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Episode 6 - Computers Everywhere! The rise of the machines

By Gareth Handley

This week we cover the rise of low cost PCs like the newly announced Asus Chromebit and the ever growing range of Chrome OS Chromebooks. We also discuss Microsoft's new Surface 3 PC and a whole range of other stories from the last week of technology news. There's even a tiny bit of Apple Watch and VR discussion, just for good measure.


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Scott scott1

08/04/2015 15:28


I think the idea of using a smart watch to do things like ordering from Amazon would be a great idea. The watch may need to connect to both the user's mobile device (for messaging etc) and a home network (for general things like, ordering, setting heating, operating lights etc) to make this work. Amazon seem to allow already allow ordering via their andriod app.  http://www.androidcentral.com/you-can-now-order-amazon-your-android-wear-smartwatch


Gareth Handley gareth

08/04/2015 21:17


Scott scott1 said:
I think the idea of using a smart watch to do things like ordering from Amazon would be a great idea. The watch may need to connect to both the user's mobile device (for messaging etc) and a home network (for general things like, ordering, setting heating, operating lights etc) to make this work. Amazon seem to allow already allow ordering via their andriod app.  http://www.androidcentral.com/you-can-now-order-amazon-your-android-wear-smartwatch

It's good to see that something we thought would happen (Amazon on your smart watch) is now a reality.

The Apple Watch apparently connects to your home/work etc. network over WiFi as well as connecting directly to your iPhone over bluetooth. Apple described this as allowing the watch to communicate with your iPhone even when it's outside of bluetooth range (I believe they have to be on the same WiFi network though), but I'm sure it could be used in the future for communicating directly with the internet, if it can't already.

We are potentially looking at a situation though where we want our watches to be internet connected all the time, even if they aren't connected to your smartphone. If this is the case then we might see more watches with their own mobile network connections, like the LG watch we talked about a couple of podcasts ago.