Here is your horoscope for December 9, 2018

You come to the essence of the problem as you start investigating professional and personal situations. Delay in projects, opposition from family and the inertia of your staff could cause some anxiety. Take things lightly and get on with what you have to do. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.


You can transform a breakdown into a breakthrough with your inner strength and hard work. Limitations and restrictions are no longer able to contain you as you opt for freedom and space. Don’t allow superficial friends to influence decisions or waste time. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.


Emotional and financial security becomes important today as you make investments and commitments. Feel the expansiveness that sharing can bring. The tension of hanging on to what you think is valuable needs to be examined. Go beyond limitations and restrictions! Lucky number 4. Colour red.


Your interest is focused on financial transactions and earthy matters for now. Old habits and addictions can be dropped and new attitudes; diets and fitness programs can be inducted. Guard against a heavy and serious mindset regarding personal relationships. Lucky number 10. Colour red.


You have great energy to achieve targets and goals. You are impatient and unable to suffer fools gladly today. You make quick decisions and follow plans with dynamic energy. Don’t expect the same intensity or totality from others or you can be disappointed. Lucky number 9. Colour red.


Discussions could lead to arguments and it is best to remain balanced, as conflicts can be resolved now. Travel plans may be postponed. You have the courage to face unexpected situations or crisis. Your friends and family stand by you when you need them. Lucky number 16. Colour red.


Things fall into place; you are in the flow and the natural rhythm of life returns today! Inner conflicts are resolved as you list priorities and chose the right options. Balance should be maintained in all areas of life to get past blocks and reactions. Lucky number 4. Colour green.


When there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white.


You are individualistic and can be sudden and expressive in love and anger; be aware! Your heart and soul give you insights and answers that you have been looking for intellectually. Listen to your intuition or gut feeling when decisions have to be taken. Lucky number 4. Colour orange.


It’s a time of duality when decisions have to be taken. Your intelligence and humour are scintillating and endear you to friends. Media involvement is entertaining. You tend to be sensitive and take things personally. Be silent and centered inside. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.


Rescheduling plans may be for the better. You make breakthroughs in professional situations after considering what you give up or gain in the process. It’s best not to be unrealistic about goals. A positive attitude in relationships brings healing and love. Lucky number 12. Colour green.


Moods swing from happy to sad and then pass when you start feeling strong inside and are a force to reckon with outside. Relationships tune into a balance of love and freedom. Take one step at a time with your feet on the ground and things start changing. Lucky number 7. Colour grey.


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.


Meshel Laurie has beautifully explained her new hair, saying “the fact is, I have a problem.”


On Friday night, Meshel Laurie sat behind The Project desk. Her smile was wide, her wit quick, and her hair a sleek, purple bob.

The 41-year-old radio and TV presenter is known for her colourful and ever-changing hair looks. It’s one of the many reasons her fans love her.

But behind her latest look is a common health issue many women are experiencing, but feel they can’t talk about. Female hair loss.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the mother-of-two felt she had to explain the reason she chose to wear a purple wig.

“I know my look on The Project tonight was a bit wacky, and to be honest, it rattled my confidence a bit. It was a desperate measure by a desperate woman,” the Buddhism for Break-ups author wrote.

“It was a cheap wig. The fact is, I have a problem. I’ve always had great hair. I’ve never felt like I had much else going for me on the physical side of things, but I always had a great, thick head of hair that could take anything, but now alas, it has left me.  It grows, but then it snaps. I know for a lot of women it stops growing altogether!

Meshel went on to explain how her hair loss has impacted her mental health and self-confidence, more so than any other sign of ageing.

“It’s taking my confidence and making me feel like I’m not myself anymore. It’s also making me so very sad. Every time I look in the mirror I’m horrified at what I see. I’ve just been flailing around for months until now, grabbing at one thing after another until I hit rock bottom with this purple wig.”

“I try so hard not to be a problem to anyone, but this issue was quickly becoming too big for me to handle on my own. I was spending whole days driving around town trying to figure out how to cover it up before my next Project call time. 

“Onward and upward. Time to start dealing with it positively instead of ignoring it.”

It’s a common myth that hair loss only looks like a man thinning on the top. In fact, more than 55 per cent of women will experience some degree of hair loss in their life, Dinh and Sinclair research reports.

Hair loss, which can include breakage and thinning, increases with age. 12 per cent of women aged 20-29 experience hair loss, 25 per cent aged 30-49, 41 per cent aged 50-79 and over 50 per cent aged over 80.

While hair loss affects both men and women, the way it impacts on our mental health differs. The same research found 52 per cent of women said they were “very-to-extremely upset” by their hair loss compared to just 28 per cent of men, and struggled with low self-esteem, negative body image and reduced social contact.

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Factors like age, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, medications and stress can all cause hair loss in women. Regardless of why it happens, female hair loss carries stigma and shame, especially if, like Meshel, your hair has always been your thing.

Only by talking about it can we start to realise it’s more common than we think. The comments on Meshel’s Facebook post are proof of that.

“Oh Meshel I totally get where you are coming from girl! I am also there and its devastating!” one commented.

Another added, “I totally feel you with the anxiety part in relation to your hair. My hair falls out in what seems to be a cycle, when you lose your hair it’s soul destroying.”

Among hundreds of positive comments reminding Meshel how well she rocked her wig (which many didn’t realise was a wig at all), this one stood out.

“When I look at you, I see more than just your hair. Your skin is lovely. Your eyes dance when you are happy or excited. Your smile can light up a room. You are truly beautiful. We see you, the true you, a beautiful, genuine individual. That comes across in everything you do.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Have you experienced hair loss? Have you found a solution that works for you and makes you feel confident? Share it with us in the comments!


While the Nokia Brand Flourishes, the BlackBerry Brand is Stagnating

While the Nokia Brand Flourishes, the BlackBerry Brand is Stagnating

Two of the most surprising brands entering the Android marketplace these last 2-3 years has to be BlackBerry and Nokia. Nokia used to be a stable cellular phone brand back in the day and BlackBerry cemented its position before smartphones even became mainstream. Each of these brands have been revived under two different strategies and each of them have had different levels of success.

We’ll start with the BlackBerry brand as the Priv hit the market before an HMD Global smartphone under the Nokia brand name went up for sale. At the time, BlackBerry was still focusing on BlackBerry 10 and most Android smartphones used a virtual keyboard rather than a physical one that BlackBerry is known for. The company launched the Priv as their first Android smartphone, and it seems like sales were good enough to justify further efforts.

BlackBerry ended up licensing out its brand name to TCL (and other companies) for devices they wanted to sell. This ended up taking BlackBerry out of the smartphone hardware business so they could focus on what they were more passionate about—enterprise software. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 hardware were made by TCL while still letting BlackBerry handle the software side of things.

Nokia followed a similar but somewhat different strategy when they licensed their name out to a company called HMD Global. They have released a handful of devices since this partnership was announced and so far they have been really well received by the community. OTA updates with security patches and major version updates are even rolling out to Nokia devices before some of the bigger smartphone OEMs (such as Samsung, LG, and HTC) can get their flagships updated.

While both Nokia and BlackBerry have incredible brand-recognition, we’re seeing these two brands having different levels us success in 2017 with BlackBerry stagnating and Nokia doing rather well for themselves. Data from the IDC shows that BlackBerry was only able to sell 850,000 units during the entirety of 2017 while HMD Global managed to sell 4.4 million devices during the 4th quarter of 2017 alone.


Microsoft’s future of Windows is clever modes for clever hardware

Windows 10
 Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Microsoft’s big promise with Windows 10 has always been a version of Windows that will run across multiple devices. While we’ve seen Windows 10 power devices like the HoloLens, an Xbox One console, or even phone hardware, Microsoft has often created separate interfaces and software to sit on top of the underlying core of Windows. That’s meant the Xbox home screen looks different to the Xbox app on Windows 10, and that the mobile version of Windows 10 has always felt like a truly separate version of Windows. Microsoft’s future vision now involves clever modes for clever hardware.

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Windows plans tell The Verge that the software giant is developing Windows to adapt and run on a single device with many modes. We’ve seen early examples of this with Microsoft’s Continuum work for both Windows 10 tablets and phones, allowing regular laptops to transform into tablets and phones to morph into PCs. These existing modes haven’t always included the features you’d expect, nor the same user interface or software.

Microsoft is now creating a Composable Shell (C-Shell) for its own developers as well as creators of Universal Windows Apps to make use of. Windows Central first reported on C-Shell last year, and it’s essentially a more modular version of the existing Windows Shell that powers the Start menu and notification center. At the moment, Microsoft builds and maintains multiple versions of the Start menu for different devices, but the vision with C-Shell is to create a single Start menu that automatically spans across different modes and different devices.

Microsoft’s mystery Surface patent

This idea of modes is particularly relevant when you consider Microsoft’s future Surface plans. Microsoft has been widely rumored to be working on a secret Surface notepad device, with foldable dual displays. Patents have shown off hardware that looks very similar to Microsoft’s Courier concept of a digital notepad, with a clever hinge powering the two displays. The patents also show Microsoft’s potential device adapts to become more than a notepad or a tablet, and into a laptop-like form factor. Coupled with the ability to connect to a larger display, you could imagine this device, codenamed Andromeda, adapting to many different modes. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has also previously promised that Microsoft’s future “phones” won’t look like phones at all.

Microsoft’s Windows vision includes the idea of a gaming mode for playing games with an Xbox controller, a quiet mode with a desktop for productivity, and a kids mode that acts more like a tablet with a simple interface. These different modes are designed to scale across a variety of hardware, including hardware that has not yet been released yet. The idea is that this C-Shell could eventually replace the existing legacy desktop in Windows, and be the main shell across all devices. That all depends on C-Shell being truly adaptable enough, but Microsoft has codenamed this desktop effort Polaris.

Windows 10 Mobile Continuum
A Windows Phone transforming into a PC
 Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

We’ve seen some early examples of how C-Shell will influence Microsoft’s adaptable user interfaces for Windows, but we haven’t seen any new devices to really show why this project matters to Microsoft. That’s about to change in the coming months. Microsoft is planning to unveil its Surface Hub 2 in the first half of 2018, and it will be Microsoft’s first hardware to showcase C-Shell. Microsoft is also expected to unveil its mystery Andromeda Surface device this year, and it will set the stage for similar hardware from PC makers with adaptive modes.

Microsoft’s existing Surface Hub is already powered by Windows 10, running its own custom shell. The second-generation Surface Hub will give us an early look at how Microsoft further adapts Windows 10 for different screen sizes, scenarios, and hardware. The changes will be subtle at first, but Microsoft’s vision should lead to single devices that can adapt (just like Surface) to form factors and hardware that doesn’t even exist today.