AllCall Rio comes with dual camera, Android Nougat and 3 days’ battery

Sometimes it’s not just about having the biggest brand smartphone in your pocket. You’d be surprised at what you can get your hands on if you cast your net a little wider. The big brands of today had to start somewhere, and many of them started off with some amazing specs at a fraction of the price of more well-known brands. Like OnePlus. Or like the AllCall Rio, which we bring you today.

While you might not have heard of this brand yet, it’s worth checking it out for the sheer amount of impressive specs, design and features it brings at a jaw-droppingly low price of about $55! Check out the video below to discover more about this phone or head over to the AllCall Rio website.

Here’s a little more about what you could be investing your hard-earned dollar on…

Design and display

The AllCall Rio comes jam-packed with an eye-catching array of specs: it boasts 3D curved screen technology, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S8, melding nicely into a sleek metal frame. The frame and housing is made with utmost care to maximize high durability of the device, while ensuring a smooth design and elegant appearance. 

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The AllCall Rio looks sleek and elegant, with its curved screen. / © AllCall

Its ergonomics won’t let you down either – it sits nicely in your hand, however, should the phone slip from your hand, it’ll likely hold its own thanks to a 1.8 mm thick glass, which is thicker than many other phones nowadays, ensuring its sturdiness and robustness.

Camera

You guessed it – this latest phone from AllCall comes with a dual camera (8 MP Sony IMX149 sensor) with an aperture of f / 2.2, in addition to a front camera for selfies. AllCall isn’t messing around with its photography technology – you can expect exquisite clarity and vivid colors as well as the bokeh portrait effect. You also get all the usual camera features like color filters, panorama shots and video shooting.

Performance and battery

The AllCall Rio comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, which has some useful features like split-screen mode and notification direct reply – these all make your user experience much friendlier than ever before. Packing a 2,700 mAh battery, the phone should hold its own for 3 days or 16 hours calling time.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this phone with some fantastic specs at a quite literally unbeatable price – it could be the next big hit in the near future! AllCall will also be at the Asia Expo for Mobile Electronics in Hong Kong from October 18 to 21 – so if you’re around, you should head over check them out!

iOS 11 Arrives in 2 Days – Here is What You Get.



Apple’s new operating system iOS 11 will come already pre-loaded on all new smartphones coming out on September 22. Downloads begin on the 19th of September.

Apple’s new iOS will be available for download starting this Tuesday and brings loads of excellent new features for your device. If you are getting the latest devices, you will already have iOS pre-loaded.
Here is a summary of the features that iOS 11 will bring:
 
1. Augmented reality – According to Apple iOS is the largest augmented reality platform in the world. There are an estimated 10,000 new AR apps that will debut with the launch of iOS 11 which take advantage of the latest AR technology. With AR, you can digitally redecorate your home, explore a city you’ve never visited, or even try on a new tattoo. The possibilities are endless.
 
2. Control Center update – Apple’s new control center gives you the ability to customized it to your wants and needs. You can add voice memo control, and home controls and other settings. 
 
3. Apple Pay for friends – iOS 11 brings the convenience of Apple Pay to Messages. You can send money to friends, or receive it with the ease of a conversation. Use Apple Pay with your credit or debit card to send money instantly and securely, right in Messages.
 
4. Siri is Much Better – Through advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence, Siri is more expressive, with a new, more natural voice. Siri got a major enhancement that allows it to do even more things. For starter’s you can now change the voice to male or female which now makes me wonder if we can still refer to Siri as her or she.
 
5. AirPlay 2 – Apple’s AirPlay 2 gives you full control of your home audio system and the speakers throughout your house. You can play a song in the living room and your kitchen at the same time. Adjust the volume in any room. Or have your music start instantly on all your speakers — in sync with one another.
 
6. Lock Screen – Security is an important features of any smartphone or device. iOS 11 brings a lock screen that is even more powerful. To get to all your notifications, just swipe up from anywhere on the screen. At a glance, you can see both your recent and missed notifications in one place.
 
7. Maps – Easily find you way around with outdoor and indoor maps. You can now see detailed maps of major airports and shopping centers around the world. Find out which restaurants are past security at the airport or which stores are on level three of the mall.
 
8. Quick Type Keyboard – Typing just got easier.  iOS 11 allows better easier texting by allowing you to touch and hold the emoji or globe key, select one-handed typing. Now the keys will instantly move closer to your thumb.
 
9. Safe Driving Features – Apple has made a more conscious effect to ensure safe driving. Thanks to iOS 11 new driving feature, the iPhone can now sense when you might be driving and help keep you from being distracted by calls, text messages, and notifications. People trying to message you can automatically be notified that you’re driving.
 
10. All-new App Store – The App Store has been redesigned from the ground up to help you discover new apps and games you can’t live without. You’ll see daily stories by experts, a dedicated Games tab, lists for all kinds of apps, and much more. It’s the biggest thing to come to the App Store since apps.


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The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: Champions’ Ballad DLC launch date information these days? | Gaming | Entertainment

Due to the fact asserting new details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Champions’ Ballad DLC, there’s been silence from Nintendo.

Followers nevertheless never know when the following piece of written content for the strike Nintendo Change and Wii U game is coming.

Nonetheless, that could all adjust these days.

A Nintendo Direct function is staying held at all over 11pm Uk time, which will focus on the Change and 3DS’ most significant releases coming in the following couple months.

So significantly, we only that the Champions’ Ballad launch date is set for someday in the course of “holiday 2017”.

And with Nintendo looking to focus on their most significant launches coming in the following couple months, it seems sure will ultimately learn the DLC 2 launch date.

It should be noted that the Japanese online games big haven’t confirmed this as taking place, just telling followers what they hope to achieve in the course of their Direct function.

“Tune in at 11pm (Uk time) on Wednesday 13th September for practically 45 minutes of info mostly concentrated on what’s heading to Nintendo Change and Nintendo 3DS family members programs about the following couple months, which include new details about Tremendous Mario Odyssey for Nintendo Change,” a information from Nintendo teases.

“You can view at Nintendo UK’s official Nintendo Direct site, or on Nintendo UK’s YouTube channel.”

As most followers will previously know, the next written content pack will insert a new dungeon, an original tale, and more new issues.

Footage was proven earlier this year, in which producer Eiji Aonuma unveiled more about playable people and the tale focus.

“Mr Aonuma confirmed you may nevertheless play as Hyperlink in The Champions’ Ballad, but learn more about Zelda together the way.” reads a Nintendo tweet.

We also know that The Champion’s Ballad is set just after Ganon’s defeat in the original Breath of the Wild storyline. 

This will in impact necessarily mean the new DLC will operate as a form of sequel, ideally selecting up right just after the ultimate scenes proven at the finish of the game.

It also provides more items, which include Link’s lobster T-shirt from The Wind Waker.

Both of those expansions are available as component of a year pass, which has a £17.99 rate tag.

In terms of new written content, the Master Trials DLC provides new modes, map attributes and items.

It will be well worth checking out the Nintendo Direct even if there is no Legend of Zelda information, with Tremendous Mario Odyssey and other massive releases finding the spotlight treatment.

The Nintendo Direct will be available to view on the web on Twitch, YouTube and Nintendo’s have site.

OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3T Available With Discounts, Cashbacks, Offers in OnePlus 1000 Days Sale

As reported earlier, OnePlus on Tuesday commenced its three-day sale celebrating 1,000 days of operation in India. The three-day OnePlus 1,000 Days sale will end on Thursday, September 7, and it offers discounts and deals on the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5 smartphones. The offers are only available on Amazon India.

In the sale period, the OnePlus 3T 64GB smartphone has been made available at a discounted rate of Rs. 25,999, giving it a price cut of Rs. 4,000 temporarily. The smartphone is up for grabs at this discounted rate on Amazon India. Furthermore, users can also get additional cashback of Rs. 2,000 on Axis Bank credit and debit cards along with extra Rs. 2,000 off on exchange of their old phones as well. This cashback and exchange offer is going to be applicable on both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3T smartphones. The company is offering up to 12 months of zero cost EMI offer on both the smartphones.

While there’s no discount on the OnePlus 5 smartphone, 100 lucky customers can win complimentary domestic flight vouchers from Cleartrip worth up to Rs. 25,000 as well. The full terms and conditions of this offer can be read here. Apart from this, OnePlus 5 buyers get Rs. 500 promotion credit on Kindle eBooks, up to 75GB of free data for Vodafone users along with three months of free subscription of Vodafone Play, Rs. 250 Amazon Pay balance if you stream the Prime Video app, and free 12 months of damage insurance from Servify. The 1,000 Day Sale is only being held on Amazon India, and no such offers have been listed on the company’s online store.

As mentioned, the OnePlus 1,000 Days sale is a commemoration of OnePlus’ momentous stint in the country in such a short span of time. OnePlus began its journey in India in December 2014 by launching its very first smartphone OnePlus One for Rs. 21,999. At that time, due to low inventory costs, OnePlus sold the smartphone through an invite-only model, but has now, over the years, made it to a point where the invite system has disappeared, and its latest smartphones are available via open sale on Amazon, its own online store, and its exclusive experience stores as well.

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OnePlus 3T gets Rs 4,000 off as OnePlus completes 1,000 days in India

By: Tech Desk | Tech Desk |
Published:September 1, 2017 3:43 pm


OnePlus, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3T discount, OnePlus 3T deal, OnePlus 3T Rs 4000 off, OnePlus 3T reviewOnePlus, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3T discount, OnePlus 3T deal, OnePlus 3T Rs 4000 off, OnePlus 3T review OnePlus 3T smartphone will be available at Rs 25,999 as against the original price of Rs 29,999. The device gets Rs 4,000 off.

OnePlus, on Thursday, announced completion of 1,000 days of its operations in India. To celebrate the feat, the Chinese smartphone maker has unveiled a special promotion event called ‘OnePlus 1,000 Days’ from September 5 to September 7. During this event, OnePlus 3T smartphone will be available at Rs 25,999 as against the original price of Rs 29,999. The device gets Rs 4,000 off.

OnePlus is also offering an additional cashback of Rs 2,000 to people who purchase OnePlus 3T using Axis bank credit and debit cards. Users will get Rs 2,000 off on exchange of their old phone on OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5. Other deals include up to 12 months of zero cost EMI offer and 100 lucky customers can win complimentary domestic flight vouchers from Cleartrip.

“We are pleased to offer exclusive benefits to celebrate the 1,000 days of OnePlus in India. The fast growth of the brand in India is attributed to the strong support from OnePlus community who truly resonate with the spirit of ‘Never Settle’ and our exclusive sales partner Amazon.in. Since our inception, we have been on a journey to develop premium flagship phones – that combines fast, high-end hardware with equally high-end design. Our journey has just begun, the best is yet to come,” Vikas ‎Agarwal, General Manager, India at OnePlus, said.

Read: OnePlus 3T review: A faster smartphone sure, but worth the extra price?

OnePlus 3T was launched as an upgrade to company’s flagship OnePlus 3 smartphone. OnePlus 3T improves on processor, storage, front camera as well as battery. Specifications of the OnePlus 3T are: 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution with Gorilla Glass 4. It runs OxygenOS based on Android Marshmallow. The smartphones is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal memory.

OnePlus 3T gets a 16 MP rear camera with Sony IMX 298 sensor, and it also has a Sapphire crystal lens cover. The rear camera has OIS and EIS enabled, 4k video capturing at 30fps and ‘Slow Motion’ 720p video at 120fps. The front camera’s sensor is also 16MP with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor. The battery is 3,400 mAh and it supports Dash Charge technology as well.

In our review, we said OnePlus 3T is a slightly better, newer phone than the OnePlus 3. Technically both are evenly matched in terms of performance, but the ‘T’ comes with extra battery. However, it is also more expensive and starts at Rs 29,999.

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OnePlus offers discounts on Oneplus 3T, 5 smartphones to celebrate 1,000 days in India, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: OnePlus today announced the successful completion of 1,000 days of its operations in India. To celebrate the milestone with its users, OnePlus has announced a special promotion event ‘OnePlus 1,000 Days’.

During the ‘OnePlus 1,000 Days’ sale, the company’s flagship devices OnePlus 3T will be available at a special price of Rs. 25,999 against the regular price of Rs. 29,999. The promotion offer will be rolled out on the 5th of September 2017 and continue till the 7th September 2017.

During the three day promotion period, customers can also avail additional cashback offer of Rs. 2,000 on Axis bank credit and debit cards along with other attractive offers including Rs. 2,000 on exchange of their old phone on both the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5. In addition, customers can avail up to 12 months of zero cost EMI offer and 100 lucky customers can win complimentary domestic flight vouchers from Cleartrip.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, India at OnePlus, said, “We are pleased to offer exclusive benefits to celebrate the 1,000 days of OnePlus in India. The fast growth of the brand in India is attributed to the strong support from OnePlus community who truly resonate with the spirit of ‘Never Settle’ and our exclusive sales partner Amazon.in. Since our inception, we have been on a journey to develop premium flagship phones that combines fast, high end hardware with equally high end design. Our journey has just begun, the best is yet to come.”

What started out as a simple idea: to provide the world with the best Android Flagship, has come a long way since then. Today, OnePlus is successfully positioned as a customer first and innovative player in the premium smartphone segment. As per the recent IDC Q2 2017 market report, OnePlus has a market share of 14 percent in the premium smartphone segment (USD 400 and above).

The OnePlus journey in India began with the launch of our very first flagship OnePlus One that disrupted the smartphone industry with its unique system adaptation abilities. The brand continued to disrupt the industry with its own operating system Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. The company’s motto of ‘never settle’ was further enforced with the launch of its fourth model, the OnePlus 3, a phone that introduced the fastest and safest battery charging technology (Dash Charge).

The OnePlus 3T, its successor, improved the brand’s offering with greater features and propelled it to the top three premium smartphones by the end of the year. The OnePlus 5, launched in June this year, represents the pinnacle of OnePlus’ desire to provide its users with the best possible user experience with the highest resolution Dual Camera set-up and unmatched performance with up to 8GB of RAM coupled with world’s fastest processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and its proprietary Dash Charge technology.

OnePlus celebrates 1,000 days in India

New Delhi [India], Aug 31 (-NewsVoir): OnePlus today announced the successful completion of 1,000 days of its operations in India. To celebrate the milestone with its users, OnePlus has announced a special promotion event ‘OnePlus 1,000 Days’.

During the ‘OnePlus 1,000 Days’ sale, the company’s flagship devices OnePlus 3T will be available at a special price of Rs. 25,999 against the regular price of Rs. 29,999. The promotion offer will be rolled out on the 5th of September 2017 and continue till the 7th September 2017.

During the three day promotion period, customers can also avail additional cashback offer of Rs. 2,000 on Axis bank credit and debit cards along with other attractive offers including Rs. 2,000 on exchange of their old phone on both the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5. In addition, customers can avail up to 12 months of zero cost EMI offer and 100 lucky customers can win complimentary domestic flight vouchers from Cleartrip.

Speaking on the occasion, Vikas ?Agarwal, General Manager, India at OnePlus, said, “We are pleased to offer exclusive benefits to celebrate the 1,000 days of OnePlus in India. The fast growth of the brand in India is attributed to the strong support from OnePlus community who truly resonate with the spirit of ‘Never Settle’ and our exclusive sales partner Amazon.in. Since our inception, we have been on a journey to develop premium flagship phones that combines fast, high end hardware with equally high end design. Our journey has just begun, the best is yet to come.”

What started out as a simple idea: to provide the world with the best Android Flagship, has come a long way since then. Today, OnePlus is successfully positioned as a customer first and innovative player in the premium smartphone segment. As per the recent IDC Q2 2017 market report, OnePlus has a market share of 14 percent in the premium smartphone segment (USD 400 and above).

The OnePlus journey in India began with the launch of our very first flagship OnePlus One that disrupted the smartphone industry with its unique system adaptation abilities. The brand continued to disrupt the industry with its own operating system Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. The company’s motto of ‘never settle’ was further enforced with the launch of its fourth model, the OnePlus 3, a phone that introduced the fastest and safest battery charging technology (Dash Charge).

The OnePlus 3T, its successor, improved the brand’s offering with greater features and propelled it to the top three premium smartphones by the end of the year. The OnePlus 5, launched in June this year, represents the pinnacle of OnePlus’ desire to provide its users with the best possible user experience with the highest resolution Dual Camera set-up and unmatched performance with up to 8GB of RAM coupled with world’s fastest processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and its proprietary Dash Charge technology. (-NewsVoir)

Accounts getting perma banned for no reason 9 times during 3 days

I will start from the beginning. It starts with the friend of mine getting perma banned 3 days ago for no reason. He didn’t write or upload anything that he could get banned for. After that he created another account with the same name and got banned within few hours. Since then he created another 7 accounts, every from different pc or phone, from different places. Also he didn’t use his real name for every account, some of them had fake Names. Every one of them got banned within few hours for no reason, even when he didn’t log in on devices he was using for his first account.

So here is the question, can he do anything about this situation?

Travel writers’ final fantasy days: ‘At the end of the world… we’d go here’

Julietta Jameson says she'd spend her last day on Earth in Rome walking in beauty, to quote the poet Lord Byron, who was ...

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Julietta Jameson says she’d spend her last day on Earth in Rome walking in beauty, to quote the poet Lord Byron, who was also a fan of Italy’s capital city.

It should, of course, be cause for concern: the end of the world; the coming of the apocalypse; the impending doom of our last collective day on Earth. As world leaders trade 140-character insults and missiles soar through our skies, it should be reason to take to the streets in panic. However, we’re not doing that. If the end of the world really is nigh, then we would like to go out doing something we love. Why spend your hypothetical final 24 hours on this wonderful planet in fear, after all. Ideally, your last day would be one of defiance, of joy, of raging against the dying of the light, of exalting in the things you cherish about this life and this Earth the most. That’s how we feel, and our fantasy final day would, of course, be spent exploring the world.

We would pass our last hours doing the things we love best: travelling, discovering, tasting, viewing, interacting, gazing, wandering, and enjoying.

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On your Roman holiday, wake early and enjoy the beauty of Piazza Navona without the crowds.

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On your Roman holiday, wake early and enjoy the beauty of Piazza Navona without the crowds.

THE INDULGENT TRAVELLER by Julietta Jameson

My last day will be spent walking in beauty, to quote the poet Lord Byron who loved Rome like I do.

I rise from the plushest of beds at 4am, huddling myself into a fluffy white towelling robe before stepping out onto my private terrace on the top floor of Rome’s Intercontinental De La Ville. From one of the highest points in the city, I gaze across the analogue street lights, darkened verdant hills, glowing blue domes and terracotta villas and fall into a sacred moment of gratitude that my last day can be spent communing with such splendour.

Patagonia, where wind, ice, rain and glaciers create a startling landscape that has an undeniable sense of fury and finality.

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Patagonia, where wind, ice, rain and glaciers create a startling landscape that has an undeniable sense of fury and finality.

“Buongiorno signora Jameson! You are up so early!” I engage with the doorman and the wonderful theatre of five-star life before stepping onto the quiet pre-dawn cobbled lanes alongside the garbos and street sweepers to see my Roman friends one last time: Bernini’s Elephant and Obelisk, the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Michelangelo’s wonder of symmetry and sequence built within the old Roman baths near Termini, and the ancient Pantheon, a symbol of stoic endurance amidst the fleeting moments of history, much like the city itself.

By now Rome is awake and I stand at a busy bar alongside the suits and perfectly blow-waved women, savouring a strong black coffee, a simple cheese and ham panini and a sip of prosecco – no one cares – before walking via the dazzling elegance of Piazza Navona to admire the buskers and street artists. On I walk, to Piazza del Popolo to pop a coin into a slot so the light comes on to illuminate the Caravaggio in the church there. His brilliance, as always, moves me to tears.

I lunch on one of the sunny terraces that line the square, surrounded by designer sunglasses and linen shirts on impossibly good-looking men. I flirt with the waiter as I order an extra glass of wine to wash down my silky tortellini.

''A train ride in India is people; it's so many people. It's the best and worst of humanity.''

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”A train ride in India is people; it’s so many people. It’s the best and worst of humanity.”

A post-prandial doze ensues, in the city’s particularly golden sunshine, on a cool, thick lawn dotted with daisies in the Villa Borghese gardens. I might ride the carousel before wandering Via dei Coronari to try on heirloom jewellery and fondle exquisite antiques.

I buy a crazy expensive dress on via Condotti, head up the Spanish Steps to my hotel, and open a bottle of soave to sip as the sun begins to drop. I do my hair and make-up, slip on my new frock and take my time getting to that little family-owned trattoria I know on the square off the beaten path, with the al fresco seating that faces a grand church and where the whole host family, bambini included, welcome you like one of their own.

Fresh crusty bread, antipasti, pasta, wine, tiramisu and the box seat as the setting sun paints the church’s facade – I toast this day, this city and this life, that has been full of beauty and splendour when I have been open to it like this, and as I have always been when in Rome.

Botswana's Okavango Delta - surely the finest resting place for nature lovers.

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Botswana’s Okavango Delta – surely the finest resting place for nature lovers.

THE ADVENTURE TRAVELLER by Andrew Bain

If I’m confronting the end of the world, I want to do so at one of the geographic ends of the world: Patagonia, the place I consider the most naturally beautiful and wild at once. Here, wind, ice, rain and glaciers have carved a startling landscape that has an undeniable sense of fury and finality.

From the ever-expanding Argentine town of El Calafate, I’ll set out early for Moreno Glacier, boating across Lago Argentino beneath the 70 metre-high terminus of the glacier. Almost certainly, seracs will be calving away from its snout, tumbling into the lake in powerful eruptions of water and ice.

Take time to notice the little things that make Venice so transcendental.

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Take time to notice the little things that make Venice so transcendental.

On rock shelves across the lake, I’ll don a set of crampons for a guided hike up through the glacier’s magical maze of ice. Crunching along ridges of compacted ice, we’ll wander up to the final bend in Moreno’s frozen journey, where its surface fractures like broken honeycomb, creating spectacular fins and towers of ice.

I’m hoping the world ends in the southern summer, so that the long days allow me time to dash from Moreno Glacier to the climbers’ haven of El Chalten, don my backpack and set out on foot through the lenga beech scrub towards my favourite mountain in the world: Monte Fitz Roy.

It’s a place as suitably end-of-the-world as I know, for the winds here are often apocalyptic – I’ve hiked in 160km/h winds in Patagonia that had locals blithely shrugging their shoulders as if to say “just another day”. The walk into the base of Monte Fitz Roy is a simple one, following the Chorrillo del Salto upstream and finally to the incomparable Laguna de los Tres. This small lake, pooled in a barren hollow ground out by a long-gone glacier, sits at the foot of Monte Fitz Roy and a glacier that spills from around it.

The mountain looms large from its shores, its tip rising about 2000 metres overhead, with a wall of summit rock that is itself more than a kilometre high. Little wonder it’s considered one of the world’s great climbing challenges. But I’ll be content to sit by the lake and watch sunset do its artistic thing across the range and the typically moody Patagonian sky.

In darkness, I’ll switch on my head torch and wander back down the valley as far as Laguna Capri, where I’ll pitch my tent among the wind-blocking lenga, because if by any chance the sun should happen to rise again, there are few views that make you feel as good about being alive as the glowing dawn image of Monte Fitz Roy from beside your tent at Laguna Capri.

THE INTREPID TRAVELLER by Ben Groundwater

Click-clack, click-clack, click-clack. This would be the soundtrack to my last day on Earth: the staccato beat of wheels on rails. It would be the screech of metal as brakes are applied. It would be the trill of a conductor’s whistle, the slamming of doors.

The soundtrack to my last day on Earth would be conversations in 20 different languages. It would be the shuffle of a thousand feet, the hum of humanity on the move.

I would spend these precious final hours on a train in India with a second-class sleeper ticket to nowhere. It wouldn’t matter where the train was going. It wouldn’t even matter where it had begun. The experience is what counts, the experience of being in those carriages, of crossing that land.

It sounds strange, I know. Your last day on Earth and you’d spend it sitting in a train? In second class? In India? Hear me out.

Everything that’s great about travel is wheezing along those Indian railway tracks 24 hours a day, every day, slowly making its way across the great subcontinent. Everything that we as travellers crave, everything we love, is being carted around on those rattling wheels.

A train ride in India is people; it’s so many people. It’s the best and worst of humanity, a microcosm of the world, a glorious mix of every type of human imaginable (and at least one of them is probably sitting in your seat, or asking you to move over so they can share it). It’s the kindness of strangers who offer to share their lunch. It’s the frank stares of people who’ve never seen anything like you before. It’s the yell of touts selling snacks. It’s the funk of sweat and spice.

But it’s not just what’s inside that counts. The attraction of an Indian train ride is what you see outside as well, a million snapshots of everyday life, a highlight reel of houses and rickshaws, people and animals, fields and trees, gone as fast as they appear. There’s never a dull moment when you stare out from a train in India, never a second when that grubby window isn’t framing something incredible or horrible or fascinating.

So yes, I would spend my last day in an Indian train. I would eat great food and chat to strangers and lie there on the top bunk and just watch as the world went by. Click-clack, click-clack, click-clack. On into the night.

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THE NATURE TRAVELLER by Julie Miller

Noah, at least, must have been given ample warning to gather his wildlife flock in the face of impending doom. But without the luxury of time or ark-construction chops, this animal lover contemplating my last day of existence has little choice but to teleport to where I’ll get the most bang for my four-legged buck in terms of volume, scale and biodiversity.

Let’s face it, under these grim circumstances, I want as many “Oh, my god!” moments as possible with minimal effort. And for that, there’s no more accomplished lover than Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

From the air, the marital bed is laid out before me, a parched dustbowl dotted with clumps of stunted trees and the occasional muddy waterhole where herds of elephants, buffalo and tail-twirling warthog can be clearly spotted. But look! Here comes the flood, trickling like a leaky hose, creating a maze of lagoons and islands as the annual miracle transforms the scrubby landscape to a watery wonderland, exultant with leaping lechwe and wallowing hippos.

Africa’s final dawn makes a statement, red ball piercing the mist as a sole giraffe bobs its head to an unheard rhythm, an iconic silhouette reflected in an ever-expanding pink lagoon. Time is clearly of the essence; by 7am we are in the saddle, setting off on what I believe it the ultimate way to view game – a horseback safari.

On a horse, you are more than just a casual observer in this ecosystem; unencumbered by glass and steel, you become part of the landscape, at one with the wildlife. We sneak within metres of a near-sighted bull elephant, before its inquiring trunk registers the scent of humans and we bid a slow retreat; while on other occasions we are grateful for our mounts’ speed, cantering among a herd of giraffes, poetry in slow motion, or flanking a stampeding herd of buffalo at full gallop.

The afternoon brings more relaxing contemplation as we explore the mirrored waterways in a traditional dug-out canoe, or mokoro, manouevred stand-up style by our handsome guides. As we drift past lily pads, wary of the log-like snouts of crocodile and gaping jaws of hippos, we watch mesmerised as the sun dips over the horizon, absorbing the magic in appreciative silence.

Botswana continues to deliver to the bitter end; under the beam of a spotlight, we spot a leopard dragging a carcass into a tree; while an African wildcat sits unperturbed in the middle of the road, looking extraordinarily like a fat domestic tabby. Then, as the clock strikes midnight, I hear the roar of a lion on the prowl, echoing across the empty expanse. Perhaps I should throw caution to the wind and face that call of the wild – after all, I have nothing to lose.

THE CULTURAL TRAVELLER by Katrina Lobley

If it were the last day on Earth, I hope it falls in an odd year. For that’s when the Venice Biennale – a prestigious international art fair – transforms the already magical city into something that can make you quite forget that the end of the world is nigh.

The biennale, which sprawls over almost six months, is focused around two hubs – the Giardini and the Arsenale, a hop and a skip from St Mark’s Square on the vaporetto. But the best part about the biennale is that it spreads beyond these official venues, turning Venice itself into one big art gallery. You round a corner, expecting nothing more than photogenic alleyways, canals, bridges, churches, palazzos and piazzas, to be taken aback by something sitting there in the name of art. A map helps you track down these surprises or simply let yourself stumble upon them. The current biennale, which kicked off in May, runs until November 26.

If it is, indeed, my last day, then hang the expense of a gondola ride. I’d go crazy and book a whole hour with a good-looking gondolier, admiring how he keeps his vessel’s paintwork scratch-free with a deft kick against the canal walls every now and then. Many gondoliers have amusing nicknames – ask around for Bei Capelli (“Beautiful Hair”).

Take time to notice the little things that make Venice so transcendental. Peer at the street lamps, noting the glass that’s a subtle shade of amethyst. Need time out to smell the roses but don’t know where to find them? If you’re staying at the Bauer Palazzo, hop into the hotel’s chic speedboat and zip over to sister property, Bauer Palladio, on the island of Giudecca, to find the slightly wild secret garden of the former convent. Hungry? Cruise to Burano to feast on seafood at a homely restaurant tucked between the island’s technicolour houses.

If you’re lucky, you’re in Venice during the acqua alta when the water that both defines and threatens the city gurgles up through St Mark’s Square, flooding the place, reflecting the lights and doubling its charm. Speaking of impending doom, how best to bow out with a flourish? There’s only one way, really, and that’s at Harry’s Bar where the bellini was invented. Cheers, cin cin and all that. It’s time to go out with a peach-scented bang.

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 – Stuff

15 Days of Darkness ‘Confirmed by NASA’ Is Not True

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Following the solar eclipse that passed through the United States on Monday, August 21, rumors that there was going to be “15 days of darkness” began circulating. According to Snopes, the initial report first surfaced back in 2015. Due to Monday’s eclipse, the rumors resurfaced — but said rumors are completely false.

It didn’t take long for the following old report to start making the rounds and for social media to light up with posts about this supposed “black out” that would take place in three months time.

“NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015. The event, according to NASA, hasn’t occurred in over [one] million years. Astronomers from NASA have indicated that the world will remain in complete darkness starting on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 a.m. and will end on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. According to officials, the ‘November Black Out’ event will be caused by another astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter,” read the initial claim.

The bogus report went on the say that the White House had already been briefed on the occurrence, which would see most of the U.S. in complete darkness for the latter half of the month of November.

Unlike a solar eclipse in which the moon moves in front of the sun, blocking its light from the earth as part of its orbit, the “15 days of darkness” was something even more rare and more involved. As stated above, Venus and Jupiter would come into play, according to the false report.

Back in January, a site called Reflection of Mind reported that the two planets would pass one another very closely and would be “separated by just one degree.”

“Venus will move to the south-west of Jupiter and as a result it will shine 10 times brighter than Jupiter. Venus’ bright light will heat up the gases in Jupiter causing a reaction which will release a an absurdly high amount of hydrogen into the space. This reaction will come in contact with our Sun at 2:50 a.m. on November 15th,” the site reported. “Once the hydrogen reaches the Sun, a massive explosion is bound to occur on the surface of the Sun, increasing the temperature to more than 9000 degrees. The whole process will generate so much heat that the Sun will change its color into a bluish shade. Once this happens, the Sun will need a minimum of 14 days to restore its normal color and temperature,” the site continued.

NASA has not confirmed any such occurrence and there will not be 15 days of darkness in November.