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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. 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. The Tag Heuer Connected is an Android Wear smartwatch 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, period. The only advantage the Connected has over the Apple Watch 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 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, 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. 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. 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]
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