First Look | 3 Reasons To Love The Apple Watch

There has been a lot of excitement about the latest wearable tech gadget, the Apple Watch.  I headed out to the Apple Store in trendy Beverly Hills for a closer look.  It looks pretty slick and looks just like a watch, but with a lot of tech tools at your fingertips.  The Apple Watch comes in various styles standard, sports and gold.   The price starts at $349 – $12,000, the price varies on the type of watch and band you purchase.

Here are my favorite things about the device on my first look:

1. Apple Watch is Innovative

The design and technology integration of the wearable tech gadget, Apple Watch makes it the most innovative gadget of 2015.   Apple Watch let’s you stay in touch with what really matters with simple glances throughout the day.  You can also swipe the device or tap it to move to other apps on your device such as Siri, weather, maps, directions and much more.   You can pair it with your iPhone 5 or later and setup notifications similar to the notifications you currently setup on your phone.    You setup notifications to an alarm or tap on notifications throughout the day to see if you missed anything.

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2. Apple Watch is a Health &  Fitness gadget

Apple watch measures and monitors your daily activity with several apps.  It monitors your heart rate, the number of steps you take and also measures your daily activity to provide you with tips on how to improve your health and fitness.   The heart rate sensor lets you monitor your heart rate during workouts.  The GPS activity application and accelerometer provides a quick snapshot of your daily activity, including the distance you walk and overall calories you burn.  Absolutely love the workout and activity apps.

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3. Apple Watch comes with a lot of built in Apps

Apple Watch comes with several apps.  My favorite apps are the remote camera, wallet, messaging app, the “Who’s calling App” and notifications.    Apple pay let’s you pay with your Apple Watch.  You need to setup Apple Pay with your credit card to use it.  The remote camera let’s you take a picture with your phone remotely.  The “Who’s calling” app lets you check who is calling or take quick calls via the Apple Watch.   I also like  the notifications as well.  The notifications app let’s you capture notifications on your phone so you don’t need to pick up your phone every 2 minutes.

The email app, maps, Siri apps are also pretty cool.  I didn’t have time to play with the passports app, but if it hold your ticket and travel itinerary I would definitely use it.

 

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I’m looking forward to getting one soon.  What features do you like about the Apple Watch?  What other Apple Watch applications do you like?

 

Eva-TFL

Tech Trends Thursday: What Would You Do If You Had Google Glass?

 

Google announced a Google Glass Contest.  The voice activated computerized glasses give users the ability to take photos, search the web and record what they see hands free.  The coolest feature about google glass is that you can also share what you see live via google hangouts. Google is providing the glasses to a handful of lucky users to try out. However, selected explorers will need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

I watched the video demo and was very intrigued.  The appearance of the Google Glasses is very star trek tech looking and may make the user feel a little awkward while trotting around the world recording hands-free.  The second prototype looks cooler.  I hope they will be able to make the glasses look a little more hip and provide options to purchase computerized designer glasses, sun glasses or reading glasses with the computer integrated into the frame.  The glasses will also compliment all the existing technology gadgets available such as smartphones and tables.

Google has a fun contest to enter to get your own pair of Google Glasses. Using Google+ or Twitter, tell google what you would do if you had Glass, starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass. The deadline for applications is February 27th. If you are chosen, google will send an invitation to become a Glass Explorer.

 

If I had Google Glass I would travel the world by car, train, bus & on foot to meet the beautiful people of the world and share my experience live via google hangout. I’m sure we will discover that as a world we have more things in common with the people of the world than differences.

Question:  What would you do if you had Google Glass? Please make sure to also share on Twitter or Google+ using the #ifihadglass hashtag

Pinterest Announces Secret Boards! What Are You Doing With Your 3 Secret Boards?

Pinterest announced some recent  enhancements on Friday night!  You can now create up to 3 SECRET boards that only you and people you invite can see.

According to Pinterest, “Secret boards give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas, or even planning for a new baby. We’re testing out the feature by giving everyone 3 secret boards. You’ll find them at the bottom of your profile. We can’t wait to hear what you think!”

Here’s how secret boards work on Pinterest:

  • You can create up to 3 secret boards. If you already have 3 secret boards but want to make a new one, you’ll need to delete one or make one of your current secret boards visible to everyone. If you’re invited to contribute to someone else’s secret board, it won’t count against your 3-board limit.
  • When you add a pin to a secret board, it won’t show up anywhere else on Pinterest—not in the category sections, Popular, Everything, anyone’s search results, your followers’ home feed, your own home feed, or even pins or activity pages on your profile.
  • Your secret boards and pins are at the bottom of your profile. Just scroll down to see them.

With the Social Media world becoming more public I may just use one of my secret boards for my families Christmas list or to collaborate with fellow bloggers online!

Read the details on Pinterest.

Question:  What will you do with your secret board?

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