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Meet Our Latest Apple Watch Winner, Terry McKay

We caught up with our latest Apple Watch winner, Terry McKay (pictured), who is now the most “tech savvy” of the family thanks to his prize. After being recommended to enter the competition by one of his daughters, McKay now plans to use his smartwatch to its full capability and insists he is a “lucky guy”.

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How did you find out about the competition?

One of my daughters told me about it and recommended I enter as (in her words) I am a lucky guy. How right she was!

After entering, did you tell your family and friends about the competition?

I told my family I had entered and suggested there was no need for [them] to enter as well, for I would win the watch.

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What was going through your mind when you were signing up?

When I signed up, I was thinking: ‘Seriously, it would be nice to win such a device and be not only ahead of most people my age, but also my tech savvy children and grand-children.’

At any point did you hesitate?

Signing up was easy and it was interesting to say the least to then be made aware of the other opportunities available through the site.

We noticed that you’ve since signed up to receive offers from Hotels.com, have you received any exciting deals from them?

I have used the Hotels.com site before and monitor the numerous discount offers they put forward.

What are your thoughts about winning an Apple Watch and how do you intend to use it?

As to how I will use the Apple watch, I will study its features and use it to its full capacity, having already started researching its capabilities. My children and grand-children will be amazed!

Will you join another competition again after winning this amazing prize?

Most certainly having won this competition, I will enter others. I might even let you know which ones so you can let other subscribers know they are wasting their time competing… Just kidding!

May 27, 2015

Could The New Apple Watch Tell You When You’ll Die?

If you’ve ever skipped the gym, indulged in an extra donut or opted for the elevator instead of the stairs then there’s a new app for you.

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London-based company Rehabstudio have announced a revolutionary new Apple Watch app that might predict when you will die. Life Clock adds and subtracts time from your predicted lifespan according to your health choices and activities.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Life Clock’s developers say the goal of the technology is simple: to make life better. “We saw an opportunity,” Rehabstudo owner Tom Le Bree told Wired. “We thought, ‘OK, if time is really a human construct, how can we play with it?’”

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Life Clock works alongside Apple’s HealthKit data. Each user’s unique information about their activities and lifestyle choices are converted to time and displayed on the watch. For example, if you got sufficient sleep last night, Life Clock will add time to your overall lifespan, showing the impact each activity and choice has on your total wellbeing.

On the other hand, if you got less than 30 minutes of exercise today, Life Clock will subtract the equivalent impact that activity has on your lifespan. Then, it recommends ways to improve your health and increase your overall lifespan. Talk about the ultimate motivation tool!

While Le Bree admits the science isn’t 100 per cent accurate, he hopes it will make users realise the decisions they make now have a real impact on their future.

“[People think] tomorrow, I’m the guy that goes to the gym, quits smoking, and stops eating fatty foods. But today I’m going to have one last cigarette,” Le Bree says, hoping the app will encourage people to seize the day and make better health choices.

The Apple Watch will be available in Australia on April 24, 2015.

Tell us what you think: Would you ever try an app that tells you how long you’ll live?

March 26, 2015

Why Wearable Tech Is Geek Chic Not Stylish

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: wearable tech isn’t cool and will never be anything more than geek chic. At least, not right now with these current innovations. Sure, I love new technology, and I have the iPhone addiction to prove it, but unless you’re an anti-social geek, wearable tech isn’t, well, particularly wearable.

And this is despite the best efforts of Israeli-American luxury fashion designer Elie Tahari, who recently showcased a black, mesh dress covered in more than 50 iPhones at New York Fashion Week.

I’m still not clear why the designer created the dress (pictured above) but is it wearable? Nope. Imagine the uproar from your loved ones, and deservedly so, if you, while wearing said frock, started fiddling with one more smartphones at once in their company? Red card!

Sure, geeks adore wearable tech, but when was the last time you looked at, say someone wearing a Bluetooth headset, as another example, and thought anything other than: “Wanker”.
People wearing them look just plain ridiculous and appear self-important in the extreme. The last person I saw wearing a Bluetooth headset was a middle-aged male real estate agent. Say no more.

And aside from the high-wanker factor associated with wearable tech, there’s the hefty price tags attached with these gadgets – wearable tech is bloody expensive.

Take Google Glass, for example (pictured below) – the latest Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0 was estimated at 1000 pounds, or about $1825 Aus. And, as a very funny UK reviewer called Andrew Williams recently wryly observed: “The plain truth is that unless you actually enjoy the sort of attention Google Glass is certain to get you, the benefits don’t outweigh the awkwardness of the experience – social and physical. And if you don’t feel any of that social awkwardness at all, you’re probably a psychopath. Or American.”

Then there are the problems associated with the wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display: it seems anti-social at best, hence the new slang term “glasshole” to describe a Google Glass wearer – even if you are as pretty as the lass pictured below.

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Next up, let’s look at the recently-released Apple Watch (pictured below). I can’t see Apple’s latest smartwatch invention ever replacing a classic timepiece. It’s too Inspector Gadget to become a true fashion accessory, in my opinion, and again, unless you’re a bona fide geek, I can’t see anyone really really wanting one.

Sure, Apple are doing their best to tempt fashionistas with an 18 carat finish and sporty and colourful watch options, but would you really choose one over say, a Cartier, Rolex or Louis Vuitton? No, I think not. NB wearable tech designers: women like to look good and dress up in classic, timeless (excuse the pun) pieces that are stylish and edgy, not gadgety.

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The only wearable tech that I truly currently want to wear is a jet pack or “Beam Me Up, Scotty”-type device which can transport me to and from the world’s most glamorous shopping destinations. Now, can someone please invent that?!

iPhone image via usum.in and Google Glass and Apple Watch images via www.techradar.com

September 21, 2014