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Have smartwatches really taken off

The Smartwatch – Still Hot Or Not?

We all know the smartwatch, that little piece of tech that people scrambled to get their hands on when it first hit the markets. No wrist was complete without it, and old style analogue watches receives sneers and smirks from those who were technologically advanced.

But how popular is it now? Has it really taken off or will it go the way that Google predicted most wearable tech will, which is by the wayside?

Exorbitant Cost – Now Cheap As Chips

When they first came out, smartwatches were elite little pieces that cost a small fortune. Only a few companies offered them, and they had to be paired with that particular device which ran a particular operating system.

Having a smartwatch advertised your status as well as what type of phone you had and let you play the online casino games New Zealand had to offer on your wrist. Now, however, you can buy a cheap Chinese knock-off for next to nothing, no longer the realm of the elite, any Joe Blog can get his hands on one and pair it with pretty much any smart device he has.

Mobility Issues

Yes, a watch is mobile, but the smartwatch is only useful if it is in range of its mother device. The bonus to this was that you could check messages and manage your life quickly on your wrist, but you would still have to have your phone or tablet somewhere nearby or on your person.

This means that if you forget your phone somewhere, your watch is pretty much useless.

Lost Notifications

Let’s face it, the main point in a smartwatch is to have a second screen on which to receive notifications. We don’t have to pull our phone out of wherever they, unlock and read whatever communication we have received. With many smartwatches, however, notifications get lost, which rather defeats their purpose.

A missed email or phone call may have disastrous results, especially as your phone will quite likely be on silent due to having a smartwatch that is supposed to light up and notify you visually.

Battery Life

It seems like everything these days runs on a rechargeable battery; books, computers, phones, even cigarettes. Having yet another device to charge at the end of a day is quite often simply not practical. Some watches do, of course, have long battery lives, but most barely get you through the day.

This can be a huge inconvenience both when you need to go somewhere but you have forgotten to charge your watch, or it simply has run out of power.

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One Handed Use

The smartwatch was meant to usher in a new time where one would not have to use both hands to manipulate technology, leaving the other hand free for important things like coffee.

Although great in theory, this never really happened, as one still has to use the second hand to update or implement any software changes.

In Conclusion

Google stood quite firm in their stance that wearable tech was not going to catch on. We have yet to really know one way or another, but statistics show that smartwatches have taken a definite decline in popularity in recent years.

Looking good at their implementation, they never really took off as much as many of their parent companies wished they would. Perhaps a new advancement will refresh them in the future, but we will have to just wait and see.

Tech Trends Of The Future

Technology moves along at an astonishing rate. So fast, in fact, that it has become near impossible to predict what technology will be like in a few years, never mind a few decades.

Who, after all, could have predicted the ridiculous levels of mobile phone advancement today, back in the 80s, when mobile phones did not even exist? The very notion that mobile phones have come as far as they have, in a single lifetime, is outrageous.

Even so, one can still make certain predictions, and hope to have at least some level of accuracy. It seems crazy that mobile phones will disappear in a few decades, and more likely that they will simply change form, even if dramatically. Likewise, it seems likely that motor vehicles will not vanish, but only evolve in new directions. Just like the online slots Canada have to offer still resemble the originals, only far more advanced.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the more likely predictions of how future technology will change, and what the new trends might be.

Mobile Phone Wearable Technology

There have been only a few ventures into wearable technology in the present, with smart watches and headsets being the most prevalent. Google Glass was a massively failed attempt to take this technology further, and many saw this failure as indication that wearable tech was simply not going to catch on. But don’t be so sure.

Major advancements in wearable technology are incoming, and it still seems like they will play a part in our future lives. With headsets that automatically adapt the volume of audible sounds, for the comfort of the wearer, in the pipeline, wearable tech is set to make a comeback.

Sure, the initial smartwatch releases were not a worldwide success, but saw enough success that future evolutions are still likely. It still seems like technology evolved wearable glasses are unlikely, but only because one can’t help but a look a little silly wearing them. But imagine a pair that looked no different from regular spectacles?

 Next Level Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has seen only moderate success so far, but this is largely due to how expensive a headset still is. A new wave of virtual reality headsets are incoming, and boast not only augmented reality capability, but a massively reduced price tag.

Virtual reality is a tech that has been predicted for decades, and finally seems to be becoming an actual reality. It makes sense that when it becomes more affordable it will likely take the world by storm, and evolve as rapidly as mobile phones.

Automated Vehicles

Automated vehicles are another technology that has been predicted for a long time, and although the technology exists to make such a thing possible, the implementation of it is slower than hoped for. Again, price tag has a great deal to do with it, and as it becomes more affordable, it will likely spread across the world rapidly.

No word on flying cars just yet, but one can only live in hope that the possibility still exists. Fingers crossed that the Back to The Future 2 universe may yet still come to be realised.

Apps Make Life Easy in the Kitchen

It’s never a good feeling when you are on dinner duty and you know the family are expecting little more than blackened lumps that may have once been food, and a whole lot of smoke. Thankfully, as with much of life, mobile tech has come to the rescue.

Think about it. Smartphones and tablets are small and easy enough to use in a space that can get as cluttered as a kitchen can. They are a great way of creating a link between the pantry and the butcher, grocer, or supermarket, and, if you are really careful, you won’t drop them into the batter to serve them up in a Victoria sponge at tea that afternoon.

There is also the added bonus of being able to call the fire department almost immediately, if one of your culinary adventures goes awry.

Plenty of apps can lend a helping hand in the kitchen. With just a tap and a swipe, you can find recipes, plan meals, take notes, find useful information, help you eat ethically and healthily, and even act as cooking timers (lessening the chances of that previously-mentioned phone call).

Apps for Recipes

Browsing recipe collections is a great way to find inspiration and new ideas, as well as the basics, such as how to boil an egg. In addition to extensive, easily searchable libraries, most good recipe apps also include features such as photo albums, grocery lists, and meal organisers and planners.

BigOven, Epicurious, Yummly, and other recipe apps have been downloaded by users around the world. Social media functionality means you can join an international community of amateur and professionals who also have to face time in the kitchen.

Apps to Help You Shop

Shopping helper apps are perfect for anyone who makes a habit of losing the grocery list, or is convinced they will remember everything, don’t write anything down, and then return from the shops with everything but what is needed.

They are also a boon for anyone who wants to eat healthily and ethically. You can find sustainably-sourced meat and vegetable produce, and you can find out about pesticide levels, and how to buy inorganic vegetables that do not require intensive treatment with chemicals during farming.

Some apps also offer information about various meat cuts, and food preparation and storage tips. Substitution apps are particularly helpful in finding ingredients that can be substituted for one another.

Apps such as Dirty Dozen, Perfect Produce, Seafood Watch, Substitutions, and Nose to Tail are a few of the kitchen helper apps to consider.

Apps to Time Cooking

In many recipes, timing is everything. Timing, however, could also be everything in Geelong Cup betting, and if you follow the races, it can be too easy to forget about that prime stake on the griddle pan.

Download kitchen timer apps to help you make sure you don’t cremate your dinner. You can keep track of stove-top burners, as well as the oven, so cooking multiple dishes no longer involves several clocks and an advanced degree in mathematics. Thyme and the hands-free Wave Timer are preferred by many cooks who have realised just how useful a mobile device can be in the kitchen.

Should You Get The New iPhone 8 Or Is It Too Pricey

Should You Get The New iPhone 8 Or Is It Too Pricey

Is the New iPhone Too Much?

The new iPhone 8 has recently been released; queue the hype, the fanfare, the hoopla, the crushing disappointment? So maybe I am cheap, but $699 for a mobile phone…can it get a job too and pay my rent as I spent my last 2 months rent money on a phone?

So far the public’s response to the release has been lukewarm. Generally unimpressive with a few industry standard improvements thrown in to make it stand out.

Having a look at a few of these innovations highlighted at the launch, there are a few that we can review, to see if we should maybe stick to paying our rent.

The New Specs:

These are some of the new improved specs that were touched on at the Apple Launch in September 2017:

Design – the iPhone 8 design is seemingly very similar to its predecessors but with the added “bonus” of a glass back. So now both the front and back are glass, nice breakable glass. Although purported to be the toughest glass on a phone to date, this phone of glass does not inspire confidence.

The glass has been reported to help with grip when held, and quite scratch resistant. The handset size of the new iPhone 8 is marginally bigger than the iPhone 7 but the bevelling does not scream amazing fresh handset design.

Display – The screen size has not been changed at all from the iPhone 7. The resolution, contrast and brightness have also remained the same, so they’ll still be great for playing online casino NZ games, or enjoying any other multi-media tasks.

The one improvement added by Apple is the True Tone functionality, which basically adjusts the white balance to match the current environment and to be easier on the user’s eye.

Internal – Apples brand new addition is the A11 Bionic chip, and this is where they really shine- although itstill can be beaten by many other chips. The iPhone 8 has an enviable amount of power which can handle most tasks smoothly and most exciting…speedily!

This A11 bionic chip is the best feature and possibly one of only two reasons to get this phone. Another new feature is wireless charging, but do not expect the wireless charger plate to be included in the box? This is not really an interesting innovative feature as other brands like Samsung have had wireless charging for a few years.

Camera – The improvement to the camera on the iPhone 8 has brought it up to the mobile industry standard. And this would be the second reason for upgrading from an older model iPhone, just for the improved camera features. The camera is still 12 megapixels but apparently has had some improvements like a larger sensor and deeper pixels all assisted by that speedy A11 Bionic chip.

Final Thoughts on The iPhone8

Overall the iPhone 8 is not a bad phone at all, and the improvements Apple made have put it in line with other mobile phones currently in the mobile phone market. But is it worth a minimum price tag of $699, when it is only a marginal improvement from the iPhone7? No it is not, keep your old iPhone.

In closing, I would suggest paying your rent this month and keeping an eye on the prize…the iPhone X.

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Notable Emerging Mobile Tech Trends

The rapid growth of mobile technology means that, year on year, smartphones and tablets diversify in terms of capability and functionality.

If the past two decades and newly emerging trends in tech are anything to go by, the future is going to be a very interesting place.

Find out about some of the trends that have begun to arise in mobile technology. We are sure you will agree that we are in for exciting times.

Connect Everything to the Internet

The so-called Internet of Things has led to the development of mobile apps for all sorts of, well, things.

With fridges, home security systems, garden irrigation systems, toasters, TVs, motor vehicles’ on-board computers, and all manner of other appliances and devices getting connected to the Internet, apps to access and control it all have become a necessity.

All indications are that this trend is set to continue.

Chatbots On the Rise

According to Fjord’s Trends Report for 2017, another emerging trend in mobile tech is that of more intelligent chatbots. What may be expected in the near future are bots able to identify emotion and context.

The report goes as far to predict that, within three years’ time, people will communicate with chatbots more than they will with their own partners.

Business Meets Augmented Reality

The unprecedented hit mobile game Pokémon GO! attracted the world’s attention to augmented reality. While many conversations about it at the time focussed on its online casino NZ and other gaming possibilities, the business world began to wake up to the potential of AR.

Another emerging mobile tech trend is that more and more businesses will begin to include AR in not only the apps and other services they offer customers, but within the day-to-day running of those businesses.

Architects, interior designers, and others could use AR mobile tech in a way that most now use computer-generated artist’s impressions. Other developers could use mobile AR tech to build digital models of their designs.

Services Based On Location

A significant emerging mobile technology trend is that of services and instant messaging that is based on users’ locations.

We already saw some businesses start driving this in 2016, when they began sending out adverts, information, and promotional material to customers based on their geographic location.

Such tech trends could pave the way to ever-greater customer engagement, whether those customers are at home or away.

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Mobile Meets Artificial Intelligence and Education

Believe it or not, artificial intelligence as well as educational services such as machine learning are also mobile tech trends that are emerging fast.

While e-commerce apps tend to be the ones behind the AI push, educational apps such as those that offer children mathematics exercises or language lessons have also added impetus to the trend.

The emerging trend has already led to significant developments in analytics, translation software, and other tools.

Mobile Security Trends

Mobile security is another emerging trend worth taking note of. As our lives have become more and more connected to our smartphones and tablets, so more and more of our personal and other details been become connected to them as well.

It is comforting to note that developers are considering various mobile security options, whether that be to improve hacking detection or to develop remote wipes that can remove user’s personal details from their devices remotely, if need be.

 

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Will Smartwatches Take Over from Mobile Phones?

The next generation in portable, internet-enabled technology is upon us. Smartphones are popping up like mushrooms after a rainstorm, and some users are starting to ask if such wearables will eventually conquer the mobile phone.

More and more voices are joining what is turning into one of the great tech debates of our days.

There are arguments for and against smartwatches taking over from smartphones and tablets, but the ultimate answer is yet to be revealed.

For what it’s worth, our money is on smartwatches eventually dominating the market. It only a matter of time. Read on, and find out why.

In Favour of Smartwatches

While popular opinion on smartwatches is roughly split down the middle, the emerging trends indicate that, as their functionality and capabilities improve, more businesses and users will start to recognise and appreciate their value.

For starters, smartwatches come with all the same basic functions of a newer-model mobile phone. That they can be produced according to a range of designs means that they will be trendy for longer than moon-bags ever were.

Smartwatches also have the advantage of being wearable, which means there is no hunting for phones in handbags, pocket dialling last-called numbers, and no absent-mindedly forgetting them on bar stools or park benches.

The even-easier accessibility of apps offered by smartwatches may also help sound the death-knell for mobile phones. Jerome McCarthy theorised that more intense usage follows easier access, and as it is, the average mobile phone user already uses their device for web-related activity such as playing mobile pokies than they do their computer.

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What Counts Against Mobile Phones?

Mobile phones have only become as prevalent as they are because they became more affordable. As more and more devices hit the market, so more and more manufacturers adopted competitive pricing in a bid to attract customers.

The result is that mobile phone and tablet markets around the world have almost reached saturation point.

In Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, mobile phones have penetrated approximately 65 percent of the market, whereas in South Korea and Singapore, the market penetration is sitting at 73 percent and 72 percent respectively.

As the markets reach the point of total saturation, so they offer fewer opportunities for growth. This alone would force manufacturers to consider other options, such as wearable technology.

What Currently Counts Against Smartwatches?

At the moment, the biggest drawback to smartwatches is that their more exciting features depend on being connected to a mobile phone. As long as this is the case, mobile phones might be considered by some to be a necessary evil.

This, however, is slowly changing. Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Apple, and HTC have either already released their tentative explorations in mobile phone-independent smartwatches, or are said to be working on launching their first smartwatches.

In fact, Samsung’s Gear 2 smartwatch is already capable of GSM modules. Such modules are what allow mobile phones to be used as phones, which means we are already well on the way to being able to use smartphones as phones.

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Will Smartwatches Be The Future?

Wearable Technology – The Future of Online Gaming?

Wearable technology is the one of the latest trends with millennials.  What started with the smartphone, has further developed into wearable technology – most commonly in the form of a wristwatch (known as the smartwatch) equipped with the same software as a smartphone.

As always, the online casino industry is quick to adapt and take advantage of any new developments worldwide.  Soon after the first smartwatch was released, the casino industry began to develop some of their online games to be playable on your smartwatch.

Where Digital Casinos Started

When digital casinos first started, they were available on PC and desktop, which was already a leap forward for technology as players were no longer limited to land based casinos.

Fast forward a few years to the mobile age, and the casino industry took the added convenience of being able to play from home, to the next level, offering all your favourite casino games on your mobile device.

Research shows that as of today, mobile play is the most popular method of online casino playing, and imagine the added convenience of having all our favourite apps and games on your wrist!  You don’t even need to reach into your pocket to be instantly connected.

Challenges of Mobile Games on Smartwatches

Some casino games may be too complex to be displayed on such a small screen, however mobile slots fit perfectly.  The simplicity of the games makes it a natural choice for developers to use as a starting block to launch online games for smartwatches.

To date the variety of games available for smartwatches is relatively small compared to what is available on mobile.

If you think about the size of the screen, it’s not hard to understand why, and developers are faced with the challenge of making their games playable in such a small frame.

 

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Microgaming – A Pioneer in Mobile Gaming Applications

The company Microgaming, which is credited with releasing the world’s first genuine online casino, has brought out a smartwatch version of their widely popular slots game Thunderstruck.

The mobile game has been stripped down to its barest minimum in order to fit into the smartwatch screen, but nonetheless it works, and is the first of its kind available for play.

All you will see on the screen are the reels, the name of the game, and a button which allows you to place a bet, which does not sound like much, but it does the job, and allows players to enjoy the convenience of grabbing a quick game of slots whilst waiting in the queue at the bank or wherever else they have a spare moment.

For now, the number of games available on your smartwatch are still limited, with developers still overcoming the obstacles of developing playable games for such a small space.

There are however some options out there, and if you are looking for recommendations to try out your smartwatches gaming capabilities there are a few that offer mobile real money slots on your smartwatch.

The Smartwatch – Only The Beginning

Given the fact that the size of the smartwatch is partly what makes it so convenient, its unlikely to change and this is what is the software developers biggest challenge is to date.

But the rate at which technology is developing these days leaves me little doubt that the technical geniuses of the online casino business will find a way round this obstacle and amaze us all with what they come up with.