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‘Amazfit Verge II’ Is Announced With ECG & e-SIM, But Just In China For Now ($190).

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access a pretty cool, and information-packed site, though I do NOT think it is an official ‘Amazfit’ site.

Click to access ‘Android Central’ coverage.

Amazfit continues to AMAZE with the Verge, one of my favorite smartwatches.

Apple Watch 4 like ECG/EKG capability, in an AMOLED display watch, with a snappy ‘Snapdragon Wear 2500’ processor, for ~ US $190. That is CRAZY.

Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.

With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.

U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.

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by Anura Guruge


The ‘Amazfit Verge’ Is Pretty Amazing, The ‘Verge II’ Might Be Even Better!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the ‘TECHRADAR’ coverage.

I really enjoyed running with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. It has the BEST display I have yet to encounter on a smartwatch, and I say that as somebody who OWNS a $1,750 Garmin MARQ Expedition. Yes, I wear a Garmin more than I do the Amazfit Verge, but that is only because I am a sucker for all of the Garmin value-adds such as performance, body battery, stress, sleep analysis eyc.

For a smartwatch under $200 you just cannot beat the Amazfit Verge. I freely tell that to any and all that ask me for smartwatch recommendations and I get asked quite often.

From the little I can gleam the Verge II, at a minimum will sport a faster chipset (though it was pretty fast to begin with) and will have a SIM slot which will enable it to do even more functions without a smartphone in close proximity.

Right now we are not sure of U.S. pricing and availability. Rest assured, I will keep you posted. This is just a quick heads-up.

I am excited. This could be a gamechanger.

Amazfit continues to AMAZE.

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Who Is In Charge Of Satellites Being Launched Into Earth Orbit?

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘’ original.

Click to access a pretty informative and easy to follow presentation.

Do YOU know the answer?

There is NO SINGLE International Body, say the IAU, in charge.

In the case of U.S. companies — or foreign companies planning to do business with the U.S. — the F.C.C. grants a license, but it appears that a few companies have skirted this and have had their satellites launched aboard.

What is the big deal?

Well, this 60-satellite SpaceX (Elon Musk) Starlink might look cool for a few days, BUT do you really want it marring your view of SPACE — at the Universe?

And this is only the start.

The entire SpaceX train, for providing global Internet access, will consist of over a 1,000 satellites!

And other companies, including Amazon, plan to join with thousands of their own.

Soon, and I mean in years, we will have THOUSANDS of small satellites in low Earth orbit. It will get in the way of us being able to enjoy the stars.

First we had Indians littering space. Then the Israelis crashed onto the moon. Now this.

This has to be controlled before we MESS UP SPACE.

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by Anura Guruge

Amazon Offering $25 Gift Card For Doing A 3D-Scan Of Your Body.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the ‘Mashable’ post from yesterday.

$25 for a 3D scan of my body?

I think I am offended. I would have been happier if Amazon didn’t offer ANYTHING other than a cup or tea and a candy (like when you give blood).

As a committed and long-term AMZN investor I should, really, applaud Amazon’s apparent frugality. But, this makes Amazon look cheap and tawdry.

I thought about it. I realized that they wouldn’t have 3D scanning facility all over the place. And I was right on that. Just in New York City. Well I doubt whether I will track all the way down to NYC for this. But, if I were in NYC …

Does appear, alas, that it is very much a one-way deal, in the direction of Amazon.

I don’t think they give you access to your scan. I gather they (like Trump) makes you sign a NDA.

But, here is something that crossed my mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if they told you if they saw something untoward inside you. I guess they don’t. That would complicate matters too much.

Just wanted to share this with you.

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I Sold My AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECG Unit On eBay For $67 + Shipping.

by Anura Guruge

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My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.

My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!

Click to ENLARGE.

I got the AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ last September, for $99 (from Amazon), to allay Apple Watch 4 envy.

I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.

But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.

So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.

So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.

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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Series: Only To Be Sold Via Garmin & Jewelry Stores!

by Anura Guruge

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Link to Garmin product page.

The MARQ saga is getting crazier and more exasperating by the day. Today’s story, from Garmin, is that the MARQ series will not be available from traditional sport stores in the U.S. — only speciality jewelry stores. This is crazy.

HRM USA, from whom I prefer to get my smartwatches, because of their 45-day returns, VIP UPGRADE club and exemplary support, cannot order MARQs from Garmin. This is not funny. I ‘spoke’ with HRM USA about this — today. They are, of course, not happy about this either.

I hear that the MARQ was listed, albeit briefly, on the Macy’s Website and possibly even Nordstrom.

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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

by Anura Guruge

This weekend.

Click to ENLARGE. Go to and check.

April 15, 2019.

Click to ENLARGE. Link to Garmin product page below.

Link to Garmin product page.

Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.


I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.

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