Samsung Gear Fit is a much better looking and restrained device than the Galaxy Gear or Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo. But the default clock display is a UX design fail IMHO when you consider the way we wear and look at wristwatches.
Image on the right is my suggestion; a quickfix. In fact, making the best use of the vertical space, the day can be on a separate line above the date.
Samsung should correct this with a firmware update.
I should have posted this weeks ago. I started writing it, then I lost the text file and was too lazy to start over (writing is such a chore for me). But decided to get off my ass.
I carried last on a number of things last year though. Don’t know why. Making this list far far from being all inclusive.
Dapo sees a tablet with a stylus and goes ham. On a Galaxy Note 10 at the Mobile Experience Center, #CCHub, Yaba.
A screenshot of Elementary OS Luna running on my HP 530
After a system crash, (on Christmas day! Not sure what caused it; either the power cord or charging port), my reluctant ass finally installed Elementary OS Luna.
It’s based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which is an upgrade from the 10.04 I was running before. I had been following the project for a while now mostly for it’s [OS X inspired] design & simplicity focused approach.
It’s still a bit rough around the edges [the default Music app behaves rather unpredictably] and the first update after install fixes a lot of things. But this is Linux so there’s almost nothing that can’t be fixed. Plus it has an active online community.
One huge critical problem though, I can’t seem to be able to install the wi-fi driver. other than that, I’m enjoying it so far.
Update: Wi-fi is now working. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver packages via Synaptic and even breaking dpkg, all to no avail. And after a lot of Googling a one or both of these solutions made it work:
And a reboot. Yayyyy!!!
I’ve always been somewhat introverted, melancholic, inhibited, reserved, whatever term you wanna call it (Abeg don’t call me shy or timid). It’s origin has always seemed kinda chicken-and-egg to me: was I born this way? or was it my upbringing/habits/environment?
Getting older and being more self aware, I’ve tried (and failed, sometimes embarrassingly) to be a more outgoing person. Right now though, I’m at a point where I’m pretty content with and indifferent about it. I’ve accepted it and kinda just roll with it. It doesn’t bother me as much as it use to (say back in Uni).
But being in tech and apps and startups and these sorts of things, I have to be more aware of usage patterns of these social platforms.
You see, I thought that one of the things that would enhance an offline social life was to be less and less vested in an online one. Or to keep a very wide caveat between them. I’m also very much interested in tech that bridges that gap.
But now, I think I’m waaaaaay off.
At Apple’s last earnings call, one thing that many people had already stated was clear, the iPhone and other iOS devices was cannibalizing the iPod. Especially the “classic” which hasn’t gone through any iterations in years. I’m a bit sentimental towards the iPod classic, because IMHO it’s a design icon. I still think that given a few improvements, there’d still be room for it in the market:
1. Lightning connector: The iPod classic is still the only Apple portable device still using the now old 30-pin connector. The lightning connector is neater, less prone to damage and smaller which will make room for…
2. Speakers: I sometimes like listening to music out loud, or want to hear it with other people. And would probably have more music on a 160GB iPod than on either of my laptops. I want to keep my laptop firing on all cylinders while I work and want to mise smartphone battery life.
3. Flash Disk: The classic still uses a mechanical hard disk. I think it’s about time they switch it up to solid state, which will result in more reliability and…
4. Reduced size & weight: it should be slimmer and lighter. Plus they could throw in a volume rocker on the side.
5. Longer battery life: Switching to a flash memory, should result in the battery lasting longer also, the device will have a smaller panel (I think) leaving room for a slightly bigger battery.
6. Wi-fi: Plenty of people now stream music online. iTunes now has a music straming service - iTunes Radio, in addition to internet radio and podcasts, this thing has more reasons to connect to the internet, also for wireless syncing to one’s computer.
7. Music streaming providers: This one is very unlike Apple to do, they can be very anticompetitive. But before iTunes Radio was launched many people were already vested in Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, MOG and/or Deezer. Apple could work with these companies in allowing users access their libraries via the device.
8. FM Radio: I like listening to radio. I’ve been screaming that they should have brought this to the iPod since I knew what an iPod was. They did to the Nano but why are they still keeping it from the classic?
9. Earphones: Earphones have pretty much been the same since the ’80s. The one thing that irks me most about them are the wires. So thin and light, they damage very easily. It’s as if they’re intended to be disposable. Make those damn wires durable!
10. Bluetooth: to connect wirelessly to speakers, headphones, car stereo, and picture transfers between devices.
If Apple were to release an iPod with all these features in it. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t You?