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The Morning After: connected dumbbells that Amazon Alexa can adjust

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WFH didn’t just mean working from home. For those who have training, that also meant home workouts. Many businesses have exploded as they adjusted as many of us moved our workout and exercise from the gym to the living room / guest room / corner of the bedroom. Now the pendulum swings back as some gyms tentatively reopen, and we go back to the squat rack that didn’t quite fit into our little studio. But that won’t stop fitness companies from introducing new mixes of equipment with tech tricks, hoping you’ll be ready to upgrade your equipment.

NordicTrack’s adjustable dumbbells can connect to any third-party device compatible with Amazon Alexa to quickly adjust the weight from 5 to 50 lbs (in 5 lbs increments) with just your voice. The voice assistant, unfortunately, won’t cajole you for a few extra rehearsals.

There’s a subscription-based training service to go with the dumbbells at $ 429 – available now – but luckily that’s not necessary.

– Mat Smith

Another minefield spoiler.

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is one of the most anticipated games on PS5. But just over a month before the action RPG arrived, it looks like an unfinished version of the game has leaked. This is another problem for Sony. Months before The Last of Us Part II has been released, much of the game, including cutscenes with major spoilers, has been leaked online.

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NASA had previously confirmed the presence of the substance from a distance.

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China’s Chang’e-5 lunar lander has found water on the moon’s surface, marking the first time scientists have found on-site evidence of the substance on the Earth’s satellite. Chinese researchers say the lander detected signs of water molecules or hydroxyl, a close chemical cousin of H2O.

Chinese scientists believe that most of the molecules arrived on the Moon through a process called solar wind implantation. The charged particles from the sun drove the hydrogen atoms to the lunar surface where they then bond with oxygen to form water and hydroxyl. The study builds on findings released by NASA in 2018 when it found evidence of water on sunlit surfaces of the Moon using an airborne infrared telescope.

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To catch a Snorlax.

The LAPD fired two police officers for ignoring a theft on April 15, 2017, deciding to play instead Pokémon Go. Rather than responding to a radio call demanding help for a robbery at Macy’s in the Crenshaw Mall, officers reportedly spent the next 20 minutes driving to catch a Snorlax.

Lozano and Mitchell denied playing Pokémon Go and insisted they were only having a “conversation” about the game, but the onboard camera revealed that they had discussed the theft call and chose to ignore it. Another officer also saw the cruiser leaving the area after the call.

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It will launch on January 31.

The Associated Press (AP) will begin selling its “award-winning contemporary and historic photojournalism” as non-fungible tokens on January 31. The news agency has partnered with blockchain technology provider Xooa to develop a market for its NFTs, which will debut with a first collection it will release after opening.

AP’s initial collection includes digitally enhanced Pulitzer Prize-winning images in categories such as space, climate and war. Each will include the image’s original metadata indicating its location, time and date it was taken, as well as the equipment and settings the photographer used for the shot.

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