The beginning of the year may be a stressful time for you with the end of the holidays and taxes due soon, so relaxation may not come easily. Relax – Stress and Anxiety Relief is an iPhone app filled with breathing exercises that’s an ideal stress management tool. With this week also being sleep and relaxation week here at iMore for Mobile Nations fitness month, now is the perfect time to take a closer look at Relax.
Relax includes three difficulty levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The beginner levels focuses on 2-stage breathing (inhale, exhale) and introduces 3-stage breathing (inhale, retain, exhale). In the intermediate level, the breathing patters progressively increase the length of the middle retention in 3-stage breathing, and the advanced level develops 4-stage breathing (inhale, retain, exhale, retain).
When you select a level, you can select the length, ratio, and timing. As you make adjustments to the options, the breathing pattern will be revealed at the bottom of the screen with the number of breaths per minute that the exercise will have you do.
When you start the exercise, the breathing pattern will be presented as a pie chart. As the curser passes around the circle, a different calming sound will be played during each section. This makes it easy to close your eyes once you start getting the hang of it. Closing your eyes will bring even more relaxation.
- Beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels
- It does counting for you so that you can focus on awareness and technique.
- Music cues that use distinct tones for each phase of breathing.
- A structured course that gradually reduces your breathing rate as you progress through the sessions.
- Quick start feature
- 5 different music choices
- 3 different color themes (blue, green, and pink)
- Detailed instructions on how to breathe and use the app
- Charts your progress
The bottom line
I’ve never been one to do breathing exercises when stressed out, but after using Relax, I understand how helpful they can be. Even if you’re not stressed, the breathing exercises in Relax can be beneficial and help keep you in a non-stressed state.
Last night Google updated and opened up their SDK making it possible for any developer to use embedded Google Maps in their apps instead of Apple’s Maps. According to Google’s Geo Developer Blog, some new features are also included in the updated Google Maps SDK for iOS:
This version of the SDK includes support for ground overlays, gesture control and geodesic polylines.
Just like Apple replaced the original, Google-powered Maps app in iOS 6 with a new, non-Google powered version, the embeddable maps made available to developers in iOS 6 were subject to the same change. While users could switch to different maps apps if their wanted to, for developers who wanted to use different maps data, it wasn’t as easy. Now it is, at least more so.
Since Apple’s iOS 6 maps have struggled with point of interest data and overall accuracy, Google will likely find a receptive audience. If any developers are planning on switching, let me know how easy the process is, and how you find it works for your app.
And for users, any apps you hope to see make the switch?
Source: Google Geo Developer Blog
It took a long time for HBO to let customers shift programming from a smartphone onto their TV. But good things come in spades, and after finally enabling AirPlay for its HBO Go iOS app last week, the company has enabled HDMI video output for compatible Android devices. With options like Miracast still in their infancy, Google’s OS lacks a unified, secure, and widespread mirroring technology of its own, so HBO opted to give users a physical solution. Now you’ll be able to tether your Android smartphone or tablet directly to your HDTV and watch the network’s premium content on the big screen. The same luxury has also been extended to MAX Go. Both apps are available as free downloads from Google Play.
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“It is clean now.”
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Facebook is rumored to be releasing an app that will help you keep an eye on where your Facebook friends are at any given time. The app which is being compared to Apple’s “Find My Friends” is said to be able to run in the background and can automatically update with a user’s location so friends can easily find them. The news comes from Bloomberg who had been speaking with two anonymous people with knowledge of the matter.
The app, scheduled for release by mid-March, is designed to help users find nearby friends and would run even when the program isn’t open on a handset, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.
The team developing Facebook’s location software is being led by Peter Deng, a product director who joined from Google in 2007, one person said. The group also includes engineers from Glancee, a location-tracking startup Facebook acquired in May, and Gowalla, a location-based social network whose assets were purchased in December 2011, the person said.
It is thought that the new app will help Facebook to sell more ads based on a user’s location and daily routines. While it is not uncommon for current Facebook users to check in and tell the world where they are at any chosen time, the thought of the app automatically updating that information for you and reporting your whereabouts to your friends at all times is something quite different. Of course if true, this will be an optional service and will only be activated if you choose to do so.
Would you be happy to allow Facebook to know where you are at all times?