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Hammerhead challenges Garmin with lightning-fast Karoo cycling computer

Every seasoned cyclist knows the value of a good cycling computer. The ability to navigate different routes, track your speed, evaluate your training, and create training plans is essential to fitness development. While Garmin and Wahoo have traditionally dominated these ranks, Hammerhead’s introduction of Karoo adds a new layer of functionality to cycling computers.

The Karoo is a new generation of cycling computer — integrating characteristics of both cell phones and traditional computers. The operating system was built on Android and loaded with world-class applications. The designers are constantly updating the database and adding new features — ensuring you will never lack for functionality.

The device allows you to connect to multiple Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors simultaneously. Its standout feature? No phone is required — Karoo includes onboard 3G cellular and Wi-Fi capability, allowing for streaming, sharing with friends, and other real-time tools.

Karoo’s offers a plethora of fully comprehensive maps, including multiple layers and filters for dirt, road, gradient, and more. You can create new routes directly on the computer and utilize turn-by-turn navigation even on mountain biking trails. Build routes or make changes while you’re offline, on the road, or on the trail.

Unmapped routes can be followed by GPX files or while in Compass Mode. The operating system provides for a high level of performance and training, equipped with tools that allow you to analyze metrics, understand your training efforts, and even utilize training insights. Karoo is capable of syncing up to power, heart rate, speed, and cadence sensors — and this is just the beginning.

Its seamless integration with Strava and other apps allows for you to share your rides with friends, post your efforts, and find friends located nearby. The computer features an easy-to-read transflective display, a light sensor that helps reduce battery consumption, and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 — so that you don’t need to worry about bumps in the road or obstacles in your way. The battery provides for 10-15 hours of run time depending on your settings and the device is rated to IP67 weatherproofing standards, ensuring that rain or snow won’t slow you down.

In addition, the buttons are designed for wet weather, allowing for complete control in any conditions.

The standard quarter-turn interface works with any Garmin-type mount and ships with a BarFly 4 Max.

Sign up on Hammerhead’s website to get access to Karoo at a special discounted price.

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A fix for ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ connection issues is on the way

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Dragon Ball FighterZ released in late January, and though it has been positively received by critics, the fighting game community, and Dragon Ball fans, Arc System Works and Bandai Namco’s game has run into connection issues that have often rendered it unplayable. A patch is coming soon, but it might not completely solve the problem. “We’ve heard all of your feedback since the [game’s] release, and we’re fully aware of the online issues that you’re having,” said game producer Tomoko Hiroki in a developer video.

These issues include being disconnected from matches, being unable to join pickup “ring matches,” as well as being booted from the lobby entirely. “In order to resolve these issues, we’re planning to release a patch in late February,” Hiroki continued. “However, please bear in mind that this first patch might not fix everything at once. Therefore, we’re also planning to release another patch in mid-to-late March to gradually resolve this issue.”

The continued connectivity issues could be harming the game’s player-count, at least on PC. Just two weeks after FighterZ released, its total active players dropped by 80 percent. It has some time to raise that number again, as big games like like Sea of Thieves and Far Cry 5 don’t release until the end of March.

The first two downloadable characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ were revealed late last week. They are Broly, a legendary Super Saiyan seen in several anime films, as well as Goku’s father, Bardock. The latter is featured briefly in a special manga, but is primarily seen in flashback sequences during Dragon Ball Z.

His appearance is almost identical to that of his son. Data miners have reportedly discovered the full roster of eight downloadable characters, which includes Android 17, Frieza’s brother Cooler, and base forms for Goku and Vegeta. All DLC characters are included as part of the game’s season pass, and two new modes titled “Z Union” and “Z League” could be coming, as well — this would make sense, as there are currently two empty locations in the game’s lobby.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Smoove and its hybrid ebikes may be taking over Paris soon

Bike-sharing has long been a popular mode of transportation in Europe, and now, one company is making it easier still to move from Point A to Point B in an eco-friendly manner. The French company Smoove has launched a new project that will add 24,000 smart ebikes to the company’s global fleet. Smoove bikes have already been deployed across the world, with cities including Vancouver, Canada; Marrakesh, Morocco; Helsinki, Finland, and Moscow boasting the company’s communal bike system.

And now, the greater region of Paris will receive an additional 24,000 bikes as well as 1,400 new stations. All of this is expected to take place within the first quarter of 2018. Smoove’s strategy is an interesting one, as it doesn’t necessarily involve deploying tens of thousands of brand-new bikes.

Rather, as Clean Technica reports, the idea is to introduce a new smart ebike hybrid by way of the company’s Smoove Box. This technology claims to convert existing bikes into smart and electrified versions by installing a battery in the frame and tacking a motor onto the front wheel. And as ever, these bikes will be capable of being locked at the docking station where they recharge.

In order to take a ride on a Smoove bike, you’ll either need to have a card (like the ones currently used in many mass transportation networks), or an NFC-enabled smartphone, or an access code. Once you’ve paid for and unlocked your bike, the road is yours. Smoove is also introducing a “parking overflow” feature, which will allow users to park their bikes even if docking stations are fully occupied.

The ebikes will be secured using a Neiman-type steering lock, as well as an internal cable lock. It is so far unclear exactly what the pricing structure of the new ebikes will be, but with plans for deployment quickly approaching, it seems that we’ll find out soon. Thus far, Smoove has made moves in 13 countries and 26 cities, has 8,500 self-service bike spots in play, and a total of 460 ebike stations.

The hope is that there will soon be Smoove solutions the world over, leading to a far more eco-friendly future.

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Everything you need to know about Poldark season 4

Contains spoilers for Poldark season 3.

If, like us, you’re missing the escapades of Ross Poldark and co. on your TV screens – you’ll be pleased to know work on season four of the hit BBC drama Poldark is in full-swing.

While we wait for the next instalment of episodes, we’re poring over everything there is to know – from who’ll be in the cast for season four, to potential plotlines, and when the series airs.

(Image: BBC)

Poldark season 4: Where will it pick up?

Before we talk about what’s coming up in season four, let’s have a quick recap of season three, shall we?

After another series of Ross and Demelza’s marriage seeming rocky (to put it politely), Mrs. Poldark gave in to temptation and cheated on her husband with dashing naval officer Hugh Armitage. While her infidelity remains a secret for now (though we’re sure Ross has an inkling), season four might be the time for the truth to come out.

After initially refusing to pursue a career in politics in season three, Ross was dismayed to see his long-time rival George Warleggan voted in as a Member of Parliament.

Will Ross take democratic matters in to his own hands in season four? MORE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CALL THE MIDWIFE SEASON 7

Elizabeth Warleggan was on a downward spiral of nastiness thanks to her marriage with resident baddie George, and poor Morwenna was subjected to life with the horrid Reverend Whitworth. Will Elizabeth snap out of her mean-streak?

And will Morwenna get to live out the happily ever after she deserves with Drake? We do hope so.

Poldark season 4: When did filming start?

Filming kicked off in the South West of England in September 2017, and the BBC shared a sneak peek behind-the-scenes. (Image: Mammoth Screen)

Cast members have also shared BTS pictures, giving us a glimpse in to Poldark season four set life.

Poldark season 4: Who will be in it?

Although we lost characters including Aunt Agatha and Captain Henshawe last season, we’re expecting the other key cast members to return to season four. From Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson as Ross and Demelza Poldark, to Jack Farthing as George Warlggan and Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Enys.

(Image: BBC) In terms of new characters, we’re going to be meeting Monk Adderley, the show’s new villain played by Max Bennett and Osborne Whitworth’s mother, Lady Whitworth, played by Rebecca Front.

More #Poldark S4 casting news: the wonderful Max Bennett has been cast as the… less than wonderful Monk Adderley! pic.twitter.com/Y59YrCfDNm

— Official Poldark (@PoldarkTV) September 6, 2017 Poldark’s writer Debbie Horsfield told Radio Times about other new characters we’re set to meet in series four.

‘We will meet real characters, like [Prime Minister] William Pitt and [anti-slavery campaigner] William Wilberforce,’ she said.

Poldark season 4: What’s going to happen?

Speaking to Radio Times, Horsfield said: ‘There are some wonderful affirming storylines and some utterly tragic ones coming up.’ But what will those storylines be? We’re not 100% sure yet, but what we do know is that the show will draw on the final third of Winston Graham’s sixth Poldark book The Four Swans and all of book seven, The Angry Tide.

The action of series four will run until the Christmas period of 1799.

We also know the series is going to be set partly in London, as Ross’ political ambition stirs. MORE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GLOW SEASON 2 ‘[Ross] does take George’s seat – he beats George,’ Horsfield told Radio Times.

‘He’s not desperate to head off to Westminster, but a catastrophic happening in episode one of series four makes him realise that in order to have the power to effect any change, he needs to get out of his comfort zone,’ she added. We can also assume Ross and Demelza are in a better place in terms of their relationship, as a video shared on Poldark‘s Twitter feed shows the pair in a romantic bath scene for season four.

It might be #Poldark, but share this with the Pol-light of your life. #ValentinesDay ? pic.twitter.com/pioFNhBzXE

— BBC One (@BBCOne) February 14, 2018 Poldark season 4: When will it air?

Season three aired in the summer of 2017, so it’s expected season four will hit screens at the same time in 2018. Debbie Horsfield seemed to confirm this to Radio Times, saying:

‘I think it has held its own over the summer and so I am guessing that – and it is a guess – that there’s no reason to change that.

‘The thing about the English weather is it’s so terrible and it’s still raining outside anyway so people stay in to watch TV. Everyone’s pleased with the viewing figures and so many people are watching.’ A BBC source confirmed to Radio Times: ‘We fully expect series four to air in early summer again.’

Poldark season 4: Is there a trailer?

There’s no trailer yet, but watch this space.

Poldark will return to BBC One in 2018. MORE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOCTOR FOSTER SEASON 3 Like this?

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Amazon cultivating new side business with launch of ‘Plants Store’

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Amazon is looking to grow a new section within its online store with the launch this week of a “Plants Store.” If you have green fingers, or perhaps muddy fingernails from all the love and care you lavish on your beloved potted pals, Amazon’s Plants Store could prove a tempting option for your next purchase. The site has pulled together plenty of options, including succulents, shrubs, annuals, and perennials, most of which include free shipping for members of Amazon’s £99-a-year Prime service.

You can shop by brand, too, with the likes of Proven Winners, Shop Succulents, Brussel’s Bonsai, and Kurt Weiss Greenhouses all represented. At the time of writing, prices start at £8.75 for a wisteria vine, topping out at £350 for 256 succulents delivered in two-inch square pots fully rooted in soil. Wow, that’s a lot of plant right there.

You can shop by browsing all of the offerings posted on a single page, or in a more focused way by hitting the links for “garden and patio,” “your home,” and “great gifts.”

The Amazon Plants Store also offers a few rudimentary notes for those new to the greenery game, with information on shrubs, perennials, and annuals, though the lack of any really useful help here means newbies will be better off exploring the web or their local bookshop for more detailed information. Whether Amazon’s launch of a plant-specific store has anything to do with the recent opening of its “rainforest” at its new HQ in Seattle is anyone’s guess — perhaps an employee was inspired by the lush surroundings before offering the idea at a brainstorming meeting — but the company has clearly been showing more interest in launching mini sites featuring specific products. In January, for example, Amazon launched the “£10 and under” store, which, as its name cleverly suggests, offers a range of goods costing up to and including £10.

While the Plants Store and £10 collection are pretty basic offerings at the current time, Amazon also has other, more comprehensive marketplace efforts aimed at taking on similar online outfits.

Amazon’s Handmade store, for example, offers artisans a place to sell their work — much like Etsy — and features numerous categories and curated sections encouraging browsers to dive into their wallets.

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