Fitbit Charge 4 Update- SpO2 Right on Device; Google Promises Not to Keep Tracking You After Dropping Cookies; Amazon GameOn Screen Recording App to iOS; Tesla Gives Up LA Restaurant Scheme-Will Become Biggest Supercharger SitePosted: March 3, 2021
Fitbit has started rolling out a firmware update for the Charge 4 that will allow it to estimate your blood oxygen saturation level (Sp02) while you sleep. Up to now, you had to use the mobile app to check and estimate of this, but now it will be available right on your wrist. After a night’s sleep, swipe up from the clock face until you see an SpO2 tile displayed alongside other stats. Note that Version 1.100.34 is a phased rollout, and may not be available for you yet. When it is available for your Charge 4, a banner will appear at the top of the iOS or Android app.
Google is slowly phasing out third party cookies, and they now say they promise not to replace them with something equally invasive…in spite of the financial impact the move will make on their highly profitable ad business. According to theverge.com, the online giant put out a blog post where Google explicitly states that it “will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web” after the third-party cookies are gone. “Instead, our web products will be powered by privacy-preserving APIs which prevent individual tracking while still delivering results for advertisers and publishers,” writes Google. “Advances in aggregation, anonymization, on-device processing and other privacy-preserving technologies offer a clear path to replacing individual identifiers.” Time will tell if they live up to ‘don’t be evil’ on this one!
Last November, Amazon released GameOn on Android. It’s an app for recording short, sharable clips from your favorite mobile games. Now, engadget.com says you can download the app for your iOS device as well. The app presently works for over 1,000 mobile games, and the clips can run from 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length. You can even edit the clips or add in live commentary. The clips are potable to Facebook, Twitter, et al.
Tesla had been considering a drive-in restaurant in LA, but that idea is dead. Now, they plan to use the location for the biggest Supercharge V3 station in the world. Electrek.co notes that Elon Musk wanted to build an “old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in Los Angeles.” They plan to open the charging station in the third quarter. It will have 62 charging stations (and rest rooms…like most gas stations.)