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The Apple Watch Series 5 is here!

Better than the Series 4?

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Apple has just unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5, introducing new features that will delight every user looking to upgrade their smartwatches.

Starting with the newest Always-On Retina display, the Apple Watch Series 5 will never sleep. Now, you can easily check the time and important information at a glance. To make this happen, Apple made its smartwatch carry an 18-hour battery life by optimizing watch faces and adjusting the screen’s brightness intelligently, depending on the position of the user’s wrist.

Another innovation for the smartwatch is its new location features. There is a new built-in compass and updated Maps app to help people navigate their way. Through the Compass app, you can see where you’re heading, along with details on your current elevation.

Moreover, Apple added an International Emergency Calling feature to help travelers contact emergency services in over 150 countries. It can also place an emergency call automatically if the Apple Watch has detected that the user has taken a hard fall.

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On top of these new features, the Apple Watch Series 5 uses watchOS 6, packed with health and fitness features first announced at WWDC 2019 last June. Women can now track their menstrual cycle through the Cycle Tracking App. Additionally, there’s a Noise app to help you understand the ambient sound levels in loud environments, as well as the Activity Trends which gives you an overview of your activity patterns.

Design-wise, the Apple Watch Series 5 brings in new, customizable watch faces, thanks to watchOS6. Furthermore, it’s now available in a wider range of materials like aluminum (which came from 100 percent recycled 7000 series aluminum), stainless steel, ceramic, and all-new titanium. There are also a wider range of new band colors and a sport loop, which works with any Apple Watch.

Pricing and availability

The Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS), which costs US$ 399, will be available to order in 41 countries and regions, starting September 10, while the Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) priced at US$ 499 is available to order in 22 countries and regions. Both models will come to stores beginning on September 20.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) starts at a new low price of US$ 199 while the Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) costs US$ 299. The popular Series 3 has a built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, and water resistance.

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Google is working on a snoring, coughing detector

Might show up for the Pixel first

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Snoring can be a curse for you and the people you sleep with. Unfortunately, outside of anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to pinpoint how bad snoring can get. Some devices have developed features to detect and measure snoring. Google, joining other companies with the feature, is reportedly developing snore and cough detection for the Pixel.

First reported by 9to5Google, Google Health Studies added a new study exclusive for Google employees. The study specifically revolves around collecting audio during sleep. Google also explains that the study will eventually help Android build features that can help users fix their sleep quality.

According to the source, the upcoming detector will be a “bedside feature” that will measure nocturnal snoring and coughing. However, despite recording audio, it still promises to have the user’s privacy in mind. It’s expected that the feature will drop for the Pixel first before moving on to other Android devices.

Snoring detection isn’t new, of course. In fact, Google is already familiar with the feature, since Fitbit, a company that Google owns, offers the feature for some of its smartwatches. In Fitbit’s case, the feature contributes to the wearable’s entire suite of wellness tracking.

However, it’s a double-edged sword. While the feature can be helpful, it’s also a massive battery drain, since it requires the device’s power the entire night. Hopefully, battery efficiency is a focus in Google’s eventual take on the feature.

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PSVR2 is launching with over 20 major games

Horizon VR game still headlines

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Samsung had a lot to say during its latest investors meeting. Besides unveiling its general plans for the future, the company also teased the devices that are coming in the near future. For a while now, that future lineup includes the PSVR2. If you were thinking of buying the virtual reality wearable for yourself, Sony has good news for you. The PSVR2 will have over 20 major titles on launch.

Naturally, if you buy a pricey piece of hardware, you usually want it to come with a good set of ways to use it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with new gaming devices. For example, the PlayStation 5, despite being out for almost two years, still doesn’t have the most expansive lineup of games that every gamer must play.

Thankfully, the PSVR2 won’t follow in the same, sparse footsteps of the gaming console. According to the meeting (via Video Games Chronicle), the wearable will launch with over 20 first- and third-party games. The headliner is still Call of the Mountain set in the Horizon universe, of course. Unfortunately, the presentation didn’t reveal any other games in the lineup.

If anything, virtual reality gaming has been growing for a while now. In recent history, the market has seen notable titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Beat Saber.

After facing a potential delay, the PSVR2 is expected to launch sometime next year.

SEE ALSO: PSVR2 might be delayed to next year, report says

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Foldable Pixel reportedly delayed to next year

Google isn’t happy

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For years, Samsung has been the most dominant force in the foldables market. Though other brands, especially Chinese ones, have brought their own devices to the table, Samsung’s lineup of foldables are undeniably strong, flaws and all. That said, other giants are working on their own entrants. However, it will take a lot longer before the crowd really fills up. According to reports, Google has postponed its own foldable Pixel for next year.

Reported by TheElec, Google has reportedly decided to delay the first foldable Pixel. The company was supposedly unhappy with the current iteration of its prototypes. The next target launch window is next spring. Notably, the device, which has been in development since last year, is sourcing its screen from Samsung Display.

Currently, not much is known about the foldable device yet. Previous reports have speculated on a 7.57-inch main screen (and a 5.78-inch screen when folded), though. A more recent one has also dropped “Pixel Notepad” as a potential name for the device.

Regardless of the status of its foldable Pixel, Google is enjoying a lot of success with its new lineup of smartphones. Last year, the Pixel 6 series refreshed the company’s slate of devices, bringing new hype for the company. This year, Google is continuing that trend with the Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 series.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

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