Jordan Kahn

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May 28

Apple CEO Tim Cook with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

Apple CEO Tim Cook with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

After inking a deal with Apple to push iOS devices and enterprise apps to its customers, IBM today started offering all employees Macs for the first time. We’ve seen the official IBM notice, and several IBM employees on Twitter are praising the decision after years of PC hell: expand full story

May 27

Apple-Watch-hidden-port-charging

Early this month I reported that accessory makers were planning on tapping into the Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging. Not only would that allow companies to avoid having to design a solution with the magnetic, inductive charging system Apple is using, it also meant they wouldn’t have to workaround the sensors on the back of the watch.

Now, the company that first announced plans to use the hidden port, Reserve Strap, has posted a video showing faster charging using the port vs Apple’s charger: expand full story

messages

Update: The Guardian notes that the bug also crashes the Apple Watch when you try to reply to a message.

Today news is flying around regarding an iOS bug that causes the Messages app to crash and iPhones to reboot when a certain string of text is received. There isn’t an official fix from Apple yet, but there are a few workarounds and fixes that you can do in the meantime before Apple patches the bug.

Here are a few fixes that users have discovered and sent in: expand full story

Want to read ebooks on your Apple Watch one word at a time? Of course you don’t.

There are apps that make a lot of sense for the smaller display and the quick access that Apple Watch provides, but this ebook reader certainly doesn’t hit that sweet spot. Perhaps some people are interested in reading books on their wrist one word at a time, but for others (most?), this new Wear Reader app is a great example of what not to do with Apple Watch apps: expand full story

Apple-Watch-dog

Lots of people aren’t happy about rich kid Wang Sicong from China buying his dog two gold Apple Watches worth around $30k, but I think it’s adorable.

Hard-hitting reporting from Bloomberg:

The 27-year-old son of China’s richest man took to social media site Weibo to post photos of his dog wearing not one but two gold Apple Watches.

According to Shanghaist, the caption on the photos reads: “I have new watches! I’m supposed to have four watches since I have four long legs. But that seems too uncouth so I kept it down to two, which totally fits my status. Do you have one?”

May 25

We’ve seen a number of solutions for getting a gold Apple Watch without spending the $10,000+ price Apple charges for the 18 Karat gold Apple Watch edition. We went hands-on with one of the first companies doing gold plating for Apple Watch, but that requires you to mail-in the device and pay approximately $400 on top of the Watch’s retail price (depending on the model).

Another option is this $100 DIY kit that offers an easy step by step solution for gold plating the Watch yourself with 24K gold… expand full story

May 21

DirecTV-kids

DirecTV is releasing a new app today specifically for kids. It’s available now for iPhone and iPad for free and offers a selection of content aimed at children aged 5-10 for DirecTV cable subscribers. Included are shows from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, HBO, STARZ, Sprout and more.

Full press release below:

DIRECTV Provides Parents with Worry-Free TV for Children

No Need to Set Up Parental Controls! DIRECTV Kids App Offers Hundreds of Popular Children’s Shows and Kid-Friendly Movies Anytime, Anywhere and At No Extra Charge

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 21, 2015 – DIRECTV is helping parents breathe a sigh of relief with the launch of its new DIRECTV Kids App, an easy-to-use and safe online environment that offers DIRECTV customers age-appropriate content anywhere, anytime – at no extra charge. The new DIRECTV Kids App, designed for children ages 5-10, offers hundreds of popular children’s shows and kid-friendly movies, available to watch instantly from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, HBO, STARZ, Sprout and more, based on customer’s DIRECTV programming package.

DIRECTV will also use its long-standing relationship with Common Sense Media, to incorporate age-based ratings and reviewsthrough the App. Common Sense Media is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing independent, trustworthy information and education to kids, parents and educators, so they can be better equipped to succeed in a world of media and technology.

“As our kids become more and more connected through powerful devices like tablets and computers, navigating through the rough terrain of the digital landscape for parents can be an incredibly daunting task,” said Tony Goncalves, senior vice president, Digital Entertainment Products Group, DIRECTV.  “The DIRECTV Kids App was designed to take the worry away from watching TV and give kids a simple and safe viewing environment without the need for complicated parental control set up on multiple devices.”

The DIRECTV Kids App features:

  • Safe Viewing space – DIRECTV Kids is a safe environment for children ages 5-10. All content is rated G, PG, TVG, TVY, or TVY7 so children can use it independently, without supervision or parental controls.
  • Watch Anywhere – Instantly stream the top kids TV shows and movies from anywhere.
  • Intuitive User Interface – Easy-to-use interface that requires fewer clicks to quickly start video playback; “Recently Watched” tool which allows children to quickly resume watching favorite shows; and interactive bubbles that let children filter content to get them to their desired programming faster.
  • Personalization – Multiple background themes to choose from allow kids to customize their DIRECTV Kids experience.

DIRECTV Kids App is available through iTunes® App store on iPhone® and iPad® running iOS 7 or higher. Customers are able to view DIRECTV Kids content on up to five iPads or iPhones simultaneously. For more information on DIRECTV Kids App please visit http://www.directv.com/kidsapp

Apple Watch apps

Apple Watch’s screen sleep behaviour is a complete pain in the ass. At first I wrote this off as @apollozac’s usual meaningless rambling, but after using the Watch for a few weeks, my colleague Benjamin Mayo’s suggestions for improvements to Watch apps make a lot of sense.

The Remote and Workout apps already work like this. They have elevated system privileges that take precedence over the clock face whilst in use. Apple needs to make this behaviour universal across the OS, where contextually appropriate of course.

Gold-Milanese-loop

Is this the first look at an exclusive all gold Milanese Loop band for Apple Watch? OK, it’s not. It’s just the stainless steel Milanese Loop band with some color correction, and man is it hideous. But it’s not entirely out of the question: Apple does have a solid gold link band, and it’s almost as gross as the Milanese Loop image above.

Apple-Watch-Milanese-loop-02

I decided on the Apple Watch with stainless steel Milanese Loop band for a few reasons, but not before considering the benefits and drawbacks of Apple’s entire collection of straps and bands for Apple Watch. Budget will in many cases guide your decision, but going for the Milanese Loop was a no-brainer for me. There are a few downsides of the band compared to others, however.

Here are a few observations I’ve made after wearing it for the last couple weeks, including little talked about pros and cons you’ll want to consider before purchasing the Milanese Loop for yourself. expand full story

Apple-Watch-Hospital-RN

Apple today updated its webpage for its enterprise app solutions to show that a few of the apps have been updated with Apple Watch support. Apple first launched the MobileFirst for iOS solutions last year through a partnership with IBM and most recently added 9 new apps in March bringing the total up to 22 across several industries.

The first three of Apple’s enterprise apps to receive Apple Watch support include: Hospital RN, Field Connect and Incident Aware. expand full story

May 20

Apple Watch + Music

Apple Watch + Music

We’ve reported extensively on what Apple has in store for its new revamped music service that will come alongside an international expansion of iTunes Radio, and today reports from Russian publication Vedomosti (via Billboard) hint that Russia will be one market Apple is aiming to launch in soon… expand full story

May 19

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