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.


Follow these easy tips to protect your lips from the summer heat

Use SPF protected lip balms to reduce harm caused by the sun.

Applying sunscreen on your skin is a common practice but most people end up ignoring their lips. In fact, your lips will suffer sun damage far quicker than your skin. So, how do you make sure your lips are soft, moist and not totally ruined by the sun? Experts give their take.

Hema Sharma Datta, Head, Skin Care and Cleansing, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares why it is important to protect lips in summer.

* Lips lack natural protective oil: Our skin contains sebaceous glands that secrete the natural oil called sebum which keeps our skin moisturised. However, our lips do not contain these glands and therefore, it is essential for us to keep them protected and hydrated through the day. Therefore, using a lip balm that is enriched with natural ingredients in this weather is a must.

* Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun affect the lips: UV rays are extremely harmful for our skin, and our lips are no exception. Since they have fewer melanocytes in them, they are more prone to sun damage caused by UV exposure. It impacts the production of collagen in our lips in the long run thus damaging their health and appearance.

* Sudden changes in temperature can make your lips dry: The sudden and drastic change in temperature is quite detrimental to the health of our lips. For this reason, carrying a lip balm that nourishes and soothes our lips is extremely essential.

A lip balm enriched with the essence of oranges is the best bet for you to protect your lips from the sun. (Shutterstock)

Shikhee Agrawal, Head Training, The Body Shop, Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder and Medical Director at ISAAC (International Skin & Anti Aging Centre), Sham Kumar, Education Manager at Kiehl’s India, give tips to protect the lips.

* A lip balm enriched with the essence of oranges is the best bet for you to protect your lips from the sun, owing to its natural photo protection and skin conditioning properties.

* We have a habit of licking our lips when they feel dry, instead use a hydrating lip balm, switch to lip balms enriched with bees wax. Use SPF protected lip balms to reduce the harm.

* Exfoliation is as important for the lips as it is for skin, apply a sugar scrub using a toothbrush once a week to get rid of the dead skin layer.

* You can use butter stick as well. Butter stick lip treatment is hydrating. It will make lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised.

* Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits as fruits rich in vitamin help in increasing the water intake too.

* Lips do turn black in the summer heat. So you can mix saffron and curd and apply daily 2-3 times to maintain the natural lip colour.

* Maintain a regular night lip regime. For this you can take half a teaspoon of glycerin, castor oil and lemon juice. Apply this mixture on to your lips and leave overnight.

* Drinking up to 12 glasses of water keeps your body and lips hydrated and helps stimulate the blood circulation of the skin.


Top 6 Apps to Spring Clean Your Finances

Everyone who’s into managing his or her personal finances with the help of an app has heard about Mint, which currently ranks No. 24 among all free apps in the Finance category that can be downloaded from the Apple iOS Store.

To offer you a couple of alternatives, I would like to introduce you to other handy personal finance apps that help you to monitor your expenses and reach your financial goals.

1. Clarity Money, free

The Clarity Money Budget Planner analyzes your personal finances using data science and machine learning with the goal to “help you make smarter decisions with your money.”

The free app allows you to not only plan your budget, but also track all your expenses, cancel recurring charges and subscriptions and find credit card deals that fit your spending habits, so you can hopefully manage to save some money in your bank account in the long run.

As of March 2018, the app has been rated almost 16,000 times in the iOS Store with an average rating of 4+ stars and more than 700 times in the Google Play Store with a rating of 4.2 stars.

Here is what TechCrunch says about Clarity Money:

“It’s the kind of universal financial services tool that combines a number of the best features of existing money-management apps into a one-stop-shop.”

2. You Need A Budget, free trial

You Need A Budget (YNAB) is another personal finance tool that lets you to plan your budget and track expenses.

Unlike Clarity Money, YNAB is not free, but you have the option to sign up for a 34-day trial period. After the trial you will be billed for a one-year subscription ($83.99) if you decide to continue using the app. What’s great is that YNAB offers a 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked at any point.

Key features are:

  • Synching all of your bank accounts in a single entity.
  • Real-time access and tracking of all your data.
  • Access to tools that help you get out of debt.
  • Set goals to stay on track.
  • Detailed reporting and personal support.

According to the team behind YNAB, new users are able to save $600 on average in the first two months of using the app and as much as $6,000 in their first year.

By the way, You Need A Budget has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times from the Google Play Store with an average user rating of 4.0 stars.

3. Spendee, free

Spendee is a free app that comes with in-app purchases.

It lets you track your expenses (even in foreign currencies, in case you are on vacation), create custom wallets for special events, such as birthday parties or Christmas, and it provides comprehensible graphics that outline your financial odyssey to help you gain the upper hand.

If you decide to upgrade to Spendee Plus ($1.99/month), you can create multiple wallets that you can then share with your family members and friends. This feature comes in handy, if there are expenses that you don’t pay for entirely by yourself.

Spendee Premium ($2.99/month) allows you to synch the app with all of your different bank accounts.

Here is what some users have to say about the app:

    • “Great product. Love the interface and all the reports.”
  • “When it comes to simplicity, usability and UI (user interface). Trust me this is the best one in Play Store.”
  • “Awesome to keep my expenses track. Help to reduce the unwanted one.”


Top 10 iOS apps for 2018: These App Store downloads will supercharge your iPhone or iPad

Before the iPhone came along, no-one really thought much about applications – especially on a phone.

But Apple created its own ecosystem and before long the “app store” was thriving.

Now there are millions of them all clamouring for space on your iPhone or iPad.

Some of them are de-facto downloads, like WhatsApp, Facebook and maybe even LinkedIn. But others are rare gems that maybe fulfil only one specific purpose.

The thing is, there are new apps being produced all the time – and it can get confusing if you don’t know where to start.

Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 iOS apps that you should download right now. We’ll keep this list updated as new apps emerge, so be sure to check back regularly.

1. MyLocalPitch

Trying to organise a game of 5-a-side football can sometimes feel like herding cats, but MyLocalPitch promises to take the hassle out of booking a venue.

Billed as the ‘Airbnb of sports’, the app lets you search for and instantly book sports facilities, based on your current location or a specific postcode.

There are listings for 17 different sports – including football, tennis, netball, badminton and squash – and each can be paid for securely through the app.

An interactive map lets you explore pitches and courts in your desired location and view professional photographs before placing an online booking.

The app is well laid out and simple to use, with helpful information such as parking, opening hours and facilities – including changing rooms and floodlights.

MyLocalPitch currently only covers sports venues in London, Dublin and Manchester, but the company behind the app hopes to expand to more cities soon.

2. Shoto

It has become trendy for couples to use hashtags on social media to gather together all the photos taken by family and friends on their wedding day.

But one slip of the hand and #MegAndTomGotHitched becomes #MegAndTimGotHitched, leaving your precious pictures at the bottom of an internet black hole.

Now photo-sharing app Shoto has launched a new Weddings and Events feature, designed to make it easier for newlyweds to collect photos into one shareable album.

Guests can download Shoto before the big day, and the app’s “Album Match” feature will use artificial intelligence to automatically detect who has taken photos, and prompt them to begin sharing.

The app is also capable of pulling in photos guests have shared on social media using custom hashtags – with the user’s permission.

Shoto isn’t the only app to offer a shared wedding album feature, but its uncluttered user interface and clever AI technology make it one of the most intuitive around.

3. Bristlr

If you’re single and have a beard – or a penchant for stroking beards – then Bristlr is the dating app for you.

Bristlr allows you to find local people near you, and filter by distance, age, whether or not they have a beard.

It even has a built-in “Lothario detector”, which alerts you if an incoming message has been copied and sent to other people, to help you avoid bad matches.

Although beards may sound like a niche interest, the app has proved popular, claiming to have created more than half a million connections worldwide.

Developer John Kershaw turned heads Dragon’s Den, with all five dragons offering to invest in his business.

Bristlr has been described as “feminist-friendly”, with women reporting to have received fewer “creepy” messages than on other dating apps like Tinder.

Whether that speaks in favour of the app itself, or simply the bearded men that use it, is hard to say.

4. Mush

Having a newborn baby can be very lonely, with 60% of new mums often going through a full day without adult interaction – a situation that can sometimes lead to post-natal depression.

Described as “Tinder meets NCT group”, Mush is an app that lets mothers see other mums in a nearby radius, along with their interests, age, how many children they have, and any shared connections.

If they find someone on the app they like the look of, they can ask them to meet up immediately or organise a play date in the future.

Mums can also use the app to find and recommend child-friendly activities in their local area, and access guides on everything from potty training to non-alcoholic cocktails.

It’s still early days for Mush, having only launched in April 2016, but it already has over 40,000 users, the majority of whom are in the UK.

It’s available on iOS and Android, and has received rave reviews from mothers who have used it to build a support network for themselves.

5. Snatch

The astronomical success of Niantic’s Pokemon Go has kickstarted a trend for mobile games that project video game mechanics onto the real world.

The latest is Snatch, an augmented reality treasure hunting game that has you running around town collecting parcels that contain prizes.

Players must hold onto each parcel for six hours without it being snatched by another player before they can open it and reveal the prize.

Most of the parcels contain coins, which can be used to buy tools to defend against snatchers, but some contain real-world prizes like pizza for a year, flights to Europe, free clothing from TopShop and two-month passes to Now TV. Some “Golden Parcels” even contain cash prizes.

The game itself is a lot less slick than Pokemon Go, and of course it has nowhere near the number of players, but it’s entertaining enough and, for many, the chance to win prizes will be enough of a draw in itself.

6. Chappy

Whether you’re gay or straight, there’s no shortage of apps offering to help you find a date.

But for gay men in particular, wading through the sea of naked torsos and pornographic images on apps like Tinder and Grindr can be an intimidating prospect.Now a dating app called Chappy has launched, claiming to offer more choice for gay men looking for relationships.

Founded by Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke, who famously came out as gay on the reality TV show, Chappy users are required to show their faces in their profile pictures, and all accounts are verified through Facebook.

The app also features a sliding scale, allowing users to specify whether they are looking for “Mr Right” or “Mr Right Now”, so they are only matched with compatible men.

While Chappy trails far behind its rivals in terms of users, it offers a refreshing option for modern gay men looking for more than just a quick “hook up”.

7. Hoop

With the Christmas holidays looming, many parents will be racking their brains for fun activities to keep their kids entertained over the festive break.

Hoop is a free app which lists over 35,000 events and activities for kids nationwide each month – from baby raves and coding camps to art workshops and dance classes.

Just enter your postcode and the age of your child to bring up a list of suitable events in your area. You can browse by category, or use the app’s filters to home in on the things that matter most to you – from free activities to events that are within walking distance.

Listings are full of useful information, such as age suitability, pricing and travel times, and if tickets are required, you can book them through the app.

There’s even a forward planning feature, so you can get their whole schedule filled up in advance, with just a few taps.

8. Echo

If you have a chronic illness that requires repeat prescriptions, you probably find yourself visiting the GP and the pharmacy more often than you’d like.

But whether you suffer from Asthma or Diabetes, a new app called Echo aims to make managing your medication a whole lot easier.

Founded by former LloydsPharmacy and Apple execs, Echo lets you order repeat prescriptions and get them delivered directly to your door.

All you have to do is enter the details of your GP surgery, along with the name of the medication you need (you can do this by scanning the barcode), and Echo will set you up with one of its partner pharmacies.

The app features smart reminders, which tell users when to take their meds, and warns them when they are about to run out.

All medications are dispatched via Royal Mail. Postage is free, with the exception of scheduled medication, which must be sent recorded delivery.

9. Badoo

The world’s biggest dating app has launched a new feature that lets you search for partners based on their resemblance to your favourite celebrity crush.

Whether you dream of dating David Gandy, Kendall Jenner or Justin Bieber, Badoo uses facial recognition technology to find the best matches. The only catch is they have to like you back before you can start chatting.

While the chances of finding a Nicole Scherzinger lookalike may seem slim, Badoo says it has over 350 million users on its platform, so there’s a big pool to choose from.

The app also has a strict identity verification process, which requires users to send in a selfie that is compared to their profile pictures before their profile are approved.

Badoo is less well known in the UK than dating apps like Tinder, Happn and Bumble, but it shares many of the same features – such as swipe to match, in-app chat, and the ability to see who you’ve crossed paths with in real life.

Download Badoo free here

10. Dice

Dice has already made a name for itself as one of the best ticketing apps around, allowing users to browse and buy tickets for gigs, concerts and festivals based on their location and musical tastes.

Now it has become the first to allow fans who can no longer make an event to return their tickets in exchange for a full refund.

The idea is to stop people selling their tickets on secondary ticketing websites, where they are often snapped up by speculators and sold at insane prices. Returned tickets will be offered to other music fans on the waiting list at the original price.


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

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GIF: David Murphy

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.

Screenshot: David Murphy

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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Screenshot: David Murphy

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:

Do you have a Windows app (paid or free) that you absolutely love? Tell us about