Watch News 6/14/2020 – Rapper Robs for a Rolex

“Maurice Fayne has been arrested and charged with federal bank fraud after misusing funds from a Paycheck Protection Program loan,” cnn.com reports. That would be one Arkansas Mo, “star” of VH1’s 151-episode “reality” show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Here’s how Mr. Mo flamed out . . .

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How A Google Fitbit Can Beat the Apple Watch

The other day, Google paid $2.1b for Fitbit. The prospect of a Google Fibit got lots of press, most of it dismissive. For good reason. Google’s Wear OS software – powering a range of non-Apple smart watches – is a kludgy disaster. Their Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip delivers sub-par performance. The user interface sucks. The real problem with Google’s wearables strategy? The “do no harm” company is determined to beat Apple at their own game. Wrong answer . . .

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Apple Files Biometric “Wrist ID” Patent for Apple Watch. Big Brother Is Pleased

Apple files patents all the time, as you’d expect from a company selling consumer products in the information age. This one is different. “The patent describes a biometric sensor built in a smart Apple Watch band which would recognize you by texture patterns in your wrist,” 9to5mac.com reports, “a kind of ‘Wrist ID.’” Uh oh . . .

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New Fitbit Versa 2: Government Spies on Your Wrist?

“Fitbit Inc on Wednesday launched its latest smartwatch, the Versa 2,” dailymail.co.uk reports, “adding Amazon.com Inc’s voice assistant Alexa, online payments and music storage.” As we all know, Alexa speakers don’t listen to your conversations. Unless you say the word Alexa. Or “the.” But don’t worry! Putting a FitBit Alexa on your wrist 24/7 won’t expose you to government spying because . . .

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