Strava Summit replaces Premium: here’s what you need to know.

If you’re a heavy runner or cyclist, you’re probably going to at least be aware of Strava. You’re also probably going to be aware that there’s a premium tier, called (cleverly) Strava Premium. Well, actually, not any more…

It’s been renamed as Strava Summit, and the short way to describe it is a chopped-up version of Premium. instead of everything bundled in together, you’ll be able to choose the packs you actually want to take, as the previous Premium service lumped together a lot of disparate features that not everybody might want to use.

Strava Summit pricing

Previously, Strava Premium cost £45 / $60 / AU$90 for the year (or £6 / $8 / AU$13 for a month), which got you access to all the business it offered, including in-depth analysis of your training or Beacons that would let your loved ones keep an eye on where you are while out logging 18 miles of breathlessness.

Now, that’s been split down into three packs: Training, Analysis and Safety, each of which costs read more

Reddit Got Hacked Thanks to a Woefully Insecure Two-Factor Setup

Reddit said in a blog post Wednesday that a hacker broke into the company’s systems in June and gained access to a variety of data, including user emails, source code, internal files, and “all Reddit data from 2007 and before.” And it likely could have been avoided if some Reddit employees were using two-factor authentication apps or physical keys instead of their phone numbers.

“On June 19, we learned that an attacker compromised a few of Reddit’s accounts with cloud and source code hosting providers by intercepting SMS 2FA verification codes,” a Reddit spokesperson said in a statement. (Advance Publications, which owns WIRED publisher Condé Nast, is Reddit’s majority shareholder.) “We are working with federal law enforcement, and have also taken measures to both address this current situation and prevent similar incidents in the future. A small number of users were affected and have been notified.”

Among the compromised information read more

FitBit stock jumps as smartwatches fuel growth

FitBit’s stock price jumped in after-hour trading and is currently trading around $6.00 a share, off its 52-week intraday high of $7.79.

The company today announced its latest quarterly numbers, which saw the average selling price of its wearables increase 6% year-over-year to $106 a device. New devices introduced within the last year represented 59% of the company’s revenue.

Smartwatches were a high-point for FitBit this quarter. The company stated that its higher-priced smartwatch wearables outsold Samsung, Garmin and Fossil smartwatches combined in North America. Smartwatch revenue grew to 55% of revenue, up from 30% on a sequential basis.

“Our performance in Q2 represents the sixth consecutive quarter that we have delivered on our financial commitments, made important progress in transforming our business, and continued to adapt to the changing wearables market. Demand for Versa, our first ‘mass-appeal’ smartwatch, is very strong. Within the second quarter, Versa outsold Samsung, read more

Why Macs matter to Apple, even when they aren’t selling well

Between dropping sales and controversial products, what does the Mac means to Apple in 2018? Yes, it’s the company’s first flagship product, but it’s also an increasingly small portion of its business. Pretty much everything that Apple sells, from streaming music and wireless headphones to the Apple Watch and HomePod, is designed with iOS in mind. The days of the Mac serving as your “digital hub,” as Steve Jobs famously put it way back in 2001, are long gone.

If that’s the case, what does the Mac mean to Apple (besides about 10 percent of last quarter’s revenue)? The answer can be found by looking at the one product category going through explosive growth: Apple’s services segment. CEO Tim Cook has been talking up this part of the company’s business for years now, and with good reason: read more

First look: Sony Master Series

Sony’s goal was to create TVs that replicate the images exactly as the creators would like their content to look – creating what Sony calls “Kando” for the viewer. Kando is, obviously, a Japanese word which loosely translates to having an emotional response in English; something that satisfies and more.

It’s with that goal in mind that Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo took the stage of Sony Hall on Tuesday to talk of its product development from “lens to living room” approach to producing 4K products that are best for professionals and consumers alike, the result of which is the new Sony Master Series.

There are several features that cross the lines between the Z9F LCD and A9F OLED Master Series. Both lines will have full color management systems in order to support professional end-user calibration using CalMAN software from Portrait Displays. This new automated professional calibration process was demonstrated but Sony has also included a new special “Custom” read more

Bioengineers Are Closer Than Ever To Lab-Grown Lungs

The lungs in Joan Nichols’ lab have been keeping her up at night. Like children, they’re delicate, developing, and in constant need of attention, which is why she and her team at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s Lung Lab have spent the last several years taking turns driving to the lab at 1:00 am to check that the bioreactors housing their experimental organs are not leaking, that the nutrient-rich soup supporting the lungs is still flowing, or that the budding sacs of tissues and veins have not succumbed to contamination. That last risk was a persistent source of anxiety: Building a lung requires suspending the thing for weeks on end in warm, wet, fungus friendly conditions—to say nothing of the subtropical climate of Galveston itself. “In this city, mold will grow on people if they sit still long enough,” Nichols says.

But their vigilance has paid off. In 2014, Nichols’ read more

Boeing’s new R&D center focuses on autonomous flight

Flying cars are BS. But there is actually a chance that we’re on the cusp of a revolution in general aviation as startups and major players like Airbus are looking to modern technology to allow more people to take flight without having to first learn how to steer a Cessna 152 down a short runway (though that’s a good skill to have, too). Boeing, which is not currently a player in general aviation, clearly doesn’t want to be left behind. The company today announced that it is opening a new R&D office in Boston that will focus on designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft.

Perkins + Will (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

The new office will be staffed by Boeing engineers and employees of its Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary, which it acquired last year. Unsurprisingly, the company also plans to work with the boffins at MIT, which is the landlord of the company’s new offices in Kendall Square.

“Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation read more

Vizio adds over 100 free streaming channels to its SmartCast TVs

Vizio announced today that it’s launching a new free streaming service called WatchFree. Rolling out now, the service will be available on most Vizio SmartCast TVs and will include more than 100 channels, such as NBC News, MSNBC, Fox Sports, Crime Network, The Surf Channel, Cats 24/7 and multiple movie channels. The service is powered by the ad-supported free streaming service Pluto TV, which will soon add two pop-up channels that feature Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Unsolved Mysteries.

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Spotify launches Archie motion comic series as it takes on a new medium

Spotify has launched a new six-part motion comic series with Archie Comics called Spotlight Archie – The New Riverdale. 

Based on the bestselling 2015 Archie comic book by writer Mark Waid and artists Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish, the new series sees Archie Comics continue to experiment with bringing its beloved characters into the modern age  and delivering them to a younger audience. 

Streaming exclusively on Spotify, the new series represents yet another interesting type of content that digital streaming platforms are able to offer users. Speaking to The Nerdist, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater said, “Archie has always been about trying to find new ways to get comics to fans and readers.” 

The revival of the motion comic

The launch of Spotlight Archie – The New Riverdale follows the success of the 2016 CW series Riverdale, which stars K.J. Apa and Cole Sprouse in an angsty re-working of the cheery original comic books. 

Motion comics first became popular in the 1960s, when Marvel Comics Animation read more

WhatsApp finally earns money by charging businesses for slow replies

Today WhatsApp launches its first revenue-generating enterprise product and the only way it currently makes money directly from its app. The WhatsApp Business API is launching to let businesses respond to messages from users for free for up to 24 hours, but will charge them a fixed rate by country per message sent after that.

Businesses will still only be able to message people who contacted them first, but the API will help them programatically send “shipping confirmations, appointment reminders or event tickets. Clients can also use it respond to manually respond to customer service inquiries through their own tool or apps like Zendesk or Twilio. And small businesses who are one of the 3 million users of the WhatsApp For Business app can still use it to send late replies one-by-one for free.

After getting acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014, it’s finally time for the 1.5 billion-user WhatsApp to pull its weight and contribute some revenue. If Facebook can pitch the read more