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Fitbit Sense finally gains ECG functionality in some countries

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  • The Fitbit Sense’s ECG functionality is now available in some countries.
  • Some users in the US, UK, and Germany now have access to an ECG app in the Fitbit app store.

The Fitbit Sense made its debut in August as the company’s new flagship smartwatch. It’s loaded with sensors, chief of which is a new ECG monitor. While users in some countries had to wait for ECG functionality to be enabled subject to local laws and testing, it now seems that the feature rollout is gaining momentum.

Some users posting to the Fitbit subreddit have now confirmed that the ECG sensor’s smarts are now available through a new Fitbit app. This corroborates Fitbit’s confirmation to Android Authority that the functionality would be available in October. Notably, the rollout isn’t seemingly limited to the US. Those posting to the thread also reside in the UK, while others have checked in from Germany.

In some markets, the app is simply called “ECG” but that title will likely change based on the country’s dominant language. The app’s called “EKG” in Germany, for instance. Nevertheless, the app is now listed on the Fitbit store in some markets and allows users to perform an ECG scan with the Sense. The ECG, or electrocardiogram, allows users to gain insight into their heart’s performance and possible conditions, like irregular or erratic heartbeats.

The Sense is the first Fitbit to gain the functionality and now puts it on par with the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, and Withings ScanWatch.

Next: The best Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers you can buy

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Some OnePlus 8 Pro units can’t play Netflix in HD, users report

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  • OnePlus 8 Pro users are reporting issues with watching Netflix content in HD.
  • This issue started with update version 15.5.5.
  • OnePlus is telling those affected to ship phones back to the factory.

After a recent update, some OnePlus 8 Pro users are reporting seeing Netflix videos in SD when they clearly shouldn’t.

We received a report from a reader named Nicholas who experienced an issue watching Netflix with the OnePlus 8 Pro. Many users are also reporting it on the OnePlus community forum. Apparently, this issue started happening with version 15.5.5, but users have reported that it persisted in version 15.5.6. Users on the forum first reported the problem as far back as May 2, so it has been floating around for a while.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is having an issue with displaying HD video on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. There’s a Widevine DRM issue, where it’s downgrading from L3 to L1. When the device enters this security level, it’s unable to stream HD and HDR content from various services, which is unfortunate for users looking to take advantage of the gorgeous display on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Windvine is a Google-owned service that’s designed to provide various encryption schemes and hardware security to distribute video content to consumer devices. It’s helpful for a service like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, as they can prevent unauthorized users from accessing content.

However, with this issue, users who should have access to HD content aren’t getting it because Windvine thinks they are not authorized.

We have reached out to OnePlus for comment on the issue and will update this article once we hear back.

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How to use the Windows 10 start menu with some fun tricks

Windows 10 Start Menu screenshot
The Windows 10 start menu is a mixture of old and new. After many users expressed hatred toward the Metro UI start menu on Windows 8, Microsoft decided to do something about it with Windows 10. Microsoft took some Windows 7 elements and blended them with Windows 8 elements to make the Windows 10 start menu.

It’s surprisingly easy to navigate and customize, so a lot of info here won’t be brand new. However, we’re hoping to add in some tips and tricks to give you even more customization options. Here’s how to use the Windows 10 start menu.

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The basics

There are a bunch of little things you can do to the Windows 10 start menu. We’ll briefly list off some of the easier customization options below and we’ll go into the more powerful stuff further down the article:

Change the start menu size – This is easy enough. Move your mouse to the top edge of the start menu. Click and drag it up to make it taller or down to make it shorter. The width is determined by how many columns you have.

Enable full screen mode – Open the Windows 10 Settings and select the Personalization section. Click the Start option in the left margin. From there, there are a variety of minor customization options. Full screen mode is one of those options. Simply enable it in this menu.

Most used apps, suggested apps, and recently added apps – These are all toggles to add or subtract more elements of the Windows 10 start menu. They are all located in the same Personalization section as the full screen mode above. Simply flip the toggles on or off depending on how clean or cluttered you like your start menu.

Pin apps to the start menu – There are two methods to pin apps to the start menu. The first is to find the app in the All Apps List menu, right-click the app, and click the “Pin to start” option. You can also drag and drop apps from the All Apps List straight to the start menu to create a new tile on the start menu. To reverse this process, right-click any tile and select the “Unpin from start” option.

Enable and disable live tiles – Simply right-click any tile on the start menu, select the “More” option, and select either “Turn Live Tile on” or “Turn Live Tile off”. Please note, apps that don’t have live tiles do not have this option.

Move and resize tiles – This is another easy function. You can simply drag and drop tiles wherever you want them. To resize, right-click the tile, select “Resize” and then select the size you want. Not all apps have access to all available tile sizes.

Change accent color – Your accent color determines the color of the tiles. You can customize this by opening Windows 10 Settings, navigating to Personalization, then clicking the “Color” option in the left margin. Scroll down and select your favorite color. You can also set it to automatically change the color based on your wallpaper colors.

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Customize the left margin icons with folders

The left margin of the Windows 10 start menu has a few icons that do various things. This is the fastest way to get to things like the Settings, your account page, the power menu, and other things. It is entirely customizable as well.

  1. Open the start menu.
  2. Right-click on any icon.
  3. Select the “Personalize this list” option.
  4. You can also get to this menu by opening the Settings, navigating to Personalization, clicking the “Start” option in the left margin, and then clicking the “Choose which files appear on Start” option.

From there, select the icons you want along the left side. You can include various folders, the file browser, the Settings menu icon, your network settings, and other personal folders. Close out of the window once you’ve selected everything you want to select.

Windows 10 Start Menu shortcuts

Customize the All Apps List

The All Apps List is a static list of all of your apps in alphabetical order. There isn’t a lot of customization for this part of the Windows 10 start menu because it’s supposed to act as a sort of static list for easy reference. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no way to customize it.

The only way to remove Universal Apps, or apps installed from the Microsoft Store, is to uninstall them. The method below only works with desktop apps you install from outside the Microsoft Store. You can right-click any Universal App and click the uninstall button option to remove it.

Here is the best way to customize the All Apps List:

  1. Right-click any app in the All Apps List. Select “More” and then “Open file location”.
  2. A screen similar to the screenshot above will appear. These are all the shortcuts for your All Apps List and you can do whatever you want here.

Change app and folder names – You can right click on anything in this window and click the “Rename” option to change the name. Any changes reflect in the All Apps List. For instance, you can rename Firefox to FF Browser and it’ll show up as FF Browser in your All Apps List.

Add/remove apps from folders – Improve your organization by adding apps and games to various folders. Simply right click the empty white space in the folder and click the “Add new folder” option to create folders. Alternatively, you can remove apps from folders as well.

Remove and hide apps – You can delete icons at will. This removes them from the All Apps List view, but leaves them installed on your computer. You can use this to hide apps from your kids, for instance, so they don’t get into the wrong stuff.

Please note, a lot of the stuff in here requires administrative privileges. Additionally, Universal Apps like Calendar or Outlook won’t appear here and you can’t customize them.

Windows 10 start menu Add Tile to Group

How to create and customize tile groups

The Windows 10 start menu lets you organize your tiles into specific groups. You can group them whichever way you want, name the groups, and add and subtract tiles from the group.

Create a new group – Click and drag a tile to the section of the start menu where you want your group. You should see a translucent bar show up like the screenshot above. Drop the app near that bar to create a new group. The bar will be the same color as your accent color.

Add tiles to any tile group – Click and drag other tiles into the group by placing it near the other apps in the group.

Rename tile groups – Tile groups have a pronounced space between one another vertically. Click in that space to create a name for that group.

Move entire tile groups – Finally, you can move entire tile groups if you need to. Simply move your mouse cursor over top of the group name. You should see a two-line icon appear to the right of the group name. Click and drag that two-line icon to move the entire group along with every tile in that group.

Tile groups are useful for a lot of things. You can organize similar apps together for easy access. Plus, you can set up groups how you want so yours will differ from everybody else’s. Use the tips above to make it yours!

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Other tips and tricks

The Windows 10 start menu is the most powerful start menu of any Windows version so far. There are a bunch of little tips, tricks, and secret functions available. We have as many as we could find just below. We also recommend using the right-click often in the start menu because different tiles, apps, and settings bring up different menus with different functions.

Magnify the start menu – If the start menu is a bit hard to read for whatever reason, you can magnify the start menu along with every other part of the OS. Simply open Settings, navigate to System, and tap the “Display” option in the left margin of the System settings. There is an option there to change magnification from 100% to 125%, 150%, or 200%. This enlarges everything, including the start menu.

Expand the left margin icons – The top left corner of the Windows 10 start menu has a three-line button. Click it to expand the left margin outward, making it easy to read the options there.

Uninstall apps quickly – You can right-click any app, desktop or Universal, and hit the uninstall button. If it’s a Microsoft Store app, the app will simply uninstall right then and there. Uninstalling a desktop app will immediately take you to the Control Panel to uninstall it there.

Recreate the classic start menu – This isn’t so much a trick as it is an observation. You can make the Windows 10 start menu look like Windows 7 by simply unpinning every tile. All that’s left after that is the All Apps List.

Add tiles to folders – Much like Android and iOS, you can move tiles on top of one another to place them into a folder. You can move this folder around like its own tile and access the apps inside by clicking on it. It’s an excellent way to clean up a messy Windows 10 start menu. You can name folders by opening them up, clicking where it prompts you to name the folder, and then type in the name. You can remove tiles from folders by clicking and dragging them anywhere outside of the folder.

Extra contextual menu – You can right-click the Windows 10 start menu button to see a massive contextual menu with some basic power user functions like running the command prompt, Powershell, network connections, Apps & Features, and other settings.

Change the background color – This is a bit of a niche setting and it looks pretty bad with most colors. Still, you can do it. Go into Settings, then Personalization, and click the “Colors” option in the left margin. Scroll down to where it says “Show accent color on the following surfaces” and tick the box with the start menu option. You can also enable transparency effects in this menu and it affects the start menu a little bit as well.

Did we miss any awesome Windows 10 start menu tips and tricks? Tell us about it in the comments!

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(Update: available now for some users) Video calling app Duo is finally arriving on Android and iOS

Update, 08:50 AM ET: Duo is now available for some users in the Play Store. Click on the download button bellow to check the availability on your device.

Original post, 2:53 AM ET: One half of the dynamic, um, duo of chat apps that Google introduced at I/O is finally here. Almost.

In a blog post, Google announced that one-to-one video calling app Duo would become available on Android and iOS starting today. The post was published late in the evening (Pacific time), so the app should be rolling out right now.

Currently the Play Store Google Duo listing only gives us the option to pre-register for the app. It’s very likely that Google is rolling Duo out gradually, to avoid virtual traffic jams and iron out any unexpected issues that can arise with a brand new service.

Google highlighted the simplicity of Duo, an app that lacks the bells and whistles of Skype or even Google’s own Hangouts. “Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are,” said the company.

It sounds like Google wants to remove any friction that could potentially prevent users from using video calling – the Mountain View company cited research stating that half of all users never make a video call.

To be as accessible as possible, Duo doesn’t need a separate account. You can start using it with just your phone number, just like WhatsApp.

Simple as it may be, Duo is not completely barebones. One of its coolest features is Knock Knock, which basically lets you see the person who’s calling before picking up. You also get end-to-end encryption, which aligns Google with Facebook and Apple when it comes to protecting user privacy.

Very importantly, Duo works on Android and iOS, which will put it on collision course with Apple’s very popular FaceTime.

We’ll keep an eye on the Google Duo Play Store page and update you as soon as the app becomes available.

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No word yet on Allo, the text chat app that Google introduced alongside Duo. It can’t be too far behind though.

Anyone here who’s got Duo yet? Let us know!

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The LG G5 and its “magic slot” modules: some thoughts


You may have heard the rumors regarding the LG G5 and its so-called magic slot. While not a lot is known about this slot, I am personally convinced (or at least strongly hoping) that the rumors are entirely accurate, and that these new removable “modules” will radically alter the fate of the G series, for better or worse. There are plenty of reasons why this could be one of the coolest new additions to a flagship smartphone for a long time, but just as many that make me think this could ruin the G5 if things go badly.

Let’s be honest: smartphones haven’t changed much in form or function for a while. Sure, smartphone photography has only fairly recently become a true replacement for pocket digital cameras and apps continually replace tasks we used to use computers for. But the basic structure and feature set for most phones – barring the BlackBerry Priv – have been pretty stable since flip phones disappeared.

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Breaking the mold

Front-facing LED flashes and speakers aside, most phones these days have stabilized into a fairly predictable pattern of features, with a variety of superficial enhancements designed to help them stand out from the crowd. If the LG G5 arrives with a removable bottom that allows users to insert optional modules – like a bigger battery or a variety of better cameras – the smartphone game will be blown wide open.

Imagine the possibilities: a battery exactly the size you want it, a 360-degree VR cam or action camera, physical keyboard, audio amp, professional microphone, the options are pretty much endless. The G5 would basically become a mobile hot-shoe hub for everything. While the move is obviously targeted at the highly profitable accessories market, it is also a very novel way to make the LG G5 truly unique.

Other rumored features like a twin camera array for wide-angle photography, the secondary ticker display like that found on the LG V10, or even the elusive iris scanner, can all be categorized into run-of-the-mill upgrade expectations for a brand-new flagship device. But user-switchable modules are a whole new kettle of fish, one that is as risky as it is exciting.

LG G5 modular battery design

A risky gamble

The real trick to pulling it off is twofold: the “magic slot” needs to be an entirely optional feature that can be ignored (and not paid extra for) by the casual user that has no intention of using it, and the module idea needs to avoid being seen as a proprietary cash grab, in the same way as Sony’s custom “Memory Stick” SD cards once were or Apple’s endlessly non-compatible cables still are.

A failure on the first score – meaning that the G5 is either much more expensive than “normal” phones or that the magic slot is deemed “too complicated” for the casual user in the popular consciousness – would turn the LG G5 into a niche product when, as a flagship, it needs to appeal to as many consumers as possible.


A failure on the second front – that the magic slot is seen as an unnecessary and costly gimmick that is simply designed to squeeze even more money out of the consumer – could be fatal to the G5’s success. While Apple has managed to get away with endlessly “upgrading” its connectors and accessories, requiring fresh purchases of things you already have, LG doesn’t enjoy half the cultural cache as Apple and, if the gamble is unsuccessful, could cripple its most established flagship device.

This is the conundrum facing LG right now: it desperately needs a unique, stand-out feature in order to differentiate itself from its countless competitors with similar specs and frequently lower price tags. But even more importantly, LG needs to finely balance the form that competitive edge takes with something that is also entirely optional so as to avoid alienating “regular” customers. Just as Samsung lost a lot of fans by removing microSD expansion, LG could suffer a similar fate by adding something unnecessary and costly.

What do you think of the module idea? Will it catch on?

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