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.
With over 1.5 billion downloads, the Angry Birds franchise certainly needs no introduction. The only question that remains is: How many of you are going to download Angry Birds 2?
Angry Birds 2 is out! It should really be called Angry Bird 11. The Angry Bird games is the latest in a what seems to be an endless flow of apps. Rovio has survived in the mobile game space since the company released Angry Birds. That is a very hard feat to do achieve. Just as Zynga. Angry Birds has had different interpretations of the game almost like every year. They have had Star Wars, Transformers and there is even a Mario Kart version. This is finally the first sequel to the original people have been waiting for. Rovio hasn’t made a sequel for the original title that launched all the way back in 2009. You’re still throwing birds at pigs but there are so much more. The gameplay has been tweaked with new multi-stage levels. You now have spells and big Boss battles with pigs. Rovio is hoping that this Angry Birds 2 will recapture the first game’s great success.
We already covered which were the must have apps to download for Apple Watch. Now that is out of the way, here are the top Apple Watch apps by category. For now apps run from your iPhone then show up on your Apple Watch. Once on the Apple Watch they can be accessed in a few ways. You can interact with them in the form of actionable notifications, informative glances, or interactive extensions. You download apps in two different ways. You can download an app from the AppStore that is compatible with Apple Watch or you can use the Apple Watch app to download apps. The first method is the only way to get apps from Family Share. Once an app is download, it will automatically and very conveniently transfer to your Apple Watch. Right now, the Apple Watch AppStore is like the wild wild west. We are going to put it into an order for you or, as the streaming media folks say, curate it. All the apps below are free unless you see a price next to it.
Just click the category that interest you most. All the apps are free unless you see a price next to it.
The iPad came out with very few apps. Since then Apple has learned from that mistake. We now have apps galore. Most of those apps are universal. Apple didn’t show off many apps during its Spring Forward event but you can be sure there will be loads on release day. Below are just a few they did show off. Are they enough to motivate you to buy one of first generation Apple Watches?
Alarm.com will let you check in on your home. You can check your security cameras and control your locks. Apple Watch software chief Kevin Lynch was able to use his an Apple Watch to unlock his garage door remotely.
Instagram app for Apple Watch seems a bit too much for a wrist. With the app you can scroll through your Instagram feed, like photos, and view comments. There’s even an Activity feed for your notifications.
Uber app for Watch allows you to request a car to your current location. The app will display a photo of the car, its licence plate, and the driver picking you up. The app will also show you the Uber driver rating.
W Hotels and SPG already let you open your hotel room with their NFC apps. Well, W Hotels is bringing that magic to the Apple Watch along with a lot of other features. The app displays your check-in and check-out date, confirmation number, and room number.… Read the rest
Notifyr a very helpful app that does one thing and does it very well. It will let you pair your iPhone with your Mac to give you your iPhone notifications right on your laptop or desktop computer. This is very helpful if you hate having to take out your phone each time you feel a buzz or hear a tone. Notifyr, which normally costs $3,99, will be “free every other day for 7 days starting the 6th of August,” its developers say.
Notifyr shows all your incoming notifications from your iPhone on your Mac.
With Notifyr, you’ll never miss a notification again: you can keep your phone in your pocket and still know what’s going on. You can read your incoming WhatsApp messages, see who’s following you on Instagram or read any of the other kind of notifications from any app on your iPhone. It’s also possible to mute notifications from any app you like.
Once paired, you’ll never need to open the app on your phone again. When the connection gets lost, Notifyr will automatically reconnect to your phone once it becomes available again.
Because Notifyr uses Bluetooth Low Energy, you can keep using Notifyr all day without it draining your battery.
Lytro sat back and watched Nokia and countless apps step on its focus changing technology. However the HTC M8 and the new Google App may have been what pushed them over the edge. So they have introduced the Lytro Illum. Just like its little brother before it can change the focus of a photo even after you’ve taken it.
The the Lytro looks a lot more like a DSLR than the little block tube that came out before it. The Illum has a finger friendly screen, that DSLR standard grip and 8x Zoom with a fixed f/2.0 aperture.
The Illum light-field camera lets you adjust focus, perspective and depth of field of any picture you take. The magic happens by absorbing and recording all the information that comes through the lens. Once that is out of the way, the camera creates pictures that can be altered. To alter the picture you can use the touch screen right on the camera. Just tap on the spot you want to the focus changed. What I would have liked to see it built in Wi-Fi or bluetooth for communication to your mobile device. Most high end DSLR cameras have a way of storing your pictures in the cloud via Wi-FIor manipulating the camera via a mobile devices.
Just like the last Lytro, the llum does not come cheap. The new Lytro Illum goes on sale in the States for $1,599. If Lytro wants to play with the big boys it needs more than a big boy price, it needs big boy features.
Nintendo maybe at a rough patch right now but this company knows how to make iconic game systems. Before there were smartphones there was the Game Boy. A few have tried before and a lot after but none has done it better. The Game Boy was released in Japan today April 21st back in 1989. However, it did not hit the states until the middle of August. The first Game Boy came with a very addictive game. You might be thinking Super Mario Brothers but nope, it came with Tetris. Everyone is just waiting for Nintendo to release some of its classic games on to the AppStore or Google Play but Nintendo like Apple tends to do this its own way and at its own speed.
The specs of the original Game Boy are a joke compared to what you probably have in your pocket now but back then. This device was priceless.