The best Apple Watch apps in 2015 for health, travel, finance, and more
Jul28

The best Apple Watch apps in 2015 for health, travel, finance, and more

So you went ahead and bought that Apple Watch, even though you told yourself that you were going to wait until the second gen was released. Now you get to sit with popular kids and brag about your consistently top performing device. However, what will come to define your experience isn’t necessarily the bones of your watch, but rather, the amazing things that can be done with your watch. Below are 15 top Apple Watch apps that will step up your smartwatch game and distance yourself from any other fools. We pieced together this list by examining the best that developers have to offer when it comes to the best Apple Watch apps in Health, Finance, Games, and Travel so that you don’t have to. Apple Watch health apps Green Kitchen How would you like amazing specially curated vegetarian recipes delivered right to your Apple smartwatch? The Green Kitchen Apple Watch app was developed by David and Luise based on their award winning food blog Green Kitchen Stories. The duo specializes in providing recipes with ingredients straight from nature and avoiding troublesome stuff like gluten, sugar, and dairy products. HealthTap This app allows you to find personalized information to a wide variety of medical questions at the tap of a button. We count this among the best Apple Watch apps owing to the fact that over 70,000 physicians available on the app, users can talk to doctors, share photos and test results, and get immediate answers. You will also get personal reminders to help you manage your health. Daily Bread Writing down grocery lists are a thing of the past, thanks to Daily Bread. Developed by Jiaaro, The app comes with Siri integration so you can vocally add things to your grocery list. A cool feature for the smartwatch is the guided shopping tool. You can tap on an item once you have it in the grocery store and it will move on to the next one. Apple Watch fitness apps MapMyRun Under Armour recently acquired this Austin based startup — and for good reason. MapMyRun is already widely popular and now available on your Apple Watch. The fitness app combines a fitness tracker, a route guide, and a food log. Plus, you can meet up with other runners in your area through the social media portion and have running events. Human   Voted Best of the App Store in 2014, Human is more than just a calorie and activity tracker. Its Apple Watch app encourages and pushes you to move for 30 minutes a day and will automatically track and store the record of any movement that is longer than a minute. The app works in tandem with your...

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This week in wearables: Misfit Flash, extended battery life, and a delay for HTC
Jul17

This week in wearables: Misfit Flash, extended battery life, and a delay for HTC

Before you head out for the weekend, catch up on the many rumors and announcements that you may have missed this week. 1. With the recent success of the budget-conscious Xiaomi Mi Band, Misfit Wearables took the challenge of an affordable wearable into their own hands by releasing the Misfit Flash Link. With functions from fitness tracking to acting as a remote control for music, this $20 device just might currently be the most functional and most reasonably priced device on the market. 2. Despite the slowdown in Apple Watch success these days, rumors of the Apple Watch 2 updates have been spreading quickly. Tech reports are revealing that a bigger battery and an OLED screen are in the works for the watch design, as well as more capabilities such as mobile payment that are independent from Bluetooth. The likelihood of a FaceTime camera has quickly become less likely for this next generation, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing that capability in the next couple years. 3. The geniuses at Microsoft have created a new way to extend the battery life of your wearable. WearDrive is intended to move the most energy performing operations off the actual device and over to your smart phone using bluetooth. This way your wearable will only be responsible for the most basic functions, batteries won’t need to get any bigger, and maybe we can finally stop writing reviews for poor battery life. 4. Oculus VR made a huge play this week with the purchase of the Israel-based, gesture-control company, Pebbles Ltd. This acquisition was a smart, yet expensive (nearly a $60 million) buy for Oculus. While most gesture-control technologies use digitally-generated images of a user’s body, Pebbles allows users to actually see real images of their own hands and arms in their VR display. Hopefully we’ll be getting to see some cool tech updates to the virtual reality world soon. 5. Also fresh from the rumor mill is the news that Google is getting ready for the release of their own watch-to-watch messaging service for Android smartwatches. While the Apple Watch already has a messenger for users to send doodles to one another, it seems as though Google is trying to get a leg up in the smartwatch competition. 6. HTC is taking a couple steps back from the wearables game by delaying the release of their first fitness band, the HTC Grip. The delay is not due to production issues, but instead was a decision made so that HTC will be able to offer a complete line of fitness products later in the year, according to the company’s statement. Considering all of...

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Apple Watch 2 rumors point to a bigger battery and more independence
Jul14

Apple Watch 2 rumors point to a bigger battery and more independence

Let’s face it. The Apple Watch hit a bit of a slowdown as of late. Slice Intelligence reports that where Apple once pushed 35,000 units a day, it now only sells around 5,000. But don’t write off Apple just yet. Rumors for the Apple Watch 2 are starting to make their rounds on the Internet, and it seems that the smartwatch could to make a serious comeback. Pretty Sure Flexible OLED, bigger battery BGR is reporting that Apple may introduce OLED screens supplied by Samsung, to be used in addition to the AMOLED screens currently on all models. This would be a wonderful move because an OLED screen would create a lighter watch and more space for a bigger battery. We call this rumor likely since Apple is expected to keep the original design and demand is high for battery improvements. Less Bluetooth, more independence The idea of dropping some of the bluetooth functions on the smartwatch also seems to be pretty popular. Allowing the watch to perform functions on its own, rather than through an iPhone, could be a huge step into allowing the watch to stand on its own. Currently, mobile payment, activity tracking, and music playback all perform independently. Things like sending and receiving emails, texts, and other data heavy documents, require bluetooth. Additional (expensive) pricepoints More models that push the $1,000 dollar marker are expected to be coming with the Apple Watch 2. 9to5 is also reporting that Apple may want to start introducing new models that feature different materials, such as titanium, tungsten, palladium, and platinum. Less Likely FaceTime camera One rumor that took the Internet by storm was putting a forward facing camera on the watch. 9to5Mac is reporting that improved FaceTime functions, such as implementing an actual camera and answering FaceTime video directly on your watch, could be coming to the Apple Watch 2. Apple wouldn’t be the first to put a camera on a smartwatch, considering that Samsung already did this in 2013. While that would be an awesome addition, it seems unlikely since major complaints have been surrounding battery life. The transition may come for a later model, but don’t count on it for the Apple Watch 2. When can we get it? While no release date has been announced yet, it is expected for the Apple Watch 2 announcement to be roughly the same time as last year, sometime around September. Here’s hoping for a new and improved Apple Watch, where our days won’t be ruined if we forget to charge it before...

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A high-tech high five: Gesture recognition could come to Apple Watch
Jul03

A high-tech high five: Gesture recognition could come to Apple Watch

Forgetting names is one of the biggest problems people face during an introduction, so much that there is even a word for it. But Apple might be on the verge of permanently fixing that. The tech company recently filed for a new patent that would allow users to transmit data between watches by using spatial and gesture recognition. A flurry of speculation has taken place across the Internet over what the use of these patents could be. Current theory suggest that the Apple Watch will be able to transfer your contact information when you shake hands with another watch user. According to the patent, “Information items can be exchanged between user devices worn or carried by two different users in response to the devices detecting a ‘greeting event’ in which the devices are in proximity and the users of the devices concurrently execute a greeting gesture.” Apple isn’t the only one getting into the gesture recognition business. We reported earlier this week that Samsung is also filed a patent to create a smartwatch that is controlled by wrist gestures. Samsung filed for a patent that would allow the new mysterious smartwatch to recognize images and nearby objects. The patent also shows implementing a sensor that monitors your pulse. Gesture recognition has been around for a few decades now but became hugely popularized after the success of the Xbox Kinect. Since then, tech giants like Sony, Qualcomm, and LG have branched into the GR market. Companies like Rithmio are moving away from GR hardware and developing software that can be implemented into existing products. Developers can incorporate this software into their products to integrate gesture control. Apple hasn’t released any information on a release date for the new watch, but users can expect a major update to hit their Apple Watches this...

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This week in wearables: Jetpacks, driverless cars, and Jump
Jun27

This week in wearables: Jetpacks, driverless cars, and Jump

Before you head out for the weekend, we’ve got this week’s most important wearables stories summed up for you below. 1. Google invited the entire world to apply to test the new video rig, Google Jump. This video mount contains 16 GoPro Hero4 cameras that create a perfect 360-degree, panoramic view. All it takes is a quick application, some really, really convincing answers. 2. The winners of our Apple Watch giveaway have gave us their entertaining user reviews on the watches. They have the scoop on battery life, comfort, wearability, app experience, style and everything else that comes with living a smart watch life. 3. For Android users, Google officially added 17 quirky new watch faces to the Google Play storefront this week — and there’s something for everyone. Android Wear Product Marketing Manager Feng Yuan Xu wants people to know, “Whether you’re into games or glamour, you’re sure to find a watch face that lets you wear what you want.” 4. Apple and Google are in a race competing for the newest platform of technology: Cars. In response to the emergence of the first Google self-driving cars in California, the public is both excited and skeptical. But at the rate these companies are moving, we can expect to see more quite soon. 5. Everyone can pack up and go home because Lexus has come up with a “real, rideable hoverboard.” The prototype is still rough, and it’s not exactly a wearable, but it’s too cool not to include. The hoverboard will reportedly go through extensive testing in Barcelona. With the powerful combination of magnetic levitation, magnets, semiconductors, and liquid nitrogen, we could say goodbye to wheels and hello to a brand new world. 6. For a mere $150,000, you can purchase the world’s first commercial jetpack, set to launch in late 2016. The P12 version of the Martin Jetpack debuted last week at the Paris Airshow, where it was revealed to have a V4 200 horsepower engine that can fly up for about 30 minutes up to 1,000...

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