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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 the 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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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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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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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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