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Samsung Galaxy Watch Review

The pandemic did some weird things to our bodies and brains, didn’t it?

None of us know what time, or even what day it is. Being stuck at home, for those considered non-essential, or, for those that kept working, not being able to go play recreational sports, has wreaked havoc on both our mental and physical health.

Imagine my joy to find something that promised to help with all of that – the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Not only can it tell me what day and time it is, but it also has a slew of health-related functions like monitoring your steps taken, calories burned, heart rate…it’ll even track your sleep and let you know if there’s any problems there. Need motivation? There are even leaderboards to track your progress against others!

The watch is capable of being self-sufficient, if I should want it to be, with 3G, 4G LTE, and NFC capabilities. I haven’t set it up on my Telus account yet, though I’m considering it, as my day-to-day life keeps me in WiFi range or within Bluetooth rang of my phone for ~70% of my use cases, but it would be nice to cover that other 30% as well.

I’ve noticed I use my phone less now that I’m used to having the watch on. When I get the discreet buzz on my wrist to let me know I got an email or message, I check the watch and most of the time can dismiss it. The odd time I have to respond, I take out my phone – all in all, I’d estimate I use my phone about half what I used to.

It’s also handy to be able to answer calls without taking out the phone, though it’s only something I do when I’m alone – nobody likes that person who’s talking on speakerphone in a group…don’t be that person. Again, this probably doesn’t seem like a major plus but it’s really a lot bigger change than you realize.

I did find one fairly unusual application in my day-to-day work in sales at a Ford dealership. We constantly have to go park vehicles after test drives, and lining them up usually means getting in and out of the vehicle again and again.

There’s a camera app on the watch that can sync with your phone, however, and my phone case allows it to be set up at an angle. I put the phone down with the camera app open facing down the line and was able to watch the feed on my watch face to get the vehicle perfectly lined up without having to get in and out over and over. This probably isn’t applicable to most people’s daily routine, but it really showed how powerful and flexible this can be when paired with your phone.

Like most people I know I don’t use everything this thing can do, but what I’ve integrated into my day to day life is enough that I don’t think I could do without it anymore. If someone had told me that before trying it out, I don’t think I’d have believed them, but it’s true. The Galaxy Watch has allowed me to be more engaged with the things and people around me, not with my phone.

Before trying it out, I was worried about battery life but that proved no issue at all. The watch lasts four-five days between charges, and the included charger – which it snaps to magnetically with satisfying force – gets it up to speed in about two hours. If you’re away from your charger you can put it into low power mode, it starts prompting you at about 15% battery power, which extends the life dramatically.

One day when trying to see how long I could stretch the battery between charges I discovered I could stick it back to back with my S20 Ultra and use powersharing to give the watch enough juice to stay alive until I got home. It’s a handy feature, and you can use it while charging the phone to top up both at the same time.

I really like the UI, which has you swiping side to side or using the rotating bezel to traverse the various screens. Adding or removing apps from the rotating app wheel is simple, as is moving them around. All in all I never found I needed to look up how things worked – it just worked the way I expected.

For more on Samsung’s watch offerings, check out https://www.samsung.com/ca/watches. The LTE version of the Galaxy Watch is currently priced at $379.99 – $50 off the regular $429.99 until December 3, 2020 – but currrently shows as out of stock. The non-LTE version, priced at $249.99 – $80 off the regular price until December 3, 2020 – is still available.

What I Loved:

  • Attractive form factor – love the bezel
  • Fast OS with great customization options
  • Some really great apps
  • Great battery life

What I Liked:

  • The included watchband is decent
  • Solid UI that just works the way you expect
  • Good charger and liked being able to powershare from my phone
  • Exercise tracking has automatic detection that works well
  • Solid sleep tracking, and love the leaderboards for health tracking

What I Disliked:

  • Could use more third-party app support
  • Could use more sport options in the exercise tracker

What I Hated:

  • Nothing

Zhanhu's Gambit Limited-Time Event Now Playable in For Honor

Ubisoft’s For Honor franchise had a rocky start, but they’ve been steadfastly improving and expanding the game since its 2017 launch and have now committed to continued work in 2020 with an all new year’s worth of content.
This year’s content wraps up with the final Season 4 event, a Limited-Time Event (LTE) called Zhanhu’s Gambit, which opens today and runs until January 2nd. The LTE includes a new mode and a slew of customization items as rewards, including outfits, weapons, effects, emotes, and more.
As Season 4 comes to a close, Ubisoft has turned its attention to the content additions for 2020, which will again include four Seasons, and they’ll be bringing players two heroes (released in Season 2 and Season 4), and new armour sets. That will bring the roster to 28 combatants in total, but they’re also working on making sure balance isn’t an issue.
Labeled ‘Year of Reckoning’ I would expect the new year’s content to be…dramatic.
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Here’s the press release:

Escape With The Emperor In For Honor®’s Final Season 4 Event ‘Zhanhu’s Gambit’, Playable Now Until January 2 

New Seasonal Event Brings Limited-Time Game Mode, New Customization Items and More

MONTREAL — December 19, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that the final Year 3 seasonal event for For Honor®, Zhanhu’s Gambit, is playable now until January 2 across all available platforms. Zhanhu’s Gambit will delve into the journey of Sun Da and his role in the conflict between the Wu Lin and the Blackstone Legion. Players will be able to enjoy a limited-time game mode and a variety of customization items and rewards themed around the event, including orders, arcade quest, outfits, weapons, effects, emotes and ornaments.

The new limited-time game mode introduced during the event, Emperor’s Escape, will let players re-live the escape of the Wu Lin Emperor from the Blackstone Legion in the aftermath of their conflict at Qiang Pass. In this four-player PvE mode, players will have to escort the Emperor and protect him against hordes of enemies to secure his escape. To do so, players will need to capture zones in order to move across the map. Every time a zone is captured, the Emperor progresses to that zone, and a new one is unlocked for capture. As they progress through the zones, players will come across increasingly strong assailants, including “cursed” enemies with special modifiers. Teamwork and skill will be key to keep the Emperor alive until players can eventually reach and defeat the Blackstone commander.

From now until January 6, players can purchase the Zhanhu’s Gambit Bundle at 45,000 Steel per Hero, which includes items such as outfits, emote, effects, and ornaments. This price may differ based on items players have already unlocked from the bundle. For a full list of what’s included in Zhanhu’s Gambit Bundle, please visit: https://support.ubi.com/Faqs/000052326

Following three years of continuous improvements, For Honor recently confirmed the game will continue to grow with a fourth year of support for the game in 2020. Titled ‘Year of the Reckoning’, Year 4 will bring an additional year’s worth of free content to the game, including four new Seasons, two new Heroes, and new armor sets. For more information about Year 4, please visit; https://forhonor.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/news-community/152-359661-16/for-honor-year-4-the-year-of-reckoning

With more than 20 million players, For Honor is available on PlayStation®4 entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. For Honor is now available on UPLAY+,* Ubisoft’s subscription service. For more information about For Honor, please visit forhonorgame.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/forhonorgame and on Twitter at twitter.com/forhonorgame.

For the latest about For Honor and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

*Terms and conditions apply, including platform, age and territorial restrictions.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios,* For Honor offers an engaging campaign and thrilling multiplayer modes. Players embody warriors of the four great factions – the bold Knights, the brutal Vikings, the deadly Samurai and the fearsome Wu Lin – fighting to the death on intense and believable melee battlefields. The Art of Battle, the game’s innovative combat system that puts players in total control of their warriors, allows them to utilize the unique skills and combat style of each Hero to vanquish all enemies who stand in their way.
*Associate Ubisoft studios include Quebec, Toronto and Blue Byte. Additional development from Studio Gobo.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year Ubisoft generated Net Bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

Netflix Original Series 'Money Heist' + Ubisoft's 'Rainbow Six Siege' = Limited Time Event

There’s a reason Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is up for awards like Best Ongoing Game and Best Community Support at the annual The Game Awards, and it’s events like Money Heist, which goes live this weekend and runs until the 25th.
The event, which coincides with a free-to-play event for the game itself, is a crossover with the Netflix Original Series of the same name, and provides players with eight unique items including uniforms, headgear, weapon skins, and charms.
If you’ve been too intimidated to try and join the community the game has built up over months and months of support, this free weekend is the perfect time to jump in and blend in with the newbies.
Here’s the press release:


The Professor needs you to take control of the Bank in the hostage mode, from November 20st to November 25th 

Montreal – November 19, 2019 – Today, Ubisoft® announced a new limited time mini-event for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege based on the hit Netflix Original Series, Money Heist. The event launches November 20th and will run through November 25th. From November 21st, until November 25th Rainbow Six Siege will also be free to play so anyone can experience this crossover event.

This new game mode set on the map Bank with the returning game mode Hostage. The hostage, of course, is disguised in the infamous red suit and iconic mask worn by the robbers and their captives in Money Heist.

The Money Heist in-game event will also bring a red jumpsuit and mask outfit for Vigil and Hibana. In total, eight unique items will be available, including uniforms, headgear, weapon skins, and charms. These exclusive bundles are available for 1680 R6 Credits.

During the event, Rainbow Six Siege will also be discounted significantly: up to 70% depending on the platform and the edition.

To learn more about the Money Heist  event, please visit: Rainbow6.com/lacasadepapel

About Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Alongside a thriving professional esports scene and a community of over 50 million registered players, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of a fast-paced, ever-evolving multiplayer experience grounded in the selection of unique Operators. Using the right mix of tactics and destruction, Rainbow Six teams engage their enemies in sieges, where both sides have exclusive skills and gadgets at their disposal. Defenders prepare by transforming the environments around them into modern strongholds, while attackers use recon drones to gain intel for carefully planning their assault. With access to dozens of Operators inspired by real world counter-intelligence agents from around the globe, players can choose exactly how they want to approach each challenge they encounter. Through the constant addition of new Operators and maps that add to the depth of both strategy and combat, the unpredictability of each round of Rainbow Six Siege sets a new bar for intensity and competition in gaming.
About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year Ubisoft generated Net Bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.
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