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Watch Dependence

I have reached the unfortunate conclusion that RECaf’s watch app will not be able to go fully independent this fall with the release of watchOS 6. While you have always been able to log from your wrist using the app or Siri shortcuts, I was hoping folks who didn’t want to keep RECaf installed on their phones would be able to continue using RECaf on their wrist.There are simply too many things that can’t be done on watchOS alone at this point, however. So for now,…

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If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Grab Your Shoehorn

The internal drama explains a lot about Apple’s dilemma. Its one major new product of the post-Jobs era, the Apple Watch, made its debut five years ago. Its iPhone business is faltering, and more recent releases like its wireless AirPods haven’t been enough to shore up falling sales. It hasn’t had a megahit new product since the iPad that started selling in 2010.via The Wall Street JournalEvery line of that paragraph infuriates me.Its one major new product of the post-Jobs era, the Apple Watch, made…

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The Day the Duplicates Died

It’s almost hard to believe I wrote this post about duplicate track issues in iTunes and iCloud Music Library way back in December 2017, and yet, in the shipping version of iTunes today, that bug is still present.Not a day goes by since I wrote that post (I have the tracking stats to prove it) that at least a few people don’t find my article via a Google search, which means people have been frustrated with this issue and have been looking for solutions for a very…

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I Now Have a Cardiologist

With Apple’s release of watchOS 5.2, I see the ECG feature is now more widely available throughout Europe and other regions. That’s great news. I want to encourage those of you with Apple Watch devices in those supported regions to go grab the update and try out the ECG. Not just because it’s extremely cool tech. But because, well, let me put it this way: I now have a cardiologist. That isn’t a statement I was planning to make in my forties. But there it…

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Some Thoughts on Apple’s Services Event:

Branding Apple is clearly solidifying the  prefix branding for its new products. (The “i” days are long behind us now.) At the same time, they seem to be introducing + as a suffix. (Suddenly, Teleprompt+ feels ahead of its time.) tv+ actually gets both. How long before we just get +? Seriously. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. Come up with one monthly figure. Admittedly, it would be high. Probably a three or four hundred bucks or so. For that, you get everything Apple does: iCloud, News+, Apple…

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