If you’ve ever had to break in a new baseball glove, you know that the process take time — usually a few months at best. It can take all of Spring Training for pro players to get the leather worked out, but even then, fielders are left with hauling the weight of that material. The folks at Nike have a knack for sporting goods innovation, and working alongside Colorado Rockies’ all-star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, it crafted the Vapor 360 Fielding Glove.
Nike’s on-campus Innovation Kitchen tackled the challenge, designing a glove that requires no break-in time and weighs about 20 percent lighter than full-leather options. Taking cues from its footwear advances, the outfit leveraged its Hyperfuse and flexible Flywire technology to cut the extra heft and add versatility. Leather is still the best option for the palm though, but the material has a perforated pattern allowing it to be game-ready immediately. There’s also “tunable” inserts inside the thumb and pinky for a custom feel. Lastly, a TrueAdapt heel has thinner layers of leather, tweaked binding and soft foam that further contributes to the pliability and increases comfort.
“We’ve taken a traditional leather for the palm and perforated it to remove some of the structure so it forms more quickly,” said Matthew Hudson, Nike Baseball Senior Designer. “Therefore, the glove is ready to use straight out of the box.” In fact, the Gonzalez will be snagging fly balls with the glove during tonight’s MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota. While the Vapor 360 is making its on-field debut at Target Field, it’s expected to hit retail in time for the holidays.
Filed under: Misc
The FCC asked for comments on its proposal for a new version of net neutrality — that sets up rules allowing ISPs to sell access to “fast lanes” — and the internet has responded loudly. Over 647,000 messages were received as of last week, and today the commission announced that because of problems with its website, it’s extending the deadline until midnight on Friday. Last night folks on Reddit noticed the counter for comments received was suddenly bouncing around, but it appears that the “overwhelming surge in traffic” is just overloading the system. If the electronic comment system isn’t working for you, there’s still the firstname.lastname@example.org email address available, and as astounding as it seems, FCC Special Counsel Gigi B. Sohn says every single comment received will be read by FCC staff.
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– Gigi Sohn (@GigiBSohnFCC) July 15, 2014
FCC Extends Open Internet Comment Period Until Friday, July 18 at Midnight.
– The FCC (@FCC) July 15, 2014
So many net neutrality comments that FCC’s servers are crashing. New extended deadline is Friday: https://t.co/Darkq5aRwQ
– EFF (@EFF) July 15, 2014
If Joe’s Diner gives you a free slider every ten meals, you may no longer need to schlep around a punch card if you use PayPal. It’s latest iOS app now works with loyalty cards from select retailers just by scanning a barcode on your physical card. That’ll save it into your PayPal wallet in a similar way to Apple’s Passbook and Microsoft’s Wallet, letting you score discounts or other deals. The company also squashed a few bugs and killed the old-school check-scanning feature. So far, the update applies only to iOS devices, but we’d imagine it’ll hit Android soon as well.
Voice control is easy to find in cars, but it’s not always intuitive. You often have to use specific syntax, which might be hard to remember when you’re barreling down the highway. GM may have a smarter approach in store, though. The Wall Street Journal understands that the automaker is working with machine learning firm VocalIQ on an “advanced voice-control system” that would let you control navigation, wipers and other car components in a more intuitive way.
While the exact nature of the system is under wraps, VocalIQ says that it’s working on automotive voice recognition that would learn the driver’s intentions and vocabulary over time; you might not have to guess the magic words that lower the temperature. The two companies haven’t forged an agreement, so you shouldn’t expect a fully speech-savvy Buick or Chevy just yet. However, GM’s Gil Golan is already waxing poetic about the potential. He sees in-car voice getting closer to natural language systems like Cortana, Google voice search or Siri — instead of barking orders to your car, you’ll hold a conversation.
Filed under: Transportation
Source: Wall Street Journal
To all our wonderful friends in Seattle, let’s make it clear: there’s no better place to be this Friday (July 18th) at 7PM than the Showbox SODO for our second Engadget Live event of the year! Why is this a cant-miss event? Flip through the gallery below to find out.
Now that we’ve hopefully won you over, grab your tickets and we’ll see you on Friday. After Seattle, we’ll bring the party to Boston on August 22nd, followed by Los Angeles on October 3rd. Then, we’ll bring our flagship Engadget Expand event back to New York City on November 7-8.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help put on our Seattle event (or any other event), drop us a line: volunteer [at] engadget.com.
Filed under: Announcements
Verizon today announced that 4G LTE connectivity will be included in its prepaid ALLSET plans. Effective July 17, the $45 rate plan includes unlimited talk and text as well as 500MB of 4G LTE data. For a limited time Verizon will double the pool to 1GB just so long as you agree to its auto pay system.
Should you need additional storage, Verizon will offer BRIDGE DATA in 500MB, 1GB, and 3GB buckets. Priced $5, $10, and $30 respectively, these add-on packs of data expire after a determined length of time; 500MB after 30 days, the others after 90 days.
For example, a customer who signs up for auto pay can get 1GB of data for $45 and then add in a BRIDGE DATA plan of 3GB to spread out over 90 days.
Verizon will allow a number of devices to take advantage of ALLSET plans, including the Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung Galaxy S 5 and HTC One. Also, for a limited time, the LG Lucid 3 and LG G2 will be sold for $149.99 and $299.99, respectively.
What happens to your online life after you’ve passed away? Unless you’ve left your passwords in the will, those Facebook and Twitter profiles will linger on for years to come. If you’d prefer your digital life to be as neatly tidied up as your real one, then Yahoo Japan is offering the solution. The outfit is offering Yahoo Ending, a service that’ll help locals prepare for their funerals in the real world, as well as closing down their social media profiles after notifying followers and friends of their demise. The package will also close down any digital wallet accounts held by Yahoo, and can even offer basic will-writing advice for those who need it. There’s no word on if the company plans to bring the offering to the western world, so until then, we’ll just have to hope that future archaeologists don’t use our poolside selfies as exhibits in a museum.
Filed under: Internet
Source: Yahoo! Japan (Translated)
If you’re picking up a shiny new Lumia 630 or 930 in the near future, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. The Verge has discovered that at least some unlocked versions of either Windows Phone won’t let you switch Internet Explorer’s default search provider to Google; it’s either Bing or nothing. Some European models of the same phones do let you change the provider, though, so this clearly isn’t a platform-wide policy. We’ve asked Microsoft if it can share more about what’s going on, and we’ll let you know if it has more to add. The move likely won’t cause that much consternation given that many Windows Phone users are inclined to use Bing, but it’s bad news if you like to use Google services on Microsoft platforms.
Source: The Verge
Plopping kids down in front of the boob tube can be a great way for parents to snatch a few seconds of peace, but now kids can be entertained with LeapFrog’s LeapTV active video game console. The company’s been known for its educational tablets, but now there’s a bit more calorie burning involved. The LeapTV uses motion tracking and a unique controller to let kids jump, dance and generally wild out as they work through nearly 100 “educator-approved” games and videos. A TV-mountable camera captures movement for hands-free gameplay. Kids will be able to defend goals, scuba dive, run, hop and karate chop. There’s also a Bluetooth controller with a mini joystick and A/B buttons, which can also be transformed into a pointer for Wii-style control. Games come as proprietary cartridges or can be downloaded over WiFi, using the console’s 16GB of on-board storage. The system was designed for children ages three to eight and games adapt for each child’s level, with reading, math, science and problem solving challenges. The LeapTV will cost $150 and is scheduled to arrive in time for the holiday season, so you still have time to make space in that crowed media center.
Filed under: Gaming
Football season will be here in a matter of weeks, so to help fantasy football enthusiasts keep tabs on their rosters, ESPN has updated its suite of apps dedicated to the task. In addition to a fresh coat of paint for the UI, you’ll be able to create a team or league from within, getting alerts for scoring, injuries and more all season long. If you’re unsure of your pal’s contact info, invites can be sent to those social media acquaintances worthy of a clipboard. While software for Apple’s mobile operating system was already equipped with both live and mock draft abilities, the Android faithful can now do the same. New versions of both the Android and iOS applications are now available for download via their respective app libraries, so you can get started with the pregame strategery.
Via: Android Police