first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Middle School has released its Quarter 4 Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as its Final Honor Roll for the school year.Quarter 4 Honor RollThe following students earned honors for the fourth quarter:Grade 8High HonorsEmir Abdulla, Matthew Ardito, Anthony Biarrio, Taylor Breen, Margaret Carroll, Akash Chatterji, Angelyn Ciampa, Audrey Curdo, Jamie Davis, Nicholas DiNatale, Will Doucette, Rhiannon Dyment, Joseph Dynan, Edward Edgerly, Cameron Eich, Olivia Erler, Maura Fiorenza, Corinn Flanagan, Emersyn Foresyth, Rowan Fortier, Emily Fothergill, Alyssa Fricia, Anay Gandhi, Dante Giampaolo, Keegan Gray, Jacob Haerer, Lauren Hutchison, Andrew Lavigne, Holly Lemay, Paige Lohrman, Kristina Mason, Tayla McDonald, Emily McHugh, Michael Moody, Jenna Moore, Samantha Morris, Meghan O’Mahony, Angela Palino, Lillian Perriello, Alyssa Rago, Adriana Rice, Olivia Rogers, Kelli Schuler, Evan Shackelford, Amanda Solari, Emilia Spina, Kevin Stevens, Laura Tran, Sandra Watne, Kari Wells, Grace Wiberg-Pichetti and Haeleigh WilsonHonor RollSalvatore Accardi, John Andersen, Alex Andoni, Anthony Angiuoni, Caitlin Balestrieri, Sofia Barletta, Dillon Bloom, Isabella Botte, Nokomis Bramantecohen, Michael Broderick, Amanda Broussard, Marisa Bryan, Sara Buckley, Vincent Callahan, Julia Campbell, Jake Chirichiello, Victoria Ciampa, Sarah Cirame, Daniel Conde, Bianca Corso, Shane Costello, Shea Cushing, Thomas Dalton, Jenna Danieli, Brett DeAmbrose, Jayden DeFrancesco, Joseph DeMoura, Brian DeOliveira, Gabrielle DeVerbigier, Tristan DiMeco, Kaitlyn Doherty, Jake Dwyer, Liam Dwyer, Jake Estrada, Haley Fisher, Danielle Flaherty, Alex Flynn, Allison Foley, Abigail Frye, Charles Gardner, Brian Gargan, Lauren Giuliana, Alyssa Granara, Lauryn Hanafin, Daevin Harless, Samantha Jareo, Angelina Johnson, Isabella Kieran, Celia Kulis, Sarah LaVita, Alexa Leone, Emily Long, Jeremiah Lozzi, Kaitlyn Maguire, Jeffrey Mahoney, Ella Malvone, Cameron Marzilli, Alexis Meza, Gabriella Monteforte, Chase Moreau, Madison Mulas, Jack Munro, Cassidy Murphy, Rachel Nally, Medha Pal, Leah Paolillo, Quinn Proulx, Isabelle Puccio, Allison Rebeiro, Nathaniel Rebinskas, John Rhind, Edward Ricupero, Rita Roche, Lilly Rubin, Andrew Ruff, Aislinn Simonelli, Kaitlyn Smith, Olivia Spizuoco, Andrew Stokes, William Stuart, Adam Sulick, Caterina Tassone, Faith Thacker-Benoit, Joshua Tompkins, Jack Toomey, Katherine Trach, Adrian Trotta, Jonathan Villalta, John Ware, Emily Watson, Zachary Weinstein, Erik Woodland and Madison WrightGrade 7High HonorsCasey Ahlin, Nikhitha Biju, Allison Bolanos, Mallory Brown, Sarah Bryan, Grace Constantine, Sebastien DeVerbigier De Saint-Paul, Alisha DiNuccio, Alexis Edwards, Antonio Erickson, Eric Fischer, Cameryn Foresyth, Marissa Gallozzi, Thomas Gargan, Kylie Gates, Caitlyn George, Rachel George, Kelly Gonzalez, Rachel Gonzalez, Emily Gray, Carolyn Haas-Timm, Elisabeth Hayduk, Kaelin Healy, Lauryn Hurley, Dylan Hurynowicz, Lian Juergens, Julia Kane, Ryan Kanihan, Nikos Koss, Audrey LaConte, Rachel Langevin, Paige Lipski, Kammi Lucot, Ava MacGilvray, Jonathan Magliozzi, Srikar Mallajosyula, Carlie Malonson, Owen Mitchell, Michael Monteforte, Carina O’Donnell, Isabella Piazza, Audrey Powers, Emily Provost, Katrina Riekstins, Ethan Ryan, Ryan Willson and Ella WingateHonor RollNathan Alberti, Sofia Skye Almeida, Sarah Arruda, Colleen Baldi, Emily Banks, Brian Barry, Sophia Bavota, Natalia Bernard, Kylee Bevis, Ryan Bornstein, Christian Botte, Karianne Calvoni, Griffin Carr, Noah Carriere, Alyssa Cavanaugh, Lukas Charini, Jessica Collins, Sydney Collins, Anabelle Cook, Samantha Cronin, Owen Cushing, Jonathan Dalton, Ava DeProfio, John Dugan, Brett Ebert, Rose Ebert, Daniel Epie, Austin Farrell, Dominic Feeney, Justin Finnegan, Kaitlyn Finnegan, James Fisher, Brenden Fitzpatrick, Lily Flynn, Brett Gallucci, Lucas Gorham, Brayden Gorski, Julia Gray, Alexa Graziano, Luis Gunera, Katelin Hally, Courtney Howell, Sara Hughes, Michael Ings, Emma Jensen, Lindsey Kane, Ryan LaRoche, Sofia Lipsanopoulos, Colleen Logan, Liam Lydon, Aiden MacLeod, Kaytlyn MacPherson, Katie Manjourides, Marni McBride, Joseph McCauley, Dennis McConologue, Dillon McGrath, Sloane McIntyre, Jaelin Mitchell, Roman Moretti, Tyler Nguyen, Christian Niceforo, Sarah Nille, Reegan Noble, Carlena Osgood, Rylie Patterson, Adam Quamme, Paige Rivera, Casey Robbins, Jacob Roque, Thomas Sica, Jacob Smith, Kassidy Smith, Laine Stockman, Patrick Stokes, Ryan Thomas, Dylan Tran, Emily Tran, Evan Uftring, Mia Vestal, Matthew Villalta, Jonathan Vlamis, Jackson Ward, Ryan Watson, Page Williams, Ella Wing, Connor Wood and Brenna YoungGrade 6High HonorsLindsay Anthony, Mantvydas Banevicius, Thomas Bradley, Hannah Bryson, Thomas Burns, Megan Cali, Ellianna Chronopoulos, Antonia Di Zoglio, Brianne Dillon, Sofia DiNatale, Alison Doherty, Michael Dynan, Robert Elliott, Hannah Finberg, Josephine Finberg, Anuj Gandhi, Alissa Ganley, Alicia Gardner, Austin Harper, Abigail Hassell, Ian Jackson, Caroline Jenks, Samar Johar, Siddharth Karani, James Keck, Kyla Kelley, Alex Kennedy, Ava Kennedy, Emerson Keohane, Emily Kitanov, Sara Kulis, Clyde Lambert, Alexandra Lavigne, Colin Lawson, Molly MacDonald, Kelci MacKenzie, Lily MacKenzie, Andrew Maiella, Benjamin Marvin, John McLaughlin, Jake McLean, Maryellen McMahon, Alexis Melvin, Adrienne Moore, Nathan Murray, Lily O’Malley, Keira Rice, Charles Rosa, Riley Rourke, Avis Samaha, Olivia Solari, Kevin Stano, Neda Stoeva, Keira Sullivan, Carly Thayer, Cassandra Tibbetts, Emma-Rose Toomey, Sarthak Tripathi, Marc Vanella, Priscilla Vo, Rachel Wright and Adam YalcinHonor RollJuliana Angiuoni, Julia Archer, Madison Benoit, Zachary Blonigen, Jake Bourgeois, Jacob Breitenbach, Shaylan Bresnahan, Samantha Bryan, Ciara Cameron, Nathan Cardin, Christian Carpinella, Andrew Castelli, Julien Cella, Christina Chesbrough, Katelyn Cirame, Timothy Clark, Connor Crane, Michaela Crowe, Luca Cudia, Maria Cummings, Kayleigh Cunningham, Robert Cyr, Adam Davis, Ava DeOliveira, Michael DeRose, Emma Diorio, Emily Doherty, Alexia Engvaldsen, Emma Erickson, Emma Flynn, Jonathan Foresyth, Paige Fuller, Joseph Galvin, Gracy Giammarco, Emily Grace, Aidan Guyette, Courtney Healy, Kylee Hodge, Patrick Hounsell, Nikolaos Iascone, Anna Jancsics, Isabel Jordan, Kevin Kane, Tyler Kaszuba, Ethan Kennedy, Gabrielle Kulevich, Ericka L’Esperance, Sophia LaVita, Michael Lawler, Annabelle Lozzi, Joseph Malvone, Jessica Martinson, Kevin Mason, Michael McCarthy, Tatum McDonald, Daniel McElligott, Ashley Mercier, Jaycee Mitchell, Nicole Morello, Dylan Mullarky, Katherine Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Madisyn Murray, Abigail Nolan, Christopher O’Donell, Sean O’Donoghue, Michael Oatis, Eva Oppedisano, Mollie Osgood, Eric Packer, Sean Patrone, Juliana Ragucci, Molly Rasphoumy, Elsa Richards, Zachary Rogers, Charles Rooney, Madelynne Sainato, Nicholas Samaha, Hunter Sands, Phoebe Sassone, Lindsay Scalese, Antonio Smolinsky, Mia Stryhalaleck, Patrick Tassone, Grace Walsh, Molly Walsh, Daniel Watne, Ryan Weinstein, Braeden White, Evan Woltag and Benjamin WrightFinal Honor RollThe following students earned honor roll status with their final grade for the year:Grade 8High HonorsEmir Abdulla, John Andersen, Benjamin Andrus, Matthew Ardito, Anthony Biarrio, Taylor Breen, Amanda Broussard, Margaret Carroll, Akash Chatterji, Angelyn Ciampa, Audrey Curdo, Brian DeOliveira, Nicholas DiNatale, Will Doucette, Rhiannon Dyment, Joseph Dynan, Cameron Eich, Olivia Erler, Maura Fiorenza, Corinn Flanagan, Alex Flynn, Allison Foley, Rowan Fortier, Emily Fothergill, Alyssa Fricia, Anay Gandhi, Dante Giampaolo, Jacob Haerer, Lauryn Hanafin, Andrew Lavigne, Sarah LaVita, Holly Lemay, Paige Lohrman, Kristina Mason, Tayla McDonald, Emily McHugh, Michael Moody, Samantha Morris, Angela Palino, Lillian Perriello, Quinn Proulx, Alyssa Rago, Adriana Rice, Olivia Rogers, Lilly Rubin, Kelli Schuler, Evan Shackelford, Amanda Solari, Emilia Spina, Kevin Stevens, Caterina Tassone, Faith Thacker-Benoit, Laura Tran, Jonathan Villalta, Sandra Watne, Emily Watson, Kari Wells, Grace Wiberg-Pichetti, Haeleigh Wilson and Erik WoodlandHonor RollSalvatore Accardi, William Alworth, Alex Andoni, Anthony Angiuoni, Caitlin Balestrieri, Sofia Barletta, Christianna Bittarelli, Dillon Bloom, Isabella Botte, Nokomis Bramantecohen, Kayla Braz, Michael Broderick, Marisa Bryan, Sara Buckley, Vincent Callahan, Julia Campbell, Jake Chirichiello, Victoria Ciampa, Sarah Cirame, Daniel Conde, Bianca Corso, Shane Costello, Liam Crowley, Shea Cushing, Thomas Dalton, Jenna Danieli, Jamie Davis, Brett DeAmbrose, Jayden DeFrancesco, Joseph DeMoura, Gabrielle DeVerbigier, Kaitlyn Doherty, Kirk Donovan, Ryan Dusablon, Jake Dwyer, Liam Dwyer, Edward Edgerly, Jake Estrada, Jack Farrell, Haley Fisher, Danielle Flaherty, Emersyn Foresyth, Christopher Frizzell, Abigail Frye, Dominic Gabardi, Ashley Gallezzo, Charles Gardner, Brian Gargan, Lauren Giuliana, Alyssa Granara, Bryam Guevara, Daevin Harless, Emily Hassell, Lauren Hutchison, Angelina Johnson, Isabella Kieran, Celia Kulis, Thomas Kullman, Alexa Leone, Emily Long, Jeremiah Lozzi, Kaitlyn Maguire, Jeffrey Mahoney, Ella Malvone, Cameron Marzilli, Alexis Meza, Gabriella Monteforte, Jenna Moore, Chase Moreau, Madison Mulas, Jack Munro, Cassidy Murphy, Anthony Naimo, Rachel Nally, Kelsie Nansel, Meghan O’Mahony, Nathaniel Packer, Medha Pal, Leah Paolillo, Joseph Pastore, Isabelle Puccio, Allison Rebeiro, Nathaniel Rebinskas, John Rhind, Edward Ricupero, Jack Rooney, Andrew Ruff, Kaitlyn Smith, Olivia Spizuoco, Andrew Stokes, William Stuart, Adam Sulick, Joshua Tompkins, Jack Toomey, Adrian Trotta, John Ware, Zachary Weinstein, Madison Wright, Matthew Wright, Angelina Zaykovskaya and Joseph ZuccolaGrade 7High HonorsCasey Ahlin, Nikhitha Biju, Mallory Brown, Sarah Bryan, Griffin Carr, Grace Constantine, Samantha Cronin, Alisha DiNuccio, Alexis Edwards, Antonio Erickson, Eric Fischer, Cameryn Foresyth, Thomas Gargan, Caitlyn George, Rachel George, Rachel Gonzalez, Emily Gray, Carolyn Haas-Timm, Elisabeth Hayduk, Sara Hughes, Lauryn Hurley, Julia Kane, Ryan Kanihan, Nikos Koss, Audrey LaConte, Paige Lipski, Kammi Lucot, Srikar Mallajosyula, Carlie Malonson, Katie Manjourides, Dennis McConologue, Owen Mitchell, Michael Monteforte, Carina O’Donnell, Audrey Powers, Emily Provost, Ethan Ryan, Thomas Sica, Emily Tran, Matthew Villalta, Ryan Willson, Ella Wingate and Connor WoodHonor RollNathan Alberti, Sofia Skye Almeida, Sarah Arruda, Nicholas Atwater, Colleen Baldi, Emily Banks, Brian Barry, Natalia Bernard, Kylee Bevis, Allison Bolanos, Ryan Bornstein, Lexi Bowen, Karianne Calvoni, James Caples, Noah Carriere, Isabella Catalano, Alyssa Cavanaugh, Lukas Charini, Jessica Collins, Sydney Collins, Anabelle Cook, Owen Cushing, Jonathan Dalton, Jonathan DeFeo, Ava DeProfio, Sebastien DeVerbigier De Saint-Paul, Robert Dodge, John Dugan, Brett Ebert, Daniel Epie, Austin Farrell, Justin Finnegan, Kaitlyn Finnegan, James Fisher, Brenden Fitzpatrick, Kayla Flynn, Lily Flynn, Corinne Forcina, Cameron Gagnon, Marissa Gallozzi, Brett Gallucci, Kylie Gates, Lucas Gorham, Brayden Gorski, Alexa Graziano, Luis Gunera, Katelin Hally, Ryan Hayden, Kaelin Healy, Courtney Howell, Dylan Hurynowicz, Michael Ings, Emma Jensen, Lian Juergens, Lindsey Kane, Talina Khalil, Ryan LaRoche, Calvin Lemay, Michael Lewis, Sofia Lipsanopoulos, Colleen Logan, Cooper Loisel, Ava MacGilvray, Kaytlyn MacPherson, Jonathan Magliozzi, Marni McBride, Madelyn McCarron, Dillon McGrath, Sloane McIntyre, John McNamara, Kelsey Mendonca, Roman Moretti, Tyler Nguyen, Reegan Noble, Carlena Osgood, Aryan Patil, Rylie Patterson, Timothy Pearson, Isabella Piazza, Erica Raimo, Katrina Riekstins, Casey Robbins, Jacob Roque, Tyler Sheehan, Jacob Smith, Kassidy Smith, Laine Stockman, Patrick Stokes, Gregory Stratouly, Ryan Thomas, Evan Uftring, Mia Vestal, Jonathan Vlamis, Jackson Ward, Ella Wing, Brenna Young, Burke Zimmer and Marjorie ZimmerGrade 6High HonorsLindsay Anthony, Mantvydas Banevicius, Hannah Bryson, Megan Cali, Nathan Cardin, Ellianna Chronopoulos, Adam Davis, Antonia Di Zoglio, Brianne Dillon, Sofia DiNatale, Alison Doherty, Michael Dynan, Robert Elliott, Hannah Finberg, Josephine Finberg, Paige Fuller, Alissa Ganley, Alicia Gardner, Austin Harper, Abigail Hassell, Ian Jackson, Anna Jancsics, Caroline Jenks, Siddharth Karani, James Keck, Kyla Kelley, Alex Kennedy, Emerson Keohane, Emily Kitanov, Sara Kulis, Clyde Lambert, Alexandra Lavigne, Colin Lawson, Molly MacDonald, Kelci MacKenzie, Lily MacKenzie, Andrew Maiella, Joseph Malvone, Benjamin Marvin, John McLaughlin, Alexis Melvin, Adrienne Moore, Nathan Murray, Keira Rice, Elsa Richards, Charles Rooney, Charles Rosa, Riley Rourke, Neda Stoeva, Mia Stryhalaleck, Keira Sullivan, Patrick Tassone, Emma-Rose Toomey, Priscilla Vo, Ryan Weinstein, Rachel Wright and Adam YalcinHonor RollAvery Allen, Tobechi Amakor, Juliana Angiuoni, Julia Archer, Madison Benoit, Jared Bishop, Zachary Blonigen, Jake Bourgeois, Thomas Bradley, Jacob Breitenbach, Shaylan Bresnahan, Samantha Bryan, Thomas Burns, Ciara Cameron, Luke Cardin, Christian Carpinella, Andrew Castelli, Julien Cella, Christina Chesbrough, Katelyn Cirame, Timothy Clark, Connor Crane, Michaela Crowe, Luca Cudia, Maria Cummings, Kayleigh Cunningham, Robert Cyr, Sophia DeHart, Ava DeOliveira, Michael DeRose, Emma Diorio, Emily Doherty, Alexia Engvaldsen, Arianna Farrell, Emma Flynn, Jonathan Foresyth, Joseph Galvin, Anuj Gandhi, Rachel Garrett, Gracy Giammarco, Tiago Gomez, Emily Grace, Bruce Green Audette, Elizabeth Griffith, Courtney Healy, Patrick Hounsell, Nikolaos Iascone, Samar Johar, Tyler Kaszuba, Ava Kennedy, Ethan Kennedy, Gabrielle Kulevich, Anastasiia Kylinska, Ericka L’Esperance, Andrew Lamb, Sophia LaVita, Michael Lawler, Annabelle Lozzi, Isabella Luis, Jessica Martinson, Kevin Mason, Michael McCarthy, Tatum McDonald, Jake McLean, Maryellen McMahon, Ashley Mercier, Layne Miller, Samantha Miller, Jaycee Mitchell, Nicole Morello, Katherine Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Abigail Nolan, Christopher O’Donell, Sean O’Donoghue, Lily O’Malley, Michael Oatis, Eva Oppedisano, Mollie Osgood, Eric Packer, Lauryn Parr, Sean Patrone, Molly Rasphoumy, Ava Rega, Zachary Rogers, Madelynne Sainato, Avis Samaha, Nicholas Samaha, Phoebe Sassone, Lindsay Scalese, Antonio Smolinsky, Olivia Solari, Eric Spinney, Julee Sutton, Carly Thayer, Cassandra Tibbetts, Sarthak Tripathi, Joseph Wallace, Grace Walsh, Molly Walsh, Mackenzie Ware, Anna Warford, Daniel Watne, Braeden White, Evan Woltag and Benjamin Wright(NOTE: The above Honor Roll was submitted by Wilmington Middle School. Cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau of Airgoz Aerial Photography)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel DiFronzo Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”last_img read more


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_imgMarkets will be closely watching the announcement of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, as investors remain keen to assess the impact of strong dollar on the revenues of major IT companies.A strong dollar is good for Indian IT companies but can have an equally negative impact, affecting their business in countries other than US, as depreciating local currencies put pressure on the revenues from those countries.TCS, India’s largest IT firm, already said that its margins would be down 40 basis points in January-March quarter due to currency fluctuations besides seasonal weakness in demand.Analysts expect the company’s rupee denominated revenue to show no growth for the final quarter of 2014-15. Its dollar denominated revenue is estimated to go down by 200-270 basis points (bps).The Mumbai-based software firm is expected to have earned revenue of ₹24,498.7 crore in March 2015 quarter compared to ₹24,501.1 crore in the previous quarter, The Economic Times reported, taking into account the average of the estimates by five brokerages and the forecast by the ET Intelligence Group.Net profit is likely to fall by 0.9% to ₹5,396.4 crore, according to the estimates.The dollar’s rally against its major counterparts is hurting revenues of domestic software services firms in the non-US markets such as Europe, where the demand is already slowing due to a sagging economy.The impact of depreciation of global currencies against the USD was at 200-250bps on the sequential revenue growth of the top five IT players, viz., TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra, IDFC’s IT analyst Hitesh Shah told The Times of India.The US currency gained 9% versus the euro in January-March period compared to same quarter last year due to monetary policy divergence between the US and Europe. Foreign exchange rates are highly impacted by monetary policies of respective central banks.Revenues from Europe have doubled in the past five years for India’s top IT companies, as they diversified their market presence after having been hit severely by the financial crisis in the US in 2008.Infosys Results More in Focus This Earning SeasonInfosys Ltd., India’s second largest software services firm, which begins the quarterly earnings season traditionally, postponed the announcement of its results to 24 April, 2015 without citing any reason.Analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalise the roadmap needed to restructure into a next-generation service company.The $8.2 billion IT services company is expected to outline new metrics to ascertain the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the new chief executive after taking charge in August 2014.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6% in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.last_img read more


first_imgThe dead bodies of people killed by drinking toxic bootleg liquor are gathered together at Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital in Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on 23 February 2019. Sixty-nine workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said 23 February, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country. Photo: AFPAt least 35 more workers have died in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, police said Sunday, taking the death toll from the latest mass alcohol poisoning beyond 130.The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.In addition to the latest toll, at least 200 more people were still hospitalised across Assam.”The death toll has reached 133 in Golaghat and Jorhat districts from the hooch tragedy,” Mukesh Agarwala, additional director general of state police, told AFP on Sunday.”A total of ten people have been arrested. We have sent the samples of the liquor… to a forensic laboratory. The report is awaited,” he added.Police said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor late Thursday.The victims, who include many women, worked at local tea estates in the region.Doctors said those rushed to hospital in a critical condition were suffering from severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the deaths.Apart from the arrests, two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma vowed those responsible for the tainted booze would be brought to justice.Cheap, locally made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an antifreeze — to their product to increase its strength.If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.Hundreds of mainly poor people die each year in the South Asian country from tainted liquor, which normally costs just a few US cents a bottle.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40 per cent is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.Many Indian states have implemented or pushed for prohibition, which, according to critics, further increases the unsupervised manufacture and sale of alcohol.last_img read more