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Mini-review: Fitbit’s Versa Lite prefers cost over unneeded functions

Mini-review: Fitbit’s Versa Lite prefers cost over unneeded functions

Valentina Palladino The Versa Lite confused me at first. When Fitbit announced the new Inspire and Inspire HR fitness trackers, the company also debuted the new Versa Lite. This smartwatch looks identical to the original Versa, which came out last year, but it lacks a few features and costs $40 less. Considering the Versa was…
Apple is now promoting the AirPower, principally, solely it’s not made by Apple

Apple is now promoting the AirPower, principally, solely it’s not made...

The mophie 3-in-1 mat with AirPods, an Apple Watch, and an iPhone on it. Apple Here it is without any devices. Apple Another view. Apple Apple is also selling a mophie-made mat that just handles two devices. Apple You'll have to charge your Watch separately with that one. Apple The dual pad with no devices…
Garmin Leader 245 Music evaluation: New functions, much better rate, couple of sacrifices

Garmin Leader 245 Music evaluation: New functions, much better rate, couple...

Valentina Palladino Runners have a lot to be excited about when it comes to Garmin's revamped family of Forerunner smartwatches. Now starting at $199, the Forerunner family contains six devices that should serve all levels of runner—from novice to expert. The $299 Forerunner 245 and 245 Music sit right in the middle of the lineup,…
Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthwhile of changing your preferred wrist watch

Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthwhile of changing your preferred wrist watch

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2. Valentina Palladino Update: Our Smartwatch Guidemaster was originally published in February 2018. But we've been testing the newest smartwatches ahead of fall back-to-school and tech event season, so we've now updated our recommendations to include some of the best and newest devices available in 2019. If you hate looking…
Spotify pertains to Use OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Link assistance

Spotify pertains to Use OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Link assistance

Spotify/Fossil Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for, as Spotify announced that it's bringing a stand-alone wearable app to Google's smartwatch platform. Spotify's stand-alone app lets you browse and control music from your wrist. It seems to be a lighter version of Spotify's mobile app, allowing you to…
Apple obtains Intel’s 5G smart device modem service for $1 billion

Apple obtains Intel’s 5G smart device modem service for $1 billion

Enlarge / From left to right: the iPhone 8, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS Max. Samuel Axon Apple today announced that it will acquire the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion. The acquisition will bring 2,200 Intel employees under Apple's umbrella, along with various intellectual properties, leases, and…
Apple Watch’s brand-new vehicle-911 calls after falls might topple into legal problem

Apple Watch’s brand-new vehicle-911 calls after falls might topple into legal...

Valentina Palladino Late last week, Apple released more details about how (with certain opt-in settings) the Apple Watch Series 4 will contact emergency services if the watch detects that you've had a hard fall. Before actually contacting first responders, the Apple Watch will try to give numerous urgent alerts: tapping the wearer on the wrist,…
Apple introduces its large-scale gym partnership program, Apple Watch Connected

Apple introduces its large-scale gym partnership program, Apple Watch Connected

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 5. According to a report from CNBC, Apple this week introduced "Apple Watch Connected," an initiative that sees the Cupertino company partnering with major gym chains to bring Apple Watch-related technologies and benefits to members of those gyms. Benefits include workout machines that play nice with the Watch, rewards…
Report: Apple will reveal revamped MacBook Pro, “Pro” iPhones this fall

Report: Apple will reveal revamped MacBook Pro, “Pro” iPhones this fall

This is the new Mac Pro. Samuel Axon And here's a rear view. Samuel Axon Let's zoom in to see some of the ports in this configuration. Samuel Axon There's more to see at the bottom. Samuel Axon On top, you'll notice a couple more ports, a power button, and this handle. When you grab…
Practically every Apple organisation grew in every area this quarter– other than the iPhone

Practically every Apple organisation grew in every area this quarter– other...

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook. Today, Apple reported its Q3 2019 earnings to investors. Overall revenue is up 1% over the same quarter last year, reaching $53.8 billion. Apple CEO Tim Cook framed the report to investors as "a blowout quarter" for wearables, citing strong demand for the Apple Watch and AirPods as well…

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