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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 5

This week Apple released watchOS 5, the fifth major update to the Apple Watch. While Apple spent the first few watchOS versions working out the optimal Apple Watch user experience, last year’s release of watchOS 4 saw the beginning of a more evolutionary approach to the Apple Watch, building on the stable foundation established by watchOS 3 and making some minor refinements to the overall user experience. This year’s release of watchOS 5 largely leaves the overall UI alone, focusing instead on adding new features and improvements within the core apps.

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Apple releases first iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1 betas

Apple has already released the first developer betas for iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1, barely 24 hours after the public releases of iOS 12, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5. With this new round of betas, Apple appears to have moved its release notes into an HTML web page, rather than the PDF versions that have been the norm for the past several years, although all three versions note that “There are no notes or known issues for this software update” although 9to5Mac notes that group FaceTime appears to have returned — a feature that was promised for iOS 12 but pushed to a later version. iOS 12.1 may also add dual-SIM support for the new iPhone models, although there is currently no evidence of that, and in fact there are currently no restore images available for the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, so anybody planning on upgrading to one of the new models may want to avoid installing the new betas for now, as it won’t be possible to restore an iCloud or iTunes backup made with iOS 12.1 onto an iPhone running iOS 12; a similar situation occurred last year with iOS 11.2 and the iPhone X, although Apple was quick to release an iOS 11.2 restore image later the same day as the iPhone X was released. Whether or not that will be the case this year remains to be seen.

Google Maps update adds CarPlay support

Only two days after [going into beta testing], Google has already released an update to Google Maps, adding support for CarPlay in iOS 12. Google Maps 5.0, now available on the App Store, will allow the Google Maps app to be displayed on the in-dash screen in any vehicle support Apple CarPlay, providing turn-by-turn directions and other navigation features for users who prefer using Google Maps. Previously, only Apple Maps could be used with CarPlay, but with iOS 12, developers of third-party navigation apps can now extend their user interface to the CarPlay screen.

Catalyst updates its Impact Protection cases for iPhone XS, XS Max + XR

Catalyst has introduced its full range of impact protection cases for Apple’s new 2018 iPhone lineup. The Catalyst Impact Protection Cases for iPhone XS ($40), iPhone XR ($40), and iPhone XS Max ($50) provide the same high-performance and protection standards that Catalyst is known for, in sizes and form factors for Apple’s newest iPhones. Catalyst’s cases feature one of the highest drop specifications available, protecting an encased iPhone from drops of up to 9.9 feet (3m) and feature a grippy rubber bumper, lanyard attachment, rotating mute switch, and clear back to show off the iPhone. The new versions also feature an angular modern form that better matches the new iPhone styles, and are available in stealth black, clear, and blueridge/sunset color options.

Anki announces Cozmo Limited Edition in Interstellar Blue

Anki has announced another new Limited Edition version of its award-winning Cozmo robotic sidekick, coming in Interstellar Blue later this month. The new version features the same continually expanding capabilities as the standard model and last year’s Liquid Metal edition, providing a fun and expressive robot pet that works with a companion iOS app to allow users to program routines and engage in games and challenges, all while displaying an endearing personality through complex facial expressions on its OLED display and little animal-like noises. In addition to simply playing games and letting Cozmo roll around and act cute, Anki also offers Code Lab that turns Cozmo into more of a STEM toy for learning to code robotic routines in a fun and engaging way. Anki also continues to expand Cozmo’s capabilities through software updates, having pushed out close to 25 free updates in the past two years since the original version was released, providing new interactive experiences, new games, facial animations, and more. The new Limited Edition Cozmo is available on Anki.com for $179.99 and will be arriving in stores in November, and in Canada will be available exclusively through Best Buy, starting on Sept. 23, along with a rollout on various other dates in the U.K., France, Germany, and Australia.

Just Mobile announces new clear case and glass lines for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Just Mobile has updated its Tenc Air ($25/$30) clear slim bumper case and [Xkin] ($20–$30) glass screen protectors for the new 2018 iPhone models. In addition, Tenc Air is now slimmer and tougher, with air cushions on all corner and bumper frames, and Xkin Glass has been re-engineered to be more scratch-resistant and capable of wrapping the full curved screen. Both the case and screen protector are designed with minimalism in mind, allows users to protect their new iPhones without hiding the stainless steel design in a bulky case.

Withings makes its comeback with Steel HR Sport

Withings has risen from the ashes of Nokia’s Digital Health business following its buyback earlier this year by one of the company’s original founders, with the introduction of its first new product under the original Withings brand: the Steel HR Sport. This new multi-sport hybrid smartwatch provides a focus on fitness, with heart rate monitoring, connected GPS tracking, and fitness level analytics through an estimation of VO2 max, while also providing a 25-day battery life and a considerably more traditional design than most smartwatches. Steel HR Sport builds on the company’s 2014 Activité, which broke new ground as the first analog watch with advanced activity tracking features, released well prior to the company’s acquisition by Nokia, and features the same elegant design, made from 316L stainless steel and available with either white or black faces and water resistant to 50 meters. The time is shown on a traditional analog watch face, with an analog sub-dial that shows the percentage of daily activity goals achieved, while a small OLED display provides health and sports metrics and notifications from the paired iPhone.

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Daily Deal: Pagico 8

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering Pagico 8 for only $19 — that’s 62% off the regular price. Pagico is a one-stop app that helps turn all of your tasks, notes, and projects into beautiful interactive flowcharts. They’ll keep you in check so you can get things done in a much more effective manner. With the newest 8.7 release, you get 14 new features and over 50 improvements to make this already awesome task manager even more flexible, powerful, and user-friendly.  to stay organized and productive, Pagico helps you make sense of the clutter in your day, turning all of your tasks, notes, and projects into beautiful interactive flowcharts that will help keep you on track. Pagico lets you easily browse all of your data and archive old information to reduce clutter, turn lists into flowcharts, visualize your workload, and easily track task deadlines and progress. A brand new calendar view lets you schedule and reschedule easily with powerful context menu commands, and you can even sync up with your mobile devices, with a free six month trial of Pagico’s sync service included.

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1Password adds support for iOS 12 Password Autofill

Alongside iOS 12, AgileBits has released an update to [1Password] bringing support for the new Password Autofill feature in iOS 12. With 1Password 7.2 and iOS 12, users will now be able to access passwords stored in 1Password directly from the QuickType bar of the keyboard, allowing them to be quickly filled into websites and apps without having to make a trip into the actual 1Password app. This basically extends the autofill capability that Apple has long provided for its own iCloud Keychain to third-party apps, allowing users to keep all of their passwords in a single trusted app while still gaining the benefits of quick autofill in Safari and any other third-party iOS apps supporting autofill password entry. The update also improves a large number of performance enhancements that will make the app faster and more responsive, and, for users of 1Password’s own cloud service, will automatically remain up to date, even in the background.

Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS 12

Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for iOS 12, bringing support for Siri Shortcuts to all three apps, along with several other new features. Pages now allows users to animate drawings, and enhances the display and use of Smart Annotations.Numbers adds support for Smart Categories to quickly summarize tables, allowing users to group data based on unique values and date ranges, such as day of week, day, week, month, quarter, or year, and can instantly show summaries such as counts, subtotals, averages, and more for the columns in each group. Charts can be easily created from this summarized data, and categories can be reordered to visualize data in different ways. Keynote users can now adjust the text size in presenter notes and invert colors while presenting. All three apps also now allowing drawings to be saved to the Photos or Files apps or shared directly with others, and also add support for Dynamic Type and a collection of new editable shapes. The three apps still only require iOS 11 or later, although support for Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12.





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