Fitbit Highlights Versatility in New $200 Smartwatch

Fitbit on Tuesday added a new smartwatch to its wearables line with a pricetag of US$199.95. The Fitbit Versa, which will reach global retail outlets in next month, will be the lightest metal smartwatch in the U.S. market. It includes a new dashboard that simplifies the way health and fitness data is accessed on the device. Versa mixes health and fitness programs, such as 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts and automatic sleep-stage tracking, with smart features like quick replies on Android and on-device music. Although the Versa’s operating system…

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WiFi Routers Riddled With Holes: Report

Most WiFi router vendors have not patched numerous firmware vulnerabilities discovered more than two years ago, according to a report Insignary released on Tuesday. OEM firmware built into WiFi routers use open source components that contain numerous known security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers, it notes. Insignary, a startup security firm based in South Korea, conducted comprehensive binary code scans for known security vulnerabilities in WiFi routers. The company conducted scans across a spectrum of the firmware used by the most popular home, small and mid-sized business and enterprise-class WiFi…

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People-powered Portland: car-free ways to explore the city

If you spend any amount of time in Portland, two things quickly become apparent: bicycles rule and car traffic is terrible. The city’s population has grown more quickly than its infrastructure, leading to the type of gridlock and bottlenecks that usually only happen in much larger urban areas. A woman rides her bicycle on the waterfront Eastbank Esplanade in Portland, Oregon © Ryan J Lane / Getty Images It can be frustrating, especially for a visitor trying to see a lot of things across the city in a short time…

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Together in eclectic dreams: Europe’s quirkiest hostels

Whether it be whispered pillow talk in darkened dorms or frenetic story swapping in communal kitchens, hostels are an essential port of call for the solo traveller in search of company. But forget those fears of beige walls and tired bedspreads – budget digs don’t have to be bland. To coincide with the release of the Solo Travel Handbook, we’ve compiled a shortlist of Europe’s more idiosyncratic hostels, proving that the humble need not be humdrum. Fancy spending a night behind bars? © Žiga Okorn Glenfinnan Sleeping Car, Glenfinnan, Scotland Prompting…

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The six sestieri: a guide to Venice’s neighbourhoods

While most cities are broken into quarters, Venice is divided into six districts or sestieri. Although it’s a compact city, each of Venice’s neighbourhoods has its own characteristics, offering you something a little different and distinctive wherever you wander. Read on to find out the best place to stay if you’re keen on cuisine, which neighbourhood will indulge your artistic eye, or where to head for a bit of uncharacteristically quiet Venice. A view of Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco © StevanZZ / Shutterstock Shopping in San Marco San…

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