Suunto 3 Fitness Review: Attractive and Versatile

The outdoor industry has a little millennial problem. It shows up even in the terminology. As recently as ten years ago, you didn’t like climbing. You were a climber. You were part of an intensely tribal subculture, and you had the chops, and the highly technical gear, to prove it.

But advances in materials science and general awareness have made it easier and more affordable than ever to get outside. Outdoor gear is now a little cheaper, and a lot more versatile. If you like climbing, have you tried surfing? What about skiing, hiking, or mountain biking? Whatever you do, do it with friends, and hopefully while wearing the same watch, jacket and shoes.

Fitness wearables have been slow to accommodate people like me, who do a lot of different activities. The Fitbit Versa caters to people who are trying to improve their overall fitness, but functionality for multiple sports is low. The Garmin Fenix read more

Sony’s 4K Projector Offers More Than Meets the Eye

The magic in Sony’s new entertainment system is that it doesn’t resemble a TV at all. The 4K HDR laser projector casts gleaming, lifelike video onto any surface above it. Pushed up against the wall, the coffee-­table-sized unit projects an 85-inch image. Slide it out a foot, and the picture blooms to 120 inches. The speaker system stays fully concealed: a pair of glass tube tweeters in the aluminum legs, three midrange speakers hidden behind the front panel, a subwoofer on the bottom, and a rear driver that deepens the immersive effect. The projector’s eye is tucked just below the marble tabletop while the wooden shelf below provides ample space for your art books.


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187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix

When businesses latch onto a buzzword, it quickly becomes the solution to everything. Not long ago, in the era of “big data,” companies scrambled to add chief data scientists to their ranks. Before that, vendors of all manner touted their innovative social, local, mobile solutions (or SoLoMo, in industry parlance). Lately, corporations have been talking nonstop—on conference panels, in TED Talks, in pitchdecks—about artificial intelligence.

But in this moment, few business trends can compete with the magic of blockchain technology. Blockchains, which use advanced cryptography to store information across networks of computers, could eliminate the need for trusted third parties, like banks, in transactions, legal agreements, and other contracts. The most ardent blockchain-heads believe it has the power to reshape the global financial system, and possibly even the internet as we know it.

Now, as the technology expands from a fringe hacker toy to legitimate business applications, opportunists read more

Can a City *Really* Sue an Oil Company for Climate Change?

The city of Richmond, Calif. juts into the San Francisco Bay like the head of a rhinoceros looking west across the water, toward San Quentin State Prison and the tony towns north of the Golden Gate. It’s a low, industrial town, and 2,900 acres of it is an oil refinery. Chevron is Richmond’s biggest employer, and through taxes contributes about a quarter of the city’s total budget.

Chevron is also Richmond’s eternal nemesis. Industrial accidents are an ongoing issue. A fire at the refinery in 2012 sent 15,000 people to hospitals, resulting in a city lawsuit and a $5 million settlement. And in January Richmond joined six other California cities in suing oil companies for growing coastal threats related to climate change—primarily the sea level rise jeopardizing Richmond’s working coastline.

“We have 32 miles of shoreline on San Francisco bay, more than any other community, and a substantial amount of it is low-lying and subject to inundation,” says Tom Butt, Richmond’s mayor. “The root of this lawsuit and my biggest disappointment with these fossil fuel companies is that they’re all more interested in perpetuating themselves than they are in making a transition. They’re more interested in self-preservation than preserving the planet.”

In addition to the California cities’ various lawsuits, New York, Seattle, and municipalities in Colorado have read more

Inconvenient Minifauna and the Invasion of the Hammerhead Flatworms

If I told you that flatworms had invaded France, you might say, c’est la vie. A worm is a worm, after all. But then I’d tell you they’re also known as land planarians, and you might think that sounds rather more alien. Then I’d say they’re also called hammerhead flatworms, and you might start getting nervous. Oh, and they grow to a foot long and release secretions from their hammerheads that glue them to their native French prey, the innocent little earthworms. Mon dieu!

Endangered species have their charismatic megafauna—charming critters like pandas and elephants that operate as ambassadors of sorts, drawing attention to the cause of conservation. We might say, then, that the hammerhead flatworm is a new class of indicator species: the inconvenient minifauna. This particularly conspicuous infiltrator is a creature that, based on the amount of read more

Gadget Lab Podcast: The Very Human Element of Self-Driving Cars

One of the greatest ironies in this still-nascent era of self-driving cars is that humans are the backup safety drivers for these autonomous systems, while the systems themselves are supposed to replace human drivers and all our follies. Earlier this week, a preliminary report from the NTSB indicated that the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman in Arizona earlier this year, did in fact “see” the woman in the seconds before the crash occurred. Transportation writer Aarian Marshall and editor Alex Davies join the Gadget Lab podcast this week to discuss the issues that surround “software that’s not yet ready to replace humans, and humans that are ill-equipped to keep their would-be replacements from doing harm.” And of course, we couldn’t have a conversation about the future of transportation without talking about Elon Musk.

Show notes: Here’s Aarian’s and Alex’s story on the preliminary read more

How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism

For the past few years, reporting on far-right extremism and misinformation has been a messy free-for-all. Sure, there have been some attempts to delineate best practices, and certain approaches to storytelling, such as those that seem to normalize neo-Naziism, have come under harsh criticism. But few rules have guided the new genre of reporting—and, to date, no one has taken a hard look at how that reporting may be complicit in spreading far-right messaging and helping the movement grow.

Until now. A new report titled “The Oxygen of Amplification” offers an unprecedented look at the fundamental paradox of reporting on the so-called “alt-right”: Doing so without amplifying that ideology is extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. The report comes out of the Data & Society research institute’s read more

Former Trump Campaign Aide: My Russia Ties Are Not Nefarious!

Michael Caputo’s favorite novel is Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the story of the Devil’s visit to Moscow in the 1930s and all the oddball characters who surround him. When the future Trump campaign official was living in Moscow in the 1990s, he moved to Patriarch Pond, the novel’s setting, and scratched his apartment’s paint down to the color it was when Bulgakov wrote the novel in Stalin’s Soviet Union, and then repainted each room in the color it would have been then.

Today, Caputo thinks the book’s magical realism and interplay of greed, guilt, and politics captures the absurdity of our modern moment perfectly, and he has taken his own first-edition copy of the book into his closed-door testimonies before the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and, earlier this month, to meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. “I figure that’ll raise its resale value,” he says. “I’ll put it on eBay someday.”

Among the odd stories surrounding the colorful cast of characters orbiting the Trump campaign and the Mueller investigation, political consultant Michael Caputo—a one-time protégé of PR dirty trickster Roger Stone and former aide to Paul Manafort—likely doesn’t even crack the top dozen. In fact, his most memorable claim to fame on the Trump campaign may be that he’s the only person to have left the campaign under totally normal circumstances, resigning after an ill-advised tweet that celebrated read more

What to Think About Before Buying a Used Smartphone

The companies that make smartphones would like you to believe that you that a brand new phone is the best kind of phone; that your life will somehow be lacking if you don’t have the updated camera/processor/emoji/virtual assistant button, all packaged in polished glass (the better kind of glass). But there are plenty of good, slightly older, used smartphones out there, and the used phone market has been growing right along with the overall smartphone market.

Plus, there are now legitimate ways to buy used or refurbished phones. Not long ago it felt like your best option was taking a chance on an unknown seller who used aLtRnAtInG cApS and excessive asterisks on Craigslist; or that there was a high likelihood the “refurbished” phone you were buying was an old phone with a bum battery. All of those things can still happen, but now, e-commerce and trade-in sites are starting read more

‘Meaty,’ ‘Broad Band’ and 10 More Books You Must Read This Summer

This weekend, in case you don’t know and haven’t looked at a calendar in a few days, is Memorial Day weekend, aka the Official Start of Summer. That means it’s time for barbecues, sports, road trips, and reading. Yes, reading. Sunshine and exercise are great and all, but one of the joys of the season is that some of those heretofore indoor activities can be taken to the outside world. Novels in nature! Books at the beach! Don’t know what to read? We have some suggestions, friends. From personal essays to virtual reality trips, here’s everything you should peruse this summer.

No Time to Spare, Ursula K. Le Guin

Do you want to start a blog? Ursula Le Guin did, at 81. (Her inspiration was Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago, who started his at 85.) Le Guin—famed fantasist-poet and anti-capitalist icon—kept at it until her death seven years later, not long after many of the best posts were collected for this book. There’s nothing bittersweet about reading them. The pages read more