AWT News Update: April 23, 2015

On today's podcast:

  • Apple Watch shipping notices were sent out to a good number of early pre-order customers today
  • Apple's Watch App Store has launched with over 3,000 apps already available
  • It appears that the planned Comcast / Time Warner merger may be dropped
  • Apple confirmed that monaural (mono) audio is coming to the Apple Watch, a boon for people deaf or hard of hearing in one ear
  • The new One Drop app seeks to improve life for those with diabetes
  • Recent Apple World Today interviewee Laura Legendary has posted the first part of her series on the Watch's fashion appeal from an accessibility perspective
  • Microsoft has added Apple Watch support to PowerPoint for iOS

See the full script of today's show (with links) below.

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 23, 2015. My apologies for missing the podcast recently, but I have a close relative in the hospital. Our sponsor this week is It’s About Time Products, developers of Desk App and two new calculator apps for Apple Watch. Check out the Apple World Today website at AppleWorld.Today for more information.

Finally, Apple Watch shipping notices are out to those who pre-ordered on April 10. Most early buyers will see the watches arriving tomorrow via UPS. Be sure to visit Apple World Today frequently tomorrow as we present our “Great Big Guide to Apple Watch Apps”, loaded with amazing applications that will turn your Watch into a productivity powerhouse.

The Watch App Store launched today as well. If you have iOS 8.3 installed on your iPhone, you’ll find the Watch App Store in the Apple Watch app. There are over 3,000 apps currently listed in the Store, with more being added seemingly every hour. Our inboxes have been running over with product announcements today, and the creativity of watch developers is amazing.

If you were one of the many people worried about the planned merger of the two worst companies in the United States in terms of customer service, Comcast and Time Warner, you can rest easy. Bloomberg is reporting that the deal was in trouble with the Federal Communications Commmission, and an announcement will most likely be made tomorrow with the news that the potential deal will be dropped.

Apple has confirmed that Mono Audio is coming to Apple Watch. By using bluetooth earphones, users who are deaf and hard of hearing in one ear will now be able to push both left and right audio channels through both ears. The feature also allows for adjusting the volume of audio sent to each ear individually.

A new free app for iPhone and Apple Watch, called One Drop, seeks to improve the quality of life of those living with diabetes. The app offers many tools to help users discover patterns in their daily activities that affect how they are feeling. The app also includes a community feature to allow users to connect with others with diabetes.

Recent Apple World Today interviewee, Laura Legendary of Elegant Insights and Fashionability, has posted the first part of her audio series detailing the Apple Watch's fashion appeal from an accessibility perspective. It's a great rundown of the device's capabilities, drawbacks and style. You can find a link to the show in the show notes for this podcast over at Apple World Today.

9to5Mac reports that Microsoft has added Apple Watch support to Powerpoint for iOS, allowing the control of presentations from your wrist. The functionality is currently only available for Powerpoint for iOS and does not work with Powerpoint for Mac or Windows.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.