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Apple Watch apps: Best practices when designing for the wrist

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Apple Watch apps: Best practices when designing for the wrist

The Apple Watch will ship on April 24 — which means that, right now, developers and designers are hard at work on the first generation of Apple Watch apps.

Currently limited to actionable notifications (short and long looks), widgets (glances), and remote views (WatchKit apps), even though Apple Watch apps are bound to the iPhone, there's still boundless potential. I've tried several smartwatches and bands, seen most of what's on the market, and I've even been lucky enough to use the Apple Watch both back in September and recently again in March, where third-party apps were showcased. Those apps, the ones listed on the Apple Watch App Store apps page, benefited from time in the labs and testing on actual hardware. For those who didn't get that opportunity, after a lot of conversations with a lot of smart and experienced people, here's a list of things that are vital to keep in mind.

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Save 50% today on this anti-glare screen protector for iPhone 6 Plus

Save 50% today on this anti-glare screen protector for iPhone 6 Plus

This iPhone 6 Plus screen protector is custom designed to fit perfectly on your device and is easy to apply, even for a novice. The ultra-slim PET film reduces glare and fingerprints while providing a smooth touchscreen experience. Get yours today for only $14.95!

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PDFpen apps for Mac add advanced page numbering, custom stamps, and more

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PDFpen apps for Mac add advanced page numbering, custom stamps, and more

Smile has updated its PDFpen apps for Mac to version 7.1. Both versions add advanced options for numbering pages, custom stamps, and more.

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Pioneer's NEX Apple CarPlay units get a firmware update with various fixes

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Pioneer's NEX Apple CarPlay units get a firmware update with various fixes

Update over USB or SD card for the latest firmware from Pioneer for its connected head units

A quick heads up if you're already rocking one of Pioneer's new NEX head units that run Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto — a firmware update is now available for the 4100, 5100 and 8100 models.

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Our favorite photography accessories for iPhone

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Our favorite photography accessories for iPhone

If you want to take your iPhone photography to the next level, there's lot of accessories out there to help you do just that.

As iPhone optics and the software behind them get better and better, it's becoming easier than ever to leave our DSLRs and point and shoot cameras at home. Whether you want to stabilize your shots, add some beefier lens options, or take better selfies, here are some of the iPhone photography accessories we're using around iMore!

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Is the mid-range Mac mini worth the extra money?

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Is the mid-range Mac mini worth the extra money?

Going from the $499 Mac mini to the $699 Mac mini buys you a faster processor, faster graphics, and more RAM.

If you're on a budget, however, is that extra $200 money well spent, or money you're better off no spending? If every dollar counts. If you're on a limited budget, will you get your mid-range Mac mini money's worth? In today's Mac Help column, a reader asks us just that.

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Should you get AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch?

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Should you get AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch?

Every Apple Watch comes with AppleCare but also with the option to upgrade to AppleCare+

The free level of AppleCare includes a one year limited warranty on hardware repairs, and 90 days of free technical support. AppleCare+ extends the hardware warranty and technical support to two years and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage — though there's an additional service fee for those. So, is it worth it?

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'Becoming Steve Jobs' now available on iBooks, Kindle, Audible, and more

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'Becoming Steve Jobs' now available on iBooks, Kindle, Audible, and more

Becoming Steve Jobs, the unofficial biography of Apple's co-founder that even in pre-released gained accolades far beyond the official one, is now available for purchase.

Written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, the book covers the life of Steve Jobs, and includes interviews with Apple executives like Tim Cook.

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On the Apple Watch and OLED displays

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On the Apple Watch and OLED displays

All Apple has said about the Apple Watch display is that it's 'flexible Retina', yet it's widely believed to be OLED.

That's interesting because Apple has thus far eschewed OLED (organic light-emmitting diode) displays for iPhone and iPad due to what the company said were the compromises needed to produce the panel at those sizes. A look back at things like PenTile and over-saturation in generations past makes that point hard to argue. Modern OLED, however, has improved considerably. At Apple Watch size, where power efficiency is the priority, those compromises start to fall in OLED's favor.

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How Apple has to teach people to love the watch

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How Apple has to teach people to love the watch

One of the challenges the Apple faces is a generation of people who, in part because of the advent of cellphones, simply don't wear watches.

To get people to start wearing an Apple Watch, the company is going to have to present them with either a compelling feature or, more likely, a set of features that, when combined together, become compelling.

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Twitter begins testing autoplay videos on iOS

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Twitter begins testing autoplay videos on iOS

Twitter has recently started testing an autoplay feature for videos in some users' news feeds.

The feature works similar to Facebook's implementation and applies to video ads, user uploaded videos, and clips from Twitter's Amplify program.

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Apple provides businesses with free Apple Pay window and register decals

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Apple provides businesses with free Apple Pay window and register decals

Apple has updated its Apple Pay website today with a section that allows businesses to order Apple Pay kits that include decals for placement on store windows and registers.

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5 days ago

How to view all the songs you've identified with Siri

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How to view all the songs you've identified with Siri

Ever identified a song with Siri and then forgotten what the name was?

If you do several songs in a row, or it's been a while since you identified the song, it can be tough to remember. Luckily, when you ask Siri to identify a song, it keeps a record. In fact, it keeps an entire list right in iTunes. So, if you later decide you want to buy the song, or listen to it in your favorite music streaming app, all you have to do is know where to look!

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Amazon Music updates with ad-free radio for Prime members

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Amazon Music updates with ad-free radio for Prime members

Amazon Music has been updated, adding more features for Prime members. New features include Prime radio stations, a new design, and more.

Prime Stations allow you to get ad-free radio stations with your Prime subscription with unlimited skips.

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Third part of 'Game of Thrones' game series due March 24 for Mac, March 26 for iOS

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Third part of 'Game of Thrones' game series due March 24 for Mac, March 26 for iOS

The third episode of Telltale Games' six-part adventure game based on the Game of Thrones HBO TV series from HBO is due for the Mac March 24, followed by the iOS version March 26.

The third part is titled "The Sword in the Darkness" and Telltale has released a quick story summary of what to expect in this episode:

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