“This is an exciting time of transformation and experimentation in technology media,” Carrigan said in a statement.IDG’s stable of titles includes CIO, Computerworld, CSO and Infoworld. Tech publisher IDG has promoted U.S. CEO Bob Carrigan to CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide, a newly-created position. In his expanded role, Carrigan will oversee IDG’s media operations in the U.S. and 84 additional countries worldwide, the company says. According to IDG founder and chairman Patrick McGovern, the promotion will allow Carrigan to “speed the globalization of IDG’s brands and foster the sharing of best business practices among IDG’s media properties around the world.”Carrigan, who joined IDG in 1987, had served as its U.S. CEO since 2005.
The Marine Corps has expanded Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., significantly enhancing the service’s ability to conduct training. The Marine Corps plans to conduct the first large-scale exercise on newly acquired lands at the center in August, although the use of the new lands will be phased in over the next several years. Prior to the expansion, the Marine Corps lacked the capability to fully exercise a large Marine air-ground task force in a realistic training scenario. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) cited this update about how the military services are addressing challenges they are experiencing at their training ranges, such as encroachment, in a new report.To sustain its ranges, DOD is focusing on seven goals: (1) mitigate encroachment pressures on training activities from competing operating space; (2) mitigate electromagnetic spectrum competition; (3) meet military airspace challenges; (4) manage increasing military demand for range space; (5) address impacts from new energy infrastructure and renewable energy impacts; (6) anticipate climate change impacts; and (7) sustain excellence in environmental stewardship.The Army, for example, is developing an environmental assessment process to enhance access to restricted airspace in support of unmanned aircraft system training. The Air Force is developing a comprehensive analysis of all current missions, airspace and ranges within specific Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control centers to determine if the requirements for new missions and current operations are being met.Overall, GAO concluded that DOD’s 2016 Sustainable Ranges Report met the annual statutory reporting requirements to describe its progress addressing training constraints caused by limitations on the use of military lands, marine areas and airspace. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
$399 Garmin Fitness Tags See It $349 See it Post a comment Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $413 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Best Buy There are a lot of “boutique” wearables — ones that that track metrics that are far more specific than steps taken or distance traveled. Check out these seven unique wellness devices — you might find just the one you need.Related: This might be the number-one way to track your fitness progressThese products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. 1. These compression shorts that tell you how hard your muscles are working Athos compression shorts and leggings use a tracker called Core that measures muscle activity, engagement and stress to give you a complete picture of how your muscles work during exercise. Athos If bodybuilding, CrossFit-ing, powerlifting or some other strength-based form of exercise is your workout of choice, you don’t get as much out of a wrist-based fitness tracker as runners, cyclists and other cardio enthusiasts do. When you’re using strength as a basis for fitness progress, you should be able to track things like muscle engagement, muscle fiber activation and muscle balance. Enter Athos. These compression shorts and leggings use built-in sensors that track your muscles’ every move using electromyography (EMG) combined with motion-sensing technology. The sensors send that and other data (such as heart rate) to the Athos app on your phone via Bluetooth. You can see some pretty cool stats with Athos compression gear: Effort: How hard are your muscles working?Balance: Is one leg stronger than the other? Form: Are you engaging the right muscles for the right movement?Active time versus rest time: How long were you actually working out for the 90 minutes you spent at the gym?Stress: How much stress did your muscles accumulate over this one workout, and over time? If you’re really serious about lifting, or just trying to avoid injury, you can even measure things like your quad-to-hamstring power ratio to make sure your muscles are firing with enough power when they’re supposed to. For example, during a deadlift, you want to pull the barbell from the floor with mostly your hamstrings and glutes. If the Athos system reads that your quads did most of the work, that’s a sign you might need to work on your hamstring strength. Athos also offers shirts, which measure the muscles in your upper body for all of those rows and bicep curls. Buy at Athos 2. This helmet for safe (and data-obsessed) cyclers The Coros smart bicycle helmet uses bone conduction technology to transmit sound without blocking outside noise. Angela Lang/CNET What do safety, great audio and in-depth stats have in common? They’re all part of the Coros Omni smart bicycle helmet and its accompanying app. This Bluetooth-enabled helmet allows cyclers to listen to music, take calls and navigate with GPS through bone conduction audio. Bone conduction technology turns sounds into vibrations and sends them through your cheekbones, rather than your eardrums — effectively allowing you to listen to high-quality audio without drowning out important outside sounds, like car horns or rumbling railroad tracks. The Coros smart remote lets you skip and pause tracks, change the volume, input GPS locations and answer calls without taking your hands off the handlebars. The helmet also has a light sensor that activates an LED safety light when it’s dark outside. As for metrics, the Coros Omni helmet tracks your route, speed and pacing, distance, calories burned, active energy, activity time and other data. Buy on Amazon 3. This in-depth recovery tracker that athletes love The Whoop measures important performance statistics, like how recovered your muscles are, and tells you whether you should work out or take a rest day. Whoop Even with constant innovations and added features, most wrist-worn fitness trackers are limited in terms of insights and actionability. Sure, they can tell you how hard you worked out, but they can’t tell you how hard you should exercise the next day based on that data. The Whoop can, because it’s about improving your athletic performance, not just tracking it. Those who work out intensely and regularly are probably familiar with this scenario: You feel fine and rested, but when you get to the gym, you can’t lift anything near your usual numbers. The Whoop uses a variety of body metrics to tell you how recovered you really are, even if you feel “fine.” It’ll tell you whether you should work out, take it easy or take the day off completely, essentially allowing you to make informed training decisions rather than blindly pushing through workouts when your body needs rest. And — bonus — you can charge it without ever taking it off because the charging unit slides on top of it. The Whoop’s affiliations prove its effectiveness: It’s the only wrist wearable that Major League Baseball players can wear during games; it’s the official recovery device of the NFL, and many professional CrossFit athletes use Whoops to optimize training sessions and competitions. A Whoop may not be the best for the everyday exerciser, but it’s great for people who do activities that require a great deal of attention to performance and recovery, such as ultrarunners, obstacle racers, triathletes amd Strongman competitors. Buy at Whoop 4. This wearable that changes your heart rate for you The Apollo works by signaling safety to the brain via gentle vibrations, and it’s been clinically proven to improve heart rate variability (HRV), a key metric of health and recovery. Apollo Do you ever notice your heart rate skyrocket, but you can’t seem to do anything about it? The Apollo, the first wellness wearable to actually change a body metric for you, works with your nervous system to optimize your heart rate variability, or the variation in time between each heartbeat. When you measure your heart rate, you do so in beats per minute. But if your heart rate is 60 beats per minute, that doesn’t mean your heart beats once every second. For example: Your heart may beat at 0.85 second, again at 1.25 seconds, and then again at 2.1 seconds. The difference between those beats is your HRV. If the intervals between your heartbeats are pretty consistent, your HRV is low; if the intervals vary widely, your HRV is high. A high HRV is generally a good thing: It means your body can switch between fight and flight at a moment’s notice, which is how our paleolithic ancestors survived. Research suggests that a higher HRV means a lower risk of disease, while a lower HRV is associated with heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Scientists also think HRV could be an indicator of how well your body can handle stress. If you have a higher HRV, you may be able to bounce back quickly after stressful situations and handle stress with more ease than someone with a lower HRV. Apollo took that information and developed a wrist wearable that delivers vibration patterns that, according to its clinical research, alter your heart rate variability to help you to relax, sleep better and focus more. As you wear the device, the company says, the Apollo becomes more familiar with your body’s nuances and customizes the vibrations to best meet your needs. The Apollo is still in beta, but it’s slated to launch to the general public this fall. See at Apollo 5. This anxiety-reducing pregnancy tracker The Bloomlife pregnancy tracker can help mothers detect false contractions and provide peace of mind leading up to childbirth. Bloomlife Moms-to-be experience all sorts of sensations throughout pregnancy, from intense food cravings to Braxton Hicks contractions — or contractions that occur before real labor (as early as the second trimester). The Bloomlife pregnancy tracker is designed, the company says, to save pregnant women time, energy, money and anxiety by making it easy to track muscle contractions in the uterus. In essence, this wearable device can stop any false “It must be time” thoughts by helping pregnant women interpret the frequency, duration and patterns of their contractions, and giving them a history of contractions. To use it, women wear a small pod that contains sensors, attached to the abdomen with a disposable patch. Women can wear the Bloomlife tracker all day and night or just for a few hours at a time, depending on their needs. The device is most useful as moms approach their due date in the third trimester, when false contractions can make it seem like you’re going into labor even when you aren’t. Buy at Bloomlife 6. This patch that tells you to stop slouching The Upright Go posture trainer rests in between your shoulder blades and vibrates when you slouch to help you correct your posture. Upright When you think “posture corrector,” you probably imagine unsightly slings, shoulder straps and braces. The Upright Go posture trainer changes that. A slim patchlike wearable no longer than your index finger, the Upright Go sticks to the center of your upper back, between the tops of your shoulder blades. When you start to slouch or otherwise deviate from good posture, your Upright Go vibrates to remind you to straighten your back. Unlike traditional posture trainers, the Upright Go is concealable under most clothes. You can also turn it to tracking-only mode with the connected app if you’re in a small or quiet space and don’t want anyone to hear the vibrations. The app tracks your daily progress and progress over time so you can see trends in your posture. The app also generates daily training goals so you can correct your posture at a pace that works for you. Buy on Amazon 7. This activity tracker that looks great with a gown The Bellabeat tracks basic metrics, such as steps and calories burned, and its elegant design makes it perfect for those who don’t like the appearance of other fitness trackers. Bellabeat While the Bellabeat Leaf fitness tracker may not be the most thorough of all the fitness trackers on the market, it does a pretty good job for being so elegant. With no screens or buttons, you might wonder how this necklace, bracelet or shirt clip (you can wear it any of those ways) actually tracks any metrics or does anything, for that matter. But it uses similar sensors you’ll find in a Fitbit or Apple Watch to track activity, sleep, stress and menstrual cycles — and it all shows up in the paired Bellabeat app. Bellabeat offers a whole suite of smart jewelry, including watches and other bracelets in case you want to keep track of your activity without compromising your style. Buy on Amazon Now playing: Watch this: See It High-tech fitness equipment for your home Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements Apple Watch Series 4 See It How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Walmart Share your voice 0 1:13 $349 There’s so much more out there than Apple Watches and Fitbits. 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The Kingfisher Airlines staff had set deadline for Chairman Vijay Mallya to clear all their outstanding salaries. They threatened that they would stop working and take to the streets if the airlines fail to meet their deadline, that is till 8 PM on Tuesday.This comes a day after Mallya sent letter to the staff on the salary issue in which he assured payment of salaries starting this week.However, Mallya’s letter had failed to pacify the annoyed employees who have not got salaries since December last year.After Monday’s meeting, the Kingfisher staff decided to stop working and protest if salary is not credited by Tuesday. To make their stance more evident, they have also shot off a dissent note to the Kingfisher management noting their demands.In the letter to Mallya and company, employees have said that they cannot undertake any duties owing to the mental stress caused by the serious economic crunch that could jeopardise the safety of both company and the valuable guests.Agitating employees even urged the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), a franchise of Indian Premier League that’s owned by liquor baron Mallya, to boycott the match. The debt-ridden airlines had already scaled down its operation on a large number, which’s only flying 16 of 64 aircrafts. Meanwhile, it had completely grounded all international flights since March 25 and struggling to meet the issued schedule.
Share Graphic by Emily Albracht for The Texas TribuneTexas Republican voter opinion turned against the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller even before last week’s mass shooting in a Florida high school and indictments of Russian propagandists who tried to influence American elections, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.It’s a peculiar position for a party known for its strong law-and-order positions. Only 14 percent of Texas Republicans approve of the way Mueller is handing the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, while 60 percent disapprove. And only 27 percent said they have a favorable impression of the FBI, while 48 percent of those Republican respondents said they have an unfavorable opinion.“Since when do Republicans dislike the FBI?” asked Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. “This is pure party.”The poll was conducted before a former student killed 17 people at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day, and before news reports that the FBI and Florida social services officials had not acted on tips and other signs that the killer was dangerous and had access to weapons. Democrats, meanwhile, were a bit less positive on the FBI last year — with 51 favorable and 15 percent unfavorable — than they were in the latest survey.Most Texans say they’ve heard about the investigations into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential elections; only 2 percent say they have heard nothing at all, and only 12 percent say they have not heard very much.They are split, largely along partisan lines, when asked whether the outcome of that election was influenced by Russia. Overall, 40 percent believe it was and 46 percent do not. Among Democrats, 77 percent believe Russians succeeded in influencing the outcome, while only 9 percent of Republicans do. Only 9 percent of Democrats believe the Russian efforts fell short, while 81 percent of Republicans said the Russians were unsuccessful.Was there any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia? Texans split 41 percent to 44 percent on that question, but the partisan differences drive the numbers. Among Democrats, 77 percent think there was coordination, while 81 percent of Republicans believe there was not coordination.Voters from the two parties disagree strongly about the reasons for the investigations, too. What looks like an even split overall — 43 percent to 43 percent — masks deep partisan differences.More than three-quarters of Democratic voters (77 percent) said the inquiries about the 2016 election are “mostly efforts to investigate potential foreign interference in a U.S. election.” But the same percentage of Republicans believe “they’re mostly efforts to discredit Donald Trump’s presidency.”The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. And the survey was completed before the grand jury indictments of 13 Russians and an organization called the Internet Research Agency as part of Mueller’s investigation.Overall, 38 percent of Texas registered voters approve of Mueller’s investigation and 36 percent do not. Unlike their Republican counterparts, 66 percent of Texas Democrats approve of the probe while only 10 percent do not. About a quarter of all voters — as well as of Republican voters and of Democratic voters — said they have either a neutral or no opinion about it.Overall, 42 percent of Texas voters have a favorable opinion of the FBI, while 31 percent have an unfavorable opinion and 27 percent have either a neutral opinion or none at all. Democratic voters were positive overall, with 64 percent favorable and 12 percent unfavorable. Only 27 percent of Republicans have favorable opinions of the FBI, while 48 percent said they hold unfavorable opinions.“The deeply partisan view of everything involving Trump and Russia — even with a national law enforcement agency — is pretty striking,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. “The most striking number here is the movement in attitude about the FBI in less than a year.”Those numbers have changed significantly since a June 2017 UT/TT Poll in which 44 percent of Texas voters gave the FBI good marks and 27 had negative opinions of the agency. At that time, voters in both parties were more favorably disposed than they were in the more recent survey: 43 percent of Republicans gave the FBI favorable marks, while 35 percent of Republicans said their opinions were unfavorable.“It’s not driven by the base,” said Josh Blank, manager of polling research at the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. “Non-Tea Party Republicans are the big change.”