Swatch CEO: Apple Watch is a Toy

10:45 AM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · · News

Swatch: We're betting on the smart-ish watch

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek says Apple Watch is a toy and that smartwatches in general are a bad idea. He went on to say that Swatch is working on its own smartwatch design, which presumably isn't a toy like Apple Watch.

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The future, according to Swatch isn't the smartwatch. It's the smart-ish watch.

A Handy Apple Watch and iPhone Stand for Under $20

7:48 AM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

There are lots of Apple Watch stands and charging docks, but most hold just the watch itself. If you're looking for a cheap and useful dock that can handle both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, our own Adam Christianson found what looks to be a great deal on Amazon. The Apple Watch Stand from Poetic Smartphone holds your Apple Watch and iPhone, comes in iDevice-matching color options Space Grey, Silver, and Gold, and will run you just US$20 shipped. Just one potential caveat: buyers report that the larger 42mm Apple Watch will only work with the Sport band; other bands are too heavy for the stand when combined with the weight of the watch.

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The Martian Trailer Really is That Cool

6:36 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Andy Weir's "The Martian" is a great book and looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome movie, too. The new trailer for the movie is a roller coaster of excitement with all kinds of little tidbits that should put smiles on the faces of everyone who read the book. That, and it's just way too cool when Matt Damon says, "I'm going to have to science the s#@t out of this." In case you aren't familiar with "The Martian," it's a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive while he waits for rescue. The movie hits theaters on October 2, so we'll have to wait until then to see if the movie lives up to the trailer.

What You’re Not Doing with Your Mac Matters a Lot

5:30 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · Particle Debris

The power of personal computers & planet Earth

In the early days of personal computers, there was nothing to do with them but compute. Nowadays, computers have wrapped us in a worldwide web of consumer services that's most helpful but masks the kinds of helpful research that can be done, even with a desktop computer. John Martellaro points to a fabulous article that just might shake many out of their doldrums.

Spotify Just Learned the Hard Way About Customer Trust

4:38 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · Analysis

Spotify took it on the chin for privacy changes it didn't explain ahead of time

What happens when you change your company's privacy policy? If you're Spotify, your customers freak out and CEO Daniel Ek has to apologize and go on the defensive. The changes give Spotify access to your smartphone's photos, contacts, location, voice control, and sensor data, which seems like a lot for a streaming music service—especially when the change feels to customers like it's being done on the sly.

Aduro Surge Protector and USB Charger: $19

3:38 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · TMO Deals

Aduro surge protector and USB charger for $19

Aduro's wall-mount surge protector includes six outlets and two USB charging ports and it plugs into your current wall outlet without extra cords to get in the way. You can use it to charge up to seven devices at the same time, and it's built-in surge protection protects from power fluctuations that could otherwise leave you with fried electronics. Aduro's surge protector and USB charger is regularly priced at US$40, but TMO has a special deal for 52% off so you'll pay only $19.

German Car Makers Wary of Apple but Seeking Cooperation

2:45 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · News

German car companies looking into Joint Ventures with Apple, Google

Daimler's chief executive has just declared that different types of cooperation are possible with Apple and Google. What he may be saying is that some U.S. high tech companies are moving so fast,  in car technology, the conventional car industry cannot afford to be left behind. Joint ventures are being looked at.