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Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

The great thing about a wearable like Apple Watch is that you need never miss anything from your digital life; the terrible thing is that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. While it might seem like a fantastic idea to offload every beep, ping, and vibration from the smartphone in your pocket to an easily-checked spot on your wrist, the reality is that not everything needs - or deserves - top tier attention. Luckily Apple’s notification options are reasonably granular, but that doesn’t mean this new flavor of apps can’t be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The first day you own an Apple Watch is a strange one, to be sure. You're not really sure if you want to stick with the software you get on the device right out the box, or if you want to dive in with a collection of apps that's already over 3,000 strong. As it were, there are a number of apps we'd love to suggest you start out with. Nothing too hardcore just yet, just the essentials. This is the Day 1 Essential Mix.

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Nikon nudges photographers toward DSLRs with new app

Nikon nudges photographers toward DSLRs with new app

Mobile photography has done many things: opened up a photography hobby to the masses, ushered in a glut of filtered images, and further divided the professionals (and aspiring professionals) from the amateurs. Many still turn to professional-grade cameras to meet their needs, DSLRs standing chief among them, but getting started is tricky -- there are numerous lenses and accessories available for digital SLR cameras, and pining down exactly what you need is hard. Nikon has taken a step, however, to simplify the process.

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An Apple launch like no other

An Apple launch like no other

Tomorrow is launch day for the Apple Watch. But it's not like any other Apple product launch. In fact, completely the opposite. This launch, unlike any other Apple product launch over the past decade, will include no in-store availability of the product at hand. Instead of the Apple Watch being out and ready to purchase by the average consumer, tomorrow is only the day when (some) Apple Watch orders will be fulfilled. With a completely new category of device comes change for Apple, and a launch that'll be unlike any that came before or after.

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Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft’s wearable and fitness monitoring platform — Band and Health, respectively — are seeing another update. On the back of the most recent tweak, which brought in a cycling tile and a tiny keyboard to complement an SDK, Microsoft is today building on the bicycling monitoring and adding some context to gathered data. In a strange but ultimately smart turn of events, Microsoft is also announcing they’re no longer making Band a must-have to use their Health app. In the coming weeks, your smartphone sensors will be used to push basic info to Health.

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HTTPS snooping flaw affected thousands of iOS apps

HTTPS snooping flaw affected thousands of iOS apps

One of the reasons that Apple decided early on that every app had to be submitted to be reviewed before going to the App store was so that the company could be sure that the apps would work as promised and not compromise the iPhones and iPads they are installed on. Recently a HTTPS snooping flaw that didn’t come from the apps themselves, but from a third-party library affected thousands of iOS apps.

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Apple Watch lets you control PowerPoint presentations from your wrist

Apple Watch lets you control PowerPoint presentations from your wrist

It seems as though everyone is getting ready for the Apple Watch launch, including Microsoft. Today, Microsoft released a new update to the iOS edition of PowerPoint. The update incorporates input Apple Watch, and lets you use it as a remote control for presentations. You will be able to start a presentation and navigate through slides by swiping the smartwatch face on your wrist, making it a neat trick that is equally fit for a college group presentation or a dynamic sales pitch.

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Shoot, fine-tune, and share short videos with new iOS app, Hykoo

Shoot, fine-tune, and share short videos with new iOS app, Hykoo

The new video filming and sharing app, Hykoo, aims to bring out the Wes Anderson in all of us with its new twist on smartphone videos. Hykoo is pronouced like the Japanese poetry form, haiku, and can create short, sweet bits of visual poetry, just like its namesake. The theme of Japanese haiku poetry deeply permeates this app. Just like a haiku's format of three short stanzas, Hykoo videos are filmed in three short segments and then assembled together for to create a single twelve-second video.

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Apple Pay takes hold as PayPal dives

Apple Pay takes hold as PayPal dives

The mobile iteration of PayPal is taking a dive - and has been taking a dive the for past year - as Apple Pay begins to take a firm grasp on mobile payments. Thus says the data presented by 451 Research in a study conducted over the 3-month period ending this March, 2015. In it, 451 Research's ChangeWave service had 4,168 respondents "primarily based in North America" answer questions about their planned use (over the next 90 days) of mobile payment applications as well as issues of security therein.

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