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Staying in shape is hard work. As the tech savvy community that we are, we spend most of our time working in front of our computers and mobile devices. As a result, we often let our health take the back seat, never really finding the time to go to the gym or a fitness class and more often than not choosing fast food over much healthier options.

In the past, finding out the answer to these sorts of fitness or nutrition-related queries required going to an expert for advice or trawling the internet in the hope of finding an answer. Nowadays, things are a lot easier thanks to the health and fitness apps available on the App Store or Google Play. Because our smartphones and apps are always with us, they become constant reminders to check your progress, stay the course, and keep your willpower strong.

Here are the top 10 hand-selected health and fitness apps proven to be the most effective in terms of execution and, of course, results.

1. RunKeeper

RunKeeper is a workout-tracking program that offers detailed stats about things like pace, distance, time, and calories burned. Features include detailed fitness plans to help you achieve a variety of goals (lose weight, improve endurance, run a race, etc.); real-time audio coaching to keep you encouraged; and built-in social sharing tools (so you can brag about those workouts with ease).
Cost: Free. Available on iOS, Android

1. Runkeeper

2. Cyclemeter

Cyclemeter may very well be one of the most feature complete cycling apps you’re going to find, on any platform. Not only can you track every statistic you can possibly thing of, you can customize over 120 audio alerts to let you know exactly where you are during a certain ride. Cyclemeter also lets you share your workouts online as well as notify friends and family of exactly where you are, whether during a race or just for safety reasons. Cyclemeter has built-in training assistance to help you get ready for any kind of race you may be prepping for.
Cost: Free; $4.99 Elite Upgrade optional. Available on iOS

2. cyclemeter

3. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a mobile app and website that gives you a wealth of tools for tracking what and how much you eat, and how many calories you burn through activity. Of all the existing calorie counters, MyFitnessPal is by far the easiest one to manage, and it comes with the largest database of foods and drinks. With the MyFitnessPal app you can fastidiously watch what you eat 24/7, no matter where you are.
Cost: Free. Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, Web

3. MyFitnessPal

4. Pocket Yoga

Pocket Yoga is a self-guided yoga practice that you can customize to fit your schedule and experience level. Features include detailed voice and visual instructions that guide you through every pose, 150 illustrated pose images including correct posture and positioning, and a workout log that tracks your progress to encourage consistency.
Cost: Android ($2.99), iOS ($1.99). Available on: Android, iOS

4. pocket yoga

5. Fooducate

Fooducate helps you eat healthier by scanning barcodes of products and providing a nutrition grade instantly, ranging from A to D. You can read unbiased information of a product, such as the controversy behind food coloring and make better, educated choices for your food intake. To help Fooducate, you can also submit products for analysis and write your own review.
Cost: Free. Available on: Android, iOS

5. fooducate

6. iDrated

No matter how much water you drink now, you’d probably be recommended by your GP to drink more. Drinking water is a key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle by keeping our skin looking younger, improving natural digestion and removing bodily toxins.
With intuitive gesture-based interaction, iDrated will help keep track of your water intake throughout the day and remind you should you forget to drink in a while.
Cost: $0.99. Available on: iOS

6. idrated

7. Smoke Free

We all know the effects smoking has on our health but giving up the habit can require a lot of willpower that some of us just don’t have.
Having visual feedback from your progress like how much money you’ve saved so far can be used as a big incentive to help us keep going.
Downloading Smoke Free can be the first step to becoming healthier.
Cost: Free. Available on: iOS

7. Smoke free

8. Workout Trainer

Workout Trainer is a fitness training app that comes equipped with thousands of free workouts designed for a wide variety of fitness goals, experience levels, and personal preferences. Features include a virtual fitness consultation to personalize and improve your experience; instructional photos, videos, and audio cues that illustrate every exercise; online support community; and a built-in music player.
Cost: Free. Available on: iOS, Android

8. workout trainer

9. Fitocracy

Fitocracy is an RPG (role playing game)- like app that allows you to earn points and level up during your fitness journey. New friends and accountability buddies will cheer you on in an online social community that’s like Facebook but for fitness.
Cost: Free. Available on: iOS, Android

9. fitocracy

10. iTriage Health

Here’s an app that takes the concept of a medical dictionary to a whole new level. iTriage not only allows you to search symptoms and find potential causes, it suggests treatments and finds qualified facilities and doctors in your area. If you’re having a medical emergency and need to head to the ER or urgent care, this app can provide average wait times.
It also includes numbers for emergency hotlines and physician and nurse advice lines, so you can be connected easily to a real person who will give you feedback on your condition. All of this information can be saved on the app for your convenience.
Cost: Free. Available on: iOS, Android

10. iTriage

Did you have a chance to try these helpful applications? Which of them did you like most? Let us know using the comments below.
 

Katerina Kviatkovskaya

Katerina Kviatkovskaya
Kate.Kviatkovskaya@altabel.com
Skype ID: kate.kviatkovskaya
Business Development Manager (LI page)
Altabel Group – Professional Software Development

Nowadays more and more people are using smart phones to access the internet. The rise of the mobile is undeniable and perhaps the future of the web lies on mobile devices. It seems that almost everybody has a cell phone these days, and with the growing adoption of smart phones, more and more people are browsing internet pages on their mobile device. Some phones, for example iPhone, have browsers that make viewing regular webpages suitable. However a mobile version of your website can give you several benefits, such as faster load times, and wide coverage of devices, i.e your website can be viewed on a wider range of phones.
There were conducted several researches that studied mobile solutions for optimizing websites for mobile devicese. As the result a number of solutions was suggested that make easy to go mobile with your website and I`d like to present you the best ways “to go mobile”:

1) WPtouch is a mobile theme for a WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, it loads lightning fast and shows your content in a beautiful way, without interfering with your regular site theme. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into a web-application experience when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry Storm touch mobile device.

2) MoFuse is currently being used by over 23,000 blogs for their mobile versions. Some notable “big-name” sites are Mashable and Read Write Web. MoFuse gives you tools to promote your content, build and measure your audience, and even make money.

3) Mobify is probably the best service out there for you if you are engaged in e-commerce. Mobify offers HTML5 features for its clients and gives you full control over the layout of your mobile site with CSS, and supports over 5000 mobile devices.

4) Wirenode currently hosts nearly 40,000 mobile webpages, and includes some popular brands like Reebok and Ford. With Wirenode it takes about 5 minutes to get a mobile version of your site up and running, and it gives you features like mobile widgets, RSS mobilization, and mobile polls and forms.

5) WPtap delivers mobile themes/plugins that also can instantly convert your WordPress site into web-application experience when viewed from iPhone, iPod Touch, touch-based Blackberry, and Android smartphones. WPtap offers comprehensive mobile theme solutions for your WordPress website. It comes complete with all the standard WordPress blog features: search, login, categories, tags, archives, photos & more. WPtap also offers many customization features through a user-friendly WordPress admin panel.

6) MobiSiteGalore is a mobile website builder that allows you to easily build, publish & share a full-fledged mobile website that is guaranteed to work fine on any mobile phone. Design templates allow you to completely customize the colors, fonts and layout of the page to create a unique looking mobile version of your website.

7) bMobilized turns your website into mobile version really fast. It offers the fast conversion with comprehensive customization as an option available for you to tune the design well. bMobilized claims to support more than 13000 mobile devices, including all major brands. Also the more website you host using their service the higher the discount you get. So if you have a network of websites that needs conversion, bMobilized is the perfect service for you!

8) Onbile. Do you want to create a mobile version of your website quickly? Well, with 3 very simple steps and 5 minutes at hand you can! Onbile supports smartphones like iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. The only disadvantage here will be its limited templates, but their templates are generally awesome!
In general every solution has its ups and downs in mobile conversion. The pros are obvious: easier navigation, optimized user experience, and focused site content. The disadvantage, however,is that there will be limited advertisement space. And if your website exists with heavy and tantalizing graphics and you want it the same in mobile version, you might need to think to redesign the current site or abandon the conversion as the mobile website should be designed with minimalism in mind.

Thus consider carefully between the pros and cons, and make the wise decision whether it will benefit your users and you :)

Thank you for your attention!

Kind regards,
Elvira Golyak – Business Development Manager (LI page)
Elvira.Golyak@altabel.com | Skype ID: elviragolyak
Altabel Group – Professional Software Development

Times are tough for BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM). But maybe there are some reasons why it’s still too early to count RIM out?

LI professionals have different opinions on this point:

«I’ve lost faith in them – look to be a “one-hit wonder”. They dominated the business device market for over a decade with their one trick of really effective email to a handheld device, but they have failed to really move forward with the rest of the Smartphone market, and I think they are done as a major player.»
Bernard Gore
Programmer, Project & Change expert

«I think that RIM will eventually focus on the enterprise market and the consumer space will not be a priority. Many corporations have a huge investment in BB tech and I do not believe there is a solid interface between Lotus Notes and iPhone. They will no longer lead the market but will have an emphasis on security etc. as we have seen with the Playbook being the first tablet certified for use by US government. So keeping the faith depends on what markets you are in…»
Steve McKenna
Government Solutions Executive

«Blackberry is number one in the business market, what I do see at the moment is people with a work Blackberry and a personal iPhone (or every now and than an Android device).
Will that change fast? Not if the other come up with security of the BB.»
Ronald van de Meent
Financial Systems specialist

«In terms of a company they are not listening to the shareholders. They are keeping the same management staff that is not viewing Google/Apple as a competition and altering their model to compete. Right now RIM is laying off workers thinking that will solve the issue. RIM is headed down the toilet until someone can rescue them soon or they are going to be irrelevant just like Palm was before it got bought out.»
Ryan Donnell
Associate 2 at State Street

«There are two viewpoints to consider here, business and consumer.
First, from the business viewpoint. Blackberry is historically (and still is, according to the latest comparisons), far more secure than any other Smartphone available. For some businesses, that is sufficient reason to stick with Blackberry. However, business that aren’t as concerned with security can consider other options. Then, other factors, such as application availability, network integration capability, and employee happiness, come into play. Other phones can easily compete in these areas, giving serious market competition to the Blackberry.
Now, from the consumer viewpoint. For most consumers, security is a minimal factor when selecting a phone. That puts Blackberry at a serious disadvantage in the consumer market.
My opinion is that the two markets will slowly merge, as we move slowly towards a society that sees the phone as an extension of the person. The consumer viewpoint will infiltrate the business viewpoint, and more businesses will either give their employees a choice of Smartphones or allow them to integrate their personal Smartphone. Whether this will be good or bad is difficult to say.»
James Tullos
Engineer at Software and Engineering Associates, Inc.

And what are your reasons for still believing in BlackBerry?

Kind Regards,
Lina Deveikyte
Altabel Group – professional software development

CES 2011 has delivered the goods on tablets, mobile phones, next-gen PCs and much more. What’s the highest-impact news from the show?

Callum Finlayson, Management consultant at AP Benson says:
«There was nothing that really stood out significantly in my opinion. Nothing radical, nothing’s changed, no breakthroughs, no amazing innovation. The most high impact things were probably the Motoroal Atrix (as everyone and their dog is saying) and the confirmation that everyone in the industry is now committed to tablets, but nobody’s quite got it right yet.»

Madrixo Levorne, Graphic Design Professional and Program/Game Developer:
«I think that it’s some advanced developed hologram device able to reproduce realistic fully animated projections.»

Ivan Law, Team Lead – 365 Initiative at Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference counts:
«Some would say the release of Android 3.0, or Honeycomb for tablet devices or the proliferation of dual core Android cell phones such as the Motorola Atrix or the LG Optimus 2X. However, I think the highest impact news was that Ford launched the new electric Focus at CES2011, marking this the first CES ever where a car company decided to launch a major new product.»

Balaji Lakshmanan, CTO at Vast Communications:
«I think the blackberry tablet (playbook), LG pen touch multi board and Sony 3d TV stood out.»

You’re welcome with your comments!

Best Regards,
Kristina Kozlova
Altabel Group
www.altabel.com

Not so long ago no one was sure if Android would ever be relevant. It made its debut in the fall of 2007, and for the first 2 years of its existence Android had a tough time making first steps. It got its big break last November with the release of the Motorola Droid on the Verizon network.

The real Android explosion has really erupted over the past year. Even in US where iOS popularity and loyalty to it are so high. In the first 6 months of 2010 Android accounted for 30.8% of all smartphone sales in the US – up from just 4.6% in the first half of the year before. Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, slipped from 21.1% in the first half of 2009 to 19.8 % in the first 6 months of 2010. In the 3rd quarter of 2010 in US Android devices accounted for a whopping 44% of smartphones purchased – an increase of 11 percentage points over 2010’s 2nd quarter. Meanwhile, Apple’s iOS was up one point to 23 %. That means Android-powered smartphones outsold iPhones by almost 2 to 1.

Also Gartner research firm has projected that by the end of the year sales of Android devices will exceed those based on the BlackBerry OS and the iPhone OS, meaning that Android will trail only Symbian as the world’s most-used mobile operating system.

Above there are Android numbers compared to iOS’s. Still keep in mind that much of Android’s gains in the market is coming at the BlackBerry manufacturer’s expense rather than Apple, according to industry analysis by NPD. The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors.

And that is how, partially, analysts explained the Android boom. By pointing out the plethora of manufacturers that equip their smartphones with Google’s mobile OS, and highlighting their availability on all the major US carriers.

The interesting thing is that rumors that Apple will soon offer the iPhone to other US carriers besides AT&T pop up on a regular basis. Last month the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple would add Verizon to its US carrier stable early next year.

There is another reason offered for Android’s strong sales – there really hasn’t been any good alternative. For instance, MS’s Windows Mobile faded badly this year, and its Windows Phone 7 has yet to appear on handsets in the US.

And what’s your point of view: Will Android be able to keep its conquering pace same aggressive? What will be its place in future – both in USA and European markets?
Looking forward to see your points of view.

Also it’s interesting if the history [scenario with iOS vs. Android] will repeat itself in the emerging tablet market. If you’d like to look through some thoughts, welcome to read the next discussion called “Tablet market: extension of the Android vs. iOS battlefield”.

BR,
Helen Boyarchuk
Altabel Group
http://www.altabel.com


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