Health and Fitness Applications for the HTC Merge

Like all smart phones it can also support a variety of applications that range from business, gaming, to personal training. On visiting any Android store you will notice that applications related to health and fitness have captured a big portion of the market. There are many applications that are designed to help you stay fit, while others will show you how to perform first aid and other life saving tips. Lets discuss some of the applications that will help you stay fit while using the HTC Merge.”Cardio Trainer” is an application that provides challenges to users to beat their own best times. It includes a virtual race simulator with a voice telling the user of his progress and keeping him motivated. You can also have access to the weight loss module if you pay the additional amount of money it requires. The application is your perfect running coach! The “Endomo Sports Tracker” is also a similar type of application that helps you track your time of workout and also maintains a workout history. It can integrate with Google Maps and give you a more detailed analysis of your progress such as like the distance covered during the run.Another application is the “Fast Food Calorie Counter” which contains data from about 72 fast food restaurants and lets you keep track of the amount of calories you may consume as a result of your fast food craving. It’s a perfect application to help people who are fond of eating out, stick to their diet and check their calorie intake. “Calorie Counter by FatSecret” also serves the same purpose and helps you watch your weight by recording the amount of calories you consume per meal.One of the best apps that will surely help you get to your ideal weight it “Absolute Fitness”. If you want to avoid the hassle of using more than one application for your fitness plan, this is a complete solution for you. It includes features such as stats, charts, food analysis, and also provides you with the facility of creating complete online backup of your data.The accessories include cases, batteries, screen protectors, Bluetooth headsets, memory cards and a lot more universal accessories like Signal boosters, desktop sockets etc. The battery has a long life as compared to previous HTC phones like. A case comes in a variety of styles including snap-on as well as waterproof cases. Having a smart phone is no longer just a want or need. They help us in our lifestyles by helping us stay organized and on top of things. There are thousands of applications to choose from and if you look correctly you will find them for free. There is no need to pay for your personal trainer when your Smart phone can serve the purpose free of cost.

Health and Fitness, Everything in Moderation

With all the different diets and training videos that are out there in the market it is sometimes confusing on which one is the best, or even which one suits you. The reason why there is so much information and advice on health and fitness is because it’s big business and there is a lot of money to be made if you can market and sell what is perceived to be a diet or fitness regime that works. It is interesting to learn that in an age where we have access to information, access to gyms and access to products more than we ever have before yet the rate of obesity in the developing world is increasing every year. And it seems to be that every country that goes from rags to riches follows this trend where we tend to give our children everything that we didn’t have, with the result that we rare kids that are fatter than they should be. America seems to be leading nation when it comes to obesity however the rest of the developing world is following in America’s footsteps we have to ask ourselves why?The foods that are bad for you tend to be everywhere. The best example of this is where you find vending machines in schools therefore giving kids access to junk food on a daily basis. If you travel to work to do your shopping or simply go and meet somebody in a hotel you will never be far from food is not good for you. In this environment it is very hard to restrict yourself and deny yourself something that seems harmless, but tastes really nice. This is one of the reasons why junk food wins out so frequently. Once our kids go down the road of having junk food as part of their normal diet it is a really hard cycle to break. Most of us are creatures of habit and where food is concerned it can be a bad habit that is almost impossible to break. Where food is different to other addictions is that it is all around us, we have to eat everyday which means we fight that battle every day no matter what. At least with smoking or drinking we can distance ourselves from these cravings. If we don’t buy cigarettes we keep them out of our own space and if we stay out of out of pubs it is much easier to abstain from drinking.It is important as adults that we train our kids to eat sensibly. We teach our kids everything else, we should also teach them how to treat food. This takes work, it is much easier when preparing lunches to make a sandwich and give some money for the vending machines. It takes discipline to go that step further and make a varied lunch which should include fruit, cheese and maybe a small treat because denying junk food completely is also not the answer. With all the advice that is out there if we live our lives on the bases that it’s okay to eat most things in moderation, one will never go too far wrong. Sometimes one has to simplify the message in order for the point to get through.

Online College – Turning Higher Education Upside Down

Colleges and universities as we know them will cease to exist in a generation.American higher education is being radically transformed by technology and 24/7 continuous education online. Should a university not be on board with this change, they will not survive the competition. The accelerating transformation of higher education is but a decade old and the change has been remarkable to date, increasing exponentially year by year.Online higher education still is vigorously opposed by traditional college administrators and faculty worldwide. It is considered by many of today’s educators as the absolute worst application for college bound students. Up until the last half-dozen years, it has been shunned in one way or another by the majority of the top 50 universities. Since 2007, this hands-off tune has changed.Colleges have morphed rapidly over the ongoing years to keep up with student demand for online education and survive the upstart competition brought down upon them in waves from a bevy of well entrenched and successful privately held online colleges. These so-called online upstarts pose a serious threat to many liberal arts schools. Traditional colleges can no longer compete on a local, regional or international scale without adding online degree programs.As a result, universities who formally fought against adopting any online protocols except from textbook providers at the turn of the 21st century are now adopting hybrid programs (online and class based) at a staggering conversion rate. Schools offering online degree programs increased 700 per-cent in the past ten years alone and there is no slowing down thousands from among the 17,000 accredited universities worldwide who are now anxious to get onboard and grab their piece of the global education market.The biggest problem facing universities opting to add online programs is the wide gap in teaching competency that exists when the classroom lecturer attempts to convert to become an online instructor. There is, unfortunately, a grave shortage of adequately qualified and competent online instructors. This is the result of universities pressed to develop online programs quickly to keep up. Rapid expansion and the inability to fill online teaching positions with well qualified and experienced online professors have proved to be a giant obstacle to quality pedagogy.Converting their own professors to online experts, university administrators have found that it is painfully harder than it looks. The “teach online” skillset requires the addition of a modicum of technical expertise that the bulk of traditional educators do not possess. They are reluctant to either learn or adapt. When pressed, they gravitate to the least effective means of delivering an online course. This does not impress technically savvy online students coming up today, those born in the technology age.Thus, the gap in teaching quality between the classroom and online class has given a number of traditionalist detractors the continuing ammunition they need to chip away at the progress of online acceptance even when the survival of their own institution is at stake. The old adage that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ certainly is played out in this ongoing battle between progressive administrators and entrenched and in-denial faculty.Polling by the Pew Foundation and the super cyber Center for Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Free Enterprise bear out the fact students prefer online course work over sitting in a classroom. When compared to on-ground, students who have experienced both actually find online classes preferable by a measure of three to one over sit-down traditional classes.It is hard to argue with success. Regardless, the traditionalist-minded continue to be blinded by their academic prejudice and history’s signposts. One of those classic signposts was the view of Middle Age professors and administrators who were convinced that the adoption of the new radical innovation – the blackboard, would ruin higher education forever.Most of the top-tier non-profit traditional schools today do not measure up to the top for-profit online universities either in the quality of teaching or advancing innovative delivery systems and methodology. Recent new online class adoption by traditional schools find them shamelessly promoting to the public that they are better at teaching online programs. They base this observation on their long-standing reputation as traditional schools. This perception is a myth and does not jive with reality. Neither does their argument that for-profit schools are only doing it for the profit motive while their own non-profit is only in it to expand their educational opportunities online. This too is also a myth.The reality is an institutional perception from those who have not previously adopted online courses is that this is easy money. Non-profit universities generally perceive online education programs as potential cash cows to support faculty research and the expansion of residential facilities such as labs and school expansion. Advancing innovative education and superior methods for acquiring knowledge are not high on the list of reasons for adopting online education protocols by most.Today a student attending a university that offers online courses is able to take their professor and classes anywhere they desire. In the next six months, 3D and holographic capabilities for classrooms online are just a short hop, skip and a jump from being introduced through online education protocols. Initially this advance will come strictly through cutting edge online universities. Within two years, we can expect an even more advanced new breed of college educator invading cyber classrooms. This is the Universal Professor Avatar; a character morphed from several online experts filled with interdisciplinary knowledge capable of teaching a complete online degree program of the student’s choice.The marriage of education and game developers has given rise to this new paradigm in higher education – Edutainment.