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VR headset for meditation and psychological wellness with a price tag of $ 500. Introduced HTC Vive Flow

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HTC has introduced a new virtual reality headset. The company has practically stopped selling smartphones, but with the direction of VR in general, HTC, apparently, is doing well.

The company’s new model is called the Vive Flow. This is a stand-alone model, that is, it does not require a connection to a PC or smartphone for data processing. HTC is promoting the novelty not as a headset primarily for games, but as a device for content consumption, meditation, relaxation and psychological well-being. How justified this is, especially at a considerable price, is still difficult to say. At the same time, the headset is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform, which is less productive than the Snapdragon XR2 in the cheaper Oculus Quest 2. But Vive Flow offers six degrees of freedom.

VR headset for meditation and psychological wellness with a price tag of $ 500.  Introduced HTC Vive Flow

It also talks about spatial sound, adjustable lenses and an active cooling system. After pairing the headset with a smartphone via Bluetooth, the latter can be used as a controller for the headset and transfer some content. The headset has no native controllers.

VR headset for meditation and psychological wellness with a price tag of $ 500.  Introduced HTC Vive Flow

But there are a number of interesting features. For example, the lenses here can be adjusted so that the headset suits people who wear glasses. There is also support for Miracast, which makes it possible to send a picture from YouTube, Netflix and other applications to the headset directly from the smartphone.

The Vive Flow weighs only 189 g, however, there is a downside – poor battery life, albeit with a caveat. The headset itself can only work for a few minutes, after which you need to connect a special external battery to it.

VR headset for meditation and psychological wellness with a price tag of $ 500.  Introduced HTC Vive Flow

Pre-orders have already begun to be accepted, and deliveries will begin in December. The price of new items is $ 500, which is $ 200 more than asking for the aforementioned Oculus Quest 2.

The source cites comments from journalists who have already tested the device. They praise convenience and lightness, but criticize the high price tag.

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Vodafone is suing the UK over a contract to develop a hacker-proof communication line

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The company considers it unfair that the contract was awarded to Fujitsu, although both bidders did not meet the requirements.

Mobile operator Vodafone filed in court against the UK government after losing a tender to develop a hacker-proof communications system, in which the Japanese company Fujitsu also took part.

Although both bidders were found to have failed to meet the government’s minimum requirements, Vodafone believes Fujitsu was unfairly awarded a £ 184m ($ 254m) contract to improve the communications system used by 532 British embassies and other agencies.

The Echo 2 project aims to provide secure communications for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, employees and agents in over 170 countries.

According to the government, the current communications system operated by Vodafone is “outdated” and poses a risk to national security.

Vodafone went to court after Cable & Wireless, acquired by the operator in 2012, lost its long-term contract for the Echo 1.

“We do not believe that the procurement process was carried out correctly. The contracting authority itself admitted that the Fujitsu Solution was ‘not fit for purpose,’ said a Vodafone spokesman.

According to foreign ministry lawyers, Fujitsu’s proposal had problems with two requirements, but generally met the terms of the tender. Fujitsu representatives did not comment on the situation.

The trial in this case is scheduled for January 2022. The court allowed the UK government to enter into a “conditional contract” with Fujitsu. The details of the contract were not disclosed due to security concerns.

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Smartwatches are under $ 100. LeTV Watch W6 presented

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LeEco has already presented the LeTV S1 smartphone as part of its return to the market, and now it has also shown a smart watch.

The LeTV Watch W6 model is offered at a price of $ 95, and is now available for $ 80 at all. At the same time, there is a good set of characteristics.

There is an AMOLED display with a diameter of 1.39 inches, there is protection against water (IP67), autonomy is two to three days with normal use and up to a week in standby mode.

The watch doesn’t seem to have an operating system, but there are dozens of watch faces, a heart rate sensor, a pulse oximeter function, sleep monitoring, and a workout tracking function (seven types of load). But there is no GPS module here.

The watch weighs 70 g and works with both Android and iOS.

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Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

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Specialists of the popular iFixit resource, specializing in the repair of various electronics, disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch and shared the results with the public.

Firstly, the watch scored 6 points on a 10-point scale of maintainability and generally positive reviews for its modular design, easy access to the screen and battery. Experts also praised Apple for keeping the Apple Watch Series 7 compatible with previous generations of bands, right up to the very first original Apple Watch.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

IFixit notes that despite minimal external changes, there are several major updates to the Apple Watch Series 7.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

As mentioned several times, the main difference between this device and the Series 6 is the enlarged display. Disassembling iFixit revealed that the watch uses an OLED panel with an integrated touchscreen (on-cell touch), this technology debuted in the iPhone 13.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

According to experts, this is an unusual approach for Apple, which usually prefers to experiment with new screen technologies on watches, and then implement them on smartphones – as happened with OLED, variable refresh rate and the function of “always on” screen.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

IFixit partnered with three former Apple engineers to disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. As they noted, it was the new display that could cause delays in production and force the company to release the device later than it would like.

When Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 in September, it didn’t announce a specific release date. Former Apple engineers said this is usually indicative of delays, and the most likely cause is a manufacturing glitch caused by watch displays. They explained, “The screens have some of the most complex supply chains and assembly processes in the industry.”

The iFixit experts also found that the Apple Watch Series 7 has a larger battery compared to its predecessor. However, this did not lead to an increase in battery life, since the larger screen consumes more power.

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