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Apple Watch Series 4 is bigger and better

All about health and wellness!

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Device announcements for tech events seem like one of the worst kept secrets these days and that remains true for the Apple Event. Long before it started, there have been an avalanche of leaks and rumors as to what the company will announce. And while the new iPhones are the stars of the show, some of the spotlight was turned to the new Apple Watch.

The new smart accessories for your wrists will come in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. Officially called the Apple Watch Series 4 it has a 30 percent larger screen than the previous version. There are also new watch faces that uniquely interact with the new display.


Health and wellness benefits

One of the major additions on the Series 4 is the Breathe app which is now available as a watch face. It aims to help people pause and generally be more mindful. The improved gyroscope also offers new features, one of which includes the ability to detect a fall. Apple said during the event that falls are the most common accidents. When the Series 4 detects a fall, it will automatically dial for help.

The health benefits do not stop there. Series 4 now also lets you take an ECG (electrocardiography) anytime, anywhere. This data is then sent to the health app and can be available for your doctors to see whenever necessary.

Variants and availability

Both sizes will have GPS-only and GPS+Cellular variants and will come in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The 40mm size in particular will also come in Nike and Hermès designs.

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 start on September 14 and will be available on September 21. The 40mm variant starts at US$ 399 while the 44mm will start at US$ 499. The Apple Watch Series 3 will still be available and will sell for US$ 279.

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In a smart world, Supreme is making a dumb phone

It offers a rich detox

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We’ve often seen luxury brands venture into tech and launch a few limited edition gadgets. Porsche Design has been making rebranded BlackBerry’s and Android phones for quite some time and they’ve been a huge success. Similarly, there are dedicated brands like Vertu that intended to cater to this ultra-posh demand.

Fashion brand Supreme has also announced a phone, but don’t get too excited. It’s a feature phone that sports huge Supreme branding on the back and comes in their signature red color. Other than the logo and two-decade-old feel, the phone has nothing new to offer.


The specs sheet is supremely short as well. It has a 2.4-inch display, dual SIM support, a camera, and 3G support. If you’re rich enough and want to take a digital detox, this phone is built for you. Else, you can always just flaunt the Supreme logo.

It’s actually manufactured by Blu and The Verge says it could be a rebranded Zoey 2.4. If that’s the case, we also know it’ll have 128MB RAM and 16GB storage via an external SD card.

Even though Supreme hasn’t officially announced the price, don’t expect it to be “affordable”. This is the same brand that sold a branded brick for US$ 30. And these “used” bricks are now selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

This won’t be their first tech product though. Supreme had launched a branded power bank, which too got sold out in a very short period of time.

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Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo phones could soon have AirDrop-like feature

Sharing files has never been easier

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The Apple eco-system is famous for its feature integration across all devices. Transferring files between two iPhones is simple and quick thanks to wireless AirDrop functionality. Similarly, an iPhone and a Mac are virtually always connected via a single Apple ID.

Though, Apple’s products are restricted and cannot communicate with the phone of other brands directly. Android, on the other hand, is open-source and able to communicate with a wider range of devices. Though, brands have developed their own proprietary tech like Samsung Mirror or Huawei Share. Again, these are limited to the company’s own eco-system.


Xiaomi, Vivo, and OPPO want to make it easier for users and have announced a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance. Devices of all three brands will be able to transfer files at 20 MB/s without the need of a third-party service like ShareIt.

Implementing an AirDrop-like system on Android is impossible because every brand relies on its in-house software. This includes various skins like MIUI, ColorOS, and Funtouch OS. The three brands are open to other companies joining the alliance.

This is a huge step in favor of the user because the three brands hold a combined market share of almost 50 percent in China. We wouldn’t be surprised to see other brands like Huawei joining soon.

A standardized protocol ensures everyone is on the same page. Another notable association would be Wireless Power Consortium that manages the Qi wireless charging standard. It lets everyone leverage the same technology, making the user experience streamlined. For a change, even Apple is a part of this group.

Google also has been trying to push a unified messaging protocol called Rich Communication Services (RCS). It can be an easy-to-use messaging service like Apple’s iMessage, compatible across all Android phones.

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Buy from the App Store without a credit card with Smart

iTunes, Apple Music, App Store purchases simplified

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For the longest time, if you want to purchase an app in the App Store, you have to use your credit or debit card to complete the payment process. The same story goes when you want to subscribe to Apple Music. Smart Philippines would like to change that by introducing a new form of payment for Apple services: your mobile number.

Starting August 15, Smart is extending its carrier billing for purchases made in the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iCloud. This means you can now use your Smart mobile number as an option to pay for all Apple services. The purchase will be directly deducted from your prepaid load or automatically charged from your monthly postpaid bill.


To enable this option, you simply need to do the following:

  1. Sign-in to your Apple device using your Apple ID. If you don’t have one yet, create an Apple ID first.
  2. Select “Mobile Phone” as your payment method from your account settings in App Store, Apple Music, or iTunes.

Once you’ve done all the steps, you’re good to go. Your payment will be automatically processed and configured. With this payment option, you can pay for your favorite apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, along with Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage plans.

Apple services include the popular iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud and the App Store. This year, Apple is doubling down on its services in light of declining iPhone sales. Last March, the company introduced Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, as well as the Apple Card.

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