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Prolonged Sitting at Workplace with Little to No Breaks Leads to Increased Chances of Coronary Heart Disease & Stroke

Heart diseases seem to be a growing concern in today’s era. Prevalent among both men and women alike, studies show that 1 in every 4 deaths in US alone are caused by heart diseases.

So, why heart related problems are so prevalent in today’s society and to such an alarming extent? There could be a number of factors that lead to heart disease risks including factors like heredity, old age, high BP, poor diet, diabetes, and obesity to name a few.

However, recent a recent study, conducted by Professor Mika Kivimaki and many other professors, shows that there’s another factor at play that increases heart disease: excessive work with lack of breaks.

The study was conducted among 6, 03,838 men and women who initially didn’t had coronary heart disease, and 528 908 men and women who didn’t had any stroke problem.

The study shows that people working longer than 50+ hours per week are more at risk of developing both coronary heart disease and stroke than those working, the standard 30 – 40 hours/week.

The study is pretty alarming for those who rarely steps out of their 47” tall 4’ x 2’ cubicle. The reason for longer work hours could be anything from more pay, workaholism, etc. Regardless of the reasons, it is essential to take breaks from work in between to rejuvenate both mind and body for a healthy life.

It is not just the employee who should cut back from late sitting or overtimes, but it is the duty of the employers to take better care of their employees. After all, healthy employees means, productive employees.

Verdict

Although research like this tends to surface every now and then with industry giants promising and even promoting a fun and healthy workplace, some tend to seem unaware of the mistreatment of their employees in their child-branches located in different countries such as Apple and Amazon.

Regardless, employees healthy should be given preference over mere marginal gains. After all, it is what we call a humane thing to do.

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How to Disappear Online – A How-To-Get-Off-The-Grid Infographics for Dummies

There’s a whole commotion of cyber crimes online. However, there are many who seem to be all ignorant from it, and they remain ignorant until they find themselves in this virtual quagmire.

So, what is the point of origin of all those cyber crimes? If you believe that it is illegal access to credit card or financial info online, you may be partly right but not completely. With the rise in social media that lets users share their day in and day out activities, knowing important details about someone down to what they eat and when they sleep has become a lot easier.

Although online networks do offer some level of privacy to its users, getting past that level isn’t difficult at all. When searching for job, the employer can easily judge your personality and character by not only going through your LinkedIn but also other networks like Tweeter, Facebook, etc. Same is true in other instances such as dating, etc. Such wide online presence often becomes food for the wild hyenas that are out there to get you.

Regardless, when people find themselves stalked by creeps online they try to ward them off by deleting their accounts. Although there are many websites that can easily extract all your online information that add to your online presence and let you delete, still that isn’t enough.

But don’t you worry. Thanks to the access to a plethora of resources online, you can get off the grid with little to no efforts. Recently, whoishostingthis.com has shared an infographics which is a treasure trove for people looking to wipe out their online presence for good. Sounds like you? Check out the infographics.

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Mozilla’s all set To Unveil Its Long-Awaited “Electrolysis Project” & Dump Add-ons for Chrome Extensions

Mozilla Firefox is finally setting its Electrolysis project in motion that was adjourned in 2011 after starting in 2009, however, later resumed two years back. Not only that but it has also decided to ditch its popular add-ons for more universal, chrome web extensions.

Mozilla Firefox always enjoyed immense popularity and preference of users around the world, until Google introduced its Chrome browser. Due to the speed and efficiency offered by Chrome, users’ preference diverted from Firefox quite significantly.

The leading problems of such divergence were lack of stability and lack of add-on computability across browsers. However, with the changes Mozilla bringing to Firefox will make up to those lacking and make browsing even more secure and faster than ever.

Electrolysis Project to put in simple terms is the newfound ability of Firefox that lets it use multiple processes.

The governing factor that makes Chrome faster than Firefox is its multi-process functioning that lets it shift the processing load among multiple tabs. However, “Firefox has always used a single process”, says Bill Mccloskey in a blog. However, the Electrolysis Project utilizes separate OS processes to run the Web Content.

With Electrolysis, both the UI and browser tabs will be separated to ensure security, stability and more efficiency.

The second big decision of Mozilla will be to integrate blink-compatible API, WebExtentions, to its browser to Support Chrome (and other browser’s) extensions.

Mozilla stated in its blog post, “We would like add-on development to be more like Web development: the same code should run in multiple browsers according to behavior set by standards, with comprehensive documentation available from multiple vendors.”

The new WebExtentions will be compatible across browsers and available on Mozilla’s add-on store. Currently, WebExtentions are available for a test drive on Mozilla’s Developers Edition and will soon be available on-default Firefox 43. Moreover, all the future add-ons will be signed by Mozilla before they are launched for use.

The WebExtentions will be quite beneficial for the developers as they would no longer need to make separate extensions for multiple browsers but tweak the same extension to make it run easily on not only Firefox but other browsers as well.

Other than the Electrolysis and WebExtensions, Mozilla also announced a few more updates and fixes as its future projects. More information on those updates can be found on its official blog.

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How Imagining & Graphics Reshaping the Internet

When the internet was first introduced, it was built to transfer data from one remote point to another. When some bright-minded scientists saw the potential of this miraculous technology, they made it public so to let the masses have a platform where they can connect.

Still at first, it was all about browsing and exploring information which was once not accessible easily. As the time passed and advancements were made, it made a huge leap from simple web surfing to new-age marketing and then gradually to digital socialization. Now, Internet has become a household item all over the globe.

Regardless, the one thing that helped internet to gain immense expansion and ultimately wide recognition is the unlimited access to Visual Content.

Research suggests that visual content makes up 93% of all human communication. These visual contents include videos, visualized data, graphic designs and more importantly images. Ever since the advent of Internet, there’s been 4.7 trillion images uploaded to internet. These images exhibit the emotions, sentiments, muses and even imagination of people around the globe.

Just like graphic designing, imagining is also restructuring our user of internet. A few years back, we would put all our focus on developing appealing websites. We would embellish it with all the glittering and shimmering to attract eyes, forgetting there’s something call user experience beyond that appeal. UX is how the visitor interacts with the website or apps and how they navigate their way through it finding what they came looking for.

Images can be used in the same manner as User experience to understand the behavior of a person, and see their intuitive reaction to images they see. In fact, some websites and apps have even started implementing this idea to judge the user behavior and show the results the user wants. Take for instance the match making app Tinder, where the user can’t view the same profile again if it is left-swiped, unless it is a premium version.

However, Google on the other hand isn’t nearly as good in offering the “visual internet” experience, as some may call. It is because it still offering objective search experience showing simply what objects the image encompasses, not the biases it offers.

Nonetheless, go-getter startups are putting the seed of visual internet into the digital soil by harnessing the power of big data and creatively linking it to the visual data. The end result: a subjective visual internet that go beyond the current barriers and inform the behavior of a user when he sees a photo and instinctively understand the meaning behind it.

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ShapeKit – An App That Let Kids Unchained Their Creative Beast

What kids love most? Playing with sand and eating it whenever they find themselves freed from the strict surveillance of their parents…? No! Besides that!

I’m talking about the scribbling they love to do on a blank paper or anything that looks like a canvas, like house walls or kitchen counter…you get the picture.

To keep such kids and many others – of course – busy letting their creative urges satisfied through the right means, ShapeKit is introduced.

Designed by KidKit, owned by a group of trio with Young Sang Cho with the brain behind it, Shapekit offers a virtual playground for kids with age between six and twelve. Its core purpose is to educate them about the use and characteristics of shapes and colors.

The tool uses Tangram as its design model. It allows the learner to develop basic creative or visual skills from the ground up such as angel perception, shape consistency, and more. Another key advantage of using such model is to equip kids with the skills to visually perceive how any raw material can be utilized to form something new.

The user-friendly interface and intuitive interactivity allows ease of use for kids. For instance, when a shape is selected that app pops up a description of its characteristics and its many uses. This feature allows first time users to easily get familiar with the objects.

Children can easily create cute objects, buildings, pyramids, robots or even flat animals, using limited shapes like circle, square, triangle, quadrant, etc.

Inspired by vintage building blocks and using flat color palette, ShapeKit doesn’t simply offer a drag and drop play like other drawing apps. The key feature that makes it stand apart from others is its emphasis “on the physicality of creation”, as Young put it in an interview by TechCrunch. For instance, the kid has to punch holes on the object to create joints and connect the points using virtual metal brads.

Perhaps what sets this amazing kids’ app apart is the powerful animation that it comes loaded with. This way kids can take their creative artwork to a whole new level, and see how their imagination works when it comes to life.

ShapeKit is available on iTunes for download and can be purchased for as little as $2.99 dollars, which if you ask me, is worth all the fun and enjoyment.

Image Courtesy of:http://kidkit.co/shapekit/

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HydrateMe – The 21st Century Bottle That Glows When Your Body Needs H2O

HydrateMe is a cutting-edge technology that comes in the shape of a reusable water bottle, equipped with a sensor that periodically reminds you to hydrate yourself.

Hailed as the “smartest water bottle ever”, HydrateMe has successfully raised over $600K funds on KickStarter in just 1.5 months, backed by 8,000 interested funders. It is a pretty interesting sum for an interactive technology that is, although, not new on this popular crowdfunding platform.

Product campaigns like these are presented every now and then on KickStarter. However, none came any closer to racking in hundreds of thousands of dollars than HydrateMe.

So, what’s make this bottle more interesting than other potential candidates out there?

HydrateMe is a plastic (BPA free) water bottle like any other you’d use in your home…but with a slight touch of technology. It comes integrated with a high-tech sensor or a tracker that keeps a thorough track of your daily water intake.

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Image Courtesy of: Hydrate.me

Accompanied by a friendly app, the bottles stays connected with the app all day long. Upon registration with the app, you’ll be asked to feed the app your personal details like Age, Height, Weight, Gender and daily activity level. While keeping those details into account, the app syncs with the sensor inside the bottle to monitor your water intake.

Whenever your body would need a sip, the bottle will alert you by glowing itself. Another best feature of this amazing bottle is that it also keeps track of the daily temperature and the humidity level to create goals for your water intake needs accordingly. Plus, whenever you fall off the track, say you forgot the bottle at home when you hit the park for jogging, the app will send reminders to your smartphone informing you that it’s time for a Sip.

HyrdrateMe has a pretty comfy ergonomics that ensure that you’d feel comfortable taking the bottle with you wherever you go, be it on your bicycle, car or on foot. The bottle comes in several beautiful colors like Crystal Pink, Bamboo Green, Amethyst Purple, etc. It has a fairly flexible built which makes it dishwasher safe.

Best of all, the 710 ml. water bottle comes with a 1 year batter life, which means you never need to charge the battery like any other charging-dependent gadget.

The product will be out in the market around the fall of 2015, and also ready for shipment around the globe.

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Shift Sneakers – A Pair of Trainers That Magically Shifts Colors on a Single Tap!

Who doesn’t love sneakers…? No matter how expensive they may be, you won’t resist getting one and adding it to your already overloaded shoe rack. Well, things have been changing now as we are seeing frequent advancements that were once sporadic. Now, you don’t need different pairs of sneakers to decorate your shoe rack when you can have a single pair dominating all?

The brainchild of a creative agency, +rehabstudios, “Shift Sneakers” dawns the age of state-of-the-art trainers that can change colors with a single click of heel or tap on a smartphone. Although a conceptual design, the chameleonic technology would be packed with a high-tech reactive textile, thermochromic fibers and conductive woven threads. All these components would work like LED lights to give off select colors.

The electrical signals would allow the phase change fibers of the shoes to modify the pattern, thereby relocating the translucent material on the shoe in a way that would bend light to emit unique patterns. Plus, the membrane of the sneakers would be integrated with conductive material sensitive to human touch. This means whenever the sneakers’ heel is clicked, a random color pattern would appear.

The agency doesn’t stop there…it is intending to penetrate the boundaries even further by planning an open-source virtual app store, where users would create and upload their customized patterns and share them with the community. This means a single user would be able to access millions of patterns for a single pair.

The app store would feature a huge bunch of other packs that would serve different purposes. For instance, the “Selfie-Pack” would allow the user to change the color to a matching outfit. Likewise, a “Connection Pack” would let users copy the patterns of their friends, families and even their favorite celebrities.

If it is successfully evolved from conceptual phase to a tangible product, Shift Sneakers would bring a paradigm evolution in this industry.

Regardless, +rehabstudios isn’t the only agency churning out mind-blowing concepts. The biggest brand in the sneaker’s industry, Nike, has already dipped its hands into the tech sector when it announced its Nike MAG 2015 with power laces that brings back the nostalgic memories of Back to the Future II…

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Paint the Town – Google Invites Californians to Create Artwork to Be Displayed on Its Self-Driving Cars

Google wants its prototype self-driving cars to make human friends. To achieve that goal, it is inviting the residents of California to participate in its Paint the Town project, and win a chance to experience its self-driving cars from up close.

Led by the motto, “Help transform our self-driving cars into moving pieces of public art”, Paint the Town is a mobile-art project that invites the artistic minds of California to submit their magnum opus. Upon getting selected, only 10 chosen artworks will be featured on the car doors of Google’s self-driving prototypes “for a month” and even more. Apart from the car, the artworks will also be features on the website as well as the “Open Garage” community at this fall, where the lucky winners will get a chance to ride in the prototype.

The participants are required to be at least 13 years or more, and they must be legal residents of California. The artworks can be submitted between July 11th and August 30th. The submissions must also be submitted with a 100-words description supporting the theme of the project, “my community, my neighbors.”

Google hasn’t revealed any further information apart from a brief overview of the project and some simple guidelines, as of yet. However, in the coming month of July, more information is expected to be released regarding the project. If you’re also interested in the project, you may check out their website for more info.