Apple is hosting a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge in an attempt to commemorate Veterans Day on November 11, in the United States. If you’re an Apple Watch owner, you can earn a special badge and iMessage sticker for the event. In order to earn the award, all you need to do is complete an 11-minute workout on Veterans Day. This will work by accumulating time through the Workout app or any third-party app that adds workouts to the HealthKit database. If you live in a different country, however, you won’t be able to participate as it’s only available to users in the United States. This challenge will start appearing for users on November 9. But you can only get the reward by doing the workout on the 11th.
The reward is an iMessage sticker and a medal. The medal looks like a 3-D version of the iMessage sticker. If you’re in the US, eleven minutes will do the trick. 11 minutes seems like it’s not a lot, but this could help get people moving.
The challenges through the Activity app are designed to get you to improve your health and fitness. For example, you are rewarded an achievement the first time you do a cycling workout out, or the first time you do a rowing workout. These are pretty simple, but you can get better achievements as you progress. For example – if you workout for 7 days straight, of at least 15 minutes or longer, you will get an achievement badge. … Read the rest
There seems to be an idea, among non-Apple Watch users, that the Apple Watch doesn’t do anything. But I am here to tell you otherwise. Well, it’s something that I’ve been telling you for awhile now, but today I am going to tell you about some useful and maybe even fun, apps. The new Apple Watch is supposed to give you a break from your iPhone. In that, you don’t need to carry both around with you now as you can use your Apple Watch as a phone/connected device if you have the LTE version. If you’ve got a new Apple Watch check out these apps.
If you’re having trouble keeping yourself on task and on time, you’re not alone. But OmniFocus 2 might be the app that helps keep you on the sanity train. The app allows you to specify projects, tasks, due dates, contexts for work and much more. For many years, OmniFocus has been keeping businesses going. Whether you’re self-employed or hard at work for someone else, this is the app that you need to manage all of your projects and daily, routine tasks. This might be the most powerful and robust Apple Watch apps. The app isn’t free though. You can get a free two-week trial, but after that, it will cost you $39.99 to unlock standard and $59.99 to unlock the Pro version.
As someone who works on a lot of different projects for several organizations, it can be difficult to keep track of how much time I’m spending on each task. … Read the rest
China has abruptly terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. The reason might have been prompted by the government related to security concerns over the device. It’s worth noting, however, that all three major carriers in China are state-owned. The Wall Street Journal had reported that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated a few days later. So far, existing users are unaffected. Analysts believe that the government was concerned about the fact that it couldn’t track who was using the new Apple Watch due to the use of an eSIM. Can you say, big brother?
China strictly regulates mobile phones. Users must register under their real names with a network carrier. The latest Apple Watch poses a challenge to the existing user identification system, industry analysts said. The watch contains a new and tiny version of the SIM card, called embedded SIM, or eSIM. The eSIM is embedded in the watch by Apple, not by carriers. The benefit of a device carrying an eSIM is that, with software, users can choose a telecom operator and a communications plan. But in China, that new system raises the question of how carriers and regulators can track the device user’s identity.
China Unicom said that they were only offering LTE access on a trial basis. Meanwhile, Apple has indicated that they knew about the problem but was referring inquiries to the carrier.… Read the rest