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.

Apple Should Think Differently about Suing over 'Tick Different'

· Jeff Butts · Editorial

Think Different vs. Tick Different

Apple is heading to court again, this time to battle watchmaker rival Swatch over its use of the “Tick Different” slogan. Jeff Butts thinks there’s a definite similarity between Swatch’s catch phrase and Cupertino’s “Think Different,” but that the fight is best left alone.

Apple Watch Series 3 Set for Fall Launch

· Jeff Gamet · News

Report says Apple Watch Series 3 launching in fall 2017

The third generation Apple Watch, or Apple Watch Series 3, will ship in late 2017, according to insider sources. Apple is also adding Compal Electronics as a second watch manufacturer.

Great New Apple Spot Urges You to 'Live Bright' with Apple Watch Series 2

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new spot out called Apple Watch Series 2 — Live Bright. I love this spot, too. Great soundtrack in the form of Beyoncé’s “Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” from Lemonade—and I’m just guessing that cost a pretty penny or two. The commercial also features compelling imagery of people using their AWS2 in bright, colorful, energetic settings. It’s a great spot that fires on all cylinders.

watchOS 3.2 Adds Theater Mode, SiriKit

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Theater Mode and SiriKit come to watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch

Apple was busy, busy, busy on Monday rolling out operating system updates for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, and also the Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 is a welcome update because it adds Theater Mode and SiriKit to everyone’s favorite smartwatch.

Are You Secure with Your Security? – Mac Geek Gab 650

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Security is on the brain this week! Learn how to secure your iCloud account and also learn how to secure your entire home network from your ISP’s prying eyes! Dave and John also help you determine what devices and processes are using your network, and what the difference is between WPA2 Personal and Enterprise. All of this and more in this week’s Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!

Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO - ACM 403

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday’s technology at today’s prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple’s new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.

Apple Facebook Commercial Promotes Spring 2017 Apple Watch Bands

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new commercial promoting its Spring 2017 collection of new Apple Watch bands. The spot hasn’t appeared on YouTube yet, but it is available on Facebook. In 15 seconds, the commercial flashes through the new bands launched on Tuesday and encourages people to “choose a model” and “try a band.” It was posted with the tagline, “New Apple Watch bands are here. Explore the possibilities,” Also, it should make my friend John Kheit sit back and blow bubbles of contentment until the cows come home. Or until this week’s episode of Pop.0, whichever comes first.

Here Are 14 New Apple Watch Bands Announced Tuesday

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple Watch Spring 2017 Collection

Apple launched several new Apple Watch bands Tuesday for Spring 2017. The collection includes new Striped Woven Nylon and Sport bands, standalone Nike Sport bands, and new flavors of Apple Watch Hermès bands. At the same time, Apple has sharply limited the number of out-of-the-box choices for new Apple Watch Series 2 purchases. Here’s what they look like.

Apple and Politics, Apple Watch Stand Out Features - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-16

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

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Apple didn’t sign the amicus brief opposing the second travel ban executive order, but that doesn’t mean the company supports it. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s political versus business positions, plus they look at the features that keep them using their Apple Watch.

8 Very Cool Things I Love About My Apple Watch

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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John has had his Apple Watch for just under two years and is loving it. He can’t imagine reverting to his old, dumb watch. As Fleetwood Mac said, “Never Going Back Again.” Here’s a list of eight things he can’t live without.

Apple and the Future of the iPhone's Lightning Port - TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-28

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

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The iPhone’s Lightning port may be a thing of the past, or at least that’s what one report claims. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of the Lightning port, plus they share their thoughts on what Apple Watch Steve Jobs would’ve worn.

Frolic in the Apple Park, Rumors for iPad and Apple Watch - ACM 399

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple announced the name of what we used to call Apple Campus 2.0—now it’s Apple Park. Bryan and Jeff chew on the name for a while, and discuss what we might expect when it opens in April. They also pore over Apple Watch 3 rumors and the news that a key supplier will stop making Apple Watch displays. And somehow they segue that into some new iPad and iPhone rumors.

Apple Watch 3 Shipping in Fall, Switching to Glass-film Touch Surface

· Jeff Gamet · News

Report says Apple Watch Series 3 launching in fall 2017

Apple is reportedly planning to ship the third generation Apple Watch this fall, and it’s getting a new touch surface. This year’s model will launch with a glass-film touch panel instead of the touch on lens technology Apple currently uses in Apple Watch Series 2.

What's With the Status Icons At the Top of My Apple Watch?

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Apple Watch Status Icons

If you’ve looked closely at your Apple Watch, you’ve noticed a bunch of status icons. We’ve talked about them before, but some new ones have recently appeared. Jeff Butts digs into the user guide and tells you what those funny little icons mean.

The Blossoming New World of Apple Watch Apps

· David Chartier · Tips

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Thanks to some big improvements in watchOS 3, the app experience on Apple Watch is actually getting pretty good. Here are just a few of the apps that changed the face of my Watch faces.

Target Offers Discounted Apple Watch Series 1 Models

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Target is discounting its entire lineup of Apple Watch Series 1 models by US$70—that includes eight models of Apple Watch. With the price drop, 38mm models are $199, and 42mm models are $229. Both prices include free shipping. This is a great deal for customers who want an Apple Watch but not necessarily the latest model. The prime differences between Series 1 and Series 2 watches are that the Series 2 devices have a GPS sensor, water resistance, and a better display. (via MacRumors).

Target Offers Discounted Apple Watch Series 1 Models

Quick Apple Watch Tip: Get to know the new App Dock

· David Chartier · Quick Tip

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The new App Dock in watchOS 3 makes some huge improvements to the Watch’s app experience. Here’s why, how to use it, and how to add your most important apps to it.