Strava is a fitness tracking app that logs your runs and bike rides to track your performance. It lays out your routes, times, and elevation. Though the app makes a great personal fitness tracker, it works best as a companion to the main Web app, which syncs with your data and tracks your overall progress. One of the great aspects of Strava Run is the way it integrates socially; Strava's design encourages you to challenge yourself with various achievements and also compare your stats with other local Strava users. Challenges are updated frequently to give runners fresh incentives to … Read more
The M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5S is a fancy name for a chip that counts your steps and motion all day, every day. In order to see how many steps you've been taking, you'll need to use an app specifically built for the iPhone 5S and the M7 chip.
While we wait for more developers to integrate the M7 and the stats it keeps into apps, there are currently five apps available that have already integrated with the motion tracker. Here they are in no particular order.
In the world of the self-obsessed, no one else exists. Their lives are perpetually interesting. Their gadgets exist to record how interesting they are.
The organizers of the Hong Kong Marathon, however, are being pressured to agree that all this self-reverence and self-reference has become a little much.
They are considering a ban on cell phones during next February's race, after this year's runners took one too many pictures of themselves and caused one too many injuries to others.… Read more
Attempting to read while running on a treadmill is an invitation to frustration. Your bouncing body just doesn't mix well with a static text. The Run-n-Read crowdfunding project from Weartrons has a clever solution. Congratulations, it's a bouncing baby gadget.
Here's the process. Get on the treadmill. Clip the Run-n-Read onto your shirt or headband. It communicates over Bluetooth with a specialized Run-n-Read e-reader app loaded on your iOS or Android device set up in front of your face. Pull up a good book or mobile Web page using the app. Jog. The Run-n-Read tracks your head movements and the text on the screen bounces up and down in time with your running.
To someone standing still, it looks like the page is bouncing. To the runner, it looks static. Tap the Run-n-Read to move a page forward or tap it twice to go back.… Read more
I wouldn't call most computers "cute," but I'll make an exception for the CuBox-i mini-computer from SolidRun. It fits all of its hardware, including an HDMI port, IR receiver, and USB ports, into a 2-inch square black box. It runs Android and Linux. It's like a pet rock that's actually useful.
There are a handful of permutations of the CuBox-i, but the the CuBox-i1 is a real attention-getter, based mostly on its super-low $45 price tag. It comes with a single-core GC880 GPU and 512MB of memory. Those specs aren't going to blow you out of the water, but at that price, they don't have to.… Read more
Now Edward Snowden can hunt for information on Americans' smartphones.
The National Security Agency leaker wanted by the U.S. government has been immortalized -- in a digital sense, anyway -- as the hero of a mobile game.
In Snowden Run 3D by MTS Freestyle, gamers play the former intelligence worker in three settings: NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.; Hong Kong, where Snowden revealed himself as the source who leaked the intelligence agency's program collecting phone records on Americans; and the Moscow airport Snowden left Thursday after being granted temporary asylum in Russia.
Much like the real Snowden saga (for now at least), there is no end to the game, and it goes on infinitely.… Read more
We suppose it makes sense that a champion runner would star in an endless-runner title, and who better than six-time Olympic gold medalist and record-breaking Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt? Imangi Studios, maker of the massively popular Temple Run games, has just announced that it has signed the athlete on as its very first branded playable character for a "limited time" only.
Bolt joins the game's cast of fictional characters as a 99-cent in-app purchase available from the game's "Upgrades" menu, wearing his signature yellow-and-green Olympic uniform. He also brings with him a new power-up, "Bolt." When activated, the character auto-dashes at breakneck speed, immune from the game's traps, with the coin magnet. … Read more
We received a lot of e-mail asking about the gear we use to shoot cars. In this episode we take you behind the camera to see what we use and how we use it. With so many people shooting great amateur auto video these days, I hope this segment gives you some useable information on the lay of the land beyond just CNET's work.
At the end of a sweltering wedding season, many of us may be familiar with that drunken guest who falls asleep at dinner and is startled awake later, exclaiming "What's going on? Where am I? ... Where are the cookies?"
Those hazy, existential queries of the inappropriately inebriated aren't much different than the plaintive cries of modern PC users. Amid a shifting landscape of services, processes, modules, add-ons, plug-ins, drivers, BHOs, and DLLs--new Windows and Mac users trying to learn what the operating system is actually doing as their boxes suddenly whir can often feel overwhelmed. Here … Read more
Lots of new products this week: The (dramatically) new 2014 Chevy Impala and the equally new Range Rover Sport. I tested the Impala personally, and I came away liking it a lot, but feeling it has a bit of the old car's DNA. Maybe when the Chevy SS comes along it will be a "driver's Impala," as much of an oxymoron as that has traditionally been. That said, the new Impala is a major step out of … Read more