Do I Need a Wearable or Should I Stick with My Smartphone?

GadgetgirlRidgeGuest post by: Gadgetgirl Ridge

With the promising potential brought about by wearables, especially in terms of assisting digital health, many consumers are considering purchasing this new form of technology. Among the different kinds of wearable devices, the smartwatch is set to be one of the frontrunners due to it offering mobile functionalities and health sensors which will appeal to a lot of consumers. A study by Gartner released late last year showed that 50% of people who plan to purchase wearables will likely opt for smartwatches over fitness bands.

However, many are still considering whether it’s the right time to buy a wearable or just stick with their trusty smartphones for the time being. In this article, we’ll try to help you make the right decision on whether you should buy a wearable gadget soon, or if you should save your money for the next innovative release in the tech world.

Smartphone apps are just as accurate
Based on research published by Penn Medicine, smartphone applications were tested and found to be as accurate in delivering health data as

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

wearables. The research was said to address the common challenges in using and purchasing the technology – but how accurate is it in monitoring health? The study concluded that today’s health applications for smart handsets are just as accurate in calculating and presenting real-time data to its users as smartwatches and fitness bands. read more

iPhone Attachment Gives DSLR Quality Pictures

The DxO One works with iPhone 5 and up

The DxO One works with iPhone 5 and up (Credit: DxO)

Your DSLR may take great photos, but it’s a hassle to carry around. Your smartphone is easy to carry, but its photos aren’t as good. What do you do? Well, you’ll soon have the option of using the DxO One.

It’s a pocket-sized “DSLR-quality” camera that uses its own lens and sensor to take pictures, but utilizes your iPhone or iPad as its viewfinder and control panel. read more

Apple Watch vs Moto 360

Gizmag takes a quick hands-on look at the 42 mm Apple Watch Sport (left) and the silver Moto 360 (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)

Gizmag takes a quick hands-on look at the 42 mm Apple Watch Sport (left) and the silver Moto 360 (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)

The Apple Watch was the most popular smartwatch in the world from the moment it was announced, and we’d imagine the Moto 360 is the most well-known Android Wear watch. We have both in-house right now, so let’s take a quick look at two different approaches to the smartwatch.

Before we jump in, keep in mind that the phone you own might make your decision for you. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone (5 or newer) and the Moto 360 needs an Android phone (running Android 4.3 or higher). read more

The New LG Flex-Phone

The LG G Flex 2 has a solid all-around set of specs with a curved (and slightly flexible) ...

The LG G Flex 2 has a solid all-around set of specs with a curved (and slightly flexible) body and display (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.com)

Is there any point in buying a phone shaped like a banana (or, if you prefer, a smiley face)? And is LG’s latest curved phone worth a look, in the face of tough competition? Join Gizmag, for our quick review of the LG G Flex 2.

The LG G Flex 2 isn’t quite a high-end flagship, as it feels a bit like a half-step backwards from last year’s LG G3 (and should lag even farther behind the upcoming G4). But the Flex 2 does rise above mid-ranged status, with a healthy set of specs highlighted by a fast Snapdragon 810 processor. read more

Apple to Launch 3 New iPhones?

Apple could launch three new handsets in September – including a ‘mini’ 6c with a 4 inch screen, it has been claimed.

Experts were initially only expecting two phones – an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with performance boosts and possibly a new touchscreen.

However, new claims by Digitimes say a third iPhone could also be unveiled.

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The move could see the return of lower cost, colourful handsets like the 5c, shown here

The move could see the return of lower cost, colourful handsets like the 5c, shown here

 According to the report, the display panels for all three models will be sourced from Japan Display and LG Display, with the Plus and ‘C’ screens also going into production at Sharp.

The displays will be made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass, indicating that Apple may have given up on its attempts at sapphire smartphone displays for now.

The larger phones are expected to ship with Apple’s Samsung-made A9 processor, but the iPhone 6C will reportedly stick with the current A8 chip.  read more

Not Everyone’s Happy About This New APP

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Many adults go through a phase in their younger years where the use of foul language is cool. Up until about 15 or 20 years ago, masocial-media-16ybe even more recently, foul language was called objectionable language.

Yet in keeping with the overall coarsening of our society, language standards seem to be going the way of the dodo. Nowadays, you’re considered a prude if you use words like “heck” and “darn.”

It’s now been several years since I too was a serial expletivatier. Yes, I know it’s not a real word. I haven’t missed the use of foul language. I guess maybe I’ve grown out of it.

So for as many years as I’ve cleaned up my own language, I’ve advocated for others to do so. Within that same time period, we’ve seen an explosion of electronic advancements.

For years I’ve wished that someone would, or could develop a filter of sorts for things like video games that my kids enjoy playing, that would clean up the abhorrent language.

Well, that hasn’t happened yet, but recently a company in Idaho has developed an app called “Clean Reader.”  read more

Smart Device Projects on Your Skin

The new Cicret Wristband is like a smartphone you wear on your wrist. The device, that may be in the range of $400, is not in production, but Cicret has manufactured a working prototype. Images on the wearers forearm come from the wristbands pico-projector and functionality by means of 8 tiny proximity sensors.

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Gloves and Smartphones Can be Compatible

Glovys sits between your smartphone and your gloves, letting the two play nicely together

Glovys sits between your smartphone and your gloves, letting the two play nicely together

Anyone who has ever tried using their smartphone while wearing gloves will know it’s nigh-on impossible. You therefore have a number of choices: wear fingerless gloves or special touchscreen-friendly gloves, remove your gloves while using the phone, or desist from using your phone entirely when out in the cold. Or thanks to a new product called Glovys, you could fix the problem using technology.
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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 (left) and Galaxy S6 edge at Mobile World Congress today

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 (left) and Galaxy S6 edge at Mobile World Congress today

The last couple of Galaxy S flagships had iterative designs (much like theHTC One M9 that was announced today). But with Apple now making big-screened phones, the pressure is on Samsung – and it just launched two phones that mark the biggest physical changes to the Galaxy S lineup: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. read more

HP’s New ALL In One

The HP Spectre x360 sports new 360 degree hinges that allow it to be used like a tradition...
The HP Spectrex360 sports new 360 degree hinges that allow it to be used like a traditional laptop or like a chunky tablet

Hewlett-Packard has pulled back the curtains on what the company is calling its most premium and versatile PC yet. The HP Spectre x360 offers four usage modes for work, rest and play flexibility, its 13.3-inch screen is available at up to 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution and the 56 watt-hour battery is claimed good for up to 12.5 hours on a single charge.

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