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How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

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How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch

Layers of gaussian blur and light and dark transparency can look great, but they can also make it harder for some people to read text and parse images. {.intro]

For accessibility reasons, you can go into your Apple Watch settings and reduce the amount of transparency used in the interface. That'll make screens more opaque and everything more legible and understandable for anyone who finds the default transparency distracting or disorienting.

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4 hours ago

How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

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How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch

Animation can make an interface look slick and sleek but it can also make it hard for some people to use.

If you suffer from vertigo or any form of motion sickness and watching things slide and zoom around on your [Apple Watch](/apple-watch] is causing you distress, don't worry. You can switch transitions to fades and otherwise reduce the amount of motion right in the accessibility settings.

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4 hours ago

How to use the Apple Watch as a health and fitness tracker

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How to use the Apple Watch as a health and fitness tracker

How to use the Apple Watch as a health and fitness tracker

The Apple Watch includes new and novel health and fitness features that can help motivate you and keep you on track.

Out of the box your Apple Watch can count your calories and steps, track your workouts, and even monitor your heart rate. Whether your goal is losing weight, gaining cardio, monitoring your health for medical reasons, or to live a better life, the Apple Watch and its built-in Activity, Workout, and Health apps can help you do just that.

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7 hours ago

These iPhone 6 Plus skin cases are on sale today for $4.95

These iPhone 6 Plus skin cases are on sale today for $4.95

The durable silicone of the Amzer skin absorbs any shock your iPhone 6 Plus may receive from any accidental drops or bumps, keeping it just like new. The smoothness provides a sure and lasting grip, minimizing slides on flat surfaces. Choose your favorite color and save 67%

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13 hours ago

How to enable bold text on your Apple Watch

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How to enable bold text on your Apple Watch

For some, Apple Watch text will be big enough, just not strong enough for easy reading.

One of the accessibility options the Apple Watch provide is for bold text, or a stronger typeface with thicker strokes to make characters and words even more legible. You still get a fair amount of text on screen, the text just stands out a little more from the screen.

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13 hours ago

How to enable grayscale mode on your Apple Watch

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How to enable grayscale mode on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch display is full color — but it doesn't have to be.

If full color is a detriment rather than benefit to your visual accessibility, you can easily toggle it off. It's one of the fastest changes you can make on the Apple Watch and, best of all, it's system-wide. So, once you've enabled it, it's enabled everywhere.

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22 hours ago

Secret Apple Watch options: 14 Force Touch tips for your wrist

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Secret Apple Watch options: 14 Force Touch tips for your wrist

Force Touch on the Apple Watch is almost like a secondary (right) mouse click on the Mac or Windows.

When you press firmly on the screen of the Apple Watch it will blur out and one to four additional options will appear on top of it. It's not the number of options that matter, it's the utility. They can't be vital, otherwise burying them under Force Touch makes them undiscoverable. Yet they have to be important, otherwise they're just adding clutter and complexity to the interface and shouldn't be there.

That leaves useful, which is what Force Touch options really are. Eventually you'll find them all, but in the meantime, here's a handy cheat sheet to get you started.

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1 day ago

Having trouble tracking exercise on your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!

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Having trouble tracking exercise on your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it!

If your Apple Watch doesn't seem to be properly tracking your steps or exercise, here's an easy way to calibrate it.

I'm loving my Apple Watch Sport so far, but I've had some minor problems getting it to properly track my daily movement and exercise goals. If you're having this problem too, you're in luck: Thanks to a helpful Twitter commenter, I found this great document from Apple Support on calibrating your Watch to more accurately track your Workouts and Activity.

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1 day ago

How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

iCloud lets you sync and store all the data that's important to you, from photos and documents to calendars and contacts.

Apple's online storage service, iCloud includes a wide range of features like iCloud Drive for your files, iCloud Photo Library for your pictures and videos, iTunes in the Cloud for your music and movies, iCloud mail for your communications, and even Find my iPhone to track down missing devices. It makes sure everything you have on your iPhone is also available on your iPad and Mac, and even your Apple TV and Apple Watch.

Best of all, if you have an Apple ID (including an iTunes account), you have iCloud. Here's how to get the most out of it!

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1 day ago

How to set up and use Zoom on Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Zoom on Apple Watch

Zoom increases the magnification of the Apple Watch interface, making it bigger for those who need to see it more easily.

To better aid those who need greater visual accessibility, Zoom lets you set a default magnification level for the Apple Watch but also adjust it dynamically. For those with visual impairments or partial blindness, it can make what are otherwise small, hard to see screen elements bigger and easier to see.

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1 day ago

How to set up and use Voice Over on Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Voice Over on Apple Watch

VoiceOver literally talks you through the Apple Watch interface, making the visuals accessible to those who need audio.

Part of Apple's suite of accessibility features, VoiceOver will speak the names of icons and apps, buttons and sliders — of everything that needs identifying and can be interacted with on your Apple Watch. For those with visual impairments or blindness, it can not only make technology usable, it can be life changing.

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1 day ago

Samsung's latest video looks oddly familiar...

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Samsung's latest video looks oddly familiar...

It's impossible to argue that Samsung didn't change course and make the Galaxy S6 seem as close to an iPhone as possible. They tried to match the look and feel, even if they couldn't match the fit and finish, and now it looks — and sounds — like they're trying to match the same visuals — and voices — of the advertising as well.

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1 day ago

Apple Watch and activity tracking: 5 things you need to know!

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Apple Watch activity tracking: 5 tips you need to know!

Apple Watch and activity tracking: 5 things you need to know!

The Apple Watch doesn't track activity the same way your everyday fitness tracker does, and that has caused some general confusion.

Instead of counting steps or calories, the Apple Watch focuses more on your overall health and well-being. This difference has left some Apple Watch owners baffled at their standing desks when a notification comes through that it's time to stand; others aren't sure why workouts they log in other App Store apps don't show up as a workout in the Activity app. And these are all logical questions.

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1 day ago

Tweetbot for iPhone updated with support for retooled tweet quotation feature

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Tweetbot for iPhone updated with support for retooled tweet quotation feature

Tweetbot for iPhone has hit version 3.6, bringing support for Twitter's new tweet quotation feature.

The quote tweet feature now present in Tweetbot lets you quote another tweet in your own message without eating heavily into your character limit. This ability has already made its way to Twitter's mobile apps, along with TweetDeck for Mac.

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1 day ago

Saturday Night Live's official app gets new emoji and iPad optimization

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Saturday Night Live's official app gets new emoji and iPad optimization

NBC's Saturday Night Live app has been updated with full iPad support, along with new emoji, and more.

The SNL app, which originally launched in February, is now fully optimized for iPads.

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