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Nokia Launches a Revamped 3310… It’s Colored!

Remember the popular Nokia 3310 of the 2000s? It had a black and white screen, very basic features, and no camera or internet capabilities but it sold for around Php7,000 – yet it was one of the most popular phones any manufacturer has ever made, selling millions of units before production eventually ceased due to higher demand on more advanced smartphones.

But people have always loved the Nokia 3310 because it had awesome batteries that you only need to charge about once a week, not once or twice a day like most smartphones these days. It was also quite sturdy and could handle abuse – even getting thrown out of a moving vehicle or getting slammed on the ground and stepped on by accident.

If you miss the Nokia 3310, then you will love the revamped version! Recently announced at the World Mobile Congress 2017 along with three standard smartphones, the revamped Nokia 3310 does not look exactly like the old 3310 but has candy colored cases, rounded edges, and – lo and behold! – a 2.4QVGA colored and curved screen!

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The unit also offers dual SIM slots, has a 2MP camera, has 16MB storage, and has a microSD card slot but still offers the classic Snake game – and we expect that to have been revamped and upgraded as well!

It also deviates from the classic Nokia 3310 phone in that it is already capable of web browsing via Opera Mini; although it does not run on Android software but on Nokia’s proprietary OS.

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But the most amazing selling point of this device is its battery life. The new Nokia 3310 boasts of a standby time of a whopping 25 days! Of course, that is standby time and the actual life of your battery would depend on how much you use the phone; but talk time is set at 22 hours.

Still, this would definitely make an excellent back-up phone – and many would actually enjoy having the new Nokia 3310 as a primary phone! Priced at around Php2,600, we bet many would be scrambling to buy this unit once it hits the shelves in March or April.

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Teacher in Ghana Draws MS Word on Blackboard, Because School has No Computers




In today’s modern world, it is almost impossible to imagine life without computers and smartphones but there are actually many parts in the world where these gadgets only exist on paper – or on one creative teacher’s blackboard!

A teacher in Ghana named Owura Kwadwo Hottish recently went viral for his rather unique approach in teaching his students about computers.

While Kwadwo has used a computer in his studies, the school where he is teaching was so poor that they don’t have a computer for the students to use. But he still wants his students to learn about computers; thus, he did something that only the most dedicated and creative teacher could ever pull off: he drew ‘screenshots’ of MS Word on the blackboard!

Photo credit: Owura Kwadwo Hottish / Facebook

You’ve got to give this teacher props for his creativity, especially because the drawing must have taken him hours to make – and he could have done it faster if he used a projector or gave the students printed handouts but those are most likely not available to them as well.

Kwadwo’s impressive drawing and its rather sad background had made the post go viral, with people praising him for his creativity but also making many realize just how blessed they are despite their current situations.

Photo credit: Owura Kwadwo Hottish / Facebook

This committed teacher is truly one of a kind.

Many people are commenting that it’s a good idea to get this teacher a laptop so he could teach his students the lessons in a better manner even if the school does not have electricity to power up a regular desktop computer.

Photo credit: Owura Kwadwo Hottish / Facebook

We do hope that Kwadwo’s students learn a lot from his drawings even if they can’t use a real computer yet but we are also hoping his story would serve as a lesson to many students around the world to appreciate what they have and to learn as much as they could with the resources they have at hand.

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14-Year-Old Girl Creates An App To Help People With Alzheimer’s After Grandma Started Showing Signs Of It




Alzheimer’s Disease is a tricky disease to deal with. People with Alzheimer’s disease are not the only ones getting affected by it, but the family members and all the people around them are drastically affected, too.

This is what 14-year-old Emma Yang experienced when she was around 8 years old. Her grandma began showing signs of forgetfulness. Since then, her interest in helping her grandmother grew.

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When she was about 12 years old, she explored the world of technology and combined it with her love for helping other people. Thus, the birth of an idea for her first application called “Timeless”.

Her vision for the app is to allow people with Alzheimer’s disease to recall faces of friends and loved ones, and with the help its facial recognition, allow the user to know how they are related to the people in the photos.

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If the person is alone with other people he or she could not recognize, they can use the app to capture a photo of these people and the app will try to automatically identify the faces.

The project is quite ambitious for a child to do, but the potential is big. Yang shared in an interview. “I saw a lot of things about how AI and facial recognition were really evolving and being applied in more and more areas, especially healthcare”.

Thankfully, she has mentors that are kind enough to share their knowledge to her and help her build the app of her dreams.

Other features of the app include reminders, contacts, a “Me” page which reveals the patient’s basic information and an alert to remind the patient that they just called this contact recently.

The app is also intended for the caregivers which they can use to assign or follow schedules or call their patients’ loved ones in case of an emergency.

Timeless is a very nice app for people with this kind of disease. Yang said, “There are no apps on the market that really help Alzheimer’s patients with their daily lives. A lot of times people think that it’s not going to help, or the elderly can’t really use technology, but in fact, if you strategically introduce it to them, it’s actually a possibility and can really benefit their lives.”

Watch the amazing girl’s video below:

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Phone Explodes in 12-Year-Old Boy’s Hand, Makes Him Lose Finger and Vision in One Eye




Do you let your kids use cellphones? You might want to put limits to the time you let them use phones – and warn them to never use phones that are connected to the socket because such could be dangerous!

A 12-year-old boy named Meng Jisu recently lost a finger, the vision on his right eye, and a rib after his cellphone exploded in his hand. The incident happened in Du’an Yao Autonomous County, Hechi, Guangxi Province.

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The phone was a model made in China, a Hua Tang VT-V59. According to Jisu’s mother, the mobile phone was around 2 years old was handed down to the boy by a relative who had gotten himself a new phone.

It was Jisu’s dad who had charged the phone in the room but when the boy retrieved it, the gadget exploded right in his hand. His sister ran to his room after hearing a loud bang and was shocked to see the boy covered in blood.

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Jisu had lost consciousness right after the phone exploded. His terrified parents rushed him to the hospital; although they did not bring along the shredded remains of his index finger.

The chief physician at the local People’s Hospital, Lan Tianbing, confirmed that it was not possible to reattach the severed finger even if Jisu’s parents brought it because the boy’s hand was so severely damaged.

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Circulation was cut off to his remaining fingers, putting him in danger of also losing the rest of them. So, doctors concentrated on saving the fingers while another team handled his broken rib.

Shards of glass were also retrieved from his right eye which was so badly damaged that he has lost his vision on that eye. It took doctors 5 hours to remove shards from his hand and face.

Thankfully, doctors said he would eventually regain 98% function of his hand in the future but it is likely that his right eye will remain blind.

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