Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 Free Workout Apps and Sites Guaranteed to Get You Moving

By   Mihir Patkar

The first step to getting healthier is to understand your body and its fitness requirements. The next step is the tough one: it’s time to get moving. Don’t be foolish and try to go at it alone.5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & Fitness 5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & FitnessDo you want to understand your body, and how exercise and nutrition affects it? These five quality websites will help you reach your fitness goals with education.READ MORE
There is a plethora of free apps that promise to get you fit in no time. But once you install them, you find that all the good stuff is behind a paywall. Annoying, isn’t it?
So, we found apps and sites that are either free or have more than enough free content to satisfy anyone. Whether you have never stepped foot in a gym before or you’re a fitness freak, there’s something for everyone here.

1. Tone It Up’s Daily Workout (Web): Daily Exercises With GIFs

Tone It Up is one of the premier YouTube channels for fitness fanatics. But trainers Karena and Katrina are hiding something much better on their site: a daily workout plan.
tone it up workouts
Every day, the Tone It Up site posts a new daily workout. If you follow it for the whole week, it will exercise all the right muscles to give you a full-body workout.
The workout also comes with a video, along with GIFs explaining each move. Using a GIF actually works better, especially if you want to refer to it once and then move on. Plus, that means you can keep listening to your favorite music and not a video.

2. Freeletics (Web, Android, iOS): The Starter App for Beginners

The way to fitness doesn’t have to involve a gym membership or expensive equipment. In fact, you can do excellent body-weight exercises to become healthier, as Freeletics shows. Its eye-pleasing and straightforward design make this the app to start with.The Best Body Weight Exercise Apps for Fitness Anywhere The Best Body Weight Exercise Apps for Fitness AnywhereYou don't need anything other than your own body to tone and strengthen all your muscles. So ditch the expensive gym membership and try the top bodyweight exercise apps for a fitter you.READ MORE
Freeletics first asks you to input details about yourself, like your current fitness level and what your goals are. Based on that, it will create a custom workout plan for you. While there are paid plans to get an instructor, you can safely ignore those and stick with the free stuff.
Freeletics has instructional videos for all the exercises, and you don’t need any special equipment for the workout. The app also tracks your workouts by time, so you can see your progress.
Download: Freeletics for Android or iOS (Free)

3. Daily Cardio Workout (Android, iOS): Get Heart Healthy for Free

Don’t you love it when a free app does exactly what it says, without any unnecessary frills? Daily Cardio Workout is what it sounds like, and works the same on Android or iOS.
daily cardio workout
Select the amount of time you want to work out for, how many different exercises you want (up to three), and start. The app will play your new workout without going to the gym. Follow the instructions of the on-screen video, and use the app’s chimes to start and stop.How To Workout Without Going To The Gym How To Workout Without Going To The GymIt's hard enough setting aside time for actual exercise, but throw in your commute and it can add up to a lot of wasted time. Try these effective workouts without ever leaving your home.READ MORE
Daily Cardio Workouts lets you set a custom reminder, along with personalizing your profile to track your progress. The free app has a few ads, which you’ll need to pay a dollar to get rid of.
Download: Daily Cardio Workouts for Android or for iOS (Free)

4. eFit30 (YouTube): Pilates, Yoga, and Body Workouts in 30 Minutes

Sometimes, you can’t seem to drag yourself to the gym or feel like going for a run. That’s okay, you can rely on YouTube workout channels to exercise at home. And eFit30 is among the best of these.7 Best YouTube Workout Channels To Exercise at Home 7 Best YouTube Workout Channels To Exercise at HomeHome gyms and personal trainers help the moneyed get up straight from their beds and hit the gym. We lesser mortals have to call on our powers of self-motivation and discipline to trudge the few...READ MORE
The channel aims at getting you done in time. You might not be so busy that you need a seven-minute workout, so eFit30 has workouts for 15, 30, and 45 minutes.
Apart from time, eFit30 targets specific muscles or purposes. For example, it delivers Pilates exercises to fix your posture, or even stretches to perform at your office desk.This 3-Minute Exercise Will Actually Fix Your Posture This 3-Minute Exercise Will Actually Fix Your PostureYou may think bad posture can't be fixed, but this quick and easy exercise will change your mind.READ MORE

5. DoYogaWithMe (Web): Yoga for All Levels, Especially Beginners

Yoga enables both the mind and the body to be at their healthiest. But finding a good yoga instructor can be an uphill (and expensive) task. That’s why DoYogaWithMe has it all for free, with plenty of admirers on the internet.
do yoga with me
DoYogaWithMe has an incredible number of instructional and training videos, which you can filter or search for. But more than anything else, it’s the Beginners section that shines. For anyone new to yoga, it offers beginner-level tutorials that will take you through the basics before you move on to more advanced exercises.
Much like the 30-day life-changing challenges, DoYogaWithMe has three interesting challenges you can try. And of course, there’s a community of yoga nuts ready to help you out with anything.12 Life-Changing Challenges You Can Try as 30-Day Projects 12 Life-Changing Challenges You Can Try as 30-Day ProjectsPersonal challenges make us change. How about adopting a more deliberate method by designing your own challenges with 12 self development projects for the New Year? Here are some ideas.READ MORE

Gym vs. Home

It’s easier than ever to skip a gym membership and use bodyweight exercises to get fit. That’s great, since for a lot of people, getting to the gym is the big step they can’t conquer every morning. Then again, for others, the act of going to the gym is what sets them in the mood to work out.
Do you prefer working out at the gym or exercising at home?
Source: www.makeuseof.com

Monday, July 24, 2017

An Instagram Bug Is Deleting Accounts At Random

By Dave Parrack

Instagram users are finding themselves locked out of their accounts for no apparent reason. Some are even getting a “Sorry, this page isn’t available message” when trying to visit their user profile. However, Instagram has blamed a bug for the problems, and promised to fix the issue ASAP.
Like all social networks, Instagram relies on you using it every day. As soon as you stop being active, social networks suffer, and a MySpace-like future beckons. Instagram is showing no signs of collapsing, but preventing people from accessing their accounts certainly isn’t going to help.7 Technologies That Came and Went in the Last 15 Years 7 Technologies That Came and Went in the Last 15 YearsRemember the Walkman? Sony’s portable tape player revolutionized the music industry.READ MORE

Help! My Instagram Account Has Been Disabled

Complaints from Instagram users starting popping up online on Thursday (July 6). People were finding themselves locked out of their accounts having been shown one of a handful of error messages. Instagram’s social media accounts are full of angry messages from frustrated users.
Some were told they’d had their accounts disabled for violating Instagram’s Terms of Use, even though they’re sure they haven’t broken any rules. Others were prompted to enter their phone number in order to verify their account. But entering the relevant security code didn’t work.
Instagram tweeted out an explanation, blaming “a bug that’s causing some users to be logged out of their accounts.” The company has also promised that it’s “working to resolve this as quickly as possible.” In the meantime, a small percentage of Instagram users have been locked out of their accounts, and left wondering whether they’ll ever actually get back in. And it’s still happening.

Call Us Cynical, But…

We really hope this is just a minor bug that Instagram can fix quickly and efficiently. However, with data leaks being revealed years after they occur, and cyberwars masquerading as ransomware, we reserve the right to be cynical about any app exhibiting strange behavior such as this.Yahoo Reveals Yet Another Giant Security Breach Yahoo Reveals Yet Another Giant Security BreachAnother day, another Yahoo hack. This one dating back all the way to 2013. This particular security breach resulted in the user data of 1 billion Yahoo accounts being stolen.READ MORE

Do you have an Instagram account? Have you accessed it over the last few days? If so, has your account been disabled? Do you buy Instagram’s explanation that this is all down to a bug? Or do you think there’s more going on here? Please let us know in the comments below!
Source: www.makeuseof.com

The 3 Best Tablets For Senior Citizens

By Kannon Yamada  

Seniors often find themselves the butt of jokes about technological ineptitude. In truth, many senior citizens have as much an interest in technology as the punks who mock them. But as people grow older our priorities change. Senior citizens often find themselves looking for products that are powerful yet easy to use, not only out of a desire to simplify but also because older buyers can often afford exactly what they want.
Not every tablet will do for a crowd as discerning as senior citizens. They want a product that just works, and works well, but also provides access to books and videos as well as communication with family. Here are three picks wonderfully suited for those needs.

What Are Seniors Looking For in a Tablet?

Three words: a larger screen. Smartphones try to squeeze everything into a 5-inch screen. Tablets, on the other hand, offer greater readability because of extra screen real estate. On top of that, Apple’s iPad and Android tablets can enlarge text. That alone makes it more useful for anyone with diminished eyesight.Make Text Larger & Other Useful iPhone Accessibility Features Make Text Larger & Other Useful iPhone Accessibility FeaturesDid you know your iPhone's accessibility features are legendary?READ MORE
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After size, another feature to watch for is the simplicity of the user interface. Of the three most important tablet operating systems, each comes with their own shortcomings. Android, for examples, requires substantial launcher customization before it’s optimized for senior use. iOS, on the other hand, requires less optimization — but cannot fully optimize for the elderly. Windows tablets, on the other hand, come with so few apps that they aren’t even worth mentioning.

Apple iPad mini 4 (from $350/£380)

The appearance of an iPad at the top of this list should surprise no one. Apple’s iOS has a reputation for simple and reliable operation. Its app selection is generally qualitatively better than competitors. But why pick the mini instead of the regular iPad?One reason is weight and size. While the iPad isn’t huge, many people find the lighter, thinner, smaller iPad mini easier to handle. Seniors who suffer from arthritis or weakness will appreciate the mini’s more manageable size. This is particularly true for those who want to read ebooks, as the smaller iPad is much easier to hold for long periods of time.
Apple iPad Mini Review and Giveaway Apple iPad Mini Review and GiveawayThis is a much overdue review, I'll admit, but instead of publishing a breezy overview of the iPad mini, I wanted to experience and integrate it in my daily life in order to truly tell...READ MORE
Price is also an advantage, as the iPad mini starts at around $350. Overall, the mini may not be exactly equal to the iPad, but it offers an improvement in size, heft, and screen quality.
However, for those on a budget, an older refurbished iPad mini 2 sells for less than $200 on Amazon. I don’t think it’s worth buying a refurbished model, but provided you can find a decent warranty, consider it a good option. Brand new, the older mini 2 sells for $300.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 (from $80/£80)

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8 is, as a piece of hardware, not terribly interesting. The tablet sports a basic processor, a 1280 x 800 display, and the Alexa artificial intelligence. But none of these features are unheard of in this segment, even at the Fire HD 8’s bargain-basement price of $80.
What really sets this choice apart are Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa, and the Amazon media library. Aside from the obvious ability to read books purchased from Amazon, a Kindle Fire tablet performs many of the actions that an Amazon Echo can do. I won’t get into specifics, but you can watch a great video below:Amazon Echo Review and Giveaway Amazon Echo Review and GiveawayAmazon’s Echo offers a unique integration between voice recognition, personal assistant, home automation controls, and audio playback features for $179.99. Does the Echo break into new ground or can you do better elsewhere?READ MORE
Seniors who want a tablet for entertainment purposes will absolutely love the easy access to everything purchased via Amazon, and users who sign up for Amazon Prime will have access to a library of streaming video and also can “borrow” one ebook every month.
If an 8-inch screen feels too large, there’s an alternative: the Kindle Fire HD 7 (UK). Its smaller 7-inch display offers a resolution of just 1280 x 800, so movies don’t pop as they do on its big brother, but the Fire HD 7 weighs less. That makes it a great choice for seniors who want a tablet for browsing the web and reading books.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (from $500/£559)

If Android is your jam, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. It’s a 9.7-inch tablet with an insane combination of feather-like weight, a razor-thin profile, and amazing screen quality. Even compared to the iPad Mini, the Tab S2 feels better in every single way — except price. At around $500 for the latest model and around $300-400 for the previous model, you get what you pay for.
For those looking to pay less, try out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The Tab S2 offers pretty much the same device, for around $150 less.

A Viable Alternative: The Samsung Chromebook Plus ($406)

Tablets are a great choice, but if you’re considering a product in this category, there’s another item you might want to look at: the Chromebook.
Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS, a stripped-down operating system that largely centers on web browsing. Users can’t run Windows apps on a Chromebook, but anything that works through a browser (like Gmail, Dropbox or Google Hangout) works here. It can even run Android apps! In all other respects, these systems are normal laptops with a conventional keyboard and touchpad. Prices range from $150 to $600, so if you can afford a tablet, you can afford one of these.Looking For A New Laptop? Get A Chromebook Instead! Looking For A New Laptop? Get A Chromebook Instead!READ MORE
Whether this might be the better choice depends on your needs. Not every senior citizen likes touchscreens, and individuals who communicate a lot through Facebook or email may prefer the physical keyboard. Chromebooks are also great for browsing the web, thanks to their speedy performance and smooth touchpad gestures.
But there are some disadvantages to note. They don’t work very well as e-readers, can’t display movies in full HD, and force users into Google’s ecosystem (you can’t even log in without a Google account). If you’re tossing up between a tablet and a laptop because you prefer physical keys, don’t forget you can accessorize any tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard for longer stretches of typing.


This list doesn’t necessarily mean that other tablets aren’t suited for seniors. A tech-savvy individual will probably be comfortable with any option, and some (like the Samsung Note, which has a stylus) fill a very specific role. But, with that said, these picks provide good options for most people, and should be considered first.
Updated in July of 2017. First written in 2013 by Matthew Smith.
Source: www.makeuseof.com

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In, On, or Over: Which Style of Headphones Should You Buy?

By Tim Brookes  

Sound quality is the number one criteria you should look at when considering a new pair of headphones. However, comfort and convenience follow close behind. What you intend to use your headphones for should also influence your decision.
There are three “types” of headphones that we’ll be looking at today:
  1. in-ear (also known as earphones)
  2. on-ear (which sit directly on your cartilage)
  3. over-ear (which surround your whole ear)
There are pros and cons to each style of headphones, so let’s help you decide which is best for you.

In-Ear Headphones

In-ear headphones, more commonly known as earphones, are probably the most popular way of listening to personal audio on the move. They’re cheap and cheerful, and your smartphone probably came with a pair. Plus, generally speaking, they tend to be the least durable of the three.
There are two sub-types of earphones: fitted deeper in-ear types that create a tight seal, and loose hard plastic types that sit just inside your ears. Sealed varieties generally have good passive noise isolation, which means they block ambient noise just as well as sticking your fingers in your ears.
airpod featured
Finding a good fit is important, particularly when it comes to comfort. For this reason, the majority of earphones now use a fitted design. You can still get the older style of loose-fitting earphones, with Apple’s AirPods ($159) being one of the more recent takes on the old idea.
In-ear headphones are small, lightweight, easy to tuck under a shirt, and easy to carry with the aid of a carry case. Most of them are built with a purpose in mind, and many include remotes and microphones for use with a smartphone. You can get sports earphones that clip to your ears, waterproof earphones for swimmers, and even noise cancelling models if you look hard enough.
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Earphones are a portable convenience, and thus you could argue that sound quality takes a backseat here. Take, for example, Apple’s new wireless Beats X ($149). These don’t sound phenomenal, but have one-touch iOS pairing, excellent battery life, and fast charging. The convenience of wireless audio, easy pairing, and fast charge times outweighs the passable sound quality. This is particularly true when your source audio is a lossy MP3.BeatsX Review & Giveaway: Apple's Best Earphones Yet? BeatsX Review & Giveaway: Apple's Best Earphones Yet?READ MORE
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That’s not to say you can’t also get high-end in-ear headphones built with accurate sound reproduction in mind. Try something like the pricey Shure SE425 studio monitors ($269) if that’s what you’re looking for.

On-Ear Headphones

On-ear headphones offer a trade-off between the size of larger home listening headphones and portable in-ear options. If you simply can’t stand in-ear headphones, these are your next best choice. As the name suggests, these varieties are characterised by the way the headphones sit on your ears.
sennheiser px100
Larger drivers often result in a better quality sound, but this comes at the cost of size. On-ear headphones simply aren’t as easy to travel with as the smaller variety. Some models are foldable, while others sit comfortably around your neck when not in use. Their larger size also puts them at risk of breaking in your bag, so many come with hard carrying cases too.
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You can get fairly small on-ear headphones like the Sennheiser PX100 ($79/£44) or much chunkier models like the Beats Solo3 ($299). The characteristic “on-ear” design means that the cups sit flush with your ears, and noise isolation can be a mixed bag. In my experience, the tighter the headphones, the better the sound isolation, and the less comfortable they are.
beats solo3
If, like me, you wear glasses, it’s definitely worth trying out on-ear headphones before buying. I find prolonged sessions with some designs can get sweaty, depending on what the cups are made from.
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If you’re going for larger headphones you should be a little more picky in terms of sound quality. You’re already sacrificing the convenience of smaller in-ear models. For a truly “flat” response, look at something from Grado (like the $200/£194 SR225e) but don’t expect wireless audio or fancy extra features.

Over-Ear Headphones

Over-ear headphones, as the name suggests, cover your whole ear. They sit against your head, which makes them the most comfortable option. There’s no stretching of your ear canals or crushing of your ear, and though not every pair is guaranteed to be comfortable, they’re generally the best option for extended listening sessions.
beo overear
The cost, aside from the actual money, is the size. Over-ear headphones are generally very big, with powerful drivers that provide improved sound quality over smaller models. They’re best for listening at home, while working at your desk or producing videos. And, if possible, when plugged into a good headphone amp to really make your favorite music pop.What Is a Headphone Amp and Do I Need One? What Is a Headphone Amp and Do I Need One?If you're serious about music, you may be disappointed by the audio quality your mobile device manages -- particularly when paired with high-end headphones. The solution? A headphone amplifier.READ MORE
Headphone amplifiers are another thing to consider, as they’re often required to power high-end headphones. The need for one depends on the impedance rating on your chosen headphones, measured in Ohms. To quote from our article about headphone amps and whether you need one:
“You will probably benefit from a headphone amp if your headphones are rated beyond 32 Ohms, but you likely don’t need an amp unless you use a set rated at 100 Ohms or greater.”
Simply put, remember why you are buying your headphones. If you’re going to be using a smartphone as your main listening platform, you many also need to invest in a headphone amp to get the most out of them. If you don’t, your music will sound oddly quiet and you’re better off spending the money on superior in-ear or over-ear headphones instead.
fiio headphone amp
The sheer size of over-ear headphones makes them undesirable for use on the street, they’re rarely foldable, and most don’t come with a carrying case either. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you want to spend here, but you don’t have to break the bank. The Status Audio CB1 ($89/£63) studio monitors that I reviewed last year delivered excellent performance on the cheap, with build quality (not sound quality) being the biggest issue.
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Other Factors

Sound quality, comfort, convenience, and purpose are all important when deciding on new headphones. There are a few other things to keep in mind, however, like whether or not to go wireless. Wireless audio has improved immeasurably over the last decade, but wired audio still delivers the best signal with the lowest latency.
If you’re an iPhone user looking for headphones you’d do well to invest in a pair that supports the new W1 chip. The previously-mentioned Beats X and AirPods offer neat in-ear options, but there are others that are worthy of your consideration too. If convenience is most important to you, you really should be looking at a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones.AirPods, Beats, and W1: Choosing the Best Wireless iPhone Headphones AirPods, Beats, and W1: Choosing the Best Wireless iPhone HeadphonesApple's new AirPods have sold surprisingly well, but are they the best wireless iPhone headphones for your money? That depends.READ MORE
You may also want headphones for other reasons. Gaming headsets can provide immersive sound in a design that’s built for comfort, with a microphone for chatting to your online buddies.

In Summary

  • In-ear headphones are portable, cheap, and convenient at the cost of comfort and sound quality.
  • On-ear headphones straddle the line between portability and convenience, offering larger designs with better sound quality at the cost of portability.
  • Over-ear headphones frequently offer the best sound and most comfortable designs, but their large size generally makes them unsuitable for use outside of the house.
Whichever style you’re keen on, we highly recommend you visit a bricks-and-mortar retailer to test the headphones before you buy them. Failing that, make sure you read plenty of trustworthy online reviews before parting with your hard-earned cash.The Scourge Of The Web: Fake Reviews & How To Spot Them The Scourge Of The Web: Fake Reviews & How To Spot Them"User reviews" are actually a pretty recent phenomenon. Before the prevalence of the Internet, user reviews were called testimonials, and you’d only see them on TV commercials and product pages. Nowadays, anyone can write anything...READ MORE
Did you spend a lot of money on your headphones? Did our advice help you make a decision? Which style of headphones do you consider to be the best? Please let us know what style, make, and model you bought in the comments below!  
Source: www.makeuseof.com

Siri on Mac: 11 Ways to Get Tasks Done With Your Voice

Akshata Shanbhag , We’ve shown you  how to set up Siri on your Mac . Now here comes the tricky bit: figuring out what kind of tasks Siri...