Review: LifeFlow Meditation 2.0

lifeflow-meditationThe practice of meditation has spread across the west like wildfire over the last century. As our lives continue to fill up with more stress and less free time, more and more people turn to meditation for inner peace. However, it is a practice that takes time, patience and persistence to learn and appreciate its full benefits. It can, therefore, become frustrating for the novice or beginner to get started or progress to an affective level.

Brainwave Entrainment

Although technology would traditionally be something to avoid when meditating, recent scientific developments have opened new doors for those who need a helping hand. Brainwave Entrainment is a technique through which a person can gradually be brought into a relaxed state via a visual or audio stimulus. To put it simply, it allows people to feel extremely relaxed without any real effort.

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Review: Gentle Alarm

gentle-alarmThere are so many choices out there when it comes to alarm clocks. The choice you make will depend largely on your personality and sleep habits.  Types of alarm clocks range from the old hammer and bell (pictured) to an ipod dock,  even devices that you have to chase around the room to them turn off. It has become the trend nowadays to use a more portable option; something we always have with us at all times - our trusted mobile phone!

Your Mobile Alarm

For those who use their mobile phone as an alarm clock, most are satisfied with the stock built-in function. However, for us smartphone owners, why settle for stock when we have a world of free and low-cost applications at our fingertips?

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Review: Sleep As Android

sleep_as_androidBefore anyone comments on my terrible grammar, I should inform you that “Sleep As Android” is the correct name for a popular Android mobile application. Rather than wasting any time trying to explain the unusual title for this app (please forward all complaints to the developer), I will instead be explaining how awesome it is.

Monitoring Your Sleep

'Sleep As Android' uses the accelerometer in your Android phone to measure your movements during the night while you sleep. It logs this information in the forms of graphs and statistics that can be viewed on waking. These results can then be shared via social networks or email – there is even a setting to do this automatically.

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Review: Philips Vacuum Beard/Stubble Trimmer

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If you didn’t know it already, the beard is the best fashion accessory a man has at his disposal – this is a fact! It can be trimmed, shaped or grown into any conceivable shape that our faces will accommodate. Most of us guys however prefer a simple and straight-forward beard, somewhere between a Colin Farrell shadow and a Santa Claus shrubbery. It has become more acceptable these days to sport what I call a weekend-beard (two-day stubble) all week long. Gone are the days when a clean shave was required as a dress code for work, its time to embrace your manly face fur!

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Review: Dropbox

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If you haven't begun using the cloud for your sharing and storage needs, its time you started using it. It can be so frustrating when you don't have instant access to something you really need, especially when that thing is digital. After all, we are living in the digital age. When we create an image or document on one computer or device it should be instantaneously accessible on any other device we may use.

Data storage

Data has always has a portable solution but it has usually involved carrying a physical object to store it (a floppy disk, CD or pen-drive for example). Whilst carrying such an object from one place to another can provide a trustworthy method, there is still a risk the object could break or go missing. This is also true of backing up your personal files onto an external hard-drive; the data is safe if the object is safe.

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Review: Dawn Simulation Clocks

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We all know how helpful a ray of sunlight can be when it comes to waking up refreshed.  However we cannot always choose the time we wake up and certainly not when the sun rises.  There are many factors involved when it comes to the amount of light we receive when waking.   Our location in the world and the time we have to wake for work are two factors we have little control over.

Wake Up Naturally

Sure, you could relocate or change your work pattern.  But wouldn't it be easier to purchase a bit of kit to help you wake up feeling energized?  Even when its pitch black outside?  Dawn Simulation Clocks, also known as Sunrise Alarm Clocks, are the perfect solution.  The light intensity of theses clock increases gradually and naturally like a sunrise 15 - 30 minutes prior to your preset wake up time.  The light triggers the wake up process of your body naturally, which gives you a far more refreshed and energetic feeling on waking.  Some models also include a choice of natural sounds to assist the waking process, from woodland grasshoppers and singing birds to the rolling waves of the sea.  The sounds behave much like the light, increasing in volume as it approaches your desired wake-up time.  Of course there is also the standard alarm buzzer for those who need that extra kick.

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