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Will We Ever Get Multi-day Battery Life on the Apple Watch?

Yesterday we got a glimpse at the Apple Watch Series 5. While it boasts a new LTPO screen and some software updates, one thing that hasn’t changed is its 18-hour, “all-day” battery life. Read More >>

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The Apple Watch’s Latest Trick Could Be Battling Pseudoscience – But Questions Remain

Before launching into its battery of Apple Watch announcements on Tuesday, Apple set the tone, as it often does, with a moving promotional video. Among the many characters featured was a mother who described how the Apple Watch helped catch a pregnancy-endangering heart condition before it was too late. Later, Apple announced it would expand its health initiatives by embarking on three new health research studies that will use data gathered by its smartwatch. The Apple Watch, like most wearables, bills itself as a product that can help you live a healthier life. These studies are Apple’s latest effort to prove that’s more than marketing bluster. Read More >>

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MIT Engineers Have Created the ‘Blackest Black’ to Ever Black

Move over, Vantablack. MIT engineers have developed a material they claim is 10 times blacker than any other to date. Read More >>

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Soon, Alexa Might Be as Dumb as Your Neighbourhood Troll

The next time you ask Alexa a question, the answer could come from some rando with an internet connection. Amazon is publicly launching its Alexa Answers programme, a way for the company to crowdsource answers for questions Alexa doesn’t have a response for. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Here’s Some of the Bizarre and Amusing Tech We Saw at IFA 2019

Emerging tech can get downright odd, and what was in the IFA Next Pavilion in Berlin this year was no exception. The space is basically a set of two circular halls – one red, one blue – that showcases startups and big-name brands alike. The thing they all have in common is they’re usually showing prototypes for novel ideas that, to be frank, may never actually make it to market. Read More >>

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Maybe Don’t Let Facebook Track Your Location in iOS 13 and Android 10

With the arrival of iOS 13 and Android 10, Facebook is preemptively warning users that location settings are about to change and it’s surely just trying to help you out. Read More >>

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The Fitbit Versa 2 Is a Solid Update That Just Makes Me Want So Much More

Let me start out this review by saying I love my Fitbit Versa. There’s a reason it’s Fitbit’s most popular smartwatch. It’s stylish, affordable, the fitness features are solid, and the 5+ days of battery life are a godsend. I’m just tired of every new announcement from Fitbit being a different flavor of Versa – even if the latest Versa 2 is an excellent smartwatch. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: There’s Something More Powerful Than Qi Wireless Charging and It Could Soon Power Your Blender

My kitchen is cramped, and chances are yours is too. That’s why the Wireless Power Consortium is pushing its new Ki cordless kitchen standard at IFA – so one day we can power all our kitchen appliances directly from the countertop. Read More >>

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Russian Startup ‘Muffin Computer’ Wants to Keep Your Smartphone Cosy on Cold Days

I was chugging coffee and eating currywurst in the press room at Messe Berlin, scrolling through the IFA app when I found Muffin Computer. Or should I say Muffin Computer found me. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: You Can Always Count on Fossil to Bring a Million Smartwatches to a Party

Ever since it got into the smartwatch game, Fossil never fails to show an army of wrist computers everywhere it goes. This year’s IFA is no exception. In addition to showcasing its newly launched Gen 5 smartwatches, Fossil – and its horde of designer brand partners – brought four totally new watches and some familiar friends to Berlin. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Picture, If You Will, the Person Who Buys This £11,400 Gamer Chair

After launching its ridiculous Predator Thronos “gaming chair” last year, a common refrain Acer heard from hopeful buyers was they regretted they couldn’t plop down the £25,000 for the damn thing as it wouldn’t fit in their homes. This year, Acer says its successor, the $14,000 (£11,354) Predator Thronos Air (UK pricing and availability TBA), is way more “accessible” thanks to a 25 per cent reduction in weight, smaller footprint, and added massage feature. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Withings Didn’t Forget the Move ECG – It’s Just Been Trapped in Regulation Hell

Withing’s long-promised budger rival to the Apple Watch is shipping. Back at CES, Withings gave us a peek at the Move ECG, an activity tracker that offered the same electrocardiogram capabilities as the Apple Watch Series 4. Nine months later at IFA, it’s finally available – but only if you live in Europe. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Germany’s Biggest Tech Show is Getting Sexy With This Bendy Bullet Vibrator

CES might have a problem with vibrators, but IFA sure doesn’t. Europe’s premier consumer tech show had zero problems with MysteryVibe announcing the Poco – a little bendy bullet vibrator that according to the company, can be “shaped as a wearable.” Read More >>

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After Years of Ugly Watches, Garmin’s Got Some Fresh Styles

While Garmin might be known for powerful frumpy smartwatches, at IFA it’s launched some gorgeous wristables a fashionista wouldn’t be ashamed to wear. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: The New Magic Number for Gaming Laptops Is 300Hz

Gaming laptops were out in force today at IFA in Berlin, as both Acer and Asus held their main press conferences just before Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show opens to the public. But while I was buried in computers of all shapes and sizes, two beefy gaming laptops caught my eye: The Acer Predator Triton 500 and the Asus Zephyrus S GX701. Not because they’re particularly beautiful, or come with flashing RGB lighting – they’re notable because they both boast 300Hz displays. Read More >>