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16 beautiful wearables designed with women in mind

(TECH NEWS) Wearables aren’t just clunky fitness trackers for bulky male athletes, no, they come in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a collection of wearables made with women in mind.

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Form and function

So far, most fashion wearables are just fitness trackers, or have only the most basic functions, but it’s a start. Check out our suggestions for some of the more appealing wearables designed specifically for women.

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Fitness Jewelry

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The Bella Leaf Urban is a truly adorable leaf shaped clip that can live on your wrist, but pretty much anywhere else too! Not only does the Bella Leaf track your activity and sleep, but it also monitors your stress levels. The versatility of this design is intriguing, and has won many fans already.

The Bloom is a sweet little necklace that will hold on to your Misfit Shine for you. The geometric design is elegant, made of stainless steel, and is easily interchangeable with other accessories if needed.

Sleek and shiny, the Mira is a stylish bracelet alternative to the more functional looking fitness bands. This doesn’t skimp on the technology either – download the app for iOS or Android, and you’ll get tailored fitness advice and updates about your energy levels.

Glamfit offers such a wide variety of fitness jewelry that everyone from your niece to your great grandmother will appreciate something from this collection. From charms for your charm bracelet, to necklaces and bracelets, they all offer a full range of activity and sleep tracking tools.

The design of Joule earring backs is incredibly simple. Designed to go with literally anything you want to wear, so long as you want to wear your earrings. Replace any earring backing with the Joule backing and all your physical activity is tracked. Really!

Stressed and Blessed

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The easily frazzled among us will love the Caeden Sona, and greatly benefit from the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) metric, which communicates with you about your stress levels throughout the day. Choose from five guided meditations to reduce your stress and improve your focus. This one goes to the top of my wish list.

Vinaya intends to keep you up to speed on your daily activities, but also remind you of the here and now. Set daily mindfulness reminders and track your meditation while syncing your breathing. This one is for the yogi on the move.

For the Truly Luxurious Among Us

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Fashion and technology really go head to head in this collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Intel. The MICA is a wearable that with communication capabilites, and will be made of the most luxurious materials: pearls, sapphire, snakeskin, and obsidian to name a few.

Communication Savvy

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Ringly’s designs aren’t just gorgeous pieces of jewelry. In addition to tracking your activity, a Ringly piece will sent subtle vibrations or light patterns when you receive notifications from your favorite apps. Check out their stunning rainbow moonstone bracelets and tourmaline quartz rings.

Functionally sound and stylish, the Helix Cuff is the world’s first wearable with smart wireless Bluetooth headphones. If you’re looking to take it to another level, they offer a 24k gold cuff with a bright poppy colored band.

The Ungaro Ring is designed to keep you in close communication with that one special person. Set up a single contact to receive updates from, and Ungaro will send a gentle vibration whenever a new call or text comes in.

Made from precious metals, the Wise Wear bracelet has your fitness, social life, and safety in mind.  With a simple tap, it subtly sends your GPS location and a distress signal to your emergency contacts with a text.

“Wearable personal assistant” Tiya by Viaware helps remind you about the most important tasks in your day to day life. This piece has customizable hardware with interchangeable straps and cases, but also allows you to personalize the alerts you want to receive through the use of keywords and hand picked contact names.

Young at Heart

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This one is almost pure fun. Gemio’s thick band houses a panel of LED lights that can change patterns and colors. Gemio will respond to your mood, music, and activity around you as you wear it. If you want to make a quick connection with another Gemio user, tap your bands together and it will exchange your contact info.

Do It All!

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You already know it, but the Apple Watch really does it all. A calendar, text message receptacle, waterproof activity monitor, sleep tracker, and more. And yes, it even tells you the time. With so many bands and styles available, this has something for everyone.

The Moto 360 Smartwatch looks deceptively like the face of many other watches, but it has a secret: It sends you incoming call and text notifications straight from your phone. Oh, and it doubles as a fitness tracker to boot!

Happy shopping

It can be hard to know what to get people for the holidays, but these trendy wearables are sure to be a hit. Whether you’re shopping for fashionistas, work out gurus, or just something to introduce your mom to the world of wearables, this guide has something for everyone. Knock out some holiday shopping for the tech savvy women in your life.

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Caroline is a Staff Writer at The American Genius. She recently received her Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College of California. She currently works as a writer as well as a Knowledge Manager for a startup in San Francisco.

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Chrome can now group and color code your open tabs

(TECH NEWS) Do you have too many tabs, and can’t tell what’s what? Google has tab groups that make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

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Are you a tab collector? That’s Google’s name for people who have tabs upon tabs upon tabs open on their Google Chrome browser. And while third party apps are already available to help collectors manage tabs, Google is now stepping in with Tab Groups.

Tab Groups, try it here, allows users to color-code, group and add text or emoji labels to separate clusters of tabs in their browser.

Right-click on any tab and choose Add to New Group. A gray dot will appear to the left of the tab and outline it in the same color. Clicking on the dot lets users update the color, label and name the group. Once grouped together, the tab groups can be moved and reordered. They’re also saved when Chrome is closed and reopened.

Google said after testing Tab Groups for months, they noticed people usually arranged their tabs by topic and that appeared most common when people shopped or were working on a project.
“Others have been grouping their tabs by how urgent they are, “ASAP,” “this week” and “later.” Similarly, tab groups can help keep track of your progress on certain tasks: “haven’t started,” “in progress,” “need to follow up” and “completed.”

Of course, this new feature does nothing to dissuade users from opening too many tabs, despite research that says multitasking may change the structure of your brain and Chrome is notorious for using too much RAM. So now you can’t concentrate, and your computer is running hot and slowing down.

A solution? Use Chrome extensions such as The Great Suspender, which suspends tabs that have been inactive for a specific amount of time. Don’t worry, you can whitelist specific websites so if you always need a tab for Twitter open, it won’t be suspended.

Another tip is to focus on one task at a time using the Pomodoro Technique, breaking tasks and your workday into 25-minute bursts of productivity with five-minute breaks in between. FocusMe uses a timer and website blocker to reduce the risk of getting distracted. You’re on the internet, after all.

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Quarantine bod got you down? AI trainer Artifit lifts you up

(TECH NEWS) If staying home has caused some unfortunate weight gain, Artifit can help you keep your home body fit during and way after quarantine is over.

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Mandatory lockdown’s have changed people’s routine’s in every conceivable way. From the way we work and cook to how we exercise. Home workout routines have been a hot topic in the last couple of months. People are trying to find a way to retain some sense of normalcy and maintain their healthy lifestyles We’ve all heard jokes about the so called “Quarantine 15” online and maybe you’ve even made a disparaging comment or two about your weight since gyms closed.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with a little weight gain the face of a global pandemic. The world is changing, your life is changing, and times are scary. Be gentle with yourself and those around you.

If you are looking for a way to get regular workouts back into your life and YouTube videos just aren’t cutting it, there is a high-tech solution. Artifit is an AI personal trainer designed to make your solo workouts safer and more effective. The app acts as your personal trainer by creating your workout plans, tracking progress, and providing posture corrections.

The app uses your phone’s camera to track your reps and spot errors in form while providing real time audio feedback. According to the app creators, [Artifit] recognizes 20 major joints movements via mobile camera, and we are constantly working on adding new joints and improving the algorithm.”

Beyond the workouts, Artifit taps into your competitive side by providing you with a score at the end of each work out that you can then share with friends. The app measures and analyze your progress over time and uses this data to create a workout plan that is best suited for you.

There are a ton of reasons you might be looking for a tech-driven approach to your workout routine. Most of us already rely on technology to track out movement in one way or another – think about the Health app on your phone or your Fitbit. Working out from home isn’t for everyone, but some are thriving under a more flexible schedule and want to keep it that way.

If you are not sure when you’re going to feel comfortable going to the gym again or you no longer want to fuss over scheduling appointments with a personal trainer, this could be the app for you. Artifit can help you keep your homebody tendencies intact way after quarantine is over.

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Google has another video conference tool, but are they too late?

(TECH NEWS) Google is making their Google Meet, available for anyone with a gmail account, leaving us to wonder if it’s a little too little, too late.

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Google Is now making its business video meeting tool available for free to everyone with a Gmail account. Wait! What? We already have that, don’t we? We do, kind of. Google has long offered free Google Hangouts, a messaging function that includes chat and video chat features for groups of up to 25 people. Google Duo is a video meeting app that has been available for cell phones and tablets, previously available for up to 8 people, but now for up to 12 people.

Sooooo, why do we care about free Google Meet? Isn’t this taking us back to, say, 2009? The difference is that with Google Meet, you can include up to 100 participants. This service used to be available only to paid G-Suite customers. Video conferencing has never been more popular or necessary, with Zoom leading the pack. Google wants you to blow off the others and give Google Meet a shot.

Why should we care? If you are already using a video meeting tool that works for you, what’s the incentive to switch? If you’re using Skype, you can only have up to 50 participants, while you can have up to 100 participants on Google Meet. On Zoom, you can also include up to 100 people on a video meeting. With a free Zoom account, you can meet for up to 40 minutes, and Google Meet has expanded their free Meet calls to 60 minutes.

Zoom has had serious issues with security and privacy. While Zoom is scrambling to enhance the safety and privacy of users, including ways to prevent illegal Zoombombing. Yet, it will be harder to trust Zoom again, now that the damage has been done. Google Meet already has a robust security system, including end-to-end encryption of all video calls. All calls go through Gmail, which already lives behind a bunch of protections, which has to be a good thing.

Google Meet also offers easy live captioning through their own voice recognition service and other accessibility considerations such as screen readers and magnifiers. People who are already familiar with Google chat/meeting tools will likely try Google Meet right away to see how it compares to Zoom, Skype, and other video conferencing tools. Google is betting on it.

However, if you already have a tool you love, you might be like, “Meh.” If you are the type who loves researching all of the tools to find your perfect match, then this is likely exciting news for you. Options are always good, though. The strangest thing is that Google has had this capability all along. When schools started shuttering during the pandemic, Zoom immediately stepped up and offered educators its professional tools for free–a clutch move that garnered them loads of positive press and help propel them past competitors into the top spot.

Google Meet will have to prove to be at least as clear, fast, easy to use as Zoom. With Google’s collection of launched and abandoned video tools, though, we have to wonder if it will be. At least Meet is already starting out more secure, which is a superb start. With the launch of Zoom 5.0, though, will it be too little, too late for Google Meet to capture a good chunk of the video tool?

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