More flexibility at work equals better health, new study confirms

As scientists examine the flexible future of work, more and more studies are confirming that letting employees set where and when they work promotes health and happiness, including the latest analysis of Best Buy’s ROWE experiment out of the University of Minnesota.

Free Android, iOS app wakes you earlier when it snows

Just in time for the northern hemisphere’s winter season: An alarm clock application that automatically wakes you earlier in case of frost or snow. Winter Wake-Up is freely available for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices and smartly adjusts your alarm based on weather.

Infographic: Are mobile devices destroying your body?

Connected mobile devices make life easier, but are our bodies paying too high a price? Eyewear retailer Mezzmer culled a number of datapoints in an infrographic that gives a glimpse into the health complications brought by small screens, speakers and the ergonomics of using handheld computers.

Productive Sleep: 5 Things You Should Know

Sleep happens to be one of the most important things that we do each day. How we sleep affects our memory, learning ability, mood, and health. Too little sleep can have negative effects that will last us throughout the day and interfere with our work.

5 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleepless nights, it seems, are becoming a regular gig. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia each year. And that sleeplessness can have a devastating impact on our productivity.

App Review: Easy Wakeup

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Easy Wakeup is an advanced alarm clock, designed to gently nudge you from your slumber, helping you wake up alert and ready to tackle the day’s tasks.

For some of us, sleep is a real bane — an interruption to what would otherwise be the perfect non-stop working schedule. To others, settling in to the glorious dirge of dreaming is a true joy. Regardless, we’ve all got to wake up sometime and, aside from those truly gifted natural-risers, most of us rely on an alarm clock.

Easy Wakeup is pitched as a smart alarm clock for the iPhone. Alongside waking you at the optimal moment, based on your sleep cycle, it also incorporates custom alarm tones and sleep-related statistics. Read More about App Review: Easy Wakeup

Qik & Boingo in Like with Each Other, Make Movies Over Wi-Fi Together

qik-logo1Like the concept of streaming live video using Qik, but don’t have a fast 3G connection to stream from your handset? How does Wi-Fi at tens of thousands of locations sound instead? Qik just announced a revenue-sharing deal with Boingo Wireless, which enables Qik streaming over Boingo’s Wi-Fi network, both in the U.S. and outside as well. Qik users get 30 days of free access at Boingo hotspots with the deal, which can be found at http://mobile.boingo.com/qik/

There’s no pricing difference if you’re already using Boingo Mobile; the same $7.95 per month applies whether you use Qik or not. You just have more locations to use Qik over Wi-Fi as a result of this deal. Qik earns additional revenue, Boingo sees more potential customers and you get to stream video at over 85,000 locations. Can you hit ’em all with some broadcast video from your phone? Actually, I wonder how long that would take?!?

Don’t Let Your Mac Fall Asleep

I watch a lot of videos on various sites including Youtube, Google video, etc., and one of my main gripes with the sites is that video does not make your mac think it is busy so it constantly falls asleep while playing a single clip.

In comes the freeware application Caffeine.

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu.

Caffeine is one of my must have applications and can be downloaded here.