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The Supposed Google Pixel Smartwatch Was A No Show Today — Subpoena To Be Issued Next Week.

by Anura Guruge


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That was anticlimactic. Big Pixel 4 unveil and no Pixel smartwatch. Not to be deterred the diehards are now claiming that it is to be announced next week. Anything is possible, but this loos suspect. Today would have been the optimal time to make a big splash.

But, then again, you could argue that Google might not have wanted to watch to be overshadowed by the Pixel 4 and only get mentioned, in the media, in passing — the also ran.

Well, all we can do is wait and see. I guess they still have time. More than a month to Black Friday and Christmas is a month after that.


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Garmin’s New ‘Swim 2’ For Pool & Open Water Swimmers — I Am Skeptical. (Sorry.)

by Anura Guruge


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It BETTER be better than the Fenix 5
in Open Water
BUT it doesn’t have a gyroscope. 

Click to access my post from last year. Actually I did a couple of posts on this topic.


This Garmin amused I. I do NOT consider myself a swimmer. Given that I do live in a lake community, with beach rights, I do swim ‘open water‘ in the Summer — but, I do live in New Hampshire, and this year, Summer was about 3-weeks long. (SMILE). If I am travelling, and staying at a hotel with a pool, I will swim, religiously — but I do not go swimming, in pools, other than when I am staying at a hotel (which is ~ 20 — 25 days a year).

That this ‘baby’ doesn’t have a gyroscope cracks me up.

GPS does NOT work underwater. That is why you need a gyroscope. The gyroscope is supposed to backfill data IN BETWEEN GPS reading. With the Fenix 5, with a gyroscope, this was still the challenge. The Fenix 5 did not keep up between GPS readings.

I HOPE Garmin has fixed all of the ‘open water’ issues in this — the ‘Swim 2’. As a huge Garmin fan (as well as a Garmin shareholder) I always want Garmin to WIN. Thus, though I am skeptical I am rooting for this watch to be a winner.

I did a bit of research. It, at its core, is a Garmin Forerunner 45 — with the special software adding $50 to the price. Interesting choice. It would appear that what Gramin was most concerned about was the $250 price point.

Well, I will keep an eye on this as I do with most Garmin watches. I will check the Forums.

No I am not going to get one. As I started off, I am not a swimmer.

I will be happy to share any feedback or updates you share with me. Thank you.


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A Google Pixel Smartwatch Can Change Everything, But Doesn’t Make Sense — Better To Just Buy Fitbit.

by Anura Guruge




Yes, rumors of a bona fide Google Pixel smartwatch — obviously running ‘Wear OS‘ (i.e., Android for watches) — are again on the rise. This time though they might be close to the mark. Based on a patent that Google filed, there is also an expectation that this watch might sport a ‘hidden’ camera. Yes, you can get watches with cameras now, but Google, with its Pixel phones, have shown that they know how to implement a real ‘nice’ camera. A good camera, in a watch, can be a gamechanger and get a LOT of folks into a lot of hot water! Just think of what you could take pictures or film without folks having a clue what you are doing! Frightening.

Even a semi-decent Pixel watch from Google, without a camera, would be quite an event. Cause quite the stir. Heavy Android users that want primarily a smartwatch — as opposed to a activity/health tracker à la a Garmin Fenix — would have no choice to look at it. But, then you have the Samsung watches that a pretty good on both front — ‘smart’ & fitness.

It has been widely and credibly reported that Fitbit THE COMPANY is for sale and yes, Google has been mentioned as a prospective buyer. That would make sense, BUT Fitbit does not run Wear OS. And that is Google’s dilemma. Fitbit has the hardware, experience and most importantly a huge, loyal customer base. Google has the money. They could plough large sums of money into porting Wear OS to Fitbit. To I that would be what makes most sense.

But, from what I see we will not have to wait too long. IF there is to be a Pixel watch announcement, it will be within the next few weeks. Fingers crossed.


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The New AMOLED Garmin ‘Venu’ — Delays, Issues & Concerns.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From U.S. ‘garmin.com’.


Folks are claiming that it is available in Australia.

Garmin AUSTRALIA does have a shorter delivery period.


Click image to access the ‘VENU Forum’ @ ‘Garmin Forums’.




ISSUE: The U.S. availability for the new Garmin VENU is still stated as being 5 — 8 weeks, the SAME it was when it was announced 4-weeks ago, on September 5, 2019. Ideally it should now be saying, worst case, 3 — 5 weeks. Yes, Garmin could change this tomorrow to say ‘1 — 3 Days’. It does happen.

The Garmin Forums, however, have had an active ‘VENU’ Forum for at least the last couple of weeks. There are some interesting posts on that Forum. There are those that claim that they already have a VENU. At least one claims he got it from Australia. As you can see, above, I checked. Plausible. But, it doesn’t make sense UNLESS Garmin is using Australia as a big beat-site.

And to add further credence, on the Forum, ‘Garmin’ has announced that they are rolling out v.3.40 of the software.

CONCERNS: There is also a post, on the Forum, from what looks like a Garmin ‘insider’ that speculates that the delay may be due to the US-China trade war and tensions. They are not sure, but there is a concern. YIKES! Not good. This could hit all of us hard.

At this rate it is going to be touch and go whether the VENU will be available for Black Friday. Maybe that is not a bad thing. You don’t really want it discounted that soon.

In terms of the availability being stuck at ‘5 to 8 weeks’, it reminds me of the infamous Vivoactive 3 roll-out exactly 2-years ago. Same scenario. Makes me nervous because I had a lot of bad luck with the Vivoactive 3.

ISSUE: Because AMOLED displays can be a drag on the battery there is a ‘low-power’ ‘always-on’ display ‘mode’ (which just shows the time) on the VENU. The ‘Fitbit Versa 2‘ has that too. Appears, however, that this always-on mode has issues. Only a few watch faces support it. ‘Crystal’, which I tried on my Garmin MARQ, being one of them. But, I also see that ‘Crystal’ and a few other watch faces are now claiming that they are permanently ON, impacting battery life, even IF they are not your chosen watch face! Yikes. That is bad. I didn’t install ‘Crystal’ on my Fenix 6 because of this.

CONCERN: Will more and more watch faces end up being permanently on because they want to support the VENU always-on display mode? That would be a shame.

ISSUE: I am seeing, on the Forum, sensor (e.g., barometer) and software bug issues very similar to what I saw with the initial roll-out of the Vivoactive 3. That worries me. Yes, the VENU, theoretically, is still in beta-test phase. So, maybe they will iron out these issues. But, I doubt whether they will opt for new sensors this late in the game.

CONCERN: I had two Vivoactive 3s die on me. I just don’t want to go through that with the VENU.

So, those are my issues & concerns.


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My Fitness Age, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6, Is That Of One 1/2 My Age!

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.


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This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.

Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’ on October 6, 2019.


So, for the record I turned 66 last month, i.e., September. So, this is actually less than 1/2 my age.

Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 6-months, having had knee-surgery exactly 7-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi0fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk.

Walking 7-miles a day was EASY in the Summer. But, it is now getting cold. It was in the low 40s Fahrenheit (F) this morning. So, given I am no longer carrying much fat (I am down to below 150lbs in weight) I have to dress warm. Plus, I am old. So, these were taken today, and a glimpse of what I get to walk through. I do not complain.


This, i.e., a fitness age of 46, was from 3 months ago.
So, I have come a long way.

Click to access that post.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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The U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ Again Confuses ‘Celibate’ With ‘Continence’ (A.K.A. ‘Abstinence’).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


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They have done before, too.

Click to access my post from 2015.


Yes, I know. Many people do use ‘celibate‘ to mean ‘not having sex‘. But, that becomes very convoluted when you apply it to married folks because the true definition of ‘celibate’ is not being in a relationship. That is how ‘celibate’ came to have this secondary meaning, though it is no longer the case, i.e., IF you are not in a relationship then you are not having sex!

The correct word is ‘continence‘ or ‘abstinence’.

Yes, the improper use of this word bugs I. But, I am a pedant as to the correct usage of the Queen’s beautiful English.





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Teischan (13) Volunteering, Helping Out Kids, At The ‘New Durham’ Library Today.

by Anura Guruge


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Helping younger kids is something she really enjoys and is a natural at.

This was her, helping out at an afterschool program at ‘New Durham’ library this afternoon. She loved it and actually did quite a bit.

She did a fair amount of similar volunteering at this library over the Summer. Probably 9 or 12 hours. Maybe more.

This is becoming a forte. She is helping out at school too.

It is good. Something else that goes with her art.


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