Larklife fitness tracker syncs your data over Bluetooth, knows when you’re running instead of walking

Larklife fitness tracker syncs your data over Bluetooth, knows when you're running instead of walking

 

In case you haven’t noticed, fitness gadgets are having something of a moment right now. The past year alone has seen the launch of Nike’s FuelBand, the ill-fated Jawbone Up and a refreshed line of Fitbit trackers. Now another product is arriving that promises to do basically the same thing — namely, track your activity, sleep patterns and food intake using a wearable gadget and mobile app. That thing you see up there is called Larklife and for now, at least, it works exclusively with iOS devices. It’s a splash-resistant (but not waterproof) band that has a pedometer inside, counting your steps throughout the day. It can also tell how long you sleep each night, as well as how long it takes you to nod off. There’s even a vibrating alarm built into the band — something we first saw on the Up earlier this year. (As it happens, Lark’s earlier products were sleep aids, so the inclusion of this feature actually makes a lot of sense.) As for monitoring your dietary habits, Larklife doesn’t automatically track your food intake, but the app does include a food diary where you can manually enter your meals.

Additionally, Larklife uses Bluetooth Smart to automatically sync with your iPhone so that you don’t have to plug the band into a PC just to update your fitness stats. (The new Fitbit trackers work this way this too.) Additionally, the band uses a proprietary technology that can discern when you’re running or walking, which means the app will log workouts even if you forget to enter them. The last intriguing bit is that the app dishes out smart, contextually aware advice. Didn’t get much sleep last night? Larklife will remind you to eat more protein than usual at breakfast, so that you have enough energy to get you through the day. The app also rewards good behavior in the form of iOS notifications and colorful on-screen badges, though competing products admittedly take a very similar approach when it comes to keeping users motivated.

Larklife is up for pre-order starting today, and is priced at $150 — a rather large premium over the new Fitbit One, which will sell for $100. As for precise availability, all we know is that retailers will start stocking Larklife “before the holidays.” Whether that means Halloween, Thanksgiving or some gift-giving celebration will be revealed some other day.

 

source: engadget

Edifier releases the Esiena and Bric Bluetooth speakers for iOS devices

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With the arrival of the iPhone 5 and its legacy-wrecking Lightning port, this holiday season is likely to be the last that heavily features the now-obsolete dock connector. Two products caught in the wrong turn of history are Edifier’s new pair of iOS device docks for home and on the go. If you need a “big” sound in a modest package, then the Esiena Bluetooth offers 3-inch full-range drivers and a class D digital amplifier — and it’s also packing Auxiliary, USB, SD card inputs and a digital FM radio. If you’re more the adventuring type, then the portable Bric Bluetooth offers 2.75-inch full range drivers and the same class D amplifier in addition to a traveling pouch to keep the hardware safe on your travels. The Esiena will set you back $300 and the Bric a slender $100, with both arriving in the US and Canada from today.

Source: Engadget

 

 

AT&T’s Garnet Red Galaxy S III for vampires: we go hands-on

AT&T's Garnet Red Galaxy S III for vampires: we go hands-on

 

While AT&T’s been flaunting a rather patriotic red, white and blue Galaxy S III lineup since launch, the carrier’s exclusive Garnet Red handset’s been rather elusive so far, with pre-orders starting July 15 and deliveries expected July 29. If you’ve been eying Samsung’s blood red $199 flagship, you’ll be happy to know that we received our review unit yesterday and snapped a bunch of pictures, including comparison shots with the white and blue models. The phone is identical to its siblings other than the burgundy screen bezel and back cover, and the gunmetal rim running along its edge. It’s a pretty gorgeous color scheme that’s sure to attract vampires everywhere. Still unsure? Peek at our hands-on gallery below, then sound off in the comments.

 

source:engadget

Tep Wireless unveils European-wide hotspot rental service for $5-a-day, 1GB of data included

Tep Wireless unveils Europeanwide hotspot rental service for $5aday, 1GB of data included

Hardcore jetsetters should still be turning to Xcom Global, iPhone Trip or a local mobile shop upon arrival, but those who won’t be burning up the megabytes now have yet another alternative when traversing European lands. The outfit best known for keeping those traveling to the UK connected is now branching out a bit, enabling a single rental hotspot to provide mobile data access across 38 countries in the EU. You’ll pay $5 per day for the privilege, but here’s the kicker: only 1GB of data is included, regardless of how long you stay. If you chew through that allotment, you’ll have to pay $55 for an extra 1.4GB or $95 for another 4GB. Granted, that’s significantly less than what AT&T and Verizonwould charge, even if you sign up for their discounted global plans. (For those curious, the same pools would run between $180 and $250.) It ain’t ideal for those working on the go, but if you’re just looking to tear through a Foursquare Bucket List while Eurotripping… well, you can place your order today in the source link below.

sourceTep Wireless

Top 10 Ways to Get Wi-Fi Anywhere You Go

Top 10 Ways to Get Free Wi-Fi Anywhere You Go

 

Whether you’re traveling or just trying to get out of the house a bit more, there’s one thing that plagues us everywhere we go: Wi-Fi. We may not have that cloud of Wi-Fi covering the planet yet, but you can find free Wi-Fi almost anywhere, if you know how to look. Here’s what you need to know.

10. Know Which Hotels and Businesses Always Have Wi-Fi

 

lot of businesses these days offer free wi-fi, even big chains like Starbucks and McDonalds. Learn which ones do and remember them. You can start off by checking out this list of unexpected places you can get free Wi-Fi, as well as our our guide to Wi-Fi friendly hotels and our#freewifi tag. You might be surprised at how many people actually offer it with no strings attached. Photo by Ken Hawkins

 

9. Use a Hotspot Database

 

If you don’t have one of those locations around, though—or if you can’t stand the smell of coffee—it’s time to turn to a hotspot database like WeFi. They have a huge list of over 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, including rural areas you might not expect. They’ve also got apps for iPhone andAndroid, so you’re never without a search engine to find yourself a connection.

 

8. Search for Hidden Networks

 

If you aren’t near a documented hotspot, that doesn’t mean you can’t sniff one out. We’ve shown you a number of apps that’ll help you find free, hidden Wi-Fi networks, and we’ve also mentioned that electronics stores are a great place to start looking (since they need Wi-Fi for their display units), as are premium lounges in airports. With a little bit of searching, you can bring all the hidden hotspots out of the woodwork. Just don’t tell too many people, or they might start protecting their network.

 

7. Browse the Right Sites

 

This won’t get you access to the whole internet, but if you’re just looking for Wi-Fi to pass the time, see if the local paid hotspots offer any sites for free. Delta Airlines, for example, offers free access to Amazon, People magazine, and the Wall Street Journal in-flight. It won’t help you check your email, but you can certainly keep busy browsing Amazon and reading news, and you won’t need to spend a dime.

 

6. Sign Up for a Loyalty Program

 

Some businesses—like Kimpton and other hotels—will offer you free Wi-Fi if you join a loyalty program with them. It’s not a bad deal considering most loyalty programs are free, and as long as you have a good spam filter in place, you won’t have to deal with those nasty newsletters they send out after you sign up.

 

5. Find Some Coupon Codes

 

With a little foresight, you can rack up some coupons and have them ready when you need Wi-Fi access on the go. Sites likeRetailMeNot are always great for finding vouchers, and you can often see if that hotspot company has any partners that regularly offer deals (You can often find GoGo deals through their partners likeGadling, for example). Following that company on Twitter can often score you some coupons, too. If you’re in a big building like an airport, you may even be able to find some codes at nearby shops, too.

 

4. Get Around Time Limits with MAC Spoofing

 

Sometimes you find free Wi-Fi, but you’re only limited to a few hours. If you don’t want to get up and find a new hotspot, you can do some simple MAC address spoofing to extend your time. Either spoof a new MAC address to get another few hours, or if you’re really sneaky, spoof someone else’s MAC address that has unlimited access to the paid service, and get unlimited Wi-Fi that way.

 

3. Get Wi-Fi From Your Cable Company

 

You might not realize this, but if you subscribe to cable internet at home, you probably have free access to all of their Wi-Fi hotspots around town. If you live in a big city, you might even get hotspots from other cable providers too. Check your provider’s web site for a map of nearby hotspots, or if they have one, download their mobile app from your app store of choice and find them that way.

 

2. Tether Your Phone

Top 10 Ways to Get Free Wi-Fi Anywhere You GoIf you have a smartphone, one of the more obvious—but always useful—options is to tether your 3G or 4G connection to your computer. We’ve talked about our favorite tethering apps for both iPhone and Android, but know that they’ll take a little preparation beforehand. iPhone users will have tojailbreak first, and Android users will have toroot (but only for Wi-Fi tethering; USB tethering can be done without root access). The nice thing about this method is that it works pretty much anywhere, so as long as you prepare your phone beforehand, you’ll never be without a connection. Photo by Paul Irish.

1. Hack Into Protected Networks

 

If you’re in a Wi-Fi emergency and you absolutely have to connect, you can take some desperate measures and do a little hacking. We’ve shown you how to crack both WEP and WPA passwords, and all you need is a live CD. However, it may take a bit of time, so it may or may not work in a bind, and it probably isn’t worth getting in trouble over. We don’t really recommend doing this, though it can be useful to do it to your own network so you know how to protect yourself. You’ve been warned.

 


With all of these tips, it’s very important to remember that when you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, you’re opening a lot of your data up to the world. So, when employing these strategies, be sure you’re also doing everything you can to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks.

 

source:lifehacker