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Picked up a Fitbit Flex over lunch with the plan to get my lazy butt off the sofa and get a few more steps into every day, as well as to track my sleep pattern.

It’s a pretty small unit that fits into a rubberised wristband (2 wristbands are provided in the box) that tracks steps taken, sleep patterns, that sort of thing. The reason I went for this over the Jawbone Up was because I wanted wireless syncing to my phone and because some colleagues already had the Up and I wanted to try something different so that we could compare our experiences with both.

The Fitbit Flex in its charging cradle

The Flex comes with a Bluetooth 4.0 dongle of some sort, and worked pretty well out of the box. Charging is via a provided USB cradle, and the unit charges fully in 3 hours. Marketing material says that I should be able to get around 5 days in between charges (similar to my Pebble watch then!), and it’s water-resistant to 10ft, so I should be able to leave it on when I shower (again, similar to my Pebble watch). It’s not a very large unit, as you can see below

The fitbit flex next to a Jawbone Era BT headset

The fitbit flex next to a Jawbone Era BT headset

The dashboard looks pretty comprehensive, and mobile apps exist for iOS and Android…


Wireless syncing over BT between the Flex unit and the smartphone only works with iPhones and certain Samsung models (S3, S4, Note II, Note 10.1, to be exact). This is incapable of syncing wirelessly with any other Android smartphone at this point in time, and fitbit has seen fit not to share any plans for supporting other Android devices at this point in time. A quick check reveals that the HTC One already supports the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy profile, so I don’t understand why they aren’t working on wireless sync support : http://blog.htc.com/2013/03/htcdev-ble-api/

I’ve dropped them a note on their site and on Twitter, so let’s see what comes out of it

Not wholly convinced with the Creative Cloud service at this juncture. I only use Lightroom for cataloging and post-processing, and Adobe wants $20/month for that (along with 20GB of cloud space that I don’t need/want)

That’s $120/year for Lightroom, and assuming their upgrade cycle is annual, why would I pay $120 (annual) instead of $79 (one-time upgrade)

Am I missing something here?

Vins vs Instagram – Which one do you use?

Here’s a really interesting article that discusses how Vine is surpassing Instagram in some ways.

I tried Vine over the long weekend and somehow didn’t like the videos (too much like Cinemagram), and thought it became too distracting to use after a few minutes. Also, quite a bit of the video content wasn’t very interesting, and as it already stands, I’m getting too many ads and pointless images in my Instagram feed (time to clean up the list)

Have you used Vine? What do you like about it? What would you change about it?

It’s hard not to like one of these. Helps that it takes Fuji packfilm FP-100C and FP-3000B that’s still readily available today at B&H and Adorama

Filmwasters has a brilliant review of this beast: http://www.filmwasters.com/forum/index.php?topic=779.0

Also nice to see that it has interchangeable lenses – 75mm, 127mm and 150mm. Doesn’t look insanely expensive too, judging from prices on eBay. The reviewer does mention that it is a little on the heavy side though. i wonder how heavy it is….

New apps from the devs of Any.DO

Oh wow. I can’t wait for this to come to Android! Any.Do is a fantastic task manager, and the calendar simply looks gorgeous!

Source: http://diglloyd.com/blog/2013/20130603_2-deals.html

This is pretty interesting. Check out B&H’s web site – lenses going pretty close to 50% off with a purchase of a body

If you’ve been planning to get a great compact that hits way above it’s class, there’s no time like now