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acslater017

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Former computer teacher near San Francisco, CA.

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acslater017

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    …I award him no points and may God have mercy on his soul.

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    Three trolls in one. AND you managed to toss in the phrase "to BE bias" itself.

    Impressive. Most impressive.

    13 recommends
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    Weirdly I am looking forward to this new device to help me keep my hands, eyes and mind on the real world. Let’s see if it helps focus me or is just another thing to fiddle with.

    1 recommend
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    LOL at the comment about "Gravity" making the troll feel small and insignificant. First, it’s surprisingly vulnerable and positive. Second, maybe that’s why he had to puff himself up on Twitter?!

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    I’m scared of the headlines come April: "Home Run or Huge Disaster?"

    Those aren’t the only two options, and probably not the likely outcomes. Nothing could realistically be the next iPhone, which is an insanely successful, lucrative ($50 billion/year) product – the kind of thing that comes along every 20 years. People in 10 years are likely still going to have some pocketable thing that resembles an iPhone, much like today’s laptops can still trace their lineage to the early 90’s PowerBooks et al.

    And what is a flop? The original iPhone and iPad only sold 5 million in their first year. iPod was about 1 million I think. I’d bet $100 that the Apple Watch sells more than that. It has none of the red flags of a Ping or iPod Hi-Fi.

    1 reply 1 recommend
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    Can’t tell if moonshine trolling but…IMO the Apple Watch looks chunky only in abstract but perfectly nice in the real world.

    4 hours of active screen time should be plenty on a smartwatch. It’s a quick glance here, a tap there, a few dial turns here, and not the minutes/hours-long interactions like on a phone.

    PROS (not necessarily exclusive features): Best looking bands/styling, sizes, customization/complications, discreet taps for silent alarms/directions/notifications, Apple Pay/Passbook, iPhone viewfinder, iTunes/Apple TV remote control, Continuity, Force Touch and Crown for precise control, Apple Store for servicing/trying out…If past is prelude, the best 3rd party app selection, although that is yet to be proven. HomeKit and Health could be huge.

    1 recommend
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    Wiig: Funny. McKinnon: Weird, one-note, unfunny. McCarthy: same boorish character in everything. Gonna sound racist, but Jones basically just does a female Chris Rock.

    Obviously no one has seen the film yet, but so far the cast is neither funny nor charming on their own merit, nor consistent with the tone of the original movie.

    1 reply 1 recommend
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    Maybe not but they do drive a lot of sales, especially when you are exposing new products to new customers. Both the iPad and, I believe, the Apple Watch are experiential products that won’t click until people see it in person.

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    Was any Apple product EVER really an "instant success?" The money-printing iPhone only sold ~5 million in its first year. Now they apparently sell 5 million per week.

    I believe the iPad was about the same. iPod was about 1 million, haha. My point is, the first year is always slow, even for things that eventually become smash hits.

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    BS? They’ve progressed extremely fast. In a little over 2 years they’ve gone from Kickstarter, to releasing DK1, releasing DK2, $2 billion purchase, starting their own VR conference, DK3, and starting their own movie studio. Significant technological leaps have come with each version.

    Breakthrough products (and potentially a whole new industry) take years, not months.

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    I think they said it was 3.5-10 minutes long, depending on the user.

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    To quote The Wire, There’s some shameful $#!T going on!

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    I wonder if this will have an ironic, satirical spin or just straight-up Jetsons?

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    Virtual pets might legitimately be a thing in the near future. No walking, no poop, no vet. Plus, why limit yourself to a dog when you could get a panda or a dragon?

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    As I more fully step into adulthood (married last year, turning 30 in a few months), only now am I appreciating the need to preserve memories. My entire social circle is 30-60-90. Weddings, babies, retirements, deaths. Having stumbled across my grandparents old photo albums, I am more convinced than ever that high-quality physical prints are the best archival method.

    In 50 years, who will know my cloud account or have the equipment necessary to operate a hard drive and USB port? But everyone can thumb through prints and read the handwritten note on the back. While a fancy lens and sensor might not be 100% necessary, I definitely appreciate the depth, detail and light that a dedicated camera provides. My Lumix GX-1 and pancake lens are small enough to toss in the bag for special events and I will definitely be using that when the kids come along in my life.

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    I also don’t deny that sexism exists, but this study does not seem to be a scientific way of proving it. Isn’t its basis in article comments subject to selection bias? It’s arguable that those who disagree with an article are much more likely to comment. How often do you see "Yes this is correct, I have nothing to add"?

    Even the 26 and 6 percent figures for physical harassment/assault seem subject to the same issue. If you have been a victim, perhaps you’d be more likely to respond to the survey in the first place.

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    You’re twisting the original post ter’s comment to justify your listing of every feature that has shown up first on other brands or Apple features that you dislike. But your list does not address their main thrust, which is that Apple has proven over and over that it gets things right more than anyone else, even when they are not "first". You should not be comparing X feature from a company that Apple’s product does not have. In the context of early versions of an industry, you should be comparing iPad to Playbook, iPhone to Blackberry, iPod to Zune/Jukebox, Apple Watch to 360 or Gear. PS a round display is good for minute and hour hands, poor for text and images.

    Sony has had 5 smart watches so far. I’ve lost track of Samsung but it’s even more than that. And none of them have been compelling, fashionable, or acceptable to a mainstream audience. A whole lot of good their multiple generations of half-baked products have done.

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    For remote access, the Apple TV is the only Apple device (i.e. thing that runs HomeKit and can receive Apple updates) that is always-on, stationary at home, and internet-connected. It makes perfect sense that it would act as the home-based relay for remote access, unless they want everyone running Mac Mini servers.

    2 replies 9 recommends
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    The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that doesn’t scream "Nerd alert!", including the 360.

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    People say the Apple Watch will fail because it has no reason for being, but IMO it is far more unique and novel than the iPad was in 2010, and that was an enormous success.

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    I think the clever part is that it uses two familiar input methods. The glass accepts touch, like every iOS product. That falls short for fine control, so the crown is familiar to anyone who has used a watch and resembles an iPod scrollwheel (i.e. rotate, push).

    I don’t think it’s any worse than an iPhone having a home button AND double-click home button AND multitouch AND TouchID AND volume buttons (which double as a camera shutter release) AND a sleep/wake button. Especially in 2014, people intuitively get scrolling and touch. It actually looks way simpler to use than my current Timex Ironman.

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    Continuity is what will allow the Apple Watch to integrate with the phone, tablet, and computer better than any other product. This is important because the wrist is not the right place to do long, intensive tasks.

    It’s obviously a subjective thing, but I think the 360 design is overrated when you see it in person. It’s enormous and conspicuous, despite its conventional round shape. Not to mention, watches are only circular because their hands swing in circles – it is an absolutely an unideal form for any multi-line text.

    IMO the beauty of the Apple Watch design is 1) its endless customizability and 2) it doesn’t stand out as techy like the 360. From what I can tell, from across the room, it just looks like a classy high-end watch. Its design gets praise for many more reasons than it being one size fits all.

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