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Where To Find Tech News for IoT, Wareables, Smartphones and #yourlifeintech

The Internet is a big place and finding tech news online about #yourlifeintech isn’t hard but finding good, interesting, news sources is another story.

Maybe you want to read more about IoT, or perhaps you’re more interested wareables than Internet security or you’re just interested in how technology is tangling itself throughout culture or just looking for the latest news in the war on encryption.

Now it’s your turn to share! Below is a list of online news sources that we used to discover news, reviews and articles for the #yourlifeintech weekly digest. Each morning take a quick browse through the headlines and if you discover something fun, interesting or absolutely amazing share the link with us on Twitter @binarybound or post it to the binarybound facebook page.

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I Survived Two Days Without My Apple Watch And It Didn’t Bother Me

Having forgot to drop my Apple Watch on the charger Friday night, I woke up Saturday morning looking at a 3% battery alert. So I ughed and shrugged and snapped it onto the magnetic charger then enjoyed the first day of Spring sitting in the warm sun reading a Paulo Coelho book over a cup of coffee for a few hours. I could you give you the old-school Twitter play-by-play update of the rest morning, but it ends with me standing in Home Depot after lunch realizing that I completely forgot about my charging Apple Watch and it didn’t bother me. Why is this I wondered? and then I started thinking about what I actually use my $399 Apple Watch for.

Date & Time + weather
Outside of the obvious date and time, the weather complication on the watch face was the first feature of my Apple Watch that I missed most. Although, I did have my iPhone in my back pocket, just a quick twist of the wrist and seeing the current temperature is a really awesome convenience. Plus, with a quick tap on the temperature I can view the hourly forecast for temp, precipitation, hourly and 10-day outlook.

Watch Faces
The next feature that I absolutely missed about my Apple Watch are the watch faces. Even though they are just “okay” compared to some of the faces I have seen for Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch Hermes edition, I like having the option of matching a face to an outfit, event or function. Lately weather has been crazy and making that the focus of my watch has been invaluable, where as other times, a simple clock face has reduced stress by putting less emphasis on time, appointments and activity circles.

Activity Rings
I have to admit that I am addicted to these little colorful rings. Being at a desk all day long as a programmer I tend to forget to stand, stretch and walk as much as I probably should, as well as eat sometimes, and my Apple Watch does a terrific job keeping me on track. It’s not perfect, but it keeps me a bit more motivated than when I didn’t have it around for the last two days.

Text Messages
Yes and no. I did miss receiving text messages, but because Siri has her challenges I rarely use my Apple Watch to actually respond or initiate messages. At times I try and try again with her, but the user experience of replying to messages trips itself up with too many options that eventually require me to interact with the watch face using a finger. I feel these small issues are defeating the spirit of wearable technology requiring me to still depend on my iPhone to successfully reply-to or send a text message.

Apple Pay
Ha. Usually by the time I realize the merchant accepts Apple Pay, I already have my credit card in my hand ready to swipe and it’s more work to put the card back in my wallet just to use my watch. I have a friend @bryanlewis who absolutely loves Apple Pay and uses it all the time without any hiccups; just has not been my experience.

Siri
She never even crossed my mind. LMAO! “I’m sorry James, that’s not very nice to say.” Unfortunately Siri on my Apple Watch is just as bad as Siri on my iPhone 6. Half of the time “Hey Siri” doesn’t work and the other half when it does work she doesn’t understand what I am saying or is pretty slow interpreting my words.

Third-party Apps
I honestly haven’t found many third-party apps very useful. The reason for this is the communication delay between the watch and the iPhone. I have found this to be a problem in watch apps like MLB AT-BAT, 7-minute workout, LoseIt! and Strava. The data just doesn’t keep in sync between the too devices reliably, for example MLB AT-BAT sends a notification to my phone of a game lead change. I see it on my phone, tap my watch face and the MLB At-BAT complication is a few innings behind. I tap it and open the watch app and the score is still not accurate or in sync with the iPhone notification.

Do I like my Apple Watch? Yes. I love how it looks, the watch faces are polished and fun and the complications add value to the user experience, but did I miss it? No.

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SnapChat Hacked, Google Car Crashes and Apple Joins Twitter #yourlifeintech week 10

“Hound .. how smart is water?” If water wasn’t already smart, it’s just gotten a little smarter thanks to Brita’s smart Wi-Fi Infinity Pitcher that automatically orders new filters when you need them through Amazon’s Dash and you might already be wondering why I started off by saying “Hound“? Siri, Google and Alexa have a new frenemy and his name is Hound, an incredibly fast and accurate speech recognition and language understanding assistant for more than your iPhone or Android phone. Hound also works with the Raspberry Pi which has recently been upgraded with a 64-bit chip and embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for not much more than what you probably spend at Starbucks in a week.

Also, this past week, a French student has created an open source smartwatch OS based on Linux, which could become a competitor for Android Wear and Tizen, Amazon quietly removes encryption for Fire devices, the Popslate indiegogo project puts a second, e-reader style screen on the back of your iPhone and yet another teacher is busted when a student finds nude pics on her phone – a lesson to be learned the hard way on why you should passcode (and encrypt) your phone.

Oh, and SkyWall announces the first drone capturing bazooka, protecting your backyard from the impending drone takeover, clouds are possibly seen on dwarf-planet Pluto, astronaut Scott Kelly returns from space after a year.

Here is a quick glance-summary
from Week 10 (Feb29-Mar5), 2016

  1. Snapchat gets phished and exposed 700 employees personal information
    Source: Slashgear
  2. Google says it bears some responsibility for first accident caused by self-driving car
    Source: Mashable
  3. Indonesia tells Google and other Internet firms to pay tax or risk getting blocked
    Source: Mashable
  4. Microsoft Band 2 Price Drops Even Further, Now $175 at Best Buy and Microsoft Store
    Source: SmartwatchMe
  5. Six Flags launches new Virtual Reality Roller Coaster
    Source: digitaltrends
  6. Amazon removes encryption support in latest Fire OS update
    Source: Washington Post
  7. Apple creates a general support channel on Twitter @AppleSupport
    Source: TechCrunch
  8. Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive
    Source: slashgear
  9. McDonald’s Is Transforming Happy Meal Boxes Into VR Headsets
    Source: Wired
  10.  Amazon’s Kindle gets a big update including a personalized home screen, new MyReadingList  and sharing made easier
    Source: Amazon

The Apple Stand-off: Justice Vs. Privacy
Apple and FBI testify to Congress while Apple supporters: Google, Twitter Facebook Airbnb, eBay, GitHub, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Square and Squarespace, among others (except former CEO Bill Gates) file a brief urging the U.S. District Court in California to deny the motion to compel Apple to comply with the FBI’s request.

  1. Apple scores iPhone legal victory that may help in FBI fight
  2. Read Apple’s opening statement to Congress over its FBI fight
  3. San Bernardino Survivor’s Husband Writes Powerful Letter To Judge Supporting Apple
  4. F.B.I. Error Locked San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone
  5. Twitter, Reddit and more file brief to support Apple vs the FBI
  6. San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold “dormant cyber pathogen”

Our favorite reviews for week 10

  1. Fitbit Blaze reviewed at wareable
  2. The Tin Mill Tipe, Natural Titanium Pen review at the-gadgeteer

Skinomi® TechSkin screen protector for Apple Watch

I don’t care how tough you say your Gorilla or Ion-X glass may be: scratches happen, and just last week when I glanced at my Apple Watch Sport edition I noticed one of my biggest fears, a scratch. Yep, the Ion-X glass on the Apple Watch Sport is not as strong or durable as I thought. Of course, I was basing my confidence level on what the Apple Watch Sport web page says: 

To keep the Sport collection models as light as possible, we used aluminosilicate glass — the same material used in the windows of space shuttles and high-speed trains. It’s fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass.

Unfortunately it may be strong enough to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere, but it’s no match for the edge of my oak end table. So naturally, within minutes I had the Amazon app open and my new Skinomi Techskin protector arrived the next day.

Before ordering, however, I did some quick research on screen protectors, having not really ever been satisfied by any for my iPhone. In fact as of this writing I still do not use one on myiPhone.  What I learned is that there are basically two styles of protectors: film and tempered glass. The latter, typically being the more expensive of the two materials. Some companies make screen protectors using both while other companies like Clear-Coat don’t (read Clear Coat’s reasoning).

Tempered glass, also known as tougher glass, is a type of glass that breaks differently than normal glass. Instead of shattering into large chunks it crumbles into small, smoother-edged pellets.  It’s most commonly used for automobile windshields, but also found in buildings, food service and mobile devices. You have probably heard of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. A tempered glass protector is a multi-layered screen protector. It has a bottom layer of absorbent silicon, PET film and an optically clear adhesive tempered glass and oleophobic coating. It may not be anymore scratch proof than your current mobile devices Gorilla Glass, but it does add an additional layer of strength that just could shatter itself before the manufacturers screen. That alone I think has some value to it.

Film based screen protectors are thin sheets of plastic cut to your devices manufactured screen size. They mainly are a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and TPU (thermoplastic polyreuthane) material. Unlike tempered glass, they typically only offer protection against light scratching and don’t add any additional strength to the screen which could prevent shattering of the device’s manufactured screen. Often they are cheaper than tempered glass protectors, although, they do tend have more air bubbles if not properly applied.

The Skinomi® TechSkin screen protector that I purchased is a film based product. It came packaged with screen solution, a cleaning cloth, quick 3 step instructions and 6 film protectors for the Apple Watch 42mm Sport.
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Putting on the protector was simple and flawless. Spray the screen lightly with the water based solution and then peel a protector off the sheet and apply. The water based solution will allow you to slide it around a little bit. Once you get it perfectly position use a credit card to firmly adhere it and push out any air bubbles. At first, the protector will be a bit blurry, but don’t worry, over the next several hours as the water based solution dries the clarity will restore itself. My only real complaint about the product is the plastic feel is not as smooth as glass and sometimes my touch doesn’t register because of the tackiness from time to time and requires a harder push. Otherwise, it has no air bubbles and already a few scratches so it’s definitely doing its job and protecting my Apple Watch.

Source
Purchased a 6-pack from Amazon

Pros

  • Easy to put on
  • Comes with 6 pre-cut pieces of film in the pack
  • Includes cleaning cloth which can be used for other things
  • No air bubbles and edges have not lifted after 2 weeks of use
  • Great value for the price
  • Reusable packaging for easy storage

Cons

  • plastic glare and touch
  • easily scratches (scuffed it up with a fingernail, but that’s its job and 6 are included)

Recommendation
For added protection against screen shattering buy the Skinomi tempered glass version 42mm or
buy the Skinomi tempered glass version 38mm. Otherwise the film based product will be suffice.

Facebooks Lets You React &Like, #MWC2016 and Google AMP #yourlifeintech week 9

To like or not to like has always been the burning question on Facebook and now they’ve made it a little easier to answer by adding some love, haha, wow, sad and angry “reactions”. My reaction to this week in tech is probably “wow” and “sad”. And, despite the Mobile World Congress in Spain was going on with lots of great announcements from the Samsung S7, Oral-B Genius, Garmin Vivoactive HR and Meizu PRO 5, an Ubuntu powered smartphone, it was heavily over shadowed by the ongoing standoff between Apple and the FBI.

Then there was Time, Inc. considering to buy Yahoo! core business and Google plans to speed up the the mobile web with their new AMP project.

Oh, and Spotify moves itself onto Google’s cloud.

Here is a quick glance-summary of a few top headlines from Week 9 (Feb22-Feb28), 2016.

1 Mobile World Congress in Spain
Companies including Garmin, LG, Oral-B, Samsung, Zuckerberg, Google, Lenovo, HP and other big brands in tech made some big announcements this past week in Spain for smartphones and wearables.
Source: Pocket-Lint

2 Amazon raises minimum order for free shipping to $49
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, shopping at the online retailer just got a little more expensive, unless you order $25 of books, then, it’s still free.
Source: Mashable

3 Sony making phones again in the US announcing the Xperia X at Mobile World Congress in Spain.
Source: CNet

4 Western Digital buys San Disk despite China investor backing out and a top shareholder in London urging Western Digital to abandon the planned buyout by arguing that the deal was too expensive, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Source: Arstechnica/WSJ

5 Siri is coming to Mac OS X 10.12 According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Siri is slated to debut as one of the flagship features on OS X 10.12 later this year. Hardly a feature Apple has ignored, the report notes that Apple has been testing Siri on the Mac for three years in order to get the functionality and implementation just right.
Source: Yahoo/9to5Mac

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Russia wants to fly spy planes with new high res cameras over U.S. to test their new advanced digital cameras. So, How does Washington respond at a time when Moscow and Washington are at odds over Syria and Ukraine and senior U.S. defense officials have identified Russia as the No. 1 existential threat to America?
Source: Washington Post

Japan considers treating bitcoin like real money and consumers will be able to swap out virtual coins for physical legal tender. However, once it becomes more regulated by country, wouldn’t that defeat the initial goals of an independent currency?
Source: engadget

Boston Dynamics upgrades Atlas with a smaller body, lighter frame and is also now battery powered. Watch the video to better understand why once the robots take over the world they’re mean to humans.
Source: engadget

Google Fiber comes to SF; AT&T sues Louisville to stop Google Fiber from using poles. The AMP project must be Google’s “plan B” in making the Internet faster because Google Fiber seems to be running into quite a few roadblocks on the Information Super Highway.
Source: Fortune

10 The battle for Net Neutrality turns 1 and many of us don’t even know what that means. Well, imagine if Comcast decides to limit your Internet connection speed to sites that aren’t owned by them or potentially even blocking them. The Net Neutrality fight is about keeping the Internet equal for everybody regards who services they purchase. Companies like Time Warner, Comcast and AT&T don’t want the Net to be like this.
Source: CNet

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The Apple Stand-off: Justice Vs. Privacy
More tech CEOs, like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai have stepped up to support Apple, but Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has sort-of, maybe not, offered his support, as Apple and the FBI get ready to testify at a Congressional encryption hearing on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

1 In an interview with Bloomberg TV this morning, Bill Gates said he was “blindsided” by and “disappointed” with reports that he sides with the FBI.
Source: FastCompany

2 Why The FBI Chose To Try The Apple Encryption Case In The Media. Cases like this are usually tried under seal as a national security matter, but the FBI sought a very public showdown.
Source: FastCompany

3 FBI Has Asked Apple To Unlock As Many As 17 iPhones In Last 4 Months. Newly unsealed court documents show that the FBI’s request of Apple in the San Bernardino case is probably not a one-off.
Source: FastCompany

4 NYPD wants access to ALL iPhones (with a warrant). The New York City Police Department says they’d like Apple to unlock every iPhone currently subject to a court-ordered search.
Source: Slashgear

5 Apple and FBI to testify at Congressional encryption hearing. FBI director James Comey and Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell are set to testify.

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Our favorite reviews for week 8

1 Eve Energy with Siri
http://the-gadgeteer.com/2016/02/22/control-and-monitor-any-device-plugged-into-the-eve-energy-using-siri/

2 RAVPower 20100mAh External Battery Review: Large and in Charge

RAVPower 20100mAh External Battery Review: Large and in Charge

3 Razer Blade Stealth Review: a true MacBook alternative at last
http://www.slashgear.com/razer-blade-stealth-review-a-true-macbook-alternative-at-last-26429207/

4 The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive Is Ready for the Revolution!

The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive Is Ready for the Revolution!

Our upcoming reviews &articles

1 Making fitness wearables and food tracking work for you
2 Skinomi® TechSkin screen protector for Apple Watch
3 Kenu Stance for iPhone

Fitbit’s New Alta, Yahoo Layoffs, Apple Pay and Elon Musk gets Mad #yourlifeintech week 6

Happy Birthday Me! & Facebook. On February 4, Facebook turned 12, and I like to think that I just “leveled-up”. The bigger the number in games is usually better, right? Anyhow, it wasn’t me or Facebook that took center stage this past week. Oh no, it was Elon Musk, who didn’t appreciate a fellow venture capitalists critical blog comments over having to wait an extra 2 hours for Musk to show up to a Tesla event where he was of course the headline show. So in Musk’s disapproval of the criticism, he cancelled the fellow’s Tesla order publicly via Twitter. Lesson to learn is not to piss off Musk or he will cancel your order. Although, I’d like to know the reason Musk was late. Did his Tesla run out of power? or, maybe it was that electric plane he is trying to build? or, even worse, did he get stuck in his own Hyperloop. Humor aside, maybe one of his 6 kids had a basketball game that ran late? Either way, in my opinion, both were inappropriate in their of handling of the situation. You can read more at FastCompany. Oh, and there was Yahoo laying off 1500 or so people.

Here is a quick glance-summary of a few top headlines from Week 6 (Jan31-Feb07), 2016.

1 Fitbit blazed into the week announcing their new fashionable Alta, but is it sexy enough to win over the hearts of the consumer and compete with similar fashionable activity trackers like Fossil’s Q series or even the Jawbone UP?
Source: Arstechnica

2 Dutch police are training Eagles to grab drones from the sky. Now this is actually a pretty cool idea. What animals could we train next? How about dope smelling Squirrels?
Source: Mashable

3 Sesame Launches a venture arm to invest in startups that help kids. Don’t misread that headline. Although, some toddlers may have some creative and innovative ideas.
Source: Fast Company

4 Google is now the most valuable company on Earth. Sorry, I should have this saved space to link to something that we already didn’t know, like if you actually had somewhere in the ballpark of $500 Billion dollars how would you spend it? On a fleet of Lexus self-driving cars which are now roaming in a suburb of Washington? or maybe smart bathroom mirrors that update you on news events and current weather?
Source: Mashable/Fortune

5 Yahoo lays off 1500 workers, shuts down Games and announces make or break plan. Unfortunately the link to this article on Yahoo! News was removed. Nah, kidding, just google it.
Source: CNET/Wired

You’ve seen Lose It! on the Today Show, in the NY Times, or heard it mentioned on Howard Stern. Isn’t it time to join the millions of others who have downloaded Lose It! and give it a try yourself?[advertisement]

6 Amazon Retail Store goes beyond books but probably won’t be opening hundreds of bookstores like some stupid CEO was quoted saying.
Source: Recode/CNET

7 Oral Roberts University and Christian college says mandatory Fitbits won’t track sex, but they will track hand-jobs if you have your dominant wrist set appropriately. You can switch from left-to-right as needed in the Fitbit app’s settings.
Source: Engadget/ORU

8 Apple Pay adds 32 new US Banks and Credit Unions to Apple Pay. This is great news but still lacks the merchant support. 6/10 stores I visit daily still do not accept Apple Pay.
Source: iMore

9 Microsoft buys AI powered keyboard App SwitftKey for $250 million
Source: Mashable

10 Microsoft wants to put data centers at the bottom of the sea Aye, Aye matey! Modern day Pirates will now be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi while pillaging the open seas.
Source: Engadget

You’ve seen Lose It! on the Today Show, in the NY Times, or heard it mentioned on Howard Stern. Isn’t it time to join the millions of others who have downloaded Lose It! and give it a try yourself?[advertisement]

Our Favorite Reviews for Week 6
1 Flowstate. If this app had a free version I would totally try it, but right now I can just as easily press the backspace button.

2 Smartwatches, like the Fossil Q Founder, are coming for the mainstream, but what defines these devices as “smartwatches”? Yes, they tell time, but outside of displaying notifications what makes them “smart”?

Our Upcoming Reviews
1 HomeBrite Smart LED Bulbs
2 Moov Now
3 Lose It!

 

#yourlifeintech Week 5 Microsoft Open Sources Cortana and The X-Files Return

Week 5 of 2106 (Jan24-Jan30) could have ended a little more upbeat for the tech world. It was full of earning results that didn’t meet expectations, most of Twitter’s executive leadership jumping ship like it was the Titanic, Mark Zuckerberg leap frogging the Koch brothers for 6th most riches man in the world, and financial analysts predictions that frankly don’t look very optimistic for the coming year in mobile tech.

Apple and Amazon both reported lower earnings than a year previous. Apple announced the slowest growth in the iPhone since its inception, despite having a strong quarter. Samsung for once agreed with Apple that sales in smartphones will see a decline as the demand for lower price phones increases and mobile providers change how contracts work, passing more of the phone cost onto the consumer through monthly leasing and/or payments.

Then there was a whole of buzz on Artificial Intelligence.

1 Apple’s leaked iPhone Mini
(Source: Forbes) Rumor has it Apple is creating a “budget iphone” by bringing back the 4 inch screen. It will look the iPhone 4 but with rounded corners. More info in this Forbes article.

2 Brave web browser banishing ads
(Source: Mashable) Elegantly removes ads and blocks third-party data tracking, but it’s still very early in development and is lacking many features. An app to keep your eye on though.

3 Twitter Senior Leadership Jumping Ship
(Source: Wired) With the return of Jack Dorsey, much of the executive leadership over at Twitter has jumped shipped and Dorsey wasted no time finding replacements, naming Leslie Berland as Chief Marketing Officer.

4 The Return of the X-Files
(Source: Wired) Mulder and Scully are back in a Fox 6-part miniseries of the cult-show that made us believers.

5 Microsoft Open Sources Cortana
(Source: Wired) Probably the most surprising news is Microsoft open sourced its digital assistant Cortana.

6 Apple and Samsung being Debbie Downers about tech in 2016
(Source: FastCompany) These two rivals who are usually punching each other in court have actually came to agreement that 2016 is going to bring slower smartphone sales.

7 First pieces of smart clothing tackle body temperature
(Source: Arstechnica) Your socks can now tell you if you’re sweating and help moderate body temperature?

8 Apple Ends free iTunes Radio service
(Source: Engadget)

9 Nasa Rover celebrates 12 years on Mars, despite it’s 90-day expected life-span
(Source: FastCompany)

10 “Internet of Things” security is hilariously broken and getting worse
(Source: Arstechnica)

Our Favorite Reviews for Week 5

1 Bellroy Wallet
http://the-gadgeteer.com/2016/01/24/bellboy-micro-sleeve-wallet-review/

2 Beginner’s guide to Pebble Health
http://www.wareable.com/Pebble/beginners-guide-pebble-health

Our Upcoming Reviews

1 Forest
Grow trees while you focus your time.

2 HomeBrite Smart LED bulbs
Control a few of your bedroom lights from your phone. No hub necessary.

3 Moov Now
More than a fitness tracking gadget, Moov Now also coaches you to reach your fitness goals.