Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 with a colored display and 20-day battery life

Better than ever



Mi Band 4 | Image credit: Xiaomi

Along with the new smart home appliances, Xiaomi introduced their new wearable: the Mi Smart Band 4. It’s the successor to the well-received Mi Band 3 with a slightly tweaked name. Aside from the name, the Mi Smart Band 4 also comes with a new set features.

Xiaomi’s new smart fitness tracker is a true upgrade from its predecessor. For starters, the screen is now in full color and it’s 39.9 percent bigger at 0.95 inches. It also comes with Xiaomi’s XiaoAI voice assistant, although that might not be useful for non-Chinese users or those living outside China.

The wearable has a 5ATM water resistant design (down to 50 meters), a six-axis sensor for more accurate activity tracking (it finally has a swim-track mode), and a heart-rate monitor. Like before, it features sleep tracking, notification mirroring, alarms, and sedentary reminders. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 and has smart home integration as well.

Mi Band 4 | Image credit: Xiaomi

The Mi Smart Band 4 will come in two versions. The standard one packs a 135mAh battery with a promised battery life of up to 20 day, while the version with NFC has a slightly smaller 125mAh battery that’ll last up to 15 days. The added NFC gives the wearable contactless payment ability via Alipay where available.

Price starts at CNY 169 (US$ 24) in China and it goes up to CNY 229 (US$ 33) for the NFC-equipped variant.

Source: Xiaomi

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Nreal can project an ultrawide monitor using AR tech

Will soon support Windows



For a good number of PC users, there just isn’t enough space for a huge monitor. An emerging category of devices is making things easier for those with problems of space. Nreal, a company that makes augmented-reality glasses, can project an ultra-wide image straight onto the lenses of its wearables for the user. Now, the company has announced that it will support Windows in the coming future.

Announced during the Game Developers Conference 2023, Nreal announced Nebula for Windows. Complementing the company’s wearables, Nebula for Windows will allow users to connect their glasses to their PC. Users can project a virtual ultra-wide screen right in front of them. They can upgrade their 16:9 screen into a curved 21:9 screen.

Additionally, users can take advantage of enhanced 3-DoF (or three degrees of freedom) tracking, which can make virtual cockpit games much more immersive than with standard monitors. To showcase this capability and more, Nreal is presenting two sample AR games during the conference. These two games, Nreal Tower and In Wonder will maximize what the company’s products — especially the Light and the Air — can do.

Currently, Nreal has not announced when Nebula for Windows will launch. However, it is still a big boon for gamers who want to upgrade their setup but don’t have the funds or the space to do so.

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Bard is now available to try for Google One users

Join the waitlist now



The race for artificial intelligence is a hot trail. Amid the unbridled popularity of ChatGPT, several companies have started pushing their own language models out the gate. Google, eager to compete in the emerging industry, has now opened Bard to users.

Today, Google has started issuing invitations to Google One subscribers for a chance to try the new chatbot. Subscribers can enter a waitlist to test the technology for themselves.

In essence, Bard acts the same as ChatGPT. Users can talk to the bot conversationally, and it will respond perfectly, as if you were talking to another human being. It’s a language learning model. By talking to so many users, the model can learn the best way to reply to certain prompts.

Although Google has access to its search engine, Bard is currently meant to complement it. The company warns users that the chatbot is still prone to occasional mistakes. As an example, it gave the wrong scientific name for a plant. While this example is innocuous, there can be more nefarious errors that the developers are still trying to fix. With a wider test now open to the public, Google hopes to fix more egregious mistakes ahead of a wider launch.

For now, if you subscribe to Google’s premium subscription service, you can wait in line to try out the new technology.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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EA is delisting classic Battlefield games

And Mirror’s Edge



EA is a mixed bag nowadays. Formerly one of the biggest names in gaming, the company’s public reception is more varied these days. However, no one can argue against the studio’s earlier eras with more notable titles. Unfortunately, that era is coming to a more definitive close. EA is officially delisting a few notable Battlefield titles and the original Mirror’s Edge from digital stores.

In an official statement from the company, EA has announced the retirement of four online titles this year. Starting April 28, users will no longer be able to buy Battlefield 1943, Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Mirror’s Edge online. Additionally, the online services for these games will cease on December 8.

Still going strong today, the Battlefield franchise is EA’s answer to the Call of Duty franchise. While the latter focuses on more arcade-like shooting, Battlefield tries to infuse more strategic gameplay into historical and modern-day shooting.

On the other hand, Mirror’s Edge is a classic first-person parkour adventure. At the time, the title was notable for its fluid movement and easy-to-read visuals. It even spawned a sequel, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.

Anyone who owns these titles can still play through them after April. However, come December, players can only go through the offline single-player campaigns of these games.

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