The 10 Coolest Gadgets for Diabetics

The-10-Coolest-Gadgets-for-DiabeticsDiabetes care technology has made a lot of progress in recent years. There are now a number of gadgets designed to making living with diabetes a little easier and more hassle free. Here is a look at ten current and upcoming gadgets for diabetics.

1. iBGStar iPhone Glucose Meter
iPhones do everything else, so why shouldn’t they measure blood sugar? For $49.99, anyone can purchase an iBGStar meter to attach directly to their iPhone. This device not only measures blood sugar, it allows patients to track glucose levels, analyze glucose trends, and share information directly with doctors and health care providers.

2. Medical ID Phone Cases
For just a little more than $40, you can replace your medical identification bracelet (or necklace) with a phone case that provides the same information. Paramedics and health care providers will look at your phone case just as they would search for a medical id bracelet.

3. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Insulin Pumps
There is no replacement for a fully functioning pancreas, but insulin pumps that continuously monitor glucose levels are getting darn close. Some monitors now stick to your skin, wirelessly transmitting information to your insulin pump. The pump adjusts insulin levels, automatically, to maintain perfect glucose balance. Medtronic and Animas make outstanding CGM pumps.

4. Telcare Cellular-Enabled Glucose Meters
Cellular-enabled glucose meters use sensors on the skin to transmit information directly to a cellular network. You can then access the information directly or send it to a health care provider. Results can be viewed on any device with an Internet connection.

5. OmniPod Insulin Pump
Most insulin pumps are limited by elaborate tubing and the fact that they can’t get wet. The OmniPod solves both problems with a wireless pump and hand-held control pod. The pump, which can be worn up to three days, simply attaches to your skin and transmits data to the control pod. The pod tells the pump how much insulin to deliver and provides control over the pump. The pump is fully waterproof. You can even swim with it.

6. NovoPen Echo
The Echo is a digital insulin pen that deliver half-unit dosing. It can also monitor doses and time since your last injection so that you don’t need to remember. It is the most accurate insulin pen on the market.

7. G-Tone Watch
The G-Tone is a watch that monitors glucose levels. It is sleek and provides non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. The G-Tone takes the pain and hassle out of checking blood sugar levels.

8. MedFolio Pillbox
If you have type 2 diabetes, then you probably have to take multiple medications each day. Remembering to take everything on time can be difficult. The MedFolio Electronic Pillbox provides audio and visual cues to take pills and will even send email and text message reminders.

9. The PaQ Pump
This PaQ Pump is specifically targeted at people with type 2 diabetes who require insulin. The pump provides basal and bolus dosing features designed for people with type 2 diabetes. The only catch is that it won’t reach the market in the U.S. until late in 2014.

10. Insight Scale
Devices don’t have to be high-tech to be useful. The Insight foot care scale uses an angled, illuminated mirror to make it easier for diabetics to examine their feet. This simple device can prevent serious infection that could lead to gangrene or amputation. It may not be high-tech, but it is pretty cool.

Future Diabetes Care
The near future holds exciting advances in diabetes care. MIT, for instance, is creating nano-particle ink that can be injected under the skin to monitor glucose levels. The gadgets listed above are cool, but they are just the beginning of what technology will do for diabetes care.

Rumors About the Upcoming iPhone 6

Rumors-About-the-Upcoming-iPhone-6Since the release of the original iPhone, Apple has released at least one new model of the device on a yearly basis. These new models add hundreds of new features and bring with them hardware advancements that often completely change the way people use the phone. Since the release of the iPhone 4, it seems as if people are waiting with baited breath for each new version to roll out. New iPhone models are typically released in the fall of each year, though some have seen a release as early as the summer. Even though it seems like the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c just debuted, the iPhone 6 is just around the corner. Rumors are starting to circulate about all of the different features that Apple’s new smartphone is said to include. By understanding exactly what the phone is supposed to offer, you can help determine if its something you should wait for or if you should just pick up one of the models that is already available.

One of the major rumors about the iPhone 6 has to do with the screen size of the device in question. For years, Apple released all iPhone models with the same sized screen. The company had a great deal of latitude in this regard because they essentially invented what we now refer to as a smartphone with the release of the original iPhone in 2007. In recent years, however, competitors have released phones with larger screen sizes that have seen enormous boosts in popularity. Apple responded with the iPhone 5 by changing not necessarily the screen size but the screen aspect ratio. The screen was as wide as it always was, but it suddenly became significantly longer – long enough to fit an entire extra row of icons on the device’s “Home” screen. Analysts are predicting that Apple will redesign the phone yet again and release two distinct screen sizes – one that is the same size as the iPhone 5s and one that is about one full inch larger. Analysts are predicting that the first phone to be available on the market will be an iPhone 6 that retains the same screen size as the previous model. A few months later, the larger iPhone 6 will be released to the marketplace for those who desire such a feature. If you’re thinking about buying an iPhone 6, think closely about the screen size that you would need from such a device. If you want a larger smartphone, you’re going to be waiting a few extra months for your new purchase.

Another significant modification that many analysts are predicting in the iPhone 6 would see the location of the “Sleep” and “Home” buttons move. Ever since the original iPhone model, Apple has been very specific with regards to where these buttons are located. A point of pride for the company has always been that their phone “just works” – there are very few buttons on the case to confuse users or prevent them from easily using it. The “Sleep” and “Home” buttons have always been in the same location on the top and the front of the device, respectively. Analysts are predicting that Apple will definitely change the location of these buttons with the release of the upcoming iPhone 6, though more information about exactly where these buttons might go has not yet been released. One rumor has indicated that there may not be a physical “Home” button on the device at all. The button may move to take a virtual status, similar to the virtual keyboard used to type on the iPhone.

Five Potentially Dangerous Things You Need to Know About Social Networking

Five-Potentially-Dangerous-Things-You-Need-to-Know-About-Social-NeThe online world of social networking is a great way to stay in touch and meet new friends. There are a number of things, however, that people just don’t consider when signing up for a great new site. These things are definitely downsides of an admittedly great concept and can lead to things like decreased productivity or even identity theft if you’re not careful. There are five potentially dangerous things in particular that you need to watch out for the next time you sign up for a site like Facebook or Twitter.

You likely don’t own the content that you’re putting up on a social networking site. Facebook is a prime example of this. The Facebook terms of service indicate that anything you post to your profile stops being yours the second you hit “Upload” and it gets published on the site. This includes text as well as pictures. If you don’t want a giant corporation owning your family vacation photos, don’t put them on your social media profile. Along these same lines, most social networking terms of service agreements indicate that your image can be used in advertisements.

You might be making it harder for yourself to land a job in the future. More and more employers are starting to look at Facebook profiles and other types of social networking profiles to screen potential applicants. If your Facebook photo still has hundreds of photos of parties from college, for example, a potential employer may use this as an excuse to throw out your resume and move onto the next person.

Most social networking services (like Twitter) have a “Location” feature that tells people exactly where you are. Oftentimes you have to opt into these features, but certain sites enable them by default and attach your location to every post. If you don’t like people to know the area in which you live, consider turning these features off as soon as possible.

Sharing too much makes it easier for people to steal your identity. Most services that you sign up for use a series of “Security Questions” to recover your password. If one of the security questions is “What was the name of your first pet?” and you have that information on your Facebook profile, you’re making it incredibly easy for someone to get access to your account and steal your identity.

You can severely damage your productivity if you aren’t careful. Everyone at some point or another has looked at the clock and realized that they somehow just spent two hours on Facebook and aren’t quite sure how. With social networks being a constant flow of new information that updates on a second-to-second basis, your productivity could absolutely nosedive if you aren’t careful.

7 Great iPad Educational Apps for Kids

7-Great-iPad-Educational-Apps-for-KidsiPads can be a great distraction for the little ones when you need some peace and quiet, so why not make sure that they are learning something at the same time? As long as your kids spend time running around outside and always get in a good amount of physical activity, then there’s nothing wrong with also letting them spend some time on a good-quality educational app. In fact, it’s a whole lot better than parking them in front of the TV for the rest of the day.

If you want to try letting your child use some educational iPad apps, then here are some great ones to choose from:

 1) Fit Brains for Kids: Sparky’s Adventures

Designed by a neuroscientist, Fit Brains is a wonderful educational app made up of a collection of fun games that your child will both love and benefit from. There are over 200 different games to check out, each designed to target different areas such as memory, problem solving, and attention, all the while taking into account your child’s progress.

2) PlayKids

If you have a child who loves watching cartoons but who you wish could be learning something at the same time, then PlayKids is the perfect app for them. PlayKids contains both games and educational shows that the two of you can watch together. It can be compared to a kind of educational Netflix for kids.

3) ABC Alphabet Phonics

ABC Alphabet Phonics is a fantastic app for helping your child learn their ABCs. It’s great at keeping kids entertained by making use of the sound, touch, and sight functions of the iPad. Best of all, this app lets you record and add your own voice to the games!

 4) Laugh & Learn

Laugh & Learn is another handy learning app for the little ones that teaches letters, the numbers 1-10, music, shapes, and colors. The simple controls and cute, animated characters ensure that your toddler will have both a fun and easy time using this app.

5) Read Me Stories – Children’s Books

Education isn’t only about learning letters and numbers. A big part of a toddler’s education should also consist of finding out how the world works through stories. Read Me Stories – Children’s Books lets your child read a new book every single day. Some people might complain that iPads take children away from books, but, if used correctly, they can also be used to introduce them to a love of reading.

6) National Geographic Kids

Another great way for your child to learn more about the world is through this National Geographic Kids app. It comes with a variety of games, quizzes, photo galleries, educational videos, and even stories about animals.

7) Motion Math: Hungry Fish

Motion Math: Hungry Fish is an app that can help teach math to children who are as young as four years old. Even some parents might want to use it to brush up on their addition and subtraction skills! This app manages to make math fun and entertaining, which is usually no easy feat.