrigue Katembo

Rodrigue Katembo


Ranger Rodrigue Katembo has been kidnapped and attacked and has suffered mock executions while protecting the Virunga National Park in the DRC

An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching has been given a prestigious award.

The Goldman prize for park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, honours “environmental defenders” worldwide.

It comes as new analysis shows more environmental activists were killed in the last year than ever before.

Mr Katembo is one of several winners of this year’s award.

He has been tortured and imprisoned and has suffered mock executions in his work defending the Virunga National Park. The park is home to one quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Mr Katembo told the BBC:

You cannot do this work and think you are going to earn money, because that will not happen. You have to do this because you have the heart and the passion to make a real change.”

The Goldman Environmental Prize honours individuals who go to extreme lengths to protect the environment. Indeed, previous winners of the award were recently murdered.

Source: BBC

How to get rid of hemorrhoids (Piles)

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While most people think hemorrhoids are abnormal, the truth is everyone has them. They are clumps of blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum that help control bowel movements.

But most people only learn about hemorrhoids when they enlarge and become problematic. Enlarged hemorrhoids, also called piles, have caused millions of people pain and irritation.

Hemorrhoids are classified into two general categories – internal (originating in the rectum) and external (originating in the anus).

hemorrhoids diagram

Enlarged hemorrhoids can occur at any age, but the problem is more common in older people. They affect both men and women.

Piles occur due to continuous high pressure in the veins of the body, which can happen from standing or sitting for long periods of time. Pregnancy, hormonal changes, obesity, constipation, straining when passing a stool, poor diet, lifting heavy weights and a family history of hemorrhoids are some of the common risk factors.

Common symptoms of piles include a hard lump that may be felt around the anus, unsatisfactory bowel movements, bleeding after a bowel movement, mucus discharge when emptying the bowels, pain while defecating, and redness, soreness and itchiness in the area around the anus.

In the majority of cases, piles are temporary and resolve on their own without any treatment. However, you can try some lifestyle changes and home remedies to significantly reduce the discomfort and itching that many people experience.

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of hemorrhoids (piles).

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

When it comes to treating and reducing the discomforts of hemorrhoids, apple cider vinegar is one of the best remedies.

Its astringent properties help shrink the swollen blood vessels and provide relief from swelling and irritation. It can be used to treat both internal and external hemorrhoids.

Always use raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar for the best results.

  • For topical application, dilute the apple cider vinegar by mixing it with an equal amount of water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, and apply it gently on the hemorrhoid. Once dry, apply coconut oil or castor oil on the area. Do this once daily.
  • Alternatively, you can add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to a sitz bath and soak the affected area in it for 10 to 20 minutes, twice daily.
  • To aid healing from the inside out, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it once or twice a day.

2. Rutin

Rutin, a vitamin supplement, is another good treatment for hemorrhoids. This bioflavonoid helps strengthen the veins and reduces inflammation.

rutin for hemorrhoids

  • Rutin supplements are readily available in the market. You can take 450 to 500 mg capsules twice daily, once in the morning and again in the evening. Continue for a few days to get relief.
  • You can also eat foods rich in rutin, such as citrus fruits, bilberries, buckwheat and asparagus.

Note: Do not take rutin supplements during pregnancy.

3. Ice Pack

To deal with the swelling and pain associated with piles, an ice pack is a good home remedy.

ice pack for hemorrhoids

The cold temperature from an ice pack will help constrict the blood vessels and reduce inflammation. It will also help alleviate the pain.

  1. Put some ice cubes in a sandwich baggie or wrap in a thin towel.
  2. Apply it to the anus for 5 to 10 minutes for fast relief.
  3. Do it several times a day.

Note: Do not apply ice directly on the skin.

4. Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is also beneficial for reducing the discomforts of piles. It’s a technique in which you soak only the hips and buttocks in warm water.

The moist heat helps soothe hemorrhoids and relieve painful and itchy sensations. It also helps shrink anal fissures, thus treating the cause of the problem.

  1. Partially fill a bathtub with some warm water. To increase its effectiveness, you can also add 1 or 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in the warm water before soaking in it. Epsom salt helps soothe the area and reduces inflammation.
  2. Sit in this warm water for about 15 minutes at a time.
  3. Do it 2 or 3 times a day and after every bowel movement.
  4. Pat dry gently afterwards.

You can also buy special sitz baths that you can put over your toilet seat to make soaking easier.

5. Fiber-Rich Foods

Preventing hemorrhoids is obviously preferred to treating them after they occur. You can do this by eating foods that help keep your stools soft, so you do not have to strain during a bowel movement.

Eating a high-fiber diet lowers your risk of developing piles. Dietary fiber helps create bulk in the intestines, which softens the stools and makes them easier to pass. It also reduces constipation, one of the risk factors for hemorrhoids.

A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology reports that fiber shows a consistent beneficial effect in the treatment of symptomatic and bleeding hemorrhoids.

Fiber is found in numerous foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and cereals. To increase fiber in your diet, you can also soak a 3 or 4 dried figs in water overnight and eat them the next morning. Opt to take a supplement if you can’t get enough fiber from foods.

Note: Make sure to increase your fiber intake slowly to help avoid gas and bloating.

6. Lots of Fluids

Keeping your body well hydrated can make a big difference if you suffer from persistent or recurring hemorrhoids. This lifestyle modification helps treat as well as prevent hemorrhoids.

Proper water intake helps keep stools soft and regulate your bowel movements, reducing the chances of constipation.

When it comes to healthy fluids, water is the best choice. Drink plenty throughout the day. Prune juice, a natural laxative, can also help a lot.

Avoid drinking too much caffeinated or carbonated beverages as well as alcohol, as they can cause dehydration.

7. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel has mild astringent and healing properties that help ease the discomforts of hemorrhoids, such as pain, itching and swelling.

witch hazel to treat hemorrhoids

A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences concluded that the flavonoids and tannins in witch hazel may help shrink the blood vessels, which tightens the skin.

  • Boil 1 teaspoon of dried witch hazel in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Soak a cotton ball in it and dab it gently on the hemorrhoid for a couple of minutes. Do this a few times daily for several days.
  • Also, you can buy prepackaged witch hazel pads and use them instead of toilet paper after a bowel movement.

8. Black Peppercorns

Though it may sound strange, black peppercorns are another effective natural treatment for hemorrhoids.

The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of black peppercorns help reduce the symptoms and provide quick relief from the problem. They are also effective at healing severe and even bleeding hemorrhoids

Consume 5 or 6 black peppercorns each morning and evening on an empty stomach, until your hemorrhoid heals completely.

Note: If peppercorns cause digestive distress, discontinue use of this remedy. Also, do not take them for extended periods of time.

9. Coconut Oil

The anti-inflammatory and healing properties of coconut oil are beneficial for the treatment of both internal and external hemorrhoids.

This oil helps reduce pain and inflammation. It also shrinks the swollen blood vessels in the anal area, which in turn quickens the healing process.

  • Consume 1 to 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin coconut oil daily.
  • Also, keep a small jar of coconut oil in your bathroom, and apply some of the oil externally on the hemorrhoid after each bowel movement or trip to the restroom.

10. Proper Bathroom Habits

To prevent and heal hemorrhoids, it is important to practice good hygiene and bathroom habits. First and foremost, keep the anal area clean as much as possible.

  • Take a shower daily and cleanse the anal area without soap, which may irritate the skin. Also, do not use perfumed or alcohol wipes.
  • Wash the anal area gently with warm water after each bowel movement to get rid of irritant mucus that might have leaked out.
  • After washing, dry the area carefully with cotton wool and apply some coconut oil to protect your skin.
  • Use soft, wet toilet paper, and dab rather than wipe to prevent irritation.
  • Limit your time on the toilet seat. If you do not have a bowel movement after a few minutes, don’t wait or exert too much strain to force it.
  • When you feel like you have to go, avoid delaying a trip to the bathroom.
  • Try a squat position when using the bathroom. This may help facilitate a less-strenuous bowel movement.

Additional Tips

  • Liberally apply fresh aloe vera gel on your hemorrhoids a few times a day to help ease the discomfort and reduce inflammation.
  • Stool softeners may be taken to help reduce further irritation of existing hemorrhoids. Consult your health care professional to choose the right product.
  • For persistent hemorrhoids, ask your doctor about performing a rubber band ligation treatment. The doctor places a rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid inside the rectum. The band cuts off circulation, and the hemorrhoid falls off within a few days.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and try to reduce stress.
  • Do not sit or stand for long periods of time, as it can worsen the condition. If you must sit for a long time, get up every hour and move around for at least 5 minutes.
  • Choose cotton underwear. Also, wear loose underwear and clothing, so that nothing rubs against the hemorrhoid. It also helps keep the area aired out and stop moisture from building up.
  • Don’t scratch, as it can damage the skin and make the irritation and itching worse.
  • Sit on a cushion instead of a hard surface to help ease swelling and prevent new hemorrhoids from forming.
  • If you are obese, losing weight may help reduce the incidence and severity of hemorrhoids.


Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai and Mujuru in anti-Mugabe alliance

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses a rally to mark the country"s 37th independence anniversary in Harare, Zimbabwe, April 18, 2017.
Mugabe, 93, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980

Two of Zimbabwe’s best known opposition figures have agreed to form an alliance against President Robert Mugabe.

Long-time Mugabe critic Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice-President Joice Mujuru say they will work together in next year’s election.

However, it is not yet clear which of them will be the presidential candidate.

Mr Mugabe, 93, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980 and has said he will seek re-election.

Source: BBC

Four things worth your attention on Facebook F8

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Facebook’s annual developers’ event, held this year in San Jose, is the social network’s chance to bring together all of the people that work with the site to create the apps and other features used by the almost two billion people.

The event is a launching pad for new features. After a busy first day, here’s my pick of the most interesting and significant.

1) AR Studio

Augmented reality – that’s when digital images are placed over the real world – is the key battleground between Facebook and its bitter rival Snapchat. And AR Studio could be the differentiator.

Facebook is opening up its AR platform so developers can make use of Facebook’s immense computing power – for things like image recognition – without having to invest in the costly and complex tech themselves. AR studio is the tool they will be able to use to make the most of it.

One example showed a tie up with Manchester United in which live scores, statistics and ticker-tape was slickly added over smartphone footage of fans celebrating in a bar. Little practical use, maybe, but it sets up Facebook to be the home of the best augmented reality apps, accelerating at a pace Snapchat really can’t match, if you ask me.

2) Messenger doing more

Here’s the thing: I really don’t like Facebook Messenger. It’s an app I’d never want to use were it not attached to Facebook, which makes it kind-of unavoidable if I want to reach my friends. That said, I know many friends who have resisted adding it to their phones.

Disturbingly, David Marcus, the head of Messenger, wants to bloat this app even further by adding in a host of new integrations, many designed to help you interact even more with businesses.

But I understand why. The model here is WeChat, the gigantic Chinese app that lets users do a bunch of things from within the same app. Facebook wants you use Messenger to chat to some friends about a night out and, without leaving Messenger, buy some gig tickets, make dinner reservations and book a ride-share.

Facebook Messenger
Facebook has added a “discover” page to help users find bots for its Messenger program

For just idle chit-chat, Messenger is also being upgraded. Mr Marcus showed off a Spotify integration, where you can drop songs into group chat and all listen at once. Neat.

Mr Marcus admitted the excitement last year around bots (some of it from yours truly, I’ll admit) never lived up to the hype. There are 100,000 bots on Messenger already, and so far none of them have been much cop (except this one from a 14-year-old boy).

But the Messenger boss is confident he’s got the technology headed in the right direction. To me, it seems the “chat” is evolving from trying to sound human, to just conceding that swift multiple choice is much more useful to all (not to mention easier to code).

3) Hanging out with friends in VR

Facebook’s decision to buy Oculus VR was motivated by the possibility that the technology would become a social platform, and not just about gaming.

Facebook Spaces is the first true embodiment of that. It places you, virtually, as a cartoony avatar, in a world inhabited by your other friends – also avatars. Here you can lark about, play games, share photos, take a “selfie”, even do a video call with someone in the “real” world.

It’s a bit of silly fun. And I can already hear many of you reading this and saying “How sad! Be friends in the real world!”. But hey, not everyone’s friends are in visiting distance. And this is like a good Skype chat, and then some.

Booth at the F8

The barrier to entry, though, is still cost. To get this experience you need the Oculus Rift, which, if you don’t already have a powerful-enough PC to hand, costs upwards of $1,000 (£780) to get going.

Which is why Facebook is working hard to make its PC-free, wireless, high-quality headset. Mark Zuckerberg brought that subject up again in his opening keynote, but didn’t elaborate. I’d hoped he might surprise everyone by showing it to us at the end of the keynote, but no such luck.

For Facebook Spaces to go mainstream, that headset needs to come out fast. And it needs to be less than $500. I’m not holding my breath.

4) Workplace

This one will sound boring, so I’ve left it until last.

Facebook announced that there would be a free version of Workplace, available by the end of this year.

Workplace is Facebook’s answer to collaboration tool Slack and is, in direct contrast to Facebook itself, designed to help with productivity.

Right now, the full version of Workplace is free. But later this year that will change, with a paid-for premium version, offering better admin tools and things like cloud file storage and sharing, and a free version with just the basics.

You may groan, but say what you like about Facebook, it is easy to use. And so having the company design the tools you use every day at work will be pretty appealing for many people, I’m sure.

Source: BBC

This is why millennials continue to fail at relationships

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Millennials have found a new way to sabotage relationships.

“Cushioning” is a newly coined dating term wherein a partner in a monogamous relationship still flirts with other people — so if their main relationship goes kaput, there’s a backup ready.

“I was seeing someone for a few months and it was going well, but it felt like the dust had started to settle a bit,” Anna, a cushioner who didn’t want to disclose her full name for personal reasons, told the Tab. “I still liked him, but wasn’t entirely sure I wanted him to be my boyfriend and was in limbo. Instead of talk about it, the rational thing to do was to go back on Tinder and find some more boys to chat to, just in case the current one fell through.”


Another cushioner, Lauren, said that she was still messaging lads while “hooking up” with her steady.

“It was always awkward when their names would light up my phone while I was sleeping over [my boyfriend’s] place, but I felt like I needed them as an insurance policy,” she told the Tab.

Meanwhile, Rosie believes cushioning lets her channel her neurosis on guys she’s not that interested in, while still keeping her cool with her main flame.

“When I really like a guy, I find a ‘B team’ guy to keep on the side to channel my crazy,” Rosie told the Tab. “I go on dates with him before I go out with ‘A team,’ literally as a practice round.”


Cushioning is the most recent term young people have come up with to articulate petty dating practices instead of communicating like rational adults.

Previous trends have included “ghosting,” where people gradually stop responding to messages and then disappear on their romantic interests, and “breadcrumbing,” where singles continue to leave traces of hope for dating prospects that they’re not actually that interested in.