I had a good work week and hope you readers did too. Most things went as planned and only a couple of things went off the rails. I was able to get things back on track in short order and that gave me a sense of accomplishment. Continue reading
by Guest Author Peter Howorth
It still amazes me how far we’ve come technologically over the past decade or so. Especially when it comes to mobile phones, when I was a child I remember the phone to be quite a huge thing. The only thing that was mobile about it was that they weren’t attached to a wall but damn if it wasn’t like carrying around a house brick with you. Continue reading
Without doubt the online health‐information environment is going mobile According to a new report from research2guidance in 2015 there will be 1.4 billion Smartphone users and 500 million of them will use health applications. As of February 2010, there were nearly 6,000 such health apps within the Apple AppStore. Of these, 73% were intended for use by consumer or patient end-users, while 27% were targeted to health care professionals.
Medical professionals are proving to be the early adopters with 64% of US physicians already carrying Smartphones, as do 99% of residents. Apps geared to doctors include alerts, medical reference tools, diagnostic tools, continuing medical education, and patient records programs. Consumer-oriented apps include those for medication compliance, mobile and home monitoring, home care, managing conditions, and wellness/fitness.
The Pew Internet Project’s latest survey of American adults, revealed 17 percent of cell phone users look up health or medical information on their device, and many also have health-related apps on their Smartphones to get nutrition information, count calories, calculate body mass index and learn new exercises.
The November 2010 issue of the Harvard Health Letter describes some of the highest-rated and most widely used Smartphone iPhone and Android apps for common health problems. I was amazed to find how many useful apps there were. These are a few of the apps that have been reviewed.
- Tap and Track is an all-in-one app for diet and exercise. You enter what you eat, your physical activity, your actual weight, and your target weight. It computes your nutritional intake. Each time you enter a snack or plug in a workout, you’ll receive a nutritional tally as well as the number of calories you have left for the day. The $3.99 app can generate graphs and spreadsheets tracking your progress, which can be e-mailed to your computer.
- Glucose buddy tracks glucose readings you enter four times a day, as well as food consumed, exercise, and medication. You can set alarms to remind you to take the glucose readings, note taking and on an analytic connection are features. Glucose Buddy can be downloaded free to an iPhone.
- HeartWise lets you enter your blood pressure readings along with your pulse and weight. The app will calculate your average arterial pressure and generate graphs showing fluctuations over time.
- Pocket First Aid & CPR, from the American Heart Association, offers detailed instructions for assisting accident victims and those who fall ill, including video instructions for performing procedures like CPR or using a cardiac defibrillator.
- Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock finds the best time during a chosen 30-minute period to wake you. You allow it to “observe” you for a few nights then, using its built-in motion sensor, the phone gets to know your sleep patterns well enough to find the best moment to wake you.
Read the full article on some of the highest-rated and most widely used Smartphone iPhone and Android apps for health and fitness here. > Smartphone Apps for Health
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by Guest Author Christian of tehbigwebtheory.com
Times are dark. Things like “work” and family. Keep us from what is really important in our lives…
Those elongated forms of self expression stretching over time. But the thing is we aren’t ever at our computers anymore. We find it frustrating to have to log in and the go to your site then edit. There has to be a easier quicker way, that is portable and easy to access.
Well there is.
I’m going to introduce three examples:
John is an insurance broker with an android based phone and a netbook running linux. He has been procrastinating new posts on his blog because he is never at home or on his PC. Well the solution is quite simple for John. He can start by adding the WordPress app to his android phone. This will allow him to quickly check his comments and write posts even add photos from anywhere he can find a signal. If he doesn’t have a signal he should download BloGTK save drafts at the office and just click publish when he gets home.
Meet Jenny she was at the top of her game with blogging reaching 200 page views per day. That is until she had 3 children they keep her so busy. Even for a stay-at-home-mom it seems hard to blog nowadays. Luckily the intuitive iPhone app for wordpress is there waiting for her to download it for free. Now while she waits for Sam to finish soccer practice she leisurely sit and writes her next hit post.
Lastly meet Kyle. He is a lawyer with a windows based laptop and a blackberry for all those emails. He would love to start a blog about law and being a lawyer. But where can he find the time he only has an hour before the court meeting (he has an obsession with being early). During that hour he eats a snack and relaxes. Instead of seeping an hour away John can install WordPress for Blackberry and start typing away at what the prosecution is. He can write afterwards when he goes to Starbucks for a coffee as well if he hasn’t furnished yet. Or even save a as a draft and use MS Writer to finish and publish it via WiFi at Starbucks.
So reader as you can see there is always time, and with a little bit of effort you can go a long way.
Check out WordPress’ apps page for more awesome free goodies!
With Hootsuite bloggers cross post content to multiple WordPress accounts, but the promised HootSuite for iPhone® – Converse and Compose on the Go hasn’t shown in up in app stores as yet.
HootSuite, the professional Twitter client, lets users manage multiple Twitter profiles with multiple editors on each, schedule tweets, track stats, RSS their content, and more – all on one easy-to-use interface.
If you are considering Hootsuite for Social Media Integration I recommend reading this comprehensive review:
HootSuite offers many great features that can aid bloggers in managing their Twitter accounts for blogging uses including promotion, monitoring, keyword tracking, reputation management and more. The following are reasons I chose to use HootSuite as my primary Twitter management tool, and the ways I use it to help in my blogging. — Kristi in HootSuite for Blogging – Twitter Management for Bloggers
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