FogCam!, the World’s Longest-Running Webcam, Is Shutting Down

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Nowadays, you can livestream anything from yo-yo contests to bats, penguins, puffins, and killer whales. But 25 years ago, when the internet was still relatively uncharted territory, mundanity ruled the world wide web. It was during that time that Jeff Schwartz (a.k.a. Webdog) and Dan Wong (a.k.a. Danno), two students earning their master’s degrees in instructional technologies at San Francisco State University, decided to set up FogCam!, a live stream that documented a typical day on campus.

Today, that webcam—which was inspired by the University of Cambridge’s Trojan Coffee Pot cam—is the oldest continuously operating webcam in the world. But all that is about to change. As The New York Times reports, FogCam! will be shutting down for good at the end of August.

Since 1994, FogCam! has been tracking student life at San Francisco State University by being placed in various spots around campus and capturing images every 20 seconds. Though its design is relatively rudimentary—it's just a Mac computer and a camera Schwartz and Wong purchased from the campus bookstore—it didn't take long for FogCam! to find a unique way to serve a real purpose for students: It could help them find open parking spots or see which lines were shortest at coffee shop Café Rosso. But 25 years later, the camera's creators feel like FogCam! has served its purpose.

“We felt it was time to let it go,” Schwartz told SF Gate. “The bottom line is that we no longer have a really good view or place to put the camera. The university tolerates us, but they don’t really endorse us and so we have to find secure locations on our own.” Schwartz said that over the years school administrators have threatened to shut the camera down ... but FogCam! prevailed. Now, Schwartz and Wong are ready to retire it on their own terms.

The end of FogCam! marks the end of an era, an innovative period when you could livestream any old thing without thinking about it from a business or marketing standpoint. “It was a throwback to the time when anyone could publish anything,” Schwartz told The New York Times. “A lot of people were experimenting. It wasn’t very exciting. But it didn’t matter.”

As for finding an open spot in the university parking lot: as of September, students are on their own.

Amazon’s Big Fall Sale Features Deals on Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, and Home Décor

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Dash/Keurig

If you're looking for deals on items like Keurigs, BISSELL vacuums, and essential oil diffusers, it's usually pretty slim pickings until the holiday sales roll around. Thankfully, Amazon is starting these deals a little earlier with their Big Fall Sale, where customers can get up to 20 percent off everything from home decor to WFH essentials and kitchen gadgets. Now you won’t have to wait until Black Friday for the deal you need. Make sure to see all the deals that the sale has to offer here and check out our favorites below.

Electronics

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- BISSELL Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner $170 (save $60)

- Dash Deluxe Air Fryer $80 (save $20)

- Dash Rapid 6-Egg Cooker $17 (save $3)

- Keurig K-Café Single Coffee Maker $169 (save $30)

- COMFEE Toaster Oven $29 (save $9)

- AmazonBasics 1500W Oscillating Ceramic Heater $31 (save $4)

Home office Essentials

HP/Amazon

- HP Neverstop Laser Printer $250 (save $30)

- HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 Flatbed OCR Scanner $274 (save $25)

- HP Printer Paper (500 Sheets) $5 (save $2)

- Mead Composition Books Pack of 5 Ruled Notebooks $11 (save $2)

- Swingline Desktop Hole Punch $7 (save $17)

- Officemate OIC Achieva Side Load Letter Tray $15 (save $7)

- PILOT G2 Premium Rolling Ball Gel Pens 12-Pack $10 (save $3)

Toys and games

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- Selieve Toys Old Children's Walkie Talkies $17 (save $7)

- Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers $59 (save $21)

- Duckura Jump Rocket Launchers $11 (save $17)

- EXERCISE N PLAY Automatic Launcher Baseball Bat $14 (save $29)

- Holy Stone HS165 GPS Drones with 2K HD Camera $95 (save $40)

Home Improvement

DEWALT/Amazon

- DEWALT 20V MAX LED Hand Held Work Light $54 (save $65)

- Duck EZ Packing Tape with Dispenser, 6 Rolls $11 (save $6)

- Bissell MultiClean Wet/Dry Garage Auto Vacuum $111 (save $39)

- Full Circle Sinksational Sink Strainer with Stopper $5 (save $2)

Home Décor

NECA/Amazon

- A Christmas Story 20-Inch Leg Lamp Prop Replica by NECA $41 save $5

- SYLVANIA 100 LED Warm White Mini Lights $8 (save 2)

- Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Vanilla Cupcake $17 (save $12)

- Malden 8-Opening Matted Collage Picture Frame $20 (save $8)

- Lush Decor Blue and Gray Flower Curtains Pair $57 (save $55)

- LEVOIT Essential Oil Diffuser $25 (save $5)

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The AURA Fitness Band Is Like a Personal Trainer Around Your Wrist—and It's on Sale Right Now

AURA
AURA

Fitness has become a more personalized experience in recent years, as opposed to the one-size-fits-all regimens that were popular decades ago. Now, people have easy access to specific programs like Pilates, high-intensity interval training, yoga, CrossFit, weight rooms, and plenty more. You can personalize your routine even further with a fitness tracker that records all of your exercise metrics, like calories burned, heart rate, and steps taken, so you can get a better look at where you're succeeding and where you need to improve. You'll get all of that information and more with the AURA Band Fitness Tracker, which is currently on sale.

The AURA Band monitors your body throughout the day for real-time health data to make actionable changes. The band uses a highly sensitive motion sensor to track and analyze your heart rate throughout the day and compares your numbers while at rest to your numbers when you’re running, walking, or playing sports.

You may have used a device to track your activity and diet in the past, but the AURA Band uses bioimpedance analysis to measure fat and muscle mass so your daily snapshot is much more accurate. Of course, great health isn’t all about activity; rest is important, too. That's why the Aura Brand keeps track of your sleep and rest periods and ports the info into your Apple HealthKit, Google Fit, Strava, or MyFitness Pal account to streamline your goals.

Digital Trends noted, "Previously, to get this kind of data you'd need to visit a fitness center with the right equipment, a sports therapist, or a nutritionist. The AURA Band puts it on your wrist, and makes it available at all times."

All four AURA Band color combinations are on sale for $162 right now, which is down from its standard price of $179. Check out more about the AURA here.

AURA Band Fitness Tracker (White Device/Black Band) - $162

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