Last week, Adidas opened its newest and largest storefront on the outskirts of Times Square. Multiple stories of shoes are waiting for you. If you don’t like what they have, however, you can create a custom pair to take home.But what really sets this location apart lies beneath. Down in the basement level is a training area where visitors can get a free gait analysis from professional trainers. This is where the innovative Run Genie comes in. To put it simply, this system was designed to analyze your running stride.More casual runners may not realize, but picking a running shoe is more than just finding a brand or design that you like. Everyone’s feet perform different while we run. For example, some runners use the outside of their foot, others use the inside. There are many more variables that make up how we run and that is why so many different designs exist within a single brand.When you enter a good place to buy running shoes, … [Read more...] about Adidas’ Run Genie gait sensor will pair you with the right running shoe
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Let’s make one thing clear. Whether you sell shoes, dishwashers or car insurance, technology is embedded in the fabric of your day to day, and most certainly in the interactions with your customers.I’m not here to tell you how important a digital transformation is for your business, because at this point, that ship has sailed. Having an app or user friendly website is no longer a competitive differentiator, it’s an enterprise standard. In a digitally transformed world, the start line has shifted forward and consumer expectations for digital fitness are on an entirely new level that’s unreachable by simply hiring more developers or launching an in-store app.In the last year alone, we’ve seen 200 major phone releases, 20 OS updates, and countless new technologies hit the market. The digital landscape is rapidly changing, and new devices and operating systems are constantly being added and replaced. Our homes are getting smarter, our devices more connected. … [Read more...] about Developing for the digitally transformed
Camera phones have come a long way since the first sub-megapixel models of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Aside from being more broadly available -- there's barely a phone sold today that doesn't have a camera -- they've also become much less of a novelty and much more useful as cameras.Thanks to general advances in camera technology, which benefited both standalone cameras and phones, a good camera phone today takes pictures that are on a par with a previous generation of point-and-shoots. Camera phones now can have double-digit megapixel counts, genuine optical zoom and the ability to shoot true HD video. It's gotten to the point where, according to Flickr's metadata harvesting, the #1 camera overall among Flickr's users is the one on the iPhone 4.In this article, I look at the key technologies that have allowed camera phones to become good enough to be the default way many users take pictures. But I'll also examine what it is that still sets apart a full-blown camera -- whether … [Read more...] about The ABCs of Camera Phone Technology
While most sports fans probably think baseball—and more precisely, Moneyball—when considering sports and data, there is a quiet data revolution that has been percolating in the world of football for some time. Data is driving player training, play calling and staffing."When I played football, I was one of those guys, I thought it was all about just sweat and tears," says NFL legend and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, former wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers. "I mean just going hardcore every day. But with the new technology that they have out there now, with the wearable technology, you could be smarter. It's going to monitor your heart. It's also going to tell you the distance that you have run and also it's going to tell you the calories and stuff like that," says Rice. "So now you have trainers that can design a fitness program that's going to be conducive to you, where you can prevent injuries and do all that stuff. I didn't do it that way, but I think the guys … [Read more...] about How Big Data Is Changing Football on and off the Field
Along with macOS Sierra, Apple has unleashed iOS 10 onto the public.We’ve been playing around with iOS 10 for some time now, and Apple’s latest mobile software release has given us enough reasons to get excited, as well as some hidden surprises that are total game-changers. If you want to experience iOS 10, you can sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. Just make sure to back up first and be aware that since this is beta, you’re bound to run into some bugs. Once you’re signed up and have installed the iOS 10 public beta, here are the first 10 things you should do.iOS 10 has a screen full of widgets that you can access by sliding right from the Home screen, or in the Today view of Notification Center (which you still access by sliding down from the top). Apps like Weather and Calendar are clear shoe-ins for a widget, but there are also other less-obvious third-party choices, like Spring and VSCO.To see all the apps that you’ve installed with a widget … [Read more...] about 10 features to try first in the public beta of iOS 10
I hope to post the innumerable comments to my series on MS06-040, but I have to clear comments individually via a tedious HTML interface. The task keeps falling to 3rd priority (meaning my job's not riding on it) as content joins my calendar. Don't think I'm trying to spin this my way by stifling dissenting opinions.Things are now quiet on the MS06-040 front, and I truly don't enjoy saying that it's no thanks to Microsoft. If I had stayed in the character I set out to portray--the non-IT person responsible for running a very small number of Windows servers--I would have been forced to erase and reinstall, as was the advice from Microsoft and security sites. When I failed to heed that advice, sure enough, I got hit with follow-up infections as if to prove the point that an average administrator couldn't finesse his or her way out of this exploit and the ones that tailgated behind it. Windows simply offers too many vectors through which infection can enter, and too many places for … [Read more...] about The last of MS06-040: Windows is out. Without OS X Server, what to use instead?
The first reviews for the Apple Watch Series 3 are in ... and it's not looking good. While Siri is a little faster on the Series 3 model, and cellular service seems like a boon, multiple reviewers encountered buggy connectivity issues, and others found that using the wearable's new LTE modem crippled its battery life.The Verge The Verge's Lauren Goode ran into enough trouble with the Apple Watch during her review that Apple's issued a statement about flaws in the device that will exist when customers who pre-ordered it unpack the wearable. She also wonders about Apple's decision to slap a red dot on the crown on the right side of the smartwatch. "On more than one occasion, I detached myself from the phone, traveled blocks away from my home or office, and watched the Watch struggle to connect to LTE." — Lauren Goode, The Verge The Good MORE: 11 Top Features of Apple Watch Series 3 The Bad"The Watch’s built-in audio isn’t ideal for extended conversations.""On … [Read more...] about Apple Watch 3 Review Roundup: What the Heck Happened?
As part of what we do at TechRepublic we talk to a lot of CIOs who are planning budgets, IT professionals who are planning projects, and IT vendors who are selling products. That gives us a lot of valuable insights into which way the winds are blowing in IT. With that in mind, it's time to take a look at the IT trends that have the most momentum behind them so far in 2012.Let's count them down.Projects have always been a major part of IT, but in the past there was also a lot of IT resources dedicated to keeping the lights on and keeping the world running. Companies now take those operational aspects of IT for granted and want that existing infrastructure automated as much as possible and for as cheaply as possible. There's little glory or job security in keeping the company's existing systems on life support.That's why outsourcing and the cloud are such hot commodities. They allow companies to offload IT operational costs and focus their IT staff on the next project to upgrade systems, … [Read more...] about The five hottest IT trends of 2012, so far
After I tested sensor-filled socks that promised to make me a better runner, I thought I had seen it all. (Then I tried out a Bluetooth sports bra, which was also pretty wacky.) But now Under Armour wants to make fitness technology not just wearable but unnoticeable, starting with a product that I don’t even think about when I start running: my shoes.Under Armour announced its Record-equipped SpeedForm Gemini 2 sneakers at CES, and they finally go on sale February 29. These smart shoes integrate Under Armour’s clothing with its fitness apps, which include MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and UA Record. The Record-equipped Geminis don’t look a whole lot different from their dumb predecessors, but these sneakers are downright intelligent.OK, technically, only one of the shoes is smart. The right sneaker has Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a battery built right into the sole. You can’t remove the components, but Under Armour told me they’re designed to outlast the … [Read more...] about Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2 Record Equipped review: Crazy long name, super smart shoes
Smart watches have been a hot topic over the past few years, due in part to the speculation that Apple is going to be entering the game. Now that their Apple Watch is out on the market, consumers could not be any happier. Patents and leaked reports suggested that it was possible and now it looks like those reports were as true as ever. There may be some companies who have released a smart watch before Apple, the truth and reality is that the Apple Watch looks to be the market leader. In fact, the Apple Watch has essentially been three decades in the making. Although the final appearance of the Apple Watch is unlike every other product we’ve seen until this point, it has a lineage that can be easily traced back to the original digital watches. Companies like Seiko were doing incredible things with smart watches in the early days, although many people fail to even think of the company when they consider the powerful smart watches that are on the market today. "Everybody … [Read more...] about Apple Watch: The Complete History Of Smartwatches And The Apple Watch