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Technogym offers cyclists high-tech training solution

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Technogym has launched MYCYCLING, a complete home cycling training solution aimed at enhancing and transforming avid cyclists’ outdoor performance.

MYCYCLING combines a hi-tech smart trainer, a native app with personalised training programmes and access to a network of professional trainers who can guide cyclists throughout their training journeys.

A key feature of MYCYCLING is the inclusion of a specific training system called Technogym Neuromuscular Training (TNT). TNT is a collaboration between Technogym’s Medical and Scientific Research Centre and high performance athletes, coaches, physiologists and sports trainers. TNT aims to enhance metabolic and neuromuscular characteristics to improve outdoor performance.

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The MYCYCLING smart trainer

The smart trainer is designed to offer maximum stability during training, especially when simulating outdoor sprints, and is suitable for use with your own mountain or road bike. The heart of the product is the electro-mechanical brake that controls every second you are in the seat with acute precision. MYCYCLING also features a torque sensor that directly measures your power with a precision tolerance of approximately one percent.

Optical sensors analyse the thrust during training, and allow you to visualise the smooth circular pedaling stroke as well as the symmetry between left and right foot. The fly-wheel has been designed to ensure a natural pedaling sensation that provides the same sense of inertia felt when pedaling outdoors.

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The MYCYCLING app

The dedicated MYCYCLING app (available from most app stores) encompasses programmes, tests, different routes and bio-feedback. You control the trainer using a handlebar-mounted smartphone that connect to the trainer via a Bluetooth connection. The MYCYCLING app can also be connected to Garmin and Strava accounts to enjoy an overview of your indoor and outdoor training data and drive yourself towards increasingly higher performance levels.

The MYCYCLING app will see South African cyclists ‘ride’ along the world’s most iconic cycling routes, such as Passo dello Stelvio, Col de l’Alpe d’Huez and many others. You can even challenge yourself to compete with other MYCYCLING users anywhere in the world, via the app.

Personalised training programmes

MYCYCLING users will discover a range of personalised training programs that will enhance their performance using TNT. TNT starts with a preliminary test to ascertain your anaerobic power and cadence thresholds via two tests carried out indoors: the Technogym Maximal Test and the FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test.

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Based on the results, your training will be personalised and will last 18 weeks, comprised of three phases of six weeks each. The three phases are preparation, development and transition. You can start from the first phase and follow the entire programme or begin from a later phase, ideally integrating it with outdoor, long-distance sessions.

The TNT programme consists of training sessions of 40-70 minutes that constantly changes the cadence and power levels for comprehensive neuromuscular activation.

Professional coach network

Whatever your goals are, you can access the MYCYCLING app and select one of the programmes designed by professional coaches to help you achieve specific training goals, or you can also choose to train with the support of the best cycling experts in the international cycling community, certified by Technogym, whether you are an amateur, an athlete or a coach.

The MYCYCLING system was launched by Technogym and local distributor PentaSystems at the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo, and sells for a recommended retail price of R29,995.00 including VAT.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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