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Flying the Apple Watch skies

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Flying the Apple Watch skies

I've been wanting to try travel with the Apple Watch since the company first introduced it. This weekend, I had the chance.

The iPhone has been my frequent travel companion for a while now. I do almost everything with it. So, I was curious to see how different (if at all) traveling with the Apple Watch would be. I've long believed the Apple Watch's killer feature would be convenience. But reality doesn't always live up to our beliefs, especially when it comes to travel. So, with that in mind, on my flight home yesterday I decided to put the Apple Watch to the test.

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How to view your step count on Apple Watch

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How to view your step count on Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch prefers to track calories rather than steps, you can still get your count.

If you're coming from a conventional fitness tracker, that might be confusing at first. How many calories you burned or how many minutes of brisk activity you engaged in might not correlate with the steps you've gotten used to. Luckily, Apple Watch will still tell you your steps, you've just got to know where to look. And once you do, making the transition to calories can be much easier!

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The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design

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The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design

"Paint the back of the fence", has been referenced time and again, "because you'll know."

It's a quote from the late Steve Jobs' father intended to help instill pride in craft. Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, has spoken numerous times about the importance and inevitability of great design as well, about the care and consideration it takes, and how people notice it even when they don't notice themselves noticing it.

Recently there was a brouhaha about a Qualcomm sticker junking up the Samsung Galaxy S6 on Verizon. You don't see a sticker like that on the iPhone 6 or any other iPhone, of course, because Apple cares more about the look of their product than the licensing fees or other considerations refusing it entails. Same with Intel Inside stickers on the Mac.

But when I looked at the picture of Samsung's product, it wasn't the sticker that bothered me so much. That, I assume, can be peeled off. It was something else I saw that bothered me, and something I can now never un-see.

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EE announces Q1 2015 earnings, closes quarter with 9.3 million 4G customers

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EE announces Q1 2015 earnings, closes quarter with 9.3 million 4G customers

UK mobile operator EE today announced the company's financial results for Q1 2015. EE remains Europe's largest 4G operator, but aims to increase 4G user base to 14 million by year end.

UK mobile operator EE today announced the company's financial results for Q1 2015. EE remains Europe's largest 4G operator, but aims to increase 4G user base to 14 million by year end.

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Apple's HealthKit goes live for 80,000 patients at Cedars-Sinai

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Apple's HealthKit goes live for 80,000 patients at Cedars-Sinai

HealthKit aims to bring patients and medical professionals together with great technology and careful consideration for privacy.

That's the challenge faced by Apple, hospitals, and customers alike, who want to take advantage of everything connected devices make possible, but in a way that's responsible, practical, and secure. HealthKit, which syncs data between the Health app on the iPhone, the Apple Watch, over 900 apps, and a broad range of medical and fitness peripherals, with doctors and researchers, aims to accomplish all of that and more. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of the leading healthcare facilities in the U.S., has just begun the largest HealthKit integration yet.

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Help aid Nepal with American Red Cross donations via iTunes

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Help aid Nepal with American Red Cross donations via iTunes

Apple has set up a donation page to help facilitate donations to the American Red Cross, flagged to help the victims of the recent Nepal earthquake.

The nation of Nepal has suffered a devastating earthquake that has killed thousands. Apple has set up a donation page on iTunes to help raise money for American Red Cross relief efforts in the region.

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How to check your heart rate with Apple Watch

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How to check your heart rate with Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch contains sensors that let you check your current heart rate whenever you'd like.

As long as you're wearing your Apple Watch it will check and log your heart rate by itself every ten minutes. All the data Apple Watch collects about your heart rate is then transferred automatically to the Health app on your iPhone. This happens more frequently during a workout, unless you make adjustments. However, you can also check your heart rate on demand whenever you'd like. Here's how!

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1 week ago

How to clear — and clear all — notifications on your Apple Watch

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How to clear — and clear all — notifications on your Apple Watch

Having a notification center on your wrist is fantastic, but so is the ability to dismiss individual and all alerts!

The Apple Watch can use touch, audio, and visual cues to alert you to a notification but if you miss it or just can't get to it, they're all safely stored for you in Notification Center. They can build up there, however, so you may want to clear some or all of them out, especially if you know you won't be needing them again. Luckily, it's easy to do!

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How to mute the ringer and alerts on your Apple Watch

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How to mute the ringer and alerts on your Apple Watch

For when pings or rings would be inappropriate or embarrassing, the Apple Watch lets you mute your notifications and alerts.

Maybe you're going into a movie theater or about to watch a play. Maybe you're at dinner with a date or just want to take a quick nap. Whatever the reason, being about to quickly and easily mute the ringer and alerts on your Apple Watch can come in really handy. And there are several ways to do just that!

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How to view activity levels on Apple Watch

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How to view activity levels on Apple Watch

The Activity app on Apple Watch monitors how much time you spending sitting, moving, and exercising.

These three types of activity are each represented by a colored ring. Inside the Activity app on your Apple Watch you can view how close you are to meeting each of these goals. In order to meet all three goals, you'll have to stand for at least one minute each hour for 12 hours, exercise for 30 minutes, and meet your calorie goal for the day. You can check your progress with the Activity app whenever you'd like. Here's how:

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1 week ago

NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

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NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

I'm an unabashed fan of mechanical keyboards, so you might assume that I don't like the new tech in the MacBook, but you'd be wrong.

I love it. I want to see it everywhere, especially on the desktop. I'm smitten with two parts of the new MacBook: The keyboard and the new trackpad. I'd love to see them available for desktop Macs too.

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How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch

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How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch

Part of staying active with Apple Watch involves setting a personal goal for yourself.

The built-in Activity app on your Apple Watch makes this easy enough by allowing you to choose a goal of how many calories you'd like to burn each day. You'll try to complete this goal alongside with making a conscious effort to stand for at least one minute each hour and performing at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Your progress for all three is represented by three colorful rings. As you get closer to completing these goals each day, the rings will come closer to being a complete circle.

While exercise and stand goals can't be changed, you can adjust your calorie goal whenever you'd like. Here's how!

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How to set up and use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch

With the Apple Watch and Apple Pay, paying a tab or bill is as easy as waiving your wrist.

Apple Pay currently lets you pay for things on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by tapping your phone and verifying your thumbprint via Touch ID. Apple Watch not only makes Apple Pay more convenient than ever, it also brings point of sale support for Apple Pay to older devices that don't have NFC (near-field-communication) built-in. In this case, that means iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s owners with Apple Watches can now take full advantage of Apple Pay.

As long as you're within the United States and have a credit or debit card from a supported bank, you can start using Apple Pay on your Apple Watch right now. Here's everything you need to know!

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Apple Watch battery life: 8 power saving tips!

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Apple Watch battery life: 8 power saving tips!

Apple has done everything they can to maximize battery life on the Apple Watch. Now here's what you can do!

The OLED display, the S1 computer-on-a-chip, the Watch OS software, Bluetooth Low Energy — it all works in tandem to ensure the Apple Watch is sipping power rather than sucking it. Yet battery life remains the single greatest constraint in mobile. It's the currency you use to pay for every pixel and every bit. If you're running low on power, and you have your charger close by, you can simply plug in and keep going. If you're away from your charger, however, there are still a few things you can do to eke out a little more time. They'll cost you some convenience and some fun, but they'll keep you going for as long as possible.

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How to set a default card for Apple Pay on Apple Watch

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How to set a default card for Apple Pay on Apple Watch

If you use a particular credit or debit card more than others, you can set it as your Apple Pay default on your Apple Watch.

Most of us end up using a specific credit or debit card for making purchases more than the others. Perhaps you get more rewards with that specific card, or something else. Regardless of the reason, you can set a default card on your Apple Watch, just like you can on your iPhone. This way, you don't have to swipe through cards each time looking for the one you want to use. Just hold up your wrist and your default card is automatically used.

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