Britain’s Got Talent App

April 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Britain's Got Talent Mobile App

Britain’s Got Talent has become a phenomenon with Saturday night television audiences. Although I’ve only watched a couple of episodes (I like the doggie auditions) it’s a fantastic show which boasts huge variety and the winner’s prize is pretty spectacular too – a performance in front of The Queen at The Royal Variety Show.

Now fans of Britain’s Got Talent can join in the fun by playing along at home via their smartphones. The Britain’s Got Talent mobile app (available on iPhones) provides users with their own red buzzer which allows them to buzz during the show just like judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

The app also hooks up with Facebook so you can see which contestants your family and friends do and don’t like. All in all a great free application which will adds a new dimension to Britain’s Got Talent- follow this link to download.

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Smartphone Apps should be used to monitor health and wellbeing

February 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Today I read that doctors are being encouraged to discuss smartphone applications (or “apps” as they are more commonly known) with patients. Medical and wellbeing based apps are said to be excellent ways for patients to monitor their own health and it’s thought that patients who monitor their wellbeing via such means are less likely to regularly visit the GP. 

I’m intrigued by the idea as I think that using apps in this way would utilise the capability of modern technology. Earlier today I searched for healthcare related apps and there are hundreds to choice from each covering different areas from health, fitness, nutrition and even specific medical conditions.

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Smartphone App's can monitor health & wellbeing

The NHS are leading the way as they host a selection of “NHS Choices apps” which vary in helping users to stop smoking, monitor weight and BMI and even give advice to people who suffer from mental health problems.

And it’s not only the NHS who can see the potential of digital applications as Diabetes UK have recently created an app which helps diabetics track their daily blood glucose and insulin levels plus weight and calorie intake. Cleverly the app creates graphs enabling users to work out their daily averages and all of this information can be shared with their GP who can monitor the information accordingly.

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Medical based app to be recommened by doctors

For anyone concerned of a high (or low) blood pressure, something which I know lots of people including myself like to keep a close eye on, there are numerous applications allowing you to record your daily reading. Another favourite of mine is “Pill Monitor” simply input the medication which you take and tick-check when you’ve taken it; a brilliant tool for people who are forgetful.

I know that some people will criticise the introduction of technology into medical check-up or worry that they won’t be able to use such applications. But I believe that using technology for general health reasons is an excellent way to become involved in the digital world- no matter what age you are. The benefits to these apps are endless so I’d recommend talking to your doctor and finding out which are most suitable for your needs. But if you don’t think you are ready to explore smartphone apps just yet why not using the brilliantly resourceful NHS Direct website.

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