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CNET Magazine powers up for summer

In the third edition of our quarterly magazine, we look at how you can spend your summer getting fit and having fun. And to celebrate 20 years of covering tech, CNET highlights the most notable people, companies and gear that changed our world.

Since 1995, CNET has watched as slow and expensive personal computers connected to (slow and expensive) dot-matrix printers gave way to wicked-fast laptops, Wi-Fi networks and smartphones -- putting everyone just a touchscreen away from the Internet. We live today in a hyperconnected world.

CNET this summer celebrates 20 years of covering tech. So for our third issue of CNET Magazine, we decided to call out the most notable people, companies and gadgets that have shaped our world.

We're also thinking about how you can use today's tech to enjoy the summer. Chances are, the word "summer" conjures up images of you getting into better shape, spending more time with your friends and family, and just kicking back with a good (e-)book. Whatever you're interested in, summer is a great time for you to focus on you.

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If you're looking to get fit, consider the new wearables -- including shirts, hats, socks and pants -- that help you track distances, monitor your workout intensity and measure your vitals. There's even an infant onesie designed to give you peace of mind as it checks your baby's sleep patterns. We also dive deep into the science and technology of health and fitness, with suggestions on how to turn a smartwatch into a better workout coach and an examination of the astounding artificial body parts being built by ambitious young companies.

Looking for a new twist on fun? Then consider a night out with friends playing classic video and board games. It's Pokemon meets F-Zero and the Settlers of Catan in a wonderfully weird mashup of retro games. Or maybe you'd prefer some DIY fun? We introduce you to a website that helps you learn to build bouncy water blobs for the kids or mix the perfect summer cocktail.

Perhaps you'd like some inspiration to help you get moving. Lindsey Vonn, the most successful American skier in history, shares how she uses tech year-round to improve her health and fitness, adjust her training and prepare for the challenge of carving the slopes in winter.

So kick back, relax and power up for summer.

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