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Friday Five: 4/4 – 4/8

Colin McGauley

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Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of this week’s industry news:

U.S. schools may be testing Adidas' fitness tracker in K-12 gym classes –  Mashable

Gym class for K-12 students has come a long way since the one-size-fits-all Presidential Fitness Challenge. In 2015, Adidas announced that it’s working toward new health initiatives for students. However, the company recently revealed the product behind these plans by highlighting a new heart-rate monitor called Zone. The Zone tracker allows teachers to track student performance and create workout goals based on the individual’s fitness level. The device was designed in partnership with Interactive Health Technologies and will complement the existing Spirit program, software that works with wearable tracking software.

'Behemoth' black hole discovered in far-off galaxy –  USA Today

According to a report published Wednesday, astronomers discovered a black hole weighing more than 17 billion suns using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii. This “bottomless pit of gravity” created by a collapsed star surprised astronomers because, unlike other black holes typically found in the center of large galaxies, this was found in a remote area. While this isn’t the largest black hole discovery, the observation could indicate that these monstrous objects are more common than thought.

Reddit launches its first official apps for iOS and Android –  TechCrunch

Reddit announced on Thursday its first official apps for iOS and Android, replacing Alien Blue, the third-party application acquired in Fall 2014. Alex Le, Reddit vice president of consumer product, stated that the apps will be built from the ground up, making them “faster, more modern and more usable.” According to his team, 50 percent of users access the site on their mobile device, and the new updates will allow people a “card view” option and ways to customize the look and feel of their subreddit.

Uber Has Recruited Tens of Thousands of Veterans As Drivers –  Wired

Uber celebrated a new milestone by reaching more than 50,000 US veterans as drivers through the UberMILITARY initiative. Emil Michael, senior vice president of business at Uber, wanted to find a way to re-integrate veterans into their communities after leaving the service. Uber provides the perfect option for these people while they prepare to transition to more permanent employment opportunities. The company will also donate up to $1 million to organizations that support veterans and their families.

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What the Apple Watch Does, One Year Later – New York Times

In April of last year, Apple made the Apple Watch available for sale, bringing innovation to the wearable tech industry. While the device has gained mixed reviews by tech consumers across the board, many are still unsure about the capabilities of these new gadgets. However, the list of apps available for this year-old technology continues to grow, providing users with a wealth of data on their wrist. Check out some of the most exciting Apple Watch apps in the link above.

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