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Fitbit has launched its Fall 2020 collection

Available in late September 2020

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After the pandemic finally blows over, the world will find new ways to care about health and disease. Even now, it’s extremely important to start detecting the onset of a new sickness before it can materialize. With health awareness on the rise, health-oriented industries — like the smartwatch industry — are stepping up. For example, Fitbit has launched its Fall 2020 collection, touting new and improved functionalities like stress detection and skin temperature sensing.

Fitbit Sense

First of all, Fitbit has debuted its most advanced smartwatch to date. Besides the usual gallery of health sensors, the Fitbit Sense is armed with new features for stress management, heart health, and COVID-19 detection.

The new stress management system can detect both the psychological and physiological symptoms of stress. The device uses an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor to analyze physical effects of stress. With the new sensor, the Fitbit Sense can detect the small body changes caused by stressors. Users can also perform a quick stress check by placing their palms on the watch’s face. It can then calculate how stressed you are, based on the sensor’s data, heart rate, and sleep activity.

The Fitbit Sense also has a new PurePulse 2.0 technology, allowing for an advanced way to analyze heart rates. For one, it scans a user’s heart rate 24/7. It can send notifications when heart rate dips below or peaks above normal.  Further, the Fitbit Sense is the first Fitbit device to detect atrial fibrillation, a condition affecting more than 33.5 million people. Fitbit also says that you can share their data to your doctor for medical purposes.

Besides the new features, the Fitbit Sense comes with what you’d expect from a Fitbit watch. It comes with on-board GPS, more than 20 exercise modes, automatic activity tracking, and advanced sleep tools. The watch can also now detect skin temperature, allowing it to notify you of potential fevers, illnesses (like COVID-19), or a new menstrual phase.

It is compatible with voice assistants and contactless payments. The device can last for more than six days on a single battery life. Finally, buying the watch comes with six free months of Fitbit Premium.

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit is also launching an upgraded version of its iconic watch line, the Fitbit Versa 3. The Fitbit Versa 3 comes with the same upgraded functionalities such as on-device GPS, in-app workout intensity maps, PurePulse 2.0, and Active Zone minutes.

Further, the new Fitbit Versa 3 can manage a connected smartphone just as well with built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It comes with Fitbit Pay to ease online payments. It also comes with more than six days of battery life and fast charging.

Finally, the Fitbit Versa 3 has partnered with global designers Pendleton and Victor Glemaud for stylish and comfortable watch straps.

Fitbit Inspire 2

For a lighter experience, the Fitbit Inspire 2 packs in a lot of features in a smaller package. For one, the device’s battery can last a whopping ten days. It packs in more than 20 goal-based exercise modes, advanced sleep tools, 24/7 heart rate tracking, menstrual tracking, and food intake tracking. Finally, it comes one free year of Fitbit Premium.

Pricing and availability

All three devices are now available for pre-order and will ship out starting in late September.

The Fitbit Sense will retail for US$ 329.95 and will come in carbon/graphite stainless steel and lunar white/soft gold stainless steel.

Meanwhile, the Fitbit Versa 3 will retail for US$ 229.95 in black/black aluminum, pink clay/soft gold aluminum, and midnight/soft gold aluminum.

The Fitbit Inspire 2 will retail for US$ 99.95 in black, lunar white, and desert rose.

Finally, Fitbit Premium will sell for US$ 9.99 per month.

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AirPods 3 is still coming later this year

Already in production

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AirPods

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.

SEE ALSO: Third generation AirPods leaked in photo

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The Apple Watch Series 7 is better in every way

Tougher than expected

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Watch Series 7

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.

Durability

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.

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Ray-Ban, Facebook team up to create Ray-Ban Stories

Look sharp and snazzy!

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Ray-Ban Stories

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.

Ray-Ban Stories

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.

Ray-Ban Stories

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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