CardioBot Apple Watch Heart Rate Tracker

CardioBot is a powerful app for iOS and watchOS that taps into the data collected by your Apple Watch to provide a comprehensive overview of your health. A new version of the app adds iOS 14 home screen widgets for blood oxygen statistics, new workout features, and more.

This new version of CardioBot includes  new home screen widgets for iOS 14: blood oxygen, resting heart rate, heart rate variability, and a small version of the heart rate summary.  When you add these widgets to your iOS 14 home screen, you can monitor your Apple Watch health data at a glance.

There are also new compilations for your Apple Watch faces: blood oxygen, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability.

The latest version of CardioBot has a new workout screen in the app that shows more details on your heart rate during a workout.  An attractive features is that it will even send you a haptic feedback notification on your Apple Watch whenever your heart rate zone changes.

Full details for the latest version of CardioBot are:

  • Blood oxygen widget added.
  • Resting HR widget added.
  • HRV widget added.
  • Small Heart Rate summary widget added.
  • Blood oxygen complications added.
  • Resting HR complication added.
  • HRV complication added.
  • Heart Rate summary complication redesigned.
  • Start workout button fixed.
  • Heart points goal limit changed.

CardioBot is available on the App Store as a free download with an in-app subscription.     [The information above is an extract from 9TO5Mac]

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Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Dock Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and Air Pods

Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Dock

Belkin is known for its range of accessories for Apple devices. It has recently launched the Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, which can charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.

Priced at $110, Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is more affordable than most other 3-in-1 wireless chargers on the market, making it an attractive option.

Available in either black or white, the 3-in-1 Wireless Charger from Belkin is made from a plastic material. It’s not the best quality charger out there because of the all-plastic build, however unless you are seeking a robust item most users will be quite happy with it..

There’s an upright wireless charging interface that can accommodate an ‌iPhone‌, an ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck, and behind that, a small circular divot for the ‌AirPods‌ or AirPods Pro case.  Many other 3-in-1 wireless chargers have enough space for charging two iPhones at once.  The Belkin charges is designed specifically for a single ‌iPhone‌ and ‌AirPods‌, which is something to be noted.

With the ‌AirPods‌ charging space located right behind the watch, care needs to be taken  that the  ‌Apple Watch‌ does not knock the ‌AirPods‌ out of position or .  Taking into account the layout of the charging docks  care must be taken to position things correctly.  The ergonomics of the design is far from ideal and  crowding is likely to be an issue for anyone who has a loop-style band.

The upright charging space for the ‌iPhone‌ is nice because it makes it easy to put the ‌iPhone‌ down and go, with no need to position it or make sure it’s in the right spot to initiate charging, something that’s often an issue with a typical flat wireless charger.

As for the ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck, it’s fine. It charges the ‌Apple Watch‌ in Nightstand Mode like many other charging options on the market. There are small LEDs on the front and side of the charger that let you know when it’s powered on and charging something, and a single power cord sticks out from the back. These lights can’t be disabled and could be a bit irritating at night.

This is a 7.5W wireless charger so it charges iPhones at the maximum speed possible, which is not super fast. It’s great for charging overnight or when you just need a bit of juice, but it’s not the best solution when you need power quick.

Summary

A lot of the 3-in-1 wireless charging options on the market are priced at around $150, so it’s nice to have a name brand option that’s more affordable and reliably charges the ‌iPhone‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, and ‌AirPods‌ all at once.

At $110 this is still a lot more than individual charging options for the three devices, so it’s still somewhat of a luxury.  The Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is not the best looking option, but it occupies a small footprint and the price tag is lower than the competition.  It is a bit of a hassle to make sure the ‌Apple Watch‌ and ‌AirPods‌ are lined up at times when using a loop-style band, but this should be seen as a minor inconvenience relative to the advantages listed.

This is an abridged article which first appeared in MacRumors.com  “Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Dock Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods Affordably

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iTunes U to be Discontinued at the End of 2021

iTunes

iTunes U will be discontinued by Apple at the end of 2021, according to a new support document shared by the company today.

Apple says that iTunes U tools have been replaced with next-generation apps for teachers and students, which include Classroom and Schoolwork, plus the Apple School Manager tool.

Apple has been busy building the next generation of apps for both teachers and students:

Classroom App turns an iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping teachers guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track.

Schoolwork App assists teachers save time and maximize each student’s potential by making it easy for teachers to share class materials, get students to a specific activity in an app, work with students, and view student progress.

 Apple has also introduced Apple School Manager to enable IT Administrators to manage iPads, Macs, Apple TV, Apple IDs, books, and apps, while ensuring data is kept secure and private. Apps such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, iMovie, Clips, and Swift Playgrounds have education-specific features that are used regularly by teachers and students.

Given the changes and additions listed above, Apple will discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021. iTunes U will continue to be available to all existing customers through the 2020-2021 educational year.

Apple has stated, iTunes U will be available for the 2020 to 2021 educational year, with support ending in late 2021. For public content publishers, until iTunes U is discontinued, new and existing content will be available publicly, but Apple suggests creators start exploring other options. Current iTunes U users can continue publishing content through Apple Podcasts or Apple Books.

iTunes U has been around since 2007, and was built in to the iTunes app to provide university lectures and learning content from U.S. colleges. iTunes U allowed educators to create courses with audio, media, handouts, ebooks, and more, with the iTunes U app available for users to access their collections on iPhone and ‌iPad‌.

When Apple started to transition away from iTunes in 2017, iTunes U content was discontinued as a standalone feature and was transitioned into the Podcasts app and the Podcasts section of iTunes. Support for iTunes U has since been dwindling, with Apple instead focusing on new educational tools.

This abridged article of, “Apple Discontinuing iTunes U at the End of 2021” first appeared on MacRumors.com

Apple iOS Operating System – Five Recommendations

Apple iOS

You may scratch your head and ask “What is iOS“?

iOS is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware.

There are so many apps in the iOS App Store that it can be difficult to find new apps to download, plus it’s easy to overlook great apps that are a bit older. This week’s picks include apps for managing tasks, finding content on Netflix, and organising your home, plus some fun games.

  • Tasks (Free) – Tasks is a to-do app that lets you create tasks that you need to work on, either immediately or over time. You can organise everything in your life into different categories like Family, Home, Office and more, with sub tasks that can be used for managing projects. Tasks can be managed by the list they’re organised in or by date for those that are due soon. Plenty of features are available, like tags, multi-user support, date detection, image support, and more. Tasks is free, but unlocking “Plus” features requires an in-app purchase.
  • New on Flix (Free) – Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? New on Flix is the app for you. It’s not an official Netflix app and it’s pretty simple – it just shows you what new content is added to Netflix every day. New on Flix is free, but you can pay $0.99 to remove ads.
  • Homer (Free) – Homer is a digital binder that keeps track of everything needed to run your house. You can take pictures of appliance receipts and warranties, log repairs, take stock of the items in each room, make shopping lists for things you need, and more.
  • Crashy Cats (Free) – Crashy Cats is an endless runner where the goal is to take on the role of a cat to jump, bounce, and fly through levels while knocking over as many things as possible. It’s free to play, but there are in-app purchases for additional in-game “Fish” currency.
  • SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit (Apple Arcade) – SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit is a new ‌Apple Arcade‌ game that’s described as a platform runner. In the app, players take on the role of SpongeBob to defeat Plankton’s minions and rescue SpongeBob’s friends.  It’s free and there are no ads, but a $4.99 per month subscription to ‌Apple Arcade‌ is required.

This abridged article, “Five iOS Apps Worth Checking Out – June 2020” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Apple Promotes Multiplication Benefits of iPhone and Apple Watch Integration

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Apple has launched a new webpage promoting the benefits of integration between iPhone and Apple Watch. “Add them together. Multiply their power,” reads the minisite, which highlights the benefits that come with using the two devices together.

Scrolling down the vector image-based page brings some of the more basic features into view first, like the ability to answer or decline a phone call or FaceTime call on ‌Apple Watch‌, and then transfer it to your ‌iPhone‌.

Messages are next, with ‌Apple Watch‌ features like quick replies, Tapback, emoji support and Scribbles covered, as well as the ability to ask Siri to compose or reply to an incoming message using your voice.

The site goes on to highlight the two devices’ deep Camera app integration and the way you can use ‌Apple Watch‌ to remotely set up a shot on ‌iPhone‌, including the ability to frame and shoot, zoom in and out, switch between the ‌iPhone‌’s front and back cameras, and switch between camera modes.

Apple shines a light on the music capabilities of ‌Apple Watch‌, such as Apple Music streaming, playlist support, and remote ‌iPhone‌ playback controls. There is a section on ‌Apple Watch‌ health functions with iOS Health and Activity app integration, as well as mentions for hand’s off support in Maps, Find My, and Apple Pay.

The site does a good job of surfacing some lesser known features available to prospective customers who might be thinking about pairing the two devices.

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