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How many times should you check your email?

Finally, researchers found out how many times you should check your email per day so that you won’t become stressed. According to scientific studies, constantly checking your emails can become an addictive habit that can stress you without you even understanding the true reason for your state of mind.

According to Mashable, in fact, the researches found out that there is a specific number of times the email should be checked during the day so that one would not become stressed. The study was conducted by making a survey on 124 adults.

The researchers asked the subjects to limit checking their email to three times a day for an entire week. For the second week, the participants were told to check their email as many times as they could. After this test, the participants were asked to fill a certain questionnaire to see their state of mind during the two weeks of test. They found out that the less frequent they checked their email, the happier they were throughout the day.

The results showed that while the average person checks email 15 times a day, the study suggests three times is the right amount to keep added stress away. The experts explained that the cause of stress was switching between tasks, as the mind had to realign the attention and the emotions every time it changed focus. However, the experts stated that asking people to limit their email checks could also cause some initial stress, considering that, for example, 92% of US adults use email to communicate with others.

The email can also help people feel connected, especially from the moment the smartphones become a must have gadget.

“Most participants in our study found it quite difficult to check their email only a few times a day,” lead author Kostadin Kushlev, a PhD candidate at UBC’s Dept. of Psychology, said in a statement. “This is what makes our obvious-in-hindsight findings so striking: People find it difficult to resist the temptation of checking email, and yet resisting this temptation reduces their stress.” Instead of responding to emails one by one as they roll in, a workaround to reduce stress might be setting aside certain times of the day (perhaps morning, afternoon and night) to tend to messages. This may help email users feel more in control of the flow and need not to switch between tasks as much.

NEW: How to know what is happening in your house while you’re away

“The Point” is a new device, simple yet useful, that can be used for monitoring your house while you’re away. This new device developed by Nils Mattisson, Fredrik Ahlberg, Marcus Ljungblad and Martin Lööf is actually a gadget that will detect loud noises in your home while you are away.

Moreover, as a noise is detected, like broken glass or shutting a door, the device will send an alarm message on the owner’s smartphone. From here, the owner decides whether he would ignore the message or call the police or activate another security system.

“We wanted something like this for ourselves—peace of mind to know that all is fine while away from home. Our only options were cameras and complex security systems and thought there had to be a better way,” said Mattisson, according to techcrunch.com.

It connects via WiFi and batteries last a year.


“We designed Point to be invisible, non-invasive and simple. We think it’s where the future is heading—technology that’s more ambient and unobtrusive. We also think it’s smarter, although that’s an overused word. Most smart things are actually quite dumb, a sensor that just feeds data to the cloud,” said Mattisson. The Point also senses the indoor temperature and allows you to talk back to your thieves through the phone.

This device costs around 70 dollars which makes it pretty affordable for an alarm system.

 

How about a robot friend that can help you around the house

After Siri, the voice of Apple gadgets, it is now the time to step up one level. Amazon announced to open sales for Amazon Echo, a cylinder-shaped device that can answer your every question, can help you around the house and can even entertain you with nice jokes.

According to Mashable.com, the price for such an intelligent device is 199 dollars and it measures 9 inches in hight. Using cloud technology, the device answers to the name Alexa and can inform you about the weather, can play your favourite music, can be an excellent alarm clock, can help you with random information and can even help you not to forget certain things.

The device comes with seven built-in microphones and sensors that pick up on your voice in any direction; it can hear you even when it’s playing music. Alexa’s creators say that the device gets „smarter” in time, learning your habits, routines, speech patterns and preferences, and saves this data in the cloud.

How about an app that can send the smell of your food to your friends and family?

It seems that we are making hasty steps towards the future world of Star Trek and other Sci-Fi movies depicting a highly technologized life. Harvard University professor David Edwards, along with a team of students, created an iPhone app called oSnap that can take photos and send accompanying scents to the recipient.

According to Yahoo News, the app was revealed to the public June 17, at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

How does the smell app work

If you are a programmer or an app developer your head may start to hurt as you would think how it would be possible to send smells through an electronic device. Well, the Harvard professor and his students created a special device that is basically an Instagram-like automatic camera with which the user can snap photos of the object they wish to send.

After the photo is taken, a tagging menu appears with a selection of scent notes for the user to choose from, such as butter, cocoa beans, baguette or red wine. Up to eight different scents can be combined to give the recipient the full picture of a meal or other experience. The photo and its corresponding scent tags are then messaged to the recipient, who uses a scent-transmitting machine called an oPhone to “receive” the smell.

The team envisions the device becoming commonplace in restaurants, coffee shops and other places where explaining complex smells and flavors can be difficult. Edwards suggested that baristas could use the oPhone to give customers a sense of a product before buying.