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How weather affects restaurant evaluation

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What makes people rate a restaurant positively? More than food, it is the weather that matters, say researchers.

A study suggests that customers left more negative remarks on comment cards on days when it was raining than on days when it was dry.

“Restaurant managers may see more than the usual bad reviews on certain days, and it may have nothing to do with the service or the quality of the food,” said co-author of the study Milos Bujisic, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.

“Restaurants can’t control the weather, but it may affect how customers review them,” he added.

For the study, published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, the researchers examined the comment cards left at 32 Florida restaurants.
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The researchers rated the comments on a five-point scale from 1 (very negative) to 5 (very positive). They also examined weather data from the National Climatic Data Center for each restaurant’s location on the days the comment cards were left.

They examined 14 different weather variables, but only three were related to customer comments — rain, temperature and barometric pressure.

Higher temperatures — which in Florida can often mean it is uncomfortably hot — were linked to more negative comments.

Higher barometric pressure was also connected to negative comments in Florida, which is also probably different from much of the country, the researchers said, because rising pressure is often associated with fair weather.

In an another experiment, 158 people from around the country who visited a restaurant within the last 24 hours were asked to rate and describe the weather conditions right before their restaurant visit.

The results showed that people who described the weather as more pleasant also rated their mood more positively. Better moods — and not the weather itself — were related to more positive word-of-mouth.

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FaceApp Seems to Be Now Blocking Users From India

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FaceApp, the photo editing app with age filters that have made the app viral virtually overnight, seems to be now blocking users from India. The app is still available for to download for Android and iOS respectively from Google Play and Apple’s App Store, but trying to use FaceApp from India now leads to error. The FaceApp block was reported by users on Twitter and confirmed independently by Gadgets 360. We’ve reached out to the company behind the app for a comment on the development, and will update this story as and when we hear from them.

If you are on Android and trying to use FaceApp from India, you might now be greeted with an error “Something went wrong, Please try again”. iOS users are getting a more cryptic “ApiRequestError error 6 – Operation couldn’t be completed” message. The problem was first reported by some Twitter users, and confirmed by Gadgets 360.

FaceApp, which uses AI to apply various effects to your face, including the viral old-age filter, has been trending the last few days

Apart from the old-age filter, FaceApp can also “make you smile”, converting a regular photo into one where you are smiling. Similar to the old-age filter, another filter lets you look younger, while yet another FaceApp filter lets you change your style and experiment with different hair styles. With some points in its terms of service raising concerns.

In a separate issue in 2017, FaceApp was found to have a dedicated “hot” filter that looked to “lighten” the skin tone of users. The racist filter was removed after it sparked outrage among many users.

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