Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft’s wearable and fitness monitoring platform — Band and Health, respectively — are seeing another update. On the back of the most recent tweak, which brought in a cycling tile and a tiny keyboard to complement an SDK, Microsoft is today building on the bicycling monitoring and adding some context to gathered data. In a strange but ultimately smart turn of events, Microsoft is also announcing they’re no longer making Band a must-have to use their Health app. In the coming weeks, your smartphone sensors will be used to push basic info to Health.

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Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has brought a previously hidden iPhone feature to light. Almost all smartphones have an FM receiver chip built into their hardware. It's actually the same chip that is used for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. In the iPhone 6, it's the Murata 339S0228, and the FM utility is completely switched off. According to the NAB, the FM chip could be an invaluable feature for the public to utilize in an emergency situation, especially considering how cellular and data networks can become overloaded in the case of an emergency.

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CyberPower Trinity gaming PC looks more like a spaceship

CyberPower Trinity gaming PC looks more like a spaceship

We've seen our fair share of "eccentric" looking, to put it kindly, gaming PCs that cater to gamers that have equally unusual tastes in design. But we have to hand over the crown to CyberPower and its new Trinity PC. Throwing out almost every traditional PC design convention out the window, this gaming PC sports a unique structure and arrangement that is, to put it mildly, really out of this world. Eschewing the boxed form of many computers, the Trinity gives justice to its name and is composed instead of three distinct "blades".

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HTTPS snooping flaw affected thousands of iOS apps

HTTPS snooping flaw affected thousands of iOS apps

One of the reasons that Apple decided early on that every app had to be submitted to be reviewed before going to the App store was so that the company could be sure that the apps would work as promised and not compromise the iPhones and iPads they are installed on. Recently a HTTPS snooping flaw that didn’t come from the apps themselves, but from a third-party library affected thousands of iOS apps.

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Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting the Galaxy S6 unsurprisingly disables Samsung Pay

Rooting in the Android world is common place, even among less seasoned users. The reasons for this usually unauthorized process are myriad, but it all boils down to getting more control and sometimes removing the cruft left by OEMs and carriers. Normally, there are very little adverse side effects to rooting an Android device, but there are a few gotchas as well, especially when it comes to Samsung's devices. The latest word is that rooting your fresh new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge will lead you to lose out on Samsung Pay.

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Apple Watch measures perfusion for heart rate monitoring

Apple Watch measures perfusion for heart rate monitoring

With Apple Watch's release on the horizon, functionality details are pouring in. We'll break down how Apple Watch's heart rate sensor actually works, and go into some ways to ensure that you always get a valid heart rate reading from the device, straight from the latest Apple support document. Constantly tracking heart rate is the key to correctly tracking how many calories are burned throughout the day. The watch will not only continuously monitor your heart rate, but will offer a "Heart Rate Glance" feature where you can go back and look how your heart rate measured up at any point that day.

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Microsoft Handpose tracks hand movement in supreme detail

Microsoft Handpose tracks hand movement in supreme detail

Motion tracking is something that a bunch of gaming companies have been working on for years. Microsoft is already doing this to some extent with Kinect and the Xbox game console. Researchers at Microsoft have now developed a new system called Handpose that can track hand movements so accurately and in such detail, the system is capable of translating sign language into spoken word.

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Japan’s new maglev bullet train is now the fastest in the world

Japan’s new maglev bullet train is now the fastest in the world

Japan Railways' latest mag-lev bullet train just broke its own record as the fastest train in the world. The bullet train travelled at 603 kph (374 mph), blowing through last week's top speed of 590 kph (366 mph). At it's fastest, the train covered a mile in 10 seconds, which is insanely fast. This particular maglev train will be able to carry just over 900 passengers per trip as it levitates above the tracks using electromagnets to create a nearly frictionless ride.

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