Before I tried it out, I wasn't sure who the vívoactive 4 was created for. Garmin calls it a "smart GPS smartwatch built for your active lifestyle," but that left me wondering: Is it for serious athletes? People who aren't very active but want to be? Two weeks and many miles of running later, I have a better idea. In a nutshell, the vívoactive 4 strikes me as a hybrid smartwatch, combining some essential features of a fitness watch with the look and feel of a classic smartwatch.
A version of this article also appeared in the It's Not Just You newsletter.Sign up here to receive a new edition every Sunday. My first job with TIME was to set up new communications systems and convince cranky foreign correspondents to trust them. Alexa and Google Home have colonized my apartment. And not only did I give my DNA to 23andMe, but I even answer their follow-up questions about whether I like olives or get carsick so they can map those genes. So you can imagine how very excited I was when Fitbit and other wearable health trackers, including Amazon's Halo and the Apple Watch, started coming up with ways to show us data on our stress levels. There's a bevy of new devices that monitor not just our heart rate, daily steps, and the quantity of our sleep, but the quality of our sleep by hour, skin temperature, and fluctuations in our blood oxygen saturation.
If you're one of the many people who feel like you've been watching a little too much Netflix and eating far too many processed foods out of a box, can, or bag throughout the pandemic, you're not alone. But it's never too late to reset if you've lost your routine and are struggling to find your new normal. Perhaps a home gym is the solution you need. Those of you who want to figure out ways to maintain a healthy work-life balance should create a dedicated space in your house that serves as an at-home gym. But, rather than continually rotating between couches and screens all day long, you can break up the hours at home by squeezing in some much-needed time to sweat.
Apple isn't the only brand rumored to be working on a new wearable this spring, apparently: The German tech site WinFuture (via 9to5Google) just published images of the so-called Fitbit Luxe, which looks to be a high-end fitness tracker with a stainless steel case and an upgraded OLED screen. Fitbit itself has yet to speak on this goss, much less announce a release date for the Luxe, but "the depth of the leak suggests it's coming soon," says Engadget. Fitbit came out with four new fitness trackers last year, so we have high hopes for its 2021 lineup. Speaking of: If you don't feel like waiting around for "soon," now's not a bad time to grab one of Fitbit's (still very good) 2019 or 2020 releases. Walmart had a few of them on sale at the time of writing, saving you as much as 31% off their retail prices.
If you've made some resolutions to improve your health and fitness for 2021 or want to get the family more active during lockdown 3.0, then a fitness tracker is a brilliant gadget for helping you stay accountable. You may previously have been put off by their high price point, but thousands of Amazon shoppers have discovered an incredibly affordable option - and it's a pretty decent dupe of the more expensive models including the Fitbit Versa. The TEMINICE High-End Fitness Tracker is just £31.44 yet comes with an impressive amount of features including all-day activity tracking like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, as well as heart and sleep monitoring. It even receives calls and notifications. The TEMINICE High-End Fitness Tracker is the number one bestselling pedometer on Amazon - and it only costs £31.44 The list of features and the full-touch colour screen has meant it's scored highly with shoppers.
Despite everything we've all been through, though, there were a few bright spots in the world of tech. Console makers blessed us with mouthwatering next-gen hardware, while Apple wowed the industry with the prowess of its own M1 CPU. Google also delivered an excellent phone for just $350, demonstrating an ability to not just read the room, but also to think of a world beyond a well-heeled tech-savvy audience. There are also companies that flourished during the global lockdown, and though truth continued to be contested throughout the US elections, we thankfully saw social media step up their efforts to combat misinformation. Clearly, staying home gave some of us the freedom to produce great products and fight for good. Apple's M1 system on a chip (SOC) may be tiny, but its impact on the computing industry will be felt for years to come. The first of Apple's silicon to reach Macs, the M1 is a powerhouse, with 8 CPU cores and up to 8 GPU cores. Both the M1-equipped MacBook Air and MacBook Pro blew away comparable Intel or AMD-based PCs in the Geekbench 5 benchmark.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is as beautiful as it is useful. With a wide range of features, an understated design, and no major weaknesses the Apple Watch Series 6 is the best smartwatch you can buy. It can track your fitness, provide insights into your health, handle phone calls and messaging, help you navigate or listen to music, and ensure you stay on top of your schedule, all controlled by elegant and intuitive software. The Apple Watch comes in two case sizes (40mm and 44mm) and in a wide array of finishes and bands. Whether you want an aluminum case with a sports band primarily to help you stay healthy, or a stainless steel case with a Milanese loop band to keep you connected during a busy workday, there's an Apple Watch for you. Setup is a breeze, and the Apple Watch Series 6 is the perfect partner for your iPhone. It can help you find your iPhone by triggering an alert sound, and even be used as a remote control for the iPhone camera. If you opt for an LTE model, you can leave the iPhone at home, though the watch will require its own data plan. The OLED touchscreen is bright, sharp, and surprisingly easy to swipe and tap your way around. The Digital Crown on the side can be rotated for fine control in menus and pressed to call Siri into service.
It's taken almost four years, but it feels like Fitbit has finally found its footing in the world of smartwatches and the Fitbit Sense is proof -- sort of. At this point, it's no secret that Fitbit is extremely capable of manufacturing accurate, easy-to-use, sleek, and affordable fitness trackers. But when it comes to smartwatches, it's safe to say the journey hasn't been as smooth. Between 2016 and 2017, Fitbit released two devices that straddled the line between smartwatch and fitness tracker: the Blaze and Ionic. While both packed every sensor necessary to track your daily fitness needs, each one was just as clunky and unattractive as the one before it. These just weren't wrist-worn accessories anyone really wanted to wear on a daily basis.
TL;DR: Don't start your next workout without a TicWatch Sport Smartwatch with Google Assistant for $79.99, a 55% savings as of July 30. Apple Watch's sporty cousin: That's how to best describe the TicWatch S, a shiny new activity tracker that comes from Mobvoi, a company founded by a few ex-Google employees. Operating on Google's Android Wear OS, this smartwatch does everything you need it to, rivaling other smartwatches in capability. Through partnerships and funding with Google, Mobvoi was able to equip its TicWatch suite with Google-y capabilities, including compatibility with Google Fit, Google Assistant, and a host of other powerful Google apps. Like the Apple Watch, you can use the TicWatch S for fitness, business, and life with its slew of native apps and integrations.
What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.