The Disappearing Computer

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We’ve all had a hell of a ride for the last few decades, no matter when you got on the roller coaster. It’s been exciting, enriching, and transformative. But it’s also been about objects and processes. Soon, after a brief slowdown, the roller coaster will be accelerating faster than ever, only this time it’ll be about actual experiences, with much less emphasis on the way those experiences get made.

As a gadget-lover, this makes me a little sad. But, as a tech believer, it’s tremendously exciting. I won’t be reviewing all the new stuff anymore, but you can bet I’ll be closely watching this next turn of the wheel… More at The Verge.

Thanks Walt.

Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned

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A Stanford inquiry into the accuracy of seven wristband activity monitors showed that six out of seven devices measured heart rate within 5 percent. None, however, measured energy expenditure well…

…“People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices,” said Euan Ashley, DPhil, FRCP, professor of cardiovascular medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science at Stanford. But consumer devices aren’t held to the same standards as medical-grade devices, and it’s hard for doctors to know what to make of heart-rate data and other data from a patient’s wearable device, he said… More at Stanford Medicine.

Seems that we have a long way to go in terms of how these devices can measure individuals.

I know a few people who wear an Apple Watch and the calories burned is markedly different between each person. It should of course be this way, but at times the differences are so different that they make little sense. At least the Apple Watch is the best for heart rate sensing I guess.

The best sat navs you can buy

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Sat navs are sometimes dismissed as old technology, but they do offer substantial advantages over just using your smartphone for directions.

Sat navs keep your hands free while driving and removed from any temptation to fiddle with your smartphone even when it is mounted, and prevents apps from interrupting or distracting from route guidance.

And the best sat navs will also have added speed camera data and live traffic updates to keep you up to speed on your journey.

Almost 50 per cent of people use a sat nav of some kind and new regulation is set to encourage people to learn how to safely use a sat nav as part of their driving test… More at The Telegraph.

A technology I once found to be one of the most useful and it still is, but why would you not use your phone instead?

Brik Book MacBook Pro case

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Founded on Kickstarter in 2015, this brilliant Brik Book laptop case is designed to test the limits of your imagination. Compatible with LEGO™, Mega Bloks and KRE-O, you can create your own 3D, fully customized designs, and then make a new one the next day. Fun for kids and adults alike, never be “stuck” with plain old stickers again. (Briks NOT Included). Purchase at Amazon.

I am stuck between thinking it is silly and kind of liking it.

The iPhone SE is the most satisfying phone

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Apple’s four-inch smartphone received a customer satisfaction score of 87 out of 100 to finish just ahead of Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 edge+ and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

20 other smartphones, mostly including other iPhone and Galaxy models, received customer satisfaction scores of between 70 and 85, according to the ACSI results published today… More at MacRumors.

I’m not surprised by this at all because it is a wonderful product in my view. More than the 6 and 7 iPhones, it feels emotional and is something you simply want to hold.