Top Story: Cap on NYC Uber
The city’s study of Uber’s effect on traffic is expected to be completed in about four months. For now the seas are calm, but we can expect that the city will be coming back to Uber, if not to cap its growth, then to require it to contribute funds to the public coffers.
Under the Radar: iPod Touch
Bet you thought you’d seen the last of the iPod. Especially after the rise of the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, and then the 6 (you get the picture). But after almost three years, Apple has officially updated the iPod Touch.
This 6th generation version comes complete with a faster processor, better camera, vibrant color options and the fairly affordable price of $199. I’m sure the only thing stopping you from running to the Apple Store and buying one right now is the looming question: “Wait. Why would I need this?”
Well for starters, the device comes with a dual-core A8 processor, clocked at 1GHz.. It scored a 1376 single-core and 2436 multi-core on GeekBench 3. Compare that to a 1609 and a 2848 respectively for the iPhone 6.
For those who didn’t understand a word in the paragraph above, it simply means this is Apple’s fastest iPod, although it technically remains slower than the iPhone 6.
Another great feature of the new device is its impressive 8 megapixels camera; very similar to what you see with the iPhone 6. The camera has advanced features such as burst mode, slow-motion video and HD recording; perfect for you selfie snappers.
As far as battery life goes, Apple claims the battery life is terrific. Just two hours of charging will boost the battery up to 80%.
While it is undeniable this is Apple’s most advanced iPod yet, most people have these features and more with their Apple phones. Why buy the iPod Touch?
Well for those of you rocking an older version of the iPhone, this is a cheaper alternative to upgrading your phone. For people who want music at the gym without work emails and buzzing phone calls, this device cuts the disturbances out of your workout and its smaller size makes it easier to run with.
The iPod Touch may also be a good option for people who own Androids, who are really in need/want of some Apple apps.
Overall, if you’re an Andriod using long distance runner with small hands who is looking for an 8 megapixel camera, the new device might be perfect for you. Otherwise, stick with your (better performing) iPhone 6.
Tool of the Week: Nourish
The new tabletop device Nourish essentially works like an at-home personal nutritionist by analyzing data such as movement, heart rate and hours of sleep and using that information to create a personalized blend of nutrition for your body.To do this, it dispenses a blend of powdered nutrients, vitamins, herbs, and minerals to fuel your body’s needs. The WiFi-enabled appliance is compatible with a variety of fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch, Jawbone and Fitbit. The “seeds” used by the device, which hold approximately one-month supply of either a nutrient, mineral, vitamin or herb, are RFID-enabled and will automatically be refilled when you run out.
This kind of at-home supplementation has, until now, only been available to pro athletes and other select individuals who could afford it. The Nourish’s starting price is $399, and significantly more affordable than other services like it.For now, FitNatic will be focusing on perfecting the product and expanding its distribution network. Even though Nourish is a top priority for the moment, the startup revealed it has many other products on the road map to come.
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