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When cellular manufacturers embraced Bluetooth technology and created wireless headsets, businesses and professionals responded with enthusiasm.
Recently, manufacturers such as Samsung have taken that technology as the basis for smartwatches that integrate with the user’s mobile phone. This has been lauded as a similarly significant breakthrough.
Now it appears that Samsung is poised to take the next step: moving from its Galaxy handset-integrated Gear to a standalone version of the device. This new iteration of the Gear will have its own independent cellular connection to allow its operation in the absence of a mobile phone.
Work is underway in South Korea
According to reports from the Korea Herald, Samsung and SK Telecom — both companies based in South Korea — are working together to produce and release to SK Telecom subscribers an early version of the device that would have wireless connection capabilities.
Success of such a device in South Korea would likely lead to its release elsewhere, particularly given Samsung’s broad global presence.
Benefits of a stand-alone smartwatch
Like Google Glass, a stand-alone Gear product should open up novel possibilities for consumers. Considering the popular current use of smartwatches as an accessory for fitness tracking, the new Gear product would allow even more flexibility in fitness pursuits: it would allow runners, bikers, and others to leave their phone at home while continuing to receive progress reports and stay in touch during training.
This kind of use would seem suitable for even early releases of a Samsung smartwatch or similar technology from any other company, because the limited use would not be overly taxing for a small device, and would not require any of the advanced features that are at least currently possible only on a smartphone.
Where would smartwatches fit into our digital arsenals?
Given the early state of smartwatch technology, it would be unreasonable to expect that such devices, even with stand-alone cellular and wireless connectivity capability, would be suitable replacements for mobile devices.
One major obstacle cannot be remedied in any practical way. Most people enjoy the large amount of screen real estate provided by the latest smartphones, and any smartwatch that attempted to replicate the screen size of a phone would be comically large and unwieldy.
However, if the capabilities of wearable technology expand and can replicate at least some of the smartphone experience, people may feel more comfortable keeping their smartphones at home or out of sight. Additionally, sleek smartphones might become secondary to tablets (or at least tablet-sized smartphones).
Manufacturers and users would be more likely to embrace larger screens and less portability on such devices. Users would more likely lean on their smartwatch for daily use and reserve phones and tablets for more intense activities such as business projects, marketing and management, website creation, or reading long articles, as opposed to scrolling through Twitter, texting and messaging, and speaking to friends and family.
One thing is certain: The price of such devices will have to decrease before they can become more widely embraced, particularly while their capabilities remain comparatively limited.
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Gymnastics is an ancient form of sporting activity that has been around possibly since prehistoric times. While in today’s world we think of gymnastics as tumbling and flipping, in reality it began as something quite different.
The ancient Greeks considered wrestling, swimming, racing, boxing, and weightlifting all forms of gymnastics. Collectively, these activities were used for strict military training.
In recent times, gymnastics training for students of all ages has risen in popularity. With the addition of gymnastics to the events of the Summer Olympics, as a requirement for contemporary dance, and a must for cheerleaders, gymnastics is now regarded as one of the fundamentals that underlies preparation for many other sports.
According to usagym.org, gymnastics has expanded to include several disciplines, including:
The term “artistic gymnastics” was devised to differentiate the free-form style from the strict, military style. Artistic gymnastics is an area in which short, 30-to-90-second routines are performed by men and/or women on several types of apparatus, including:
• Balance beam
• Floor exercise
• High bar
• Parallel bars
• Pommel horse
• Still rings
• Uneven bars
Acrobatic gymnastics is a partner sport that combines specifically choreographed dance and acrobatic routines that entail agility, balance, gracefulness, and strength. Routines are performed to music to enhance the excitement and beauty of the exercises.
Synchronization of the choreography with a partner is an essential aspect of acrobatic gymnastics. Due to the body control necessary to perform the exercise, these activities have been used as a part of the physical training even for astronauts and pilots.
Students of acrobatic gymnastics may progress from the recreational level to the compulsory and elite levels of competition.
Cheerleading has come a long way from bouncing, waving pom-poms, and shouting a rhyming cheer that ended with a spread-eagle jump and a shout at the climax. Now cheerleaders require outstanding athletic ability, which may benefit from and indeed require formal gymnastic training.
In addition to revving up the crowd in support for their team, cheerleaders use basic components of gymnastics tumbling, such as round-offs, handsprings, back tucks, and layouts. More advanced skills may include front tucks, single/double twisting layouts, or Arabians.
Tap, ballet, and jazz dancers of yesteryear would probably be in awe of the skills of competitive dancers today. In addition to tour jetés and splits, dancers may now be considered athletes in their own right.
When the basics of dance training are combined with the art of gymnastics, gymnastics management, balance, agility, and speed on the floor, beams, and board are increased.
Rhythmic gymnastics utilizes the elements of gymnastics, dance, and ballet while manipulating an apparatus such as a ball, hoop, rope, ribbon, or club. It can also be performed freestyle.
This form may be performed individually or in teams of five. Choreographed routines require the necessary flexibility, strength, and dexterity expected of seasoned athletes.
In addition to these styles of gymnastics, other disciplines include T & T (Trampoline and Tumbling), GFA (Gymnastics for All — Special Olympics), and Olympics training.
We all see those home redecorating shows on television, and see how easy it is to get carried away with home décor and improvements. Whether you’re moving forward with plans for repairs, sprucing up a tired look, or just testing out new environments, you’ll want to invest a great deal of planning and cost comparisons before you shell out the cash. Chances are, you’ll be able to spruce up your home within the budget you set. Here are some tips and techniques to consider in advance.
Make a Budget
The first thing you need to do before undertaking a home improvement or redecorating project is to set a budget. It can be too easy to commit to an idea, and then discover later that there are significant hidden costs associated with this decision. Do your research, and talk to others who have completed similar projects. Home improvement forums online can be a great way to connect with others who have gone through the process, and you can find out what their budget constraints were, along with the surprise considerations that popped up in the duration of the project.
Check your online Yellow Pages and call up local home improvement professionals to get their quotes. Contractor directories like Porch and Zillow can link you with popular remodelers and repair experts. You’ll quickly be able to get a sense of the high and low ends of the pricing spectrum for your project. In addition to service pricing, you’ll also need to factor in material costs. Price compare both online and at home improvement retailers. See if you can secure special pricing, especially if you’re buying necessary materials in bulk.
If you feel comfortable enough with your knowledge and experience level to undertake a home improvement project yourself, then see if you can cut costs by using the DIY route. Check out websites like Instructables and Pinterest for general inspiration. This can significantly reduce the cost of service fees, and provide your household with an educational experience
Know Your Limits
If a project requires specialty knowledge about structural integrity, electricity, or plumbing, then you should absolutely hire a professional for the job. You never want to take on a DIY project if it will put people or property at risk. Knowing your own boundaries is a crucial aspect to successful home improvement.
You can dramatically refresh the look of your home by purchasing small décor additions and repairs. These enhancements don’t need to cost thousands of dollars. Work with local and online resources to find ways to better your home on a budget.
Seniors who live on their own can easily find themselves in a dangerous situation if the proper elderly conveniences are not installed for them in their home. That’s one of the reasons many families choose to move an elder member into a senior living community, so the person can be properly cared for.
While senior living facilities can be ideal for individuals who truly need regular medical care and attention, many older individuals are still able to live on their own and prefer to do so. While allowing a person to live on his or her own will likely be better for the person’s happiness and health, certain adjustments should be made to the premises to make the senior’s living space a little more secure.
Changes that can make a home safer for seniors
When an elder citizen is living at home, many things can be done to make the house a lot safer. One example would be mobility devices the senior can use when no one else is around. These types of devices, from a simple cane to a motorized scooter, will enable seniors to get around a lot more easily when they live by themselves.
Some insurance companies actually reimburse the cost of these kinds of devices, which makes it less of a burden for an elderly person to afford them.
Aside from mobility devices, other upgrades and installations can be accomplished within the home to make it safer for the senior who lives there. A bathroom that has handlebars near the toilet seat and in the bath tub will make it easier for the resident to get around safely in the bathroom.
Many people also find that a portable shower seat is ideal for individuals who need to sit down when they are bathing themselves. A lot of senior care items and safety features can be added to a home without paying a lot of money.
Upgrades to the house and in-home care
Upgrades to the home can also be done for seniors who are wheelchair bound. For example, a motorized seat that climbs the staircase enables the senior to get out of the wheelchair and go upstairs if he or she lives in a two-story home.
There are also remodels one can do to the exterior of the home, such as installing a wheelchair ramp for getting from the street through the doorway. These types of upgrades can sometimes be a bit pricey, so it’s wise to do some research before getting anything done.
When a senior citizen wants to live alone but still requires medical care, an in-home nurse can be retained to help out. These professionals are available around the clock for those who need care inside the home and do not plan to move into a living facility for the elderly.
In-home nursing care is a great option for older citizens who wish to retain their independence and live in their own house while continuing to receive necessary care.
Physical therapy is an honest, tried and tested approach to addressing injuries and there’s really no magic involved. But it didn’t seem that way in 1988 when professional magician Kevin Spencer was nearly killed in a car crash.
He survived, but with extensive spinal cord and head injuries, and doctors told him he might never be able to perform magic again. Spencer was determined, though, and got into a comprehensive physical therapy program … and eventually he came back to be able to pursue the craft he loved.
Now he’s founded a program that encourages people involved in physical therapy to keep moving forward. With the Healing of Magic, a program that uses magic tricks as physical therapy, Spencer has dedicated his life to raising awareness about its benefits. He calls it “psychosocial rehabilitation,” and travels the country demonstrating his shows at clinics.
Attendees learn how to put together “magical knots,” float wands, and perform tricks with rubber bands on their fingers. All of these activities involve touches of the magician’s trade, but they’re also a joyful way to engage in therapy.
Making therapy fun
Particularly popular with kids, Spencer shines when he demonstrates how magic can help with hand dexterity, core strength, balance, and coordination. But it’s not just kids who thrill to Spencer and his program; adults are also happy to have something different to look forward to.
Spencer admits there will always be frustrating obstacles when you have to engage in physical therapy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t include some fun in the mix. In fact, as with anything else, individuals are more likely to give something their all, and succeed, if they enjoy it.
Most recently, Spencer was teaching a workshop at the University of Iowa, where he showed off illusions and then did what no magician is ever supposed to do: revealed how his trick works. It’s refreshing to see how the magic really happens, he said, and Spencer told the crowd: “I love sitting back and watching you guys do these tricks; you laugh, you’re engaged. Now put yourself in the shoes of someone who’s going through therapy.”
In addition to workshops, Spencer also offers one-on-one support as a complimentary service to patients, such as an elderly man who lost all motivation after a particularly long and frustrating journey. Spencer said that as soon as magic was introduced, the patient was excited to learn because he wanted to impress his grandchildren.
The University of Iowa’s Chair of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Sciences observed: “This is powerful, the interface between any treatment and being effective on humans is motivating them.”
This isn’t the only trick Spencer has up his sleeve. He’s also founded the Hocus Focus program, which introduces magic to the classroom in order to motivate students with learning disabilities. As a member of the UI physical therapy faculty, Spencer has traveled around the state, demonstrating his tactics and garnering new fans along the way.
The success stories he shares are priceless, sometimes shocking, and really do work magic when it comes to giving patients a breath of fresh air and encouragement that physical therapy not only works, but it can even be fun.
Summer will be here before you know it; are you still stuck on trying to get your New Year’s resolutions to work? It’s never too late to make small lifestyle changes that can vastly improve your life, health, and happiness levels.
It all starts with baby steps and diversification. For example “getting healthier” is somewhat subjective, and if you go to extremes and put harsh demands on yourself, you’re getting ready to fail. Instead, focus on small steps such as understanding the importance of how many meals to eat per day and adding more veggies to your diet.
Summer is the season of changes, vacations, and trying new things. However, it can be tough to make the most of this time of year if you feel stuck in a rut. Looking and feeling your best are important, and the spring is the perfect time to set the pace for the rest of the warm weather months.
Here are a few major lifestyle changes that you can start with surprisingly small efforts.
1. Ditch the excess sugar
There’s a huge difference between “not taking sugar” and not taking excess, unnecessary sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, start experimenting with different foods that have natural sugars in them, such as fruits and berries you’re not familiar with, or in new combinations with NSA coconut milk.
Very dark chocolates have a host of positive health benefits, and you can train your palate to enjoy them as much as those milk chocolate candy bars (although it may take time). The good news is that it usually doesn’t take long for your taste buds to adapt to a new level of sweetness.
2. Move every day
“Working out” doesn’t have to mean taking the advanced spin class six days a week. However, following the recommended medical advice to exercise 150 minutes per week, or a minimum of 30 minutes a day for five days per week, is a good idea.
If you hate the gym, don’t go. Take a walk around the neighborhood instead. Head to your local Latin club for free salsa lessons. Try new ways of moving, shake things up every day, and learn to appreciate everything your body can do.
3. Unplug 30 minutes each day
Depending on your life, relationship demands, and career, you might find yourself in front of some kind of screen 99 percent of the day. If you are, stop and unplug for at least 30 minutes.
You can lie down with your eyes closed, go for a walk and take in the neighborhood sans headphones, or try writing with pen and paper. Your body and mind are aching for some no-screen time; they need it to refresh.
4. Spend quality time with loved ones
The key word here is “quality.” This means actually sitting down with the people you care about and having a good old-fashioned conversation. Any drinks or food should be secondary to conversation and touching base.
You might not think you need to give special attention to friends and family, but those relationships can often use some TLC.
5. Choose one vice to recognize
Whether it’s smoking, taking on too much, or indulging in gossip, you can probably name a couple of your own vices off the top of your head. You don’t need to quit cold turkey; maybe you can’t.
Instead, just recognize them and focus daily on taking note of whenever you indulge. Weaning yourself from such behaviors may take time, but you can start by paying attention to their presence in your life on a daily basis.
The need for reliable information technology resources is becoming more pronounced is companies compete for attention on the noisy Web. As the need for stable resources becomes greater, more businesses are looking at Virtual Private Servers as a practical option.
VPS offers a lot in terms of function, reliability, and overall cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, their utility and effectiveness remains open to question for many potential users. Businesses want a platform that’s functional. They want one that’s reliable.
Above all, they want online services to be affordable. The variety of services available through VPS differs in function and usefulness, but these services can be accessed using online interfaces that employ enterprise servers that are offsite.
Of the many types of VPS Hosting that are available, the most common is in cloud services. Ask any IT professional about them, and the subject will likely arouse an array of opinions and concerns.
End users are often unsure of what the cloud even is, since work performed on the cloud often takes on an out-of-sight, out-of-mind quality. The fact is that cloud services offer a wide range of solutions.
They can come in the form of Big Data storage, where massive amounts of information are kept in a server facility that’s many miles away, as if it’s a warehouse. They may come in the form of everyday applications and uses such as email servers.
What many people don’t realize is that they already use cloud services on a regular basis. If a user has an online email account through Gmail, for example, or online storage with Google Drive, he or she is already operating in the cloud.
With virtual private servers and cloud services, users are able to access, process, and work effectively without ever having to get on the dedicated enterprise network.
The administration, monitoring, and operation of a dedicated server system are costly, and the technology behind these systems is steadily evolving. The process of maintaining these dedicated systems is a continual and constant chore.
As a business expands, so does the level of work involved in keeping up with system changes. Along with more users and applications comes the need for the expansion of the server itself.
Even a scalable system has a capacity limit, and once that limit is reached, the company must invest the money to upgrade that system so it can continue manage the workload effectively. Should the demands on that server decrease, then there’s a huge waste of resources.
A dedicated host system allows for greater flexibility and is completely scalable, with results that are all but instantaneous. Any required maintenance, updating, operation, or administration of the dedicated host server is performed by the service itself and comes as part of the package.
Although virtualization is a fairly recent trend, it’s widely seen as a viable solution for many firms. It performs at levels that meet or exceed the needs of most businesses. With security, interfacing, and networking technology improving by leaps and bounds, VPS or cloud services are quickly becoming the preferred solution in enterprise computing.
Though beauty may be only skin deep, it’s a reflection of inner health toward which everyone should strive. A substantial component of health and beauty is maintaining a diet that is varied enough to provide all the essential elements to produce rich hair and lovely skin.
When lifestyles have become increasingly rushed, people look to nutritional supplements to ensure they look and feel their best. As we age, our bodies change and we need different supplements to maintain a youthful appearance. Research and technology are finding new ways to help us toward that goal.
Vitamins are a good start
Certain vitamins are known for being particularly good for your hair and skin, because they fuel cell regeneration. Vitamins A, C, and E are strong antioxidants that help the skin heal itself, and prevent discoloration and wrinkles caused by sun damage.
To boost skin cell growth, take additional vitamin C and E. WebMD lists specific dosages of the desired vitamins and minerals that are higher than those found in typical multivitamin supplements.
Go deeper for collagen support
Collagen production plays a key role in giving a plump, youthful look to your skin. Collagen is a complex of proteins that connect the cells in skin and give it elasticity. Collagen loss is the cause of wrinkles.
Omega-3s are fatty acids that, like vitamins, are essential for human life, but the body can’t make them. Research has shown that increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet will not only help your skin, but also your heart, your joints, and your mental clarity.
The University of Maryland Medical Center provides an excellent overview of the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
Many companies now formulate supplements to target collagen production. In addition to the vitamins above, look for formulas with omega-3 fatty acids and coenzyme Q10.
Catalase to maintain hair color
Recent research has found that hair turns grey, then white, as we age because we make less of the enzyme catalase. Catalase breaks down the hydrogen peroxide in our hair follicles. Without it, the hydrogen peroxide bleaches our hair.
Another enzyme, tyrosinase, leads to the production of melanin that supplies the pigment in hair. L-tyrosine is the amino acid necessary for the body to make tyrosinase. To support your natural hair color, you can add a supplement that contains catalase and L-tyrosine to your diet.
Some formulations such Get Away Grey package catalase with other nutrients to prevent and reverse grey hair.
Good digestive health shows in your skin
A regimen that keeps your colon clean will also help keep your skin clear and radiant. The idea is to prevent toxins from building up in your large intestine. Adding fiber to your diet is a gentle way to get your digestion moving along.
Institute of Medicine guidelines state that men and women over 50 should eat 30 and 21 grams of fiber per day, respectively. If you get at least the recommended amount, your body can absorb the other nutrients needed for health and beauty from the inside out.