Four Steps for Using Your Mobile Device to Jumpstart Your Love Life

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It’s easy to celebrate the benefits of technology, particularly the access to information and connectivity provided to us by our mobile devices. However, there is at least one major drawback to living in an era where there are more cellphones than people. It’s much harder to have real, serendipitous, potentially romantic run-ins with people we might have otherwise met if we weren’t constantly drooling over a retina display. Think
about it: how many times have you avoided a conversation with the cute stranger on the bus or at the bar or in the waiting room because you’d prefer to look at Taylor Swift’s Instagram feed?


Rather than get rid of our mobile phones (never gonna happen), it’s time to adapt. Here are four easy steps you can take to turn your mobile device from a hook-up prohibitor in to the ultimate wingman. (Note: we’re excluding step zero, which is getting a smartphone. Come on — it’s 2012 already!)

Step 1: Browse the Merchandise

There’s no need to go download a bunch of dating apps right off the bat. In fact, the best way to start the mobile search for love is to use the apps you probably already have: Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Facebook. A little (repeat: a little) e-stalking never hurt anyone. In fact, you could simply arrange “chance” encounters with current crushes when they generously let you know where they are going that night via Twitter, or check-in to the bar down the street from you on Foursquare. Just be careful not to cross over into the “creepy person who shows up everywhere I check in” zone.

Step 2: Put Yourself Out There

Now that you know what you want in a partner and have decided that your current network isn’t providing enough romantic opportunity, it’s time to put yourself out there. Pick one or two of the big online dating services and sign up. They all have mobile apps. OkCupid is among the best (and has an optional location-based element — more on that below). Just because you’ve signed up, doesn’t mean you have to immediately
start dating everyone with a hot profile picture. It’s always worth spending a few days seeing who’s on the site and then cultivate an approach to message the people you like.

Don’t stop there. Think about what matters to you, and there is likely a dating site built around it. For instance, if you’re a music lover both Fellody and Tastebuds.fm connect people based on musical interest.

Step 3: Show and Tell

Sexting sometimes gets a bad rap, and with good cause. Once you post something on the Internet it’s there forever. However, if you really want to use your mobile device to improve your love life, experience with sex messaging is something you might want to try. Fortunately, there are apps and strategies for phone-to-phone adult fun that don’t carry the same risk and offer much of the same reward. First and foremost is the now-famous Snapchat, which allows you to destruct a picture after it’s been sent.

An evolution on the Snapchat model is “Peek: Sexting Awesome” (bad name, cool app), which also has a self-destructing photo feature that protects your privacy. In addition, you can mask your pictures so that your partner needs to swipe around the screen to see just a bit of the image at a time. It’s quite the playful way to send sexy pics.

There are also gentler ways to get your point across. Try “I’d Cap That” to add sexy captions to otherwise safe-for-work photos that won’t get you in trouble if they somehow end up on the web.

Step 4: Location, location, location

In the end, you are going to have to meet people in real life. Location-based dating apps sound a little scary, but they can be very effective (and safe!). One end of the spectrum are well known hook-up centric apps like Grindr and Skout. The major dating players are all getting in on location features, too. OkCupid’s location-based feature is an opt-in for their already great app — and it’s a good way to test out the experience. There are even apps for niche communities. Yenta, for instance, connects local Jewish singles based partially on location.

And there’s more. Among our favorite location-dating apps is Tinder. It suggest people in your area you might like. You can then anonymously “skip” or “like” them with the flick of your finger. If they like you back then the app puts you in touch. It’s simple, safe and fun.

There you have it — a pathway to mobile induced love in four simple steps. If it doesn’t work out, there’s always the old fashioned approach: use your mobile phone to call up someone you like and ask them out to dinner.

For more sage digital era dating advice, be sure to watch the exclusive Mashable series, Love in the Time of Robots. Each week we answer viewer questions on everything from online dating dilemmas to sexting etiquette to tactics for stalking your exes on Facebook.

New episodes premiere every Monday at 10pm ET. Watch the latest episode here:

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/09/four-ways-mobile-device-find-love/

Archos Beats CES Rush and Unveils Step-Counting Fitness Tracker

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Wearable fitness trackers are sure to be a big trend at the 2014 International CES next week, and Archos is beating the rush by unveiling its candidate a few days early. The Archos Activity Tracker is a wristband that can measure your steps, view your history and let you compete with friends.

Similar to the Fitbit Force, the Archos band has a small display that can relay basic data, like the number of steps taken in a day or the amount of calories burned. A full charge of the battery is said to last an entire week, and it charges via USB, just like the Nike+ Fuelband.

Of course, the Activity Tracker pairs with a dedicated app, which gathers the data from the band wirelessly. In addition to rendering the data graphically, the app will let you compete with up to eight people, similar to “teams” and small-scale social networking favored by other fitness-tracking ecosystems, such as Jawbone’s.

In addition to the wristband, Archos is planning a whole line of connected devices for unveiling at CES, including a connected scale, a blood-pressure monitor, a home weather station and a 7-inch tablet designed specifically for “smart home” applications.

No prices or release dates have yet been announced.

Too Much Couch Time Severely Affects Your Kid’s Health

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Researchers found that children ages 9-10 who spend 75% of their time engaging in sedentary activities, such as watching TV or using a computer, are up to nine times more likely to exhibit poor motor coordination than more active children in the same age range.

The study also concluded that sedentary activity levels are an independent predictor of poor motor coordination in skills such as balance and jumping. In other words, it doesn’t matter if a kid plays in Little League, or if the only exercise he gets is walking home from school, he or she will still have subpar motor coordination if too much time is spent on the couch.

Published in American Journal of Human Biology, the Portuguese study used accelerometers to measure the sedentary and physical activity levels of 110 girls and 103 boys from urban elementary schools. These measurements were then compared to the results of a motor coordination test known as the Körperkoordination Test für Kinder.

Boys who spent a majority of their time on sedentary activities were shown to have worse motor coordination skills than comparable girls. Girls who spent 77.3% of their time on sedentary behaviors were four to five times more likely to exhibit lower-than-average motor coordination. Boys who were sedentary more than 76% of the time were five to nine times more likely to exhibit lower motor coordination.

The team performed a logistic regression analysis in order to determine the effect such variables as physical activity level, parental education and body type had on the results. The only variable found to consistently predict poor motor coordination was each child’s level of sedentary behavior. So, watching a few hours of TV cannot be effectively “cancelled out” by going for a jog, at least as far as motor coordination is concerned.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Luis Lopes told Science Daily:

“Childhood is a critical time for the development of motor coordination skills which are essential for health and well-being. We know that sedentary lifestyles have a negative effect on these skills and are associated with decreased fitness, lower self-esteem, decreased academic achievement and increased obesity.

The results demonstrate the importance of setting a maximum time for sedentary behaviour, while encouraging children to increase their amount of physical activity. We hope that our findings will make a valuable contribution to the debate on child health and encourage future investigations on this subject.”

This study emphasizes the real impact sedentary lifestyles can have on kids as well as adults. With more and more people working, playing, and living with an LCD screen, exercise is more important now than ever before.

Image courtesy of iStock, urbancow

This article originally published at Geekosystem
here

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/15/sedentary-kids-health/

Track the Spread of Flu With These Apps

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No one likes having the flu — body aches, fever, laying in bed all day, but not everyone does something to prevent it. The Centers for Disease Control recommend people over the age of six receive a vaccine, especially those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and the elderly. Flu season begins in October and spikes in February, so you still have time to get a vaccination.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu. But keeping abreast of influenza in your area, and what to do to prevent getting sick, are smart ways to stay healthy this flu season.

You’re especially vulnerable to the flu if you work in healthcare, with children or are around lots of people all day. There are a number of apps to keep you informed on the spread of flu in your community.

The free CDC Influenza app [iTunes link] is full of information to prevent various strains of flu — whether you’re a parent, employer or just a person trying not to get sick. You can listen to podcasts or view videos from CDC doctors and partners for specific flu-related topics like how to reduce the risk of H3N2v if you’re a fairgoer or swine exhibitor. Other titles include “protecting babies from flu” and “Flu-related hospitalizations by industry.” Both the podcasts and videos are short and informative. There is also a map that shows the country’s flu stats during a given week. States are colored according to how common flu outbreaks are occurring: white for “no report,” a beige herringbone pattern for “sporadic,” red stripes for “no activity,” golden for “regional,” yellow for “local” and brown for “widespread.” You can click an arrow to see previous weeks’ reports, too. The CDC offers a similar free app for Android [Google Play link].

Flu Defender [iTunes link] is a free iOS app. It has a handy main screen from which you can navigate to one of the nine buttons with flu information. One of the most unique features of this app is the “Twitter Updates” button — this shows you the latest tweets from the CDC. It’ll also be a useful reminder to search Twitter with flu-related keywords — sometimes Twitter is the fastest way to hear about an outbreak. It contains in-app articles about flu prevention and podcasts sourced from FLU.gov and CDC.gov.

If you want to see your risk of flu, take the “Vaccine Assistant” quiz that will ask you personal health questions and rate your risk on a thermometer. It also has a symptom identifier (hint: if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, you might have the flu). We were disappointed that the “Vaccine Finder” button didn’t work — it took us to a “Not Found” page — however, the user experience with this app combined with all of the helpful information makes it worth the free download. We also liked the “Flu Smart” button, which shows quick facts such as “The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. The protection you get from the vaccination will last throughout the season.”

Flu Near You is a free Android app by HealthMap. You can enter your zip code and see outbreaks of the flu in your community and region, reported by the CDC. View flu vaccination rates for your state and read breaking news about the flu. You can also use the symptom checker to see if you might have the flu. Use the vaccine finder to locate places to get the shot.

Honorable mentions: Medical Cures in your Kitchen and Reader’s Digest Easy Home Remedies [iTunes links] are both apps for iOS devices. Both offer a lot of good remedies to make you feel better while you’re sick.

Medical Cures recommends using vinegar to help with a fever. Click “flip” on the page that shows vinegar to see how it works. Mix vinegar and water and then dip a washcloth into the mixture and wash your arms and legs to offer a cool down. The app’s worth its $0.99 price since you’ll probably use it again (it offers treatments for indigestion, bug bites and insomnia). Although it would be wise to see a doctor first for something like a skin infection or an intestinal worm.

The Reader’s Digest app lets you search by ailment or type in a condition in the search box. Fever, for instance, has the following categories: “Home Remedies, “Recipes for Healing”, “Do This First” and “When to Call the Doctor.”

Have you ever used an app to find a doctor’s office or get healing advice for when you’re sick? Tell us in the comments.

Photo courtesy of Flickr, Indiana Public Media’s photostream

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/06/track-spread-flu-apps/

The 35 Fittest People in Tech

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Years ago, few people conflated technical prowess with physical fitness. The archetypical techie of the early 90s, for instance, was Dennis Nedry, the portly computer programmer in Jurassic Park played by Wayne Knight, a.k.a. Seinfeld‘s Newman. In real life, tech titans like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would never be mistaken for underwear models.

Twenty years later, though the image of the Red Bull-fueled, pizza-consuming, pencil-necked techie lives on, it’s balanced by another strain: The tech Master of the Universe who is not only proficient in Objective-C, but can run a sub-3:30 marathon as well and regularly bikes hundreds of miles over the weekend.

Though endurance sports have grown overall in recent years, the idea of running to the point of physical exhaustion seems to hold a special appeal to Silicon Valley types. John F. Murray, a sports psychologist, says that anyone who engages in such activity in their off time is usually “very competitive and very compulsive.” Such personalities may not be unique to the tech industry — you can find a fair share in high finance as well — but tech, with its culture of long hours and creative autonomy seems suited for the kind of guy who regularly runs races of 50 miles or more.

The following list demonstrates that the tech world is full of people who are not content to rule the virtual world, but want to make an impact on the physical one as well.

LIVE: Chat About the Best Tech for Health and Wellness

Technology seems to take us away from “active” activities like sports for recreation instead of video games or just walking around a physical store rather than shopping online. But, plenty of innovations help us live more healthily.

In today’s Hangout we’ll discuss these things with Derek Flanzraich, founder and CEO of lifestyle site Greatist.

The following are a few topics we’ll be discussing in today’s Hangout.

Fitness

A digital lifestyle can allow for a flexible schedule and traveling — which makes those visits to the gym even harder to fit in. For those dedicated to hitting the gym, running outdoors or using the UP by Jawbone wristband to keep track of activity, GymPact helps keep you on track.

Workouts at home are nothing new, but digital workouts stand out from the VHS or DVDs that domintated the past few decades — a digital workout can be different each day. Bodbot offers a calendar based on your goals so you do different exercises each day. The scientific 7-minute workout is supposed to replace cardio and weights in less time while only requiring a wall and a chair as props. Zova wants to become the Spotify of workouts and will eventually allow instructors to take its boxing and soccer sets and remix them into new workout playlists.

What workouts are best for you when you can’t make it to a formal exercise class or the gym?

Food

For engineers used to programming the tedium out of daily tasks, it was only a matter of time until one of them decided to disrupt food, right? A a Y Combinator alumnus did just that with Soylent, a liquid food replacement that should reduce time and money spent on food while still providing the nutrition your body needs. Some of us find cooking to be and art and eating a celebration, and may not understand the need for such a product, but Soylent’s crowdfunding campaign shows it’s garnered much enthusiasm.

If it’s not serving a social purpose, should eating a meal be engineered away?

Wellness

Standing desks are all the rage, and it’s been said that sitting is our generation’s cigarettes. Five years from now, will many of us have “quit”?

Lift is an app that helps you track your daily activities with the purpose of building habits — a much easier task when you are able to visualize the progress. The team at Greatist recently used the app to do a month of mindfulness. Is a month enough to build a new habit and make a lasting change?

To add your own favorite tips or apps, leave us a comment.

Image: Flickr, Kazuhiro Keino

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/07/25/dgitial-wellness/

Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor Reinvented with Breathable Material, Bluetooth

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With Polar’s H7 heart rate monitor and free app, you can extract every little tidbit of your health stats to learn how to become a fitter you.

The Polar H7 Bluetooth chest strap monitor can be worn for any fitness activity, but it seems to be best for runners and bikers. The Polar Beat app acts like a personal trainer in your palm. First, you set a goal — whether that’s beating a previous time or burning a certain number of calories. The app, in conjunction with the Polar H7 heart rate monitor, helps you stay on track of that goal throughout your workout with real-time data tracking and voice guidance. And you can still listen to music while the app is running.

The heart rate monitor provides accurate calorie, distance, heartbeat and other health-stat tracking. The app and website help break down your sweat-sessions to show you where you did well and where you can improve.

We’ve see a lot of amazing fitness-tracking wristbands and other wearable devices. We were starting to think heartrate monitors were a thing of the past, but Corey Cornacchio, a spokesperson for Polar, tells Mashable that the H7 Heart Rate Sensor is comfortable and high-tech.

The band is made of breathable materials and there’s no itchy Velcro touching your skin. It’s also washable. The monitoring device is small enough to not get in your way. He says after awhile, you’ll forget you’re wearing it.

With the app, you can view

  • The distance you ran, or the minutes you worked out.

  • How many calories you burned

  • Your pace

  • The speed at which you ran

  • Your heart rate

You’ll be able to see what heart rate zone you’re in — fat burning or cardio. Nacchio highlighted a special feature called “energy pointer,” which will direct you to the right heart rate zone for your fitness goals.

“There’s a value in seeing it in real time because you can see ‘Am I on track to do the workout I want to do?,'” he said.

Nacchio said what sets Polar’s app and heart rate monitor apart from others on the market is that “we’re not just about giving you the training in real time, it’s about all the information you can gather afterwards.”

After your workout, the app will show you how close you came to reaching your goal, and by using charts, show you how to hit that goal during your next workout.

The device is for all types of fitness activities, and has an operating time of around 200 hours. If you’re a runner, the voice commands will likely help guide you toward doing the workout you aimed to do, while if you’re taking a class at the gym, you might want to turn your phone’s volume down and utilize the post-workout analytics to learn to step it up or take it down a notch in the class.

You can access all your data through the mobile app or website (both free to use with the product).

The Polar H7 retails for $79.95. The app [iTunes link] is available for iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. For a $3.99 upgrade to the app, you can access more features. You can test the app on the company’s website through a series of interactive screens.

Do you think being able to track your workouts and analyze the data can help you achieve your goals? Tell us in the comments.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/19/polar-heart-rate-chest-strap-bluetooth/

Why Google Flu Trends Will Not Replace the CDC Anytime Soon

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Google Flu Trends is a useful tool in tracking the severity of a given flu season. But take some caution in making conclusions from it. Exhibit A: Look at the discrepancy between the following two charts.

The first is Google Flu Trend’s plot of national flu activity, compared with the last 6 years of flu activity. Google complies this chart by sifting through the search terms that someone might type if they had the flu. In the aggregate, this information is used to create a chart of flu outbreaks that often matches the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data on outbreaks.

The bright blue line is the current year — and it looks pretty bad.

Now, look at the CDC’s Outpatient Illness surveillance. This data is compiled from 3,000 clinics across the country that report to the CDC when they see patients with flu-like symptoms.This is one of several graphs included in the CDC’s weekly flu reports. They also track mortality rates, have a network of labs analyzing viral specimens, survey hospitals for confirmed flu patients, and track the geographic spread of viral strains, among others.

The red line is the current year.

If you have a keen eye, you can see the difference. The first chart implies this is the worst flu season in recent years, the second shows a severe season, but still below the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic year of 2009. Granted, the CDC’s data runs about a week behind Google’s, but even data points from a few weeks back show this discrepancy.

In a world where Target knows a woman is pregnant before she or her family does, the power of enormous digital data sets should not be ignored. We all leave huge tracks of data wherever we go – shopping in stores, but especially on the Internet. And these swathes of data create a shadow of our real world that can be analyzed. But it’s still just a shadow. While Google’s Flu trends have passed the acceptance of academic research, the search giant admits that the project needs constant tweaking.

“We intend to update our model each year with the latest sentinel provider ILI data, obtaining a better fit and adjusting as online health-seeking behavior evolves over time,” Matt Mohebbi, a Google software engineer wrote on Forbes recently. “With respect to the current flu season, it’s still too early to tell how the model is performing.”

Recently, I spoke with Lynnette Brammer, an Epidemiologist in the Flu department of the CDC about the role of technology in disease tracking, and about how we can explain the discrepancy in the charts above. Below is an edited version of the interview.

Is it fair to compare the CDC’s flu tracking with Google’s Flu Trends?

There’s pros and cons to both systems. Because [Google’s} system is real time that gives us a peak of what might be coming a week early. The downside is you can’t track down those signals. If you see an increase in flu, you can’t find out what it really is, at least not directly. Whereas in our ILI system, if we see an increase in people going to the doctors for flu-like illness and we look at our laboratory data and we don’t see any increase in flu, we’ll check with our colleagues who look at other respiratory viruses. And we don’t see anything there, we can always call the state, and the state calls the physician, and say “the next few people who come in, that look like they have flu, can you take some samples and send them to our lab?” We can directly follow up on those and investigate things that we think are unusual.

There can be things in Google flu trends that cause signals that maybe aren’t flu. They try very hard to filter out signals that could be caused purely by increased media interest. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2009, they probably had done too good of a job of that. They didn’t pick up the signal in the beginning. They modified and they had said all along, “we’re going to do this and if we learn more we’re going to modify our algorithms.“ And they did, and it seems to be working, but they seem to be a little high. Changes in people’s [search] behaviors can change that.

It’s really hard, certainly for us at CDC, to understand what’s causing that change. They’re seeing much pretty much record levels of influenza like illness. And while ours are high, they’re not at historical limits by any means. We just have a lot more flexibility and ability to track down and ask additional questions and find the answers to those questions.

So if what we’re seeing out of Google is skewing high, how would you describe this season’s outbreak?

This season is within the range of what we see when this Influenza A H3N2 virus, which is predominant right now. When that virus circulates, we tend to have more severe seasons. Not all H3N2 seasons are severe, but the severe seasons tends to be H3N2 seasons. H3N2 virus tend to effect the elderly, so it’s not a huge surprise to us that we are seeing more illness, more hospitalizations, and more deaths in the elderly this year.

It’s similar to what we saw in 2007, 2008, a little bit less probably than what we saw in 2003 and 2004 season. It’s certainly in the range of normal for this type of virus.

Five years from now, what do you predict will change in the way the CDC tracks the flu? Or what do you hope for?

In five years from now, I would like to get an even larger proportion of my laboratory data electronically, using standard messaging. We have been working to get more and more of that doctor office data electronically.

And as more and more of them get those systems, we want to be able to collect the data in a way that doesn’t take up a physician or somebody in his office staff, it doesn’t take up so much of their time. We want to make reporting easier and, we want to get more data, but we don’t want to put an additional burden on people.

I’m hoping that our mortality data is based more and more on electronic death certificates. A fair number of [our reporting sites] sit there and count how big of a stack, how many death certificates came into their office that week. And they’ll sit there and actually read those death certificates and look and see how many had pneumonia, or if there is influenza listed on here. And if death certificates become electronic, and they can get those transferred in electronically, those can get automatically coded and this data can be extracted without having someone sit there and read all these death certificates. Hopefully soon it will all be seamless.

So it sounds like the optimal flu tracking system is a combination of Google Flu trends and the CDC’s tracking. Instant data, but also very specific data.

We want the data transmission to be as easy for the people providing it to us as possible. But the thing we don’t want is to lose the connection we have with those people. Even if you have really good data coming in, you’re always going to have questions about what it means. And nothing replaces being able to call up a doctor’s office, when you are seeing something unusual, and just being able to say “what do you think is going on”? And these guys in addition, when they see something that’s unusual or something they don’t understand, they have the phone number of somebody at the health department, so I think they are more likely to call. We don’t want to lose that.

I’m imagining that there are Purell dispensers everywhere at the CDC. Is that a fair guess?

No. I mean there are, there are Purell dispensers by the elevator and I’ve got a bottle of Purell up in one of my drawers somewhere. We’re all conscious of trying to stay healthy, and good hand hygiene and things like that but we’re not uber-paranoid or anything. We want people to stay health because we want them to work through flu season.

When did you realize this winter was going to be a severe flu season?

It’s not one of those things when you have an “a-ha” moment and say, “O my gosh this is going to be bad.” It sort of builds gradually. The fact that we never got down to less than one percent [of our samples] testing positive for flu during the summer sort of gave me a not-so-good feeling. It usually gets down below 1 percent and I think the lowest we got was maybe 3% over the whole summer. And we were starting to see these H3N2 viruses and we were starting to hear from our colleagues in Australia and New Zealand that they had a fairly severe flu season, and those viruses are what circulated there.

What do you make of companies like Target who mine sales records for hints of people’s health states – like if they are pregnant or not. Are there any of these “big data” implications for national public health? For flu tracking?

There’s a lot of things that are surrogates for something else. If you tracked Kleenex sales, you’ll probably track the flu seasons. We joke that anything can really track the flu season if you really want to make it. While some of that stuff is interesting and there are implications financially for some things, we can only do so much. So we’re sticking to the stuff that’s closer to the actual source, which for us are the viruses.

Photo courtesy of Flickr, SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

This article originally published at National Journal
here

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/01/25/google-flu-trends-replace-cdc/

Rock Your Inner Shoshanna With These 8 Hairstyles From ‘Girls’

A fifth star has emerged among the four leading ladies of HBO’s Girls.

We speak not of Adam, Ray or even the soon-to-be absent Charlie, but of Shoshanna Shapiro’s whimsical hair.

Each episode, Shoshanna surprises us with intricate braids, oddly-placed buns and daring hair accessories. Though some border on ridiculous, her ‘dos never fail to get us talking.

To gear up for season three of Girls, use these simple hair tutorials to channel your inner-Shosh.

Hot Tub Exercise Bike May Be the Gym Workout of the Future

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How often are you lounging in a hot tub and wish an exercise bike would appear in the middle? It’s one of those things you never think about, but makes you wonder how something so quirky and brilliant hasn’t been dreamed up before.

The new FitWet Jet Bike combines a hot tub-like vestibule with a standard exercise bike. When pedaling within the unit, the Jet Bike promises the benefits of a spinning workout alongside the benefits of working out in water, such as helping blood flow, working muscles with resistance greater than air and cutting down on cellulite. Spending 30 minutes on the Jet Bike is equivalent to two hours on a standard one.

Although the concept may seem bizarre, the promotional video (featured below) sells you. Do you want to be healthy? Yes. Do you like hot tubs? Of course! Plus, it’s easy to buy into how this would be so much more fun that riding a standard stationary bike in a gym.

Not to mention the device self-cleans itself after each use to get rid of the water and keep it sanitary. But the bad news if that the Jet Bikes aren’t yet available in the U.S.

“We are selling them to gyms in Las Vegas and hoping to expand to Texas, but right now, it’s only in Europe,” a company spokesperson told Mashable. “We hope to open our first spa-like facility in Miami soon.”

Each Jet Bike costs $18,000, so it would be a costly investment for gyms looking to add one to its equipment lineup.

Would you be interested in using the FitWet Jet Bike? Could this be the next big thing in working out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/11/hot-tub-exercise-bike/