Huawei copies stuff

The Information has the story of an instance where a maker of optical heart rate monitor for the Apple Watch was contacted by Huawei to discuss a potential contract. However, the Huawei representative asked a series of questions about fine details of the product which the vendor did not answer — it’s suspected that Huawei wanted to improve its own heart rate monitor in its smartwatches… More here.

At this point it is hard to have much respect for Huawei. If you can’t innovate in an ethical way you don’t deserve our money.

Reassessing priorities…

Apple is currently undergoing an executive team shakeup, a new report from the Wall Street Journal claims. As a result of the reorganization and personnel changes, several projects have had the pause button hit.

This is reportedly so that managers can “reassess priorities.” While no specific projects are named, some workers are supposedly “rattled” by the changes… More here.

This may be something that has happened every year or it may be a response to disappointing figures that have come out recently.

In an ideal world, however, no company should have to follow the relentless clamour for strong growth every single quarter because that is impossible to achieve. But still it continues…

Coffee makes you live longer

A ratio of 1 indicated no observable impact of coffee drinking, while a ratio of 0.5 would mean that coffee drinking subjects were half as likely to die as the non-drinkers.

​Since the ratios researchers assigned to the drinkers of 1-8 cups of coffee daily ranged from 0.94 – 0.860., they showed that coffee drinkers of any amount had a 6% – 14% lower risk of death… More here.

Any research that shows coffee as being good for you is fine by me, and completely correct.

The Deux Watch

A well-crafted chronograph watch offers the perfect meld of engineering and style.

But sometimes, all those complex mechanics can feel somewhat overbearing.

Especially when all you want is to know how much time has passed in the day without having to worry about anything else.

Of course, not to get a chronograph would be to miss out on the cutting-edge precision such a device offers… More here.

Such a unique design and implementation. I’m not a fan of the form itself, but can see potential here. Check out the video at the link above to see the uniqueness.

Note Roller

Simple, sophisticated and carefully curated for everyday living.

A small list maker, always at the ready to help you jot things down as they pop up.

Perfect for shopping lists, phone messages, orders and any day to day note that you are likely to forget.

The serrated blade ensures a smooth tear and the bars keep the paper lying flat against the bracket… More here.

Love the simplicity of the design, and the feeling of going back a few decades.

It’s a Gas!

It’s a Gas! explores the surprisingly diverse world of the gas station—a functional high tech temple, a transit zone, a film set, a converted residence, or an abandoned ruin hidden in a backyard. The world of pumps is full of surprises, ready to be discovered in this book. The preface was written by US-American talk show legend and passionate car collector Jay Leno… More here.

Not sure the book will be amazing, but the image above really is.

The crazy world of watch pricing

It is not easy to justify the purchase of an expensive watch if you have any part of your brain that is reasonable. Passion is an expensive thing at times and is what drives the watch market.

I thought about this because I have been wearing a Seiko SRP775 over the past week and considering how it compares to the Tudor Black Bay GMT that I was wearing last week. The Seiko costs £269 where as the Tudor costs £2,2780 so what makes the latter worth 10 times more?

We can start by looking at the image below which came from theguidewatches.

The fact you can go out and buy a watch today and potentially make a profit of up to 95% tomorrow is crazy. It’s symptomatic of the way the watch industry convinces some of us that there is value in buying something that is difficult to attain, something that Rolex and Patek are pulling the strings on harder than most at this time.

It’s a man thing to be honest, that gene that causes us to want something more if we can’t have it. Phones, watches, women. You name it, we are like that.

And then I come back to the two watches that I am currently swapping between and the more I think about it, the more I lead towards the Seiko. The lume is brighter and lasts much longer. It looks great and is very versatile in terms of which straps it works with and it has a more interesting dial.

The Tudor is much more accurate in a big way, it kind of pops on the wrist and it is of course a Tudor. However, more than ever before I am starting to realise that the majority of the price of a watch is made up of the name on the dial and little else.

This will not change and nor should it, but it is still crazy to me…

Music

In the beginning (well, my beginning anyway) there were LPs and my parents old 33s. Then cameth cassette tapes and behold the radiant wonder of the CD. Upon this time was a golden age of mixtapes, whereupon one might assemble a cherrypicked selection of tunes (and come on – some may disagree but wouldn’t you say most albums are a few good songs and a bunch of filler?) for thine only pleasure or to pitcheth a bit of woo… (gettest thou to the High Fidelity if you are ill-informed of this most wond’rous art.) More at Kirk’s UI Dev Blog.

Kirk covers a lot of the frustrations of dealing with keeping music in 2019 and I get where he is coming from. It also coincides with a conversation I had with a friend from work, a friend who buys music on CD. Yes, seriously. He buys music on little discs, the like of which people used to buy in the olden days.

It dawned on me that time has moved on to the point that for some of us physical music makes no sense at all. The idea that you should buy music on a physical disc for it to feel real makes sense until you realise this is an illusion. Imagine for instance 400 CDs on shelves- how many of them would get played and even those that do would only come off the shelf very occasionally. They sit there for 99.9% of the time doing nothing apart from taking up space and using the Earths resources to be made in the first place.

Also, my experience with Apple Music is one of discovery to the point that the majority of music I play on a daily basis was unknown to me 2 years ago. Artists like Billie Eilish would have passed me by completely were it not for streaming and I am now more than happy to pay a monthly subscription, presumably for the rest of my life, to have access to all of the music I need. CDs be damned.

Note: the music in the video below is brilliant, the visuals, however, may not suit those of you with a nervous disposition.

Impossible to function without the big five tech giants?

The technophobic tendency to attribute this failure to lack of moral fibre should be resisted. It’s not easy to cut yourself off from a system that links you to friends, family and employer, all of whom expect you to be contactable and sometimes get upset when you’re not. There are powerful network effects in play here against which the individual addict is helpless. And while “just say no” may be a viable strategy in relation to some services (for example, Facebook), it is now a futile one in relation to the networked world generally. We’re long past the point of no return in our connected lives… More here.

I must admit I can’t image not using any of them.