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Apple retail stores go (RED) for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1

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Much like it did last year to show its support for World AIDS Day, Apple has started to change its iconic Apple logo outside of its retail stores from white to red. The process has already started at the Regent Street Store in London (as pictured above), but Apple will likely transform many of its other flagship locations outside the UK too. Last year Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue New York retail store also switched to a red Apple logo for the holiday.

The goal of Worlds AIDS Day, recognized on December 1st in the UK, US and many other countries, is to raise awareness for the AIDS pandemic with a number of charities and organizations showing support and throwing events during the first week of December. One of those organizations is Product(RED), a charity that that Apple has long contributed to by selling red versions of its products. In September, the official (Product) RED Twitter account revealed that Apple’s contributions to the charity had reached $65 million, making it the largest contributor to the charity out of all participating companies. Applecurrently sells red versions of the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, iPad Smart Cover, and iPhone 4S bumper under the (PRODUCT)RED branding and donates a portion of profits to the charity. Apple’s Jony Ive and designer friend Marc Newson also recently worked with the charity to auction off one of a kind pieces, including a red Mac Pro, for charity through Sotheby’s. 


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November 30th

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Review: LifeTrak Zone C410, the all-inclusive fitness band with automatic sleep tracking

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Back in August, I posted my review of the LifeTrak Move C300. In short, I couldn’t get enough of the Bluetooth-enabled fitness band with a long-lasting coin battery set to live for over a year.

The Move C300 is the best fitness band I’ve used, through and through. For me, having the information always available on my wrist and on my phone is extremely powerful. Rather than having to guess at how many steps you’ve taken or syncing just to find out, just looking at your wrist to find out real-time then syncing later to see aggregate information just feels like the right solution.

Now, Salutron (the company behind the LifeTrak brand) has released the Zone C410, which includes not only all of the great movement tracking and heart monitoring, but also automatic sleep tracking. I’ve had the pleasure of testing out this device for about a month now, and despite my best efforts to fool the “automatic” tracking, it is the best technology available in the industry.

The sleep tracking is “monitored based on motion and arm posture.” I’ve had the Jawbone Up and Fitbit Flex, but having to tell the band when I’m going to sleep has always been impossible for me. I tend to fall asleep on the couch or looking around on my phone while in bed. In addition, I’ve fallen asleep folded up in a regular chair. Yet, the Zone was right there tracking the sleep and even measuring the quality of the sleep.

While the band is water-proof, I tend to take it off when I shower so it doesn’t keep the moisture around my wrist. I have found that sometimes it will go into sleeping mode when I put it on the counter for a shower, but the added amount of “sleep” is negligible when comparing sleep data.

Just like the Move C300, the on-device screen can display charts of calorie, step, and distance data. In addition, you can see your sleep quality for the past 24 hours and the amount of sleep you’ve gotten per night (or total per day, for those who take naps throughout the day) for the whole week.

When it comes to size, the LifeTrak bands are definitely larger than their competitors. However, the on-screen display makes it easy to know how you’re doing without taking out your phone. In addition, the battery doesn’t require you to take off the band and charge every couple of days. The size of the band doesn’t affect my typing and, honestly, I feel naked whenever I take off the band. It’s extremely comfortable and doesn’t weigh you down.

The LifeTrak Zone C410 is available on Amazon for just $99.


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Scott Buscemi

November 30th

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Australia’s Using Pop Radio to Track Space Junk

Australia's Using Pop Radio to Track Space Junk

Space junk is a serious problem: it threatens satellites and spacecraft, and can plummet unpredictably to earth. Australia's Murchison Widefield Array is a high-sensitivity radio telescope that tracks space debris as small as 1 meter across, by observing how the objects reflect FM signals from Australian radio stations. It's listening to pop music from space.

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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Google’s kicking off a Festivus for the rest of us, erecting the traditional aluminum pole alongside

Google's kicking off a Festivus for the rest of us, erecting the traditional aluminum pole alongside your search for the made-up holiday that falls on December 23rd. So start preparing for the airing of grievances, and limber up for the feats of strength. [SearchEngineLand via Huffington Post]

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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Roku 2 For $50

Amazon's price has dropped even more, snag the Roku 2 for $50 while you can. [Amazon]

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Shane Roberts, Commerce Team

November 30th

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U.S. Army Saved $130 Million by Stealing Software

U.S. Army Saved $130 Million by Stealing Software

The U.S. Army just paid a $50 million settlement over accusations that it illegally installed software on thousands of devices without a license. Even after the settlement, the Army ended up saving a bunch of cash. Maybe crime really does pay?

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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U.S. Army Saved $130 Million by Stealing Software

U.S. Army Saved $130 Million by Stealing Software

The U.S. Army just paid a $50 million settlement over accusations that it illegally installed software on thousands of devices without a license. Even after the settlement, the Army ended up saving a bunch of cash. Maybe crime really does pay?

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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Best Buy is selling $100 iTunes or App Store giftcards for just $85 shipped, a pretty surprising sav

Best Buy is selling $100 iTunes or App Store giftcards for just $85 shipped, a pretty surprising savings in the Apple ecosystem. [Best Buy via 9to5Toys]

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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How Are You Doing Your Holiday Shopping This Year?

How Are You Doing Your Holiday Shopping This Year?

Black Friday, and its stinky alter-ego Brown Friday, are behind us, meaning our national bloodsport of post-Thanksgiving dealhunting has shifted into the gradually-mounting panic of the holiday shopping countdown. With online deals and brick-and-mortar stores vying for buyers' bucks, where do you plan on picking up your holiday needs?

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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Fake Slums, Nuclear Missile Passwords, Gizmodo’s New Subdomains, More

Fake Slums, Nuclear Missile Passwords, Gizmodo's New Subdomains, More

Look at you, freshly emerged from your 48-hour food coma. Or your ten-round Black Friday brawl over a stuffed animal. From pooping in retail shops to creepy sea animals, here's the best stuff we wrote about this week.

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Robert Sorokanich

November 30th

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