When the Health app for iPhone debuted in 2014, it was by far the easiest and most comprehensive way for smartphone users to view and manage their health data from different sources. A lot has changed since then, and the app now offers more insight into your health than ever before -- not to mention more ease of use too.How the Health app worksThe concept behind Health is a gift for people who like to keep their data organized. The iOS app acts as one centralized hub for all your health data from various third-party apps, such as run or step trackers, sleep trackers, food diaries, mental health apps, reproductive health trackers and more. Health functions in four main categories: activity, mindfulness, sleep and nutrition. Not only can you beef up your data in those four departments, but you can do so much more with the right apps. Once Health is set up the right way, setting and meeting health goals is easier than ever. ActivityThe activity portion of Health is one of the most … [Read more...] about The complete guide to Apple’s Health app
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The last few times Ady Barkan got arrested in the U.S. Capitol building, the routine had a few new twists. Officers no longer handcuffed him, since he had lost nearly all his capacity for movement. They just put a bracelet on one of his wrists to show he was in custody. His motorized wheelchair is heavy, and it can take a while to get it into the police van, so Aiyana or Nate or some other member of the large crew that supports him—Ady’s Roadies, they sometimes call themselves—will pour a little water into his mouth while they wait, or, following his whispered suggestions, fire off a text to news media or other activists.Story Continued Below “The Capitol Police treat me pretty well,” says Barkan, who has been arrested seven times over the past two years—or maybe eight, he can’t exactly remember. “Some of them gave us the thumbs up when we left the holding pen and said, ‘Keep up the good work.’” Barkan’s last … [Read more...] about The Most Powerful Activist in America Is Dying
Every month a range of new smart home technologies are released to help improve our lives. Companies are obsessed with the new fad of making everything and anything Wi-Fi connected or smart in one way or another. While there's something to be said for robot vacuum cleaners, smart lighting and Wi-Fi connected speakers, there are plenty of products that we've seen over recent months that we have to ask why anyone thought they were a good idea. Come with us as we journey through a world of smart technology that nobody needs or do they?The automated toiletAnnounced at CES 2019, this "intelligent" toilet not only features automatic opening and closing functionality, an automated flush system and a heated seat, but also combats smells with a built-in catalytic deodoriser. We have to admit a toilet that essentially cleans itself is pretty neat, but is it worth the $12,800 asking price?An Amazon Alexa connected toiletFully-automated, self-cleaning toilet not quite … [Read more...] about The most bonkers smart products that you don’t need or do you?
DEC. 10, 2018 Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. By Richard Harris | Satellite imagery by U.S.D.A. N.A.I.P. Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES, NATASHA SINGER, MICHAEL H. KELLER and AARON KROLIK DEC. 10, 2018 The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark to a nearby Planned Parenthood, remaining there for more than an hour. Another represents a person who travels with the mayor of New York during the day and returns to Long Island at night. Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m. and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until … [Read more...] about Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
Science season in Antarctica begins in November, when noontime temperatures at McMurdo Station climb to a balmy 18 degrees Fahrenheit and the sun hangs in the sky all day and night. For a researcher traveling there from the United States, the route takes time as well as patience. The easiest way is to fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch, New Zealand—a journey of 17 hours, if you’re lucky—and then to McMurdo, a charmless cluster of buildings that houses most of the southern continent’s thousand or so seasonal residents and both of its ATMs. McMurdo isn’t the end of the line, though. Often it’s just a pass-through for scientists hopping small planes to penguin colonies or meteorological observatories farther afield. Few places in Antarctica are more difficult to reach than Thwaites Glacier, a Florida-sized hunk of frozen water that meets the Amundsen Sea about 800 miles west of McMurdo. Until a decade ago, barely any scientists had ever set foot … [Read more...] about The Race to Understand Antarctica’s Most Terrifying Glacier