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Comment Perhaps we are too impatient (Score 1) 152

It is not because there is not a breakthrough product launched every 2 years that they have lost their way.
For example, I still expect a lot of future generations of the Apple Watch (consider also how the phone evolved). Esp. because they have been hiring clever/phd level people with experience in sensors like blood glucose, blood oxygen and whatnot. Once they crack the nut of making that reliable for a large audience and once they pass health device regulatory certification, that will truly become a breakthrough product, since everyone wants to be healthy. Health is an enormous and far too costly business, Apple could be disruptive there.

Comment Re:"you can simply not ignore Apple" (Score 1) 152

But of course they do have impact on your life. I assume you have an android phone. Consider the way Android looked before the iphone. Consider also how in the 1980s they brought the GUI concept our of the xerox labs into the hands of many users. Whatever computer you use, unless you are a command line purist, you have been impacted by this.

Comment Re: Facetime and health (Score 1) 159

When I mentioned health sensors I was thing about non invasive blood glucose and blood oxygen sensors etc -Apple actually hired people with phds in these subjects. Once they get this right for mass production and past regulations, that kind of feature will truly be a killer app.

Comment Facetime and health (Score 2) 159

It would be interesting if they could add a camera for a facetime on the wrist experience, something that seemed utterly SF not that long ago.
But the true killer app for this kind of device will be the eventual addition of more health related sensors. Probably not in this release though.

Comment He made millions (Score 1, Insightful) 302

According to the ars article, it looks like the arrested man made millions of dollars in advertising revenue from his site. It is one thing to engage in filesharing - copyright infringing and all, but in addition he was profiteering big time from his activity. That makes it to me quite different from a legal point of view - he obviously made money from an illegal activity, and I expect that the punishment will be harsher because of it.

Comment Depends: Apple notes or paper (Score 1) 286

For my personal use, I like the Apple Notes app, it is basic but sufficient and most importantly thanks to icloud it syncs my iphone, ipad and mac. Perfect for my personal scribbles.

But professionally i prefer a little paper notebook. Some of my colleagues prefer a note app with pen on an ipad pro though.

Comment Nicer than I expected, with room to grow (Score 1) 359

So I do like mechanical watches and have a few of them, some vintage, some recent, none really expensive. I find those small movements utterly charming. I always wear a watch, for me a phone never replaced it.
Then I received a stainless AW as an xmas gift from my wife and I must say that after initial doubts i found it really useful and pleasant. I currently wear it often during working days and business trips, my mechanicals are mainly worn in weekends now.
Battery life is not really an issue for me, it works all day, and I charge when I sleep.
But the true killer app is only in its infancy: health. A heart beat sensor is the beginning. it is well known that apple hired several people specialising in various other kind of sensors. FDA approval permitting these could be a crucial feature for commercial success since everyone wants to be and stay healthy.
Btw, several sources have estimates of 11-12 million Apple watches sold last year. I would say that is not bad for a new product category. If this is a flop, I wouldn't mind failing with 11 million pieces of anything.

Submission + - Terrorist attack in Brussels Airport and Metro station: 21 death confirmed (

SomeoneFromBelgium writes: This morning there was a double bomb explosion in Brussels, Belgium.
In the National Airport entrance hall an estimated 13 people were killed by a big explosion. Around the same time another bomb exploded in Metro station 'Maalbeek' close to the financial district, killing an estimated 10 persons.

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