Create an outdoor lifestyle in an urban environment

first_img SharePrint RelatedWe’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community”How Teens Discover GeocachingJuly 8, 2011In “Community”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News” You probably figured out that you can’t always get out to a wooded park or natural area to earn a smiley. Many times, a find is whatever cache is closest or on your way, but urban geocaching can offer much, much more. Plus, it can help create and maintain an outdoor lifestyle while living in an urban landscape.Urban geocaching can be just as amazing as caches hidden deep in the woods—and if you live in a city or urban area, they’re much more accessible for the everyday. Here are seven ways to create an outdoor lifestyle through urban caching: Bike to work and find a cache along the way.Walk instead of driving to a geocache event.Geocache on your lunch break. You may discover wonders you walked past a million times!Have a picnic in a park…you never know what might be under the table. Do an urban hike and explore your neighborhood.Introduce geocaching as a team-building activity with your coworkers. Don’t let your urban surroundings determine what you can do outside, or limit how much time you spend doing it. Urban caching can be much more rewarding than one may think! There’s always a way to integrate both worlds, after all every bit of activity counts and will get you one step closer to a smiley! How do you integrate geocaching into your lifestyle? What has been your favorite urban geocache find so far? Tell us in the comments.Share with your Friends:More Get outside with your pets; they may even help you sniff out the find!last_img read more

Panel Votes to Rescue A10 Fleet before Completing Authorization Bill Markup

first_imgAfter more than 18 hours of deliberations, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning approved the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill by a 60-2 vote.The legislation, which authorizes $523 billion in national security spending and $89 billion in funding for DOD’s overseas contingency operations account, now heads to the House floor later this month, reported the Hill.The measure rejects a number of cost-cutting reforms proposed by the Pentagon, including a request to hold a BRAC round in 2017, plans to trim support for commissaries and housing allowances for troops, and retiring the A-10 close air support jet.Late Wednesday, the committee adopted by voice vote an amendment from freshman Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) blocking the Air Force’s plan to retire the A-10 fleet.The draft bill already would authorize $683 million to million to keep the A-10s flying in FY 2016, but it did not include explicit language barring the Air Force from retiring the aircraft. That allowed McSally to offer her amendment and take credit for aiding her southeastern Arizona district, home of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and more than 80 Warthogs.Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) opposed the move to block the aircraft’s retirement and offered an amendment to allow the Air Force to take steps to retire up to 164 A-10s, but leave more than 100 in service. The proposal from the former Marine and Iraq veteran failed, however, reported the Hill.The measure authorizes pay raises for troops at 2.3 percent, versus the administration’s request for a 1.3 percent boost. The legislation is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

My favorite AirPodalternative wireless earbuds are back in stock for 33

first_imgAt $33, these are too good to pass up. BlitzWolf I’m a little obsessed with truly wireless earbuds right now. Here’s what I’ve learned after testing a variety of inexpensive, off-brand products:Smaller is not necessarily better. The tinier they get, the worse battery life is likely to be. They’re also harder to get in and out of your ears (and, often, the case as well).Avoid the ones with touch controls. It’s way too easy to graze those buttons by accident, especially when putting them in and taking them out. Then you find yourself with unwanted results — like accidentally ending up back in pairing mode.Insist on autoconnectivity, meaning the earbuds pair with each other and your phone the moment you take them out of their case.It should come as no surprise that today’s deal — which I’ve shared several times before, but is the cheapest it’s ever been — ticks all those boxes.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 wire-free earbuds are $32.99 shipped when you apply promo code CNETBWFYE1. That’s $17 off the regular price and a whole dollar below last time! 😂 See it at AmazonI use these primarily for listening to podcasts while walking the dog and to music while working at my desk or around the house. For me they’re a perfect fit: easy into the ears, easy out. (Don’t expect a fully noise-isolating seal like you get from some in-ear headphones. Consequently, don’t expect super-deep bass, either.) 21 Photos Amazon Bose LG Sony Apple How to choose the right headphones The Cheapskate Tags reading • My favorite AirPod-alternative wireless earbuds are back in stock for $33 Originally published Jan. 16.Update, May 28: Back in stock.  CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! • I bought a second pair for Mrs. Cheapskate over the holidays. She likes them, too, in large part because they’re so easy to use. I can’t overstate the wonderfulness of “open the box, take out the earbuds, start listening.” And, similarly, “put the earbuds back in the box, close box, done.”On my recommendation, my buddy Doug also bought a pair and likes them a lot, though he notes that when he runs without a hat on (yeah, he runs in the winter — crazy!), they tend to fall out of his ears.My buddy Craig bought a pair and doesn’t like them, though his primary goal was to use them during conference calls — and listeners said he sounded tinny. However, we just got on a call together — me with my earbuds in and him with his — and we both sounded “very good” to each other. It might have been that he was in a noisy place during his business call, and the BlitzWolf’s microphone does a bad job of canceling noise. Bottom line: I love these. I can wear them comfortably for long stretches, and I find the audio quality to be very good overall. They’re a snap to use, and they’re $33. I think before you spend $100 to $200 on something from Apple, Bose or Jabra, you owe it to yourself to try these first.Agree? Disagree? You know the drill.Read more: The best truly wireless headphones Now playing: Watch this: Apple Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img 1:19 Comments Share your voice See All Best wireless headphones for making calls Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 26 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Headphones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more

Ballers returns to HBO Now for final season

first_imgLittle known fact: Ballers backwards is Srellab. HBO Welcome back to Netpicks, your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: You can’t keep a good property down. He-Man is coming back, this time to Netflix. It’s called Masters of the Universe: Revelation and it’s headed up by Kevin Smith of all people. This could be great or awful or just OK.  Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Ballers, American Factory and more Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) Tags TV and Movies Home Entertainment For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to to see what else is out in the world of streaming. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD)center_img 2:31 Your browser does not support the audio element. Post a comment What’s new to stream in August 2019 0 Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

Sensex Nifty feel the heat ahead of Donald TrumpHillary Clinton debate

first_imgIndian stock markets dropped by more than 1 percent on Monday tracking global cues that saw investors getting jittery over equities becoming volatile if Donald Trump wins the US presidential elections. The sell-off was triggered over a perception that Trump could pip rival Hillary Clinton in the presidential debate between the two candidates. The debate assumes significance as the outcome could swing the decision of many fence-sitters during polls.The BSE Sensex fell 374 points, or 1.30 percent, to close at 28,294 while the NSE Nifty ended 108 points lower at 8,723. Top Sensex losers were ONGC, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, NTPC and GAIL (India). Sectoral indices on the BSE that shed more than 1 percent included Bankex (1.56 percent) and Auto (1.72 percent), “A good performance from Mr. Trump could see market volatility increase, particularly if investors think there is a possibility that he could actually win,” wrote Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in London, Reuters reported.The X-factor for driving markets is no longer the speculation over US Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rate hike, rather it is the outcome of the US presidential elections.”But as the U.S. elections are moving into a closer market horizon, the tendency of U.S. political events to influence global markets will probably rise,” Investec economist Philip Shaw told the agency.The speculation pulled the pan-European STOXX 600 index down 1.4 percent, translating into a fall of about 7 percent since the beginning of the current calendar year.Global stock markets are likely to witness a shift away from equities in the run-up to the American presidential elections. “I think there could be some shift away from equities to the safer assets ahead of the US elections across the markets globally,” NDTVProfit quoted Ambareesh Baliga, a Mumbai-based independent market analyst, as saying.Select stocks hit a new 52-week-high on a day of losses and these included public sector oil marketing companies Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Biocon, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and Jubiliant Life Sciences.last_img read more

Sania Mirza takes a dig at Pakistani cricketer Hasan Ali on eve

first_imgSania Mirza with her husband Shoaib Malik in a file photoTwitter Indian tennis star Sania Mirza took a dig at Pakistani cricketer Hasan Ali as the latter tweeted out a picture of himself which had the caption, last night as a bachelor. The 32-year-old tennis star who is married to another Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik congratulated the pacer while making a funny request.”Congratulations Hassan wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness .. this time you’ll have to treat us to more than Nandos though,” her tweet read.Hasan Ali is getting married to an Indian woman named Shamia Aarzoo who is a flight engineer with Emirates Airlines. The marriage is going to take place on August 20 in Dubai. There had been a lot of speculations regarding their marriage for the past one month as there reports had come out revealing the nationality of the girl. But the cricketer took to Twitter and stated that the news was not confirmed. The 25-year-old also mentioned that he will make a public announcement soon. Finally, Ali confirmed the news some days later in a news conference in his hometown, Gujranwala. He also added that he will be wearing a black sherwani suit. According to the right-arm medium-fast bowler, both of them met in Dubai a year back and their friendship grew with time.The Pakistani cricketer has played nine Tests and 53 ODIs for his country picking up 31 and 82 wickets respectively. He was an important member of the Pakistan team which won the Champions Trophy in 2017. But in recent times his form has dipped a lot as he was not a regular in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup. The pacer had a bad tournament and picked up only two wickets at an economy rate of 7.75 from the four matches he played. The last match he played in the quadrennial event against India was the one which Pakistan lost by 89 runs and Hasan finished, with conceding 84 runs and picking up just a single wicket in the nine overs he bowled.center_img Pakistan’s Hasan Ali.NEZAR BALOUT/AFP/Gettylast_img read more

Architects of fictitious graft case deserve punishment Khaleda

first_imgNothing will happen to me if justice is served in this false case: KhaledaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday castigated those who had ordered filing of what she called a ‘fictitious graft case’ against her.Saying that she would be acquitted should justice prevail, the former prime minister observed that people who had filed this case would have been sued as well, had there been rule of law and an independent judiciary.”Nothing will happen to me if justice is served in this false case. Insha Allah (God willing), I will be acquitted,” Khaleda Zia told a press conference ahead of the verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust case to be delivered on Thursday.Read more: Your Khaleda didn’t commit any corruption: BNP chief tells countrymen”However, if the judgement is delivered to please the rulers, it will be a history of disgrace. The people of Bangladesh do not pardon the ones who commit such crimes,” the BNP leader said.A makeshift court is set to hand down the judgement in the case that implicated Khaleda, BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and four others.Khaleda mentioned that she was ready for any consequences in her fight to restore democracy and the peoples’ rights.”I am not scared of jail or any other punitive measures. I will not bow down to acts of intimidation,” she added.She further expressed her confidence that the rulers would not be successful in its ‘blueprint’ to keep her and her party from the elections by using the court.Khaleda argued that her lawyers had proved in the court that the plaintiff prepared concocted evidences to implicate her in the false case. She claimed that neither she had been involved with the Zia Orphanage Trust nor a single penny had been embezzled from its funds.”There is no justice in the country,” she said, terming the incumbents who were rampantly saying that she ‘will be jailed’ morally illegal.”As if, not the judge but the rulers are determing the kind of verdict [to be delivered against me],” said the BNP chair.In this context, she expressed her suspicion whether the judge would be courageous to deliver justice since the chief justice was forced to leave the country and resign very recently.”I would like to inform the countrymen with pride that your Khaleda Zia did not do anything wrong. I didn’t commit any corruption,” she said.Rather, Khaleda Zia alleged, the ruling party men looted public resources worth millions. “Such scams are not probed; even if it is probed, the report is not made public,” she said, adding that the Awamie League regime stopped all means of protests against all its misdeeds.The BNP chief alleged that the AL government had turned the justice delivery system into a farce by acts of politicisation and intimidation.last_img read more

Krishak League vice president joins BNP

first_imgFarroque Alam Sarker, central vice president of Krishak League joined BNP on Wednesday. Photo: CollectedKrishak League central committee vice president Farroque Alam Sarker on Wednesday joined BNP ahead of the 11th Parliamentary elections, reports UNB.Hailing from Gaibandha-5 constituency, Farroque formally joined BNP by presenting a bouquet to party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir around 7:00pm at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, said a press release.Farroque also bought party’s nomination paper from Gaibandha-5 constituency.More than one hundred leaders-activists of ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League and Juba League also joined BNP with Farroque, said Gaibandha district unit BNP president Syed Moinul Hasan Sadik.BNP’s Rangpur divisional organising secretary Asadu Habib Dulu, and general secretary Mahmud Nabi Tutul were, among others, present on the occasion.last_img read more

Why AssistantAsApp Might Be the Next Big Tech Trend

first_img 8 min read Whenever I feel uncomfortable writing about a topic, that’s when I know I should write about it. So here goes. This article is about how a new way of designing apps changed my life. But to explain the power of this trend, I need to tell you about poop. That’s the uncomfortable part.For the past five years or so, I’ve struggled with intestinal discomfort. (I’ll spare you the gory details.) I spent countless hours crawling the web searching for a possible diagnosis and tried dozens of different remedies and diets. Nothing seemed to help.Finally, I saw a gastroenterologist. He listened for all of five minutes while I described my symptoms and quickly jotted down a prescription for antibiotics. They worked for a while but soon the symptoms returned. I went back to the doc. A few tests were done and more antibiotics were dolled out. But the problems came back. Then again. And again.After a few cycles, I could see he was running me through a gambit of various gut bug killers until my symptoms stopped or he was out of drugs. I decided I’d rather live with the problem (whatever it was) and hope for the best.Recently however, a chance encounter with a total stranger led me to start using a new kind of app that does things my physician and the specialist never could.Related: People Don’t Want Something Truly New, They Want the Familiar Done Differently.This app helped me get to the bottom of my problem. I’ll explain how later but what makes the design of this app important has implications in all sorts of industries, including outside health care. At its core, the app facilitates a conversation to solve a complex problem with greater ease than ever before.Over the next few years, smart entrepreneurs and savvy designers will use similar techniques to dramatically improve the way they connect and serve their customers.Going NativeApp makers are returning to the roots of what our phones are for. They are after all communications devices. So called “invisible apps” engaging in “conversational commerce” are popping-up in all sorts of unrelated industries.For example, a few weeks ago, my friend Stephen and I chatted at the park while we watched our kids play. As Silicon Valley tech geeks do, we got to talking apps. “Have you started using any good apps lately?” he asked. “Actually, yes.” I said. “Have you heard of Native?” I don’t usually recommend apps, but Native is special.What is Native? It’s a virtual travel agent. If you’re not impressed, neither was I the first time I heard the idea. But when I started using the service, I realized they were onto something.Here’s how Native works: every time I need to do anything related to travel, I just ask Tim to handle it. Tim lives inside Native and while he appears to be a human, I’m not 100% sure he is. For all I know he may be a bot, artificial intelligence, or any number of people working behind the scenes under the persona of the fresh-faced Tim. To be honest, I don’t much care. Every time I need him he’s there, ready to assist me.For example, I recently had to book a gnarly itinerary in and out of two countries using various airline loyalty points. Normally, booking this sort of trip would have taken me hours of comparing prices, flight times, connection difficulty, and frequent flyer point requirements. Instead, I just opened the app and told Tim what I needed in plain English — like sending a text message. Then, I went about my day and an hour later I received a notification from Tim telling me he found the best two options. Would I like itinerary A or itinerary B? I picked one and he booked the flight. Done!I didn’t have to use any dropdown menus, sift through hundreds of options, or spend half an hour attempting to pay for my ticket only to learn that the price I wanted was suddenly not available. Nope! I left it up to Tim to handle everything. Native charges $25 per month. Considering that Tim can complete any and all travel-related requests — from booking me on another flight if I miss a connector to calling the airline to request a seat change — it is well worth the money. Of course, whether Native can actually make money with this business model is an open question.As I described Native to my friend Stephen, a woman pushing her child on the swing next to us interjected. “Excuse me,” she asked, “What app are you talking about?” I showed her Native on my phone. “Funny,” she said “my company does the exact same thing but for health.”Related: 4 Ways to Use Psychology to Win Your Competition’s CustomersThe woman, I would come to learn, was Stephanie Tilenius, CEO of Vida Health. As she explained her app, Stephanie told me “Vida is great for irritable bowel syndrome if you happen to know anyone with that.”Did I ever!I told her I’d be interested in giving her app a try. “We’ll connect you with a coach to help you figure out what’s going on,” she said, and by the time I left the park I had received an invitation to use the service.Meeting MindyDiagnosing a digestive problem is fiendishly difficult. It requires looking back through a detailed log to find what might be causing symptoms that don’t manifest until the food has time to work it’s way through the body a day or so later. Finding a solution involves not only understanding what I ate that might be causing the symptoms, but also what I did not eat that I should have. I had done this sort of detailed record keeping before on my own but it was incredibly time consuming and I always gave up after a few days.I started using Vida. Over the next several weeks, I shared what I ate and how I was feeling with my coach Mindy who, like Tim from Native, was a helpful face on the other side of the app. Like Native, there was no complicated interface to learn. The app felt more like messaging with a friend than diagnosing a health problem.Along with helpful suggestions, Mindy sent me regular reminders to send her snapshots of what I was eating. She also requested I text a number from 1 to 10 to quantify my symptoms — my “poo score,” we called it.Soon, something interesting happened. Mindy started analyzing my diet in ways neither my doctor nor I ever could. She looked at the nutritional content of what I was eating and searched for correlations with how I felt. Like a detective, she was on the hunt for the intestinal who-done-it. She started eliminating suspects from the food line-up and narrowing in on what might be triggering my symptoms by looking for clues in my diet. She told me what I should eat instead and after changing my diet, I’m feeling better.Just the BeginningMindy’s ability to diagnose the source of my problem was something my physician just didn’t have the time or ability to address. Without a way to carefully monitor and analyze what was going in and coming out of my body, how could he? Conversational apps like Vida however are designed to always be accessible; allowing users to send the kind of information a professional can use to provide more insights in less time.Similarly, Native’s highly trained travel agent on the other side of the conversation allows the app to provide just the right itinerary, eliminating all the hours spent sorting and culling travel options I previously had to do myself.This trend is bigger than travel and diet apps. The fact that these two very different services both use what I call an “assistant-as-app” to help users accomplish complex tasks, makes me think there’s more to this trend.How About You?Do you use any assistant-as-app services? Do you have any favorites? Can you think of other products or services that should use the conversational interface but don’t yet? Where would you like to see an assistant-as-app service?Related: 5 Questions to Ask Before Developing a Mobile App Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 9, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more