Senior Reviewer, Wearable Tech
Victoria Song reviews all things wearables and fitness tech for The Verge.
Before coming to The Verge, she'd been yammering on about this space—and other consumer tech—for Gizmodo and PC Magazine. When not nerding out over gadgets, she can be found on the couch binging the latest K-dramas.
Here’s my review of the M3 MacBook Pro 14. I’ve also been testing the 16-inch with the M3 Max — and while I’m still working on that review, comment on this quick post any burning questions you might have. (Like, does space black really fend of fingerprints?)
I’ll be going live at 2PM ET to answer’em!
New quarter, same story. Peloton shares are falling after today’s earnings release in which the company said it was struggling to convert free users of its app to paid subscriptions. It pointed to recent partnerships, like the one with Lululemon, as an area of growth, along with hardware rentals. But once again, subscriber churn was higher than expected — a not-so-encouraging trend for a company known for its loyal fanbase.
It also confirmed that the Tread Plus will be relaunching at $5,995. That’s business, baby.
Bloomberg has a sprawling report out today on the ups and downs of Apple’s health tech ambitions. One tidbit that caught my eye was the how the first Apple Watch was meant to include noninvasive blood glucose monitoring and blood pressure... but ultimately didn’t. I wrote a whole thing about why this is such a Herculean task, which you can read below. But the gist wearable makers have to toe a fine line between medical device and wellness gadget and Apple has been no exception.
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a privacy feature that was supposed to hide iPhone MAC addresses whenever you joined a network. As Ars Technica points out, that’s important since MAC addresses can be used to track individuals across networks. But while the feature partially obscured your MAC address, the real one was still broadcast to other connected devices on a network. The good news is the bug appears to have been fixed in iOS 17.1, which was publicly released on Wednesday.
There’s not likely to be a lot of fall out, but it’s a good reminder why updating your software is important.