Victoria Song
vsong
Consumer tech reporter by day, danger noodle by night. No, I'm not the K-Pop star.

12/5/19
12:59 PM
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nothing more insulting than making a dildo of your ex’s schlong but putting an “owl-related” counterweight aka the thing that actually makes the whole thing vibrate. truly a chef’s kiss of a diss. 

11/27/19
12:41 PM
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Tony’s glasses definitely are the thing most people think of as what an “ideal” pair. At least by sci-fi terms. 

11/20/19
1:55 PM
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Hi! So I linked to the actual report by Checkmarx, which goes into a little more detail. I believe the researchers kept it a bit vague on purpose, but from what I gathered their mockup malicious app only needed to ask for permission to storage before being able to manipulate the camera app into giving it further access Read more

11/15/19
2:30 PM
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I used to be that way too, but surprisingly I don’t mind so much—running with a leather strap isn’t ideal, but at least in the cold weather my wrist doesn’t get sweaty enough to do much damage. In general, smartwatches are lighter than they used to be and DO give you more stats during your run than a dedicated Read more

11/14/19
4:45 PM
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So like I mentioned, it’s not an exact 1:1 replacement. Spiritually, it feels as close to a Pebble a hybrid has gotten in recent years but the one big thing it’s missing is an app ecosystem and a dedicated community. I got calendar notifications...in the sense that it was pushed from my phone but nothing more advanced Read more

11/14/19
4:40 PM
1

It is possible. I had major discrepancies with the Samsung Galaxy Active2 when I tested it, and soon after Samsung issued a software fix. That depends on Fossil tho! 

11/14/19
2:58 PM
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Yes all the alarms were vibrate only for me. And you can set multiple ones. 

11/14/19
12:20 PM
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So far it’s mostly seeing my messages and calls—but quick replies isn’t really a thing. I’m not a big fan of using those replies (if it’s urgent I’ll just whip out my phone) so I didn’t feel like I was missing that much. However, if you’re just trying to screen messages and calls, it’s more than sufficient.

11/14/19
9:20 AM
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American checking accounts don’t have much to do with checks these days either. Sometimes you don’t even get a checkbook when you open a new one up (i had to pay extra to get a checkbook so I could pay my landlord...)—debit cards are mostly what’s associated with a checking account now. It’s just shorthand for a basic Read more

11/13/19
3:03 PM
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Google Pay is still around, and it’s probably the service Google really wants to hook people on, as people will need it to even access the checking account. At the very very very least, partnering with Citigroup probably means it’ll be FDIC insured—but it is a troubling thought. Guessing Google is betting on the Read more

11/13/19
2:21 PM
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Oh don’t worry my friend. The WSJ also reported last year that Amazon was in talks with JP Morgan & Chase for this very exact thing. 

11/8/19
11:55 AM
1

A stan is a fan in slang. You’re also a rare one! I get Apple users yelling at me all the time how the one-day battery life is perfectly fine and that they don’t care if it ever becomes multi-day. 

11/8/19
9:11 AM
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I acknowledged in my post that they might’ve sent me a borked unit, but I also reached out to Matrix to troubleshoot before the review went up. Since publishing, Matrix said they’d send me another watch to re-test. If that works out, I’ll update accordingly. Honestly, I would love to experience a PowerWatch 2 that Read more

11/7/19
2:58 PM
3

So they do provide a “charger” out of the box (it’s not really a charger so much as a so-called thermoelectric pad), and it’s only meant to juice it up at first. For the record, after the GPS thing didn’t work, I tried to charge it on this charger. That...also didn’t work. Also, my boxing class is what I’d call 60 Read more

11/5/19
1:58 PM
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I had this problem with the Charge HR/Charge 2 many moons ago. Clasps fell off and I’d end up losing the Fitbit; they’ve by and large fixed that—I’ve never had that particular issue with the Versa, for example. That said, I wasn’t impressed with the build-quality on the latest Inspire and Inspire HR. 

11/5/19
1:56 PM
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Let’s also not forget that $300 million of that is in land “being made available”, which in San Jose...isn’t a whole lot of land either.