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Google Fit gets improved activity logging and a breathing exercise


Google Fit, Google’  s activity-tracking app for Android, is getting a small but meaningful update today that adds a few new features that’ll likely make its regular users quite happy. Some are pretty basic, like the launch of a Fit widget for your Android home screen, while others introduce new features like a breathing exercise (though that will only be available on Wear OS), an updated home screen in the app itself and improved activity logging.


The app got a major redesign earlier this year and in the process, Google introduced Heart Points as a way of tracking not just the length but also the strenuousness of your activities. Those are tracked automatically as you go about your day, but since Fit also lets you log activities manually, you didn’t really get a chance to log the intensity of those exercises. Now, however, you can adjust the intensity in your quest for getting more Heart Points.


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More than half of global population now online: UN

(File Photo: Reuters/Tim Wimborne)


GENEVA: About 3.9 billion people are now using the Internet, meaning that for the first time more than half of the global population is online, the United Nations said Friday (Dec 7).


The UN agency for information and communication technologies, ITU, said that by the end of 2018 a full 51.2 per cent of people around the world will be using the Internet.


"By the end of 2018, we will surpass the 50/50 milestone for Internet use," ITU chief Houlin Zhou said in a statement.

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German solar battery maker Sonnen qualifies to provide grid services

FILE PHOTO: A lithium battery unit of the startup "sonnen", formerly known as Sonnenbatterie, is seen in Berlin, Germany, October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo


FRANKFURT: German solar battery maker Sonnen has won approval to join the lucrative market for keeping the country's power network in balance, giving a boost to its drive to reach profitability.


Jean-Baptiste Cornefert, head of Sonnen's eServices retail unit, told Reuters it had been accepted by Germany's biggest power grid firm TenneT to join the so-called balancing market, in which companies compete in auctions to either deliver power or take it into storage to keep the system balanced.

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Fun on the Fairway: SCS Golf Day 2018


The annual SCS Golf Day, one of the most anticipated events within the tech community, marked another great outing this year on 24 August at Orchid Country Club. Over 160 avid golfers, beginners and enthusiasts alike, donned on specially designed SCS golf polo shirts and caps for the SCS Golf Day 2018.


Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information was the Guest of Honour for the event. Mr Gabriel Lim, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Communications & Information and Mr Lim Swee Say, former Minister for Manpower also graced the event as Special Guests.


The enjoyable day of friendship and networking extended beyond the fairways and greens with a hearty, well- deserved dinner at the Peach Garden restaurant where attractive prizes such as the latest drones, tech gadgets and shopping vouchers totalling close to $10,000 were given out during the lucky draw segment.


Thank you all SCS members, industry leaders and sponsors for the great support. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!




Amazon to allow Apple Music on its Echo speakers

Prompts on how to use Amazon's Alexa personal assistant are seen alongside an Amazon Echo in an Amazon ‘experience center’ in California. (Photo: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage/Files)


WASHINGTON: Inc said on Friday (Nov 30) that Apple Music will become available on its Echo smart speakers starting Dec 17, signaling increasing collaboration between the tech heavyweights.


Apple Music subscribers who own Echo devices will be able to listen to Apple Inc's library of 50 million songs, Amazon said in a blog post.

Earlier this month, Amazon said it would carry more Apple products globally in time for the holiday shopping season.


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