Wearables

The Vatican just launched a smart rosary

Includes a health tracker

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Technology is everywhere. From smartphones to smart sneakers, there’s a gadget for everything. By now, you’d think new gizmos wouldn’t surprise us anymore. Most of the time, we don’t. Occasionally, however, a new gadget just appears out of nowhere and catches us by surprise. Case in point, the Vatican has launched the world’s first smart rosary.

The “Click to Pray” eRosary is a wearable bracelet engineered for young Catholics. It consists of ten black agate and hematite rosary beads. The device’s technology comes from the smart cross.

The rosary activates when the wearer makes the sign of the cross. After activation, the device links to a free app. The app — named Click to Pray — provides rosary guides and personalized content related to praying the rosary. The user can choose between standard rosary prayers, contemplative rosary prayers, or thematic ones released throughout the year. During prayer, the rosary tracks your progress through the different mysteries. The smart cross can also track health information including step counts, calories burned, and distance trackers.

According to the press release, the eRosary supplements Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network, an initiative that mobilizes today’s Catholics against humanity’s problems. Notably, October is also the annual month for praying the rosary.

The Click to Pray eRosary can be purchased online now for only EUR 90.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit unveils Versa Lite smartwatch and new fitness-focused wearables

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watchOS 7 previews new workouts, sleep tracking, and better hand-washing

Rolling out in the fall

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Who says smartwatches are dead? Despite the dwindling number of competitors, the Apple Watch is still alive and kicking. At WWDC 2020, Apple unveiled the latest innovations in the coming watchOS 7, featuring innovations that will help you sleep and wash your hands properly.

Sharable watch faces

Naturally, a smartwatch user’s watch face will depend on their individual lifestyles. A surfer will not enjoy the same functionalities as a new mom, for example. watchOS 7 will introduce new ways to customize and to share your watch faces. New complications, like a tachymeter for sports aficionado and a breastfeeding tracker for moms, will open the Apple Watch for different users.

Apple will provide new official watch faces for now: Glow Baby for moms and Dawn Patrol for surfers, for example. However, users can share their own customizations to other users through Messages or Mail.

Sleep tracking

Finally, Apple has a solution for your sleeping habits. However, instead of just tracking how you sleep, watchOS 7 will also help optimize your pre-bedtime routine. Wind Down, the new feature, can automgadatically turn off notifications, operate smart home devices, and play specific playlists or a meditation app.

As for sleeping time itself, the update can detect micro-movements to accurately measure periods of waking and sleeping. The watch will then report the user’s sleep patterns weekly or monthly.

New workouts

As the watch’s most used function, Workout is getting some interesting additions, including new workout types: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cooldown. The Dance function, for example, sampled the four most popular fitness dances: Bollywood, cardio dance, hip-hop, and Latin.

Improved Noise

In watchOS, Apple introduced a new function that measured a location’s ambient sound level, helping users reduce noise pollution. In watchOS 7, the company is improving this app to measure how loud your media is. If you’re listening to music at dangerously high volumes for concerningly long periods of time, the watch will alert you to turn your volume down.

Washing for 20 seconds

Especially useful nowadays, watchOS 7 will start notifying you if you did a good job washing your hands. Using motion sensors and machine learning, the watch can detect your method and your duration. If you wash your hands for less than the prescribed 20 seconds, it will tell you to continue washing.

watchOS 7 will roll out later this year. The update will support the Apple Watch Series 3 onward paired with the iPhone 6s or later.

SEE ALSO: The Apple Watch Series 5 is here!

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realme launches affordable wireless buds, powerbank and backpack!

They won’t break your bank

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With the global pandemic keeping us apart, indoors, and out of our minds, realme Philippines is releasing new products — the realme Buds Air Neo, Powerbank 2, and Adventure Backpack!

These new items are meant to complement their line-up to help us keep sane. They’ve already launched five smartphones, a fitness band, and smart audio devices but, they’re not stopping there.

realme Buds Air Neo

The realme Buds Air Neo offers the first Super Low Latency 119.2ms Gaming Mode in the sub-1,500 segment. You can enjoy a rich audio experience with its 13mm Bass Boost Driver, delivering on quality dynamism and layers of the bass notes.

If you’re out for necessities, the realme Buds Air won’t fail you on battery life, assuring you a total 17 hours of playback with the charging case.

The Realme Buds Air Neo will be available in Pop White for now. Other colors on the way are Punk Green and Rock Red. Any immersive wireless sound shouldn’t come with a price that’ll cost an arm or a leg that why the Buds come at a price tag of PhP 1,990.

Powerbank 2

A digital lifestyle of endless use can exhaust any device. To make less a pain while you don’t want to be tied town to your nearest outlet, Realme is launching their Powerbank 2.

The powerbank’s 10,000mAh power gets an upgrade with its 18W two-way Quick Charge capability. It even features low-current charging that can be enabled through a double tap on the power button for safe charging.

With its 13-layer Circuit Protection and high-grade safety features, the Realme Powerbank 2 won’t struggle with capacity degradation even after 500 charges. It has both USB-A and Type-C charging ports.

The realme Powerbank 2 is decked out in new micro stripes design with black and yellow colors. The Powerbank 2 costs PhP 1,190.

Adventure Backpack

Realme Philippines brings the latest addition to its branded merchandise: the Realme Adventure Backpack.

It has easy-access side pockets and zippers, a multifunctional band, an extra-padded silk handle, thick pearl cotton straps, and a trolley strap. It is made of a 650D high-density British Oxford Cotton, a high-grade combed cotton fabric, for durability.

On top of that, the backpack has a storage capacity of 32L. If you want to bring your devices, it’s got room. The backpack has a 4-level splash resistance treatment, a separate laptop sleeve that can hold a 17-inch notebook, and a safety buckle to keep everything in place.

The Adventure Backpack has a price tag of PhP 1,490.

Launch deals

Lazada customers will enjoy a PhP 200 discount on each of the new products during a special initial offering promo on June 19, starting at 12 AM. Shopee shoppers can also avail a special discounted price of PhP 1,737  for the realme Buds Air Neo and PgP 961 for the Powerbank 2 from 12 AM to 8:59 PM and from 12 PM to 11:59 PM

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Select Huawei devices are discounted for a limited time on Shopee

Buyers can also avail of special discounts on select device bundles

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This month of June could be the best time to snag a Huawei device. Recently, the company launched a promo that bundles every Huawei P40 series phone with a Band 4 or 50GB worth of cloud storage. Now, they are launching two more promos where buyers can snag a Huawei device for a discounted price.

Shopee flash sale

Huawei Philippines is participating in Shopee’s annual brand week from June 12-22. During this period, buyers can avail of select Huawei devices at a much lower price. Buyers should keep an eye on these devices:

  • Y5P — PhP 3,990 from PhP 4,490
  • Nova 7i — PhP 13,790 from PhP 13,990
  • MateBook D15 — PhP 36,590 from PhP 37,990
  • MediaPad T3 8-inch — PhP 5,490 from PhP 6,490
  • Band 4 — PhP 1,134 from PhP 1,890
  • GT 2e — PhP 5,990 from PhP 6,990
  • FreeBuds 3 — PhP 6,990 from PhP 8,990

To avail of these devices, simply head over to Huawei’s official Shopee store.

Sales in physical stores

Select Huawei stores nationwide are also offering a limited-time promo for the month of June. Buyers can snag a bundle of Huawei devices at discounted rates and start exploring Huawei’s ecosystem. The bundles are as follow:

  • Nova series + Watch GT 2e bundle — buyers who avail of any Nova series smartphone (Nova 7 SE, Nova 7i, Nova 5T) can get the Watch GT 2e at PhP 2,000 off its PhP 6,990 retail price.
  • MatePad Pro bundle — those buying the MatePad Pro with a keyboard can get the M Pen (worth PhP 4,990) for free.

Huawei is also selling the FreeBuds 3 at PhP 1,000 off its PhP 8,990 retail price. This is already a steal considering that Huawei’s truly wireless earbuds are among the best in its class.

The Nova series bundle and FreeBuds 3 promo are valid from June 12-30. Meanwhile, the Mate Pro bundle is available from June 8 to 28. Visit any of select Huawei stores nationwide to avail of these promos. Buyers may also visit Huawei Philippines’ Facebook page for more information.

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