May 4, 2015
Comments Off on The Apple Watch in Person
I did some clothes shopping this weekend and walked into the Manchester Apple Store (a store I’ve yet to visit) and no one was doing Apple Watch try-ons so I asked to try on the watch I ordered, the 42MM Space Black w/ Link bracelet. Unfortunately, they only had that on display and not for try-ons so I tried the standard Stainless Steel with link. My biggest concern was if the watch fit my wrist. Almost every work out watch I buy doesn’t fit my wrist and the link with the default setup fit a little too big so I’ll have to remove some links to mine when it finally arrives.
Seeing the Space Black even behind a glass display case certainly helped solidify my choices in the watch. Beautiful. The Milanese also worked great and felt awesome.
May 1, 2015
Comments Off on Linked: “TomTom GPS Action Camera”
TomTom, a company best known for its GPS gadgets and a line of watches for runners and athletes, is diving deeper into action sports. Meet the Bandit camera: a GPS action cam that’ll beam footage to a connected smartphone. If you’re in a hurry, and don’t want to futz with proper edits on a computer, TomTom’s app will pull videos from the camera so you can share them quickly — all you have to do is give your phone a shake.
The app also servers as a viewfinder so you can keep an eye on what’s being captured in real time. In terms of the camera’s specs, the Bandit shoots 1080p at 30 and 60 frames per second and 720p at 60 and 120 fps with native time lapse and slow motion features.
Certainly makes me regret my recent GoPro purchase. Disclaimer, I work for TomTom and am in Amsterdam this week and got to see a camera in-person. Don’t consider this a proper review (nor am I qualified to review given my work relationship) but the build quality of this camera is A+. I think we could throw this thing off a 10 level building and be fine. If you have a TomTom watch, the interface is very familiar.
I prefer the shape of this unit over more popular action cameras. It’s probably going to be a hit. You can check out the product page on TomTom.com.
May 1, 2015
Comments Off on Linked: “Apple Watch Insides / PCB Details Revealed…”
via ABI Research:
Deconstructing the new Apple watch is not a game for amateurs. ABI Research’s TeardownIQ reveals a design centered on a custom Apple Processor (APL 0778) but includes Broadcom (BCM43342), Dialog PMU, NXP (NFC controller), and AMS (NFC booster) connectivity, IDT wireless charger receiver, Elpida RAM, SanDisk / Toshiba Flash memory, STM sensors, and a couple ADI capacitive touch solutions.
The Apple Watch that has supposedly been in development for at least 4 years is insanely compact. This is seriously cutting edge miniaturization in the consumer category. DARPA aside, this technology for $350 is a steal and what if, the 4 years of development was really just Apple waiting for component sizes to shrink enough to fit into what they considered to be the perfect watch sizes. Putting this much tech in a 38mm watch simply wasn’t possible 24 months ago.
April 30, 2015
Comments Off on Spring Car Detailing Complete, Volkswagen 2013 Golf R
Every Spring and Fall, I get my car detailed. It’s good to clean off all of the salt, dirt, mud and things that get on my car. Also, the wax and leather care keep things good on the resale side of things. I went to a new guy named Mike down in Manchester NH. I found him on Reddit and he charged $100 for the entire deal including engine cleaning and leather conditioning. Great work!
April 29, 2015
Comments Off on New Sneakers, Nike Flyknit Air Max
I picked these up yesterday and already, they’re growing on me but I’m still partial to the LunarGlide product line. The Air Max is a line of shoes I haven’t bought into in a very long time. The air pockets when i was a kid always busted and stopped holding air and felt very squishy and started lacking support. The color and ‘hemp-like’ look of the fabric is gorgeous and the use of FlyWire which is making its way through every facet of Nike’s Running Shoes adds a lot of support to their shoes which have less and less fabric on top and around your feet. In an effort to make things lighter, shows are losing a lot of support and fly wire is a way to still have support in almost no fabric at all.
Comfortable, not too light and it makes me an inch taller than most other running shoes. It’s nice shoe. Looks like this was priced @ $250 at release but I found a pair for $139 so I’m certainly happy with the savings.