As Star Wars fandom has again descended into predictable civil war regarding The Rise of Skywalker, over in the lower stakes realm of The Mandalorian the most recent episode is deserving of almost its universal praise.
Released early to perhaps not get in the way of the theatrical saga’s conclusion, Chapter 7: The Reckoning was just that: a series of twists and confrontations ending with a Game of Thrones-like tragedy as we head into the final episode of this generally excellent freshman season. Full points to director Deborah Chow and writer Jon Favreau, whose best work was in this episdode.
From its wonderful statements about programming both IG-11 and Baby Yoda — “This is something that cannot be taught with the twist of a spanner” — to a brilliant rethinking of TIE Fighter functionality, Nathan Martin and Fish Griwkowsky enthuse and look ahead — with zero Rise of Skywalker spoilers, PS.
Google has launched a minor redesign of the Google Pay app that’s a step backwards compared to other recently updated Google apps.
The new design stashes all the sections in a side menu, which is odd since apps like Google Photos recently moved towards displaying everything in a bottom bar to get rid of the side menu. The old version of Google Pay, which you can look at here, used the bottom bar method effectively, so it’s unclear why Google choose to change it.
For the most part, the new design is pretty non-offensive. It combines your passes and loyalty cards like PC Optimum or insurance cards with your selected payment method on the main screen. While this might make this feature a little more convenient, it’s still not a good update.
The new side menu, and what happens when you tap on a payment card and the new home screen (in that order).
With the new Android 11 power menu that surfaces your contactless payment card options, you already have quick access to your credit and debit cards. Not to mention, it would make more sense for this menu to show your loyalty cards as well so they could easily get scanned at checkout. It’s just weird that Google decided to update the app with all these functions when it’s put so much work into Android 11 to make it, so users don’t need to open the actual Google Pay app often.
This new update puts the Google Pay app more or less on par with Apple’s Wallet app, but without the quick access shortcut that the Cupertino tech giant has in the iOS Control Center. That said, you could argue that the ‘View All’ option buried within a three-dot menu in the new power button menu is this shortcut on Android. However, the fact that it’s hidden in a menu makes it a little more of a hassle than a floating action button styled button.
In the end, I don’t have anything against the new main screen layout, but I don’t understand why Google didn’t leave the bottom bar with some of the more complex options.
Apple officially unveiled its latest products and software this week, and it included the new Apple Watch 6.
While those looking for the new iPhone announcement may have to wait a little longer, for now, the watch offers new features and designs for Apple fans.
But Apple didn’t just introduce one watch, but two. Besides the Apple Watch Series 6, described as the most advanced watch we’ve ever built and adds breakthrough wellness technology,” the new Apple Watch SE was also announced.
It is the tech company’s first-time user-friendly option, available at a lower cost than the Series 6.
With the big release day upon us, here’s what to check out on the Apple Watch Series 6.
Courtesy of Apple
First things first, probably the most exciting portion of Tuesday’s unveiling was the Blood Oxygen app on the watch. While wearing the Apple Watch, the user simply has to hold their wrist flat and still, with the display facing up. Within 15 seconds, your oxygen saturation is measured, and this — according to Apple — indicates how well your lugs and circulatory system are delivering oxygenated blood to your body. But note, the app does say “Blood Oxygen measurements are not intended for medical use.”
And in case you’re wondering, most people have a 95-100% blood oxygen level.
The EGC app is only available on the Apple Watch Series 6, and generates an electrocardiogram, or ECG, right on your wrist. What the app does is it records the timing and strength of the electric signals that make heart beats, and it does it in 30 seconds. You can see the process as it takes place, then the app will indicate of your heart is beating in a normal pattern.
Like the Blood Oxygen app, note that Apple says the watch “cannot check for signs of a heart attack.”
Yes, this is a thing, because it’s the COVID-19 era.
The new Apple Watch as a built-in sensor that can tell when you’ve started washing your hands. If the notifications and timer are activated, it will start a 20-second timer, which is health officials’ recommended time to spend on washing your hands.
You can also set a reminder to wash your hands when you get home.
Also very applicable to the COVID-19 era, and beyond, is the new Sleep function on watchOS 7. Built in the watch, this allows you to track your sleep, set your goals, and alarms, all on your wrist. The alarm function buzzes lightly before gently waking you up, and as you sleep, the watch display is dimmed.
New colours and bands
Apple Watch Series 6 Aluminum Red/ Apple
For those looking to personalize their watches, Apple has released new colours including Blue and (PRODUCT)RED Aluminum, as well as Graphite and Gold Stainless Steel. Besides the watch itself, there is a new band in town… literally.
The “Solo Loop” bands were introduced this week, and you need to check this out if you are using the claspy ones. The “Solo Loop” is a smooth, super comfortable watch that stretches to fit the wrist, and it comes in nine different sizes.
Always-On Retina display
Always-on Retina display/ Courtesy of Apple
Compared to the Series 5 watch, the new Always-on Retina display is 2.5 times brighter when your wrist is down, which also helps to see while outside on a sunny day, for example.
According to Apple, the new S6 System-in-Package (SiP) is their most powerful one yet, and for those who have had other watches it shows. The new Series 6 is up to 20% faster than the Series 5.
As for what else is coming this year, Apple has announced Fitness+, which will be available late 2020. They say it’s an experience built around the Apple Watch, and will offer workouts to help users stay active.
As well, Family Setup will be available, which will allow an adult to pair their watch with their child’s.
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