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How to Stay Awake During a Long Layover So You Don’t Miss Your Flight

The comfort on board planes has significantly improved compared to a couple of decades ago, especially during long-haul flights. Today, you can watch video content on streaming services on your phone or other device. Most airlines even offer access to wifi these days, That means you can play free no deposit bingo, read the latest news, or even respond to business emails to save some time.

While the actual flight might be more enjoyable than in the past, a problem occurs when you have a long layover. Nobody likes to wait for hours until their next plane arrives and they take off to their final destination. However, sometimes it is the only option for the intrepid traveler. Here is what you can do to pass the time quickly and ensure you don’t miss the next flight!

Do You Have Enough Time to Explore the City?

Here is the first thing to ask yourself – how many hours will the layover last? You might have ten hours between the flights, but you need to be at the airport for an hour or two before the next flight. That is something to consider when calculating if you have enough time to leave the airport.

If you have several hours to spare, there is no reason why you shouldn’t explore the city. It might be a unique opportunity because who knows when you will find yourself in that location again. 

The experts advise designing your city exploration plan in advance. You probably won’t have time for everything, so focus on sight or two that you want to see the most, with perhaps a meal away from the typical airport fare. Additionally, make sure that you return to the airport by the specified time. Make sure to leave some wiggle room in case something goes wrong, such as your taxi getting in a traffic jam while taking you back to the airport. It’s better to be at the lounge an hour or two earlier than to risk missing your flight. Remember – this is only a layover. It isn’t worth missing your ride to your final destination!

Your Gadgets Are Your Best Friend

It’s vital that your mobile phone is fully charged and capable of enduring active use while you are waiting for the next flight. Your cellphone will allow you to check-in with your friends and loved ones and talk to them. You will also need it for other activities we suggest later in the article. Anyone living in the modern age understands the essential nature of a cellphone while traveling. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you might want to consider being prepared with a SIM card for your destination(s). Otherwise, you might be swarmed with hidden fees.

Apart from a mobile phone, you might be carrying a laptop, tablet, or another device. All these can be useful to pass the time, so make sure you have sufficient battery. The alternative is to find a place to charge at the airport, which can be a restaurant or coffee shop. Additionally, you can be prepared by bringing your own portable charger. These are an essential gadget for any traveler – some suitcases even come with them built in these days!

Here is what you can do with these devices:

  • Respond to business emails and finish work-related tasks – you have time to spare, so why wouldn’t you use it intelligently and complete those work-related things you’d like to avoid while on vacation? Whether it’s responding to emails or writing a draft of a meeting, all it takes is finding a quiet place where you can focus.
  • Play games – mobile phones and tablets feature games that can keep you interested for hours. If there is a game you love playing at the moment, you will have several hours to enjoy it, which is a true blessing.
  • Watch TV shows and movies – the odds are the airport has high-speed internet, so how about watching a few episodes of your favourite show?
  • Listen to music – you will need headphones because you don’t want to disturb the passengers, but listening to your favourite tunes is another option. Furthermore, you can also listen to podcasts and other content. 

Make a Game Out of People Watching

Some people find it a bit strange, but others believe this is a creative way of passing the time. The idea is to position yourself in a place where people often pass by, and the airport is the perfect location for that. Your task is to watch a person and see what you can guess about them. Some find coming up with elaborate backstories for different travelers quite amusing.

Perhaps you can guess where they came from and then see what their luggage says. Make sure that you do the entire watching discreetly because it should never be one’s intent to make another traveler uncomfortable.

Freshen Up for Your Next Flight

Most airports have large toilets where you can invest some time to freshen yourself up to feel better. You probably have carry-on luggage that includes your skincare and other cosmetic products. Even a couple of wet wipes, a mouthwash and a swipe of deodorant might do the trick. 

If you want to take things to the next level, discover if the airport offers showers or spa services. Many airports where layovers are common include these facilities as they want the layover passengers to feel comfortable. You can get your batteries charged and energized by having a hot shower or getting yourself a massage to relax after a tiresome flight. Why approach the next step of your journey feeling overly foggy, when you can approach it pampered and prepared?

Are You Feeling Hungry?

The next thing to consider is whether you could use a nice meal. Most airports offer multiple restaurants and fast food facilities, but the time of day (or night) will effect which of them are open. If it’s the middle of the night, the odds are that only a late-night snack bar will be available, which is better than nothing. Treat yourself to a coffee, and healthy snacks such as a granola bar or fruit to keep you feeling energized.

However, if you find yourself at the airport in the afternoon, you can probably pick between multiple options. Since you are not in a rush, take some time to think and go with the restaurant that seems most tempting. It may even be an excellent opportunity try the local cuisine.

Read a Book

Did you start reading a book on your first flight and didn’t have time to finish it? If you can’t wait to see what happens next, how about reading it now? If it is an interesting read, it will help keep you wide awake and engaged in your surroundings. That’s the entire point – finding an activity you find attractive ensures you don’t fall asleep.

Books are a convenient way of passing the time but don’t forget to pick them carefully. If you need to start a new book and you find it boring, you might become sleepy. That’s why choosing the right title is imperative, so go with those books you know you will like. Many airports offer bookstores where you can browse numerous titles if you are in the market for something new.

Conclusion

It’s not pleasant when you have to wait for hours for the next flight. However, we staying awake can be easier if you engage in entertaining activities. Apart from ensuring that you don’t fall asleep, time will pass more quickly until you finally hear that boarding call to your final destination.

You want to plan your layover before heading on a trip. Make sure all devices like smartphones and laptops are charged and don’t hesitate to bring books and headphones to listen to music. It’s all about designing a layover plan that suits your preferences, as that one increases the odds of staying awake for as long as necessary.

Marvel Comics to Release – WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1

The action-packed universe of the Warhammer tabletop gaming universe is coming to Marvel Comics this October! Written by Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, The Wicked + The Divine) and drawn by artist Jacen Burrows (Punisher: Soviet, Moon Knight), WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1 will reveal the untold origin of the legendary Space Marine Chapter Master. Witness Marneus Calgar’s beginnings on the world of Nova Thulium, his campaigns in the Black Crusades, and discover a deadly threat from his past, the mysterious Black Altar. To gear up for this latest mission, hone your design skills with the Color Your Own Variant cover by popular artist Max Dunbar (Champions). This special paper stock cover allows you to color Dunbar’s artwork so you can create your very own Space Marine and save the Ultramar system from destruction in this extraordinary chapter of the Warhammer saga!

“Part of the reason I said yes is I because I believe with Marvel I can do a 40K comic “properly”— as in, with all the skill and craft I’ve learned over the years. If I’m going to do a 40K comic as a mature creator I’d like to hit it hard,” Gillen explained in an interview with CBR. “The other part is, as the writer of the first mini in the Warhammer line I get to set the tone for everything else. Also, I get to introduce folks to the world. You asked me how I would explain Warhammer to somebody? I’d do that by giving them my mini.”

Prepare for glorious combat when WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1 hits stands this October!

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About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit marvel.com.

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About Games Workshop®

Games Workshop® Group PLC (LSE:GAW.L), based in Nottingham, UK, produces the best fantasy
miniatures in the world. Games Workshop designs, manufactures, retails, and distributes its range of
Warhammer®: Age of Sigmar® and Warhammer® 40,000® games, miniature soldiers, novels and model
kits through more than 529 of its own stores (branded Games Workshop® or Warhammer®), the
www.games-workshop.com web store and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries
worldwide. More information about Games Workshop and its other, related, brands and product ranges
(including our publishing division ‘Black Library’ and our special resin miniatures studio ‘Forge World’)
can be found at www.games-workshop.com.

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Kidrobot × Godzilla

Godzilla 1954 8-Inch Art Figure Glow-In-The-Dark Crackle Edition

The King of the Monsters is ready to turn your city to mulch! This 8-inch art figure is a classic rendition of GODZILLA, complete with a crackled-skin finish that would be the envy of any fashion-minded, city-stomping nuclear lizard. Whether you put him on a shelf or lock him in a crate that you toss into the ocean for a thousand years, this piece is essential for any serious Godzilla fan or Kidrobot collector.

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Make Happy Your New Normal

Never has there been a more pressing need for an app that makes happiness possible every day. And while mindfulness mobile apps are a dime a dozen, The Happy Habit app’s distinctive aesthetic sets it apart.

Designed and developed by Melbourne app development company, Wave Digital, together with creator of The Happy Habit, Fleur Chambers, this beautifully crafted app guides users to find and savour moments of happiness every day.

Fleur Chambers is an internationally recognised meditation teacher and the voice, creative mind and heart behind The Happy Habit. Her vision – to create a more intimate space for her guided meditations. With an existing following of more than 600,000 people across 30 countries, Fleur’s goal was to create a bespoke iPhone and Android app that made it easier to be mindful every day.

The Happy Habit app supports users to create a daily meditation habit. Features include the ability to select micro meditations, which are no longer than 4 minutes in length, and to set daily reminders. The app also provides access to hundreds of guided meditations designed to help users either create, grow or explore. Users can choose to listen to meditations with music or without. 

What is truly unique about The Happy Habit app, however, is its distinctive visual identity. This was achieved by designing a unique logo and colour palette, supported with idiosyncratic illustrations to breathe personality into a digital product. The result – an exquisite, organic and approachable visual design with a user experience that is intuitive enough to easily guide users on their practice.

Available on iOS and Android devices for free, and with over 750 downloads and almost 3,000 meditations played in its first 30 days, The Happy Habit app is quickly making happy the new normal.

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Conlangio, free web-based application for constructed languages.

There is often a secret ingredient that draws us into powerful performances on our television, captivates us with storytelling in our favorite books and has us hooked on to the latest video game. That secret ingredient is a constructed language and there is a Denver startup focused on creating a platform for language creators around the world and promoting the art, science, and craft of inventing languages.

That company is Conlangio, an innovative language-construction software company with a free web-based constructed language application. This startup – not even a year old and still in its early phases – already has over 400 language creators and over 400 languages created using their software. It has created quite a buzz in this niche community and is planning to expand to content-creation and educational material in the near future.

The founder of Conlangio, Patrick Gaston, is a classically trained linguist, U.S. Army veteran, and software engineer living in Denver, CO.

“Language is my absolute passion. After getting my degree in Linguistics and becoming a software engineer, I really made it a mission to use this unique skill set to create language applications for underrepresented language communities. I started creating my own language in 2016 as a way to deal with some issues transitioning from military to university so this is where I wanted to start my journey,” says Patrick Gaston

One of the most amazing things about this startup is that it was created on nights and weekends as a side project – and still is!

“I’m kind of just riding this wave right now. Conlangio has definitely grown to a point that makes it hard to do part-time but I am loving every minute of it. This whole journey has already been so surreal and if I get to work on Conlangio full-time, it will be amazing,” says Gaston.

In the past year, Conlangio has grown to a diverse team of 4, including 2 military veterans.

Want to know more? So do we!

What is a constructed language? 
Constructed languages, or conlangs for short, are languages that have been created artificially, by an individual or a group, with the intent of being used for communication by a group of speakers, to enhance art, entertainment and more.

You may be more familiar than you think! If you’re one of the millions that tuned into HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, you’ve heard of Dothraki, which is a fictional language constructed by David J. Peterson – an American language creator. That’s not all. Some other places you can find constructed languages are James Cameron’s Avatar, The 100, and the Lord of the Rings to name a few. That list is only getting bigger.

Why create a language?

People create languages for all kinds of reasons, some of these might include own personal use, video games, films or TV shows.

Stay tuned…
Be sure to keep an eye on this startup, as they may be responsible for your next favorite hit series.

To contact Conlangio or find out more, check out http://conlang.io/

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Problems With iPhone X You Need to Know

Apple’s changed the entire dynamics of the smartphone industry with its launch of iPhone X back in 2017, taking over the tech markets by storm. In fact, it was one of the most awaited releases of the year by iPhone as it was the first device in the iPhone range to get rid of the iconic home button and come with a new and innovative organic LED (OLED) screen. However, this high-priced iPhone X comes with quite a few faults, ranging from fast battery drainage and fragile back glass, that are hard to ignore especially when you’re spending a fortune to buy the device. 

Being an iPhone X owner, you must be aware of these issues so that you can take the necessary steps to overcome them and ensure that your device performs optimally. In case the problems persist, you can visit the Apple Store to have them sorted out. However, having your iPhone X repaired through the Apple Store can burn a hole through your pockets so we suggest that you visit a reliable repairing service like BREAKFIXNOW to get the work done at affordable prices. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the most persistent and prominent issues you’re likely to face in an iPhone X. 

Short Battery Life 

Although Apple claims that the battery of its iPhones can last all day long, it’s no secret that they have very unreliable battery life. In fact, if you ask any iPhone user what feature of their device they would want to be improved, we are sure that 80% of them will answer battery life and performance. iPhone X is no different and while Apple has taken many measures to improve the batteries used in iPhone X, it still has a lot of shortcomings. You can, however, take certain measures to improve battery life and make it last longer. Some of these include regulating the temperature of your iPhone X, managing background app activity and turning off unnecessary features that you don’t need.

Slow Charging

Another issue that most iPhone X users complain about is the slow charging of the device. Not only that but people also face issues around wireless charging as there have been reports that it doesn’t work properly or the phone doesn’t charge at all in some cases. This may be a result of a software fault in the system or a hardware fault in the charging port or the battery but no matter what the reason is, you should first ensure that the charging cable and adapter are not damaged. After ruling that out, we recommend that you have your phone checked by a professional. 

Freezing Screen

Although Apple came with a lot of advancements in the touchscreen technology by introducing an OLED in iPhone X, these advancements were accompanied by a fair share of issues as well. Screen freezing is referred to as the frustrating occurrence of unresponsive display when you’re using the device and unfortunately, you may have to deal with a lot of screen freezing in iPhone X. There may be times when you need to use your device urgently and its screen freezes so under such circumstances, you can try force restarting your iPhone. This, however, is a temporary fix so there are chances that you will still be facing screen freezing issues unless you opt for a permanent solution by going to a professional repairing service. 

Screen Burn-Ins

Another display related issue that most people face in iPhone X is of screen burn-ins where an image or its outline is embedded into the display (sometimes permanently) when it is viewed for a long period. Even Apple acknowledged this issue and officially stated that it is possible to experience image persistence and burn-ins in iPhone X. To prevent this, keep your screen brightness at a lower level and turn on display auto-locking. Keep in mind that screen burn-ins can permanently damage the display of your device so it’s important to take the precautionary steps to prevent them from happening.

Dysfunctional Face ID 

A prominent issue in iPhone x that has been reported time and again is that its Face ID does not work properly and in some cases completely fails to work and unlock the phone at all times. If the Face ID does not work at all, you may need to get your camera unit replaced so that it is able to recognize your appearance. Otherwise, make sure to keep the notch at the top of the screen clean at all times and scan your face under good lighting to ensure that the sensors and camera are working properly to recognize your appearance. 

These are only some of the major issues you’re expected to face in an iPhone X. Other problems that you may notice are speaker crackling at high volumes, call dropping, fragile back glass, and unresponsive touch screen. However, remember that iPhone X comes with an array of impressive features ad benefits too which neutralize the shortcomings and make it worth every penny.

Bear in mind that these are only some of the problems you might face with your iPhone X. Other issues include, but are not limited to, call dropping, GPS not working properly and touchscreen being unresponsive so you should brace yourself for those too. 

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CES: THE GLOBAL STAGE FOR INNOVATION

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

Watch HERE.

New War of the Realms Cover Art

Marvel Releases New WAR OF THE REALMS #1 Cover Art from John Tyler Christopher!

The War Of The Realms is coming…and no corner of the Marvel Universe will be untouched! Today, Marvel is excited to release a new stunning variant cover by superstar artist John Tyler Christopher.

This April, all hell will break loose as Marvel’s epic event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson usher in an event of unparalleled scale! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of WAR OF THE REALMS #1 for retailers – be sure to check Marvel mailers for details!

For more information on WAR OF THE REALMS, visit Marvel.com.
WAR OF THE REALMS #1 (of 6)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

WAR OF THE REALMS #1 Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN198216)

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About War of the Realms
This April, Marvel’s WAR OF THE REALMS commences, brought to you by the superstar team of Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman and featuring Marvel’s greatest heroes such as Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel! The dark sorcerer Malekith wages a war that has spread from one otherworldly realm to the next, razing each one to the ground as his armies move from conquest to conquest. Now there’s only one realm left standing: ours. Nightmarish creatures and wicked warriors from across the Ten Realms are all converging on Midgard, and it will take the combined might of the Marvel Universe’s greatest defenders to prevent them from conquering Earth! Jason Aaron has been setting the stage for this story for more than half a decade, and the ramifications will reverberate throughout the Marvel Universe for years to come! And don’t miss a special midnight release for WAR OF THE REALMS #1 in April!

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit marvel.com.

TYLER JACOB

East coast born and bred, Tyler Jacob is a singer/songwriter who got his start in the industry after being discovered singing on the trains of NYC.

At the age of 5 years old, Tyler Jacob started singing and performing in school plays. Tyler says that “I’ve always wanted to sing. It was a natural thing for me.” His family recalls little Tyler putting on shows in the family living room.

“I don’t come from a family of singers. I’m the only one.” 

But it wasn’t until his freshmen year in high school did he realize others thought he had a gift, when he was accidentally placed in a choir class. “The choir teacher asked me to sing, so she could classify my voice.” The rest is history. After the choir teacher heard Tyler’s voice, she had him transferred to Creative Arts High School (CAHS) in Camden, New Jersey.

Tyler’s passion to sing, write and perform his own music, in English and Spanish, pushed him after he graduated from CAHS to move to the big Apple to pursue his singing career. Since then he has gone on to win numerous talent shows , performed on many stages across the US, opened up for Grammy Award winner, Brandy Norwood, and logged studio time with Carvin & Ivan (Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, Mario), and Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, Monica, Mary J. Blige).  

Tyler credits artists like Brandy, Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Jon B, Marc Anthony, Tank, Maxwell, as some of his influences.

N.E.R.D.’s new single “Lemon” with ROLI’s new Studiopack

Remix N.E.R.D.’s new single “Lemon” with ROLI’s groundbreaking new Studiopack

Anyone can now make their own songs with the featured content of “Lemon,” the hit song from N.E.R.D. that features Rihanna rapping

The beats of “Lemon,” the surprising new single from Pharrell Williams’ N.E.R.D. band, are now freely available for all music-makers to play and adapt in ROLI’s NOISE app.

Breaking the mold of the traditional soundpack, “Lemon by N.E.R.D” is a “Studiopack” that deconstructs the song into easy-to-use sonic elements that anyone can build back up and take in their own creative direction. Simply touching the screen of a smartphone or tablet brings the song’s sounds to life. Explore the pack today in NOISE, the free music creation app from ROLI.

ROLI’s collection of innovative NOISE Studiopacks is growing quickly. The recently released “Happy by Pharrell” — also free in NOISE — breaks down the beats, basslines, and Pharrell’s own vocals in “Happy,” the chart-smashing global hit.

Studiopacks offer an exciting new way into music for fans, who can move from listening to their favorite songs to actively creating music based on those songs. The packs also offer artists a way to reach new audiences. In coming months ROLI will release more Studiopacks to complement the world-class collection of sounds already available in NOISE.

“Lemon” is the first song since 2010 from N.E.R.D., the legendary group that includes singer-producer Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Hayley. Featuring Rihanna, it marks the first time that superstars Pharrell and Rihanna have performed together in a song. “Lemon” released on November 1 with an electrifying video starring Rihanna and the dancer Mette Towley.

The Studiopack release follows Pharrell’s appointment as ROLI’s Chief Creative Officer on October 28. Over the course of a long-term partnership, he will work with the ROLI team to develop revolutionary musical instruments that are iconic, digitally connected, and accessible to all. Their collaboration will accelerate the arc of innovation that began with ROLI’s award-winning Seaboard and BLOCKS, which have been called “two of the most compelling music-making devices in recent memory.”

Roland Lamb, founder and CEO of ROLI, said: “The ‘Happy by Pharrell’ and ‘Lemon by N.E.R.D.’ Studiopacks are just the beginning of our exciting work with Pharrell and other artists.”  “Lemon by N.E.R.D.” is now available to download for free in ROLI’s NOISE app.  ROLI founder Roland Lamb and Pharrell Williams, ROLI’s new Chief Creative Officer, discuss music creation at ROLI’s East London headquarters.  Rihanna and the dancer Mette Towley feature in the hit music video for “Lemon.” The song marks the first time that superstars Pharrell Williams and Rihanna have produced a song together. © N.E.R.D Music, LLC under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

About NOISE

Released in 2016, the NOISE app is a powerful and free music creation app. It contains hundreds of sounds from melodic strings to thumping basses. Multi-touch technology lets you play with amazingly deep expression just by sliding and pressing your fingers on the screen. NOISE transforms smartphone and tablets into powerful, portable music-making devices at the center of a creative lifestyle. NOISE is now available on iOS and select Android devices.

About ROLI

ROLI is creating the future of musical instruments. From next-generation keyboards like the Seaboard to the modular music-making devices of BLOCKS, ROLI instruments are deeply expressive, intuitive to play, and so versatile that they can sound like anything and be played anywhere. Their expressiveness comes alive through touch. Visit ROLI.com to learn more about the Seaboard GRAND, Seaboard RISE,Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block,NOISE app, and other ROLI products. They are available worldwide at Apple Stores and leading musical instrument retailers.