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Most app developers have few incentives to build their own hardware, let alone the resources. With 25 million mobile users, Runtastic has both — so it only makes sense that the company is bringing a slate of complementary exercise gear to the US for the first time. The initial catalog won’t shock cyclists and runners who have ever toyed with tracking their progress, but it’s certainly complete. Along with Runtastic’s take on a GPS watch ($ 150), there’s also an app-friendly heart rate monitor ($ 70), a speed sensor ($ 60), an armband and a bike mount. While the peripherals only truly make sense for Runtastic loyalists, they’re available today through Amazon — and they might seal the deal for athletes who want a harmonious blend of hardware and software.
Without a doubt, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is one of the most graphically-stunning games in development right now, and a new gameplay video has the best look that we’ve gotten at the title since last year’s E3. Our sister site Polygon has six minutes of in-game footage, which features the game’s protagonist infiltrating a facility using his ability to tap into security camera feeds and other technology in the surrounding environment. The resulting gameplay is a cross between stealth games and a high-tech Grand Theft Auto, as the character ultimately flees in a fast and flashy stolen vehicle.
Watch Dogs‘ good looks can likely be chalked up to its coming arrival on the next-generation PlayStation 4, though it isn’t clear what platforms…
YouTube recently announced subscription-based channels, and you probably won’t want to pay for most of them. But for a channel dedicated to ’90s cartoons, or for The Rap Battle Network, you just might.
On Thursday, YouTube announced in a blog post that they would be rolling out a slate of subscription-based channels — ones you’ll have to pay for. Rumors of this announcement were swirling earlier in the week, which raised the question of whether people would actually pay to watch YouTube. The overwhelming response was: nope. Not gonna do it.
But now the 53 channels have been announced — and yes, a lot of them are generic, market-tested fare like Pets TV, Recipe TV and Cars TV. But! But! A handful of the channels actually look pretty awesome too! Here are eight channels that you might actually pay money to watch.
If you love 90s cartoons…
DHX Retro is like the BuzzFeed Rewind of paid YouTube channels. There is so much nostalgic cartoon goodness: Inspector Gadget, Super Mario Brothers, Sabrina The Animated Series, Archie’s Weird Mysteries, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legends of Zelda, Paddington Bear.
If you're obsessed with British television…
Question by Memorexia: What is a good anime I can start to watch?
I am looking for something exciting with a good story. Im a guy I’m 16 years old. Anything that a 16 year old guy would like. I have already watched Naruto and got bored of it. Death Note was awesome but kinda boring at some points and to short. I dont like bleach. Anything else?
Answer by Rukia Kuchiki
:O How can you not like Bleach? That’s the real question! xD
Try Claymore, I personally loved it!
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!
Yesterday NASA reported that an ammonia leak had been discovered on the ISS. Astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy are embarking on an emergency spacewalk to fix the problem. NASA TV is broadcasting the walk live, and you can follow along on the somewhat safer journey past the break.
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Pioneer’s nicer Cyber Navi GPS units already revolve heavily around cameras that dish out augmented reality. That clearly wasn’t enough for the company, though, as its new tilt-screen AVIC-VH0009 and fixed-screen AVIC-ZH0009 models wring even more value out of that front sensor. Their new Smart Loop feature automatically snaps photos at traffic hotspots that it shares with fellow drivers, giving them a crowdsourced glimpse of any trouble that lies ahead. Other upgrades don’t depend quite so much on collective wisdom, however. The AR Scouter Mode is now smart enough to spot upcoming crosswalks, and the voice search lets drivers freely speak keywords rather than follow a strict syntax. Pioneer isn’t divulging pricing ahead of the Cyber Navis’ June release, but their Japan-focused location services hint that we won’t see either navigator reach the US anytime soon. We can at least live vicariously through the (very detailed) video after the break.
This is ‘Screengrab’, a video short made using multiple printed screencaps of some dude’s hands, which then become part of the movie. At least I think — I think that’s what I watched. Honestly, I have no clue. Films are always hard for me and more often than not I’m left asking my friends what the hell is going on. I didn’t even realize Bambi was the son of the deer that got killed at the beginning of the movie. Same goes for Simba. You know they should really make those movies a little more obvious considering they’re for kids and all.
Hit the jump for the trippy-ass video.
So far, the Pebble smart watch has done little besides offer up watch faces for users to tinker with, but the apps are starting to come in, and today marks the much-anticipated debut of early marquee partner RunKeeper. RunKeeper was an early player in the smartphone-based activity tracker market, and continues to be an industry leader. It was a natural partnership for both Pebble and RunKeeper, and now consumers get to see what the two can do together.
The new Pebble RunKeeper integration works with both Android and iOS apps, and provides the same functionality for both. RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs says that his company is very interested in the wearable tech market, and he believes that the key to cracking open a much broader audience for fitness and health tracking tech could be gadgets like the Pebble, which make it even easier to access and use information gathered by tools like RunKeeper.
“What’s really exciting for me is that what people were expecting was that it just makes it easier to have a RunKeeper controller on your wrist,” he said, describing the experience of the Pebble integration’s early beta testers. “But what they’re finding is not only can it do that, but it’s actually more powerful than an app because it’s starting to change the way they’re interacting with the data, it’s more seamless to their experience, it’s not disrupting their flow.”
Jacobs says RunKeeper’s thesis as a company is that that’s exactly what needs to happen in order to help this kind of activity tracker technology find wider purchase among a mainstream audience. “The data needs to be more actionable, and it needs to be proactively given to you so that you don’t need to hunt and look for it,” he said. The Pebble is a good way to achieve that, since it can surface any data that a smartphone, either Android or iPhone, can gather on its wrist-mounted display.
On the Pebble, RunKeeper will display pace, speed, and distance travelled and offer workout start and stop features. It can work with runs, and also bike rides and walks, and does everything most will need to get a lot more out of their smartphone supported workouts right away. It offers RunKeeper a way to compete with wearables like the Nike+ GPS sport watch, all the while allowing them to focus on the tech they do best, leaving hardware to more specialized partners.
“The software is really hard, and we think it’s a really big opportunity, and we want to be the best at the software piece,” Jacobs explained. “Part of that is pushing the phone’s capabilities so that you don’t need hardware, but part of that is also playing nice with all the best of breed hardware that comes out. In terms of being that best of breed hardware ourselves, it’s not in our roadmap or aspirations. It is in our road or aspirations to be a good neighbour.”
This version of RunKeeper for Pebble is just a start, Jacobs says, noting that during the development process they realized they could add in much more, like setting pace on the smart watch, setting distance targets and more. RunKeeper also worked closely with Pebble to get this particular integration developed, and says we’ll see similar UI elements used as other fitness tracking apps come on board. Future work could go into helping RunKeeper differentiate its experience further as the development ecosystem for Pebble progresses.
Jacobs leads me to believe that RunKeeper will be opportunistic about partnerships with hardware companies and other software efforts operating in the same general space, and this Pebble partnership is just one part of a larger strategy to try to find the key to cracking the mainstream market with a product that, while successful, has had more niche appeal up until now. The Pebble is also arguably a niche product, but taken together, it’s possible two things aimed at a very specific audience could combine in just the right way to attract a much broader following.
If you thought House of Cardinals was a spot-on spoof of Netflix’s political drama House of Cards, just wait until you see what aired Saturday at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC. The spoof, titled House of Nerds, brings together an ensemble cast of power players from the nation’s political and cultural power centers; “Washington and Hollywood,” Spacey says, reprising his role as the Machiavellian Frank Underwood. “Some new faces, some old faces, some new faces on old faces.” Unlike Underwood, some of those faces include Washington’s actual leaders from both sides of the aisle, including Senator John McCain, a cursing Rep. Steny Hoyer (a real House whip), White House Senor Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and others.
Whether you’re fighting mutant cyborg dogs in a hellish, post-apocalyptic wasteland or, more likely, dealing with potentially radioactive substances on a daily basis, the MTM ‘Rad’ watch may be the wrist droid you’re looking for.
MTM makes so-called ‘Special Ops’ watches which are bold, large, and usually made of coated steel or titanium. However, every once in a while they come out with something unique. This new timepiece costs $ 1,500 and includes a built-in radiation detector that can sense rate and dose of radiation as well as warn you when you’ve gone over a preset boundary.
The counters are completely self-contained and surprisingly small. The battery should last two years and, although this thing looks big, it’s actually quite light and watch writer Paul Hubbard wore it in a 5K race and on a plane where he got a reading of “3.7 micro sieverts/hour.” You can also transmit readings to a computer via an IR transfer system that is built into the watch.
Who is this for? Hubbard writes:
In short, if you’re in need of a Geiger counter (and, let’s face it, in these Mad Maxian times I think we all are) this may be just the wrist-mounted Pip-Boy for you.