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  • Apple Watch Gains New Bands, watchOS 2 Ship Date
    Published in TidBITS 1289 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Apple Quietly Lowers iCloud Storage Prices iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Get Touchy Feely iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil Announced The Fourth Generation Apple TV Is Coming at Last Comparing U S iPhone Plan Costs in a Contract Free World The Headphone Port The Mac s Achilles Heel TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 14 September 2015 ExtraBITS for 14 September 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 09 Sep 2015 Listen Print Comment 3 Apple Watch Gains New Bands watchOS 2 Ship Date by Jeff Carlson At its fall media event Apple unveiled a host of new bands to complement the Apple Watch including a new luxury entrant as well as a 16 September 2015 release date for the next version of the device s software watchOS 2 Unveiled several months ago at WWDC see Apple s watchOS 2 to Gain Native Apps Third Party Complications 8 June 2015 watchOS 2 can run native apps on the watch instead of being just a front end for apps on the iPhone as in the current watchOS Several native apps were mentioned including iTranslate and GoPro and Dr Cameron Powell of AirStrip Technologies demonstrated an AirStrip app that lets doctors review patient information during rounds access real time vital statistics and communicate with other professionals all with HIPAA privacy measures in place He also demonstrated Sense4Baby an app in coordination with a custom Sense4Baby sensor that can record a pregnant woman s heart rate the baby s heart rate and the rate of any contractions while allowing the pregnant woman to listen to the baby s heart and send that to a physician The Apple Watch s internals aren t changing yet most likely we ll see that next year but Apple did add two colored aluminum finishes gold and rose gold Also added to the lineup are an assortment of additional bands including lavender antique white stone midnight blue orange and PRODUCT RED sport bands and a two toned leather Classic Buckle in black or saddle brown For the luxury market Apple Watch Hermès editions not only offer a stainless steel case and three leather band styles but also a custom Hermès watch face to match Prices range from 1 100 to 1 500 The new models are available now the Hermès models will be available in October 2015 but only in select Apple retail stores Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article Apple Watch A Take Control Crash

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15922 (2016-04-24)
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  • Pebble Time Offers Low-Budget Apple Watch Alternative
    least used apps are consigned to the locker Pebble apps are installed via a companion smartphone app but the Pebble Time and the original Pebble have separate iPhone apps The Pebble Time s software improves appreciably on the original Its best new feature is the timeline which sequentially displays appointments news updates weather forecasts and other time specific information in a well timeline from the recent past and the present to the near future all accessible via physical up and down buttons for navigation The original Pebble lacks the timeline but according to the maker was supposed to get it this summer The Pebble Time s software is a great upgrade overall with whimsical animations such as a wall clock icon that has a swinging pendulum and a smiling sun icon in the timeline that quickly draws itself onto the display to announce a sunny forecast There s also an animated star when a watch face is added a tiny puff of smoke when a notification is dismissed and a brief glimpse of a cartoon skull when a timeline entry is deleted The simpler screen of the original Pebble has none of this playful activity The Pebble Time in short is unmistakably Pebble but in a way that advances the state of its art in fun and useful ways Pebble Time Testing I ve been using the Pebble Time for weeks and generally enjoying it despite its obvious inferiority to the Apple Watch in just about every way save that lower price Like other smartwatch aficionados with a sophisticated grasp of the Pebble and Apple platforms I had to place myself into a mindset of not expecting as much from the Pebble Time as I had with the Apple Watch which I ve reviewed on my tech blog But as I noted in that review I am budget minded and therefore open to technology that is not necessarily the most advanced in its category but that improves my life appreciably while saving me a bundle I don t need the fanciest smartwatch just to receive notifications from my iPhone for instance The Pebble Time does that job nicely with clearly formatted and whimsically animated alerts a powerful buzz when an alert comes in and a screen that puts notifications in an orderly list that incorporates icons denoting email messages social media updates and the like Reading alerts was sometimes a bit of a challenge due to inferior display tech however E Ink is highly readable in bright sunlight much more so than the Apple Watch s screen but suffers in dimmer indoor settings meaning I had to hit the home button for anemic illumination The Pebble Time s color display is always on though compared to the Apple Watch s lovely but battery draining display that has to turn itself off after a few seconds of idle time Getting to the alerts was a bit of a multi click chore until I figured out how to configure one of the right hand navigation buttons to pull up a notification screen with a long press I mapped another button to pull up the settings screen The timeline is a wonderful feature and one that is simple to access press the up button on the right side to journey into the past or the down button to see future calendar items weather events and much more You can select an item for more information or delete it The timeline can even be customized by pinning info from third party apps to the chronological stream For instance a news app fed me the latest headlines via pinned timeline items several times a day Sports aficionados can add sports updates to the timeline with the ESPN app Watch the video to see what it s like Heck the timeline is so useful that Apple appears to have ripped it off with an upcoming watchOS feature called Time Travel As an app platform the Pebble Time is underwhelming I felt this way about the Apple Watch too but Apple has a gloriously diverse and sophisticated app ecosystem compared to Pebble s equivalent Yes there is an abundance of Pebble apps but they are of wildly inconsistent quality and I had difficulty finding must have ones Big name apps that made the cut include Evernote Pandora and Foursquare s Swarm all decent extensions of parent apps on my iPhone though quite limited in and of themselves Evernote gives me rudimentary access to my notebooks and their contents for instance but this is not necessarily productive on such a small screen Other notable Pebble app players include Domino s Eventbrite PayPal TripAdvisor Uber and Yelp along with the fitness related Fitocracy Jawbone Misfit and RunKeeper Those fitness apps make the Pebble Time a nifty fitness companion though one that is largely dependent on corresponding iPhone apps On a RunKeeper monitored power walk for instance I used the Pebble Time and its RunKeeper app as little more than an iOS RunKeeper remote The Apple Watch is a bit more of a fitness tracker in its own right thanks to its additional sensors though it too requires an iPhone for most activities beyond timing step tracking and heart rate monitoring Navigation between apps is straightforward though a bit awkward Each appears as a card filling the screen and you press buttons to scroll upward and downward for the app you want This takes a while if you ve loaded lots of apps and your patience may flag after you ve done this repeatedly The Apple Watch s cloud of circular app icons requires less interaction though the little orbs are more challenging to pick out with a fingertip than the big Pebble app cards Pebble watch faces are also a mixed bag Many still are of the black and white variety with the original Pebble in mind but I like the Real Weather watch face with the time date and temperature along with a cool color representation of the

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15908 (2016-04-24)
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  • Eight Apple Watch Stands That Stand Out
    shallow compartment on the right for placing your iPhone or anything else you like The Luxury Pocket Stand and Timber Catchall both allow the Apple Watch to be placed on the charging pad vertically or horizontally with the latter necessary for Nightstand Mode when that becomes available Since the watch adheres magnetically to the charging pad it won t slip off regardless of the angle or orientation Griffin WatchStand I was prepared to dislike this charging stand because it s made out of plastic but it s a winner The WatchStand has a heavy square base with a non skid rubber bottom One of the stand s four edges has a raised lip for holding an iPhone in landscape orientation A stalk rising from the base is topped with a sharply angled surface that builds in a circular cavity for the charging puck The watch clings to the puck magnetically and securely despite the steep angle The seemingly simple stalk hides a couple of nice features It can be lifted from the base and repositioned in any of the three other directions which can be nifty at the bedside to get a better look at the watch screen It also conceals a rubber core with a canal for winding as much excess length of the Apple Watch s crazy long charging cord as you d like hidden from sight The stand is Nightstand Mode friendly and at 29 99 is the cheapest of this collection HiRise for Apple Watch Many who use Twelve South s fine HiRise for iPhone and iPad mini see Apple s New iPhone Dock Versus the Competition 24 June 2015 will likely regard the HiRise for Apple Watch as a must buy They re nicely complementary Both have sturdy metal bases with device holders jutting upward at a slight angle With the watch stand an angled metal slab has a circular cutout for the charging puck and a notch for tucking the watchband away The charging cord is fed through a canal in the back of the slab down into and through the base and out the back The cable canal in the base is hidden by a leather lid which is a nice touch The HiRise for Apple Watch is available in black and silver for 49 99 The stand is Nightstand Mode compatible DODOcase This is a prominent San Francisco maker of iOS device cases and covers competing directly with Pad Quill since both specialize in wooden cases with book like covers DODOcase has now also entered the watch stand market Its Apple Watch Charging Stand is my favorite stand so far It s a lovely wooden pedestal with a stainless metal base and looks terrific on a desk or nightstand It s made out of walnut The compact stand is also a good mobile option because it has a thin profile that allows the charging cord to be wrapped around it for transport without having to remove the Apple puck from its cutout

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15845 (2016-04-24)
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  • It’s Time to Read “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course”
    2 Published in TidBITS 1277 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Apple Replacing 3 TB Hard Drives in Some 27 inch iMacs Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores Farewell Instacast More Problems with iCloud Photo Library Uploads Revisions Wrangles Your Dropbox Files A Visit to Pandoland Where Silicon Valley Meets Music City TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 22 June 2015 ExtraBITS for 22 June 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 22 Jun 2015 Listen Print It s Time to Read Apple Watch A Take Control Crash Course by Adam C Engst Are you considering an Apple Watch Or perhaps you re an early adopter with one already on your wrist Regardless learning about the Apple Watch has been pretty hit or miss with Web content especially when it comes to distinguishing pre release speculation from articles based on actual usage So we re particularly pleased to bring you Jeff Carlson s Apple Watch A Take Control Crash Course which may be the first documentation of the Apple Watch that s comprehensive independent and based on real world experience The 69 page book is only 10 Using our graphically rich informationally dense Crash Course format Jeff covers the Apple Watch from metaphorical morning to night first helping you understand what it can do for you and choose a particular model Next after a couple of

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15750 (2016-04-24)
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  • Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores
    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 Published in TidBITS 1277 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Apple Replacing 3 TB Hard Drives in Some 27 inch iMacs It s Time to Read Apple Watch A Take Control Crash Course Farewell Instacast More Problems with iCloud Photo Library Uploads Revisions Wrangles Your Dropbox Files A Visit to Pandoland Where Silicon Valley Meets Music City TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 22 June 2015 ExtraBITS for 22 June 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 18 Jun 2015 Listen Print Comment 3 Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores by Jeff Carlson Edging the Apple Watch closer to impulse buy status Apple Watch models are now in stock at many Apple retail stores Previously the only way to order a watch was to do so online and have it delivered by mail You still need to initiate an order online but now you can reserve a watch model and if it s in stock pick it up the same day Many watch bands are also available in stores for off the shelf purchase At the online Apple Store or using the Apple Store app on an iOS device you can choose the model you want and check reservation availability for retail Apple Stores in your area Only stores that have your desired model in stock appear in the pop ups for choosing state and store location If it s available you need to send a text message containing a custom code which returns a registration code that is active for 30 minutes From there you choose a pickup time and then head to the store Although the process sounds involved it s designed to cut down on the number of people buying merchandise in store who then turn around and sell it to gray market dealers Reservations begin at 8 00 AM local time and the watch must be picked up the same day There s also a limit of one watch per customer As you might expect not all models are available in all locations but now I know which Apple Store I could pop into on my lunch break to pick up a 42mm Apple Watch Edition And while you re waiting for your pick up time you can read my book Apple Watch

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  • Apple Combines Developer Programs
    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 Published in TidBITS 1276 Subscribe to our weekly email edition Bushel Sponsoring TidBITS SummerFest 2015 Sale on Artisanal Software Doodle Helps You Schedule Meetings Three Alternative Ways to Wear the Apple Watch Sport Robinhood Opens Stock Trading to All Around The World With Apple Pay FunBITS Be a VJ with the iTunes Visualizer TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 15 June 2015 ExtraBITS for 15 June 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 Macs Mac OS X 09 Jun 2015 Listen Print Comment 2 Apple Combines Developer Programs by Adam C Engst In an entirely sensible move Apple has combined the previous Mac Developer Program 99 per year iOS Developer Program 99 per year and Safari Developer Program free into a single 99 per year Apple Developer Program As of 8 June 2015 only one membership in the Apple Developer Program is necessary to build and distribute apps for OS X iOS and watchOS along with extensions for Safari This essentially halves the cost of developing for both the Mac and iOS though those who were previously only in the free Safari Developer Program now face a 99 charge How will the transition work If you were enrolled in only the Mac Developer Program or the iOS Developer Program either as an individual or as a team your membership expiration date and number of Technical Support Incidents will remain the same If you were previously in both the Mac and iOS Developer Programs your expiration date has been extended to include the sum of the days that remained in both programs and Technical Support Incidents associated with both accounts have been combined For teams roles have been consolidated and members retain the role with the most permissions Those who were only in the free Safari Developer Program will need to join the Apple Developer Program to submit extensions to the Safari Extensions Gallery for El Capitan Current extensions will remain available for download on the existing Safari Extensions Gallery until the release of OS X 10 11 El Capitan in the fall For teams in the iOS Developer Enterprise Program your account has automatically been updated to the Apple Developer Enterprise Program which also includes resources for developing Mac apps Otherwise expiration dates number of Technical Support

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  • Apple Announces Apple Music Service
    PC Support for Apple TV and Android smartphones will arrive later this year Apple Music has three components Music Apple Music will combine the music you already own with tens of millions of streaming tracks though Apple is being cagey on the exact number Like Beats Music Apple Music will make recommendations based on your tastes and provide a number of human curated playlists You will also be able to save tracks for offline listening If you re a Beats Music subscriber you can transfer your subscription on 30 June 2015 by launching Beats Music and following the prompt to join Apple Music iTunes Match is independent but complementary so that service will still be available for those who want it However it appears that Apple Music will duplicate much of iTunes Match s functionality by putting your music collection in the cloud Radio Alongside Apple Music Apple is launching the Beats 1 live radio station broadcasting 24 7 to over 100 countries from studios in Los Angeles New York and London with renowned disc jockeys Zane Lowe Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga Connect Ping is back from the dead see iTunes 10 0 1 Integrates Ping 27 September 2010 Artists on Apple Music will have their own Connect pages where they can share content with followers Apple says that it won t just be big names every artist will be able to connect with fans via Apple Music Even if you don t pay for a membership you will be able to follow artists on Connect listen to Beats 1 and listen to Apple Music stations with limited song skipping Despite the lengthy demo during WWDC which prompted Merlin Mann to quip on Twitter This is like being on a very long plane ride with a retiree who just bought his first iPod it was hard to figure out just how people will really interact with Apple Music We re looking forward to getting our hands on it at the end of the month and comparing it to services like Spotify and Rdio PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 make PDF editing easy Review and mark up your PDFs fill and sign forms and even export PDFs to Word format Signing is now easier you can view the OCR text layer and more Try editing your PDFs today http smle us pdfpen 7 tb Comments about Apple Announces Apple Music Service Comments are closed Dennis B Swaney 2015 06 09 13 02 Meh Not for me And once again Apple slights our northern neighbors who ARE interested in this Why is OZ there instead I wasn t sure where to place this comment but it seems this could be related The resounding silence on a new TV leads me to believe it is dead Apple reduced the price back in March which is only done when either a replacement is imminent or the product is discontinued Since there wasn t a replacement and the the next event is in September the

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/15719 (2016-04-24)
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  • Apple’s watchOS 2 to Gain Native Apps, Third-Party Complications
    the iPhone to process the request time to send results back to the watch and time for the watch to display those results With the forthcoming version of WatchKit developers will be able to incorporate program logic into the app that runs on the watch leading to apps that perform much faster and that have many more capabilities We wonder what impact native apps will have on the Apple Watch s battery life but we re eager to find out because among the new options available to app developers are direct access to the Digital Crown the accelerometer the Taptic Engine the heart rate sensor the watch speaker and the device s microphone Watch apps will also be able to play short videos work with HomeKit to control household devices and access HealthKit information so for example exercise apps can access past readings What s more watchOS 2 also provides a way for third party developers to develop additional complications for watch faces so that for example a travel app could put flight times or electric car charging progress right on the watch face New Standard Features The new features that come standard with watchOS 2 are many and varied As a smart timepiece the Apple Watch will become even smarter with the Digital Crown able to scroll through information shown on the watch face through a feature Apple has dubbed Time Travel For example if you have set up a watch face with complications to show calendar entries or world time you can turn the Digital Crown to scroll forward in time updating the information in those complications much like the Digital Crown now works with the current Solar face to move the sun icon across the sky Speaking of faces watchOS 2 provides several new ones to adorn your wrist Photos allows you to select and crop one of your own photos to serve as the background for a watch face or you can select a Photo Album face to display different random photos as face backgrounds watchOS 2 also adds a Time Lapse face which displays time lapse videos from various locations around the world as backdrops such as London see Big Ben or Mack Lake watch the moving clouds reflected in the water If you are like me and charge your Apple Watch beside your bed at night there s the new Nightstand mode which kicks in when you attach Apple Watch to its charger In this mode the face lights up to show the time whenever you touch the watch face or the Digital Crown and you can press the side button to turn off an alarm or the Digital Crown to snooze the alarm The Nightstand face is rotated 90 degrees from the normal watch face orientation so your Apple Watch can be read easily when it s lying on its side and just when I finally worked out how to balance my Apple Watch on its strap while it s charging so I

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