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Nov

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18
Nov

Moov Now review


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Getting to the gym is more often than not a difficult task, which makes activity and fitness trackers very convenient. There’s all sorts of them out there at all different price ranges. Some are above average in quality, while others are questionable.

The Moov Now aims to help you get in the best shape of your life by offering a wide variety of fitness coaching activities. Can it stand up to the test?

Design

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As far as design goes, there’s not much special about the Moov Now. It’s basically just a circle with a little knob on the side for holding it in place in the strap. On top of the Moov Now is also an LED indicator that blinks when syncing with your device.

Included in the packaging is two straps–one for your wrist and one for your ankle. The Moov Now obviously fits in either one, and generally, when you’re doing different exercises you have to swap the Moov Now between the two straps. For instance, when you’re out on a jog, the ankle strap is the best to use. If you’re just doing everyday activities, such as walking around the house or work, the wrist strap is best suited.

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While the Moov Now has a plain design, the straps included are genius. Fitness trackers are traditionally difficult to secure, but the straps for the Moov Now are able to secure the tracker in a tight pouch while giving the unit a more attractive and textured look.

Finally, the Moov Now has to be sealed in order to be waterproof. With that in mind, it’s extremely difficult to get the battery out. Basically, you press your fingernail up against the edge of the Moov, fumble with it for about 15 minutes, and hope it eventually pops off. Suffice to say, it’s not an easy task getting the battery out.

In summary, the Moov Now has a very plain design in tow, but looks nice when mounted in the strap. While it doesn’t necessarily need to look pretty, I feel like it could’ve still been designed much better than it was (e.g. making it not as difficult to pop it open).

Hardware

As far as hardware goes, the Moov Now is still sporting the trio of sensors from the previous generation–an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. With that in mind, the only difference in hardware this time around is that Moov opted for a watch battery over the rechargeable lithium battery found in the previous generation.

Performance

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The activity tracking used in the Moov Now is… interesting. The wearable is excellent at tracking your data during dedicated exercise times, but was spotty at best with its other features. For instance, I didn’t go to bed until midnight one day, but the Moov Now told me I had been sleeping since 8PM come morning.

This wearable also tracks your activity during the day. I decided to put this to the test on Sunday, and results were less than pleasing. For some reason, walking all over town for a couple of hours only equates to 17 minutes of activity, according to the Moov Now. That said, there’s definitely some discrepancies with the Moov Now, and shows that the Moov Now isn’t really a fitness tracker, but more of a fitness coach.

And let me say, it’s excellent at being a fitness coach. The different activities and training exercises in the Moov Now app work phenomenally well in conjunction with the wearable. It provides some unique insights, great advice on form, how to take better steps when running, and so on. The application also tries to motivate you by saying inspiring things like “great job!” or “you’re doing great! Keep it up!” Coming from an artificial voice, I didn’t find these particularly motivating, as they lack the emotion of a personal trainer or friend.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that, with some exercises, you’re going to need two of these wearables. If you want to do boxing, you’re going to need two. And while swimming doesn’t require two, you get less accurate results without the second unit. The Moov Now had a pre-order price of $59, and now that it’s officially here, Moov as increased the price to $100 a pop.

With that in mind, it’s hard to say whether it’s worth it or not. If you’re looking for a daily activity/fitness tracker, the Moov Now probably isn’t something to consider. If you’re looking for a fitness coach to improve aspects of your fitness life then I’d definitely consider the Moov Now.

Battery

In the last generation of Moov was a rechargeable lithium ion battery. As mentioned earlier, this new generation is sporting a watch battery that is rated to last up to six months. Obviously we haven’t been able to do six months of battery testing, but the Moov Now application is supposed to tell you when the battery in your wearable is low and needs changing.

Software

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The software is truly what makes or breaks the Moov Now. The Moov app, available on iOS and Android, not only has all the different activity coaching, but also has your progress as well as your daily activity and sleep insights. First, we’ll touch on the activities.

The Moov application’s software capabilities is actually very strong. Fitness activities and artificial intelligence are at the core of this application, and it works seamlessly. In opening the app, you can select any activity you want to do, connect up your Moov Now wearable, and start working out. The Moov application is able to track your progress without a hitch.

Syncing your daily progress is also an easy process. It actually used to be fairly difficult, but upon the official launch of the Moov Now, all users have to do is open the Moov app, press on the top of their wearable, and it automatically begins syncing your progress up.

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Finally, the last major part of the Moov application is the My Progress tab. Here, Moov tracks all of your workouts, how many hours you’ve worked out, the average amount of sleep you get, the average amount of minutes you’re active per day, and much more. This spot is what makes Moov great: seeing deeper and more detailed insights into what you do on a daily basis. And with this information, you can make adjustments in your life as necessary.

All in all, the Moov app and the Moov Now wearable work together seamlessly. It’s truly a great pairing for those that are looking to step up their game, as far as training goes.

Closing

All in all, if you’re looking for a Fitbit alternative, the Moov Now just isn’t a good replacement. However, if you’re looking for something to take your training to the next level, whether that be swimming, long-distance running, and so on, the Moov Now might be just up your alley.

Though much of what I’ve said has been relatively negative towards the device, it appeals to a very specific crowd, I think. And that’s the crowd that wants to take their fitness and training to the next level without having to hire a personal trainer. For that, the Moov Now is the perfect assistant, and it’ll only get better with that vision as time goes on.

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18
Nov

Xiaomi’s new hardware could come at November 24 event


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Next week, a new wave of Xiaomi products could be incoming. The company will be hosting an event on Tuesday, November 24, in Beijing to announce what is expected to be more than just one device. Within the next few months, Xiaomi is believed to be selling the new Mi 5, Mi Pad 2, and Redmi Note 2 Pro; therefore, an announcement of all three could take place at the upcoming event.

Rumors regarding launches have surrounded all three of those devices for many months. But the wait could finally be over for one or more of them in just a few days.

Via: Pocketnow

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18
Nov

Durex wants an official condom emoji to promote safe sex


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Durex, one of the world’s top condom manufacturers, is asking the public to help them get an official condom emoji. An emoji is an ideogram which is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept and Durex wants to bring the practice of safe sex to the mainstream again.

World AIDS Day 2015 is on Dec. 1st, and Durex wants to promote safe sex by creating the first official condom emoji. Their research shows that emojis are a crucial part of how young couples communicate, and sex emojis are vital to sexual conversations. Durex also learned that there is apathy in engaging in safer sexual practices:

  • 80% of 18-25 year olds find it easier to express themselves using emojis and more than half of respondents regularly using emojis when discussing sex
  • 84% of 18-25 year olds said they feel more comfortable talking about sex using emojis
  • More than one-third of 18-25 year olds claim not to care about safe sex and nearly half think that HIV will never affect them or their friends


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What is AIDS?

AIDS is a syndrome caused by the HIV virus.4 It is when a person’s immune system is too weak to fight off many infections, and develops when the HIV infection is very advanced. This is the last stage of HIV infection where the body can no longer defend itself and may develop various diseases, infections and if left untreated, death.

There is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS. However, with the right treatment and support, people can live long and healthy lives with HIV. To do this, it is especially important to take treatment correctly and deal with any possible side-effects.

Basic facts about AIDS

  • AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • AIDS is also referred to as advanced HIV infection or late-stage HIV.
  • Someone with AIDS may develop a wide range of other health conditions including: pneumonia, thrush, fungal infections, TB, toxoplasmosis and cytomegalovirus.
  • There is also an increased risk of developing other life-limiting conditions, including cancer and brain illnesses.
  • CD4 count refers to the number of T-helper cells in a cubic millilitre of blood. When a person’s CD4 count drops below 200 cells per millilitre of blood, they are said to have AIDS.5

Durex is asking one million people to use and share the hashtag #CondomEmoji to show their support for the creation of the world’s first official condom emoji.

“Emojis of this sort will enable young people to overcome embarrassment around the discussion of safe sex, encourage conversation and raise awareness of the importance of using condoms in protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and AIDS.” – Karen Chisholm, Marketing Director, Durex USA

World AIDS Day is a significant reminder to practice safe sex. And Durex wants to ensure the messaging for safe sex is current with the times. Remember to promote safe sex by using and sharing the hashtag #CondomEmoji.

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18
Nov

Instagram won’t let feed-reading apps browse your pics anymore


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If you’re one of the few still using a third-party app to browse Instagram feeds, you’ll need to make other arrangements soon. The photo-sharing app is killing support of the feed API that allows outside apps and websites to pull in your feed as part of a larger effort to clean up its platform. With updates to its Platform Policy, Instagram will only let apps that help users share their photos access your collection of snapshots. For example, software that allows to your print your snapshots or use your Instagram photos as a profile picture will still be supported. Instagram will continue to lend a hand to advertisers and allow images and videos to be used on the web via embeds.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Instagram

18
Nov

Google Search to sidestep app installation for in-app results


Google never ceases to amaze in coming up with neat ways to retrieve information that you care about. Today, Google shared something cool in-work that will expand the reach of Google Search on your mobile device.

There is often valuable information buried within apps that many users miss out on because they don’t know about that app or have installed. Google partially addressed this in the past, by indexing the content of apps so that the web search could provide similar pertinent information. However, if a match to the app’s results could not be found on the web, then the information wouldn’t get to the user.

Google has been trying to patch up that hole and has developed a way for Search to tap into app content and output the in-app results, without the user having the app installed.

For example, if you need a hotel for your spur-of-the-moment trip to Chicago, search results will now include results from the HotelTonight app. Or if you’re thinking about visiting Arches National Park, you will now find details about the 18-mile scenic drive from the Chimani app.

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This is certainly pretty cool. Everyone has a different set of apps they regularly use. So this method will take away that factor that could inhibit us from getting useful information.

But that’s not it, Google wants to also be able to “stream” apps (allow users to navigate app content without having it installed). Using that HotelTonight app example, Google says you’ll even be able to complete a booking via streaming it, just as if were using the app itself.

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You may have a question over app compatibility, which would be rightly so. This project is in the early stages. Google states, “This uses a new cloud-based technology that we’re currently experimenting with.” There are only a small group of partners at the moment – HotelTonight, Chimani, Daily Horoscope, and New York Subway. But look out for expansion of the feature in the future.

Source: Google Blogspot

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18
Nov

Zano mini drone project shuts down following delays


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The Zano mini drone project held a lot promise: not only was it supposed to make camera drones affordable, but it was Europe’s most successful Kickstarter campaign to date. Unfortunately, though, all those hopes have just come crashing down. Torquing Group is shutting down the tiny UAV project and liquidating its corporate assets. Simply put, the company didn’t have much choice between delays (Zano was supposed to ship in June) and internal strife — its CEO had resigned a week earlier due to a mix of health problems and “irreconcilable differences.”

Via: BBC

Source: Kickstarter

18
Nov

Apple Pay Launches in Australia for American Express Cardholders


Apple Pay has launched in Australia in partnership with American Express, expanding iPhone-based mobile payments to a fourth country following Canada earlier this week. The service can be used at Coles, Harvey Norman, Kmart, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Woolworths and other select Australian stores that accept American Express and have NFC-equipped payment terminals.

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American Express cardholders can add credit cards in the Wallet app on iOS 9.1 by tapping the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option. This functionality may still be rolling out to all iPhones set to Australia under Settings > General > Language & Region, but should be live for all Australian users by Thursday evening.

American Express is not as popular or widely accepted as MasterCard or Visa in Australia, but the partnership could place pressure on negotiations between Apple and Australian banks like Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac. Bank-issued debit and credit cards do not support Apple Pay in Australia at this time.

http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAustralia, like Canada and many European countries, has been well prepared for Apple Pay, as many retailers and businesses have the required contactless payments infrastructure in place. The country has also adopted Chip-and-PIN cards, and Apple Pay is a natural extension of that functionality.

Apple has slowly rolled out Apple Pay since announcing the service, starting with the U.S. in October 2014 and expanding to the U.K. last July. Beyond Australia and Canada, Apple is also partnering with American Express to bring Apple Pay to Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong next year.

Apple Pay recently gained support for Tesco Bank and TSB in the U.K. and over 90 new participating U.S. issuers. Yesterday, Apple confirmed that Apple Pay support is also coming to Domino’s and Cinnabon in the U.S. by yearend and 2016 respectively. Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s locations will adopt Apple Pay next year.

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Tags: Australia, American Express

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18
Nov

NY Attorney General targets Yahoo’s daily fantasy sports next


Yahoo is no stranger to fantasy sports, and its foray into daily fantasy games grabbed the attention of regulators in New York. The internet company is being included in the inquiry into daily fantasy sports by the New York Attorney General’s office. Yahoo was subpoenaed alongside DraftKings and FanDuel as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman looks to ban the games in his state. A distant third in the world of daily fantasy, Yahoo launched its version in July and continues to accept payments in the state of New York. However, the company shut down its daily fantasy option in Florida last month after an investigation of the industry began by a federal grand jury. With Schneiderman looking into other operators besides the two top names, it seems his goal is to rid New York of daily fantasy sports entirely and classify the games as gambling. And if he’s successful, it’ll be interesting to see if other states follow suit.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

Source: Fortune, New York Times

18
Nov

Garmin’s working on an Android streaming stick for your TV


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Although Garmin is mostly known for its GPS navigation systems, the company recently started expanding its scope to other things like wearables. Now, according to FCC documents, Garmin looks to be ready to introduce an Android-powered media stick. As Liliputing reports, Garmin’s Vivohub 2 (pictured below) is described as a device that can turn your dumb TV into a smart one — similar to products such as the Google Chromecast or Roku Streaming Stick. Strangely enough, the leaked user’s manual suggests the Vivohub 2 runs 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is far from being the freshest version of Android. In addition to that, the stick is said to come with a 1GHz Amlogic AML826 dual-core processor, ARM Mali-400 graphics, 1GB of RAM and support for both Bluetooth and WiFi.

Source: Liliputing

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