17 9 / 2014

US police actions in Ferguson signify negative tendencies in human rights area

The actions taken by the police against the protesters and journalists in Ferguson (a suburb of St. Louis, USA) during the weeks-long mass demonstrations caused by the death of Michael Brown, an African American teenager who was shot by the police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, caused an outrage from the global community.

According to the official story, Michael Brown was fatally…

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16 9 / 2014

Inside No.9- Series Review

A Tales of the Unexpected for the modern age where comedy and the macabre are interlaced, Inside No.9 invites the viewer to embark on six standalone stories, each unfolding behind different doors marked with a number 9. Wherever these doors lead, whether it be a flat, country house or theatre dressing room, they are guaranteed to open to a striking succession of different experiences.

The series…

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16 9 / 2014

Minecraft Maker Mojang Bought By Microsoft for $2.5 Billion

minecraftAfter a series of rumours and various figures being floated about, it has finally been confirmed that Microsoft has indeed purchased Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. The confirmation comes after Mojang’s Owen Hill released this statement to PC Gamer;

“Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what…

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15 9 / 2014

Don’t shelve the sangria just yet

The beginning of September is a noteworthy part of the year.

The 1st is the day the wreckage of HMS Titanic was discovered (and subsequently the ship’s magnificent cellar housing 12,000 bottles of wine – many of which were still intact). It’s independence day in Uzbekistan. It’s Gloria Estefan’s birthday. It is also the 244th day of the year – a scary thought, quite frankly.

sangriaOn a personal level,…

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14 9 / 2014

Experts: intense Scottish referendum debate already changed country’s future

Alex Salmond, Prime Minister of Scotland and the leader of the country’s National Party who advocates the state’s independence from the United Kingdom, supposedly defeated his opponent Alistair Darling, former British minister and the leader of “Better Together” movement, in a debate on the oncoming referendum on Scottish independence.

scotland independenceAlex Salmond was deemed the winner of the debate by about 71%…

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14 9 / 2014

The Future Of Autopilot Cars

Google Driverless CarFor the past 50 years, hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe have trusted the capabilities of autopilots every time they boarded a plane. It has become common practice for nearly every commercial plane to contain an autopilot program. Recently this technology has been implanted into cars and has received very mixed responses.

Google have had autopilot cars for a couple of years now…

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13 9 / 2014

Apple Watch: A New Wearable That Will Break the Smartwatch Mould

Apple have finally launched their highly anticipated smart watch, simply titled The Apple Watch. The advertisement played to roaring cheers at their expo which took place on Tuesday as they revealed a sleekly designed customisable watch that is set to join an already overcrowded market. Let’s take a look at what features the new…

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13 9 / 2014

Latest Models of 3D Projectors Released

Your home gaming experience or home cinema experience could be drastically enhanced by the use of a domestic 3D projector. Imagine the brightness, the depth of color, and the visually stimulating experience a home projector could bring! When it comes to choosing a projector for your home cinema, there are a lot of 3D projectors to choose from. The Epson V11H501020 PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 2D…

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13 9 / 2014

Has Jack the Ripper Really Been Identified By DNA Technology?

Jack the Ripper

Aaron Kosminksi has been confirmed as Jack the Ripper

A scientist has come forward claiming to have proven the identity of Jack the Ripper, after more than 120 years of mystery. Russell Edwards, an “armchair detective” from Barnet in East London, is adamant that a Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski is “categorically and absolutely” the killer behind the gruesome murders that took place in…

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13 9 / 2014

Exercise is often a tiresome task. I’m that sort of person that puts off exercise; I need a motive that goes beyond getting fit. That’s the problem with many of the fitness apps available on mobile platforms. They just don’t provide us with any motivation to exercise. The apps simply consist of mindless and repetitive routines that fail to give us any enjoyment and instead encourage us to go find something better on the TV. I think that element of ‘wanting’ to exercise is very important – exercise should be exciting.

I recently came across a fitness app on the iOS app store. It’s called the ‘Superhero Workout’. The app uses your front facing camera to track your movements for the specific exercises in the app. These exercises range from doing star jumps to doing spider man push ups. You might be thinking that this is nothing new. Developers have been making exercising games for a while now. But what makes the Superhero Workout app different from its competitors is the story that accompanies the exercises. For each set of exercises, there is a live action story that carries you on from one routine to the next. The story is both witty and entertaining. Think of the stories as mini superhero missions where your exercises directly affect the fate of the world!

This all sounds a little a little gimmicky, but how does the Superhero Workout translate into work world use? I think it’s an excellent addition to the crowded market of fitness apps on mobile platforms. This is the first fitness app I have come across to adopt the front facing camera to track your exercises. Generally, the camera tracked reps of exercises well. The app recommends placing the camera at least 2 metres away from yourself, however this is not always possible. In these cases, where space is scarce, the app fails to track your movements successfully. I suppose this is due to a limitation in the front facing camera’s field of view. There is also a good range of exercises. It has you doing anything from tricep dips to star jumps for each mission but you can also select to do a complete workout like their 7 minute workout which is similar to the one scientifically proven to work the whole body effectively. Most importantly though, the app is perfect at engaging users in real work outs. The story is exciting and makes you want to exercise. It has been well thought out and is implemented in way that compliments the exercises you are doing.

There is a certain level of cheese which, if you’re remotely serious about your gym routines and workout session, will completely turn you off. But if you’re a gamer, for example, and you struggle to swap your Xbox for your running shoes, then the Superhero Workout app goes part way to solving that problem. You still have to want to exercise but if you don’t want to take it too seriously then this is the app you have been looking for! Remember, heroes aren’t born – they’re trained!

The app is available to download now on iOS, check it out at superheroworkoutgame.com.

As always, let us know what you think! Have you tried the Superhero Workout? Would the idea of a superhero story help encourage you to exercise? Leave your comments below!

Superhero Workout App – The Real Workout For Gamers Exercise is often a tiresome task. I’m that sort of person that puts off exercise; I need a motive that goes beyond getting fit.