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Referendum pleas on St George's Day

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:29
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron use the English feast day of St George to make their Scottish independence referendum appeals.

Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:18

A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."

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'A third' can't afford healthy food

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:06
High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests.

Conman jailed for tricking pensioner

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:03
A third man is jailed for theft from an 84-year-old with dementia who was conned out of £73,500.

Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:01
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Indian elections: Hope and anger in transgender community

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:57
Can voting bring respect to India's transgender people?

Is South Africa ready for mixed-race love?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:44
How South Africa is learning to live with mixed-race couples

VIDEO: Hands-on with Microsoft's Cortana

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:40
Microsoft's natural language expert explains how he breathed life into the firm's Halo-inspired virtual assistant Cortana.

Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:27

The court ruled that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices.

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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.





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.





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.






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.


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