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Review of the ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO in the UAE



During IFA 2022, ASUS took the wraps off the VivoWatch 5 AERO, a fitness tracker equipped with a fascinating sensor beneath its display. The VivoWatch 5 AERO boasts the impressive ability to perform ECGs simply by touching a fingertip to the sensor. Additionally, the sensor supposedly has the capability to measure blood oxygen and heart rate levels as well. We got a review unit from ASUS for a test drive, we came away impressed by its capabilities.

ASUS has integrated identical sensors on the rear of the fitness tracker, intended for continuous 24/7 monitoring. Furthermore, the VivoWatch 5 AERO features GPS, 5 ATM water resistance, and can last up to 3 days on a single charge from its 140 mAh battery under regular usage. Notably, the device comes with a 0.96-inch passive matrix OLED display and supports 15 mm wide silicone watch straps.

The VivoWatch 5 AERO is being touted to be the world’s first smart wristband that can detect Pulse Transit Time and blood pressure, delivering real-time measurements by simply placing a finger on the sensor. It is compact and lightweight, weighing less than 30 grams, and it comes packed with built-in medical-grade ECG and PPG sensors, which ensure continuous vital monitoring throughout the day.

It also offers 24/7 complete health-data tracking, since it measures your Pulse Transit Time index, heart rate, blood oxygen (SpO2), and de-stress level, allowing you to understand your health status easily. Furthermore, it also tracks sleep quality, offering insights into sleep duration, stages, snoring patterns, and body movement for a comprehensive view of when you rest.

The ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO also supports nine popular sports modes such as Jogging, Treadmill, Swimming, Walking, Cycling, Yoga, Stretching, Core, and Dancing. The Vivowatch 5 AERO also tracks daily step count, and calories burned, providing activity maps and stats to keep you healthy and fit. It is also equipped with a built-in GPS chipset, which precisely pinpoints your location for accurate sports tracking, even without a mobile phone.

The ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO utilises the time difference between signals captured by its ECG and PPG sensors to compute flow speeds in arterial blood vessels and assess pressure conditions generated by the vessel walls during the heart’s regular contraction and relaxation. Real-time PTT measurements can be easily obtained by placing an index finger on the watch face for 20–25 seconds. Moreover, the sensors on the back of the VivoWatch 5 AERO watch face automatically measure Pulse Transit Time (PTT) every hour.

To obtain detailed ECG recordings on the ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO, simply place your forefinger on the face sensors for 30 seconds. The ECG app will capture the data, and you can use the ASUS HealthConnect app to share the results with your healthcare provider.

The HealthConnect app allows for the export of ECG data as a PDF file, thus allowing you to easily share it with medical professionals during checkups. ASUS says that the VivoWatch 5 AERO is equipped to provide precise Lead 1 ECGs, with medical device certification approved by the Taiwan Food & Drug Administration (TFDA). Through the ASUS HealthConnect app, the data collected by ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO is thoroughly analyzed, offering valuable insights about the wearer’s health.

Users have the option to use the app to share the collected data with friends, family, and healthcare professionals. Furthermore, ASUS HealthAI, integrated within ASUS HealthConnect, offers personalised tips on healthy habits and effective health management, enhancing the overall wellness experience for the wearer.

Setting up the Vivowatch 5 AERO is a walk in the park. Follow the onscreen instructions on the watch’s face and you are good to go. The overall performance is very good – the UI is easy to understand and is quite light without any unwanted animations in place. For a price of $139.99, the ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO is a fantastic smart band that can record all your health vitals in one place. The health data provided by the core pulse wave index measurement function is not only cost-effective but also allows users to monitor their blood pressure status conveniently and without any discomfort.

Price: $139.99

ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO $139.99
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The ASUS VivoWatch 5 AERO also supports nine popular sports modes such as Jogging, Treadmill, Swimming, Walking, Cycling, Yoga, Stretching, Core, and Dancing. The Vivowatch 5 AERO also tracks daily step count, and calories burned, providing activity maps and stats to keep you healthy and fit.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries



Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini



As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit



Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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