Archive for June 9, 2017

Review: LNKOO Apple Watch Band

Posted in Products with tags on June 9, 2017 by itnerd

So I’ve been using my Series 2 Apple Watch for a while now, and I have had one issue with it. The sport band that came with it had no ventilation. The net result was that sweat had no place to go and my wrist would kind of be gross after cycling. Now I could have invested in a Nike Sport Band that you can get at the Apple Store. But they’re $65 a shot which seems to be a bit steep….. Says the guy who dropped $550 on a Series 2 Apple Watch. So after doing some reading on what the best third party bands for the Apple Watch are, I came across the LNKOO Apple Watch Band on Amazon.

I’ll cover the price first. It cost me $15.99 CDN which is dirt cheap. However, the quality is top shelf. The company claims that all the metal parts made with hypoallergenic nickel free stainless steel, plus the band itself is made of silicone. It feels like something that Apple would do as there were no build quality issues that I could find. 

In terms of durability, I have hiked, done stair climbing, and cycled with it and I have had no issues. It feels no different than the stock Apple Sport band. And I am getting the ventilation on my wrist that I was looking for without dropping $65 in the process. It is the same size as the stock Apple Sport band which means that I can use my Road ID for the Apple Watch without issue as it means that I don’t have to wear something else on my wrist and I can wear the Road ID all the time for extra safety. It works with Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches, comes in a number of colors, and is available in 38mm and 42mm widths. Overall, I have no complaints at all. 

If you want a replacement Apple Watch band that is well suited for your athletic activities, the LNKOO Apple Watch Band is absolutely worthy of your immediate attention.


Review: Road ID For Apple Watch

Posted in Products with tags on June 9, 2017 by itnerd

To properly review the Road ID for Apple Watch, I have to explain what a Road ID is. Many people reading this review run, cycle, hike or do some other outdoor activity. However, I’m willing to bet that most of those who are reading this review do not carry any form of ID when they do those activities. That’s a problem if there’s some sort of emergency and you cannot speak for yourself because nobody knows who you are and if you have any sort of medical conditions that would be important at a time like that. Thus Road ID exists. I started using Road ID when they simply had a wristband with a metal plate that was laser etched with emergency contact info. But they’ve since branched out to have a complete lineup of identification gear as well as an app for iOS and Android that allows your friends and family to track you in real time as well as customize your phone’s Lock Screen to provide vital information to first responders in the event of an accident or injury.

With that out of the way, I am going to focus the Road ID for the Apple Watch. Here’s a good look at it via a picture from the Road ID website:

roadid_applewatch_pair_largeThe Road ID for the Apple Watch is basically a custom-engraved, stainless steel ID faceplate that slides onto your existing Apple Watch Sport, Woven Nylon, or Leather band. The company only guarantees that it will fit Apple Watch bands. But it fit my LNKOO Apple Watch band with no issues. Your mileage may vary. You can customize it with your own info. In my case, I have the following:

  • My name
  • My home phone number
  • A message to call my wife in an emergency
  • My wife’s name and cell number

Another option is to go with Road ID Interactive which takes what I mentioned above and adds a 24/7/365 number for first responders to phone as well as a website that in either case can give first responders access to info such as contact numbers, allergies, medications and more. The service is free for the first six months and then costs $9.99 USD a year after that.

Here’s why this has replaced the Road ID Wrist ID Sport that I have worn for years.

  1. The Road ID for Apple Watch adds no bulk and I do not feel it at all. It also appears to have no problem staying in place regardless of what I happen to be doing so that it does not become annoying to have on my Apple Watch.
  2. It is one less thing for me to remember to wear on a ride or a cross country ski. To be frank, I occasionally forget to pop on the Wrist ID Sport which I admit is sort of like tempting fate as the day I forget it will be the day I get into serious trouble.
  3. Because it’s always on my Series 2 Apple Watch, and I wear my Apple Watch all the time, it adds a extra layer of safety as now have something that can speak for me in case I cannot all the time rather than just when I am cycling, hiking, or cross country skiing.

All of that makes the Road ID for Apple Watch an #EpicWin in my book.

Now, if the Apple Watch isn’t your wearable of choice, the company does have options for Fitbit and Garmin users. To get the security that Road ID provides, you can expect to spend $24.99 USD for the Apple Watch plus shipping. Or you can expect to pay between $24.99 to $29.99 USD for other wearables. Add $9.99 USD if you want Road ID Interactive.

My bottom line is this: If you’re someone who runs, hikes, cycles, or you do some other sort of outdoor activity, you need a Road ID. If you wear some sort of wearable, a Road ID for the wearable of your choice such as the Apple Watch is a no brainer. It will speak for you in the event that you’re unable to. And depending on the wearable, that security extends to your daily life as it does in my case since I am an Apple Watch user. And if you don’t buy into what I am saying, Road ID has plenty of examples of the excellent value proposition that Road ID provides.

Infographic: Will You Unplug This Summer Vacation?

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 9, 2017 by itnerd


Source: McAfee

Check out the blog post from Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist on this topic.

Hyundai’s BlueLink & Kia’s UVO Intelligence Services Hits Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on June 9, 2017 by itnerd

Yesterday, Bell Canada announced that they were teaming up with Hyundai Canada and Kia Canada to bring Hyundai’s BlueLink and Kia’s UVO Intelligence Services to Canada. If you have a vehicle that is properly equipped, you’ll get emergency roadside assistance and automatic collision notification, and connect a suite of services like remote start, climate control, local search, remote door lock/unlock, maintenance alerts and on-demand diagnostics.

The first Kia Canada vehicles that will get Uvo Intelligence will be the 2018 Optima and 2018 Rio 5-door. Over at Hyundai Canada, you can expect to see BlueLink in the 2018 Elantra GT and the 2018 Sonata. More vehicles will surely follow with this functionality. Both Hyundai Canada and Kia Canada will serve this functionality up free for 5 years.