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.
Last month Apple announced a new Apple TV which sports a new A8 processor, touch controller, and an overhauled user interface. Here is a recap of what’s new on the Apple TV just in case you missed it last month:
Yesterday at a WSJ Live Event, Tim Cook noted that Apple will begin taking orders for the Apple TV on Monday and will ship later that week so get ready to spend $150 for 32GB model or $200 for the 64GB model!
Amazon has been trying to figure out their future business plans, and creating consumer electronics products appears to be their biggest focus. With the Fire Phone not being successful, as they had thought, the Echo is their latest attempt to woo the tech industry. This time, Amazon is offering a product that will act as a wireless speaker and voice-activated assistant.
What is it?
The Echo is continuously listening for the wake word, which appears to be “Alexa”, though in the video below, the actor says it wakes to “the wake word we chose”, so it’s unclear at this point whether or not that is a set word. Nonetheless, once, it’s woken, you can say a slew of commands, including simple questions about weather, time, and general info like the height of Mount Everest. You can also have it play music from your Amazon Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio (and probably other services once the product has been out longer).
What’s in it?
As far as the specs go, it’s got a 2.5″ woofer and 2″ tweeter, bluetooth, “fast Wi-Fi” (likely AC, though not specified at this point), seven microphones for “far-field voice recognition”, and is a total of 9.25″ tall with a diameter of 3.27″. These specs should give it a fairly clean sound with easy-to-use functionality without having to scream at it to get it to recognize when someone is talking.
As you can see in the very cheesy introduction video below, it appears to be very easy to use (though so does everything else in a video):
Amazon has been offering more and more devices that allow customers to easily order products from Amazon, including the Amazon Dash and barcode scanner app for phones. This new product will allow customers to add more to their shopping list by just telling Echo they want it added. With Amazon Fresh, people will even be able to get groceries without even having to pick up their device and go to the store.
The cost of the device is set at $199 for non-Prime members and $99 for Prime members. This is fairly comparable to other wireless speakers, so it should theoretically be a successful device.
Amazon has been attempting to change the tech landscape for quite some time now, and this is yet another try. With it being invite-only at the moment, they will be able to see if it’s successful or not, and decide where to go from there. Amazon really needs to figure something out, as they continue to lose money, or they will eventually go under, which isn’t something most people want to see.