As a committed tech geek I have both Android Wear and Pebble Watches. Whilst the Pebble has become a firm favourite, with week long battery life, an easy to read e-ink display, and just the right amount of functionality to make it useful. Meanwhile, the Android Watch, with a battery that struggles to last a day, a colour display that needs a flick of the wrist to wake up, and requiring a seemingly endless series of swipe gestures to access information, sits unloved on the desk.
I'm still not convinced that smart watches are the answer to all our troubles. Yes, being able to quickly read a text, or swipe away an unwanted email is useful, but do we really need more than that. Is GPS something we're all clamoring for? I'm not convinced it is. As it is my watch now vibrates so often that I've taken to muting many of the apps that talk to it. And when I'm dressing up for a night out my trusty old Omega is the one I choose to wear.
Android Wear Update Hints At GPS
The latest update for Android Wear (4.4W2) has been launched and with it comes the hint of future GPS functionality.
Although the GPS features don't work, because none of the current crop of watches contain a GPS receiver, the software clearly points to GPS being a feature of future designs.
Whilst GPS is something that consumers have been asking for, allowing it to offer more in a standalone mode, the concern that immediately springs to mind is how this would impact on battery life.
Galileo launches suspended until 2015
The ESA and the European Commission have decided to postpone the planned December launch of two more Galileo satellites.
This decision has been made despite the findings of an inquiry that the August failure was caused by an easily correctable design flaw due to continuing concerns about the Soyuz launch vehicle.
As we have previously reported, the two satellites needed up in a bad orbit as a result of a frozen fuel pipe responsible for the delivery of hydrazine to thrusters necessary to align the Fregat upper stage ready for correct orbital injection.
Speed Camera Data Updated - v12.104 - 22 Oct & This Week's Subscriber Award Winners
This week we have 80 static and mobile speed cameras added, removed or modified in the live database.
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