Author Archives: H.W. MacNaughton

About H.W. MacNaughton

Technologist and communicator. Into technology, jazz, Formula One, sci-fi and any good writing about real stuff.

Developing immunity to the Apple Reality Distortion Field

N.B: When I say below I was an early adopter, I mean it. I loved the Mac–I subscribed to MacWorld and MacUser. I haunted MacOrchard in Berkeley and got my first Mac-based consulting jobs there. They were fun when they … Continue reading

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Android Wear 5.1.1: WTF update and why Bubble Cloud Launcher is still needed

The big stream, little pipe problem Android wear is actually version 1.3.0.2166028, but most folks refer to the Android OS version that’s pushing it – currently 5.1.1. In an earlier post about Wear, I complained about the lack of options … Continue reading

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Moto 360 repair report

UPDATE: I’ve had TWO other Motos since this post. The first refurbished Moto would not sync with Google play music — it kept getting a ‘Watch disconnected’ error from the Google Play app on the watch, and the new 5.1.1 … Continue reading

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Field report: Android Wear/Moto360 field test

What could be a greater test of the usability of Android Wear than a hectic trip to the most hectic place in America – Manhattan? We’ll rate the usefulness of the OS and share the resulting Battle Damage Assessment of … Continue reading

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Tylt watch bands for Moto 360

I like the standard black leather watchband for the Moto 360. It’s comfortable and reasonably stylish. That band was a major reason I found the Moto one of the most comfortable watches I have owned. I’ve got a number of … Continue reading

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Thought-reading patents increasing

Strangely, just a few days after writing my mind-reading post, I see this headline: “Surge in US ‘brain-reading’ patents” in my BBC news feed. (Yes, I read the BBC.) Serendipity? Who knows, the wife thinks I can read minds. Anyway. … Continue reading

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Why I get my news from the BBC

Yes, I am an American and I use the BBC for my news. You get a better quality of writing than in the US (save perhaps the New York Times and WSJ) and it also provides a filter for American hype. The … Continue reading

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In the future, Big Brother will know your thoughts

I was listening to a podcast a few weeks back, Ira Flatow’s SciFri, in which a security researcher was describing experiments in which consumer-grade EEGs could be used to guess your birthday, or your PIN, just by showing you an … Continue reading

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Still working on tech, drop by the Albino tree site for some culture

I’m working slowly today, as my back is still complaining about Saturday’s gardening efforts. I did get a little walk in, and a post up which i had been working on at the ‘culture’ site, Albinotree.net. It is my little … Continue reading

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Overdoing it in the garden again

Today’s post was to be covering some more Android Wear watch faces, as well as some hints for using the bubble cloud launcher. However this morning’s effort to turn the characteristically heavy clay soil in my garden plot resulted in back … Continue reading

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