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Like gym memberships, enthusiasm for fitness trackers drops

NEW YORK (AP) — Deepak Jayasimha's fitness tracker is now with his father-in-law in India, where it sits unused. Annabel Kelly foisted hers off on the kids. Virginia Atkinson took hers off to charge the battery and hasn't picked it up since February.<p>Although sales of Fitbit and other fitness …

Wearable Tech

Apple Music will launch 8am PT tomorrow, Beats 1 at 9am

Apple Music is set to launch at 11am ET/8am PT tomorrow alongside the release of iOS 8.4 One hour later at 12pm ET/9am PT, the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast will take place presented by DJ Zane Lowe.<p>While we previously knew that Apple’s new streaming music service would by launching June 30, it …

Apple Supplier Hon Hai Eyes Listings Of China Units

Hon Hai Precision Industry, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers, may list some of its mainland operations on China stock exchanges in the next three to five years, chairman Terry Gou was reported to have said yesterday.<p>Gou, one of the world’s richest electronics tycoons, one didn’t provide details, …

China

Insurance Agents Are Pretty Freaked Out About Climate Change

Lloyd's prepares "an exploration" of apocalyptic scenarios<p>Rarely does a document prepared by an insurance group read like an apocalyptic screenplay. But it does happen. In this case, Lloyds, a storied insurance market put out a report outlining the potential global meltdown that could occur if …

Climate Change

Turns out, this ancient worm had hidden eyes and (terrifying) mouth

Heads or tails? Scientists finally have an answer in the case of the odd ancient worm <i>Hallucigenia</i>, which leaves fossils so bizarre that researchers …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1</b><b>.</b> The International Monetary Fund expects Greece to make its €1.5 billion euro (£1.06 billion, $1.7 billion) debt payment on June 30, as Greece and its creditors continue to negotiate a bailout deal.<p><b>2.</b> French President Francois Hollande said UberPOP should be "dissolved and declared illegal" …

European Union

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Humanity

Nintendo Quiet on NX Console Over Worries of Competitors Taking Ideas

Nintendo is prioritizing satisfying Wii U customers.<p>Nintendo won’t discuss its next-generation hardware codenamed NX yet as it believes competitors …

Retrogaming

Do This, Not That: 6 Better Muscle-Building Moves

Whether you train in a 30,000 square foot mega-gym filled with all the latest machines, or in your garage with just a barbell, power rack and a few …

The 'true' story of a Pokémon game that turns you into a murderer

There are two versions of Pokémon Black: the one you know and the one that will make you a cold-blooded killer.<p>The former is the first game of the fifth generation of the series, first released alongside <i>Pokémon White</i> in Japan in 2010. The other you is quite different. Rumored to be found in a flea …

The best Pokémon videos on the web

For a decade, Pokémon videos have been a staple of YouTube and pre-YouTube sites like Ebaumsworld.com. They usually mix the cute, the violent and the absurd aspects of the franchise into something new. We've collected some of our favorite Pokémon videos. Be sure to share your favorites, too.<p>Our …

Yo-kai Watch ghost-hunting 3DS blockbusters could make a Pokémon-like splash in the West next year

Back in my day, catching ghosts required a degree in paranormal psychology and a firehouse. I guess they do things a little bit differently in Japan, and that style may come our way pretty soon.<p>Megapopular ghost-catching role-playing game Yo-kai Watch (or Youkai Watch in Japan) may finally come …

I caught every Pokémon and it only took most of my life

The road to catching all 719 Pokémon was paved with a childhood's worth of free time, a healthy commute and one very promiscuous ditto.<p>I've played every generation of Pokémon and every version since it came to America in 1998.<p>I remember my first hit: I was eight, and my parents thought it would be …

This college student turns Pokémon cards into handpainted art

Reddit user Lunumbra caused a stir earlier this month with her hand-painted Pokémon cards.<p>The user, a college art student named Micah, started painting backgrounds and environments on the cards to add detail and life to the previous artwork. She currently has a tumblr where she sells her cards for …