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Fitbit Community Having A Rough Time, Right Now, With APP & New ‘Versa 2’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and get a feel here. From ‘Fitbit Community’ @ community.fitbit.com.


Not a bunch of happy campers.

Appears that the latest version of the APP, on both Android and Apple, had major issues.

The new ‘Versa 2‘ also appears to have had issues.

Folks are not amused.

With luck I might get a ‘Versa 2’ to evaluate at the end of this week. I will be able to get a better feel then.


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‘Apple Watch Series 5’ Looks Good, Of Course, & Attractively Priced — BUT Only Has 18-Hour Battery Life.

by Anura Guruge



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18-hour battery life still does not cut it. I would say you need, at a minimum, double that to make it competitive with the likes of say a Garmin.

But, at $400, it is attractively priced and, as always, looks impressive.

Not sure why Apple struggles so with battery life. Some folks are now getting 2-weeks.

But, this is good for us Garmin fans. We can still make fun and look down our noses at Apple Watch wearers.


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I Started Using Microsoft’s OneDrive Cold-Turkey & To My Horror, Kind Of Enjoying It.

by Anura Guruge



I have had a love-hate relationship with Microsoft for the last 30-years. To begin with it was my loyalty to IBM. But, much of it was due to my distrust of them.

That said, for the at least the last 25-years or more I have been using, at a minimum, Microsoft Word on a daily basis (other than when I am travelling). Most days I would use Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There was also a period of about 10-years when I used FrontPage on a fairly regular basis. And I have to confess I have taught Microsoft Office classes! Plus, I, alas, use Windows — though there was a time I was a devout Apple fanatic. Then, in 1997 I had to start using PowerPoint on Windows for some of my consulting work. At that time I had 6 Macs in the house. I had to go out and get a Windows 95 PC — for PowerPoint. Within 11-months I had multiple PCs and I was giving away my Macs.

But, I always try to avoid using new MS products.

That was the case with OneDrive. I am a heavy Google Drive user and have been for years.

But, I resisted OneDrive.

But, a couple of days ago I have to start rethinking my MS plans because, ALAS, I am planning to get a new PC with Windows 10. OneDrive is very much a part of Windows 10. I noticed that THOUGH I was not using it, my MS Office applications, e.g., Word, had me logged onto OneDrive.

So, two-days ago I decided to use OneDrive. It is really no different to Google Drive. So, there was no learning curve to speak of. Yes, it is easier to backup my Office files directly to OneDrive without having to upload them, manually, to Google Drive. NO, I do not believe in auto-backup. No siree. I like to have control,

Anywho … So far, so good. I am even impressed. It is easy enough to use and quite convenient.


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Huge $150 Price Cut On Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Watches! WOW.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From Garmin. Across ALL Fenix 5 Plus models.


$150 price cuts also reflected at Amazon.


Wow. This can’t be just for the holidays. That is quite a drop in price.

The Fenix 5 Plus is now cheaper than the OLDER Fenix 5 was in April. I know. I checked prices all through April.

Yes, of course, Garmin is feeling the heat from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and others.

But, not sure this is fair on those of us who buy Garmin watches soon after they are released.

Just a heads up.

At $649.98 the Black-on-Black Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is an ABSOLUTE STEAL.


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Garmin Claims That It Shipped Its 200 Millionth Product Today.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. On Twitter.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Garmin Press Release at garmin.com.


Congratulations are in order, I guess — especially as I am a long-term investor in Garmin.

200 Million products shipped is quite an achievement.

On one hand I am happy. On the other, I fret, in that Garmin seems to have lost its way. FitBit, Apple and others are eating its lunch — in the wearable space.

Yes, they announce results soon.

Let’s hope that this milestone galvanizes them to take stock, gird their loins, and commit to doing even better in the future.

But, congratulations.


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Respected ‘The Verge’ Claims That Google Pixel 2 Camera Is Better Than That On iPhone X!

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Click here for ‘The Verge’ original — in FULL.


The equally credible “Android Central” then joined in.



Of course I am chuffed. I should be. The above post says it all. I did a ton of research before I opted for my Google Pixel 2 because of its camera.

It sure takes some wonderful pictures and you can’t deny that. But, the Samsung Galaxy S9, from what I can see, takes pictures as good, if NOT better. That is why I am blown away to hear that the latest iPhone can’t beat the Pixel 2’s year old technology. That is quite the thing.

It is all subjective in the end. I tend to be very critical of the pictures I take and I tend to look at them on a BIG screen. That shows a level of detail that you don’t see on a phone’s screen. Plus,to paraphrase the bumper sticker seen on cars: “my other camera is a full-frame Sony a7 II“! So, I have that as a comparison too.

This was a picture I took with my Google Pixel 2 two weeks ago. Just a point-and-shoot, outside of Uno’s in Concord, NH. I was blown away when I saw it. That is pretty close to perfection. I would have had a hard time capturing that with my Sony a7 II!


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An Apple Picking Masonic Welcome To New Hampshire.

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This was at the ‘Swap Shop‘ at our local ‘dump‘ (i.e., recycling center). They were a few feet apart. I put the ‘Apple Welcome’ on top of the NH tile and took a picture to see what I would get. It was only when I looked at the photo, full-size on my PC, that I realized that the tile must be Masonic. Cool. I like it. What about you?


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