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Howling for Your Lost Phone

Those of us who are constantly misplacing things could use Woolet. For $99, the pouch syncs to your phone over Bluetooth and will help you to locate your wallet or other item if you’ve lost or misplaced it. It includes an alert to your phone, a built in distance tracker and even a howling alarm that can help you to find the location of the missed item.

Woolet is the brainchild of Wooletco, a Delaware-based company that has raised almost $160,000 on Kickstarter. It has a mini-sensor on it and the phone will vibrate to warn the owner if the phone or another item is lost. The app will show the owner the wallet’s last recorded location. And, believe it or not, the Woolet can send signals to other Woolet owners to relay the exact location.

As the designers said, “Woolet is just 9.9mm thin, yet ready for anything. Unlike other smart wallets, Woolet is a ‘full wallet’. This means you don’t need to compromise on what you take. [Plus] batteries are an essential component of any smart device but are also often its weakest component. That’s why we designed self-charging batteries to provide dependable power that lasts.”

Woolets can be pre-ordered from Kickstarter and the products are expected to ship in May.

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Buy Your Own Wild West Town

You, too, could feel like you live in the Wild West and own your own little town. The town in Valley Center, San Diego was created for advertising and movies. It’s now up for grabs for a family that wants to enjoy their own two bedroom house, general store, saloon and jail.

They are asking for $900,000 for the purchase of the entire area which also includes a blacksmith and a barbershop. The house is decked out in country Western items and includes a stone fireplace and two wood burning stoves.

The town loves its country theme. Once a year, they close down the town for an event known as Valley Center Western Days. Typically held over Memorial Day weekend, the even includes a community parade, a festival and a stampede rodeo.

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Sleep Changes Lead to Weight Gain in Teenagers

popcorn-155602_640Can a lack of sleep really make you fat? Well, it in itself may not make you pile on the pounds, but it can have a direct influence on your desire to eat more. Sleeping for even an hour less a day can cause people to eat more.

Researchers at Penn State University College of Medicine looked at the sleep patterns of 342 teenagers and found that, on average, they slept seven hours a night. When this amount of sleep varied, however, they ate about 201 extra calories a day.

Now, what may be even more surprising than this is that it wasn’t only when they slept less that they ate more – if they slept more they also ate more.

Lead author Fan He explained, “According to the data from our study, it’s not how long you sleep that matters. It’s about day-to-day variations in how long you sleep.’

This study could have earth-shattering implications. It’s the first to objectively measure teenager sleeping patterns and physical activity in conjunction with eating habits in the real world, rather than under laboratory conditions.

One explanation that researchers offered is that when teenagers get less sleep, they are more sedentary the next day. And this can lead to snacking. Another idea is that shifts in sleep patterns result in hormonal imbalances which can cause teenagers to eat more.

Another important point is that Leptin works to decrease the appetite, but a lack of sleep causes these levels to go down and to signal to the brain to eat.

Dr Fe said “These findings could help us better understand how obesity develops among young people.”

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

With St. Patrick’s Day coming quickly, it’s always great fun to make some wonderful drinks and  other treats. Whether you’re having a big party at your house or you’re just making it to enjoy for yourself, these are great ways to celebrate.

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Cap’n Crunch & Taco Bell Teaming Up

You might just want to check these out. Or, on second thought, if you’re trying to watch your waist, you may not want these at all. Taco Bell and Cap’n Crunch have actually teamed up to create donut holes that are filled with….milk icing. They just announced this new invention on Friday and have started selling Cap’n Crunch Delights in Bakersfield, California this week.

The dessert is made from deep-friend Cap’n Crunch Berries that are sprinkled with cereal crumbs.

If they find success in Bakersfield, they plan to roll out the food nationwide at two for $1 or a dozen for $4.99.

Now that’s some healthy snack food for you!

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Pedius Helps the Deaf to Communicate

The deaf community may now be able to function with even more ease with the Pedius app. This app allows the user to type a message on the screen. It is then translated into speech in real time so the recipient can then hear the request or message. Their spoken response is then translated back into text for the deaf person.

Developed by Italian entrepreneur Lorenzo Di Ciaccio, this app can really help those who need to communicate but can’t express their needs.
One of the great features of the app is that Pedius doesn’t require both of the users to have specific hardware. Pedius shows alternatives in case the voice transcription isn’t accurate. The user can also ask the recipient to repeat themselves with the “R” button.

The app is free but it costs money to place the calls. Pedius launched in Italy in 2013 and is available in the UK, US and France. They hope to expand into Europe later this year.

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GULP Campaign in England Spotlighting Harm of Sugar Drinks

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A new campaign called GULP – Give Up Loving Pop – has been created by the Health Equalities Group in England. GULP highlights the link between the drinks and tooth decay and also type 2 diabetes.

Some experts have labelled sugar as the “new tobacco” and they say that it is fueling the obesity that is taking over England and many other places. Recent research by the University of Liverpool has claimed that adding a tax to these drinks could save children from diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Campaigners say that drinking only one can of a sugary drink each day increases the risk of dying from heart disease by 33%.

Soft drinks are apparently the leading source of sugar for children ages 4-10 and for teenagers.

As the Director of the GULP campaign said, “Few people fully realize the harm that sugary drinks can do to your health. As well as damaging your teeth, overconsumption of these drinks can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and poor heart health.”

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Enjoy a Digital Detox Vacation

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Most of us couldn’t imagine a vacation without taking our electronics along for the ride. Even if we are taking time off, we still need to be connected with our smartphones, our tablets and our PCs.

However, some hotels have started a digital detox package which offers people a real chance to get away. This website actually showcases the places around the world where you won’t find Wi-Fi or phone reception and they have reported a five fold increase in their customers in the last six months. The locations they offer include everything from remote beach huts and mountain lodges to large hotel packages. They are located in the US, the Caribbean, England and beyond.

Check out their website. We are guessing that most couples have one person who is obsessed with his social media and electronics, and another who is desperate to get away. And the second one will be doing the bookings here.

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