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Singapore and Apple incentivize citizens and residents to stay healthy

Earn rewards worth up to $380

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With one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, Singapore is incentivizing its citizens to stay fit and healthy in an entirely new way — using Apple Watch and a new app called LumiHealth.

Created in collaboration with a team of physicians and public health experts, LumiHealth is a personalized program that encourages healthy activities and behavior.

It’s designed by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board in partnership with Apple. The program is part of the country’s Smart Nation initiative, Singapore’s nationwide effort to leverage technology to deliver benefits to its citizens and businesses.

LumiHealth uses behavioral insights to encourage Singaporeans and residents to adopt healthy habits and complete wellness challenges through personalized reminders, programs, activity coaching, and incentives.

Within the LumiHealth app, users travel through worlds with a friendly intergalactic explorer who guides them through tasks that are personalized based on their age, gender, and weight. They include weekly activity goals that can be met through not just walking, but also swimming, yoga, and other activities.

By completing these goals and challenges, users help the intergalactic explorer get back home, all while being able to earn rewards worth up to SG$ 380 over the two-year duration of the program.

An Apple Watch is necessary to participate in the challenges, as is downloading the LumiHealth app from the App Store.

LumiHealth also reminds users to go for health screenings and immunizations, as well as participate in wellness challenges that aim to improve sleep habits and mindfulness as well as encourage better food choices.

“Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health,” said Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister. “This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but equally important, it will contribute valuable insights to improving the health of people all over the world.”

The LumiHealth app, designed with user privacy and security at its core, is available in the App Store for pre-order now, and the two-year program will be offered from late October 2020.

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Apple Fitness+ brings the gym to your iPhone

A new kind of fitness experience

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With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing gyms and fitness centers to close indefinitely all around the world, many of us have been opting for home workouts with the help of popular YouTubers Chloe Ting and Blogilates, as well as popular apps like SWEAT, Nike Training Club, and Peloton.

At its September event, Apple unveiled what might make those said apps to lose business: Fitness+. At just US$ 9.99 per month, anyone can have access to studio-style workouts delivered by world-class trainers on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, while incorporating metrics from Apple Watch.

“With diverse studio workouts that are suitable for all ability levels, led by a phenomenal group of unique trainers, and an approachable program designed for beginners all the way through to the fitness enthusiast — as well as the flexibility to work out anywhere — there’s something for everyone,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director for Health Technologies.

Apple Fitness+ will launch with the most popular workout types including Cycling, Treadmill, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, and Mindful Cooldown. Each workout is accompanied by music thoughtfully curated by the trainers.

READ: Peloton vs excuses: Mind tricks that can help you squeeze in a workout

Each week, the team of Fitness+ trainers will deliver fresh workouts from the studio across a range of lengths, disciplines, and music genres so there are always new workouts to explore.

If you’re just starting your fitness journey, an Absolute Beginner program is built into Fitness+ that will help coach the basics of movement and exercise, and give you an option to prepare for Studio Workouts.

If you have a an indoor bike or treadmill at home, you can use that with Fitness+, and many workouts can be done with no equipment at all or just a set of dumbbells.

For those who start a Treadmill session with Fitness+ on Apple GymKit-enabled machines, the workout will prompt users to tap to connect their Apple Watch so metrics are in sync.

Apple Fitness+ offers personalized recommendations by considering previously completed workouts and intelligently suggests new options that match the workouts you select most often, or something fresh so your workout stays challenging.

There’s also an intuitive filtering tool to choose what is most important to you when looking for a workout, whether it’s the workout type, the trainer, the duration, or the music. For Apple Music subscribers, favorite music from Fitness+ workouts can also be easily saved and listened to later, whether in a workout or otherwise.

When a workout is selected and started on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, the correct workout type will automatically start on Apple Watch. During the session, the metrics from Apple Watch will be shown on the screen. For example, when the trainer says to check heart rate or begins a countdown timer, those numbers will animate on the screen. For those who like to push themselves with a little healthy competition, the optional Burn Bar shows how their current effort stacks up against anyone who has done the same workout previously.

At launch, customers can conveniently find Fitness+ in the tab located in the new Fitness app on iPhone, which will also arrive on iPad and Apple TV.

At launch, Apple Fitness+ will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.

Fitness+ will be available to Apple Watch customers as a subscription service. Everyone can try Fitness+ free for one month, or three months free with a purchase of a new Apple Watch.

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Huawei’s Watch Fit aims to ‘reframe’ health, fitness, and style

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Huawei unveiled its latest fitness watch, the Huawei Watch Fit. It’s the Chinese company’s first-ever sports-oriented smartwatch with a rounded rectangular face. The new fitness watch aims to reframe your health, fitness, and style.

Reassess your health and fitness

With an assortment of fitness courses, workout modes, and health tracking features, you can get into new routines to reassess your health and fitness.

The Huawei Watch Fit contains 12 workout courses with 44 posture demonstrations, supported by an animated personal trainer. There’s a free one-on-one personal training, and bite-sized exercises so you can stay fit wherever you are. The watch also reminds you to stand up with its reminders, prompting you to move if you sit longer than three minutes.

Moreover, the fitness watch supports a total of 96 workout modes with advanced data tracking. Professional workout modes cover the most popular exercises such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, and more. On the other hand, there are 85 workout modes covered for different niches.

The power of science and technology

Huawei combines its AI technology and scientific data to create comprehensive health-tracking features. With proprietary technologies, Huawei Watch Fit promises to aid consumers in becoming more conscious of their personal health and data.

Monitoring heart rate

Through TruSeen 4.0 heart rate monitoring technology, the Watch Fit assesses your current resting heart rate complete with an infographic detailing the changes over the last 24 hours. Additionally, the fitness watch will notify you when your resting heart rate is too high or too low.

Better sleep tracking

Meanwhile, TruSleep 2.0 monitors your sleep stages and sleep respiration quality. It presents a comprehensive sleep analysis presenting different stages: light sleep, deep sleep, REM, and wakefulness.

Moreover, it identifies typical sleep problems that help the Watch Fit prepare hundreds of suggestions to improve and personalize your sleep. Having a long-lasting battery life, you don’t have to worry about running out of juice while tracking your sleep.

Other health-tracking features

On another note, the Watch Fit also comes with important tracking features such as SpO2 monitoring for your blood oxygen saturation, stress level monitoring packed with breathing exercises, and menstrual cycle management for women.

Style meets functionality

The Huawei Watch Fit presents a sleek style worth wearing at all times. It’s lightweight and it complements any outfit with its breathable strap designs in different colors: Mint Green, Sakura Pink, Cantaloupe Orange, and Graphite Black.

It sports a vivid AMOLED screen with ultra-slim bezels and a dazzling display. Furthermore, it carries over 130 different watch face designs and an option to personalize with photo albums synced from your smartphone.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Watch Fit retails for EUR 129 (US$ 153) and is available September 2020.

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

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Roidmi X20 cordless vacuum review: Cleaning no longer feels like a chore

Make vacuuming exciting again

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Now more than ever, keeping our homes hygienic and sparkling clean should be top priority. Cleaning your apartment can be daunting especially if you don’t do it a lot and have dust and cobwebs accumulating in every possible corner. What’s helped turn things around for me while in quarantine is the Roidmi X20 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner.

Design that meets your minimalist aesthetic

Unlike a lot of other cordless vacuum cleaners, the Roidmi X20 comes in a rather minimal package. Its design is refined and elegant, not robotic or futuristic. It looks more like something that will blend in with your home decor and furniture.

It comes in two colors — Obsidian Gold and Ink Black and White — the one I have is the latter.

It’s also designed to be quieter so unless you have paper-thin walls, when set at its lowest power your next-door neighbors won’t know you’re doing some house chores.

Buttons are placed on the grip for easy access. It has three power modes, which can be changed with a press of a button. With the highest suction power at 145AW, this makes it a little bit more powerful than the Dyson V10 and the LG Cordzero A9 Ultimate.

Its air-x dust separation technology ensures that the X20 won’t encounter the common problem of suction reduction because of blockage in the filter.

The overall design and simple structure of direct multi-stage suction makes it lighter and less bulky than other cordless stick vacuums. Weighing at just 1.5kg, the Roidmi X20 makes vacuuming a lot less tiring.

Buy the Roidmi X20 for $449

Multiple attachments make the task seem less daunting

Seeing how much cleaning you need to do is overwhelming — a feeling I certainly had when I finally had time to give the Roidmi X20 a go.

As with big projects at work, having access to multiple vacuum attachments makes the big task seem more doable. They help break it down into multiple smaller tasks.

The main attachment is the carbon soft rolling brush, which is what you use to clean the floor. It works well on wood, tiles, and softer surfaces like carpets and rugs.

The Roidmi X20 is the first smart cordless vacuum with a mop, so there is a magnetic mop accessory that can hold up to 160ml of liquid. With this attachment, it slowly sprinkles water or your cleaning solution of choice as you glide it through the floor so you save time by vacuuming and mopping at once.

One of my favorite features is the light-sensitive LED on this attachment. It automatically lights up when you’re vacuuming dark, hard to reach areas like those under the couch and the bed. These are parts of the apartment you usually ignore when cleaning since the dirt in there is not as visible.

Buy the Roidmi X20 for $449

There’s a small attachment for crevices and areas that don’t fit the soft rolling brush. This is great for not just for the dust that accumulates in corners, but also cleaning the small spaces between the pots of your indoor plants, as well as those tiny spaces between books in shelves, or behind the lamp on your bedside table.

The extender helps elongate the vacuum, and is great for cleaning curtains and ceilings. With it, you no longer have to step on a ladder or stool just to get rid of cobwebs.

The extender, of course, works with every other attachment, so you also don’t have to duck and risk lower back pain you’re vacuuming the floor with the soft-rolling brush.

You don’t have to be a germophobe to not want to bring the germs from the floor to your bed. This is why I appreciate that the Roidmi X20 comes with a dedicated mattress brush. If you’ve never vacuumed your mattress before, you’d be surprised at how gross it actually is once you do.

Battery life will change your cleaning habits

Despite its good design and ergonomics, and included attachments, life isn’t rainbows and unicorns with the Roidmi X20. Its biggest weakness is also one that is very important to me: battery life.

At its lowest suction power, the vacuum lasts 65 minutes and a mere 10 minutes at the highest. I got to admit, this was a struggle at the very beginning because of how much cleaning I had to do. Worse, it takes more than 2 hours to fully charge the vacuum.

Now this would have been acceptable if it worked while it’s plugged in. Unfortunately, there’s just no way to charge and clean at the same time.

Now, I’m not one to give up on something because of one obstacle. If anything, I take things like this as a rewiring experience — a way to reassess how I do things.

Instead of letting dust accumulate for more than four weeks, I now clean the apartment more often, so I only have to do it for shorter periods of time. Knowing that you only need to clean for one hour at a time is also less overwhelming than the thought of quarterly deep cleaning that consumes your entire weekend.

The Roidmi X20’s poor battery life has made me look forward to cleaning every weekend. It now feels less like a chore, but an activity that I’m excited to make time for.

Buy the Roidmi X20 for $449

It’s also worth noting that it comes with a magnetic wireless charging wall dock that I haven’t gotten around to mounting. It should make putting the vacuum away in a more orderly fashion, but installing anything on the wall is a pretty big commitment for me to make at this point.

There is also an app that you can pair it with, but it’s not that useful. It shows information like battery life and whether the filter needs emptying, which the small LED indicators on the vacuum itself can tell you anyway.

Is the Roidmi X20 your GadgetMatch?

If you are looking to buy a cordless vacuum cleaner, the Roidmi X20’s minimal design and small build are the biggest features to consider. At US$ 449 a good option that offers the same, if not more suction power than its more expensive counterparts from the likes of Dyson and LG. The attachments you get are also the standard ones you get from other brands.

Its poor battery life is a drawback if you have a bigger space. If you’re like me and live in a small apartment, it’s more than enough. This is especially true if you can instead see it as a silver lining that forces you to change old habits and makes cleaning exciting again.

Buy the Roidmi X20 for $449

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