Apple Watch Series 6: Cool AF or WTF?

Is the Apple Watch the hardest tech product in the world to review? The answer is yes, and with the Apple Watch Series 6, the difficulty is amplified because there has been no major leap forward. Instead, think of this as Apple Watch Series 5.1. With this new wearable, Apple takes its incremental approach to device upgrades to the extreme, and for some users, there’s no point buying the Apple Watch Series 6.

Before getting to the features we’re excited by and those that are a joke, let’s be clear on one thing. With the Series 6, there is no doubt that Apple remains at the top of the smartwatch/fitness wearable pile. Certainly, if you own an iPhone the watch is a stunning accessory that will expand your phone’s functionality to your wrist.

Still, how much longer can Apple keep getting away with upgrading devices on such a basic level? It has become laughable that the company can move through product generations while barely changing how the device looks.

Look at the upcoming iPhone 12, which seems like it will have mostly the same design language debuted on the iPhone X three years ago. No Apple product is a worse offender than the Watch. So, looking at the Apple Watch Series 6, here’s what’s new this year.

Design – WTF! But Cool AF

As noted, the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6 are all but identical. In fact, you could trace the design lineage of the new wearable right back to the first-ever Apple Watch from 2015. Sure, there have been refinements and size changes along the way, but the basic concept remains the same. So, in 2020, the Series 6 looks like last year’s model, which looked like the year before, and so on.

For many users, that may be ok. The smartwatch is again available in 40mm and 44mm variations, while materials available are titanium, stainless steel, and aluminum. Yes, Apple has ditched the ceramic model from a year ago.

What Apple is selling as the big design change is hilarious. According to the company, new color options equate to a newly designed product. It’s laughable that Apple is billing this as the all-new Watch based on some additional hues. As for those colors, they are PRODUCT RED and blue, and yes, they look nice.

Additionally, the Apple Watch, in the tradition of Apple, feels premium and looks sleek. But let’s not pretend this brand-new expensive tech product is rocking a revolutionary design.

Display – Cool AF!

Screen technology is an area where incremental upgrades can make a difference. Thanks to the ongoing development of display tech, the quality of the panel on the Apple Watch Series 6 is notable.

One of the most interesting aspects of the display is it is the same as the Series 5 in terms of hardware. That means we get the same 368 x 448 panel that remains the runaway leader in the wearable market. It’s crisp, clear, and responsive. It also gets the same 1000 nits brightness as last year’s model, making the Apple Watch still the best smartwatch for outdoor use.

What’s different here is an “always-on” mode. As the name suggests, this feature means the screen remains on if you want it to. It also provides 2.5 higher brightness despite producing the same nits. If you thought the previous generation Apple Watches were good in sunlight, wait until you get eyes on with the Series 6.

Performance and Battery – WTF!

Yeah, I get it, this is probably harsh. However, what Apple tries to do each year is dazzle us with numbers regarding device performance. In fairness, the company is not alone because this is a tiresome practice used by most tech companies.

You see, by telling customers something is X percent faster than before, people automatically think “cool, a faster device”. What companies don’t tell you is that these extra gains are mostly unnoticeable in day-to-day use. To see the better performance, you’ll need to benchmark the device. Who from the casual consumer-base cares about benchmarks? No-one, that’s who.

So, Apple’s promise of 20% better performance courtesy of the S5 processor on the Watch Series 6 is nice on paper, but meaningless in application.

Battery life remains a constant WTF! The Apple Watch Series 6 is rated for 18-hour battery life, which is just not good enough. People want to be able to wear their watch for more than half a day. Apple sweetens the deal by boosting charging times by 20%, meaning a full charge takes 1.5 hours. But come on, 18 hours… really?

This battery life is embarrassing in an era where rivals like Samsung are looking to boost battery life on their wearables to multiple days.

 

Health – WTF!

Do you know what is the biggest new feature Apple is pushing for the Watch Series 6? Take a minute to think about it, I’ll wait.

Did you get it? I thought not. That’s because it is an oxygen sensor. I have read reviews that say this is the star of the show. Really? With the new monitor, users can track their oxygen saturation (SpO2) on the Apple Watch. If you’re unfamiliar with SpO2, it is the percentage of oxygen that is carried through blood cells.

The closer to 100% the better, while the Series 6 will only measure between 70% and 100%. Honestly, if it is reading as going under 70%, you’re probably in trouble anyway.

Look, this is a cutting-edge feature for a wearable, but I’m sorry, this is not a breakthrough fitness tool. Unless you plan to climb Kilimanjaro or are particularly granular about your body’s response to exercise, the oxygen sensor is a toy and nothing more.

If you doubt that, think how many times in your life you’ve asked yourself this, “I wonder what my current oxygen levels are?” Admit it, you’ve never asked that.

Verdict – Almost WTF!

Time to put the cards on the table. I have been dismissive of the Apple Watch Series 6 in this article, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad device. In fact, it is an awesome wearable in the same way all previous Watch generations have been. The problem is, I currently have a Series 5 on my wrist.

For anybody who bought last year’s generation, upgrading to the Series 6 is a waste of time and money. None of the new features are must-haves, unless you really love red or blue, or you demand the latest and greatest tech. I repeat, if you already have the Series 5, ignore the Series 6 and wait for the next model in 2021.

If you do not have last year’s Apple Watch Series 5, then the Series 6 becomes an easier sell. If you have an iPhone and want a wearable, it is simply a no brainer. Apple’s device remains the best smartwatch on the market, and by some distance. 

Nvidia RTX 30 Series Just Destroyed Xbox Series X

Microsoft has been on a media blitz recently, promoting its Xbox Series X (and lower-grade Series S) game console. The company says the device will usher in a new era of home gaming. However, ahead of the Xbox Series X launch in November, the Nvidia RTX 30 Series GPUs will launch and Microsoft’s console will be instantly obsolete.

The new Nvidia 3000 Series launches September 17, 2020, and is promising big things. While the RTX 3090 is the leader of the pack with 8K/60fps capabilities and a $1,499 price tag, it’s the GeForce RTX 3080 and 3070 that stand out. These GPUs promise to deliver 4K abilities and significant performance gains over what the Xbox Series X is capable of.

In fact, as 4K displays become more prominent, the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 arrive at a good time. New Nvidia 3000 series silicon will standardize 4K gaming for most users who are switching to higher resolution screens.

Shifting Dynamics of the Console Market

For Microsoft, the pitch is simple. Xbox Series X is the most powerful gaming console ever, and it will cost $499. As always, the company is leaning heavily on the fact most consumers want simplicity. They want to be able to turn on a machine, pick up a controller, and play their favorite games. It will also ship with Xbox GamePass. PC gamers can tap into this subscription service to access games for a monthly fee.

Consoles have had a basic recipe for success that has served the market for decades. PCs always provide more gaming power, but most users don’t want to pay huge sums for a gaming rig. They also don’t want to get bogged down by more complexity in controls. Consoles offer a nice balance between performance, comfort, and affordability.

As we head to the ninth generation of consoles, there are some problems with this formula. Specifically, PC gaming technology is becoming increasingly compact and price competitive. In other words, it’s now possible to get high-end PC technology in console-style hardware at an affordable price.

PC Gaming Tech Can Replace Consoles

It’s taken a while to get there, but in recent years improvements in PC gaming tech make it clear consoles are under threat.

While the RTX 3080 delivers guaranteed 4K performance for $699, it’s hard to ignore the RTX 3070 for $499. Yes, that’s the same price as the Xbox Series X, but Nvidia’s baby GPU bests Microsoft’s “next-gen” console in almost every metric. Sure, 4k/60fps will depend heavily on system requirements at this level, but the RTX 3070 will easily provide 1440p/60fps gameplay.

You may already know the Xbox Series X promises 4K/60fps thanks to Microsoft tweaking AMD’s RDNA 2 chipset. However, the Nvidia’s GPU promises more power than the 12 TFlops of the Series X. IN fact, the Nvidia 3070 has over 14 teraflops at its disposal.

Is This the End of the Console Era?

That’s the multi-billion-dollar question, and the answer is probably no. Or at least, the console market will remain the go-to for many consumers during the coming years. It’s still hard to argue against the convenience of a console for someone who may not really care about the finer details of performance.

When discussing PC gaming, it is always with the caveat of cost. Nvidia has done a fantastic job creating an Xbox Series X-killing GPU (both the Nvidia 3080 and RTX 3070), but that’s only part of the puzzle. Customers still need to build a gaming rig capable of getting the most from the GPU, which would not come cheap.

Theoretically, the cheapest viable rig to see the benefits of Nvidia’s chips would cost $1,000. These days, that rig could fit into a console-size body, but there’s clearly a price difference between consoles and PC gaming that means Microsoft will remain safe for now. But make no mistake, Nvidia’s GPUs make the technology Microsoft is boasting about in the Xbox Series X seem instantly obsolete.

What About Sony and the PlayStation 5?

There’s an elephant in the room I have been ignoring. Microsoft may be relatively safe from the Xbox Series X-beating tech Nvidia is creating, but the company is on less secure ground against Sony. That’s because the Japanese company will launch the PlayStation 5 (PS5) at the same time as the Series X.

Interestingly, the PS5 also pales in comparison to the Nvidia RTX 30 GPUs, while it is even less powerful than the Xbox Series X. However, Sony is heading into the next generation of consoles on winning ground.

The PS4 dominated the Xbox One through the eighth generation. In fact, it was not even a competition, becoming one of the clearest hardware victories we have ever seen in the gaming market. There’s little reason to doubt Sony won’t continue this hot streak with the PS5.

Certainly, the signs are there that the PS5 will beat Xbox Series X in terms of sales. Firstly, many markets around the world still favor the PlayStation brand over Xbox. If those markets stay loyal, Microsoft won’t compete just from sales in the United States and the United Kingdom (where Xbox leads).

Another clear issue is Microsoft is heading into the next era of home gaming without stellar first-party exclusives. In many ways, the success of a console is defined by what exclusive games it delivers. People can play games like Watch Dogs Legion, Call of Duty, and Fortnite on both consoles. It’s the exclusive games that entice customers.

Sony has far more games that will only be available on PlayStation and nowhere else. Microsoft has few titles that jump out at launch, especially with Halo Infinite delayed until 2021. More importantly, the term “Xbox exclusive” doesn’t really exist anymore. Microsoft’s main titles, from Halo to Forza, and from Fable to Gears for War, all now get a simultaneous release on PC.

No longer do people need to buy an Xbox to get to play Microsoft’s admittedly stellar stable of exclusive properties. Instead, they can do it on PC, and ultimately as technology becomes more affordable in the PC gaming market, that could spell the end for Xbox over the long term.

YouTube Vloggers that You Must Follow on Youtube

V Log – Short term for Video Log is  form of blog that make use of video as a medium. YouTube which is included in the top 3 visited sites on the web has a lot of channels where Vloggers present themselves through their  personal videos of their travels or their interests.

Here we came up with the list of travel Vloggers who deserves  subscribers in YouTube

 

Exploring With Josh

Have you ever wondered how it is to explore places that you haven’t been before? When we say explore, we’re not just talking about going to places where tourists go and trying their local food but exploring the unknown. Well this is what Josh the explorer does on his YouTube channel. Josh travels to different locations in the world and go to the abandoned places such as hospitals, mansion, hotels and other interesting places. He gets to give his viewers a tour on every location that he visits and give out interesting facts. The most viewed video that he uploaded was one video on his Chernobyl Series which gained millions of views!

With his interesting contents, no wonder why he now has 3 million subscribers.

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Almazan Kitchen

So, we have seen a lot of interesting cooking videos, but this channel is taking cooking to a different level.

The chef who’s also a traveler goes to wild forests to cook different dishes with the use of organic homemade ingredients! Well what could be better than watching the chef cook a delicious looking meal in the middle of a forest!  What makes his videos also different is that he doesn’t explain the process. He just shows it and well actions speak louder than words in this case! All you can hear are the sounds that the nature creates and the noise that he does when he’s cooking. The channel currently has over a million subscribers but with interesting contents, this deserves more!

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Wil Dasovich

Wil Dasovich recently won the  Vlogger of the Year on  this Year’s Shorty Awards. He’s full of enthusiasm and energy and has a lot of interesting contents on his YouTube page.Last Year, he announced  that he was battling with Colon Cancer and had to stop doing travel videos for a while to start the cancer treatment. Earlier this year, though his YouTube page, he was declared as Cancer Free! And now he’s back with his travelling videos and more interesting contents! He now has over a million followers on YouTube!

 

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Joe Allam

Have a taste of a wonderful  cinematic experience by watching Joe Allam’s YouTube videos . Joe Allam is a  photographer, vlogger, designer and blogger  from London who displays a lot of creativity on his YouTube channel.He has traveled to many countries and was able to highlight different places through his  cinematic scenes. With his great quality of videos, he is worth more followers!

Image Source: joeallam.co.uk

There are still a lot of vloggers that we have yet to explore on Youtube. Watch out for the next list soon!

Throwback To The 90’s Toys

The 90’s Toys – Yes, this post is a tribute to the 90’s Kids.

It’s been probably years since the last time you saw any of these although some were probably revived. But seeing the 90’s toys will surely let you  think back of the good ol’ days when you had nothing to do but play and not worry about bills.

So if you had a tough week, we hope this will help relieve the great days.

90’s Kids- Here’s your throwback.

 

 

Slinky Spring Toy

Remember the time when  you had to call your friends to show them your new tricks? Or when you placed this on top of the staircase and let it tumble until it hits the floor. The good days!

This one of the most popular 90’s  toys was actually invented in 1943 by Naval Engineer, Richard James. It was when he was looking for ways to stabilize sensitive instruments on  rough seas that this was discovered. Soon after, he demonstrated this as a toy in Gimbel’s Department store in Philadelphia where the first 400 units were sold in minutes!

 

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Tamagotchi

Thanks to Akihiro Yokoi  And Aki Maita Kids in the 90s were able to experience how it is to be a responsible owners to this virtual pet.

Released in 1997 in Japan, Tamagochi  comes  from the word  ‘Tamago’’ which translates to egg in Japan. The ‘chi’ comes  from the  last few letters of the English word ‘Watch’.

The name ‘tamagotchi’ is  just fitting to how this toy works. Once the toy is activated, an egg appears and the owner can start taking care of his pet.  As to how it mirrors taking  care of a real pet  – this has meters which will determine if the pet is hungry, happy and behave.

But  sadly, if not properly taken care of, this virtual pet can die too.

In 2017 – Bandai announced the toy’s comeback as the company launches 6 new versions of the classic playground version.

A Great throwback indeed!

 

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Pogs

Okay, 90s kids,  can you still recall how many pogs you were  able to collect as kids?

Well, some can still absolutely remember! For the 90s Kids, these were  probably more valuable than money.

The name Pogs originated  from POG, a brand name of Juice made out of Passion fruit, Orange and Guava. The bottle caps were commercialized and used later on for the game.

Image Source: awesomestufftobuy.com

 

 

 

Power Rangers Action Figures

Trini, Kimberly, Zack , Jason, Billy and Tommy – ring a bell? Ayayayayay! They are the Power Rangers!

They were the super heroes of the 90s kids who could  defeat any powerful monster or villain. Of course who can forget their watches? Every 90’s kid would love to have one! It looked so cool seeing them communicate using their watches  specially when mobile phones were still not a thing those days . And yes power rangers action figures became one of the popular 90’s toys. After all, It would be cool to have a collection of your favorite characters right?

 

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Nintendo Game Boy

This first hand held  Nintendo game console  was released simultaneously in different countries during Nintendo’s 100th anniversary .

The toy came with the games Tetris, Super Mario Land, Alleyway , Baseball, Yakuman and Tennis.

 

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Top 5 Kickstarters for the tech-obsessed urban warrior

Sure, the wilderness is tough, but the urban wilderness? It can be brutal. Luckily, these five Kickstarter projects are here to make life in the city just a little bit better. From a leather bag that holds everything like magic to a hydroponic grow system that grows greens with no green thumb, conquer your urban world with these five great innovations you won’t want to miss.

1. Nisnas Vortex Shadow sling bag:

 Start your next adventure with the right partner




The Vortex Shadow is about to change the bag game forever. It’s slim,    yet holds all the gear you need for a day’s adventure. Bring your phone, tablet, camera, water bottle, books, keys, headphones, and multi-tool along. The Vortex Shadow can handle it all while still keeping its shape and making you look great. And the full-grain leather and handmade design means you’ll always be looking good while carrying it.

For the Vortex Shadow Kickstarter page click here

 

2. Caply Mini Wearable Camera:

Capture every memorable moment with this tiny camera

The world becomes your lens with the Caply camera. This mini wearable camera packs a big punch, recording up to five hours of video and outlasting even the most well-charged iPhone. You can bring it anywhere because this thing is small but mighty – this screen won’t crack. Capture your life, your way. And it fits nicely in one of Vortex Shadow’s many pockets too.       

For the Caply Camera Kickstarter page click here

                                                             

 3. GroBox One:

 Start a garden in your apartment, no green thumb required

 

Maybe you don’t have the best green thumb or even any outdoor space for a garden. With this product, neither of those things matter. GroBox One is the idiot-proof all-in-one hydroponic greenhouse that’ll turn your studio apartment into a thriving nursery. You don’t even need soil.

For the GroBox Kickstarter page click here

 

  4. Consolidate your cordage with HyperDrive:

8-in-1 USB Hub + Wireless Charger

 

There are too many cords to connect these days. With this handy device, you can now connect them all to one convenient place. Oh, and it also charges your iPhone wirelessly if you just place it on top.  So it’s really 9-in-1 if you think about it. It’s something you’ll want to have on handy at all times. It’s small, so it fits great inside your Vortex Shadow bag too.

For the HyperDrive Kickstarter page click here

 5. Slip into something MOST comfortable:
The Sento Bathrobe and Slippers

 

When you’re not out exploring, you want to be comfy at home, Netflix and chilling in style. But most bathrobes are just horrid. Not this one. Sento Bathrobes transport you to a luxury vacation inside your own home. There are slippers too that’ll make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud.

For the Sento Bathrobe Kickstarter page click here

 

 Conclusions:

These Kickstarter creations are all happening right now, so if you’d like to see them come to life, you should probably support their pages now. Some of them even have delivery guarantees (like the Vortex Shadow bag). Combined, these 5 innovations are sure to up your urban game for good.

Nintendo Bets On Mario’s Odessey

Mario has been the face of Nintendo for decades. Throughout the years, the world’s most famous plumber has taken countless adventures. However, despite Mario’s extensive video game history, he is still as beloved and relevant as ever. This is thanks to the creative minds of the successful Japanese company. The key to this success has been their way of refreshing the brand in smart and fun ways. Now, after decades of work, the Italian hero returns with a title the promises to be groundbreaking: Super Mario Odyssey.

Introducing the IPhone X

The first IPhone was a revolutionary smartphone brought to us by Apple that changed the industry forever. Love it or hate it, the Iphone came to stay. Now, ten years later, Apple is bringing the IPhone X. This new IPhone doesn’t even have a “home” button and it promises to revolutionize the tech industry once again.

Twistron: Revolutionary Energy Fiber

One of the most pressing issues the world confronts today is the management and production of energy. In such a modernized world with staggering population numbers, it is of great importance to develop ways to bring energy to everybody in more efficient manners. Furthermore, global warming and environmental pollution call for cleaner and safer ways to produce energy in small and big scales. Today we have a new ally, Twistron.

Mira Prism: Accesible Augmented Reality

In recent years some of the top technological companies in the world have been trying to bring augmented reality to the masses. However, the production cost of their devices have not been accessible at all. Such is the case of Microsoft’s Hololens, which cost roughly 4,000 dollars. Fortunately, a smaller company by the name of Mira has developed a device that might take AR to many more places.