AWT Health Club: Ahoy there, mateys!

AWT Health Club: Ahoy there, mateys!

This is my first Health Club post for a while. Between some family issues and then going on vacation, it’s been difficult to get the time to write about health-related apps and topics. I’m currently on a cruise, which is usually considered the antithesis of a healthy vacation. We have a few days at sea (I’m currently between Greenland and Iceland…) so it’s the perfect time to talk about staying healthy while traveling.

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iOS 8.4 launches at 8 AM PT on 6/30, Beats 1 an hour later

iOS 8.4 launches at 8 AM PT on 6/30, Beats 1 an hour later

Eric Slivka at MacRumors notes that Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers made a revealing blog post this weekend, announcing the launch times for iOS 8.4 and the Beats 1 "radio station" on Tuesday, June 30. iOS 8.4 is expected to show up at 8 AM PT, with Beats 1 going live an hour later at 9 AM PT.

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MacIT Conference: Only a few more days to get a discount on registration

MacIT Conference: Only a few more days to get a discount on registration

The MacIT Conference is scheduled for July 14-16, 2015 in Santa Clara, California, and if you’d like to attend at a bit of a discount, you have through June 30 to pay just US$795 for your conference registration. Of course, you can use our special promo code and take another $200 off of that fee. 

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What to play this weekend: Her Story

What to play this weekend: Her Story

Her Story (Mac and iOS) is a nonlinear jigsaw puzzle set in the mid-90's. As the player, you must find and review snippets of archival police interview footage to figure out what happened to a woman called Hannah in 1994. Those snippets are brief and jumbled together; only careful observation will allow you to uncover what happened.

I took five pages of hand-written notes before I figured everything out. At 12:30 AM. I could not stop playing.

Even now that I've reached the end (there is a definite end), there's more for me to see, so the replayability is there. This will be a difficult review to write, as I don't' want to give anything away. Here we go with my look at Her Story.

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Apple Watch sales to expand to The Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand on July 17

Apple Watch sales to expand to The Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand on July 17

The Apple Watch will go on sale in The Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17, the company revealed on Friday. Updates on the countriesrespective retail sites marked the announcement, though pricing information was not available at the time of this writing. 

Tim Cook recently described Apple Watch sales as "healthy," while developers and consumers prepare for the release of watchOS 2 later this fall. 

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How to watch the Grateful Dead's 'Fare Thee Well' concerts on your Mac or iOS device

How to watch the Grateful Dead's 'Fare Thee Well' concerts on your Mac or iOS device

The remaining original members of the Grateful Dead are reuniting to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a series of five "Fare Thee Well" concerts that start this weekend. The first two shows will be held in Santa Clara, California beginning June 27th with three additional shows planned for Chicago over the July 4th weekend.

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Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO® Batman: Beyond Gotham and TV Food Maps

Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO® Batman: Beyond Gotham and TV Food Maps

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include the new LEGO® Batman: Beyond Gotham; an update to TV Food Maps and a discount on all Snowman apps icluding Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar, Checkmark 2, Alto's Adventure and Circles.  All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Artists to get their 0.2 cents worth during Apple Music three-month trial

Artists to get their 0.2 cents worth during Apple Music three-month trial

With five more days until Apple Music debuts on June 30, details are beginning to come out about what exactly Apple will pay artists during the three-month free trial period. According to an article in The New York Times which cited music executives, the deal with record labels will result in Apple paying 0.2 cents per play for songs streamed during the free trial. That rate is on par with the free tier rates paid by competing services like Spotify.

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Beats 1 to feature celebrity shows

Beats 1 to feature celebrity shows

The launch of Apple's 24-hour global radio station, Beats 1, is still few days away, and The New York Times as a few details on what we can expect. Specifically, it seems music celebrities will plan and host their own shows, including Elton John, Drake, Disclosure, St. Vincent, Josh Homme, and Pharrell Williams. These shows will cover one- and two-hour blocks outside of shows hosted by the station's regular DJs.

Our take on the news...

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Apple snags Pharrell exclusive (sort of) for Apple Music launch

Apple snags Pharrell exclusive (sort of) for Apple Music launch

Apple is preparing to launch its new streaming music service with an exclusive track from eleven-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune. Williams teased the launch with a 15-second clip of his new song *Freedom* that he posted on Twitter with the tag line, Only on Apple Music June 30th. 

 

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Apple Beats 1 advertising lands at Times Square

Apple Beats 1 advertising lands at Times Square

Apple is pulling out all the stops when it comes to its advertising campaign for its new Apple Music service and Beats 1 radio station. Not only is the company debuting the streaming service with an exclusive track from pop star Pharrell, the company also is taking out a large advertisement in the center of Times Square

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