Yes! Merry Christmas in May to me!
I didn’t know if this day would actually come or not. Today (2015-05-19) is the day that my Apple Watch gets delivered. Over the next few weeks or so, I will be taking a look at it, trying to make heads or tails of what it does and doesn’t do. I’ll be reviewing it, blogging about it, and in the end comparing it to the Fitbit Surge and Microsoft Band (part 2 of the review, can be seen here.
I will eventually be comparing all three of these – the Apple Watch,Fitbit Surge and Microsoft Band to a couple of other smartwatches and against a set of criteria that we will begin mulling over in a blog post or two after the Apple Watch review is posted. With three smartwatch reviews in the series, we should be able to pull together some criteria that can be used to measure the best of all five.
So, stay tuned. I’ll have an unboxing up shortly; and likely an initial impressions blog post up shortly after that. I know it’s taken a while, but stick with me on this one, kids. Things are about to get very interesting in the wearables department over here…
Y’all wanna pass me the Heinz Ketchup..?
Every time I say I’m waiting for something, I hear Carly Simon in my head singing "that song;" and I see someone pouring Heinz Ketchup over a hamburger. Yes. Apparently, being a child of the ’70’s means I’m older than dirt…
Well, I have an update to my column, So…Like, I’m in Wait Mode; and I’d like to provide everyone an update. This is going to be a short one, and I’m going to hold myself to that, because if I don’t, I’m really going to go off on a specific vendor, and I really don’t want to torch the relationship I have with them. Up to now, it’s been pretty good.
This is the unboxing of the 42mm Space Gray Apple Watch Sport with Black Fluoroelastomer Band. I will be posting a first impressions article as well as a full review of the device over the next few weeks.
Microsoft says that it wants to push rapid updates to users; but there are issues…
I saw an interesting update on the Supersite for Windows the other morning, and I answered a comment asking what the issues were on this in the US. I wanted to expound a bit more, so I thought I’d gather what I wrote and then start shooting my mouth off.
The original article deals with Microsoft taking control of OS related updates from the mobile carriers – in the States, that’s basically, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, but may also include a number of larger regional or budget carriers like US Cellular, Cricket and Boost Mobile – and making updates available roughly four to six (4 – 6) weeks after the updates go RTM. Based on a report from Ed Bott, Microsoft is serious about it. According to Terry Myerson,
“Here at Microsoft, we take our responsibility to keep Windows secure seriously. We follow up on all reported security issues, continuously probe our software with leading edge techniques, and proactively update supported devices with necessary updates to address issues. And today, we’re announcing this continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones.”
The only way that Windows as a Service (WaaS) REALLY works, is if Microsoft can release updates to users as they are ready.
The problem is that mobile broadband carriers in the US don’t allow just anything to ride their networks and don’t allow hardware manufacturers or OEM’s to release just any device update without that update going through a testing and certification process. Well, at least everyone but Apple; users of any cellular capable iDevice get iOS updates all the time…as soon as they’re released, in fact. I’ll deal with Apple in just a bit. However, every other device and device manufacturer/ OEM has to jump through a lot of hoops.
There are two parts to this issue: Control of the (enterprise) network and control of support. The second one is easy to understand. The first one is a PITA.
Performance Meets Portability In This Extraordinary New Tablet/Laptop Hybrid from Microsoft
FINALLY, A DEVICE FOR ANY OCCASION
The Surface 3 truly offers you the best of both a tablet and a laptop.
While the 10.8-inch screen and thin, light frame make the Surface as easy to toss into your backpack or purse as a tablet, the ability to run full scale desktop software on Windows 8.1 will make you forget that you’re not using a laptop.
This device is extraordinarily cool/versatile, and we were so impressed, that we decided to give one away.
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