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Best running watches to meet your fitness goals

Best running watches to meet your fitness goals

Vigorous exercising, especially running, has well-described benefits. Whether you run to sweat or meet your fitness goals; tracking and monitoring your pace, distance and health is important. Running watches are an optimal and convenient way to monitor your daily regime. These smartwatches are specially made to be worn while running, whether indoors or outdoors, and to track associated metrics including time, speed, distance and in some cases even heart rate, O2 levels and sleep.

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Apple Maps update makes navigation easier with Sim City aesthetic

Apple Maps update makes navigation easier with Sim City aesthetic

Apple Maps has a fancy 3D-like mode that allows you to explore the world in Apple's chosen aesthetic. There's a new navigation view able to render overlapping, complex interchanges for drivers. This latest update also adds an augmented reality system where the user can scan a building and attain walking directions based on where Apple Maps believes you are.

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Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE and 55 launch with opposite goals

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE and 55 launch with opposite goals

Smartwatches have come into focus in the past few weeks thanks to Google I/O's big Wear OS announcement but that is hardly the only wearable platform available in the market today. Almost every big name in fitness and smartwatches, like Fitbit and Garmin, utilize their own custom OS to squeeze out as much as they can from smartwatches' minuscule batteries. Not to be left out from all the attention, navigation expert Garmin has announced the Forerunner 945 LTE and the Forerunner 55, occupying two opposite ends of the GPS smartwatch spectrum.

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T-Mobile SyncUP TRACKER device rides the AirTag wave

T-Mobile SyncUP TRACKER device rides the AirTag wave

It would appear that T-Mobile USA is ready to roll with a tracker device that'll do battle with Apple's AirTag and Tile. T-Mobile revealed the SyncUP TRACKER this week with connectivity to the T-Mobile LTE network. The device is tracked with an app on Android and iOS devices, and does not need to be within a specific range of a smartphone to work.

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Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch is the do-all fitness tracker

Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch is the do-all fitness tracker

The Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch will cost you approximately $400 - let's talk about why. The Garmin Venu 2 does everything the original Venu does, but ALSO adds an array of new features. This watch works with GPS (and GLONASS, GALILEO), heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, ambient light sensor, pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor, and a battery time of up to 10 days in smartwatch mode. It has a touchscreen, color display, and is able to connect to Android and iOS devices.

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Lockheed Martin makes changes to GPS satellites so they can be upgraded in orbit

Lockheed Martin makes changes to GPS satellites so they can be upgraded in orbit

Typically when a satellite needs to be upgraded, it's simply replaced with a new satellite. Lockheed Martin is looking to change that and is redesigning the bus used for GPS satellites so they can be or upgraded with new hardware while in orbit. Word of the satellite changes came from a Lockheed Martin executive earlier this week.

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Minecraft Earth end date suggests LEGO won the real war

Minecraft Earth end date suggests LEGO won the real war

This week the augmented reality game Minecraft Earth was announced as headed for the graveyard. On June 30, 2021, the game will officially end support, and no more Minecraft blocks will appear in any players' augmented reality as such. Does this mean that Minecraft interest is dying too, or that this game didn't capture the Minecraft spirit?

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Android location data in urban areas is about to become more accurate

Android location data in urban areas is about to become more accurate

It's almost too easy to take for granted the number of technologies and estimation required to get your specific location on a map. Most people probably think of GPS as some hi-tech satellite or group of satellites that can pinpoint your location with frightening accuracy, just like in TV shows and movies. That's why they easily get frustrated, confused, and unamused when maps put them on the wrong side of the street or even the wrong block. With upcoming updates to Android and its Play Services framework, Google is promising that will soon be a thing of the past, all without upgrading GPS satellites to match their fictional counterparts.

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Pokemon GO Kalos region launch list confirmed

Pokemon GO Kalos region launch list confirmed

Today Niantic revealed a whole bunch of information about the future of Pokemon GO all at once. We're going through the lists to make certain we've got all the important bits and pieces sorted out so you can make sense of the near-future update series in the game. The worldwide launch of Kalos region Pokemon starts on December 2, 2020. Here comes the Mega Evolution!

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Ultra-rare Shiny Pokemon GO Mystery Box release this week

Ultra-rare Shiny Pokemon GO Mystery Box release this week

This week there'll be a special celebration in Pokemon GO. This special celebration centers on the crossover between Pokemon GO and Pokemon HOME. To promote the new abilities of Pokemon HOME for Pokemon GO, Niantic's releasing a new Mystery Box for user across the planet.

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iPhone and Apple Watch GPS requires reset in recent update

iPhone and Apple Watch GPS requires reset in recent update

This week Apple Support released a note about GPS functionality on the Apple Watch and iPhone with the latest software update to each. This update seems to have created an issue with the pairing of iOS 14.0 and watchOS 7.0, requiring a relatively drastic fix to make it all function as intended. This oddity appeared after updating iPhone to iOS 14 and Apple Watch to watchOS 7 in late September.

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Pokemon GO “end of support” messages sent to devices old and new

Pokemon GO “end of support” messages sent to devices old and new

This week a variety of users with all manner of different smartphones received a message from Niantic. The message suggested that the device on which the user was playing Pokemon GO would no longer be supported in the near future. Per this message from Niantic, these users would not be able to play Pokemon GO at all in the future without a new smartphone.

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