The Cult of Garmin: Why Athletes Stick With These Smartwatches Over Apple or Samsung

The Cult of Garmin: Why Athletes Stick With These Smartwatches Over Apple or Samsung

I see Garmin’s GRMN 2.97% sensor-packed smartwatches everywhere. Most riders in my cycling group wear them. On a recent trip to a 30-person refuge in the Alps, I counted no fewer than 11 Garmin wearers. My husband, Will, has worn one daily for years. For sporty types, there’s a cultish aura around the chunky, rugged … Read more

Microsoft’s Hardware Struggles Enter the Metaverse

Microsoft’s Hardware Struggles Enter the Metaverse

With its futuristic HoloLens headset, Microsoft Corp. MSFT -5.04% grabbed an early lead in the race to the metaverse. Seven years later, its big push into augmented reality, which blends virtual imagery with views of the real world, has bumped up against the limits of the technology and the patience of company management. The device, … Read more

Company Documents Show Meta’s Flagship Metaverse Falling Short

Company Documents Show Meta’s Flagship Metaverse Falling Short

Nearly a year after Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook META -2.71% as Meta Platforms Inc. META -2.71% in a bet-the-company move on the metaverse, internal documents show the transition grappling with glitchy technology, uninterested users and a lack of clarity about what it will take to succeed. While Mr. Zuckerberg has said the transition to a … Read more

Google Pixel Watch review: A fancy Fitbit Smartwatch

Google Pixel Watch review: A fancy Fitbit Smartwatch

Android smartwatches have been around for about eight years, and I’ve been waiting for Google to make their own. Now it has finally done it. The Pixel Watch, due out on October 13, is a collaboration with wearable maker Fitbit, which Google bought last year. That might be the best reason to consider it: The … Read more

Meta Quest Pro: A $1,500 Virtual Reality Headset for Working in the Metaverse

Meta Quest Pro: A $1,500 Virtual Reality Headset for Working in the Metaverse

It’s Monday and you’re running late. You strap your Meta Quest Pro on your head, you squeeze around the virtual wooden conference table, and you smile at your boss, who is not happy with your tardiness. He rolls his eyes, but you don’t take him seriously because he looks like a floating Woody from “Toy … Read more

This portable device helps workers beat extreme heat

This portable device helps workers beat extreme heat

Dubai CNN — It is midday and the temperatures rise above 50 degrees Celsius. In many countries this would trigger a heat warning, but in Dubai’s sweltering summer it’s just another day. And for workers at an aluminum smelter, it can get even hotter. At Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA), the metal is manufactured through a … Read more

Google expands its hardware with new Pixel Watch, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro phones

Google expands its hardware with new Pixel Watch, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro phones

Google’s Android mobile software runs on more than three billion active devices, and millions of people use its apps for maps, search and email. Now the tech giant is focused on an area where it is not so dominant: hardware. The company owned by Alphabet Inc., GOOG 0.60% shared more details about its Pixel 7 … Read more

Apple’s post-Fall 2022 event products: Reviews of iPhone 14, iOS 16, Apple Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro 2 and more

Apple’s post-Fall 2022 event products: Reviews of iPhone 14, iOS 16, Apple Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro 2 and more

Every fall, Apple AAPL -3.00% unveils many new devices, software and services. Some of the offerings are incremental updates to what came before, but others break new ground. After the company’s marketing glitz settled, we tested the new products to see if they can really help you—and if they’re worth your money. Here’s how our … Read more

Apple’s post-Fall 2022 event products: Reviews of iPhone 14, iOS 16, Apple Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro 2 and more

Apple’s post-Fall 2022 event products: Reviews of iPhone 14, iOS 16, Apple Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro 2 and more

Every fall, Apple AAPL -3.00% unveils many new devices, software and services. Some of the offerings are incremental updates to what came before, but others break new ground. After the company’s marketing glitz settled, we tested the new products to see if they can really help you—and if they’re worth your money. Here’s how our … Read more

Your watch says you have heart disease. What now?

Your watch says you have heart disease.  What now?

Just because your smartwatch can tell you if you have an irregular heartbeat, does that mean the information will help you? Many new smartwatches, including those from Apple, have sensors that can pick up an irregular heart rate and alert users that they may be in atrial fibrillation, or AFib. The devices hit the market … Read more