New fitness guidelines hope to motivate Americans to exercise: ‘There is always day one’

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A report released Monday shows less than one-third of Americans meet new physical fitness guidelines. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The failure to meet the requirements leads to 10 percent of all premature death. That’s why they’re pushing an updated message of move more, sit less.

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex M. Azar II, released this message:

“Today, about half of all American adults—117 million people—have one or more preventable chronic diseases. Seven of the ten most common chronic diseases are favorably influenced by regular physical activity. Yet nearly 80 percent of adults are not meeting the key guidelines.”

Now, we get it. It’s hard to find time to work out. For Jeremy York, who works to find time to work out each week, he said everybody’s busy.

“You’ve got so much going on with work, but you’ve got to carve out time to get some health and fitness activities in,” said York.

But, what if new updated requirements said your new goal should be 22 minutes.

“How can you be more active in 22 minutes of your day?” said Melanie Roberts with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.

That’s right, 22 minutes a day. For the first time in a decade, the federal government is updating recommendations for physical activity for adults and children. Roberts is on board with this idea.

“Maybe that builds into 25 minutes a day, and maybe that builds into a more solid routine. We want exercise to become a habit,” said Roberts.

This 118 page report is a push to send home a message. It includes several new science-based guidelines for exercise and its benefits:

  • Additional health benefits related to brain health, additional cancer sites, and fall-related injuries;
  • Immediate and longer term benefits for how people feel, function, and sleep;
  • Further benefits among older adults and people with additional chronic conditions;
  • Risks of sedentary behavior and their relationship with physical activity;
  • Guidance for preschool children (ages 3 through 5 years);
  • Tested strategies that can be used to get the population more active.

Roberts added one of the most important parts of exercise is to understand the short and long term benefits.

“So that might be thinking more clearly, sleeping better, that immediate effect that exercise gives you and that turns into the long-term benefits of your decreased risk for diabetes, dementia, cancers.”

Children younger than six years old were also included on the report for the first time.

“Over the last decade we’ve noticed they struggle more taking a lap around our track and their struggling with activity into their day,” said Roberts.

The report is now calling on youth sports leaders, along with employers and the medical care industry to motivate people to get healthy.

York, when not at the gym, works in human resources. He said, “Find times to work out during the day, after work and even provide kinds of rewards or motivations.”

According to the guidelines, the lack of physical activity is linked to $117 billion in annual health care costs. To check out the full Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, click here.


Farmer Q/A: Spotlight on ag technology ROI

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Jim Kline, who owns and operates Kline Family Farms in Hartford City, Ind., has been ahead of the curve and outside the box for decades. How has the rapidly changing ag technology field impacted his large row crop operation?

Kline: We’re focusing much more on finances because of the economic crunch agriculture is experiencing. At the beginning of the year we lay out our budget and make decisions based on where we expect our returns to be the greatest.

Since 2010, a key factor indicative of farmer success is how well we as an industry interpret data and make outcomes work for us. There are ever-increasing software options available that allow farmers to organize this data, ask questions, and get answers.

Farm Futures: How do you allocate resources?

Kline: Currently 50% of our labor is spent in the office, which is probably a surprise. We have a CFO, an on-site agronomist and an assistant agronomist. They’re always evaluating information to help improve our business’ position.

We are still investing in equipment when a need arises. But the primary motivation driving when and where we spend money on equipment is measured by what type of returns that equipment will provide. Our software helps us do that.

Farm Futures: What kind of payback period do you expect with new technology?

Kline: You’re not going to see a significant return in year one or two. For example, we’ve been with Granular five years—since it first launched commercially—and now we are routinely able to collect enough information to make sound economic decisions.

Farm Futures: How has technology helped your business?

Kline: We raise corn, soybeans and seed wheat; we’re transitioning some acres to organic. In an era where the consumer is increasingly curious about farm activities, traceability is key. We now can tell the story of our crop in any given year. We can trace back to each field and know what tractor operated when and where, who the operator was, what was applied and at what rate, and in what area of the field they are applying it.

Merging the technology above, with advances in our personnel and equipment, has also made us better environmental stewards. For example, we now regularly apply variable rate nitrogen; that’s allowed us to use two-thirds of the amount of N that we did a few years ago and get just as good a crop.

Farm Futures: Where will ag technology help farmers in the short-term?

Kline: One issue we originally discounted was the amount of training required with today’s machinery. Often our more seasoned drivers are also our most proficient at operating the machinery. But they run into issues understanding the devices in the cab. The opposite is true with our younger generation of operators, who haven’t mastered operating the equipment but can pick up the technology quickly.

In either scenario, we typically need a season to adequately train operators for today’s equipment. Even then, we still concentrate a large amount of time adjusting machinery for maximum performance.

Moving forward, the greatest opportunity for ag tech is real-time machine optimization. A manager of employees would not have to worry as much about operators who may not have the experience or aptitude to calibrate the machinery. In that scenario, neither efficiencies nor performance would be sacrificed.


Stocks This Week: Short Micron Technology, Facebook And Lam Research

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The market is likely to decline this week as the correction resumes after the brief rally of the last twoweeks. The drop will likely complete by the 19th.

The seasonal cycle for Micron Technology falls from November 8th to the 20th, Micron’s weakest period in the month of November. In addition, the weekly cycle of Micron Technology turned down on October 4th. Six of the last seven sell signals have been successful. The stock could decline to $93.4 to $92.0 in the coming week. The cycle does not bottom until the 22nd, but traders may wish to take profits by the 19th.

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The Micron cycle peaks this week.Cycles Research Investments LLC

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The stock is overbought and relative strength is weak.Cycles Research Investments LLC

Facebook is likely to decline this week. There is a cycle peak on the 13th. Ten of twelve sell signals have been profitable in the last year. The stock is overbought daily and relative strength has hit a new low. The $139 level, the October 29th low, is a downside target.

LAM Research was featured in a posting on September 23rd as a short. The stock has declined from $154.70 to $147.85. All six sell signals in the last year have been profitable. The $141-$143 level is a reasonable downside minimum target.

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Best Amazon kitchen gadgets

Best Amazon kitchen gadgets

Remember when recipes were on paper? Believe it or not, there was a time when Instant Pot didn’t exist and the simple task of cooking a typical weeknight dinner began mid-morning. A time when we had to manage our kitchen without the help of technology.

Thankfully, those days are long gone. Unless you’re intentionally living off the grid, hi-tech kitchen gadgets are at your fingertips and available at prices that the average family can afford. Whether you’re looking to improve a cooking skill, speed up a process, stay healthy, or impress dinner guests, there’s a gadget out there for you.

Need a little inspiration? Aimlessly searching for the perfect hi-tech kitchen gadgets online can be a daunting task. We’ve put together a quick list of some of our top picks at Amazon to get you started, plus a bonus from Komando Shop.

The Drop scale

Ever wish you had a sous chef to help out around dinner time? For those that just don’t have natural cooking abilities and find it challenging to “wing it” when substituting ingredients, the Drop Scale has you covered. This Wi-Fi scale, along with a handy recipe app, simplifies the kitchen experience.

The Drop Scale and accompanying recipe app combined can help you to find a substitution when needed and make the necessary measurement adjustments. As an added bonus, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for your recipe. With a recipe, a scale to ensure accuracy, and an easy to follow guide, what can’t you cook?

The iKettle

But for those who love their tea and simply don’t have the luxury of time, the iKettle is the way to go. Using Wi-Fi and a smartphone, you’ll be able to start heating up the kettle from anywhere, anytime. The iKettle also features 4 modes for even greater convenience.

The Wake-up mode allows you to set a time for the iKettle to start in the morning. The Home mode allows you to set a time for your water to be boiling by the time you arrive home. If you just want to keep the kettle on for a few cups in a row, the Keep warm mode will maintain the desired temperature for up to 40 minutes. New parents will rejoice in the last mode – Formula mode allows you to start boiling water remotely and receive a notification when the water temperature is ready for baby formula.

The NutraTrack Mini Scale

This little scale packs a lot of punch. In fact, it’s referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of Digital Scales. With 160 common foods printed right on it, the nutritional content of 999 pre-programmed foods built in, and the ability to add up to 999 of your own custom entries, it couldn’t be easier to manage your diet. On the other hand, it’s small and simple enough to use as a traditional kitchen scale or bring with you during travel.

Bonus: Bring a little heat to the party

Whether you’re hosting a party or bringing a dish to another, this little food warmer at the Komando Shop is a lifesaver. Heat up some queso dip for the Super Bowl party. Melt some chocolate for a romantic dessert.

Better yet, take things up a notch at your next get together with a little fondue. It’s sure to be a hit. Did we mention that this warmer is microwaveable, dishwasher safe and small enough tuck away just about anywhere?


This Samsung exec wants gadgets to start talking to us like friends right out of the box

Gadgets of the future

It sounds incredibly dystopian, and like a nod to Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie Her, but Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus shared his quirky-sounding vision for the future of gadgets and machines during a discussion this week as part of the Samsung Developer Conference. One day, he imagines, you’re going to make a tech purchase of some kind, take it home, pull it out of the box, plug it in — and it’s just going to start talking to you. Politely, like a friend, in a kind of high-tech superseding of the days when you had to navigate start menus and read instructions. It will just know who you are, what you like (thanks to pre-loaded data), and will ask you what you want to do next.

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“I have a vision — and I think a lot of us here at Samsung share this vision — where it’s not just about buying a cool, shiny object anymore,” said Kittlaus, who’s also a co-creator of Apple’s Siri. “I can imagine a day where every time you buy a Samsung product, you literally take it out of the box, plug it in, authenticate yourself somehow and it says, ‘Hi Spike, how’s it going today? I just downloaded your favorite preferences. Do you have any questions on how to use me?”

The reference to Spike was because Jonze himself, along with Samsung CMO Marc Mathieu, were onstage with Kittlaus, who painted an ambitious future for a company that makes and ships 500 million TVs, dishwashers, appliances and other gadgets each year.

“It knows you,” Kittlaus continued, as reported by VentureBeat, “and that is sort of the first step toward moving from, ‘Wow, this is a really cool, shiny new device’ to creating an emotional relationship with a brand or a company that has gone so far as to take these ideas and really turn them into products, where it just makes you feel good when you pull it out of the box. And it knows you, and it knows your past and it can help you.”

It’s yet another radical vision of the future to come out of Samsung’s conference this week, the highlight of which has arguably been its long-awaited reveal of a foldable smartphone display. Samsung, however, also showed off a new version of its Bixby virtual assistant that’s based on technology developed by Kittlaus’ Viv Labs. Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh reiterated the 500 million shipments figure during the conference, and when you couple that with the company committing to put AI into all of its devices over the next two years, you quickly see how comments and ideas like Kittlaus’ this week shouldn’t be ignored. As he sees it, it’s a matter of when, not if, we’ll find it utter commonplace to talk to most, if not all, of our tech gadgets.


Macbook Air (2018) vs old MacBook Air: What’s really new in the Rs 1,14,900 new Apple laptop

<p>Nearly 10 years after the launch of the first MacBook Air by the late Steve Jobs, his successor Tim Cook presented on Tuesday the latest version of this PC, just 1.56 cm thick, compared to 1.94 cm (0.75 inches).<br> <br> This model was made with 100 percent recycled aluminum and recycled plastic, a change which reduces its carbon footprint, Apple said.<br> <br> In its most basic model, with 128 gigabytes of memory, the MacBook Air will be available November 7 in the United States at a price of $1,199, which is $200 more than the simplest current version of the computer.</p>

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NEW DELHI: The Macbook Air has always been the most affordable Apple laptop in India that people had mostly aspired to buy. In the recent festive sales, the 2017 model of the Apple MacBook Air was available for as low as Rs 48,000 after cashback offers on e-commerce websites that made it a great buy for day-to-day usage Now, Apple has finally launched the next-generation MacBook Air. The starting prices of the new MacBook Air is Rs 1,14,900. So, does it still make sense to buy the old one or should you wait for the new MacBook Air to start selling in India?

Before talking about the price difference, let’s recalll the ideal purpose of the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air has never been a workhorse and was always meant for day-to-day regular usage. While for a market like India, the older MacBook Air(2017) still makes sense for people who just wants a reliable Mac for regular usage. Also, the new 2018 model is bound to give second thoughts to consumers, given its high price.

Apple Macbook Air: Original vs New

As far as the user experience is concerned, it would be very difficult to judge the performance in regular day-to-day jobs. Having said that when it comes to be prowess and display capabilities, the new MacBook Air is bound to please you.

Design-wise, the new MacBook Air is thinner and comes with a better Retina Display. Apple claims four times the pixels of the regular display. While the display quality claim remains to be tested, the new MacBook Air comes with Touch ID support. This means the Apple MacBook Air finally gets fingerprint support in 2018.

You can also use your fingerprint to access locked documents, notes and system settings, without entering the password.

The new Apple MacBook Air is powered by the T2 security chip which also enables support for ‘Hey Siri assistance.’

As far as the user experience is concerned, the new MacBook Air comes with ‘butterfly mechanism’ keyboard for better key stability than a traditional scissor. Thankfully the keys are individual LED-backlit keys with an ambient light sensor helping you type in low-light environments.

Apple has included a slightly bigger force TouchPad. The new MacBook Air comes with an eight-generation 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and 1.5 TB of internal storage.
The screen size is similar with 13.3 LED backlight technology and IPS support along with Intel Graphics 617 UHD graphics comes with slightly better battery life