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.

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Photography Tips – A Beginner’s Guide to Better Pictures

Basic manual-mode photography tips for the up-and-coming photographers.In this article, we will make certain assumptions. Assumption #1, we own a camera (digital or otherwise). Assumption #2, we have taken pictures with it and know that they could have turned out better. Assumption #3, we would like for them to turn out better! Then, here we go. We will focus on digital as it is easiest to learn on due to instant access to our results via technology.As this is a basic tip article, we will start with the basics. We consider “the basics” to be 3 things: light, aperture and shutter speed. After grasping these 3 things, we will notice a marked improvement in the quality of our photos. Then, we can move on to more advanced tips.LightLight is both a photographer’s blessing and curse. When we have the right lighting, our pictures are amazing. When we have too much lighting, or not enough, it causes our pictures to turn out in a way other than we would have liked. If taking pictures outside, try to shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Also, try to position our subject so that the light plays to our favor. If our subject is a person, avoid shooting from the sun. Get at an angle so that they are not looking at us with the sun in their eyes. Try to make sure that the lighting across our subject is consistent. If our subject is a person, again, try to keep the whole body or face (whichever part we are shooting) in the shade or the light. This will help to avoid the unwanted and awkward shadows. *If we want to get creative, we can also invest in a reflector to try and further master the lighting of our subjects.ApertureThe best way to think of the aperture is to lift one our hands and form an “O” with our fingers (bring tips together with thumb-tip). This is our aperture. Now, bring it up to one of our eyes. Is it easy to see out of? Great. Now, still holding our hand up to our eye, we can start curling our fingers in to our palm along the base of our thumb. Is the light disappearing? That is the way our aperture (also known as an f-stop) works in our cameras. It opens and closes to allow more or less light into our shot from what is available to us. The lower the number is, the bigger the opening is and more light that reaches our image sensor. The higher the number is, the tighter/smaller the opening is and less light that gets in. This function is used together with shutter speed.Shutter SpeedBlink. Now blink a few times. The time between the blinks, or the amount of time that our eyes/shutter stays open, is the equivalent of shutter speed. It determines how much light to let in and also how much action. The smaller the number is (or higher the 1/ number is, i.e. 1/1000 versus 1/30), the faster the shutter speed is. There are also specialty settings B and T for bulb (keeps shutter open for as long as our finger is on shutter release) and time (keeps shutter open until we hit release again. The fast shutter speeds only let in a little light and are pretty useful in high-light scenarios or with moving targets. Slow speeds are useful in low-lighting. Slow speed will blur if there is movement. Ever see the cool pictures with blurred car lights on the streets? Slow shutter speed. Tripods or something else was used to prop the camera on so the hand shaking would not warp the picture. That’s right. Our own hand shaking (even a little) will cause blurred images on slow shutter speed.Taking pictures at different times of day, in different locations, should give us an idea of the different combinations of aperture and shutter speed that will work for us to get “that shot” that we are looking for. Now that we covered the basics, get out there and have some fun! Best of luck!

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Getting To Grips With A Healthy Lifestyle

In a perfect world we would all be eating the right food, exercising, sleeping well and just generally enjoying life.In the real world most of us manage a percentage of the healthy lifestyle and muddle through as best we can with the rest of it. Part of the problem is we are encouraged to think, mostly by the media, that we should be doing everything possible towards a healthy lifestyle, all of the time. For most of us this is just not possible.Constant concern about what we should or shouldn’t be doing causes our stress levels to go up and that negates any good work that we’ve done. Yes, we should certainly try for a healthy lifestyle, but the two key words are “moderation” and “balance”. By applying these criteria to achieving a healthy lifestyle we won’t be beating ourselves up for failing another diet or dropping out of the latest exercise regime.A common mistake that many people make when they decide to adopt a healthy lifestyle is to try to do too much too soon. They then give themselves a guilt complex when it all falls apart. It is also easy to be influenced by others, when we should only be adopting a healthy lifestyle plan to suit ourselves.Ah! Did I say lifestyle plan? Do you have one, or do you just try the next thing that is in your magazine or Sunday supplement? By all means read these articles and take them into account as you plan how you want your healthy lifestyle to take shape.Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have got to run a mile before breakfast, eat seeds and think pure thoughts. Great if that’s what you want, but for most of us “healthy” means being in reasonable shape, eating our fruit and vegetables and generally having a feeling of vitality.Decide on your definition of a healthy lifestyle, and then plan a strategy that works for you.As part of my health plan I decided I wanted to walk in the mornings before breakfast, but there was no way I wanted to get up at the crack of dawn to do it. So I planned a ten minute circuit that includes a short flight of steps and a not too steep incline. I power walked that route every day and felt really good. Sure l wouldn’t make the City to Surf marathon, but I compromised and made it work for me.Today, much is made of organic foods, but the reality is that organic food is generally more expensive and well out of the range for most budgets. Yes organic is probably the best option, but it doesn’t mean that if you’re not eating all organic you are not eating right. If you’re concerned about general produce, be a bit discerning when you shop. Look for fruit and vegetables that are fresh and unblemished. You should also buy product brands that you can trust. If you shop wisely, you can have a well-balanced healthy diet that won’t break the bank.Basically living a healthy life means looking at your lifestyle as a whole, it is not just about diet and exercise. It is not always necessary to make major changes. Most people know their weak spots, and are happy if they can make a few changes that show results.A friend of mine was drinking several cans of soft drink a day. She was feeling tired and generally under the weather. When I read an article about the health risk of soft drink I copied it and gave it to her, whereupon she decided to give up the soft drink there and then. A week later she got back to me and said she couldn’t believe the difference, her energy levels were up and she was feeling great. Just that one change was able to make a difference and she feels good about the healthy choice.Sleep and leisure time play a big part in a healthy lifestyle, and for the most part people underestimate the value of good sleep. Our bodies aren’t designed to operate at peak performance twenty four hours a day. Anyone in industry knows that machines that have to work continuously need a lot of maintenance. When we are sleeping our body is healing and regenerating itself and we should wake up feeling refreshed and revitalized.We can go without sleep for extended periods, but we can’t do it indefinitely. The amount of sleep an individual needs varies a great deal, and there is no such thing as the right time to sleep. Obviously most people sleep at night, but if you are one of those folk that comes alive in the small hours, you might need to catch up with your sleep during the day.A big part of healthy living is being comfortable with yourself. Don’t be pressured into trying to attain a certain look, or push yourself down a career path you are not suited to. Constant worry about what you are doing will only have the opposite effect on your health. Don’t get paranoid about your diet, about what toothpaste you should use or about expensive exercise equipment you need to buy.Allow a common sense approach to dictate when you are making lifestyle choices, and remember, there is nothing wrong with compromise if it means your healthy lifestyle plan will work for you.

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