How to get your Apple Watch to leave you alone

If you’ve spent any time with an Apple Watch lately, you might have noticed that it notifies you quite a bit. There’s the ubiquitous Stand Up commands, notifications from Messages, Calendar, and the like, and then all the third-party apps…Read more ›

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How to Set Up and Manage Notifications on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

One of the Apple Watch’s most important features is the ability to keep you connected to your notifications without needing to have your iPhone in your hand or even in your pocket all of the time. I often miss important text messages because my iPhone is too far away from me to hear my alerts.

But with Apple Watch, all of your notifications are at your fingertips, as if someone is next to you, tapping you on the wrist whenever you get an alert. We’ve got a tutorial for you today that will explain how to set up and manage notifications so that you get the alerts you want and aren’t distracted by the ones you don’t want.

Set Up Notifications

Notifications on Apple Watch are actually mirrored from your iPhone by default, so any app you have notifications enabled for on your iPhone will also appear on your Apple Watch. To make sure you don’t miss any notifications, you can turn on a Notification Indicator that will display a red dot on your watch face if you have unread notifications.

  1. Enable compatible apps on your iPhone via Notification Center that you want to receive alerts for. It is likely these apps are already enabled on your iPhone, but it is a good idea to check on them.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap the My Watch tab.
  4. Select Notifications from the menu list.
  5. Toggle Notification Indicator to the On position.
  6. You can also set your notifications to private so that it requires you to tap the screen in order to see it.

Customize Notifications

Some Apple apps, like Calendar, Mail, and Messages are customizable with a few additional features. Be sure that the notification you wish to customize is already enabled on your iPhone first.

  1. Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone
  2. Tap Notifications
  3. Select the app you wish to customize
  4. Change „Mirror my iPhone“ to „Custom“ to see your options, like sound, haptics, and repeat options.

Third-party apps do not have customization options, offering only a toggle to turn on or off the mirroring of notifications from your iPhone for a given app.

View and Respond to Live Notifications

Viewing a notification is as simple as raising your arm. To respond to it, scroll to the bottom of the notification and tap the button to perform the action.

You can also dismiss a notification by swiping down on it or scrolling to the bottom of it and tapping Dismiss.

View and Respond to Unread Notifications

When you receive a notification on Apple Watch that you do not view right away, as long as you have the Notification Indicator turned on you will see a red dot at the top of your watch face, so you can access the notifications at any time.

  1. Navigate to the watch face, and then swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Rotate the Digital Crown or swipe up and down to scroll through unread notifications.
  3. Tap a notification to respond to it.
  4. Clear a notification by swiping to the left on it and then pressing clear. Use a hard „Force Press“ on a notification to bring up an option to clear all notifications.

Silence Notifications

If you are in a meeting, going to the movies, or would like to otherwise be undisturbed for a short period of time, you can do so two ways.

Silent Mode

  1. Navigate to the watch face, and then swipe up.
  2. Swipe to the Settings glance.
  3. Tap Silent Mode
  4. You will still feel a tap when a notification arrives.

Do Not Disturb

  1. Navigate to the watch face, and then swipe up.
  2. Swipe to the Settings glance.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  4. Both sound and vibrations will be turned off.

By managing and customizing your Apple Watch notifications, you will be able to ensure that you stay connected to the things you want while avoiding distractions from unnecessary alerts. Plus, for those times when you just need to disconnect, you can silence your notifications temporarily.

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Meet The Android-Powered ‘Blackphone’ Designed To Stop The Spies

Having your phone calls listened to and your text messages read remotely is a genuine concern for many smartphone owners now that we’ve gotten an insight into the activities of the NSA spies. We’ve quickly learned that our seemingly secure…Read more ›

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‘Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol’ Miniature Dogfight Strategy Game is Here, It’s Free, and It’s Fantastic [Daily Freebie]


If you didn’t catch our post the other day about the newest game from living legend Sid Meier, the creator of Civilization and a heap of other ground-breaking games, here’s the nitty-gritty.

Meier’s newest masterpiece is called Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol; it’s a sort of turn-based tabletop miniatures game of whirling World War I dogfights, digitized for an iPad’s (or iPhone’s screen). It’s also partially free, looks amazing and is bound to be an instant classic.

If you’ve ever played any of Sid Meier’s games — the original Civilization, Sid Meier’s Pirates! or even his really early PC games like World War II submarine sim Silent Service — you’ll be familiar with, and love, Meier’s attention to detail, slick production values and magical ability to construct an engrossing, gratifying experience; even though I’ve spent only a short time messing around in Ace Patrol, it’s clear the game is obviously a Meier.

Just as slick as the game itself is the game’s marketing strategy. Ace Patrol is a try-before-you-buy proposition: You get to download the game for free and play around with the first six missions, and if you like it, you can buy bits of the game for $1 (the rest of the British campaign) $2 (campaigns for the three other nationalities) or buy the whole thing for $4.

After that it gets a bit more complex, with in-app purchases for aces and instant get-up-and-go for any pilots shot down. But the game doesn’t seem to really hinge on these, and the multitude of multiplayer should keep things interesting once the campaigns are in your pocket.

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