Friday, May 29, 2015

Automatic Apple Watch App

If you have an Automatic installed in your car, you can use an Apple Watch to quickly locate where you parked your car and how long it has been parked. This is very useful if you are ever lost in a parking lot or if you are monitoring how long you've been parked at a parking meter. Automatic is available from the Apple App Store for free [Direct Link] while the adapter is $99 [Direct Link].

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Apple Watch: First Impressions

Today, I got my Apple Watch. It is a 42mm Apple Watch with Brown Leather Loop. I'll just ramble on about some of my thoughts. One of the things I like is how I can easily picture it as a lifestyle device. I can see myself using it for a workout or using the MLB At Bat app at a ballpark. It brings new potential to the playing field.  It's not just a tiny iPhone. I like how notifications popup with a subtle vibration. Also, people seemed to be turned off by its battery only lasting a single day, however it's not to say that you'll run out in a single day. With a lot of use, you should have 20% at the end of the day, assuming healthy battery life. The main drawback to the Apple Watch is the reliance on the iPhone. Every time you open an app, it has to load the app from the iPhone. These loading times vary based on the size of the app and the proximity from the iPhone. Typically, they're short loading times, but if your iPhone is more than 10 feet away, loading can get tedious. Overall, I'm a big fan of this watch and look forward to using it, however I do see some area for improvement. When the next generation comes out, we pioneers only hope that our current bands will work with the next few generations.

Sorry about the quality and lighting of this picture!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Apple Pay Rewards

If you have a credit card, you most likely know how rewards work. For example, one credit card may give you 2 points for every dollar of gas, 3 points for Amazon purchases, and 1 point for all other purchases. Then, after you've collected 10,000 points, you learn that the best reward to spend them on is a soda or something. Apple is supposedly doing this with Apple Pay, hopefully, with better rewards. It's not known how this will work, but we think it'll be revealed at WWDC this year. Perhaps this will incorporate iBeacons into it, where you walk past certain products and your points unlock sales for those products. WWDC's keynote will be on June 8th.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apple Watch Battery Complication

Many people have the battery life complication widget on their watch face for their Apple Watches. However, many are finding this a waste of space for their watch face. In addition, despite Tim Cook noting that you'll have to charge your Apple Watch everyday, the watch is still intended as an "all-day device." If you're waiting to get an Apple Watch, don't put the battery life in your watch face, just use the battery glance instead. The battery glance is available by scrolling up from the watch face to reveal Glances, and just swipe left or right to find the battery life.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

How Much Storage Does The Apple Watch Have?

With developers having to make modifications to their apps to fit the Apple Watch, it brings up a question: How much storage does the Apple Watch have? Apps like 1Password require you to select certain items to sync to an Apple Watch instead of having all the items on the Apple Watch. The answer is 6.2 GB, not including Watch OS. Hopefully, most Apple Watch apps will do their best to optimize their storage use.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Losing the Signal

Remember when BlackBerry was one of the top smartphone manufacturers? Neither do I, but apparently they were. You can read the book on BlackBerry's rise and fall. It's called Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. It explores how the iPhone contributed to BlackBerry's downfall. You can read it in style in iBooks by pre-ordering it for $14.99 [Direct Link].

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Apple Watch Edition Begins Shipping

The first people who ordered their Apple Watch Editions on April 9th are now starting to see their fine jewelry begin to ship. The first ones arrived as early as today. It should be noted that Apple Watch Edition is a limited edition model that is in limited quantities. It's long ship time and limited stock are good reasons to consider buying it sooner than later.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

38 New Emoji Characters

The Unicode Consortium has picked 38 emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 9.0. These emojis include cucumber, shrug, and a selfie. The full list is available on their blog. Why do we need an emoji for a rubber duck? Some of these emoji have very little application, but I suppose it's better to have them than to not...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Select Apple Watch Bands Available Now In Retail Stores

Apple Stores are now selling some Apple Watch bands. These bands include various colors of the Sport Band and the Classic Buckle, according to Apple Radar. If you want a band, you might want to check your local Apple Store first to avoid massive delays.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How Apple Watch Demos Units Work

Thanks to Blog do iPhone, we now know how the Apple Watches in retail stores work. Basically, underneath where the band disappears into the case of the demo unit, there is a Lightning cable that connects to the much speculated diagnostic port of the Apple Watch. This establishes a connection from the Apple Watch to the case and the iPad mini in the case. This allows it to be charged throughout the day. In addition, it's how the iPad mini is able to show information about the app the Apple Watch is in. Apple managed to do a great job at keeping this hidden as many people tried to figure out what the diagnostic port was for.

Image Credit: MacRumors
Image Credit: MacRumors