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Best of the Web for Windows Users - 18 - 24 January 2015

This week was very busy for Microsoft and filled with exciting announcements: a new preview version of Windows 10, more details about upcoming features of this operating system, exciting new devices like Microsoft HoloLens, good news about the upcoming version of Office and more. Don't hesitate to read this week's recap. There's lots of great stuff to read and learn about.

What's The Difference Between Food Logging And Calorie Counting?

FoodEveryone who has lost weight (or tried to) has done calorie counting at least once. We all know how frustrating that can be, especially when it doesn't seem to make any sense. The problem is that nobody tells you how to count calories correctly, so that you can confirm that you are eating too much, or eating the wrong things. Also, nobody tells you how to get to a lower number of calories, and still stay reasonably within your comfort zone. In this article, I'm going to describe the difference between classical calorie counting and food logging. Food logging is a novel concept that I am using in my Programmer Fitness project. It consists of trying to record what you eat accurately, by spending at most 10 minutes per day while doing it, and focusing on other metrics rather than on calories.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 11 - 17 January 2015

In this week's roundup we share news about Windows 10 and the consumer preview event that is going to take place next week. Also, Microsoft has announced new smartphones with Windows Phone at prices that are lower than ever and Samsung has declared its interest in building new smartphones with this operating system. Learn more about these events as well as other interesting news, from our recap.

Christmas Doesn't Make You Fat, The Rest Of The Year Does

peopleWe've all been through the Christmas holidays, and are thinking of ways to compensate for the sudden change in lifestyle for 2 weeks. Everyone seems to be worried about the weight put on during the holidays, so I decided to have the first quantified Christmas and New Year. After getting the data from paying attention to my activity, sleep and food, I have drawn some very interesting conclusions. In this article, I will share with you the data from December 2014, compared to the rest of the year. The surprising insight is that the holidays are, in fact, not that significant compared to the rest of the year when looking at the actual data. Here's what I have learned:

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 4 - 10 January 2015

Happy New Year, everyone! This is our first recap with Microsoft news for 2015. It’s been an interesting week with news about Microsoft’s upcoming browser and new features announced for Windows Phone. We also have some fun and useful tips that might help if you’re using Gmail and two-factor authentication. Read on to discover which Microsoft-related news made the headlines at the beginning of the year.

What Is The Wearables Industry Doing With The Data From Your Gadgets?

PrivacyIn this article, we are going to talk about wearable devices and privacy. In my opinion, this is a heavily underrepresented topic, with exponentially growing importance in today's technology landscape. New devices are launching almost every week on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo and to top that off, in September 2014, Apple and Intel both announced their first important steps in the wearables market. Before you start using a wearable device, here's what you expose yourself to in terms of data privacy.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 14 - 20 December 2014

This is our last recap with Microsoft news for 2014 and it includes quite a long list of reading recommendations. We start with Microsoft selling the MixRadio service they bought together with Nokia, great news about upcoming OneDrive and Xbox One features, the launch of the Skype Translator Preview and more. Read this episode to learn what happened this week in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem:

A Geek's Quest To Quitting Coffee - How I Managed To Pull It Off

coffeeHave you ever found yourself getting through a day with excruciating headaches and then remembering that you forgot to drink coffee? You're not the only one. There is a very large number of people trying to quit coffee. A simple Google search yields a comparable number of results for "quit coffee", "quit alcohol" and "quit drugs". Impressive, right? Yet, nobody really pays attention to this one that much. And while the other 2 habits are blamed by society, coffee is actually endorsed. That's why, in this article I am going to describe how I ended up deciding to quit drinking coffee, my method for doing it and the impact it had on my sleep and energy levels. Being a quantified self geek with over 9 months of detailed data about myself, I am able to correlate a number of vital signs to the experiments that I do on myself. Let's get started:

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 7 - 13 December 2014

This week we have received news of Windows 8.1 supporting natively the MKV file format for movies, Microsoft starting its Bing integration with Office in new and useful ways, as well as Xbox One finally outselling PS4. To learn more details about these events as well as other interesting news, check this week's roundup:

Real-Life Strategies For Logging Your Food Intake

journalIn a previous article I have discussed about the benefits and pitfalls of logging your food and the conclusion was that there is ample reason for one to log the food intake. Especially when we want to lose some weight or to maintain that lost weight. But how do you actually log your food? To help you, I would like to share my experience on this topic and discuss several strategies for logging your food intake

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 30 November - 6 December 2014

This week we have learned new details about the Windows 10 release schedule, directly from Microsoft. Also, new features were demonstrated, including an early Cortana build for Windows 10. Windows Phone made some headlines as well, with new apps being made available and new companies opting to use this platform for their employees. Read this week's recap to learn more about what happened in Microsoft's ecosystem:

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