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Episode 371 Bilal Zafar aka Zafarcakes

Selfie

Selfie Editing: The most popular apps for Brits!

Us Brits like to edit our photos. With just 29% of us posting a photo online without editing it. While London is the capital for those who edit their photos, with 81% of Londoners opting to not post a photo without touching it up. While Scotland has a slightly less number with 81% of people editing photos before uploading them. 35% of people touch up their bums in photos before posting them and 33% edit their lips. Furthermore 78% of us prefer using the editing features on Instagram, with Facetune coming in 2nd at 71%. That’s a LOT of selfie editing!

Selfies

In 2014 Google Analytics found out that we take around 93 million selfies per day. While there isn’t a study to find out how many we take in 2020, it most likely is going to be more.

However, taking the selfie is just the beginning of social media activity. As there is now selfie editing. Case24.com conducted a study that only 29% of Brits would post a picture without editing it.

Case24’s study analysed the editing habits of us before uploading, they asked 3,064 peopel in the UK whether they post an unedited photo of themselves. The results found which areas in the UK where people are more likely to share unedited pictures of themselves online.

Which areas?

There are actually some areas in the UK where people don’t post completely natural photos. The area where this is most likely to happen, (81%) is London. With Scotland (77%) coming in at second, with the North West of the country where only 25% of people would post an unedited photo coming in third.

Yet the North East as a high percentage of people who would feel comfortable posting an unedited photo online (45%). People from the South West don’t edit as much either (41%) and would post an unedited photo.

Which part of the Selfie do we edit the most?

Furthermore, Case24.com found out which body parts Brits edit the most. 54% of those surveyed liked changing imperfections on their skin. Face Shape (47%) is also another area that we like to edit. Saying they edit details like a sharper jawline or higher cheeks.

46% say they don’t like their arms and eyes also (42%) are edited a lot. 35% of people edit their bums and 33% edit their lips. While 24% of people edit their legs.

Which Selfie Apps do we use?

78% of those surveyed like to use the editing features built into Instagram before sharing a pic online. With Facetune coming in, in 2nd place (71%) to edit their selfies. With data from the Guardian showing that the app was downloaded 20M times in 2018! While VSCO, Layout, Photo Editor and Paintshop Pro were also some of the apps used by over 50% of the respondents.

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Virgin Media, Marvel's Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers Exclusive Virgin Media Skins

Are you a Virgin Media customer? Are you a gamer? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then have we got some good news for you! All Virgin Media customers are eligible to get timed exclusive Marvel’s Avengers skins! They’re applicable to all six of the Marvel’s Avengers main characters and are exclusive to Virgin Media in the UK. Better yet, Virgin Media Customers will also be given early beta access to the game this weekend Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August.

The outfits are only available to Virgin Media customers and are inspired by developer Crystal Dynamics’ favourite comic book looks. While the outfits feature the iconic Virgin Media red and can be added to all of the main characters. They’re exclusive to Virgin Media customers and cannot be worn by anyone else at the time of launch.

Marvel’s Avengers allows players to personalise the attire of their favourite Heroes and even customise their abilities and moves to suit how players play the game.

The exclusive outfits (Virgin Media customers will have 90 days to claim the outfits) include:

  • Hulk:  Ascendancy Outfit
  • Black Widow: Lucent Shadow Outfit
  • Captain America: Burning Might Outfit
  • Iron Man: Jet Stream Armor Outfit
  • Ms. Marvel: Event Horizon  Outfit
  • Thor: Light Breaker Outfit

Virgin Media, Marvel's Avengers

Virgin Media customers should also keep a keen eye on social media and streaming platforms! Why? As there are more suprises and exclusive content to come from the partnership between Virgin Media and Marvel’s Avengers!

Virgin Media customers to get early access to Marvel’s Avengers beta

Beta Access is also available to Virgin Media customers. As they have thousands of beta codes to give away to their customers (Xbox or PC) when entering online.

The access is only available to gamers who have pre-ordered the game on Xbox or PC, though with Virgin Media’s offering to it’s customers, it now means that anyone can download and play the beta.

The beta allows players to get hands on with the game before it’s full launch on September 4th. Players will get the chance to experience single player or co-op War Zone missions where players can connect and join forces with friends online. All whilst playing their favourite Avengers character.

Ahead of the beta launching, Virgin Media teamed with with Arekkz Gaming to give Virgin Media customers a run down of what to expect. Check out the video above for more!

“There is no better time to be a gamer, a fan of Marvel’s Avengers and, of course, a Virgin Media customer. Not only are we giving our customers incredibly stylish and exclusive skins, we are also giving them early beta access to assemble with friends online and play as their favourite Super Heroes.” Cilesta Van Doorn, Director of Brand and Marketing at Virgin Media

“We’re so excited to be partnering with Virgin Media across the entire Marvel’s Avengers campaign.  We’re delighted to be able to offer Virgin Media customers the opportunity to jump in and experience what’s it’s like to be an Avenger ahead of the game’s official release on September 4th. As we close in on launch, we’re delighted to be coming together to offer their customers something unique and creative. These skins are all about taking things to another level.” Karl Stewart, Head of Worldwide Strategic Partnerships for Square Enix

Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers is a story-driven, third-person action-adventure game. Players reassemble and rebuild their Avengers roster in an original, cinematic single-player campaign, then battle solo or online alongside friends as part of the Avengers Initiative, with new missions around the globe. In Marvel’s Avengers, gamers can customize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and then harness their unique powers to defend the world from escalating threats for years to come.

Virgin Media skins

The exclusive suite of Virgin Media skins will be available for 90 days from September 4. More information will be shared soon on how Virgin Media customers can redeem the skins.

Virgin Media beta

To access the beta, those interested will need to redeem the Virgin Media code via the Square Enix website:

  1. Visit virginmedia.com/beta
  2. Fill in customer details on the registration form and click enter
  3. You will receive an automated email with a unique beta code
  4. Visit playavengers.com/redeem
  5. Log in using your Square Enix Members account. If you do not have a Square Enix Members account, you can create one from this page
  6. Enter your pre-order code in the box provided
  7. Select your preferred platform
  8. Click on Submit
  9. You will then be redirected to the confirmation page. If the Beta Code is available, it will be displayed on the page, and you will receive it via email too. If your code is not available yet, you will receive an email containing your code when it is ready, and it will be available on the website

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Train Sim World 2

All you simulator fans out there prepare for the next installment in simulators. The guys over at Dovetail have created a brand new Train simulator game called “Train Sim World 2” due for release on 20th August 2020!

Train Sim World 2 allows users to take control of iconic locomotives on high speed services. Even on long freight hauls or precise commuter traffic, get creative tools too, you are the driver now.

Train Sim World 2 – Authentic Routes & Trains

Take control and feel the thrill of high speed inter city German rail as you drive the famous DB ICE 3M out of Köln. Take control of the CSX AC4400CW and haul long freight across Sand Patch Grade. Furthermore master the complex operations of the famous London Underground on the Bakerloo Line. All licensed and authentically reproduced.

Creative Juices

Personalise your rail journey with an easy to use tool to create your own custom liveries with the Livery Designer. Craft both complex and simple designs, making your journey unique to you. Create your very own scenario with the Scenario Planner. Pick trains and destinations before you jump in.

Realism

The proprietary SimuGraph® vehicle dynamics engine has evolved. Bringing with it adverse weather, master moving heavy freight and control your locomotive power on steep inclines! Dynamic skies and 4K support also bring some visual fidelity and realism to your journey.

Train Sim World 2: Immersion

You will be given clear information on instructions, gradient and speed profiles whilst you drive. Thanks to new HUD displays and clearer display of safety systems, brake controls, power meter and accelerometer. The new controller scheme gives you choice on camera and driving modes. Giving you easier access to the external camera mode and enter another vehicle. While the full physics and simulation is still running!

Preservation

Played Sim World 2020 and it’s add ons? You can now play them in Train Sim World 2.
Your collection comes with you – You can play your Train Sim World 2020 Add-Ons in Train Sim World 2. Train Sim World has always been about your collection, your choice of Add-Ons from your favourite region, time period, diesel, electric, passenger, freight – your way. Your purchased Train Sim World 2020 Add-Ons will be available to play in Train Sim World 2.

(Dovetail)

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Cult

Honey, I Joined A Cult The Game

This game looks mental. Cults are usually a bad thing.  A bit mental. Very crazy and downright explosive. Nothing ever goes right when it comes to a cult. Want to join one?

Honey, I Joined A Cult Plot

In Honey, I Joined a Cult, the newest game from Team17. Players undertake the management of their very own cult. It will be up to you to do everything that a leader does. Such as recruit new followers and acolytes. Furthermore you’ll be responsible for designing the layout of the headquarters and growing their influence. As you want to have a growing influence and make the organisation as successful as possible don’t you?

As you develop your group, you will face challenges both from within and outside the cult. The leaders ego will be growing and the media will start to meddle. It’s up to you to keep it ALL in check for the group to flourish.

FEATURES

  • Take full control of a funky cult
  • Build freaky deaky bases
  • Overcome groovy missions and challenges
  • Stick it to ‘The Man’
  • Get down with deities
  • Super funky soundtrack

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Origami King – 7 Beginner Tips

Mr Midas your RPG specialist has taken Paper Mario: The Origami King for a spin and has compiled a beginners guide with 7 helpful tips!

Paper Mario takes your favorite plumber (who does basically anything) and makes him a piece of paper! The Super versatile Mario brother can do almost anything, we see him, driving karts, playing golf, olympics, doctor, Punching people up in Smash Bros and he can even get his RPG on!

Yes, Paper Mario is the Role Playing Series for our resourceful hero. The Nintendo Switch latest version sees his new adventure with a twist, fold and unfold in the Origami King.

So we thought we’d give you 7 tips, to help you along with your new adventure and get your origami on which you can view above!

Paper Mario: The Origami King Plot

Join Mario and his new companion Olivia on a comedic adventure that will take you to the far corners of a papercraft world in Paper Mario: The Origami King on Nintendo Switch!

Face off against the Origami King and his army of paper invaders, team up with some extraordinary companions and master magical powers on your quest to save the world.

A Whole New Story

King Olly has transformed Princess Peach into origami and uprooted her castle and sealed it shut with magical paper streamers. So it is then up to you and new companion Olivia are here to save the day.

On the journey to save Princess Peach you will be transported to scorching deserts, high seas and it also allows you to recruit an army of wacky travel buddies! You have to be quick enough otherwise you’ll be turned into Folded Soldiers!

Along the way you’ll be visiting a wide variety of distinctive locations, meet various colourful inhabitants and help save the world by repairing the damage which has been done by the Folded Soldiers. Also keep an eye out for rescue Toads trapped all over the world. They’ll go some way to helping you out! (For a price though!)

Olivia is there to help you fold paper and use various techniques to help you along the way such as the far reaching 1,000 fold arms! Keep your witts about you as you’ll need your tactical thinking and puzzle solving skills to help put King Olly’s origami army at bay!

(Nintendo)

Intro written By Mr Midas

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Complaints about Streaming Services Surge!

So, you have been spending lots of time on your favorite streaming services whilst on lockdown. Things have gotten quite tough finding various activities to keep yourself busy. While there is a lot of things to watch online, your favorite services don’t always work the way that you want them to. So we do what we Brits do best and complain.

Due to a surge in screen time, complaints about streaming services has also surged. According to a Media Nations Report, posted recently by Ofcom, a total of 40% of UK Adults are now spending their waking day watching TV and online video services.This is as a result of the lockdown that’s been imposed on many of us lately.

It has not been all plain sailing though.

The Bandwidth Britain Report from Uswitch has found the streaming services which use the most bandwidth are also causing the biggest disruption to our lockdown box set binges.

The research team took the most popular streaming services in the UK and revealed the ones that are the most unreliable. So, how is this done you may wonder? Well it’s calculated by the number of times that we have gone to Google to complain about them:  “Netflix not working”, “Now TV not working”.

Complaints Score

So they ranked the most Complained About Streaming Services in the UK according to a complaints score:

  • Netflix – 8,300
  • Now TV – 5,020
  • BBC iplayer – 2,510
  • Apple TV – 1,570
  • Sky on Demand – 1,030
  • All 4 – 830
  • Amazon Prime Video – 820
  • Hayu – 500
  • Disney+ – 480
  • Britbox – 310

Netflix unsurprisingly topped the list as the UK’s most complained about streaming app during lockdown. As it had a complaint score of 8,300. It’s not surprising because it’s bad. Far from it. We love it! But Netflix is the most popular streaming app, so of course it’s going to have a larger number of people complaining about it. Now TV came in second with a 5,020 complaint score.

While Britbox found itself at the opposite end of the scale with the study revealing it had just 310 on the complaints score.

(USwitch)

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Episode 370 Star Trek: Lower Decks w/Mike McMahan

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James Maina Mwangi – Most stylish man in the world?

James Maina Mwangi, never heard of him? Well you will now. He is the self proclaimed most stylish man in the world. James is a man from Nairobi Kenya, he has a unique sense of style. As his style consists of bright and vibrant outfits, of which he wears on a daily basis. As you will see, which covers almost entire colour palette. Furthermore everything he has on his person is color-coordinated. Everything from his suits, to his hats, his watches and even his phone cases!

In 2018, James Maina Mwangi did a short interview with BBC. He informed them that he owns over 160 suits with 300+ caps and 200 pairs of shoes! That’s not including the amount of different accessories that he has either, such as pens and watches! He claimed that he’s the smartest looking man in Africa and also maybe the world!

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Standing Out

His vibrant and bright colours, certainly make him stand out in the crowd, no matter where he is!

James is definitely noticeable! Especially if he is wearing a red suit, shoes, shirt, cap, handkerchief, face mask and phone case, all in red as well!

James Maina Mwangi has explained that Nairobi locals would laugh at how he is dressed. As they knew his father. A freedom fighter who was poor. This is a rather stark contrast, visually and contextually. James always wished to be different than the rest. So, his unique fashion sense was an answer that God provided him with.

Social Media Star

Twitter user luvthispayne shared a handful of James’ photos explaining how good he looked. The thread got loads of attention. With 370,000 likes, 75,000 retweets and people discussing how he is on a different level to most with his style. James’ attention to detail and passionate dedication has swayed many on the internet.

“You have to ask God for three things to be like who I am today: taste, choice, and wisdom,” James told BBC Africa:

Is Mr. Mwangi’s the most stylish man in the world? If so, which one did you like the most? Let us know via out socials: @howtokillanhour

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