Running in an Endurance Race

September 26, 2015 by alan | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Every year there is a triathlon, and I wanted to compete in it. Seeing the competitors swim, run, and bike is inspiring, because they are able to put their bodies through so much. There was just one thing keeping me from participating in the triathlon, and that was my smoking. I’ve smoked for nearly 10 years, and it has affected my ability to do any strenuous exercise. I tried to quit using gum and patches, but they didn’t work so well. I bought an electronic cigarette from, and it helped me move away from the regular cigarettes.

Since the electronic cigarettes don’t have any of the harmful items that regular cigarettes do, they don’t affect my ability to breathe. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Expect From the Apple Watch

August 18, 2015 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Apple Watch

AppleWatch16Apple’s “most personal device yet” is soon to be released. Online tech news sites are buzzing with assumptions and predictions on the Apple Watch since the release date is coming up fast. On April 24, the long wait of customers who have pre-ordered this revolutionary gadget will end. The first orders are supposed to arrive within the week, although stores will not be offering the item until June or July. This piece of technology will be available in selected countries, which are Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. The rest of the world would have to wait.

What can it do?

It has been confirmed that the Apple Watch runs on iOS 8.2, and that it works with the iPhone 5. We are also sure that the Apple Watch has multiple functions. According to Apple, the device is loaded with apps that provide access to social media and allow e-mail viewing. Apple Watch can also be used to make and receive phone calls. This wearable technology promises so much more than what other smart watch products offer. Most are designed to track a person’s vital signs and health and fitness measures. There is also no need to pull out an iPhone 5 to ask Siri a pressing question if you are wearing the Apple Watch. For Apple loyalists who have become used to asking Siri for help, Apple’s latest wearable gadget will surely make it more convenient to ask for directions and instructions.

Is it the virtual assistant you have been waiting for? We shall know for sure when the orders arrive. The idea of the Apple Watch is truly enticing although it is still not yet a legitimate product that people can purchase in stores. There are very few confirmed details about the much-anticipated new technology from Apple.

The cons

The Apple Watch is definitely an ambitious project. Because of the scale of the ambition, not every technology review of this soon to be available wearable gadget is leaning towards the positive. Some even say that it might prove to be just another high-end fashionable toy, rather than a groundbreaking 21st century device. For one, the watch will only work with an iPhone 5, and reports say that the communication between the pair is not as smooth and seamless as to be expected. People are also finding it rather inconvenient that the watch would not even last a day with its 18-hour battery life after spending many hours recharging it.

Other news

Sports band colors for the Apple Watch were revealed recently at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design, and the watch was put on display. It is not yet clear whether these Apple Watch sports bands will be available to the public. There is also a lot of talk about the possibility of the availability of a wider range of casing materials. For now, gadget geeks can experience the Apple Watch for themselves if they set an appointment for a demo at the Apple Store.

It’s Time for the Apple Watch

July 18, 2015 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Apple Watch

The clock is finally ticking for those waiting to get their hands on the new smart watch from Apple.

The iPhone-compatible wearable is said to be ready for an April release.

The Apple website said it will come in a variety of styles and colors. Included are 34 different watch choices and nine watch faces.

Users can customize them in a variety of ways.

The watches all have the same rectangular design. Corners will be rounded off. The differences in styles will be in the “collections” featuring different materials.

Apple is calling them “Watch”, “Watch Sport” and “Watch” edition. Those expecting a low-priced version will be disappointed. The Apple Watch starts at $349.

The Watch edition will be the priciest of the group. It features an 18-karat gold case. Apple’s engineers have made the casing twice as hard as standard gold. The watch will come in two colors including yellow gold and rose gold. Prices are believed to reach the $4,000 level.

Buyers can also personalize their watch with a variety of band styles and colors. You will have six band types and 18 colors to choose from.

The bands are interchangeable thanks to a locking mechanism that slides in and out. The idea is to wear your watch for sports with one band and/or dress it up with another band for business or an evening on the town.

Those with large or small wrists will have two face sizes to choose from. One is 38mm and the other is 42mm. The screen can be flipped for both the right and left hand.

The watch interface is different than anything Apple has on the market, and that could take some getting used to.

The digital crown acts as scroll wheel. You can zoom in and out. Early test versions indicate the on-screen touch will need to be very precise in the smaller working space.

According to Apple you can also program your watch for stock market returns, weather reports and calendar events.

Working with your iPhone, the watch does enable you to see your contacts or even use Apple Pay as needed. Of course it does all the usual smart watch tasks such as making and receiving calls from your wrist and scanning messages for working out.

The watch has an activity app that will show your workout progress at a glance. The goal is to get you to sit less, move more and get some exercise. A separate app for dedicated cardio sessions is also available.

Apple is already fielding a few complaints about the battery life. Unlike their competitors the Apple Watch will need to be charged daily, as opposed to every 48 hours.

Demand for the Apple Watch appears to be strong. CNET,, quotes a research report from CCS Insight detailing that worldwide wearable sales will spike in 2015, jumping 158 per cent year over year to 75 million units.

The research firm said the Apple Watch will become the “most successful smartwatch ever” and sell up to 20 million units this year.

Many companies such as LG, Pebble, Samsung and Motorola have developed and sold smart watches. But none have captured the interest and excitement of the wearables market.

Like its iPhone and iPad lines, the Cupertino company seems to have the pulse for what today’s tech buyer wants. And their timing is usually spot on.

Keeping A Track Of Your Health With The New Apple Watch

June 18, 2015 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Apple Watch

The all new Apple Watch has some unique new health and fitness features that help you stay motivated in achieving your fitness levels. An innovation in the world of wearable technology, this tech watch can monitor your heart rate, measure your steps and calories burnt and keep a track of your workouts. Whether you are aiming to lose weight and or gain cardio, the Activity, Workout and Health apps in an Apple Watch can help you do all of it.

Check your heart rate

The Apple Watch has a custom heart rate sensor to monitor your heart rate. As long as the user wears the Apple Watch, it will automatically measure and log your heart rate every ten minutes. All data related to your heart rate will be then sent to the Health app on your iPhone. It will occur more frequently during your workout sessions, helping you check your intensity level. However, the user can always make adjustments in the settings.

You can always see your heart rate on the Apple Watch in the Heart Rate Glance, where your heart beat is already present by default. In case the user removes it, he will be required to add it back for him to manually check his heart rate. Simply tap on Glances to add Heartbeat glance again.

View your Activity levels

The Activity app on your Apple Watch will keep a track of the time you spend sitting, moving and exercising. Each of the three activities is represented by three different colored rings – Stand Ring, Move Ring and Exercise Ring.

Here inside the Activity app you will be able to view how far you have reached towards your goal. The aim obviously is to meet the goals for which you will have to stand for at least a minute each hour for 12 hours, exercise for 30 minutes and achieve your daily calorie goal. The Activity app basically acts like a visual snapshot of your daily activity, allowing you to check your progress rate whenever you want.

Set a calorie goal activity

To stay fit with the Apple Watch, you will have to set personal goals for yourself. The built-in Activity app on this tech wear allows the user to set calorie burning goals on a daily basis. The user can meet goals by keeping a track of the Activity levels and act accordingly. You will have to begin from a starting goal. Upon successful completion, the rings of the Activity app will come closer to form a full circle.
Remember the goal is applicable only for active calories and not resting ones. Also the calorie goal can be adjusted anytime but the exercise and stand goals remain static.

Track your workout sessions

With your Apple Watch the user can log all types of workouts right there on his wrist.

Whether you are running on the treadmill or jogging in the park, or going out for a late evening walk with your pet, the Apple Watch on your wrist is going to calculate each and every move of yours. It will record the entire session and accumulate all details like heart rate, distance, time and others after which it will transfer the data to the Health and Activity apps on your iPhone.

Is The Apple Watch A Fashionista In Disguise?

May 18, 2015 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Apple Watch

Yesterday I attended a few shows at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. There were lots of paparazzi at Lincoln Center’s outdoor plaza trying to get photos of any fashionistas that would walk by. Many models were coming out of the main pavilion and posing on the plaza getting more publicity for the brand they wear. Every year Fashion Week sets up in all the major cities from Los Angeles to New York. Each day designers, press and celebrities ooh and aah at the latest and greatest fashions of which most are unreachable for the mainstream buyer and some never reach the market. Some designs are purely fantasy, like a concept car at the Geneva Auto Show.

When it comes to Apple tech we only get it once every 18 months to two years. When it arrives there is so much hype and anticipation. Whatever Apple introduces the majority wants immediately. There are already people lined up at the Apple flagship on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street in New York City. Today, along with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple launched the Apple Watch. Not only is it a marvelous piece of innovative technology that took years to design and build, but it’s fashionable or at least it wants to be.

The Apple Watch danced and strutted down the runway. It showed off its accouterments to the crowd. The Apple watch is available in different materials: gold, steel or aluminum and it comes in different colors. The watch bands also have a myriad of designs allowing for customization for personal taste. Unlike standard wristwatches it connects to the iPhone and has many functions and faces that can all be quickly changed into without a dressing room. What will the clothing designers think about all this? Will they embrace a new type of “tech luxury.” Next time you see someone in a designer dress or suit take a look at their wrist. Is it Apple Watch? Chances are if it is an Apple Watch they will show you and at that moment it will be evident that Apple has created a new category to be leaders, “fashionista tech.” It can reach the mainstream and be worn more than once to an event. Apple Watch you have arrived. As the designers from Fashion Week wait to see how many orders they receive, Apple has already threaded the needle and created demand. Only time will tell.

Apple Watch: A Game Changer or a Gimmick?

April 18, 2015 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Apple Watch

Apple has finally announced the new Apple Watch at the Apple Live Event back on September 9th this year and it’s due to be released in early 2015. There has been much speculation as to the design, functionality and even the name. It was previously referred to as the iWatch and even iOS Watch by some. This device is the company’s first developed technology that is fully wearable.

People today set many new trends when it comes to technology. The emergence of smartphones is also the product of continuing innovations throughout the years. Nowadays, all major smartphone manufacturers invest heavily into extensive research and development projects. The goal is to create the latest and greatest unique technologies. Apples latest attempt at this alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has taken the form of a wearable wristwatch.

The concept of a smart watch is nothing new. An early example of the smart watch was a product called the Pebble Watch which was released back in 2013. The Pebble Watch allowed users to receive notifications, view emails, check the weather and display a wide variety of custom information. Just like the Apple Watch, the Pebble Watch needed to be connected to your smartphone to benefit from most features. So now lets take a look at the Apple Watch in more detail and evaluate if it really will be a game changer or simply just another gimmick.


The Apple watch at first glance looks much like your typical wristwatch but with many innovative features. It has two different sizes, for people with both small and larger wrists. There are different variations of the Apple watch. The first is made of stainless steel, the second from luxurious 18-carat gold and third is made of aluminum. The watch straps are to be available come in a number of colors and materials. The Apple Watch will also be interchangeable using magnetic technology.

It is important to note that the Apple watch is NOT a stand-alone device. It is connected via Bluetooth and Wi-fi to an iPhone running iOS. It will not work independently and like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, must be connected to an Apple device. If you are an android user then it’s probably not a good idea to by an Apple Watch as you will need to switch to the iOS platform in order for the watch to function.

The screen is made from sapphire crystal glass that has a strong resistance to scrapes and scratches. Let’s face it, there is not point having a $349 watch if it damages easily. It also has a very sensitive touchscreen that can sense the slightest touch or tap. It’s tap function will let you easily select an item on the screen and it also has “force touch” that is the equivalent to right clicking on a mouse for faster access.

The Apple watch features a “Digital Crown” which enables you to turn or twist the crown for zooming functions and it can also be pressed. This is something that Apple is very proud of as the digital crown is a unique and innovative advancement. The digital crown functions alongside the touchscreen and has a click wheel control. It enables you to zoom in and out and scroll up and down completely eliminating to need for pinch and zoom. The digital crown also acts as the home but and will return you to the app menu when pressed.

The Apple Watch also has a built-in taptic engine which vibrates on your wrist to alert you when you receive a notification such as an incoming messages or email. It’s also integrated through Siri, an intelligent personal assistant and serves as your navigator.

There are a range of apps designed for the Apple Watch. A mini notification system called “Glances” provides for instant notifications. Glances provided a user interface of all relevant notifications from apps such as maps, passbook, photos, messages, weather and mail. It also has the Friends app which gives you a convenient way to connect with your friends by tapping on your friend’s image to send a message or even make a phone call. You can even send a reply directly through the Apple Watch without having to interact with your iPhone. The Apple Watch comes with integrated audio capabilities including a fully operational speaker and microphone.

The Apple Watch functions as a monitoring device for your health and fitness activities. It holds a number of health and fitness apps that give you a tailored experience in providing health related information such as calorie burn performance. It also includes a workout app that will display your exercise stats and progress. The Apple Watch has a number of small sensors to perform functions like tracking your heart beat and the number of steps you take. The new Apple Pay has been integrated into the Apple Watch too. You will be able to directly pay for purchases by swiping the watch though Apply Pay, Apples new money payment system.

A Game Changer or a Gimmick?

It is far too early to give a definitive answer as to whether the Apple Watch will be a game changer and set the standard to become a must have gadget. It’s important to note that this is NOT the first smart watch to be developed but it does have a number of highly competitive features when compared to other smart watch models currently available on the market today. The simple fact it is an Apple product will also help Apple gain more attention than some of it’s lesser known rivals with fewer features. Another factor to consider that sets the Apple watch apart from the competition is the elegant and premium design that Apple has chosen to develop. The device may very well turn out to be just a gimmick but it certainly is a nice one. Other companies like Samsung who have created a smart watch before have so far failed to generate a successful impact on customers. Will Apple be different I wonder?

There does seem to be a fairly substantial amount of initial interest in the Apple Watch both in the media and online. So maybe this kind of wearable technology is what customers want since it’s an entirely new experience and very different from interacting via a smartphones or tablets. Will the Apple Watch complement the smartphone and also become a respectable product or will it lose interest and become irrelevant?

Game changer or a gimmick, the Apple Watch is still a great early breakthrough in the wearable technology industry. There will almost certainly be a number of future updates / improvements by Apple through the coming months to streamline and enrich this product based on feedback. The Apple Watch still has a great opportunity to set the standard for wearable devices. Even as a gimmick it showcases the best technology design and is an excellent idea in principle.

So will the Apple Watch succeed where others have failed and convince the consumer that this is a MUST HAVE product? Only time will tell.