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Garmin launches the Venu 2 and Venu 2S with GPS

Delivers up to 11 days of battery life

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American technology brand Garmin has launched the Venu 2 and Venu 2S in multiple markets. The Venu 2 has a 45mm dial, whereas the Venu 2S has a 40mm dial. The smartwatches are fitness-focused and come with a host of tracking abilities.

The prime differences between the two are their dial size and battery life. Apart from this, their identical from the inside in terms of features offered. The display consists of an AMOLED screen, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

A new Health Snapshot feature provides an in-depth report of the workout. It includes heart rate, heart rate variability, Pulse Ox, respiration, and stress. All the data is compiled into the Garmin Connect app, which is available for Android and iOS.

The system is designed to keep a constant track of blood oxygen, heart rate, and stress indicators for sleep quality and workouts. It comes equipped with more than 25 built-in sport modes with preloaded enhanced high-intensity workouts, animated cardio, strength, yoga, and Pilates. Users can download even more workout programs via the app.

The two watches can offer up to 11 days of runtime without GPS in terms of battery life. With GPS actively switched on, it can provide up to 19 hours without onboard music playback. The internal storage can store more than 600 songs, making the watch completely independent of a phone.

Price and availability

The Garmin Venu 2 is priced at INR 41,990 (US$ 465), while the Venu 2S costs INR 37,990 (US$ 510). It’ll be available for purchase via Amazon, Flipkart, Tata CliQ, and Synergizer.co.in.

In the Philippines, it costs PhP 22,995 (US$ 465) and is available for purchase through Garmin Brand Stores, official online Garmin stores, and more.

Garmin is a veteran device maker specializing in navigation, and it has mastered aviation and rugged terrain. Building on its expertise, the brand has actively invested itself in the fitness segment, going up directly against Fitbit, Samsung, and more.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra will look like a Galaxy Note phone

Based on a new render

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The Galaxy Note series is in a state of limbo. After the rise of the brand’s foldable phones, Samsung toned down on the iconic Note series. The brand hasn’t even launched a new entry yet – if it even is launching one this year. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s still hope. Based on new renders, the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra will look remarkably similar to the Galaxy Note series.

Rendered by Steve Hemmerstoffer and Digit.in based on currently known leaks, the upcoming premium smartphone will reportedly have a built-in dock for the S Pen. Of course, the series had already received stylus support, but the Galaxy S21 series never had a dock for the pen.

Additionally, the renders show a quad rear camera setup much like the previous series. However, the layout does look a bit different from its predecessors. Either way, the upcoming flagship has a hint of familiarity for those more used to the Galaxy Note series.

Unfortunately, the render doesn’t show how the S Pen will look like. For the past few iterations, Samsung did confirm that more optimized S Pens are coming for different devices.

In other details, the renders also show that the headphone jack is here to stay.

Right now, it’s still early to tell if the renders are what the real deal will look like. A lot can still happen between now and the projected launch window in January.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 review: Do-It-All device

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US drops charges against Huawei heir Meng Wanzhou

Allowed to return to China

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Is the Huawei saga finally reaching its conclusion? For years, the American government has hounded the Chinese company for its ties to its respective country’s government. The administration then issued several bans, forcing Huawei to either find alternatives or give up its business. To the company’s dismay, Huawei has already suffered intensive damage. Now, amid their victory, the United States is throwing the company a bone by dropping its charges against Huawei heir Meng Wanzhou.

Back in 2018, Canadian authorities arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei. Meng, who is also Huawei’s chief finance officer, was indicted with charges related to an illegal trade deal in Iran. Since then, the company’s heir found herself stuck in a limbo between house arrest and potential extradition to the United States.

Her chapter in the ongoing Huawei struggle is apparently over. In the United States, Meng pleaded not guilty to the government’s charges and agreed to take responsibility for her role in the deal. For their part, the government has dropped the charges in an apparent agreement with the CFO. Meng was allowed to return home to China.

Though Meng Wanzhou is off the leash, Huawei still has an uphill battle because of the said deal. Further, the company is still fighting against bans from the American government. Huawei has already fallen off the ranks in terms of success in the smartphone realm.

SEE ALSO: Huawei wants to help scale-up startups in Asia Pacific

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Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones

But there’s a reason why

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Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking

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