Withings has expanded its line of activity trackers with Withings Go, which it says is one of the most affordable, versatile and fully featured activity trackers available.
Priced at $69, it is a highly intuitive tracker with always-on E Ink multiscreen display and ability to automatically track steps, distance, running, swimming and sleep features, usually only offered on more expensive devices.
Dashing E Ink display
Withings Go features a sophisticated always-on E Ink display, extending the “at a glance” attribute Withings pioneered with its Activité line. Information is always available, even in bright sunlight or in water thanks to the screen’s 88 graphic segments that transform at a simple touch to create different displays for various situations. The main screen provides the user’s level of activity – shown as a dial depicting the percentage of progress achieved towards a specific day’s activity goal. As this goal is met, the central icon changes to display a reward in recognition of the day’s achievement. The Withings Go will also transform to tell the time, creating an analog watch face.
The very low power requirement of the E Ink display means the Withings Go can operate continuously for up to 8 months. There is no charging required as the device uses a button cell battery (CR2032).
Automatic activity recognition
Withings Go automatically recognizes a variety of daily activities, which allows the user to wear it all day and track everything without having to push a button. For walking and running, the device analyzes number of steps, distance covered, calories burned as well as the duration of the running session. Go is also water-resistant (5 ATM) and automatically recognizes when the user starts swimming, providing the time of the session and the calories burned. At night, Go analyzes and can distinguish between light and deep sleep cycles to give users a full understanding of their sleep patterns.
Withings Go connects to the free Withings Health Mate iOS and Android application, named as one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2014. Health Mate acts as a personal coach to track and motivate users to achieve their own activity goals as well as advanced food logging capabilities, thanks to a proprietary integration with MyFitnessPal. The app provides a timeline of daily reports and contextual advice to help achieve goals. It also includes an interactive leaderboard, personal “data insights,” smart reminders, and achievement badges for added motivation through gamification strategies. In addition, Health Mate integrates with over 150 partners whose services add to the 360° wellness experience (GPS running, food logging, etc.).
Wide wearable appeal
The Withings Go is designed to expand the appeal of activity trackers to wider audiences, helping people of all fitness levels achieve their health goals. Available in 5 vibrant colors (black, blue, green, red, yellow), it can be worn in multiple ways to suit individual styles or social settings. Whether placed on the wrist, clipped to a belt, carried on a keychain, or in a pocket, it is with you wherever you go.
Withings Go expands the Withings portfolio of trackers that currently includes the Pulse Ox activity, heart rate, and blood oxygen level tracker ($99.95) and three distinct models of the Activité line of highly stylized analog watch activity and sleep trackers. These include the luxury Swiss made Activité ($450), the premium Activité Steel ($169.95) and the versatile Activité Pop ($149.95).
“We are delighted to introduce Withings Go which rounds out our portfolio of stylish, advanced activity and sleep trackers that meet the needs of people from all walks of life,” says Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “Sporting a number of industry firsts, from always-on multiple displays to dynamic activity recognition, we have once again released a product that will make activity tracking accessible for everyone.”
Samsung unfolds the future
At the #Unpacked launch, Samsung delivered the world’s first foldable phone from a major brand. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK tried it out.
Everything that could be known about the new Samsung Galaxy S10 range, launched on Wednesday in San Francisco, seems to have been known before the event.
Most predictions were spot-on, including those in Gadget (see our preview here), thanks to a series of leaks so large, they competed with the hole an iceberg made in the Titanic.
The big surprise was that there was a big surprise. While it was widely expected that Samsung would announce a foldable phone, few predicted what would emerge from that announcement. About the only thing that was guessed right was the name: Galaxy Fold.
The real surprise was the versatility of the foldable phone, and the fact that units were available at the launch. During the Johannesburg event, at which the San Francisco launch was streamed live, small groups of media took turns to enter a private Fold viewing area where photos were banned, personal phones had to be handed in, and the Fold could be tried out under close supervision.
The first impression is of a compact smartphone with a relatively small screen on the front – it measures 4.6-inches – and a second layer of phone at the back. With a click of a button, the phone folds out to reveal a 7.3-inch inside screen – the equivalent of a mini tablet.
The fold itself is based on a sophisticated hinge design that probably took more engineering than the foldable display. The result is a large screen with no visible seam.
The device introduces the concept of “app continuity”, which means an app can be opened on the front and, in mid-use, if the handset is folded open, continue on the inside from where the user left off on the front. The difference is that the app will the have far more space for viewing or other activity.
Click here to read about the app experience on the inside of the Fold.
Password managers don’t protect you from hackers
Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…
Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).
“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”
In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass. ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.
Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite.
Click here to read the findings from the report.