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The rise of personal health technology

Are you ready to trust your health to a giant technology company? Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Series 6, came to market this October and the big selling point this year is a sensor that monitors your blood oxygen level.  So, now the Apple Watch can monitor your heart rate, conduct an ECG and monitor blood oxygen. And like other smartwatches, can track your fitness activity and put all that data together in the Health app to give you a better picture of your personal health.  Apple is making a big play into the fast growing health and wellness sector. Google and Microsoft are making moves into this space as well. So what’s all this health technology about? What about privacy and the relationship between healthcare providers, doctors and patients? While the Apple Watch is certainly in the lead when it comes to personal health and wellness technology in smartwatches and

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Longevity

Thank the hippies for social media

Seriously. It’s the hippies we should thank for today’s digital social media. All born, essentially, out of the 1970’s hippy collectives around San Francisco. But hippies rejected modern society you say! Off they went into the hills, grew long beards and neither men nor women shaved and they ate “strange” food. Many would become vegetarian or vegan. The First Iteration of a Social Medium was Analog Arguably perhaps, the forefather of today’s social media would be Stewart Brand. He created the hugely popular Whole Earth Catalog in the late 1960’s. He also slammed it shut in 1971 because it became too much of a business. The very essence of the Catalog was that it was written by the people. It had no linear flow, it was a literal mash up of stuff. People sent in information on the tools they developed and reviews and comments were published. It had no

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Health

Smartphones, watches and health apps

If you have a smartphone (iPhone, Galaxy etc) then you’ve got a very powerful device to help you manage your health! Add in a smartwatch like an AppleWatch or Garmin and you’ve just added a whole new level to health management. For this article, we’ll focus on the iPhone, since Apple is far more dedicated in the development of health apps and tools than any other device company. All of your health information is managed through the Health app on an iPhone. Inside newer iPhones (iPhone8 and up) are sensors that can detect your speed of movement (accelerometer) and a sensor to detect when you climb stairs.  In the Health app, you can also enter your medical information (same for Android phones, but arguably less secure) such as height, weight, medications and conditions. With both iPhone and Android, depending on your province and doctor, you can also have access to

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Longevity

How to avoid being hacked on Facebook

Chances are, you’ve had a friend request on Facebook from someone you’re already connected to. A lot of people aren’t sure what’s happening so they accept. That’s a hacker who’s trying to get your personal information by posing as a friend. Then there’s Fake News and sometimes weird messages in Messenger. So we thought we’d share some tips to help you avoid being hacked. Over the past decade, I’ve helped more than a few people out with being hacked and having their identities stolen. In addition, I’ve trained law enforcement. Birthdays The very first thing to do is change your birthdate! Go do it now. Make yourself a year younger, change the day and month as well. DOn’t post what the new date is on your profile either, or in Messenger. Just change it and keep it quiet. This is one of the most powerful things you can do. The

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Fitness

The latest fitness technology for 2020

Every January there’s a huge technology show called CES or Consumer Electronics Show, held in las Vegas. Companies from around the world showcase their coolest gadgets and gear and this year, there was no shortage of fitness technologies on show! We rounded up some of the best fitness technology for 2020 that you might want to take a look at. From sneakers to rowing machines and more. In every case, these gadgets have sensors in them and connect to an app on an iPhone or Android device. The Livall BH51 Neo Helmet This is a pretty cool cycling helmet for mountain biking or just road riding. It’s packed with sensors that detect acceleration and deceleration. It also includes a mic and speaker so you can take calls via Bluetooth on your phone and has LED turn signal lights! One cool thing is it has fall detection so if you zonk

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Longevity

Do you really need smarthome gadgets?

From lightbulbs to doorbells and even toilets, it seems technology is coming into every part of our home these days. But do we really need all the technology? Does it really help? Well, the answer is yes and no. The one smarthome technology we recommend you avoid in Canada though? The smart lock for your door. Unless you’re okay calling a locksmith in the dead of February to get it opened. This is the one piece of smart home tech I’ve had fail on my own house and heard some tales of woe from friends and the locksmith who fixed mine one -10C day in January. Which as Canadians, we know isn’t that cold. There is some useful smart home technology though. And some of it is just fun, such as luminous panels you can arrange in a pattern on a wall and have it change colours from your smartphone.

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