Nov 20, 2017

With the release of the Series 3, Apple released a set of new Nylon/Velcro Sport Loops which are the most comfortable Apple Watch bands released to date. Unfortunately, these new Sport Loops are only bundled in with the Cellular Apple watch so that means if you get a normal Series 3, Series 2, or Series 1 you will have to shell out a little over $50 for one band which is insane.

[caption width="3671" align="aligncenter"] Apple Watch Sport Loop in Black, Fake[/caption]

I’d been waiting for a fake/copy to pop up on Amazon and it finally did! It’s called the Qifit New Nylon Sport Loop with Hook and Loop Fastener and it comes in all of Apple’s original colors which I couldn’t believe so I purchased a pink and a black one to see how close they come to Apple’s version. Basically, it’s the exact same thing but for $16. The colors are exactly the same but more importantly, the way the velcro is laid out and how the band feels is also exactly the same! This is the first band I’ve bought on Amazon that actually looks like an Apple product without branding.

[caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Band, That redness is exactly like Apple's Color[/caption][caption width="4031" align="aligncenter"] Fake Apple Watch Sport Loop, Just Like The Real Thing[/caption]

If you have been wanting a sport loop then you can confidently buy these knowing you are getting the same thing as Apple but without the hefty price tag. It’s ideal for working out and sleeping but I bought mine mainly for sleeping since it makes the watch so much more comfortable than any other band. You can get one here on Amazon. Just as a tip, the black one is like the one I am wearing in the picture and isn’t completely black (just how Apple’s is), I believe dark olive is more of a darker gray/black.

Google I/O Conference Interrupted by Multiple Protests

Google has plenty of fans all over the world for all of the good the giant does. However, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to what the company does, and this was displayed over the course of the annual I/O conference Google had.

One group named “Occupy Google” was there to protest the company not showing interest in net neutrality. On their website, they say that

“Google, with its immense power, has a social responsibility to uphold the values of the Internet. We encourage Google to engage in a serious, honest dialogue on the issue of net neutrality and to stand with us in support of an Internet that is free from censorship, discrimination, and access fees.”

The group says they aren’t against Google, but rather that they essentially want to use the company’s power to give more freedom of speech on the Internet.

A few days ago, Occupy Google set up outside the company’s Mountain View building, also known as “Googleplex” in California to attempt to gain the company’s attention. Google said they were welcomed, but could get wet from the sprinklers. Nonetheless, police came, broke up the protest, and made ten arrests for trespassing.

While all of that was going on, protesters at Moscone Center, where some I/O conference speakers were, were protesting Google lawyer Jack Halprin’s so-called eviction of tenants in an apartment building he’d purchased in San Francisco. In fact, a woman claiming to be one of the evicted tenants found her way into the conference to hold up a sign in protest. She was eventually escorted out of the keynote.

Later that day, a man came in yelling that Google was building people-killing robots. This was likely due to the company’s recent purchase of Boston Dynamics. He, too, was escorted from the conference.

Google normally experiences a lot of fandom at these conferences, but it’s always going to be a source of controversy as it is such a large and powerful company. This isn’t really all that uncommon of a thing to happen at Google, but it’s still interesting to hear the comments from these protesters!

LG G Watch Released, Retails for $230 and Ships July 3rd

Earlier today the LG G Watch went live on the Google Play Store. The watch is priced at $229 and is available in “Black Titan” and “White Gold”. The strap on the watch can be replaced with any standard 22mm strap and the body of the watch is IP67 water and dust resistant. The device is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3+ and will ship on July 3rd.

Technical specifications

Android Wear

1.65” 280 x 280 IPS LCD

37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm

63 g

400 mAh

CPU 1.2 GHz

Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy

4 GB internal storage with 512 MB RAM

Ports and Connectors
USB (pogo pin) on G Watch, Micro USB on Charging Cradle

9 Axis (Accelerometer/Compass/Gyro)

lg g watch available

All-day comfort
The G Watch’s beautiful display, slim design and long battery life make it remarkably comfortable to wear, all day, every day.

A choice of colors
Match your style with a choice of Black Titan and White Gold.
Changeable straps
Customize your G Watch with any standard 22mm (0.86 inch) watch strap.
Always-on display
The G Watch never sleeps. Its Always-on display allows you to check the time and see new information at a glance without touching it.
400mAh battery
The G Watch’s powerful yet compact battery will keep your watch going all day on a single charge.
Certified water and dust resistant
Don’t worry about wet or rough conditions. The G Watch is IP67 water and dust resistant.
Useful information when you need it most
Android Wear organizes your information, suggests what you’re going to need, and shows it to you before you even ask, such as weather forecasts in the morning and flight time and gate information before leaving for the airport.
Straight answers to spoken questions
Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the football game. Say “Ok Google” to get stuff done like sending a text, setting a reminder or taking a note.
Compatible with Android 4.3+
The G Watch can be used with any Smartphone running Android 4.3 and above. Visit from your phone to see if it’s compatible.
Download Android Wear
Download the Android Wear app from the Play Store on your phone to get started.
Source: Google Play

Watch This: Google I/O 2014 Full Keynote and Highlights

Earlier today Google held a keynote in San Francisco where they announced Android TV, Android Auto, and a slew of other services and products that will be available to consumers later this year. The full keynote is now available on YouTube and we edited a video with all the highlights in case you don’t have a nearly 3 hours to spare, check them out below!


Google Announces Android Wear

Today Google announced Android Wear, it is an operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices. The software is heavily integrated with Google Now and will have features such as always on listening like that of the Motorola X that allow you to command the watch without having to touch any buttons. Check out the videos below to see the software in action…

Android Wear: Information that moves with you 
Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you:

  • Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
  • Straight answers to spoken questions. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. Or say “Ok Google” to get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm.
  • The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Hit your exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.
  • Your key to a multiscreen world. Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build.

Introducing Android Wear. Useful information when you need it most – at a glance or in a word. Find out more at:

Developer Preview 
If you’re a developer, there’s a new section on focused on wearables. Starting today, you can download a Developer Preview so you can tailor your existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear. Because Android for wearables works with Android’s rich notification system, many apps will already work well. Look out for more developer resources and APIs coming soon. We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.

Source: Google Blog

Bright Red Nexus 5 Unboxing [Video]

Google recently added a new color, Bright Red, to their Nexus 5 line. It is available for purchase in the Google Play Store for $350 for the 16 GB Model and $400 for the $32 GB before tax and shipping. Check out the unboxing of the device below…


  • Android™ 4.4 (KitKat®)
  • 4.95″ 1920×1080 Full HD display (445 ppi)
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 8MP rear facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2,300 mAH battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800, 2.26GHz CPU
  • Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU
  • Wireless Charging
  • LTE

Google Glass Prescription Frames Now Available for Purchase, Come in Four Styles

Google has released four titanium frames for Google Glass that you can have fit with your prescription or no prescription at all. The lenses are said to be  “feather-light” and will come with a microfiber case, precision screwdriver, and cleaning cloth for $225 on top of the $1500 that are already charged when purchasing Glass. Explorers can go to and choose either a Curve, Bold, Split, or Thin Style and choose the color of frame to match their Glass.

google glass frames

I purchased the Thin style earlier this morning which should arrive sometime next week. We will have a full video showing the frames and we’ll see if they are worth the $225. Google also released two new shades, Edge and Classic, which cost $150 each and have gradient lenses.

Watch This: Google Glass Spoof On The Simpsons

On last nights episode of The Simpsons, characters from the show, such as Homer, got a pair of “Oogle Goggles” from their boss. The episode consists of spoofing Google Glass while managing to point out some pros and cons of the device. The full episode, “Specs and The City”, is available for Hulu Plus subscribers online [here] or you can watch highlights of the episode below which, might not last very long on YouTube.

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