Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 review


There’s an identical 1.32-inch dual layer LCD colour touchscreen display with a 320 x 300 resolution that does have that rather unsightly black bar at the bottom that we’ve seen ruin other Android Wear smartwatches.

It’s certainly not the sharpest or the most vibrant display we’ve seen on a smartwatch either, but the monochrome mode does help to improve battery life. As far as screen visibility goes, it’s not great and struggles in bright sunlight even with the brightness levels turned up to the max. That’s a real bugbear for an outdoor watch, and when out trail running it was almost impossible to discern any information on the screen without stopping to shade it. Poor show… More at Wareable.

Surprised that this doesn’t do so well in the review.


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Ticwatch 2 helps you beat your previous times and track your acheivements, all without a phone. Track various activities, set your workout goals, and start. Fitness watchface displays your current health information like heart rate, steps, calories burnt, and many more. Ticwatch 2 saves the activity to your phone and syncs it to Google Fit, Strava, and Runkeeper! More here.

I like the subtlety of the design.

Elobeth Apple Watch Band Stainless Steel Watch Strap Link Bracelet Review

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The full name of the product I am reviewing is the Elobeth Apple Watch Band Stainless Steel Watch Strap Link Bracelet with Butterfly Closure Replacement Band for Apple Watch All 42mm Models (Silver Link Band) which is a bit of a mouthful. The price is £22.58 from Amazon.

If you would like the real thing you can purchase the Silver Link Bracelet from Apple for £449.

Looking at the photo above, you may feel that the strap is mis-aligned, but the reality is that it is not. In real life it looks exceptionally smart and is an absolute joy to look at on the wrist. For me, as someone who likes real watches, this strap makes the Apple Watch feel more substantial, more consistent and more like a watch. The stiffness of the links and the heft alone add a lot and it feels like the best strap I have bought to date.

The process to remove the links feels impossible at first, but once you get the knack it is actually quite simple. Simply push the included tool into one of the holes and pull on the strap. It will come loose and all you need to then do is repeat the process until the size is right.

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The real Apple Watch strap works very differently and is much easier to re-size. It is also very very well made and is a brilliant strap, one of the best I have seen on any watch, but £449 it is not. Not in my world anyway.

There is not much else to say about this strap. It is very keenly priced, it re-sizes well and is sturdy enough to keep your Apple Watch on your wrist. I have some reservations about the buckle and how long it will last, but for this price it is a worthy addition to any Apple Watch, and for less than 5% of the price of the original.

I am slave to Apple Watch no more

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I feel free! Gone are the nagging alerts — and I had them barreled down to a minimum of approved services: Some for breaking news; emails from a half-dozen people; and text messages. Among this still seeming torrent, the Activity app annoyed with congratulatory badges and prompts that one of the four main exercise goals (Calories, Exercise Time, Stands, and Steps) — Apple’s athletic lifestyle version of the four food groups — would soon be achieved. The badges are about as infantile as gold stars that teachers give kindergarteners and with similar purpose: To make the recipient feel good, whether or not deserved. The achievement badge for Earth Day flipped my goat. Seriously? I ordered the Iconik 3 that evening… More at betanews.

An interesting perspective, but one that is easy to have in the early stages. I suspect if I dropped the Apple Watch today I would be perfectly happy as well, but the same could be said for many products I use.

A new bendy Apple Watch?


Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that delivers quite the punch. The inventions in the filing cover a new Apple Watch Design and a possible HDTV. Back in 2012 Patently Apple reported on the Corning’s new highly flexible and strong ‘Willow Glassas noted in our cover graphic’ Apple notes in today’s patent filing that “one exemplary flexible glass substrate is manufactured under the trade name WILLOW glass by Corning Incorporated located in Corning, N.Y.” Kind of timely considering we just posted a report titled “Apple Awards Corning First Investment from their Advanced Manufacturing Fund as Promised.” The mention of an HDTV is kind of timely as well considering that Foxconn is likely to announce a large panel display plant in the U.S. later this year, an idea that was first presented to President-Elect Trump back in early January… More at Patently Apple.

We all know that patents mean little until they become real, but this concept has a lot going for it.

Apple Watch 97% Accurate In Diagnosing Irregular Heartbeat


Around 200 of the subjects had been previously diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation – abnormal heartbeat. The DNN then separated this data from the rest.

The DNN was then pitted against in-hospital cardioversions –a process that restores normal heartbeat to patients with arrhythmia. On analyzing data from heart patients about to undergo treatment and according to the study, it was found a 97 percent accuracy in the device’s reports of abnormal heartbeat. Each subject wore the device for 20 minutes before and after cardioversion… More at IBT.

That’s the future right there.