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How Gadgets Can Improve Health and Well-Being?

Paul Mills

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Media would often have you believe that technology and gadgets are harmful to our day to day lives. But how much of that is really true? Whilst, yes, staring at your Facebook feed for hours on end will do nothing for your physical or mental health, your smartphone isn’t the only gadget you can have. I have put together a list of gadgets that are being used by people in their daily lives to improve health and well being consistent.

Smartwatches have actually been around since 1994 but only now are we starting to see them on the wrists of people we meet. Naturally, as technology advanced and concepts reached consumers, we start to see smartwatches which can do all manner of things. One of the best reasons to own a smartwatch is undoubtedly the pedometer, its ability to count your steps.

Brands such as Fitbit market themselves as sport/activity tracking smart watches which monitor all manner of fitness related data, from your steps to your heart rate. The metrics recorded by these watches have a lot of influence on people, particularly when they “gamify” (the act of turning something into a game) them.

One app in particular for Samsung users places you in competition against every other user of the app in terms of how many steps you take. In addition to its health benefits, certain smartwatches are able to track your location in case of emergency and even monitor your vitals in the case that you are struck by an illness and alert someone (or the police) to your condition and location.

Drones are perhaps an unexpected addition to this list. However as they are becoming cheaper and more available to consumers, the number of people heading outside to fly their drones rises. This, in addition to action cameras such as the GoPro, is giving people more of a reason to get outside and try a new activity or travel as well as pursuing the additional hobby of videography.

Personally, the use of GoPro’s has inspired me to travel and take on various hobbies such as go-karting, skiing, and rock climbing. This additional incentive of creating beautiful footage to look back on or show off to your friends is proving effective at getting people outside. Marketing for the DJI Mavic (drone) predominantly features rolling landscapes and beautiful scenes that its users have traveled to.

Similarly, GoPro takes a stance on living more active and full lives. Not only do these gadgets benefit those who already live these kinds of lifestyles but their marketing promises them to anyone who will buy one.

Most likely you heard in the last few years about PokemonGO, a game that had thousands if not millions of people walking the streets in order to catch virtual reality pets. An idea which has been played with frequently but never quite hit the mark found unprecedented success with this iteration.

The game required users to find items with which they could capture the Pokemon at various landmarks and areas around the place where they lived. Then, using a pedometer, encouraged people to walk in order to find these Pokemon. This caused countless people to get outdoors and walk around which in turn caused many of these people to meet whilst outside pursuing the same Pokemon.

For a while, the game caused a massive spike in an interaction of people that would otherwise have never met. Whilst the game itself was short-lived, it has opened the pathways for future games of a similar nature.

Smartphones are such a prominent feature of our daily lives that they draw the attention of everyone. Many suggest that smartphones with their access to social media are actually harming social interactions and stopping “real” conversations. However, these same people are perhaps not aware of the global reach of social media. Whether a person is actually socially inept, cannot find anyone who shares their hobbies or simply feels lonely, they now have a chance to meet someone anywhere in the world.

Gamers benefit from this the most as they are able to make long-lasting relationships with someone half the world away. One of my best friends only lives in the country beside mine, however, I would never have had the chance to meet him and maintain a friendship for years if it were not for social media.

Whilst a balance must be maintained, it is wrong to say that social media cannot provide a social fulfillment to those who utilize it correctly.

My final set of gadgets are a new take on an old favorite. Whilst children have ridden bicycles, skateboards, and scooters for years, the newer electronic models are bringing them onto the streets in waves. Technology such as the mini segway balance boards are a hit with children and are featured more frequently on the streets. Higher end models such as the boosted board (electric skateboard) are doing the same for adults.

Whilst these are very comparable to their non-electronic counterparts, anything which encourages people to be outside and active is not to be looked down upon. Especially considering that many of these electric transportation devices are far easier and faster to use, even resulting in people using them to travel to work.

Whilst technology has its drawbacks, whilst some misuse gadgets and use them to replace all social interactions. This doesn’t mean that gadgets as a whole are a negative thing. Used correctly they can open up doors you never imagined to greater well being and health.

When you consider the practical applications of many of these gadgets and the benefits they can bring to many people, it’s easy to see how they can improve your health and well being. Consider the gadgets you use and the ways in which you use them. Are they your form of escapism or do you use them to live a fuller and happier lifestyle?

Paul Mills is one of the most creative mixers with instinct and prowess. His project Beatsbooster is the ultimate guide for everyone buying their first headphones or earbuds on every budget and for any purpose.

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For-Profit Or Fun: Why Some A Crypto Trading Bot

Steven Sanders

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Wall Street is in an uproar. Papers are flying; curse words are being hurled, financial portfolios are in disarray and have been for the past year because of one word: crypto.

What has happened? What changed?

Well, in the past year, a lot.  I’m not talking just the earth-shattering, meteoric rise and fall of bitcoin as a $20,000+ asset that has made billionaires. I’m not talking about the billions in ICO fundraising that has left some in the blockchain in the community very wealthy, nor the assets lost by foolish investors.

I’m talking about the perplexing case of what exactly cryptocurrency can do for the average layman.  For those without thousands laying around who got in late or those that were too afraid to take the leap, it begs the question: What is the opportunity that remains?

There is a market for cryptocurrency development services. There is also a market for marketing for blockchain companies. Within cryptocurrency as subject, there are dozens upon dozens of opportunities to still profit even as it falls harder than ever before.  

One that has many’s attention is that of the cryptocurrency trading bot.  

Much like forex, stocks, and a flurry of other bots that have been developed to isolate and profit from signals that exist in the market, cryptocurrency has proven no different.

Cryptocurrency bots operate on a trading algorithm set by its developer whom should be or is working with a trader.  These traders often boast about their profits, and that they have systemized some form of reliability by isolating trends/criteria that lead to profitable trades.

The Market & its Infancy

While there are definitely plenty of bots that are successful, there is one drawback to creating a cryptocurrency bot that trades.  The market even with its current fervor is still in its infancy. It is totally new to the manipulations that we have seen happen by governments, social influence, and random freak occurrences.  

There are so many factors that tie into pricing that its hard to predict what will make a bot trade successfully. One one hand, a bot that trades based on analyzing or at least compiling news/trend data, and then offering the ability to select what to trade based on could potentially work.  The difficulty is in sifting through the fake news and what is actually relevant.

News sources naturally sensationalize, but the problem doesn’t only lie there.  Communities like Reddit and telegram are usually far ahead of any development within cryptocurrency.

So unless a bot takes into consideration mentions of particular cryptocurrencies and any words that can help it judge the context, it’d be harder for it to adapt to little more than buying and sell order fluctuations.

Technical analysis is still being worked out, but some have made strides and are certainly profiting regularly, such as Ian Balina and other associates.

That said, a systemized approach of any kind will need to have its kinks worked out, so only time will tell how successful it would be to create a crypto trading bot.  

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Fintech Developers: Do You Need Them?

Steven Sanders

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The Fintech Hunt For Developers

What stresses out fintech finders at night? Hiring and maintaining the quality of new fintech app development talent. Sure, acquiring decent staff has always been a difficult process, but obtaining developers for your project is as can become a shopping frenzy.

Unlike the retail industry where fear-buying with customer discounts is the norm, the financial spending for fintech companies increased in employee salaries by 25% each year. Startups have to spend the additional cash to secure the talent, Fintech Files stated.

But counter offers have been made for some developers. Some fintech developers would tell us that they lost a few potential employees due to better offers. “For larger companies, it’s easier to spend $10K on an experienced developer. However, our smaller fintech companies don’t have that luxury” the developers said.

So what can you do to find great developers within your budget? We can help you with that. Continue reading to learn 3 techniques the professionals use to hiring credible developers on your team.

Background Research

Before hiring a fintech app development team for your startup, you should consider doing some background research to assess the quality of their work and credibility. You should look at their blogs and websites to get detailed information on their services.

Try to look for a portfolio of work to see if they have completed similar jobs that your organization requires. For instance, if you need a fintech app that helps with investing in exchange-traded funds, see if the developer has created investment apps for different clients. You should check their social media profiles to make sure they have good relationships with their customers.

Fintech Developers

Making innovative fintech applications that are valuable requires developers that have fintech expertise. You should get a developer that has a great understanding of the technology but also has an extensive knowledge of the finance industry.

Since the international financial crisis in 2008, there is a been an increase in banking reforms. You’ll want a developer to stay on top of these reforms when developing the app to make sure they meet the desired requirements.

Diversified Skills

Developers are already a costly investment, so you’ll want to find one who is skilled in multiple areas. And some development projects require multiple skills to be completed correctly. For instance, if you’re making a crowdfunding platform, you’ll have to design it with a programming language that works with other software.

You also have to make sure that the developer that you choose has good programming and design skills. Doing this will make sure that the software they create meets your expectations. Fintech developers are good at working with large sets of data, which is ideal if you need projects that require data analytics and big data integration.

Conclusion

Overall, finding the right fintech app development team will take some time. But by slowly going through the hiring process and focus on quality, not quantity, you’ll be fine. Conclusively,  gauge the quality of the team so that your apps can improve the value of your business.

 

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The Latest Trends in Healthcare Mobile App Design [2018]

Steven Sanders

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So far there are over 260,000 mobile Health apps located in the market. Finding one that resonates with the target audience – whether its a provider or a patient – can be a difficult challenge. And in this part, one small issue can mean the difference between project completion and feature.

Functions and Trends

Trends emerge when there are new customer needs that have to be met. Here’s how patients use mobile devices to help manage their health.

  1. Tools to share their data with health care experts and doctors to receive feedback.
  2. For comparing locations, specialists, and prices.
  3. To find nurses, clinicians, and donors.
  4. For training.

Due to these trends, we can see a myriad of uses for healthcare mobile app design. With these top five trends, you’ll notice that your

Corporate Apps

When people think about healthcare mobile app design, they start thinking about fitness trackers. In reality, only 66 out of the 100 largest hospitals in the United States develop and design their own applications.

The institutions like insurance companies and hospitals can make a healthcare app and receive a profit from it. It might make sense to create a mobile app for a specific healthcare consulting firm. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that your app needs to have a good UX design for your consumers.

Artificial Intelligence

AI has two important uses.

Artificial Intelligence is a great way to personalize your customer care options, especially when it comes to speech recognition. Health assistants such as Babylon help patients find their diseases. AI can give automatic reminders to tell users to take their pills or health-related procedures.

For instance, there is an algorithm that takes the photos of 100 different skin types. It uses this data to predict which patient has skin cancer.

Video Chats

Robots have not fully replaced human services. There is still a high demand for doctors, and the best way to do this is through video calls. One example is Ada, which offers a stable solution for startups, and video chats and reference information with healthcare experts.

There is one cost to make a good healthcare application of this type. The content that’s created needs to be peer-reviewed. Ideally, there are a few set requirements that the doctor needs to follow as well. Through video chats, patients can receive increased care, better response times, and better long-term health assistance.

Gamification

Medical routines can be very stressful. Trying to create healthy eating habits can drive your customers crazy. How can you solve this? Start by playing a game with them. For instance, WebMD has pregnancy quizzes for women. If you’re planning to make an app for the healthcare mobile app design industry, gamification helps make your app unique.

Geolocation

How long does it take to get to the nearest emergency unit? Where can I find this antibiotic? Some healthcare apps use GPS to find your location, what are you doing, and if this action is against the doctor’s advice.

Conclusion

To conclude, healthcare mobile app design is starting to make a huge change in our lives. Whether it’s through innovation or increased efficiency, these apps make it easier for patients to receive care from doctors. So, think about your healthcare app before making it receive the best results from your audience.

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