My Choice for Health App of the Year

Tired of stressing out every time you glance at your smartphone? Introducing Pause and Sway, a couple of simple but effective apps to help us relax and achieve inner peace.

Let’s face it: Our smartphones are an indispensable part of our lives, but they’re also a huge source of stress: The anxious text from mom, the angry customer rant or the “where’s-the-report-you-promised-me?” note from the boss.

So it’s refreshing to discover a smartphone app that actually relieves stress. Continue reading

Smart Devices Promise a Brainier Workplace

Intelligent devices are making their way from our homes to our offices. Here’s how they’ll make our jobs easier, more productive and more fulfilling.

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I recently read a great blog by my colleague Peter Hartmann about his experiences with the Amazon Echo hands-free speaker. It’s an enlightening and amusing take on how the power of intelligent devices can shape our personal lives.

Peter recounts all the cool things the device and its voice-activated assistant, Alexa, can do around the house – like play music, order a pizza and hail a ride on Uber, to name a few.

His experiences got me thinking about how we’ll soon be using intelligent tools in the workplace. And I’m pretty sure Alexa will pale in comparison. Continue reading

Next Week, Let’s Put Down Our Smartphones and Give Someone a Hug!

January 21 is the official National Hugging Day, a time to commemorate this simple act of a slight physical contact and probably the most common sign of affection. It’s definitely a day worth celebrating, especially when technology is robbing us of the in-person social experiences that are so vital to our well-being.

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OK, everyone, let’s have a big hug in celebration of the official National Hugging Day on Jan. 21!

I’m completely serious. Although I’ll admit that I laughed when a colleague told me that there was a National Hugging Day in the US. I laughed even harder when he suggested I write a blog about it. Hugs, really? Continue reading

What’s NFC and why should you care?

Near Field Communication, or NFC for short, has gone from being obscure tech mumbo jumbo that only gadget freaks cared about to an increasingly useful feature in many modern smartphones. So what is NFC, and what can you do with it?

Person using NFC payment on smartphone

Photo credit: HLundgaard

 

More likely than not, you’ve heard someone use the term “NFC” before. Even more likely, the smartphone some of you are reading this article on has an NFC chip inside. See for yourself. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

But if you’re like most people, you still have no clue what NFC really is and what in the world you can use it for. Let’s change that. Continue reading