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  • Apple Watch continues wearables market domination with 10.4M holiday shipments

    Anecdotal but:

    It's hard to believe the rival numbers are accurate. I was at a Wal-Mart* waiting for the bathroom to open(janitor was cleaning) and just for fun decided to look at peoples wrists. Apple Watches everywhere I looked.  There were at least 2 Apple Watches in my view at all times during the 5 minute wait). I even saw 3 teens at the self checkout and 2 had an Apple Watch but I couldn't see what the other was wearing but she had an iPhone and it looked like all 3 had a Watch. The only non-Apple Watches I saw were about 3 analog ones compared to about 10 Apple Watches. It's not uncommon in the States to see couples or groups of friends all with Apple Watches on.

    Rarely do you see an android watch but sometimes you'll see a fitbit.

    In my experience here is the watch popularity in the past 3 years:

    1. Apple Watch

    2. Analog Watches

    3. Fitbits

    4. Android spyware

    P.S. Tim can't innovate Apple died with Steve Jobs the Watch is too expensive and Health is a gimmick yada yada.

    *Another reason Wal-Mart is ignorant for not supporting ApplePay.

    Keep in mind that there are people like me that have Garmin watches that they only wear during exercise. When I bump into other runners they are usually wearing Garmin but I don't see them on the street as much. Also, judging by the names on the list, I'm guessing these are global figures. In much of Asia and Europe, Apple isn't anywhere near as dominant as they are in the US. Usually when I see people wearing Apple Watches where I live, they are tourists or American immigrants. And then there are plenty of kids wearing cheap knock offs
  • Review: Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor is the first outdoor motion detector for HomeKit

    I guess Philips, Eve and all the rest of these companies think that people who walk near my home are all honest and would never steal it. I think I'll wait until a model comes out that is hard to see. Better yet, it should be camouflaged to look like something common, eg, maybe a lightbulb (which would also provide the power if it was a real lightbulb in a socket.) But I wouldn't expect anything actually innovative like that to come from them.
    Depending on where you plan to put it, you could put it inside a bird house, perhaps one that doesn't look worth stealing. I'm guessing most crooks aren't driving around looking for bird houses.

    I would have appreciated the following information:  Bluetooth or WiFi and range of signal.  And battery type and life.
    I believe it's zigbee - no wifi or bluetooth - and needs the Hue bridge. Two AA batteries included, which last two years. There's a battery meter that you can view in Hue Essentials.
  • Siri accuracy dramatically improves in latest smart speaker showdown

    I want to see these assistants understanding fairly basic home automation tasks better. I could go into my Hue or Nest app and set up a timer or a schedule but i want to be able to ask my assistant simply "Turn on the heating now and turn it off in 30 minutes" or "turn on the front light at 10pm for an hour" the more gear i get, the more i need a central management system that uses voice for ad hoc requests

    Or maybe it's already possible. I mostly use Google home, have Alexa but don't use it and stopped using Siri
  • Apple tried to win the rights to stream 'Friends'

    peteo said:
    100m for a crap show from the 90's really? wow the kids these days will watch anything
    Oh wow I assumed this was some Friends reboot where they'd try to make it funny this time around but it's the old version. The jokes were awful in the 90s, even when I was an easy-to-please teen with no access to the Internet. I don't imagine that series dated well.
  • Waymo One launches as world's first commercial autonomous taxi service

    knowitall said:
    gatorguy said:
    knowitall said:
    slurpy said:
    Is this really a launch? I mean, every single definition is stretched to the max. Available to an extremely small subset (ie. a couple hundred) people, who were already in a small subset of volunteer beta testers in a single city. Oh, and these "autonomous" cars still include "backup drivers". This "launch" sounds great for headlines, but is nowhere near being anything that is acceptable for prime time.
    You're completely right due to all of the qualifiers but when the history of driverless vehicles is written, this may be considered the first commercial example of people paying for driverless cars. We'll probably find out later if the back up drivers have to intervene and if it does happen more than once in a very long while then I think we can count this as a fairly historic step along the way.
    “The Early Riders have been enjoying free rides since April last year as Waymo tests technology ... “
    This is now transitioning to a paid transportation service ala' Uber rather than free. That's what is being announced in the AI article since the previously free testing period is being discontinued per the Google announcement.
    No it isn’t, not in this article and also in contradiction with: “been enjoying free rides since April last year as Waymo tests technology, and in fact what's left of the group will keep that privilege”
    This article doesn't have as many details as e.g. over at the Verge. There was a larger group getting free rides and some of them, I believe were completely driverless. Now that Waymo feels they have that sorted, they are moving to a paid system for some people. They can fine tunes the system and understand what people are willing to pay compared to Uber etc. But for the paid service, they've added the driver back in