Amazon has announced a new fitness band and a plethora of health services to go along with it. The new $79.99 Halo View includes a color AMOLED display (similar to Fitbit’s Charge 5) and a year of Amazon’s Halo membership, which is required to access the tracker’s more advanced analytics. Amazon’s also launching a Halo Fitness service, which provides workout videos similar to Apple Fitness Plus, and Halo Nutrition, which helps you meal plan.
Amazon is pitching the Halo View as a follow-up to its previous Halo Band fitness tracker, which didn’t include a screen. While the Halo View can gather a ton of biometric data, including heart rate, blood oxygen level, and skin temperature, it won’t be gathering your voice data like the previous…
Friends make any game better, and with Nintendo’s best Switch games often having a strong multiplayer component, it’s only natural for people to want to party up on that console. The Switch has a somewhat complex method for allowing you to expand your roster of friends, requiring people to hand out strings of code to friends if they want to add them to their social list. The system is more closed off than its competitors in this regard, most likely because Nintendo offers kid-friendly platforms. Even if it is a bizarre method, it’s still worth adding as many friends as possible to your Nintendo profile.
Here’s how you can expand your group more easily.
Find your Friend code
It’s worth noting that once you’ve added a friend using their Friend Code, it’ll be a done-in-one deal that makes it easy to check up on what your comrades have been up to. To hand out your own 12-digit code, simply go to your Switch main menu and select your avatar in the left-hand corner at the top. On your profile page, your friend code can be found next to your Mii profile image.
Amazon is once again expanding its lineup of Echo Show smart displays, and this time, it’s going bigger. The new $249.99 Echo Show 15 is the largest smart display the company has released so far, with a 15-inch, 1080p HD display. It’s also got a different design than the company’s prior models — instead of being a touchscreen attached to a bulky speaker, the Echo Show 15 is flat and can be hung on the wall.
Amazon’s pitch for this smart display is for it to be a shared hub for families to see things like upcoming calendar appointments, to-dos, sticky note reminders, and shopping lists. It envisions it being placed in communal spaces — a living room, frequently accessed hallway, and, of course, the kitchen. It’s capable of all the things…
Microsoft has announced the free Games With Gold titles coming to Xbox in October, and there are four in all. These include Aaero, Hover, Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X. You can see the full schedule below.
Aaero is an Xbox One game that has players racing through surreal environments and taking on epic bosses. The game features licensed music from Noisia, Flux Pavilion, Katy B, The Prototypes, and Neosignal.
Hover is also an Xbox One game. Set in a 3D open world, you join a rebellious group known as the Gamers and then fight the law by performing stunts and combos on your journey to an Orbital Station.
We already know that the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus makes some big changes when it comes to combat and capturing monsters. But the latest trailer for the roleplaying game shows some of the other things you’ll be doing. That includes familiar elements like riding pokémon, customizing your trainer with clothes and hairstyles, and what looks like a fairly robust photo mode. The trailer also ends with a look at a brand-new monster called Kleavor. Additionally, the developers revealed that players will get a device called an Arc Phone, which will likely serve as a pokédex of sorts. It also looks suspiciously like the titular new Arceus pokémon being introduced in the game.
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Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota, acquired Renovo Motors, a startup that makes operating systems for autonomous vehicles. It’s the latest acquisition that aims to accelerate Toyota’s mission to develop autonomous vehicles with connected software. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Toyota established Woven Planet in January 2021 to invest in and develop mobility with artificial intelligence. Since then, the company has been on a shopping spree, acquiring Carmera, a firm that provides real-time, high-definition maps and data for driverless vehicles, and Lyft’s Level 5 autonomous vehicle division.
Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold are set to receive price cuts, but only in some parts of the world. Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it’s cutting the price of both services in Chile, Hong Kong, and Israel beginning in October. The price drops apply to both console and PC programs.
“Microsoft regularly evaluates the price of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold at a local level to best serve customers in each country. These price adjustments were informed and based on local market conditions in each country,” a spokesperson for the company said.
The prices for all services are going down in each market–you can see a full breakdown of the prices in the images included in the gallery below.