November 26, 2020

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Sitting at a laptop all day may be good for your job, but not for your health (Credits: Getty Images)

Working from home during the pandemic means many of us may be getting even less exercise than before.

There’s no more walking to the office, or running to catch a train or a bus. The lunchtime stroll may have vanished and getting to the gym is out of the question at the moment.

Sadly, the sedentary lifestyles of many officer workers – whether at a corporate or home office – is having an impact on our physical health.

Exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels could ‘offset’ the harms caused by prolonged sitting, the World Heath Organisation (WHO) has now said.

Its recommendation, published in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, is part of the new global guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Patients will also get support to increase their exercise levels

The recommendation from
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If you’ve got an iPhone 12, you might well find yourself looking for a charger to go along with it. Black Friday is the perfect time to pick up a charger for the iPhone 12, or indeed any other previous device for that matter. This range of Belkin charging accessories for iPhone comes with savings of up to 50%. Check it out!

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This iPhone and Apple Watch charging dock is a whopping 50% off, available now for just $49.99. It comes in Black or White and can charge both an Apple Watch and an iPhone simultaneously.

Belkin Wireless Charger 15W – $24.99 at Amazon

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This 15W charger is perfect for charging any Qi-enabled device including iPhone 12 and previous models, as well as Samsung and other Android devices, AirPods, and

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  • Sony has announced the PS5 and PS4 games that will be free on PS Plus in December.
  • PlayStation Plus subscribers with active subscriptions will be able to grab Worms Rumble, Just Cause 4, and Rocket Arena for free next month.
  • Sony is also running a free online multiplayer weekend for PS4 and PS5 owners from midnight local time on December 19th until 11:59 pm local time on December 20th.

Finding a PS5 has been an even more difficult challenge than many of us had anticipated, but if you were lucky enough to secure the console, the next step is to load it up with games. Thankfully, the PS5 supports virtually every PS4 game ever released, and if you subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you can download the free PS4 and PS5 games that Sony gives away every month. As in November, Sony is giving away three games this month, … Read the rest

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Astronaut Scott Kelly famously lived and worked on the International Space Station for 340 days—the longest time an American has spent in space. His mission gave scientists some vital insight into what happens to the human body during long-duration stays in orbit. That’s because Kelly has an identical twin, Mark (also an astronaut, and now soon to be a US senator). The Kelly twins offered scientists a rare opportunity: as they studied what happened to Scott’s body during his year in space, they had the benefit of a control subject, Mark, who stayed on Earth.

The NASA Twins Study provided more evidence for what we already suspected. In a confined capsule under microgravity and prolonged exposure to radiation, the immune system takes a hit, the eye changes shape for the worse, and there’s some significant loss in muscle and bone mass.

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TV shoppers at a Best Buy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2018. | Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Streaming TV should be easy, but fights among Roku, Amazon, HBO, and NBC are making it hard.

When Wonder Woman 1984 opens in theaters on Christmas Day, most HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch the movie at home. Emphasis on most: Right now, that group of HBO Max subscribers does not include those who use a Roku device to watch streaming TV.

This is because Roku, which dominates the US market for streaming devices, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which owns HBO Max, don’t have a deal to put the new service on Roku’s streaming boxes, sticks, and TVs. If the two companies don’t get a deal done soon, it’s unlikely they’ll have anything in place for the holiday season, according to people who work at both companies.… Read the rest

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Archaeologists at work at a mass grave on the city moat in Vianen, the Netherlands (Credits: EPA)

A disturbing mass grave of 20 skeletons has been unearthed in the Netherlands.

The bodies were found in Vianen by city workers excavating a moat. The majority of the remains belonged to young men aged between 15 and 30.

It’s believed there could be more in the area and experts estimate those inside lived between the late Middle Ages and the 18th century.

At first, workers only found nine skeletons last Friday. But when they returned to the site on Monday, they found eleven more.

Alderman Christa Hendriksen, one of the archaeologists, said she was ‘surprised’ by the discovery and even more that the bodies had been stacked, according to Teller Report.

epa08839375 Archaeologists at work at a mass grave on the city moat in Vianen, the Netherlands, 24 November 2020. Excavations have uncovered dozens of human skeletons on 24 November. The skeletons probably date from a period between the late Middle Ages and a few hundred years ago and are located near the site of the former Batestein castle grounds. EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

The bodies were found as archaeologists excavated a moat in the Netherlands (Credits: EPA)

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If you’re in the market for a new iPad, today’s your lucky day as Apple recently unveiled is new 8th-generation iPad during its September press event. It is the latest affordable model in to Apple’s tablet lineup, alongside the mid-range 2020 iPad Air that was also announced, and you can order it right now at a discount ahead of Black Friday.

Like the 7th-generation model before it, the 8th-gen iPad is the gateway product to the iPad platform with prices starting at just $329. Despite its low cost, the device is no slouch.

Apple’s 2020 iPad makes the jump to the A12 processor, up from the A10 in the last model, which will help it keep apace with other products in Apple’s lineup and add support for future iPadOS updates. The design has remained similar to the previous-gen model — no iPad Pro-style redesign here like in the new

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  • Microsoft has announced the four free Xbox games being given away in December.
  • Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab The Raven Remastered and Bleed 2 for Xbox One, and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Stacking for Xbox 360.
  • You can save about $75 by picking up all four Games with Gold while they’re on sale for free.

One of the most frustrating parts of buying a console at launch is the lack of new games available for the console on day one. Thankfully, Microsoft gives away at least four games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers every month, so as long as you’re subscribed, you can pick up all four games for your new Xbox Series X or Series S.

Unfortunately, the selection isn’t especially compelling, but Saints Row is always a ridiculously good time.


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Lisa Long is immunosuppressed and suffers from chronic pain. That means that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the US in March, she and her family, which includes her two daughters, 11 and 14, have been isolating at home outside St. Louis, save for the occasional doctor’s visit. Visiting family is out of the question for Thanksgiving.

But Long will get to be with her nieces and nephews in Utah and Colorado on Thursday. She’ll sit down to dinner with them on Bloxburg, a simulation game on the popular children’s video-gaming platform Roblox. For months, Long has been working with her daughters and their cousins to build a house on Bloxburg, and those efforts will lead to a “Bloxburg Thanksgiving,” as Long puts it.

“We’re going to try to get together to make turkeys and set big tables,” she says. “We’re going to try to get as many … Read the rest

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Parler is attracting the posts that Twitter and Facebook don’t allow, like hate speech and conspiracy theories about the US election. | Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Conservatives are flocking to a site where they can post things that Facebook and Twitter don’t allow.

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In recent weeks, you may have been hearing more about a site called Parler, which conservatives are touting as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. From Ivanka Trump to the governor of Nebraska, right-wing influencers are asking those frustrated with alleged Big Tech censorship to join them on Parler, a two-year-old app and website that promises free speech online. It’s social media — minus the curation algorithms and content moderation.

Parler, which has been around since 2018, looks at first glance a lot like Twitter and Facebook. Open the app, there are profiles pushing doubt about the 2020 election’s results and declarations that the mainstream … Read the rest

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