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Saturday, May 9, 2015
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What I think of the Apple Watch after using it for one week — and what people are getting wrong about it
I don't think I can stress this enough: It's a WATCH.
I’ve spent over a week with the Apple Watch, and just as so many people misunderstood what iPhones, iPads, and Chromebooks were for, I can now see the same thing happening with Apple’s first wearable.
The Apple Watch is not a replacement for your iPhone.
The Apple Watch is best used as that: a watch. It’s something you check for a second or two and then put away.
Watch the time. Watch a text or an E-mail or a tweet or a Facebook message.
Those notifications don’t always need a response, but they are important to glance at, just like the time.
Does that make the Apple Watch a must-own gadget like a smartphone? Absolutely not. Does that make it a cool thing to have? Absolutely.
even with all the stuff the Apple Watch can do, I still found myself using it mostly to glance at the time or incoming notifications, two things I found incredibly useful. Everything else the Apple Watch can do is gravy.
The Apple Watch is best used as a watch, fitness tracker, and a way to check and respond to the notifications most important to you.
Apple has not done a good job explaining why you need a smartwatch.
It's the Apple Watch and other tech revolutions you're living through that matter. The Apple Watch and other wearables will drive the App Revolution.
What I love about the Apple Watch so far is exactly what I've been saying is the main thing to remember about why it will be successful: using the Apple Watch for the quick glances and interactions you do with your smartphone.
I still own Apple stock.
Do I think Apple will sell a hundred million Apple Watches and other light-interaction wearable form factor gadgets in the next few years? Heck yeah.
I'm literally betting my stock portfolio, the companies I help run and invest in privately, my career, my time and my energy on the App Revolution's second, and larger phase, the Wearables Revolution, and the Apple Watch has fully reminded me why.
My predictions: (Please forgive my implied arrogance) In the NEAR future, your Apple Watch will be your credit cards (all of them), your driver's license, your social secretary, your general health monitor (blood pressure, blood sugar, just to name a few). It will warn you of your impending heart attack or stroke BEFORE you have it. It will be your travel agent, and will guide you when you shop for the best deals. They will keep your grandchildren safe from predators and help prevent traffic accidents while you are driving. They will warn you if the person standing next to you is "packing heat." And the list will grow on and on. If you can imagine it, it will happen.
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Mixed reviews aside, the Apple Watch is more than just another piece of technology: it’s a fashion statement. So says Los Angeles magazine.
Lots of suggestions of fashionable clothes to wear with your fashionable Apple watch.
The Apple Watch and its rivals are big with doctors
as a data-focused medical doctor, I see a bright future in wearable devices.
I expect the Apple Watch and its competitors to be an important part of what is known as precision medicine — an individual approach to health that uses data from a person’s genome and biomarkers to understand and tailor treatments down to the cellular level.
Precision medicine tends to attract people who are “self-quantifiers.” These technocrats believe we are on the verge of understanding our body and its operating system, right down to its source code, DNA.
Latest low-cost iPhone medical accessory can prevent blindness and elephantiasis
One of the things I find most inspiring about the iPhone is the way it can be adapted to create very low-cost versions of what would otherwise be very expensive medical equipment, unaffordable in many parts of the world. We’ve previously seen this approach taken for things as diverse as HIV tests, skin cancer detection and eye injury diagnosis.
The UC Berkeley has just added blood parasite detection to the list.
Here's How the New Apple Watch can Cause a Rash
Apple has since published a new support page to address the problem. The site notes that "a small number of people will experience reactions to certain metals" like nickel and methcrylate.
"The moisture itself can cause irritation, but it's probably sweat," said Dr. Adam Friedman. "Sweat is also comprised of salt, and the reason people can get these kind of of itchy rashes is, as the sweat dries, it deposits salt on the skin."
Apple has a playbook for killing free music, and it was written by Steve Jobs
With Beats Music, Apple is trying to insert itself between two groups – consumers and record labels. Consumers have shown, yet again, that there is a huge demand for free music. Record labels and artists want them to pay for it. And now Apple appears to believe that there is money to be made by getting involved.
How to disable Apple Pay on a lost Apple Watch
The author of this article had to work to find out how to use your iCloud account to accomplish this.
Why Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Isn’t Sold on the Apple Watch
He explained to me what seemed to be at the root of his views on the Apple Watch “ Fashion advice in Apple stores? Not the Apple we started or envisioned. Not the Apple that moved the world forward.”
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A new type of malware resorts to crippling a computer if it is detected during security checks
Rombertik goes through several checks once it is up and running on a Windows computer to see if it has been detected.
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NSA Bulk Data Collection Illegal, U.S. Appeals Court Says
A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance.
The appeals court did not rule on whether the surveillance violated the U.S. Constitution.