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Hot Trend to Follow – Virtual Reality

Hot Trend to Follow – Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality was, at least for a while in the 2000s, a much talked about concept that was thought to be the next big thing when it comes not only to gaming but also many business uses.

However, due to cost and less than functional devices with which to create the virtual reality, it was quickly dropped again; just to be picked up again by more companies within the last few years.

Now, in the last 2 years more software has been developed and more companies are focusing on virtual reality than in the previous twenty years before and this time around, virtual reality may just be the answer to the questions of many companies and consumers alike.

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Emerging Awesome Age of Internet of Things

Emerging Awesome Age of Internet of Things

It has been long in the making but now the time is quickly emerging that everything is part of the Internet of Things. It may have all started with a coke machine at a university in the 1980s. This coke machine was one of the very first appliances connected to the Internet, making it possible for the programmers to check for the availability of a coke before having to walk there. Nowadays more and more items in the world are becoming connected to the internet. Some of which are more understandable and others seem to be absolutely useless.

Most people likely understand why a microchip, which sends information about air pressure in the tires of a car to the board computer is a nice, useful addition to the functions of the car, while a toaster, which is connected to the internet and feeds information about the shade of the toast and may be operated by smartphone or tablet pc is rather useless. However, that is the direction in which we are headed. With prices of tiny computers, sized at just a few millimeters, as well as transmitters becoming more and more affordable, it is starting to make sense for everyday items to be connected to the Internet.

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How Cloud Computing Makes Life Easier

How Cloud Computing Makes Life Easier

There once was a time when computer just started to become the power house machines that they are today and that the Internet started to become as popular as everybody sees it today.

It was a time when people started collecting more and more data digitally instead of in paper form. It made the data storage more efficient and easy accessible. Now, that everybody has to deal with an exorbitant amount of data in the form of private documents, software, photos and videos, the question often arises where to put ll of the data when even the built in 500GB of storage isn’t enough anymore.

Even more importantly, what happens to the most important of files when the hardware gets compromised and is damaged from a fall, water damage or theft? Many users have found cloud computing to be the solution for all of their problems.

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How Crowdfunding Makes Entrepreneurship Thrive

How Crowdfunding Makes Entrepreneurship Thrive

In a day and age where it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to gain traction in a more and more congested market with a large number of big players swallowing the little guys, many companies are struggling to gather funds for new business ideas or the expansion of their current business. Crowdfunding, which has been around for a number of years in the United States is becoming more and more popular in other parts of the world as well. It has already helped countless individuals and companies to get the funds they need for their business from a large amount of little donations to the cause. In the end, it isn’t much different from regular funding, except that the funding is coming in little pieces from many different people instead of a few large investments from just a few investors.

How can a Company get Crowdfunded?

In general, finding Crowdfunding for an idea isn’t all that difficult. With the help of one of the Crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo, Kickstarter, RockThePost and Rockethub, aspiring and current business owners can find the people to fund their businesses. By simply creating a profile with one of the websites, as well as explaining the business idea in writing or with a video, the business owners can find the interested individuals to help fund the operation. Normally, those seeking crowd funding set up a reward system of some kind, for those funding business.

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How to Get Started Doing Exercises

How to Get Started Doing Exercises

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles standing between the majority of people who need more exercise and that exercise which they need is a lack of motivation. Many attribute their lack of fitness to a shortage of time – they say they are scheduled to a maximum and can’t find an hour, neither here nor there, in which to give their bodies a workout. Others say they just don’t care how they look, but I can say that’s often not really true, just because we are a visual people. Long before we hear, touch, taste or smell things, we see them, and we all rely heavily on appearances when making decisions, for better or worse.

I understand that the time constraints can be very real, especially for people who work long hours at a job or have children to care for, or college courses to worry about passing. There are many things which dominate our time throughout the day, but it is important to remember that nobody else is going to take care of us. We have to take care of ourselves. We must make the time for fitness, even if our busy schedules put so many demands on us that it seems an impossible feat. There are some bits of technology, mostly a few apps I’ll mention here, which can help anyone improve their physical health.

I happen to really enjoy the protein app I use for nutritious milkshake recipes. They may not be the tastiest milkshakes out there, but they certainly are some of the healthiest. They pack a ton of energy and raw power into a standard glass size, but manage to keep out a lot of the calories you’re probably used to seeing in standard milkshakes. Eating right is a good start to getting started exercising. That extra bit of energy you get when you start feeding your body better quality food can be the push you need to stop feeling so tired so often and start exercising more.

A change of environment could also help you to get started doing exercises. Whatever gets you motivated is a good thing here, and some of us need to be in an environment where exercise is expected before we feel comfortable exercising. I always wear a fitness wristband while at the gym so I can keep track of things like calories burned, the number of minutes I spend working out, my heart rate and other important pieces of information. Perhaps a tool like this is a little advanced for someone just starting out, but once you’re investing a regular amount of time every week, you too will want to know how you’re doing.

Remember, everything starts out small. You don’t just become healthy all of a sudden – it takes time to get there, and it takes time just to get started on the path, too. Pushing yourself too hard at first will invariably lead to frustration, failure, and a very sudden decline in your willingness to keep trying. Therefore, you should take small steps when you’re just starting out, to avoid falling on your face. Lift light weights, or go for brisk walks rather than jogs or runs, or do easy, aerobic exercises rather than more intensive anaerobic exercises when you’re just beginning.

It is equally important to remember that you are only human. Humans have limitations, and while they can eventually be overcome, they may be too much to beat alone when you are just starting your new exercises. There are apps which can help a person to create a good schedule and stick to it, or bring up interesting new exercises to try out on a regular pace. I actually got the hang of a workout of the day app, which keeps track of what my fitness tasks are today, tomorrow, the next day and so on. Apps like this are of much utility to people who have never made an exercise plan in the past.

A lack of confidence is often behind a person’s failure to act, especially when the action given would lead to significant increase in that person’s health or well-being. Some people fail to start exercising because they simply believe they can’t. They either think they are too weak, or too fat, or they lack the knowledge or time necessary to get the results they want. Nothing could be more easily fixed than this list of issues, however. Educational materials on exercise exist and are as easy to find as doing a web search. When action is necessary, then one must act. Thinking of it like this should help bolster your confidence.

Some of us are more followers than leaders, and this too can have an effect on our ability to make good, healthy decisions. Exercising alone may seem unlikely or even impossible, but those people who suffer from a lack of motivation may be able to get it just by standing next to someone with a stronger will. It is not the end of the world to admit you are weak – none of us are perfect and we all have shortcomings in one place or another. Finding one or more people to exercise with may be exactly what you need, if none of the other issues I’ve listed here seem to be what is keeping you from exercising.

Here, I have outlined many different reasons people have problems getting started exercising, as well as tried and true solutions to solving these problems. For some readers, I’m sure the issue keeping them from exercising is more likely a combination or mixture of many of these factors. Whether it’s one or half a dozen, all of these problems can be overcome with a bit of grit and knowledge. I’ve already told about how to work around many of the reasons people give for failing to exercise, but I haven’t listed them all. Feel free to share your personal experiences regarding this topic, as I’m sure many could benefit.

In closing, let me recommend one more thing. Getting enough sleep is vital to having not only enough energy to get through the day, but also some spare to use on things like exercise. Make sure you’re getting enough rest.

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Best Fitness Wristband Trackers

Best Fitness Wristband Trackers

I like to write about all kinds of technology, so it should be no surprise that I want to talk about another gadget today. I’ve covered fish finders and other nifty tools, but this time, I want to talk about Best Fitness Wristband Trackers. Let me start off by saying these devices are good for tracking one’s progress, whether they are jogging in the morning closer to home, or running a treadmill at a local gym. My boyfriend prefers to work out at home like many people I’m sure, and he has an efficient gym equipment setup there, so devices like this fitness tracker help him a lot.

Lots of fitness related gadgets and goods come with ridiculous price tags, but a wristband tracker is one of the best investments you can make on the path to a stronger, healthier you. Personal activity trackers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, color schemes and from a number of manufacturers. Some have more features than others, and you have your basic, standard, advanced and high-end models, just like with everything else. One thing is for sure though – you can typically get a high quality and efficient fitness wristband tracker for around $100. That’s less than the cost of a few free weights.

Because they keep track of different things, it’s hard to pin down any single best fitness wristband. But when you’re out there shopping for one of your own, there are a few features you should always be looking for, and I’ll cover some of those right now.

Calorie Counter

This is an absolutely necessary wristband feature for someone looking to burn calories and shed excess weight. A wristband which keeps track of the calories you burn every day can be even more effective in helping you to reach your target weight than even a professional, personal trainer.

Heart Rate Measure

A more active heart is a healthier heart. If you can increase the amount of time where your heart is beating hard and fast in a day, you can inevitably burn more calories. Calisthenics, jogging, lifting light weights and even just going for a brisk walk can get the ticker ticking faster.

Internet Interactivity

The best fitness wristbands will also have some kind of interconnectivity with an Internet website, spreadsheet or other medium which will keep track of the user’s inputs and data over a length of time. Devices such as these allow you to regularly review moments like your longest run, the most time you spent working out in a single session, the highest number of calories you’ve burned in a single workout, and so on.

As you can see, fitness wristband trackers have the potential to be highly useful tools for anyone looking to lose weight, build muscle mass, or otherwise get into a healthier, happier body. Carefully consider the pros and cons of any system you’re looking at buying before you buy it, and make sure to shop around at several different retailers, just like if you were buying a car, insurance, groceries, or anything else.

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Why It’s Awesome to Have a Hobby

Why It’s Awesome to Have a Hobby

I don’t know about you, but I often get bored when I’m stuck doing the same repetitive task, or taking care of some typical and mundane chore like cooking, cleaning and the like. I don’t just mean bored, either; it’s something like totally disinterested, to the point where sometimes it can take me hours to do something that should only take about 30 minutes tops. This is just one great reason to have hobbies, you know? Fun activities that brighten up your day give you something to look forward to once the boring stuff is done, and they can help you to finish that boring stuff faster, like a kind of motivator.

Getting beyond the basic and into the territory of the more amazing, it’s also possible for people to make money with their hobbies. Photographers can sometimes sell their pictures, writers can sometimes sell their words, gardeners can sometimes sell their produce – and usually for much more than one would pay at a grocery store. Hobbies are about more than just taking up time and attention for some people – they are a way to make extra money every month, or a sole means of income for others. This is just another good reason why it’s awesome to have a hobby.

Apart from all the high tech stuff I’m usually writing about, I really do like to sew. I use an advanced sewing machine for this reason, and this brings another point to mind which I think is worth sharing. Some hobbies, even if they don’t turn out to be profitable, may still be most helpful to the person practicing them. I can’t tell you how many socks, sweaters and other pieces of clothing I would have thrown out had I neither the skills nor the tools to repair them and keep them usable. Cutting down on waste and increasing the lifespan of your goods is another reason it’s awesome to have a hobby.

Life is all about developing skills and finding ways to be useful, if you ask me. The hobbies you take on now could be the hobbies you teach to other people down the line. That, or they could provide useful knowledge you can use at a later date to help teach someone a difficult concept, or help them to solve a seemingly impossible problem. Some hobbies are more about the knowledge they teach us, rather than the products produced as an end result. But it all comes down to one thing in the end, and that is feeling good.

Hobbies should make you feel good. They might be frustrating at times, but the rewards and the good feelings that come along with earning those rewards are what most hobbyists are seeking when they pick up a rod, or a spade, or a sewing machine. So, if you really want to know why it’s awesome to have a hobby, all you have to do is find one that you really enjoy – a hobby that makes you happy.

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Top Rated Apps for Longboarders

Top Rated Apps for Longboarders

Longboarding, or luging as some call it, is a little like skateboarding. The tools of the activity are essentially the same; both use a board on four wheels, meant to roll around and be propelled by the user’s feet. However, compared to skateboards, longboards are significantly longer, which is why some users can lie flat upon them and use them in that way. I like to ride one of my top rated brand longboards when I’ve got free time or feel like working out my legs, but I never would have guessed there are actually several apps meant just for boarders like me. Here, I want to share a few top rated ones.

Wikiloc

Think of this as a kind of encyclopedia of different locations people enjoy using for rides. Wikiloc is an excellent app and aid for those who enjoy getting outside, mostly because it is a massive collection of different routes, trail and paths for locations all over the world. Not only does it keep track of other popular tracks, but it also allows the user to create their own GPS tracks, which can then be uploaded and shared with people living nearby, as well as those who may just be browsing from the other side of the Earth.

Sports Tracker

Here another app for iPhones and other smart devices. This one keeps track of distances traveled, top and average moving speeds and many other useful statistics. Coupling this app with a good wristband or other fitness tracker can yield excellent results – better than either the wristband or program could provide, when being used alone. I’m not sure about the other apps, but this one is free, so there’s no excuse for not at least trying the thing to see if it jives with your longboarding style.

Bohdana Spot Finder

This particular app was actually written by a longboard manufacturing company based in Ottawa, Canada. It was designed specifically with longboarders in mind, so it doesn’t feature too many foot trails or good places to jog. Instead, it is loaded with great places to take your longboard, which could make it the best app on this list for real longboard enthusiasts looking for new places to ride. New locations can be added by any user, and the database is always being updated as new riders add their own special trails to the always burgeoning list.

Conclusion

These are some of the highest rated longboarding related apps I was able to find with a detailed search. But maybe some of you have some longboarding apps you swear by, which failed to make it onto this list. If you’ve got anything pertinent to share, then I’m all ears. Or eyes, I guess. I’m sure anyone else reading this would enjoy the extra options and apps to choose from, too. However, even if you don’t have anything to share about longboarding apps in particular, feel free to speak your piece and be heard here. This blog is for social interaction more than anything, so I encourage you to speak.

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Our Recent Camping Trip at Nature

Our Recent Camping Trip at Nature

You know how some people go “Camping” and all they really do is pitch a tent in their back yard? That’s nothing like journeying out into the wilderness, finding a flat bit of land in the middle of nowhere and living on it for a few days. There’s something wild about it, but that’s not the best of it either. There are just so many things you can do while really camping, which you can’t do while sitting cozy right next to your house. You can’t go for a walk in the woods when you’re surrounding by other people and their homes, you know? This trip was a lot of fun, so I just had to write something about it.

On our most recent camping trick, my boyfriend and I had plenty of activities to keep us both busy. There was making a campfire in the evening or when we wanted to cook, hiking through the forest, hunting for food and even mountain climbing, even if the mountains were really more like slightly taller, steeper hills than usual. Thanks to the archer’s hunting rangefinder we brought along, it was easy to track distances before firing shots, and we never had to worry about getting anything to eat. I have to say though, that device and ones similar to it are really just for measuring distances on land, not so much for in water.

Anyhow, we had all the necessary tools for comfortable camping. Camping doesn’t necessarily need to be a roughneck thing to do, but then it should be a little rough, to really accentuate the whole being far from civilization and living off the land on your own thing. My boyfriend’s flawless recurve bow took down many small animals in the time we spent camping, and while cleaning the kills was disgusting work I left to him, once the stuff was ready to be cooked, I took a great pleasure in preparing rabbits and birds over an open flame.

This brings to mind another aspect of our camping trip though, one which wasn’t so good. When you’re cooking food out in the open like that, practically everything for miles around can smell that you’ve got something good to eat. Most animals scare pretty quickly when fire is involved, but that doesn’t mean they won’t wait until later to come check out the scene and see if any food is left. We’ve been camping a few times, so I already knew a good way to stop our food from getting stolen. All you need is a length of rope and a basket to suspend your food on the branch of any nearby tree, away from any scavengers.

Hearing all kinds of unknown animals creeping in the woods around us did not make for many restful nights. Maybe I’m just too anxious about the setting, but when you’re out camping, you’re kind of the one invading the natural habitat of another. It’s not the other way around. We’re probably lucky no animals were bold or hungry enough to give us trouble.

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How to Replace Projector Lamp and Save the Day

How to Replace Projector Lamp and Save the Day

Just last week or maybe the week before, I was surprised with a sudden need to replace the lamp in our office projector. I didn’t think it would be a difficult process – akin to swapping out a wasted light bulb for a fresh one, for sure. While it wasn’t far off from that, replacing projector lamps is still more involved than just unscrewing one bulb and screwing a new one into the empty slot. The first step was actually opening up the housing of the projector, so I could reach the bad bulb in the first place.

Let me correct that. The opening of the housing would be the second step. First, I had to get the tools I would need to get the thing open. A Phillips screwdriver was all I needed for that, and it only took a minute to dig out of a tool drawer, so I don’t know if that’s enough to really count for a step. But it was the first thing I did, so there. The driver is used for removing the lamp compartment door, which is just a fancy title for the plate stopping you from getting at the lamp.

Before I go too far with this, I should also mention that it’s really a good idea to unplug your projector before working on it. This goes for all electronics, so I figure it’s a given, but there you go. In addition to unplugging it, try turning the machine on a few times to eat up any bit of residual energy lurking in the wires – you don’t want to get an unexpected shock. Once the chassis has been opened, simply remove the entire lamp assembly. Unplug any attached cords and get that dead bulb out of there.

Now, you should have a projector with a huge hole in it. Take a moment to clean out this space with a microfiber cloth or other soft material. Don’t use water, or any liquid cleanser at all for that matter; just give the inside a good wipe with the dry cloth. Once this bit is done, all that’s left is plugging in your new lamp assembly, sealing the assembly door and quickly resetting the timer on your projector lamp. That will only take a minute or two and it may not even be a necessary step depending on the type of projector with which you’re working.

The other day, my colleagues and I had a major conference meeting with some very important Japanese clients. That’s when the projector decided to crap out on us. Without a projector to give our big presentation, the meeting was about to go bust too, until I resolved the situation. I had a just-in-case original projector lamp for our office machine which I had been saving in the back of a drawer in my desk, for just such a point in time. It sounds like a winded ordeal, but I was able to replace the bad bulb in less than five minutes and save our meeting from tanking.

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TapGroom – Socialize Your Pet Grooming Business

TapGroom – Socialize Your Pet Grooming Business

Hey guys–it’s your geeky girl ready to tell you an amazing product I found. Before I do that, I’d like to let me readers hear a question I recently received from one of you. Her name is Michelle and she is a pet grooming school teacher. Michelle asked, “What is a way I  can use technology to increase my pet care business profits for my dog grooming services?”  Well Michelle and anyone wondering that same question, luckily we live in a world where we can create and access apps that we can use on our smartphones and disperse information about our businesses. The app is called TapGroom!

TapGroom is a great way to socialize your pet grooming business. Created by TapStyle Technologies last month, TapGroom can make your pet grooming business a success with its many capabilities and enhancements. It has it all for the owner and/or pet groomer. The categories are broken up into eight sections:

  1. Booking and Scheduling Management
  2. Marketing
  3. Catalog
  4. Customer and Pet Management
  5. Service Record Log (with photos!)
  6. Points of Sales
  7. Accounting
  8. Business Analysis

In the Booking and Scheduling  Management category, the interface can be altered on its timeline directly. You can use Google Calendar to display the events for the month. With screen flick, if you need to switch dates, it can be easy with a simple touch. Access the Internet so you could book schedules whether that is on a desktop PC, laptop, or smartphone.

The Marketing feature allows you to send e-mail and SMS, and use data mining and analysis. You can find out if a regular customer has not come in for a number of days, or see which new customers have visited your business recently.

For the Catalog category, you can photo register, catalog photo lists and search by tags, zoom-in (or zoom-out) and pinch-in (or pinch-out) capabilities for screen adjustment, photo transitioning, and  photo information display.

In the Customer and Pet Management feature,  you can add and look up basic customer information, basic pet information, and search through detail view. Memo register, current booking list, past services list, and service record photos can be located.

The Service Record Log allows you to register basic info, photo record up to 3 photos, memo record, and display anteroposterior style.

The Points of Sales section can let you select payment method, calculate payment for service, select booking from schedule, print receipts, send receipts through e-mail, and set date and time for payment. You can also select goods by the list of goods or the given barcode. Tip data entry is available.

Accounting functions allow you to review sales, expense register, and display profits and expenses by term. In Business Analysis, you have the ability to analyze visitor and sales totals by day, week, month, and year.

This practical application will give you everything you need to keep track and increase profits through promotion and review. Technology has given us the ability to increase business and through these means, increase our income.

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Best App for Barbecue Recipes

Best App for Barbecue Recipes

I love a nice piece of grilled chicken or a burger with a side of potato wedges. That is what one of my friends made at this barbecue I attended during the holiday weekend. I had not seen my friend or her family for quite some time, and when they invited me to this even, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It was about 10 of us at this event and I brought a pasta salad bowl for everyone. My friend Elise, who had just given birth to twins, and her husband Kyle, welcomed me to their home with open arms.

Kyle and Elise prepared a wide array of foods for everyone to eat  on their outstanding bbq roaster from http://www.SmokerJudge.com. That place has a whole lot of ideas of food to make. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken leg quarters, bratwurst, and kabobs with different meats and veggies on the skewers. There were even food options for vegetarian and vegan guests. Elise wanted to make me something special since it had been a couple of years since we last spend time together. Ever since her first two children were born, and now her new bundles of joy have been born, she and Kyle have been very preoccupied. I understood of course.

I told her there was no need to make anything special for me. Elise kept insisting and made her way back inside the house to see what they had in the kitchen. When she went in there, she caught the family dog Rufus eating up the bratwurst! Kyle and I were trying to calm her down as the rest of the party were enjoying themselves and socializing. I told her that I was willing to make something quick and I knew just what would hit the spot: bbq shrimp!

I pulled out my phone and showed her these bbq apps that I downloaded previously for a barbecue I was planning on hosting for my brother’s birthday a couple months ago. I didn’t deleted them, and I am glad that I didn’t! I bought a grilling app for $5 that was pretty handy. With over 250 grilling recipes and 50 recipes for marinades, rubs, and sauces, this app is perfect for all your grilling needs. I showed this to Kyle and he added it to his phone, just in case.

Another app I have on my phone isn’t necessarily a grilling app, but contains many recipes that I could use for side dishes. Cocktails, salads, and desserts are but a few examples of foods that you can learn how to prepare for lunches or dinners. I think I will pair the shrimp with a wild rice dish.

After going to the store with Kyle for the shrimp, rice, and other ingredients. I started to prepare and marinate the shrimp while the rice was cooking in the kitchen. I garnished the dish and served it to everyone at the party. Elise thought it looked good, but was hesitant of trying it. She’s never had this specific dish, but she does like seafood. After she ate a plate, the plate became two, and then three! Elise even asked for the recipe! Looks like these apps saved the day.

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Protein Apps Review

Protein Apps Review

I love building lean muscle. Five days out of the week for at least sixty minutes, I lift weights and run on the treadmill or use the elliptical bike at my local gym. I am a busy beaver, so I have to make sure I get my workouts in during the morning. I wake up around 6-ish, put on my workout clothes, and make myself something to drink. I need something before my workouts. These pre-workout woman nutritious milkshakes, along with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, taste so good! I love how the flavors of vanilla and peanut butter along with the skim milk dance on my taste buds. Even though I can live without tastiness of my pre-workout drink, it makes me change my mind about all protein shakes. Sadly I have had bad experiences with some of the horrible “shakes” I have consumed in the past.

When I am not working out, I work as a iOS software developer here in Manchester with my boyfriend, Michael. Michael and I have been together for two years and we both love computers and exercise. He tries out different brands of protein powders and has even helped me measure my protein intake. I decided that I wanted to try something different. As he was surfing the web, an advertisement for Fitmiss protein powder caught his eye. He knew I wanted a new protein powder, so he recommended it to me after reading the reviews online and talked to his sister who is a personal trainer. She also told Michael an easier way I could track my protein intake: protein apps.

Protein apps have so many fascinating capabilities that I was willing to check out. Now that I have a new smartphone, I decided to test out these applications and see what they have in store. Here are some of the protein apps I tried out:

1. A protein tracker

I had fun using this app. The protein tracker allowed me to pay attention to how much protein I consume every 24 hours. This allows me to encourage lean muscle growth and watch out for any possible injuries. It comes in two different languages, a calculator for the specific day, a wizard that adds up the protein intake needed to build and sustain growth, and a food menu. It also allows me to know nutrition values of the different foods I eat each day. I must say, I am definitely keeping this app.

2. Recipes for protein shakes

This app contains a wide variety of recipes I can use with my Fitmiss protein powder. Over 100 shake recipes and it will allow me to add a new recipe with the chance of winning a prize! Lose weight and gain muscle easily with the different mixes and flavors to pick from.

3. A protein finder

It contained a lot of capabilities. A list of protein supplements, a supplement database, a dosage measurer, and a motivation section helped me through a strenuous workout week. I believe it was the best one out of all three applications for sure.

Overall, I find these applications very useful, especially for beginners and those of the intermediate levels. As a fitness fanatic and geeky girl, I would definitely continue to use protein apps to help me through my exercise and diet plans.

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Must Have Gadget for Active Lifestyle

Must Have Gadget for Active Lifestyle

Throughout the years, technology has adapted to give active people especially useful gadgets. Items like heart rate monitors, which were at one time the stuff of science fiction, are now so commonplace that just about every runner, jogger or other mover that I see has one strapped to a wrist or ankle. There are even newer versions of this classic fitness gadget which look like standard watches and not at all like the bulky items from decades ago. One of these, the Polar RS100 Heart Rate Watch, shrinks down the older item to a more manageable size while adding a slew of special features you just don’t get from older monitors.

I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk during business hours, so it’s especially refreshing to get up and go for a run at the end of the day. To maximize the benefits from those little runs, I asked around with friends to see if anyone knew an especially good heart rate monitor that could help me do more with my workout. One of my friends, who is really into BJJ and all kinds of other mixed martial arts, told me that he uses the Polar RS100 and he loves it, so I figured I would at least give it a try. I’ve got to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the wristband I bought.

First and foremost, I like to keep track of my runs and see how far I go, how fast I get there and so on. The Polar RS100 keeps track of up to 100 hours of my exercise, which roughly translates to three months of one hour runs, quite a lot of data indeed. Many fitness experts say your heart rate should decrease with extended exercise and as your fitness level increases, but I’m not really trying to build muscle or anything, so I never noticed any big drops. There are five buttons in total for keeping track of calories burned, heart rate, the time (It is a watch), recorded summaries and an alarm for when I reach my target heart rate.

That last one is pretty great, since it lets me know when I can stop speeding up and start coasting at my current activity level. The RS100 is water resistant, but not waterproof, so you shouldn’t swim with it. Since all I do is run after work some nights, that hasn’t turned out to be an issue for me, but I can understand how swimmers and other athletes might opt for a different monitor because of this. For my purposes, the Polar RS100 does everything I want it to do at a price I could afford, so it’s pretty much the best heart rate monitor I’ve seen in a long time.

The customer support at Polar’s website is also fantastic. It’s kind of embarrassing since I work in software development, but I couldn’t figure out how to use some features on the Polar RS100. I wrote them on their website and got a response answering my query in no time, which is a nice plus.

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How to Have Best Ever Fishing Trip

How to Have Best Ever Fishing Trip

While I normally write about computers and other gadgets which are useful around and outside the home, I get out once in a while too. Like recently, when I went on a fishing trip which turned out to be quite a good time. Naturally, being so technologically inclined, I took along some useful devices to maximize my time out on the water with my folks. That’s what I’m going to write about here. So, if you enjoy fishing and you’re looking for some new way to get an edge over those water-breathers down below, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

People have been using electronic devices to help locate, attract and land more and more fish every year because these devices work. Sonars help to locate fish by bouncing sound waves through the water and letting the viewer know where those waves are rebounded back toward the sonar. They have been upgraded again and again, and now they’re fairly useful for detecting fish at a variety of depths. I wouldn’t recommend going fishing in water of any considerable depth without one; in clearer, shallower pools, it might be possible for the fisher to see right to the bottom, defeating the sonar’s purpose.

I read through www.fishfindercentral.net and found my best fish finder, which has a long life and uses a rechargeable battery. Naturally it cost a bit more than one which just swaps out many smaller batteries, but I like to make a little less waste if I can, you know? Besides the sonar, I was looking at some other crazy devices. There was one, not one I bought and used mind you, where you would slip this metal object into the water and then run a current through it, stunning nearby fish. That seemed to make things a little too easy for me, plus you know, it can’t feel good to get electrocuted.

I use a few different specialty baits too. Anything that makes the fish bite more often is something I’ll try, and an item which is guaranteed to make fishing more fun. Not like, crayfish or nightcrawlers or some other bug, though those work well for some fish. I’m talking about the kind of stuff you spray on the bait you’re already using, something that really makes those fish go crazy if you’re in the right place. They almost feel like I’m cheating though, with how many more bites I get if my spray matches the fish nearby.

Do you want to have a great fishing trip and catch lots of fish the next time you go out? For a decent catch you need a decent fish finder. You might also consider using specialized baits, sprays, electrical devices and a number of other gadgets to help you catch those elusive fish. We’ve evolved a lot since we had to stab fish with spears; there’s no reason to feel bad about using these technological advances to improve your fishing game. Even if you’re a purist, they can really make a fishing trip more fun for kids, so that’s something to consider.

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My Review of Pocket WOD CrossFit App

My Review of Pocket WOD CrossFit App

If you want an interesting way to do your CrossFit routines, then the Pocket WOD CrossFit app is a good choice for several reasons. When you download this app to your iPhone you have access to CrossFit.com‘s workout of the day and if you don’t like that workout you can go to a wide library of diverse workouts that you can choose for your daily workouts while traveling. This app also comes with a buolt in stopwatch and timer so you can monitor your timing and progress during the workout. The app allows you to log in your daily workouts and even the meals you eat as part of the CrossFit program.

Pocket WOD App

Share Your Progress Through Social Media

Another great thing about the Pocket WOD app is that you can monitor your progress and brag about this progress by sharing how well you’ve done with your other exercise buddies through social media. You can also exchange different CrossFit instructional videos with them and they can exchange the information with you if they have this app. This is a good way to motivate others to keep up with their fitness goals.

Access To Paleo Diet Meals

Those who are involved in Crossfit will eat mostly meals from the Paleo diet and if you’re looking for ways to prepare interesting meals on this diet, the WOD app has several great recipes for your convenience. The Paleo diet is low carb and since it includes mostly proteins, fruits and vegetables. You can modify the recipes according to your tastes and you’ll have a healthier way of eating with this diet plan that is included in the app.

You Can Check Calories Burned

For every calorie you consume, you need to burn as many as possible through workouts and thanks to the WOD app, you can log in the number of calories you burned during your CrossFit exercises, and you can look at stats concerning the amount of body fat you have after the work out. You’ll also be able to track the calories you consumed during the day.

Track The Number of Miles You Run

Another good thing about the WOD app is that you can keep track of the number of miles you run during the day. When you track your running miles you will develop confidence in the progress of your workout and you become motivated to continue with your CrossFit workouts on a weekly or daily basis.

Conclusion

CrossFit is an excellent way to get in shape and with your Pocket WOD app, you can look at how well you’re doing with the exercise. This app is especially great for travelers who can’t get to the gym because it has all the different ways to track your activities as if your CrossFit trainer were there with you, just be sure to wear the right CrossFit gear and follow the basic safety rules to prevent injuries. This app is easy to install and maintain and you get the opportunity to monitor your progress. Finally, this app is compatible with the iPhone and it is one of the best reasons to download the app.

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How Web 2.0 Will Thrive Thanks to Modern Data Centers

How Web 2.0 Will Thrive Thanks to Modern Data Centers

In 2004, the term Web 2.0 was coined by Dale Dougherty, a publisher of the O’Reilly Media Group. It came up in a discussion of the development of the internet after the 2000 dot-com crash that saw many internet based companies file for bankruptcy. Nevertheless, even some time after, the term wasn’t fully defined. Many people have different views of the term that range from it meaning nothing, to it being strictly a marketing term.

However, from O’Reilly media, three key concepts have been defined that describe what Web 2.0 is all about. They are the “Democratization of the Web”, “The Web as an Application Platform” and “New Methods of Distributing Information”.

Data centers and their role in the definition and implementation of Web 2.0

Data Centers are the facilities which house the servers and necessary hardware to store all of the information behind and visible on websites all over the world. The rapidly growing number of data centers is a result of the implementation of Web 2.0 and its key principles.

The main cost resulting from the cooling and maintenance of the servers containing the data in the data centers is caused by electricity. In the United States alone, data centers account for about 1.5% of the electricity used, making the transition to greener and better solutions regarding the location of data centers a key factor for the companies behind them.

Using the Web as an Applications Platform

During the earlier stages of the internet, most of the so called dot-com companies were focused around the sale of software that would allow for the use of a service. Users had to purchase and install software on their device in order to be able to use the service. Nowadays, the internet is an applications platform, which can be highlighted by the service Google offers. It can be used without the installation of software.

Furthermore, an increasing amount of web based companies such as Facebook and Google enable their users to access their service on multiple devices like cell phones and tablet PCs. Some, such as Twitter and Facebook even allow users and developers access to some of their API (application programming interface) that allows for the programming of new apps for the use in combination with their original service.

Democratizing the Web

Before the implementation of Web 2.0, the internet was seen as somewhat of an extension of television. Users were forced to remain passive, without much of a chance to interact with the websites and the information. Progressive companies such as Amazon made it possible for users to leave comments and reviews, interacting with the website and other users alike.

It also allowed for programmers and developers from other parts of the world to leave their imprint on the internet. Skype for example, was founded in 2003 in the small Northern European country of Estonia. It is merely one of the Northern European countries, which represent a stronghold of IT specialists and data centers alike. With a barrage of IT specialists on site, more and more data center operating companies are moving their centers to Northern European countries and this is a good news for the established local data centers like http://www.citrus.lv/. The reason for moving is to benefit from both the available human resources and the cold weather that is used to cool the servers and other equipment, in an attempt to reduce cost and go greener by avoiding green house emissions caused by the need to cool the equipment.

Employing new methods to distribute information

Web 2.0 also had its fair share where methods of distributing information were concerned. While before, much of the information was outdated due to the complexity of updating content, more user friendly interfaces made the updating of information and content easier. New Web Syndication formats such as RSS (Really Simply Syndication) simplified receiving updated information of subscribed services straight to the desktop applications of the users.

Web 2.0 Benefits for Users

Users have been able to benefit from Web 2.0 in multiple ways. For one, users have been better integrated into the way information is developed and distributed on the internet. Everybody is able to start a blog, and thus, becoming the source of newly published information. It has enhanced the level of interaction between internet users and helped developers to leave their impression on the internet.

Also, the decrease of required software by the development of the internet into an application platform, has severely simplified the use of more diversified services and applications creating a more unique experience for private and business users, setting the tone for an increased importance of cloud computing.

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How I Created An iOS Social Application For Gardeners

How I Created An iOS Social Application For Gardeners

I have been a home gardener for five years and because I wanted to make gardening more efficient for myself and other gardeners in Manchester, I created an iOS social application just for gardeners, particularly for the young gardeners who are also tech savvy. One cool thing about the app I created is that you have access to thousands of definitions of plant species that exist and you can learn about where those plants grow the most and the times of the year they grow. You can even look up different stores in your city where you can purchase the plants, grow lights, hydroponics and other indoor gardening supplies right from the stores’ websites like http://plantozoid.com or https://www.truliteled.com  without having to order from a home computer. You can also buy seeds, grow lights and other gardening supplies with the app.

It Includes Gardening Tips

Do you get tired of cluttering your home with gardening magazines even though you enjoy and use the advice in the publications? Then you will like the gardening app I created because it offers gardening advice right in the palm of your hand. You’ll learn about how to prepare soil for planting, which fruits and vegetables should be grown in certain seasons, best ways to fertilize the plants, how to  in a prevent bugs from eating up your plants and how you can use up the harvest in a variety of meals.

Guide To Preserving Produce

Since I  know that many gardeners like to preserve their fruits and vegetables, I also included a section within the app that teaches gardeners how they can preserve their produce in such a way that will last many years. In this section I talk about how they can prepare a sugar syrup to preserve fruits and I mention the best places to buy affordable canning jars in bulk. When you preserve your harvest, you save money on buying additional produce at the supermarket.

You Can Sketch Out Ideal Garden

If you’re tired of the same garden layout, this app is for you because you can look through different layouts in the app to get an idea of how you want your backyard landscaping to look. You can arrange the flowers and veggies how you want in the sketched designs and it may give you inspiration to create a unique but functional garden that you will benefit from for years.

Conclusion

With my garden app you can purchase garden supplies and seeds, and you’re able to learn about the basics of gardening if you are new to this skill. The gardening app is easy to use and you can share what is in the app to others by email or through social media webpages. You can even subscribe to well known gardening magazines online through the app and you can learn about preserving your harvest. This app is affordable and is compatible with the iPhone. When you use this app you will have everything you need to create the garden of your dreams and loved ones will be amazed with your success.

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