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January 6, 2015

Study: Social media can help you (and more importantly me) lose weight

EcardWeightlossThe first Monday of 2015 has now come and gone and many of us have started our well-intentioned work on New Year’s Resolutions. It turns out that according to a recent study from Imperial College London, social media can help us achieve the most popular resolution – weight loss.

Imperial College’s findings suggest that social media can contribute to “modest but significant“weight loss and has the potential to help address growing obesity rates. The idea behind this study was to use of social networking sites, including Twitter and Facebook, to provide those struggling with obesity with support from both peers and health care professionals. The researchers found that “The feeling of being part of a community allows patients to draw on the support of their peers as well as clinicians. They can get advice from their doctor without the inconvenience or cost of having to travel, and clinicians can provide advice to many patients simultaneously.”

On top of using social media to achieve fitness goals, dozens of Android and iOS apps are on the market to do everything from tracking sleep patterns to counting calories. International App testing company Applause has recently published the 2015 State of the US Health and Fitness Apps Economy report. This document reviews nearly 70 health, fitness, and medical apps and ranks them based on customer ratings. The image below, included in the report, will give you an idea of the types of apps available and where they rank when compared to one another:

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I plan on shedding a few pounds in 2015, and have turned not to social media, but to my smartphone for help. Instead of using several apps for individual purposes, I’ve decided to use Samsung’s S Health App. This one app allows me to track my resting heart rate improvements over time, steps I take each day, calories burned, food I’ve consumed, cardio exercise routines, and my weight fluctuations. The app is not perfect, as some of this data needs to be inputted manually, and I can’t seem to find a way to track my resistance training. I’ve been using the S Health app for about 4 months now and it seems to help keep me on track…but like most of us, I do see the scale going in both directions, not just down.

What are your resolutions for 2015? Will you be using social media and tech to help achieve your goals? I would love to hear what you are using.

November 25, 2012

Talknowledgy Podcast #108: Black Friday, American Thanksgiving, the business cost of slow performing websites, and more

Phil and Dave talk turkey on this week’s show with coverage of Black Friday and the role Facebook played in this year’s Presidential turkey pardon. We also take a look at foursquare’s dismal 2012 revenue predictions and the latest in the Apple vs Samsung saga.

We have two Hashtag Fails of the week this week. First, we chat about Lindsey Stone’s tasteless Facebook photo that got her in hot water with her boss. We also look at slow performing websites and how much it costs businesses annually when their sites take longer than three seconds to load.

And finally, our YouTube (anti)Hero this week is Nicole Westbrook. Her video “It’s Thanksgiving” has become the third most disliked YouTube video of all time, and it was only released on November 7, 2012.


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October 28, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #104: Horses and Bayonets, iPad Mini, Windows 8, RunPee, Iron Man, #BaldforBieber, and more

We have a packed show this week. In the first segment we talk about the final US Presidential Debate – “horses and bayonets” and “the 1980s called”. We also check in with the big tech announcements this week: New iPad (4), the iPad Mini, Blackberry 10, and Windows 8.

Have you ever needed to run out of the theatre to go to the restroom or grab another bag of popcorn? Well, there’s an app for that. This week’s “Creepy or Awesome?!” features an app that tells you when the best time to leave the movie. What do you think?

Phil also checks in with Fiaaz Walji RE: phishing, and we talk about the 25 worst internet passwords. Spoiler Alert: “password” is #1.

Our “Hashtag Fail of the Week” features bald Bieber fans…is it a hoax? Finally our YouTube Hero pits Gangnam Style: Halloween Edition vs the theatrical trailer for Iron Man 3.

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October 13, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #102: Sony sues their own spokesman, Facebook launches ‘real’ gifts, Apple stock drops, and more

This week we check in with the American Vice Presidential Debate and the “Mansplaining Paul Ryan” meme that popped up hours before the event.

We also stay up-to-date on the smartphone wars, including the announcement that the Galaxy SIII beat out the iPhone 4S at London Awards Show for “Phone of the Year” honours, and how the recent iPhone 5 problems have affected their stock price.

We discuss the new Facebook Gifts Beta launch where you can buy and send ‘real’ gifts to your friends in our “Creepy or Awesome?!” segment.

Our YouTube Hero this week is a video of the Ohio State University Marching Band’s halftime show, which was a great tribute to video games. It was posted less than a week ago and already has over 8 million views.

Our #Fail of the week is Sony, for suing their own ad spokesman. We had a slight tech issue with Seg 4 but Phil was able to recap the major points.

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October 6, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #101: The Denver Debate, promoted facebook statuses, another iPhone 5 issue, and more!

In this episode we look at how the world of social media reacted to the first Presidential Debate of 2012 as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in Denver. Check out this infographic for a Twitter timeline of the whole event.

In our “Creepy of Awesome!?” segment, we completely focus on Facebook. Would you pay $7 to increase the chances of your friends see your status? What do you think about Facebook partnering with DataLogix to associate your Facebook account to an unrelated email address you have given to your favourite retailer?

This week’s YouTube Hero is College Humour for its “Romney Style” video – a parody of Gangnam Style.

And in our “Hashtag Fail of the Week” segment we look at a Kickstarter project (a book about Kickstarter) that failed to get funded through the service itself. *insert joke about irony here*

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September 29, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #100: Scuffgate, mySpace, Phil gets an iPhone, and more!

Phil and I start the show in the world of smartphones – Scuffgate, plus some good news for Google, and some less bad news for RIM (still bad, just less bad).

In Seg 2, we discuss an internet dinosaur that’s trying to rebuild itself but hasn’t done enough to distance itself from its old brand. Is Myspace #CreepyOrAwesome?

Our “YouTube Hero” this week is courtesy of AwesomenessTV as they crush the hopes and dreams of Macheads everywhere.

Also don’t forget to check out our #Fail of the week – a really well done parody of Flo Rida’s “Whistle” which skewers the NFL and its replacement refs.

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