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NC #620 Apple Watch Swimming, Standard Mac Apps, BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue, eSight Low Vision Glasses, Non-tech Podcasts, GhostReader, BeatsX

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.


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How Does the Apple Watch Series 2 Compare to the Original?

2 apple watches on allisonWhen the Apple Watch Series 2 was announced, it didn’t sound like that big of an upgrade to me from the original watch. I bought it anyway, mostly because Steve wanted to get a new one, and I had the dreaded FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Now that I’ve had it for a week, I thought it would be interesting to walk through the features of the Series 2 to see whether there’s enough there to make you want to upgrade from the original (Series 0) Apple Watch.

The Series 2 has what they’re calling a second generation OLED Retina Display. Even though it has the same screen resolution, it’s supposed to be 1000nits of brightness, which is more than double the 450 Nits of the Series 0. This did sound pretty good to me, as I have a heck of a time seeing my watch screen in broad daylight. It’s especially hard as I have to wear sunglasses, because I can’t see the watch without them.

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Oktobud SM01-X7 Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds by Denise

Guest Review by Denise, aka Deverelle in the NosillaCast chatroom and on Twitter.

Oktobud earphonesHi, this is Denise with a Castaway review of the Oktobud SM01-X7 waterproof Bluetooth earbuds. They are available on Amazon for $49.95 $59.95 US. The key feature is they are waterproof and rated to IPX7 so I couldn’t wait to try them for my evening swim. IPX7 is defined as “Protected against water immersion. Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of up to 1 meter.”

First some back story. I have been trying for years to come up with the best audio experience for swimming. I first had an iPod Shuffle in a bulky silicone case with wired waterproof earbuds that sounded terrible.

A few years later, I upgrade to a Waterfi Shuffle; this is a standard iPod Shuffle, but it’s coated to be waterproof. It’s great, but I still had to manage a headphone cord and had to remember to update my playlists.

Sometimes a girl just wants a nice midnight swim to Dark Side of the Moon or to have a coaching app barking instructions in her ear.
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NC #558 Recon 50 Headset, Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case, CleverPet, 3 Camera Shoot, Canary Home Security, 1Password All Vaults

We’re going to start with a short audio clip from George from Tulsa on the Recon 50 Gaming Headset that sounds great. Next up we’ll hear about the Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case and the CleverPet Smart Pet Feeder. We’ll have a palette cleanser where I’ll explain how we did a three camera shoot for a video for Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. Back to CES with an interview with NASA where Steve makes his debut in FRONT of the mic and camera, and we’ll find out about the Canary Home Security System. Many thanks to Steve for all of his production work on these. Finally we’ll close out with a happy happy joy joy improvement to 1Password from AgileBits.


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CES 2016: Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case

Last week on the podcast I told you about June Lai who had a terrible travel day and yet performed as a trouper for our interview. This is that interview. Notice in particular how she manages to show us the screen on her watch and her phone and take a photo all at the same time without breaking her own arm in half!

Allison interviews Catalyst’s Founder and CEO, June Lai, about their new waterproof case for the Apple Watch. The Catalyst case is suitable for rain, splashing, accidental submersion, showering, bathing, surface swimming and shallow snorkeling. The case exposes the Apple Watch face for direct access to the touchscreen and all Watch features are fully functional. The case also provides true sound using acoustic membranes. The Catalyst case is shipping now. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.

Learn more at https://catalystcase.com

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