Daily archives for December 29th, 2011

Nano Watch

I had a secret desire to own the 6th gen iPod nano ever since I saw Steve suggest wearing it as a watch. And now thanks Apple, I have one!

When I bought my first MacBook it came with of first gen iPod nano, with 2 GB, fast-forward to 2011 and Apple has to replace the batteries because they have this tendency to explode. So since I didn’t want mine to blow up, I sent it in worried that I wouldn’t get the first gen back. I kind of thought of it as a collectors piece. But then I started reading that they were replacing them with the six generation nano, and I was one of those lucky ones. So I ran out and pick up picked up the hex watchband. And I love it!

I even have GhostArmor to protect it and I really like it, with it’s built-in step counter, the radio with TiVo like features, and my music. The nano itself is so light I can barely tell what I have it clipped on. I say 95% of the weight is in the watchband, which is okay it gives it a solid feel. I also like that the nano clips into the band securely and is still completely accessible.

So I could be super nerdy, and have the nano set up as a flash drive, and connect the 30pin connector to the USB into my computer, while it’s on my wrist.

The total cost to do something like this is over $200, and not something I would normally do. In fact I didn’t do it, since I did get the nano as a replacement. But for a watch that feels this solid, had 18 different faces, and hopefully the ability to get more, I say it’s a pretty good deal at $200.

I can totally see, in a future generation, where the nano will be able to connect to the iPhone, and you’ll be entered able to interface between the two. Imagine caller ID on your wrist, or using it as a speakerphone and send commands to Siri.

And remember the nano has the motion sensor to track your steps and activity, and if it could relay that back to the phone, it could then send it up to you the Nike website and your profile is updated.

Or it’s great to plug the headphones into the nano through your sleeve, so that gives you a nice connection that out-of-the-way you can play the music on your iPod nano, and then if a call comes into your phone you could pause the music and give you the information, plus a screen to accept or deny.

The possibilities are virtually endless.

*** UPDATE ***
Looks like Casio has the though process going! http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/30/casio-g-shock-smartphones/

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BREAKING: Anti-LGBT Amendment Stripped from Defense Bill

Russell Amendment removed from NDAA after lawmakers received more than 342,000 petition signatures from AMPA and other national organizations

WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, praised reports that an amendment was removed from the annual defense bill that could have funded anti-LGBT discrimination.

“Taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people is wrong -- plain and simple,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “The fact that the defense spending bill was being used in an attempt to fund discrimination against minorities is disturbing. Thousands of LGBT service members put their lives on the line for our nation, and they and their families should never face discrimination here at home simply because of who they are or whom they love. We are pleased that in the end, lawmakers removed the discriminatory measure and fairness and equality seem to have prevailed.”

Known as the Russell Amendment, the measure in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could have allowed taxpayer-funded discrimination against women, single mothers, LGBT people, and religious minorities in religiously-affiliated organizations, including hospitals and universities.

As reported by the Washington Blade, “During a background briefing with reporters on Tuesday, an aide said the final version of the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill hammered out by House and Senate lawmakers in conference committee lacks the language Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) inserted in the House version of the bill.”

On November 15, AMPA joined more than a dozen national organizations in delivering more than 342,000 petition signatures to Congress in opposition to the amendment. The petitions were delivered to the Washington offices of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

The petitions were part of a coordinated advocacy effort from the American Military Partner Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, and other national organizations.

The Russell Amendment could have allowed for an individual:
To be fired for marrying a same-sex partner — or denied benefits afforded to other married couples
To be fired for being transgender
To be fired for being a woman taking birth control
To be fired for being a single mother or
To be refused a job interview if they don’t practice the “right” religion
The Russell Amendment was previously adopted in the dead of night — over bipartisan opposition — without a hearing and with almost no debate. The House Rules Committee then prevented the full chamber from being able to vote on a bipartisan amendment to remove the discriminatory provision from the defense bill.

The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest organization of LGBT military spouses, families, and allies. With more than 50,000 members and supporters throughout the country and around the world, AMPA is committed to education, advocacy, and support for our “modern military families.”
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