Tablets useful for agriculture producers

Peter Grundig explains how farmers can benefit from using a tablet in this video from Farm Credit Canada learning videos. Peter tells us that farmers will use a tablet more than they expect – a way to have those equipment manuals available without pounds of paper, or access to websites & social media for research & connections. Check this link:

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Nike is all in with sports technology – motivating the runner in you!

You probably know Nike as the designer and manufacturer of sports wear and shoes but they also use technology to help promote a healthy lifestyle. Not only does this benefit the brand of Nike but it comes in handy for athletes who make use of their products. A popular tool in the runners arsenal is the Nike + Running App. Available for either Apple iOS (iPhone & iPods) as well as Android phones. By using the accelerometer and GPS positioning features on these devices, the Nike + Running App lets users track various metrics that runners use to set goals and measure performance. Runners can.choose whether the running activity is indoors or outdoors, provide music play-lists to run to, morale-boosting cheering happens when friends like your activity on Facebook and delivers audio updates on timed intervals.

Nike + Running Android App

Your running data is synced with Nike’s website (, allowing you to view a summary of your progress in graph form in your web browser. The Challenge Me section pushes you to beat your own good scores and elevate your fitness level. The Nike + Running App is available at no charge from the Nike website but registration is required to make use of the support features such as the performance summaries and social media posting to Twitter or Facebook.

Nike + Running App Arm Band

Nike also offers additional products based on similar technology.Nike + Devices

Nike+ FuelBandB – Through a sports-tested accelerometer, Nike+FuelBand tracks your daily activity including running, walking, basketball, dancing and dozens of everyday activities. It tracks each step taken and calorie burned. It also tells the time of day. Decide how active you want to be by setting a daily NikeFuel goal. The band’s LED display lights up from red to green showing your progress throughout the day.

Nike+ SportBandB – It tracks your pace, distance, time, and calories burned while you run or walk. With the Polar Wearlink+, you can track your heart rate. Connect to to see your runs, check your NikeFuel, set goals, map new routes, and share your runs with friends. The SportBand comes with a Nike+ Sensor which is placed inside your Nike+ shoe and does the tracking. It sends the info wirelessly to your SportBand, giving you real-time visual feedback while you run or walk.

Nike+ SportWatch GPSB – The Nike+ SportWatch GPS keeps track of your location, pace, distance, laps, and calories burned. With the Polar Wearlink+, it also tracks your heart rate. It stores all your run history and keeps tabs on your personal records, giving you encouragement along the way. Check out your mapped runs, and see how elevation affects your pace. Find the best places to run and compete on a Nike+ Top Route.

For more in depth training Nike also offers the Nike + Kinect Training kit that works with the Xbox 360 Kinect system. We’ll talk more about this in another blog post but here is some basic info: receive real-time coaching, track your progress, explore your Fitness and Athleticism and see how you stack-up against friends by connecting with friends across Nike+ and Xbox communities so you can train together and drive each other to reach your goals.

Nike + Kinect Training

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Survey Finds Canadian SMBs Gaining Productivity with Mobile Devices

As the use of smartphones and tablets continues to multiply, Canadian business owners are reaping work-related benefits.

Sage North America recently surveyed 476 small and midsized businesses in Canada and found the use of mobile technology is having a positive impact on productivity.

See this link for an article posted by Cliff Boodoosingh on Digital Home, a Canadian digital website with many forums on technology in Canada.

The post talks about how small and medium businesses in Canada are evolving their use of mobile devices.


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Could a smartphone be the future of medicine?

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports – NBC News. Check out this amazing capability.

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Health and Wellness at Health Street

Rick Kohut, Health Street

For the past 5 years, Olds has had a dedicated promoter of healthy eating and healthy living: Rick Kohut, R.H.N. Holistic Nutritionist at Health Street. Rick created the business out of his own search for healthy products for himself and his family, and the subsequent success of Health Street has been due in part to Rick’s use of technology to promote his business and his vision.

Via facebook, twitter, an online newsletter, and a subscription service for custom-designed, gluten free meal plans for his clients and customers, Health Street has transformed the opportunities available for Olds residents to live healthy lives. Rick offers in-store healthy living seminars and food classes (register early!), as well as nutrition consultations and biofeedback therapy. “I’m in love with food,” he says, and he has met with the producer of almost every product Health Street sells, to make sure they all meet his stringent health and quality requirements. The most recent technology advancement for Health Street…a new online store offering a full range of superior quality natural health products and gluten free food!

Health Street’s use of video recipes, online gluten free meal plans, and even a workout “flash mob” ensures that his business is growing, energetic, and very visible!

Sign up here for Health Street’s informative e-newsletter. To learn more about Rick visit

Rick Kohut and Health Street…our newest “Champions of Technology!”

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“Techie Christmas” winners

Congratulations to our three winners of the “Have Yourself a Techie Little Christmas” contest: Regan, Shelley and Teresa each have an extra $100 to spend this season. More details of their Christmas projects soon! Thank you to everyone who entered…Merry Christmas!

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Have Yourself a “Techie” Little Christmas

We’re all wishing each other a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. Have you found a way to make your Christmas merrier, your Holidays happier…through technology? Tell us, and you may be $100 richer just before Christmas!

Maybe you’ve discovered the ultimate holiday app. Perhaps your Christmas photo album has gone digital. Maybe you’ve chosen “techie” Christmas gifts for your friends and family; or you’ve created the ultimate school project; or your business is booming because of “the cloud”!

Olds Connected Communitiy wants to hear your stories. How are you using technology to make your Holidays more peaceful, fun, rewarding, or memorable?

We’re offering $100 for the best submissions in each of three categories: family, student and business.

It’s free to enter, and there’s nothing to buy. Just send us your best holiday tech story by December 20, 2012. We’ll announce the winners the next day. We know that money doesn’t buy happiness, but who knows…you may find yourself with an extra $100 to help make Christmas more special for yourself or for others!

Check out our new YouTube video and download the full contest rules here.

Send your entries (or questions) to

Presented by the Connected Community Committee of the Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development.

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Drew Taddia: True Form

Drew Taddia, local fitness guru and nutrition/lifestyle consultant, loves to play baseball. In fact, throughout his high school and College years, that was the focus of his activity—a passion that eventually took him all over the world: playing professional ball in the US, Germany, and Australia, before eventually coming back to Alberta and to Olds where he has been living for the past 1 1/2 years.

His interest in nutrition and a healthy lifestyle was one of the things that made him stand out as an athlete, and he brings that knowledge to his Olds clients at True Form, through his new book Detoxify Yourself, and his Complete Truth Protein product.

Drew can be found on facebook and twitter, but his real web presence is through dozens of online videos, showcasing his determination  to help all his clients find the confidence to be their best selves…being the person they want to be and doing the things they want to do.

Drew Taddia: champion ball-player, champion fitness expert, and now our newest Technology Champion with the Olds Connected Community. Congrats, Drew!


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Managing technology for your home

Lesley Winfield writes:

In today’s changing and interconnected world, we hear a lot about security. Are we safe on the Internet? Can the wrong people get to our precious and valuable digital information? But there are also some great ways that technology can help keep us safe and secure…in our own home! I recently had a new security system installed in my home and it has helped me in a number of ways, even beyond security.

First of all, the system has an app. Yes, like everything these days, “there’s an app for that” and I love it. From my phone I can check to see if the doors are locked or if someone forgot to lock them on the way out. I can even lock them with the touch of the screen. Likewise, I can monitor my alarm, arming and disarming as needed. I can even turn a lamp on and off periodically to make it appear that I’m at home. One of my favorite features, however, is the ability to receive a text when something unusual happens. When I recently went away, we asked someone to check on our house. I was able to get notifications when the system was disarmed so I knew that everything was working well. Likewise, if there had been a burglar alarm or fire alarm, I would have received a text immediately. Such a great way that technology can give you peace of mind!

One of the final and most impressive features of this system has to do with sustainability and power savings. I’ve always been environmentally conscious, so this was the feature that made my decision. Many people have programmable thermostats; however, having the thermostat integrated into your monitoring system allows you to change the temperature right from your phone. An added benefit, in my books, is that if you arm the system it will automatically set an ‘away’ temperature. If you go out for a few hours it will  turn down your furnace so you’re not wasting energy! There are many security providers out there, so I’ll let you do your own shopping around for the one that fits you. However, here are some suggestions if you’re interested in starting your research:

Home Security

Home Automation

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Simple Life Celebrations — Tech Champions

Shawna Cevraini, Krystal Worth

Meet Krystal Worth and Shawna Cevraini: two Olds residents creatively and successfully using aspects of technology in their lives and businesses. Shawna and Krystal are the driving forces behind Simple Life Celebrations. Their mantra: “Ditch the Clutter AND the Guilt…Simplify Your Life!

Simple Life Celebrations uses everything from an attractive, witty, self-designed website and blog, to active facebook, twitter and YouTube posts, and their own series of Simplify ebooks, in order to get their message out and their organizing services to people who need them.

What impressed me most about this dynamic duo?  Their enthusiasm, humour, and conviction that they have something to offer that will truly make a difference in people’s lives. Past successes have included Celebrate Life, a week-long “healthy living summit” in Olds last February. Future plans: an online support group for working women; speaking engagements in Olds and beyond; and personalized organizing help over the internet. For a real challenge, I offered to send them a photo of my basement storage room, and it didn’t faze them in the least!

Krystal, Shawna, and Simple Life Celebrations — one way Olds is becoming a Connected Community. Do you have more examples of Olds residents improving their lives through technology? Get in touch and we’ll help share your stories.

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