Get the New LifeBEAM Heart Rate Sensor for Your Bike Ride

LifeBEAM logo
LifeBEAM logo

LifeBEAM, a developer of high-tech physiological sensors, has been well known for providing fighter-jet technology in the past. However, the company finally decided to foray into the consumers market and came up with a remarkable product to get started. The company is producing smart bicycle helmets that won’t only provide ultimate protection against any accidents, but will also feature a built-in heart rate sensor. In collaboration with Lazer Sports, LifeBEAM is making these helmets and providing them with the ability to connect three in-built sensors with different monitoring devices, smartphone and fitness watches.

Having previous experience in the aerospace domain, the company has now designed a unique and innovative sensing system which detects the heart rate using infrared rays. It also senses other important physiological data using indicators from different locations of your body. The data is then recorded to track your health and well-being level. The company is still carrying out several tests to see how its sensors perform when used to monitor the heart rate of fighter pilots and plans to make further improvements in their functionality until these sensors can prove useful in space missions. This initiative of the company is supported by NASA’s R&D activities.

The company is all set with its first consumer application technology, the cycling helmet with a built-in heart rate sensor. The funding for the production of these helmets along with the initial marketing efforts was collected via Indiegogo. These helmets, known as Genesis, are manufactured by Lazer Sports and the small, unobtrusive sensor is integrated in the helmet in a completely seamless manner. For bikers, there are very limited options available that can help them monitor heart rate data, such as inconvenient chest straps. Wrist bands are also available in the market but the authenticity of their results is often questioned.

The LifeBEAM sensors are so small and well-integrated into the helmets that they won’t be visible to the users at all. The users can simply wear these helmets and the sensors will automatically collect heartbeat data. Then, using ANT+ and Bluetooth low energy, the sensor will send this data to a monitoring device or any other app that has the ability to receive data from 4.0 Bluetooth. The company further plans to develop its technology so that it can introduce more consumer products with added functionality and feature. So, if you are into health tracking and management, these sensor-featuring helmets are definitely the right product for you.

Download Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO from Digital River

The Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO images hosted on Digital River are genuine and official version, and the downloads from the server is totally free and definitely legal. It’s after all one of the official channel where end-users who purchase a license (product key) for Windows 7 get the setup installation files.

Anyway, without a genuine and legally purchased product key, you can’t get Windows 7 activated, and Windows 7 will only run as evaluation copy for up to 30 days.

Links to download Windows 7 SP1 Official ISO from Digital River:

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1-U ISO

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Windows 7 Professional SP1-U ISO

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Windows 7 Professional N SP1-U ISO (Note: N editions come without media components)

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO

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How to change Chrome’s built-in spell-checker’s language

Do you type too fast? Google Chrome’s built-in spell-checker can automatically check your spelling in web forms and text fields. What if sometimes you want to use it with any other language than English?

This is How to change Chrome’s built-in spell-checker’s language:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the “Languages” section, click Languages and spell-checker settings.
  5. In the Languages and Input dialog that appears, use the “Enable spell checking” checkbox to turn the spell-checker on or off.

If you want to use the spell-checker, select the language from the list that you want to use and click Use this language for spell checking on the right. If the language isn’t listed, first add it as one of your preferred languages.

Google Chrome's Spell Checker window
Google Chrome’s Spell Checker window

Vtok – Google talk app for iOS devices

Vtok logoI’ve been looking for this kind of app for the last 2 years. There was no decent Google talk app for iOS devices, but now – finally – there’s a great app for that.

If you’re the proud owner of an iPhone or iPad and want to chat with your Gmail contacts, start using VtokVtok is a messaging, audio and video-calling app for the iPhone and iPad, available free from iTunes.

Try it now, you won’t be disappointed. Click here to download.

Top Features

  • Video calls, voice calls and text chat (IM) with Google Talk users and other Vtok users
  • No account to sign-up. Just login with your Google/gmail account and start talking
  • Works over Wi-Fi and 3G
  • Devices supported are iPhone4, iPhone 3GS, iPad2 and the 4th generation iPod Touch
  • Choose whether or not to use video in a call. You can also enable or disable video during a call
  • Choose between front and back camera on your device
  • Stay connected and receive calls, even when the app is closed and moved to the background
  • Invite/add contacts from within the app.
  • Unlimited phone calls and SMS messages using Google Voice. (For US users with Google Voice™ accounts only, requires an in-app purchase)

Text chat features

  • Free push notifications
  • Emoticons
  • Easily insert commonly used phrases from a list during chat.
  • In-app browser for use during a chat session
  • Customizable chat themes
  • Send virtual gifts via chat messages
  • Share your location while chatting
  • Multi-language support for chat messages.
  • Copy and paste text from chat messages.

Recover Your Work in Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010

Did you ever find yourself closing Word after making some changes, and then accidently clicked ‘No’ when asked if you want to save your changes?  Then you suddenly realized what you have done, only to find that there was no way to recover your work?  You are not alone.

But here’s the deal: If you’re using Office 2010 or later version of Office, there’s a great – and easy – way to recover your unsaved work.

Recover Your Work in Office 2010

In order to recover your work in Office 2010, Open the relevant program (Word, Excel, Power Point etc.), and create a new file or open some other file. It doesn’t matter which file.

Click on File -> Info -> Next to Versions area, There is a button called “Manage Versions”. Click on this button and there you’ll find an option called “Recover Unsaved Documents”:

Recover Your Work in Office 2010
Recover Your Work in Office 2010

To get some more details and help, check out Microsoft Office 2010 engineering team’s blog.

Good luck!

Best pop-up blocker EVER for Chrome. Period.

Poper Blocker Logo
Poper Blocker Logo

Say hello to “Poper Blocker” – The best pop-up blocker for Chrome.

It’s been 6 months since I started using this add-on. I’ve tried all kinds of pop-up blockers, but this one… well… this one does the job. Simply. Perfectly.

Some details from the add-on page:

Blocks all these annoying popups and popunders that pop no matter where you click on a page. The first pop-under blocker!

When a popup or a popunder is identified and blocked, a notification appears.
You can view the blocked content by clicking on its link in the notification.
“Allow always” will suppress the blocking of any future content generated by the current website and add it to the whitelist.

The whitelist can be managed by the extension’s options page.

Download here and thank me later.

User-Agent Switcher for Chrome

User-Agent Switcher for Chrome

Ever needed to quickly switch between user-agent strings on the fly? Developing a site that needs to work on both mobile browsers and desktop browsers? Sick of some archaic site blocking you because you’re not using Netscape 4?

The User-Agent Switcher for Chrome is the answer. With this extension, you can quickly and easily switch between user-agent strings. Also, you can set up specific URLs that you want to spoof every time.

Useful. Very Useful. Download here:

NOTE: if Google sites / YouTube have problems after using a mobile user-agent, you may need to switch the user-agent back to Chrome *and* clear your cookies for the sites to treat the browser normally again.

Install owncloud on GoDaddy

owncloud Welcome Screen
The final result

Owncloud is AWESOME. I really love it, especially because it gives you full control of your data on your own server. To sum it up, imagine you can use dropbox, using your own server instead of dropbox’s.

If you haven’t tried it yet, take a look and try to install it on your shared hosting server, local server or a vps at a major hosting company:

I decided to install it on Godaddy‘s server, because it’s cheep, reliable and fast. When I went to install it, I spent 2 days trying to figure out what went wrong (no css for some reason) and why I couldn’t get it to work well (I also made a call to their technical support center… with no luck). By the way, although they don’t publish it anywhere on the web, they do have toll-free number – see it here.

Anyway, to make a long story short, here’s what you should do in order to install owncloud on godaddy properly:

1. Download Owncloud source files, unzip it and upload it to the server via ftp.

2. Create a file called php5.ini add the following code to the file [using notepad] and upload it to the root directory:

cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1

3. Look for the .htaccess file in your root directory, and replace it’s content with the following:

ErrorDocument 403 /core/templates/403.php
ErrorDocument 404 /core/templates/404.php
<IfModule mod_php5.c>
php_value upload_max_filesize 513M
php_value post_max_size 513M
php_value memory_limit 512M
<IfModule env_module>
SetEnv htaccessWorking true
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
#Fix Rewrite
Options -Multiviews
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond $1 !^(index\.php|css|gfx|js|swf|robots\.txt|favicon\.ico)
#RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php/$1 [L]
RewriteRule .* - [env=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteRule ^.well-known/host-meta /public.php?service=host-meta [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^.well-known/carddav /remote.php/carddav/ [R]
RewriteRule ^.well-known/caldav /remote.php/caldav/ [R]
RewriteRule ^apps/calendar/caldav.php remote.php/caldav/ [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^apps/contacts/carddav.php remote.php/carddav/ [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^apps/([^/]*)/(.*\.(css|php))$ index.php?app=$1&getfile=$2 [QSA,L]
RewriteRule ^remote/(.*) remote.php [QSA,L]
<IfModule mod_mime.c>
AddType image/svg+xml svg svgz
AddEncoding gzip svgz
Options -Indexes

Save the .htaccess file, upload it back to your server, and Ta-Da!

Hope this helped you out.

Thanks steveyoung82 for the tip!

Godaddy’s toll-free number

If you ever need to talk to Godaddy’s support or sales department, but don’t want to waste your money, you’ll probably want to use their toll-free number.

But, as they say, they don’t have one.

Guess what – turns out they do have a toll-free number. Write it down – Godaddy’s toll-free number:1-866-463-2339

For some reason, they don’t publish it on the web. God knows why.

If you live outside the USA, you can easily use Skype in order to make a free call.