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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 series for watches

Finally at 4nm

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Smartwatches are about to get a huge boost. While the industry is currently flourishing with variety, there aren’t a lot of smartwatches that are designed to wow fans off their seats. Qualcomm, however, is back with a new way to revitalize the hunt for a better wearable. The company has now introduced the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 and W5+ Gen 1.

Without a doubt, the new series of wearable chipsets are a huge redesign for smartwatches. For one, the “Wear” branding is dead. Most especially, the higher tier W5+ Gen 1 will drastically shift from the last generation’s 12nm architecture to a more modern 4nm one. It also comes with an Adreno 702 GPU. Further, since it’s on a slimmer chip, devices with the processor can lose some extra fat.

Meanwhile, it also has a new W1 AON co-processor to assist in tasks that don’t require the watch’s full power. The 22nm co-processor has the new Cortex-M55 architecture, too. When your watch is asleep, expect the co-processor to keep the watch going throughout the day.

According to Qualcomm, the new chipset should provide twice as much power for twice as less battery usage. The company promises battery life over several days, even with always-on functionality.

To round things out, the W5 Gen 1 is the same chipset but without the co-processor. It’s meant for niche devices like children’s watches and medical devices.

Also, to speed things up, Qualcomm is shipping the new processors relatively quickly. OPPO has already promised that the OPPO Watch 3 will launch with the Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 series sometime in August.

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales is getting a PC port

Coming later this fall

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After the first one got a much-awaited port, it was only a matter of time before a second webslinger pops up on PC. Enjoying a much shorter lead time than the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is officially getting a PC port later this year.

Earlier this year, Sony released the official port for the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, featuring Peter Parker as the titular superhero. At the time, Insomniac and Nixxes Software (the studio behind the port) only had perfunctory plans to bring Miles Morales along for the PC ride.

In practically no time at all, Sony has announced the official coming of the second game through its own teaser trailer. Though the trailer does not end with a release date, it will launch sometime in the fall of this year.

In terms of ports, Sony has found massive success in bringing its formerly exclusive games to more markets. Now, PC players can finally get access to critically acclaimed title from consoles. In Spider-Man’s case, various modders have already created a thriving community for the first game. One such segment involves replacing Peter’s model with other characters like Stan Lee.

Will Miles Morales get the same hype and fanfare? Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales continues the story started by Peter Parker. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles sets off on his own adventure with electrifying powers.

If you can’t wait for the PC port, the game is still available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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TikTok officially launches a dislike button

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Months ago, TikTok started experimenting with a dislike button for the platform’s comments. Much like other platforms, the company is creating a way to promote healthier discourse. However, the experiment never had a launch date all those months ago. Finally, after months in development, TikTok is finally ready to launch the dislike button.

Through the platform’s official Twitter account, TikTok is releasing the dislike button. This time, the platform has explained how the feature will work.

As detailed before, users will not see how many dislikes a comment has. Users will only have access to the button itself to dislike and retract dislikes. Only TikTok itself can see the number of dislikes. The platform will then use the information to filer through potential hate speech and harassment that they might have missed the first go-around.

By hiding the number of dislikes, TikTok hopes that users will not be tempted to abuse the dislike button to brigade against just simply unpopular opinions.

While moderation will help the platform with a persistent problem in social media, the company does have other issues. One current problem — that has plagued the platform for years now — is the issue of China’s potential access to data from users in other countries.

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Nothing teases new earbuds called the Ear Stick

Fashion!

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Carl Pei’s Nothing continues to be one of the most eccentric tech brands today. Starting with a couple of enigmatic releases, the company is still riding the trend with its upcoming device. Debuting exclusively during a fashion show, Nothing has announced its next product, the Ear Stick.

While it’s a step up in creativity from “ear (1)” or “phone (1),” “Ear Stick” is certainly a unique choice for the name of a new tech product. However, if you see the product, it’s also an accurate one.

The upcoming Ear Stick refers to the cylindrical charging case which will carry the company’s next set of earbuds. Shaped like a tube of lipstick, the charging case is a unique take on what the industry considers as the default shape of similar products. That said, it makes sense to unveil it during a fashion show — specifically, Chet Lo’s SS23 runway.

True to its fashionista pedigree, the case will come in at least three different flavors: white with a red cover, blue with pink, and green with yellow.

Unfortunately, the fashion show reveal did not show what the actual earbuds look like. According to Nothing, the new device will look different to how the ear (1)’s design. As always, users will have to wait for any crumbs that the company will sporadically sprinkle all over.

SEE ALSO: Nothing officially launches Phone 1

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