Microsoft showcases Windows 10 in retail, including vending machine with 40in touchscreen

Microsoft has highlighted examples of its products driving new retail experiences, including the ‘Diji Touch’ vending machine with a 40-inch touchscreen, powered by Windows 10, Kinect and Azure IoT. Read more…

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Apple surprises ‘iPhone 6’ photographers with coffee table books

The billboards and ads featuring beautiful photographs shot with an iPhone 6 are nearly gone. Apple is now promoting a new iPhone. But that does not mean Apple has forgotten the photographers whose work helped sell phones and treat the world to art in public spaces. Photographers from the “Shot on iPhone 6” campaign have […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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How to Personalize Your Watch Face and Complications in watchOS 2

watchOS 2, the first major update to the Apple Watch’s operating system, was released in September, just five months after the device’s debut. If you didn’t face any download issues getting watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch, you are well on your way towards looking for the new features the update brings.

One major change we’d been anticipating for months is the ability to personalize watch faces with the photos we’ve taken, and third-party complications are another fantastic addition that will add more variety and more functionality to the look of the Apple Watch. A third addition, time-lapse video watch faces, is sure to wow your friends and will give you some dynamic scenery to look at each time you raise your wrist.

To help you get started, we’ve created this how-to guide to show you how to set up each of the new watch face features.

This guide assumes you know how to customize your Apple Watch’s watch face. If you don’t already know the process, head over to our how-to guide on that topic for reference.

Photos Watch Faces

Adding photos to your watch face only takes a few minutes to set up. In watchOS 2, you can either select a specific photo to display all of the time, or choose a photo album to see a different image every time you wake your watch.

  1. Make sure you have synced an album to Apple Watch. If you have not yet done so, follow our instruction guide.
  2. With the watch face showing, firmly press on the screen to call up the customizations.
  3. Swipe to the left until you see Photo Album and tap to select it.
  4. If you wish to only show a specific image at all times, select the Photo watch face. Then tap Customize.
  5. Rotate the Digital Crown to zoom outward and view all images on your Apple Watch.
  6. Select the photo you wish to add to your watch face.

You cannot customize complications when using a personal photo as a watch face. The watch face will display only the date and time.

Time-Lapse

With watchOS 2, you can add a pre-made time-lapse video to your watch face. Apple has provided six locations: Mack Lake, New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai.

Once you’ve selected a time-lapse video as your watch face, it will play for approximately three seconds and then stop every time you wake your Apple Watch. Just lift your wrist to see the video play out. Videos will be different based on the time. If you check your watch at 9:00 p.m. you’ll see the night sky. When you check it in the morning, you’ll see a sunny sky.

You cannot customize complications with the time-lapse watch face. The watch face will display the date and time.

Third-Party Complications

Apple has given third-party app developers the ability to add certain features to watch face complications, like flight status, precipitation, and more.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Select Complications from the main menu.
  3. Available complications will be listed. You can remove complications you do not wish to be shown by tapping the red remove button next to the app. You can also organize the list by touching and holding the three bars on the left side of the app until it hovers. Then, drag it to your preferred position in the list.
  4. With the watch face showing on Apple Watch, firmly press the screen to call up the customizations.
  5. Select a watch face that allows you to customize the complications and tap Customize.
  6. Swipe to the left to edit the complications and tap the module you wish to edit.
  7. Rotate the Digital Crown until you get to the third-party complication you wish to add. Then, tap the screen to save the customized watch face.

Head over to the forums to find out which apps support complications in watchOS 2.

Live Photos

Live Photos are exclusive to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. They allow users to capture a few seconds of bursts before and after a picture is taken. If you have a compatible device, you can add Live Photos to Apple Watch the same way you do with regular photos, and they’ll animate each time you raise your wrist.

  1. Make sure you have saved favorites or synced an Album to Apple Watch. If you have not yet done so, follow our instruction guide.
  2. With the watch face showing, firmly press on the screen to call up the customizations.
  3. Swipe to the left until you see Live Photo and tap to select it.
  4. Rotate the Digital Crown to zoom outward and view all images on your Apple Watch.
  5. Select the photo you wish to add to your watch face.

You cannot customize complications with Live Photos. The watch face will display the date and time.

Now that watchOS 2 adds more watch face possibilities, you can really personalize your look for every occasion.



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Former Apple Music exec trades the tunes for Paris luxury fashion firm

Departed Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers will join French luxury company LVMH — the company which owns iconic luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Bulgari — as its new chief digital officer. Rogers left Apple just two months after the debut of Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station, which he played a key […]

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