Scientists from the University of Leeds, UK, said the smartphone can be the key to a person to lose weight. The research team created My Mate Meal application to monitor the food intake of people who want to lose weight.
My Meal Mate allows users to monitor the calories from food intake and exercise every exercise, set a target weight loss, and send weekly progress updates via text message.
The study was conducted on 128 volunteers who are overweight (obese) for six months. Then they were divided into three groups with each group using a different monitoring methods.
The result, using this app on a smartphone during the six months, the weight dropped to 10 pounds, or approximately 4.4 kilograms. As has been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
“Smartphone technology can be used to improve one’s health. Most people do not know how many calories they consume everyday and My Meal Mate is really helpful monitoring of food intake. Thus, can contribute to weight loss efforts, “said the project leader, Professor Janet Cade of the School of Food Science and Nutrition.
Unlike other smartphone application, My Meal Mate is the first free application that contains the most complete food database in the UK, which helped monitor the food intake and lose weight.
Thus, this allows the user to map the consumption habits of food products with ease. In addition, this application also became the first weight monitoring application that can be downloaded on the NHS Choices website.
My Meal Mate app is currently available for download in the Android system. Can be downloaded directly from the NHS Choices website or from Google Play Store.
Although Google has denied the Motorola X Phone will be unveiled at Google I / O in May, but did not stop the news circulating about the smartphone. The latest information says that the Motorola X Phone will have a resistance to water and dust.
Information related to the presence of Motorola’s new smartphone comes from Guy Kawasaki who posted his writings on Google+. PhoneArena site also claims to obtain information from confidential sources regarding Motorola X Phone.
PhoneArena revealed, X Motorola Phone to be released by the end of the year or possibly in November 2013. This smartphone is reportedly carrying the quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon which raced at 2GHz clock. Thus quoted from Softpedia, Tuesday (26/03/2013).
In addition, the smartphone is reportedly reinforced with Li-Ion 4000 mAh capacity and carries a 4.8 inches screen is coated with sapphire or tripling of the latest Corning Gorilla Glass.
The group managed to thwart Hamas rocket smuggling that has been infiltrated by a tracking device from Israel. Hamas was supposed to thwart the smuggling of rockets that they can use.
According to Hamas, they were awaiting delivery of long-range rockets smuggled from Libya to Gaza via the Sinai. But it was blocked before sending rockets into the tunnels used for smuggling into the Gaza border region.
As reported by the Times of Israel, Tuesday (03/05/2013), the blocking done after experts from the military wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades found a tracking device when conducting an examination of the missiles in the Sinai.
Sinai Desert has been known to be filled with weapons from Libya following the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, in October 2011 ago. Last June, the Egyptian military managed to confiscate the weapons were about to smuggled into Gaza. Including foreclosure conducted on 138 missiles.
Some sources in the Sinai said, the Hamas stopped cooperating with many arms smugglers in Sinai. They even suspect that Hamas is working with Israel to plant the tracker, allowing Israel to find a similar weapon.
Now the smugglers that he was concerned with the safety of their lives, because Hamas vowed to punish them cruelly.
Indonesia expects investment in the energy and mineral resources to rise further to US$38.94 billion this year.
Energy and mineral resources minister Jero Wacik said here on Monday “in 2012 investment in the sectors rose to US$33.7 billion and this year it is expected to rise further to US$38.9 billion.”
He said last year`s hike from the previous year was proof that Indonesia was really attractive for investment.
“It is proof how attractive is Indonesia in the eyes of both national and foreign investors,” he said.
The minister admitted that there were still cases hindering investment but in general the investment situation was good as reflected by the inflow of foreign investment that reached US$33.7 billion in 2012.
Investment in the energy sectors include oil, natural gas, minerals, coal and renewable energy sources.
Last year, he said, BP from Britain decided to increase its investment in Indonesia to US$12 billion to develop its field in Tangguh, Papua.
Chevron from the US meanwhile had also expressed its commitment to increasing its investment by US$10 billion to develop its natural gas fields, he said.
Eramec from France also would start its new investment project worth US$5 billion, he added.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday that talks with Libya high antarpejabat Western diplomat in Paris this week will focus on security issues following the overthrow of Moamar Gaddafi.
“Despite good intentions and talent leaders, there is not enough security in Libya,” Fabius said on BFM television ahead of talks on Tuesday, reported AFP.
“The meeting on Tuesday aiming to help them control their borders, to give them the support to prevent arms move in any direction,” he said.
Fabius will join in the talks with his counterpart from Libya, Mohamed Abdulaziz, the foreign ministers of Britain, Italy, Denmark, Turkey and Malta and the Libyan officials.
Senior diplomats from other countries will also take part. The conference will be attended by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to Paris on Wednesday to meet with President Francois Hollande.
Efforts to revive the Libyan economy will also be discussed, as several Libyan ministers met on Monday night to head French business.
Diplomatic sources said the talks were the result of serious concern to the security of Libya, including the influx of weapons from Gaddafi storage places throughout the region since the collapse of the regime’s leaders.
“The bad news is that there are real security risks in Libya, the good news is that Libya is not in denial. They want us to offer solutions to them,” said one diplomatic source.
Militants who control Mali last year was one of several parties believed to have benefited from the looting Gaddafi’s arsenal.