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New Bing fitness app for Windows Phone tracks you after the run is over

Bing Health and Fitness for Windows Phone

Windows Phone owners have their choice of activity tracking apps, but few of those apps will tell you how to remain healthy after you’ve taken off your running shoes. It’s a good thing that Microsoft has released a beta of Bing Health Fitness for Windows Phone, then. The software uses GPS to quantify your biking and running like many of its peers, but it also provides health advice; much like the Windows 8 app, you’ll find a diet tracker, exercise instructions and a symptom research tool. Your info will also sync across all your Windows-based gear. Those eager to slim down and shape up just have to swing by the Windows Phone Store to get started.

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Tonight on reality TV: Giant asteroid just misses Earth


Meteor

Hercules better watch out. A giant meteor (labled 2000 EM26) is heading right for him!


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Slooh)

There’s a lot of talk at the Olympics about history as athletes try to outdo their predecessors on the slopes, ice, and luge tracks in Sochi. It seems that Mother Nature herself wants to get in the game too, because She’s hurling a huge asteroid at our planet almost a year to the day a space rock, measuring 65 feet in diameter, slammed into Russia. The incident released the energy equivalent to 20-plus atomic bombs.

No life was lost in the February 15, 2013, ordeal, but it did cause injuries and significant property damage in the area.

This latest Earth-bound asteroid, named 2000 EM26 and known as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), is due to be at its closest to Earth tonight. But even at that, it will still be about 8.8 times farther away than the Earth’s moon. That’s good news because this asteroid is about 13 times as big as the one that struck Chelyabinsk. With a diameter of 885 feet, it’s approximately three football fields around and is traveling at about 27,000 mph.

But just because 2000 EM26 is going to miss Earth doesn’t mean it won’t be thrilling. If you want to watch it whiz by, tune in to Slooh.com, which will broadcast the near-miss starting at 6 p.m. PT. Slooh specializes in broadcasting cosmic events, often using images from its robotic telescopes at its flagship observatory on Mount Teide in the Canary Islands, which will be the source of Monday’s live stream.

The sky show will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host and astronomer Bob Berman; Slooh technical director Paul Cox; and special guest Mark Boslough, an expert on planetary impacts and global catastrophes. You can tune in either on Slooh’s Web site or by downloading an app to your
iPad. I recommend using your iPad, because in case the astronomers got it wrong and the asteroid really is going to hit Earth, you can hold it over your head as a shield.

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The first limited edition PS4 is a regular PS4 with a gold sticker

Despite Japan’s rich gaming culture, the new consoles that’ve taken pride of place in your living room are still considered next-gen in the Land of the Rising Sun. While Microsoft still hasn’t offered a firm date for the Xbox One‘s arrival, Sony’s PlayStation 4 makes its Japanese debut this coming weekend. Now, as reparations for the three-month delay, Sony and the snake-charmers (read: game devs) at Kojima Productions have partnered on the first limited edition PS4 console that’ll launch exclusively in Japan on March 20th. This “Fox Edition” PS4 has been crafted to celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, a copy of which’ll be bundled with the console for 46,980 yen (around $462) — the regular console will retail for 41,979 yen (around $413) sans game, since you asked. Unfortunately, this first limited run PS4 is less impressive re-skinning effort, and more, well, boring sticker.

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Should all bars have breathalyzer machines?

The Boozelator. One example of a bar-based breathalyzer.


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Bio Dad Sons/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

“It makes good sense.”

Normally these words, when spoken by a politician, deserve to be treated with asbestos ears.

However, a proposal by Utah Republican Rep. Greg Hughes might make more than one person consider its merit. Especially those who like a drink and those who own bars.

As the Associated Press reports, Hughes believes that bars should help customers who want to drive home by installing breathalyzer machines.

Bars across America have been experimenting with various devices. For example, as ABC News reported, in Toledo OH, some have installed a machine charmingly called the Boozelator. You insert $1, you take a straw and breathe through it into the machine.

Lance Heffner, president of the company behind the Boozelator, told ABC News that his company had tested it against police breathalyzers and found it to either give the exact same readings or be within .02 percent of the police results.

Just as with your fancy wristband that tells you how well you’ve slept or how far you’ve run, the biggest problem is accuracy.

The results of machines like the Boozelator aren’t admissible in court. Moreover, if you use the machine, decide you’re safe to drive, then get stopped by police and told you’re over the limit, you can’t sue the bar.

On the Boozelator, there are large letters that read: “This machine is for entertainment purposes only.”

Many people drink for entertainment too. So Hughes believes it’s better for them to entertain themselves with at least a hope of responsibility.

He told the AP: “It’s not illegal to drink in the state of Utah. It’s not illegal to drink and operate a vehicle (with an alcohol level below the legal limit). How does a consumer know where they’re at, exactly? I think it makes sense.”

He believes it would especially help younger drinkers, who often have little clue of their limits (in anything).

Hughes’ proposal can’t force bars to install the machines. However, he hopes to at least ensure that bars aren’t held responsible for customers who fail the machine’s test, but decide to drive anyway.

In the end, the responsibility is always your own. If the machine tells you you’re safe, but you tell yourself you might not be, it’s best not to drive.

The reverse, though, might be helpful. If you feel “fine,” but the machine tells you that you’re not, the machine might just be the nagging, sober friend you need.

In that case, a pause for thought might save your life, as well as someone else’s.

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Weekly Roundup: Comcast acquiring TWC, the Galaxy S 5 and more!

You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Google’s Nest acquisition is official

The deal is done! The FTC cleared Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of Nest and now the company’s founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers are free to shift their focus back to making home automation consumer friendly. Follow the link for details.

Comcast and TWC merger

Earlier this week, Comcast announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable. The proposed deal must gain approval from the FCC and Justice Department first, but what would the $45 billion merger mean for its 30 million combined subscribers? Read on and find out.

Samsung on the Galaxy S 5

Samsung’s next-gen handset, the Galaxy S 5, is just weeks away from being announced. We actually already know quite a lot about what to expect from the unveiling. Click the link for the latest on the company’s “back to basics” handset.

Creating GoPro’s media empire

Thanks to GoPro, footage of some of the world’s most extraordinary activities and events live on the internet, ready to entertain, inform and inspire the masses. Read on for more about the company’s 10-year journey from simple action stills to a blossoming media empire.

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Is wearing Google Glass to propose insane? Watch this and decide

Memorable? For the right reasons?


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Google/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

Proposing marriage to your significant life-partner — or even to Olga, the snake-charmer you met in a bar last week — ought to be memorable.

You never know how many times in life you’ll get to suggest marriage, while down on one knee, so it’s worth preserving in your mind.

Should you enhance that need for preservation, though, by wearing glasses that make you look like an institutionalized escapee?

In order to celebrate Valentine’s weekend — yes, the one in which many couples choose to break up — Google released a video that may live long in many craniums.

For here are several
Google Glass Explorers, the first responders to Google’s great wearable tech accident, proposing marriage to their loved ones.

The movie opens with a couple who, for reasons that I couldn’t begin to imagine, are both wearing Google’s glasses.

He’s about to propose, but she wants him to wait. No, not for six months or until she finds someone less silly. She needs time to turn the video camera on her Glass to “on.”

At least that could be one interpretation, as she holds her finger up to her Glass, begging her man: “Please don’t.”

Depending on your perspective on love, technology and marriage, these little vignettes either show how Google Glass makes the wonder of a proposal last a lifetime or turns it into a stilted encounter that will last a lifetime.

In years to come, should Google Glass become the societal norm, people will look at this video and see these proposers as true pioneers.

On the other hand, should Glass fall by the wayside of fashion, uselessness or even headaches, these proposals will seem like Segway-based affairs circa 2002.

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