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“We didn’t need a crystal ball to see this coming.”

BY MARK KAUFMAN

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The great blazes burning the West are like colossal campfires.

What do you need to start a campfire? You need to burn some kindling. “The more kindling you have, the better your fire is going to burn,” said Valerie Trouet, a paleoclimatologist who researches forest ecosystems at the University of Arizona. “And the drier it is, the better it’s going to burn.”

In the Western U.S., the burning is historic. This largely isn’t good fire. You’ve no doubt seen the satellite images of profoundly thick smoke smothering the Golden State, or an airliner taking off through San Francisco’s eerie orange skies. …


Here’s what smartwatch makers need to do.

BY RACHEL KRAUS

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Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future.

Over the past five years, smartwatches have gone from a futuristic novelty to a flashy product on the roster of nearly every major phone maker as well as other tech and fashion companies. But what do the next five years look like for smartwatches?

Plenty of people own and wear smartwatches. A January 2020 Pew Research study found that one in five adult Americans use a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Revenue for smartwatches globally from 2019 to 2020, and the market is expected to increase 14.5% between 2019 and 2024. Despite the high price tags of its watches, Apple is leading the pack, grabbing half of all smartwatch revenue. That was before the company launched the impressive but expensive Apple Watch Series 6 ($399 — $799), and the more affordable $279 Apple Watch SE on Tuesday (Although $279 isn’t exactly pocket change…). …


The future of working out at home.

BY KEITH WAGSTAFF

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Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future.

Annika Kapur used to go to the gym five or six days a week.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Stuck at home, she started using Tempo Studio. The nearly $2,000 fitness machine features a 42-inch display, room for 16 weight plates, and a 3D sensor that gives users feedback on their form.

“For the first month, I felt like, ‘Wow, I never need to go to the gym again,’” Kapur said.

Not into lifting weights? Former gym rats can buy smart rowers, boxing gloves, mirrors, kettlebells, and even vertical climbing machines. And, of course, there is Peloton, which just released a new exercise bike and treadmill and saw sales increase by 172 percent over the last fiscal quarter. …

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