Earlier this year, Amazfit, a brand from Xiaomi’s wearable tech supplier Huami, launched its Bip smartwatch to beat out the competition on price and battery life. For $100, the Bip brings a large color display, a battery that can keep going for up to 45 days on a single charge, fitness tracking capabilities, and the ability to display notifications from your phone. But how does it compare to similarly priced devices, and other smartwatches? I strapped it on for a few weeks to see if it’s all that. Design With its rectangular plastic case, the Bip looks more like a digital watch from the 90s than the slim fitness bands flooding the market these days. That sets it apart from the crowd, while also making it easier to read the time and keep an eye on your activity stats and notifications. There’s a bit of a bezel surrounding the screen, and then there’s the plastic case around that. My Bip came with a black rubber strap, with quick-release pins that allow for … [Read more...] about Amazfit’s Bip is a solid $99 fitness tracker — but a mediocre smartwatch
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Article Contents1 Specs2 The Good3 The Not So Good4 Design and build materials5 Display6 Audio and connectivity7 Cameras8 Performance and battery life9 Software10 Conclusion and value Some six months after launching its late-2017 flagship, the very capable Mate 10 Pro, Huawei took to the stage in Paris at the end of March to show off the new P20 series. The spotlight was, of course, on the P20 Pro with its unusual third camera, but the little sibling was not to be left out. Though it lacks the tertiary sensor that's present in its larger brother, the "regular" P20 sports most of the same features. There are a few differences between it and the Pro, like cameras, IP67 water-resistance, and an OLED panel. But at €649, it's hitting a different market than even the cheaper Mate 10 from a few months ago; and for that price, it's a very good phone. But at the end of the day, I can't quite shake the feeling that the P20 is just boring; nothing about it is spectacular or innovative. … [Read more...] about Huawei P20 review: A cost-cutting exercise that mostly works
Technology has completely taken over our lives and, for the most part, we’ve let it. It’s hard to argue that the world today is worse off than it was. For years I lived an ocean away from my family and many of my friends, yet they rarely felt out of reach. Asking my dad for cooking advice from five-thousand miles away was even easier than asking my neighbor to borrow salt. Around the world more pressing problems, like totalitarian regimes, have been challenged and sometimes toppled by protestors who organized revolutions over social media. And I know at least two people who’ve said they “can’t live without Alexa.” How many phone numbers do you know? What would happen if all suddenly GPS went offline? Losing your smartphone is now akin to losing a part of your brain. But just as technology makes things easier it has the potential to handicap our connection with the world around us. How many telephone numbers do you know? What would happen if suddenly … [Read more...] about Technology makes our lives easier, but is it at the cost of our humanity?
Receiving a wedding invitation should be exciting, not dreadful. But if it’s not the first one this season, or if you’re keeping a wary eye on your budget, getting that embossed white card in the mail could bring mixed emotions — and the search for a tactful way to decline. One-third of Americans have skipped or considered skipping a wedding because they couldn’t afford to attend, according to a recent survey from NerdWallet, conducted online by The Harris Poll. Their reluctance to attend is understandable, considering that the average reported budget for a close friend’s wedding gift was $128, according to the survey. “Many wedding guests look at a friend’s bridal registry and start doing the math,” says Courtney Jespersen, NerdWallet consumer saving expert. “But thankfully, the $100 coffee maker and $200 vacuum aren’t your only gift options.” Here are several budget-friendly wedding gifts that cost far … [Read more...] about Wedding gifts that mean (but don’t cost) a lot
Nintendo Labo hit the world today with an unusual quiet. Warm impressions of the winsome cardboard construction kits and their attendant video games flitted around the internet and the video game obsessed corners of Twitter, but there was hardly the fervor that usually follows when Nintendo foists some bizarre, beguiling entertainment on the world. Neither as noisy as when Amiibo frothed up obsessed collectors in 2014 nor as totally unnoticed as when Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and its dope-as-hell konga controllers hit ten years earlier. Labo just slipped out. To me, Nintendo Labo’s release day is momentous. These kits may lead to a sales boom the likes of which Nintendo hasn’t seen in 10 years. To be more specific: Labo could be the second coming of Wii Fit. Here in the step-counting land of Fitbits and Apple Watches, it’s hard to remember just how revolutionary Wii Fit was when it came out in May 2008. That cumbersome scale and the game that came with it was a big deal … [Read more...] about Nintendo Labo could be the second coming of Wii Fit
April 20, 2018 - Written By Daniel Golightly For those who may have some difficulty finding the motivation to work out, there’s a new game in the Google Play Store called Fitness RPG – Gamify Your Pedometer designed to join step counting with RPG gameplay. Developed by Shikudo, the title centers around saving a world called Fitland from a “Dark Force” that’s been occupying it for the past 12 years. The player takes on the role of a protagonist leading a diverse team of heroes in RPG combat across a map of Fitland. It’s free-to-play, of course, with some items being purchasable in-app – as is often the case with modern mobile games. The AIP range in cost from one dollar up to a hundred but shouldn’t be required to complete the game.Like other games falling into the RPG category, the primary focus of this title is on leveling up characters in order to earn new skills and better stats. That progression will help the player beat … [Read more...] about Fitness RPG Gamifies The Workout Chore On Another Level
ROBOT sex dolls are becoming big business and manufacturers are now claiming their products are so realistic people are MARRYING them. It comes as the UK's first sex doll brothel opened in Greenwich, South London last month and it already has a few regulars. What are sex robots? Robots already build our cars, clean our houses and make our food – now manufacturers are on the verge of offering life-like, moving dolls for “private fun”. Sex robots are essentially realistic dolls that have sophisticated movements that closely mimic humans so that they can romp. Prof Noel Sharkey, chairman of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, said guilt-free threesomes was just one of the potential uses for sex robots. Others include “teledildonics” - wireless technology which allows a person to stimulate their partner remotely. Sex bots are expected to be hyper-realistic with features such as built-in heaters to create the feeling of body warmth. … [Read more...] about What is a robot sex doll, what is the sex robot brothel in Paris and how much do they cost?
The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit's most prominent product in its spring lineup, but it'll also be joined by the company's first fitness tracker made specifically for kids — the Fitbit Ace. The Fitbit Ace adopts the same general design found with the Fitbit Alta, meaning it's got a small digital screen on the front that's surrounded by a comfortable silicone band. The body is smaller compared to the Alta and is intended to grow with kids as they get bigger, and its waterproof design means you won't have to worry about the Ace being worn in the shower. You'll find 5+ days of battery life on the Ace, and it accurately tracks steps, active minutes, and sleep. Kids will get reminders to get at least 250 steps each hour, and per the recommendation of the World Health Organization for kids between 7 and 17, the Ace will encourage users to get 60 active minutes each day. Kids will get rewards and collectible badges for completing specific challenges, there are 10 different clock faces … [Read more...] about The Fitbit Ace is Fitbit’s first fitness tracker for kids and costs $99
As far as future fashion goes, glasses that double as computers always seemed like a no-brainer. They are as inevitable as flying cars and total rule by corporations. And yet even as wearable technology becomes more of a thing, folks just don’t see that interested in strapping computers to their face. Google Glass, Snapchat Specs, and HoloLens are all non-starters. VR surrendered to fascists. Augmented reality has promise but we’re still waiting on ambitious start-ups like Magic Leap to pull through. If you’re looking forward to some hot eye tech to be stoked about though, consider checking out the Toshiba DynaEdge. It’s basically a Windows 10-powered monitor condensed into a monocle. The Toshiba DynaEdge consists of two parts. The eyepiece is a 640 x 360 display that rests over a single eye, providing AR functionality as well as the ability to still see the real world. It’s connected to a second piece, a computer the size of a smartphone but … [Read more...] about Toshiba DynaEdge Smart Glasses Fit a Monitor in a Monocle
To be “enterprising” is to be eager to undertake or to attempt. To show initiative and be resourceful. These are leadership traits, so to be enterprising is to lead. ‘Analytics’ is how we use data to inform decision making, in the context of achieving business objectives. These are management practices, so analytics is about management. “Enterprising analytics” is about being creative, resourceful and adventurous with decision-making to achieve business objectives. It is about the set of leadership and management practices that need to be in place for an organization to make the most of its analytics investment. Throwing facts together There are no facts about the future. There are only facts about the past. The only thing we know about the future is conjecture. Conjecture means “an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.” The Latin root of conjecture meant to “throw facts together.” When the word … [Read more...] about Data governance moves past throwing facts together