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.

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

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

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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.

Apple Applies for Patent: Wearable Apple Watch Battery

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Depending on usage and the watchOS version, most Apple Watch users find themselves routinely charging their watch every night out of caution or necessity. But what if one is camping and has no access to electrical power? Or otherwise unable to charge the Apple Watch as expected. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an interchangeable Apple Watch band that could provide backup power? A good collection of bands means one could wear the AW all the time, says our Bryan Chaffin, and that means opportunity for sleep tracking, says our Jeff Gamet. Patently Apple (thanks guys) has the story. This would be great news if Apple pursues it.

Apple Applies for Patent: Wearable Apple Watch Battery

How to Use Apple Watch Theater Mode in watchOS 3.2

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

watchOS 3.2 introduced Theater Mode, which means your Apple Watch will be less obtrusive when you’re watching movies or live shows. The feature is easy to turn on and off, and your fellow theatuer goers will appreciate that you’re using it. Follow along with our how-to video to learn how Theater Mode works.

Apple Watch Gets Theater Mode, More in watchOS 3.2

· Jeff Gamet · News

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Your Apple Watch is about to become far less annoying in movie theaters because the “Theater Mode” feature rumored to be coming to the iPhone is actually destined for your wrist. Apple tipped off developers to that feature and more in an overview of what’s coming in watchOS 3.2.

Apple Watch: Adjusting Your Move Goal on the Fly

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Apple Watch Quick Tip is about adjusting your move goal. You may be getting notifications to change it on Mondays, but what if you want to switch things up later in the week? We’ll tell you how!

Sprint's Tidal Purchase, Apple Watch as a Medical Sensor - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-23

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

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Sprint now owns 33% of Tidal, and its cell service subscribers are going to get some exclusive content out of the deal. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what the deal means, plus John explains how our Apple Watches could eventually become our personal medical monitors.

Your Apple Watch Could Eventually Become a Complete BioMed Lab

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Could augmented eyeglasses someday help us spot nasty viruses on public doorknobs? Could our wearables, in the form of an Apple Watch, someday provide a complete analysis of our blood? Predict a cold? Detect and diagnose a disease or illness? All that may not be far off.

Managing Photos, Fixing Your Apple Watch & Resolving Network Issues – Mac Geek Gab 640

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

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Migrating Photos to a new Mac, managing and syncing your family’s photos, speeding up iOS Spotlight searches, fixing an unresponsive Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and resolving website loading delays are just some of the things you’ll learn from your two favorite geeks in this week’s show! Listen as Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun answer your questions and solve your problems.

DONKEY.APP for iPhone and Apple Watch Recreates Bill Gates's DOS Classic

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Can you kick it old school enough to remember DONKEY.BAS? It was one of the first racing games on DOS, and it was coded by a young tech exec named Bill Gates. Maybe you’ve heard of him. In any event, XVision has recreated this game on iPhone and Apple Watch, and they call it DONKEY.APP. It’s a, “super simple but frustratingly hard retro arcade game, inspired by Bill Gates’ one-and-only DOS game.” The player is a old-fashioned race car, only there are beasts of burden standing on the road. The player taps to change lanes to avoid the beasts, making it a game all about precise timing. It’s not particularly easy, either. Retro gaming is all the rage, and you can revisit this slice of tech history for US$0.99. I’d love to know your thoughts.

DONKEY.APP for iPhone and Apple Watch Recreates Bill Gates’s DOS Classic

Apple Watch and iPhone: Filtering Your Activity Data

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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The iPhone’s Activity app, which connects to your Apple Watch and stores all kinds of data on what workouts you do, has a pretty neat set of filters and views you can check out to really get an idea of how you’re progressing. In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how you can filter that data and what it looks like when you do!

Wake Up to Classic Mac Nostalgia with the Elago W3 Apple Watch Stand

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

There’s no shortage of charging stands for Apple Watch, but the W3 Stand from Elago certainly has a unique appeal. Available in white or black, the W3 mimics the design of the original Apple Macintosh, first released back in 1984. It’s just non-functional plastic, of course, but it can give longtime Apple fans a jolt of nostalgia each morning. The Elago W3 is available now from Amazon for about $17 including shipping. Thanks to Apple Insider for the heads up.

Wake Up to Classic Mac Nostalgia with the Elago W3 Apple Watch Stand