Fitbit ending support for PC music file transfers

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If you’re the owner of a Fitbit Versa, Versa 2, or Ionic, you’ll soon no longer be able to transfer music from your computer to your Fitbit device. In a support page spotted by 9to5Google, Fitbit says it’s discontinuing its Fitbit Connect app on October 13th, leaving you with only two ways to download music to your device: a paid subscription to either Pandora or Deezer… More here.

Has Fitbit ever supported the transferring of music to any of their devices in a way that made even trying to do it worthwhile? This is an area in which Apple is killing Fitbit, Garmin and the rest. Absolutely killing them.

An iPhone / Apple Watch / AirPods charging stand that is cheaper than one MagSafe charger

The (deep breath) Magnetic Wireless Charger Stand, 3 in 1 Magsafe 18W Fast Charging Station with QC3.0 Adapter for Apple iPhone13/12,13/12Pro,13/12Pro Max,13/12Mini,AirPods 2/pro,iWatch 6/ SE/5/4/3/2 is currently available in the UK on Amazon for £28.89.

The HiRise 3 Wireless Charging Stand from Twelve South is $99.99 and by all accounts doesn’t work as it should for the money (review here).

I decided to try the Magnetic Wireless blah blah thingy from Amazon following some reassurance that the reviews appeared to be genuine and extremely positive. And it has proved to be an excellent product that delivers in all of the areas that are important.

It is not a sleek product by any means and does look relatively thick, but it is sturdy and never feels like it will fall over. Charging could be a bit quicker when giving all three devices a burst of power, but it will certainly work well overnight or on a desk.

When you consider that it is cheaper than one MagSafe charger from Apple there is no doubt that it offers superb value for money. I cannot, however, verify that it won’t burn your house down due to poor electrics, but that risk will be up to you and how you feel about non-brand products like this.

Taylor Hawkins dies aged 50

The drummer with US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has died aged 50, the band have announced.

The band said they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” in a statement on social media. No cause of death has been given.

Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades, joining shortly after they finished making their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape… More here.

Watch the above video to see just how good a drummer he was. This is so sad.

King

Every now and then a song falls into my Apple Music and I end up playing it over and over again. This is one of them and the video is just as good. Time to explore more Florence who I have largely ignored until now.

Have you been stunned by a song recently? If so, add a comment below.

The Seiko 5 Sports x Brian May (again)

For more than forty years, Brian May relied on his Seiko 7548 (quartz) diver that he bought on a trip to Japan in 1975. When it came to designing his first watch with Seiko, the natural choice was a Seiko 5 Sports with its signature crown at 4 o’clock flanked by two crown guards. Like May’s former diver, the Seiko 5 Sports is a versatile and robust sports watch but it is equipped with an automatic movement. The case is water-resistant to 100 metres, and the hands and indices are treated with Seiko’s proprietary LumiBrite.The case is identical to the 2020 edition and has a diameter of 42mm, a height of 13mm, a length of 46mm and weighs 94g. The anodised aluminium bezel with its knurled edge features golden numerals to match the case. The flat glass over the dial is Seiko’s Hardlex glass and is placed just below the bezel for additional protection… More here.

Brian May? Yes, the best. Seiko? Yes, one of the best at a lower price point. EUR 620? Hmmm, not so sure. Would I wear it? No.