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Ankles away! FlyFit fitness tracker worn on leg, not wrist

It's hard to stand out from the crowd of fitness trackers, but the FlyFit hopes to do so via crowdfunding -- and by attaching itself to a different body part than normal. The gadget fits around your ankle, not your wrist.

The FlyFit shares plenty of similarities with other trackers. It works with an iOS or Android app to collect and track data about your everyday activities, exercise efforts, and sleep quality. The biggest difference is its ability to measure leg movements. It can differentiate between walking, going up stairs, or biking. That may make it a more accurate tracking choice for people who bike a lot since the stability of the wrists during biking can fool some fitness devices into thinking you're not moving much.… Read more

Nike designer: 'Back to the Future' power laces due in 2015

"Back to the Future" fans and sneaker fans pretty much freaked out in 2011 when Nike issued a limited number of Air Mag shoes designed after those from "Back to the Future, Part II." In the movie, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly time travels all the way to 2015, rides a Hoverboard, and throws on some kicks with "power laces" that tighten automatically.

The power laces were conspicuously absent from the 2011 Air Mags, but we might not have to wait much longer for them to become a reality. Tinker Hatfield, a Nike designer famous for his Air Jordan contributions, was asked about power laces at a recent event in New Orleans. His answer, according to Sole Collector, was that we should see them next year.… Read more

Fly6 watches your back with video camera taillight

Mounting a video camera to a bicycle is nothing new. Plenty of people have recorded their two-wheeled conquests this way. A device called the Rideye even went so far as to act like a "black box" recorder for bikes in case of accidents.

The Fly6 combo taillight and HD video camera on Kickstarter figures that the greatest threats are most likely to sneak up on you from behind in the form of motorists behaving badly. The idea is to capture them on video should an incident occur.… Read more

Great Scott! It's 'Back to the Future,' the musical

We're going the future!

A full 30 years after the original "Back to the Future" film debuted, the time-traveling adventure is set to return, this time as a musical. Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale, who created the original films, will team up with British theater director Jamie Lloyd to write the book for the new production, Variety reported on Friday.

Lloyd will direct the stage version, which will gear up to open in London in 2015, just in the nick of time for the film's 30th anniversary. Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard … Read more

Flies run on tiny treadmills, watch videos for science

Jeff Goldblum may have had more in common with that housefly he accidentally melded with in "The Fly" than his character ever suspected. A team of Stanford University researchers have determined that both flies and humans have a similar way of perceiving motion.

The researchers figured this out by placing flies on a tiny movable ball that acted like a mini, multi-directional treadmill. The flies were shown movies and had their movements monitored, since fly behavior is to turn in the direction of motion.… Read more

The 404 1,390: Where we need a doctor's note (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Microsoft pens playful doctor's note for Xbox One gamers.

- Xbox One just as sleek (on the inside) as PlayStation 4.

- This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars.

- FCC considers lifting cell phone ban on planes.

- The inside story of the woman who single-handedly taped 35 years of television news.… Read more

The Bentley Flying Spur is a muscle car

Bentley makes its cars with a finesse that you only get in England. Each aspect of its cars is pored over by master craftsmen to ensure that every Bentley is perfect. This alone should be enough to tell you the new Flying Spur is a pretty special car.

Superformed metal ensures that creases are extra sharp, that parts of the car that used to be two pieces are now one, that the car looks imposing and out of place anywhere other than a country pile or Mayfair.

The many stages of paintwork required to give a Bentley its signature mirror … Read more

FlyKly smart bicycle wheel gives riders electric momentum

Electric bicycles are nothing new, but they can be loud clunky things that aren't very easy on the eyes. However, that could soon change.

A company called FlyKly is looking to remake the electric bike into something a bit more svelte. It's taking the idea of a motorized bicycle and transforming it into a simple "smart wheel."

To create its invention, FlyKly launched a Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday and in just one day it met its funding goal of $100,000.… Read more

Bentley Flying Spur: Big car, big power, big price. (CNET On Cars, Episode 27)


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2014 Bentley Flying Spur is a lotta' stuff. Hydrogen fuel cell cars may have their second coming. Forward collision prevention tech and how to shop for it in your next car. Top 5 backseat innovations that make you envious of your passengers. E-mail: iOS 7 in car dashboards

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

Bentley's luxury Flying Spur can't shed performance character

Driving down the freeway, the low rumble of a passing motorcycle took me by surprise, the noise only obtrusive because the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur I was in did such a good job of shielding my ears from all the other traffic around. In fact, that motorcycle was probably obnoxiously loud, the kind that roars down the street late on a Sunday night setting off car alarms.

From the driver's seat of the Flying Spur, however, it merely registered as a bass growl, temporarily eclipsing the music pouring from the stereo.

If you ever wonder why anyone would pay $… Read more