Homeopathic remedies are increasing in popularity as people are becoming more health conscious. My wife jumped on the bandwagon recently, which of course means I’m not far behind, and while I was not excited about it at first, it has improved my quality of life quite a bit and I’m totally on board now. One of the problems we have, however, is that since this is all new to us, there’s a whole new set of foods, herbs, and a whole new lifestyle to get adjusted to. Fortunately, Incredicure has come out with a great new app that helps out with finding remedies if you’re feeling under the weather. Let’s take a look at its features.
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A clean and straightforward design make this app a breeze to use
Homeopathic Remedy Finder by Incredicure boasts itself as a quick and easy way to find natural remedies for a number of ailments, and it upholds that claim very well. There is no login procedure or sign up form to fill out. As you tap to open the app, you are brought to the main screen with a list of symptoms for you select. There are only 6 broad categories to choose from so you won’t be overwhelmed by hundreds of choices, and the categories do seem to cover most common problems. In my time using this app, I’ve suffered from cold symptoms and have had a lingering cough that’s been plaguing me. Fortunately, cold and cough are two of the six categories.
After you select your symptoms, the app asks you for some more information to further narrow down what your problems are. It’s this two-step approach that I found to be very inviting as I wasn’t overwhelmed by 18 different options for symptoms right off the bat. The clarifying options include pain in the throat, types of coughs, fever intensity, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, and digestive upset. Each of these options has three or four different common symptoms to choose from, such as a dry cough, wheezing, or a loose, rattling cough. The thoroughness of the breakdown provides a great sense of comfort as you are able to pinpoint exactly what problem you are having so that you can get the best treatment.
Your remedy is listed in a clear way with simple dosage and instructions on use. Some of the remedies do come with warnings which are listed in the instructions, so you will need to read carefully before taking anything, but the descriptions are not long or wordy and are written very clearly. I found the solution to my problems in just a matter of minutes with instructions I was able to understand and was on my way to feeling better in no time at all.
Incredicure also has built an FAQ right into the app that answers a lot of questions that someone might have when starting homeopathic remedies for the first time. It covers basics such as what is homeopathy, are treatments safe, and even things like if homeopathy is so effective, why isn’t it popular. It’s a great reference if you are new to the world of homeopathic treatments or if you need clarification on anything. At the bottom of the app is also a contact button and a link to Incredicure website with even more information about homeopathy, so you have answers at your fingertips.
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The Only Downside
The only thing I can really fault this app for is that it could include a few more symptoms, and perhaps a locator for a nearby homeopathy store or web links to a supplier. As I stated, I tried this out for my cough and cold symptoms, and I found exactly what I was looking for, but when my wife was complaining of a headache and I tried to input that, I found there was no headache option.
Also, since my wife is big into homeopathy these days, we have a few things around our house already, but when I was trying to find some of the remedies listed for certain ailments, I was at a loss because certain things are harder to come by in regular stores around us. A way to see stores nearby that carry homeopathy products would be helpful. Finding the remedies isn’t yet within the scope of the app, so I can’t really fault it for that, but I did find myself wondering what to do with my newly found information, so a point in the right direction, even if it was to their own online store or a partner site, would be a big step forward
Homeopathy can be a fantastic clean living treatment options for a number of ailments, and Homeopathy Remedy Finder by Incredicure provides a slick and easy way to quickly discover remedies for a number of common symptoms. In a matter of three or four taps, you’ll immediately have remedies available to you so you can be on your way to feeling better. While it doesn’t have everything that may ail you and you may have to hunt for a store that actually sells what’s recommended to you, this is a very good starting point for those who are interested in a more natural approach to treatments.
Amazon is currently hosting a large sale on Bluetooth headphones, slashing the price by more than 50% on some sets. There are some in ear, over the ear, around the neck, completely wireless and more from brands like TaoTronics, SoundPEATS, Mpow and several others. Whether you are looking to spend under $20 on a pair, or more than $100, you’ll likely be able to find one here that will meet your needs.
Some of these can still be delivered before Christmas, so be sure to try out Amazon Prime to get free two day shipping on your order. Which pair will you pick up? Let us know in the comments!
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Speak softly and maybe win some cash!
If you have an Amazon Echo and a Facebook page, there’s a good chance you could win some prizes from Alexa over the next couple of days. The Facebook page for Amazon Echo has been listing contests, and the only way to participate is to speak “secret” commands to your Echo. Drop the command on your Echo, and your account is registered to win a prize!
This is great for Amazon Echo users for a couple of reasons. First, most of the “secret” commands are actually Amazon Echo skills you probably aren’t using. This means Amazon is getting people to try out partner services, which is great for everyone. In using those commands, Amazon is registering your account for a lottery-style giveaway, and each set of prizes so far seem to be $25 gift cards.
Want to participate? The only way to do so is to have an Amazon Echo and read the commands from their Facebook page. Get to it!
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Get into the holiday spirit with savings on games.
Continuing a regular tradition, NVIDIA is rolling out solid discounts on a bunch of games for the holidays. The sale runs from December 22 to 28, giving you a full week to get in on a combination of GeForce NOW titles and native Android games. Discounts range from 20 to 80% off the list price, which is great for many of these games that regularly list for upwards of $15 each.
Here’s the full breakdown of the games that are on sale, and their sale price; NVIDIA says the list may be updated shortly after launch as well. First, here are the native Android titles — most of these titles are Shield-only, or at a minimum Tegra-only (so the Pixel C is compatible), so be sure to check device compatibility before buying.
- Contrast $8.00 (20% off)
- DOOM 3 BFG Edition $4.99 (50% off)
- Parallax $1.25 (75% off)
- Pix the Cat $0.99 (80% off)
- Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut $3.00 (50% off)
- Q*Bert Rebooted:SHIELD Edition $3.00 (50% off)
- Stealth Inc. 2: Game of Clones $4.99 (50% off)
- Ultimate Chicken Horse $5.99 (50% off)
Now, here’s the list of GeForce NOW discounts. These are the games that can be purchased to stream through the GeForce NOW service to your Shield device (like the Shield Android TV.
- Day of the Tentacle Remastered $7.50 (50% off)
- Dead Island Riptide: Definitive Edition $12.00 (40% off)
- Dead Island: Definitive Edition $12.00 40 (50% off)
- Deadlight: Director’s Cut $10.00 (50% off)
- F1 2015 $16.50 (70% off)
- Grim Fandango Remastered $3.75 (75% off)
- Homefront: The Revolution $24.00 (40% off)
- Massive Chalice $5.00 (75% off)
- Metro 2033 Redux $5.00 (75% off)
- Metro: Last light Redux $5.00 (75% off)
- Risen 3 – Titan Lords $3.75 (75% off)
- Sacred 3 $3.75 (75% off)
- Saints Row: Gat out of Hell $3.75 (75% off)
- Stories: The Path of Destinies $8.25 (45% off)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year $29.99 (40% off)
Even though this is a really NVIDIA-specific set of discounts, big gamers will be super happy to see huge deals on titles they may have been eyeing for a while. Once again the discounts are available for a whole week (ending December 28), and you don’t have to do anything special — just head to the Play Store or GeForce NOW to see the new low prices.
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While others wait, the U.S. unlocked HTC 10 has Android 7.0.
The HTC 10 was one of the more underappreciated phones of the past year. HTC’s 2016 flagship didn’t flash about too many gimmicky features — instead, it just focused on being a great all-around phone. And the ’10 has gotten even better recently, at least for some owners, with the arrival of Android 7.0 Nougat for the U.S. unlocked version.
Nougat brings new features to HTC’s flagship with minimal visual changes.
As with Marshmallow, HTC isn’t messing with Nougat too much. Android 7.0 on the HTC 10 is a clean, uncluttered experience with just a handful of visual tweaks compared to older versions. So you’re getting vanilla, Google-flavored Nougat, with a handful of HTC features, like the BlinkFeed-equipped launcher, the manufacturer’s messaging and dialer apps, and under-the-hood optimizations.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to have already received the update on your HTC 10 (or you’ve manually flashed the RUU), we want to hear how you’re getting on. As the year closes out, has your HTC 10 stood the test of time? Have new Nougat features like split-screen multi-window and bundled notifications revitalized your device? Or were you hoping for more from the update?
And if you’re still waiting, are you happy with the phone as it is on Marshmallow, or are you chomping at the bit for a taste of Nougat?
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Let’s talk about RollerCoaster Tycoon.
RCT 2 is one of the best games ever, period. If you argue about that, we’re no longer friends. But that game, and sims like it, are difficult to optimize for touch, and the smaller screens we have on smartphones.
That’s why it’s so exciting to see Atari release RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic on Android, which for $5.99 gives you most of the features from RollerCoaster Tycoon and its legendary sequel, with optimizations for touch and those aforementioned smaller screens.
The game itself plays really, really well, even on a phone — though it is optimized for Android tablets, too — with the same awesome features that shipped on the PC so many years ago. And while it can be seen a mere cash grab, Atari seems to have done its homework with this one, and has eliminated greedy in-app purchases entirely. There are one-time expansion packs available for purchase at $1.99 a piece, but I’d rather see that than having to grind or spend dollars on gems or coins.
The release comes at a time when classic games are either being remastered, a la Capcom’s Mega Man 1 through 6, along with the incredibly-popular (and somewhat disappointing) iOS exclusive Super Mario Run. RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 won’t be nearly as popular, but I have a feeling it may have greater staying power.
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Some of us have seen through the T-Mobile hype. Others need to catch up.
As we near the CES show in Las Vegas the first week of January, T-Mobile is hyping up yet another “Un-carrier” event. Unlike previous iterations we’re now done with sequentially numbering these Un-carrier releases (I think we’d be at 13 now?), and instead it’s being marketed as “Un-carrier Next.” Truth be told the iterations of Un-carrier releases really started to lose meaning for me around version 4 or 5, and at this point it’s all a bit tiring.
With each subsequent Un-carrier announcement, the novelty of the concept wears off — you can only reinvent the system so many times. As T-Mobile has found things that grow its subscriber count and increase revenues, it all of a sudden isn’t so interested in completely flipping the wireless world on its head every six months. This is a reasonable response to the situation from a company that was just a couple years ago struggling to keep customers, losing money, and looking for merger and buyout options. So as soon as you right the ship, you get a bit more conservative and stay the course. T-Mobile has well and truly surpassed Sprint, its subscriber growth is high and steady, and perhaps most importantly it has the general public thinking it’s still the scrappy upstart carrier that’s trying new things.
It’s undeniable that T-Mobile changed the mobile network landscape when CEO John Legere took over at the end of 2012 and started making big changes in 2013 — that was the golden age of when “Un-carrier” actually meant something. But now, a few years on, things have regressed to the mean and T-Mobile is once again just one of the big players, doing most of the same things Verizon, AT&T and Sprint do.
After completely changing the way that U.S. mobile consumers look at buying phones by separating the cost of the plan and device, T-Mobile has fallen back to the same exact offerings as everyone else. Huge seasonal buying incentives, monthly payment plans, buy-one-get-one deals that lock you in and family plans all bring us back to the bad old days of being tied into contracts. T-Mobile doesn’t want you to bring your own phone or buy outright anymore — sales staff are pushing JUMP and mid-cycle upgrade promotions as hard as possible, hoping to make it tough to leave.
T-Mobile is arguably less flexible and less consumer friendly than the competition.
Once the carrier that was all about giving you lots of data and freedom to use it how you want, T-Mobile has now fallen back to leaning on gimmicks and “features” of its plans to entice customers. Rather than having lots of plan choices for you to configure as you see fit, with easy-to-understand add-ons when you wanted more, T-Mobile now gives you one plan (with a couple variations if you dig hard enough) — and if you don’t like it, tough luck. Power users don’t like reduced-speed tethering, down-scaled streaming video resolution and other restrictions, and that’s really only a problem because your only other choice is to choose a different carrier. And funnily enough, it’s now Verizon and AT&T that are doing a better job of simply letting you pay for data and use it how you want on whatever device you want.
T-Mobile’s only plan: $70 starting price
With these changes, of course, have come cost increases. It’s well documented that T-Mobile’s plans slowly but surely increased in price over the past three years as they were tweaked and tuned to target the broadest number of people and get more money out of the fringes. At the same time, low-cost plans (aside from prepaid offerings) have disappeared simply because the carrier offers just a single plan. Now with the new ONE plan, your entry point for T-Mobile postpaid service is $70 per month — AT&T is $50, Verizon is $55. It’s all about ARPU: Average Revenue Per User.
This is no longer the carrier of the savvy — it’s for the average consumer.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know that T-Mobile is really just offering what the public “wants” right now — and I can’t fault a business for doing that and maximizing profits all the same. But that, in itself, is the biggest sign that T-Mobile is no longer driving the industry forward, but simply going through the motions with the other carriers. T-Mobile used to be the one that stood apart from the rest, pushing the envelope in ways that the big carriers wouldn’t dare for fear of losing their massive subscriber base that brought in oh-so-much money. It used to be the savvy choice for those who didn’t want to deal with the big carrier nonsense of paying for things you didn’t want and could instead make a smart decision on a plan that gave them the most value every month.
T-Mobile used to mix things up, making you look at your current carrier and say “wow I’m stuck in the past over here.” Now, you may look at your AT&T or Verizon plan and think you’re in a better situation than if you switched to T-Mobile. And I doubt “Un-carrier Next” will do anything to change that.
Take it from people who take photos almost constantly: figuring out the finer points of manual photography can be tricky, especially for folks who rock that Auto mode all the time. That’s why a new bit of software for the HTC Vive called Magic Hour seems like such a good idea. In exchange for $3.50 (and with the understanding the Steam Early Access title might be rough around edges), you’re plopped onto a virtual pier and given an incredibly flexible camera and carte blanche to shoot as you please.
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The camera’s “viewfinder” is actually just a window that hangs in space in front of you, allowing you to see exactly what happens to your subject if you fiddle with shutter speed, ISO, aperture and more. You’ll have shutter and aperture priority modes to play with, but really — you didn’t swing by a virtual beach to play it safe, did you? For new or wannabe photographers, manual mode offers you the greatest level of control over the shots you take, and Magic Hour offers an idealized environment to get a feel for those myriad settings. After all, when’s the last time you sauntered up to a seagull and took a photo, Pokemon Snap-style, without it screeching in your face and flying away?
Yeah, that’s what we thought.
For more experienced photographers, Magic Hour offers a way simulate gear and glass that doesn’t exist in the real world. Petapixel offers the example of a 6-150mm f/1.4 lens, which, had it actually existed in meatspace, would probably cost more than your car. As neat as all of this sounds, there are obviously some shortcomings to be aware of: the flow of time has stopped at dusk, you only get one camera, and there are only about a dozen objects to shoot. Still, this is yet another VR experience to keep an eye on — The developer, Wolf in Motion, has promised more cameras to come, not to mention new worlds and a multiplayer mode.
Each year, a group of developers behind some of the most popular iOS and Mac apps get together and offer significant discounts on their content as part of an “App Santa” promotion.
This year’s App Santa went live this morning, and includes apps like Tweetbot, Screens, Launch Center Pro, Star Walk, and more. Many apps in the promotion are available at a 50 percent discount, but for some apps, prices are down 80 percent. A full list of apps on sale is below, with direct links included.
- Tweetbot – $4.99, down from $9.99
- Rando Emoji – $0.99, down from $1.99
- Screens – $9.99, down from $19.99
- Drafts 4 – $2.99, down from $4.99
- Deliveries – $3.99, down from $4.99
- Pennies – $0.99, down from $4.99
- Vee – $0.99, down from $2.99
- Launch Center Pro – $2.99, down from $4.99
- Castro – $2.99, down from $2.99
- Star Walk – $0.99, down from $4.99
- Star Walk HD – $0.99, down from $4.99
- Group Text+ – $0.99, down from $2.99
- Interact – $2.99, down from $4.99
- Soulver – $0.99, down from $3.99
- Pcalc – $6.99, down from $9.99
- Tweetbot – $4.99, down from $9.99
- Screens – $14.99, down from $29.99
- Deliveries – $3.99, down from $4.99
- Pcalc – $6.99, down from $9.99
- Day One – $29.99, down from $49.99
The App Santa discounts will be available from today, December 22, through December 26. Many other developers are offering holiday discounts on their apps, and our sister site AppShopper is a good way to find all of the apps that are available on the cheap.
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These days, we’re more likely to turn around and head home when we realise we’ve forgotten our smartphones than our wallets.
A recent survey stated that an iPhone 6 or 6s lasts on average just six weeks before it’s damaged in some way. Whether a handset falls out of your hands, tumbles from your pocket or slides from your lap – the three most common ways people break their phones according to one phone case manufacturer – it needs to be fixed. Everybody wants the best result from the repair service that they choose.
Not every repair company is professional and trustworthy, so how do you choose where to take your precious hardware?
The iCracked service is highly effective. Let’s go through what sets it apart.
The company is setting the standard high for the rest of the industry to try and follow. It’s professionally certified, for a start, with a rigorous certification program which sees new repair engineers, called iTechs, undergo extensive training for every new device that the company is adding to it’s services repertoire.Being familiar with last year’s model isn’t enough.
After all, the technology changes radically between phone models. Remember how the quality of the iPhone screen improved radically with the introduction of the Retina display?
Or how the camera on the iPhone 6s was markedly better than on the iPhone 6, even if they looked superficially similar? You need an engineer who knows your phone inside out.
The iTechs are trained to be up to date with every new gadget on the market. This means that the repair can be done quickly, but with skill and professionalism. You can go to iCracked with confidence.
Staff are rigorously verified. All the iTechs must pass background checks before they meet their first customer and customer feedback is carefully monitored.
There’s more to the service than just outstanding repair skills. There’s also much greater convenience than the rival services offer. The repair is done at the location and time of the customer’s choice. This can be your home, which is certainly handy. But if you dropped your phone at work, the iTech can come to your office and quickly and quietly fix things there, so your life continues uninterrupted.
If your workplace is convenient but not quite suitable, the iTech will meet you in a coffee shop or other favorite location so that your phone can be back up and running in no time. This way, you don’t have your boss breathing over your shoulder while the repair takes place.
The iTechs are available from early to late so don’t worry if the accident happened at either end of the day or before the sun comes up– iCracked has you covered morning, noon or night.
Things don’t end when the repair work is finished. The company is so confident in its parts and technicians, each repair comes with a lifetime warranty so that it’s not going to fail further down the line.
After all, however convenient the repair work is – and it is very convenient – you don’t want to go through it again.
iCracked uses the most reliable, high-quality components (so the phone works as smoothly as it did before the repair) and the most effective engineers. This sets the service apart.
That’s before you add in the lifetime warranty and the convenience of seeing your beloved phone spring back into life as good as new before your eyes and at a place that suits you best. Morning, noon, night, coffee shop, restaurant, office, iCracked has you covered.