Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
In an effort to improve passenger safety, Uber has updated its Family Profiles feature with the ability to track riders in your closed group from the time they hop in a cab to the moment they reach their destination.The Trip Tracker feature will let you know when one of your loved ones are taking a cab and show you the route they re taking in real-time on a map.That should bring some peace of mind to people who are worried about their spouses, children or parents traveling through the city by themselves.In addition, Family Profiles lets you take care of the bill instead of charging the passenger.That s handy when you share a credit card with other members of your family.Uber says it s now made Trip Tracker available to users across the globe.
App-based fitness coaches have been growing in popularity over the past few years, as companies attempt to turn their fitness tracking apps into services that can also help people train more effectively.The latest to do this is Strava, the self-proclaimed social media network for athletes, which has added a new feature called Live Segments.Live Segments is essentially aimed at runners and cyclists who use their phones to track their progress, and offers real-time audio and visual cues on personal records, the segment, and who s at the top of the leaderboard.Premium customers will also see their efforts in real-time on the screen, as well as personal records.When the segment is completed, you ll see your results for the segment on the screen.This could help in fine-tuning the details of a training session.
Rolled out on Tuesday to users around the world, Trip Tracker lets you follow a family member s ride in real time so you ll know exactly how the journey is progressing.Whether you have a spouse traveling for work, a daughter heading home from college, or a parent going to a doctor s appointment – ensuring your loved ones are taken care of when you re not together extends beyond just covering the cost of a ride, Uber said in a post announcing the feature, adding, So, the next time one of your family members is headed out, you ll know when they are on their way, which route they are taking, and when they ve arrived.Of course, it could also be a useful way to find out exactly when your partner s going to walk through the door, handy if you re prepping dinner … or watching a TV show when you should be doing something more productive.Tapping the notification takes you to a map so you can follow the ride s progression toward its destination.Oh, and you don t actually have to be related – Uber lets you decide who s family.The company describes the service as a way to help loved ones, friends, or coworkers get where they want to go while you foot the bill, which sounds pretty darn great if you re the one who s not paying, that is .
If your family uses Uber to get around, you can now have a little more peace of mind by following your family members trips in real time.Uber is introducing a new safety feature that can notify you whenever a member of your Family Profile takes a car, and then you can even follow their trip on a map in real time.Uber introduced Family Profiles earlier this year, enabling users to share one payment method so you could, for example, pay for all of your daughter or son s fares if you re a parent.Of course, you can add anyone to a shared account, whether they re a friend or colleague or loved one.You could already share real time maps of your trip if you chose to, but this new Trip Tracker feature is designed particularly with families in mind.If I was a parent of a teen I know I d find some relief in my parental smartphone panopticon.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Have had it over a year without complaints, snafus or glitches.-yazsirI recently picked up a Charge HR and so far I am loving it.I had a Fitbit Force a while back but when they were recalled I ended up sending it back and buying an android wear watch to replace it.Just having friends to help hold me accountable has helped me reach my step goals far more often with my Fitbit than I ever did with my Moto 360.- kateIf for some reason you don t want a Fitbit, the Garmin Vivosmart HR also got its fair share of recommendations.Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.
On Tuesday, Uber launched a new feature called Trip Tracker, enabling users to track their family members' rides with the service.The Trip Tracker is part of another Uber feature called Family Profiles, which lets you add other riders to a joint family profile, with rides billed to the profile organizer.The idea behind the feature is to track your family members in real time.Then, you'll be able to follow the ride's progress on the map inside the Uber app see below .The Trip Tracker is a welcome safety-related feature from Uber, which has often been under fire for not doing enough to make sure its customers are safe.In April, Uber agreed to pay $10 million to settle California prosecutors' allegations it misled customers about the background checks it performs on drivers.
Fitness apps will start automatically, and users can respond to messages with machine learning-based repliesAndroid Watches displayed on screen at Google I/O on May 18, 2016Android Wear, Google s operating system for smartwatches, is getting its biggest update yet with an upcoming 2.0 release that brings improved features for messaging and fitness.Among the improvements, Android Wear 2.0 will detect when you're starting to exercise and automatically fire up an app such as Strava.Google is also taking aim at how the Apple Watch displays information from applications, by allowing developers to display information from any app when users glance at their device.That s important for helping people to quickly see data from apps they use frequently.People who want to converse with friends from their wrists will also get new features, including a redesigned keyboard, support for handwriting recognition, and smart replies that offer machine learning-driven responses based on the context of a conversation.At a time when smartwatches are still a niche item, that could be useful for Google.
Fitbit s future plans clearly extend well beyond simple fitness tracking, as evidenced by products like the Blaze, which leans much more heavily into smartwatch territory than before.Instead it s focused, fittingly, on the mobile company s wearable payment platform.Still, it s hard not to wonder aloud what this means for Coin s future, moving forward.Also on the outs are the Coin Rewards and the Coin Developer Program.For Fitbit, the purchase means extending toward an active NFC payment solution that could be embedded into future Fitbit devices.The fitness hardware developer was still careful not to spill the beans entirely adding that there are no plans to integrate Coin s wearable payments technology into the 2016 Fitbit product roadmap.
The Trip Tracker update will automatically let family members and other loved ones follow each others Uber trips in real-time.Family Profiles, which Uber announced in March, allows users to group up to 10 family members – or friends – onto one account so they can foot the bill for their rides.The new feature will provide details of each person s trip to whoever is in charge of the Family Profile with a notification and the option to view a live map showing the vehicle s route.The ability to share real-time maps of Uber journeys has been around for a while, thanks to the Share my ETA feature, but this requires users to select which people they want to receive the information.The new feature is intended for situations such as when parents use Uber to send their child to school and want to monitor their progress, or making sure an elderly relative gets home okay.Following an initial launch in a handful of markets, including Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, Family Profiles are now available in every market where Uber operates.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Valentina PalladinoFitbit devices are known for being easy-to-use, fitness-first products, but now the company that makes them may be planning to tack on extra features.Fitbit released a statement today announcing that it has acquired "wearable payment assets" from the Silicon Valley company Coin.Existing Coin users will be able to use their devices for the duration of their "lifetime"; the card itself can last two years without any recharging.One of the biggest differences between standalone fitness trackers and all-purpose smartwatches is mobile payment support: the Apple Watch has Apple Pay, and Google has Android Pay for its smartphones while Android Wear users eagerly await its inclusion on their wearable devices.Jawbone was the first big fitness tracker company to integrate mobile payments into its Up4 wristband, but that feature is in partnership with American Express, so only AmEx cardmembers can use it.Earlier this year, MasterCard and Coin announced a partnership to bring mobile payments to a bunch of fitness-related wearables, including the Atlas wristband, but there's no word on whether that plan will continue now that Fitbit essentially owns that technology.
Of approximately 40,000 smartphone health apps available, about 800 are devoted to mental health, according to Robert Kennedy, MD, Executive Director of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry.However, few of these apps are developed by clinicians, and there is little science to the vast majority of them, said Seth Powsner, MD, President of the AATP, and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale.Apps may provide solutions, the speakers agreed.New health apps launched by Apple just last month, in April, 2016, include pregnancy tracker Glow Nurture, newborn parenting app Glow Baby, and a diabetes manager.An Apple depression tracker named Start, includes a symptom tracker, medication reminder, depression rating scale, and information about medication side effects.The Collaboratory encouraged clinicians to contact them with ideas for apps, and for help in developing the apps.
Image Source: UberUber is rolling out a new feature to its mobile app that can be quite helpful but also somewhat creepy: it will now let you track friends and family in real time as they re taking Uber rides.DON T MISS: Bionic eye restores man s vision after being blind for 40 yearsThe new safety feature works through Uber s Family Profile, so you have to set it up to take advantage of real-time tracking.Called Trip Tracker, the feature provides automatic notifications and the ability to follow along on the map when someone in your Family Profile is taking an Uber.That way, if you re concerned about the safety or whereabouts of family members or obsessively stalking your significant other , you ll be able to monitor each of their Uber trips.This is how it will look in action:Trip tracker also helps you keep tabs on Uber spending under Family Profiles.To enable it on your device, make sure you ve got the latest version of the app installed, and then set up your Family Profile.
Next year's Fitbit fitness trackers are likely to include the ability to make mobile payments.The fitness tracking giant has announced the purchase of a large portion of Coin, a start-up offering advanced payment solutions via NFC technology.While Fitbit says the Coin tech will not be built into 2016 releases, a press release says it could read: will be embedded into future devices.The move into mobile payments, hinted at by CEO James Park in an interview with the New York Times last month, could be key to fending off the challenge from Android Wear and Apple watchOS devices.Although smartwatches are yet to completely prove their worth to most consumers, the ability to make payments by placing the wrist next to a contactless terminal is a great incentive.Park says via Engadget : We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals, and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most.
Unlike the wand controllers of the HTC Vive and Oculus unreleased Touch controllers, Leap Motion uses camera tracking to put your hands and digits into the game.That means it can offer individual finger tracking, letting you perform much more complicated gestures and motions within the game.Of course there is no physical feedback for the player, but for waving or gesturing it s a perfect solution.Although the new shape is aimed at the new release hardware, it will still work with older developer kits too, thanks to its use of a strong adhesive for mounting.Along with the new Leap Motion mount, the developers are including a 15ft USB cable, so that you can hook it up to your PC, though bear in mind that means there will be another cable trailing across your floor.You can buy the new universal VR mount from the Leap store for $20, and there is a limited-time offer for the mount and the Motion sensor itself, going for $75.
Pornhub's still burning through the April Fool's day joke ideas list it came up with earlier in the year, today releasing a thing it calls BangFit -- a concept for a sports activity tracker for people who want their weekly bit of sex to be augmented by the inclusion of a mobile phone to track their heated, directional thrusts.Here's the thing for the thing, which is actually all pretend:Pornhub is so proud of this joke it's even registered the BangFit domain name, where it describes the process as being "...the perfect excuse to watch porn along with your partner."Even though that's a terrible idea as it only leaves everyone with unrealistic expectations of positions, durations, acceptable finishing moves etc.Pornhub via Ubergizmo Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
Nintendo is best known as a gaming company, but you could soon be seeing the familiar logo on everything from restaurants to healthcare devices.It probably doesn't mean that Nintendo is planning to port Zelda to PC, but rather that the company may increasingly look at PC software development - probably of the 'boring' kind, given the existing Articles 2 11 and 12 account for "Information processing and providing services using computer networks, etc."The sleep tracker was put to bed in February, but the proposed additions to the Articles of Incorporation could indicate there are still related plans.Its much-vaunted step into mobile gaming is underway, with Miitomo out now and Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem planned, while feature length animated movies could be in cinemas by 2019.Eating establishments could even tie in here, particularly in Japan where game-branded restaurants such as the Final Fantasy-themed Eorzea Café are common.Despite helping create the modern video game industry, Nintendo itself has rarely defined itself as a games company; rather, it's a company that happens to make games.
They write:In the simplest case, a script from the company Liverail checks for the existence of an AudioContext and OscillatorNode to add a single bit of information to a broader fingerprint.Audio signals processed on different machines or browsers may have slight differences due to hardware or software differences between the machines, while the same combination of machine and browser will produce the same output.But nor was it being picked by some of the common tracker blocker/privacy tools they also looked at, such as Ghostery.Other tracking techniques they looked at include WebRTC IP, canvas fingerprinting, canvas font fingerprinting and battery API15.So even though audio fingerprinting might not be a very common tracking technique, it s novel enough that it will probably fly under the radar of any privacy tools a user is running.One technology the researchers envisage being helpful in future to keep on top of proliferating and ever-changing tracking techniques — specifically by helping keep tabs on fingerprinting scripts — is machine learning, which they hope will be able to be used to automatically detect and classify trackers, potentially being able to replace the current necessity for developers to manually curate block lists.
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