first_img Spotify onboard, but not reallyFitbit’s had music support on its previous Ionic and Versa watches, but it could only side-load MP3s from a computer or work with Pandora premium and Deezer. Spotify Premium is a new app that will also come to Fitbit’s other Versa watches later in the year. But, while I initially thought it would allow Spotify downloads to the watch, much like you can on Samsung smartwatches and Garmin watches (Garmin recently added Amazon Music support to its watches, too), it turns out this is only a remote Spotify Connect app that enables control of songs from the Spotify phone app… which isn’t much of a feature. Fitbit Versa 2 can store music, but only via side-loads, Deezer and Pandora’s premium service.47-fitbit-versa-2Spotify makes the Versa 2, finally, seem like a music watch. Sarah Tew/CNET Versa 2 adds some overdue upgrades, but no GPS or ECGBattery life is another advantage the Versa 2 has over its predecessors: The battery now lasts five days instead of four. Its AMOLED display can work in a new always-on mode for a couple of days. Apps load faster and the watch is more responsive thanks to that new processor. It has the same 50-meter water resistance as previous models and works with existing Versa watch bands, but the charger, which I thought at first was the same as previous Versa chargers, is actually slightly different. This continues an unfortunate trend: Each Fitbit tracker has had its own distinct charger. Fitbit Pay, a contactless-payment competitor to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, is also onboard — and not just on the premium edition like last time.But the Versa 2 also lacks some features: It doesn’t have onboard GPS, making the aging Fitbit Ionic the only GPS-enabled Fitbit device. Fitbit didn’t add any FDA-cleared health features, either. Meanwhile the Apple Watch Series 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 both have electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) technology to sense atrial fibrillation, although Samsung’s isn’t FDA-cleared yet.14-fitbit-versa-2A bunch of the new straps, which also work with older Versa models (the patterned one on the right comes with the Special Edition). Sarah Tew/CNET Fitbit’s newest health addition, Sleep Score, doesn’t need a new watchFitbit’s biggest new health features are sleep-related and could promise to make inroads to sleep tracking where the competition still hasn’t. A new Sleep Score function that was in beta earlier this year will provide more detailed sleep results and grades your night’s sleep based on your resting heart rate, REM and deep sleep measurements and time spent sleeping. (I tried the Sleep Score beta earlier this year and it was a decent upgrade.) The Sleep Score feature will work with any Fitbit that tracks heart rate, but more detailed results and guidance will need a Premium subscription. Fitbit’s also adding a “smart wake” function that will time an alarm to a window in a sleep cycle that will feel less disruptive, according to the company.fitbit-premium-ios-programs-understanding-caloriesFitbit Premium’s extra programs will aim for health coaching. Fitbit Fitbit Premium will eventually offer customized health care guidanceFitbit’s subscription service will focus on exercises, weight loss and general wellness insights when it launches in September. It will prepare a Wellness Report you can show to a doctor, which plans to summarize key Fitbit-collected fitness data. What that amounts to sounds like a summarized chart of exercise, sleep, heart rate and weight over time.Additional health reports are going to be added later on, with a focus on other chronic conditions. This looks to dovetail with an extra add-on service coming in 2020 and being pilot-tested in the US later this year. The new service will also add personalized health coaching, with one-on-one guidance that sounds like a digital trainer. It sounds like this will be a bigger push from Fitbit to become a digital health services provider, but the jury’s still out on how much these one-on-one services will help with challenges like weight loss or diabetes management, two of the conditions Fitbit mentions in its press release. Will Fitbit Premium start to become a service that feels like an at-home trainer? Will its extras (which include some social fitness games and a limited launch selection of programs called things like Get More Zzz’s, Habits for Restful Sleep, Understand Calories and Kick Your Salt Habit) feel essential? Fitbit’s offering a 90-day trial period for its Premium service, but only with the $230 Special Edition of the Versa 2, which comes with an extra, good-looking woven nylon band. Otherwise, it will cost $10 a month, or $80 a year. The Fitbit Versa 2 looks like it’s the best Fitbit device to date. But Fitbit’s subscription service points to a future where software might eventually be more important to the company than hardware.Correction, 1:24 p.m. PT: This story originally misstated the Spotify app’s abilities. It only allows remote control of phone app. 13 3:49 Tags Comments Share your voice The Fitbit Versa 2 has a similar look, but a lot of new features. Sarah Tew/CNET September is shaping up to be a big month for smartwatches. Fitbit on Wednesday announced its new Versa 2, which will arrive in stores on Sept. 15. Samsung has a new smartwatch arriving two days earlier on Sept. 13, and a new Apple Watch is likely around the corner, too. But, the $200 Fitbit Versa 2 has new features that could rise above the competition. The next generation of Fitbit’s most successful smartwatch adds Amazon Alexa connectivity, along with a better display, a faster processor and longer battery life. Fitbit’s also launching a new coaching and fitness guidance subscription service called Fitbit Premium. It will cost $10 a month or $80 a year and is not exclusive to the Versa 2. Fitbit Premium will offer guided plans and workouts covering everything from exercise regimens to weight loss and calorie-counting guides, along with what Fitbit promises will be a customized mix of suggestions based on your collected fitness data. Will Fitbit Premium be worth the subscription cost over Fitbit’s already robust and free app? I can’t tell yet because I haven’t tested it. But it sounds like it could offer more proactive lifestyle coaching in addition to just tracking your information, which is something that I’ve been looking for in a fitness tracker and still haven’t quite found.Fitbit announced its new watch and service, along with a new $50 basic smart scale called the Fitbit Aria Air that measures weight and BMI, at an event in New York where I got to look at the Versa 2 and its accessories up close.08-fitbit-versa-2Alexa is built in and gives text responses on-wrist. Sarah Tew/CNET What Alexa can and can’t doFitbit’s never had a microphone or any voice assistant functions on any of its previous fitness trackers. You can activate Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on the Versa 2 by pressing and holding the single side button. Give your command and wait for the action or answer to pop up on screen. You won’t hear Alexa’s voice, though: Because the watch lacks a speaker, answers are delivered via text responses.Alexa will work on Android phones or iPhones (provided the Alexa app is also installed) and can search for general information, control smart home devices, find local businesses, start or stop timers and do other Alexa-like things. It can also transcribe voice responses to messages, but only on Android phones. It won’t control music on the Versa 2, though, and it won’t control fitness tracker controls until later in the year. I’ll know more about how Alexa works on the Versa 2 once I test it out in our full review.Still, adding Alexa is a step up from previous Fitbits and it’s a fascinating new direction. Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Premium promise to revamp my… Mobile Wearable Tech Fitness Now playing: Watch this: Fitbit Fitnesslast_img read more


first_imgChittagong city Awami League president and former city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury`s body was taken to Laldigi Maidan in the port city in the afternoon. Thousands of people gathered there to pay last tributes to their leader. Photo: Shourav DasBangladesh Awami League (AL) leader and Chittagong city unit president ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was buried on Friday with full state honours beside his father’s grave at Chasma Hill family graveyard in Chittagong.His namaz-e-janaza was held after Asr prayers on Laldigi Maidan in the port city. Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away at city’s Max Hospital early Friday at the age of 74.He left his two sons, two daughters, wife and a host of relatives, friends, well-wishers and political fellows to mourn his death.President and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock and grief at the death of the renowned politician.Speaker of the parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, deputy leader of the house Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam, local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam BSc, tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, land minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, state minister for public administration Begum Ismat Ara Sadique and Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin issued separate condolence messages.They expressed profound shock and condolence at the death of Mohiuddin and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.Recalling his contribution to the country and its people, they said the loss in his death is really irreparable to the country’s political arena.Chowdhury, one of the organisers of 1971 liberation war had been suffering from heart and kidney complications for long. He was put on life-support at the Max Hospital at Mehedibagh in the port city on Thursday evening.last_img

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Most Globally Streamed Female Artists1. Rihanna2. Ariana Grande3. Sia4. Beyoncé5. Nicki Minaj6. Adele7. Taylor Swift8. Selena Gomez9. Katy Perry10. ShakiraTop Globally Streamed Song by Year Since Spotify Launch• 2008: The Killers – “Human”• 2009: The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”• 2010: Eminem, Rihanna – “Love The Way You Lie”• 2011: Don Omar – “Danza Kuduro”• 2012: Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know” (feat. Kimbra)• 2013: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  “Can’t Hold Us” (feat. Ray Dalton)• 2014: Pharrell Williams – “Happy” – From “Despicable Me 2”• 2015: Major Lazer – “Lean On” (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)• 2016: Drake – “One Dance”• 2017: Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”First 10 Artists to Reach 1 Billion Streams1. Rihanna (2013)2. David Guetta (2013)3. Eminem (2013)4. Kanye West (2014)5. Avicii (2014)6. Coldplay (2014)7. JAY Z (2014)8. Katy Perry (2014)9. Drake (2014)10. Pitbull (2014) While the company was founded in 2006, Spotify officially launched in October of 2008, and it’s no understatement to say that it has changed the way millions of people experience music. In observance of that anniversary, the world’s leading streaming service has released several “All-Time Great” lists called “Decade of Discovery.”Most Globally Streamed Artist of all Time1. Drake2. Ed Sheeran3. Eminem4. The Weeknd5. Rihanna6. Kanye West7. Coldplay8. Justin Bieber9. Calvin Harris10. Ariana GrandeMost Globally Streamed Albums1. Ed Sheeran – ÷2. Justin Bieber – Purpose3. Drake – Views4. Ed Sheeran – x5. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys6. The Weeknd – Starboy7. Scorpion – Drake8. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness9. Post Malone – Stoney10. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


first_imgJoel DalyQuality assurance technology provider IneoQuest has launched a new platform to deliver behavioural and operational data directly from endpoint devices to IneoQuest’s Audience Measurement Platform for Adaptive Streaming.The Endpoint Analytics SDK is designed, according to IneoQuest, to give operators real-time visibility into the customer experience, providing the necessary information to understand the customer’s behaviour when impacted by service issues.IneoQuest describes the SDK as a lightweight client proxy software library that can be integrated into a service provider’s media player.“We don’t believe that switching CDN’s to solve quality issues is the optimal approach to improving the customer experience. Our approach is to provide real-time visibility into what is causing quality issues in the network and the video stream and fix those issues before they negatively impact the customer viewing experiences,” said Joel Daly, senior director of product management and marketing at IneoQuest. ““We are very excited to launch our Endpoint Analytics SDK to help address the growing market need for visibility into end device consumption of OTT content. We believe our video analytics solution is a game-changer in the industry as it correlates operational and behavioral data providing a completely new framework for monetisation and proactive churn management.”last_img read more


first_imgPil Gundelach BrandstrupDanish telecom operator TDC, which provides residential TV and broadband services under the YouSee brand, is launching a new TV channel in partnership with Fox Networks Group combining Danish shows with US series from Fox Networks. The two companies have named Pil Gundelach Brandstrup to head up the service.The new channel, Xee, is branded to combine the ‘X’ of Fox with the ‘ee’ in YouSee, as well as phonetically being close to the English word ‘see’, according to the company. YouSee media director Christian Morgan said that the combination of homegrown Danish content with the best shows from Fox would provide “a unique channel for all our customers”.Brandstrup has also been named by Fox as head of development for Fox Networks Group in the Nordic region. She was previously channel manager for Danmarks Radio service DR1, also taking charge of DR3, DR Damasjang and DR Ultra. Prior to DR she worked as programming director for TV2, Zebra and Bliss in Norway. She will take up her new post in February, working with editor-in-chief Linda Etgar, a former BBC executive charged with developing Danish-produced contentXee will be averrable to all YouSee TV customers both as a broadcast TV channel and as a streaming service available via the web, app or set-top box.last_img read more