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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
Infinity Maps is the most mind-blowing visual workspace ever
(TECHNOLOGY) Infinity Maps is bringing together whiteboarding, diagramming, and real-time collaboration all in one neat tool.
Digital tools should be effective and efficient. They should help you plan, create, and manage your projects so your team can build solutions to your overall goals. While many tools say they are the all-in-one tool solution, this is a pretty bold statement to make. Each company is different, and one size doesn’t necessarily fit all.
However, there comes a time when such a tool comes slightly close to filling that spot. Infinity Maps seeks to do this by marrying some of the best qualities of different tools and adding its spice to the mix.
What does Infinity Maps offer?
The web application is partially an online whiteboard tool. In your workspace, called Canvas, you create your content by using cards. In these cards, you can add text, images, and files. Cards can be nested indefinitely creating hierarchies while still maintaining a “clear and concise” structure. You can do this by simply dragging a card into another card.
To visualize how each card correlates to one another, you have the option to link cards with arrows. These arrows are further organized by changing the color of each one or changing the color of the card itself.
Infinity Maps lets your team collaborate in real-time. To work together, you can invite users to your map. When you share your workspace, you assign people different roles so they have the correct permissions to read or write on your map. Like Google’s web tools, you can see who is using the map because each username will show up next to their cursor and be assigned a different color.
Navigating through Infinity Maps is easy and works just like Google Maps. By double-clicking, you are taken directly to the card you selected. You can also scroll up and down and use the trackpad to zoom in and out of your map. This feature is super helpful when you have hundreds of cards on your map.
Why Infinity Maps?
The company says Infinity Maps is a “revolutionary new product that allows you to organize vast amounts of information visually & spatially”. It is a combination of Miro, Notion, and Google Maps all into one.
“What are we doing differently?” asks Infinity Maps CEO & Co-Founder Johannes Grenzemann. “With Infinity Maps, we are building a knowledge management system that allows you to create vast, huge knowledge bases [that] depict high complexity and depth while staying mind friendly because it’s a visual approach,” Grenzemann said.
Overall, Infinity Maps is a neat knowledge tool. It can be used in several ways, from students trying to organize their thesis to startups managing their product launches.
If you’re interested in checking them out to see if they are indeed the all-in-one tool solution, you can sign up to start mapping. A free account gives you access to 3 maps, up to 150 cards per map, and 50MB of cloud space. If you need more space to map out your ideas, you can unlock additional cards by inviting a friend or purchasing cards. Pro, unlimited, and team subscriptions plans are also available for purchase.
China cracks down on user data collection, allegedly cares about privacy
(TECH) Either China’s government just grew a conscience, or they’re trying to compete on a global stage. Either way, they’re implementing new laws.
In an uncharacteristic looking move for end-user privacy and choice, China has passed sweeping new legislation entitled the Personal Information Protection Law. It’s set to take effect on November 1, 2021, and includes provisions governing consent in user data collection of tech applications and specifies how companies can use that data, especially if that data is to be transferred out of China.
This is the second of two pieces of legislation to emerge this year as China takes a hard look at their cyberspace and try their hand at oversight.
The Data Security law, which came into effect on Sept. 1, set classification frameworks for data based on “its economic value and relevance to China’s national security” as cited in Reuters.
According to experts, both laws will require companies to reevaluate how they collect and store data on a massive scale. As regulations continue to develop rapidly during China’s re-examination of their tech industry, companies are scrambling to meet the stringent new requirements and adjust their infrastructure for compliance at a break-neck pace.
- The Personal Information Protection Law similar in design to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation
- China’s top cyberspace regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued an investigation into Didi Global Inc, their version of Uber, with accusations of user privacy violations
- An extensive set of rules targeting business practices that undermine fair competition, such as cultivating reviews, were implemented by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)
- 43 apps were accused of illegally transferring user data and called out by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and required to make “rectifications”
Similar cyberspace scrutiny is happening in the US regarding monopolies held by some of the biggest players in tech like Google, Facebook, and Amazon but is moving very slowly through the legislative process.
In terms of how this impacts Americans, TikTok is currently one of the single most downloaded apps in the US and owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance. According to The Sun, ByteDance is now the most valuable startup in the world with an estimated value of 1 billion USD.
Many doubt that China actually cares about privacy, but some believe that keeping up the appearance of playing by modern corporate rules benefits their government as they seek global dominance.
Apparently, the chip shortage is NOT easing up this year…
(TECH NEWS) If you’re a tech person who has tried to buy anything with a chip in it, you know there’s been a shortage and therefore a buying frenzy. Which apparently isn’t ending soon.
It appears that the chip shortage, a phenomenon that has plagued production for the last six or so months, is not easing up like people had initially predicted. The real-world effects of this shortage are varied, but impactful.
The Daily Brew’s Dan McCarthy reports that the average wait time for chip deliveries is up to over 20 weeks at this point, a number that (despite postulation that the second half of 2021 would see increased chip production) is higher than the wait times in both July and June of this year.
The chip shortage has a few different roots, but the primary one as of late is a slew of COVID-19 outbreaks in Southeast Asia – specifically near locations that produce large numbers of semiconductors for the rest of the world. It’s thought that the wait time will increase in the coming weeks, even as companies slash predictions and hunker down for a hit to their profits this season.
For context, manufacturers were having to wait for a little over 12 weeks for their semiconductors this time last year. It’s clear that we’re going in the wrong direction if we’re planning to keep up production going into this next year.
The implications of such a shortage range from baffling to sobering. Earlier this year, people struggled to find PS5s for reasonable prices; more importantly, though, is the effect this shortage is having on the automobile industry. A couple of weeks ago, Toyota announced a 40 percent cut in production plans for September.
With GM, Ford, Stellantis, and VW adding that they will most likely cut back on production as well, it looks like the 2022 vehicle market will be the latest casualty to lower-than-optimal supply in a time of moderate demand.
While the chips used in cars, appliances, and other common electronics are profoundly affected by the shortage, it appears that “power management” chips (the ones used in smaller devices, namely smartphones) have a decreased wait time from last month. This somewhat contradicts a shortage warning by Apple in late July, though we’re clearly not out of the woods regarding production efficiency yet.
It is extremely likely that this shortage will impact auto and appliance production in 2022.
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