Health & Lifestyle

DO you think you know about your body?? No, you don’t !!

How long does a human hair live for? What’s the strongest muscle in the body? These questions and many other bizarre quandaries will be answered in this extra fascinating list of many of UNKNOWN facts about the body you don’t know.

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  1. The Nail on the middle finger grows faster than the other fingernails.
  2. The brain is more active at night than during the day. Scientist don’t even know yet why this is.
  3. The higher your IQ, the more you supposedly dream
  4. Fingernails grows nearly  four times faster than toe nails.
  5. The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on an average.
  6. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve zinc.
  7. Women ‘s hearts beat faster than men’s heart.
  8. Women blink twice as many times as men do
  9. Man burn fat faster than women by a rate of about 50 calories a day.
  10. Men get hiccups more often than women.
  11. A man has approximately 6.8liters of blood in the body while women have approximately 5 liters.
  12. The largest cell in the body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.
  13. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools
  14. After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.
  15. Noise causes the pupils of your eyes to dilate. Even a very small noises can do this.
  16. By age of 60, most people will have lost half their taste buds.
  17. We are about 1cm taller in the mornings than in the evenings
  18. The strongest muscle in the body is the human tongue
  19. The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
  20. The hands and feet contains almost half of the total bones in the human body
  21. Humans shed and regrow outer skin every 27 days.
  22. Three hundred million cells die in the human bod every minute and every day an adult produces 300 billion new cells
  23. The colder the room you sleep, the higher the chances are that you will get a nightmare.
  24. Humans are the only species that produces emotional tears.
  25. All babies are color blind at birth, they see only black and white.
  26. The only part of your body that has no blood supply is the cornea in  the eye. It gets its oxygen directly from air.
  27. A normal human body being can survive 20 days without eating but can survive only 2 days without drinking.
  28. It is impossible to kill yourself by choking yourself with your hands.
  29. Everybody has one strong eye and one weak eye.
  30. Your skeleton keeps renewing itself every ten years which means that every ten years you get a new skeleton.

Beat Fitness Tracker to Track Your Workout!!

A good fitness tracker is extremely a convenient way to keep a track of the daily routine exercises and the calorie burned during exercise. A good fitness tracker will also work with a companion app to let you get an overview of your fitness. In this way you can easily identify trends or areas for improvement. Many apps have an extra functionality, like the ability to log your food and water intake too.

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Keeping in mind the needs of people who really want to get FIT, we have shortlisted some of the best and budget compatible fitness tracker.

1.MOOV NOW

When you consider everything you get with the MOOV NOW for its low price, it is an astounding device. It not only handles your daily basic routine for exercises and sleep tracking of its peers, it has staggering number of coaching feature thanks to OMNI Motion 3D Sensor.

The MOOV NOW uses a coin-cell watch battery and you can also expect around six month of battery life before it needs replacing. This means that you can throw it on and forget about it especially as you can shower with it on or without a problem.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Waterproof to 30n and dustproof
  2. Real time coaching with rep counting
  3. Six month battery life
  4. Omni Motion 3D sensor
  5. Wrist and Ankle worn

2.FITBIT CHARGE

Fitbit improved on best selling fitness tracker, the Charge and Charge HR. Now, heart rate monitoring comes as standard which is a real plus. The Charge 2 also includes a much bigger display than its predecessor for much improved at a glance information.

The bands on the Charge 2 is now customisable, so that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. Interchangable  Bands
  2. Five days battery life
  3. Heart rate monitoring
  4. Smartphone Notification
  5. Altimeter

3.GARMIN VIVOSMART HR PLUS
This fitness tracker is packed in with every sensor an advanced fitness enthusiast is going to want into design that, while not the most inspiring, is more subtle and discreet than rivals. It is also water resistant to 50m, which means not only you can swim with it on, but it also means you do not have to take it off to shower which is more inconvinient   than you anticipate.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. GPS
  2. Five Days battery life
  3. Heart Rate Monitoring
  4. Barometric altimeter
  5. Smartphone Notification

4.SAMSUNG GEAR FIT2

If you want a fitness tracker that can serve a dual purpose as a smartwatch, you would do well to consider Samsung’s Gear Fit2. It’s by far the company’s best fitness wearable to date.It has a stunning 1.5-inch curved OLED touchscreen and runs on Samsung’s Tizen operating system, the very same seen in its Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. This means you have access to a catalogue of apps and smartphone notifications.

But as for its fitness capabilities, all are present and correct, including GPS, a heart rate monitor and barometer to get you wanting to use the stairs. There’s also built-in storage to store music and you can pair Bluetooth headphones, so you really can leave your phone at home.

KEY FEATURES:

  1. 1.5 inch curved OLED touchscreen
  2. GPS
  3. Barometer
  4. Smartwatch Functionality
  5. Three Day battery life

5.WITHINGS ACTIVITE POP
The Withings Activite watches let you know how close you are to your steps goal via a sub-dial. A full revolution of the hands tells you you’ve hit 100% and it’ll also track your sleep. On the surface, though, the Withings Activite watches just look like standard traditional analogue watches, meaning they won’t stick out like a sore thumb in more formal attire.

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AI : How much it control our lives??

Artificial intelligence(AI) is exhibited by machines. The overall research goal of artificial intelligence is to create technology that allows computer and machines to work in an intelligent manner. The general problem of simulating intelligence has been broken down into sub problems. There consists of particular traits or capabilities that researchers expect an intelligent system to display.

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You might have noticed lot of excitement around AI at the moment, with the likes of Google, Facebook etc. all vying to be loudest voice promoting the new buzzwords. In some cases it is even being heralded as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With AI powered Go and chess champions, it seems like ‘the singularity’ is fast approaching.

YOUR MONEY

The way to fully automated AI control of your wallet is likely to be a long one, but even today there is a considerable amount of semi-autonomous AI tech operating on the open markets.

A startup called Sentient Technologies Inc has spent nearly a decade training an AI programme to sift millions of market data points in order to flag the next big thing.

Of course, it’s not just the startups – the world’s biggest hedge fund group, Bridgewater, recruited the former head of IBM’s artificial intelligence unit Watson way back in 2012, and in 2015 both BlackRock and Two Sigma headhunted top Google engineers.

In many ways this is no surprise – it’s thought that around 1,360 hedge funds rely on sophisticated computer modelling in order to manage a total value of more than $197 billion dollars – the traditional “quant” (quantitative) funds.

YOUR HOME

From Amazon’s Echo through Google Home to new Apple’s new Home Pad, the new generation of smart speaker rely on AI in order to process speech and respond appropriately.

It is an exciting way for customers to interact with the products but there is much brighter future ahead. When we look back in few year’s  time we will see this as entry point for what happens next, which will be true AI. We have currently got the first generation, which is connected home, which devices to talk each other under our command. The future however, is intelligent home. This is where products are context aware through human-like senses such as hearing and empowered to react to what is happening around us for our benefit.

YOUR WORK COMPUTER

If you work at a large company, chances are your computer at work is being invisibly protected by AI.

The IT security industry has spent big on AI and machine learning in recent years, and there are a host of companies that claim to use it everyday. Anti-malware vendor Sophos recently acquired Invincea for up to $120m to add in AI/Machine Learning smarts to its platform, intended to spot previously unknown Zero Day threats.

Security is a particularly fertile ground for machine learning (ML) technology, as the volume of threats increases exponentially, so businesses have begun to turn to more automated methods of filtering them and providing initial analysis before requiring human intervention.

INTERNET BROWSING

Although internet browsing through a search engine and online shopping are two of the most advanced everyday examples of AI and machine learning impacting the products you buy and the thoughts you have, they also demonstrate clearly where the line between man and machine currently falls.

Rachel Jones, Senior Strategy Designer at Hitachi Europe, commented: “AI and machine learning impact us today mainly in the consumer space, such as in advertising on Google and Facebook. This may seem to be insignificant, but think how it has influenced UK and US politics.

“Looking to the future, AI and machine learning techniques will become part of our everyday infrastructure, improving our services, whether that is being able to predict maintenance on our railways, provide travel schedules that vary for the number passengers that need transport, the way supply chains operate in manufacturing, and the way energy is distributed and used.”

HEALTH AND FITNESS

With surgeons set to lose their jobs in 37 years, it’s not surprising that health and fitness should be the subject of considerable AI R&D.

n the UK, a company called Babylon Health is trialling an AI-powered app until July 2017 in collaboration with the NHS. Users can submit their symptoms to the app to receive a recommended course of action, based on data from a combination of algorithms, clinicians and data analytics. The average time to complete an interaction on the slightly-ominously named Babylon is 12 minutes, considerably better than listening to the hold music on the NHS 112 dial in number.

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6 Android apps to control your diet!!

Who does not like to stay fit and healthy all the time. Most of us routinely got o gyms or take brisk walks in order to lose calories, but do not often manage to keep a track of what we eat. It often happens that we ignore the calories that go inside our body, most of us don’t really have the time to keep track of either.

So, if you care about your health and diet but find it difficult to keep a track of it, these are the some apps that can help you manage body fat and keep it under control.

1.Fat Burner – 7 Days

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This app is developed by Conixdu Limited, the free Android app not only helps you reduce your weight in seven days by telling you what food you should have and when, but also gives you useful information on drinks, vegetarian diet plans, healthy foods and tips on how to lose tummy fat in 10days. It is one of the useful app who are not able to keep a track of the calories intake.

2.Calories Counter – My Fitness Pal

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My Fitness Pal includes a large food database and gives you insights on different kinds of foods. It can also track calorie, sugar carbs, fat and other sources of energy. You can also even select your goals and work towards achieving them . This app is compatible with almost all the devices present. This app is really useful to keep the track of the calorie content of the food you intake.

3.My Diet Coach – Weight Loss

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This free application helps you get your body in shape. This app tells you about small changes in your lifestyle that will help you keep your food healthy. There is also an option to set custom goals and achieve them. Some of the features includes customized reminders, motivating users, showing weight charts and much more. This app is really useful in maintaining shape of the body by keeping an eye on the lifestyle you follow.

4.Lose It!!

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This app is created by Fit Now Inc., Lose it! Is a free android app that can track your food intake and exercise schedule, helping you set a daily calorie target. You can set goals on the basis of sleep, steps taken, hydration, weight loss, body fat and many more. This app is very helpful as it keep a bird eye on your food and exercise schedule.

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Valentine’s day: Cool Apps for Dating!!

Valentine’s day is finally here and while some of you already be having special someone to celebrate it with, there must be some who do not. So if you are looking to find yourself the perfect partner this valentine’s day, our list of cool dating apps might just be what you need.

 

1.Coffee meets Bagel

Designed to help single people meet up, Coffee meets Bagel clams to be different from other dating apps. It utilizes an algorithm to preselect potential matches(called Bagels) and prioritizes them showing the ‘Bagels’ that have liked you and are serious about connecting.

After the match, the app can connect people via private chat. It even provides  icebreaker questions to get conversations started.

2.Happn

Happn is a dating app that helps you discover the people you have crossed path with. Every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline.

You can check out profiles on timeline whenever you want. You will also be able to see the number of times you have crossed paths with someone as well as the time and place of your las t encounter with them.

 

3.Sapio

Calling itself as an ‘evolution’ of dating apps, Sapio connects people on the basis of their intelligence. By its own admission, it is an app that gets to the core of people through their experiences and bold passions.

It comes with a unique ‘Question Explorer’ feature,  which allows user to discover their perfect match based on the answers they provide to hundreds of ‘thoughtful’ questions.

4.Okcupid

Okcupid is meant for people who are pretty serious about finding their soulmate. The app allows you to connect and browse through the matches available nearby, as well as quickly review photos and other details about them.

It requires creating a detailed profile and involves answering different questions. Its free plan has limited features, so choose wisely before starting any conversation.

5.Woo

Another dating app, it is a match making app that helps you meet the people who have similar interest as yours. The app also lets you check out the detailed profiles. Moreover, you also have the opportunity to  reconsider someone if you are not sure about them at the moment.

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5 Gadgets to make your breakfast ‘perfect’!!!!


Wish you had gadgets that can help you with the breakfast – the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the day maker meal for everyone. Checkout some of these handy tools that can make your morning perfect.

 

1.Wake up and smell the coffee

Self-brewing coffee mug: How about a coffee brewer of the size of a sipper that brews you morning cup at the push of a button?

Coffee GoJoe 2.0 is one battery powered smart mug that will do just that for us. Not only do you get a piping hot coffee without stepping out of bed, you can also keep heating the remaining coffee through the day. A chic and portable design makes it easy to carry. Now there is no separating you and your coffee.

 

2.Toast on Bluetooth

App connected coffee-maker and toaster: How about ordering your coffee and toast from your bed via Bluetooth?

Griffin Technology showcased these wonders where you can set your preferences in these smart appliances and they dish out coffee brewed to your liking and toast done just the way you want it. You have a choice of deciding the strength of your coffee, content of cream and even the temperature you want it to be brewed at! The digital toaster that comes with two toast slots lets you set bread types, temperature and roast it dark, light or somewhere in between.

The best bit: You can run both the gadgets through the apps on your smartphone.

 

3.’Touch’ to refill

Touchscreen fridge: Shortage of grocery affects you morning meal. Now, look at the content of your fridge on your smartphone and replenish its contents through grocery shopping app. LG’s smart refrigerator lets you do all that and more. Adorned with a 29″ touchscreen, you can look at the contents of the fridge by tapping on the door or look these up on your phone while grocery shopping. You ca browse the web for recipes, or your diet chart to know how long the stocks last in the fridge and replenish trough the screen on the fridge or your smartphone. The touchscreen comes with a web search support too and lets you leave notes or to do lists for family members on the screen.

 

4.Bake up! It’s time to eat

Bacon alarm clock: How about your morning alarm greeting you with the aroma of baked meat?
That’s what Wake N Bacon intends to do. Put your meat in the small shelf, set the morning alarm time and doze off. The oven wakes you up in the morning with an alarm and starts baking the meat. By the time you are ready, you have baked steak awaiting you.

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Your Talcum Powder could be giving you Ovarian Cancer!!

When you are shopping for self-care or personal care products, you would obviously want what best for your health. So, what could be  safer than talcum powder meant for babies??

Scarcely a thing you had think, but it turns out that pose a Health Risk to Women.

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We recently came to know about this shocking fact thanks to litigation filed against Johnson and Johnson by women affected with Ovarian cancer. But is there any truth to these allegation or are the lawsuits simply a way to make a quick buck??

 

Talcum Powder connection

Johnson & Johnson vociferously denied all the charges, but it lost its  first lawsuit in Feb 2016 and second in May, having been ordered to cough up a total of USD 127 million.
As it turns out, the company has also been in the spot light for marketing baby shampoos with known carcinogens, so this comes as a surprise. Sadly, most of us remain blissfully unaware about these lawsuits and Johnson & Johnson  remain one of the trusted brands in the market.

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When we look at the scientific evidence to find connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer, there is no consensus, but several studies do point towards  a cancer risk. However, it is worth nothing that the findings were strong enough to earn the company a rap in the court.

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WARNING! Don’t ignore the snore!!

Snoring is seen more of a bedtime annoyance for people sleeping together, but little do they know about snoring could be a sign of an underlying health issue called Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA). It is one of the most under diagnosed sleep disorders and is more like a silent epidemic.

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So how do you know if you are suffering from OSA?

Dr.Navdeep Kumar MD,DNB(Neurology) at Indo Gulf Hospital and Diagnostic informs, “If you snore, feel excessively sleepy during daytime, if you wake up with morning headaches, if you have trouble in concentrating, if you have frequent awakenings and you are obese, you are most likely to suffer from OSA.

What Happens in OSA??

Doctor explains that “Sleep apnea occurs due to blockage of airway during the sleep. During the sleep if muscles in your upper  airway collapse with the muscles in the back of throat, it interfares with the passage of air. This leads to fall in oxygen level in the blood stream, leading to decreased oxygen supply to brain. Because of this, person remains restless with frequent awakenings and does not have a refreshing sleep. Some hormonal changes also occur in OSA which lead to increased food intake, thereby resulting in weight gain.”

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Diagnosis

If a doctor suspect sleep apnea, he will check your nose, height, weight, BMI, neck circumference. Adults with this disorder have enlarged uvula of soft palate; uvula is the tissue that hangs from the back of mouth and soft palate is the soft skin in the back of your throat. Sleep apnea is diagnosed by overnight sleep study also known as Polysomnography(PSG). It records brain activity, oxygen levels, heart rate, chest and abdominal movements etc.

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