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12 Apple Watch tips for busy people

I’ve put together a few collections of tips to help readers get more from their Apple Watch. This short collection should help any busy enterprise professional get more done, faster.

Where are you?

Meeting someone? Can’t find them? Begin a new Messages conversation with them (or use an existing one); open it on your Watch and tap and hold the heart icon. A set of four options should appear — select Send Location to help the person you need to meet find you.

Crack the taps

This is what the taps on your wrist your Apple Watch gives you when you are using Maps to get somewhere mean:

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Using Apple’s ARKit for creative and historical expression

A wiser person than myself once called prejudice “little more than an emotional commitment to ignorance”. One way to eliminate ignorance is to understand history, and Apple and ARKit have the potential to do that.

Making history

We’ve looked before at how beacon-based technologies can be used to augment public exhibitions – they can be used to provide access to rich and immersive resources designed to help you learn much more about the physical objects you can see.

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Apple and the future of the insurance industry

The “augmented human” concept has become a reality. We carry health sensors on our wrist and our Apple Watch is becoming our personal physician. These concepts are transforming the insurance industry.

Risk assessment

Life is a risky business. Insurance is the business of extracting profit through the process of underwriting such risk. And it’s changing right before our eyes.

You already pay less for insurance if you are a safe driver. In future, autonomous vehicles will extend these benefits even further with collision detection and accident prevention systems minimizing risk.

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A look at the future of Apple’s Smart Connector tech

Rumor claims Apple wants to build an ecosystem of devices around its currently iPad-only Smart Connector tech. What is Smart Connector, what can it do, and what’s next for the tech?

Joining the dots

Apple introduced its Smart Connector interface when it launched its iPad Pro range in September 2015.

It’s a magnetic connection that provides data transfer and bi-directional power to a third-party accessory. What’s nice about the interconnect is that it recognizes and provides for an accessory almost instantly once the device and peripheral are magnetically docked.

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Apple TV: The comeback king

While millions of iOS and Mac users own and enjoy them, it’s true to say that Apple TV is not the world’s most successful Apple product.

At least, not yet

Apple’s one-time “hobby” is a bit like the white walkers in Game of Thrones, it just keeps coming back.

Over the years we’ve seen Apple try lots of things to make the product an absolute essential, and while I think the current model is a brilliant thing for any Mac, iPhone, or iPad user, it has still barely dented the TV streaming market.

One thing Apple has tried to put together is to organize a ‘thin content’ bundle that lets customers dump their cable subscription to pick up all the content they actually want to watch for one fixed monthly fee. It had a lot of problems getting this idea off the ground, and word is it eventually had to cave in to this reality and work on its TV guide instead.

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Apple’s ARKit needs a CMS to reach its potential

As it evolves, ARKit will eventually pose bandwidth demands on mobile networks as these next-generation apps seek to download additional content they need. I spoke with Marxent, CEO and Co-Founder, Beck Besecker to get some sense of the importance of ARKit to his industry and the need for a content management system (CMS) for AR.

‘ARKit is a big deal’

Noting that the introduction of these tools has incentivized developers, Besecker says, “ARKit is a big deal. Apple rarely is first to market, but they always aim for great over good enough – and it’s fair to say that they took their time with Augmented Reality (AR).”

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12 improvements in High Sierra’s Photos app for Mac

Enterprise or consumer user, you probably take a lot of photos with your iPhone – that’s why it’s the most popular camera used on Flickr. What does macOS High Sierra’s Photos app bring you once you get those images to your Mac?

Image matters

We’ve looked at Apple’s new image formats, and we are learning all about ARKit, but Photos was the other key highlight to Apple’s High Sierra announcement at WWDC.  Reflecting its focus on photography, the company has worked quite hard to make the application even more useful than before. These include new editing, organizing, Live Photo editing, improvements to the People album and improved integration with third-party photo editing apps, like Photoshop or Pixelmator.

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Apple’s ARKit: Will networks cope with the bandwidth demands?

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The Apple Watch smartwatch is finally becoming smart

We’ve had months of speculation so there is no doubt that iPhone silly season is incredibly intense this year, with a tidal wave of claim, counter-claim, accusation, and speculation breaking on every consciousness. Meanwhile, the other big story is being ignored:

Apple Watch gets smart

Confirming speculation from a few months back, a Bloomberg report says Apple Watch will finally grow up. A new model will be equipped with its own LTE radio, making the product independent of the iPhone. Developer, Jeffrey Grossman also recently discovered code that suggests a SIM inside the watch.

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3 hidden iOS Settings you need to know

These iOS Settings are often overlooked, but once you get to know them you can control your privacy and extend your data limits.

Wi-Fi Settings

Wi-Fi Assist helps you enjoy a better connection by using your mobile data network to supplement a patchy Wi-Fi connection.

This is fine when you have data bandwidth to burn, but not great at all when you are coming close to the end of your data allocation – you don’t want to pay a surcharge, do you? You don’t have to – just remember how to control the feature.

So, where is it?

Open Settings>Cellular and scroll to the bottom of the next page – keep scrolling through the long list of all your apps and their mobile data permissions. You’ll find Wi-Fi Assist near the bottom of the page, toggle it to green (on) if you want to use it. If you don’t want to use it, toggle to off (white). When it is enabled Wi-Fi Assist will automatically use mobile data to help boost your connection.

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Apple, autonomous systems, and you

“Autonomous systems can be used in a variety of ways, and a vehicle is only one. But there are many different areas of it, and I don’t want to go any further with that,” said Apple CEO, Tim Cook. He may not want to, but we can: So, how can autonomous systems be used and what can they do to your business?

If it moves, digitize it

Smartphone users stumble streets staring at, speaking with, or listening to their iPhone or other digital device. We use them for almost everything, and one thing we do less and less with them is talk.

The Internet of Things means we already have millions of connected devices. These include lights, thermostats, — the highly connected London Gateway shipping port also uses robots and automation.

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How can Apple and autonomous systems help you?

“Autonomous systems can be used in a variety of ways, and a vehicle is only one. But there are many different areas of it, and I don’t want to go any further with that,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. He may not want to, but we can: So, how can autonomous systems be used, and what can they do to your business?

If it moves, digitize it

Smartphone users stumble streets staring at, speaking with, or listening to their iPhone or other digital device. We use those devices for almost everything, and one thing we do less and less with them is talk.

The Internet of Things (IoT) means we already have millions of connected devices. These include lights and thermostats—the highly connected London Gateway shipping port also uses robots and automation.

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Why are analysts deaf to Apple’s enterprise growth story?

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Why Apple should develop its own 5G iPhone tech

Apple’s fight with Qualcomm seems likely to force a search for alternative iPhone modems suppliers. However, with carriers expected to launch 5G networks from around 2020, might Cupertino plan to develop its own 5G technologies for use in future iOS devices?

Some evidence

In the short term, Apple appears to be tightening its relationship with Intel. This could extend to capping the technologies used in iPhones, one Bloomberg report claimed. Apple’s accusation that Qualcomm’s royalty schemes place a “burden” on innovation suggests other challenges on the road ahead. That Apple has won wide industry support in its case will be an interesting twist for courts to decide.

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Apple embraces a multi-cloud future, and that’s exciting

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Is Apple solving the privacy and convenience puzzle?

When Apple in 2016 announced its interest in using ‘differential privacy’ to gather useful information while preserving user privacy, critics panned the firm for still somehow being “behind” other firms who focus less on privacy.

Things have moved on

This was what critics were saying: By insisting on preserving user privacy, Apple leaves itself unable to mine data to gain deeply useful insights and deliver useful services.

That was then.

One year on and we can see Apple’s approach: while continuing to know as little as possible about any individual’s use of their device, it is figuring out how to create useful and actionable services.

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I underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption

I underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption. I knew developers had already begun working with Apple’s new augmented reality (AR) tech. But I did not realize how advanced some of these solutions have already become in the few weeks since Apple announced iOS 11 at WWDC.

The truth is out there

When I’m not writing tips or trying to put together useful information for readers, I spend time thinking about how current technology directions hint at what is possible. I’m used to speculating on iPhone’s becoming wallets and not actually seeing this happen for years.

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I’ve underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption

I’ve underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption. I knew developers had already begun working with Apple’s new AR tech. I had not realized how advanced some of these solutions have already become in the few weeks since Apple announced iOS 11 at WWDC.

The truth is out there

When I’m not writing tips, or trying to put together useful information for readers, I spend time thinking about how current technology directions hint at what is possible. I’m used to speculating on iPhone’s becoming wallets and not actually seeing this happen for years.

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The 50+ best features in iOS 11

Apple’s upcoming iOS 11, already in public beta and due out this fall in its final form, delivers numerous improvements and changes for iPad and iPhone users. These include a host of new enterprise-useful features — especially for the iPad — as well as a variety of tweaks that will benefit almost any user.

Here’s a rundown of the 50 or so most important things you need to know to get the most from Apple’s mobile platform. (And until iOS 11 arrives, here’s how to get the most from iOS 10.)

Augmented reality

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Will Apple map your home with iRobot’s Roomba?

Is it counterintuitive to predict that one of the impacts of virtual reality will be better indoor maps of the reality we are already in? I don’t think it’s such an outlandish idea, as software developers, device manufacturers and technology firms are already looking to map every nook and cranny of your planet.

The robots are coming

Look at the popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. The device already gathers all kinds of data – room dimensions, furniture position and distances between items – data that could help inform next-generation IoT devices.

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10+ iOS 11 iPad Pro productivity tips

With iOS 11, Apple’s iPad Pro has become an even more effective productivity tool, raising it apart from other tablets with its own synthesise of portability and computational ability.

For the purposes of this short report I’ve assumed you use the most productive iPad Pro configuration, which includes a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Take a Note

Apple Pencil gains a great new ability: when your iPad is locked just tap the screen with your Apple Pencil to automatically open a Note. Now you are in Notes you can draw, write, and more. Notes will also let you scan documents as we’ll explain here. One more thing: Apple Pencil’s (already good) latency has been reduced to just 20-milliseconds.

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16 essential iOS typing tips for iPad and iPhone

How much time do you spend typing on your iPad or iPhone? I imagine you spend quite a lot of your time doing just that – so here are 16 tips I’ve picked up along the way that show you how to type in iOS.

Quick currency

When you want to type another currency symbol just press and hold the dollar key and you’ll see a bunch of alternatives you can select.

Secret keys

That press and hold tip works on any character on your keyboard. Try it. In many cases you’ll see that when you do this you’ll yield a host of useful characters that don’t appear on screen.

CAPITALIZE

Everyone should know that when you double-tap the Shift key you automatically enable Caps Lock.

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Apple, the enterprise, and why mobile matters

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Apple vs. Amazon in the transformation of retail

Apple is surfing the same seas as many of its competitors. As one of the world’s larger retailers, it already knows that smart assistants, chatbots, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, wearables, 3D printing and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing both consumer shopping patterns and retailer behavior, as evidenced in the latest Walker Sands Future of Retail report.

Shopping is yesterday

Not so long ago, if you wanted to buy something, you’d jump into the car and head down to the mall and pick something up. You might visit a few times while thinking about larger purchases, then when it came time to buy, you may have to wait a few weeks before the item was available to buy from the store. You may even need to convince a mate to help pick the item up in their truck.

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Apple versus Amazon in transformation of retail

Apple is surfing the same seas as many of its competitors. As one of the world’s larger retailers, it already knows that smart assistants chatbots, artificial intelligence, data analytics, wearables, 3D printing and mobile technologies are fundamentally changing both consumer shopping patterns and retailer behaviour, as evidenced in the latest Walker Sands Future of Retail report.

Shopping is yesterday

Not so long ago, if you wanted to buy something you’d jump into the car and head down to the mall and pick something up. You might visit a few times while thinking about larger purchases, then when it came time to buy you may have to wait a few weeks before the item was available to buy from the store. You may even need to convince a mate to help pick the item up in their truck.

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Apple’s ARKit is accelerating AR development

I appear to be slightly obsessed with ARKit. You see, what Apple has unleashed with this new AR platform is a real opportunity for developers of all stripes to get really creative with what these technologies may actually mean.

More than Pokemon

Think about reactions shortly after WWDC in June. Adam Fingerman, Chief Experience Officer at ArcTouch noted the platform potential: “With App Store distribution and in-app purchases, it’s a much more attractive platform for brands and businesses looking to create augmented experiences.”

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The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

We saw a whole bunch of nothing written about so-called ‘weak’ Mac sales this week, but those twisted out of context numbers didn’t reflect how the real world works – and Apple’s big business bid is only now beginning.

Windows XP and the PC replacement cycle

You’d be surprised how many of the computers out there still run Windows XP. In some cases, this reflects the defund and privatize ethic beloved of some state functionaries, in others those systems are mandatory in order to support some legacy back end system the golf-loving C-suite classes haven’t yet been convinced to invest and replace.

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Apple’s HEIF image format choice reinvents photography

Apple announced plans to adopt the HEIF image format at WWDC. When it did it pointed at the format’s higher-quality and much smaller image sizes, but I think there are big implications beyond this.

A new future for photography

If you’ve read your Harry Potter novels you may recall the picture the young wizard had of his Mum, Dad, and himself. They seemed alive in the image. It seemed like magic. These days it seems like an Apple Live Photo.

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Apple hits iPhone 8 ‘panic mode’? Get real

A spate of breathless reports claim Apple is in some kind of ‘panic mode’ because some unannounced features of a product the company hasn’t yet announced are apparently behind some (unrevealed) schedule.

Same old, same old

It’s the same thing every year these days. It’s incredibly predictable.

It goes like this: Having reported every claimed product feature people then switch to criticizing all those features, and – when the shelf life on ‘anti-reports’ of this kind time out, the self-same sources swiftly shift to shuffling speculation saying such-and-such features will apparently be ‘delayed’. Seriously!

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Apple’s ARKit will make 3D printing mainstream

Imagine your imagination. Imagine being able to build the items that you see in your mind’s eye in 3D space, using gestures and a pen. Then imagine being able to bring those creations into the real world with a 3D printer.

Life after ARKit

That’s the potential we’ll see unleashed in the coming months as the perfect storm of technology advancements empower this section of the industry.

Apple’s move to introduce AR support at a platform level with ARKit means developers – including hardware developers – can now develop sophisticated solutions for a huge market of customers.

They can rely on Apple’s core platforms to develop and deliver integrated solutions that can become part of everyday life.

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50+ essential iOS 10 tips you’ll use every day

From quick and dirty ways to silence your iPhone during a meeting to little-known tips for Safari on iPad, you’ll find a few things you didn’t know you could do within this extensive collection of tips for iOS 10 — which is now up to version 10.3.2.

Some tips for Maps

Take the Weather with you

How many of us have noticed the Weather icon when staring at a location in Maps? You’ll find it just above the Search bar at the bottom right of the display, denoted by a weather icon (sun, clouds, whatever) and temperature. Touch and hold that icon and you’ll see the weather for the next few hours at that location. Touch and hold the icon more firmly to open the Weather app.

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Cisco ‘really excited’ at Apple partnership, confirms CEO

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Apple’s iOS 11 unlocks a future for IoT

With its move to open up NFC support for developers in iOS 11, Apple just opened up to the most significant moment in the birth of the Internet of Things.

Get a room

Hilton Hotels says that the smartphone-based unlocking system it has been using at (now) 1,700 hotels across the U.S. and Canada has been used 11 million times without being breached once, reports the Financial Times. That’s significant as it suggests some of the security problems that impacted first-generation connected IoT devices are being worked out.

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8 useful iPhone tips for busy professionals

When time is short, when you’re under the cosh, when life is full of project deadlines, when you are in a meeting with your boss, these tips will help you stay focused and get things done.

Do Not Disturb

When you’ve got to focus on a project, why not use your iPhone’s built-in Do Not Disturb feature? This will silence calls, alerts and notifications while your device is locked. You can even choose to accept calls from named contacts.

To turn it on just swipe up the screen to get to Control Center and tap the quarter moon icon. Open Settings>Do Not Disturb to decide who to Allow Calls From – just set up a short list of people you need to talk to no matter what.

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The future of medicine: Personal, ubiquitous, and mobile

We’ve discussed before how Apple’s devices can be good for your health, but we should see the potential of its mobile health solutions take a quantum leap in the next few years, as genetic information is used to deliver utterly personalized, precision medical care.

Genetics for the rest of us

The UK’s chief medical officer this week recommended routine DNA testing for cancer patients to help develop personalized treatment.

“This technology has the potential to change medicine forever – but we need all NHS staff, patients and the public to recognise and embrace its huge potential,” said Professor Dame Sally Davies. “The age of precision medicine is now.”

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