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LG G Watch R: The Forgotten Smartwatch

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Full circular display, sporty-classy design, and whatever other basic bit of info that’s been released make this watch a viable competitor to the Moto 360. If you’re reading this, you know that. Day after day, I check Reddit, Google and Twitter for updates on this watch’s release. Even after it was released in Korea, there was little press. I even went through Google.kr and translated the watch’s name to Korean to make sure Google wasn’t missing results because of language. Nope. LG has completely failed on this one.

Instead of giving the watch to bloggers, product review sites, Youtube Vloggers, and etc to test and hype the watch’s release, the watch has gotten little if not no exposure has been since IFA in Germany over a month ago. LG hasn’t released definitive product release dates for other countries, price lists and any additional media on the watch. LG also has a dull, generic product page for the watch and it lacks a “notify me” feature.

Even Google has made little mention of the watch. As of when I’m writing this, the watch isn’t even on the Play Store as “Coming Soon” and the graphics make no mention of it. If you’re desperately trying to promote a new platform, you might want to advertise the upcoming devices to show the potential of your product line.

I know it might sound silly to rant about a watch’s release, but looking at the success of the Moto 360, even if they didn’t have a very successful launch, shows that if you create enough buzz about a device, people will want to buy it. The Moto 360 doesn’t have a full circular display, its battery life started out sub par, users have reported that it cracks, others reported dead pixels and so on. Yet, there is still a high demand for the watch because people want to know what it’s like to have that much power on their wrist. LG, in releasing their second generation wear device, should have known how to successfully launch a product. They shouldn’t need some random blogger like me telling me that…

PS: Anyone else tired of seeing the same stock image I used for this post?

Availability Heuristic: Today’s “Offending” Tweets of The Batman Shooting

People Make Me Sick.

The shooter, I have nothing to say about, since there is already enough coverage on the story and it’s all sad, sick and irrational. However, two tweets have also made the front pages today and everyone involved in them should be ashamed of themselves.

In hindsight, the people who made the tweets should’ve stood their ground when the people who complained about them bashed because it isn’t like they meant to offend.

The news reporters, who were not involved at all, should have stayed out of it and kept their focus on the dramatic and tragic national event that had just happened.

Now for the public. I’ll take bets right now that the government is going to use their “never let a good crisis go to waste” and pull out an IMPOSSIBLY long document that they mysteriously wrote within a week to take as many liberties as physically possible. Hello?! Does anyone remember the Patriot Act!? I wont even bother discussing that one. No one cares about our freedoms (or lack of) anyway.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yeA_kHHLow]

See, when emotions run high in national emergencies, we lose our freedoms. They admit that RIGHT THERE.

Here’s a few fun facts for today:

“In 2009, 31,347 people were killed by firearms in the United States. That’s an average of 86 people a day. Already this year in Rochester, about 100 people have been shot. Six times as many people who were killed in Aurora today will die by gun violence today across the country.”

“Those killed in Aurora represent less than half a day’s quota of annual gun deaths in the US. Today is the rule, disguised as the exception.”

Oh, and the title? What’s the Availability Heuristic you say? Probably the most common thing that the idiots of America fall for. Why not Google that one. For more on the reactions of today, http://therochesterian.com/2012/07/20/gun-control-mass-shootings-and-pop-culture/

Im done.