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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Apps to get you fit

This week we are going to tell you about a few fitness apps that have helped keep us motivated for the 10k Cancer Research charity run we are training for.

Fitness apps are the ideal way to improve your health and monitor your lifestyle. Whether you want to discover a new workout, track your diet or record your running route, these apps offer you a convenient way to reach your goals.

Nike offers a few apps including Nike+ Running, which uses GPS to track the distance, time and speed of your run. You can even challenge friends or other users on the app. The Nike Training app has over 100 workouts for various levels and allows you to target specific areas you want to tone. Make sure you download these workouts beforehand and then you can use them without Internet access.

There are several apps that teach you to run a certain distance. The 5k Runner app has helped 4.2 million people achieve their goal thanks to its built-in audio coach.

Recharging your batteries is equally as important when doing any exercise or training. If you are finding it hard to sleep try Pzziz Sleep, which is an app that uses binaural beats and sounds to lull your brainwaves into a relaxing, restful slumber.

If would like to sponsor our team in the 10k charity run please visit http://www.justgiving.com/jspc10k


How to keep in touch while abroad

Travel is made more fun when you can share updates about your adventures and experiences while abroad and now there are several ways to help keep you connected, no matter where you are.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the technology that allows you to talk via the Internet. There are various free apps that use this method such as Skype, which allows you to communicate with others on the phone, through a webcam or with instant messaging. Calls to others who are signed up to Skype are free of charge, while calls to landlines and mobile phones are charged via an account system. Fring is another app that allows you to send messages and make free video calls with up to four other fring users at the same time. You can also turn your iPod or iPad into a phone to make calls.

The Viber app is best for text messaging and has a great location finder if you get lost. Viber doesn’t drain your battery or use up your device’s memory, so you can always receive your incoming calls and message notifications without burdening your device.

To contact lots of people at once, WhatsApp is ideal for group text messages and can also let you share video, images and video notes as well as locations and places.

If you are planning on using any of these services then the Wi-Fi Finder app is a must. The free app allows you to download an offline directory of Wi-Fi hotspots. Using the GPS function on your iPhone, the Wi-Fi finder will tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is and how to get there.

Spring clean your PC

This week we are going to show you how to revive and refresh your computer with some handy tips and advice. We recommend you clean up your computer once a year, and what better time than spring to service your PC.

When using your computer, over time it will begin to slow down as it saves more and more files. If you think your computer is running slow the first step is to clean up your desktop and delete temporary files and unused programmes to free up disc space. To do this scan and remove programs you no longer need via your computer control panel from the start menu.

Remove cookies and Internet history to free space but be warned this may forget login details and passwords to websites. You can delete these temporary files by going to settings on your Internet browser.

You may also have involuntarily picked up some anti-virus software which is running processes in the background that you are unaware of. Do make sure you have an anti-virus system but check the settings to see when it does its updates and scans as this can slow your computer down when you need it most. Schedule the updates and let it scan while you sleep instead.

Finally, make sure you back up your photos and important documents on a separate device or using an online backup service in case you lose the original files. This also saves space on your hard drive as all the large, original photos are stored on an external device instead.

JSPC take on 10k for Cancer Research

Over 20 of our team at JSPC are running 10K to raise money for Cancer Research. This year a number of people at JSPC have been or know someone that has been affected by cancer. For this reason, we hope to raise as much money as possible for research into overcoming this disease.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

Cancer Research doesn’t receive any government funding for their work. Their life-saving research relies on the money and time that we can all give.

Our 10k run takes place on 21st June this year and training is well under way!  We have a target of raising £1,000 and already have several generous donations.

Please show your support by visiting our Just Giving page – every penny counts and we would be so grateful to receive your donations.

Thank you for helping.