The first iOS 9.2 beta is now available

Less than a week after releasing the first major update for iOS 9, Apple has seeded iOS 9.2 beta 1 to developers today. iOS 9.2 likely focuses mostly on bug fixes and under the hood improvements, after iOS 9.1 brought a number of features like new emoji, Live Photo fixes, new wallpapers, keyboard tweaks, and […]

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


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Android Pay starts loyalty rewards program with Coca-Cola

Android Pay, the newest kid on the block in mobile phone payments, has found a way to get people using their smartphones to pay for goods and services: loyalty reward systems. Like similar retail, grocery and airline programs, Android Pay will soon include points for specific purchases to encourage us all to use our smartphones […]

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iCloud for Windows 5 Adds iCloud Photo Library and Two-Factor Authentication

Apple has released iCloud for Windows 5 with support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication for Apple ID accounts. Windows users were previously limited to accessing iCloud Photo Library through the web interface.

Apple recommends that iCloud for Windows users have Windows 7, 8 or 10 installed. For email, the software currently supports Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2013, while Outlook 2016 users can access iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on iCloud.com.

Use iCloud Photo Library on your Windows PC to download all of the photos and videos from your Apple devices to your computer, or upload your Windows Pictures library to iCloud. And when you turn on iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your captured memories with just the people you choose.

Apple has published a support document for setting up and using iCloud Photo Library on Windows.



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Apple Watch Now Available at Target in Stores and Online

Target has delivered on its plans and is now selling the Apple Watch in U.S. stores and online (via The Loop). The large retailer is carrying both Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch models with the same pricing as Apple.

Target has also listed dozens of bands on its website, including the Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Milanese Loop and Sport Band, but most remain unavailable for delivery or in-store pickup at this time. Apple Watch accessories and AppleCare+ are also listed.

Apple Watch also became available through B&H Photo earlier this month, as part of a growing group of Apple Watch authorized resellers.



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Apple Releases WatchOS 2.0.1 Update for Apple Watch With Multiple Bug Fixes

Apple today released a new software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading watchOS 2 to version 2.0.1. The update comes one month after Apple first released watchOS 2 to the public with new features like Nightstand mode, native apps, new watch faces, and more.

The 2.0.1 update can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

This update contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:

– Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
– Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance
– Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch
– Addresses an issue that could prevent location information from properly updating
– Fixes an issue that could cause Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number
– Addresses an issue that could cause instability when using a Live Photo as a watch face
– Resolves an issue that allows the sensors to stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate

The watchOS 2.0.1 update includes a whole slew of bug fixes, as listed above, and it also includes support for the new emoji also made available in OS X with 10.11.1 El Capitan and iOS with iOS 9.1.



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Attack of the Clones: 5 totally shameless iPhone 6s ripoffs

Jony Ive sure hates rival companies ripping off the iPhone for their latest flagship handset design. Which is why we’d respectfully suggest that Jony doesn’t click the link below, unless he wants to ruin his Wednesday before it even starts. From the curved edges and color options to the prominent antenna lines, all that’s missing […]

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


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Nexus 5X fingerprint scanner even faster than the iPhone’s

Fingerprint scanners on Android devices have been hit-or-miss (mostly miss) in recent years, but they’re getting a whole lot better. There’s no better example of that than the new Nexus 5X, which is even faster at recognizing your print than the new Touch ID sensor in iPhone 6s. I’m an iPhone 6s owner, and I’m […]

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Google records your voice searches — and you can hear them all

Google is incredibly accurate at understanding voice searches, which makes it super useful on mobile when you might want to find information without using your hands. But did you know that the company records every single voice search you make? What’s more, you can listen back to each and every one. Don’t believe us? Visit your “Voice & […]

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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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3D Touch is coming to Android next

With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has added an entirely new dimension to their touchscreens with the addition of 3D Touch, a new technology that lets you interact with touchscreen elements differently depending on how much pressure you use. So how long until Android catches up? Not long, it looks like. Synaptics […]

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


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