Tuesday January 4, 2022 11:42 am PST by

Fitness technology company Garmin today announced the launch of its latest smart watch, the Venu 2 Plus, which brings a microphone and voice assistant integration to the Venu 2 smart watch launched last year.

With an added microphone, the Venu 2 Plus is able to work with the Siri when connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone. ?Siri? integration offers all of the same ?Siri? features that are available on the ?iPhone?, so ?Siri? can be asked to send messages, make phone calls, answer queries, and more.

Measuring in at 43mm, the Venu 2 Plus has a round watch face that sets it apart from the Apple Watch. Like many smart watches on the market, the Venu 2 Plus features several health tracking capabilities. It monitors heart rate, respiration, daily energy levels, stress, sleep, and it has a built-in pulse oximeter.

As for battery life, the Venu 2 Plus lasts for up to nine days, which means that it significantly outperforms the Apple Watch, and it is also compatible with Android devices whereas the Apple Watch is limited to iPhones. Garmin’s devices also have more of a fitness focus with built-in sports apps and animated on-screen workouts, as well as strength training features, HIIT workouts, and more.

The Venu 2 Plus can be purchased from the Garmin website for $450.

Monday September 13, 2021 10:30 am PDT by

The AI-powered fitness gym “Tempo” today announced integration with the Apple Watch, allowing Tempo customers to sync their workouts and fitness and health data directly to their Apple Watch. Amongst its demographic of users, Tempo says that more than 70% are iPhone users, with a smaller 35% owning an Apple Watch. Tempo had been teasing Apple Watch integration for some time, and with it…

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Saturday November 27, 2021 11:23 am PST by

A former nurse practitioner has thanked her Apple Watch and its Low Heart Rate notification for likely saving her life, crediting the watch’s advanced and proactive health and medical capabilities for alerting her to a potentially life-threatening condition. 68-year old Patti Sohn was gifted an Apple Watch for Mother’s Day by her son and has since developed a habit of closing her activity…

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Thursday October 28, 2021 4:30 pm PDT by

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has been working on a smart watch designed to compete with the Apple Watch since early this year, and now Bloomberg has obtained pictures of the device. The smart watch has a design that’s not too far off from the Apple Watch, but it is wider and rounder with more curved edges. There is a camera at the bottom of the display, along with a control…

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Sunday December 5, 2021 8:22 am PST by

Apple is planning an entire revamp of its Apple Watch lineup for 2022, including an update to the Apple Watch SE and a new Apple Watch with a rugged design aimed at sports athletes, according to respected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. Writing in the latest installment of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said that for 2022, alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple is planning an update to …

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Saturday January 1, 2022 4:15 pm PST by

Apple today shared a new ad titled “911” that emphasizes the Apple Watch’s life-saving potential during emergencies. The suspenseful ad revolves around three individuals named Amanda, Jason, and Jim who were each able to get help by dialing 911 using the Apple Watch, with the ad highlighting excerpts from their frantic phone calls with dispatchers. Amanda, for example, said that her car had…

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Thursday November 4, 2021 11:16 am PDT by

Twelve South today announced the launch of the ActionBand, a new Apple Watch band option created for fitness enthusiasts. The ActionBand is designed for workouts, and it encompasses the Apple Watch in a soft, terry cotton material. The cotton of the ActionBand is meant to keep the Apple Watch tight on the wrist for heart rate measurements, and it also is sweat absorbent. It is made with…

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Wednesday December 8, 2021 1:19 am PST by

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has today thrown his weight behind rumors that Apple is planning to launch three new Apple Watch models in 2022. In a note to investors seen by MacRumors, Kuo said that the 2022 Apple Watch lineup will include the Apple Watch Series 8, the second-generation Apple Watch SE, and a new “extreme sports” version:The new Apple Watch in 2H22 includes Apple Watch 8,…

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Friday December 3, 2021 11:32 am PST by

In a new interview, two Apple executives have discussed Apple’s wide range of Apple Watch band options for customers, how they’re designed, and their thinking behind them. Evans Hankey, Apple’s vice president of industrial design, and Stan Ng, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, recently spoke to HYPEBEAST about Apple Watch bands. Apple has a wide range of Apple Watch bands for…

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Sunday January 2, 2022 3:23 am PST by

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro will feature support for Lossless audio and a charging case that can emit a sound for location tracking purposes, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature new selling points that will lead to strong demand, including support for Apple Lossless…

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Sunday January 2, 2022 6:34 am PST by

In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reiterated his expectations for new Apple products in 2022, including the iPhone 14 series, a redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip, an iPad Pro with wireless charging, and more. Gurman said at least some iPhone 14 models launching later this year will feature a hole-punch display design, as we’ve heard from other…

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Monday January 3, 2022 5:02 am PST by

Verizon and T-Mobile have discontinued their iPad rebate program in partnership with Apple following widespread customer complaints that the program was ineffective, flawed, and rarely worked as intended. In recent weeks, complaints from customers have emerged across social media regarding Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s rebate programs. If it worked according to plan, the program would give…

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Monday January 3, 2022 2:24 am PST by

Apple’s rumored new consumer-oriented standalone monitor could appear this year and come in at around the $2,500 price mark, based on comments made by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Writing in his first “Power On” newsletter of 2022, Gurman says the new monitor is “destined to be about half the price of the Pro Display XDR,” which he’s “hoping” launches sometime this year. Speaking of Macs and…

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Saturday January 1, 2022 4:15 pm PST by

Apple today shared a new ad titled “911” that emphasizes the Apple Watch’s life-saving potential during emergencies. The suspenseful ad revolves around three individuals named Amanda, Jason, and Jim who were each able to get help by dialing 911 using the Apple Watch, with the ad highlighting excerpts from their frantic phone calls with dispatchers. Amanda, for example, said that her car had…

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Saturday January 1, 2022 1:56 pm PST by

In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 1, Apple has released special-edition AirPods Pro with a custom-designed tiger emoji through its online store and retail stores in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese calendar. The special-edition AirPods Pro have a custom-designed tiger emoji printed on the wireless charging case, with…

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Thursday December 30, 2021 11:13 am PST by

Apple in October introduced the redesigned third-generation AirPods, which have an updated design, Adaptive EQ support, spatial audio, and other new features. To explain some of the design decisions Apple made with the AirPods 3, Apple’s vice president of acoustics Gary Geaves sat down for an interview with What HiFi (via 9to5Mac), providing some interesting insight into the limitations of…

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