WatchPlate will Gold Plate your Apple Watch

WatchPlateDeserved or otherwise, the prevailing perception of the new Apple Watch is that it’s an accessory for rich people. It’s unclear at this point if Apple sees this as an asset or a liability. Regardless, now that the Apple Watch is officially on the market, all kinds of third party accessories and services are jumping in to fill the needs of Apple Watch owners. And while the third-party Apple Watch market may never reach the kind of saturation point that’s happened for iPhone accessories, this market is still likely to generate some real profits. The latest example of that is WatchPlate, a new service that will add gold plating to any Apple Watch.

WatchPlate works by placing an order thru the company’s website. From there, you’ll receive an e-mail with a prepaid FedEx shipping label. Take your Apple Watch to any authorized FedEx drop-off point and it’ll be whisked away to WatchPlate where it’ll undergo the gold plating process. The company estimates that your Apple Watch will be back in your hands (and on your wrist) within three business days of when its received by WatchPlate.

WatchPlate charges a $399.00 flat fee for gold plating an Apple Watch, a watch band or both. Shipping is free anywhere in the world. The plating can be done in either yellow or rose gold and WatchPlate states that it uses only 24 karat gold in the process. WatchPlate also recommends that users regularly clean and maintain their gold plated watches to ensure longevity of the plating. If needed, the company will re-plate a watch for a flat fee of $199.00.

There are a couple of things to be aware of before placing a WatchPlate order. Gold plating is only possible on stainless steel models of the Apple Watch, which excludes the Sport edition. And when it comes to potentially voiding an Apple Watch warranty, WatchPlate says:

It is possible. The process involves dipping the watch in about 3 inches of fluid for about 20 minutes total. This is much easier on the watch than Apple’s recommended maximum of 3 ft submersion for 30 minutes. That being said, because this is a new service, we don’t know how Apple’s warrantee policies could change regarding gold plating.

If you’re concerned about your watch breaking during its warranty period and it’d be difficult for you to buy another one out of pocket, you may want to proceed with caution when it comes to gold plating the device. If that’s not a concern, and you can stand to be without your shiny new watch for a few days, head on over to WatchPlate and make that new accessory truly stand out.

GNC #1028 Citizen Journalism is it Time

Is it time for Citizen Journalism to start telling the rest of the story, considering the major media will not. I talk about that and all of the tech news in the space. Has been a crazy week and I think I am a bit punchy during the show tonight.. But good time for all.

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Azoi Kito Health Tracker at Gadget Show Live

KitoFor me, the Azoi Kito and HP Sprout were the stand out attractions from Gadget Show Live. The Kito is a health tracker disguised as a smartphone sleeve that measures five health stats; heart rate, ECG, temperature, blood oxygen and respiration rate. The Kito can also measure blood pressure but that’s not yet approved.

Previously known as Wello, the Kito is insanely easy to use. Simply hold Kito in both hands (like a Nintendo DS) for a few seconds to take a reading and then the measurements will be transmitted via Bluetooth 4 LE to nearby smartphone. Both Android and iOS is supported, and Kito is available as a case for the iPhone 5/5s and as a standalone unit for use with all other supported phones.

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Expected to come to the UK market at around £150, I think this is a no brainer for anyone who has a chronic condition or for a family who want to track their health on a regular basis and it’s so easy to use. To learn more, listen to my interview with Hammish Patel, Azoi CEO.

Toast Tech Covers from Natural Materials

toastlogoThe Moto X and new G4 smartphones have shown that there’s a market for personalisation using natural materials; a synthesis of the traditional with technology. Where glass, metal and plastic pervade, there’s an opportunity for the natural in wood and leather. Into this space step Toast, specialising in natural material covers for smartphones, tablets and small laptops. Built on the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Portland-based firm provides after-market products that look custom-crafted.

Using hardwood from North America, bamboo from Asia and leather from America cattle, Toast’s covers are crafted to perfectly match the device’s openings and cut-outs. With wooden backs, designs and decorations can be cut into the surface using a laser. There’s a selection of designs available to order but Toast is happy to take custom orders as well.

Toast CoversPrices very depending on phone model and material, but expect to pay from $24-$34 for a wooden back and around $45 for a leather one. For more information, listen to my interview with Danielle and Matias from Toast at Gadget Show Live.

Robox 3D Printer at Gadget Show Live

Cel RoboxThe Cel Robox is a “desktop micro manufacturing platform” – that’s a small 3D printer to you and me – and while I’m still a little dubious about a 3D printer in every home, this  was one of the first that I’d seen (in real life) that might fit the bill. It’s also quite hypnotic to watch…

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Measuring only 37 x 34 x 24 cm, the Robox is designed to be easy to use with features like auto-loading and unloading of material, dual material printing and print head quick change, with a wide range of material colours and compatibility with Windows, MacOS and Linux. For less that £1000, I think it’s incredible.

The Robox stand at the Gadget Show Live had plenty of example models printed on the device and they looked good. If you want to know more about the Robox, listen to my interview with Dan from Robox.

Designer Mirror TVs at Gadget Show Live

DMTV LogoWe all love our big flatscreen TVs but there are places where 64″ of technology doesn’t fit; think of a period room for example, and let’s be honest, the large expanse of black when the TV is off isn’t very attractive either. Mirror TVOne resolution to these problems is to disguise the flatscreen as an attractive framed mirror, which is where Designer Mirror TV comes in. The team at DMTV have the skills to convert a flat TV into a framed mirror. Whether an ornate Regency frame or a subtle modern trim, it can match the room’s decor. One minute it’s an stunning mirror, the next it’s a TV showing through the mirror.

Starting from 32″ and going all the way up to 85″, you can design your mirror TV on their website to your decor and taste. Prices start at a little under £1500 but a 4K 85″ mirror TV will set you back more than £14,000.

To hear more about converting a TV into a mirror, listen to my interview with Sunny from Designer Mirror TV at Gadget Show Live.

SAGO Cover Protects Your Apple Watch

SAGO Cover for Apple WatchThe Apple Watch ranges in price from $349 to $12,000 depending on which model you want and what kind of band you select. One would assume that people would want to protect this rather expensive smartwatch. There is currently a Kickstarter for the SAGO cover – a protective shell that fits over the Apple Watch and prevents it from damage due to impacts and scratches.

As is typical on Kickstarter, the SAGO cover will only be funded if at least $32,400 is pledged by the deadline (May 24, 2015). At the time I am writing this blog, a total of $340 has been pledged. It has 24 days to goal.

The SAGO cover comes in four colors: Blanc De Blanc (white), Glacier Grey (grey), Bermuda (green) and Hot Coral (red). Each color comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm. The cover can be placed on the Apple Watch while the user is wearing it. There is a space in the cover that will accommodate the watch band.

The SAGO cover protects the digital crown, the touch display, the secondary input, and the heart rate sensor/charging contact (that is located on the back of the Apple Watch). Put the SAGO cover on the Apple Watch one way, and it covers the buttons that are on the side of the watch. Users that prefer to have those buttons accessible can flip the SAGO cover over so that the buttons are on the open side of the cover. It appears that people will need to remove the SAGO cover in order to view the display on the Apple Watch.

Some of the Kickstarter rewards for the SAGO cover include a microfiber pouch. It gives additional protection to the Apple Watch when it is put into a bag or purse and not being worn. The microfiber pouch can also be used to clean an Apple Watch.

Steam Removes Payment Feature from Skyrim Workshop

Steam Workshop logoIt is amazing how quickly companies can respond to community feedback. Such is the case for Valve in regards to its Steam Workshop and the launch of paid mods in Skyrim. The payment feature for mods has been removed from the Steam Workshop just a few days after it was launched. The problem seems to be with the payment model for the mods.

Valve explains the situation in a post at Steam Workshop. Part of it states that their goal was “to allow mod makers the opportunity to work on their mods full time if they wanted to, and to encourage developers to better provide for their mod communities.”

But we underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim’s workshop. We understand our own game’s communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the best place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there’s a useful feature somewhere here.

Valve also says that anyone who spent money on a mod will be refunded the complete amount.

Bethesda, maker of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim game, has also posted an update on their blog in regards to the paid Skyrim mods in Steam Workshop.

After discussion with Valve, and listening to our community, paid mods are being removed from Steam Workshop. Even though we had the best intentions, the feedback has been clear – this is not a feature you want. Your support means everything to us, and we hear you.

I’ve been reading through comments on both the Valve and Bethesda blog posts regarding this issue. There seem to be two main viewpoints about why the paid mods were removed. One is that people were upset because they did not want to pay for mods at all – they wanted to continue to obtain them for free. Previously, there were some Skyrim mods that were free to use.

The other view is that people were upset about the payment split. The mod creator would receive 25% of the payment, and the rest of the money would be split between Valve and Bethesda. It seems to me that some people felt that Valve and Bethesda were getting too much of the profit, and that others felt the price of mods would go up as creators attempted to make the effort they put into the mods worth the money they earned from them.

MSI Launches Prestige Series Laptops For Ultimate Style & Productivity

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Computer hardware manufacturer MSI Computer Corp. has launched their Prestige Series of laptops that feature the best in technology and design, making them a great solution for creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.

The Prestige Series features MSI’s True Color Technology, which calibrates and correct display color based on the screen’s color temperature, visible color range, and grey level stage. The panels seamlessly match the standard sRGB color range to display incredibly accurate and crisp images.

“The Prestige Series laptops offer the truest colors available and ensures the images you see are accurately reflected in a camera, computer, tablet, mobile phone, TV or printer,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America.

MSI-PE-Series-2The Prestige Series lineup features 6 different color profiles to maximize the user experience for a variety of different scenarios: sRGB default mode for o
timum graphics, Gamer mode to increase brightness, Designer mode for increased clarity and crisper lines, Anti-Blue mode to reduce pesky blue light emission, Movie mode with optimized contrast for clearer graphics, and Office mode to reduce eye strain after long periods of use.

The True Color Technicolor LCD screens (which come in 15-inch and 17-inch versions) also include anti-glare protection, wide-angle viewing technology, and 1920 x 1080 resolution.

MSI’s Prestige Series laptops run Windows 8.1 and boast high-quality internals as well, including Intel’s Core i7 processor, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 950M GPU, Killer Gaming Network, Dynaudio sound with Nahimic Audio Enhancer, MSI’s Audio Boost, and support for up to 3 monitors simultaneously at 4K resolution with Mini DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity.

The Prestige Series laptops start at $1199 for the 15-inch models and $1299 for the 17-inch models. For more information, visit MSI’s website.