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In depth: 9 best fitness trackers to get you in shape in 2015

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Ah, the holidays. It’s a time for family gatherings, gift giving and massive, massive dinners. The only thing that’s not great about this festive time of year is what it does to your waistline.

Whether it’s too much turkey or all that eggnog, the calories sure add up, eventually leading to gym memberships and New Year’s resolutions to exercise more.

While it’s easy to make promises, actually sticking with them can be hard. That’s why a good fitness tracker can give you that extra nudge to go jogging, or even walking (you’ve got to start somewhere).

What’s more, these health tracking wearables can help you keep an eye on your heart rate, calorie count, tally up your total steps and much more. With new devices coming out almost every month, there’s no shortage of choices. To help you sort through the muck, here’s a list of our take on the best fitness trackers out there.

1. Jawbone Up24

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Are you in the market for a nearly weightless fitness tracker? Look no further than the Jawbone Up24. Ditching a built-in display makes it one of the lightest wearables available, weighing in at a scant 20 grams coupled with a comfortable soft exterior.

While the Up24 lacks a display of any kind, it syncs every step and your sleep data to a gorgeous smartphone app. All your biometric data is then displayed clearly with with bar graphs, line charts and all with so many colors. The Up24 will also periodically tug at you with reminders to get up, plus users can setup personalized challenges that go beyond burning more calories. For example, you can set goals to get more sleep or make sure to drink a healthy amount of water everyday.

2. Nike FuelBand SE

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It’s an oldie but a goodie. The Nike FuelBand SE was announced way back in November 2013 but it’s still one of the most stylish and effective fitness trackers to ever come out. Sporting a hard plastic band, the FuelBand SE is small and discreet as a regular – if a bit stiff – wristband. The dot matrix LED display makes for an easy to read digital clock and lights up with rainbow colors whenever you’ve accomplished your goals.

The FuelBand SE is also one of the most goal-oriented fitness trackers, gamifying the act getting fit with fuel points awarded for every little completed workout. At the end of the day you can see how close you came to your fuel point target as well as your total calories burned and steps taken. Beyond traditional exercises like running, you can also set the Fuel Band SE to quantify activities like yoga and bowling.

3. Basis Carbon Steel

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The Basis was one of the first companies to come out with a fitness tracker equipped with a massive array of sensors in order to track heart rate, perspiration and even skin temperature. While Basis has since introduced an all-new Peak smartwatch, it’s still a bit of a mess, which is why we’ve included the older generation: the Carbon Steel Smartwatch.

One of the best features of the Basis Carbon Steel is that it can tell when you start exercising – completely on its own. This smartwatch will intuitively start tracking your activity whenever you start a run, set off on a long trek or take a nap then record all the data as soon as you finish. It’s a seamless process in comparison with most fitness trackers where you have to press a button to mark the beginning and end of a session.

4. Samsung Gear Fit

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Samsung has introduced plenty of smartwatches into the wearable world and now it has a fitness tracker with the Gear Fit. Despite a much more band shaped design, the Gear Fit still carries over many of the same features from Samsung’s smartwatches including a beautiful AMOLED display and notifications.

Of course as an fitness tracker, the Gear Fit is also equipped with an accelerometer and gyroscope a to track your movements. Unfortunately it also comes with a very finicky heart rate sensor that picks up some rather unreliable data. It’s not perfect, but the Samsung Gear Fit is one of the few wearables that tows the line between activity tracking and smartwatch features.

5. Garmin Vivofit

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On the complete opposite spectrum of the Samsung Gear Fit, is Garmin’s Vivofit fitness tracker. It doesn’t do notifications, nor does it have GPS or a light up screen. In fact you won’t even need to plug it in at night because the Vivofit comes with a battery rated to last an entire year.

For the most part, it does little more than act as a digital watch with a pedometer that counts your steps to estimate how many calories you’ve burned. There’s also a little red growing line on the screen to remind you to get up when it’s full and some very basic sleep tracking. Simplicity is the Vivofit’s strength and its affordable $75 (about £47, AU$91) price also makes this a perfect way to get into fitness trackers on the ground floor.

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: Nintendo, TV, PS4, gadgets, games + more!

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Saving you money is what TechRadar Deals is all about, and we’ve got some more bargains for you to consider here.

Whether you’re after something for the family or simply looking for bargains for your own good self, we’ve got some deals for you! And if you haven’t heard about the deals bonanza that’s going down on the 26th, check out our Boxing Day sales page!

Here’s a great little deal to kick us off. If you’re looking to pick up a kick-ass USB stick, you can currently get the SanDisk Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 drive with 64GB capacity for just £24.99.

Today’s Hot Deals

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If you’re looking for a big TV but want to pay as little as possible, Richer Sounds currently has a deal just for you. You can pick up the 40-inch Luxor 401080 LED TV for just £169.95.

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Remember, if you’re still looking to buy last minute gifts, you could use Argos’ click and collect service to order online and pick up in store! And if a PS4 is what you covet, today’s best new deal is indeed at Argos. There you can pick up a black or white PS4 console with copies of Minecraft, Little Big Planet 3, Driveclub and LEGO Batman 3 all for £349.99.

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This is a great gadget and Amazon is running an excellent deal on it for today only. It’s a digital laser rangefinder that allows you to accurately measure distances of up to 15m. Normally it’s £49.99, but today the Bosch PLR 15 Ditial Laser Rangefinder is reduced to £33.99.

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If you’re a PC gamer and have never played some of Valve’s all-time greatest games, you’re in luck. You can currently pick up every game Valve ever made, including Half-Life 1 and 2, Portal 1 and 2 and Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 (full list on the website) – all for just £10 when you use the secret code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE.

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A handy design stuck with a hapless Android skin

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Lenovo tablets are known for innovative designs that thoughtfully take into account the functions of a tablet in everyday use. The Yoga Tablet 2 hits that nail on the head but disappoints almost everywhere else.

While most manufacturers are busy building razor-thin, light-as-air slates, Lenovo takes a more practical approach. Its best feature is the built-in kickstand, which is undeniably useful for activities like watching video, playing games or emailing.

Good design only gets you so far, however. The Yoga Tablet 2 has a plain user interface that oversimplifies the Android experience and cuts out some of the customization features the OS is known for. The slate’s unique build can’t save it from that awful overlay, and its lackluster performance also doesn’t help the cause, making the tablet tough to recommend.

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2’s starting price is set at $269 in the US, £200 in the UK, AU$299 in Australia and €299 in Europe, though you can currently find it on Lenovo’s website for less.

Design

The Yoga Tablet 2 is similar in design to last year’s models. Coming in 8- and 10-inch sizes, the tablet has an aluminum frame that culminates in a chunky silver spine on the bottom. The rounded edge is home to the front-facing speakers and, on the rear side, the built-in kickstand.

The kickstand is easier to pull out on this Yoga than on the 2013 models — you simply pull it down by twisting at the spine — and it securely locks into a 90-degree angle, though you can easily adjust it to your liking. The stand also has a little hole in the middle of it, in case you’re the type who likes to hang a tablet.

The round power button is on one end of the spine.
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The Yoga Tablet 2 can sit upright or be set down at a lower angle. I found myself using the tablet propped up, for the most part. It’s great for hands-free casual use, especially watching video.

On the left edge, at the tip of the spine, you’ll find the power button, with Micro-USB port and volume rocker located slightly above. The headphone jack is found on the opposite, right end of the spine. The spine is smooth, but the back of the tablet has a bumpy texture, offering some grip support.

The kickstand is useful for many tasks.
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Thanks to the chunky rounded spine, gripping it in one hand is rather comfortable — in portrait orientation. Holding it in landscape orientation took some adjustment; my hands naturally gravitated to the comfier bottom edge, causing me to hold it like a barbell. Personally, I was fine with this, except my tendency to accidentally hit the power button became frustrating after a while.

Features

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and it features a regrettably familiar overlay. Just as on last year’s models, the Android skin on the Yoga Tablet 2 is simplified to a fault.

It’s comfy to hold via the rounded spine.
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Mostly notably, the UI lacks an app tray. Instead of all of your app shortcuts being in one organized place, they’re placed on the homescreens. You can make folders to organize your shortcuts and choose which homescreen to place them on. Organizing everything, though, can be time-consuming, especially if you don’t stay on top of it.

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: PS4, Xbox One, TV + soundbar, headphones and more!

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Saving you money is what TechRadar Deals is all about, and we’ve got some more bargains for you to consider here.

Whether you’re after something for the family or simply looking for bargains for your own good self, we’ve got some deals for you! And if you haven’t heard about the deals bonanza that’s going down on the 26th, check out our Boxing Day sales page!

Here’s a great little deal to kick us off. If you’re looking to pick up a kick-ass USB stick, you can currently get the SanDisk Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 drive with 64GB capacity for just £24.99.

Today’s Hot Deals

If you’re after the cheapest possible price on a PS4 or Xbox One console today, this is probably it. By using the secret code GKHC9 at the checkout, you can currently get an extra 20% off the price of both, leaving you paying just £279.20! Get the PS4 deal | Get the Xbox One deal

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This is a great deal on a TV and soundbar combo. Pick up the Sony KDL-42W829 – one of TechRadar’s favourite TVs of 2014, with a Sony soundbar and subwoofer, all for just £509 while stocks last at Currys.

charger

Here’s an exclusive deal just for you. Portable phone chargers are one of the most useful gadgets to own, and with the secret code TR14XMAS you can currently get £3 off the Omaker Premium portable charger with 10,000mAh of charge! That makes the price just £14.99.

5tb

Looking for a boatload of storage space for your home computer? This massive 5TB hard drive can currently be had for just £119.99 at Amazon.

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And finally, IWOOT currently has the B&O Beoplay Form 21 headphones at a sizeable discount, currently just £47.99.

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What to do before selling or donating your phone

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Selling or giving away your smartphone this season? Prep your device properly with this handy game plan.

Whatever phone you have, be sure to follow these steps before deciding to part with it.
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Before you retire your trusty old smartphone in favor of something shiny and new, think twice about tossing it away blindly. In addition to all the precious digital entertainment and media your handset has accumulated, it also holds a wealth of sensitive personal data that you don’t want disappearing or falling into the wrong hands.

From meaningful photos to vital emails and text messages, failing to prep your cast-off device properly before donating or selling it can mean the loss of precious memories, or exposure to serious security and privacy risks.

To avoid potential trouble, follow these few simple steps so you can kiss your unwanted smartphone good riddance while maintaining a little peace of mind.

Grab your contacts and go

Thanks to Apple iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone’s heavy use of online servers and clouds, storing and backing up basic personal information such as contacts and calendar appointments is a snap. And moving between like devices (iPhone to iPhone, for example) is especially easy. Just make sure your latest account info has been synced recently with your Apple ID, Google, or Microsoft Outlook account. Then, migrating data is as simple as punching in your particular account details into your new handset.

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Back dat (data) up on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
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Transitioning between handsets of differing platforms is a little more complicated, but not terribly so. Moving to an Android phone is simple if you use a Gmail account as your primary repository for contacts and calendar details. If Apple’s iCloud is where your info lives, you’ll have to port your address book and digital schedule over manually (likewise if you’re coming from a Microsoft Outlook account). Here’s a thorough run-down on how to go from iOS to Android.

Pivoting from an Android device to an iPhone or Windows Phone and dragging your contacts and appointments in tow will likely be less of a challenge. You can simply sign in on your gadget with your Google account, then let it do the work. Pushing personal Android information directly to an iCloud or OneDrive account, however, requires third-party software. Check out our handy guide, which outlines everything you need to know to push Android aside for an iPhone.

Back up your apps and data

Contacts and calendar data isn’t too tricky to migrate from an old phone to a new one. Porting over all your beloved apps and their linked information, however, requires stronger medicine. This is particularly the case with Android since the operating system’s built-in backup feature only saves which apps you’ve installed, not the full snapshot of all the information they have accumulated. Don’t worry, though; many software solutions can tackle this task with ease. I personally suggest Helium, which is just a free download away, plus it doesn’t require your phone to be rooted to work.

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Backing up iPhones is easy in iTunes.
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Thankfully, on the iOS side of the house, creating a complete image of your iPhone’s software is a piece of cake. Just use iTunes‘ inherent abilities, plus your Mac, to perform the task. Here’s everything you need to
know to get it done
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Transfer your media (music, photos and video)

Apple iCloud, Google Plus and Microsoft OneDrive services offer the option to push photos, music and even video that lives on your phone, to online servers. That said, sometimes the old school manual approach is best. If you’re not sure if all your multimedia files made the flight up to the Web, just drag and drop them yourself.

On an Android and Windows Phone handset, do this by connecting to a free USB port on your PC. Once the phone appears as a drive in the file explorer, simply drill down to the camera (likely called DCIM for Android devices) and music folders to grab what you need and place them where you’d like on your computer. All iPhones use a similar method, but through the iTunes desktop software instead.

Snip snap: If your SIM card has to be a different size, a quick trim can do the trick.
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Know your SIM Card

All GSM phones require SIM cards to function, and if you’re sticking with the same GSM carrier (AT&T , T-Mobile) then swapping handsets is simply a matter of switching SIMs. One key bit of knowledge frequently overlooked is what types of SIM cards you’re working with. Specifically, what size your current SIM card is and what size your new phone accepts. For example, most recent handsets use micro-SIM cards, while many cutting-edge smartphones (including the Apple iPhone 6 and Motorola Moto X) use a nano-SIM.

If you’re migrating from a mini-SIM to a micro-SIM you can just cut the card down — that is, if you own the right tool. You can go from a micro-SIM to a smaller nano-SIM yourself, too, but since there’s less room (card plastic) to work with, there’s more room for error. Of course, the easiest way is to get a new SIM from your carrier, which costs about $15.

Wipe it well

Every smartphone, whether it be an iPhones, Android device, Windows phone, or BlackBerry, lets you perform a factory reset. It’s a way to wipe the device’s memory clean of installed apps, photos, videos, email accounts, personal accounts — everything. You even have the option to scour any data living on an installed SD card, though I suggest you physically remove it and take it with you.

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For those who are extremely paranoid, you can take the extra step of linking the wiped phone to a dummy account, then conduct another factory reset. This increases the likelihood that would-be miscreants might only have access to the most recent software and your decoy image, not your real data.

Editors’ Note: This piece was originally published on December 18, 2013, and has been updated.

Opinion: 5 reasons why the Apple Watch will fail

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Earlier this week I listed five reasons why the Apple Watch will succeed, and now I’m back to look at the glass half-empty. The device is sure to sell like gangbusters out of the gate, but to achieve long-term success, Apple needs to find solutions to the following problems.

1. It lacks a defining must-have feature

The iPod promised a thousand songs in your pocket; the iPad packed the most popular functions of a PC into a portable package; and the iPhone brought smartphones out of the BlackBerry age. Apple’s biggest products have been disruptive and transformative – but can we say the same about the Apple Watch? It does a lot of things, but nothing that can’t already be done on another device. Apple Watch seems to hold a slight advantage in tracking health and fitness data, but the point is there’s no single feature that marketers can use to define the product as unique or necessary.

Apple iPodUnlike the Apple Watch, past Apple products presented solutions to clear problems

2. It needs an iPhone

Anyone who doesn’t own a newish iPhone can’t use an Apple Watch. This is a significant limitation, because even though millions of people have iPhones, competing handsets make up the majority of the market. Apple’s biggest products have always broadened its audience, but the Apple Watch seems confined to the company’s current customers. A PC user might still buy an iPad, and someone with a Samsung tablet might still pick a MacBook, but zero Android users will own an Apple Watch.

iPhoneNobody without an iPhone (iPhone 5 or newer) can even consider buying an Apple Watch

3. People don’t wear watches anymore

I wore a watch for years, but quit when I got used to pulling out my iPhone all the time. I suspect that’s pretty common – who really needs a watch on their wrist in addition to the one in their pocket? This won’t be a big issue for those who never gave up on the wristwatch, but many others may need convincing that Apple Watch is worth the hassle.

4. It’s yet another gadget to carry

Our pockets, purses and backpacks are bursting with digital devices these days, from mobile phones and tablets to health trackers and handheld game systems. At the very least, every Apple Watch user will also carry an iPhone. More than ever, a product really has to earn a spot on our person, and as I said above, the Apple Watch doesn’t appear to add anything decisively new or essential to the mix.

Gold iWatchApple Watch will start at $350 and only get less affordable from there

5. It’ll be pricey

The entry-level Apple Watch is expected to go for $350 – that’s $150 more than an entry-level iPhone 6 with contract. The extra cost makes sense when you compare the breadth and richness of its features and functions with those of lesser smartwatches, but $350 is still $350. With no clear, defining reason to own one, many could view the device as nice but not necessary. The price tag is where the rubber meets the road, and if Apple hasn’t addressed its product’s deficiencies in other categories, the high cost could be too much to overcome.

BitLit says snap a ‘shelfie’ to get free e-books

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The BitLit app will give you free or cheap e-book editions of the print books you already own. Well, maybe some of them.

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It’s a modern conundrum: Someone gifted you a hard copy of a book, but you prefer to read on digital devices. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the e-book edition for free (or at least at a discount), seeing as you already own the print version?

That’s the idea behind Kindle MatchBook, but that, of course, limits you to Amazon’s ecosystem. BitLit works on the same principle, but delivers matched-up e-books to you in a format that’s compatible with Kindle, Kobo and Nook — regardless of where you purchased them.

It works like this: using your smartphone’s camera, you snap a photo of a row of books on your bookshelf — a “shelfie,” in BitLit parlance. (Admit it: that’s pretty good.)

The BitLit app, available for Android and iOS, uploads the photo and looks for matches between what’s in your library and what’s in BitLit’s. When there’s a match, you qualify for the e-book edition, either free or “at a huge discount.”

Sounds pretty sweet, right? As you might expect from a startup in the e-book space, BitLit currently offers a very limited selection — only about 75,000 books, so the likelihood of a match is pretty slim. Browsing the library, I recognized very few mainstream authors.

A bigger problem: The “shelfies” I snapped refused to upload, showing 0% progress long after I took them. So I wasn’t really able to put the service to a proper test. BitLit says it’s currently swamped with people trying the service.

The idea, though? Golden. It’s crazy to me that in this day and age, print books don’t come bundled with e-book editions. Here’s hoping BitLit will work out its issues and catch the eyes of some bigger-name publishers.

IN DEPTH: 7 best iPhone health apps for iOS 8

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With the arrival of iOS 8, health is suddenly a big focus for Apple. So much so that the iPhone maker has made a dedicated Health app.

This official iPhone Health app keeps track of everyone’s important biometric data and also records steps though the Apple’s M8 and M7 co-processor within the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5S.

What’s more, these fitness metrics can be corralled from and shared with many of the third-party health apps on iOS. You won’t have to always switch between apps.

Apple could have limited the scope of its pre-installed Health app to the forthcoming Apple Watch, but it didn’t. More and more, the company is opening itself up to outside developers, and that’s healthy.

iPhone Health app: How to use it

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, Health Kit, RunKeeper, 7 Minute Workout, MotionX 24/7, iOS Health app, Jawbone UP, Carrot Fit, WebMD, Sick WeatherApple’s central heath data repository

Health is the latest built-in app Apple has introduced with iOS 8. It acts as a central hub for developers to share fitness and health data from their own respective apps, fitness trackers, smartwatches or simple data users plug into the Health Kit directly. The app will practically take all sorts of data from your age, weight, height, meals, steps exercise or what have you and collate it all into your personal health record.

The interesting bit comes with being able to see all of this information charted into graphs across hours to days to months and so on. Additionally users can also setup a Medical ID to give your doctor a quick medial record that goes beyond a yearly check up with your local physician.

Most importantly, though, the Health app acts as hub to also display all the data coming in from third-party apps. After a rough start more and more apps on the app store are being updated with Health app support. Now the only problem is figuring out which of the thousands are the best. But fret, not as we bring you our list of the 8 best fitness apps for iOS 8.

1. RunKeeper

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, Health Kit, RunKeeper, 7 Minute Workout, MotionX 24/7, iOS Health app, Jawbone UP, Carrot Fit, WebMD, Sick WeatherThe best app for tracking runs

This app has been a keeper well before Apple introduced its Health app and now it’s been made even better with the added integration. RunKeeper taps into the iPhone’s GPS to record your time, pace, calories burned and how far you’ve run. The app will also give you audio alerts telling you how you’re doing pace-wise, plus your time and distance in the middle of a run.

Once you’re done making your rounds, you can review your data with charts and a nice little map of your entire route. Beyond tracking your impromptu jogging sessions, users also have access to a preloaded set of training and running routines. Alternatively, you can design your own custom interval workouts and set your own challenges.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

2. 7 Minute Workout

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, Health Kit, RunKeeper, 7 Minute Workout, MotionX 24/7, iOS Health app, Jawbone UP, Carrot Fit, WebMD, Sick WeatherThe popular 7 minute workout schedule now in app form

Of course, there’s more to exercising than just running and 7 Minute Workout can help introduce you to a whole new set of calisthenics. The app includes instructions for a whole series of exercises including tricep dips, planks (not to be confused with planking), box squats and much more. It even provides instructional video for each to make sure you have the proper form.

When it’s go time, the app also simplifies workout sessions by timing and guiding you through the process. 7 Minute Workout includes three preset workouts to make sure you’re pushing muscles to exercise your whole body. If you want to focus on your pectorals or what have you, there’s also the option to arrange a custom session.

After you’re all done the 7 Minute Workout app integrates with Health app by porting over your workout data and stats.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

3. MotionX 24/7

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, Health Kit, RunKeeper, 7 Minute Workout, MotionX 24/7, iOS Health app, Jawbone UP, Carrot Fit, WebMD, Sick WeatherAs weird as recording yourself sleeping might be, it could be helpful

After moving around so much, you’re going to get tuckered out eventually. Sleep is good for you and there’s a way to analyze how well you’re resting using just your smartphone with MotionX 24/7.

All you have to do is place your handset next to your pillow in bed or wear it on an armband while you sleep and start the app. Using the iPhone’s accelerometer, MotionX 24/7 can tell when you’re tossing and turning. All the while, the iOS device’s microphone will record your breathing and snoring to provide insight on how restful your sleep is. The end result of all this data recording helps to determine when is the best possible moment for you to wake up feeling fully refreshed.

Beyond keeping tabs on your sleep schedule, MotionX 24/7 also includes step counting and a feature for checking your heart rate by placing your finger over the rear camera and flash.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Add an offline dictionary to Play Books on Android

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Want to look up words in Google Play Books when you’re offline? Now you can by grabbing the offline dictionary. Read on to find out how.


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Google Play Books has the awesome feature of storing books on your device so you can read them when you’re offline. This is really useful when you’re traveling — especially on a plane — because you may often lose signal. Unfortunately, when your signal is gone and you want to look up a word, you’re out of luck. Until now.

For situations like these, Google has added an offline dictionary that you can download to use at your convenience. Here’s how to get the offline dictionary:

Note: The dictionary is currently only available in English.


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Step 1: Highlight a word in your book by pressing and holding it. When the definition pops up at the bottom of the screen, slide it up to reveal the full definition and a download link.


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Step 2: Tap the download link on the additional information card to store the dictionary on your device..


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Step 3: Make sure the download was successful by going to Settings > Offline dictionary and you will see the word “English” under it. If it says None, repeat the steps when your connection is more stable.

Now when you’re lacking a signal, you’ll still be able to look up the definition of a word.

Tech Bargains: TechRadar Deals: Xbox One, PS4, 4K TV, Sony Smartwatch + more!

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TechRadar Deals is all about saving you money on gadgets, gizmos, games and more!

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