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Senators reportedly wore Apple Watches to the impeachment trial, seemingly violating the electronics ban
businessinsider.com ^ | 1/21/20 | Mary Meisenzahl

Posted on 01/22/2020 5:45:42 AM PST by a little elbow grease

Electronics are banned from Trump's impeachment hearing.

Some senators reportedly flouted this rule, and wore (Apple) smart watches to the proceedings.

According to decorum guidelines given to senators before the trial began, electronics are not allowed in the room at all. The rules read "No use of phones or electronic devices will be allowed in the Chamber. All electronics should be left in the Cloakroom in the storage provided." The rules prohibit tools that senators would typically use to connect with the outside world and share information on social media, although it seems likely that Trump himself will be on Twitter.

Sen. John Cornyn, one of the senators who reportedly wore an Apple Watch during the trial, told The Hill last week "We will not have our electronic devices. I just saw a piece of cabinetry in the cloakroom where we will be required to turn over our iPads and our iPhones."

Along with Cornyn, Roll Call reported that Sens. Mike Lee, John Thune, Jerry Moran, John Barrasso, Tim Scott, Michael Bennet, and Patty Murray were reportedly spotted with smart watches.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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To: MayflowerMadam

Yes, you can, those watches are much better that Dick Tracey’s watch.


21 posted on 01/22/2020 6:23:32 AM PST by COUNTrecount ("I've always won, and I'm going to continue to win. And that's the way it is." -- Donald Trump)
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To: Vermont Lt

I’m told an Apple watch can record. If so, it’s an easy way to get around the rules and provide news outlets with select bits of what went on just as if someone carried a recorder into the session with them.


22 posted on 01/22/2020 6:28:38 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory !!)
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To: a little elbow grease

Unless apple watches have made strides mine didn’t have a keypad to send email or text messages, it had a few preset “canned” reply words but that was it.


23 posted on 01/22/2020 6:33:22 AM PST by jughandle (Big words anger me, keep talking.)
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To: Rashputin

Yes they can and they don’t have to be near the phone, they can down load later. Not something I want on my wrist.


24 posted on 01/22/2020 6:36:34 AM PST by Dusty Road (")
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To: COUNTrecount

Trump’s attorneys should’ve gone to a “spy store” and picked up one of those inexpensive cell signal blockers and brought it in during the trial. How hard would that be?


25 posted on 01/22/2020 6:40:45 AM PST by MayflowerMadam ("Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength" - Corrie ten Boom)
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To: heavy metal
Good one. hehe.


26 posted on 01/22/2020 6:41:00 AM PST by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them.)
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To: a little elbow grease

Such watches could conceivably be abused, but in practice would be little more than ... watches.

Of course the headline has to bash Apple Watch in particular, failing to note that there are other “smart watches” available & popular which are also likely being worn.

Like guns: if someone really wants to abuse one under such circumstances, rules against mere possession won’t stop someone pursuing substantially greater crimes.


27 posted on 01/22/2020 6:42:32 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Democrats oppose democracy.)
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To: MayflowerMadam

Or those watches could be hacked to see the information on them.Just sayin”....


28 posted on 01/22/2020 6:43:23 AM PST by COUNTrecount ("I've always won, and I'm going to continue to win. And that's the way it is." -- Donald Trump)
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To: TomServo
Good grief - anything for a headline. They’re not Dick Tracy watches for cryin’ out loud.

I don't know about that -- mine blows his out of the water. Built in phone, texting, etc. Poor Dick only had 2 way voice.

29 posted on 01/22/2020 6:52:45 AM PST by CurlyDave
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To: a little elbow grease

one day, one go boom..


30 posted on 01/22/2020 6:58:47 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd ((>> M A G A << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: plangent

The cellular models can leave the paired phone at home.


31 posted on 01/22/2020 7:01:49 AM PST by Squeako (You can lead a progressive to water, but can you make him drown?)
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To: plangent

Mine is cellular.


32 posted on 01/22/2020 7:23:42 AM PST by maggief
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To: ctdonath2
"Such watches could conceivably be abused, but in practice would be little more than ... watches."

So no democrat would actually record all or part of something said in the hearings and hand it, edited or not to someone in the media to further the Chuckie meme of this all being a Republican "Cover Up" because Apple would never sell one of their watches to someone so inclined?

gotcha.

Basically you're saying an Apple watch is an electronic recording device but that no Apple watch owner would sink so low as to abuse it.

33 posted on 01/22/2020 7:34:20 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory !!)
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To: Rashputin

Go take a remedial class in reading comprehension.
Or offer your services to Schiff re misrepresenting plain meaning.

To rephrase the plainly stated:

1. If someone wants to surreptitiously record there, for later abuse, prohibiting smartwatches won’t hinder them.

2. As normally configured, recording conversations via a smartwatch is, well, isn’t much of an option.

3. There are many more smartwatches out there than just Apple Watch. Harping on that product in particular is a clue one is seeking clickbait and arguments, not actually addressing a real issue.

And imputing meaning upon me which is the opposite of what I plainly said is, well, idiotic.


34 posted on 01/22/2020 8:10:33 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Democrats oppose democracy.)
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To: a little elbow grease
Will an Apple watch operate without being tethered to an Iphone or Ipad?
35 posted on 01/22/2020 8:26:32 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: ctdonath2
Not nearly idiotic when responding to something that, as our further explanation shows, was unclear in the post to which I responded.

But if posting a more detailed explanation of your opinion was painful for you, I understand your apparent irritation in response the great pain you feel and I forgive you.

have a lovely day

36 posted on 01/22/2020 8:33:03 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory !!)
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To: a little elbow grease; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; 5thGenTexan; AbolishCSEU; Abundy; Action-America; ...
Multiple Senators violated Senate rules against electronic devices by wearing Apple Watches during first day of Trump impeachment trial. Some MSM people have panties in wad. LOL! —PING!


SNEAKY APPLE WATCH ON SENATE FLOOR
PING!

If you want on or off the Apple/Mac/iOS Ping List, Freepmail me.

37 posted on 01/22/2020 8:35:08 AM PST by Swordmaker (My pistol self-identifies as an iPad, so you must accept it in gun-free zones, you hoplophobe bigot!)
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To: Swordmaker

It is a silly rule.


38 posted on 01/22/2020 8:36:15 AM PST by samtheman (I hope someone close to Trump is reading FR every day.)
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To: heavy metal
smart watches must have to work overtime when worn by a demonrat...

___________

buddaaa ........ bing

39 posted on 01/22/2020 8:37:03 AM PST by a little elbow grease (... to err is human, to admit it divine ...)
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To: TomServo
Good grief - anything for a headline. They’re not Dick Tracy watches for cryin’ out loud.

Uh, actually, they are these days. You can make calls and text to and from Apple Watches these days. No iPhone required. There are games you can play on your Apple Watch too. The distraction capability is there.

40 posted on 01/22/2020 8:37:50 AM PST by Swordmaker (My pistol self-identifies as an iPad, so you must accept it in gun-free zones, you hoplophobe bigot!)
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