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It often seems that, with the right apps, your humble smartphone can improve every area of your life! This is true for your health and fitness – there are a plethora of workout logs, calorie counters, and jogging trackers available for you. Here then are five of the best for your BlackBerry phone. CascaRun Sports Tracker (S$5.00) Specifically built for BlackBerry 10 and packed with functionality, CascaRun Sports Tracker does more than enough to justify its relatively high price-tag. Its headline feature is the ability to track your runs via the GPS in your BlackBerry smartphone, giving you real time info on distance, time, lap count, and speed, with an optional live map through a variety of mapping programs. It can also sync with a

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The release of the BlackBerry Q10 represents something of an innovation in smartphones. It features the now omnipresent touch-screen, of course, but it’s also the first time the company has combined its famous QWERTY keyboard with the new BlackBerry 10 OS. This offers potential for some time-saving shortcuts that might not be found on other devices. The full list of keyboard shortcuts is a long one, and may seem overwhelming to a first time user, but there are more than a few you that you will end up using over and over again. Let’s take a look at a few of the most useful shortcuts for the Q10’s keyboard. Social Media If your job means you regularly have to engage in public commentary, or you

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It’s easy to take memory storage systems like writing for granted, but thousands of years ago, human beings had to rely on impressive feats of memorization to retain information. Back then, if you wanted to have access to a poem, for instance, you’d either need to memorize it yourself, or else find someone who had already stored it away in their heads through painstaking practice. Given how much data we all process these days, that sort of memorization is no longer an option. Nobody can remember everything, and luckily, we don’t have to! We have come such a long way when it comes to the technology of recording our thoughts that our smartphones now work as a kind of external storage for our brains. Regardless

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The laptop has firmly established its place in our lives as the go-to node for information technology consumption. Almost everyone has one and most of us could quite simply not function without it. However, Information Technology moves at a bewilderingly fast pace and we’re now seeing new devices challenging the laptop’s omnipresence. Some of these can even replace the majority of a laptop’s main functions if used correctly – particularly the latest generation of tablet computers and smartphones. Then, there are more exotic or specialised devices which are only useful in certain niches. In the traditional computer sphere, the most obvious current challenger to the laptop comes from the so-called ultrabook, popularised by Intel, which is essentially a netbook that’s actually useful! Ultrabooks are designed

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One of the most crowded sections of computing shops and department stores is the tech gadget area. After spending hours searching for the best laptops and computer software, trawling through the different deals and offers, buying an exciting new gadget is the perfect reward for all your hard work. And it’s double the fun. Here’s a roundup of some of the coolest laptop gadgets for sale. 1.    The wooden mouse This mouse can be attached to your PC via a regular USB cable, and will look at home on any wooden desk. Available from a variety of online retailers, the wooden mouse is generally made from Bamboo. This gives the mouse added eco-friendly points – a fast-reproducing plant, Bamboo is classed as a renewable resource.

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The tablet is proving to be an appealing addition to any photographer’s arsenal of tools – high resolution touchscreens make it easy to share proofs and collections; lightweight construction and built-in cameras allow for easy transport; and larger screens that offer more control than smartphones and ready access to online resources. In addition, one of the most attractive characteristics of the tablet is the smorgasbord of apps that have photo capture and editing capabilities. Whether you are a first-time photographer looking to impress your friends or a professional with a long list of clients to satisfy, there are dozens of useful apps to help with any photographic endeavor. Here is a list of 10 practical camera apps for some of the best tablet devices available

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  Sports stadiums operate like amusement parks and shopping malls, providing recreation and entertainment activities such as seating, restrooms, food and beverages, restaurants and cafes, car park, and waste disposal for thousands of spectators. A sports stadium can be used for many sports activities such as football, rugby and athletics, probably costing tens of thousands of dollars to host any single sporting event. According to a project on U.S. sports stadiums and arenas in energy management and energy efficiency investment conducted by Masters students in Duke University in 2011, a sports stadium uses 5-10 MW of electricity during an event, which is equivalent to 5,000 home uses. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their energy efficiency, sports stadiums are being designed

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A lot of people are drawn to self-employment because of the freedom it gives them – not just professionally, but in the way they organize their lives and living. Yet with complete freedom – with no set 9-to-5 commitments and with weekends equivalent to weekdays in their potential for productivity – comes a structural void. As your income rests exclusively on your shoulders, it is easy to remain in “business mode” for long hours, prioritizing work above all else in your life. By the time you’ve established a steady income, you’ve also established the habits of working hard and compromising your leisure time, which will prove hard to shift. How do you go about making new friends as an entrepreneur? Why would you need to

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If you’ve reached that crucial stage in setting up a small business – the one where you need to start thinking about spending some cash on IT – we have good news for you. St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish saint’s celebration, means more than excess Guinness, leprechauns and vivid green hats. A few choice tech manufacturers are offering deep discounts as part of their St. Patrick’s Day Sale. Here’s our guide to capitalising on this for small businesses. Tip 1: Gather all the eCoupon codes you can Sales on St. Patrick’s Day are going to work a little differently to how they did on Black Friday. The first difference (across the majority of suppliers) is the requirement of eCoupon codes to claim sales. For Lenovo,

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    When it comes to solar power, not all countries are made equal. While some countries are just beginning their journey into solar power development, others have been producing solar power for decades, proving themselves to be leaders in the renewable energy cause. This article will explore examples of the countries that are at the front of the pack in embracing greener initiatives and solar energy growth. Research your country to see how it stacks up against pioneers in the industry.   Germany   Germany, the world’s leading country in solar power, is unique not solely because of its commitment to renewable energy, but also because of its perspective on renewable energy as a product that should be available for the average citizen. In

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What does an Apple™ a day really do for the doctor? The medical profession is currently experiencing a surge in the utilization of tablets and smartphones as medical devices. A number of diagnostic programs are being developed exclusively for the medical community and join the phenomenon called mHealth (mobile health). The medical profession and software companies have identified the potential for mobile-based technology to revolutionize the way that healthcare works. Custom-designed applications range from MobiSante’s smartphone-based ultrasound imaging system, MobiUS SP1 – an ultrasound monitor that can be plugged into an iPhone – to applications that can display medical images for doctors and patients to view on a phone screen, such as Visible Body. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started to officially approve

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    For many, living in a city that is free from pollution, haze and air congestion may seem to be a fantasy. Yet, while many cities still suffer from high levels of air pollution, others have emerged as leaders in environmental sustainability and renewal. This article will explore cities around the world that have taken on the challenge of sustainability without sacrificing modern convenience.   City of Sunshine   Rizhao in northern China, aptly named the City of Sunshine, is a city that runs primarily on solar power. Not only do the majority of households in the city center use solar water heaters, but the street lights and traffic indicators also run on power generated by solar cells. Solar panels for homes are also

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The featured image is sourced from Flickr. Tablets are touted as fantastic machines for maximum portability, functionality and processing power for all your spreadsheeting, word-processing and presentation-creating needs in your work life. But both tablets and hybrid tablet PCs are also major hits when it comes to personal uses, especially for gaming. Indeed, research from app analytics site Flurry suggests that games are one of the most popular types of application on portable devices, representing more than half of all sessions on portable devices. Games by independent developers, or ‘indie’ developers, in turn appear to be the most popular among players. Indie games accounted for 68 percent of game sessions in the first two months of this year, according to Flurry’s research. That means it’s

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    Social media campaigns have joined the body of advertising standard practices, but few organisations feel they’re getting ‘the most’ out of their social media marketing budget. Here’s a top strategy used by notebook manufacturer Lenovo, games development studio Bioware and automotive giant Ford: maintain a single, simple portal that allows access to all your social media campaigns from one location. They call it social.[websitename].com, and you should have one too. Here’s why, and how.   People can get to know your company. Corporate blogs are not new, but they are still effective. They give customers an opportunity to get to know how your company thinks and works, which will in turn make them more likely to like you, engage with you, and convert to

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  The cloud provider industry is becoming busier. Companies are jostling to offer a unique angle, and the price offered to consumers has become a serious indicator of success. But to what extent is this price reflective of the true cost to the seller? In this article, we’ll discuss the energy, security and other costs that go in to making up a cloud hosting provider’s expenditure. 1.         Server hardware costs. Servers are not cheap, but they can cost less to buy than regular consumer computers. The main reason for this is that they are usually bought in bulk, but additionally only specific cloud providers will need to provide much graphics processing power (a pricey component), let’s say, and so high-end consumer hardware can be abandoned

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