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The Pinnacle of Fitness Failure: Samsung’s Gear Fit Activity Tracker
Rainmaker, dcrainmaker.com

On Friday I unboxed and got all set Samsung’s Gear Fit activity tracker. This is the company’s first direct attempt at competing with activity monitors from the likes of traditional players like Nike and FitBit, as well as newer entrants such as…

Sounds like a fitness tracker designed by committee rather than having honest to goodness people use it. I wonder who will get this right first? Misfit Shine has been pretty good so far but the lack of a robust watch band is limiting.

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Photos: Casey Paige/Billings Gazette

Springtime in Yellowstone Lake, WY: The sun comes out, the temperatures rise and the 20-ton bulldozers start plowing.

Yellowstone National Park has a team of 14 people who work for about three months to clear the roads of snow and ice for visitors. One thousand gallons of fuel are used daily to clear the park’s 466 miles of roads. 

This job is not for the faint of heart. Conditions can be tough, with temperatures reaching 20 below zero, and storms and wind blowing snow onto cleared paths. 

"The most ground I’ve ever covered in a day in 10 miles," plow crew Kenny Whitman told the Billings Gazette. “The least is seven-tenths of a mile. You get in snow 14-feet deep, and you stay all day long.”

One reason this veteran crew keeps coming back? 

"It doesn’t get any better than this," snowplow worker Lance Tyson told the Gazette. "There’s no tourists, nobody bothers us and the buffalo and elk calves are being born." 

— Lauren (via @BrettBFrench/Billings Gazette)

Does it seem strange to burn 1000 gallons of fuel in a national park?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdKu5T9zM6I

Cat Stevens singing in 1971. The same, older, gentleman in 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG-TUyMW9Qs. 36 years later it’s still beautiful. Can’t quite hit the high notes (can any of us?).

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How does one go about getting here, like, right away? (via)

Let me know when you figure it out — Lauren 

Looks like Positano. Been far too long since we went there.

I started this year committing to using 1Password and finally making my passwords more secure. Every time I’d forget a site’s login I’d dutifully create a new secure password.

Turns out I should have waited. Oh well, this gives me a chance to revisit all the security pages and add two stage auth at the same time.

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"What’s your greatest fear?"
"Dying before I’ve gotten out of The Matrix."

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UPS Delivery Trucks Save 10 Million Gallons of Gas Every Year by Not Making Left Turns
John Farrier, neatorama.com

(Photo: zyphbear)Making a left turn on a 2-way street in the United States can take a while. Those few extra seconds add up for a company like UPS, which operates 96,000 trucks. Since 2001, the company has closely examined how it can become more…

I dislike making left turns across traffic. There is a lot going on including pedestrians, oncoming cars, and at least in Seattle often someone running a red light. Too much dissonance. Good to know UPS is following my lead and whenever possible making right turns. I’m not alone.

Sigh…

I don’t know that I could precisely locate the Ukraine on a map much more accurately than a Risk map but I could get the right continent. But some of the dots are just sad, eg placing it in Canada or South America.

Sean O’Neill, tnooz.com

In 2008, Microsoft paid about $115 million for Farecast, a fare-prediction startup.Farecast was a free service that helped travelers decide whether they should buy a ticket now or wait and hope that the fare drops.The startup’s predictions of whet…

Can we call this one a bad acquisition? Good thing the people involved all received walking papers, right.

We have too much fear of Apple. The approval cycle alone stifles your creativity.

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2014/04/features/how-whatsapp-beat-facebook/viewall

Great article on WhatsApp and it’s refreshingly singular focus on a simple user experience, and how their entire development process is built to support it. It also talks about their complex relationship with Apple and shares how the inclusiveness of the App Store hurts their ability to innovate.

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Interesting… the key of course is whether they can stay ad free. And whether Facebook continues to let them keep demographics off the list.