Memoto comments: This week in lifelogging (w26)

“5 tips for choosing the best mhealth, selftracking app”

 Last week, we gave some tips and examples on useful health apps. Conveniently, this week Withings give us some useful help on how to choose which of all this apps to use, based on your needs and goals. Their advice can be summarized into:
1. Set realistic expectations
2. Search for recommendations of other users
3. Test as many as you can
4. Prefer official application stores
5. Look for apps that can be personalized
Simple as that! Check out Withing’s blog for more.

Cue’s got a brand new page

Last week we noticed that Cue (formerly known as Greplin) is now, well, known as Cue. This week Cue launches their new webpage and, wow, is it nice!

Wakemate goes to sleep

Sad news. Sleeptracker device Wakemate reports they’re closing down.

“I poured my heart and soul into this company and though we stumbled along the way I believe that we provided something of value to our customers. However, as many of you have guessed, we have exhausted our capital and will no longer be making any more WakeMates.

Currently our plan is to keep the service going while we work on open sourcing the technology. Hopefully this will ensure that you can continue to enjoy the product and its benefits even after the company no longer exists.”

It’s always sad to see innovative services go down. What adds to the trouble this time is that in the same blog post, it is revealed that Wakemate has been hacked and their mailing list used unauthorized by something called MiLife+. However, if and how this is connected to the company being closed remains unclear.

“Building a Better Knowledge Worker, While Improving Your Team’s Productivity”

Jason Grimes, product manager at Rescue Time, shows us how to be more productive by “understanding your time”. It is a overwhelmingly comprehensive post and more or less a “how-to-use” to Rescue Time. Which is terrific. Having read this post, you won’t be able to go back to work without Rescue Time. Go read, be a “knowledge worker”.

“The Bulletproof Executive” speaks at the Stanford School of Medicine Quantified Self Meetup

Mr biohacker himself made a speech at a Quantified Self meetup last week and shares with us the whole thing.

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The Measured Man

The Atlantic has a really long article and interview with quantified self scientist Larry Smarr. Our favorite quote:

“Have you ever figured how information-rich your stool is?,” Larry asks me with a wide smile, his gray-green eyes intent behind rimless glasses. “There are about 100 billion bacteria per gram. Each bacterium has DNA whose length is typically one to 10 megabases—call it 1 million bytes of information. This means human stool has a data capacity of 100,000 terabytes of information stored per gram. That’s many orders of magnitude more information density than, say, in a chip in your smartphone or your personal computer. So your stool is far more interesting than a computer.”

Love it.