This year, smartwatches became a lot more health conscious. For example, both Apple and Fitbit unveiled more health trackers to help users detect unseen medical conditions. Of course, early technologies also come with a few glitches. According to a new medical report, the Apple Watch keeps wrongfully detecting heart problems.
The scientific study states that only around ten percent of the Apple Watch’s detections resulted in actual heart conditions. As a result, most of the users mistakenly went to the hospital after the Apple Watch’s warning, ending up with unnecessary hospital fees. In a statement to The Verge, the false positives also result in an overburdened healthcare system.
The false positives came from the Apple Watch’s tracker for atrial fibrillation, one of the more recent additions to the fitness tracker ecosystem. As such, some of the detections came from those already diagnosed with the condition.
The study monitored findings between December 2018 and April 2019. The monitored users came from several states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Though the study is in the United States, the fitness tracker community spans across the globe.
Despite the study’s findings, it’s difficult to ignore a warning pushed on your wrist. Despite the burgeoning of current technology, a fitness tracker or a smartwatch primarily focus on activity during physical activities like working out. It still remains unknown how accurate a fitness tracker can help a user’s healthcare program.
That said, the study’s monitoring period ended last year. Since then, Apple launched the Apple Watch Series 6; Fitbit launched the Fitbit Sense; and Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 3. Only further studies will tell if the current generation is more accurate.
AirPods 3 is still coming later this year
Already in production
Annual tech events are often huge platforms for upcoming products. For example, Apple’s bigger launch event, usually held in the third quarter of the year, packs in the latest iPhones and other accessories. However, amid the latest devices launched last year, Apple has surprisingly left the vastly rumored AirPods 3 out of the equation. Despite the notable lack, the company is still gearing up for a launch for the wearable later this year.
According to a report from Digitimes (via Tech Radar), the upcoming AirPods 3 has already entered production. Apple is still preparing for a launch before the year ends. Unfortunately, the report does not confirm any other details for the wearable.
A new AirPods has been rumored since last year. However, the first rumors pegged the launch for the first half of this year. That timeframe, as we know now, has come to pass without so much as a peep about the AirPods 3.
Since then, additional reports revealed more details about the wearable. For example, the upcoming generation will supposedly have an in-ear design and carry a more attractive price tag. In fact, a leaked photo even adds more fuel to the fire. Still, without an actual launch, it’s hard to confirm whether the details are correct or not. Thankfully, we have a few months to confirm them.
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The Apple Watch Series 7 is better in every way
Tougher than expected
The Apple Watch has been a staple for its lineup since its debut. With yearly updates and the eventual redesign, the Apple Watch seems to get more and more features. Like clockwork, the Apple Watch Series 7 is better in just about every way imaginable than the one that came before it.
Here’s everything new on Apple’s wearable:
For one, the Always-On display is larger. The increase in screen real estate is 20 percent larger than the Series 6, and 50 percent larger compared to the Series 3. And since you’ll be looking at that display a lot, Apple added seven new watch faces to make sure the experience never feels stale. To name a couple, new watch faces are the Contour Face and Modular Duo face.
Fall detection has been helpful when unprecedented falls and slips occur. This time around, Apple has added biking to its list of fall detection inclusions. With these capabilities added to the watch, fitness will give us a little safer experience.
There’s also fast charging included with the new Apple Watch. With the new connection via USB Type-C, the charging speeds of the Apple Watch have claimed to be 33 percent faster than the previous model. The watch can reach charging speeds from zero to 80 percent with 45 minutes of charging. On the other hand, an eight-minute charge will give you eight hours of sleep tracking.
The Apple Watch may be the most exposed product from their lineup. Having to withstand wear and tear when used daily, Apple has started an initiative to make this device sturdier than ever before. The new front crystal is 50 percent thicker than the previous model. With this information, Apple claimed that it will be more crack-resistant without compromising clarity.
The device is also IP6X dust-resistant, making it easier for the watch to withstand environments such as the beach or the desert. They did not sacrifice the swimming durability of this watch as it still retained its WR50 water resistance rating.
Price and availability
All Apple Watch series 7 will be available later this fall, starting at a price tag of Us$ 399.
So, you gotta make sure you pick the color that best fits your style. There are five to choose from: Midnight, Starlight, Green, a new Blue, and Product Red. With also new looks coming from Nike and Hermes, the Apple Watch will simply rock with your style.
Ray-Ban, Facebook team up to create Ray-Ban Stories
Look sharp and snazzy!
Ray-Ban’s foray into smart glasses is looking sharp!
The luxury brand has teamed up with Facebook to launch Ray-Ban Stories — smart glasses that capture photos and videos, listen to music, take phone calls, and even share your adventures directly onto social media platforms!
Make and view content through your glasses
Ray-Ban Stories comes with a 5-megapixel camera, designed to capture steadily across all movements. It has several features seen on smartphones such as HDR, Low Light Fusion, Video Stabilization, and Denoising.
The smart glasses also pairs with the new Facebook View app, which is available on iOS and Android, making it easy to import, edit, and share content captured. Then, you can send it to various apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, and more.
For those who like to edit, you can save the content to your smartphone’s camera roll. Although, Facebook View has exclusive enhancements to make your content special.
Privacy is still a focus
Smart glasses can raise flags, both for users and the people around them. This is why Ray-Ban and Facebook integrated privacy into the product design.
For instance, there are hardware protections like a power switch to turn off the cameras and microphone. The smart glasses notify people nearby, too, through a shining white light when taking photos or videos. For those who like to be more in control of their privacy concerns, you can customize your experience through the Facebook View app.
As per Facebook, Ray-Ban Stories collect only what’s needed to make your glasses work and function. Say, your battery status, your Facebook account for verification when using the Facebook View app, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Price and availability
The Ray-Ban Stories starts at US$ 299 and is available in 20 variations like the iconic Ray-Ban styles such as Wayfarer, Round, and Meteor. Personalization is easy since it comes in five colors with a range of lenses — clear, sun, transition, and prescription.
It’s available for purchase online and in select retail stores in the US as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.
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