Google improves its song recognition service by using AI from the Pixel 2

Offline song recognition (also known as Now Playing) is one of the most cherished features of Google Pixel 2 flagship. Some of the powerful AI tech behind it is now part of the similar Sound Search feature present in Google Search and Google Assistant, allowing it to deliver faster and more accurate results on any device that supports these services. While Now Playing works offline, Sound Search requires an internet connection. To use the latter, simply start a voice query on your phone, and a “What’s this song?” prompt will pop up if there’s music playing around you; tap it…

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Withings releases first smartwatch after buying itself back from Nokia

Less than two years after Nokia bought the French digital health startup Withings, it was decided that the business was struggling to “meet its growth expectations,” leading to Withings reacquiring itself from Nokia this past May. Now the company is back with a new logo and a new fitness tracker. The Steel HR Sport smartwatch features GPS-connectivity, oxygen intake sensors, and most importantly, it’s released under Withings’ own brand.

The Steel HR Sport shares a lot of the same features as the Steel HR smartwatch released under Nokia in 2016: the 25-day battery life, heart rate monitor, and smartphone notifications. The GPS connectivity is new — paired with a smartphone, users can track their walking, running, or cycling workouts and…

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Withings is back with a new fitness tracker called the Steel HR Sport

The journey of Withings has been complicated over the past few years. After a brief tenure as Nokia Health the company is now back in the hands of its original owner, and it’s debuting its official return with a new watch.

It’s called the Withings Steel HR Sport, and it’s similar to the series of the Nokia Steel products we’ve seen before with a watch like design that’s packed full of extra features.

There’s a small OLED screen at the top of a hybrid watch face that shows a variety of stats including your step count, heart rate and more as well as a miniature dial at the bottom showing your step count in an analogue form.

It comes with a heart-rate tracker, Connected GPS and sleep tracking tech as well. It’s also capable of tracking over 30 workouts including running, cycling, yoga, volleyball and boxing.

The biggest upgrade here is the fact it can track your VO2 Max score, which is a way of tracking how well your hearth and muscles convert oxygen into energy when you’re working out.

It’ll turn your score into something Withings has called a “Fitness Level assessment” that uses pace, heart rate and your personal data like age and weight to track your overall fitness.

Even sportier

Made of stainless steel, the 40mm watch comes with a black face or a white one as well as a variety of straps. You can get sporty straps in black or red with a perforated design as well as a leather look too.

It’s water resistant up to 50 meters, so you can take this watch in the pool or shower without breaking it.

When it comes to battery, Withings says the watch will be able to last for 25 days from a single charge and it’ll also be able to handle another 20 …read more

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SpaceX is flying a Japanese billionaire to the moon in 2023

Last week, SpaceX announced it had signed up its first passenger for a trip to the moon. It’s now revealed who that is: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. 42-year-old Maezawa is the founder of Zozotown, Japan’s largest clothing marketplace that has operations in more than 72 countries and did $76 billion in sales last fiscal year. He’s the nation’s 18th richest person, with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. Oh, and he also spends millions of dollars collecting valuable works of art, and is keen to inspire artists with this monumental spaceflight – so he’s offering free seats to creators…

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