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28 Sep

Studies Prove Fitness Trackers Do Indeed Work

This should come as a huge sigh of relief to anyone who’s shelled out a few hundred bucks for a fitness tracker – multiple studies have proven that the devices actually deliver on their promise of keeping their wearers active and fit. A recent case study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that fitness trackers and health apps are adept at bettering one’s overall fitness. The authors culled information from more than 224 different medical and health studies that examined the relationship between the usage of fitness trackers and positive changes in one’s lifestyle. Whether it boiled down to fitness, diet or cutting out bad habits like smoking, the result was always the same: using fitness trackers...
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14 Jul

Use These 11 Simple Tips to Help Yourself Fall Asleep Easier

There's nothing quite as awful as helplessly lying awake in the dark at night, feeling the hours pass by and having those sweet tendrils of sleep slip just out of your grasp. Next thing you know, your alarm is blaring in your ear and you're forced to get up and face the day feeling drained and cranky. Catching good quality Zs can sometimes evade even those of us who need them most, but the fact of the matter is that sleep and sleeping well is super important in regards to your overall health and happiness. A night or two of bad sleep is something that all of us face from time to time, but chronic episodes of insomnia or lack of sleep can...
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7 Jun

15 Hilarious Weight Loss Quotes Everyone Can Relate To

They say laughter is the best medicine, but clearly those people were never starving and hangry from trying to lose weight on an unfulfilling diet. Still, when you can't shove food down your throat, lest you undo all of your hard word, laughter is the next best option. Hell, it might even help you burn a few extra calories. If you feel yourself slipping while trying to begrudgingly stick to a diet from hell in order to not look like a repulsive slug on the beach this summer, know that you're not alone. These hilarious and all too true quotes about dieting and weight loss prove that we're all in the same boat. If you laugh loud enough, you might...
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16 Feb

2016’s hottest photography trends from Jessica Keener Photography

Selfie sticks. White linens. Rustic barns. Pets. Gold everything. In 2015, there were definite trends that stuck out in the photography world - ones that even Instagram photographers could recognize and appreciate. But heading into 2016, there are new terms and styles coming en vogue which seasoned pros will employ into their lifestyle, portrait, wedding and headshot photography. These are what photographers are being asked for by their clients, and what they are looking forward to experimenting with in the coming year. With that in mind, I spoke with Jessica Keener, of Jessica Keener Photography in Seattle, WA, about what trends we can look forward to in 2016. Lumoid: Hi Jess! Tell us a bit about you: how did you find...
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4 Oct

ŌURA Ring Helps You Fight Sleep Disorder With Data

Would you believe someone if they told you that a ring could help you solve your sleeping problem? Probably not. But that’s the pitch that Finnish tech startup ŌURA is claiming. ŌURA recently invented the ŌURA Ring, a “ring-sized wellness computer.” The device is designed to help the wearer recover their sleep, Chief Technological Officer Kari Kivela told The Toggle. The ŌURA Ring continuously measures the wearer’s pulse waveform, the exact time between heartbeats and body temperature, translating that information into the corresponding ŌURA smartphone app and using it to create a sleep profile for the user. The ŌURA also has the ability to track a number of fitness related metrics, but Kivela says that the device was never supposed to be the next big fitness tracker. According...
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6 Aug

The Internet: Good For Everything, Except Morality

In our technology-driven world, the internet has been a beneficial influence in many genres in emerging and developing nations, including education, the economy and relationships. However, in regards to morality, the internet has taken a turn for the worse, according to a recent Pew Research study. The results also point to a division of its effect on politics. In emerging and developing nations, none of the countries surveyed believed that the internet has an overall positive effect on morality, while 42 percent say it is a bad influence and 29 percent see it as a good influence. But, some countries are left out of the internet debate entirely. Across the 32 countries surveyed, computer usage ranged widely in specific areas, with only...
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12 Jul

Wearables at Work? Check Your Company’s Dress Code

For a long time, people in the vanguard of the technology industry have been exploring wearable technologies -- how to integrate more different kinds of circuit boards, sensors and digital services into items that blur the line between devices and fashion accessories. First, it was Bluetooth earbuds, and modern smart phones that spent more and more time in the average pocket. Now, with the grand release of items like the Apple iWatch and the FitBit, today's newest collection of wearables are much more a part of our wardrobes than conventional minicomputers that we carry with us, unlike such dinosaurs as the Palm Pilot and the Blackberry. The High-Tech Dress Code -- Evidence of Wearables at Work Some of the experts looking at today's...
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22 Apr

5 Ways a Tech-Powered Workout is More Beneficial

You have apps to manage your daily tasks. There are apps that help you connect to and collaborate with your friends and coworkers scattered all over the world. You probably have an app to keep track of your expenses and keep the household budget on track. Then why shouldn't technology make its way into the gym or when you go out for your daily run around the park? Technology has transformed training and workout sessions for elite sportsmen and home fitness enthusiasts alike. Wearable tech that records biometric data and mobile apps that deliver live feeds. The age of Big Data in the fitness sphere is here. Here's how a tech-powered workout can benefit you: 1. Helps you track, record, and analyze...
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