Is There A Difference Between All Those Running Apps?

A lot has changed since we picked our favorite running apps a few years ago. Now there are tons of apps that save your stats in the cloud and let you share runs with your Facebook friends, but they’re each different enough you might have a hard time picking the right one for you. Here’s how to choose.

First, some ground rules: All five of these are available on both iOS and Android. All of them allow you to connect with other users inside the app, to share your mileage and sometimes other workout data with them. All can post your just-completed run to Facebook, if you like. And all of these allow you to track individual runs without signing up for a training program or wearing an extra gadget: just start the app, tuck your phone in your pocket, and go.

Nike+ Running (iOS/Android): Clean, Simple, and Free

Nike+ Running is the most-downloaded of the apps we’re reviewing (on bothiOS and Android), and it’s clear why: it looks good, tracks your time and distance, and doesn’t bug you with ads or pleas to upgrade. It offers, for free, tons of features like auto-pause and training plans that other apps only offer in paid versions.

How you set up your run: Choose whether you’re running a certain time, distance, or if you’re trying to beat a personal distance record (for example, your fastest mile).

What you’ll hear: Music from your phone’s library, with a “powersong” of your choice available at the tap of a button. iOS users can listen to Spotify, and create custom radio stations based on artist or genre combined with the speed you would like to run. For example, plugging in Queen and a nine-minute-per-mile pace played me “White Wedding” by Billy Idol, while the same station at a 12:00 pace started me off with Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein.” Music and data collection both automatically pause whenever you stop moving.

A voice supplies a time/distance/pace check-in every mile (configurable, of course). On distance runs, the voice lets you know when you’re halfway, and when there’s one mile left.

After your run: Log your mood, surface (road, trail, track, or beach), and shoes. You can attach a photo, and you’ll see a map color-coded to show where you ran fastest and slowest.

Social features: Whenever you open the app, you see a leaderboard showing how your monthly miles stack up to your friends’. You can also create a distance-based “challenge” for a group of friends who also use Nike+. For example, can we each rack up 100 miles before the end of the summer?

Training features: Training plans are available for different race distances—choose your distance and beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. The app will recommend a level based on the runs you’ve already logged. It then (optionally) asks for the date of your race. So when I told Nike+ I wanted to train for a 5K in October, it suggested the intermediate level, and scheduled the eight-week program to begin in August.

Downsides: If you want to connect to other gadgets, Nike+ only plays with a few: Netpulse, Garmin, TomTom, and Wahoo. It also doesn’t give you any way of finding new routes or analyzing detailed statistics: Nike+ is all about making those big red mileage numbers climb higher and higher.

MapMyRun (iOS/Android): For Explorers

Before running apps were a thing, the MapMyRun website was a godsend—creating a route was an easy way to find out the distance of your neighborhood run without having to go drive it and check your odometer. MapMyRun’s app can now track your run on the go, but it hasn’t forgotten its roots—its signature features come from the website’s extensive database of maps. Download it for iOS or Android.

How you set up your run: Select your activity, shoes…aw, who are we kidding, you’re here for the maps. While you can certainly just start running wherever you are, you can also select from nearby routes other people have run, routes you’ve run before, or routes you’ve bookmarked. For more flexibility, you can find or create a route from the MapMyRun website, and click “Send to phone.”

What you’ll hear: iOS users can listen to music from their local music library; Android users don’t have any built-in music options. Voice feedback about your time, distance, and pace is a paid feature on an MVP subscription for $5.99 a month, or $29.99 a year.

After your run: MapMyRun provides charts showing how your speed changed over the course of the run, and where you were going up and down hills. Heart rate data is also available with subscription.

Social features: You can add other MapMyRun users as friends to share your activities. In the paid version, friends can watch you on a map through a feature called live tracking.

MapMyRun also has courses, which are like routes except…different. Routes can have their own leaderboards showing who has run them the fastest, but the leaderboards on courses involve a point system, with badges for the people who have run them the fastest or the most times.

Training features: A paid subscription lets you access training plans for various race distances. You can also set weekly mileage goals: right now (after logging a single run), the app is inviting me to “take it up a notch” and aim for a total of ten miles next week. You can also set goals based on time or number of workouts.

Then there are the challenges. Challenges aren’t among friends, like Nike’s. Instead, they’re company-sponsored contests where participants are entered to win prizes. For example, you can sign up for the “Michelob ULTRA Extra Mile Event” or the “Brita’s 30 with SC30 Challenge.” Each has a timeframe (a month or two), and a leaderboard so you can see how many workouts you’ve logged compared to the other people who are hoping to win Under Armour gift cards.

Did we mention this app is owned by the makers of Under Armour? You won’t be able to forget it. There’s even a link to buy Under Armour gear in the main menu.

Other goodies: The app also includes a nutrition tracker, and you can log workouts of all types. Most are different kinds of runs, hikes, and bike rides, but you can also manually log how many minutes you spent on other activities, including a generic “gym workout.”

MapMyRun also works with a ton of activity trackers, including the Fitbit and even other running apps like Nike+. So if you prefer Nike+’s interface during the run, but want your maps to show up in MapMyRun, that’s possible.

Downsides: If you want to skip the ads or if you want to hear the voice updates on your pace, you’ll have to get an MVP subscription.

Runkeeper (iOS/Android): The Full-Featured Favorite

Runkeeper is one of your long time favorites on iOS and Android. It has tons of features, though some are hidden behind a paid membership. Among them are a workout plan that adjusts based on your performance, and analysis that lets you compare similar workouts to see how you’re improving.

How you set up your run: Oddly, the begin-your-run interface is completely different on iOS and Android, but seems to contain mostly the same features. On iOS, you can choose a distance, time, or pace-based run just like on Nike+. On Android, you don’t have those options, but you can create an interval workout for yourself, and the voice coach will tell you when to speed up and slow down. On both platforms, you can choose to just start running, or to follow a route that you created either from a previous activity or on the Runkeeper website.

What you’ll hear: Runkeeper will play any music you like, even your favorite podcast app. You can also get the voice telling you your stats at every mile or whatever you’ve configured.

After your run: You can share your workout to Facebook or Twitter, say a few words about the run, and attach photos. You can also view your average pace for each mile.

Social features: You can let the world know that you were with another Runkeeper runner. There’s also a leaderboard where you can see how many workouts you’re racking up compared to your other friends, and you can all view each other’s activities.

Training features: Training plans are a feature of paid accounts. There are pre-built plans, and custom plans that adjust every week to keep you on track. There are also challenges that award you a badge upon completion. For example, in May you could sign up for the “May 10K” challenge to log a ten-kilometer run anytime in May, or the “Global 5K”, a one-weekend event where countries compete against each other to see who has the best average pace. The Netherlands won last year.

Other goodies: With a paid account, you can compare your total distance and exercise time to your friends’, and if you run the same route frequently, you can see how each run on that route compares to the others.

Downsides: Not many—runkeeper is a solid program. Some features are only available with a paid subscription ($9.99/month or $39.99 yearly). Runkeeper can read data from some devices, including the Fitbit, but not many others.

Runtastic (iOS/Android): For the Post-Apocalyptic Athlete With a Nice Butt

On the surface, Runtastic is a lot like Runkeeper—lots of features, with training plans and a selection of advanced features only available by subscription—but it also has some unique extras, including Story Runs that you can buy à la carte. The app is available on iOS and Android.

How you set up your run: Pick your music, your route if you’re a paid subscriber, and start running. You can also connect a bluetooth heart rate monitor. Runtastic also connects with a lot of different gadgets, including their own brand of activity trackers and snazzy Moment watches.

What you’ll hear: Music integrates nicely with Runtastic, since it can use other music playing apps like Spotify or just play songs from your phone’s library. The screen you see during the run has music controls in a convenient place. There’s a powersong button, too, just like in Nike+.

After your run: Log your mood, the setting (city, mixed, trail, off-road, or beach), and a photo.

Social features: Check out how your friends are doing on the leaderboard. With a premium subscription, you can receive audio cheers from your friends while you’re running—and when they’re running, you can record your own cheers to send.

Training features: Training plans for various race distances are available for a fee, either à la carte or with a paid subscription ($9.99/month or $49.99/year).

Other goodies: One of Runtastic’s neatest features is its series of Story Runs. Some are very meta (one has you imagine you’re part of a running club…running) but you could also choose a dramatic dystopian adventure. I did the Tetradome Run, a first-person account of how one slave in “New Rome” survived a run through the obstacle-filled Tetradome…and beyond. Of course, once you’re out, there’s a cliffhanger that entices you to buy Tetradome Run II. Each story is 99 cents on its own, or you can pay for a subscription and run the Tetradome as many times as you like. In total, there are seven of these sci-fi-ish stories, and about the same number of the plainly exercise-centric ones.

Downsides: Routes, intervals, and many other features only come with a paid subscription. There’s also a dizzying array of Runtastic apps for different sports and other functions. One is for cycling. Another is called Butt Trainer. All are part of the “runtastic ecosystem,” which I’m sure is a good thing once you learn your way around it, but is darn confusing for the rest of us.

Strava (iOS/Android): For Your Competitive Streak

Strava is better known among cyclists than runners, but its features are available whether you’re on foot or on wheels. Strava’s segments, sort of like informal race courses, allow you to measure yourself against others or against your own past performances. Pick up Strava on iOS or Android.

How you set up your run: The only complicated part is finding where you start your run. It’s hidden in a menu at the top left. Once you’ve found it, there’s nothing else to do: just load a route, if you like, and hit the big red record button.

What you’ll hear: Not much, if you take the default settings. It’s possible to turn on a voice that announces your stats either every mile or every half mile—and that’s it. You’re on your own for music.

After your run: Add a photo, and note the type of activity. Share on facebook if you like.

Social and training features: I’m combining these because this is where Strava shines. Scattered across the roads and trails of the world are Strava “segments” (different ones for runners and cyclists). If your run goes over a segment, your time will be automatically recorded, and added to a leaderboard. You may want to search for segments before you start your run, and check out their exact location so you can sprint your hardest. Some are long, like a five-mile loop, while others are short stretches. Many (especially the cycling ones) are hill climbs. Users compete to get the coveted course record badge. You can also compare your own performance on the same segment over time.

Other goodies: Strava provides split times in the free app, but lots of detailed analytics (including graphs of pace, heart rate, and elevation) in the paid version. A subscription is $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year, and includes some cyclist-specific goodies as well as training videos and live feedback during your workouts.

Downsides: Strava is a little different than the others on our list. It can track runs, but it’s really about competing with yourself and others on segments, and it offers more to cyclists than to runners. (Make sure to look for the little bicycle icon, and change it to a little shoe icon, on both the Record Activity screen and the Segment Explorer.) Playing second fiddle to cyclists is a little weird if you only run, but this double identity makes Strava awesome if you do both and want to be able to use the same app.

Remember Myspace? A New Hack of the Site May Still Affect You and Millions

Myspace announced a hacker has stolen username and password information from more 360 million accounts. The social network announced in a blog post that it found out about the hack before this past weekend. The hack reportedly stole Myspaceusers’ login data including email addresses, Myspace usernames, passwords, and secondary passwords. The information was reportedly made available on an “online hacker forum.”

According to LeakedSource, information was stolen from 360,213,024 accounts. However, those more likely to be affected by the hack are users with accounts created before June 2013. So, basically everyone.

“Email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords for the affected Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform are at risk,” wrote Myspace in the blog post.

Myspace explained it doubled down on its security measures after June 2013: “The compromised data is related to the period before those measures were implemented. We are currently utilizing advanced protocols including double salted hashes (random data that is used as an additional input to a one-way function that “hashes” a password or passphrase) to store passwords. Myspace has taken additional security steps in light of the recent report.”

Myspace thinks a hacker known as “Peace” is responsible for the hack, as well as being responsible for recent hacks against Tumblr and LinkedIn.

The main concern is that users may be affected in places beyond their likely inactive Myspace accounts. That’s why Myspace is advising users who may have used the same username and or password information from their Myspace accounts elsewhere to change their account information.

Myspace is working with law enforcement to investigate the hack.

The social network, beside being a shrine to your teen days and your Myspaceangle selfies, once housed accounts from “Princess” Kim Kardashian and “tighty-whitey” wearing Tom Hardy.

Has Technology Made Us All Bad Spellers?

Today, 285 spellers will compete to be the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. The ecstasy and the agony of becoming America’s best speller younger than 15 will be split into five rounds, beginning with today’s preliminaries and ending with Thursday’s primetime final on ESPN. You’ll see tweens do something much harder than you’ve had to do in years: Spell words out loud without spell-check or autocorrect.

While academics aren’t unified in their opinion that technology has weakened the English language, the assumption is that we’re getting worse at spelling. A handful of researchers have found that programs like autocorrect on your iPhone give way to poor spelling: A 2005 Harvard study found that 37 subjects working on a task with spell-check — versus 28 subjects working without — were essentially reliant on the technology to do the spelling for them. This wasn’t so much a factor of not knowing how to spell, but instead, laziness and confidence that they didn’t need to.

“As with most ‘effects’ research on media, there can only be correlation, not causation,” Alice Daer, a digital content strategist and former Arizona State English professor, tells Inverse. “Any changes that coincide with social technologies are equivalent to the changing of language that happens organically, with or without the technology.”

While not much evidence is out there to support the claim that technology is causing a decline in language standards, the argument is still a popular one.President Barack Obama recently told Rutgers graduates that his generation “were certainly better spellers” because they didn’t have spell-check.

If that’s the argument, then it’s not the rise of smartphone autocorrect that has caused this dramatic shift — spell-check has been a helping hand to bad spellers since it was invented in the 1970s. But there have certainly always been people bad at spelling — Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald both turned in manuscripts riddled with errors; even the Founding Fathers couldn’t get a hang ofits versus it’s in the Constitution. The difference now is that with a proliferation of mass-produced and easily shared communication, it’s just a lot more obvious who is spelling incorrectly.

“My opinion is that, generally, with every technology and media trend, there are doomsayers who argue that the sky is falling,” Danielle DeVoss, a professor of professional writing at Michigan State University tells Inverse. “Twenty-five years ago when you wrote a letter to your grandma, if you spelled something wrong, she’d be your only audience. Today if you post a status message on your grandma’s Facebook wall, a heck of a lot more people will see your spelling mistake.”

While experts like DeVoss and Daer say that this area of study needs more research before it can be declared concretely true, there is a possibility that autocorrect is having a strong influence on language — not regarding our spelling abilities, but in affecting the “life” and “death” of certain words. In a 2012 study published in Nature a team of researchers argue that autocorrect, because it steers us toward using certain words, creates a sort of standardization that stamps out variety. It’s just not misspellings that “die” with autocorrect, but variations like “Xray” and older words like “roentgenogram.”

“We observed a correspondence between the tipping point of word adoption, a type of lifespan, and the characteristic human generational timescale, both of which are roughly 40 years,” lead study author Alexander Peterson tells Inverse. “Spell-checkers impose basic principles of reinforced selection, so that words deemed ‘more correct’ — by predetermined cultural or editorial standards — have a higher chance of reproducing.”

What is certain is that technology has made us take our relationship with spelling for granted. This is what makes this week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee all the more impressive.

These young competitors are so good that this year Scripps has decided to, in its own words, “raise the bar even higher” with the hope that the bee can be done away with tied matches. Also, words like scherenschnitte and nunatak (last year’s winning words) weren’t deemed hard enough to stop these young spelling champs. The competitors of today are spitting out words that dwarf their peers of yesteryear: For example, in 1940 the winning word was therapy while in 1967 it was Chihuahua.

Has the proliferation of texting and tweeting hurt the 2016 competitors’ ability to contend with the very best? If anything, it seems like their generation is kicking ass while spelling names.

Get more information on the Scripps National Spelling Bee at spellingbee.com.

Tired of Living Amongst Polkers? Teleport App Helps You Choose Which City You’d Be Happy Living In

Teleport, Inc is a free web app working to completely change the process of moving abroad. With their software, they allow you to browse basic details of over 100 cities around the world, virtually exploring the most optimal locations and helping to streamline the task of preparing (and executing) the actual move. Aiming to make “physically rearranging the human population” that much easier, Teleport is working towards a future of global free movement.

Asking a series of questions about budget, income, housing requirements and the like, Teleport operates similarly to an online dating site, but at the end of the questionnaire instead of potential mates, you get potential homes. Their data helps make the research for an upcoming relocation much more basic, refining choices down to the perfectly personalized preferences. Focusing on helping people and businesses connect around the world, the company seeks to create a diverse worldwide workforce.

Designed by some of the entrepreneurs behind the explosively successful Skype, the team is now working to encourage diversification of job opportunities and potential applicants, no matter what the geographic separation between the two is. As their company site explains, they “strive for a culture as fluid, diverse and borderless as the world [they’re] serving.”

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Twitter Might Be Changing Up Your Timeline Next Week

If you were moderately annoyed when Twitter switched its “favorites” feature to something that is essentially a clone of Facebook’s “likes,” prepare to be really enflamed.

The company, which is struggling to build user growth, is reportedly planning to switch up your timeline from real time to algorithm-based as early as next week, according to BuzzFeed. If the word algorithm sounds familiar, that’s because Facebook already uses it as a base for their timelines.

The change is meant to make the social media platform more accessible to newcomers who might find the chronological timelines confusing. Back in July, CEO Jack Dorsey commented on the company‘s willingness to experiment with changes. “We continue to show a questioning of our fundamentals in order to make the product easier and more accessible to more people,” he said.

It’s currently unknown whether the new timeline will be mandatory or opt-in. At least status updates are still 140 characters.

Social Media is Really Messing With Your Sleep

Instagram models and Snapchat gurus might want to proceed with caution. According to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, frequent social media users probably aren’t sleeping too well.

The study, which was published digitally and will appear in the April issue of the academic journal Preventative Medicine, featured a subject pool of 1,788 American adults ranging from 19 to 32 years old who were asked about their social media activity. Researchers inquired about popular social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn, EurekAlert reports.

What they found was that individuals who checked their social media more frequently were three times as likely to suffer from sleep disturbance, and users who checked more often during the day were twice as likely to have troubled sleep compared to those who didn’t use it as much.

“This may indicate that frequency of social media visits is a better predictor of sleep difficulty than overall time spent on social media,” said Dr. Jessica C. Levenson, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in Pitt’s Department of Psychiatry. “If this is the case, then interventions that counter obsessive ‘checking’ behavior may be most effective.”

In others words, it might be time to put down the phone and get some shut eye.

These Apps Will Help You Surpass Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that special time of year where everyone in the world talks a big game. 2016 is here and we’re all planning ambitious things: you’re finally gonna quit your job; it’s time for you to travel more; you’re gonna kick that soda habit! While it takes little to no brain power to make a New Year’s resolution, it’s infamously harder to keep one.

Reaching the 21 days it supposedly takes to form a new (and better) habit can get a little easier if you have some help, especially if it’s in the palm of your hand. There are a plethora of both Apple and Android applications that can aid you in doing everything from ditching cigarettes to picking up more paperbacks.

While there are general goal tracking apps – like Strides – if you have weird aspirations, there are also many special programs designed for the most common of resolutions. We’ve rounded up some great options to help you actually make 2016 a year of change.

The Resolution: Quit Smoking

The App: LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – Dare to Quit Smoking
Cost: Free
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Device: Apple

The Livestrong app allows you to set goals and then track your progress. You can chat with other smokers trying to break the habit, record cravings and also get an idea of how much money you’ve saved by quitting. User reviews say the app is crucial in determining just how many cigarettes you’re puttin’ back a day, and ultimately it makes you much more conscious of your behavior. Complaints include that the interface wasn’t designed to be user-friendly and that it is, at times, buggy, kicking people off unexpectedly.

Similar Apps: There are a lot of similar apps with comparable features – but many have a price tag. For iPhone users there’s Smoke Free, and for Android try My Quit Coach.

The Resolution: Drink More Water

The App: Water Alert
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Rating:4.5 Stars
Device: Apple

Water drinkers are quick to extol its many benefits: more energy, better skin, and improvements to their diets. So, why not start 2016 with your recommended 9 to 13 cups a day? Drink More Water lets you set daily reminders and interval reminders with notifications to encourage you to guzzle some H20. Similar to a calorie tracker, the app lets you submit your water intake by container size, something you can customize to match your receptacle of choice. You can set goals and even use in conjunction with an Apple Watch. Again, reviewers complain about the ads.

Similar Apps: For Android, try Drink Water Alarm, or try the original, Waterlogged, which just fell in popularity after changing to a more expensive pay format.

The Resolution: Lose Weight

The App: My Fitness Pal
Cost: Free
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Device: Apple and Android

Trying to cut back on your consumption in 2016? We got you. A longtime favorite among the App store’s calorie counters, My Fitness Pal helps you log every single thing you eat. While it may seem like a daunting task, My Fitness Pal makes it as easy as a few clicks, and includes pre-logged calorie totals for numerous name brand grocery items and restaurant selections. Users can set a daily goal, and My Fitness Pal will track up to it. Reviewers say that the brand’s customer service is quick to respond. However, some complain that there are too many advertisements.

Similar Apps: If My Fitness Pal isn’t cutting it for you, try Lose It! for comparable functionality, or, if you’re willing to pay the monthly fee, Weight Watchers Online.

The App: Runkeeper
Cost: Free
Rating:4.5 Stars
Device: Apple and Android

This is the year you’re gonna sign up for that half-marathon, right? Well, it’s time to start training. Incorporating a run into your daily routine is made easier with app Runkeeper. The program tracks your pace, the average miles per minute you travel, and also the calories you burn in real time, with audio updates. Users can set a running plan or chose one of the set training programs, and interact with a community. While the program works with Apple Watch, a lot of people seem to be having issues with the latest December update. The program can drain your battery life, but people seem to like the wide variety of features.

Similar Apps: Android users can try Runtastic, while iPhone owners should check out Under Armour’s Map My Run.

The Resolution: Balance Your Budget

The App: Intuit’s Mint Money Manager
Cost: Free
Rating:4.5 Stars
Device: Apple and Android

It’s official: you spent way too much money at Starbucks in 2015. Make sure that doesn’t happen in the new year with an app that will tell you, monthly, how much money you’re spending and where you’re spending it. Mint, from the makers of TurboTax and Quickbooks, syncs with your bank account and automatically breaks down line item purchases into different categories like food and rent. Mint lets you create a budget and input transactions into categories you create on your own, as well. Users like that it emails you a weekly breakdown of your expenditures and that it makes it easy to check balances on several accounts at once. Some complain that there are some bank connectivity issues and that a lot of smaller banks aren’t supported, though.

Similar Apps: Android users like My Budget Book (although it costs $3.19 to purchase), and while GoodBudget has similar functionality, it isn’t necessarily as pretty to look at.

The Resolution: Read More

The App: Goodreads
Cost: Free
Rating:4.5 Stars
Device: Apple and Android

In a time when books are quickly converted into movies, many just skip a step and buy the ticket rather than the paperback. Looking to up your fiction consumption? How about Goodreads. The app, which is an offshoot of the website, lets you follow friends so you can see what they’re reading and bookmark novels that you “want to read.” You can log what you’ve read this year, rate books, and give yourself a reading challenge. The app also sends personalized recommendations and lets you scan barcodes if you want to remember something you spot on a bookshelf. Users love the new 3D touch features and find the ratings and reviews easy to find. The only frustrating aspect is that you can’t actually read any books through the app. But that’s what the library is for, right?

Similar Apps: A little different than Goodreads in functionality, but OverDrive lets you sync your books from multiple libraries into one place – AKA your Kindle books and your iBooks can be all in one place.

Anti-Aging Drug Could Let You Live Up to 120 Years

What if you could live forever? That’s not quite possible now but a new breakthrough could have you living up to 120 years. According to NZ Herald News, a drug used to treat diabetes is the key to slowing down the aging process.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved trials to see if the drug metformin can help extend the life in humans as it has been proven to do so in animals by researchers. “If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of ageing as well,” Professor Gordon Lithgow of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California said.

He added: “I have been doing research into ageing for 25 years and the idea that we would be talking about a clinical trial in humans for an anti-ageing drug would have been thought inconceivable. But there is every reason to believe it’s possible. The future is taking the biology that we’ve now developed and applying it to humans.”

Metformin increases the number of oxygen molecules released into a cell and that apparently boosts strength and longevity. If the drug tests well on humans, life expectancy can increase up to 50%.

‘Selfie Arms’ Might Be The Only Thing That Look More Stupid Than Selfie Sticks

Sometimes, innovation is bad. I just want to go on record saying that, and I want to say that nothing looks more stupid than trying to cover up something stupid. Selfie sticks are stupid! I want everyone to live their truth and use them and have stupid fun, but let’s not add to the stupidity of the situation.

Or let’s. A Japanese man who goes by the name Mansun has devised a way to disguise your selfie stick with none other than an imitation human arm. Here’s a breakdown of his proposed solution to your so-called ‘problem.’

First, you will need the confidence to do this in public. Then, a selfie stick with a human hand built in. Naturally.

And then you’re good to go! You look like one of those windsock men that flags people down for car sales, but you know. Whatever.

WorldBeing Wearable Tracks Your Carbon Footprint

I’ve worried about my carbon footprint, I’ve read about how much carbon is produced by a car, a train and a plane traveling the same distance, and I’ve even written about how to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases I spew into the world. I’m vegetarian, choose to walk instead of taking the car as often as my legs will carry me, and wash my clothes in cold water — all at least partially in hopes that I will reduce how much effect I have on a warming planet.

But do I know exactly how much carbon my lifestyle actually produces?

Not really. I could estimate it, using one of several calculators online of course. But I don’t really know.

As I’ve learned from calorie tracking, keeping a food diary, and from tracking my progress in saving money and spin class dashboards, data can change behavior. And I’m not the only one who changes her behavior based on information: Homeowners who are able to track their home energy use not only save money, but decrease their greenhouse gases by using less energy.

Information is power.

So why not have a better understanding of your carbon footprint by directly measuring it? That’s exactly what Layer Design’s Worldbeing does. The wearable, which is made from recycled e-waste, keeps track of your impact (like a Fitbit does your exercise habits).

How? Working with the Carbon Trust, a U.K.-based organization that has plenty of data and algorithms about how much carbon various activities take, and what products produce as part of their lifecycle, the wearable talks to the smartphone app to give you real-time data.
Track your type of travel automatically through the wearable, things that you buy through connected credit cards, food that you eat, and how much energy you use around the house (via synced smart meter data) to get a solid understanding of where and when you’re a carbon hog. The idea is that there will be very minimal manual data input and that the combination of the device and the app talking to other devices will break down your carbon usage levels into easy-to-understand data points.

You can set goals for your carbon use (and adjust them down over time as you gain a better understanding of what you do that generates the greatest amounts). And of course there’s a social aspect to the app as well. You can challenge friends to lower their carbon footprints in certain areas and compete with them.

So what’s the caveat? Right now, Worldbeing is just a prototype, so its availability sometime in the future, but the video projects 2017 in its timeline for early adopters.

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