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Top 10 smartwatches in November – expensive doesn’t mean best performance





We live in an era where everything gets highly technologized, we have access to tons of information and means to get it fast and we make every gadget as “smart” as possible. One of the most popular gadget at the moment, the must have is the smartwatch. Taking in account how many companies are manufacturing smartwatches to better complete our smartphones and also bring innovation, it gets harder to choose the most efficient smartwatch. By balancing design and functionality here are the top 10 best smartwatches manufactured by November.

10. Sony SmartWatch 3


The Sony SmartWatch 3 is not the best looking wearable but it has a classic stainless steel design which makes it appealing for people who are looking for an elegant smartwatch. Although it lacks in display quality as it only has a 1.6″ LCD affair it is one of the most durable smartwatches on the market with an IP68 rating meaning it can last for about one hour at more than 1 meter depth submerged in water. Sony SmartWatch 3 is one of the first Android Wear devices that has a built-in GPS system, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, all packed with 4GB of storage. With a decent battery of 420mAh and a $100 price range Sony SmartWatch 3 has one of the most complete set of functionality.

9.LG G Watch

LG G Watch

LG G Watch is again one of the smart watches that don’t impress with design but bring some special features. The LG G Watch is an Android Wear powered device that integrates the software’s impressive voice recognition and it has the potential of supporting updated features. The wearable lacks in its 1.3″ P-OLED display that is practically unseeable in bright sunlight and lacks in battery life. LG G Watch is dust and water resistant and offers decent functionality and can constantly be upgraded which make its $100 price range seem fit.

8.Huawei Watch

Huawei Watch

While the first two smartwatches lacked in design, Huawei Watch actually looks like a good looking watch. This wearable has a fully circular AMOLED screen with vibrant colors that can’t be missed but it does lag a little while opening apps. Although functionality is limited the Huawei Watch is compatible with both Android and iOS. Huawei Watch is one of the expensive wearables having a $400 price range mostly for its design that is highly customizable.

7.Movado Bold Motion


Movado Bold Motion is actually the result of HP and Swiss Watchmaker Movado partnership that resulted in one of the most beautifully designed smartwatch. Although it can connect with latest iOS and Android devices over Bluetooth it doesn’t have a regular screen. Its display only looks like a clock that notifies you only through vibration and LEDs. Although the lack of screen limits its functionality, Movado Bold Motion looks like a elegant watch you’d love to wear but unfortunately its price range is $700.

6.Motorola Moto 360 (2015)


Motorola Moto 360 (2015) is one of the first Android Wear smartwatch built in different designs for men and women. Moto 360 is highly customizable with Moto Maker and it is compatible with both iOS and Android. As Motorola Moto 360 has similar specifications and performance of most of smartwatches on the market it mostly comes down to its design and functionality. But also the price range has a saying in choosing the best smartwatch and Moto 360 can be bought around $100.

5.LG G Watch Urbane


LG G Watch Urbane is the more fashionable and expensive version of LG G Watch R as it comes with a $349 price while its former version has a $100 price range. Although the design is the first thing that stands up in the LG G 2nd version it has some superior specifications LG G Watch Urbane is powered by the latest 5.1.1 Android Wear and comes with an improved battery life. All in all LG G Watch Urbane can be compared with the top smartwatches when considering its polished design but can still upgrade its performance.

4.Asus ZenWatch 2


Asus ZenWatch 2 has the same display and processor as its predecessor but it got upgraded with a more customizable design and an outstanding battery life. Although it isn’t nearly as good looking as other smartwatches listed in this top it is compatible both with Android and iOS devices and has an affordable $150 price range. Although there is still room for improvement the Asus ZenWatch 2 is better than its previous version and still keeps its affordable price range.

3.Pebble Time Steel


What the Pebble Time Steel version has more than its basic Pebble Time smartwatch is the extra long battery life that can last up to a week. Also the design is very much different and more appealing. The Steel version of Pebble is compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones but it doesn’t have heart-rate monitor sensor or GPS tracking because they will come as extras soon. Although Pebble Time Steel is a little bit more expensive than its predecessor having a $250 price range it does look better and has that amazing one week battery life.

2.Apple Watch 


Most of the people consider Apple Watch being the number 1 smartwatch on the market but to be fair it is highly expensive and lacks the functionality of other wearables mentioned in this top and also can be used with iPhone 5 and later editions. Apple Watch is indeed one of the best built smartwatches with a unbeatable slick design and a fashionable appeal. One of its most important feature is its ability of sending and receiving calls through a compatible iPhone. Apple Watch somehow balances functionality with battery life but considering its compatibility only with iOS devices its $400 price range seems a bit exaggerated.

1.Samsung Gear S2


Samsung Gear S2 is one of the most intuitive and compatible smartwatches from the list and also is powered by Samsung’s own operating system Tizen. One of the most impressive feature embedded into the wearables design is the rotating Bezel used for navigation. Although it is compatible of a large variety of Android smartphones, Samsung Gear S2 has no compatibility with iPhones. With a great battery life and interactive GPS system Samsung Gear S2 has reasonable price range of $200-300 depending on the features you require.

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Spotify is providing refunds for Car Thing as it confronts a lawsuit regarding the malfunctioning of the streaming device





Spotify is receiving ongoing criticism for its choice to terminate support for Car Thing, its in-car streaming device, which was announced in May. According to the company, the device will become inoperable after December 9, 2024. Gen Z users on TikTok are sharing videos to express their dissatisfaction with Spotify’s decision and its suggested measures, such as transitioning to Android Auto or CarPlay. The users point out that they often lacked access to integrated infotainment systems in their cars, which makes them a prime target market for a specialized player like Car Thing.

The streaming service’s in-car device hadn’t been on the market long enough to become outdated. The product was introduced in February 2022 but was subsequently discontinued within the same year. However, the company assured customers who had already purchased units that it would continue to provide support and maintenance. Prior to its release, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek indicated that there was a significant consumer interest in this product. During an earnings call with investors, Ek reported that over 2 million users had registered on the Car Thing waitlist in anticipation of its launch.

While Spotify did not disclose official figures, it is probable that Car Thing did not meet expectations or did not justify further investment in the current challenging economic climate. Spotify, on the other hand, terminated approximately 1,500 employees towards the end of last year. This followed previous rounds of layoffs earlier in the year that impacted hundreds of employees.

Car Thing users, on the other hand, are not concerned with the company’s financial issues; their primary concern is the functionality of the device or, at the very least, receiving a refund for the $90 cost.

As a result, some individuals have attempted to lodge their complaints directly with Spotify by sending direct messages on the X platform using the handle @SpotifyCares or by utilizing different email addresses associated with Spotify that have been shared on Reddit. As a result, certain users have reported that Spotify provided them with multiple months of a premium subscription as compensation for their inconvenience, whereas others have stated that they inquired with customer service and were informed that no reimbursements were being offered.

According to Spotify, they have recently implemented a refund procedure for Car Thing. However, the user must present evidence of purchase in order to be eligible for the refund.

Car Thing users were officially informed about the availability of customer support through a second email sent on Friday of last week, in response to the increasing criticism and dissatisfaction caused by the discontinuation of Car Thing. Within the message, Spotify provides users with the appropriate customer support link to contact the company. The email does not guarantee any reimbursements but states that users can contact us for inquiries.

Although a refund might appease a certain segment of the user population who are dissatisfied with Car Thing, numerous individuals are earnestly imploring the company through TikTok videos and comments on Spotify’s TikTok posts to refrain from rendering their device inoperable. (Indeed, grievances regarding the Car Thing have become so prevalent on Spotify’s videos that the algorithmically generated search recommendation on certain videos is “what is the spotify car thing.”)

“Spotify, I kindly request that you refrain from subjecting me to any further distress.” “I have a strong affection for my automobile,” expressed Carla, a TikTok user known as @carlititica on the platform.

“Depressed,” expressed another user, @nikkilovestech. “They seem to encourage people to use their phone, which is a source of distraction,” she stated in the video description while demonstrating a Car Thing mounted on her dashboard. In her video, she also addressed the issue of electronic waste resulting from the discontinuation of a fully functional product.

Spotify is still facing challenges regarding the discontinuation of Car Thing, despite the introduction of a refund process that has not been widely publicized. According to Billboard, Spotify is currently dealing with a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify deceived customers by selling them a product that would soon become outdated, and then failing to provide refunds. The lawsuit was initiated on May 28th.

While Spotify is unable to provide a comment regarding the lawsuit, a representative did share the following statement regarding Car Thing:

The objective of our Car Thing investigation in the United States was to gain further insights into individuals’ auditory habits while driving. In July 2022, we made a public statement declaring our decision to cease any future manufacturing activities, and now we must bid farewell to the devices altogether. The deactivation of all Car Thing devices will occur on December 9, 2024, giving users until that date to continue using them. To gain further knowledge about the various methods available for listening to Spotify in your car, please refer to the For The Record section. Car Thing users can contact Customer Support for any inquiries by visiting:

While the issues surrounding Car Thing may not impact all of Spotify’s user base, this development coincides with a period when users are already dissatisfied with being required to pay additional fees for features they consider essential to a music service, such as access to lyrics, a feature that Spotify recently made available only to paying subscribers. Furthermore, users are expressing dissatisfaction with Car Thing and are issuing ultimatums to discontinue their subscription to Spotify due to the introduction of paid access to lyrics.

Furthermore, Spotify raised its subscription fees last year, and Bloomberg has reported that another price hike is imminent in 2024.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health





Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year





PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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