How to Use Time Travel on Apple Watch in watchOS 2

With the recent update to watchOS 2, Apple added a new feature called Time Travel, which lets you turn back (or forward) time to display certain information from a different date and time.

It works with complications on the watch face, like weather, calendar events, sunrise and sunset, stocks, and more. Depending on what you have displayed on your watch face, you’ll see different information.

Understanding Time Travel can be a bit confusing for some, so we’ll explain it more in detail, with some highlights on what different watch faces can do.

Before using Time Travel, be sure to set your complications the way you want them. Now that Apple allows third-party complications, the options are even better.

This feature works best with such watch faces as Utility, Modular, Simple, Color, and Chronograph because those faces have the most customizable complication options.

Once you’ve set up your watch face with the complications you like, all you have to do to activate Time Travel is rotate the digital crown. Scrolling up will move time forward, and scrolling down will move time backward. When you are done, simply tap the screen to return to the current time.

An example of moving forward in Time Travel mode with the Modular watch face might look something like this:

Move time forward three hours. Your calendar changes to show you an event that takes place three hours from now and shows the temperature is predicted to have increased five degrees. Move time forward 10 hours. The temperature drops by 15 degrees. The date changes, and the time of sunrise and sunset changes to reflect the new day.

It’s all rather useful, relative to information that is important to you. For example, if you want to know whether it will rain tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. when you have a meeting at a coffee shop downtown, you can scroll forward in time to see what the weather predictions look like.

With Time Travel, you can generally look forward through the remainder of the current day and all of the following day. Looking backward into the past with most watch faces, you can view events and data from earlier in the current day and from all of the previous day, giving a total of a 72-hour window to scroll through. You can exit Time Travel mode and return to the current time at any point by simply pressing the Digital Crown.

Some complications like weather only function when looking forward in time, while others like stocks (unfortunately) only work when looking backward.

Third-party app developers in general seem to still be figuring out the best ways to use complications, although some popular developers have already updated their apps to support complications and in some cases Time Travel. Popular categories include weather apps like Dark Sky and The Weather Channel, health apps like Lifesum, and travel time prediction apps like ETA. You can manage which third-party apps with complications are available to use through the Complications section settings in the Watch app on your iPhone.

Watch Faces Not Compatible With Time Travel

A few of the watch faces don’t work with Time Travel. So, if you are using one of the below-listed faces, you wont be able to see the feature.

Motion
XX-Large
Timelapse
Photo Album
Photo
Live Photo

Special Watch Face Features

Some watch faces have additional Time Travel features that provide interesting and unique visual changes.

Astronomy

In the Astronomy watch face, you can switch between views of earth, the moon, and the solar system. With Time Travel, you can move through time, watching the sun rise and set above the Earth. You can also see the phases of the moon, and even find out the next time it will be full. With the solar system displayed, you can watch the planets rotate day-by-day for years in the future or past.

Solar

The Solar watch face provides a graph of the sun’s position in the sky, limited to the current day. Based on your current location, as well as the time of day, the sun moves along a curve. With Time Travel, you can visually identify dawn, dusk, twilight, and the day’s zenith at any time before or after your current.

With Time Travel mode on Apple Watch, you can quickly see what the day has in store for you without even having to open up an app or ask Siri for guidance.



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Apple busts out bug fixes in new OS X 10.11.1 beta

Mac owners will finally be able to install OS X El Capitan on machines starting tomorrow, but if you want a taste of the future, registered developers can seed the latest beta of OS X 10.11.1 starting today. The new beta comes over a week after the first OS X 10.11.1 beta was released to […]

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


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Apple Watch Beats Original iPhone and iPad in Customer Satisfaction Among Early Adopters

While some critics within the tech media have heavily scrutinized the Apple Watch since its launch, new survey data shared by Techpinions suggests that the true mass market sentiment toward the wrist-worn device is overwhelmingly positive. In particular, the survey found that traditionally „non-tech“ users liked the Apple Watch more than those with a closer connection to the tech industry.

According to research firm Wristly and Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin, overall customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch is 97%, which is the highest customer satisfaction rating of any previous first-generation Apple product. Wristly determined that rating by combining the „Very Satisfied/Delighted“ (66%) and „Somewhat Satisfied“ boxes together (31%).

The survey data is based on the Wristly Apple Watch Owner Network, a diversified panel of over a thousand Apple Watch buyers. Wristly says that it asked respondents a series of pre-qualification questions to ensure that the panel did not skew towards early adopters and instead represented a healthy range of consumers. Among those profiled, Wristly found 34% to be „tech insiders“ and 53% to be „non-tech“ users.

What has been fascinating about the Wristly Apple Watch Panel is how diverse it is across the adoption cycle spectrum. We have those on the bleeding edge of adoption all the way through mainstream consumers who aren’t buying it for the sake of Apple fanaticism or love of tech and gadgetry but because they saw the utility and usefulness of the product right off the bat. They are all represented in our panel.

Apple Watch customer satisfaction was found to be higher than the original iPhone and iPad, which scored 92% and 91% ratings respectively, although satisfaction levels were contrasting among different types of users. „Non-tech“ users and „tech insiders“ were most satisfied with the Apple Watch, while „app builders“ were slightly less satisfied, with less than half choosing the „Very Satisfied“ box.

Apple has not publicly disclosed any official Apple Watch sales figures to date, and will be grouping the wrist-worn device under its „Other Products“ category in quarterly earnings reports. Apple Watch global sales estimates range between 2.8 million and 5.7 million ahead of the company’s third quarter fiscal results set to be announced on Tuesday at 2:00 PM Pacific.



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Hidden Features in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have been available to developers for two weeks now, giving us time to discover all of the little features in both operating systems that weren’t discussed during the keynote event. We’ve created two videos that highlight some of the small but neat additions to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which you can watch below.

Apple’s introduced a wide range of feature additions and minor tweaks in iOS 9 that make some very useful improvements to iOS. For example, there’s now a Notification Center widget that displays the battery life of connected devices like the Apple Watch, and there’s a search bar in the Settings app that lets you find a specific setting very quickly.

A „Back to App“ feature lets you swap between apps quickly when you click a notification or a link, and some keyboard changes on the iPad make editing documents a whole lot easier.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan has fewer small feature additions, but there are some improvements worth pointing out. The famous rainbow wheel pointer or „beachball,“ which spins when a program is loading has brighter, more defined colors, and the cursor is now easier to find when waking a Mac from sleep. There’s also a revamped Disk Utility window and a dedicated Find My Friends widget for the Notification Center.

If you want to see an overview of all of the features in the new operating systems, make sure to check out our roundups: iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Our dedicated iOS 9 and El Capitan forums are also an excellent resource for learning more about the software we’ll all be using in the fall.





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iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps [iOS Blog]

Apple has changed security settings in iOS 8.3 that prevent file managers and transfer utilities such as iFunBox, iTools, iExplorer, iBackupBot and PhoneView from gaining access to app directories on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The change breaks current versions of transfer utilities for OS X and Windows, forcing many developers to release new versions of their software with workarounds that restore at least partial sandbox access.

„iOS 8.3 ruined our freedom of controlling data in our installed Apps and Games,“ writes iFunBox in a Facebook post. „Apple blocked access of the entire sandbox directory of every installed App since iOS 8.3. Previously only writing is block in executable directory. Now we totally lost the control of Apps on our own devices. We are investigating the situation. Before there is a solution, iFunbox will fail to open data directory of any App if the device is not jailbroken.“

iFunBox was one of the first utilities to be updated over the weekend with a partial fix, with the latest version 2.95 allowing all apps with „iTunes File Sharing“ enabled, such as iFileExpress or VLC player, to be opened for sandbox browsing per usual through the utility. Access to other apps will require jailbreaking. iFunBox 2.95 also allows any music file type, such as MP3, to be imported as a ringtone.

Macroplant, the developers of iExplorer, are still looking into the changes in iOS 8.3:

„We are currently investigating how the iOS 8.3 update blocked access to the Apps directory, and we are looking into ways around it. All iDevice transfer utilities seem to be experiencing this exact same blocked access in iOS 8.3, so it’s not just a bug with iExplorer or iBrowse. Apple has definitely changed something with the way apps can be accessed in iOS.“

The change does not affect users that jailbreak their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as doing so enables OpenSSH to be installed for complete filesystem privileges and command line access. File transfers between a jailbroken iOS device and Mac or PC can still be completed as usual, although keep in mind that no jailbreak is available for iOS 8.3 and downgrading will soon no longer be possible after Apple stops signing iOS 8.2 in the near future.




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Seagate Seven Review: Hands-On With a 7mm Thick Portable Hard Drive [Mac Blog]

Seagate debuted several new products at CES this year, including the candy-colored Seagate Wireless portable hard drive and the Seagate Personal Cloud, a NAS (network attached storage) option for home users, but the company’s most attention-grabbing offering was the Seagate Seven.

Described as the world’s thinnest 500GB portable hard drive, the USB 3.0 Seagate Seven is only 7mm thick, as its name implies, which means it easily fits into a pocket or purse, and it’s fairly affordable at $99.

What’s in the Box?

The Seagate Seven ships in a slim, padded box that contains the hard drive, a black fabric-covered USB cord to connect the drive to a computer, and a Quick Start Guide.

Design

Seagate describes the Seven as the culmination of 35 years of experience creating hard drives. Inside the Seven is Seagate’s ultra thin 5mm hard drive, which is encased in 2mm of 100 percent stainless steel for protection.

At first glance the Seagate Seven might be mistaken for an internal drive due to its slimness and its industrial design, but it is a standalone portable drive. Without touching the Seven, it can be hard to imagine just how thin it is, but if you own an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, that is a good approximation of thickness.

At 7mm, the Seven is slightly thicker than the 6.9mm iPhone 6 and slightly thinner than the 7.1mm iPhone 6 Plus. It weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams), which makes it just about the same weight as the 6.07 ounce iPhone 6 Plus (172 grams).

The Seven is 4.8 inches tall and 3.2 inches wide, which means it fits in a pocket as well as the iPhone 6 Plus. In the simplest of terms, it’s really, really thin.

Its stainless steel design is simple but may not be appealing to all people due to its minimal, unfinished look, and it’s worth noting that the casing has a tendency to attract fingerprints. The drive itself feels well-built and it can withstand scratches and wear and tear, but it’s still susceptible to drops.

There’s an indicator light located on the front of the hard drive, which glows blue when it is connected to a computer. The Seagate Seven ships with a high-quality fabric-encased USB cord, but at 12 inches, the cord can feel too short when it’s used on a large desk.

Software and Performance

Aside from its thin profile, the Seagate Seven is similar to any other 500GB USB 3.0 portable hard drive on the market. It requires a USB 3.0 connection for optimal performance, but it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and thus works with older machines. The Seven is bus-powered and draws power through a computer’s USB port, so it does not need an external power supply.

In our testing, the Seagate Seven saw average write speeds of approximately 103MB/s and average read speeds of 101MB/s, which is on par with other USB 3.0 hard drives like the LaCie Mirror, which we also reviewed, and fast enough for standard daily use. Unfortunately, the Seven is only available in a 500GB capacity, which may not meet the needs of users who need more storage space.

The Seven comes pre-installed with the Seagate Dashboard Installer and warranty information. With the Seagate Dashboard Installer, it’s possible to install the Seagate Dashboard, which lets you manage all Seagate storage devices, and the Utility Driver, for power management and diagnostic features.

It comes formatted in exFAT, which is compatible with Windows and Mac computers, but it can be reformatted on Macs using the Disk Utility app.

The Seagate Dashboard is a useful app because it allows you to back up your mobile content (photos and videos) to the Seagate Seven or another Seagate drive with the accompanying Seagate Dashboard app for iOS. It’s also possible to connect social networking accounts from Facebook and Flickr, where photos from the Seagate Seven can be automatically uploaded. Connecting to Facebook or Flickr will allow you to download photos from those sites to the hard drive as well.

The Seagate Seven works with Macs running OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows machines running Windows XP SP3 or higher.

Who’s it For?

According to Seagate, the Seven is aimed at tech enthusiasts who are always after the thinnest devices on the market. It’s about twice as expensive as a standard 500GB hard drive from a company like Western Digital or Toshiba, and it’s $40 more than Seagate’s own Backup Plus Slim, which is just over 10mm.

The Seagate Seven may not be the best choice if you’re looking for something that’s going to sit on a desk or get occasional use, but if you need storage that’s going to see a lot of travel, this is a solid choice – provided you can work with the 500GB USB 3.0 limits.

You’re not going to find much that’s thinner or lighter than the Seagate Seven, and believe it or not, 3mm is a noticeable difference. To put it in perspective, the iPhone 4s was only 9.3mm thick, but in comparison to a 7.1mm iPhone 6 Plus, it feels like a brick.

Pros:

Extremely portable
Pocketable
Cutting edge thin design

Cons:

More expensive than standard 500GB hard drive
Only available in 500GB
USB cord is short

How to Buy

The Seagate Seven can be purchased from Amazon for $99. It ships with a three-year limited warranty.




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