#411 April 27, 2015 – Apple Watch Has Arrived!

This week’s headline story: Apple Watch has Arrived!

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 9.44.55 AMThe Apple Watch is finally making its way into the hands of ordinary consumers. Some who managed to order at midnight PT on April 10 got their watches this past week; others who ordered a few minutes later will have to wait until mid-May. That’s how quickly the Watch sold out.

In addition to telling time, the Apple Watch includes standard apps that let you send messages, read e-mail and answer calls to your iPhone from your wrist. There’s a Taptic Engine that alerts you with a tap so you don’t miss notifications. Meanwhile, Digital Touch lets you communicate by sending a sketch, a tap or using the rhythm of your heartbeat. The device comes equipped with Apple Pay and health and fitness features.

In addition to Apple’s standard apps, the Apple Watch store opened with over 3,000 apps – three times as many as anticipated by Apple and analysts. Apps that early adopters are enjoying include:

Geofencey Time Tracking: logs the time you spend at various locations for work.

Wunderlist: To-do lists for individuals and teams

Evernote: allows you to dictate notes from your watch

Keynote and powerpoint presentation controller

FlightTrack 5 delivers flight notifications, status, gate changes, and flight progress.

WebMD provides medicine reminders

Fitness Spades makes working out a game

VimoFit provides a quick 7 minute workout

Numerous runner’s apps.

Mint for tracking daily spending

Epicurious for setting cooking timers

For more on Apple Watch and how to use it, check the links in the show notes.

in other tech news…

  • Drones will deliver mail in Switzerland this summer [Engadget]
    Google and Amazon aren’t the only one’s experimenting with drone-delivered parcels. Switzerland’s postal service will begin delivering small packages to remote locations using drones this summer. The quadcopter drones developed by a company called Matternet can carry anything up to 2.2 pounds for over 12 miles on a single charge.

in Information Security News…

  • Symantec Says Hacker Attacks Up 40 Percent in 2014 [NewsFactor]
    The newly released 2014 security threat report from Semantic reveals that hacker attacks on large companies were up 40 percent in 2014 from the year before. Additionally, when vulnerabilities in software were discovered, it took vendors 59 days on average to repair them, as opposed to four days in 2013. Five out of every six large companies were targeted by various hacker attacks, the Mountain View firm said.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Google Unleashes Mobilegeddon on Unprepared Websites [Ecommerce Times]
    Mobile traffic overtook desktop traffic for the first time last year, and that dynamic is not expected to revert to the way things were — ever. By some estimates, about 60 percent of all Web traffic arrives on the wheels of mobile devices. Google has begun giving preference in its search rankings to websites it deemed “mobile friendly.” Any site hard to read or navigate on a mobile device would lose prominence in search results.

and finally,

  • MakerBot and 3D Hubs Team To Push 3D Printing to Mainstream [NewsFactor]
    Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s 3D design community, and 3D Hubs, a 3D printing network with over 15,000 printer locations around the globe, have joined forces to bring 3D printing to the masses — whether or not they own or even have access to 3D printers.  Now Thingiverse.com users can send 3D designs straight to 3D Hubs and have them printed out. This sort of partnership could drive 3D printing momentum by making it easier for consumers to purchase finished products.

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