Nike Unveils VaporMax Flyknit Apple Watch Bands

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Nike Day to Night VaporMax Flyknit running shoes and matching Apple Watch bands

Nike wants your Apple Watch to match your shoes, so the company is launching a new line Nike+ of sport bands. The “Day to Night” line match the company’s Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit running shoes with color coordinated Apple Watch Nike+ bands.

Trusting Siri, Apple's Diabetes Wristband - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-19

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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In machines we trust, or maybe not. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about how people may perceive the information artificial intelligence systems like Siri will give us as they get smarter. They also have some thoughts on Apple’s potential impact on the medical industry.

New Macs at WWDC, Apple vs Diabetes, Lattice Data - ACM 411

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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This could be the year Apple breaks form and introduces new hardware at WWDC, and Bryan and Jeff explain why. They also discuss Apple’s big bets on an even bigger future and the importance of AI, neural nets, and machine learning.

watchOS: Combine Theater Mode With Wake Screen

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

With the introduction of watchOS 3.2, Apple added a Theater Mode to prevent your Apple Watch from lighting up when you turn your wrist. Instead you have to tap on the screen to activate the screen. You can turn Wake Screen on and off, or you can keep it on and use a tip that Andrew Orr found to save you from poking around in settings.

Apple May Put Blood Glucose Sensors in Apple Watch Smart Band

· Jeff Gamet · News

Report says Apple Watch Series 3 launching in fall 2017

Apple reportedly has plans to bring blood glucose monitoring to the Apple Watch, and the company wants to launch a line of specialized function smart watchbands for the device, too. Details—like when the new features will come—are pretty scarce right now, but the idea is interesting.

A Glimpse Into Microsoft's Future

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Future User Interface.

Microsoft is a changed company under CEO Satya Nadella. We’re not the first ones to notice. This change has manifested itself in several ways, most notably the willingness to provide solutions on whatever platform the customer wants to work with. More exciting, however, is how people interact with their computers. This week, John points us an article that reveals Microsoft’s important new thinking about the human-machine interface.

Apple Just Bought a Sleep Tracking Company

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Beddit 3 Sensor and iPhone Apps

Apple is—at last—getting into the sleep tracking business. 9to5Mac reported that Apple purchased Beddit, a firm that makes sleep-tracking hardware and apps for Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Wants You to Walk/Run/Roll 1 Mile on Mother's Day

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s next Activity challenge will be Mother’s Day, when you’ll be able to earn an Apple Watch badge for walking, running, or wheelchairing a mile or more. 9to5Mac uncovered a reference to the challenge, as well as images of the badge you’ll be able to get. Apple has done special holiday challenges several times before, including Thanksgiving 2016, New Year’s Day 2017, and Earth Day 2017. This Mother’s Day challenge may be U.S.-only, as not every country has a Mother’s Day, and they don’t share the same date. I love these Activity challenges. It’s just a badge, and you can’t do anything with it, but darned if I don’t want to earn them when they’re offered. Accordingly, do your mother proud and get to moving on Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 14th this year.

Apple Watch Wants You to Walk/Run/Roll 1 Mile on Mother’s Day

macOS: How To Use Apple Watch to Auto Unlock Your Mac

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Andrew Orr recently bought his first Apple Watch, and wanted to set up auto unlock for his MacBook. He shows us how to do it so you can have a password on your Mac without having to type it in.

iPad's Downward Trend, Fitbit's Wearable Decline - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-05

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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iPad sales are on the decline, and John Martellaro thinks that fits into Apple’s master plan. John, along with Bryan Chaffin, join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple’s long term iPad plans, plus they have something to say about Fitbit losing its place as the top wearables device maker.

Apple Dethrones Fitbit as the Top Wearables Maker

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple takes top wearables maker slot from Fitbit

Apple has taken over Fitbit’s position as the top wearables maker for the first quarter of 2017. Wearable device shipments are on the rise, as are Apple’s sales, but Fitbit’s numbers are declining and the company laid off over 100 employees earlier this year.

watchOS: Don't Automatically Install Apple Watch Apps

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Don't automatically install Apple Watch apps

When first setting up an Apple Watch, you have to decide whether or not to install all apps or not. If you configured your iPhone to automatically install Apple Watch apps, you might have learned you don’t like that option. Jeff Butts provides you quick instructions to stop your iPhone from automatically cluttering your Apple Watch with every available app.

Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats Sales Hit Fortune 500 Level

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones sales at Fortune 500 level

Apple Watch sales, along with AirPods and Beats headphones have hit Fortune 500 level, which means they’re bringing in over US$5 billion to Apple’s “other products” category. Company CEO Tim Cook shared that detail during the company’s second fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

Apple Watch Emergency SOS Helps Student In Car Crash

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS has saved another life. 9To5Mac reports that Casey Bennett, a college student in Maryland, was driving to class earlier this month. Another driver hit his Jeep, and Casey flipped over. His iPhone dropped out of reach, but he had an Apple Watch. Andrew Orr tells us what happened.

Exxon’s Speedpass For Apple Watch Supports Apple Pay

· Andrew Orr · News

Exxon updated its Speedpass for Apple Watch app today, finally letting customers pay for gas using their Apple Watch. Although the app uses in-app Apple Pay for transactions, you can use it at Exxon Mobil gas stations even if they don’t have a contactless payment system. Andrew Orr tells us how to use it.