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Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

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The Polar Grit X was revealed today in a world where any that’s not bad news is good news, and here the good news is a smartwatch. The Polar Grit X works with a circular full color display, and several hardware buttons (so you’ll not be worrying about difficult-to-control touchscreen business when you’re wearing gloves, and such.) Unlike some competitors, this watch is focused largely on Smart Coaching, wellness, and exercise.

This is not your everyday average smartwatch. It’s not made to compare directly to the Apple Watch – it’s more like a very, very smart fitness watch. That includes connectivity and functionality with systems like Polar Precision Prime (for heart rate tracking), FitSpark training guide for daily workout regiments, and Training Load Pro to “quantify the strain of your training session.

This device works with “outdoors-specific” features aplenty, including connectivity with your smartphone for weather readings and 2-day forecast, and Komoot for turn-by-turn guidance (with built-in GPS). With a built-in altimeter and “Hill Splitter” the user can see performance through ascents and decent sections of their chosen workout route.

This watch also works with a collection of apps right out the box, including all of those listed below:
– FitSpark
– Polar Precision Prime
– Night Recharge (sleep tracking)
– Training Load Pro
– Sleep Plus Stages (more sleep tracking)
– Serene (guided breathing exercise)
– Running Power
– Hill Splitter
– Komoot
– FuelWise
– The official Polar Flow app

The battery life might be the biggest selling point for those users who wish to go hiking or camping with a watch such as this. Polar suggested at launch that this device could last up to 40 hours of “continuous training” complete with GPS and wrist based heart rate functionality. Polar went on to suggest that the watch could last “up to 100 hours” so long as “multiple power save options” were employed.

The ruggedness of this watch was tested with (and passed) US military-grade tests for extreme temperature, drop (dropped from a height, still survived), and humidity. The MIL-STD-810G grading for this device does not mean you can toss it off a mountain, but dropping the watch when you take it off your wrist at night, a fall of 4 feet to your hardwood floor should do no damage. You can get this watch wet, but don’t go swimming with it.

Three sizes will be made available for the Polar Grit X, including Small, Medium, and Large. The small has one quoted wrist circumference size at 130-185 mm, while both medium and large are quoted as wrist circumference 155-210 mm. All versions of this watch come with built-in GPS, compass, altimeter, and rugged resistance to the elements.

This watch could now be considered the highest-end Polar smartwatch, while a collection of less expensive wearables remains available in Polar’s online store right this minute. You’ll find the Polar Grit X available in black and green in Medium and Large, and in white for sizes Medium and Small. Pricing starts at around $430 USD, and they’ll be available very soon, if not immediately, through Polar (dot com) online – and likely at your local retail outlet, if we ever get out of quarantine.

Users will be able to purchase replacement bands in black, white, and green, all in silicon, for approximately $30 each. There’ll also be Blue Paracord, Red Paracord, and Green Tundra textile accessory bands for approximately $40. One leather accessory band will cost you approximately $50.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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