Demand for wearables to increase 24% this year

Demand for wearables (including smartwatches and fitness trackers) remained robust during the pandemic and will grow by 24% to 239 million units worldwide in 2021, according to market analyst company CCS Insight. CCS Insight's report indicates an impressive 22% growth in unit sales for smartwatches and fitness trackers in 2020, with 193 million units sold,…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: Google launches Global.Health

Google has worked with researchers to create a new Covid-19 tracking database that will help governments monitor how the easing of lockdown measures is affecting case rates and spot the next wave before it spreads. Global.health, which launches today, will pool anonymised data on Covid-19 cases, allowing researchers to chart factors such as whether people had been…

Over half of exercising women want to lose stomach fat

A survey of 2,000 women who embarked on an exercise regime found dropping pounds was the main aim for 77 per cent, with just over half (54 per cent) wanting to lose fat from their stomach. But 30 per cent admitted the weight came off the ‘wrong areas’ - with 55 per cent of those…

Cute Labrador Puppies help to breed better Guide Dogs

This adorable litter of puppies is among the first to take part in a pioneering genetic study to help breed the best possible guide dogs. The 10, six-week-old Labradors are the face of a major research project by Guide Dogs to better understand what makes a successful working guide dog partnership. More than 3,000 trainee…

Syringe emoji loses blood in Covid re-vamp

Apple is changing its syringe emoji to remove the dripping blood, as it becomes widely used to talk about the Covid-19 vaccine instead, writes The BBC.  Apple's new version appears to have nothing inside the needle (though it could be the clear vaccine liquid). "This makes the emoji more versatile when used to describe Covid-19…

1 in 5 of those WFH not even leaving house

One in five of us who are WFH aren’t even leaving the house in daylight hours during the week as lockdown continues to take its toll. Being too busy to take a lunch break, poor weather and having no reason to go out means 87% have had spells this winter where they haven’t set foot…

Top 50 things we won’t do after COVID-19 pandemic is over

Millions of adults believe they will never again share a drink, snog a stranger - or try on someone else's glasses, once the pandemic is finally over. A study of 2,000 adults found that eight in 10 will consciously try not to share items with other people, while 73 per cent will now always maintain…

You Tube’s Top 10 Romantic Film Scenes – Heath Ledger tops list

From epic kisses to emotional declarations of love, romantic scenes in films make up some of the most memorable moments in movie history. Luxury holiday company Kuoni has trawled through hundreds of the most famous romantic film scenes to discover which is the most loved by the public. YouTube ‘like’ data was analysed to pinpoint the most…

5 Ways to Encourage Independence in Elderly Relatives

One of the most challenging things about getting older is the feeling that you’re losing your independence. This is natural due to health issues and the decrease in mobility that inevitably comes with age. Encouraging elderly relatives to remain independent for as long as possible has many benefits. It will enhance their cognitive and physical…

1 in 4 TikTok fitness influencers giving wrong advice

New research has been released that reveals that one in four fitness influencers on TikTok are giving incorrect workout advice, despite increasing demand for useful 'FitTok' content during lockdown.   Money.co.uk worked with qualified personal trainer, Maiken Brustad, to analyse hours of fitness content on the video-sharing app and grade them based on the techniques…