Android will soon support COVID-19 vaccine cards natively
The handiest feature of 2021?
Google has revealed it’ll open up Android’s built-in passes system to let users digitally store their vaccine cards. The company calls it “COVID Card,” and the feature will first roll out in the US with support for healthcare providers, regional governments, and other authorized agents.
Users will not be required to install any particular app to store or access the digital card on their devices. The native supports means that the operating system can seamlessly load the card, and health agencies can leverage its APIs to deliver confirmations.
Once a digital version of the COVID Card is stored in a device, users can easily access your vaccine data via a shortcut on their device home screen, even when offline or in areas with no data service. The real-life experience will be similar to iOS’s Wallet, which acts as a central repository to store tickets, confirmations, and other cards from third-party apps.
The information stated on the card will not be synced with Google’s cloud, and no ads will be delivered based on its content. The COVID Card will show information such as the name of the vaccine and when you took its first and second doses. If a user wants to access this information on multiple devices, they will need to store it on each device manually.
In April 2020, rivals Google and Apple made an unprecedented announcement. The two rivals joined hands to help governments in tracing contacts of Coronavirus-positive people. In other words, the software links up to the government’s own contact tracing applications through an API or application programming interface. The joint effort bore positive results for many smaller governments that couldn’t afford to create a new solution from scratch amid a raging pandemic.
Dyson unveils new lineup of intelligent home cleaning tech
Including wet vacuums!
Technology company Dyson has introduced a new, groundbreaking lineup of intelligent technologies aimed at revolutionizing the way we clean our homes. With a focus on automation, advanced software, and cutting-edge engineering, the new range of products promises to deliver unparalleled cleaning performance and create healthier living environments.
At a recent event in Singapore, Dyson Chief Technology Officer John Churchill unveiled the company’s latest technologies. Providing a glimpse into their vision for the future of clean homes. Drawing on decades of expertise in filtration, airflow, motors, software, and robotics, Dyson aims to simplify home maintenance and alleviate the burden of cleaning. “Our future vision is of a home that can look after itself,” Churchill said. “The new technologies launched today are the embodiment of this–the most powerful robotic vacuum cleaner, intelligent, large-room purification, and, for active cleaning, new cordless vacuums and cleaner head technologies that offer adaptive, multifunctional cleaning when and where you need it.”
The newly unveiled technologies incorporate robotics, sensing capabilities, and intelligent software to enable a more efficient and effective cleaning process. By understanding the surrounding environment and the cleaning task at hand, Dyson’s products can automatically adapt and respond to provide optimal cleaning results. This intelligent approach is made possible through precise sensors, sophisticated software algorithms, and advanced mechanical technologies.
Dyson 360 Vis Nav
One of the highlights of Dyson’s new lineup is the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robotic vacuum. It represents the next generation of intelligent and independent cleaning devices. With six times the suction power of any other robot vacuum, this innovative device incorporates Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology.
It can remember areas it has cleaned, create dust maps of the home, and navigate with precision, even cleaning right up to the edges of a room. Equipped with a triple-action brush bar, it effectively cleans different floor types and can maneuver under furniture effortlessly.
Dyson’s commitment to clean air is evident in the Dyson Purifier Big+Quiet Formaldehyde. Designed for large spaces, this purifier delivers powerful air projection with an impressive 10-meter range. Notably, it operates quietly at just 56 decibels, providing a peaceful environment. Equipped with advanced sensors, the purifier automatically detects and purifies pollutants as they arise. Its HEPA H13 particle filter traps ultrafine particles, while the K-Carbon filter removes gas pollutants and effectively eliminates formaldehyde. Real-time air quality data is sent to the user’s smartphone via the MyDysonTM app for continuous monitoring.
Moving away from their usual naving conventions, Dyson’s Gen5detect cordless vacuum sets new standards in suction power and versatility. Powered by the fifth-generation Hyperdymium motor, it offers unparalleled performance, capable of capturing viruses within the home.
Its fully sealed, whole-machine HEPA filtration system ensures that particles as small as 0.1 microns are effectively trapped. The vacuum’s Fluffy OpticTM cleaner head reveals microscopic dust particles, allowing for precise cleaning. With a fade-free, energy-dense battery, users can enjoy extended cleaning sessions of up to 70 minutes.
In a breakthrough for wet cleaning, Dyson introduces the Dyson Submarine wet roller head. This attachment, compatible with select Dyson vacuum models, efficiently removes spills, stains, and small debris from hard floors. Engineered with an innovative hydration system, it ensures an optimal amount of water distribution for thorough cleaning without over-saturation. Its motor-driven microfiber roller effectively tackles dirt and debris. The low-profile design and full-width brush bar allow for effortless maneuvering even in tight spaces.
Dyson’s latest innovations embody the company’s mission to create healthier homes with minimal effort. By integrating automation, advanced software, and intelligent features, Dyson aims to transform the cleaning experience. With the ability to adapt to different cleaning tasks and environments, these technologies offer unmatched performance and convenience. Dyson’s commitment to innovation and its relentless pursuit of cutting-edge technologies continue to redefine the future of home cleaning.
As the demand for efficient and intelligent cleaning solutions grows and the desire for healthier living spaces increases, Dyson remains at the forefront of delivering groundbreaking home cleaning technologies. With their extensive expertise in motor engineering, filtration systems, and robotics, Dyson continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in home cleaning.
By incorporating intelligent sensors, powerful motors, and advanced software, Dyson’s new range of products is designed to streamline the cleaning process and minimize the time and effort required. These technologies are a testament to Dyson’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that enhance the well-being of homeowners.
As of publishing, availibility and pricing for these upcoming launches are yet to be announced.
Garmin Edge 540, 840 series: Price, availability in the Philippines
Cyclists, PSA! There’s a new bike computer for you~
Cyclists, let’s go!
Garmin has just unveiled the Edge 540 and Edge 840 series in the Philippines, the company’s new state-of-the-art devices for cyclists. The new bike computers were unveiled during an exhilarating breakfast ride around the Taktak C6 loop, together with a group of 60 cyclist attendees.
With the new lineup of devices, cyclists can expect performance-based training metrics, personalized coaching, advanced navigational support, and more — packed in a lightweight, sleek, yet rugged design.
Cutting-edge features for cyclists
The Edge 540 and 840 series come with new, innovative features. Cyclists can now identify their strengths and weaknesses, and prepare for the demands of a specific course by focusing training in the right areas.
There’s a Targeted Adaptive Coaching feature, encouraging riders to follow daily suggested workouts and training prompts. Personalized coaching also adapts based on training load, recovery, and the demands of upcoming events.
With real-time stamina, cyclists can also monitor and track exertion levels during a ride to see how to maintain their current pace. Along with Power Guide, cyclists can manage their efforts with power targets throughout the course.
On certain routes, the ClimbPro ascent planner feature can help cyclists with each climb, offering a preview of the remaining ascent and grade through the Edge or the Garmin Connect smartphone app.
There’s also the multi-band GNSS technology for enhanced positioning accuracy. Moreover, the solar models from the Edge series use Power Glass solar charging lens, extending the battery life to up to 60 hours in battery saver.
Advanced training metrics
Aside from the new features, the Edge 540 and 840 series are packed with advanced training metrics. Insights from Firstbeast Analytics showcase the VO2 max, training status and training load, recovery time, and more.
When cyclists are wearing a compatible Garmin smartwatch, they can also receive a more holistic view of their overall health and wellness. During a ride, Edge 540 and 840 series allow riders to see how their body holds up in different environments with heat and altitude acclimation. The bike computers also set up in-ride notifications when it’s time to refuel or rehydrate.
Stay safe and connected
Get peace of mind through built-in safety and tracking features like LiveTrack, group messaging, and incident detection for all cycling activities.
The Edge 540 and 840 series are also compatible with the Varia line of cycling radars and headlights, as well as inReach devices with SOS capabilities and communication when off-the-grid.
When training indoors, the Edge 540 and 840 series easily pair with Tacx indoor smart trainers, too. The bike computers can also be paired with the Garmin Connect app to create and send courses, view all the technical details from a ride, log personal achievements, and more.
Price and availability
The Garmin Edge 540 Solar and Edge 840 Solar are priced at PhP 27,990 and PhP 34,490 respectively. The non-solar Edge 540 currently retails for PhP 21,970, while the non-solar Edge 840 retails for PhP 27,990. Sensor bundles for each device are also available.
Visit Garmin Philippines’ website or Facebook page for more information about the new Edge Series.
Last-minute gifts for your mom this Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is a special time to show appreciation for the amazing women in our lives who have given us so much. It’s a day to celebrate the love, care, and sacrifices of mothers everywhere. While there are many ways to express our gratitude, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. If you’re still looking for something thoughtful, practical, and easily accessible, consider these tech gifts that your mom is sure to love.
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
If your mom loves to take care of her hair, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer is a great gift option. This hairdryer is designed to be a lot more quiet, faster, and more efficient than traditional hairdryers. It uses intelligent heat control to prevent extreme heat damage to the hair, while still drying it quickly. The Supersonic also comes with a range of attachments, including a smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser, so your mom can achieve any hairstyle she desires. It also comes in a pretty blue and pink color combo branded as Vinca Blue and Rosé. It’s easy to pick one up today at a Dyson store or order it via their official Lazada store.
Pilates Membership at OneLife Studio
Give your mom the gift of fitness and me-time by getting her started on Pilates. At OneLife Studio, your mom can improve her core strength, balance, and flexibility in every 55-minute session. You can also book her for a much-needed stretch session to take away stress and muscle pain. The MindBody app allows her to make booking classes on the go. It also lets her track her progress easily, allowing your mom to stay on top of her fitness goals. OneLife Studio offers a range of one-on-one classes, from beginner to advanced, so there’s something for everyone.
LG 39L Smart Inverter NeoChef™ Microwave Oven
The LG NeoChef™ Smart Inverter Microwave Oven is the perfect kitchen companion for busy moms who value convenience and efficiency. With its precise cooking temperature and even heating, this culinary appliance can help anyone cook delicious meals in no time. It’s also designed to save you time with its EasyClean™ feature, which makes cleaning up a breeze. Various cooking functions, like Healthy Roasting, Fry, Steaming, Grilling, and Fermenting, offer versatility to help your mom prepare a wide variety of meals.
But beyond its functionality, this powerful kitchen appliance also adds a touch of sophistication to any home with its sleek design. Give the gift of time and convenience to your mom this Mother’s Day with the LG NeoChef™ Smart Inverter Microwave Oven. Getting one for your mom is easy as pie by ordering it from their official LazMall Store.
Whether your mom loves to take care of her hair, stay fit, or cook up a storm, there’s a gift out there that’s perfect for her – one that you can easily acquire even if you totally forgot that it’s already mother’s day weekend. We’ve all been there but it’s definitely the thought that counts. Show your mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful and practical gift that she’ll love and use for years to come.
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