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Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat with...

Yesterday, 10:53 PM

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Some might write off Apple Watch’s ability to share your heartbeat as gimmicky, but these new parents have found a truly heartwarming use for it— to share their newborn’s heartbeat with family that weren’t able to make the occasion in person.

“Our first child was born and we used an Apple Watch Sport to send his heartbeat to our distant family members it was a really awesome experience that we couldn’t have done without the Apple Watch.”

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Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port fo...

Yesterday, 10:33 PM

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<p><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...reserve-strap/"rel="attachment wp-att-378003"><img title="Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps, faster charging" class=" size-large wp-image-378003 aligncenter" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/reserve-strap.png?w=704&h=320" alt="Reserve-Strap" width="704" height="320" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging. </span><span id="more-378002"></span><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellad...6&c=1160940276"target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1430695746&c=1160940276" border="0" alt="" /></a></div></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Apple utilizes a magnetic, inductive charging solution to charge Apple Watch, but a wired connection to the device’s hidden 6 pin port will make designing battery straps much easier, according to maker of the upcoming <a href="http://reservestrap.com/"><spanclass="s2">Reserve Strap accessory</span></a>, and even allow for faster more efficient charging compared to Apple’s own solution.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...erve-strap-02/"rel="attachment wp-att-378006"><img title="Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps, faster charging" class="alignright wp-image-378006" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/reserve-strap-02.png?w=393&h=263" alt="Reserve-Strap-02" width="393" height="263" /></a>While the company initially planned on using a magnetic, wireless charging solution like Apple’s, after getting hands on with the Apple Watch confirmed that the hidden port will be a better option:</span></p>
<p class="p1" style="padding-left:30px;"><em><span class="s1">Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6 pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging. The Reserve Strap will take advantage of this using a simple, retractable connector instead of the previous inductive charging cradle design… By utilizing this port instead of wirelessly charging, we’ve been able to achieve a higher charge capacity and quicker, more efficient charging times while also improving durability and eliminating any interference with Apple Watch functionality including taptic feedback and heartrate sensors.</span></em></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The port, hidden inside of the slot where one side of the Watch’s strap connects to the device, is covered, but Reserve Strap will provide a tool to access it. Some speculated Apple included the port for diagnostics by retail employees— it didn’t, diagnostics are done through a connected iPhone— but Apple could have included the port for getting software on to Apple Watch at the factory and or for developer use. </span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">In theory, Reserve Strap’s discovery means other accessory makers could create charging solutions and other smart accessories using the port to offer faster charging and other features that aren’t possible without it. It certainly helped improve the planned design for Reserve Strap in addition to the enhanced charging…</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Here’s a look at the Reserve Straps new design (left) compared to its old design that would have relied on Apple’s wireless charging solution (right):</span></p>

<a href='http://9to5mac.com/2...strap-01/'><imgwidth="104" height="130" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/reserve-strap-01.png?w=104&h=130" class="attachment-thumbnail" alt="Reserve-Strap-01" data-attachment-id="378004" data-orig-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/reserve-strap-01.png" data-orig-size="736,922" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Reserve-Strap-01" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/reserve-strap-01.png?w=559" data-large-file="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/reserve-strap-01.png?w=704" /></a>
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<p><a href="http://reservestrap.com/"target="_blank">Reserve Strap</a> is up for preorder for $249, but specific availability info will come later.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/'>Apple Watch</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/battery/'>battery</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/battery-strap/'>battery strap</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/charging/'>charging</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/port/'>port</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/reserve-strap/'>Reserve Strap</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/straps/'>straps</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/watch/'>Watch</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/378002/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=378002&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more news on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/">Apple watch</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/">Apple Watch</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/watch/">Watch</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/03/apple-watch-hidden-port-battery-straps-faster-charging/#comments">Discuss "Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps, faster&nbsp;charging" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calor...

Yesterday, 09:12 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to <a href="https://support.appl...HT204516"><spanclass="s2">calibrate Apple Watch</span></a> to improve the accuracy of the data. </span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch’s Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app. </span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">By following the steps below, you’ll start calibrating the device’s accelerometer and improve Apple Watch’s accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds:</span><span id="more-377986"></span><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellad...6&c=1100171926"target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1430695746&c=1100171926" border="0" alt="" /></a></div></p>
<li><strong>1.</strong> Bring your iPhone and your Apple Watch.</li>
<li><strong>2.</strong> Find an open, flat area outside that offers good GPS reception and clear skies.</li>
<li><strong>3.</strong> Make sure that Location Services is on. To check the setting on your iPhone, tap Settings &gt; Privacy &gt; Location Services.</li>
<li><strong>4.</strong> Make sure that Motion Calibration &amp; Distance is on. To check the setting on your iPhone, tap Settings &gt; Privacy &gt; Location Services &gt; System Services.</li>
<li><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ch-fitness-01/"rel="attachment wp-att-377995"><img title="How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calorie, distance, &amp; other fitness data" class="alignright wp-image-377995" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/apple-watch-fitness-01.png?w=336&h=383" alt="Apple-Watch-fitness-01" width="336" height="383" /></a><strong>5.</strong> Hold your iPhone in your hand, or attach it to your body with an armband (preferably) or waistband.</li>
<li><strong>6.</strong> Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch, and choose Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run.</li>
<li><strong>7</strong>. Choose your goal, or select Open, and tap Start.</li>
<li><strong>8.</strong> Walk or run at your normal pace for about 20 minutes.</li>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">That’s it. Once you do that, Apple Watch will automatically begin calibrating and get more accurate over time as you use it. The calibration process, according to Apple, will improve the accuracy of not just the walking and running data points, but also all other data in the Workout and Activity apps. You can repeat the process at different speeds and different stride lengths to help improve accuracy even further based on your varying walking and running speeds. </span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Apple warns that “Calibration data is stored locally on Apple Watch, and isn’t backed up to your iPhone.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Therefore, your calibration data will be lost if you <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...e-apple-watch/"target="_blank">unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone.</a>”</span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/'>Apple Watch</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/accelerometer/'>Accelerometer</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/accuracy/'>accuracy</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/activity/'>Activity</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/calibrate/'>calibrate</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/calorie/'>calorie</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/data/'>Data</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/distance/'>Distance</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/fitness/'>fitness</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/readings/'>readings</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/workout/'>workout</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/377986/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=377986&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more news on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/">Apple watch</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/">Apple Watch</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/fitness/">fitness</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/03/how-to-calibrate-apple-watch/#comments">Discuss "How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calorie, distance, &amp; other fitness&nbsp;data" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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Review: The absolutely optional Apple Watch and Watch OS 1.0

Yesterday, 07:00 PM

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If you're wondering whether to buy an Apple Watch, consider your computing life as a hierarchy of needs:

At the bottom sits your must have device—a computer, tablet, or phone—capable of independently accessing the Internet and storing useful quantities of data. And one step above that is Internet access itself. You need a device to use it, but your device can’t do much without it.

Every tier similarly builds upon the one below it. Next comes useful apps—browsers, productivity software, whatever you need to work and play—and these all extend your device’s functionality in basic, useful ways. Services for work (Dropbox, Office 365) and entertainment (Spotify, Netflix) follow. The line between software and services is increasingly blurry (especially if we’re talking about software-as-a-service) but most of them feel more optional. Everyone needs a browser. Not everyone needs Dropbox and Netflix and Facebook.

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Review: AAXA’s ST200 LED Pico Projector beams bright, col...

Yesterday, 05:00 PM

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Even though I’ve had a fair bit of experience with video projectors, I took Celluon’s PicoPro somewhat for granted when I reviewed it this January. I praised the pocket-sized projector, which squeezed a 720p laser video display and speaker into the footprint of an iPhone 6 Plus, but I didn’t triple-underscore how much easier it was to use than most of its rivals. PicoPro worked so well and so quietly with such little effort that I hardly thought about it.

AAXA’s ST200 Short Throw LED Pico Projector ($299) is the newest of the traditional projectors PicoPro is challenging. It has roughly the same footprint and 1280×720 resolution as PicoPro, but it’s around 2.5 times thicker, since it uses a lightbulb-illuminated LED projection engine — just like almost every other projector on the market. There’s an audible fan inside, and because ST200 needs to power that fan and the lightbulb, it can’t match PicoPro in battery life. It also requires more manual user adjustment when you’re setting it up.

But ST200 is a markedly better video projector and audio device when judged on raw output quality, and less expensive, besides. If you’re looking for a compact way to display 720p video from an Apple TV, Mac, or iOS device at up to a 100″ diagonal size, ST200 delivers brighter, more color-accurate video output than PicoPro, more powerful speaker output, and — if you appreciate this — many more settings to play with. Read on for the details…


Key Details:

  • 1280×720, 150-Lumens output for 10″ to 100″ video displays (the latter only in dim light)
  • Macs/Apple TVs need HDMI cable, Digital AV Adapter for iOS
  • Very good video quality, acceptable audio quality, weak battery life given size
  • A little larger than an Apple TV; similar to iPhone 6 Plus footprint
  • Promises 15,000hrs of light life



ST200 is a lot fancier than AAXA’s old iPhone 3G-sized P1 Pico projector, but it starts with the same basic components: a projector, a wall power adapter, and a composite video cable — assuming anyone still needs one of those. The projector’s larger, measuring 5.6″ by 3.1″ by 1.4″, and coated in white soft touch rubber rather than black glossy plastic; it consumes a bit more volume than an Apple TV, but they’re not terribly dissimilar in size. ST200’s wall adapter will require another roughly 3″ by 1.75″ by 2″ (maximum) space in your bag or briefcase.


AAXA also includes a VGA cable, a remote control, and a tripod, leaving Apple users to self supply at least an HDMI cable (for both Macs and iOS devices), if not also the Lightning Digital AV Adapter needed by iOS users. Unlike PicoPro, which has the ability to wirelessly stream from non-iOS devices, ST200 requires cables for almost everything, and the cables it includes aren’t very useful.


The included VGA cable connects on one of ST200’s sides to the compact VGA port, which sits between a micro-SD card slot and a DC port for wall power. ST200 can run off of the included adapter, or a battery that’s inside; a small on-off switch on the edge manages all power for the unit. If you have a micro-SD card, you can store content on it and play it back directly through ST200 without assistance.


A USB port on the back can be used with flash drives for the same purpose, while an AV port connects to the old composite video cable if you still have pre-HD video devices with red, yellow, and white RCA-style connectors. A 3.5mm audio port provides pass-through audio output if you’d like to use headphones or speakers, and a full-sized HDMI port connects to high-definition A/V sources — everything from Apple TVs and computers to iOS devices and game consoles. Vents on ST200’s back and sides are for fan and speaker output.


The most obvious differences between ST200 and PicoPro are in AAXA’s comparatively huge array of controls. In addition to the on/off switch, ST200 has a focus adjustment knob, a sleep mode-like power button, navigation controls, and buttons with OK, four-box, and back arrow labels. Confusingly, pressing the four-box button lets you select the video input, while the back arrow button takes you to the media selection and settings menu below. You can display videos, photos, music or documents directly from this screen, or select a video output.


Some of ST200’s settings are in the gear menu shown here, while others are built into the remote control: that’s where you’ll find keystoning buttons, volume and mute buttons, play/pause and scrubbing controls for the on-board media, and a video input select button. As it’s an Infrared remote, you’re limited to line-of-sight control of the ST200.


Diving into the on-screen menus lets you manually adjust the contrast, brightness, color, sharpness, and tint, change red/green/blue levels individually, toggle between multiple aspect ratios, and set up ST200 in front/behind/inverted front/inverted behind projection modes. PicoPro has virtually none of these controls, since Celluon has eliminated them in favor of “it just works” execution. But there are obviously benefits and consequences to having granular user settings.


After using PicoPro, as well as some small projectors with automatic keystone adjustment capabilities, one of the first things I noticed when setting up ST200 was that it actually requires use of both its manual front focus dial and remote control keystoning buttons. When it arrived, the picture was so profoundly trapezoidal that I thought the unit was broken, but I found that it had been set to +40 (versus 0 or -40) on its angle-adjusting projection scale. Zeroing it out made things much better.


ST200’s video quality is really quite good. The image shown above is an approximately 22″ diagonal screen size, using a challenging black background in dim lighting. Using the manual focus knob, it’s possible to see the pixel-level detail in videos, photos, and even Mac, Apple TV, or iOS UIs. And unlike some devices, where the “settings” are just there to let you diminish the default, ideally-tuned parameters, playing with the brightness or colors on ST200 actually does optimize them for your current lighting and distance conditions. AAXA promises that ST200’s LED lights will last for 15,000 hours of use, better than many small projectors.


On the other hand, I found AAXA’s included tripod to be incapable of perfectly level use — almost not worth even having in the box — and the unit’s inability to even slightly auto-adjust to its orientation or distance from a wall meant that manual tweaking was always necessary. If you plan to use ST200 as a “set it and forget it” projector, just choosing one stationary place to always use it, the setup process will be a modest one-time nuisance. But if you plan to take it on the road, expect to do some fidgeting to make everything look great.


The good news: if you take that extra time, ST200 will indeed look better than PicoPro — probably much better. Not only does it project a much larger image at the same distance as PicoPro, ST200’s image is also visibly more color accurate even before you start playing with its settings. I noted in PicoPro’s review that the laser-based projection system had a slightly greenish-blue tint and tendency to sparkle on whatever surface it was projected upon; both issues are absent on ST200. ST200 also has a markedly louder built-in speaker that’s better able to audibly render the audio content in movies, though it’s susceptible to distortion at higher volumes, not well-suited to music, and needs to compete with the projector’s audible built-in fan.


Due to their differing projection systems, it’s not fair to rely upon the numbers to compare PicoPro’s 30-Lumens, 80,000:1 contrast output to ST200’s 150-Lumens, 2,000:1 contrast output. You can see ST200 on the left in the image below, with PicoPro on the right. The real-world differences in contrast are not pronounced, and similarly, the Lumens (brightness level of brightest light) isn’t as strongly in ST200’s favor as the numbers might seem. In short, they offer virtually indistinguishable clarity, with very similar brightness and contrast at similar distances, but ST200 puts out a much larger and more color-accurate image. If I was only picking one on image quality, it would certainly be ST200.


Battery life is another story: the smaller PicoPro absolutely destroys ST200 when they’re both running off of their internal batteries. Celluon promised 3.5 hours of run time and actually delivered 3, which is not bad for a projector that’s only twice as thick as current iPhones. AAXA promises 1 hour of run time and actually delivers a meager 36 minutes — at least, on medium brightness settings — even though there should be more room in the thicker enclosure for a higher-capacity cell. For this reason, I would be hesitant to even describe ST200 as capable of operating as a fully portable unit; you should really carry the wall adapter around except for brief untethered use.


Every pico projector requires compromises, and ST200’s are obvious: you get the benefits of a relatively large, bright picture with 720p resolution and good audio, assuming that you’re willing to make manual adjustments to optimize the video, live with a bit of fan noise, and typically carry around a wall adapter. In short, ST200 isn’t as portable or versatile as PicoPro, but it’s better at its core tasks. As PicoPro’s $50 more expensive, the pick that’s right for your needs will depend on the specific features you value.

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How to Download, Install, and Arrange Apps on Apple Watch...

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One thing that makes Apple Watch stand out from other smart watches is the app ecosystem. Since there are already more than a million iPhone apps in the App Store, there were already plenty of developers ready to get to work building companions for the wrist worn device. When the Apple Watch launched, there were already 3,500 apps available, and that number grows on a day-by-day basis.

One of the best ways to customize your Apple Watch to fit your needs is to download all the apps you want and to organize them for easy access. We've got a tutorial that covers downloading apps from your iPhone, installing them on your Apple Watch, and rearranging them on your Home screen.

Downloading Apps for Apple Watch
Apple-Watch-App-Store-250x443.jpgAt the current time, all Apple Watch apps are powered by the iPhone, which means they're bundled into iPhone apps. Apple Watch apps are downloaded by downloading a compatible app onto your iPhone, which can be done from the regular App Store or through the "Apple Watch App Store" located within the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch companion app has an icon that looks like a watch and is automatically installed on all iOS devices running iOS 8.2 or later.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap "Featured" to visit the Apple Watch App Store.

  3. Find the apps you wish to add to your collection and download them the way you would with an iPhone app. If it is already on your iPhone, you will see "Open." If you have previously downloaded the app, but it is not currently on your iPhone, you will see the iCloud icon.

  4. Alternatively, you can open the regular App Store on your iPhone or Mac and look for apps that are tagged with "Offers Apple Watch app for iPhone."
Installing Apps on Apple Watch

When you first set up your Apple Watch, you will have the option to automatically add all available Apple Watch apps already on your iPhone, or you can manage which ones you install manually via the Apple Watch app. Chances are, without even downloading a single app, you probably already have a number of compatible ones already on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap "My Watch" to find the settings section of your Apple Watch.

  3. Scroll down to the list of Apple Watch compatible apps that are on your iPhone

  4. Tap on an app you wish to add to Apple Watch

  5. Toggle the Show App on Apple Watch switch to the On position.

  6. Do the same for apps that you wish to include Glances for when available.

  7. On Apple Watch, you will see a message prompting you to install the app. Select Yes.
There is a setting in the General section of the Apple Watch companion app that allows you to choose whether or not apps with new or updated Apple Watch functionality will be automatically installed on your Apple Watch. If this option is turned off, you'll have to manually add these apps to your Apple Watch from the companion app on your iPhone.

Arranging Apps on Apple Watch Home ScreenRearranging-Apple-Watch-Appsq.jpegSimilar to the iPhone or iPad, you can rearrange the app icons on Apple Watch so the most-used ones are easiest to access. There are two ways to rearrange app icons on your Apple Watch Home screen.

On iPhone

  1. Open the Apple Watch App on the iPhone.

  2. Tap "My Watch" and then tap App Layout.

  3. Touch and hold an app until it wiggles. Then, drag it to its new location.

  4. You can tap "Reset" to restore the original app layout.

On Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen.

  2. Touch and hold an app until it wiggles. Then, drag it to its new location.

  3. Press the Digital Crown again when finished.

Customize-Apple-Watch-App-Settings-e1430You can also make adjustments to the settings of some installed Apple Watch apps. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, and scroll down to the app you wish to adjust the settings for.

Once you've added apps to your Apple Watch and arranged your Home Screen just right, you’ll be ready to use all the apps you've installed. You can scroll through all of your apps with a finger, using the Digital Crown to zoom in. Launch your apps by zooming all the way in with the Digital Crown or with a simple tap on the app's icon.mf.gif


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02 May 2015

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Across the How-To guides I’ve written for adding solid state drives (SSDs) to iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac minis and MacBooks, there was one option I left out: thumb drives. While external SSDs such as Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drives and Samsung’s T1 can do two things — dramatically speed up Macs and add storage space — thumb drives tend to be much slower, lower in capacity, and made from inexpensive materials to achieve smaller sizes and price points.

Other World Computing’s new Envoy Pro mini (120GB/$119, 240GB/$199) sits directly between thumb drives and SSDs in both features and performance. “It’s nearly twice as fast as the average thumb drive,” OWC says, and roughly the size of an actual adult thumb — larger than most USB flash drives, but a lot smaller than traditional external hard drives, while promising “desktop-class” SSD speeds, capacities, and build quality. Unlike common plastic thumb drives, it’s made from aluminum and uses a USB 3.0 connector, yet matches desktop SSD 120GB or 240GB storage capacities. It’s affordable, but clearly designed to be a professional option.

How does it actually stack up? Read on…


Key Details:

  • A 120GB or 240GB SSD in a 3.7″ by 0.94″ by 0.44″ metal case
  • Includes USB 3.0 connector and USB 3.0 extension cable for use with laptop and desktop Macs
  • Lanyard included for easy carrying on the neck
  • Actual speeds are between common USB thumb drives and higher-end desktop SSDs


Measuring 3.7″ long by 0.94″ wide by 0.44″ tall at its thickest points, Envoy Pro mini looks like a silver metallic version of a classic thumb drive, packaged with a detachable black fabric lanyard and a thick black 14″ USB 3.0 cable. A sturdy metal O-ring is built into one short edge for connecting the lanyard, and a plastic-lined metal cap on the other end detaches to expose the USB plug.


While the drive itself is thin enough to fit beside other USB plugs on most Macs, the extension cable enables you to easily connect and disconnect it from the rear-mounted USB ports on desktop Macs if you want. There’s no impact on transfer speeds when using the cable; it’s bona fide USB 3.0.


It’s easy to miss the first time you handle Envoy Pro mini, but there’s a seam between its top and bottom halves, and on the right angles, you can see a yellow light glowing through it near the USB plug to indicate SSD power. The light is subtle enough not to glow beyond the back edge of a Mac, but can be seen if you twist the drive when it’s attached to the extension cable.


When Envoy Pro is first plugged in, it appears to be far lower in capacity than expected; you’re actually seeing only a small partition that holds documentation and optional bundled software, namely Prosoft’s Data Backup 3 and Intech’s disk management tool SpeedTools Utilities 3. An OWC app called OWC Drive Guide quickly formats the drive to its full 120GB or 240GB capacity, at which point it will look and work like any other hard drive.


The actual formatted capacity of the 240GB drive we tested was just under 236GB including OWC’s software, or a hair under 240GB if you erase the OWC Software folder. If you’re accustomed to hard drives that promise a given capacity but miss the number by 5 or 10GB after formatting, you’ll be pleased that Envoy Pro mini delivers what it claims — at least, on the capacity side.


When it comes to speed, I found Envoy Pro mini’s real-world performance to be markedly better than the typical flash drive, but not as fast as OWC’s claim of “sustained speeds up to 433MB/second.” Paired with a USB 3.0 Retina MacBook Pro, the 240GB version of Envoy Pro mini sustained read speeds around 209MB/second with read speeds of 155MB/second, which is roughly on par with high-end flash competitors such as SanDisk’s Extreme Pro 128GB drive. But it’s 10-30 times faster than low-end USB flash drives, where 20MB/second read and 5MB/second write speeds are common.


On the other hand, Elgato’s 256GB Thunderbolt Drive+ is about twice as fast as Envoy Pro mini over USB 3.0, with 425MB/second read and 328MB/sec write speeds. However, to get that speed, you also have to pay more than twice the price (currently $419), and deal with an enclosure that’s around 10 times larger. Envoy Pro mini can be worn around your neck; a Thunderbolt Drive+ will occupy a large pocket or space in a bag.


In short, Envoy Pro mini sits in the middle ground between traditional thumb drives and competing external SSDs. As compared with SanDisk’s options, Envoy Pro mini offers better build quality and the option of greater capacity, as it’s offered in 120GB or 240GB sizes, while SanDisk’s plasticky flash drives tap out at 128GB. Versus higher-end SSDs, OWC’s option offers the same professional-grade metal exterior, high-quality NAND flash, and similar capacities, but not as much speed. As a result, it’s easy to recommend Envoy Pro mini as a super-portable solution to augment your Mac’s existing storage, though it won’t likely become a faster replacement boot drive. Give it serious consideration if you need an SSD-sized bump in Mac capacity that you can take anywhere.

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