Take a breather

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An­droid 4.4 KitKat, the lat­est ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, has a 2.3GHz Snap­dragon quad-core pro­ces­sor, 8-megapixel back cam­era and 2-megapixel front-fac­ing unit.

Sam­sung says it plans to sell the ver­sion with both Wifi and LTE with 32GB of stor­age for RM2,999. Ex­pect the tablet to hit stores next month. STRESS has many side ef­fects and many forms, but other than the adren­a­line to lift small cars off baby car­riages, the con­se­quences are gen­er­ally not good. on the other hand, med­i­ta­tion also has many side ef­fects, namely re­duc­ing stress.

So as you would guess. There’s an app for that... sev­eral in fact. Take a Break! — Guided Med­i­ta­tions for Stress Re­lief by Med­i­ta­tion oa­sis is a free app that af­fords you a sevenor 13-minute work day break. The guided med­i­ta­tion is a bonus for those of us who find si­lence so in­tim­i­dat­ing.

you have the op­tion of lis­ten­ing with or with­out mu­sic or na­ture sounds. you can also lis­ten to the mu­sic and na­ture sounds alone. The time frames are just long enough to re­fresh you with­out get­ting to the “I’m go­ing to crawl out of my skin if this doesn’t end soon,” stage of be­gin­ning med­i­ta­tion.

If you want a slightly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, Sim­ply Be­ing — Guided Med­i­ta­tion for Re­lax­ation and Pres­ence and Rest and Re­lax Guided Med­i­ta­tions were also de­vel­oped by the duo be­hind Med­i­ta­tion oa­sis and cost 99 cents (RM3.30).

Those apps guide you on a va­ri­ety of men­tal qui­et­ing jour­neys of five to 20 min­utes.

All the apps have in­struc­tions you can read, though it’s pretty no-non­sense: Be quiet, lis­ten, re­lax and don’t beat yourself up for not reach­ing a monk’s level of con­cen­tra­tion in a day.

All apps avail­able for Ap­ple and An­droid and se­lect ver­sions for Win­dows and Black­Berry. — McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Re­duce stress: Med­i­ta­tion helps, and pre­dictably, there are lots of apps for that.

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