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Apple Watch with Toy Story watch faces

All-New Apple Watch Suggested in HomePod Code Leak

When Apple’s HomePod firmware was revealed recently, it proved to be a source of much information, including that the next Apple Watch will likely feature a 4G electronic sim card so be less dependent on a nearby iPhone.

It’s the limitations that come from Apple Watch being what Cupertino calls ‘a companion device’ which can be annoying. Sure, the latest model has GPS built in, but though that’s useful for measuring your run much more accurately, you still need the iPhone nearby to get directions to your wrist because the Watch needs mapping for that. Or, say you want to send a text while you’re out on your run. You need to have your iPhone with you for that, too. The latest suggestions? All that is about to change. Bloomberg is reporting that a new Apple Watch model will be released before the end of the year which will have an LTE chip so that it can send messages on its own, or download apps, stream songs that are not already on the Watch and more.

More on the purported new Watch here.

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The Modius headset being worn.

Modius Headset Claimed To Assist Weight Loss Launches on Indiegogo

A new device to help users lose weight, promising to do so without diet or exercise changes, has just launched an Indiegogo campaign.

The headset is a lightweight, plastic U-shape that slips on to your head and feels comfortable enough. You then stick two electrodes your mastoids. No, I didn’t know either. It’s the hard, bony area behind your ears. The Modius then sends an electrical signal to the vestibular nerve, stimulating it. This activates the hypothalamus, an almond-sized part of the brain which, Wikipedia tells me, is responsible for the regulation of certain metabolic processes and other activities of the autonomic nervous system. The idea is that the device sending this signal means the hypothalamus reduces fat storage in the body.

More on Modius, here.

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