It's that time of year, when Google helps little ones around the world track Santa. This year, instead of only tracking Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve, Google is giving you a different glimpse into what's occurring at the North Pole every day leading up to Christmas.
The announcement from Google came courtesy of a post on its Google Maps blog early Wednesday. With a countdown timer at the top of the page, you're able to view familiar Google Maps pins for each day leading up to Santa's busiest day of the year, and see prep work … Read more
A new iPad Mini tracker has been launched by a surprising source.
SeaTurtle.org, which devotes most of its pages to the protection of sea turtles, can now tell you where to find one of the new iPad Minis. The site's iDevice Availability Notifier displays a grid of Apple stores listed alphabetically by state. The grid reveals which model Minis are available in which stores.
The page shows all of the Retina iPad Mini models from all carriers and in all capacities. A green cell means the tablet was in stock as of the last check, while a red … Read more
Revamped and now boasting much-needed wireless Bluetooth syncing, the new $149.99 Jawbone Up24 pushes the old Jawbone Up aside as the company's flagship fitness tracker. It's a big step up (pardon the pun), as Jawbone also enhanced the companion mobile app, which for the Up24 offers even more personal and insightful advice, not to mention a very well-crafted interface. And just as good, Jawbone did not mess with the Up's light and comfortable design.
Yet, one of my gripes from the original model remains. The Up24's lack of a real display for stats at a … Read more
Can software make the Pebble smartwatch better?
The patriarch of this generation of smartwatches isn't getting a face-lift before the end of this year. The black-and-white nontouch display and bare-bones geek charm of the original Pebble will remain. Instead, Pebble will get a bevy of software and app updates, along with a brand-new SDK that promises the types of apps we'd hoped would be on the Pebble when it was first announced.
iPhone owners finally get notifications galore The first big news is for iOS. The Pebble is getting a software update today for iOS 7 that finally … Read more
Nike plans to hold an event to discuss the future of NikeFuel.
The athletic apparel company sent out invitations to to its "NikeFuel Forum" event in New York, which will be held on October 15.
The invitation is light on details, but Nike promises a discussion of the future of the digital world experience and physical activity.
It's unclear whether the event will feature a new FuelBand, the fitness-monitoring device that Nike has been pushing as part of its FuelBand and Nike+ initiative.
The FuelBand has proven to be a popular device with athletes and users who … Read more
With its ability to keep track of how often documents and Web pages are open, ActoTracker for Mac is a good program for those operating businesses based on hourly rates, among other possibilities. While its interface lacks clear graphics, it proves easy to figure out.
ActoTracker for Mac immediately opens into its main menu, which seems rather cluttered. A tutorial to walk the user through the features would have been helpful, but ultimately the main controls can be figured out after playing with them for a time. In the upper left, buttons are available for adding and removing what the … Read more
The Hoop Tracker is a different kind of smartwatch. Instead of talking to your smartphone, it talks to a lever that sits inside a basketball hoop and registers whether or not a shot has gone in.
The shot detector has a handle that allows you to attach it magnetically inside any standard basketball hoop. When the ball goes in, the detector registers it as a successful shot and sends the information to the watch. You then can track your improvements from various locations on the court over time.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months.
- Update: Homeless guy accepted the NYC programmer's offer to learn how to code.
- "Boyfriend Tracker" app raises stir in Brazil.
- Whole Foods debases itself with social-media flash sales.
- Whole Foods has a record store now. Oh no?
- Whole Foods hack: Employees can give you free stuff at their discretion.
Deep in a dimly lit audience in New York City, I sat watching a presenter show a slide reading, "Challenges for High Performance Wearable Solutions."
Of all the challenges listed -- battery life, processor power, connectivity, developing compelling applications -- one was left out: who, exactly, wants to wear this wearable tech, and why?
"Wearable tech" is the latest hot buzz phrase, and it's been surging in consumer electronics circles. But despite how simple the label sounds on the surface, it's a category that's extremely tricky to pin down.
Eager manufacturers parachuting on … Read more