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The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is a flagship smartwatch

Making what’s good even better!

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Looks like it’s “pro” day at Huawei as we keep getting hit with one pro device after another. Adding to the list is their new flagship smartwatch — the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro.

This new smartwatch is simply building on the pillars that have made previous models successful — a rugged but premium build, multiple workout options, a host of health tracking, and a two-week battery life. You also still get hundreds of watch face options and now with an option to make your own.

What’s the pro for?

If you think previous versions had a lot of workouts, then you’re in for a treat. The Watch GT 2 Pro has added more coming up to a total of over 100 workout modes. New on the list are: skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and gold driving range.

The skiing modes monitor the user’s average speed, distance, trajectory, cumulative descent, maximum slope, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, and more. It also includes voice reminders for safety.

Meanwhile, the golf driving range mode analyses the golfer’s swing tempo and speed. It even gives visual swing demonstrations.

Other than the above mentioned, the smartwatch can also has modes for various extreme sports, leisure activities, water sports, ball games and snow sports. Whatever activity it is, the Watch GT 2 Pro likely has some kind of tracking for it.

Addressing the stuck-at-home situation, Huawei also pre-installed 10 running courses so you can work out at your pace, in your own space.

Pro health tracking

All the health tracking available in previous models have been improved. Heart rate tracking is at its most advanced, as the upgraded Huawei TruSeen 4.0+ heart rate monitoring technology combines with a 6-in-1 LED lens and sapphire glass back to provide more accurate readings.

It also supports real-time heart rate monitoring, in multiple activities like running, swimming, or practicing another sport. It monitors real-time heart rate, workout heart rate, high heart rate alert, highest oxygen uptake, recovery time and more.

In health management scenarios, the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring, resting heart rate monitoring, abnormal heart rate notifications, scientific sleep tracking, all-day stress monitoring and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro is available September 2020 and comes in two variants:

  • Night Black for the Sport Edition – EUR 329 (US$ 390)
  • Nebula Grey for the Classic Edition — EUR 349 (US$ 414)

SEE ALSO: Huawei Watch GT 2: Two-week battery life is real

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Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!

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Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission

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The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the US

So, did the Oracle deal go through?

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After months of escalating, the US Commerce Department has announced it’ll ban business transactions with TikTok and WeChat. The two apps are owned by Chinese giants ByteDance and Tencent, respectively.

Practically, you won’t be able to directly download the app via stores like Play Store and App Store. Furthermore, companies are also barred from hosting these apps in the US. Essentially, the user won’t be able to download the app from third-party websites that are hosted in the US.

It also blocks US companies from providing services through WeChat “for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.”

However, it remains unclear whether the announcement means the Oracle-TikTok deal won’t be going through. The Trump administration wanted ByteDance to sell its local TikTok operations to an American company.

In the last few months, multiple American giants like Walmart, Twitter, and Microsoft were interested in getting their piece of TikTok. But things haven’t moved smoothly and the Chinese government isn’t keen on handing over TikTok’s algorithm to an American company.

While Oracle has been chosen for a deal with ByteDance, the latter continues to maintain that the ongoing process isn’t an acquisition and Oracle shall be a technology partner. This is in stark contrast to what President Trump envisions as a business takeover.

The app ban could be a tactic to pressure the Chinese, but we can’t be certain of that right now. Going by the latest statements, it’s clear that the administration wants to completely block user’s access to these apps and is willing to go the extra mile.

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