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watchOS 2 beta 4 now available for developers

watchOS 2 beta 4 now available for developers

Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of watchOS 2 alongside the latest beta of iOS 9. As a reminder, you'll need to have the iOS 9 beta installed on your device in order to install the watchOS beta. How to download and install watchOS 2 beta 4 watchOS 2 is expected to arrive...
Apple and the user experience business model

Apple and the user experience business model

As you can imagine I have a lot of conversations about Apple. I have conversations about Apple with investors, competitors, developers, fans, venture capitalists, and more. These conversations are always revealing as to how much people understand, or think they understand, Apple. Inevitably...
Give thieves less to steal with the Apple Watch

Give thieves less to steal with the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has some practical benefits, like making your iPhone harder to steal. Lately I've read a few news reports that cite a rise in the number of phone thefts in cities from people on bikes. Bike-bound thieves see an unwary pedestrian with their cell phone in front of them, texting or...
How to download the watchOS 2 beta

How to download the watchOS 2 beta

Installing the watchOS 2 beta is different, but it's also developers-only. Unlike OS X and even iOS this year, there's no public beta for watchOS 2. It's a developer beta in the strictest sense of the word. Installing it is also very different than installing the [OS X El Capitan beta(http://www...
Apple Watch not waiting, and Facebook no measure of platform adoption

Apple Watch not waiting, and Facebook no measure of platform adoption

A couple week's ago it was terribly reported sales estimates. This week it's false app platform equivalencies. All to fit the forced narrative that the Apple Watch—which hasn't even been on the market a full quarter but by even the most conservative measures has outsold every and perhaps all...
Buyers guide: How to pick the best iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more!

Buyers guide: How to pick the best iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more!

How to pick the perfect iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod, Mac, or Apple TV for your or yours! Apple has several different—and sometimes overlapping—product lines these days. What's more, within each line are more affordable and more fully featured options. If you're looking for an iPhone or an...
No one needs an Apple Watch

No one needs an Apple Watch

You won't find the Apple Watch on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. That doesn't diminish the watch's fundamental utility, though. A funny thing's happened to me a number of times since I started wearing an Apple Watch: I see people staring at my wrist. Inevitably, if I catch their gaze, they'll...
Apple's latest Apple Watch ads spotlight travel, personal connections and fitness

Apple's latest Apple Watch ads spotlight travel, personal connections and fitness

Apple has released four new Apple Watch ads. They focus on using the watch for travel, fitness, and how the watch can bring people together. Two of the ads, "Berlin" and "Bejing" showcase travelers using their Apple Watches to find their way around new cities, making currency conversions,...
The iPod nano and shuffle won't sync Apple Music songs, putting another nail in the new iPod coffin

The iPod nano and shuffle won't sync Apple Music songs, putting another nail in the new iPod coffin

The new iPods may be pretty, but only the iPod touch can sync Apple Music tracks. Though Rene and I had speculated about Apple revamping the iPod nano and shuffle line to include some sort of Bluetooth authentication for Apple Music, it looks as though the iPod line won't get access to offline...
Apple Watch headed for New Zealand on July 31

Apple Watch headed for New Zealand on July 31

It looks like Apple fans in New Zealand won't have to wait too much longer to get their hands on the Apple Watch. According to the product page in the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad, the watch will be available to New Zealanders beginning July 31 after 7:01 a.m. local time. The Apple...
An Apple Watch goes to the beach

An Apple Watch goes to the beach

Turns out, the Apple Watch is pretty water-resistant—as long as you take care to clean it. Craig Hockenberry (of Iconfactory and CHOCKLOCK fame) is a fairly avid swimmer, and has been toting his water-resistant Apple Watch to the beach over the past few months. I suspect that the watch's water...
watchOS 2 beta 3 adds Apple Music support to the Watch

watchOS 2 beta 3 now available for developers

Alongside its new beta of iOS 9, Apple has released the third developer beta version of watchOS 2. Developers will need the latest iOS 9 beta, in addition the to the watchOS configuration profile, which can be found the watchOS resource site. When watchOS 2 arrives later this year, it will...
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Penn State university will study if the Apple Watch can be used in the classroom

Penn State university is putting plans in place to launch a number of experiments to explore the effect of wearables like the Apple Watch have on human behavior. The team will also look at ways the Apple Watch can be used as a learning device in the classroom, to help boost student development...
Opinion: Apple Watch sales coverage plunges 90% in accuracy

Opinion: Apple Watch sales coverage plunges 90% in accuracy

Apple stated up front they weren't going to disclose sales numbers for the Apple Watch, regardless of how it performed. With the iPhone and iPad, Apple issued press releases touting how many units the company sold on launch weekends, sometimes followed up with sales milestones, listed the...
The Apple Watch is a modern convenience, like a dishwasher

The Apple Watch is a modern convenience, like a dishwasher

Analyst Ben Bajarin has had an Apple Watch since early April but last week he took it off, put to away, and spent a week without it. His goal was to find out how important the Watch had really become to him. And since he's an analyst, he didn't just keep note of his feelings. He kept data. From...
A plea for multiple months on Calendar for Apple Watch

A plea for multiple months on Calendar for Apple Watch

The month view in the Apple Watch calendar app is great—unless you want to look at any month other than the current one. I went out to dinner with my family a couple of nights ago and, when we got to discussing plans for the summer, I needed to check a couple dates. Since I've come to rely on my...
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India's HDFC Bank becomes the first in the country to add support for Apple Watch

As smartphone penetration takes off in India, banks are offering services that allow customers to transact and check their account statements from mobile devices. HDFC Bank — one of the largest privately-held banks in the country — is now taking things a step further by announcing support for...
Apple Watch launches in 7 countries today, 3 more coming July 17

Apple Watch launches in 7 countries today, 3 more coming July 17

The Apple Watch launched in seven new countries today: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan. What's more, Apple will be bringing the Watch to three more countries on July 13: The Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand. This follows the original launch of the Apple...
Apple Watch vs. Google Glass: The psychology of wearables

Apple Watch vs. Google Glass: The psychology of wearables

I love technology. It's our bridge to the future. To build that bridge, however, some technology will be embraced and fuel us for years, whereas some will fall by the side, a brief flash along the way. When it comes to mobile, the iPhone is clearly an example of the former. When it comes to...
Groupon for Apple Watch

Groupon adds Apple Watch support for deal alerts and quick payments

Groupon has added support for the Apple Watch, which will let its users scan and purchase deals for all kinds of products and services. The latest company to join the Apple Watch bandwagon is Groupon. The online coupon and deals company has updated its iOS app to include support for Apple's...

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