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Google Apple Watch App Offers News, but Is Not as Good as CNN's

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It's always a good sign when one of the top companies develops an app for a new platform. Google has just launched their first Apple Watch-ready app: Google News & Weather (free). The app offers the top 10 news headlines, drawing upon over 65,000 publications. On the iPhone and iPad, the app, which was first available last fall, offers news in categories such as Technology, Sports, and Fashion. The Apple Watch content, though, is limited to the latest headlines, and doesn't include local news and weather. With each headline you can scroll down to see a photo. However, you're not able to view the full story or to see a summary. On the other hand, a Force Touch adds the news story to your reading list in Safari. 



Mount the Apple Watch in Your Automobile

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The Apple Watch may not be cheap, but it could actually be a practical alternative to a CarPlay or Bluetooth-enabled stereo system. I recently added Bluetooth stereo to my old car and it cost over $200 for an entry-level model. With the right car mount, you can use your Apple Watch as a hands-free speakerphone, complete with Siri integration.



FiftyThree Introduces Think Kit for its Paper App

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FiftyThree, the team behind various creative tools, added a few more upgrades to its Paper (Free) app for iPad. The Think Kit includes three new modeling and graphing instruments  Diagram, Fill, and Cut.



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari

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Is there a site you visited frequently in Safari for a while, but now no longer need to visit, such as irs.gov during tax season, or consumerreports.org while you researched new cars? Rather than wait for them to eventually disappear from your Frequently Visited list or get replaced by other sites, you can easily delete any sites you don't want to see anymore right away.



LUNATIK Is at It Again, with a Protective Case for the Apple Watch

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You might remember LUNATIK, the folks behind Epik, a hardened case that turned the old square iPod nano into a rugged watch. Apple stopped making that little iPod a few years ago, and during that time, LUNATIK has been anticipating an Apple Watch. They are now ready to release their Kickstarter campaign for a protective shell for the Apple Watch. As I wrote about earlier, the Apple Watch is proving to be more durable than expected and even scratches on the stainless steel model can be removed.



Catalyst's Waterproof iPhone Case, Now Offering Superior Protection for the iPhone 6 Plus

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The makers of my favorite waterproof iPhone case have finally come out with the Catalyst for the iPhone 6 Plus, and I continue to be tremendously impressed. They've taken a design that was already exceptional and tweaked it with subtle refinements producing an end product that happens to be what I would consider, the best waterproof case on the market. Not that there aren't other great waterproof cases available for the iPhone 6/6 Plus series, there certainly are. That's why it's even more of an accolade for me to state that the Catalyst case is perhaps the best of an increasingly crowded and competent waterproof case market.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 15: Core Data Next Steps

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How to Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step-by-step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 15 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3).

In my previous post in this series, I discussed some of the basics of Core Data, the technology that allows you to store and retrieve information on an iOS device. You learned about entity data models, databases, and how you can improve on Apple's default Core Data implementation. 



More Colors, Memory, and Megapixels For Next iPhone?

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A new iPhone isn't likely to show up until September and given Apple's track record, it is likely to be a minor tweak of the existing design with an "s" suffix. Applelnsider is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) will be available in Rose Gold to match the high-end Apple Watch Edition models. Its doubtful that the phones case would actually be made of real gold, given the size and short lifespan of phones and the "bendability" of gold and the "Bendgate" controversy. The more interesting aspects of the rumor, to me, are a better camera, which is long overdue, and more memory.



Tip of the Day: Save an Email as a Draft in the Mail App

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Writing and sending Emails from your iPhone or iPad is a quick and simple way to keep up with your correspondence while on the go. But sometimes you need to finish what you've started at another time.



Coolors App Brings Color Palettes to iOS

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Looking for a flawless color scheme? Coolors ($0.99) — an app for the web and iOS — can generate an unlimited number of color arrangements to help with your design projects.

The app was created by designer and developer Fabrizio Bianchi. In an interview with Wired, Bianchi says that “the process of creating a color scheme should be easy.”



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