* Posts by Ron Swanson

8 posts • joined 8 Dec 2016

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

Ron Swanson

it's not an illegal lottery. It did not cost anything to enter and you only paid if you won and wanted the product. The reason there used to be easy questions was that it then technically became a Game of Skill rather than a lottery which you used to need a licence for. The law must have changed as ITV fund most of their daytime broadcasting with £2 entry lotteries. I think the only legal requirement of these now it that there has to be a way that people can enter for free, in ITV's case, you can send a postcard to a PO Box address to enter.

Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

Ron Swanson

Common platform is sometimes better

What a lot of people are not aware of is how revolutionary some of this tech can be. I have type 1 diabetes and have always had problems with controlling my blood sugar levels. I have now got a glucose sensor called a Freestyle Libre embedded in my arm. This is connected to a Bluetooth NFC reader called a Miaomiao which transmits my glucose level every 5 minutes to my Ticwatch Pro (Wear OS) watch to an app called XDrip+. This has changed my life. I now have a near constant reading on my watch of my glucose level and the watch and my phone will even ring/vibrate when I am running high or low, thus preventing me going hyper/ hypoglycaemic. This would not be possible with a bespoke OS as the XDrip+ creator made it for Wear OS so that as many watches as possible could support it. So while I applaud new thinking to improve battery life, sometimes the need for a common platform is greater for some of us (And developers I guess!)

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

Ron Swanson

Re: I agree

You should check out the amazfit bip (https://us.amazfit.com/shop) available from places like banggood for about £50 with a 45 day battery life, gps, heart rate, customizable faces, does everything my pebble used to do and much more. best smartwatch around IMO.

The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

Ron Swanson

Rd: I don't want to connect to the Internet through my watch

I have an Amazfit Bip, 45 days battery life, heart rate monitor, gps, notifications, etc, all for about £60. Best smartwatch I've ever owned, and I had all of the Pebbles.

The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

Ron Swanson

If you are out in the wilderness, I'd suggest downloading the free OS "Locate" mobile app. It does not need a phone signal and will give you a 6 figure grid ref that you can use with a paper map in low visibility to find where you are. It also means you have a grid ref to give mountain rescue if you call them needing help.

Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery

Ron Swanson

OS Locate

OS Locate is a free app by OS that you can use with a paper map, try it out!

Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

Ron Swanson


A quote from the original kickstarter campaign for the pebble time 2 "Pebble 2 and Time 2 are nearly complete. We’re currently ramping up at our factory and are ready to meet the estimated delivery times."

They missed the Sept 2016 delivery date and have now binned the pebble time 2. They should have used the kickstarter funding to deliver what they pitched in the campaign. Reported to kickstarter as a fraudulent campaign.

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