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  • Why Some People Stop Wearing the Apple Watch
    1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members Smile ScanSnap Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 30 Nov 2015 Print Comment 3 Why Some People Stop Wearing the Apple Watch by Josh Centers Analyst Ben Bajarin working with wearable analytics firm Wristly surveyed users who said they were dissatisfied with their Apple Watches in an attempt to tease out the main shortcomings of Apple s smartwatch The complaints unhappy Apple Watch owners shared were poor performance short battery life the watch face not always being visible reliance on the iPhone and the high price Perhaps surprisingly the most critical and least satisfied Apple Watch owners work in tech evaluate tech for a living or are fairly technical To be clear this study focused on dissatisfied users but Bajarin notes that satisfied Apple Watch owners make up a much larger group follow link Comments about Why

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16113 (2016-04-24)
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  • Android Wear Watches Now Work with the iPhone
    as card stacks Dealing with the cards is enjoyable and intuitive Swipe right to dismiss a card left for more info if available and up to cycle through a card stack The cards and card stacks are easy to identify via telltale icons and colors red for Gmail say with the email service s icon prominently shown and can be dismissed card by card or en masse This is my favorite way to get notifications on my wrist beating out the Apple Watch and Pebble approaches That makes Android Wear strictly in a notifications sense my favorite smartwatch platform An iPhone user has lots of control over an Android Wear watch s behavior Google Now can be turned off for one thing This does not alter card style formatting but it dumbs down the experience If Google Now is disabled your iPhone and watch will not anticipate your needs by feeding you relevant useful information such as flight hotel and public transport updates Simple notifications will keep coming through however You can decide whether to get calendar notifications from the Google or Apple calendar apps on the iPhone too and you can block notifications from some apps such as Apple Mail if you re a Gmail user Android Wear has optional rich Gmail cards with a degree of interactivity like the choice to archive or reply to email I was walking to the bus stop when a Gmail message from my editor came in for instance Activating voice control by saying OK Google instead of Hey Siri I was able to dictate and send off a fast reply Android Wear also has an emoji option that turns a finger scrawled emoticon into a corresponding yellow icon App and Watch Face Drought My Android Wear love affair soured when I realized how limited this experience can be compared to what Android Wear smartwatch users currently enjoy via an Android smartphone Consider apps and watch faces Those using these watches with Android handsets have access to an immense library of third party apps and watch faces via the Google Play store but these apps are mostly off limits to iPhone users at the moment Instead iPhone users get access to only a small set of Google approved apps like a flashlight and a stopwatch along with fitness apps to track calories steps heart activity and so on Really Google The situation with watch faces is a bit better with a small selection of third party faces along with the stock faces But this doesn t include my favorite third party faces such as those that show comic covers and works of fine and folk art One such face Street Art is Google s creation which makes its absence from the iPhone all the more baffling It s unclear to me if third party apps and watch faces in the future will originate directly from Google via the Android Wear app as they do for Android users or indirectly by way of Apple

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16030 (2016-04-24)
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  • : Articles by Julio Ojeda-Zapata
    Reduce Single USB C Port Inconvenience Apple s minimalist ethos has struck again causing the company s 2015 MacBook to be equipped with just a single USB C port Most people agree this is not enough Third party port expansion products are now available though with other USB C accessories providing added features Julio Ojeda Zapata looks at a sampling of USB C accessories Macs Mac OS X by Julio Ojeda Zapata 10 Mar 2016 11 comments Three Alternatives to the iPad Pro s Smart Keyboard Apple s Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro works reasonably well and is thin and lightweight but its chiclet keys are an acquired taste for many Fortunately alternatives do exist Julio Ojeda Zapata looks at three third party iPad Pro keyboards that take different approaches iPhone iPad iPod by Julio Ojeda Zapata 08 Feb 2016 3 comments CarPlay Offers Limited Glitchy iPhone Auto Integration Touchscreens in select cars can now become iPhone extensions via CarPlay Apple s attempt to extend its influence into vehicle cabins Alas Julio Ojeda Zapata found CarPlay to be a dumbed down and glitchy experience iPhone iPad iPod by Julio Ojeda Zapata 18 Jan 2016 2 comments iPad Pro Shows the Promise of iOS Productivity The notion of an iPad as a productivity device is hardly new but Apple s tablets have been hampered by cramped screens flaky add on keyboards and a lack of a decent stylus for those doing visual work The new iPad Pro sweeps away these problems but is neither perfect nor cheap iPhone iPad iPod by Julio Ojeda Zapata 23 Dec 2015 11 comments Apple s New Magic Peripherals Offer Modest Change Apple has finally updated its long in the tooth mouse keyboard and trackpad to varying degrees and added internal batteries to all But the peripherals retain their unique personalities and those hoping for a revamp of the somewhat controversial devices will be disappointed Macs Mac OS X by Julio Ojeda Zapata 25 Nov 2015 12 comments NetNewsWire Updates Solid But Fail to Impress NetNewsWire was the king of Apple centric RSS readers long ago but has lately been overshadowed by the likes of Feedly and Reeder Now publisher Black Pixel has revived the newsreader app for the iPhone iPad Mac and even the Apple TV But these apps feel like also rans in their current forms Opinion by Julio Ojeda Zapata 12 Nov 2015 2 comments Turn Live Photos into GIFs for Wider Sharing The new Live Photos feature in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus transforms pictures into mini videos but these creations can be shared only with other iOS and Mac users and not even always then Turning Live Photos into animated GIFs allows for a wider audience iPhone iPad iPod by Julio Ojeda Zapata 04 Nov 2015 1 comment Android Wear Watches Now Work with the iPhone Google has made Android Wear watches compatible with the iPhone but this may be of limited appeal to most iPhone users given severe

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/author/Julio%20Ojeda-Zapata (2016-04-24)
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  • watchOS 2.0.1 Brings Bug Fixes to Your Wrist
    iPhone Apple TV Preorders Have Begun Using Content Reminders in iOS 9 A Not So Short List of People to Blame for Internet Content Woes TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 26 October 2015 ExtraBITS for 26 October 2015 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Apple Watch 21 Oct 2015 Listen Print Comment 2 watchOS 2 0 1 Brings Bug Fixes to Your Wrist by Josh Centers Continuing with its operating system update avalanche after the releases of OS X 10 11 1 and iOS 9 1 Apple has pushed out watchOS 2 0 1 which fixes some lingering bugs and adds new emoji characters You can find the 62 8 MB update in the Watch app on your iPhone in My Watch General Software Update To update the Apple Watch needs to be in range of your iPhone connected to its charger and charged to at least 50 percent According to Apple watchOS 2 0 1 fixes issues that caused stalled software updates and poor battery life It also addresses issues that prevented location information from updating caused Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number and made sensors stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate The update also resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS calendar events to the Apple Watch Finally watchOS 2 0 1 addresses stability

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16032 (2016-04-24)
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  • Complicating Details: Notable New Features in watchOS 2
    button Choose Your Own Photo Watch Face Two new watch faces let you use your own photos as the face though neither allows complications really Apple Photo displays the same image every time you raise your watch Photo Album cycles among the images in an album each time the face appears Tap the watch face to switch between the images To use a single photo as the watch face do the following On the watch open the Photos app Locate the image you want to use and zoom in using the Digital Crown or by tapping on the image so it fills the screen Force touch the screen to display the Create Watch Face button and then tap it A new Photo watch face appears in the row of other faces accessible when you force touch the clock Whenever you create a watch face from a different photo the design is added as a separate watch face so you can create several and switch between them as the mood strikes Ah but there s a wrinkle The Photo Album face gets its images from whichever photo album you ve chosen to sync with the Photos app on the watch There s no option to use one album for the watch face and a different album for browsing the Photos app If you re okay with that if you don t use the Photos app on the watch to view images basically then do the following In the Watch app on the iPhone tap the Photos button to access the app s settings Tap Synced Album which is set to Favorites by default Select an album from your Photos library to select it as the image source Return to the My Watch screen by tapping Photos in the top left corner followed by My Watch An album of relatively dark images will work best if you have trouble seeing the white text for the time and date Time lapse Faces Around the Clock A step up from photo watch faces is the new Time Lapse face which plays a short time lapse movie of one of six locations Mack Lake New York Hong Kong London Paris and Shanghai These too do not allow any complications Come on Apple What you may not notice right away is that Apple has created animations for each location at different times of the day If you re checking the time in the morning you ll see a daylight animation in the evening you get the scene at night More Color on the Faces The Modular watch face offered several monochromatic color schemes under watchOS 1 but now there s a new Multicolor option that features several colors including a tri hued Activity indicator Many of the colors are new and match the new Sport bands Apple recently introduced such as Stone Walnut and Vintage Rose When you re choosing watch faces force touch the screen at the clock switch to the Modular face and tap

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15953 (2016-04-24)
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  • : Articles by Jeff Carlson
    View iCloud Photo Stream Photos on Your Mac with MyPhotostream If you want to view photos that are saved to iCloud s My Photo Stream feature on your Mac you need to do it in iPhoto or Aperture two Apple applications that are scheduled to be retired MyPhotostream is a new alternative that intentionally does just one thing displays your My Photo Stream photos in a simple environment Media Creation by Jeff Carlson 19 Jan 2015 11 comments Bring iPhone Slo Mo Videos Back Up to Speed If you accidentally recorded a video in Slo Mo mode on an iPhone or iPad Air 2 you can t easily save a real time version Jeff Carlson shares a couple of workarounds using either the free Slow Fast Slow app or iMovie for iOS Media Creation by Jeff Carlson 26 Nov 2014 2 comments Why Apple Kept the 16 GB iPhone in Favor of 32 GB Wondering why configurations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at a pathetic 16 GB instead of jumping to the more logical 32 GB The answer is most certainly profit for Apple and that higher profit comes from a bit of clever psychological marketing iPhone iPad iPod by Jeff Carlson 24 Sep 2014 6 comments Aperture s Golden Hour Apple is retiring Aperture its professional photo software in favor of the new Photos application for OS X Jeff Carlson examines why the transition isn t like most software and what Photos will need to do and may fail at in the future Media Creation by Jeff Carlson 02 Jul 2014 22 comments Sit Up Straight for the Roost Laptop Stand The Roost laptop stand resembles scaffolding more than the typical slabs available to raise your portable computer but its light weight and compact storage hide a sturdy lift Home Macs by Jeff Carlson 04 Apr 2014 6 comments ExtraBITS for 1 April 2014 We have three quick ExtraBITS for you today starting with the return to the App Store of the essential password utility PassScreen Apple finally giving a nod to the wearable market and Take Control of Your Passwords author Joe Kissell talking about password security on Oprah Just for Fun by Adam C Engst and Jeff Carlson 01 Apr 2014 1 comment OmniOutliner 4 Refines the Outlining Process OmniOutliner users have waited a long time since before Apple switched to powering Macs with Intel processors for a major version update of the versatile outlining application Jeff Carlson looks at what s new in OmniOutliner 4 Business Apps by Jeff Carlson 31 Jan 2014 7 comments Mysterious Mac Pro Posters Appear Apple can be utterly mysterious Jeff Carlson received a tube of Mac Pro posters with distinctive Apple touches of course Macs Mac OS X by Jeff Carlson 28 Oct 2013 5 comments Photos Get Renewed Focus in iOS 7 Not only did Apple add a few new features to the built in Camera app under iOS 7 the company revamped how the

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  • Moving Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone
    that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Apple Watch 25 Sep 2015 Listen Print Comment 1 Moving Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone by Michael E Cohen We have all been here before well if not all of us certainly a lot of us Apple has begun shipping its new line of iPhones and if you are once again replacing an old iPhone with a new one you are probably vaguely familiar with the steps you need to take to get your old iPhone s settings apps and data onto your new iPhone However this time around there may be more to transfer if you have an Apple Watch you also want to move your watch s settings and data It s not hard to make your Apple Watch and your new iPhone the best of friends but you have to do things in the right order which may mean a brief period of delayed gratification In particular you want to make sure your watch data is backed up and ready to move before you set up your new iPhone Here s the sequence Unpair your Apple Watch and your old iPhone When you do this the Watch app on the iPhone makes a backup of the watch s data before it severs the connection and stores the backup on the iPhone Note that this backup is crucial your Apple Watch s contents are erased when unpairing it from your iPhone Apple s support note Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone describes the process in detail Next back up your iPhone You can back it up to iCloud if you have enough storage space or you can back it up to your Mac with iTunes When you back up your iPhone regardless of the method the backup contains your Apple Watch backup as well as other data and settings If you back up to iTunes choose to make an encrypted backup otherwise the backup won t contain your Health and Activity data The support note How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes describes how to back up your iOS device With your old iPhone now backed up turn it off and if applicable transfer your SIM card from your old iPhone to your new one Activate and set up your new iPhone and during the setup process connect to Wi Fi If you backed up to iCloud choose Restore from iCloud Backup when asked if you backed up to iTunes connect your new iPhone to iTunes during the setup and when asked choose Restore from iTunes Backup Apple describes the entire process in Transfer content from an iPhone iPad or iPod touch to a new device When you finish your new iPhone should have the contents that were on the old iPhone including your backed

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15952 (2016-04-24)
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  • Apple Releases watchOS 2
    September 2015 Apple has released the first major update for the Apple Watch watchOS 2 The 517 MB update can be installed by opening the Watch app on your iPhone and navigating to My Watch General Software Update To install the update the Apple Watch must be near the iPhone the iPhone must be connected to Wi Fi and the Apple Watch must be connected to its charger and have at least a 50 percent charge You also must have iOS 9 installed to perform the update The most significant change in watchOS 2 is also the least obvious at the moment greatly expanded developer options Apps will now be able to run natively on the watch which should improve performance radically Third party complications will be a big deal as well letting us customize our watch faces with the information we want from our apps Those native apps will be able to do more too since watchOS 2 gives developers access to the accelerometer heart rate sensors microphone and speaker the Digital Crown and even the Taptic Engine that provides tactile feedback Apps will also be able to play video directly on the Apple Watch More visibly for now watchOS 2 adds several new watch faces including time lapse videos of Hong Kong London Mack Lake New York Shanghai and Paris faces that can display photos or photo albums including Live Photos from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus a new multicolor option for the Modular face and nine new colors for watch faces There are also two new time related features Nightstand mode which lets you use your watch on its side as an alarm clock and Time Travel which enables you to use the Digital Crown to scroll through events on the watch face There are a number of communication improvements in watchOS 2 You can now make and receive FaceTime audio calls on your watch reply to email messages with dictation emoji or smart replies and make Wi Fi calls on supported carriers without a nearby iPhone Social Apple Watch users will be happy to know that watchOS lets you add more than 12 friends to the contacts screen create multiple friend groups and send sketches in multiple colors It also offers new animated emoji options Although the current Apple Watch hardware can t compete with dedicated GPS watches those interested in casual fitness will appreciate changes in watchOS 2 Third party apps can augment your Activity rings the Activity iPhone app lets you share rings workouts and achievements Activity achievements are now interactive you can pull up a weekly activity summary on demand Activity notifications can be muted for a day and workouts are now saved automatically Wallet and Apple Pay see improvements as well including support for Discover credit cards rewards cards and store credit and debit cards You can now add passes to Wallet directly from Apple Watch apps Like iOS 9 watchOS 2 adds a Transit view to Maps and it now

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15942 (2016-04-24)
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