Oculus Move

Apple Health will soon integrate activity statistics from Oculus Move

Meta is taking another big step forward in the VR fitness space. Starting in April, the company will allow you to see your Oculus Move VR fitness stats in places other than the Quest and Quest 2 headset VR app. You’ll be able to choose to see the metrics (calories burned, minutes spent working out, and your VR fitness goals) in the Oculus mobile app for iOS and Android.

There’s a bit more important news for iOS users who want all their fitness data in one pot, so to speak: Oculus Move will support integration with Apple Health, so your VR workouts can be tracked in the same app as your standard, non-VR workouts.

Meta says it is exploring integration with other fitness tracking platforms.

Syncing your VR metrics with the Oculus or Apple Health app requires registration, and Meta says it doesn’t use Move metrics to inform the ads you see on the company’s other services. If you sync your data with the Oculus mobile app, your Move data will be stored on Meta’s servers and protected with end-to-end encryption. Meta will update its additional data policy on April 11 with information about how it stores your fitness information if you choose to participate.

Virtual reality training has grown in popularity since the launch of Quest 2 in late 2020. The pandemic played a role in this trend; people wanted to engage and stay fit from the comfort of their homes. But it’s also because some of the fitness experiences are really fun, from what I’ve heard – and it’s likely a very profitable business for Meta. In October 2021, the company bought Within, the team behind Supernatural, which is arguably the most popular subscription-based fitness app available for the Oculus Quest standalone virtual reality headset.

Sports using VR is the future

In the event that Apple eventually releases its long-talked-about AR / VR headset with similar Apple Health integration, iOS users will at least have more than one option for a headset that can contribute to their fitness goals.

In addition, those of you with iPhones, iPads or Apple Watches will be able to automatically sync your Oculus Move data with Apple Health. This means that Apple’s Health app will soon become an even more effective way to track your workout routine. The company also said it plans to integrate the Move app with other fitness tracking services in the future, but didn’t reveal more details about that.

Galaxy Z Fold 4

The iPhone 14 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 will share a new Samsung technology

Samsung is preparing to launch two OLED screen innovations for its and Apple’s products, and the first will be available in retail devices as early as this year. Currently, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display uses the older generation M11 OLED material found in the S21 Ultra’s display.

However, its brightness potential has been maximized by Samsung to achieve these very high S22 Ultra screen specs, such as a record maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, while its controller enables the most granular refresh rate dynamics of 1 to 120 Hz for the first time on a Samsung smartphone.

It appears that Samsung’s latest generation of M12 OLED display material will be retained for smartphones arriving in the second half of the year. The Elec reports that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable smartphones are expected to be the first Samsung smartphones that will have M12 OLED displays, while the iPhone 14 series will be a first for Apple to adopt the technology.

Wait, what? Yes, the iPhone 14 (most likely its Pro models) will feature a newer generation of Samsung OLED display than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra. We still don’t know if the generational improvements of the M12 hardware will be compared to the M11 in the S22 Ultra, so Samsung fans who bought the Ultra model shouldn’t get too excited prematurely.

The other OLED innovation that Samsung will be working on in the near future is the development of dual-layer panels, such as those LG is currently using for integration into electric vehicles and the like. The dual-layer method allows OLED displays to last much longer without visual degradation, especially when it comes to fragile blue organic diodes. That’s important for cars that may be in service for a decade or more, but also for electronic devices that have a longer lifespan than smartphones, such as laptops or tablets.

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Samsung may be overtaken by LG

Samsung was supposed to develop a 10.86-inch OLED display for use in an iPad next year, but Apple didn’t like the results it got from Samsung’s proposed single-layer OLED panel, so that partnership fell through. LG, on the other hand, which has already mastered the dual-layer OLED method, is expected to provide such displays for a 12.9-inch OLED iPad and another 11-inch one scheduled for release in 2024.

Apple is also reportedly planning to switch to OLED for its Mac and iMac display lines, not just for iPads, which have a longer life cycle than the traditional iPhone. This may have prompted Samsung to accelerate the development of its own dual-layer OLED displays – the T series – so called to evoke the word tandem when it comes to the two OLED layers working in parallel. In other words, Samsung senses the danger of being overtaken by LG as Apple’s primary supplier of OLED displays for everything other than iPhones, and is reacting accordingly.

Samsung and LG are currently working on medium-sized dual-layer OLED displays for future tablets and laptops, the report said. However, Samsung will likely release dual-layer T-series OLED displays in its own Tab S and Galaxy Book families of tablets and laptops about a year before Apple uses the panels.


iPhone X Photo Test: Solid Performance in a Compact Format

Apple has secured the fundamentals of its iPhone X with a sharp image quilt and improved color management. But it’s mainly its second camera module, and it’s more compact size that makes it a weapon of choice for photographers.

While Apple has lost its technical dominance in photography in recent years – autofocus, definition, professional modes, etc. – the iPhone is still the preferred terminal for many photographers and enthusiasts. For several reasons: color consistency, the iOS ecosystem (apps are quality), etc. And since the arrival of the iPhone 7 Plus, for the second camera module. This equivalent 56 mm f/2.8 gives the iPhone the advantage in portraiture in particular.

With its super processor, OLED screen, and 56mm optics, the iPhone X is a brighter-looking (f/2.4) and a brighter-looking (f/2.4) lens; it’s the ultimate Apple photographic flagship. However, it wasn’t the technique that first seduced us, but a detail that seems trivial: the dimensions of the terminal.

Double module in a compact format

gsgsfasjgosbnvobniwbveiuOnce is not customary for a smartphone dedicated to photography, let’s not start with image quality, but with hardware ergonomics, a point where the iPhone X shines. Because without being a dwarf, the iPhone X is a more compact terminal than its high-end competitors such as Galaxy S8 Plus, Mate 10 pro and even its “big brothers” iPhone “Plus” all generations combined.

The fashion of big screens has long since perverted the whole top of the smartphone basket. Since the iPhone 7, it was necessary to opt for the large version “Plus” to take advantage of the second camera module, a device certainly capable but more cumbersome and less easy to handle quickly than the “normal” version.

By integrating the best of its photographic know-how into a more compact terminal, Apple will appeal to photographers who like to travel discreetly and lightly. It is a “simple” ergonomic evolution that has a significant impact: as it is easier to handle, we tend to take it out faster and therefore more readily, which invites us to make more images. For us, this is one of the company’s strong arguments that eclipses many of the technical limits.

Good level of detail

Displayed 100% on our 27 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels screen, the images produced by the iPhone X are more granular than those of the competition. A flaw?

Not so much: if you notice a more pronounced use of flat surfaces compared to an HTC U11, for example, in the end, the image rendering is excellent thanks to the software processing. Apple’s algorithms have found an excellent balance between smoothing, which reduces the digital noise inherent in small sensors and the very high level of detail, thanks to a proper management of micro-contrast.

Applied to a better sensor and better optics, this image processing would be extraordinary. In the case of the iPhone X, it already makes it possible to produce good images, shots richer in detail and with more punch than those of the iPhone 7 generation.

The Most Expensive and Luxurious Gadgets in the World

Luxury items are expensive for a reason. You are paying a price for prestige, exclusivity, and quality. And there are consumers who do not mind shelling out more bucks for a product if that means upping the ante for their lifestyle and they will command more respect and admiration from people around them.

Here are three of the most expensive and luxurious gadgets in the world that will have your jaw dropping in awe:

1. iPhone 5 Black Diamond

Costing at least $10 million—earning it the distinction of being the costliest smartphone in the world—this elegant gold-and-black iPhone model features a 26-carat rare black diamond that replaces the home button. At the back, luxury is written all over the Apple logo where you can find 53 precious stones. Not only that—the whole unit is encrusted with 600 white diamonds plus sapphire in the screen. The entire chassis is covered in gold.

It took 9 weeks for luxury product designer Stuart Hughes to create this marvelous smartphone, which was commissioned by a Chinese businessman.

2. Camael Diamonds iPad

Camael Diamonds iPad pic

While a diamond-encrusted tablet that is worth over a million dollars may sound far-fetched, this luxurious gadget actually exists. Like the iPhone 5 Black Diamond, the Camael Diamonds iPad features a black diamond home button and Apple logo. Weighing about 1 kg., this iPad is made of 300-carat diamonds and 18-carat gold.

3. MacBook Air Supreme Platinum

The third Apple product on this list is the luxury version of the MacBook Air: the Supreme Platinum edition. It weighs 7 kg. And is made of platinum. There are only five units of this edition available in the world coming with a $500,000 price tag. That is how exclusive this laptop is.