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No, You Don’t Need an iPad Pro or a Tag Heuer Smartwatch… [Digest]

Dave Parrack 10-11-2015

Apple pushes the iPad Pro, Tag Heuer launches an expensive smartwatch, President Obama arrives on Facebook, the first Xbox 360 games you can play on an Xbox One, and Conan O’Brien is clueless about Fallout 4.


The iPad Pro Is a Niche Product

The iPad Pro is available to pre-order from tomorrow (November 11th), and Apple has already begun advertising it to the masses with the impressive commercial embedded above. There’s just one problem: the iPad Pro is a niche product the vast majority of people reading this simply don’t need.

Let’s be honest, the first ad for the iPad Pro is glorious Why The iPad Pro Isn't Just A Bigger iPad If you think the new iPad Pro is "just a bigger iPad", you're wrong. It's a new way of iPad-ing. Read More . It shows stunning visuals depicting the solar system and beyond, with Interstellar-like levels of detail. It’s then revealed that these are being displayed on an iPad Pro, which copes admirably thanks to the 12.9-inch screen.

However, this doesn’t address the fact that a 12.9-inch tablet is unwieldy to use, and wholly unnecessary for anyone other than those employed in the creative industries. If you want to spend (at least) $799 then be our guests, but make sure you actually want this beast of an iPad before spending your hard-earned cash on something you probably don’t need.

Tag Heuer Launches $1,500 Smartwatch

Tag Heuer, the Swiss watchmaker known for producing quality timepieces, has launched its first smartwatch People Apparently Still Buy CDs, Larry King Tweets by Dictation, and More...[Tech News Digest] Also: the amazing safety feature in new table saws, Google and Intel join Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, the feature no one noticed is missing from Apple Watch, and Slack finally releases a Windows version. Read More . The Tag Heuer Connected [Broken URL Removed] is an Android Wear smartwatch Which Android Wear Smartwatch Is Best For You? In the market for an Android Wear smartwatch? Let's compare all the options available now and make the decision easy. Read More priced at $1,500. Which is more expensive than the majority of the Apple Watch combinations currently available to buy.

Modeled on the existing Carrera range, the Tag Heuer Connected is made from titanium, with a sapphire-protected LCD screen. The battery will last for one day with normal use, and the Connected is splash-proof but not waterproof. It boasts several exclusive watch faces that emulate existing Tag Heuer designs, as well as a number of exclusive sports-themed apps.


Tag Heuer is the first of the high-end Swiss watchmakers to sell a smartwatch, but others such as Breitling and Mondaine are bound to join them in the future. The problem is, you either want a smartwatch or you want a classic timepiece that will last you for decades. This tries to straddle the line between the two, but will only appeal to a tiny percentage of consumers.

Suffice to say you don’t need a Tag Heuer Connected, but then no one needs a smartwatch Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait? Everyone is talking about smartwatches and other wearables as "the next big thing." So, should you buy a smartwatch today, or wait for the smartwatches to come? Read More , period. The only advantage the Connected has over the Apple Watch How James Bond Made Me Buy an Apple Watch Bond has always had a thing for watches. Indeed, some of the best gadgets Bond has ever used have been timepieces. Which means he would buy an Apple Watch. As will I. Read More and others is that when the smartwatch fad dies (and it will die) you can trade it in for a mechanical Tag Heuer watch. Still, at $1,500, this isn’t a product being aimed at us proles.

President Obama Joins Facebook


U.S. President Barack Obama is finally on Facebook, almost seven years after succeeding George W. Bush. Until now, all presidential business has been shared via the official White House page, but giving Obama his own Facebook presence is a way of making the whole thing more personal.


As with his Twitter account, Obama’s Facebook page has the POTUS (President of the United States) handle, which suggests it will be handed over to Obama’s successor in 2017. In the meantime, those who are interested 10 Opinionated Political Commentators To Follow On Twitter During 2012 U.S. Presidential Election It's hard to believe that it's been almost four years since Barack Obama entered the White House. The next U.S. election, to be held this November, will see President Obama going up against his opponent,... Read More can get some insights into Obama’s life at the White House.

Play Xbox 360 Games on the Xbox One

On Thursday (November 12th), Xbox One is being upgraded to run on Windows 10 Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More , which is awesome in itself. However, this change also adds backwards compatibility to the Xbox One for the first time, with 104 Xbox 360 games available to play on the Xbox One when Windows 10 arrives.

The full list of games includes Fallout 3, Borderlands, Mirror’s Edge, Perfect Dark Zero, and all of the Gears of War titles. This is just the beginning too, with Microsoft promising “new Xbox One Backward Compatible games to be announced on a regular basis, starting in December.”

As a PlayStation 4 owner, I just hope Sony introduces a similar scheme for PS3 games. If Microsoft can do it, then Sony surely can too. After all, it’s only about emulators, which PC gamers have been using for years 8 Great Emulators to Play Modern Home Consoles on Your PC (1994-2001) Read More . Sony, make it happen, or I may have to switch to the Xbox.


Conan O’Brien Plays Fallout 4

And finally, Fallout 4 is being released today, and we suspect quite a few people will be throwing sickies from work in order to dive right into this long-awaited, much-anticipated game Bethesda Launches Fallout 4 at E3, Google Offers Free Apps, & More... [Tech News Digest] Bethesda opens E3, Google gives away free apps, YouTube takes on Twitch, countering crowdfunding corruption, and Grand Theft Auto scores a Full House. Read More . Conan O’Brien didn’t have to take a day off work though; the lucky man got to play Fallout 4 as part of his job!

Conan isn’t much of a gamer, which is why the whole “Clueless Gamer” portion of his show is so entertaining. Watching him get to grips with Fallout 4 is funny in itself, but it’s when he starts trying to flash his virtual ass to women that the true hilarity begins. [H/T TeamCoco]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you tempted to buy an iPad Pro? Is the Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch too damn expensive? Will you be following President Obama on Facebook? Are you looking forward to playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One? Have you pre-ordered Fallout 4?

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  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 at 12:57 am

    "iPad Pro is a niche product "
    Most of Apple's products are niche.

    "Tag Heuer Launches $1,500 Smartwatch"
    What else are you going to wear while driving your top of the line Tesla? Certainly not an Apple Smartwatch that the hoi poloi are wearing!