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How Technology is Making People’s Christmas Wishes Come True

How Technology is Making People’s Christmas Wishes Come True

Every Christmas, billions of people wish for things they’ve always wanted. Some are within reach, such as an iPad mini or the new Madden, while others are a bit more difficult to obtain, such as restored health or an expensive family vacation.

Christmas has passed, but that doesn’t mean that Santa doesn’t hear every one of those wishes. Though many of the things you’ve wished for in the past may seem unattainable, modern technology is constantly developing and can grant wishes you never thought possible. Here are several examples of just how that’s happened.

Good Morning Snore Solutions’ Brilliant Snoring Solution

How many wives have wished on an evening star that their husbands wouldn’t snore, just for one night? Medical professionals have studied the causes of snoring and discovered treatments that can help, including expensive surgeries and medications. These solutions are wonderful for many, but for others, they only present another roadblock. Some are resistant to treatments or simply can’t afford the procedures.

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With Good Morning Snore Solutions’ anti-snoring mouthpiece, people can enjoy a good night’s sleep, without having to take medications or pay for costly procedures. The clear, plastic mouthpiece is clinically proven to be a practical and comfortable treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. It works by using suction to gently pull the tongue away from the throat, improving air passage and contributing to a comfortable night’s sleep.

WestJet’s Christmas Surprise

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    Everyone has one thing they want for Christmas that they’re not sure how to get. This past Christmas, WestJet released a video (with more than 40 million views), which showed how, thanks to technology, miracles can happen.

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    A team of WestJet employees set up a virtual Santa for customers flying to Calgary. The Santa on camera addressed each WestJet passenger by name, carrying on conversations about Christmas traditions and asking what each customer wanted for Christmas. Answers ranged from a big-screen TV to a flight home for Christmas.

    The passengers boarded the plane with a cheerful spirit in the air, not knowing the biggest surprise was yet to come. While the customers enjoyed their flight, a WestJet team prepared a surprise for each passenger worth viewing. If you don’t have time to watch the full video, start it at 3:08, where the magic begins.

    Google Hangouts and Other Group Communication Apps

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      Many parents wish the whole family could be together for Christmas. Though it may not be possible to physically bring families together each year, they can connect thanks to a local Internet connection and a number of free apps that provide a virtual hangout spot.

      Group calling has been around for years, but Google Hangouts and Skype have recently made improvements. The video quality and connection for these platforms are good, and you’ll also receive SMS support. Just make sure everyone has a smartphone or tablet with Internet access, and it’s home for the holidays for your family.

      Robo-Doctor: At-Home Cancer Treatment

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        If we could see any Christmas wish come true, it would involve making cancer treatments more comfortable. Though many obstacles have made this seem impossible, a recent development in robotic doctors has made this a reality. Robo-Doctors make diagnoses and simple medical procedures possible through telecommunication. A doctor situated in an office across the country can visit patients, make diagnoses, offer advice, and direct medical administration.

        This groundbreaking technology has made it possible to facilitate treatment for cancer patients from their own homes. Though some procedures will still need to be taken care of at the hospital, with an on-call nurse and the proper equipment, patients can receive treatments, medications, check-ups, and advice from the best medical professionals in the country, without leaving the house. Cancer patients can finally receive the help they need at their convenience; a feat hundreds of cancer patients have wished for in the past.

        Whether your wish is as small as a good night’s sleep or as large as receiving medical treatment from the comfort of your home, wishes are coming true every day; thanks to technology.

        Featured photo credit: CTV News via ctvnews.ca

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        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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