For many of us, one of the most enjoyable aspects of fitness is seeing the results. It's not the only reason we workout, of course--fresh air and the endorphin rush make it pretty worth it, too--but who doesn't enjoy the thrill of running a faster mile, climbing a bigger hill, or lifting increasingly more weight?
Just as we do with our computers, we love analyzing the data from our workouts. Be it the speed at which we run, the power we output when we cycle, or simply the number of calories we burn, these sites will help you record it all, complete with graphs and charts to track your progress in the various activities you do to stay fit. Whatever your sports are, there's sure to be one or more that will help you take your fitness to the next level. Pair them with your smartphone to get the most out of your workouts.
How big is the Internet, to you? No, we don’t want to hear about all the billions of pages indexed by Google. We’re talking about your Internet—the set of sites that you’re aware of, that you might actually visit. If you’re like most people, it’s actually pretty small. Even if you spend a lot of time online, you’re still missing out on tons of great content.
That’s why we compile our annual list of websites. Not because we think that we’ve found the 72 best websites in the world, but because we know that the Internet is too huge for one person to explore by him- or herself, and that it is always growing. We do it because we know that everyone could use a yearly dose of fun, useful, and interesting new sites to add to their browsing repertoire. On the following pages we present 72 of our favorite new or unknown destinations on the Internet. Just don’t blame us if you find you’re spending more time than ever in front of your screen!
The Facebook IPO is not just long awaited, but one of the most interesting public offerings of our generation. Unlike the countless tech companies that came before it, Facebook doesn’t offer anything tangible; rather it’s simply a platform to help share our private information. This week however we’ve learned ultimately what the market valued this type of service at, and it’s a staggering $75 billion right out of the gate.
It’s oxymoronic to say that a vacation is stressful. But it is. And I’m not even talking about the sand that’s waiting to creep into your shorts on the beach, the hotel room that’s going to spring a leak, or the vast number of other disasters about to transpire throughout your travels.
I’m talking about the very, very beginning of your vacation: The part right after you’ve planned and purchased the tickets up until the moment you step off the plane at your intended (and final) destination. As a geek, you’re probably wondering if there’s a better way to go about “the routine:”
What did we do before the widespread adaptation of Google Maps and GPS? Well, if you're anything like me, you probably got lost. A lot. But maps are good for a lot more than finding your way around - especially if they're online, where they can also be a way to track trends and crimes, help find you a new apartment, search the night sky and test your knowledge of world geography.
The integration with maps and photography can help to tell a story, or create art. In honor of a long standing appreciation for cartrography in its many forms, we present to you twenty-six awesome (and mostly interactive) maps. Enjoy - and be sure to share your favorite maps in the comments!
Your mom may have warned you not to judge a book by its cover, but if Jersey Shore has taught us anything, it's that people will eat up anything as long its wrapped in an attractive package. As it turns out, shiny objects trap the attention of computer users, too. A new study published by Australia's University of Melbourne suggests that even though malware and botnets rear their ugly heads more and more frequently these days, computer users are more likely than ever to trust websites – as long as they look pretty.
It’s only a matter of time. No matter whether we’re talking about a natural disaster like the recent earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan, or the epic man made idiocy associated with last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, disasters will strike, and when they do there’s precious little any of us can do about it. All anyone can do—from individuals citizens right up the crisis management food chain to the very top levels of government—is to plan for the worst and hope for the best. That said, when it comes to protecting your family and loved ones it’s better to do a lot of planning so that you can afford to keep the hoping to a minimum. Not sure where to start? No worries. Maximum PC has put together a list of tips, technologies and gadgets to help to help you weather any storm—man made or otherwise—as stress-free and comfortably as possible.
Here at Maximum PC, we've always done our fair share of website recommendation articles--including a couple ofdoozies from the past few years. And of course we're not the only ones who do this sort of article either; it's a proven popular format. But this year, we thought we'd mix things up a little bit. Rather than just focusing on what's services are popular, or which web apps will make you the most productive, we wanted to take a look at what's fun on the Internet.
In that spirit, our February cover feature is going to be 100 Websites You Need to Visit Before You Die. These are sites that will either entertain you, educate you, or just plain blow your mind. They're not the kind of website you put in your bookmarks bar and come back to again and again--they're the kind that you email to your friends along with a note that says "holy s*** check this out."
So today we've got the first 50 of our 100 Websites You Need to See Before You Die. Where are the other 50? That's where you come in. Once you've read our picks, let us know your own. We'll be picking 50 of the best user submissions to round out our list for the magazine. Anyone who's submission we pick will be in the running to win a whole bunch of awesome prizes (stay tuned tomorrow for full contest rules, prizes and limitations).
Government officials will have to find something else to do during work hours than visit those other 'Tube video sites following a recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to block viewing or downloading porn.
Seems like a no-brainer, but in typical government fashion, it took a 111-page amendment to get the point across, along with some controversial wording.
"None of the funds made available in this act may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography," the bill states on the second to last page.
The problem with that, says John Morris, general counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C., is "how broad the reach of this is, and will lead to constitutional problems and economic problems." Morris used the example of a mom-and-pop business landing a contract to deliver toilet paper to a military base that includes overhead. In this scenario, they would have to pay to filter their computer networks, even though no one but the owner would ever use it.
That wasn't the only point of contention.
"The Supreme Court has made clear that government attempts to eliminate sexually explicit speech on the Internet raises serious free speech concerns," said Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office. "Congress should not pass such vague and potentially speech-restrictive provisions that are constitutionally suspect."
Ultimately, Congress voted in favor of the legislation by a 239-182 vote.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has already made it quite clear that fighting piracy figures prominently on the Obama administration's agenda. Last week, Biden, along with Victoria Espinel, the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, unveiled the current administration's new strategy on protecting the interests of copyright holders.
The feds have now begun cracking down on movie piracy sites as part of this new strategy. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Wednesday seized seven domain names, including Movies-Links.tv, Now-Movies.com, TVShack.net, Filespump.com and Planetmoviez.com.
Funds lodged in 15 bank, Paypal, advertising and investment accounts belonging to the sites’ operators were also seized. But the worst is yet to come for these movie pirates as the authorities have launched a criminal investigation against them.