Shopping online has many benefits. You almost never have to worry about how many of an item a specific store has in stock, how bad traffic is at certain times, or having to deal with other shoppers who are angry for whatever reason. It also has its downsides. If you purchase a lot of items online, it can be easy to lose track of what you've purchased, when they're supposed to arrive, or how much they cost. Does this sound like a problem you've encountered before, or are currently encountering? Try out Slice for Android if it … Read more
Sleep-monitoring and wake-up wristwatch SleepTracker Elite, known for its alarm system that triggers a vibrating and/or beeping alarm only when you're nearly awake anyway, has another trick up its sleeve: a free analytics tool that tracks a user's sleep data over time.
The idea is that SleepTracker Analytics, which the company unveiled today for Mac and PC, will encourage users to cut out sleep destroyers--caffeine, alcohol, a generally gloomy outlook on life--by visually charting the effect these bad habits have on a good night's sleep.
Once downloaded, you connect your watch to upload sleep data to your personal Analytics account and check out details such as when you went to bed, when you woke up, how many minutes throughout the night your sleep was interrupted, and your resulting sleep score on a scale of 1 to 100.
A company rep says that previously SleepTracker users only had access to software that evaluated one night's sleep, with users being able to manually input notes such as whether they drank caffeine late at night. Being able to track sleep patterns over time seems like an obvious tool for those trying to make actual lifestyle changes.… Read more
Lookout Mobile Security's latest project app peels away some of the secrecy and uncertainty surrounding mobile threats. Debuting today, the Threat Tracker provides information about mobile threats going back two weeks.
The app is meant to help people understand that mobile threats do exist, explained Derek Halliday, senior product manager for Security at Lookout. "We're showing people what they're being protected against," he said. It was originally created by a Lookout summer intern in 2011.
Here's how it works. Tap the home screen that opens when the app launches, and the app jumps to … Read more
Christmas Eve is full of suspense and mystery as children spend the day wondering when Santa will arrive at their home.… Read more
Today is Halloween and parents are getting bombarded with messages that their kids are at risk. So is CNET News.
"One night every year, parents let their guard down in the U.S. and allow their children to wander the streets of town for hours in the dark," begins a pitch from a location-based app maker to CNET News. "The reality is that every 40 seconds someone's son or daughter is reported missing, totaling 800,000 missing children in the United States each year."
These stats are scary, for sure. They're also misleading* and … Read more
It's becoming easier and cheaper for Big Brother to surveil and keep track of all us citizens, so the kids might as well get used to it at an early age--and there's no better time to start than Halloween.
Trick or Tracker 2.0 is a smartphone app that lets parents keep up with their children's exact location while they're out dressed as Lady Gaga begging the neighbors for sweet corn byproducts. … Read more
When you can't make it home for every episode, or two shows you like are on at the same time, digital recorders can catch every moment for later viewing. However, if you're watching a lot of shows, it's hard to keep track of what's airing each night. So how about an easier way to see what shows are coming up and which ones are already in your queue for watching? Here's how to turn your Google Calendar or Reader into a personal TV guide:
Step 1: Create an account at TVRage.com and … Read more
Our guest on today's podcast episode is Dick Talens from Fitocracy.com, a social network that whips nerds into shape using role-playing mechanics and social-gaming achievements.
A self-described "ex-fat kid," Dick tells us about his high-school RPG career that developed an unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits, and the light bulb moment when he realized he could combine his love for video games with the success of online social networks to get into shape.
Instead of typical workout routines you get from personal trainers and fitness magazines, Fitocracy takes cues from games like World of Warcraft and Chrono Trigger to present "quests" that must be completed to earn achievement points and "boosts."
After each workout, Fitocracy makes it easy to check in online, update your progress, and even send "props" to your fellow Fitocrats--the whole process is really motivating and takes the chest puffing out of your daily gym experience.
Check out today's episode to see Dick's incredible before and after photos, which should be enough to get you out of your computer chair for at least a few sit-ups. Also, the site is in private beta right now, but Dick is extending a generous invite to 404 listeners--just head to Fitocracy.com and enter in "The404" as a promo code and you'll be able to sign up ahead of everyone else.
Enjoy the service, and let us know what you think, and don't forget to send us your before and after photos!The 404 Digest for Episode 908 Head over to Fitocracy and enter "The 404" into the promo code section to try it out! Fitocracy brings games and social to your workouts. Follow Fitocracy on Twitter. My workout partner is a role-playing game. Xkcd comic about Fitocracy. Most popular fitness tracking Web site: Fitocracy. Twitter break video of the day: HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA (AND HE PRAYS) Episode 908 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Tracking flights and timing either your arrival to pick someone up, or your arrival at the airport for a departure flight can be difficult given how often flights are delayed. There are plenty of apps for your iPhone out there to choose from, as we have already shown you. FlightBoard provides you with another option, allowing for quick flight search by airport, and presenting it in style.