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Deals on Non-Apple Smartwatches

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The Apple Watch isn't the only game in town, and Apple has left quite an opening in the sub-$300 range. Competition is good, and several smart watch makers offer a lot more than just a lower price. Martian Watches offer a traditional analog clock face paired with a small strip of a digital display for Caller ID and text notifications. This saves battery life, and the analog clock uses its own battery which lasts as long as a year. Their higher-end models also add a Bluetooth Speakerphone with Siri voice control. Pebble offers waterproof watches, with e-paper display for a battery life of about a week.



Apple ][ Watch Discovered!

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Behold the Apple ][ Watch. No, this isn't the Apple Watch 2.0 but a "smart" watch based on the original Apple ][ which holds a fond place in my heart, as my first computer. The handiwork that went in to this design is incredible and deserves praise from Jony Ive. It may be "putty" in color and not "Aluminium" but it's a thing of beauty, to me at least; you never forget your first computer!



With HBO NOW, Watch Game of Thrones on Your iPhone, or iPad or Apple TV

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During Apple's March 9th Apple Watch event, some stage time was offered to HBO as they introduced HBO NOW. The service allows streaming of all of HBO's content. The service is similar to HBO GO, but does not require an HBO Cable TV subscription.



Want an Apple Watch for Half Price? Apply for a Job!

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When the original Mac was introduced on January 24th, 1984, Apple offered a discounted deal just for students at certain colleges. Steve Jobs was asked how the general public could get such a deal. His one word response... "Enroll." I did, at Carnegie Mellon, one of those colleges, and bought my Mac the day I got to campus. I also applied to work at the school's computer store, and worked there for four years, becoming Apple's Student Representative on Campus!



Is the Apple Watch Kosher?

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It's Passover, so I thought I'd ponder the question "is the Apple Watch Kosher?" Believe it or not, "Kosher" is about more than food. Elevators, lights, and other devices can be consider Kosher or not depending on several factors. The concern is that we are supposed to take the Sabbath as a day of rest... no work. And our actions cannot cause a machine to work on our behalf. That's why "Kosher" elevators stop on every floor during the Sabbath, so you can get on or off, but the machine was operating either way. You didn't touch a button, turning a light on or summoning the elevator. Some folks might keep their lights on (or off) all Sabbath.



Leef iBRIDGE Mobile Memory Adds Storage But at a Price

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Leef gave me their iBRIDGE Mobile Memory (starts at $59.99) to try. I wanted to like it, but I have mixed feelings. It does the job, which is to provide extra storage for your iOS device, and allow for easy transfer between those iOS devices and a computer. But there are some deficiencies.



No 4K Apple TV, But How About an 8K iMac?

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The Apple TV is overdue for an upgrade and many new features are expected. One enhancement we may not get to enjoy is 4K resolution. While 4K content is coming online, at an extra cost from Netflix and others, Apple apparently doesn't think it's worth including in the upcoming Apple TV. Perhaps it could be a software upgrade, or Apple wants to leave room for a follow-on model.



Skylink Offers Home Security for the Do It Yourselfer

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Skylink allowed me to try its SK-200 Alarm System Starter Kit ($149.99). This is a compact, easily giftable solution for anyone looking for home security without the contract and monthly payments. Because it is mostly wireless and compact, it could be a great solution for apartment or dorm dwellers looking to add a little security without permanently installing a wired system.



Use Your Old Fashioned Watch for One More Thing

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If you still use an old-fashioned watch to set alarms, but plan to upgrade to an Apple Watch, you have one last alarm to set. At 12:01a.m. Pacific the morning of April 10, the Apple Watch will be available for preorders. I anticipated this, and had already set my iCal alarm for 3 a.m. EST, when the 10th was announced as the order date.



Review: The Trident Kraken Case

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This past weekend, during a long train trip (over six hours each way) I had the opportunity to try Kraken iPhone Case ($49.95). I appreciated the kickstand as it allowed me to flip down the tray table and catch up on some TV shows during the ride!



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