Thursday Morning News

applewatch-1There’s a bunch of Apple Watch and app-related news to get to this morning, but first, a small correction: Stan is now actually available on the Apple TV, meaning you can stop AirPlaying everything from your iPad or iPhone to get it onto the big screen. At time of writing yesterday, Apple’s “Whats on Apple TV” page hadn’t updated with the Stan app, despite Apple TVs showing up with the app.

An Apple support article runs us through backups for the Apple Watch. The good news is, it’s all automatic to your iPhone, which can then back up to iTunes or to iCloud as per normal. The article also tells us what isn’t backed up, which includes workout and activity calibration data, playlists, credit cards used with Apple Pay, and the passcode.

MacRumors writes the Apple Watch is vulnerable to theft without Activation Lock, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that theft isn’t as big of a deal for the Watch than it is for the phone. In public the watch is generally going to be securely attached to your wrist, not sitting on a bench or on a bar for someone o pick up and walk away with, like the iPhone.

9to5Mac has a straightforward list of 15 things that Apple could fix on the Apple Watch at the drop of a hat. Well, kind of: some of the suggestions may seem trivial, but they actual solution may require something a little more complex than “this is broken, and here’s how we fix it”. Like a home screen and UI redesign? Sure, let’s just do that.

Matt Gemmell’s week with the Apple Watch has introduced behavioural changes, whether that means getting up every hour and doing a little standing up, or amusingly tweeting about their wrist-worn computer telling them to do things. He hasn’t settled on a watch face either, and he’s trimmed down the number of notifications so only the really important stuff gets through.

Meanwhile, Walt Mossberg has had considerably more time with the Apple Watch. In his month with the timepiece, he says that’s it’s a gorgeous piece of hardware, let down only by the lack of any compelling third-party apps. But like with any new entrant to a new product category, that will come with time.

It’s hard to describe what ThinkBook does, because it does so much. It’s a place for everything: little snippets of text, notes, todos, questions, answers. It’s a note-taking app, but with many different types of notes. ThinkBook 2.0 was recently released by Emiliano Molina, the same guy behind ComicZeal, and it’s worth checking out.

Paper’s new Think Kit is pretty impressive stuff. It’s easy to see how diagramming and graphics were the next step of the creative app, which equally well with your preferred stylus or FifthThree’s Pencil accessory.

Continuing the free app parade, the excellent NYT Now app has ditched its previous subscription-only model and gone completely free. NYT Now is still the same great reporting, but going to an ad-based model means you’ll be able to get your reads without having to fork over your hard-earned.

On the Mac side of things, TripMode is a brand-new menu bar utility that saves your mobile data allowance during your daily commute. It shows you what apps are using data, and you can turn individual apps on or off. There’s an unlimited 7-day trial, after which you can use it for 15 minutes per day, otherwise the full version is $5 for a limited time.

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  1. Matt Gemmell’s post, well…the fitness reminders he could get out of a $70 Jawbone so he’s paying a hefty premium to be able to skip songs and talk to Siri. I’ll be interested in his opinion a few months from now when the novelty of a new gadget has worn off. Walt Mossberg has it right - this thing needs time to get some killer third party apps. Roll on generation 2.

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