With the introduction of watchOS 2 and Nightstand Mode, it's preferable for an Apple Watch charging dock to work in both horizontal and vertical modes. Many early docks don't afford that capability, but the new Native Union Dock for Apple Watch does. However, it's far from perfect.
On September 21st, Apple released its first major upgrade to the watchOS, version 2.0. Many new features have been included, but the upgrade process itself was problematic. John Martellaro sizes up this 2.0 release in his after action report.
Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.
After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app.
The AluFrame Leather iPhone 6 case from Just Mobile is attractive, sophisticated, and it proved to be easy to use in every aspect of testing. The leather is Nappa, and it comes in five color options.
Flexibits released Fantastical 2.3 for the iPhone with support for Apple Watch on Wednesday, and Apple could take some cues from their efforts. The update brings the Calendar alternative to your wrist, complete with schedule views, notifications for upcoming events, and a Glance view that shows a quick overview of your day. Fantastical also plugs a glaring Apple Watch hole: it shows your iPhone Reminders.
The HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.
For those customers who have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and a corresponding olloclip lens kit, it can be annoying to remove the iPhone's case of choice and attach the lenses. olloclip has solved that problem by introducing a very nice iPhone 6/6 Plus case of its own that needn't be removed. Plus, it's a very nice case in its own right.
John Martellaro went looking for an iPhone fitness tracking app that's better than Apple's Health app. His requirement? Be able to see the numeric data for any selected day in the past. He found it in the beautifully designed FitPort for iOS from Flaskapp.com.
Twelve South has released the BaseLift, a pad that attaches to the bottom of your laptop and offers both elevation for typing and protection for your legs. After a couple of weeks of use, Kelly has the scoop on whether or not you need one.
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