Twelve South AirSnap AirPod case keeps your 'pods from wandering

Twelve South AirSnap AirPod case keeps your 'pods from wandering

I love my Apple AirPods. They're comfortable, offer great sound quality, and pair with all of my devices easily. But there's one problem; that little "Tic Tac box" charger case has a tendency to get lost. My cats have found that it makes a good toy to bat around, it hides in the bottom of my backpack or laptop bag, and all in all that little case acts as if it's trying to play "Hide and Seek" with me. Twelve South's AirSnap AirPod case ($29.99) is a perfect way to keep your AirPods from being lost.

Read More

F-35 helmet-mounted display system: A foretaste of augmented/virtual reality glasses

F-35 helmet-mounted display system: A foretaste of augmented/virtual reality glasses

We've been hearing a lot about Apple working on augmented/virtual reality glasses that could be on our heads as soon as 2020. There are VR/AR helmets like the units from Oculus and HTC, and then there's this: the HMDS (helmet-mounted display system) used by pilots of the F-35 Lightning II jet fighter.

Read More

Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps, and heart rate

Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps, and heart rate

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

Read More

Apple Watch debut helps sales of many wearables

Apple Watch debut helps sales of many wearables

It's said that a rising tide raises all ships, and that old saying is perfectly apt in the wearables market. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told CNBC that the Apple Watch appears to be bringing increased consumer awareness to the entire wearables space, with his company now selling twice the number of smartwatches than it was at this time last year.

Read More

Seven new ads highlight Apple Watch features

Seven new ads highlight Apple Watch features

Apple today released seven (!) new Apple Watch ads highlighting some of the features and capabilities of the wearable. Each of the ads is just 16 seconds long and is perfect for catching the attention of TV viewers and giving them a message... before they get bored. The first, "Dance" uses the 1980s hit INXS tune "You're My Kind" to grab your attention, along with an amazing dancer ...

Read More

Runtastic Moment: A watch that's also an activity tracker

Runtastic Moment: A watch that's also an activity tracker

If you thought that the introduction of the Apple Watch was going to stop other manufacturers from coming out with activity trackers and watches, you're wrong. Just this week we heard about Google making Android Wear watches compatible with iOS, and now a company best known for its activity trackers and iOS app -- Runtastic -- has announced the new Runtastic Moment.

Read More

AWT Health Club: Which member of the Fitbit family is right for you?

AWT Health Club: Which member of the Fitbit family is right for you?

Before I got an Apple Watch, I was a big fan of Fitbit products. The first activity tracker I owned was one of the first Fitbits, which had its own little quirks — it needed frequent charging on a USB-connected stand, you had to put it on its charging stand to sync it, and syncing sometimes would stop working for no apparent reason. Fitbit learned a lot from those early devices, and now has a family of six devices. The company is a leader in the activity tracker market niche, and their products just keep getting better and more useful. Today’s AWT Health Club will take a look at the six different Fitbits and describe the type of person who might be attracted to each.

Read More

Wearables Wednesday: Everything you need to know about Apple Watch Notifications

Wearables Wednesday: Everything you need to know about Apple Watch Notifications

Today we’re going to focus a bit on how to set up notifications for your various apps on the Apple Watch. Properly setting notifications can make or break your Apple Watch experience, since getting too many of them can be even more annoying than having to dig an iPhone out of your pocket every time something dings or buzzes. 

Read More

Wearables Wednesday: Some really bad (and a few good) crowdfunded Watch accessories

Wearables Wednesday: Some really bad (and a few good) crowdfunded Watch accessories

By the end of next week, the first Apple Watches will be embracing the wrists of some lucky early adopters. With all the hype surrounding the Watch, a number of crowdfunded projects have been launched in order to capture the imagination of those same early adopters. Sadly, most of these will never make it to market, and we’ll let you figure out why, starting with Kickstarter.

Read More

Wearables Wednesday: Why Apple Watch will succeed where Google Glass has failed so far

Wearables Wednesday: Why Apple Watch will succeed where Google Glass has failed so far

The first round of reviews are in for the Apple Watch, and for the most part the voices at the big newspapers and websites are saying what people said about the first iPhone: it’s groundbreaking and impressive, although it has some flaws. The reviews are a mixture of awe and annoyance; Farhad Manjoo, writing at the New York Times, noted how it took him three days to fall in love with the device, “but once I fell, I fell hard.” 

Read More

Wearables Wednesday: The watch is the computer with Neptune Suite

Wearables Wednesday: The watch is the computer with Neptune Suite

It’s Wearables Wednesday here at Apple World Today, the day when I talk about the latest in the wearable technology — regardless of whether or not it’s from Apple. Wearables are an emerging market, so we’ll look at both what comes out from Apple, what works with our Apple devices, and even keep an eye on the competition.

Read More