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Garmin ‘Venu SQ’ Leaked — Already On Sale — At ‘HSN.com’, Ahead Of Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘hsn.com’ product page.


Would appear they jumped the gun. That they are only offering grey is another clue that they somehow did NOT wait for Garmin’s announcement. Maybe they were confused given that it was supposed to be announced last week.

Garmin’s announcement of the ‘Venu SQ‘ is said to be towards the end of this month, i.e., September 2020.


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Garmin Delays Announcement Of ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) — Just Unveils ‘Forerunner 745’!

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The ‘Venu SQ’ was SUPPOSED to be announced September 16, 2020, alongside the ‘Forerunner 745’. Well that did NOT happen. Instead Garmin just announced the latest ‘Forerunner’.

The ‘Venu SQ’ is supposedly delayed until month end (if not longer). Not good. Usually Garmin would have gone ahead & announced & then stated a 6-9 week shipment delay.

Maybe they realized that they have to go back to an AMOLED screen! WOW.


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Fitbit’s New ‘Sense’ (Shipping In October) Gets FDA Approved ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring Support.

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Yes, Apple ‘Watch Series 4’ pioneered ECG/EKG way back in 2018. This is, however, Fitbit’s first foray into this field. That it has got US FDA approval is BIG. Samsung is still struggling to get this approved on their new ‘Watch 3’. That must be galling for them.

The Fitbit ‘Sense’, at $329, is quite the watch. It has built-in GPS & all the latest health tracking features. Most impressive Fitbit ever — & it even has an AMOLED, always-on display with a 6-day battery life. This is quite the watch & it is $100 cheaper than the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. Hopefully I will get one, in October, from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) to evaluate. I will keep you posted. OK?


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Garmin’s New ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) Abandons AMOLED Display & Reverts To LCD; A Shame.

by Anura Guruge


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What set out the Venu from all other Garmins was the bright, beautiful AMOLED display. And yes, AMOLED is a battery hog & that did not sit well with Garmin. Garmin likes to provide longer battery life at the expense of more striking screens. That is a problem.

But, abandoning AMOLED, in late 2020, on this type of watch is a mistake. With its shape it is going after the Fitbit Versa 2 & Apple. The Versa 2 has a great AMOLED display.

To compound matters there is also the new Samsung Watch 3 — with another v. attractive AMOLED display further augmented with a rotating bezel.

The Venu SQ will face stiff competition from these two. I will keep you posted.


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I Finally Manage To Get A Book Listed By ‘Apple’. Wow. It Has Taken Me 10-Years!

by Anura Guruge


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I am in shock. I had kind of given up on ever getting a book on ‘Apple Books‘.

I had tried & tried & tried over the years — since 2010. They just make you jump through so many hoops. I would eventually give up, given that Amazon Kindle eBooks can be read on Apple devices. Kindle eBooks can be read ANYWHERE. So, that was my rationale; my excuse.

My latest book, i.e., “Comets“, even if it is just I saying so, is rather ‘special’. SMILE. I wanted to make it as widely available as possible.

So, I worked with ‘Draft2Digital‘. It still took me three (3) attempts. Finally I sorted out all the wrinkles & managed to meet all the criteria. Bingo. Apple accepeted it.

Whether I will sell even a single copy is a different matter. At least now I have broken my duck. Wow.

I am in shock.


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Google Pixel 5’s ‘Battery Share’ Feature & Implications To Garmin.

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Click image to access the original at: xda-developers.com, These were the folks that broke the news.


Click to ENLARGE and view. This was from Forbes.com but they cite the article XDA article referenced above.


True, this hasn’t happened as yet, and the Google Pixel 5 is not going to be available until October 2020. Based on what they have seen in the Android 11 code, so far, it looks fairly certain that Google will get this neat feature into the Pixel 5 (which would also mean that I will have to upgrade from my Pixel 4).

Yes, it is true that the battery in the Pixel 4 isn’t the greatest. But, the whole world knows that. Google will fix that come the ‘5’. Of that I am fairly sure.

So, what does this mean. Wireless charging of COMPATIBLE devices. Hold it close to a Pixel 5, which has the SHARE feature enabled, and you can get battery boost from the Pixel. Like jumpering a car. Neat.

But, the KEY question is compatibility. And that is what worries me, now that Google (pending the last regulatory approvals) owns Fitbit.

Will Google ever let Garmin be compatible? That is what concerns I.

Yes, Garmin now has Solar Charging and by Black Friday we should have that on the Fenix 7, the Instinct and the next Forerunner. That is all good. But, battery sharing will be more ‘powerful’, in every way, to Solar. Would be a bummer if Garmin is forever excluded.

Unlikely that Apple or Samsung will go out of their way to support Garmin with their, inevitable, variations of SHARE.

So, where will this leave Garmin?

I care. I love my Garmin watches (and yes, I have three.).


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Fitbit Community Having A Rough Time, Right Now, With APP & New ‘Versa 2’.

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Click to ENLARGE and get a feel here. From ‘Fitbit Community’ @ community.fitbit.com.


Not a bunch of happy campers.

Appears that the latest version of the APP, on both Android and Apple, had major issues.

The new ‘Versa 2‘ also appears to have had issues.

Folks are not amused.

With luck I might get a ‘Versa 2’ to evaluate at the end of this week. I will be able to get a better feel then.


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‘Apple Watch Series 5’ Looks Good, Of Course, & Attractively Priced — BUT Only Has 18-Hour Battery Life.

by Anura Guruge



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18-hour battery life still does not cut it. I would say you need, at a minimum, double that to make it competitive with the likes of say a Garmin.

But, at $400, it is attractively priced and, as always, looks impressive.

Not sure why Apple struggles so with battery life. Some folks are now getting 2-weeks.

But, this is good for us Garmin fans. We can still make fun and look down our noses at Apple Watch wearers.


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I Started Using Microsoft’s OneDrive Cold-Turkey & To My Horror, Kind Of Enjoying It.

by Anura Guruge



I have had a love-hate relationship with Microsoft for the last 30-years. To begin with it was my loyalty to IBM. But, much of it was due to my distrust of them.

That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.

But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.

That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.

But, I resisted OneDrive.

But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.

So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,

Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.


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Huge $150 Price Cut On Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Watches! WOW.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Garmin. Across ALL Fenix 5 Plus models.


$150 price cuts also reflected at Amazon.


Wow. This can’t be just for the holidays. That is quite a drop in price.

The Fenix 5 Plus is now cheaper than the OLDER Fenix 5 was in April. I know. I checked prices all through April.

Yes, of course, Garmin is feeling the heat from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and others.

But, not sure this is fair on those of us who buy Garmin watches soon after they are released.

Just a heads up.

At $649.98 the Black-on-Black Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is an ABSOLUTE STEAL.


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