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Exam pressure: A tutor's eye view

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:19
Enter the world of the super-tutor

VIDEO: Actress writes her own happy ending

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:16
A woman pioneer in the digital space talks about using technology to create acting opportunities that wouldn't otherwise exist.

VIDEO: Meet Brazil's silver surfers

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:15
Meet the Brazilian pensioners who live for the big wave

Why Palestinians love St George

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:14
Why St George is a hero on the West Bank

A tour of Shakespeare's England

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:05
What do the Bard's favourite haunts look like today?

Olympic medallist Williamson retires

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:05
Alison Williamson will not bid for a record-breaking seventh Olympic appearance in Rio after retiring from archery.

Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:03
The old technology bringing your bank branch to you

Brazil ex-president 'not murdered'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:03
Brazil's National Truth Commission says the death of ex-President Juscelino Kubitschek was an accident, despite claims he was murdered.

Breast cancer drug price cut urged

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:02
Campaigners urge pharmaceutical giant Roche to lower the cost of a pioneering breast cancer drug as the NHS prepares to rejects its use on price grounds.

VIDEO: Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:02
UK banks are expanding their use of mobile branches. Brian Milligan reports on the new banks on wheels.

Want to get in shape? Get chased by zombies

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:00

You've seen those high-tech bracelets worn by everyone from Oklahoma City Thunder hoops star Kevin Durant to Apple CEO Tim Cook. And yet, Nike reportedly is going to shutter the division, and lay off the engineers, who make the athletic company's FuelBand wearable fitness tracker. 

 

Is the wearable fitness device market slowing down? No, not really. In fact, for many, the standard Fitbit or calorie-counter apps are too basic. Check out these unconventional additions to the list of tech aimed at getting you in shape.

 

Coach Alba

 

Not everyone can afford a personal trainer or a life coach who takes responsibility for their clients' health. That's where Coach Alba comes in. After answering a survey on pivotal moments in daily life, Coach Alba is designed to text users during "crucial moments" to remind them of goals, and to encourage good behavior. If, for example, late night snacking is your vice, Coach Alba will ping you in the evening with reminders of what you've already eaten that day. Find out more about Coach Alba here.

 

 

Pact

 

If you think words are cheap, then Pact might be the right phone app for you. Aside from allowing you to track your diet and exercise on your phone, Pact adds the element of financial reward if you keep your set goals. Your pay off comes at the expense of fellow users who did not make it to the gym when they said they would, or those who ate a donut instead of a salad. Be warned: fail at meeting your goals, and you end up paying more successful Pact users with your hard earned cash. Find out more about Pact here.

 

 

GymShamer

 

Like Pact, GymShamer uses public accountability as motivation. Unlike Pact, you pay with your dignity, not your money. GymShamer is set up to notify your friends via your social media accounts when you miss a trip to the gym. Winner of a Foursquare hackathon in January, GymShamer may be coming to an embarrassing social media debacle near you. Find out more about GymShamer here.

 

GymShamer

 

Striiv

 

If you're a gamer, gameplay advantages may be more your speed. The Striiv Pedometer rewards the amount of steps you've taken by providing goods for a Farmville-esque game on your phone and computer. In this case, you're populating an enchanted island with trees and animals. It's like Lost, but with rewards for people who continue to pay attention. Find out more about Striiv here.

 

 

Zombies, Run!

 

Speaking of gaming and fitness, "Zombies, Run!" is an app that places the user in the middle of a post-apocalyptic dystopia where running isn't just for exercise, it's for survival. Like Striiv, the more you exercise, the more rewards you receive. Unlike Striiv, you're also running for your life. "Zombies, Run!" will instruct the user on how far they have to go in order to escape the hoarde of imaginary zombies following close behind. Think "Running Dead," not "Walking Dead." Find out more about "Zombies, Run!" here.

 

Firms warned on 'ridiculous' pay

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:51
Britain's top companies have been warned to exercise caution on executive pay by Vince Cable as they prepare to set next year's awards.

Mourinho 'wants to rest players'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:46
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Sunday's Premier League trip to leaders Liverpool.

U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:41

The State Department, citing news reports of heightened activity at Pyongyang's test site, says it's closely watching the situation.

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VIDEO: Fans worldwide react to Moyes' sacking

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:39
Manchester United fans from India, Kenya and Singapore and Brazil give their reaction to the sacking of David Moyes as club manager.

Higgins suffers shock loss to McManus

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:38
Four-time champion John Higgins is out of the World Snooker Championship after a 10-7 first-round defeat by Alan McManus.

VIDEO: Armed men torch 34 buses in Brazil

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:29
Heavily armed men have set fire to 34 buses in a Sao Paulo suburb and held employees hostage.

Mali group says French hostage dead

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:17
Islamist militants in Mali say French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, who was kidnapped in 2012, is dead.

Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:17

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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Why Roto-Rooter cares how you die

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-22 14:03

The Centers for Disease Control tells us that about 2.5 million people die in this country every year.

And 44 percent of those people are now dying in hospice care.

That's surely a cultural change, but it's also a business opportunity. Hospice care has become a $17 billion business.

Fran Smith wrote a book about hospice care called "Changing the Way We Die."

She describes hospice care as the most successful part of the healthcare industry, and says it's surprising who is getting into the game.

"More than half of hospice programs are run by for profit companies. All the growth in hospice over the past ten years has been in the for-profit sector. The company that owns Roto-Rooter, ChemEd, is the owner of the largest hospice chain in the country - Vitas."

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