Affordable Alternatives

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Instead of buying a knock-off of an original luxury watch, consider picking up an “homage” to it. An homage watch is one made by another company that takes design inspiration from a classic wristwatch. They’re not exact replicas of the originals (so you avoid the issue of wearing a counterfeit watch), but they look pretty dang similar and evoke the same classic style cues. And they’re affordable. Instead of a few thousand dollars, an homage watch will only set you back $100. Not dirt cheap, but certainly more affordable. While these homage watches don’t have the same amount of craftsmanship or attention to detail as the originals, they’re accessible alternatives for the man who only wishes for his watch to look good and accurately tell the time… More here.

Fake watches are sad. Homages actually make huge financial sense for 99% of people.

What Women Look Like Without Makeup

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Please look closely at the photo on the left. That, reader, is me, the writer, wearing a full face of makeup. Clearly, my gelled brows and tinted lips were intended to con some schmuck of the opposite sex into thinking I am extremely good-looking and then make him buy me six iPhone X’s. Fortunately for said schmuck, there’s a new app that takes photos of people wearing makeup and then filters them to show what they (theoretically) look like without it. Called MakeApp, the app lets you un-makeup five photos for free before asking you to pay $0.99 to continue editing images and videos. Now look at the photo on the right. That’s me after MakeApp edited my face to let everybody know how grotesque I look when you digitally peel off the highlighter and mascara. Horrifying, I know… More at NYMAG.

Not so sure it’s horrifying, but it certainly isn’t the best idea.

How Do You Measure Delight?

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However, it’s not just a phone. It’s your de facto microcomputer/assistant. It is with you throughout your waking hours-more than your co-workers, more than your wife, more than your friends, more than your kids-you get the drift. To be able to send e-mails, video chat, text, Google the shit out of everything, get directions, set reminders, stream music, podcasts, and video — and to do all this from a small rectangular device… More at Medium.

A decent angle to view the new iPhone from.

Control Center is in the Wrong Place on the iPhone X

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The problem is that Control Center is too far away. I use my iPhone in my right hand, and even as someone who carried a Plus-sized phone for three years, I struggle to activate Control Center. Because Spotlight can be triggered with the same gesture — a downward swipe — from about anywhere on the screen, I often am greeted with a search field when all I wanted was to turn down my screen brightness or enter Airplane mode… More at 512 Pixels.

It is the one thing that annoys me in what is close to a flawless phone.

Digging Deep into Alzheimer’s

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You have a nearly 50 percent chance of developing the disease if you live into your mid-80s. In the United States, it is the only cause of death in the top 10 without any meaningful treatments that becomes more prevalent each year. That trend will likely continue as baby boomers age, which means that more families will watch their loved ones suffer from cognitive decline and slowly disappear. Despite this growing burden, scientists have yet to figure out what exactly causes Alzheimer’s or how to stop the disease from destroying the brain… More here.

Good man.