The curious case of Apple’s shrinking Sport Loop band

If you recently purchased a Sport Loop band for your Apple Watch, you have made a worse purchase than before because Apple has quietly made these straps shorter.

Something peculiar seems to have happened with the first-party Sport Loop band style for Apple Watch because those cool-looking straps have gotten a lot shorter in the last year.... Read the rest of this post here


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Skydio’s autonomous drone lands in Apple retail stores, now supports Watch controls

With a few taps, you can now direct Skydio‘s $1,999 autonomous drone from your Apple Watch allowing you to fulfill the geeky dream you never knew you had, directing an expensive autonomous drone with your little wrist computer. The very cool R1 self-flying drone will also be going up for sale in US Apple Stores, a […]

With a few taps, you can now direct Skydio‘s $1,999 autonomous drone from your Apple Watch allowing you to fulfill the geeky dream you never knew you had, directing an expensive autonomous drone with your little wrist computer.

The very cool R1 self-flying drone will also be going up for sale in US Apple Stores, a big win for the young drone startup which has only been taking orders via its own website. Apple doesn’t have a very robust selection of drones either, with most of their selection coming from drone giant DJI, putting Skydio in some pretty elite company.

Now, let’s get back to the real question here. Why on earth would you need to control a drone from your Apple Watch? Well, it’s certainly a valid question. The Apple Watch launched with a ton of third-party apps and one-by-one they kind of seemed to drop off as developers — and Apple — learned that the device is generally at its best when it’s part of a passive experience.

Skydio sort of bills the R1 as a drone built for the GoPro crowd, delivering a very unique type of footage but ultimately one that can be self-controlled. Navigating the Skydio app on your phone always takes you out of action for a bit and makes it so that you staring at your phone is always the first part of every cinematic shot. With Apple Watch support, some use cases make a lot more sense than others. People who use the drone to video themselves while biking will probably find this particularly useful, as the controls are all of a sudden in a much more accessible place on your wrist. Otherwise, the Watch support makes the very niche problem of controlling a drone in the most low-key way possible just a little bit easier.

The Watch app has a very straight-forward UI and really gives you a lot of control over the drone. You can cycle through the list of skills, tapping modes like Lead, Follow and Orbit and putting the drone to work, but you can also interestingly identify people in the R1’s feed for it to follow as well. It all works surprisingly well on the Watch, and feels like an unusually powerful set of features for the device.

For the Skydio user, the Watch is now in your control repertoire. It’s certainly not going to be the most logical piloting mechanism at all times, but if you’ve been looking for more effortless ways to direct the R1, you have some new options.

How to disable the red dot indicator for unread Apple Watch notifications

A handy notification icon—a little red dot at the top of your watch face—appears every time you get a new notification. Do you find it a bit distracting? If so, follow the steps laid out in this tutorial to hide the notification icon so it no longer appears when you have unread notifications.

watchOS notifies you when you have Apple Watch notifications you haven’t responded to by putting a little red dot at the top of your watch face. On by default, this handy notification icon feature can be disabled optionally so that the red dot no longer appears for unread Apple Watch notifications.... Read the rest of this post here


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Download: iOS 12.1 Beta 4 Released Alongside tvOS 12.1 And watchOS 5.1 Betas

You can now download iOS 12.1 beta 4 IPSW links and OTA update for your compatible iPhone and iPad device. Here are the details. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

You can now download iOS 12.1 beta 4 IPSW links and OTA update for your compatible iPhone and iPad device. Here are the details.


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How to keep Apple Watch notifications private

One of the many ways you can boost your privacy entails preventing the full notification from appearing unless it’s specifically tapped. iDB shows you how to keep notifications on your Apple Watch private.

Your Apple Watch notifications can be set to private, if that’s what you want. Private notifications increase your privacy by preventing the full message from becoming visible unless you tap on a notification. Follow the process outlined in this quick step-by-step tutorial to learn how to keep your Apple Watch notifications private.... Read the rest of this post here


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Get Gold Milanese Loop-Like Band For Any Apple Watch For 1/10th The Official Apple Price With This Buy 2 Get 1 Free Deal

Want Gold Milanese Loop Apple Watch band? Here’s the option that will cost you 1/10th the official price by Apple. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

Want Gold Milanese Loop Apple Watch band? Here's the option that will cost you 1/10th the official price by Apple.


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OPSO’s Apple Watch Portable Wireless Charger Offers A More Convenient On-The-Go Solution [Review]

Looking for OPSO Apple Watch Portable Wireless Charger review? The Apple Watch is all the rage right now thanks to the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 4, and that means that there has never been a better time to launch a new accessory specifically de…

Looking for OPSO Apple Watch Portable Wireless Charger review? The Apple Watch is all the rage right now thanks to the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 4, and that means that there has never been a better time to launch a new accessory specifically designed for use with Apple's wearable. That's exactly what the folks at OPSO are doing with their Portable Wireless Charger, a device it says is going to reinvent the way you charge your Apple Watch.


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How to enable & use Apple Watch fall detection

Apple Watch Series 4 can detect hard falls and if required, initiate a call to emergency services and alert your emergency contacts. Off by default, it turns on automatically if you’re 65+ years old. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to enable, set up and use this potentially life-saving feature.

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Apple Watch Series 4 brought a new fall detection feature, enabled automatically if you’re 65+ years old. With Apple Watch fall detection, if you remain immobile or unresponsive for a minute as a result of a hard impact fall, the watch places a potentially life-saving call to emergency services and messages your emergency contacts. Follow the steps in this tutorial to learn how to turn on and use Apple Watch fall detection.... Read the rest of this post here


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Create custom Apple Watch faces using SpriteKit

Third-party Apple Watch faces still haven’t arrived. Despite this, there’s now a way to create customized faces with the open-source SpriteKit.

customized Apple Watch faces

Third-party Apple Watch faces still haven’t arrived. Despite this, there’s now a way to create customized watch faces using the graphics rendering and animation tool, SpriteKit. ... Read the rest of this post here


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You Can Now Use Custom Watch Faces On Any Apple Watch With This Clever Workaround [No Jailbreak Required]

Here’s how you can now use custom Apple Watch face using SpriteKit app without having to jailbreak your watch. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

Here’s how you can now use custom Apple Watch face using SpriteKit app without having to jailbreak your watch.


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