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We're a year into the life of the Apple Watch, and still it's rare to find a case or a stand that includes a charging cable. You almost always have to use the one Apple provided, and thread it through some plastic or metal. It's still the case most of the time, and it is the case with Twelve South's TimePorter Travel Stand and Case for Apple Watch.
Apple did a clever thing with how it designed the way that straps or bands connect to the Apple Watch and it did a really smart thing by putting magnets in its Milanese Loop but other companies haven't been so helpful. We're seeing a lot of third-party bands that look nice, are bargain prices, but which need tools, eyesight, a protective cloth – and instructions. You'd think you would get instructions with the band, but no. Here's what to do if you've got a non-Apple metal mesh style band and not a clue what to do.
Previously, on Living With ... back when the Apple Watch was in that limbo stage between being a rumor and being announced, we didn't think about the bands one might have for it any more than anyone else did. Then, during that launch when we pretended to concentrate on technical specifications and were secretly just waiting for the price, we only gave watch straps the briefest of attention. We were not going to buy a Nomad Strap for Apple Watch, we just weren't.
Being able to instantly know how much data you have left is great, especially for those of us who come within mere megabytes of running out our data plans. That's why we're such big fans of DataMan Next, an Apple Watch compatible app that adds both a Glance and a complication to your watch that tells you how much data you have left.
So you splurged on your Apple Watch, and after living with it for a while, you're getting tired of the stock faces. One of the biggest draws of the Apple Watch is the fact that you can change the faces up at will, but maybe there's nothing that is doing it for you. If this is the case, we suggest you check out Facer, an app that is designed to give your Watch face a fresh look.
Maybe you're not a runner, which is understandable, given weather and other considerations. Maybe you don't want to pay for an expensive gym membership, or don't have the room for storing weights and equipment at home. Maybe you just haven't found something that works for you, yet. If any of these are the kind of problems you face, we think that you should take a look at Pocket Yoga.
Netflix doesn't hang about with updates to its iOS software, but it also doesn't add a great deal: the new Netflix 7.2.5 app for iPhone and iPad is a bug-fix release. We were hoping it would improve how the service looks on iPad Pro, and we were half-expecting it to support iOS 9's picture-in-picture feature, but neither has happened. Nonetheless, it's a good app with access to a ridiculously great number of films and TV shows to watch.
Swatch is releasing an analog watch in the United States, Brazil, and Switzerland that will perform mobile payments, following a launch in China. After making a deal with Visa, the Swatch Bellamy will be less of a smartwatch and more a designer timepiece with NFC built into it, allowing it to perform payments with NFC-equipped mobile terminals, but without requiring the device to be connected to a smartphone.
Back in the olden days, when you retired from a company after working in the same room for 40 years, they would present you with a watch. It was always ornate, expensive, luxurious, and a tacit reminder that since you're never coming back to the company, your need to know the time is somewhat reduced. Apart from the implicit sarcasm of the gift, the tradition could continue now with the TwelveSouth Forté instead of a watch. For this is luxurious, and something you could present to someone with a big flourish, a slap on the back, and a speech.
At the end of the very first day when you got your Apple Watch, you gently laid it down on its charger and knew you'd knock it flying sooner or later. From that moment on, you were looking for a stand and there has been no lack of companies trying to fulfil your need. Initially there was a marked lack of companies being any good at it but that's changed and now we are replete with superbly designed Apple Watch Stands and choosing the right one could be hard.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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