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The Apple Watch Series 9 could get the first big chip upgrade in years
The Apple Watch Series 9 is expected to be announced during a September event later this year, but we haven't heard all that much about it so far. Now, a new report claims that the wearable will have one big upgrade that's years overdue.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claims that the Apple Watch Series 9 will feature an all-new chip for the first time in years. Gurman was writing in a new Discord channel he set up for those who subscribe to his weekly Power On newsletter.
The Apple Watch Series 8, like the Apple Watch Series 7 that came before it, uses a chip that is essentially identical to that of the Apple Watch Series 6. The chips carried a new name, like S8, but don't have notable speed improvements over the S6. That's now going to change, we're told.
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Razer partners with a designer eyewear brand to create futuristic sunglasses
Razer makes hardware and peripherals, from gaming laptops to keyboards and mice. Still, it also sells gear in the form of backpacks and funky clothing created in collaboration with designer brands. Earlier this year, Razer dropped its EVISU collection, which saw funky designs from the Japanese designer clothing company for hoodies and jeans. You definitely need to check out the jeans.
In keeping with this tradition, the latest collaboration with Italian designer eyewear brand Retrosuperfuture makes sense - though it's still surprising. The collab results in the new Razersuperfuture sunglasses that look like the 3D glasses you'd put on before watching Avatar at the cinemas. Retrosuperfuture sunglasses all live up to the brand's naming, sporting sci-fi designs that look better suited to a runway than going for a walk on a sunny day.
In terms of specs (sunglasses apparently have these, too), you've got a durable, lightweight acetate frame with photochromic lenses (with 100% UVB/UVA protection) and blue light protection (up to 420 nm). The latter means they could be worn indoors while gaming on a bright HDR display.
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The Apple Watch is getting widgets just like your iPhone
The Apple Watch has been around since 2015 but the watchOS software that powers it hasn't changed all that much. Now, a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman suggests that software is very much about to change later this year.
According to Gurman Apple's upcoming watchOS 10 update will be its biggest yet, suggesting that we can look forward to meaningful changes to the way that we use our wearable for the first time in a long time - perhaps ever.
According to Gurman, who is normally well connected and pretty much on the money about these things, watchOS 10 will be a big one. According to him, we can expect Apple to bring widgets to the Apple Watch for the first time, building on a previous widgets-like experience that was known as Glances before they were removed in a previous release. Gurman also says that Apple is keen to bring more information to the fore, making it more easily accessible without the need to open an app first.
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The Apple Watch could soon be rid of the iPhone for good
If you buy an Apple Watch today you pair it with an iPhone, sync it with an iPhone, and it's forever attached to that iPhone and no other. That could all be about to change when Apple releases watchOS 10 later this year.
That's according to a new report by Twitter leaker @analyst941 which suggests that there are big changes coming to the Apple Watch. In particular, the report claims that the Apple Watch will soon sync with multiple devices at once, removing the one-iPhone limit. And that's just the start.
According to the leaker, who rose to prominence last year when they shared details about the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island before it was announced, the Apple Watch will soon connect to iPads and Macs for the very first time. That would be quite the departure for Apple whose Apple Watches have long been linked to one, and only one, iPhone.
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The Apple Watch Ultra isn't getting this big upgrade just yet, but it's coming
The Apple Watch Ultra is already the best Apple Watch the company has ever made, but everything could be improved. The Apple Watch Ultra is no different and we'd been told to expect a big display upgrade as soon as next year. Now, a new report suggests that isn't the case at all. We'll have to wait a little bit longer.
The previous rumors had claimed that there was a chance we would see Apple move the Apple Watch Ultra to a new microLED display in 2024, but that's now been blown out of the water - and blown out of the water by the company tasked with making it, no less.
This new report comes via display analyst Ross Young who has a pretty solid track record when it comes to sharing details about upcoming Apple products based on the display technology that they will use. According to Young, the Apple Watch Ultra won't go microLED until 2025 with his source being the company that will make the displays. That company, called Osram, said in a recent report that it expects to start reporting revenues based on its microLED technology products in 2025.
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Leaker claims watchOS 10 will finally make app management better
Apple is expected to announce its next Apple Watch operating system in June and a new leak suggests that we can expect it to come with a big new feature in tow.
The leak, which comes from the same person who correctly shared details of the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island in 2022, claims that Apple's watchOS 10 will add support for folders for the first time. The change might not seem like a big one at first blush, but it will make it much, much easier to manage and find apps on what is expected to be a redesigned Home Screen.
The leaker says that they will share more details in the future, but right now we're being told to expect a Home Screen that will be easier to use while also making it easier to move apps around. It's also claimed that the update will be much more like iOS, although it isn't immediately clear what that means.
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Boosting Apple Watch battery life is a priority, according to Apple exec
Apple is looking at different ways to beef up the battery life of its smartwatch, according to an interview with an Apple executive, who also hinted that a new Mac Pro is inbound from the company.
Bob Borchers, who is VP of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple, talked to India Today, and when the subject of the Apple Watch came up, it was noted that battery life is something that could use a further boost.
Borchers admitted that battery longevity is obviously a tricky matter, as there's a very thorny balance to be achieved between adding cool new features - health-related functionality, for example, like the rumored incoming blood glucose monitoring - and keeping battery life at a good enough level.
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Google Pixel Watch has a new fall detection feature that could be a lifesaver
Google has brought a new feature to its Pixel Watch, namely the ability to detect if the wearer has taken a tumble.
The watch uses its motion sensors combined with AI smarts to determine if a fall has occurred, and can differentiate between a hard fall, and say a more natural jolt or stumble. (It'll also pull in other data from the watch, presumably like your heart rate, which will doubtless spike in a nasty fall).
Then, if you aren't moving after the fall has happened for a certain length of time, the Pixel Watch can automatically call the emergency services, so you'll get the attention you need as quickly as possible.
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Mutalk is a wireless microphone that covers your entire mouth
Sometimes a new product looks a little silly; that's just a fact. And there's nothing wrong with functionality and form over stylish and fashion-conscious. This makes the reveal of the new Mutalk device an interesting case because it does look silly (and sure, that's a subjective take), but it's presented to look like this cool thing you can wear and cover your mouth with.
What is it? The Mutalk is a wireless Bluetooth microphone you wear as a mask to dampen the sound and cover your lips so no one can hear or tell what you're saying. You can see it in action in the video above.
The privacy side of the Mutalk makes it a device for smartphones and PCs, where sensitive conversations can happen anywhere. Plus, VR headsets, and if the picture below the headline is to be believed when gaming online too. There's also the benefit of not disturbing those near you or your neighbors. Regarding high-frequency noise reduction, the Mutalk can muffle the sound by around -30 decibels.
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LG's new Styler ShoeCase and ShoeCare: perfect for the shoe enthusiast
If you are a sneaker collector or know of a sneaker collector in your life that wants a totally next-gen way of showing off your sneaker collections? Then LG has your back, it wants to make Life Good with your sneaker collection with the introduction of its new Styler ShoeCase.
LG's new Styler ShoeCase is a new-look shoebox that has a window to show off your shoes, but better yet: the enclosure protects your shoes from moisture, with LG using filters to protect your kicks from UV light. You can even stack four of them up if you've got the sneakers to display, but it gets even better... if the Styler ShoeCase wasn't already cool enough.
Inside, there's a built-in Lazy Susan that lets you rotate your kicks for the absolute ultimate in showing off your shoes with LG's new Styler ShoeCase. I mean, imagine four pairs of sneakers all rotating with RGB lighting for the ultimate in atmosphere (while displaying your shoes in a totally new way).
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