One of the new features coming to the Apple Watch this year is a tool for measuring your blood oxygen level. The Apple Watch Series 6 features a new sensor on the underside of the wearable’s casing that uses both red and infrared light to measure the oxygen in your red blood cells in about 15 seconds. It can also do background readings while you sleep.
Apple said it’s partnering with health networks across North America, including researchers at UC Irvine and the University of Toronto, to leverage the new feature to study the effects of COVID-19 on a person’s respiratory system.
Amazon’s 2020 hardware event: all of the news and announcements
Amazon is hosting its annual hardware event on Thursday, September 24th, at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, where we expect it to announce a bunch of gadgets. It won’t be live-streamed, so, unfortunately, we can’t all watch together. But The Sports Grind Entertainment’s Dieter Bohn will be handling the live blog to cover the minute-to-minute announcements. We’ll be adding all of the latest announcements and news to this post.
As for what to expect, there will likely be some brand-new entries in the Echo family of devices — or at least some upgrades. To that end, most of what we’ll see will likely center on smart home tech and Alexa. It also wouldn’t be too surprising if several of the companies under Amazon’s umbrella, like Ring and Eero, have a few announcements to share. Though, if it’s like last year’s event where we saw Echo Frames glasses, the Echo Loop ring, and Echo Buds headphones, Amazon probably has a few experimental tricks up its sleeve.
Gravity Falls is back with a Carly Rae Jepsen music video parody
For longtime fans of Disney Channel’s animated series Gravity Falls, Mabel Pines and Carly Rae Jepsen sound like a match made in glittery Technicolor heaven. The show ran for three seasons, following the adventures of twins Mabel and Dipper Pines in the small town of Gravity Falls, where supernatural occurrences are the norm. Mabel is the spunky, rainbow-loving, goofy counterpart to Dipper’s more serious, anxious character. And much like Carly Rae Jepsen in her breakout song “Call Me Maybe,” Mabel isn’t afraid to chase after boys she likes.
In the latest Broken Karaoke video from Disney Channel, that dream is a reality: Mabel (Kristen Schaal) covers a version of the Grammy-nominated song “Call Me Maybe” titled “Call Me Mabel,” which references some of Mabel’s crushes from the show, like Mermando the Merman. It really plays up her gung-ho, go-get-’em attitude when it comes to possible love interests.
Previous Broken Karaoke videos featured other Disney Channel characters singing parodies of songs, usually from Disney Channel Original Movies, such as the characters of Big City Greens putting a spin on “Queen of Mean” from Descendants 3. But “Call Me Mabel” is the video series’ first high-profile pop-song parody. It’s befitting that the honor goes to the fabulous duo of Mabel Pines and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Gravity Falls ended in 2016, but the show’s legacy continues on, with reruns airing on Disney Channel. It is available to stream on Disney Plus and Hulu.
Twitter will keep fighting to share government data requests
Twitter’s years-long battle over government surveillance and transparency isn’t over yet. In 2014, Twitter sued the US government. The platform was hoping to publish the exact number of national security letters (NSLs) or FISA court orders it receives, but it couldn’t reach an agreement with the US Department of Justice or FBI. In April, a judge denied Twitter’s request for a summary judgment and dismissed the lawsuit. Now, Twitter is appealing that decision.
A member of Twitter’s legal team announced the appeal in a tweet. “When the government issues surveillance requests for people using Twitter, we believe the public has a right to know,” Vijaya Gadde wrote.
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