Do you need an Apple Watch?
Apple has finally announced its new watch along with larger iPhones. They look pretty cool and have all sorts of interesting, if not novel, features. Other players have had similar watches on the market for a while now, so in some ways there’s little new here.
Still, the cache will be significant, and there are plenty of style choices as well. But the real question goes to whether you’ll need to even want one.
For me the answer at this moment is no. I’m already too addicted to the stream of information available through my phone. Have all of this on my wrist will just provide too many distractions.
What I’m most interested is easy recording, particularly sound but also video, that I can summon and then stop at any time. I haven’t heard that yet as a feature.
How safe is the Cloud? Why it pays to protect yourself first
Cloud computing has grown almost exponentially in recent years. But with it have grown concerns about the safety and security of using this new method of computing.
Steve Wozniak once described the Cloud as leading to ‘horrible problems’ and although he has recently revealed that he has revised his opinion and is actually a fan, he still gives companies stern warnings about going ‘all in’ just yet.
As you might expect, Mr Wozniak is probably right. While there are some pretty serious security concerns with the Cloud, as long as you protect yourself and your business before getting involved, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy its benefits in safety.
First off, you need to ask the relevant questions before getting involved. For example, will the data stored remain within the EU, US or UK? Or will it be stored elsewhere? Who in the supplier organisation will have access to your data? What certification standard does the supplier adhere to?
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Rethinking the wallet
Some guys hate carrying wallets and prefer money clips. If you fit into that category, you should check out some of the selections at The Wallet Shoppe like the one pictured above. It’s a 6-card wallet by Dosh and it’s great for the person on the go and it’s unlike most traditional wallets. It has a unique designs that is moulded in TPU – a durable, water-resistant polymer material that feels rich and soft. The money clip is crafted from high grade stainless steel and is located on the spine to ensure easy access and organization.
If you don’t like this one check out the rest of the selection.
The war for your handheld device
With the news that Priceline is buying OpenTable for a whopping $2.6 billion in cash, Jim Cramer explains in the video below how this fits into the war for your handheld device. Apps like OpenTable with its huge user base are incredibly powerful, and for Priceline it fits in beautifully following last year’s acquisition of Kayak. Now the next obvious step when you’re booking travel is making restaurant reservations.
This consolidation is very interesting and we’ll see how companies like Google respond. Google owns Zagat.
Will Apple improve Beats Audio?
Beats Audio by Dr. Dre is a great example of style and brand can trump product details. Of course quality matters even in the headphones business, but the opinion of audiophiles regarding sound quality isn’t going to impact 15-year-old kids on what they determine to be cool.
The cool factor propelled the Beats brand and ultimately made Dr. Dre a billionaire with Apple’s acquisition of his company. This is a perfect compliment to iTunes and the iPhone, but it will be interesting to see if Apple applies some of its billions to also improve the quality of the product.