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Listen to podcasts offline on your Apple Watch thanks to Overcast

Listen to podcasts offline on your Apple Watch thanks to Overcast

I love my Apple Watch. It is the best smartwatch on the market because it does what is advertised to do. Sort of. It is not a workout watch. That would be the FitBit Blaze. The main issue that I am sure we all have is that it does not really ever let you use it without your iPhone near you. Even with the new update to the OS it is still not a standalone device. There are a few apps that show us what may be possible in the future. The built in Music app lets you sync playlist for offline use. Which is great but sometimes you want to listen to a podcast while you workout or go for run.

Up to until now the only way to listen to podcast on your Apple Watch without a iPhone present was with a jailbreak tweak called WatchPlayer. That is no longer the case. Now with the latest Overcast update you can send podcasts to your Apple Watch with just a tap of a button after you’ve downloaded episodes to your iPhone. It works pretty well although keep in mind its not the fastest transfer ever. It may take a few minutes for the episode to make it to your watch depending on the size of the podcast. Also keep in mind that your play episodes doesn’t sync back to your iPhone. That means you can’t pick up where you left off from on other devices.… Read the rest

Starting June Apple Watch apps Must Work Without an iPhone

Starting June Apple Watch apps Must Work Without an iPhone

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In the about time file. Starting this June 1st non-native apps won’t be approved for the App Store. That means that every single Apple Watch app must work without the need for an iPhone. Apple should have mandated this right from day one. However better late than never. So here is the deal. Specifically, Apple says anything submitted to the App Store approval starting June 1st has to be a native app running watchOS 2. One can only hope this act will result in much better quality applications than the half-baked apps we have gotten so far for the Apple Watch.

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How to Choose Multicolor Faces on Apple Watch

How to Choose Multicolor Faces on Apple Watch

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Did you know that your Apple Watch can be a bit more colorful?  You can choose up to 17 different colors or even make the complications multicolored?  It is super simple. In fact it takes just 3 easy steps. Here’s how. NOTE: You have to select the Modular clock face. Why the Modular clock face?The Modular clock face lets you customize five different complications on one display. Once that is done. You can customize that Watch Face by choosing the multicolor option.

  1. While in the clock face switcher, tap Customize.
  2. Rotate the Digital Crown counterclockwise until you get to the multicolor option.
  3. Press the Digital Crown to set the new clock face.
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Apple March Media Event Recap

Apple March Media Event Recap

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That secrecy Apple use to have is gone along with its innovation. Apple can no longer keep things under wraps. You can’t completely blame Apple, they require a manufacturing partner to make the millions of devices they sell each quarter. Therefore anyone that was expecting more than what was offered today was clearly not in the loop. Also it is worth noting that Apple’s biggest product announcements happen in September. I can not wait to see what Apple comes up with to fight off the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge but for now, here is a run down of what was talked about.

iPhone SE

The new 4-inch iPhone SE features an NFC chip for Apple Pay support, the A9 processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.2, 12-megapixel camera and able to record video in 4K. The iPhone SE also has support for Live Photos. 3D touch and always-on ‘Hey Siri’ hanks to Apple’s M9 motion coprocessor. To no ones surprise the iPhone SE looks the same as the iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE is available in Space Grey, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. It is priced at $400 for 16GB and $500 for 64GB. Why didn’t they just start it at 32GB is beyond me. Apple’s new iPhone SE is without question the least exciting new iPhone Apple has ever unveiled. However it was not for the tech lovers out there. It was for people that just want something that works at a reasonable price.… Read the rest

WatchOS 2.2 Lets you Pair Two Apple Watches

WatchOS 2.2 Lets you Pair Two Apple Watches

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The next Apple Watch update will let you pair multiple watches with one iPhone

You may be wondering who would have more than one Apple Watch? To that I say First-world problems are a real thing. Apple seems to however understand some of those people are out there. With that the first version of the upcoming watchOS 2.2 was released to developers today. The beta is released just one short month after it released watchOS 2.1 to the world. The new Apple Watch software includes updates for Maps and yes multiple watch support.

 

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WatchOS 2.2 update adds new features to the Maps app. You can now do searches right in the Glances section of the watch. You can also show quick directions. There is now an option called “Nearby,” to highlight local points of interest as well. The feature lets you tap on it will show sub-categories like Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, and Health. Try to think of it as a kind of mini-Foursquare. Developers can now create more detailed workout summaries in the apps with things like a workout summary. These updates will apply to both third-party watch apps and Apple’s own Workout and Health apps. Again, keep in mind that this watchOS 2.2 update is only available to developers who are running an iPhone with iOS 9.3.

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Holiday Tech Gifts That Stand Out

Holiday Tech Gifts That Stand Out

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Here are few gifts that will be in stock and easy to get your hands on last-minute online and delivered in time for Christmas.

Thanksgiving honestly is the start of the shopping season. If you live in the states the starting line to holiday shopping season has come and gone. That start line is called Black Friday. The day when brick and mortar retailers drop prices on products that have enough margin to make a profit, thus turning the negative balances written in red ink to written in black ink or, better yet a profit, still written in black ink. Hence the name Black Friday. Some of you were smart and did your shopping a long time ago. Some of you were brave enough to go out into the harsh weather of Mother Nature and hostilities of that one motherfu*ker that has to get that last DB-8 toy. Others still will waited for Cyber Monday to shop from the comfort of their homes. If you are the unlucky few that have stumbled upon this article a day or two before Christmas, sorry, it might be a little too late for you. You will not get that gift your wanted shipped in time but maybe we can find you an alternative.

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Apple Watch Dock Marble Edition

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$130 Granted, plugging your Apple Watch to its charger and dropping it on your nightstand will get the job done, but not as elegantly as Native Union’s Dock For Apple Watch Marble Edition.
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Tag Heuer Apple Watch Competitor Live Event

Tag Heuer Apple Watch Competitor Live Event

TagSmartwatchTag Heuer Apple Watch Competitor Live Event is going on right now.  The Apple Watch the only smart watch selling right now. However that is because it’s an Apple product. Apple set the bar for all future smartwatches. Luxury watchmaker however see the Apple Watch as a gadget not a real watch. No one has been more vocal Tag Heuer. Today is put up or shut up time for Tag Heuer as it unveil its first-ever smartwatch.

The Tag Heuer smartwatch will be part of the Carrera line, run Android Wear and starts at $1,800. That entry price alone takes it out of competition with the Apple Watch which starts in the $300’s. However is this a great example of what a luxury smartwatch will be like? Check out the press conference is below.

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