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Apple Now Makes the Best Running Watch

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Apple Now Makes the Best Running Watch

Every extant fitness tracker collects a massive amount of biometric data in an effort to help active people improve their athletic performance. These sensor-equipped wearables not only track how many steps you take but also the speed at which you heart beats and the quality of your sleep. They even record the amount of food and drinks you consume. However, when it comes to planning workouts, I still haven’t found any smartwatch or app that gives advice as smart or as comprehensive as a live human coach.

After all, people and their bodies are unpredictable. Even expensive, sports-centric platforms that combine hardware and software cannot offer personalized guidance beyond a limited range of options. A watch can tell me if my stress fracture is due to the way I’m walking like a Clydesdale. What if I only have a half-hour free between meetings, but my program calls for a 60-minute run? What if I skip my strength training to go skateboarding? Does that count?

The new watchOS 9 will arrive on Apple Watches in July.

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When watchOS 9 becomes available to the public in July, it will signal the arrival of a whole host of new, fitness-focused features for the Apple Watch. Many of these features, such as the ability to measure running speed, are targeted at elite athletes. Even casual runners will benefit greatly from the ability to analyze their vertical oscillation, create customized workouts with their distance and time intervals, and pace themselves against their routes. The Apple Watch could be the most powerful sports watch ever, thanks to these new features. It would be great if the battery life improvements that were rumored had been realized.

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Let’s start with the three newest features: the ability to measure vertical oscillation, stride length, and ground contact while running. These measurements are crucial for improving your economy while exercising. This is not a universal rule, but it will make running faster and farther if people move forward with each step, instead of bouncing around, take shorter strides and minimize ground contact.

The watch’s ability to track these aspects of running mechanics is not unique–the Garmin running pod has been able to measure vertical oscillation for years–but if you own an Apple Watch, you will no longer need to buy a separate device and download a separate app to get this data. Apple claims it used machine intelligence and processed data from the watch’s accelerometer, gyroscope and gyroscope in order to determine how your body moves up and down as well as when your feet hit and lift off the ground. (I will have to wait until I test watchOS 9, to verify that this is accurate. )

The ability to create custom workouts is also a huge improvement. Although running watch software such as Garmin, Polar, Coros and Garmin can help you create productive workouts, they are often very prescriptive. These recommendations are often not compatible with my outdoor running habits and can make it difficult to fit them into my busy schedule. Apple’s new feature allows you to create custom running workouts that can be adjusted for your pace, distance and heart rate. New alerts will be available for zone and cadence training.

Like most runners, I run a variety of routes, often completing them at different speeds and on different surfaces. Now I can plug in my long, slow runs on outdoor trails and make sure I’m keeping my heart rate low; I can take into account the slow warm-up and cool-down jogs to and from my local high school track where I do interval runs in the evenings or log my 30-minute rage sprints around my block in the rain. I can now use the Apple Watch to track my most frequent runs.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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The backs of the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro



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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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