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How Bluetooth is Making Our Lives Easier

How Bluetooth is Making Our Lives Easier

When you think of Bluetooth technology, you may be thinking of the Bluetooth headsets used to take calls when you are driving or simply don’t want to have the phone against your ear. Many people are now seeing Bluetooth in a whole different light and are now using it to make things easier to do than ever before.

Bluetooth has broadened its horizons and found itself almost indispensable in many different areas of technology today.

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    Here are five examples of how Bluetooth technology is making our lives easier.

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    Streaming Music to Your Sound System

    There is something incredibly convenient about being able to relax in your bed, streaming music from your mobile to your sound system on the other side of the room. With the possibilities that services, such as Spotify, offer us in producing one-of-a-kind playlists, it is now easier than ever to enjoy that music without compromise, and Bluetooth just adds to the experience, meaning we no longer have to get out of bed to change the CD.

    There are even external Bluetooth devices available to revamp old traditional speakers, giving them the ability to accept Bluetooth signals like modern Bluetooth-enabled speakers.

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    Tracking Your Every Step

    If you want to be able to track your child’s every step, Bluetooth stickers mean that you can see their every movement in real time on your smart phone. Although this is not for everyone, it can prove very useful for when you have accidentally lost track of your child in a busy place or have a missing pet that may just be in your next-door neighbor’s garden.

    Opening Doors

    Have you ever closed the front door behind yourself, just moments later to realize you left the keys on the kitchen table and won’t be able to get back in after work? If you are forgetful with your keys, then you may find it interesting to know that you can use a Bluetooth-driven smart phone app to unlock doors without the need for your keys. This is pretty useful if you can’t afford to get a new lock fitted and a set of new keys cut. You can also use the app to open your garage door if it is raining and you don’t want to leave the car.

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    Wireless Gaming

    Tethered gaming handsets were restricting and meant that you had a limit of how far you could sit from the gaming console. PS3 and Nintendo Wii are strong advocates of wireless gaming, allowing their users to have a more realistic gaming experience. As televisions have got bigger, it has become more important to sit further away from the screen, without pulling the games console off the shelf.

    Driving Music

    Just as we all love the convenience of being able to stream music from our bed to our bedroom sound system, the same principle applies to car sound systems. When you are driving and want more choice than your collection of 3 CDs from years ago or the radio, it can be very convenient to stream all of your favorite music from your smart phone to your car’s sound system.

    I have only covered five ways in which Bluetooth technology is making our everyday lives easier, but there are many more ways. One of the main areas we are seeing Bluetooth being used to great effect is the health and fitness industry, with a wide range of gadgets to monitor our activity. With the technology surrounding Bluetooth modules continuously evolving, who knows what Bluetooth will offer us in ten years’ time.

    If you have any ideas of how Bluetooth is making your life easier, please let us know in the comments below.

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    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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