The Apple TV 4K is bad, really bad

I purchased an Apple TV 4K last week as I needed one for a freelance article and was expecting an experience that was better than the previous Apple TV or my smart TV, because after all I spent £179 on it.

The design is nice and of course so is the unboxing experience, but there are some problems-

Apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime take a LONG time to start streaming any film or TV episode, and the apps themselves take a long time to start up.

Siri through the remote is poor and rather inaccurate, just like it is on the iPhone or anywhere else.

The remote is fiddly to use and not friendly in the hand in any way.

My Samsung smart TV does everything much, much quicker and remarkably has a more natural interface.

Overall performance of the Apple TV is slow and it all feels dated in almost every area.

For £179 it is poor value indeed and most definitely not recommended. One day Apple will get the TV stuff right, one day…

The Bulova Computron

It was a real surprise to see Bulova bring back the Computron in a form that is not dissimilar to the original from the 1970’s. If you want a timepiece that is unique, this would be a good way to go.

The only problem I see is that it has only been publicised in gold or black, neither of which make it ideal for tastes in 2019. I fixed it, below, with a simple bit of tweaking on my iPhone and Bulova advised me to “Stay tuned!” so just maybe it will be available in steel as well.

Inside the big, twisted industry of neighborhood data collection

It was late spring in Buffalo, New York, in 2015 — a season that was unusually hot that year, and heated. The wood-paneled meeting room at Gethsemane Grape Street Baptist Church hummed with anxious homeowners from Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood, where a burgeoning, billion-dollar medical complex threatened to displace them.

Poor folks had called the Fruit Belt home for more than 150 years — first German immigrants, then African-Americans. Lott’s parents bought their pale turquoise two-story house in 1955, moving north from Bluefield, West Virginia, to help build up a community that would become the heart of Buffalo’s black working class… More here.

Well worth a read.

New stuff: AirPods, Kindle and Watches

Apple today announced new AirPods, the second generation of the world’s most popular wireless headphones. AirPods revolutionized the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love. The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.” AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new Wireless Charging Case for convenient charging at home and on the go… More here.

Would have liked to see noise isolation above anything else, but some decent improvements have been included here.

Adjustable front light lets you read comfortably for hours, indoors and outdoors, day and night.
Purpose built for reading, with a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like printed paper, even in direct sunlight.
Distraction-free reading. Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words and adjust text size, without ever leaving the page.
Select from millions of books, newspapers and audiobooks. Holds thousands of titles so you can take your library with you.
Prime members read for free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles.
A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
Enjoy more books with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones, or speakers, to switch seamlessly between reading and listening… More here.

Totally standard features in the new Kindle, but at £69.99 I can see trouble for the higher priced models. This does 99% of what 99% of Kindle owners want and it is so much cheaper.

Baselword 2019 is now in full swing and last year we were treated to some superb new watches. It is, however, almost as if this year the tide has completely turned. Some of the new watches on offer, such as the Tudor P01 above, are startlingly bad.

And then came the Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Steel & Gold, below, which is trying to be far too pretty for its own good.

Don’t worry though. There’s always Rolex to take things even further in terms of poor taste as is demonstrated by the Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126719 BLRO With Meteorite Dial In White Gold below.

Thankfully, the Zenith El Primero A386 Revival, below, offers a sense that one brand is happy to simply improve rather than turn down crazy alley.

For more news from Baselworld 2019 check out the excellent Hodinkee.

What Google knows about you

In addition to everything Google collects via its services, Google search aims to be a repository for all the world’s information. That means there’s a mountain of information accessible on Google because someone, somewhere in the world has put it online… More here.

You may know a lot of this, but it is a lot of things.

The Garmin MARQ collection

MARQ integrates revolutionary technology with superior design materials such as titanium, sapphire, ceramic, diamond-like carbon coating, jacquard-weave nylon and Italian vacchetta leather. Each watch is exquisite in its execution — and as inspiring as its owner… More here.

These are expensive, but the ambition is impressive.

This review from A Blog To Watch will tell you most of what you need to know.

Like other serious technology companies such as Apple and Samsung, Garmin has not only been aggressively trying to capture a piece of the growing smartwatch market pie but is also playing catch-up to the traditional luxury watch industry. Last year, I discussed Garmin’s first serious entrance into the luxury watch space with my aBlogtoWatch review of the Garmin Fenix Chronos Smartwatch. The Fenix Chronos was built on the popular Fenix family with a more “premium” feel and packaging. Now in 2019, Garmin makes a massive leap forward with the Garmin Marq. Functionally, it builds on the Fenix family but improves upon it in most every way, including hardware, software, aesthetic design, and case/strap materials.

Famous logos redesigned

Germany’s Bauhaus art school, founded 100 years ago, introduced a bold, minimal and radical new approach to design which remains hugely influential. To mark its centenary, an international community of designers have reimagined a host of modern brand logos in this now iconic style… More here.

I look at the logos in the above article and can see that the world would look a little more friendly if they were real.