35+ Useful Android Apps For Designers

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35+ Useful Android Apps For Designers 

PicsArt Photo Studio 2

PicsArt is the best photo editor and collage maker app. It offers some really cool effects, clipart library, various stickers, and a set of drawing tools for editing pics.

Pinterest



Pinterest helps you discover inspiration including ideas and sample projects for your next design to try. You can save ideas and organize them per needs.

Pixlr



Pixlr is a fantastic photo editor with lots of free effects, filters, and overlays along with editing tools. Also, you can share your creation on social networks.

Adobe Photoshop Express



Adobe Photoshop Express is an ultimate photo editing app with a collage maker. It packs in multiple corrections and looks along with quick editing features.

ibis Paint X



ibis Paint X is a social drawing app, which lets you create excellent drawings and publish them or the process of drawing them to Facebook, YouTube, etc.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is another fantastic app for clicking, editing, and sharing photos. It also features organization and synchronization features.

QuickEdit Text Editor

QuickEdit is a full-featured code and text editor. It features a syntax highlighter for 50+ languages, a tabbed interface, and more features for coding on the go.

AirBrush

AirBrush brings the best photo editor and filter features to you. It packs in many cool filters, retouch tools, and numerous features for editing pics.

Houzz

Houzz is an app full of interior design ideas along with annotation and sketch features. It packs in much inspiration for building or decorating a house.

Google Pay

Google Pay is a quick and simple way to pay and get paid. Using this service, you can accept payments for providing design projects and services to others.

SketchBook

SketchBook is an app to unleash your creativity quickly by creating conceptual sketches as well as fully-packed artworks directly on your smartphone.

Color Touch Effects

Color Touch Effects is an app to recolor images and add beautiful photo effects to them. You can import photos from Facebook and later share them on it too.

Toolwiz Photos

Toolwiz Photos is a tool to become creative with your photos. It is a pro editor with 200+ Tools including magic filters and numerous image processing tools.

Todoist

Todoist is a to-do list app that helps to keep track of all of your tasks. It offers app integrations, real-time sync, and many more task management features.

AutoCAD


AutoCAD brings the power of AutoCAD to your mobile. It offers drawing and drafting tools that help to create, edit, share, and view CAD and DWG drawings.

MediBang Paint

MediBang Paint is a comic creation and digital painting program. It avails many backgrounds, brushes, fonts, etc. along with cloud sync and more features.

Canva



Canva is an excellent tool to help you create beautiful collages, designs, and photos. It packs in stock photos and templates along with photo editing tools.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics allows you to monitor your business and website on the go. You can check metrics and reports and monitor real-time statistics data as well.

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Illustrator Draw lets you design vector artworks with drawing layers and more details including different pen tips, shape stencils, and vector shapes.

PaperDraw

PaperDraw is a painting app that lets you draw a doodle, graffiti, or painting. It packs in a color library, handwriting signature, various paintbrushes, and more.

Adobe Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Mix helps you edit and transform your photos. You can apply filters, change colors, combine pics, and enhance and share them on social media.

Infinite Painter

Infinite Painter is a superior painting app with lots of brushes and brush presets. Also, it has blend and layer modes, guides, symmetry tools, and much more.

Behance

Behance is the largest network of creative enthusiasts and professionals. You can browse projects, follow great designers, and share your creations with others.

Enjoy 👍❤️
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When I buy something on Amazon, how much of it goes to Jeff Bezos?

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Answer: Not much ...

The reason is simple. Jeff Bezos' salary as CEO of Amazon is about $81,000 a year.

When you buy something from Amazon, he gets very little back.

On the other hand, you have to think about the fact that he still owns 11% of Amazon's shares. This makes him potentially the richest man on the planet with a fortune in the order of $200 billion.

I say potentially, because it can drop sharply from one day to the next, given that it depends on the price of Amazon shares on the stock market.

The fact that you buy something from Amazon is not going to mechanically drive up the stock price and therefore bring something back to Jeff Bezos.

Amazon's stock price will change for other reasons. Of course, the better the sales figures, the more confidence investors will have in Amazon. However, it is impossible to give an exact figure on what could potentially accrue to Jeff Bezos when you buy something from Amazon.

Finally, you should not forget that the explosion of Amazon's share price for several weeks is due to the Tech bubble that formed as a result of the Fed's actions that printed more than $3,000 billion out of thin air and lowered interest rates to zero.

All of this is therefore not related to Amazon's good results.

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How to Apply FG Nigeria Youth Investment Fund Application Portal

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Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) Application Portal – How to apply: 

Are you looking for the application portal for Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) Bank loan? Do you want to apply for NYIF fund loan? Are you looking for steps on how to register for Youth Bank loan of N75billion? Are you in search of NYIF Loan Application Form 2020/2021?

In a move that underscores his absolute confidence in the innovative skills, talents and industry of the Nigerian youth, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led the Federal Executive Council to approve the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) to the tune of 75 billion naira for 3 years.

PURPOSE – Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF)

NYIF is to serve as a sort of Youth Bank that will fund and support the innovative ideas, skills, talents and enterprise of the Nigerian Youth; a loan and credit pathway dedicated to assessing credit and soft loans.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Nigerian Youth within the age of 18 and 35 years
  • Youths with Innovative ideas, skills, talents and enterprise

Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) Application Portal – HOW TO APPLY

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has been directed to immediately commence the process of operationalization and possible legislation of the NYIF in collaboration with relevant MDAs. Application portal and process is yet to be communicated. Do visit back later.

How to Apply


1. Go to NYIF Portal
2. Click on Apply on the Home page 
3. Fill in your Name and BVN (Will be used to check your eligibility)
4. Click Next and Select your Training Center.

Thank you. Dont forget to share with your community.


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How Serious is Kanye West Car Accident

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How Serious is Kanye West Car Accident

Serious enough for the police to run four alcohol tests on him before taking him the hospital, convinced he was drunk.

Serious enough for the head-on collision to cause nasal fractures and shatter his jaw, and for the other driver to suffer two broken legs.

Serious enough for West to undergo reconstruction surgery, leading to his jaw being wired shut for six weeks.

Kanye referred to this as a pivotal moment in his life.

It was really now or 100 percent never.

He used the healing period to focus intensely on his music. Two weeks out of the hospital, jaw still wired to his face, West returned to the studio and recorded the Grammy-nominated song “Through The Wire”. Sampling Chaka-Khan’s classic “Through The Fire,” the song is a redemptive account of his brush with death.

This song is responsible for kickstarting Kanye West’s career. After shooting the music video with $35,000 of his own money, it received much rotation from MTV2, silencing label executives questions about his potential as a solo act.

The only thing this accident’s is saying is, “I am about to hand you the world, just know at any given time I can take it away from you.” To nearly lose your life, to nearly lose your mouth, your voice, your whole face, as a rapper… and I had to be on TV! My face looks crazy to me now… But I have to just thank God for the situation that I am in… “Through The Wire” is the worst thing that could’ve possibly happened to me, and now it’s obviously the best thing. Look how it exploded! And it made people care. And it made people realize that I was a human being.

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Google Meet users can make unlimited video calls until March 31

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With its free-to-use feature getting extended for many more months, users can now carry on with their business and online activities hassle-free on the platform without the need for a business account. (Image: Google)

Amid the pandemic, as the number of infection cases doesn’t seem to ebb away and work-from-home culture along with virtual classrooms and online meetings continue to be the new normal in such uncertain times, Google has decided to extend support for its free unlimited video calling feature for 24 hours till March 31.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Google Meet extended its feature of free group calling from G-suite access to all Gmail accounts. Earlier, Google was going to curtail the 24-hours free call facility to only for an hour after September 30, and thereafter users must have to pay for a business account to enjoy the unlimited video-calling feature. But, with its free-to-use feature getting extended for many more months, users can now carry on with their business and online activities hassle-free on the platform without the need for a business account.

Furthermore, Google Meet’s group product manager Samir Pradhan affirmed in his blogpost that as the season of holidays and festivities arrives, Meet is committed to helping those who rely upon video calls to remain in touch with siblings, for conducting family reunion, PTA meetings and weddings in coming months.

Besides that, Google has also introduced a slew of interesting features to the app. Recently, it has enabled machine learning based noise cancellation feature on all Android and iOS devices. The noise cancellation feature was previously available only for G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for education, subscribers.

Also Read: How to become a online trader and Make Cool Cash

With its growing foot-print amongst video calling applications, the app has registered 100 million downloads till now. Meet has also rolled out innovative updates bringing all new background blur feature which may avoid showcasing embarrassing background of our homes. Besides that, it has also brought Chromecast support to the app along with whiteboard feature. It has also enabled Zoom-like feature of dividing participants in 49-people gallery for seamless conversation.

As reported by The Verge, Google said that it is not extending Meet’s features of hosting a 250-participant meeting along with saving of recorded videos on Google drive for the customers of G Suite for education. That means users of this platform are all set to lose access to these upgraded features.

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Microsoft launches affordable Surface Laptop Go, faster Surface Pro X

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The Surface Laptop Go is designed for those consumers who don't want to spend too much on a high-end Windows laptop during the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft has launched a Surface Laptop Go, a more affordable version of its popular Surface Laptop 3. It’s already available for pre-order starting at $549, and will start shipping on October 13 in the US.

The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s most affordable Windows 10 laptop ever. The Surface Laptop Go is clearly aimed at students or anyone who does not have the budget to buy the Surface Laptop 3, which starts at $999.

The Laptop Go has a smaller 12.4-inch touchscreen display rather than the 13.5-inch display found on the Surface Laptop 3, though it still uses the company’s PixelSense technology. It’s running at 1536 x 1024 resolution, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The Laptop Go has a 720p HD webcam and also features two studio-quality mics for better video calling. However, the Laptop Go lacks facial recognition support through Windows Hello. But some of the variants do come with a fingerprint scanner.

Microsoft calls the Surface Laptop Go is its lightest Surface ever. That said, the notebook still ships with a full-sized backlit keyboard with1.3mm of travel, and a large Windows Precision trackpad. The machine is made of plastic but uses aluminum for its top. The Laptop Go also comes with a USB-C and one regular USB-A port, a headphone jack, and Surface Connect charging port.

Under the hood, the Surface Laptop Go is powered by Intel’s 10th generation Core i5 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of MMC storage on the base model. If you can spend more, there’s a slightly upgraded $699 model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The Laptop Go also supports the latest wifi 6 standard and Bluetooth 5, as well as 13 hours of battery and even fast charging.

Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, Surface Laptop Go price in India, Surface Laptop Go specs, Surface Pro X 2020 The new Surface Pro X now features a faster Microsoft SQ2 custom processor.

Improved Surface Pro X

Besides the Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft also introduced an update to its ARM-based Surface Pro X. The new model comes with a faster Microsoft SQ2 custom processor and comes in a new platinum colour option. The faster Surface Pro X starts at $999 in the US. The Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft recently announced that its partners are optimizing their Windows apps for the ARM architecture. This means Windows on ARM will get many new apps, thanks to new x64 emulation.

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FG to disburse N300m MSMEs Survival Fund to mark 60th anniversary

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Government has concluded arrangements to share about N300million under the National Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Funds scheme to about 333,000 artisans and transporters, as part of measures to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary on October 1st.

The government named target beneficiaries of the scheme include mechanics, taxi drivers, hairdressers, keke NAPEP riders, Okada riders, plumbers, electricians among others.

It said the beneficiaries are to be drawn from 12 states, including Lagos, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Borno, Ekiti, Anambra, Abia, Kogi, Ondo, and the FCT respectively for this first phase of the scheme.

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, made this known in Abuja, while briefing journalists on the government’s preparation for the anniversary.

Katagum, who is also the Chairperson, Steering Committee of the Scheme, disclosed that each beneficiary would be given a one-off payment of N30, 000.

According to her, about 174,574 MSME operators have so far registered for the Scheme, with five states recording the highest.

In a remark, the Special Assistant to the President on MSME, Tola Johnson, said N75billion has already been set aside by the Federal Government for the National MSME Survival Fund, with a Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Scheme, under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).

Johnson explained that the gesture is to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on MSMEs.

Also contributing, the Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umar, revealed that all MSME operators in the states of the federation and the FCT would be carried along in the programme.

He said necessary measures have been put in place to prevent scammers and fraudsters from taking advantage of the scheme.


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How to become a online trader and Make Cool Cash

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There’s a lot of bogus info online. Hence, the 9/10 traders fail proportion hasn’t changed.

There are a few legit traders who do offer courses online. They can be quite expensive, in the several thousands of dollars depending on the material covered. I wouldn’t go this route as a beginner because the useful ones assume you have a solid foundation already to understand it well.

For mentoring, you definitely want to find a professional trader who has worked in industry, not a self-proclaimed expert. Otherwise if they insist, ask for their investment docs for tax filing or other audited documentation.



They’re unlikely to teach you without connection or compensation. Methodology, not stock pick advice! If anyone is telling you what to buy and sell and isn’t liable for any losses you may suffer is being irresponsible.

Overview It’s not difficult to get started on your own on a basic asset class: equities.

  • Unless you have like $1M+, you won’t be able to live off trading equities yet, so this can only be a side interest/learning experience.
  • A decent equity trader <$1M AUM should be able to make ~20–25%/yr on avg; a good one >30% - I usually distinguish luck and skill at this cutoff over a min 2–3 yr period. There are benchmark comparisons but these return ranges are unique enough that it’s very hard to attain them consistently based on all available historical market performance. If you do get far enough to know how to use appropriate benchmarking, you can distinguish yourself from amateurs by using industry-accepted performance measures to describe your portfolio returns.

Getting Started

  • Retail brokerages provide a lot of resources for you to use when trading through them. They do charge fees but make it easy to access data and easy-to-use platforms.
  • If you think you can do research yourself, there are commission-free trading apps like Robinhood I’ve heard people use. You can get started there or use virtual portfolios to practice if you don’t have funds available. Commissions do make a huge difference on trading frequency decisions.
  • Generally, you want to have at least $3k to begin trading successfully. $2k is ok but more dangerous. Any less and your probability of long term success drops rapidly [due to commissions, diversification, margin…]

Analysis

  • It’s easier to start with basic fundamentals - accounting and financial analysis. Most of this stuff can be found in accounting, finance textbooks. There are also investor books like Ben Graham, Seth Klarman, that tell you their approach and give you ideas how to use fundamental analysis.
  • Pick up technicals afterwards because these are more for timing rather than long-term investing. Also, this is where most of the bs appears. As a general rule, ignore the ones that are non-quantitative. e.g. candlesticks do provide useful information about the short-term trade momentum but to build a strategy based on “picture patterns” is a recipe for disaster.
  • There are other areas of analysis that are more advanced that are used in different asset classes, and/or more specialized situations. You should know the above two first. Those two are sufficient on their own to be quite successful in equity trading and are scalable almost without limit. They should take you 3–5 years to build decent aptitude or shorter if you find a good mentor.
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Hoto: Anci Gaba Da Daukar Film Din Izzar So

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Director da Lawan Ahmad


 A yau muke farin cikin sanar daku cewa an fara daukar wannan shahararren shirin na izzar So.

Shiri ne dake zuwarwa yan kallo ta Shafin yada hoto mai motsi wato YouTube a channel mai Suna Bakori TV, Wanda yazo da sabon Salo wajen kasar da sakonni da darisa masu mutukar motsa jiki.

Abaya Munga yadda Mai Kamfanin take amfani da karfin mulki don gani dole sai an mata biyayya ta hanyar nuna izza da isa, wanda hakan yasa kowa yake shayin bujurewa Umarnin ta, Sai dai Sabon Accounter shi kuma gaskiya ya tsaya akai don har shata mata layi yake akan cewa shi aikinsa yake yi.

Ta biyo ta hanyoyi da dama don gani ta kika masa sharri akan bata son korarsa har sai ya tafi da wata illa da zata taba rayuwarsa. Sai dai bahaushe yace in zaka fadi fadi Gaskiya, komai taja maka ka biya, sai Allah yake kareshi.

To shin ina aka tsaya ina aka Kwana Ku biyo kasance damu zamuci gaba da kawo muku duk inda aka tsaya.

Izzar So ya karbi Lambar Yabo da dama daga sassa daban daban inda akayi ittifakin shine Drama wadda akafi Kalla a YouTube.

Jaruman Shirin Sun Haɗa da:

Lawan Ahmad, Ali Nuhu da sauransu

Wannan shiri ya samu Labari da umarni daga Marubuci koma mai bada Umarni, Nura Mustapha Waye.

Zaku iya Kallon Shirin Kai tsaye ta:

Izzar So Episode 1

Izzar So Episode 11

Izzar So Episode 18

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Full Guidelines: Full Time Scholarship to Study In Germany

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If education in Germany is free and good, then why doesn't everybody go there to study?
It’s true. Education in Germany is both high-quality and either free, or dead cheap.

As an international student in the USA, expect to pay up to $45–50,000 per year of undergraduate college tuition.

The largest fee I’ve seen in Germany is under €2000 (even for international students). And usually that tuition includes a local transport pass and other perks. Most are free or only charge a small fee (€150–400).

Germany has large cities and peaceful nature, relatively cheap rents, excellent healthcare, good job security, and is a fantastic place to live.


BUT- there’s a catch.

You need to know German, at least at a B2-C1 level. This is a huge commitment. To learn a language to an intermediate-proficient level requires a real desire to communicate and be involved in the culture of that country. Otherwise, most people lose motivation to continue. Pretty much every school will ask for proof of Deutschkenntnisse.
German bureaucracy is real. Without exaggeration, getting a visa for Germany is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.
One of the worst requirements is the Sperrkonto, a ‘blocked bank account’. It’s a pain in the ass to open one. Then you need to come up with €10,236, cash. Ask your parents, sell your car. This money then sits in the account until you arrive in Germany. Once you arrive you can make withdrawals, up to a max. of €853/month. The money sitting in the account doesn’t accrue meaningful interest. The cash has no purpose besides just sitting in the account. Now, I understand why the government requires the Sperrkonto- to prevent thousands of broke students from flooding the social system, but this is a major nuisance.
Once you’re here, and you need a proper residence permit, or for whatever reason you are trying to get in contact with the Foreigner’s Office (Ausländerbehörde), I wish you good luck. Calling the office takes patience, much more than I am capable of. Normally you can line up at 5am to visit the office, but during COVID-19 they were closed. Every day looked like this:

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The problem with this question is, a lot of people do want to study in Germany.

Medical school in Germany is free.

That’s incredible. People know this and therefore apply to study here. And because competition is so fierce, only students in the top top percentile are successful. If you aren’t in the top 5–1% in your class, it’s not worth applying to medical school in Germany. Look instead to the USA or UK — there is simply no chance.
Music conservatory is also free. Juilliard costs $47,370 a year.

The country is scattered with some of the best conservatories (Hanns Eisler Berlin, Universität der Künste, Hamburg, Münich). Pretty much every major city has a world class music school. Naturally, students from all over the world travel here every spring to audition.
Germany, by allowing foreign students to have access to a low cost education, is encouraging top talent from around the globe to come study, learn German, and hopefully stay afterwards. A win-win situation.

I highly recommend going to Germany for your studies. Just be aware of the commitment it requires. Ideally you are interested in the culture and would like to live there as well.
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Full Summary Of Trump and Biden ready for first TV showdown – as it happened Debate

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  • The debate will start at 9 pm ET tonight, and it will take place at the Samson Pavillion, an academic building shared by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Seven former FDA commissioners have issued a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration for politicizing the approval and development process for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. “At risk is the FDA’s ability to make the independent, science-based decisions that are key to combating the pandemic and so much more,” they wrote, in an op-ed published by the Washington Post.
  • A federal appeals court has upheld a deadline extension for counting ballots in Wisconsin. National and state Republican leaders have been fighting efforts to count every vote, challenging a provision that would allow votes postmarked by election day to get counted even if they arrive up to 6 days late. Even as the administration seeks to undermine the post office, Republicans are expected to fight this provision to count delayed ballots in the Supreme Court.
  • Amy Coney Barrett’s supreme court nomination was officially sent to the Senate. The announcement comes on the same day that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat Barrett would be filling, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell met with Barrett earlier today.
  • Biden and Kamala Harris released their 2019 tax returns. The move was clearly meant to criticize Trump for not yet having released any of his tax returns. The documents showed Biden and his wife paid nearly $300,000 in federal income tax last year. According to the New York Times, Trump paid only $750 in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017.
  • New York City plans to impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face covering, as it was announced that the rate of positive tests for coronavirus climbed above 3% in the city for the first time in months.
  • Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to criticism from one of his former colleagues. In his new book, Andrew Weissmann, a former prosecutor in the special counsel’s office, argues Mueller’s team did not do enough to hold Trump accountable in the Russia investigation. Mueller said in a statement that he made his investigation-related decisions “without any interest in currying favor or fear of the consequences”. Mueller added, “I stand by those decisions and by the conclusions of our investigation.”

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling – contested by Republicans - that extends the deadline for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin.

The decision means that ballots postmarked by 3 November will be so long as they arrive before 9 November. The Republican National Committee and state Republican leaders and legislators had argued against the extension - arguing that people would have plenty of time to return their ballots.

But the state this year is expecting as many as 2m people to vote by mail. The sheer volume of ballots that election officials are expecting, combined with the fact that the Trump administration has sought to undermine the postal service means that a 3 November cutoff could disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Republicans are expected to challenge this decision in the Supreme Court - which the party is currently rushing to fill following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.


But the state this year is expecting as many as 2m people to vote by mail. The sheer volume of ballots that election officials are expecting, combined with the fact that the Trump administration has sought to undermine the postal service means that a 3 November cutoff could disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Republicans are expected to challenge this decision in the Supreme Court - which the party is currently rushing to fill following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Seven former Food and Drug commissioners have written an op-ed in the Washington Post, rebuking the Trump administration.

The commissioners accuse Trump of politicizing the Covid-19 vaccine and drug approval process, asserting: “At risk is the FDA’s ability to make the independent, science-based decisions that are key to combating the pandemic and so much more.”

The former commissioners include Scott Gottlieb and Mark McClellan, who serve on the boards of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – which are both developing a Covid-19 vaccine. Robert Califf, Margaret Hamburg, Jane Henney, David Kessler and Andy von Eschenbach have also signed the op-ed. Kessler is an adviser for the Biden campaign.

They write:

In 1906, when President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill to create what is now the FDA, one of his first actions was to delegate the oversight of food and drug safety to the agency’s scientists. In the 114 years since, FDA professionals have created a consumer safety net that has been a worldwide model for evidence-based public health policy. Indeed, for decades, when we and our predecessors spoke as FDA commissioners about issues of regulation and people’s health, the public knew we were speaking on behalf of experts whose judgments were grounded in science.

That is changing in deeply troubling ways. The White House has said it might try to influence the scientific standards for vaccine approval put forward by the FDA or block the agency from issuing further written guidance on its criteria for judging the safety and benefits of a potential Covid-19 vaccine. This pronouncement came just after key leaders at the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all publicly supported that guidance.

Trump has promised a vaccine before the elections, despite CDC director Robert Redfield’s suggestion that it wouldn’t be available widely until “late second quarter, third quarter 2021”.


Read More at Guardian NOW

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Where Your Onboard RAM Located

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Let me show you where your RAM is. This is a normal RAM stick.

The black rectangles are the actual RAM, the rest is the board for the RAM to insert it into a DIMM slot.

Now here is a laptop motherboard, random google image. It has no RAM sticks.

However, it has the same black rectangles as the RAM stick above. So that's the actual RAM. And instead of being soldered onto a RAM stick for a DIMM slot, they're soldered directly onto the motherboard.

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This saves a lot of space, which is important in a laptop. This is also how RAM works in tablets or smartphones. It has the disadvantage that you can’t upgrade it. It is what it is.

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Why does Bill Gates want to buy TikTok?

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Bill Gates has not had an operational role at Microsoft for many years now.

The CEO of Microsoft is Satya Nadella. It is he who sees with interest a potential acquisition of TikTok by Microsoft.

Specifically, Microsoft could take advantage of the new cold war between China and the United States to buy TikTok's American activities.

Satya Nadella sees TikTok as a phenomenal success within Generation Z. TikTok now has more than 800 million users, and its growth is exceptional.

The crux of the war now is data.

Having data on TikTok's 800 million users would be beneficial to Microsoft as they try to successfully enter the world of consumer social networks.

Microsoft has already bought LinkedIn, but this network is professionally oriented

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Intel Core i3 vs. Core i5 vs. Core i7 vs. Core i9 10th-Gen Core Family Review

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 Do you need to buy a Core i9 for gaming, and is a Core i3 sufficient for general desktop work? How about upgrading to a Core i5 if it's only $50 more, and how much faster is that going to be? Generally speaking, our CPU reviews provide more than enough data to answer those questions and then some. In addition, Afritechzone's easy to follow Best CPUs guide is regularly updated, so you simply get what you need to know to make an informed buying decision.

With that said, this review will serve as a great reference for those wanting to compare Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 processors directly, and what you get on each jump. It’s rare for us to feature all these processors in a single review since they aim at different market segments and budgets. For example, when reviewing the Core i3-10100, none of the Core i7 or i9 processors were included, as $400+ parts aren’t usually relevant when reviewing an entry-level $100 CPU, so we opt to remove them in an effort to declutter the graphs.

Having recently provided a similar overview for AMD's 3rd-gen Ryzen range, it was only logical we did the same for Intel, considering the 10th-gen CPUs have only been out for a few months.

Intel lists 17 individual ‘standard power’ 10th-gen Core desktop processors, though in reality there’s just a handful of unique models. For example, there are two distinct Core i9 models, the 10900 and the 10900K, but each has an alternate version without the integrated graphics -- dubbed the 10900F and 10900KF. But let’s start from the bottom and work our way up...

The 10th-gen Core i3 range is quite interesting, all models feature 4 cores and 8 threads thanks to Hyper-Threading support. The base i3-10100 model operates at a base frequency of 3.6 GHz with a max turbo of 4.3 GHz and packs a 6 MB L3 cache. Then there’s the Core i3-10300 which gets a 100 MHz frequency bump plus a larger 8 MB L3 cache. Finally, the most powerful Core i3 model available right now is the 10320, which runs at even higher clock speeds, boosting the base to 3.8 GHz and the max turbo to 4.6 GHz. To represent the Core i3 range today we'll be using the Core i3-10100.

 Core i3-10100Core i3-10300Core i3-10320
List Price$122$143$154
Current Retail$130$158$172
Cores / Threads4 /8
Base Frequency3.6 GHz3.7 GHz3.8 GHz
Max Turbo4.3 GHz4.4 GHz4.6 GHz
L3 Cache6 MB8 MB 
iGPU ModelUHD Graphics 630  
TDP65 watt

The 10th-gen Core i5 series consists of the 10400, 10400F, 10500, 10600, 10600K and the 10600KF as shown in the table below. The six models feature 6 cores, 12 threads and a 12MB L3 cache. The non-K models are rated with a 65-watt TDP while the unlocked K SKUs pack a 125-watt TDP.

The difference between the 10400, 10500 and 10600 is 200 to 300 MHz, that’s it, and since they’re locked parts you won’t be able to change that. The 10600K and its F variant are fully unlocked, provided you’re using a Z-series motherboard, they can be overclocked.

 Core i5 10400Core i5 10400FCore i5 10500Core i5 10600Core i5 10600KCore i5 10600KF
List Price$182$157$192$213$262$237
Current Retail$182$170$233$288$306N/A
Cores / Threads6 / 12
Base Frequency2.9 GHz3.1 GHz3.3 GHz4.1 GHz
Max Turbo4.3 GHz4.5 GHz4.8 GHz
L3 Cache12 MB
iGPUUHD Graphics 630N/AUHD Graphics 630UHD Graphics 630UHD Graphics 630N/A
TDP65 watt125 watt

The Core i7 range is somewhat simplified, there are two distinct 8-core/16-thread models. The Core i7-10700 is the locked part, it runs at a 2.9 GHz base clock with a max turbo of 4.8 GHz, whereas the 10700K is unlocked and out of the box runs at 3.8 GHz for the base and 5.1 GHz for the boost. The locked model receives a 65-watt TDP rating and the unlocked part a 125-watt TDP. Both feature a 16 MB L3 cache.

 Core i7-10700Core i7-10700FCore i7-10700KCore i7-10700KF
List Price$323$298$374$349
Current Retail$329N/A$410N/A
Cores / Threads8 / 16
Base Frequency2.9 GHz3.8 GHz
Max Turbo4.8 GHz5.1 GHz
L3 Cache16 MB
iGPUUHD Graphics 630N/AUHD Graphics 630N/A
TDP65 watt125 watt
Finally, we have the mighty Core i9 range offering 10 cores/20 threads and a 20 MB L3 cache. There are four models, two of which are F variants. The 10900 is the base model and as a 65-watt part it features a rather low 2.8 GHz base frequency with a 5.1 GHz turbo. Then there’s the unlocked 10900K that thanks to a higher 125 watt TDP rating, it clocks no lower than 3.7 GHz with a max turbo boost of 5.2 GHz.
 Core i9-10900Core i9-10900FCore i9-10900KCore i9-10900KF
List Price$439$422$488$472
Current Retail$480N/A$530N/A
Cores / Threads10 / 20
Base Frequency2.8 GHz3.7 GHz
Max Turbo5.1 GHz5.2 GHz
L3 Cache20 MB
iGPUUHD Graphics 630N/AUHD Graphics 630N/A
TDP65 watt125 watt

Unfortunately, right now many of these 10th-gen Core processors are either out of stock or are selling well over the MSRP. It’s a rough time for supply and on top of that Intel’s been suffering 14nm shortages for what seems like years now. So getting your hands on the Core i9-10900K right now is nearly impossible and good luck getting one for anywhere near $500.

For this overview, we’ll mostly be focusing on the 125 watt parts in the Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 range, though we've also been able to secure the 65 watt Core i5-10400 and Core i3-10100.

For testing we're using our standard memory configuration, fully populating an Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme wit four 8GB G.Skill FlareX CL14 modules for a 32GB capacity. As usual we’re also relying on an RTX 2080 Ti to alleviate potential GPU bottlenecks, allowing us to take a better look at the actual CPU performance.

Benchmarks

Starting with Cinebench R20 we find that the 10400 is just shy of 50% faster than the 10100, which makes sense given the i5 processor packs 50% more cores and clock speeds are about the same. Then we see a 13% jump from the 10400 to the 10600K and this difference is a result of the operating clock speed, and of course, given that the K SKU part is unlocked, that margin can be increased further by overclocking.

Then we see an almost 40% increase when going from the 10600K to the 10700K and of course that’s largely due to a 33% increase in core count, with the rest clock speed related as the i7 processor clocks around 6% higher. Finally we see another big jump in performance with the 10900K, though this time only a ~29% increase as the core count has only been boosted by 25% and clock speeds are much the same.

As for single core performance the 10900K produced the highest score here, beating the 10700K by a 7% margin and the 10600K by a 14% margin while the 10100 and 10400 were comparable.

By far the most significant performance gains seen in the 7-Zip file manager compression test are seen when moving from the 4-core Core i3-10100 to the 6-core 10400, which makes sense given this is the most significant increase in relative core count. The 10400 was 55% faster than the 10100, while the 10600K was a further 8% faster.

Then we see a 30% boost from the 10600K to the 10700K which isn’t insignificant, but you could certainly argue that the 16% increase seen when going from the 10700K to the 10900K is, at the very least these results would make it difficult to justify the 30% increase in MSRP.

Decompression performance is much improved as here we’re able to better utilize Hyper-Threading and as a result the 10900K is now 36% faster than the 10700K, and that makes it much easier to justify the 30% price premium for the 10-core processor.

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For any serious rendering-type workloads you’ll want to avoid the Core i3 range when possible. Spending a bit more on the Core i5-10400, for example, will net you around 50% more performance. Granted it also costs ~50% more though that won’t be the case once you factor in the entire cost of the machine. In reality, we’re talking about $50 and that makes the 10400 a much better buy if you plan to do some rendering.

Again we can see that the difference between the 10400 and 10600K is very small, at least out of the box. So if you’re going to buy the 10600K, you want to overclock it, otherwise you might as well save the $70-$80 and just get the locked 10400. Ideally, for this kind of workload you’ll want something like the 10700K or 10900K, if you're exclusively shopping Intel, of course. The 10700K offered a 37% performance boost over the 10600K while the 10900K was a further 33% faster.

Code compilation performance is similar to what was found in the Blender test. We’re looking at a 50% performance uplift when going from the 10100 to the 10400. From the 10600K to the 10700K you’re again looking at a 30% performance increase and then another 30% to the 10900K.

The margins are less predictable for video production work. Here the Core i3-10100 fairs quite well, at least for the editing portion of the job. The 10400 was just 15% faster, while the 10600K was just a few percent faster than the locked i5 model. Interestingly, we do see a reasonable boost in performance to the 10700K, but then only a very small step up to the 10900K, suggesting that 8 cores/16 threads is the sweet spot for this application.

Scaling is more consistent in Adobe Premiere Pro, where we see fairly consistent performance gains as the core count increases. For example, we see a 25% increase when going from the 10100 to the 10400, and a 16% increase from the 10700K to the 10900K.

Adobe Photoshop mostly relies on single core performance, and for that same reason we didn’t expect to see a 47% performance increase from the Core i3-10100 to the Core i9-10900K. The i9 processor does enjoy a clock speed advantage as well as a much larger L3 cache.

The margins seen in After Effects are more in line with our Photoshop expectations. The 10900K is 35% faster than the 10100, though the 10700K and 10600K are just 20% faster. It’s interesting to see the 10600K and 10700K producing the same score, while the 10900K is around 13% faster, this is clearly a result of higher sustained frequencies.

Power Consumption

The Core i9-10900K is a beast, pushing total system consumption to 300 watts, a 70 watt increase from the 10700K. Meanwhile the 10700K pushed system consumption just 30 watts higher than the 10600K.

Gaming Performance

Time for a look at gaming performance and first up we have Battlefield V at 1080p with the ultra quality preset using an RTX 2080 Ti. The 10900K and 10700K are both GPU limited and as a result they delivered the same average and 1% low performance. The 10600K also managed to produce the same average frame rate but slipped away from the 1% low, trailing by an 8% margin.

We see a further 6% decline in performance with the 10400 and then a rather large 22% drop off with the 10100. However, by increasing the resolution to 1440p for a more realistic test scenario, we find very little difference in performance between the 10400, 10600K, 10700K and 10900K. In fact, the average frame rates are virtually identical while the 10900K is at most 10% faster than the 10400 when comparing the 1% low performance.

All that said, the Core i3-10100 does still trail by a noticeable margin and while the performance is far from poor, you will at times be able to notice the difference between the 10100 and 10400.

Far Cry New Dawn is very sensitive to clock frequency and cache performance, so we see a reasonably large performance uplift when moving from the 10100 to the 10400. The i5 processor was up to 25% faster. Of course, the jump from the 10400 to the 10600K is much smaller and the 8% increase is in line with the clock frequency difference.

Then we’re looking at a further 9% boost when stepping up to the 10700K and the i7 part basically matched the 10900K.

As we’ve seen many times in the past, increasing the resolution to 1440p can actually increase CPU load and as a result processors that were already struggling, like the Core i3-10100, fall further behind the competition. Here the 10400 went from 25% faster at 1080p to 31% faster at 1440p.

Next we have the Gears Tactics results and here we’re looking at identical performance using either the 10600K, 10700K or 10900K. It’s only the Core i3-10100 that struggles, trailing the 10400 by up to a 20% margin.

Increasing the resolution to 1440p sees that margin reduced drastically, down to just 7% as the game becomes primarily GPU limited.

For titles like Ghost Recon Breakpoint that aren’t particularly CPU sensitive, you won’t notice a big difference between the Core i3-10100 and Core i9-10900K. This is especially true when testing under more realistic conditions such as 1440p. Here the 10900K was up to 7% faster than the 10100 and on average rendered just 3 frames more per second. So for games that don’t require more than four cores and aren’t sensitive to CPU performance, these are the kind of margins you can expect to find between these 10th-gen Core processors.

In Rainbow Six Siege the 10700K and 10900K are seen delivering virtually identical performance at 1080p. The 10600K is very close, though we do see a 12% reduction in 1% low performance. As expected the 10600K and 10400 are very similar and then we see a further 17% reduction with the Core i3-10100.

However, once again we find when increasing the resolution to 1440p, the added strain on the GPU is enough to almost completely eliminate the fps margins. Here the Core i5, i7 and i9 processors all deliver virtually the same level of performance, while the i3-10100 is up to 13% slower when comparing the 1% low results.

Certainly one of the most CPU demanding games that we currently test with is Shadow of the Tomb Raider and for this one you ideally want a 6-core/12-thread processor. The Core i5 models aren’t far behind the 8 and 10-core i7 and i9 parts whereas the quad-core Core i3-10100 is up to 39% slower.

Increasing the resolution to 1440p reduces the margins between the i5, i7 and i9 processors drastically. Now the 10900K is only 12% faster than the Core i5-10400 when comparing the 1% low performance. However, when compared to the Core i3-10100, it’s up to 33% faster and even the 10400 is 19% faster when comparing 1% low performance. So not an ideal game for those using quad-core processors and we’ll surely see more of this moving forward.

The last game in our benchmark round is Red Dead Redemption 2 and here we have another title that doesn't play particularly well with quad-core processors, even those with SMT support. Although we see virtually identical performance between the various i5, i7 and i9 processors, the Core i3-10100 was up to 27% slower.

Increasing the resolution to 1440p did drastically reduce that margin and now the Core i3-10100 was only 14% slower than the 10900K and 9% slower than the 10400, when using an RTX 2080 Ti.

What We Learned

For budget gaming PCs, or general computing needs, the Core i3-10100 works well enough. For not a great deal more though, we do feel the Core i5-10400 is a much better investment. The Core i3-10300 and 10320 might fare a little better thanks to the larger L3 cache capacity and the slightly higher clock frequencies, but considering both are more expensive, it makes even more sense to just get the Core i5 chip.

If you can find it and plan on using a discrete graphics card, the Core i5-10400F is the way to go. This part might even be better value than the Ryzen 5 3600, which is saying something. At around $160, it’s a mighty tempting alternative so keep that in mind.

Beyond that, the Core i5-10500 and 10600 certainly won’t be worth the price premium, at least not at the current asking prices. Even the 10600K is a stretch at a little over $300, though if you plan to overclock then it can make sense for high refresh rate gaming.

The Core i7-10700K is also a little overpriced right now and at $410 you really have to be able to put those 8 cores to work. The Core i9-10900K is a beast of a processor, but at $530 it’s ~$100 more than AMD's 12-core/24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X, and that’s a big problem for Intel. Though perhaps an even bigger problem is its lack of availability.

Shopping Shortcuts:
  • Intel Core i9-10900K on Amazon
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X on Amazon
  • Intel Core i7-10700K on Amazon
  • Intel Core i5-10600K on Amazon
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