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1. Issac Newton

1. Issac Newton: In 1665, London was experiencing its last major epidemic of the bubonic plague, and Issac Newton was a student at Cambridge back then. Newton had to retreat to Woolsthorpe Manor where he spent 18 months and came up with his theory of gravity.

2. Frida Kahlo

2. Frida Kahlo: The renowned Mexican artist is known not only for her artistic masterpieces, but for enduring serious misfortunes throughout her life. She contracted polio at the age of six which forced her to stay in bed for a lengthy period. 12 years later, Kahlo suffered serious injuries from an accident and as a result she was forced to stay in her bed again. But some curses are blessings in disguise. Kahlo discovered her passion for art during her healing period and painted her first self-portrait while in recovery using the mirror above her bed for reference!

3. Willian Shakespeare

3. William Shakespeare: There have been rumors all over the Internet recently claiming that William Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” while in quarantine. Although it is challenging to prove that Shakespeare was ever in quarantine, no one can deny that London was shut down throughout some of his most productive times due to bubonic plague outbreaks. It’s worth mentioning that Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis” along with other poems were written during this critical period.

4. Victor Hugo

4. Victor Hugo: Did you know that the French author completed his masterpiece “Les Miserables” while he was in exile? Well now you know! Vitor Hugo was a vocal critic of Napoleon III and that led him to exile to avoid the punishment. In the 20 years he spent away from his home in France, Hugo wrote 3 books of poetry and completed one of the French literature masterpieces “Les Miserables”.

5. Edvard Munch

5. Edvard Munch: Munch, who is known for “The Scream” painting, painted the “Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu” while he was sick and isolated. Fortunately, he didn’t die from the flu, and continued producing works of art for 25 years after that.

6. Simone de Beauvoir

6. Simone de Beauvoir: Despite losing her teaching job during the Nazi occupation of Paris, the well-known French fiminist helped out the French Resistance within the city AND produced several literary works. Her most popular and relevant was her only play: “Les Bouches inutiles” (the useless mouths) which was clearly inspired by the Nazi regime.

7. Salvator Rosa

7. Salvator Rosa: The famous painting “Human Frailty” was created in the midst of a plague outbreak that struck Italy. Its creator, Salvator Rosa, had lost 3 children to this plague. His masterpiece which was produced in 1656 is believed to be inspired by his son’s death.

8. Giovanni Boccaccio

8. Giovanni Boccaccio: Boccaccio is known for producing work during the Black Death plague that struck Florence in 1384 and killed his father and stepmother. In the years after the outbreak, he produced his famous novella “The Decameron”.

1. Issac Newton
2. Frida Kahlo
3. Willian Shakespeare
4. Victor Hugo
5. Edvard Munch
6. Simone de Beauvoir
7. Salvator Rosa
8. Giovanni Boccaccio
1. Front desk check-ins

1. Front desk check-ins: After the coronavirus crisis is over and hotels reopen their doors to visitors, everyone will notice fewer points of contact in hotels. That’s because hotels will ensure social distancing and will be relying on smartphone check-ins instead of the traditional method that requires employee presence and direct communication.

2. Access cards

2. Access cards: Upon the coronavirus pandemic, smartphones will not be used to check in only, but will be used as an access to the designated room eliminating the need to use keys or access cards which might be a means of transferring viruses and germs. Smart keys are already being used in some Disneyland resorts, Marriott, and IHG Hotels, via their own apps.

3. “No rooms available” phrase

3. “No rooms available” phrase: You will stop hearing this sentence as hotels are expected to no longer operate on full occupancy to avoid having crowded facilities.

4. Large size toiletries

4. Large size toiletries: Some hotels used to provide their visitors with large size packages of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. These packages will be replaced by small size, single use, disposable packages post COVID-19 to avoid the use of the same packages by multiple guests.

5. In-room coffee machines and minibars

5. In-room coffee machines and minibars: As the coronavirus spreads by touching infected surfaces, many hotels aim to reduce such contact points in the guest rooms; particularly secondary items that are frequently used by the guests. So hotels may tend to remove coffee machines and minibars from the guest rooms.

6. Lobby’s complimentary coffee

6. Lobby’s complimentary coffee: For higher safety measures at the hotels and in line with minimizing the multiple use of items by several guests, guests may notice the absence of a free self-service coffee station at the hotel lobby in the early morning, as well as free water coolers or self-service juices’ stations.

7. Happy hours

7. Happy hours: Another safety measure aiming to reduce contact between visitors themselves and with the hotel staff, hotels intend to cancel the “Happy Hour” that provides guests with free or discounted drinks. In the new era of social distancing, such activities will not be encouraged in public places.

8. Buffets

8. Buffets: Open buffets are common in hotels and usually people serve themselves using the same utensils which if used by an infected person, it might become a tool to spread the virus. Therefore, open buffets may no longer exist post COVID-19 era of social distancing and avoiding contact.

9. Crowded pools

9. Crowded pools: Post COVID-19, crowds should be avoided as it may contribute to the spread of the virus among guests. Thus, hotels may reduce the number of loungers at the swimming pools and spread them further away to apply social distancing.

10. Front desk check-out

10. Front desk check-out: As hotels tend to reduce contact between employees and guests, online services using the hotel applications will be encouraged including check-out services; where guests can pay online and receive their bills by email instead of receiving a paper bill.

1. Front desk check-ins
2. Access cards
3. “No rooms available” phrase
4. Large size toiletries
5. In-room coffee machines and minibars
6. Lobby’s complimentary coffee
7. Happy hours
8. Buffets
9. Crowded pools
10. Front desk check-out
1. Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan: An Iraqi/ American beauty blogger with more than 43 million followers on Instagram. Huda started vlogging about makeup once she realized it's her passion in life. Her successful YouTube channel paved the way for Huda to build her own makeup empire that became known and used by celebrities around the world. Huda was rated one of the 10 most powerful influencers in the world of beauty by Forbes Magazine.

2. Ascia Al Faraj

Ascia Al Faraj: You might know her as the rebellious fashion/lifestyle blogger on Instagram. But what you might not know about the iconic Ascia is that she runs two unique and wildly successful businesses. Her first business is ‘Desert Baby’ that specializes in producing fashionable and safe goodies for newborns-toddlers. And her second business is ‘Seoul Kool’, the brand that aptly introduced the Korean skin care products to the Middle East region. Ascia is a living example of a brilliant businesswoman, who runs two businesses, a loving caring wife and a mother of two, who managed to find balance and add her own fingerprint in the business, beauty and fashion world.

3. Karen Wazen

Karen Wazen: Karen is a Lebanese icon on Instagram who shares adorable moments of her daily life as a mother of 3 and a wife. Last year, Karen launched her own trendy eyewear brand that became the new MUST-HAVE not only for her fellow influencers, but for her 3.3 million followers too.

4. Fouz Al-Fahed

Fouz Al-Fahed: This Kuwaiti influencer is known for her elegance and beauty on Instagram, and her professionalism in the beauty industry managed to get her over 3 million followers. After shining under the spotlights of the gram, Fouz managed to inaugurate her own beauty salon.

5. Rawan bin hussein

Rawan bin Hussein: Rawan is a law graduate, social media influencer, and entrepreneur with 4.5 million followers. She was the winner of the gold shine award for “The Most Influential Social Media Figure of the year” in 2017. Rawan is best known for amazing weight loss prior to modeling, she is the founder of a Matte Liquid Lipstick brand called House of Rawan.

6. Hala Al Gergawi

Hala Al Gergawi: Hala Is the founder and CEO of one of the first luxury lifestyle consultancies in the region: “Tea Before Noon” that delivers unique curated experiences for luxury brands, maintaining a dialogue between the regional and the international creative industries. Hala has more than 27 thousand followers on her instagram account, and she is a distinguished Emirati influencer who earned her place in leading and managerial positions including being the UAE country office manager of the Young Arab Leaders, and Managing Editor of Zahrat Al Khaleej. She was the youngest candidate to be elected as a Board Member in the Emirates Business Women Council back in 2010.

1. Huda Kattan
2. Ascia Al Faraj
3. Karen Wazen
4. Fouz Al-Fahed
5. Rawan bin hussein
6. Hala Al Gergawi
1. Programmers

1. Programmers: There is an increased demand for programmers as everything is going digital and with the current development we’re witnessing in artificial intelligence, the demand for programmers will continue to increase in the coming years.

2. Web developers

2. Web developers: Who doesn’t need a website?! Whether you’re a micro enterprise or large scale company, having your products and services available online is no longer a choice, it’s a must and despite the fact that making a website nowadays became much more easier and can be done through pre-made templates, the need for web developers will continue for a high quality and glitch free websites.

3. App developers

3. App developers: The widespread use of smartphones was accompanied with a large demand for mobile Apps. The demand is growing and will continue to grow but as there are several platforms(Windows/Apple/iOS/Android), it requires high technical skills making app development a competitive well paid job.

4. Graphic Designers

4. Graphic Designers: Branding is nowadays one of the most important aspects of any business as it gives the company a unique identity in a very competitive market, enabling companies to be visually appealing and recognized by clients. The demand for designers and particularly creative ones who tend to think outside the box and come up with innovative marketing and branding themes are in high demand and they are well paid.

5. Digital Marketers

5. Digital Marketers: Using digital platforms and social media to promote products and services is nowadays a necessity for many businesses. A digital marketer has the ability to identify the most convenient marketing platform and tools to best reach target clients, save efforts and time and sometimes reduce marketing and publicity cost. Freelance digital marketers help design marketing strategy to optimize the time and efforts.

6. Cyber Security Experts

6. Cyber Security Experts: The protection of computers and data from theft, hacking or damage is very essential not only for companies but also for governments at large. Being a guru in cyber security will not only guarantee you a job but a well paid job.

7. Writers and translators

7. Writers and translators: Writing and translation have been one of the first introduced freelance jobs long before the spread of the freelance digital jobs as it didn’t require being physically in the same place where your clients are. Writers and translators can work from the comfort of their homes or favorite places. Being known as a good writer or a good translator makes the freelancer earn more as many service seekers would look for quality rather than cost for content writing and translation.

8. Accountants and financial consultants

8. Accountants and financial consultants: The need for accounting and financial consulting services has spread recently, as many small companies have resorted to it. This job relies on the following skills: financial planning, financial consulting, tax planning, business consulting, and much more. This kind of job is considered the most attractive skill if the following certificates are also obtained: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Financial Risk Management (FRM).

9. Legal consultants

9. Legal consultants: The field of legal consultation has become very important for many companies and projects. Therefore many of the lawyers and legal services experts work as freelancers because most of these jobs can be done remotely. However not everyone is qualified for this kind of work. Only people who have adequate legal knowledge and experience can do this job.

1. Programmers
2. Web developers
3. App developers
4. Graphic Designers
5. Digital Marketers
6. Cyber Security Experts
7. Writers and translators
8. Accountants and financial consultants
9. Legal consultants
1. 2007: iPhone

1. 2007 - iPhone: The very first iPhone, was indeed revolutionary at its time. Touchscreen phones were very new and unique for consumers at that point—this iPhone had a 3.5-inch multi-touch display. The design was like nothing seen in the smartphone space before. Consumers liked what they saw, clearly—as many as 6.1 million iPhones were sold in the first year itself.

2. 2008: iPhone 3G

2. 2008 - iPhone 3G: Just as the name suggest, the big addition in this iPhone was the 3G mobile network capability. The other additions included GPS capabilities for location tracking and navigation. But what the iPhone 3G is fondly remembered for; is that it was the first iPhone with an App Store and the ability to download and run third-party apps. This iPhone also added push-email. The iPhone craze was at its peak when the iPhone 3G was launched, and 1 million units were sold in the first week of launch.

3. 2009: iPhone 3GS

3. 2009 - iPhone 3GS: This is the first time that Apple genuinely focused on power. “The fastest, most powerful iPhone yet,” was how the iPhone 3GS was sold. This edition packed in a more powerful processor and included more RAM and storage space, compared with the iPhone 3G. This was perhaps the starting point for all hardware battles that smartphone makers have indulged in over the years. This iPhone also sold close to 1 million in the first week of launch.

4. 2010: iPhone 4

4. 2010 - iPhone 4: The fourth-generation iPhone saw a completely new design language, with a stainless steel frame, flat sides and glass on the front and back. This was also the first iPhone to support the CDMA mobile networks, in various countries. Performance remained in focus—this now had even more RAM (512MB as compared with the iPhone 3GS which had 256MB RAM) to allow better app performance, since third party apps were a rage now. The iPhone 4 featured the first Retina display in smartphones.

5. 2011: iPhone 4S

5. 2011- iPhone 4S: A lot changed under the hood in the iPhone 4S, but on the outside it looked identical to the iPhone 4. This phone was announced a day before the passing away of Steve Jobs. It packed in an updated processor as well as a better camera. Along with the new iOS 5 operating system, the iPhone 4S introduced the world to voice recognition assistant Siri as well as cloud storage service iCloud, both unique propositions at the time.

6. 2012: iPhone 5

6. 2012 - iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 ushered in a lot of stuff which remains a part of the latest line-up of Apple iPhones as well—the Lightning connector for charging and data transfer (the iPhones till now had used a wider 30-pin connector) and the earbuds. A design refresh also included a screen size increase from 3.5 inches to 4 inches and a thinner aluminium chassis. Support for LTE mobile networks was also introduced. More than 5 million phones were sold during the first three days of hitting the shelves.

7. 2013: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

7. 2013 - iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C: It was the first time that Apple unleashed two different iPhones in the same year, with the same screen size. The iPhone 5s was the logical successor to the iPhone 5, and retained the same design and as well as dimensions. But under the hood was a new 64-bit processor (seen for the first time in a smartphone), an improved camera, Touch ID fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button and the M7 “motion co-processor”, which allowed fitness tracking as well. The iPhone 5C was pushed as a more affordable iPhone, with a polycarbonate shell and various colour options, but it didn’t exactly set sales charts on fire.

8. 2014: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

8. 2014 - iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: This was the first-time Apple introduced two iPhones with different screen sizes, with the iPhone 6 getting a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6s plus rocking a phablet-esque (at least at the time) 5.5-inch screen. The design was significantly refreshed as well, and the new iPhones were thinner too. For the first time, 128GB storage options were on offer as well. There was, however, the entire “Bendgate” furore after some users reported the iPhone 6 Plus bending, under pressure at certain angles.

9. 2015: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

9. 2015 - iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus: Following the trend of the “s” line-up over the years, the 6s and the 6s Plus were more powerful updates of the 6 and 6 Plus. The design remained the same, as well as the screen size. A newer processor, better camera were the other highlights. Apple switched to a stronger 7000 series aluminium alloy chassis, to counter reports of the 6000 series aluminium bending in the predecessors. For the first time, the Rose Gold colour option was made available—something that has been adopted by pretty much every other phone maker since. These iPhones also introduced the 3D touch technology, which detects differing pressure of your touch on the iPhone’s screen and allows quicker access to app menus and execute certain tasks quicker. The Touch ID hardware was improved as well, which reduced the fingerprint scan time.

10. 2016: iPhone SE

10. 2016 - iPhone SE: The SE, to be honest, was a bit unexpected. Apple truly believed that consumers wanted a smaller screen size, and hence the return of the 4-inch display already seen on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s before this. The design was also very much like the iPhone 5, so much so that many of the earlier accessories such as cases worked with the SE too. The internals were top-notch though, and exactly replicated the iPhone 6s, which was the latest hardware combination at the time.

11. 2016: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

11. 2016 - iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: A lot changed with the 7 series of the iPhone. The 3.5mm headphone jack has finally been given a send-off in both phones, water resistance was added, each display is 25% richer as well as the ability to reproduce more colours than the predecessor and the 7 Plus also gets the dual camera and optical zoom. The Jet black (glossy) and black (matte) colour options were well received. In terms of performance, these were the most powerful iPhones till date.

12. 2017: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

12. 2017 - iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Apple really turned up the wick on the processor front with this iteration. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus ran the very powerful A11 Bionic processor. In terms of the looks, these looked very similar to the predecessors, except for one big change—the glass layer on the back, which enabled wireless charging, making these the first iPhones to do so. The cameras were improved along the way, and the True-Tone display feature was now a standard option too.

13. 2017 iPhone X

13. 2017 - iPhone X: The big one. The biggest iPhone evolution in years. Gone was the home button which had resided below the display, for years now. The screen became taller, this became the first iPhone with an OLED screen and there was a notch on the top which divided opinion as quickly as it divided the notification bar on the iOS 11 interface. The fingerprint sensor was replaced by the Face ID image recognition technology and the dual cameras on the back were primed for AR apps. This had a larger display than the iPhone 8 Plus (5.8-inch as against 5.5-inch) yet was more compact to hold and considerably lighter too. This is when the challenges have become stronger for Apple iPhones too, with very powerful Android flagship phones now coming our way.

14. 2018: iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

14. 2018 - iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: The new iPhones, running the A12 Bionic processor, are 15 percent faster than the excellent A11 Bionic. The A11 Bionic chip could do 600 billion computations per second, whereas the new A12 Bionic can perform as many as 5 trillion computational operations per second, which also benefits the Face ID facial recognition feature. The 6.5-inch display on the iPhone XS Max is the largest ever in an iPhone. Apple also added the dual-SIM functionality, after many years of users demanding it, but in a different avatar—one of the SIM slots here would actually be a virtual SIM, also known as e-SIM. Nevertheless, these iPhones were significantly more expensive too—prices starting Rs99,900.

15.  2018: iPhone XR

15. 2018 - iPhone XR: Some said this would be the affordable iPhone the world had been craving for. Some said this will be the return of the iPhone 5c. It was neither. Distinctly beautiful, available in many colours, but in most respects, as capable and powerful as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Apart from the single camera at the back, which somewhat restricts the Portrait photography mode. This has an LCD display instead of an OLED—Apple calls it Liquid Retina, and for most intents and purposes, this does the job done. Price does remain a factor though—this costs Rs76,900 onwards.

16. 2019 iPhone 11

16. 2019 - iPhone 11: On the 11th sep. 2019 the company revealed its iphone 11 device The phone came with 6 different colors : white, red, magenta, yellow, green and black. The phone is covered with thick glass, which according to Apple, is the most robust in the market. It has a water resistance rating of IP68 to the depth of two meters and up to 30 minutes.

17. iPhone 11 Pro

17. iPhone 11 Pro: For Apple customers looking for a smaller phone with a top-of-the-line display, the iPhone 11 Pro is for you. The 5.8-inch Super Retina XDR display is Apple's most crisp, and clear to date. This phone features not two, but three, 12 MP HDR camera lenses, offering wide, ultra wide, and telephoto lenses. The color options are more muted than the iPhone 11, but there's always the option to add a flashy case!

18. iPhone 11 Pro Max, September 20, 2019

18. iPhone 11 Pro Max: Apple's largest and most expensive phone of 2019 is the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The display is Apple's Super Retina XDR, as with the 11 Pro, but sized at 6.5-inches. The Pro Max features the same,three-lens camera setup as the 11 Pro, as well as the same color choices, making size nearly the only difference between the devices.

19. 2020 iPhone SE2

19. 2020 - iPhone SE2: Apple introduced the second generation of SE in April 2020, and the new iPhone SE2 is considered the smallest iPhone available now, and it is one of the most powerful smartphones from Apple, and the new iPhone SE contains a home screen button that includes a fingerprint sensor (Touch ID) ), Instead of Face ID technology, which first appeared on the iPhone X in 2017, making it suitable for the current situation after the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

1. 2007: iPhone
2. 2008: iPhone 3G
3. 2009: iPhone 3GS
4. 2010: iPhone 4
5. 2011: iPhone 4S
6. 2012: iPhone 5
7. 2013: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
8. 2014: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
9. 2015: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
10. 2016: iPhone SE
11. 2016: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
12. 2017: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
13. 2017 iPhone X
14. 2018: iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
15.  2018: iPhone XR
16. 2019 iPhone 11
17. iPhone 11 Pro
18. iPhone 11 Pro Max, September 20, 2019
19. 2020 iPhone SE2

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