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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS is now available for purchase

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS is now available for purchase

Although it has been on the smartwatch market for quite a while now, Mobvoi's name really peaked last year when it launched what was then the first and only smartwatch that used Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon Wear 4100. Although it dashed hopes that the company would immediately announce Wear OS 3 upgrades for its most recent models, it still might be one of the first on that track next year. To further widen its reach, it is launching the new TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS, which, despite being a mouthful, is confusingly similar to the TicWatch Pro 3.

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Apple Maps goes full 3D in 4 cities: Take a peek

Apple Maps goes full 3D in 4 cities: Take a peek

With the release of iOS 15, Apple delivered what they called Apple Maps' "biggest update ever." This update makes four cities into fully 3D experiences, with Apple-generated graphics and design to further enhance the experience one has while exploring a new area - or re-visiting an area in a brand new way. Apple Maps update this week adds an expanded 3D view to London, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

I've played Pokemon GO since before public launch. Since Google's original Google Maps April Fool's Joke that eventually turned into Pokemon GO, I've felt the draw of an augmented reality in which Pokemon exist. Now, courtesy of a couple of long-time Pokemon GO gamers on The Silph Road on Reddit, I've come to realize that the Pokemon aren't the most important part of the equation. The most important bit here is the potential Niantic has in taking this franchise into the metaverse.

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Waze adds PAW Patrol navigation experience: How to enable it

Waze adds PAW Patrol navigation experience: How to enable it

Google's navigation app Waze has added a new celebrity voice option, this one targeted at kids. The new voice experience brings popular children's show PAW Patrol to the app, enabling parents to get their navigation instructions in fun voices that may make the trip a little more enjoyable for young passengers.

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Can Pokemon GO survive this Pandora’s Box protest?

Can Pokemon GO survive this Pandora’s Box protest?

This week it's become clear that Niantic's reverting of COVID-19 (pandemic) bonuses in Pokemon GO in the summer of 2021 was a bit of a misstep. Niantic made the right moves in 2020, changing key elements in the game Pokemon GO to allow people to continue playing the game as they stayed quarantined at home, avoiding the spread of COVID-19. Players around the world grew used to the way the game was played during the pandemic (which hasn't ended, by the way), but Niantic has decided to revert SOME of the game back to its pre-pandemic state.

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Google Maps location sharing in iMessage live: How to do it

Google Maps location sharing in iMessage live: How to do it

If you're using Google Maps on iOS, you can now share your live location in iMessage easier than before. It was already possible to share you live location with Google Maps on both iOS and Android - and we'll get to that in this article as well - but first, the newness. In iMessage - the latest version of the app, of course - you'll have a new Google Maps widget for extreme ease in sharing.

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Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Supposing you wanted Snapchat to do a better job of telling you where you've been and tracking where you're going, you're in luck! There's a feature coming to iOS first (and probably Android second) called Places. You'll find it appearing in Snapchat with the name "My Places", ready to roll with the map system already appearing inside the app: Snap Map.

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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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