Honor MagicWatch 2 with smarter features now official

Updated look, more fitness features



The first iteration of this device just hit other markets recently but the Honor MagicWatch 2 is here and it’s ready to help you have a smart and active lifestyle.

It has a 1.39-inch AMOLED touch screen and its smart features are possible through the Kirin A1 chip. Honor claims the same chip helps regulate power allowing for up to 14 days of battery life.

The Honor MagicWatch 2’s design doesn’t depart too much from its predecessor. It still has that traditional watch look with two buttons on its right side. One is for accessing the pre-installed apps while the other takes you straight to the workouts.

Still about fitness and health

Speaking of workouts, this new smartwatch has 15 fitness modes. These include running, hiking, cycling and triathlons to indoor pool swimming, free training among others. Just like the first MagicWatch, it has professional fitness courses you can follow so you’re getting the most out of your workout sessions.

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You also still get real-time heart rate monitoring — now called TruSeen and Huawei’s TruSleep feature but it’s been upgraded and can now precisely track and diagnose 6 common types of sleep disorders and provide over 200 corresponding suggestions tailored to your sleeping habit to improve your sleep quality. Other than that, there’s now the TruRelax which detects your stress levels and suggests breathing exercises to address it.

A smarter assistant

Unlike the first version, the Honor MagicWatch 2 now comes with a mic. This means you can take calls directly on the watch. But if that’s not your cup of tea, you can still accept the call from the watch but answer it with headphones. This is possible even if the phone is 150m from you.

Push notifications are still here and it’s up to you which apps’ notifications will show up on the watch. Other regular features like Timer, Alarm, and find my phone are also equipped. Watch faces and straps remain customizable.

Another new thing on the MagicWatch 2 though is its 4GB of internal storage. Half of which you can use to save up to 500 songs.

Pricing and availability

The Honor MagicWatch 2 42mm will start at EUR 179 (US$197), while the 46mm variant will start at EUR 189 (US$ 208) in the global market.

SEE ALSO: Honor Magic Watch review: Fitness band trapped in a smartwatch’s body


TikTok has collected user information illegally

They know you are



For month snow, the US has hounded TikTok for potentially enabling Chinese cyber espionage. ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, is a Chinese company, making it a prime target for data collection. Of course, despite the numerous warnings, TikTok’s transgressions have only started appearing en masse recently. Today, a new conspiracy adds another drop to the overflowing bucket. Unfortunately, it’s a big one. Apparently, TikTok has collected user information illegally for over a year. TikTok knows who you are.

Reported by the Wall Street Journal, TikTok collected and sent valuable MAC addresses and advertising IDs to ByteDance until around November of last year. Of note, Google prohibits this questionable practice, banning apps that practice the method. However, TikTok applied a layer of encryption that hid the practice from the Play Store.

For the unfamiliar, MAC addresses are much more valuable than IP address. While IP addresses constantly change, MAC addresses are more difficult to alter. Most users will usually cycle through the lifespan of a device without giving their MAC addresses a second thought. However, the MAC address is an incredibly unique identifier for your device. Only you should ideally have that address. That said, TikTok’s sketchy collection tactic is much weightier than normal.

According to TikTok’s policies now, the platform does not collect these identifiers anymore. However, it doesn’t bode well for long-time TikTok users since last year. At its most docile, the practice likely facilitated advertising opportunities for the platform. However, it is still highly illegal to collect that data without permission. If anything, the report will give cybersecurity pundits more ammo against the already struggling company.

More than a week ago, Trump had already signed a ban against the app, giving the platform only until September 15 to divest its American assets over to an American corporation.

SEE ALSO: French privacy watchdog is now probing TikTok

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Huawei files patent for fullscreen fingerprint scanner

The future is fullscreen fingerprint



The tech industry hopes to take under-display fingerprint scanners to the next level with impressive innovations.

Huawei recently filed a patent for an under-display fingerprint scanner that covers the entire screen. The filing shows multiple sensors will allow you to unlock your phone by pressing anywhere on the display.

Last last year, Qualcomm showed off its 3D Sonic Max tech featuring a larger area for the sensor but it’s nothing like what Huawei is developing.

Users can assign sensors to lock or unlock certain points on a screen. For example, setting a lock on the Image Gallery will require a fingerprint to access it. This should help keep personal information and data more secure.

To save on battery life, users will get the option to turn off sensors they don’t intend on using.

There’s currently no word on when the technology will roll out to devices in the future.

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Hyper Scape is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Another exciting and unique battle royale game in the market



Ubisoft wants to join in the fray with their own battle royale game. Much like already successful titles, this new battle royale is free-to-play and available across multiple devices. The combat formula is roughly the same, but this time anarchy is the name of the game. Time to enter the world of Hyper Scape!

Hyper Scape is a 100-person battle royale that adds a more modern twist. Instead of mountains, hills, small towns, and battered scenery, you will compete inside a technologically-advanced setting. With a vareity of weapons, Hacks, and Fusion techniques, you will outlast everyone in Neo Arcadia. The entire game will also feature innovate gameplay mechanics that will surely spice up all the fights.

Along with the new game, Ubisoft also announced its first Battle Pass with a ton of rewards to offer. It includes an unlockable new weapon in the Dragonfly, and a new Hack called Magnet. Apart from these, there will also be limited time modes for players to grind out the Battle Pass along with standard modes.

What the team is truly proud of is its integration to the streaming platform, Twitch. This is possible through the game’s Twitch extension called Kudos — an extension purchased through Twitch bits. Essentially, Kudos will allow players to support their favorite streamers and react to exciting gameplay. Furthermore, this feature even contributes to Battle Pass progression by watching Twitch streams.

Hyper Scape is available for the PC through UPlay, the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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