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‘AndroidCentral’ Publishes Its List Of ‘Best Hybrid Smartwatches In 2018’ — Includes ‘Garmin Vivomove HR’.

by Anura Guruge



 

Interesting list. I have indeed looked at a few of them, though my emphasis is on the fitness/health features as opposed to the smartwatch capabilities per se.

That said I have been tempted a few times by the ‘Withings’ but have managed to resist. Heard good things about the new LG and also saw that it has been deeply discounted of late.

I don’t agree that, bar for its smart looks and $200 price tag, the Garmin Vivomove HR is the right comparison. I would have gone with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

But, check out the list. Worth keeping abreast of the technology and products.


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‘Obamacare’ (i.e., ACA) Struck Down In Texas — Sure Glad I Just Got Out.

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Well ACA, i.e., ObamaCare, still stands because this is sure to go the Supreme Court. But, IF I still relied on ObamaCare for our insurance I would be panicked. But, just last week the last of us got off the ACA system. WOW. What a relief.

I got Medicare in September. The wife already was on Medicare. Third daughter turned 18 in October and as such could apply for coverage on her own. That just left the 12-year old. Since both parents are on Medicare the State is going to cover both these two kids. So, for now, I am DONE with healthcare.gov. What a relief.

But, I feel for those that still have to rely on ACA. For all its faults it was better than anything we had previously.

I really hope ‘they’, i.e., Trump, doesn’t kill it.


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I Had Not Heard That Garmin Had Been Embezzled To The Tune Of $1.2 Million!

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Yikes. I had NOT heard of this and I, in addition to owning a fair amount of Garmin, am an actual Garmin shareholder (and I own a respectable amount of shares (enough to write multiple option contracts)). I only came across it when I was researching the new Actigraph partnership.

Garmin is a BILLION dollar company so this is not that huge, but it is significant. They probably have to sell 6,000 Garmin Fenix 5s to make a $1.2 million profit.

Rather embarrassing.

Just factor this in the next time you try to contact Garmin support.


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Garmin Partnering With Medical Specialist ‘Actigraph’ — ECG Feature Soon?

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‘Actigraph’ makes MEDICAL-grade activity trackers — BUT NO ECG as yet.


How I got ECG capability … Click to access post.



The Apple Watch 4 ECG/EKG feature, as I expected, is getting a LOT of favorable press — with stories about how it has already saved lives.

Garmin has to react fairly soon.

This partnership with Actigraph is a good start. Actigraph, right now, does not have a ECG/EKG product but you have to be sure that they and Garmin have been looking into it. As I discovered the ‘chipsets’ for getting the ECG/EKG readings are readily available and not that expensive. So, it is not a huge hill that has to be climbed.

Actigraph, right now, appears to marketing high-end activity trackers — albeit without GPS. So, quite a bit of overlap, but also areas that they can cooperate on to improve.

Good move. I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus: ‘Auto Pause’ Messed Up My GPS + Glonass Distance By About 0.25 Mile!

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Compare with map below. Same route.



Today for the first time I had ‘Auto Pause’ enabled on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. I went for one of my usual runs — with my two dogs (Golden & Harrier) who do like to stop OFTEN. So, yes, auto pause was kicking in and off — quite often.

This is a run I do, on average twice a week, and have done so for nearly a year. I have run it while wearing: Garmin Vivoactive 3, Fitbit Ionic, Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin Fenix 5 Plus & Polar Vantage V. So, I know what the distances are and do so across multiple watches. I also do this run most of the times with the dogs.

Thus, the only change today was ‘auto pause’. I get to the driveway of my friends’ — and you can see the little squille (top right) when I detoured to see them on a prior run. The GPS reading should have been around 1.6 miles. Today, it was not. Close to 1.5. That was wrong. I ran to my usual 1.75 point. It read 1.6! I ran further. This was further than I have ever run on this route before. I got to 1.65 miles. I gave up. Turned around. I knew I had done 1.75+ miles.

Came home. Didn’t make any detours. Straight back and you can see that. When I got home it read 3.53 miles!

Ah!

I had turned around 1.65 miles. 1.65 x 2 is 3.3 NOT 3.53.

So, obviously GPS was catching up on the way back.

NOT AMUSED. Turned auto pause off. Screw that for a game of checkers.


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‘Cologuard’ Is A Waste Of The Paper You …. (Well You Know).

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No, it wasn’t I who got ‘burnt’. I have had two real colonoscopies in the last 10-years, both luckily ‘negative’ — i.e., “you don’t need one for another 10-years“. Yes, my two were ten years apart — the last this April.

This was my 78-year old neighbor ‘Bill’. He has had a number of health issues. Earlier in the Spring they found that he was quite badly anemic. So, they suspected that he had to be bleeding internally, somewhere. Though he hadn’t had a proper colonoscopy in 15-years his doctors (who is not very good) decided to go the ‘Cologuard’ approach. Bill was glad of that because he didn’t have to undergo a real colonoscopy.

The results came back. Said he was FINE. He and his wife were cokahoop. Well, it wasn’t anything to do with his colon. THE TEST said he was fine.

A couple of months later when he complained of pain around his waist they did a CAT-scan. That showed widespread cancer in the lungs and lymph nodes. He had been complaining of a dry cough for months. And this was the first time they looked at his lungs. And you wonder why I do not trust any U.S. doctors ….

Now, given his widespread lung cancer they decide to do a proper colonoscopy.

Strange that. Cologuard had said he was A-OK. So, why a colonoscopy now.

Well, you know where this is going.

They discovered a cancerous mass about the size of a golf ball and widespread cancer.

Last month they removed 14″ of his colon.

He has Stage IV colon cancer. He is going to go on chemotherapy. They have even told him that he might have just 6-months left.

6-months left! That is after Cologuard told him, 7-months ago that he did NOT have colon issues.

That is disturbing.

So, when I happened to see a Cologuard commercial on TV this afternoon I had to share this with you.

Cologuard would NOT have prevented Bill’s cancer. But, if he had taken a proper colonoscopy rather than Cologuard they could have had at least a 7-month head start on his treatment.

Yes, it is the doctor’s fault. But, Cologuard did say NOTHING. Nada. And that is when his colon was riddled with cancer.

 


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HRM USA Includes One Of My Fitness Tracker Reviews — For Garmin Vivofit Jr 2.

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These are my friends at HRM USA — the place at which I have been buying ALL my many activity trackers for the last year. Given that they discovered that I blog they had asked whether I would do some reviews for them. I was glad to oblige. So, here is one. I have done more.


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