"All the news I got on the SPOT device tended to be about homeland security that Microsoft got from partner news outlets or wires," Burden said. "I used to call it the terrorist watch because 90% of the stories that I came across had to do with terrorism.... It made you feel you were missing out on something."
Ryan Reith, an analyst for IDC, said the entire experience of using a smartwatch, even one made by Apple, to get news tips could fall flat, even when done by the Times.
"If the goal of scrolling through headlines [on the smart watch] is to find interesting news and if the way to get to the last mile is pulling out your smartphone [to read the fuller story], then you'll quickly get tired of the middle man," he said. "The smartphone is already so personal that most people don't mind carrying it in their hand. Just look at anyone you pass walking down the street."
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