Meditation app – AD Roberts Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:12:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meditation app – AD Roberts 32 32 Photo and frame startup Aura raises $26 million as it nears 3 million app users with 1 million frames sold Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:12:30 +0000

Aura, a startup founded by early Twitter employees that makes digital frames and photo-sharing apps that can also be used to update those frames, has secured funding to expand its business as it nears three million users of its application and 1 million frames sold (it is now at 997k).

The company raised $26 million in a mix of debt and equity led by the Lago Innovation Fund, money the company is using to boost manufacturing this quarter and invest in 2023 plans.

Aura — not to be confused with the meditation and mental wellness app, nor the cybersecurity company, nor the biotech company of the same name — had previously raised around $13 million in equity funding from investors ( per PitchBook) that include Spark Capital, SV Angel, Betaworks and DCVC, as well as a quiet, undisclosed investment from the Chicago-based Levy Family Office (led by entrepreneur Larry Levy).

It has not sought to raise more equity, although CEO and co-founder Abdur Chowdhury has said he may do something in the coming year, pending the state of the capital market. -risk (2021 has been a tough year and investors are predicting it may continue for a while, we’ll see).

Meanwhile, the company has grown rapidly – 100% year-over-year for at least the last three, with app users growing from 1 million in December 2021 to 2 million by September. 2022 and on track to reach 3 million in January. Frame sales have reached nearly a million, with the company’s newest design, the $149 Carver, currently its top seller.

Aura executives typically have around four people on average logged in to add images, which creates a sort of network effect, Chowdhury said: Eventually some of those users get their own executives and create additional networks of contributors. uploading images to new devices, and so on. He added that his devices currently collectively display some 1 billion images to people every day.

Lessons from Twitter

Under new owner and CEO Elon Musk, Twitter’s talent pool has leaked heavily over the past two weeks through both layoffs and resignations, leaving plenty of question marks not just about what’s going on. with Twitter itself, but also on each other: among the thousands who have left, who will play a role in what could be the next chapter? This is an open question, to which Chowdhury can provide at least one answer for example.

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Chowdhury and his co-founder Eric Jensen (pictured above with Jensen on the left), who is the CTO of Aura, are friends who go back a long way in researching the use of technology to connect people with information and between them. The first two worked together years ago at AOL when it was still a major landing page destination trying to contend with Google’s rising star.

Then, after leaving AOL, along with other AOL alumni, Chowdhry and Jensen founded Summize, a search engine that took a new approach to search using user-generated content as a guide, which eventually formed its eyes on one particular juicy dataset. , that of the future social site Twitter.

Summize was actually Twitter’s first search engine, and in 2008 Twitter acquired it to integrate this functionality directly into the platform. Twitter only had 12 employees at the time, and Summize has six, so it was a big deal for both.

(Read: Former Twitter CEO and Co-Founder Ev Williams chatting with TC Founder Mike Arrington after Arrington initially reported rumors about the deal. Ev reveals Twitter opted out of the deal. buy and integrate rather than partner with another larger third party to build and power Twitter’s search. Was it Microsoft? Google? Yahoo!?)

Chowdhury, Jensen and several others stayed for several years to create early versions of Twitter’s search and new features such as trending topics – Chowdhury has been described as the father of the very concept of trending, as the person who wrote the first algorithm to produce trends on Twitter – and help the company scale its engineering operations by rapidly adding more users and more browsing activity. Chowdhury was the platform’s scientific director and Jensen led research and relevance.

By 2011, most of the Summize team had gone through their earn-out period and left the company. It was then that the couple began to think about what was next.

Chowdhury and Jensen may have left Twitter, but they weren’t completely disengaged from the concepts that brought them to Twitter in the first place.

Networking concepts – how people connect with each other – are central to how Twitter works, and it’s something that has stuck in their minds. “We started to think there was something missing here,” Chowdhury said in an interview.

They’ve turned their attention to smaller networking experiences, where people share things that are more personal with smaller groups, unlike the open nature of Twitter, or even others like Facebook. They weren’t alone – the Path app was a notable attempt to build around the concept of tight-knit groups, and Facebook itself began adapting the way users could create sharing groups as well.

“But they were all broken in one way or another,” he said, either for privacy reasons or discovery or engagement issues.

“We recognized that small networks were very fragile,” he said. “Without a power user, the network usually collapses. It’s also a challenge to monetize these networks.” At the same time, he added, “smartphones with great cameras were widely adopted. Photo content and sharing between loved ones were underutilized.”

This is what led Chowdhury and Jensen to create the two pieces of software – a photo-sharing application that connected users and their photos together – complete with a hardware element, the frame, to display those photos, but also lift a few others challenges:

“A Wi-Fi-connected executive effectively acts as a ‘power user’ – keeping content fresh without requiring constant network engagement or interaction – all with the goal of connecting family members and enjoy the pictures.” And above all, selling a framework means creating a stream of monetization without resorting to advertising and all the data mining that comes with it, which no one really wants in personal and close experiences.

“We realized we could create a nice private network for photos captured in the app, but live persistently in the frame that could bring joy,” he said.

The original company name was Pushd. Chowdhury said it was because the startup wanted to bypass push notifications to keep people connected – prescient given that it’s at the heart of how many apps, including BeReal, remind users to engage. today. Chowdhury added that “a lot of Pushd’s learnings blossomed into what Aura is today.” The startup was rebranded before the first framework launched in 2016.

Open digital shoebox

In the age of tablets and home video screen PDAs, it might seem a bit anachronistic to focus on a digital picture frame. They were, after all, among the first digital products to enter the home environment. In 2011, when Aura started, there were already 12 million digital frames sold, or 15% of all homes in the United States.

Yet, according to Chowdhury and Jensen, digital frames were quickly hitting a wall in terms of development: Not only were smartphones and tablets taking over the experience of taking and consuming digital photos, but the frames were clunky and fundamentally disconnected from these smartphones, relying on USB drives and other means to update.

But frames weren’t the only digital relic to hit a wall. Photo libraries have grown exponentially across the consumer market. In 2011, there were already some 300 billion digital photos taken in total on phones, prompting a question for the founders of Aura: “How do you get back to all that content?” asked Chowdhury.

This question has only become more persistent: Apple said in September 2022 that more than 3 trillion photos were taken on iPhones in 2021 alone. The proverbial shoebox of photos we never get to organizing suddenly seems a bit quaint.

Putting this together, the founders of Aura saw that there could be an opening in the market for a better frame, which would work better with the devices currently used to capture images, without pulling users in different directions ( and different prices) that tablets do, and making it easier to consume and appreciate the photos we and others have taken.

The company at its core is a technology player.

Among its work, Aura has built its own privacy-focused facial recognition (based on metadata, not the faces themselves) and computer vision algorithms to create smart image clusters, which sit in its applications. It builds better “digitizing” technology to capture artwork and other two-dimensional objects that its users might want to see displayed in their frames. And he’s working on ways to potentially add temporary framework image contributors, as well as more sharing between trusted, but not necessarily close, groups within the app who might not be connected to them at all. one frame,

“How do you make it easier to collect and share photos of, say, a wedding,” he asked. “Beyond your close friends and family, it’s about continuing to tell a story, capturing those images and seeing them in your home.”

I found that Aura is currently sitting on a number of patents, around 50 if you count those issued and pending. But not all of them are related to frames, photo sharing and social networks: several filed in recent years are related to health and medical monitoring, particularly during pandemics and epidemics.

“It goes back to Pushd’s time,” Chowdhury said. Some of the startup’s early work on small networks “had to do with location notifications for people on your private network.” In the case of health care, he said, it could help inform carers if an elderly relative has/has not left their home for safety/welfare reasons. “It never became a product that Pushd launched and was not used in the creation of Aura, but the team’s early work and ideas were patented, Covid-19 possibly being the l sting, since the deposits are relatively recent.

(Updated with more recent frame sales figures.)

New app to help nurses at hospitals in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes with their mental health Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:11:13 +0000
Karen Storey and Rebecca Howard with the new app

A health and wellbeing app is being provided to nurses and other NHS staff in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes (BLMK) NHS Foundation Trust, to help with stress.

The move comes amid reports that more than 40,000 nurses have left the NHS in the past year, largely due to mental health issues.

NHS England and Improvement have seconded lead nurse Karen Storey to support the development of the app which contains resources specific to nursing needs such as reflection support, assertiveness and voice masterclasses. It is used by nurses at BLMK hospitals, which is supporting the launch of ShinyMind this week.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, Chief Medical Officer of Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership, said: “As a health and care system, we have embraced the innovation embodied by the ShinyMind app.

“We are very grateful to Rebecca Howard and her team for its development and for the very real and demonstrable improvements to our staff and patients, demonstrated by the pilots of the ongoing ‘Shine’ project.

The app has been co-created with the NHS, involving nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers, and has been proven to increase nurses’ positivity, helping them deal with stress more effectively and improve their well-being.

Lizzie Roberts, a nurse practitioner who uses the app, said, “I really enjoy using the ShinyMind app for meditation and resilience masterclasses. These really help to boost personal well-being.

A survey of 400 nurses using the beta version of ShinyMind found that 46% felt it had improved their productivity, 94% felt better as a result of its use, with the average improvement in well-being standing at 117%.

To launch the new app, ShinyMind enlisted the help of beloved British author and poet, Michael Rosen, who has penned a brand new poem dedicated to hardworking nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers. .

He said: ‘Nurses are the backbone of the NHS and literally saved my life.

“I believe the ShinyMind app will be a great source of information, advice and support for nurses and I really hope they download it to improve their well-being and continue to save lives.”

Advent # Pray25 feat. The chosen Mon, 14 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000

CHICAGO, November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sanctify1 Christian prayer app in the United States with over 4 million downloads, partnered with several members of The chosen, the biggest Christian TV series in history chronicling the life of Jesus with over 400 million views, for the app’s next Advent prayer challenge, Advent #Pray25 feat. The chosen.

Join the cast of The Chosen in prayer this Advent only on Hallow, the #1 Catholic app in the world and the #1 Christian prayer app in the US. Pray every day before Christmas with Jonathan Roumie, the actor who plays Jesus, and so many other cast members by joining their Advent #Pray25 Challenge featuring The Chosen starting November 28, 2022.

Hallow App is teaming up with The Chosen for their 2022 Advent Prayer Challenge: Advent #Pray25 feat. The chosen

For the Advent challenge, Hallow joins forces again Jonathan Roumiethe actor who plays Jesus in The Chosen, alongside other cast members Vanessa who plays Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Paras who plays Matthew, Elizabeth who plays Mary Magdalene, George who plays John the Evangelist, David who embodies John the Baptist, and a special introduction by Dallas Jenkinsdirector and founder of The Chosen.

“We are working together to make sure you are focused on your prayer life this holiday season. I am so excited to be associated with Hallow, with Jonathan Roumieand several of the actors from The Chosen.” – Dallas Jenkinsdirector and founder of The Chosen

Together, these characters will guide Hallow users through a 25-day prayer challenge, one of the most anticipated challenges of the year on Hallow. From the first Monday of Advent, November 28this year’s challenge traces the story of Advent through all of Scripture: from the Garden of Eden to the nativity scene of Bethlehemwhere Christ was born.

For the first time ever, pray with the cast of The Chosen with Jonathan Roumie as your guide this Advent. Travel with thousands of Christians around the world as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ at Christmas.

“We’ve been blessed at Hallow to partner with so many amazing content creators, but I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to announce a partnership than I am today. The Chosen changed my own life and has brought me so many millions of people around the world are coming closer to Christ. We are blessed to be able to travel with some of our favorite characters from the show this Advent season in a one-of-a-kind prayer experience . Alex JonesCEO of Hallow

About Hallow
Sanctify helps people deepen their relationship with God through audio-guided prayers, sleep meditations, Bible readings, meditations, and music. The app offers over 10,000 sessions including Daily Rosary, Daily Gospel, Daily Saint, Novenas, Exams, Father by Mike Schmitz Bible in a year, by Jonathan Roumie Audio Bible, Bishop Barron’s Sunday sermons, peaceful Christian music, Gregorian chant, meditations on mental health, prayers for children and much more. Launched in December 2018Hallow is now the #1 Catholic app in the world and the #1 Christian prayer app in the United States. It has been used to pray over 100 million times in over 150 countries.



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Introducing Hypno: A Powerful App to Unleash Its Full Potential Wed, 09 Nov 2022 22:10:55 +0000

Hypno App allows users to access their very own hypnotherapist anytime, anywhere.

Hypnosis has recently gained popularity as a powerful and effective personal development tool. In the past, false information has circulated about it, leading many to ignore its potential benefits. Hypno, a recently launched paid subscription hypnosis app, is about to break that stigma and make this powerful tool available to the masses.

The app features a comprehensive library of guided hypnoses, sound healing tracks, and affirmation audios designed to tap into the subconscious and alter the negative beliefs, thoughts, and perceptions that drive one’s behavior. It features tracks focused on improving multiple areas such as career, mental well-being, health, love life, relationships, spirituality, and more. Users can also improve their concentration and deepen their meditative experience with visual meditations and hypnotic videos.

Additionally, the library is updated monthly, allowing users to access increasingly diverse tracks and create a personalized playlist of their favorite audios.

Hypno is created by Certified Hypnotherapist Nathan Richards and Certified Spiritual Counselor Melanie Menarchem. Their goals are to bring hypnotherapy to the mainstream, educate more people about its incredible benefits, and provide effective hypnotherapy sessions without the high price tag of traditional hypnosis.

The team says hypnotherapy is one of the most effective methods of taking control of your life. Beliefs and thoughts influence the way people behave and react to their environment, shaping their perception of the world and of reality. If people can turn those beliefs into something aligned with what they want to accomplish and become, they will feel more empowered to move toward those goals. People with aligned belief systems are confident, grounded, and more likely to succeed and live their best life.

With Hypno, users can begin to tap into their subconscious and change the thoughts that are holding them back from achieving the life they want. They can begin to take control of their lives and move forward on their journey of personal growth.

Many users have seen life-changing benefits of using Hypno. They claim it has helped them on their journey of self-improvement, making them more confident in themselves. Some have also experienced deeper states of relaxation and peace of mind.

According to one user, “Just a few days after using Hypno App, I feel lighter, like I’m finally letting go of things from the past that were holding me back. I can’t recommend it enough!”

Anyone looking to step into the best version of themselves can benefit from using Hypno. Currently the app is only available in the App Store. It comes with a 7-day free trial.

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What is the best workout app during pregnancy? Sun, 06 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000

Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes. You have to deal with morning sickness, mood swings and weird cravings, and don’t forget about your growing belly. However, there is one thing that should not change and that is staying physically active.

Of course, there are certain exercises you should avoid, but exercise is good for you and your baby. Sweat and FitOn are two great apps that offer pregnancy-safe workouts. Read on to find out which workout app is right for you.

What is the Sweat app?

Sweat aims to make working out in the gym or at home as easy as possible. And while it’s not completely free to use, it’s probably one of the best fitness apps for women.

Founded by Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines, Sweat offers a wide variety of over 40 workout programs. Programs range from full-body HIIT and home weightlifting to Pilates and yoga. However, Sweat is also home to several postnatal and prenatal programs.

Along with workout programs, the Sweat app offers a healthy diet plan, workout planner, activity tracker, and a community of like-minded people. Explore the key features of this app and how they can satisfy you during pregnancy.

To download: Sweat for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

Sweaty Pregnancy Workouts

Whatever your lifestyle, Sweat has tons of options when it comes to workout programs. There really is a program for everyone, including two post-pregnancy programs and two programs to help you stay active during pregnancy.

Trainers Kayla and Kelsey lead both sets of beginner-friendly pregnancy programs. The 40 week pregnancy programs offer 20-30 minute low intensity workouts that progress with your pregnancy. You can easily browse the workout collection if you are not in a rush to commit to a pregnancy program.

One of the best things about the SWEAT app is the Community tab. Here you can find blog posts covering various topics, educational articles, and the forum itself. The forum is a great place to connect with others who are on a similar pregnancy journey.

You can even filter the community forum using categories, for example if you are looking for posts relating to moms and families. In addition, you can create your own post to share your experiences and possibly get advice.

The Sweat and Activity Planner

Sweat’s planner lets you fully track all of your daily workouts that are part of your chosen plan. You can also save any additional workouts you have done. Just press the more and include a workout summary and any important notes. Additionally, you can track your daily step count by connecting the app’s step tracker to your phone’s health data.

The Activity tab is where you can find your personal goals, achievements, and progress. Goals are automatically set for you based on the program you are following. For example, the pregnancy program with Kayla includes a weekly goal of two recovery sessions.

Recovery can be essential during pregnancy as it allows your changing body to rest and recuperate. However, you have the freedom to customize any of your lenses to your liking.

Daily Meal Planner Sweatshirt

Eating healthy, nutritious meals is easy with Sweat’s Daily Meal Planner and Shopping List. The amount of meals and snacks throughout the day is set at three meals as well as morning and afternoon snacks. Plus, you can even set personal dietary restrictions, including vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian options.

Be aware that the recipes and quantities are not adapted to pregnancy. If you want to use the daily meal planner, you need to know what you can and cannot eat during your pregnancy. For example, it’s best to avoid a meal like tuna sushi.

What is the FitOn app?

FitOn is a fitness app that offers a wide variety of workouts. Although some app features are exclusive to the Pro subscription, all workouts are completely free.

Although FitOn is not specifically aimed at providing fitness content for women, it offers a wide variety of prenatal and postnatal workouts to help you lose weight. The collection of workout classes on the FitOn app ranges from quick strength and HIIT workouts to self-defense and even exercise classes for the whole family.

What sets FitOn apart is that celebrities and celebrity trainers teach many classes. For example, you can work your upper body with Gabrielle Union or try your hand at morning meditation with the D’Amelio sisters. Read on to find out what features the FitOn app has to offer you during and after pregnancy.

To download: FitOn for iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)

FitOn Pregnancy Workouts

If you’re looking for a workout to suit your changing body, then FitOn is the app for you. To access pregnancy workouts, simply go to the Workouts tab and browse the selection of on-demand categories. Here, there are tons of options to choose from, whether you’re pregnant or not.

To narrow your search even further, use the search bar and sort workouts by intensity, trainer, equipment, target zone or time available. In each training session you can see the total time, intensity and equipment needed.

FitOn Friends

FitOn offers a community feed which is just perfect if you lack motivation. Invite friends to join you from your contact list and social media platforms or just find new friends on the app. Plus, you can join community groups for other parents or groups that focus on topics like meal prep, recipes, building muscle, and more.

Feel free to create your own post to share your progress, updates, or a question you need answered. Alternatively, you can get involved by liking, commenting or sharing other people’s posts.

FitOn Progress and Tips

It’s easy to track your weekly workout progress using FitOn. The app provides a comprehensive breakdown of your weekly and monthly workouts, time, and calories burned. Plus, there’s now a streak feature that adds a bit of extra encouragement.

When you need an extra boost, FitOn offers plenty of advice based on your fitness goals. There are tons of great articles and videos that cover topics ranging from mental health to nutrition. There are also helpful tips straight from the trainers themselves.

FitOn Meals

During pregnancy, it is important to pay particular attention to your diet. After all, you are eating for two! FitOn’s personalized meal plans can meet your needs, whether you’re struggling with stress eating, following a strict diet, or running out of time to cook.

You have the option to set the number of main meal recipes and snacks you want to receive per day. To make sure your meal plan matches your changing body, edit your fitness goal and set it to prenatal fitness or postnatal fitness. You can find this option in your account settings.

Which health and fitness app is best when you’re pregnant?

Sweat is the perfect workout app for all fitness levels, especially if you want to maintain your physical activity during and after pregnancy. The app gives you a seven-day free trial, but after that, if you don’t subscribe to a plan, the app content is limited.

On the other hand, FitOn is a better option because of all the free content it offers, including a lot more pregnancy-focused workouts. There are a few features that require upgrading to FitOn Pro, such as meals, live syncing with your fitness tracker, and FitOn Party. Yet the app is still free, with access to all pregnancy workout classes.

]]> Travelers introduces mental health app for injured employees Thu, 03 Nov 2022 13:03:00 +0000

HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), the nation’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, today announced the launch of Wysa for Return to Work, an app designed to promote mental health injured employees and facilitate a more comprehensive recovery. The app was created in partnership with Wysa, a provider of AI-driven mental health support solutions.

“Factors unrelated to an individual’s injury, such as fear, unrealistic expectations, lack of sleep or minimal social support, can impede the recovery process,” said Dr. Marcos Iglesias, Medical Director in chef at Travelers. “Helping injured employees bounce back requires an approach that considers an individual’s physical and mental health issues, and we are pleased to offer another tool that supports the total well-being of our clients’ employees.”

According to Travelers workers’ compensation claims data, more than 40% of employees who missed days of work due to injury experienced a psychosocial barrier to recovery. The Wysa for Return to Work app helps users develop mental resilience skills that can help overcome these obstacles. The app responds to what users communicate through a secure, anonymous, SMS-like platform, and offers strategies that include cognitive-behavioral techniques, guided meditation, and breathing exercises.

The new app is available to injured employees who indicate one or more psychosocial barriers to their recovery during conversations with a nurse or a Travelers claims professional. Early pilot results show that injured employees using Wysa for return to work reduced the number of missed workdays by around a third, compared to those not using the app.

Travelers uses a range of workers’ compensation services to speed recovery, including:

  • The Virtual Visitation Tool, which allows nurses and claims professionals to conduct real-time video chats with employers, medical providers and injured employees to discuss issues relating to the recovery process;

  • MyTravelers® for Injured Employees, a secure web-based tool that helps individuals navigate the workers’ compensation claims process;

  • The Early Severity Predictor® model, which helps identify injured employees most at risk of chronic pain; and

  • The ConciergeCLAIM® Nurse program, which also assists injured employees in the workers’ compensation process through one-on-one connection with a nurse.

For more information about Travelers workers’ compensation products and services, visit

About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property and casualty auto, home and business insurance. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has about 30,000 employees and generated revenue of about $35 billion in 2021. For more information, visit

]]> Shirley Bovshow’s show blooms on new GAC app Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:41:18 +0000

The advice offered by Shirley Bovshow in the Great American Community’s new abridged series “Eden Living with Shirley Bovshow” goes beyond practical tips for caring for all the plants and flowers in your garden. The program available through Great American Media’s free direct-to-consumer app also offers practical suggestions for dealing with the changing environment.

“Eden Living with Shirley Bovshow” is one of 15 all-new original short series in the app featuring well-known experts in cooking, fashion, lifestyle, gardening, pets, parenting, DIY, relationships, philanthropy , fitness, wellness and devotion. New episodes of all the first series on regular dates throughout the year.

The Bovshow series is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Being part of the lineup is perfect for Bovshow.

“What I’ve found is that I really enjoy teaching,” Bovshow says. “It’s not just about doing the work in real life, but being able to articulate it and make it easy for people to understand.”

His passion for plants did not start at a young age. The self-proclaimed city dweller grew up in the urban areas of Los Angeles. She didn’t even visit the parks much. She was in her twenties when her husband introduced her to the great outdoors and this newfound interest has stayed with her ever since.

Bovshow — a nationally recognized landscaping and landscaping artist who has won numerous design awards — says the short form program for GAC is something she works on every day. She has actually spent decades helping people with their gardening questions. In addition to her own blog and a media company that focus on foliage, she was the gardening/lifestyle expert on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” for nine seasons. Bovshow was also the co-host of “The Garden Police” on the Discovery Channel.

Each job has allowed Bovshow to answer questions about flowers and plants. She has seen concerns change over the years, with drought now a very hot topic.

“People look to me for advice on landscapes and gardens nationwide,” Bovshow says. “The drought has changed a lot of approaches to gardening. It also changed your aesthetic because it forces you to see the beauty of the types of plants that you might not have considered if you weren’t in a drought.

Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Great American Media, describes in-app programming as a significant shift in the company’s digital strategy and a way to give fans a new way to interact with hosts. Along with “Eden Living with Shirley Bovshow,” the new schedule via the Great America Community app—along with the release of today’s new episodes—includes:

“The Modern Mom with Debbie Matenopoulos” (Monday and Friday): TV presenter and talk show host Debbie Matenopoulos shares easy-to-master recipes, fashion and beauty tips, and all the tips and tricks she’s learned over her two-decade career as a TV host and lifestyle expert.

“Giving & Caring with Larissa Wohl” (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday): The pet adoption advocate and TV host digs into animal adoptions, shelter spotlights and stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

“Affordably Fabulous with Lauren Makk” (Tuesdays and Thursdays): Makk shares tips and tricks for achieving the fabulous life on a budget.

“Beauty and Blessings with Kym Douglas” (Wednesday and Sunday): The series features the beauty expert and daytime TV staple offering beauty and skincare tips, fashion advice, devotions and ways to look your most beautiful from within.

“Daily Celebrations with Maria Provenzano” (Wednesday and Friday): The famous baker and chef will teach you how to cook, cook delicious recipes and make crafts for the daily celebrations of your life.

“A Good Life with Lawrence Zarian” (Mondays and Fridays): The fashion maven, TV presenter and author will inspire women of all shapes and sizes through fashion and by sharing stories from her podcast.

“All Things Cool with Lizzy Mathis” (Fridays and Sundays): The founder of The Cool Mom Co. reminds moms to step up, rekindle their personal passions, and keep bringing freshness to motherhood.

“The Sweet Life with Emily Hutchinson” (Tuesdays and Saturdays): Everything you want to do is at your fingertips with Hutchinson showing you how to make eye-catching creations.

“Southern Savvy with Jamie Tarence” (Mondays and Thursdays): The Southern connoisseur, chef, author and podcast host shares all things Southern in her series, from cooking and baking to fashion and beauty.

“Conscious Living with Mahaila McKellar” (Tuesdays and Saturdays): The actress and author shares her knowledge as a certified meditation teacher to bring positivity and mindfulness to stressful days.

“The Good Life with Cameron Mathison” (Tuesdays and Sundays): The TV star, host and presenter shares her passion to learn more about creating a healthier life. He brings this knowledge to this series dedicated to better health from within.

“Bits of Joy with Danica McKellar” (Mondays and Thursdays): McKellar will share Bible Bits, Healthy Bits and Math Bits.

“Farm and Family with Jill Wagner” (Wednesdays and Sundays): The actress and presenter offers insight into her life on a farm in Nashville that includes tours of her property, working out, family life and soulful Sundays.

“Daily Adventures with Trevor Donovan” (Wednesdays and Saturdays): Donovan will share his life and the daily adventures that bring him joy.

New virtual reality app “Retreat” transforms personal growth and personal development education Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:15:00 +0000

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Retreat, the first virtual reality app that teaches how to improve lives and overall well-being, today announced a robust lineup of expert instructors and course offerings. Currently available on Meta App Lab, this new app from GeniusX immerses users in masterfully designed virtual worlds, where they can browse and select courses focused on self-improvement and personal development.

Retreat spotlights the instructors and their inspiring stories behind the course and describes the learning process for each course in a new and exciting way.

How it works:

  • When the app launches, users will be invited to journey through an inspiring virtual world and browse through an extensive menu of courses and instructors. Topics offered range from financial freedom, public speaking, and career development to yoga, meditation, and self-realization.

  • After selecting a course, users meet the instructor and interact as if they were in person. Together they navigate the virtual space to participate in fully immersive learning environments, complete with magic portals, interactive elements and quizzes.

  • At the end of each lesson module, progress is recorded, allowing for easy breaks. The modules have been designed to last from 8 to 15 minutes to avoid fatigue for new virtual reality users.

“Our goal is to revolutionize education through the use of virtual reality,” said Nick Janicki, CEO. “We are changing the way students can experience personal growth and self-improvement. We make continuing education fully accessible in virtual reality. The world’s top category experts are now able to engage with their audience across multiple technology platforms – online, in-app, and through virtual and augmented reality. We bring richer educational experiences to life.

Research shows that students who learn in an immersive virtual reality environment are four times more focused than their peers in a traditional classroom environment. Retreat offers personalized content to learn tangible real-world skills such as: art and creativity, career and entrepreneurship, financial well-being, holistic well-being and even relationships, thanks to a system innovative and state-of-the-art virtual reality.

Retreat’s interactive platform was created and developed by immersive technology company GeniusX. The app is currently available for download by searching for “Retreat” through Meta App Lab.

“There is no doubt that immersive technology will transform education, and we are truly proud to be the first movers in this field,” said Lyle Maxson, CSO of Retreat.

Courses currently offered include: SuperHuman by Modern Nirvana, Daily Rituals to Wellness by Mona Sharma, True Well Being by Nicholas Pratley, Therapour Mannequins by Leila Parnian, Influential Speaking Playbook by Kathryn Janicek, and many more. Additional courses are currently under development and new courses will be added monthly.

One of Retreat’s instructors, Nicholas Praately, also an influential leader in holistic health and fitness for over 20 years, said, “This platform will change the face of wellness in virtual reality and beyond. of the. This is what a new education in a new world looks like. In her course, students will discover how to listen and focus their energy on what they really want, and a way of being that allows them to enjoy the moment and embark on a new phase of life.

A glimpse of the virtual world of Retreat in the Metaverse can be experienced in the Retreat trailer. For more information, please visit online at

About the retreat:

Retreat is the first virtual reality app that immerses users in life-enhancing courses and overall well-being. Boasting a growing catalog of personal growth and development courses, Retreat is revolutionizing education with a fully immersive VR approach. Currently available for download via App Lab, the Retreat app will be unveiled to the public in December 2022.

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GeniusX is a technology company that brings innovation to personal growth and development. GeniusX created Retreat to transform education and prove the effectiveness of immersive learning in virtual reality environments. For media inquiries, please contact

]]> Netflix’s Roald Dahl Story Company strikes quiet app deal for bedtime story series, starting with Henry Golding as Willy Wonka Tue, 25 Oct 2022 08:00:00 +0000

Characters created by beloved children’s author Roald Dahl arrive on meditation and sleep app Calm, in a series of bedtime stories read by actors such as Henry Golding and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

Calm has entered into a multi-year deal with the Roald Dahl Story Company, which Netflix acquired last year, for a series of exclusive sleep stories and soundscapes featuring a mix of new stories and existing clips from Dahl titles. Calm’s first sleep story under the partnership is “Charlie and the Dream Factory” – inspired by Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – told by Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) as Willy Wonka . The story will be available Tuesday, October 25 exclusively on Calm.

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Golding’s Sleep Story invites listeners into a new piece from Wonka’s wonderful chocolate factory, a piece that turns dreams into reality. “Tonight I’m going to take you to this room – a journey that will intrigue and captivate you,” Golding whispers quietly into the story, backed by a new-age soundtrack.

The partnership’s next Calm Sleep Story will be available in December 2022 and will feature a clip from “Matilda” with narration by Howell-Baptiste (Netflix’s “The Sandman” series). Future content will feature other Dahl classics, including “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) and “The Witches.”

As with Calm’s Sleep Stories and other premium content, Dahl’s Stories will only be available to subscribers to his $69.99/year service.

Founded in 2012, Calm has found traction with its sleep stories in children and adults. The app currently features sleep stories told by Idris Elba, Harry Styles, Cynthia Ervio, Anna Kendrick, Kate Winslet, Pink, Maya Rudolph, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman, Randall Park, Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Bublé and others, as well as content from anime franchises such as “The Minions”, “Kung Fu Panda”, and “Peppa Pig”.

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The StretchMinder app is now available on Android Fri, 21 Oct 2022 18:09:25 +0000

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Hong Kong SAR, China–(Newsfile Corp. – Oct. 21, 2022) – The StretchMinder app that allows users to schedule and take mini exercise breaks is now available on Android. Previously, the app was only available on the Apple App Store for iOS. Launching the app on Android will help expand its availability to a wider customer base across the globe and expand its market size.

The StretchMinder app was developed by its founder, Calvin Cheng, with the goal of helping people incorporate short bursts of exercise into their daily lifestyle through what the company calls “exercise snacks.” “. The app has an extensive library of self-paced stretching and breathing exercises to help users increase energy levels and relieve stress. All exercises can be performed at their desk without the use of special equipment.

The launch of StretchMinder on Android will help current users share the benefits of this app with like-minded friends who want to get out of a sedentary lifestyle but only have Android devices.

With small exercise routines that don’t require equipment, StretchMinder makes it much easier for users to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

Commenting on his ambitious plans for StretchMinder, Calvin Cheng, Founder of StretchMinder, said, “Most of our customers are currently based in the United States. The launch of StretchMinder on Android will play a key role in our plans to expand into more such as Canada, UK and Australia. Now that we are available on both iOS and Android app store, we can benefit more from word of mouth advertising. It is now possible for our customers to easily share the benefits of the app with their friends and family.access to Android users was hindering our growth.We hope to fill this gap with our launch.We are working on a social feature so that users can make breaks together. They can form support groups to encourage each other to move more. Our long-term goal is to become available on all all platforms and all devices, such as smartwatches and desktop devices. There are no limits to technology because it is constantly evolving. »

About StretchMinder:

The StretchMinder app helps people listen to their bodies and follow an effective exercise routine. Using the app can offset the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, reduce stress, and remind people to take breaks to recharge even when busy with work. It takes the hard work out of planning an exercise routine so people can focus on what’s important. The mindfulness component helps relieve stress and prevent burnout. Timed breaks make it easy to customize exercise routines to fit work schedules and track progress.

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