Here's what it's like to have climate change affect your island home


Of all the places where climate change affects, it’s the small island nations of the Pacific Ocean that are being hit the hardest.

It’s a story that’s being presented by Fijians in a VR documentary called Our Home, Our People, which has been put together by the World Bank.

The film reflects on rebuilding efforts following the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Winston last year, and the ongoing threat of rising sea levels.

It ties in with Fiji presiding over COP23, the United Nations’ climate change conference, which takes place in Bonn, Germany over the next two weeks. It’s the first small island nation to preside over the talks, and an appropriate choice given how crucial climate change action is to its survival. Read more…

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How to change the ringtone on your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X with a custom one: 5 visual guides

So, you’ve got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Good for you, but how are you liking the default ringtone, which is by now so ingrained into our society that we are frantically checking our phones once we hear the well-known rhythm of Opening. 
To be honest, changing the ringtone on your iPhone is a task that looks deceptively simple, but has its own quirky moments, especially if you are a fan of little-known anti-consumerist music bands from the 70s and would love your iPhone to ring with the sounds of first-gen punk music, like The Mekons’ “Empire of the …

How to change the Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 ringtone and set a custom one

Okay, we already explored 5 different ways to change the ringtone on your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or pretty much any iOS 11-running device, and boy, that was a somewhat-challenging ordeal.

 During the creation of that guide, a sneaky thought emerged – how much easier is to set a custom ringtone on the iPhones’ most serious competitors, the Galaxy S8, S8+, and the Note 8?

As you might imagine, Android is not a walled-garden and changing the ringtone of your Galaxy flagship is literally a child’s play.
Here’s how to do it:

Apple executive Jeff Williams: "AI will change the world"

Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Williams said today that Artificial Intelligence will change the world. The comments was made at an event in Taiwan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of chip manufacturer TSMC. The latter is responsible for all of the A11 Bionic chipsets used in this year’s new crop of iPhone models, including the Apple iPhone X. Although Samsung is looking to return as a supplier of chipsets for the iPhone and iPad by next year, TSMC chairman Morris Chang described his company’s relationship with Apple as “intense.”

Williams said that “I think we’re at an inflection …

LG V30 navbar customization: how to change the color, rearrange the buttons, or hide it altogether

Navbar customization once used to be a feature reserved for the realm of Android rooting and custom ROMs, but this is not strictly the case anymore! With the number of OEMs allowing users to customize the navigational bars on their phones, to some degree at least, this feature is slowly, but surely, creeping its way into the mainstream. And that’s just awesome, we think!

The brand new LG V30, like the G6 before it, makes no exception to this trend and grants users this simple, yet oft overlooked, freedom. Planning to get your hands on the V30 soon? Well then, here’s …

The Google Pixel Buds' Translate feature may just change the world

Amidst the presentation of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, advanced cameras, and miniaturized Home smart assistant, Google announced something pretty awesome, which we feel deserves its spotlight — the Translation feature of the Pixel Buds!

So, yeah, the Pixel Buds are the new wireless earphones by Google, mirroring the launch of products like the Apple AirPods and Samsung Gear IconX. What makes Google’s buds special? Well, they can pair up with the Pixel and use Google’s super-sophisticated translation engine to deliver real-time translation between 40 different languages. Here’s …

'Outlander' episode 3 makes one huge change from the books; showrunner Ron Moore explains why


This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 3, “All Debts Paid.”

Episode 3 of Outlander Season 3 is a pretty big deal for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s novels: Not only does it reintroduce a pivotal character in Lord John William Grey (all grown up and decidedly more dashing than the last time we saw him in Season 2), but also closes the chapter on Claire and Frank’s tumultuous relationship in surprisingly poignant fashion.

While the show has to omit or streamline countless plot points from the novels in the adaptation process — including cutting Jamie’s trip to seals’ isle (although perhaps we’ll see it later in flashback) and the many prickly layers of his complicated relationship with Lord John, for the most part, Outlander’s writers do an admirable job of staying faithful to the emotional arcs that drive Gabaldon’s novels. That’s especially true of episode 3, written by Matthew B. Roberts, which takes our heroes on a believable and equally effective journey, even if the signposts are a little different along the way. Read more…

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Watch the first-ever U.S. youth poet laureate perform a stunning poem about social change


This summer, 19-year-old Amanda Gorman sat down to outline her priorities. As the very first U.S. youth poet laureate, a position she earned for her literary talent as well as her record of community engagement and leadership, she asked herself, “What do I want to accomplish?”

Since Gorman took on the inaugural role, she’s embarked on a national tour across the U.S. She hopes to make poetry accessible to America’s young people, and has sought them out when she speaks and performs. She wanted to be the one sitting and listening, too. Young people around the country, she believes, deserve a say in what she does.  Read more…

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How to customize the Galaxy Note 8 navbar: change color, rearrange buttons, make it disappear!

Starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung ditched physical buttons in favor of on-screen navigation, as there was simply no room for them on the phones’ almost non-existent bottom bezel, and the brand new Galaxy Note 8 continues this trend.

Thankfully, Samsung has added a healthy dose of navbar customization options in the latest iteration of its proprietary Android skin, which grants users the ability to rearrange the on-screen buttons’ order, to change the navigation bar’s color, and even make it disappear! Previously something reserved …