Posted in G-News on 02. Apr, 2012
7 Best iPhone and Android Apps for Losing Weight
The New Year means resolutions which, for most people, will include losing weight. Following the gluttony of the holiday season, many are motivated to get in shape for the new year, but few follow their new-found fitness through February. Weight loss apps are like handheld personal trainers or dieticians, great tools to keep you on track to reach your goal weight in 2012. And since the market for apps continues to grow, The Daily Beast has narrowed down the best apps that will get you eating better and shedding pounds.
One of the keys—perhaps the key—to weight loss is calorie consumption, but who has the time or the mental math skills to keep track? Dieters swear by the Lose It! app because it takes care of calculating just how many calories are in that cocktail or cupcake and how much exercise you have to do to burn them off. Also, enter your goal weight, current weight, height and age and Lose It! will tell you exactly how many calories you should consume each day to get to where you want to be.
This app is great for the lazy dieter. While it may be a bit awkward to pull out your iPhone and start snapping photos of your food instead of your friends at the dinner table, you’ll be glad you did when you get a full analysis of your dietary habits from Thin-site’s in house health experts and personalized advice on how to lose weight.
Weight watchers mobile
Losing weight with Weight Watchers is possible, but it’s a lot of work. There are points involved and it can get a bit confusing trying to figure out how many points are allotted for every food. The Weight Watchers Mobile app provides a food point guide as well as thousands of easy-to-follow, low-fat recipes. One of the unique things about Weight Watchers is, unlike other diets, you don’t have to do it alone. If you ever want to commiserate with fellow Weight Watchers, just type in your zip code to find nearby meeting spots. The app is free but you must be a Weight Watchers subscriber to use it; however, prospective subscribers are allowed to sample the app’s features before committing to a membership.
Dieting doesn’t need to be a house arrest sentence. Those with a soft spot for fast food will love the Restaurant Nutrition app by Foundation HealthCare Network, which offers nutritional information—calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates, etc.—for restaurant menus, and a running profile to keep track of what users eat. With 250 restaurant options, the free app still may be a little limiting for weight-conscious diners who like to eat out but not necessarily at national chains.
How often do we actually follow the dieting guidelines laid out by the food pyramid? Several diets recommend narrowing down the five food groups to three macronutrient categories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat—and consuming 40 percent, 30 percent and 30 percent of each. The 40:30:30 app allows you to track these percentages for every meal to make sure you’re consuming the correct percentage of each. It’s handy and free.
Yoga is great exercise but, unless you’re a trained yogi, almost impossible to do correctly on your own. Instead of paying for pricey yoga classes and being limited to instructors’ schedules, why not get the Pret-a-Yoga app for 99 cents and do yoga at home whenever you want? Follow along with instructor Kathleen Kastner, as she guides you through the poses, breathing sequences and the meditation of yoga.
The Diet Point app for Android is a fast, easy, and free way to calculate calories and weight watchers points for any food. The app also compiles a grocery list for a variety of diet plans and includes a BMI, BMR and daily energy expenditure calculator as well as several weight-loss tips.
CREDIT & THANKS : THE DAILY BEAST : http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/12/24/7-best-iphone-and-android-apps-for-losing-weight.html#slide8
Fuzzy Math: The New iPad’s Battery Keeps Drawing Power Past 100%
The new iPad’s been in the media crosshairs all week for alleged battery-related problems. First, we heard the system was notably toastier than its predecessor — a problem naturally exacerbated by using it while the battery charged. Then we heard from Consumer Reports that the new iPad’s battery drains while playing certain games, despite being plugged in (my colleague Jared Newman, along with several others, have been unable to replicate this “issue”). And now Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, is claiming in a detailed review of the new iPad that Apple’s tablet isn’t being entirely honest with us when its battery charge display shows “100%.”
“Note that the batteries do not actually reach full charge when 100% is shown and need up to an extra hour before the charging actually stops,” writes Soneira in his review. Note that the new iPad’s battery is considerably larger than the older iPad 2′s: 42.5-watt versus 25-watt.
According to iLounge, which exchanged emails with Soneira, the iPad “continued to draw 10W” of power for “up to an hour” after iOS indicated the battery was full. That partly jibes with iLounge’s own experience with the device:
In iLounge’s testing, the new iPad switches from a lightning bolt (“still charging”) to plug (“done charging”) battery icon 5 to 10 minutes after reaching 100%; Soneira confirmed that the iPad still charges even when it claims to have been filled.
That’s not all: iLounge says it found “unusual, non-linear reported battery drain during our numerous battery tests, with the third-generation iPad sometimes reporting a battery loss of just two percent over the first hour of testing, then averaging 10% of loss each hour afterwards while performing the same tasks.” So either the battery itself is flawed, iOS is interfacing improperly (or inconsistently) with the battery cell and misreporting, or there’s something arbitrary going on in the background during these tests that hasn’t yet been accounted for.
Okay, there’s a fourth possibility, though it sounds a trifle conspiratorial: iLounge wonders whether Apple may have “taken certain liberties when reporting battery levels to give the impression of faster charging and slower loss.”
While there’s nothing you can do about the alleged battery charge readout issues, Soneira offers some helpful advice on squeezing more time overall out of a charge. Running the backlight at maximum brightness, DisplayMate’s tests clocked just under six hours of use. But if you drop the slider to “Middle” brightness, Soneira found the run time leapt to 11.6 hours, “almost identical to the iPad 2.”
CREDIT & THANKS : TIME.COM : http://techland.time.com/2012/03/23/fuzzy-math-the-new-ipads-battery-keeps-drawing-power-past-100/#ixzz1qExhqnFg
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