How China’s Largest VR Community, VRCORE, Is Bridging Eastern And Western XR Markets

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The third annual VRCORE Awards included winners such as Moss, NOSTOS, and Seeking Dawn.

With a population of 1.3 billion, it’s no surprise that China is regarded a massive potential consumer market for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). But Pinshan Liu, the founder of VRCORE, is working to show the rest of the world that the Chinese XR community has many more benefits to bring to the industry — and connect the dots across international waters.

“China is a rapidly emerging market,” Liu said in an interview with the author. “China and the United States are the most active countries in the global virtual reality industry. With the depth development of the industry, strengthening international cooperation is an inevitable choice.”

Liu founded VRCORE in 2015, and since then it has grown to become the largest VR developer community in the country. As such, Liu has seen firsthand how China’s other unique advantages in technology and

manufacturing have helped facilitate the growth of the national ecosystem.

“China not only has a VR market, it also has many good teams and advantages in hardware manufacturing,” Liu said. “China’s growth is still in-progress. Being able to participate in this growing market will be of great benefit for markets like the U.S. when the VR industry has truly grown up. We established [VRCORE] to help developers create an exchange platform so that excellent practitioners can exchange, cooperate, and help the whole industry develop further.”

In this role, Liu also uses VRCORE as a platform to provide information about the China’s VR industry to the international market by hosting salons, pitch competitions, and through a recently produced developer report.


This Is How Long It Actually Takes For A Supplement To Kick in

Ever reached for a multivitamin at the first sign of a sniffle, in the desperate hope you can ward off the dreaded flu before the full-blown symptoms hit? Yup, we’ve all been there and we know what it feels like to want results fast.

That’s why we hit up Jessica Sepel, nutritionist and founder of JSHealth Vitamins, for her expert intel as to how long it actually takes for supplements to take effect.

How long does it usually take to notice a difference after taking a supplement?

It really depends on what’s in the supplement. If you’re lacking in minerals and nutrients, it can take a few days for supplements to kick in. From personal and clinical experience, iodine can work within days. It’s a great source of energy production because of its ability to enhance the thyroid and metabolism, which drives energy. Many people are so iodine deficient that when they start supplementing it they notice a difference in energy and mental clarity within a few days. Generally speaking, it takes around three to six weeks for noticeable changes.

Will the severity of your deficiency determine how quickly you start to feel better?

Yes, definitely. If you’re deficient, you’ll notice how much better you feel when you start supplementing with those minerals.

What about the cause of the deficiency? 

The cause of deficiency can be brought on by several factors such as diet, digestion, stress, IBS, inability to absorb nutrients, the state of your digestive function, the foods you’re eating and the soil in the country that you live in.

Does the time of day you take the supplement make a difference? 

I tell my clients to take supplements first thing in the morning with breakfast. Some supplements contain minerals that help with energy production, so it’s great to boost that at the beginning of your day.

How does the quality and dosage of the supplements come into play?

Where you source your nutrients and minerals does matter.

What foods can inhibit supplement absorption?

It’s best to avoid taking supplements 30 minutes before or after coffee. Taking this product with food is important because taking zinc on an empty stomach can make people nauseous.

What foods can help supplement absorption?

It’s definitely important to take care of your gut as having healthy microbiome helps you absorb your minerals with ease.  It’s beneficial to take a daily probiotic, practice stress reduction and increase your intake of fibre, nuts, seeds, and greens, too. I also recommend reducing your intake of gluten, refined carbohydrates and refined sugar and ensuring your stomach is acidic enough by adding lemon or apple cider vinegar to water.


Here’s How You Can Detan Naturally Using Mango Pulp

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Summers are here in full swing and so is the need to binge on summer fruit like mango. Mango is not only delicious but also packs a host of health benefiting properties. It can do wonders for your overall health, provided it’s consumed in moderation. Other than its consumption, mango can be used on the face as well in the form of face packs. Mango pulp when applied onto the skin can treat a host of skin problems, one of which being tanned skin. With summer comes tanned skin. A lot of us look out for various beauty treatments to get rid of that summer tan. However, not many know that the same condition can be treated using natural stuff like mango. This humble summer fruit can be used to get rid of even the most stubborn tan. In order to get rid of that tanned skin, here are a few mango face packs that can come to great help. Read on to know how they can be applied.

1. Mango Pulp Face Pack

Having an uneven skin complexion could be a nightmare for many. In order to get rid of the same, mango pulp can prove to be quite beneficial. Mango has exfoliating properties that can help in keeping the skin well hydrated. Just extract mango pulp and rub it over your face for around 2-3 minutes. Allow it to stay for 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Doing so will help you bring back the glow back after a tan, further improving your skin complexion. Repeat the procedure thrice a week to see effective results.

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Mango pulp can help you get rid of the summer tan

2. Mango And Besan Face Pack

This particular face pack can effectively keep tanned skin at bay. To make this face pack, you need to have pulp of ripe mango, two teaspoons of besan, 1/2 teaspoon of honey and few ground almonds. Take a bowl and add mango pulp in it. Then add Bengal gram flour (besan), almonds and honey into the pulp. Mix the ingredients properly to get a smooth paste-like consistency. Gently rub over the face and allow it to stay for around 10-12 minutes. Once it is done, rinse off with water. Use this face pack twice and watch out for results.

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This particular face pack can effectively keep tanned skin at bay

3. Mango And Curd Face Pack

If you happen to have an oily skin, then this face pack is just apt for you. Apart from the goodness of mangoes, this face pack has curd and honey as well. These ingredients are readily available in the kitchen and can help you fight with pigmentation and tanning in one go. Extract pulp from a ripe mango and add 1 tablespoon of curd and 1 teaspoons of honey in it. Mix the ingredients well. However, make sure that the face pack is of thick consistency. Apply this pack on your face and wash it off after 10 minutes.

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This face pack will help you fight with pigmentation and tanning in one go

So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of this refreshing and healthy summer fruit by making the above mentioned face packs and say bye-bye to tanned skin.


How to calibrate a monitor using Spyder5Pro and DisplayCAL


The Spyder5 range of display calibrators are great little tools for fine-tuning monitors for a better visual experience, but the accompanying software from Datacolor isn’t the best option out there. Luckily, a fine community of developers continues to work on an open-source calibration suite called DisplayCAL (powered by ArgyllCMS), and it works with the Spyder5 range of calibrators. Here I run you through how to remove the Datacolor software and driver, install DisplayCAL and the necessary files and then get started.

  • Remove Datacolor software
  • Install DisplayCAL
  • Quick configuration

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How to remove Datacolor software


There’s no need to have the driver and software from Datacolor installed as we’ll be using open-source alternatives. If you haven’t installed the official Spyder5 software, you can skip this section. Should you already have it all set up, you will need to remove the suite and driver.

  1. Hit Windows + Q to bring up the search bar.
  2. Type in “add remove”.
  3. Select Add & Remove Programs.
  4. Scroll down and remove “Spyder5 software”.

Unfortunately, removing the software alone won’t get rid of everything. The driver for the calibrator will remain installed. To remove it as well, follow the following steps:

  1. Hit Windows + Q to bring up the search.
  2. Type in “device manager”.
  3. Select Device Manager.
  4. Search for the Spyder5 device listing. (It should be located under Universal Series Bus Controllers.)
  5. Right-click it and select uninstall device.

Install DisplayCAL


Now’s the time to prepare the system for calibration by installing DisplayCAL. You also need to fetch a driver for Spyder5 that works with DisplayCAL. (Don’t plug the Spyder5 in just yet!)

  1. Download and install DisplayCAL. (Choose the standalone package.)
  2. Run through the wizard and complete the installation.
  3. Launch DisplayCAL.
  4. Allow the suite to download and install the Argyll CMS color engine.
  5. Go to Tools > Instrument.DisplayCAL
  6. Choose “Install Argyll CMS instrument drivers”.
  7. Close down DisplayCAL and plug in the calibrator.

Fire up DisplayCAL, and you should now see the Spyder5 listed as an available instrument. Don’t start calibrating as you need to fetch the correction data from the official Spyder5 software.

Quick configuration


  1. Download the Spyder5Express software. (Don’t install it yet!)
  2. In DisplayCAL, go to Tools > Correction.DisplayCAL
  3. Choose “Import colorimeter corrections from other display profiling software.”
  4. Select Spyder5.
  5. Hit “Select File” and locate the Spyder5 installer.

This process should complete without a hitch. With all the steps done, you’re now ready to start the calibration process using Spyder5 and DisplayCAL.


How mobile apps for healthcare help evolve the patient experience

A doctor discusses results with a patient using mobile apps for healthcare

With thousands of apps available to consumers and mobile solutions being used in almost every medical center across the country, mobile health technology is a big industry projected to continue growing over the next few years. Statista reports that the global mobile health market will generate an estimated $28 billion in 2018.

According to The Economist, continued development of mobile health solutions is a major point of emphasis among investors, which have poured more than $6 billion into startup funding in 2017. Mobile apps for healthcare are part of a bright future for the medical industry, but mobile’s history in serving healthcare goes back decades. Here’s a look at important mobile innovations that continue to serve the healthcare industry today.


Pagers have a long history in healthcare. According to Slate, roughly 64 million pagerswere being used in hospitals by 1994, offering the convenience of remote communication that couldn’t be matched by other technologies at that time.

Mobile technology has come a lot way since then, but pagers haven’t been relegated to the dustbin yet. Unlike notifications on smartphones, pagers deliver a message that users can’t ignore, which guarantees that the recipient quickly receives the message. Pagers aren’t perfect, especially when it comes to their security, but they will continue to be used until mobile alternatives can offer similar or superior reliability while also addressing some of the challenges that currently limit the pager system.

Cell phones

Before smartphones were an option, cell phones offered crucial two-way communication that allowed messages and conversations between healthcare professionals outside of the hospital setting. Cell phones gradually replaced pagers in many hospitals, but these also offered their own limitations: Their batteries could run out, delaying the delivery of communications, and service connections were unreliable, especially when cell tower infrastructure was less developed.

Mobile apps for healthcare

With the advent of smartphones came an explosion of mobile apps serving the patient population. These apps provide a wide range of services to give patients better medical information, improve connectivity with medical providers, manage medications and so on. Mobile apps for healthcare professionals also became a viable option, especially when it comes to improving communication between doctors and patients, such as facilitating scheduling, sending out reminders and granting access to lab reports and other medical information.

But these mobile apps face greater challenges when attempting to serve the healthcare industry, due to the additional compliance requirements. There’s a difference between a consumer-oriented health and wellness app available online and a mobile app solution that services the healthcare community. Solutions aspiring to be the latter must provide a valuable service while also adhering to industry regulations.

HIPPA-compliant messaging

Today’s communication comes in many different forms, including text messages, email and app-based notifications. But all of these must meet certain standards to be HIPPA compliant. This compliance includes meeting set security standards that provide a reasonable degree of protection and receiving consent from patients to share private information over these channels.

Whether text messaging via smartphones or using mobile apps to engage with patients, healthcare providers now have options for communicating properly with patients. This improves the quality of care and engagement with patients by allowing them to choose their preferred method of communication.

Mobile tools for physicians

Physicians and healthcare providers are among the biggest proponents of using mobile technology to improve healthcare. From the use of mobile diagnostic tools to tools that improve physician efficiency through smart workflow management, physicians now use mobile solutions to make them better and more efficient in their roles.

These mobile tools represent an ever-expanding set of mobile solutions at the disposal of medical providers, improving patient care and helping institutions reduce healthcare costs. While some industries may find that professionals are averse to embracing new technologies, physicians have typically responded well to mobile solutions: TechTarget reports that 80 percent of doctors use smartphones or tablets at work, while 93 percent of physicians use mobile technology daily in their professional work.

Healthcare wearables

Smart wearables like Fitbit wristbands are popular examples of health and wellness wearables for consumers, but medical institutions are investing heavily into wearables that serve patients in new, innovative ways.

According to Information Week, common wearables already used in healthcare settings include real-time blood pressure monitors, exercise performance and physical fitness, glucose monitors and light therapy technology to help patients with chronic pain. These wearables provide multiple services, supporting patient health and even offering outpatient treatment while collecting data that can be transferred back to the healthcare organization and analyzed to improve care and treatment strategies in the future.

While mobile apps for healthcare are already used on a daily basis, their role is expected to grow steadily over the next few years as startups and developers apply new mobile solutions to longtime healthcare challenges.


How to Turn Any Part of Your Windows Desktop into a GIF

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Gif. Jif. No matter your pronunciation preference, it’s easy to create that wordusing a variety of apps and services. Since I started working at Lifehacker, I’ve found that it’s sometimes easier to show, not tell, in the form of a little animated image that demonstrates some key feature or setting. Consequently, I’ve started making a lot of GIFs, and here’s the app I use to do it on Windows.

The app ScreenToGif is GreatToHave for making GIFs

I don’t recall where I stumbled across ScreenToGif, but I love this app. When you first pull it up, you’re presented with a simple menu that shows off the app’s four key functions: Recording your screen and turning that into a GIF, transforming the silly faces you make into your webcam into a GIF, launching a digital whiteboard and turning your scribbles into a GIF, and a general editor you can use to take existing files (like MP4 videos) and make them GIFs.

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For the screen-recording bit, click on the big red Recorder icon and a fun little window overlay will appear—a picture frame of-sorts that you resize around the area you want to capture. Set your desired frames-per-second and hit F7 to start your recording and F8 to stop.

Screenshot: David Murphy

As soon as you stop recording, ScreenToGif launches its editor and automatically loads whatever it is you just captured. The GIF editor is kind of like a simplified video editor—since a GIF and a video both create the appearance of motion in similar (but identical) ways.

You can go through your potential GIF frame by frame and trim or delete that which you don’t want in the final product. You can also add or reduce the amount of time between each frame (to shorten or lengthen the speed of your GIF), move frames around, add transitions and slides, and pepper your GIF with witty text captions or other overlay elements.

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When you’re ready to create your GIF (File >> Save As), you can encode it using a variety of options (including FFMPEG and Gifski). Each will give you a different combination of quality and file size, so be sure to try a few to figure out which is best for your GIF-making needs. Here are a few I created using the 1.0, 2.0, and Gifski encoders, respectively:

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