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Are You a Bad Enough Dude For Land Rovers Toughest Phone Ever

first_img For $200 Cheaper, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Comes Pretty Close to the iPhone XNokia, Vodafone To Install 4G on the Moon Stay on target Smartphones are basically super powerful little computers we carry around with us every day. With so much technology packed into such a light and small package, including huge fragile glass screens, we shouldn’t be surprised they aren’t the most durable things in the world, especially without a case. The fact that they are waterproof now is already a minor miracle.However, phones are also a vital part of just surviving everyday life. Think about how the mobile GPS tracking and internet connection of a phone could save countless horror movie victims. So we deserve phones that can take a beating out in the real world. Car manufacturer Land Rover agrees, and that’s why it’s making the Land Rover Explore, a phone as rugged as its four-wheel-drive vehicles.Specialized rugged mobile tech isn’t a new idea. We’ve seen tablets with hard shells that withstand long drops or sport heat-resistant coating for tech-savvy firefighters. But the Land Rover #brand is a recognizable one for folks who fancy themselves outdoorsmen. The Land Rover Explore phone is made by British company Bullitt Group but aesthetically it’s based on the Land Rover Discovery vehicle. No word yet if the two interact in a meaningful way a la Apple CarPlay.So what makes the Land Rover Explore the “toughest phone on the planet?” It can withstand extreme drops, harsh temperatures both hold and cold, and intense vibrations. It’s water-proof up to 1.8 meters even in salt water. The 4,000mAh battery last up to two days of moderate use, and that’s before you use the included extra Adventure Pack 3,600mAh battery. Also included is an improved GPS antenna. The bike mount is sold separately.The custom software on top of the Android Nougat operating system complements these survival-driven hardware features. The 5-inch screen can detect fingers even when you’re wearing gloves. And you can quickly access helpful emergency apps like lights and a compass. The front-facing camera is 8-megapixel while the rear one is 16. Under the hood is a modest MediaTek Helio X27 chip with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.The Land Rover Explore launches April 26th for £599 ($822). But you can you really put a price on your life out in the wild? For phones that maybe aren’t quite so durable but still plenty cool, check out our list of other promising upcoming Android phones. And for more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Back to Mess With Your Brain

first_imgThen there’s the sugar. In 2015, researchers out of the University of Michigan found that processed foods with high doses of carbohydrates that are absorbed quickly by the body (so, sugar) are closely related to food addiction. “The research is very clear in terms of what happens in the brain when you get this rush of sugar,” says Dan Henroid, a dietician who runs the food programs at the University of California, San Francisco hospital. “Especially when it’s in pure, liquid form without enough fiber to help your body absorb it slowly over time, it makes it very easy to get that high.” The hospital has even seen an increase in non-alcohol-related liver disease as a result of people getting large doses of sugar. (UCSF phased out all sugar-sweetened beverages from its cafes and vending machines last year.)And food addiction is a problem in itself. The Yale Food Addiction Scale, which the Michigan researchers used in their study, establishes eight levels, from the moment you’re hooked to when you’re emptying your pockets on the street corner in desperation. The first level of addiction is defined as consuming something in ever-increasing quantity and frequency. Level five is when you’re aware that something is bad for you but you keep eating it anyways (sound familiar, seasonal PSL devotees?). Starbucks has divided the world of coffee enthusiasts into two categories: those who actually want cake but feel bad about eating cake first thing in the morning so they drink dessert coffee instead, and those who want artisanal pour-overs (no room for cream). Still, even those who wouldn’t be caught dead in a Starbucks in June can’t get to one fast enough in the fall, when everyone drops their pretensions for the pumpkin spice latte.Yes folks, it’s time—and this year, it’s earlier than ever. Starting August 28th, the sugary, salty, and incredibly fatty drink will officially flood our social media feeds. We know it’s about 10 decibels too sweet to be anything but unhealthy, yet the PSL just will not die. What gives? Really smart marketing and the science of a perfectly engineered brain bomb.Sure, it has caffeine, which is kind of habit forming. But the most important elements here are a heap of concentrated sugar, a bunch of warm, frothy milk fat, and a pinch of salt to get the dopamine flowing. A grande (16 oz) serving holds a whopping 40 percent of your daily value of saturated fat. Add to that 240 mg of sodium (10 percent your daily value) and 50 grams of sugar (of which there’s no recommended daily value), and you get a reaction in your brain that mimics the rush from certain addictive drugs.A study out of Duke University in 2011 found that salt alone can trigger the same nerve cells in the hypothalamus of a rat’s brain as elicit drugs like cocaine or heroine, flooding the brain with an intense dopamine rush that hits the system immediately, even before the blood can fully absorb it.center_img A number of studies have highlighted the connection between food addiction and high doses of sugar, fat, and salt—a combo that appears in processed foods far more often than “natural” ones. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss and David Kessler, who helped run the Food and Drug Administration in the 1990s, wrote that food companies mimic tobacco companies by creating foods with the addictive trifecta.This year marks the 15th consecutive release of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which Starbucks says is its most popular seasonal beverage of all time.last_img read more