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Skagen's first smartwatches are decidedly analog


Fossil is gradually dragging its watch brands into the smartwatch era, and now it's Skagen's turn: the Danish company is introducing its first smartwatch, the Hagen Connected. The new wristwear is focused on a traditional look over pure tech, and competes more with Withings' Activité watches than the likes of Apple, Google or Samsung. It tracks your fitness goals (that's what the sub-dial is for), vibrates for email and text alerts, and offers customizable shortcuts for common tasks like taking a photo or pausing your music. Effectively, it's a more refined version of the pseudo-analog watches you've seen before -- your friends might never know that your timepiece is talking to your Android phone or iPhone. The Hagen Connected arrives in September with a starting price of 195.

Norway starts tuning out analog radio in favor of digital

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A driver adjusts an FM radio inside a car in Oslo, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. From Wednesday, Norway will become the first in the world to phase out analog signals in favor of Digital Audio Broadcasting, or DAB. The move has provoked concern for the elderly and motorists, while others will be nostalgic for the crackling sound of old radio.

UK schools replace analog clocks with digital because students reportedly can't tell time

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Clocks are displayed inside the new John Lewis store at the Westfield shopping centre in White City, London, Britain, March 19, 2018. Some schools in the United Kingdom are ditching analog clocks because students reportedly can't tell time. Teachers have replaced analog clocks in testing halls with digital ones after students "complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analog clock" while they were taking high-level tests, The Telegraph reported. "The current generation aren't as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations," Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and a former headmaster, told The Telegraph. School officials would instead prefer students focus solely on the exam rather than worry about how much time is left because they have trouble reading an analog clock.