Garmin Venu Sq review: $200 GPS sportswatch with advanced health metrics Review

Thanks to Apple and Samsung with their smartwatches sporting vibrant, brilliant touchscreen displays, people have come to look for this type of display on other wearables. Dedicated GPS sports watches tend to focus on data capture accuracy with displays that are visible outside. Last year Garmin released the Venu with a touchscreen AMOLED display.

This year Garmin drastically cut the price on its bright display watch targeted to the masses with a move to a lower resolution LCD that is vibrant and clear. At just $199.99, the Garmin Venu Sq offers a GPS sports watch fit for everyone.

In an interesting move for Garmin, the Venu Sq comes in a square form factor similar to the Apple Watch. It is a lightweight watch with integrated GPS, SpO2 sensor, and loads of features found in other Garmin watches.

I’ve been running and walking with the Garmin Venu Sq for the past

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Hybrid AI through data, space, time, and industrial applications: Beyond Limits scores $113M Series C to scale up

For a hitherto relative unknown, scoring a $113M Series C at this time is bound to get some attention. The amount of attention is bound to grow upon learning that the company is backed by, and works with, the likes of bp, its AI technology is based on IP from NASA and Caltech, and it looks like the closest thing to the vision for AI in the real world today.

Beyond Limits, an industrial and enterprise-grade AI technology company active in energy, utilities and healthcare, today announced a milestone Series C funding round with $113 million closed and another approximately $20 million committed. This round is led by Group 42, a prominent AI and cloud computing company, and bp ventures, an existing two-time investor and customer of the company.

ZDNet caught up with Beyond Limits CEO and Founder AJ Abdallat to discuss business, technology, and applications.


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Coronavirus “infodemic” is hindering scientists

As if the fight against fake information wasn’t enough to worry about, there are increasingly worried calls from scientists for better ways to deal with a veritable tidal wave of legitimate coronavirus research. The phenomenon, termed an “infodemic” by the World Health Organization, has made it difficult for researchers to fully digest rapidly evolving discoveries, rendering some ongoing research obsolete even before it’s through peer review.

The crush of research over the past months is the particular result of the urgency among researchers to publish results that might be helpful to clinicians, but the difficulty of collating and accessing a growing body of scientific literature is nothing new. Now there’s a call for new techniques, from centralized databases to AI/ML technologies, to help scientists keep abreast of and incorporate findings from new research into ongoing work.

In an opinion article in the journal Patterns, Carnegie Mellon University‘s Ganesh

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GitHub to replace ‘master’ with ‘main’ starting next month

Starting next month, all new source code repositories created on GitHub will be named “main” instead of “master” as part of the company’s effort to remove unnecessary references to slavery and replace them with more inclusive terms.

GitHub repositories are where users and companies store and synchronize their source code projects.

By default, GitHub uses the term “master” for the primary version of a source code repository. Developers make copies of the “master” on their computers into which they add their own code, and then merge the changes back into the “master” repo.

“On October 1, 2020, any new repositories you create will use main as the default branch, instead of master,” the company said.

Existing repositories that have “master” set as the default branch will be left as is.

“For existing repositories, renaming the default branch today causes a

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Android handset makers need to stop doing this

It’s fair to say that I have a love/hate relationship with Android handsets. There’s stuff I adore about the ecosystem, and things I loathe entirely.

But here’s one thing that I hate with the white-hot fury of a billion stars.

That that’s handset makers putting watermarks on the photos I take.

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Here’s an example from the other day.


It’s not that big in real life, but it’s big enough to be a real annoyance.

Here's now much of the photo the watermark takes up

Here’s now much of the photo the watermark takes up


This doesn’t catch me out often, and sometimes I can salvage the photo with careful cropping and judicious use of Photoshop. But sometimes it means having to recreate a shot, or living with the dumb watermark on it.

I get it that not much differentiates one

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98% of mayors surveyed believe this disheartening projection

Regardless of where in the country you live, the role of city mayors has never been more in the spotlight. As national politicians flounder, much of the task of leading American cities through the greatest public health and social justice crises in more than a generation falls to them. 

And yet, mayors will have fewer resources at their disposal with which to meet these challenges than any time in recent memory. That’s according to a new survey from Siemens U.S.A. and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which took the pulse of the people in charge of U.S. cities in one of the most turbulent and divided moments in the country’s history. The survey was carried out by The Harris Poll at the end of August among 124 mayors of U.S. cities with a population size of 30,000 or more. 

The results paint a strikingly unified experience for a country

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