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Reliance Jio launched Reliance Jio Prime membership at a one-time payment of Rs. 99 for a year back in March last year, which was supposed to end tomorrow, 31st March 2018. Today the company has officially announced that all Jio Prime members who have subscribed to the exclusive membership benefits till 31st March 2018 will get another year of complimentary Prime benefits at no additional fee, which it calls a limited period offer. It also said that it deeply values its loyal Prime members and will continue to deliver additional benefits and superior value to these founding members. Jio also said that it is gearing up to bring new and superior experiences with the Prime program and will ensure that Prime members get substantially better benefits than the counterparts in the industry. For new Jio users, the Jio Prime Membership continues to be available at an annual membership fees of Rs. 99. How can existing prime members claim the free one year complimentary (Joining date on or before 31st March, 2018) Download MyJio Express your interest to get complimentary membership for next 12 months (Should go live tomorrow) Enjoy Jio Prime benefits (This is a limited period offer)NEW JIO PRIME MEMBERS (Joining date on or after …
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Scientists Claim They’ve Developed a Male Birth Control Pill — Again

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Certain breakthroughs always seem just out of scientists’ reach.

Warp drive. Scalable fusion reactors.

And, of course, a male birth control pill.

This week, yet another team of researchers raised the hopes of reproductively responsible men everywhere claiming they’d developed a safe and effective once-a-day male birth control pill.

However, guys shouldn’t toss their condoms just yet. While this drug seems promising, it’s still a long way from the local pharmacy.

Stephanie Page, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, presented her team’s research into the male birth control pill, called dimethandrolone undecanoate (DMAU), at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago.

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Once a day, for 28 days, each of the 100 men between age 18 and 50 ingested either a placebo or DMAU in one of three doses. On the first and last days of the study, each man gave blood samples so the researchers could determine his hormone and cholesterol levels.

According to the study, the men who took the highest dose, 400 mg, showed a “marked suppression” of testosterone levels, as well as the levels of two hormones needed to produce sperm. The researchers claim these hormone responses are “consistent with effective contraception.” That is, it would probably work as birth control.

Every subject in the trial passed all safety tests, and very few reported any symptoms traditionally linked to too much or too little testosterone, Page said in a press release. They had problems with sexual function and no mood changes, either, she noted during the presentation.

However, each man taking DMAU did gain weight and had lower levels of HDL cholesterol (that’s the “good” kind).

This isn’t the first experimental male contraceptive to have these side effects. Typically, drugs like these have two major problems: the oral testosterone they contain damages the liver, and the drugs leave the body too quickly — men would need to take the pills at least twice a day for them to be effective.

DMAU actually addresses those issues. To the first point: the dimethandrolone in DMAU is a testosterone modified to eliminate liver toxicity. And the second: the long-chain fatty acid undecanoate ensures the drug stays in the user’s system for a full 24 hours.

So, that’s the good news. The bad news is this was a super small study. 100 men, reduced to 83 by the end of the brief 28 days of the study, is hardly grounds for an FDA approval. Still, Page claims the team is currently conducting longer-term DMAU studies.

Even more reason to take the findings with a grain of salt: the team’s research has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Until other members of the scientific community have a chance to pick apart the study and verify its methods and conclusions, DMAU will remain just another in the long list of potential male birth control pills.

The post Scientists Claim They’ve Developed a Male Birth Control Pill — Again appeared first on Futurism.

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Owned A PS3? Sony May Owe You $65! Here’s How To Claim It Now

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If you ever owned a PS3, Sony may owe you $ 65 and you have a month to claim your cash. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Amazon continues to claim top spot in Harris reputation poll, Apple plummets to 29th

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In the annual poll that measures the reputations of various major companies, Apple has dropped all the way to 29th, after years in the top five.
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Analysts claim only 850K BlackBerry phones sold in 2017 as paid apps leave BlackBerry World app store

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A mere 850,000 BlackBerry-branded phones were shipped in all of 2017, according to estimates. Further marking the decline of the company’s brand, BlackBerry World — which hosts apps for the BB10 operating system — will soon lose any remaining paid titles.
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Leaked images claim to offer first look at ‘iPhone X Plus’ displays

Several reports have indicated that Apple has a fresh lineup of new iPhone models in the works for this year, including a larger 6.5-inch model with the iPhone X design. Now, a pair of images have surfaced on the MacX forums that claim to offer a first look at the ‘iPhone X Plus’ screen size…

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Audio vendor makes questionable claim that Apple will release iOS 11.3 before end of February

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In response to a user’s question, audio gear manufacturer Shure claims that a bug introduced with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will be rectified with iOS 11.3 — and also has said that it is "due out next week."
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Apple ‘didn’t test the HomePod enough,’ design experts claim

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The HomePod, a $ 349 smart speaker that signaled Apple’s opening salvo in the war against Amazon Echo and Google Home, is off to a bad start. Despite reviews that stressed fantastic sound from such a small speaker, the HomePod failed to sell out, likely hurt by a poor voice assistant and a lack of standard features like multi-room pairing.

To make bad things even worse, it was revealed last week that the speaker can leave a white ring on some wooden surfaces. Apple tried to downplay the issue, saying that it’s ‘not unusual‘ for a speaker to do that, but by that point, the ‘Ring of doom’ narrative was already too strong.

 

Apple’s statement made it seem like nothing was out of the ordinary. “It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces,” the company said in an updated support article for the HomePod. “The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.”

But according to industrial design specialists contacted by Business Insider, the problem was indeed “unusual,” and a lack of attention to detail was the culprit:

“I’m actually very surprised,” said Cesar Viramontes, a Senior Industrial Designer at Y Studios, a San Francisco based firm that has worked on everything from TV set top boxes to digital picture frames. Viramontes, who has worked on numerous speakers in the past, said it’s not an issue he’s encountered before.

“They didn’t test the product enough and in the right variety of circumstances, especially considering that a wood surface is a very likely support for the product,” said Ignazio Moresco, a product design expert who has worked at frog design, Microsoft and Ericsson.

“They should have caught the issue if they followed a rigorous QA process,” he said, referring to the quality assurance process that hardware makers put new products through to ensure that they are consumer-ready.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it might be an easy fix:

Apple may need to “re-tool” the manufacturing process since silicone is manufactured using a different process than the other kinds of elastomer,” said Berkowitz. If that’s necessary, the process could take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks, he noted.

“It’s an issue, but I think it’s probably going to be one that’ll be corrected in the next round of manufacturing,” said Y Studios’ Viramontes. “I think it will be a minor issue, and people will probably forget about it in the next couple of months when it goes away.”

At this point, the damage is likely done for Apple. Anyone who already owns a HomePod (or is thinking about buying one) will use a coaster, regardless of whether or not Apple “fixes” the problem. The stains from the HomePod were never really the problem — it’s a simple issue to work around, even for the small number of customers affected — but it’s the fact that Apple seemingly didn’t know about the problem that made it embarrassing.

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