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(The Inquirer)   Apple's plans to end the Era of the Smartphone by completely ripping off Dick Tracy   (theinquirer.net ) divider line
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2013-02-11 01:45:48 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Mikey1969: My watch is handy, portable, always with me, and about a billion times easier to check without letting someone know that I'm actually checking it. It also doesn't have to be plugged in at night, could survive a 5-story drop, is waterproof to 200 M, and never crashes.

LOL you wear a plastic watch.


So do I when I'm at work.
 
2013-02-11 01:56:56 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Why is it called a watch? No one watches a watch. They glance at it. It should be called a glance.



umm, One account says that the word "watch" came from the Old English word woecce which meant "watchman", because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts.[7] Another says that the term came from 17th century sailors, who used the new mechanisms to time the length of their shipboard watches (duty shifts).[8]
 
2013-02-11 01:58:26 PM  
What'll be really impressive is when they create an iWatch that's the cellular phone/data component that talks wirelessly to the iPad/iTouch for internet/music and to your wireless bluetooth earbuds with microphone in a little personal area network. Seamless transfer from device to device. That way you could pull out the tablet for the large interface (games, email, texting, browsing) and just use the watch for notifications, time, weather, and like a remote control for any other convenient tiny-screen functions. The phone-sized device currently isn't all that convenient for any particular task.

I'd love to have a classy-ish phone notification on my wrist, since I miss about 90% of my text messages with the phone in my pocket. I never seem to notice the buzz.
 
2013-02-11 02:04:34 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Step 1: Redesign iPod Nano so it no longer works as a watch.
Step 2: Make a new iWatch.
Step 3: Profit!


I was gonna say I thought the nano could already do this
 
2013-02-11 02:11:20 PM  
The four year old inside me is screaming to have this. Who DOESN'T want to emulate Dick Tracey?!
 
2013-02-11 02:15:06 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

I used to be a fanatic about wearing a watch, so much so that if I forgot to put mine on, I'd turn around and go back home to get it.  Then one day, my battery went dead and I didn't have a chance to run out and get a new one.  After feeling naked for a few days, I got over it and haven't worn one since.  Everybody carries a phone these days, there's no reason to wear a watch unless you're trying to make a fashion statement.


My story, exactly. I'm 2 years watch-free now, and never looking back.
 
2013-02-11 02:20:24 PM  
"Six, two and even.  Over and out!"
 
2013-02-11 02:26:10 PM  
So, what's it gonna do besides show the time and date? Anyone know?
 
2013-02-11 02:30:02 PM  

Tyrion's Favorite Wench: The four year old inside me is screaming to have this. Who DOESN'T want to emulate Dick Tracey?!


Prune Tracy
 
2013-02-11 02:32:41 PM  
if it's got a good mic. and is a cheaper alternative then sure, then you'd be able to use speaker phone all the time without having to put the phone down, less likely to drop it

on the downside if it rains you're screwed
 
2013-02-11 02:34:01 PM  
Apple to sue Chester Gould in 3... 2... 1...
 
2013-02-11 02:35:03 PM  
I will kick the first person I see wearing one of these in the nuts.

//twice, if they previously did not wear a watch but do now.
 
2013-02-11 02:35:23 PM  

Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?


Ah, but do you know how we know  you have never been scuba diving either?
 
2013-02-11 02:36:52 PM  

Theaetetus: Ah, but do you know how we know  you have never been scuba diving either?


Come on man, I'm sure a lot of deep divers go to Wal-Mart for their dive gear.
 
2013-02-11 02:37:41 PM  

Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?


Well, to be fair - the list of people needing a wrist watch that goes to 600 feet down would be pretty short - maybe about a half- dozen.
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2013-02-11 02:51:59 PM  

MrSteve007: Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?

Well, to be fair - the list of people needing a wrist watch that goes to 600 feet down would be pretty short - maybe about a half- dozen.
[blog.fatfish.fr image 390x272]


I agree that the normal diver doesn't need a watch tested to 200m. I certainly don't, but by picking a ridiculous depth they assure virtually all divers the watch will suite their needs.
 
2013-02-11 02:57:36 PM  
Wow. You can tell Steve Jobs is dead.
 
2013-02-11 03:02:50 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


Men do, kid. Men do.
 
2013-02-11 03:06:19 PM  
It's funny cause I reading this on a non-Apple smartphone watch that I got for $100 unlocked on Rakuten. Also, that Apple will claim they invented the cell phone watch.
 
2013-02-11 03:10:14 PM  
I just want a set of gauntlets, Predator-style.

Small screen pops up, I push a few buttons, my ship self destructs.  Is that so much to ask?!
 
2013-02-11 03:21:26 PM  
I can easily see a wrist phone as not a replacement for a smart  phone but as a terminal for one  that can handle 80% of the phone's every day usage. Such tasks as:

 1) display who's calling and answer phone.
 2) call Mom or other frequent numbers.
 3) show time
 4) show alerts and be able to dismiss them.

Basically simple things you can do while walking. Of course you can do more involved things with the main phone body and larger screen but those more sit-down tasks.
 
2013-02-11 03:22:58 PM  

Mikey1969: I don't want my watch to be a farking phone though. Although, I would like to find a phone as tough as my G-Shocks have been throughout the years.


What about these  http://www.casiogzone.com/
 
2013-02-11 03:24:45 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


Sometimes I wear my lovely old 1950s Buren Grand Prix, but this is really an item of jewellery now .

That said, I do find myself using it to.. and I know this is shocking.. Tell The Time! Its more convenient than getting my phone out of my pocket and semi-waking the screen up. Might catch on these things.
 
2013-02-11 03:25:35 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: If this sells, I'm convinced that appletards would buy a piece of dried dog poop if it had an Apple logo on it.


I hear that dried dog poop with the Microsoft logo is not doing very well.
 
2013-02-11 03:27:03 PM  
I'm perfectly happy with my Apple pocket watch.

/Always hated wearing watches
 
2013-02-11 03:30:48 PM  

loonatic112358: Mikey1969: I don't want my watch to be a farking phone though. Although, I would like to find a phone as tough as my G-Shocks have been throughout the years.

What about these  http://www.casiogzone.com/


I'd totally forgotten about those.... A friend of mine has them because he's getting old and shaky and keeps dropping his phone in embarrassing places like the toilet(He's in his 60's, the parent of a girl I went to HS with). Anyway, apparently this thing can be run through the dishwasher, although he hasn't tested it yet. That's a farking hpe that seems worthy of the G-( ) designation. I'd not be adverse to owning one.
 
2013-02-11 03:33:31 PM  

MrSteve007: Stone Meadow: RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.

You know how we know you've never been scuba diving, don't you?

Well, to be fair - the list of people needing a wrist watch that goes to 600 feet down would be pretty short - maybe about a half- dozen.
[blog.fatfish.fr image 390x272]


Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:11 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.  Or top-right if you swing that way, not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2013-02-11 03:47:06 PM  

Mikey1969: Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.


A 50 meter rating would cover 99% of the world's scuba divers. Beyond that, you're talking about technical decompression or tri-mix diving. Anything with compressed gas beyond 100 meters is either military or daredevils. Most commercial operations would be using ROV's at that point.

Unless you're going for a world depth record, a 200M rating is beyond overkill.
 
2013-02-11 03:50:50 PM  

RoxtarRyan: thomps: more like completely ripping off pebble

Getting mine soon, can't wait. I'm just psyched for the waterproofing, primarily. I fried a couple Sony LiveView watches by forgetting to take them off before showering.


Mine is out for delivery TODAY

// won't have looked this nerdy since the days of the Databank Calculator Watch
 
2013-02-11 04:01:42 PM  
It's going to suck when you have to sync it to itunes to download the time and day.
 
2013-02-11 04:02:59 PM  

SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?


most business people that wear suits to work...you know, not you or your circle of friends
 
2013-02-11 04:03:17 PM  

MrSteve007: Mikey1969: Actually, the real point is that people who dive don't want to have to go up and leave their watch up top because it's only good to a certain point. Sorry guys, can't dive past 10 meters today, because I'm wearing the wrong watch. You go on and have fun without me. As for me, it's an added perk. I don't dive, I wear this watch because of its overall durability. The 200 M just means that ANY water I go in will never be too deep. One less thing to worry about.

A 50 meter rating would cover 99% of the world's scuba divers. Beyond that, you're talking about technical decompression or tri-mix diving. Anything with compressed gas beyond 100 meters is either military or daredevils. Most commercial operations would be using ROV's at that point.

Unless you're going for a world depth record, a 200M rating is beyond overkill.



Overkill is a good thing when you're talking about essential equipment like that though. Over-engineering something which could kill you if it farks up is just a good idea. It's a watch... it's not like engineering it extra strong to withstand pressure is going to change the economics much for the maker, but not having the extra safety afforded by the over-engineering could...

So fark it, we make the casing and seals 0.1 millimeters thicker and change the failure rate from 1 in 500,000 to 1 in 10 million (for instance, just making those numbers up for illustrative purposes) and hardly effect the final price of the watch at all, but have made it safer for our toughest customers.
 
2013-02-11 04:07:53 PM  

ProfessorOhki: Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.


Some people do not spend all of their waking hours sitting in front of a screen.
 
2013-02-11 04:17:47 PM  
The biggest hurdle with a wristwatch communicator is convincing consumers they won't look like total dorks when they use it in public.
 
2013-02-11 04:17:54 PM  

RexTalionis: Popcorn Johnny: is waterproof to 200 M

Do people actually wear their watches at 200m below? Because that seems rather stupid.


if 200m isn't enough go for one that claims to be good in 3900m
 
2013-02-11 04:19:41 PM  
Hope they call it iLikeToWatch.

/got nuthin'
 
2013-02-11 04:34:41 PM  

gingerjet: Oh look - another unsubstantiated rumor from a tech writer pulling shiat out of the air to improve click rates.

/yawn
//in nine months when an iWatch doesn't materialize it will be all Apple's fault because they can no longer innovate


Pretty much this.
 
2013-02-11 04:40:08 PM  

buttcat: It's going to suck when you have to sync it to itunes to download the time and day.


Even worse it will ask to check if you want the newest version as soon as it finishes updating
 
2013-02-11 05:54:49 PM  
This is Tracy. All units, move in. And send Moon Maiden up to my room.
 
2013-02-11 05:57:22 PM  

HairBolus: ProfessorOhki: Seriously, what's so hard about looking at the lower-right side of your monitor.

Some people do not spend all of their waking hours sitting in front of a screen.


Fine fine. "...or the top-right corner of your phone."
 
2013-02-11 06:05:05 PM  

Epicedion: What'll be really impressive is when they create an iWatch that's the cellular phone/data component that talks wirelessly to the iPad/iTouch for internet/music and to your wireless bluetooth earbuds with microphone in a little personal area network. Seamless transfer from device to device. That way you could pull out the tablet for the large interface (games, email, texting, browsing) and just use the watch for notifications, time, weather, and like a remote control for any other convenient tiny-screen functions. The phone-sized device currently isn't all that convenient for any particular task.

I'd love to have a classy-ish phone notification on my wrist, since I miss about 90% of my text messages with the phone in my pocket. I never seem to notice the buzz.


Your wish is being fulfilled. Pre-order now -  Pebble Watch
 
2013-02-11 06:05:26 PM  
A third party company who couldn't even demo it at the booth they'd setup is (claiming to) test a smartwatch.  Not apple, the circle of derp is in full swing on this one though.
 
2013-02-11 06:19:14 PM  
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I used to wear this bad boy every day until it died
 
2013-02-11 06:53:19 PM  

tbhouston: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

most business people that wear suits to work...you know, not you or your circle of friends


You're right. I actually work for a living and so do my friends.
 
2013-02-11 06:56:19 PM  

sure haven't: SnarfVader: Who wears a watch these days?

Men do, kid. Men do.


You can call me kid if you're older than 60. Otherwise, get the hell off my lawn, punk.
 
2013-02-11 07:07:14 PM  
Actually, I just bought a new watch.  For a *very* specific reason.

I'm a sysadmin, with over 80 servers in my data center.  The servers usually get their time synchronized from the domain controllers, and the DCs are set to pull time from authoritative time servers on the web.  And some of our clients have very particular requirements for their time sync and precision.

Now, there are a lot of places to get instructions on how to set this up.  And lots of places on the web where you can sync your time.  But one thing they don't do very well yet is to give you some way to check and make sure that this stuff is really working as advertised.

So, I just picked up a new Casio WaveCeptor watch, $40 online.  Quartz crystal as usual, but has a radio receiver and picks up the time sync signal from the National Bureau of Standards and Technology several times a day to keep itself accurate to within a second or less.

Now, I use that to double-check and make sure our time sync is working properly.
 
2013-02-11 07:41:38 PM  

Fano: Tyrion's Favorite Wench: The four year old inside me is screaming to have this. Who DOESN'T want to emulate Dick Tracey?!

Prune Tracy


th00.deviantart.net
Is not amused by your shenanigans. .
 
2013-02-11 07:51:33 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: It's funny cause I reading this on a non-Apple smartphone watch that I got for $100 unlocked on Rakuten. Also, that Apple will claim they invented the cell phone watch.


Whether they claim that or not, brainwashed losers like you will be parroting this garbage endlessly.

/do you have any thoughts that don't come from Samsung's propaganda department?
 
2013-02-11 08:41:53 PM  
Phone watches are huge, clunky, and have horrible battery life. I'd take something like the Pebble with less functionality for half the price, though.
 
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