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Fitbit Unveils 3 New Fitness Trackers — Without Wear OS 3

The svelte updates to the Inspire, Versa, and Sense models still don’t use Google’s wearable OS, though the range still looks tempting.

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If you were eagerly awaiting a new smartwatch release from Fitbit that would feature an updated OS in the form of Google Wear 3, you’ll probably be disappointed by the firm’s latest announcement. However, that’s perhaps as far as bad news goes for this new range of fitness trackers, as overall, the trio of models otherwise look incredibly compelling.

The Inspire 3, Versa 4, and Sense 2 are all now available for preorder, with each model looking a little slimmer and more polished than before, albeit sporting Fitbit’s own OS instead of the Google iteration. Fitbit’s software is attractive and easy enough to use, and you’ll still be able to access maps and wallet features from the search giant despite not getting the full Wear OS treatment.

Light Fantastic

At $100, the Inspire 3 is the entry-level model and compares favorably to the likes of Garmin’s Vivosmart series.

The always-on AMOLED face and 10-day battery life are notable in this price tier, as are the monitoring features, which boast:

  • Always-on tracking for blood oxygen (SpO2).
  • Always-on skin temperature monitor.
  • Irregular heartbeat rhythm warning.

The watch has also received FDA approval and CE marking, so you can be sure the device will keep a watchful eye over your vital signs. As well as comprehensive monitoring, you also get a Daily Readiness score, helping you decide whether you need to recover or head out for another training session, and a new Sleep Profile feature able to track 10 different sleep metrics.

The Inspire 3 comes in three colors and can be fitted with a wide range of new Fitbit bands too.

A Genuine Apple Alternative?

The Versa 4 ($230) and Sense 2 ($300) aim to take a slice of the Apple Watch’s market share, though, of course, both devices work with Android and iOS, so offer a good deal more flexibility than Cupertino’s walled garden device.

Both Fitbit trackers have overhauled software, tweaked to offer a (dare we say) more Apple-like vibe. However, unlike Apple’s devices, they will comfortably last a whole week on a charge and refill to a day’s worth of power in just 12 minutes.

Features include everything present on the Inspire 3, with the Versa 4 being optimized for workouts, using built-in GPS and 40 exercise modes. The Sense 2 now features a Body Response sensor that hunts for stress triggers and alerts the wearer if anything troubling is uncovered.

Both watches are also lighter and thinner than previous iterations, with the entire lineup offering a slimmer, smarter experience all around.

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LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology

Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.

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LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.

Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.

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The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.

Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.

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The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.

The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.

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