The Best Fitness Trackers and Watches for Everyone

After a foray into lower-priced offerings, Suunto is back to focusing on its group of hardcore users, like ultrarunners, backpackers, and mountain guides. While most GPS watches offer around 10-15 hours of continuous tracking, Suunto’s FusedTrack algorithm offers up to 120 hours by using motion sensor data to extend the time in between GPS pings. … Read moreThe Best Fitness Trackers and Watches for Everyone

A New Wave of Brainy Bikes Do Everything but Ride Themselves

The top of Monarch Crest trail outside Salida, Colorado, provides a stunning view, a 360-degree vista of the Continental Divide and the 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks towering to the north. But as I clip into my mountain bike’s pedals, I’ve got more than selfies on my mind. I flip open the compression damping switches on my … Read moreA New Wave of Brainy Bikes Do Everything but Ride Themselves

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

When school began in Lockport, New York, this past fall, the halls were lined not just with posters and lockers, but cameras. Over the summer, a brand new $4 million facial recognition system installed by the school district in the town’s eight schools from elementary to high school. The system scans the faces of students … Read moreIn the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

The New iPad Mini Is a Little Tablet That Can Go, Go, Go

Apple’s new iPad Mini is an eight-inch bundle of contradictions. It’s new! But also, it’s not new. It works with Pencil! But it’s only compatible with the older Pencil. It has a high-resolution display! It also has thick bezels, ones reminiscent of an iPad from another era. It’s the fifth iPad Mini, and it feels … Read moreThe New iPad Mini Is a Little Tablet That Can Go, Go, Go

This ‘Online Lie Detector’ Could Honestly Be a Problem

The internet is full of lies. That maxim has become an operating assumption for any remotely skeptical person interacting anywhere online, from Facebook and Twitter to phishing-plagued inboxes to spammy comment sections to online dating and disinformation-plagued media. Now one group of researchers has suggested the first hint of a solution: an “online polygraph” that … Read moreThis ‘Online Lie Detector’ Could Honestly Be a Problem

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

Folded and sealed with a dollop of red wax, the will of Catharuçia Savonario Rivoalti lay in Venice’s State Archives, unread, for more than six and a half centuries. Scholars don’t know why the document, written in 1351, was never opened. But to physicist Fauzia Albertin, the three-page document—six pages, folded—was the perfect thickness for … Read moreScientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

These are the rules: Users of /r/aww aren’t allowed to post about dogs that are dying, or sick, or just back from the vet. No posts about cats just adopted off the street; no bird-with-an-injured-beak stories. Cheerful descriptions of animals, however, are very much on point. Accompanying an image of a huge dog in a … Read moreThe Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

With more than 2 billion users, Android has a staggering number of devices to protect. But a “high-severity” bug that went undetected for more than five years—that attackers could exploit to spy on a user and gain access to their accounts—serves as a reminder that Android’s impressive open source reach also creates challenges for defending … Read moreAn Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years