Apple Watch Series 9 with ‘double tap’ announced

And new powerful chip



Apple Watch Series 9

How do you make “the best” and “most popular” smartwatch even better? You make it faster and add a unique gesture. For Apple Watch Series 9, Apple used its most powerful wearable chip yet, the S9 SiP and added an intriguing “double tap” gesture. 

S9 SiP chip

The Apple Watch Series 8 was already feature packed. But like usual, Apple outdid itself again with the S9 SiP chip. It makes on-device Siri possible. That means it’s more secure and all the processing happens on the watch and not in some server somewhere. It’s also power efficient, helping the Apple Watch Series 9 to an all-day 18-hour battery life. 

Double Tap gesture 

Double Tap | Apple Watch Series 9

Double Tap

The most noticeable new thing for the Apple Watch Series 9 is the new Double Tap feature. To execute, you simply have to press your index finger and thumb on the same hand while wearing the Apple Watch. 

Double Tapping can do many things. It can start and/or end a call, bring up the Smart Stack widget and let you cycle through it. You can also use it to pause/play music, as well as the shutter button for your iPhone. 

How does it work? It’s enabled by the faster Neural Engine in Apple Watch Series 9. It processes data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor with a new machine learning algorithm. 

The algorithm detects the unique signature of tiny wrist movements and changes in blood flow when the index finger and thumb perform a double tap. The double tap gesture will be available in a software update in October. 

More notable features 

Other notable changes include the brighter display which goes up to 2,000 nits. But don’t worry, it’ll just necessarily depend on where you are. When at a cinema, for example, it can drop down to just 1 nit so you won’t be that annoying person shining in the middle of the theater. 

On-device processings means Siri can now be used to access data from the Health app for health- and fitness-related queries. 

It also has a second-generation Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip to enable Precision Finding for the iPhone 15 family, which has the same chip. This enables Precision Finding which provides distance and direction, as well as visual, haptic, and audio guidance to a misplaced iPhone, even if it is in a different room.

Featuring watchOS 10

Apple Watch Series 9 runs watchOS 10 which enables a plethora of new things: 

  • A fresh approach to quickly view information with redesigned apps and a new Smart Stack to show relevant widgets right when they’re needed.
  • Delightful new watch faces: Snoopy, Palette, and Solar Analog. A new Nike watch face, Nike Globe, lights up the lines on the globe with each passing second.
  • Bluetooth connectivity for power meters, speed sensors, and cadence sensors arrives for cyclists, unlocking new metrics and Workout Views, and cycling workouts.
  • A cycling workout can automatically show up as a Live Activity on iPhone and utilize the full screen when tapped.
  • New Compass Waypoints and Maps capabilities to further help during outdoor adventures.
  • Additional tools to support mental health with state of mind logging in the Mindfulness app.
  • The ability to measure time spent in daylight using the ambient light sensor to help reduce the risk of myopia and provide additional benefits to physical and mental health for all ages.

watchOS 10 will be available for Apple Watch Series 4 and later on Monday, September 18, and requires iPhone XS or later running iOS 17. Not all features are available on all devices and in all regions.

Carbon Neutral models 

Apple had a fun skit featuring “Mother Nature” to talk up their sustainability efforts. It wrapped with the announcement of Carbon Neutral models for the Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch Ultra 2, and Apple Watch SE. These are all in service of Apple’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint.

Price, availability

Apple Watch Series 9 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizes in starlight, midnight, silver, (PRODUCT)RED, and a new pink aluminum case, as well as stainless steel in gold, silver, and graphite cases.

Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UAE, the U.K., the U.S., and more than 40 other countries and regions can order Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch SE today, with availability in stores beginning Friday, September 22.

Apple Watch Series 9 starts at US$ 399/ SG$ 599, and Apple Watch SE starts at US $249/ SG$ 379.

Apple Watch bands, Apple Watch Nike bands, and Apple Watch Hermès bands will be available to order today from and in the Apple Store app, with availability in stores beginning Friday, September 22.


Philips launches Professional Soundbar dedicated for hotel rooms

Designed for MediaSuite TVs



Philips Professional Soundbar

Philips has ventured into the soundbar business with the global launch of the Philips Professional Soundbar (HAL5023) that brings powerful cinematic audio experiences in hotel rooms.

The two-in-one soundbar comes with a built-in subwoofer that has been designed and configured exclusively to suit Philips’ MediaSuite TVs, delivering a better and more immersive entertainment experience.

The device was built in collaboration with TP Vision’s Philips sound team; it features a professional 2.1 channel setup. It is designed to be installed effortlessly as either a freestanding or wall-mountable soundbar.

Afterwards, users may easily configure the soundbar’s settings using the professional setup menu on the Philips MediaSuite TV.

All other related settings can be quickly copied and transferred to the entire TV fleet remotely through cloning via PPDS CMND.

Control your experience

The newly-released soundbar can be controlled using the standard MediaSuite TV remote, eliminating the need for another controller.

It can also double as a high-end speaker for guests wishing to play any song, podcast, video, or audio file out loud on their personal devices, via Bluetooth or the built-in Chromecast technology on the MediaSuite TV.

The soundbar also comes with a power adapter so that only one power outlet is used, along with the TV.

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Acer launches Nitro V 15 laptop

Gaming made more accessible



Acer Nitro V 15

Acer unveiled the new Nitro V 15 gaming laptop which is a reliable device for gaming, content creation, video-editing and multi-tasking on the go. 

The Acer Nitro V 15 is equipped with up to the latest 13th Intel Core i7 processors. It’s designed with the most advanced hybrid architecture yet. It has up to a GeForce RTX 4050 GPU, up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM. There’s also up to 2TB of PCIe storage.

The laptop has a 15.6-inch full HD display. You get up to a 165Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

This is paired with DTS X: Ultra for enhanced sound placement, acoustics. You get a more fine-tuned sound that fits the game genre of choice.

The device also features dual rotating fans and a dual-intake cooling system. It has strategically-placed vents to keep its internals battle ready for prolonged periods.

Users may also download the NitroSense utility app to customize game settings conveniently at their fingertips.

For those opting to work with the Nitro V 15, there are AI solutions like Acer Purified View and Purified Voice technology for higher-quality video calls.

Connectivity-wise, the laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 while its I/O ports include a Thunderbolt 4 for charging, data transfer, video displays, and more.

Price and availability

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. Customers are encouraged to contact their local Acer office via

The Acer Nitro V 15 comes with one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.


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YouTube launches AI-powered video-editing app for creators

YouTube Create



YouTube Create
Image c/o YouTubeYouTube Create

YouTube has unveiled a new video-editing app that leverages the power of AI technology to help creators. The beta version of YouTube Create is now available on Android in select markets.

The app is free of charge and is designed to make video production for Shorts or even lengthier content much more simple and easier.

Among the app’s tools are:

  • precision editing and trimming
  • automatic captioning
  • voiceover capabilities
  • access to a library of filters, effects, and transitions
  • royalty-free music with beat matching technology

More services on the YouTube Create app utilize AI technology like the assistive search on Creator Music and automatic dubbing with Aloud.

Meanwhile, users will be able to test Dream Screen on Shorts later in the year. 

Dream Screen will be an experimental feature that allows anyone to create an AI-generated video or image background by simply typing an idea into a prompt, to complement their Shorts.

In the future, YouTube is also looking at users being able to mix existing videos or content with this feature.

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