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I ran a half marathon. These tech gadgets were lifesavers

I ran a half marathon. These tech gadgets were lifesavers

[ad_1] I test tech for a living, whether the gadgets are smart rings, AI robotic massage tables, or earbuds. I have strong opinions on what makes a tech product worth your money, because I know that budgets are tight and there’s no greater disappointment than wasting a paycheck on a middling device. I do my research, checking competing websites for the newest products, reading Reddit threads and Amazon reviews, speaking with researchers and analysts about what makes a certain device good or bad, and, when in doubt, testing everything out for myself.  For this story, if I hadn’t tested a product myself, I consulted ZDNET’s experts who have. I considered price, quality, and use cases for runners, among other things, to curate this list. While there are plenty of other tech I could have recommended to you, these are the five things that me, myself, and I think you would need to get a head start on your first race.  [ad_2] Source link

Hope Hicks says Trump is a “hard worker” who ran his company “like a small family business”

Hope Hicks says Trump is a “hard worker” who ran his company “like a small family business”

[ad_1] Hope Hicks, the former Trump aide testifying in his criminal trial, has said that spoke with the former president and his fixer, Michael Cohen, the day they found out that adult film star Stormy Daniels wanted money for her story.  In court Friday, Matthew Colangelo began by asking Hicks to testify about her participation in key meetings as a former communications specialist. She acknowledged that she frequented Trump’s office and taking part in said meetings, describing her former boss as “a very good multitasker and a very hard worker,” The Washington Post reported. Hicks, in her Friday testimony, went on to say that Trump ran his company “like a small family business.” While that was intended as praise, it could also help the prosecution, which is seeking to portray Trump as someone who played a key role in the alleged hush payment scheme at the heart of his Manhattan trial. “Everybody that works there in some sense reports to Mr. Trump,” Hicks said of the Trump organization. The New York Times reported that Trump’s …

I ran the London Marathon, here’s everything I wish I knew before taking on 26.2 miles

I ran the London Marathon, here’s everything I wish I knew before taking on 26.2 miles

[ad_1] As I write this I have Compeed plasters wrapped around most of my toes, my body feels like it’s been through a washing machine, and I still can’t comfortably walk down a set of stairs. All to be expected after completing the 2024 TCS London Marathon, of course.  For the record, before I found out I had secured a place in the marathon I wasn’t able to run 5k without stopping. Yet on 21 April, I joined 50,000 runners in taking on 26.2 miles across a course lapping around some of London’s most iconic landmarks. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  Coming away from the experience I still can’t quite believe I’ve actually done it. After months of gruelling training, several injuries, a severed social life and a set of gnarly blisters, you wonder why so many seem to have caught the ‘running bug’. @geeleighbee I genuinley can’t believe it. The hardest thing I’ve ever done, ever and over £1,500 raised for @PAPYRUS ???? To my wonderful friends and family, every stranger and …

An escaped circus elephant ran loose through a Montana town

An escaped circus elephant ran loose through a Montana town

[ad_1] An escaped circus elephant named Viola was seen weaving through traffic and striding across parking lots in Butte, Mont., on Tuesday, a getaway that was captured in several videos shared widely on social media. Kristin Parra, a spokesperson for the Carson & Barnes Circus, said Viola was having her routine bath when she was startled by a truck backfiring and ran away. Viola crossed a busy street, ducked behind a casino and reportedly began to eat grass before she was returned. Parra said the circus was “upset” that Viola was scared but also “grateful that she remained calm and no injuries were sustained to her or any other bystanders.” Sheriff Ed Lester, with Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement, confirmed in an email to NPR that neither Viola nor any people nearby were hurt during the escape. “The elephant was walking in the street for a block or two but was then loaded into a trailer by circus staff,” he said. “Glad it ended well and as far as I know the show went on as …

As if Wes Anderson ran amok at Aardman: Harold Halibut, the visually stunning puppet adventure game | Games

As if Wes Anderson ran amok at Aardman: Harold Halibut, the visually stunning puppet adventure game | Games

[ad_1] Ticktock, ticktock. In the dripping confines of the Fedora 1, an aquatic space colony of exquisite retro-futuristic design, it’s not water but time that exerts an unmistakable pressure on inhabitants. A cataclysmic meteor looms on the horizon, threatening to wipe them all out. But this cast of lovably eccentric characters, including the titular Harold, hurry for no one, preferring to amble about their days while staring down the barrel of cosmic disaster. It’s fitting that an adventure game as laid back in pacing as Harold Halibut should have been made by a team with a similarly leisurely approach to time. Fourteen years have passed since game director Onat Hekimoglu had the initial idea, while studying for an MA at Cologne Game Lab. Back then, it was a strange point-and-click adventure with earthy stop-motion visuals. Elements of that version persist today, namely protagonist Harold, a depressed caretaker who spends his days gazing out at the sea. But the intervening years have seen it become more mechanically refined, narratively expansive and visually beautiful. Now Harold Halibut …

This is what happened when I ran a “grateful mile” every day for three weeks

This is what happened when I ran a “grateful mile” every day for three weeks

[ad_1] I’ll never forget the time a friend invited me to a Buddhist meditation session. I was lured by the promise of tasty vegetarian food beforehand and thought it would be interesting to try something different. The food was great, but the meditation was not. We sat on uncomfortable chairs for 30 minutes, in a cold room, with our eyes closed. I was bored and didn’t see the point. A similar thing happened when I tried to learn how to meditate via an app out of curiosity. It asked me to imagine myself in certain scenarios and to repeat mantras to myself. But none of it was tangible. So when I heard about the Grateful Mile I was pleased to see the word gratitude replace mindfulness. To me, mindfulness is incredibly vague, but being grateful is something I can immediately relate to real-life experiences. The philosophy Run Grateful, founded by former drug addict Mark White, is a mindful movement collective that supports people to make positive changes in their lives. Their philosophy centers on moving …

Lockdown gave Finley Boden’s parents cover – but safeguarding failures ran deep | Child protection

Lockdown gave Finley Boden’s parents cover – but safeguarding failures ran deep | Child protection

[ad_1] When Finley Boden was returned to the care of his parents, only to be murdered by them weeks later, England was days into its second national lockdown. A safeguarding report into Finley’s care makes clear the backdrop of restrictions brought in during the Covid pandemic hindered the ability of authorities to protect him. Key court hearings to decide his future were held over the phone, his appointed guardian was shielding and unable to attend face-to-face meetings, and his parents used the pretence of Covid infection to prevent social workers from coming into their home. As face-to-face contact with families reduced, “self-reporting” by parents increased, the report stated. “Workers had to rely on what they were being told by Finley’s parents, which normally they wouldn’t do, and don’t do now,” said Steve Atkinson, the independent chair and scrutineer of Derby and Derbyshire safeguarding children partnership, which carried out the review. “The access that social workers had was restricted. “Finley wasn’t the only one in the country who suffered this kind of tragic consequence, sadly.” Other …

Antiabortion Disinformation Ads Ran Rampant on Facebook and Instagram

Antiabortion Disinformation Ads Ran Rampant on Facebook and Instagram

[ad_1] Ads containing abortion-related misinformation are allowed to run on Facebook and Instagram in countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, while legitimate health care providers struggle to get theirs approved, new research has found. The report, released today from the Center for Countering Digital Hate and MSI Reproductive Choices, an international reproductive health care provider, collected instances from across Vietnam, Nepal, Ghana, Mexico, Kenya, and Nigeria. Between 2019 and 2024 in Ghana and Mexico alone, researchers found 187 antiabortion ads on Meta’s platforms that were viewed up to 8.8 million times. Many of these ads were placed by foreign antiabortion groups. Americans United for Life, a US-based nonprofit whose website claims that abortion pills are “unsafe and unjust,” and Tree of Life Ministries, an evangelical church now headquartered in Israel, were both linked to the ads. Researchers also found that ads placed by groups not “originating in the country where the ad was served were viewed up to 4.2 million times.” In the report, researchers found that some of the ads linked out to …

A moment that changed me: I survived the Boston marathon bombing – but broke down when I ran again | Boston Marathon bombing

A moment that changed me: I survived the Boston marathon bombing – but broke down when I ran again | Boston Marathon bombing

[ad_1] It was late 2013, six months after I had run the Boston marathon – the year two men detonated two bombs near the finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds. Back in Germany, my home country, I had been struggling with my mental health for months, but I was determined to complete another marathon and maybe make it back to Boston. I had signed up for that month’s Frankfurt marathon, but told nobody except Christina, my therapist. I went to the starting line only a couple of minutes before the race started. For the first half or so, I felt good. The sun was shining. My mind was empty and I was running faster than ever. Then I felt a breakdown coming on. I could no longer run. I walked the rest of the way, crying. People kept stopping to ask if I needed help, or to comfort me. I knew their intentions were good, but I felt as if I was in a different world. All I could think was: why am I here, running, when others were killed …

Eugene Levy: ‘Funnily enough, women ran the show in American Pie – which was something’

Eugene Levy: ‘Funnily enough, women ran the show in American Pie – which was something’

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails There are two things everybody knows about the actor Eugene Levy – but only one of them is true. The first is that he has excellent eyebrows, and the second is that he is a jokey man. Upon seeing Levy on camera this afternoon, I can confirm that his eyebrows – or “brows” as he calls them – are on brilliantly bushy form: two caterpillars of hair as distinctive as Charlie Chaplin’s moustache. But despite being a very funny actor, he is not a man who likes to joke. Unless you are asking him about his eyebrow upkeep. “I hire only the best landscapers,” he says, gesturing to his face with a mock-reverential wave. “It’s very expensive, but I think it helps.” It is easy to conflate Levy with his vast array of characters. After his six decades in the biz, they cram his CV like sardines …