Will.i.am’s Puls smartwatch is Very Underwhelming

 

Will.i.am’s Puls smartwatch is the worst product I’ve touched all year | The Verge:

Musician, producer, and just generally positive dude will.i.am has dipped his toes more than once into the personal technology world. His latest venture is a wearable smartphone called the Puls, sold under his i.am+ company. The Puls is a fully independent smartwatch — it has its own SIM card and doesn’t rely on being connected to a smartphone to work. Will.i.am introduced it to the world on a stage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference last month in front a bunch of devotees to CRM.

I got a chance to use an early production model earlier today. It’s objectively the worst product I’ve touched all year.

Ouch. Sounds like they got an exclusive first use of Beyond Verbal’s mood detecting tech and that was enough to push the watch into production but “an unresponsive interface and frustrating experience is not going to win over the masses.

iPad Air 2 60% Faster Than the iPhone 6

 

Secret hardware upgrades make the iPad Air 2 the fastest frickin’ tablet on the planet | Cult of Mac:

And what does that mean practically? It means the iPad Air 2 is not only the fastest tablet in the world, smoking even Nvidia’s Tegra K1 Shield Tablet. It’s also over 60% faster than even the iPhone 6.If you want a top-of-the-line iDevice with blistering fast speed, the iPad Air 2 is as good as it gets.

[Link] Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcements

 

Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcements

According to buyback service and AppleInsider partner Gazelle, trade-ins of Samsung devices were up threefold on a weekly basis immediately following Apple’s Sept. 9 announcement, suggesting Apple’s larger screen sizes may already be doing their part to court over Android switchers.

Talking of Samsung….Let the people talk.

[Link] Samsung mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 in adverts for its Galaxy Note 4 | Mail Online

 

Samsung mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 in adverts for its Galaxy Note 4 | Mail Online

  • Samsung has created six adverts mocking Apple’s latest announcements
  •  One video refers to the fact Apple’s live stream crashed on Tuesday
  •  Others poke fun at Apple’s Watch, as well as the lack of multiple windows and styluses on the new phones
  •  Each advert was designed to show off features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4
  •  The ‘It Doesn’t Take a Genius’ title refers to Apple’s in-store Genius bars

Haters gonna hate…

[Link] Elgato’s HomeKit-ready sensors automate your entire home

 

Elgato’s HomeKit-ready sensors automate your entire home | Cult of Mac

The latest of these is Elgato’s new line of “Eve” connected home sensors, which debuted at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, Germany. The range of Bluetooth accessories are able to monitor air quality, detect smoke, and track humidity, energy used, air pressure and water consumption – then feeding all of this data back to your iPhone or iPad.

The Elgato app will additionally offer suggestions and tips designed to let users better improve the environment, thereby living up to Apple’s ideal as a sustainable eco-friendly company.

Elgato also announced new $50 Avea smart lightbulbs, which will let users set up custom profiles, colors and alarms using a dedicated iOS app. Unlike the most established product in this category, Philips’ Hue smart bulbs, the Avea can connect directly via Bluetooth and doesn’t require a hub.

Connected via Bluetooth is different to most competitors like SmartThings and Philips HUE but that’s because they don’t need to rely on a device being at home to be controlled but having said that, these products will be interesting to look at in more detail prior to their release though.

[Link] Eve Irrigation System hopes to make your garden perfect

 

Plaid Systems Eve Ecosystem Preview – CNET

Hop over to Kickstarter this morning and you’ll see the smart gardening platform the Eve Ecosystem launched its crowd-funding campaign. Built specifically to work with the SmartThings home automation hub, Eve is designed as an irrigation controller that automatically adapts to the conditions of your yard. It can manage up to 16 different watering zones of your home’s existing sprinkler system. You can control each zone individually from your smart phone or tablet, or let Eve do the scheduling for you. It’ll process data from its moisture sensor — called Adam — placed in your yard, and take into account any weather info gathered by the SmartThings hub, to give your lawn the exact amount of water it needs.

Love the integration with SmartThings and quite a similar product to Edyn but this has the integration that Edyn currently does not so I will certainly keep an eye out for this.

[Link] Samsung Buys SmartThings for $200 Million

 

Internet of Bling: Samsung Buys SmartThings for $200 Million | Re/code

SmartThings will continue to be run by CEO and founder Alex Hawkinson and operate independently, Samsung said. But most of its operations — which now include 55 employees in Washington, D.C., and also offices in San Francisco and Minnesota — will be moved to Palo Alto, Calif., to become part of Samsung’s Open Innovation Center (OIC) there.

It was only a matter of time before SmartThings got bought out – their hub, devices and 3rd party control of other smartphone-controlled products stood head and shoulders above their competitors. Samsung you would think, would try and include SmartThings technology into their devices but as long as SmartThings remain separate as they have stated, then with Samsung’s backing they can improve their products so that they become more mainstream and integrate with even more 3rd party device companies.