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The Neptune Pine Smartwatch: you can take things too farShaun McGillSat, 30 Aug 2014 08:33:51 +0000http://www.lostinmobile.com/home/the-neptune-pine-smartwatch-you-can-take-things-too-far52bd65a0e4b0aee2c11d35b4:52bd9eb3e4b09f4528ffce36:54018c76e4b0feb6e5d5fe27

Paul mentioned the Neptune Pine Smartwatch in a great discussion we had on LIM about the battery life we should expect from smart watches which also touched on the size of these devices. The Neptune Pine Smartwatch is, however, crazily big in my view and I would feel somewhat strange wearing it. 

It isn't just the size that bothers me, it is the design. I prefer oversize watches, such as my G Shock below, because they suit me better, but when it is a smart watch it all changes for me. Jah also made a good point about how we view these devices- "I keep switching between thinking of Smartwatch and wearable. If we think wearable, then the hassle has to be measured against utility while the expression "smartwatch" will always lead to comparison with traditional watches."


The Neptune Pine Smartwatch: you can take things too far  View ?

Paul mentioned the Neptune Pine Smartwatch in a great discussion we had on LIM about the battery life we should expect from smart watches which also touched on the size of these devices. The Neptune Pine Smartwatch is, however, crazily big in my view and I would feel somewhat strange wearing it. 

It isn't just the size that bothers me, it is the design. I prefer oversize watches, such as my G Shock below, because they suit me better, but when it is a smart watch it all changes for me. Jah also made a good point about how we view these devices- "I keep switching between thinking of Smartwatch and wearable. If we think wearable, then the hassle has to be measured against utility while the expression "smartwatch" will always lead to comparison with traditional watches."

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(30/08/2014 @ 10:33)
2.6 images from the past 500 years  View ?

If you have some spare time, or forever free, you could do worse than look at this new flickr set of 2.6 million images from newspapers, books and magazines published over the past 500 years. Be careful though because one you start looking, it really is difficult to stop. A fascinating resource.

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(30/08/2014 @ 10:10)
An iPhone 6 built from sourced parts  View ?

If this is the final design, probably is, the dimensions are bigger than I expected for a 4.7" screen. 

(29/08/2014 @ 23:22)
Pinged all of the devices on the Internet  View ?

and here's a map of where they're located. Tweeted by John Matherly.

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(29/08/2014 @ 20:51)
Galaxy Tab S - Hands-On  View ?

Samsung is obsessed with comparing to Apple products which in this advert is quite effective, but it really is time to sale devices on their own merits.

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(29/08/2014 @ 20:48)
10 million LG G3s  View ?

The LG G3 is on track to become the South Korean company

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(29/08/2014 @ 20:45)
BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983  View ?

The P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry showcases Porsche Design features, which include high-end materials and finishes. The chassis, lock and right-side keys, and Porsche Design logo are constructed of forged and CNC-milled stainless steel. The camera lens is constructed of sapphire glass. The back cover is made with glass weave technology.
 
Unique PIN - With the Porsche Design P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry you'll be part of an exclusive Porsche Design BlackBerry PIN ID group (2AAXXXXX) that is instantly recognizable among Porsche Design users.
 
Display - 3.1 inch, 720 x 720 pixels, 24-bit color OLED display
Memory - 64 GB application storage and 2 GB RAM
Processor - 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
Navigation - Touch screen
Keyboard - Physical keyboard, full QWERTY
Battery - 2100 mAh removable battery
Camera - Front-facing camera: 2 MP, Fixed-focus, Image stabilization (for still image and video capture), 3x digital zoom / Rear-facing camera: 8 MP, Autofocus and flash, Image stabilization (for still image and video capture), 5x digital zoom
 
More at CrackBerry.

It amazes me that things like a unique PIN and a different, but rather horrible, design will still be seen as incentives to purchase one of these things.

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(29/08/2014 @ 20:42)
Narrate for Android  View ?

XDA Developer ohhcrapitstim has created a new notes app for Android called Narrate and it really does highlight what is possible on the platform. With elements of Material included, it looks very clean and eminently usable.

Transcribe life's most precious moments. Jot down quick notes throughout the day. Keep track of ideas and potential projects.
Narrate is designed to be unique to each user as well as to conform to their needs. It can serve as a simple note taking application or it can be used to hold your most precious secrets. Narrate was created with the best possible user experience in mind.

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(28/08/2014 @ 19:55)
Does Apple get too much credit for UI design?  View ?

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The question above was posted on Quora and I tried to look at it when Kirk sent it to me, but even going to the page was painful and involved signing up, letting the service look for my friends and then spamming the hell out of me so I gave up. After a short discussion, however, Kirk sent me his answer which you may or may not agree with. Looking forward to your comments.

Short answer: Nah.
Long answer: for me the question is, what would consumer tech look like without Apple? I think there's something special about their "intersection of technology and liberal arts". While they didn't strictly make everything *sui generis* - Xerox "invented" WIMP interface, MP3 players existed before iPod, iPhone's homescreen looked a lot like Palm (which in turn looked like Newton... maybe I'm understating Apple's role there, even if as a company they turned away from that particular style of R+D) they refined all of those things to a high degree - even old pre-OSX Macs look kind of cool and fresh in a way Windows 98 machines don't, the iPod click wheel was kind of genius, and iPhone's groundbreaking use of that kind of flat touch screen was such a revelation.
Looking to the future -- sometimes, in my Boston-smarty-pants, high tech fishbowl world, I'm amazed when I hear how little share Mac has - here Windows makes the exception, absolutely. I think in general desktop/laptop UI is less important as more stuff moves online, but still it feels like Apple has a lot of room for growth, and will continue its stance of breaking new ground without ever participating into a race to the bottom and competing strictly on price.
No company blends software and hardware the way they do, and the results are excellent.

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(28/08/2014 @ 19:45)
9th September  View ?

It's now time for every tech site to start asking what 'Wish we could say more' means and what the imagery signifies in the above invite. Looks like mine got delayed...

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(28/08/2014 @ 18:11)
Lost In Mobile is back  View ?

OK, I give up. Lost In Mobile is back in place of Pure iPhone. While the traffic did not change much after the new domain was implemented, the number of comments did and it would appear that it put some of you off for taking the time to discuss your thoughts.

So, I will still likely be covering iOS content more, but am open to looking at everything that is happening in the mobile tech world.

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(28/08/2014 @ 17:57)
Samsung Gear S: running before you can walk?  View ?

Just for a moment, I felt that the idea of a standalone smart watch that could do much of what I do on my phone made sense. The Galaxy Gear S is a realisation of that idea.

And then I saw the image below-

Even if I could ignore the sheer size of the device, I can't see the battery (180mAh Li-ion (Standby 300h / Talk 11h / Play Time 9h)) providing enough power to avoid a daily charge and there are still far too many areas that need more development to make such a device practical every day. Truly a case of running before you can walk just to get a device to market.

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(28/08/2014 @ 14:56)
Mobile innovation is alive and well  View ?

Innovation in the smartphone market has slowed to a crawl. Maybe it has plateaued. Smartphone penetration is extremely high in many markets. The law of diminishing returns must be kicking in for OEMs seeking an edge that will enable their latest flagship to catch the eye as it slips out into an already packed ocean. If you don

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(27/08/2014 @ 20:47)
Why a 10 year old girl wants a new iPhone  View ?

I didn't prompt Alice at all when asking these questions, but it is likely that being surrounded by 4 iPhones in the house has influenced her opinion somewhat. And she has taste of course:)

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(27/08/2014 @ 20:46)
QuickBoard   View ?

QuickBoard is not available yet, but does look set to help iPhone (iOS 8) users input phrases and text when dealing with web forms etc.

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(27/08/2014 @ 20:45)
(27/08/2014 @ 20:44)
Commenting from mobile devices  View ?

Squarespace has just sent the following message so if any of you are still experiencing problems when commenting from a phone or tablet, please let me know.

My sincerest apologies for the delay. I just wanted to reach out to let you know that the issue you were experiencing with blog comment notifications on mobile devices has been resolved.
If you encounter any further issues or have other questions, please don't hesitate to let us know.


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(27/08/2014 @ 20:19)
An alternative to eBay  View ?

If you are in the UK and like to dabble with new tech, I can heartily recommend the PSC Forum. The members appear to be very genuine and so far I have had nothing but positive experiences.

As it happens, I have 2 items currently up for sale. An HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e001sa 11.6" laptop running Windows 8 which is listed here for just £180 (yes, that one) and a 2012 Google 32GB Nexus 7 in superb condition for just £75 (the Nexus is now sold).

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(26/08/2014 @ 19:06)
35,000 Fire phones  View ?

Android devices (including Fire Phone, which uses a forked version of Android) do under-index - though not much. The same Chitika survey that shows the iPhone over-indexing gives Samsung a 22.8% web use share, and HTC a 3.1% share. That compares to ComScore
(26/08/2014 @ 14:24)
Gridland: a proper iPhone browser game  View ?

If you go to http://gridland.doublespeakgames.com/ you can now play Gridland in your iPhone or iPad browser and it really is a proper game. It's an interesting move by Doublespeak who also created A Dark Room.

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(26/08/2014 @ 10:18)

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