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The MMT Horological Smartwatch and the Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Shaun McGillFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:00:37 +0000http://www.lostinmobile.com/home/the-mmt-horological-smartwatch-and-the-mondaine-helvetica-no-152bd65a0e4b0aee2c11d35b4:52bd9eb3e4b09f4528ffce36:54f0ccece4b0e9fda34aef12

Let's get the battery life question out of the way. How long does the battery last? About two years. That's right, the MMT movement is designed to be like traditional quartz battery-operated watches that require a new battery each few years. Frédérique Constant and MotionX determined that their target demographic doesn't want to charge things on a regular basis, and from the start, having a "reasonable amount of battery life" was a priority.
The data from the combined fitness tracking features of the watch are displayed graphically, and with customizable goals, in an attractive app that uses the now popular graphical styles many people are becoming used to. It isn't clear what people are doing with all this activity data, but people sure seem to be interested in it. I do however believe in the power of "suggestive alerts" that help people know they have been too sedentary or that they haven't completed their daily goals. The managements at Frédérique Constant and Alpina both expressed a lot of surprise at just how much this type of information has impacted their lives... More at A Blog To Watch.
Ever since its launch of the Mondaine/SBB Swiss Railways watch in 1986, Mondaine has been synonymous with Switzerland and, by extension, Swiss watchmaking. Its use of such iconic emblems, such as its SBB Swiss railway clock and the Helvetica® font, has meant it is inextricably linked to this Alpine country and that most Swiss of pursuits.
Now Mondaine has launched a watch that proudly references its past, while simultaneously taking a bold step into its future. The Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart will be its first-ever smartwatch... More at Mondaine.

These watches may not offer all of the tech Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch do, but please don't tell me that the latter is a brilliant watch design. These two are stunning.


The MMT Horological Smartwatch and the Mondaine Helvetica No. 1  View ?

Let's get the battery life question out of the way. How long does the battery last? About two years. That's right, the MMT movement is designed to be like traditional quartz battery-operated watches that require a new battery each few years. Frédérique Constant and MotionX determined that their target demographic doesn't want to charge things on a regular basis, and from the start, having a "reasonable amount of battery life" was a priority.
The data from the combined fitness tracking features of the watch are displayed graphically, and with customizable goals, in an attractive app that uses the now popular graphical styles many people are becoming used to. It isn't clear what people are doing with all this activity data, but people sure seem to be interested in it. I do however believe in the power of "suggestive alerts" that help people know they have been too sedentary or that they haven't completed their daily goals. The managements at Frédérique Constant and Alpina both expressed a lot of surprise at just how much this type of information has impacted their lives... More at A Blog To Watch.
Ever since its launch of the Mondaine/SBB Swiss Railways watch in 1986, Mondaine has been synonymous with Switzerland and, by extension, Swiss watchmaking. Its use of such iconic emblems, such as its SBB Swiss railway clock and the Helvetica® font, has meant it is inextricably linked to this Alpine country and that most Swiss of pursuits.
Now Mondaine has launched a watch that proudly references its past, while simultaneously taking a bold step into its future. The Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart will be its first-ever smartwatch... More at Mondaine.

These watches may not offer all of the tech Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch do, but please don't tell me that the latter is a brilliant watch design. These two are stunning.

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(27/02/2015 @ 21:00)
Online abuse   View ?

Last Friday, as I often do first thing in the morning, I caught up on the various blogs I follow. One of my online acquaintances, who often writes about controversial topics that brings them not just a lot of criticism, but many a death threat, was one of the updates I looked at. I read the article, which was, in my opinion, humorous, but harsh. 

So I tweeted them, saying hey, that was a bit harsh. They came back with a funny response. I wrote back saying, yeah but I think it was harsh, and while what they do is great, such articles might scare the people who write to them about their expertise. 

What followed was, if I have to put it mildly, really rather annoying.

There was retaliation. There was shouts of

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(26/02/2015 @ 22:15)
My iMac has no sound?  View ?

Where are my internal speakers?

Where are my internal speakers?

Earlier this week my iMac crashed (first time in 3 years) and rebooted itself, and I have had no sound since. Neil (as usual) helped by suggesting some fixes, but alas none have worked and I still have no internal speakers listed as output options. This is what I have tried so far-

Reset the PRAM

Reset the System Management Controller (SMC)

Tried headphones (no sound from them either)

Checked all other areas such as muting, sound preferences, audio midi setup etc and I have also killed "coreaudiod" and "coreserviced" and refreshed Finder, but to no avail. 

Any ideas?

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(26/02/2015 @ 22:09)
eBay's bizarre customer service!  View ?

I sold a laptop a couple of months ago and the buyer put in a claim saying that it was not fit for purpose. After exchanging a few messages, he realised that he had made a mistake and that my laptop was working perfectly. As it happens, he had bought 2 laptops and the other one was broken.

He contacted eBay and they reversed his claim and all was sorted, or so I thought. On a recent report the auction was still showing as the only negative on my account so I contacted eBay and asked them to rectify the situation. Here follows the bizarre replay which in places makes no sense, which in others is quite patronising and which ultimately does not fix the problem at all. The strange bits are in bold and the contradictory bits are italicised-

Hello Shaun,
Thank you for contacting eBay Customer Service. My name is Marisol and it's my pleasure to assist you about defect rate for the item xxxxxx you have sold. I understand that you want us to remove the defect rates given to you for the return request initiated by your buyer. I want you to know that I really appreciate you for making sure that you were able to resolve the issues with your buyers. I would also like to extend my deepest apologies if the defect rate counts, though I commend you for getting a positive feedback from it. d. I'd be pleased to provide you with more details on how we reached our decision.
You are important to me and I do not want you to have problem with this transaction for I know that you are a genuine seller and I believe that you wanted to give a world class customer service to all of your trading partners. I want you to know that I can give the satisfactory resolution that you truly deserve.
For your returned case, I know for a fact that the return request was closed by the buyer. In this instance the defect was under the opened cases which we cannot remove those defect rates because buyers filed a claim as they did not meet the buyer expectations.
I've acknowledged your eagerness to resolve all of your issue. As I can see from your profile, these will have least effect on your current selling performance as you are still above standard seller. What you can do on your succeeding listings is to continue providing excellent service to your buyers. I've also included the link below so you could have more tips regarding item description and using photos:
http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/sell/descriptions.html
For more tips for defect removal policy:
http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/policies/defect-removal.html
We appreciate that you are part of eBay and I trust that I was able to clarify this matter for you. I wish you all the best in your future transactions on eBay.
Kind regards,
Marisol
eBay Customer Service

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(26/02/2015 @ 22:02)
(25/02/2015 @ 18:44)
Pebble Time  View ?

At its heart, Pebble Time is an awesome watch. The new color e-paper display is easy to read and always-on, perfect for displaying incoming notifications and your favorite watchface. Compared with display technology like LCD or OLED, power consumption is minimized, enabling Pebble Time to achieve an industry-leading battery life of up to 7 days... More at kickstarter.

The Pebble Time feels like a Palm OS phone in a world of Windows Mobile phones (Android Wear) and high-end classy mobiles (Apple Watch).

You know my thoughts on Android Wear, which are not particularly positive, and I am skeptical about the Apple Watch (may change that view when I see it though), but Pebble Time looks functional, practical and fun; three traits that are always useful in watches.

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(24/02/2015 @ 21:54)
Send iOS notifications to a Moto 360  View ?

This developer could be onto something useful here.

(23/02/2015 @ 22:30)
microSSD - add up to 384GB extra storage to your Macbook  View ?

Macbook matching aluminum storage expansion for Macbook Air or Macbook Pro (or other ultrabook PCs). Add up to 128GB / 256GB / 384GB. More at kickstarter.

Looks good.

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(23/02/2015 @ 22:26)
iOS 8 is still riddled with bugs?  View ?

Five months on from the release of iOS 8, and following six rounds of bugfixes, Apple's flagship mobile platform that powers almost three out of four iPhone and iPads is still riddled with bugs.
I'm just going to come out and say it - this is a mess. If we were talking about cosmetic stuff like a badly laid out user interface or poor selection of wallpapers then I could overlook the issues, but they aren't. These are bugs relating to core systems such as Wi-Fi, cellular connectivity, Bluetooth, and stability and performance... More at ZDNet.

The article above is somewhat hyperbolic, but one of the commenters raised an issue that I suffer with multiple times a day- "For me, the biggest problem is that web pages crash and have to reload so frequently. This is happening on all my iPads and my iPhone 6."

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(23/02/2015 @ 19:24)
Should we give up on true privacy?  View ?

US and British intelligence agencies hacked into a major manufacturer of Sim cards in order to steal codes that facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a US news website says.
The Intercept says the revelations came from US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Dutch company allegedly targeted - Gemalto - says it is taking the allegations "very seriously".
It operates in 85 countries and has more than 40 manufacturing facilities... More at the BBC

We all take great care with personal information relating to bank accounts, logins and the like, and we all feel that we do a good job of that. 

Those of us who are tech-savvy likely use online cloud services for many tasks and we have no choice, but to trust the companies running these services. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox etc. etc. No matter what you store, the pieces could be put together to do some damage such as stealing an identity or taking money. We have to rely on these companies to look after our own interests and in many ways we have already given up on the idea of complete control over our own information.

We actually gave up years ago. Any of you who pay your gas or water bill online give over a lot of information about your identity. Amazon, Gmail, Twitter etc. etc. Thousands of people within the companies you deal with know about you and can access your information. Go back further to the pre-internet days and it was the same. From your bank to your electricity provider, your information has always been there for people to sift through if they so wish. The fact that it is now online is not a significant difference. Well, at least it wasn't.

The story above brought home to me just how invasive those with the right tools and the wrong motivations can be if they so wish. When I considered that my SIM card has been hacked before I even put it in my phone, the realisation hit me that there is no privacy any more.

I can relax in the knowledge that I have never broken the law, apart from riding my first moped without road tax when I was 17, that I pay my taxes as I should and that I am not a terrorist or a peopdaphile.  However, I still feel uneasy knowing that access to my conversations (vocal and digital) can easily be tracked at the flick of a switch somewhere.

If I am honest, I don't know what to think about all of this. Long ago, I gave up on the notion of true privacy for all of the reasons above and realise that if I am to use online services, that is the price I must pay. There is always a risk of my personal data being compromised and my focus, like many others, has been on banking and other stuff that can financially harm me or my family. It is only recently, however, that I have considered that even the most mundane of phone conversations is out there as well for someone to listen to. 

It is sad to say, but as a normal person who just goes about his day to day life in a boringly normal way, I guess I should just give up on the notion of true privacy. 

Nice follow up from Bob-

I think a big part of the issue is who, government, company or individual, has your information, how much do they have, and what is their intent with it.
When we give information to a utility company or a company like Amazon, we trust that the information will be kept securely. The "contract" is that the information is made available in order to do business. You want the services or goods that are provided and in return, you are willing to share some of your otherwise private information.
I venture to say that we trust governments less than we do most private companies. We share with the government only what we have to by law. In fact, many of us only share what we absolutely have to with private companies as well. For example, how often do you provide your credit card information when you can use PayPal. Is PayPal more reliable and secure? Not necessarily, but it is to their advantage to be so. That is the service they are selling.
What the NSA did and does, along with most, if not all, equivalent agencies in other countries, is to retrieve your information, private or otherwise, without your permission, and in many cases, without your knowledge. That is invasion of privacy. Yes they do it in the name of protection or fighting terrorism, but for that to work, we have to trust that they will not misuse the information. Would we willingly provide this information if asked?
Over and above that concern, there remains the fact that it is people who are behind this. It's not the NSA as an organization that decided to do these things. Rather it is people within that organization who decided to do them and who use the information obtained. I am not as concerned about them having the information as I am about potential misuse.
Could the NSA be hacked? Could someone with access to potentially damaging information be coerced or bribed into giving it up?
Actually my biggest concern is that people with no ill intent are caught saying something that is misconstrued. We're not allowed to yell "fire" in a theatre. We're not allowed to talk about bombs or terrorism in airport security lines, although what real terrorist would. What happens if we're discussing terrorism with a friend and the discussion is picked up and interpreted to be plotting or conspiratorial. If that happens enough, we will be very careful about what we say. Then we lose not only our privacy, but our freedom to say what we think.

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(22/02/2015 @ 10:53)
The Last of the Typewriter Men  View ?

On a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and keys, a morgue of mechanical guts.
To Schweitzer

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(21/02/2015 @ 13:21)
(21/02/2015 @ 13:19)
Subtle and classy  View ?

First of all, I wear a traditional watch at the moment. Yesterday I played with a student's S. Gear and because he didn't have his phone near (they're not allowed phones turned on and with them at school) it was fairly reduced in its use. But not as ugly as I thought it would be and kinda fun. Still, it soon became obvious that really, you needed to go back to your phone to do anything. Which again brings me back to having the traditional style watch with an overlay to give basic information or functionality about what's going on with your phone. That for me is the future of a traditional watch. It all looks like it always has, and when something of your choosing needs your attention it appears on top, subtle and classy. Vincent.

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(20/02/2015 @ 19:36)
No privacy at all, ever  View ?

AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world

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(19/02/2015 @ 21:54)
Abdicating your responsibility as a designer  View ?

Motorola's president has defended its "build-your-phone" programme after harsh words from Apple's lead designer.
Jony Ive appeared to attack the Moto Maker scheme in an interview in which he criticised the idea of giving consumers huge choice over how their handsets were made to appear.
Rick Osterloh, president of Motorola, told the BBC his company had a "different philosophy".
And he criticised Apple in turn, calling its prices "outrageous".
Sir Jonathan specifically asked the New Yorker magazine not to name the company he had been "scathing about", but a campaign launched by Motorola in late 2013 matches the description he gave.
"Their value proposition was, 'Make it whatever you want. You can choose whatever colour you want,'" Sir Jonathan is quoted as saying.
"And I believe that's abdicating your responsibility as a designer." More at the BBC.

Nice response from Rick Osterloh. I don't believe for one moment that the iPhones are overpriced for what they are, but I appreciate what Motorola has done recently. The company has shown what can be done at a low price point and is moving ahead nicely. I would have thought that Motorola should be the least likely to be criticised by Apple, but maybe that's a sign that it is a threat.

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(19/02/2015 @ 18:07)
An instrument for the wrist. So what?  View ?

Jean-Claude Biver was recently interviewed by CNN and called the smart watch an instrument for the wrist; a thing with no emotion and suggested that no one would be wearing one in 20 years. He then goes on to describe what makes a traditional mechanical watch so special.

This is expected from a man so heavily involved in the luxury watch industry, but he is of course completely correct:)

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(19/02/2015 @ 18:03)
Videotex: the future  View ?

I love looking back at technology like this. Tweeted by Old School Ads

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(19/02/2015 @ 17:51)
Alto's Adventure out now  View ?

Alto's Adventure is now available to download for iOS and it is awesome. Loving it so far.

Above the placid ivory snow lies a sleepy mountain village, brimming with the promise of adventure.
Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.
Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders

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(19/02/2015 @ 17:47)
Flip-phones soaring in Japan  View ?

Japanese shipments of traditional flip-phones rose in 2014 for the first time in seven years while smartphone shipments fell, highlighting Japanese consumers' tenacious attachment to the familiar and typically less expensive older models.
Dubbed "Galapagos" phones because they have evolved to meet unique Japanese standards and tastes, flip-phone shipments rose 5.7 percent to 10.58 million in 2014, data from market researcher MM Research Institute Ltd shows. Smartphone shipments fell 5.3 percent to 27.70 million, down for a second year... More at Reuters.

It's like vinyl all over again.

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(18/02/2015 @ 21:20)
How many iPhones does Apple sell in a second?  View ?

Take a look at this site which displays tickers for each model showing how many iPhones were sold in real-time on each release weekend. The numbers are insane- how the hell can they even make so many?!?

(17/02/2015 @ 22:14)

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