Stan Horaczek
at 09:58 AM Mar 23 2017
Gadgets // 

Early on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed a specific “security enhancement,” which restricts “large electronic devices” in the cabins of flights into the U.S. from 10 airports in the Middle East. The fear is that they might be used to smuggle explosive devices—or at least crucial pieces of improvised bombs—onto commercial aircrafts. The U.K. has adopted a similar policy, and Canada is reportedly considering doing the same. The big question, however, is whether or not relegating these devices to the cargo hold actually makes passengers safer.

Adam Alter
at 09:58 AM Mar 23 2017
Fitness // 

Katherine Schreiber and Leslie Sim are experts on exercise addiction who believe that tech advances encourage obsessive goal monitoring. Schreiber and Sim loathe wearable tech. “It's the worst,” Schreiber says. “The dumbest thing in the world,” says Sim. Schreiber has written extensively about exercise addiction, and Sim is a clinical child adolescent psychologist at the Mayo Clinic. Many of Sim's adolescent patients have twin exercise and eating disorders, which tend to go together.

Sara Chodosh
at 08:56 AM Mar 17 2017
Fitness // 

Exercise is hard. That should go without saying, but it's worth acknowledging. It's difficult enough to instill a new habit without all the things that make exercise uniquely unpleasant at first. You generally have to go to a crowded place full of cranky strangers, share equipment in close quarters, and sweat and shower alongside them. But on top of that, oh yeah, it's hard. A lot of the movements are weird and awkward for newcomers. Maybe you have to stick your butt up in the air, or wiggle around like a wet noodle in overpriced, stretchy clothing. It's not surprising that so few people stick to a regular workout regimen, because to some degree, if it's not hard, you're not doing it right.

Rob Verger
at 10:00 AM Mar 15 2017
Gadgets // 

Off the cuff, the new smart jacket forthcoming from Levi's—which has Google technology literally woven into it—appears to be both fascinating and a little puzzling.

Billy Cadden
at 13:05 PM Mar 7 2017
Gadgets // 

My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the best cases and covers for your phone, science kits for your children, or gifts for your very good dog. But I often stumble across some pretty awesome stuff that doesn't really fit into a list. So I made a list for those. The only thing they have in common is that I like them—and think you will too.

David Nield
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017
Mobile // 

As our phones have become more and more powerful, with bigger and bigger displays, the battery packs inside them have only just managed to keep pace. It's still not uncommon to be looking for a charger at the end of the day, no matter what make or model of phone you've got.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
Gadgets // 

The phrase "reinventing the wheel" usually means someone is wasting time and effort trying to fix something that isn't broken. The same could be said for reinventing straws, which is something that McDonald's has half-jokingly tried to do with its new STRAW (Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal).

 
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