Fitbit makes a lot of trackers. Even though the company's shrunk its lineup a bit with the launch of its newest Versa Lite Edition, Inspire and Inspire HR, it still feels hard to choose one of these fitness bands or watches. I've worn all the Fitbits over the years, and have been wearing two of Fitbit's latest for the last week to see which one I prefer. The Fitbit Versa Lite Edition is a more budget-friendly, feature-reduced $160 version of the Versa watch Fitbit released a year ago. The Inspire HR is an even more affordable $100 slim band-type tracker that also gets notifications and does more than you probably realize.Here's where things get even more confusing. The company's do-it-all band-style fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 3, is also still around. At $150, it does more than the Inspire HR and a bit less than the Versa. What do you do? After living with all of them, here are a few helpful pointers. Now playing: Watch this: Fitbit's new Versa Lite, Inspire and Ace 2 … [Read more...] about Fitbit Versa Lite, Inspire HR and Charge 3: Which is best?
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Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centerpiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts, maniacal laughter—this is where that sort of thing was supposed to happen. And it almost did. That mad scientist’s name was Nikola Tesla whose mission was to create a way to send wireless electricity as far as London. Thanks to funding from Wall Street luminaries like JP Morgan, the lab itself could have been the birthplace for our wireless future. The only problem? The cupola and its ambitions were destroyed due to a few poor business decisions and a lot of bad luck, long before Tesla could realize his dreams. The early days of wireless technology were marked by struggle and confusion but also glory and Earth-shattering instances of scientific achievement. … [Read more...] about The History of Wireless Everything
State Of The Nation Welcome to State of the Nation, a five-part series about North Carolina's pivotal role in American history over the past 50 years. Here is a phrase that is never used to describe good people: a product of their time. It’s a familiar phrase, generally used to describe those who achieved greatness at terrible cost to other people, and as such one that accurately describes, say, three-fourths of the 20th century’s defining figures, with that percentage increasing with each century you go back. More than a worn-out phrase, though, it’s a cop-out. It’s a condemnation of sorts, but it’s mostly an elision and an excuse. Jesse Helms was not a product of his time. He was born in Monroe, North Carolina, with a specific purpose, one so clear that when you trace your finger back along his life path you suck in your breath with each update and shift in your chair, because it’s so plainly clear that there was only ever one path for … [Read more...] about How Jesse Helms Invented the Republican Party
Google, a few weeks ago, further solidified its ambitions in the social network category by extending its hyperlocal, crowdsourced question-and-answer app experiment Neighbourly from the global beta version rolled out in Mumbai in May this year to a rollout that now spans five more Indian cities that include Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Kota. The app is a lot like Quora in its basic functionality. A city's self-styled expert on topics like 'best restaurants to eat in' or 'safest parks to take a walk in' can share or answer questions posed by other residents, especially newer ones looking to find a safe and comfortable foothold in a new environment. In the latest version of the app, users can ask questions using an enhanced voice input that accommodates eight Indian languages with more being added in the near future. Before we examine the originality of the enterprise, it's probably a good idea to ask: "Why launch in India?" The most obvious answer points to Indian … [Read more...] about Desperate for a win in social, Google app ‘Neighbourly’ lures urban Indians
On Wednesday, Deadspin published a report about how FanSided uses unpaid and underpaid labor to power its websites, which in turn bolster Sports Illustrated and its parent company, Meredith Corporation. With names and other identifying information redacted by request, here are some of the dozens of emails and Twitter messages I’ve since received from current and former FanSided workers. “I definitely feel remorse and responsibility for the culture I am perpetuating by writing for FanSided.” Thank you for the excellent story about FanSided. My experience as a writer there are very similar to what is in your story. I started writing there as a hobby. I always wanted to be a writer, journalist, etc. however I chose a different path in college. Everything about the pay, desire for clicks, and, de-emphasis on reporting is accurate. I have never received any pressure to get more articles posted. I have never hit 50 articles in a month, nor will I ever, and I have only … [Read more...] about “I Received A Check For $4”: Letters From FanSided Writers