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Samsung Gear S2 First Look

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Samsung showcased its sexiest wearable so far – the Gear S2.

Given Samsung’s history with wearables (the Galaxy Gears and Gears of the past didn’t exactly pan out) it’s only right to be cautiously optimistic about the Gear S2. But from all angles, this looks to be their most promising wearable yet.

First thing you’ll notice is it actually looks like a watch thanks to its round design. Made of stainless steel, your primary physical interaction with the Gear S2 will be through its bezel which lets you dig deeper into whatever you’re checking on the watch. Think of it as a scroll bar except, it’s round.

Samsung is also hoping to get you to put their watch on your wrist thanks to its cool factor. Need to book an Uber? No need to take your phone out, do it from the watch. Want to skip to the next track on your music player? Turn the bezel to go to the next song.

And just like traditional watches, the Gear S2 is also being positioned as a fashion accessory. Samsung partnered with renowned Italian designer Alessandro Mendini to create a good-looking range of watch faces and bands for the Gear S2.

Mendini’s designs along with a wide selection of watch faces and watch bands also helps Samsung market their latest wearable as a versatile accessory. One you can wear whether you’re going to a fancy dinner date or to the gym.

Speaking of the gym, the Gear S2 also appears to be a reliable fitness companion. If you haven’t taken a step for a while, the watch gives you gentle tap reminding you to move your feet.

From a glance, there’s a lot to like about the Gear S2 but only real-world use will determine if it’s worth your hard-earned cash. And that’s what we’ll all be looking out for in the next few weeks.

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CES 2022 announces vaccination proof for in-person event

More protocols to come

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Is the world finally healing? After more than a year since the start of the pandemic, the world is finally taking steps to move forward. Though we’re not in the clear yet, we’ve all set up new paradigms to handle the world. Part of that is going back to in-person events. CES 2022 is once again confirming that it is holding an in-person event next year but with additional safety protocols.

Back in April, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced that CES 2022 will finally return to Las Vegas in an in-person event. At the time, the CTA didn’t describe how the event will implement safety procedures for attendees. Finally, we now know what they’re doing.

Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination when attending the event in-person. The CTA did not enumerate what they will be considering as proof. Vaccinated people are often issued vaccination cards as proof; however, some can avail of other forms like a digital app to show vaccinations.

Additionally, the CTA is also assessing if a positive antibody test can serve as proof for attendees. At this point, the organization is still figuring out the best way to ensure everyone’s safety at the event. More protocols will likely show up as we get closer to the event itself.

Besides the in-person event, attendees can also attend a digital version which will be held side-by-side with the convention in Las Vegas.

CES 2022 is expected to push through between January 5 to 8, 2022.

SEE ALSO: CES 2022 will be returning to Las Vegas as an in-person event

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5 Memoji-inspired outfit ideas: His and Hers

Play dress up virtually with the public beta preview of iOS 15

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Unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote are new customization options coming to Memoji on iMessage, including a much-awaited feature: outfit selection.

In 2019, Apple rolled out the most significant Memoji customization update. That year, users were able to apply makeup, change hair color, wear piercings and jewelry, and pick from different styles of headwear and glasses. The only thing missing was being able to choose clothing.

If you have the public beta of iOS 15 installed, you can now virtually play dress up and plan outfits for those trips you’ve been dreaming of and activities you’ve been deprived of after a year of quarantine.

#1 Romantic date night 

Who doesn’t like dressing up for a romantic date that will take you from a dinner at a restaurant to a cocktail or two at a speakeasy? Changing out of pajamas can do wonders to your mood.

His: a crisp long sleeved button down and his favorite hat

Hers: a flirty dress and statement earrings

#2 Stroll at the botanical garden

Has your apartment turned into a mini greenhouse with all the indoor plants you’ve adopted? Driving to the nearest botanical garden will either make you feel zen and content, or convince you that your plant collection is insufficient.

His: a breezy shirt and a pair of sunglasses

Hers: a colorful sundress and a top bun

#3 Safari adventure

If there’s anything we learned about ourselves this past year, it’s that we all desire to be out in nature from time to time. A safari trip might not be realistic right now, but no one’s stopping you from imagining one.

His: a two pocket utility shirt and a cowboy hat

Hers: a loose tunic and a fedora

#4 Sunny weekend at the beach

No summer is complete without a beach trip; and no beach trip is complete without some refreshing piña coladas, swimsuits that show off your summer bod, and copious amounts of sunscreen.

His: a linen top and a pair of polarized sunglasses

Hers: a long coverup, a pair of pearl earrings, and a straw hat 

#5 Hike in the fall

Not a beach person? Maybe the mountains and autumn foliage are more your jam. Just make sure to stay warm from top to toe without sacrificing style and comfort.

His: a cable knit sweater and a fisherman’s hat

Hers: a turtleneck sweater and a beanie

BONUS: Big business convention

There’s never a bad time to get a good blazer or a pantsuit. You might not be able to wear them out to trade shows yet, but looking your best for Zoom meetings is always appropriate.

His: an olive green knit blazer, a black oxford shirt, and a skinny tie

Hers: a beige blazer, a pair of cat-eye glasses, and a pair of gold earrings

Apart from more than 40 different outfits, multicolored headwear, and new options for glasses, iOS 15 offers nine new Memoji stickers that include a shaka, a hand wave, a light bulb moment, and more.

iOS 15 will be available this fall as a free software update. If you’re interested in trying new Memoji outfits now, you can sign up for the public beta here: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/

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Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot

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During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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