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New Garmin smartwatches take on Apple Watch Ultra


Garmin unveiled its the fēnix 7 Pro Series multisport GPS smartwatches.
Garmin unveiled its the fēnix 7 Pro Series multisport GPS smartwatches.
Photo: Garmin

Garmin unveiled three rugged new fēnix 7 Pro Series smartwatches Wednesday, giving Apple Watch Ultra a run for its money. The new multisport GPS watches have a lot in common with Ultra, including similar pricing depending on which features you select.

But the Garmin watches also offer a built-in LED flashlight and solar charging that helps provide 37 days of battery life in “smartwatch mode” and 139 days in “expedition mode,” according to the company.

Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism


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Apple Watch Series 3 doesn't like visiting hospitals.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Wearing an Apple Watch has become the difference between life and death for a New York man who never expected that buying one could save his life.

James Green, a 28-year-old from Brooklyn, describes himself as a serial data tracker. When he bought the original Apple Watch two years ago, he picked it up mostly for the notifications and tracking bike rides. Now, thanks to a heart-tracking app, it’s become a big part of his health story.

iPhone 7 rumors, hands-on with Apple Music and Apple News, screaming deals and more


iPhone 7 will have more tiny design changes you won’t notice.
iPhone 7 will have more tiny design changes you won’t notice.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

This week’s Cult of Mac Magazine has loads in store for your weekend wind-down. Following our coverage of WWDC 2016 the previous week, we’ve got more iPhone 7 rumors for you including the possibility of a dual-lense camera.

And, discover the news changes and design overhauls iOS 10 brings to the Apple Music and Apple News apps. Plus, screaming terrific deals on the G-BOOM Bluetooth speaker, and the opportunity to get five years of unlimited cloud storage for just $29 per month.

Finally, the CultCast expounds on all those iPhone 7 leaks!

All this, and much much more, in Cult of Mac Magazine, free for you right now.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Insane Samsung invention crosses Galaxy S7 with a surfboard


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No, it's apparently not April 1.
Photo: Samsung

Imagine that you’re in a Samsung team meeting. You’ve been asked to come up with unique ideas for a Galaxy S7 case and, because it’s late in the day and all the good ideas have already been voiced, you start coming up with joke suggestions.

Since everyone seems to love giant smartphones, you quip that some people might like it if you created a case the size of a surfboard. People could even use it for real, since the S7 is water-resistant. You look at the rest of the group, expecting someone to laugh. Your boss doesn’t crack a smile. Then he reaches for his phone and you fear that you’re out of a job.

“I’ve got a member of my team down here who deserves a massive raise,” he says.

How Apple’s smart music tech could push you harder in workouts


Apple's new smart music patent application would fit perfectly within a fitness-tracking device like the iWatch.

If you’re a runner or a gym user, chances are that at some point you’ve put together a workout playlist of some sort, full of the kind of Rocky-esque power ballads you want entering your ears and coursing through your veins as you strive toward physical perfection.

According to a patent application published Thursday, Apple could be looking to take a lot of the pain out of that kind of gain. The application in question deals with a handheld or wearable device capable of controlling the tempo of music so as to affect the mood and behavior of users during exercise.

UP by Jawbone adds new weight management and food score features



Just because people are expecting Apple to revolutionize wearables with its long-awaited iWatch, doesn’t mean that there aren’t already some interesting developments going on in the wearable tech field.

I’m a massive fan of Jawbone, which has just updated its UP by Jawbone iOS app with a new fitness-oriented update — designed to focus on food-related goals, such as weight and calorie intake.

Sensor-filled shirt can tell your iPhone how fit you are



The iWatch may be set to mark Apple’s debut into health and fitness tracking, but one company is taking the concept of wearables a step further.

The forthcoming $199 OMsignal shirt promises to be the gym wear of the future — featuring a ton of health sensors sewn into its fabric, which constantly monitor the condition of the wearer. Sensors are capable of tracking heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement (including steps and cadence), movement intensity, heart rate variability, and calories burned.

“The data is sent via Bluetooth to a specially developed iPhone app, which lets you see all of it in real time,” says Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz, the firm’s Chief Medical Officer. “Your iPhone beams the data up to the cloud, and algorithms we’ve developed then push back various metrics — showing you information about your breathing during workouts, and information like that.”