My (very, very young) attempt at living a healthier lifestyle led me to create fitness goals for myself. Of course — to the dismay of a majority of the technology-dependent couch potatoes we’ve become — a huge chunk of this health plan involved learning to exercise and doing it regularly.
In fitness — as in love — you cannot just force yourself. What I learned from all my exercise attempts is that to be able to consistently work out, you need to find a fitness routine that you actually enjoy.
What was a godsend in this department was, surprisingly, an app. (No, not a hot gym trainer with a six pack clad in hot pants as I would have initially guessed.)
Finding the right one
KFit is a smartphone application which allows you to shop around for fitness activities that will cater to your liking. Depending on your preferences, the app locates participating fitness establishments and lists them down for you. Think of it as a dating app for exercise classes, if you will. All that’s left for you to do after picking a class is actually showing up and doing it.
The app makes it much easier to shop around for gyms. It offers you the opportunity to try different fitness classes with choices ranging from HIIT to Yoga to Muay Thai and even Krav Maga.
KFit also offers a number of free trial classes per month and discounts for each class. These classes or sessions can also be filtered depending on location, type of workout, and time. For a monthly fee, KFit allows for better rates and even more activities.
It’s a match!
The beauty of KFit is that it allows you to get out there and discover what workouts would actually work out for you. Without having to pay for full membership, it allows you the flexibility to discover new fitness classes and exercise routines that would fit your needs.
And although I understand and concede to the fact that no app can make a person fitter, healthier, or diet better, I firmly believe that there are apps, like KFit, which can most definitely get you on the right track.
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Dark mode for Google Chrome is now available for Mac
Not a theme, not a skin
The time has come. The official dark mode for Google Chrome is now rolling out and it’s available in the latest stable version of the popular desktop browser. We’ve seen themes and skins to achieve this, but nothing beats a deeply integrated dark mode.
Chrome introduced dark mode last month, and it’s ready for the enjoyment of macOS users, while support for Windows is on the way.
To get this, users must use the latest Chrome 73 version. The browser should update itself (given that’ll you’ll restart it as well), but if it’s taking time, simply head over to the “About Google Chrome” section in the Help menu to manually trigger the download.
Unlike other apps, Chrome’s dark mode is integrated into the system. So, if you have dark mode enabled in macOS (or Windows 10), Chrome will automatically theme itself to match.
If you use Incognito Mode a lot, you’ll need to be more careful when switching windows. The regular dark mode and Incognito Mode windows are virtually identical sans the indicator in the menu bar.
Aside from the much-awaited dark mode, Chrome 73 also brings a couple of new features and enhancements. It has a new “Sync and Google services” section and it now supports hardware media keys to play or pause content on supported devices.
Harry Potter: Wizards United AR game is like Pokémon Go, but more complex
Made by the same game studio
Back in 2017, Niantic Labs, the makers of the mega-hit Pokémon Go, announced that they are working on a new augmented reality (AR) game based on the popular Harry Potter franchise. The time has come for us to see what they were able to make.
The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the title of the AR game co-developed with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco’s development team. From the looks of it, this ain’t just another Pokémon Go clone that other franchises have, but they share something in common.
The map of Wizards Unite is based on the real world and you walk around to look for items. Instead of cute pocket monsters, you’ll see artifacts and notable characters from the series. According to The Verge, there are mini-games when casting a spell. You’ll have to complete a collection book, earn points, and level up as well. Eurogamer also notes that players can choose one of three classes: the Magizoologist, the Professor, or the Auror.
Here’s Niantic’s description of the game’s plot from the website: A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes. Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.
Here’s a teaser featuring a Niffler hoarding shiny coins to get you more excited:
Wizards Unite seems to be a bit more complicated than Pokémon Go, which could either be good or bad. What’s for sure is that fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in a for a treat. Players of the game will surely need a high-end phone to fully experience the game and it could possibly eat up a lot of battery juice, much like Pokémon Go.
There’s more to know about the gameplay of Wizards Unite and everything there is to understand (for now) about the game is available on their website. As of writing, pre-registration is now open on the Google Play Store, while iOS users will have to wait for a bit.
Apple is having an event this month, might announce new online services
Will they become a Netflix competitor?
While Apple is known to produce great hardware and software, they also have other services which complement their devices. For starters, they have Apple Music that battles Spotify in the music streaming sector. Whether you like Apple Music or not, the Cupertino company seems to be moving toward video streaming.
On March 25, Apple will hold an event at the company’s Steve Jobs Theater right inside the Apple Park in Cupertino, California. For those who wish to watch it online, a livestream will be available on Apple’s website.
While the exact details about the upcoming gathering are kept from the public, we’re expecting it to focus on the company’s upcoming online services.
Apple event March 25 pic.twitter.com/BkaJyXCkYS
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) March 11, 2019
This should include a video streaming service as implied by the teaser that shows a classic film countdown. According to rumors, the service will feature original programming along with borrowed content from other producers like HBO. A new subscription model for Apple News wherein subscribers can access exclusive content from multiple publications is also expected.
As for hardware, we’re hoping to finally see the AirPower and the AirPods 2. There are talks about the refresh of the basic iPad model, as well.
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