Could Tech Save Us From Obesity?

Not too long ago a Disney film presented a horrifying version of the future. Humans were floating around in space, completely unable to walk and totally dependent on technology. It presented tech as the reason why health problems like obesity are soaring in the western world. However, recently there has been counter-evidence to suggest that technology could be the fix rather than the cause. It seems crazy, but tech just might get more people out of the house and exercising again. It’s already starting to happen!

Get Off Your Segways And Walk!

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Well actually, anyone who has ever ridden a segways will tell you it isn’t quite as simple as most people believe. You are certainly not rolling around from one area to the other with no effort. You need to bend your knees, tilting your body forward and backward. Yes, you can travel a great amount of distance on a Segway compared to running or walking. However, it’s not quite the same as sitting on an electric scooter. Your body is still doing some of the work and that’s an important thing to remember. Particularly, when we think about the new craze of hoverboarding.

Love it or hate it, using a hoverboard will still get you some exercise. First, this idea they are used by unhealthy people is preposterous. If you’re over a certain weight, you won’t even be able to stand on the board without breaking it. Most people on hoverboards are quite young, slim and fit. You have to be to ride them at all. It takes a great deal of balance and of course, this means using your muscles. Again, it’s not as lazy as most people believe. Here’s a nice site that explains how great this new tech is. But it’s certainly not the only tech that’s getting people out of the house.

Go And Catch A Pokemon

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Yes, Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. It’s Nintendo’s next conspiracy as they continue their efforts to get the world back in shape. They tried this before, remember the Wii? That brought around a brand new era of gaming that encouraged people to get off the sofa. It didn’t last long, and they took a stumble with the Wii U. Pokemon Go, on the other hand, seems to be working quite well. On the first day of release, everyone was staring at their phones. Most of the players were children and that’s important. Of late, child obesity has become a more serious problem. Even with new school dinners that are healthier and artificial flavors being taken out their favorite foods. Kids are getting fatter. We admit, Pokemon Go has taken things a little too far. However, it’s certainly getting people moving.

The Future?

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Truth be told, we’re not sure what the next piece of tech will be to get people exercising. We have a sneaky suspicion other game developers are working on their own forms of AR. However, it might be something completely different. If Google Glass ever does surface from development hell that certainly has the potential to make people more active. One thing is clear, though. We should stop seeing technology as the enemy to physical fitness. It may turn out to be it’s greatest ally.  

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Technology Has The Power To Make Your Home Seriously Secure

Advancements in technology over the past few years have meant that we have the ability to make our homes the most secure they’ve ever been. There’s no doubt about it; new technology has meant that home security has advanced in leaps and bounds. So much so that soon, it should be 100% effective at preventing home break-ins.

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Because of how effective technology can be at preventing home break-ins, many people are willing to spend a small fortune on it. Our homes are our private spaces, retreats from the world if you like, somewhere that you don’t want being breached by an intruder. And so, it’s only natural that a lot of us are willing to invest in security for them. The question is, to prevent a break in, in your home, what are the best and most effective pieces of tech to use?

Intruder alarm

Once upon a time, an intruder alarm was simply that, an alarm. If the door was open and code not put in promptly enough, the alarm would sound. Today, however, intruder alarms are so much more than that. All the best makes and models, such as Yale alarms, for instance, come with advanced technology installed. This includes things like motion sensors and alarms that sound at the slightest noise. As well as being able to link them to your phone so that should the alarm go off, you are instantly contacts. Most intruder alarms are now also wireless which is great, as the old-fashioned models could be easily disabled by cutting the wires.

Wireless home security cameras

One of the best advancement in home security technology is in terms of security cameras. In the past few years, security cameras have been developed to offer the highest levels of home security. All the best systems come with built-in technology that can tell the difference between a passerby and someone trying to break in. These cameras then alert you via smartphone, so that you’re able to take the appropriate steps, such as calling the police. You can even live stream the camera footage to your smartphone so that you can have a good look at what’s going on. To find the best wireless home security camera system for your home, it’s just a case of looking around. There are so many to choose from, that you need to take the time to find the one that’s most suited to your needs.

Video door bell

Many thieves are opportunists; they check if a property is empty and then if it is, opt to break in. By installing a video doorbell, when someone rings on the door, you will get a call to your phone. This will be a live video stream that allows you to have a face to face conversation with the person at your door. You can even opt to snap a picture of them if you’re concerned about your home’s security. The great thing about video doorbells is that wherever you are, you can see who’s trying to gain access to your home.

Technology can do so many things; it’s something that really has revolutionized the way that we live.

 

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Things to think about when buying a new laptop

If you are ready to invest in a new laptop, what do you buy? What should you look for? Which brands are going to outlast others? Making sure you know what you are buying, and where to find great deals, is key to finding what you are looking for, for less. These are a few of the many things to think about when buying a new laptop for work, pleasure, or use around the home or for school.

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Desired use

Is it a gaming laptop? Is it used for school, work, pleasure, or is it a family laptop? Depending on desired use, as well as the speed you wish to attain, graphics, and quality you desire, there are many models you can go with. Compare them all, and buy a laptop dedicated to the intended use you have for it.

Number of users

Will the kids use it? Guests in the home? Is it just for you or a work computer? This is going to help you determine the security settings, safety features, passwords, finger print technologies, and so forth. The more users, the more restrictions there are. So, make sure you know who will use it, and for what.

Used, New, Finance

Before deciding which laptop to buy you might also want to consider buying a second hand laptop from online websites like ebay. You can save a great deal and still get a fairly decent laptop if it’s not been heavily used. You could also look at spread the cost options such as pay monthly laptops or even buy now and pay later.

Brands available

It is worth investing in top brands. They don’t give you as many headaches, they aren’t going to break down, and they do what they promise to do. Further, they typically come with longer warranties, and they are dedicated to certain users (gaming, video streaming, work, etc). So, even if it does cost a bit more up front, it is worth the additional investment, and fewer headaches that come with it.

Upgrades

Do you plan on upgrading to a new laptop in a few years, or using this one until it gives up on you? Do you want top digital graphics, speed, and volume control? Making sure it offers the latest upgrades, for the desired and intended use, and functions as you want it to for the period of time you plan on owning the laptop will allow you to make the right choice when you are ready to invest in a new one for personal use or for work use.

With so many brands, new models, and updates coming out regularly, you want to find the best. In order to do so, compare, and consider these simple factors the next time you plan on investing in and purchasing a new laptop for personal, work, or school use.

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The Most Common Complaints About App Development, and Why They’re Bunk

It’s clear that app development is becoming more and more important to businesses. But while it’s popularity is rising, so too are the complaints surrounding it. Fortunately, these complaints are mainly myths, spread by people who haven’t taken the time to research the issue. Here are some of the most common complaints you’ll hear about app development in business and why they’re bunk.

You Have To Be Original, And That’s Hard

The notion that you have to be original is usually something we hear outside of the business world. People who aren’t involved in business tend to think that startups have to reinvent the wheel to be successful. But as we all know, this isn’t true. In fact, building on what has come before is usually the only path to success. Thus, being entirely original isn’t necessary when it comes to setting up a business. And it isn’t necessary when it comes to developing an app.

What matters for app development is the user experience it creates. So what if some other company has integrated their app with social media? Why should that mean you can’t do that too?

Also, remember that it’s very unlikely you’ve had a unique idea. That means that if your idea isn’t already everywhere in the market, it probably doesn’t work. When developing an app, stick with best practices and add original features only once it’s up and running.

App Development Is Expensive

Another big objection to developing your own apps is that they are expensive. Especially if you want to implement them across a range of platforms. But a good web application development company will be able to find ways to reduce the costs when appropriate. For instance, your company might only need a pre-built solution that simply needs customizing. These apps are good value because most of the legwork has already been done.

Other more sophisticated solutions will cost more. But unless you need something very bespoke, it’s unlikely to break the bank.

All Details Need To Be Finalized Before Work Begins

Another way companies like to put off app development is to say that all details must be worked out ahead of time. This is just a way of delaying the development phase and putting the whole project off. And it’s not true, either. Any app development is a process. As the app goes through the development cycle, changes will be made. Plus, the market itself will evolve. And that means that rigid features can be at odds with what the market actually wants.

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You Can’t Run A Business And App Development At The Same Time

Business owners seem to think of themselves as superheroes, able to do anything that is asked of them. One thing that they feel that they can do is take over the project management of app development. But because app development is complicated, you can’t do at once. Either your app is going to suffer, or your business is going to suffer. Thus, businesses have to make a choice early on. They have to ensure app development is carried out by a third party.

For many businesses owners, this is an issue. They want to be involved in every stage of the development process. But the truth is that your business will be best served if you stick to your day job and let a pro worry about the app.

Corporate Apps Are Insecure

The internet is full of cyber threats. It seems as if every day a new story breaks about how one company or another has been hacked. And it makes it appear as if the security of companies is failing.

The truth is that in today’s world, security breaches are highly publicized. Just look at the media fallout when hackers stole data from Ashley Madison servers. But this publicity makes it seem as if corporate apps are less secure than regular apps. And that has led many in the business world to worry about security. After all, businesses now depend on mission-critical data to carry out their operations.

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But we’ve been living with cyber threats for all our apps for years now. Yes, there is a risk of being hacked, no matter what app you are using. But cyber security is always half a step ahead of the hackers. And, for the most part, that means that companies are safe.

You Can Only Get Benefits By Using The Latest Tech

The latest tech is always the most exciting tech. As soon as we get used to technology, we stop seeing it as exciting, and it becomes rather dull. Think digital cameras, the internet, even smartphones. Right now there are a couple of exciting new technologies doing the rounds. The most important of these is arguably deep learning. Deep learning has the capacity to transform business in a way that seems unimaginable today. But that doesn’t mean that you have to adopt it now for your app to be a success.

Apps have been driving progress in many areas of business for years. And they relied on older technologies to get the job done. There’s no reason why your business can only benefit from the latest technologies. There are plenty of other reasons why apps are already extremely customer friendly.

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App Development Takes A Lot Of Time

When you go to your web developer, the first thing you’ll discuss is development time. Most businesses think app development is a long and drawn out process. But most apps can be built in less than three months’ work time. Of course, there’s a difference between three months development time and three calendar months. Developers might not work on your app every day of every week for that month. For instance, they’ll stop work if they need further input from you. And these gaps in the development cycle can extend the time it takes for development to happen. Thus, it’s crucial that you are in regular contact with your developer. The sooner that you provide input, the sooner they can get on with delivering the project.

 

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4 Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a New Phone

Choosing a new phone these days can be a massive life decision. We are so reliant on our phones now that choosing one is almost akin to picking the right car. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to picking a new phone. Here are some of the important things you’re going to need to take into account when you consider your new phone.

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PAYG or Contract?

One of the big decisions you’re going to need to make is whether to go with a contract or pay as you go phone. Now, there are arguments to support both, and it really depends on your personal circumstances. You can get contracts for really cheap these days, so it’s probably going to work out cheaper to do that. But, you should think about the option of both before you commit to a decision.

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Consider Getting a Hand-Me-Down

There are plenty of ways you can get hold of a new phone, and you don’t always have to buy brand new. A lot of people prefer to get pre-owned phones. You can buy these online or in stores, or you can get them direct from a friend or family member. But, if you do go down this route you need to consider the fact that you may need to get your phone unlocked. That’s why you need to look into the options that allow you to unlock iPhone models, and other smartphones. It’s important to have something lined up to help with this because you won’t be able to use your phone otherwise.

Pop into the Local Store

If you want to get some expert advice, or you have questions, you should head down to the local phone store. There are bound to be some in the area like Carphone Warehouse. Or, you could pop into the EE or Vodafone stores to see what Android phones are available. Being in a store full of experts gives you peace of mind to help you make the right choice about the phone you choose. It’s the best way to get the right value for your money and helps you avoid the wrong choices.

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Shop Online

Make use of the internet as much as you can these days. There is basically nothing you can’t buy online nowadays, and online shopping is taking over. So, if you go on the internet, you’re going to find loads and loads of options for phones. You can go to the official sites of phone networks and make a selection there. Or, you can use sites like eBay and Gumtree to buy phones that people are selling. It’s always good to have an idea in mind for something you’d like. This will help you with the selection process as much as possible.

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There are a lot of things you should think about when it comes to choosing a new phone. And, it’s important that you do as much as you can to make the right choice. These are just a few of the things you need to consider when choosing a new phone. They will help you to make the right choice and pick the perfect one for you.

 

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