THE APPLE WATCH COMPETITION

Apple Watch reviews have been mixed. Some functions are unnecessary, and others take too long to learn. The $349 price isn’t too appealing either, and you have to have an iPhone to go with it.  We wondered what the alternatives were, so tried out three Android watches. You have to have an Android phone. Of the three, we liked the $179 “Motorola Moto 360” best. It’s half the price of the new “LG Watch Urbane” and $20 less than the new “Asus ZenWatch.” The round-faced Urbane  gets high marks for stylishness, though, with its metal rim and a handsome band. The rectangular ZenWatch is also attractive. But for Joy, our master tester, these two lost out to the less-expensive Moto […]

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OH THEFT, WHERE IS THEY BLING

So the one-day sale Of Google’s Internet connected glasses resulted in one-day thefts. They all sold out in five hours, at $1500 apiece. The thefts took place a few minutes later. (They look like glasses but Google calls them “glass.” This may be in preparation for the return of wearing a monocle as a fashion statement.)

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PHONES FOR THE PHONE-LESS

Some of our readers have never owned a cell phone. To be talked into one, they want a super long battery life, no contract, caller ID, and a reasonable monthly cost. For all that, we think TracFones are probably the way to go.

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TAG YOUR PET

Tagg keeps track of your pet’s whereabouts through a GPS attachment on its collar.

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DUTCH TREAT

The “Vonage Mobile” app lets us make calls locally and internationally without spending any of the minutes in our cell-phone’s T-Mobile plan. The key is the other person must also have downloaded the app, unless they’re already a Vonage customer. Since it’s free, why not? Go to VonageMobile.com and have a link sent to your phone via text message. The app works for both text and voice.

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GET SQUARE WITH QR CODES

“QR” codes are doorways to other places. As you go through a newspaper or store, you will likely see some of these codes, square in shape and filled with dots and squiggly lines. Take a snapshot of them using your smartphone or tablet app for reading QR codes and they open to something else.

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OUR FIRST SMARTPHONE

We’ve never been smartphone fans. When we leave our office, we leave the Internet behind. We are two of those now seldom seen people whose noses aren’t glued to a tiny screen.

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RUNNING WITH THE TOMTOM

Our second new Tom Tom-powered device is the Nike Plus SportWatch GPS. Joy’s been walking and jogging up a storm with it. The watch comes with a tiny sensor you put in or near your shoe. Nike even makes shoes with a small pocket in the heel to hold the sensor.

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LONG LIVE THE EMERGENCY PHONE

The “Spare One” is an emergency cell phone that came out in January, but we just recently decided to try one.

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SINGING IN THE SHOWER

We were going to go toKohler, Wisconsin, for a demo of an outrageously expensive bathtub that pipes in music. Then we discovered the iShower for $99.

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