Posts tagged ‘Apple Watch’

Heartener for Apple Watch Now Available in App Store

Independent developer, Mark S. Morris is today announcing the release of Heartener 1.0, his free new lifestyle app for Apple Watch. Heartener lets you hear the effects of meditation and exercise on your heart rate, or eliminate distracting thoughts while trying to fall asleep by focusing only on the sound of your heart. Heartener does not require an account to work and has no hidden fees or in app purchases. Heartener only uses your heart rate data on your devices, it does not transmit any information off the devices, and contains no analytics keeping track of your actions within the app.



Heartener uses the heart rate sensors on your Apple Watch to translate your heart rate into a sound that is played on the iPhone paired with the Watch. If your heart rate moves outside a range you select on the app, a very loud siren alert will automatically sound. You can also manually trigger this alert sound from your Watch or on the companion app running on your iPhone.


Heart rate information is transmitted to your iPhone every 3-5 seconds, and a heartbeat sound effect is played when this data update arrives. The pitch of the heart beat sound is lower for slower heart rates, and gets higher as the heart rate increases. The color of the heart rate text display varies from green to bright orange depending on the heart rate beats per minute.


To begin the Heartener session, first open Heartener on your iPhone. Open Heartener on your Watch, and tap Activate. You’ll get voice confirmation the session has begun, and within a few seconds the first heart rate data will be transmitted. To end the session, tap De-Activate on your Watch, and your phone will give you voice confirmation the session has ended.


Heartener requires your authorization as a Health Source on your iPhone to function. Heartener will not function if the Watch paired iPhone is locked or in sleep mode; Auto-Lock in Settings has to be set to Never during Heartener sessions. For workout or meditation sessions, set Require Passcode to After 1 hour or After 4 hours.


For sleeping / overnight use, Passcode has to be disabled completely and the iPhone left awake and unlocked. It is recommended the iPhone be plugged into a power source for overnight usage. Alerts will not sound unless the iPhone is awake. All other functionality requires iPhone to be awake also.


Pricing and Availability:
Heartener 1.0.0 is free and available worldwide on the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

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Announcing The First Made-In-Africa Leather Apple Watch Strap is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of their first Maasai leather Apple watch strap collection Tenebo, a Maasai word meaning together embodies’s vision of empowering marginalized communities across Africa by providing opportunities to trade.


In their first collection, Pamoja.Shop wanted to showcase the handmade Maasai tribal bracelets traditionally worn by both men and women to indicate someone’s age, social status, marital status, and even whether a woman has given birth to a boy or a girl. Continuing in that tradition, Tenebo Apple watches straps are cut, skived, beaded and sewed by hand at the Pamoja workshop by a skilled group of artisans from different disciplines.


Tenebo is a unisex collection, offered in a unique design that fits all wrist sizes. The Apple watch strap is available either as a plain strap without beadwork in black or brown leather or with a beaded pattern in black leather. Customers have the choice of choosing an adapter to match their watch finish in the aforementioned yellow gold, black or silver colors.

Product Features:
* Pamoja.Shop Apple watch straps are made out of locally sourced minimally treated, vegetable tanned leather from Kenya
* Glass beads made out of recycled glass bottles
* Custom 316 stainless steel adapters available in yellow gold, black, and silver ( 10k gold adapters are dipped 5 times for a shinier and long-lasting coat)
* Snap button for the closing mechanism
* Tenebo collection is available in a myriad of different designs as well as the 200 flags of the world presented in beaded design a first in the Apple Watch strap industry
* All of the products come packaged in an Ankara (African fabric) travel pouch
* All Pamoja.Shop products come with a standard 1-year warranty

The Tenebo Collection is available for purchase on at $100 (USD). Pamoja.Shop has partnered with DHL to offer free 2-4 day International shipping on their products.

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Caato Time Tracker+ Offers Time Tracking for Mac, iOS, and Apple Watch

CS Software Consultancy Ltd announces Caato Time Tracker+ 1.0, a new app to track work time and billable hours, exclusively developed for macOS and iOS. Caato Time Tracker+ was designed to make time tracking as simple and as fast as possible. Users can track time for new clients and projects with just one click. There is no need to fill out any fields – details can be added later.


Adding and editing time entries can also be done within seconds. To make sure syncing to other devices is reliable and blazing fast, Caato Time Tracker+ uses its own cloud service. An Apple Watch app lets users start or stop tracking while on the move. To enable users to use their time tracking data with other applications, there is a CSV export function as well as a comprehensive Excel export (Excel export for Pro users only).


Feature Overview:
* Folders (Pro), Projects and Activities
* Time Entries with Notes
* Report View with detailed Time Entries
* Sorting by Alphabet, Manual Order or Tracking History
* Date Range Filter
* Power Search
* Excel Export (Pro) and CSV Export
* Menubar Status and Dynamic App Icon
* Syncing (Pro)


Caato Time Tracker+ is based on the concepts of its successful and top rated predecessor, Caato Time Tracker+ (Mac App Store, Category: Productivity). For Caato Time Tracker+ the developers took user feedback and highly demanded feature requests on board to create this entirely new app with a streamlined and easy to use interface.


Caato Time Tracker+ 1.0 for Mac is Free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. Caato Time Tracker+ for iPhone and Apple Watch is also Free and available worldwide through the iOS App Store in the Business category. Users can upgrade to Caato Time Tracker+ Pro on their Mac via In-App Purchase for $5.99/month or $29.99/6 months (USD). Pro includes Folders, Syncing and Excel Export (Mac only). All users receive a 1-month free Pro trial after Registration.

Pad & Quill Announce New Full Grain Leather Bands for Apple Watch

Announcing all-new Apple Watch Straps from Pad & Quill. Vintage 60-year-old full grain leather, parachute grade stitching, and military spec Cordura fabric, Pad & Quill has pulled out all the stops on their all new leather Apple Watch bands.


The Special Edition 60-Year Leather Lowry Cuff is made from vintage full grain leather in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pad & Quill found an amazing stash of antique leather that has been preserved for over half a century and scooped it all up. This leather is extremely high quality and, like a fine wine, has aged amazingly. Available with either matte black or nickel finish hardware, it matches the Apple Watch Series 1 & 2 perfectly. Make history with this limited edition band for the Apple Watch. Price: $249


The Cordura & Leather Field Strap for Apple Watch is crafted with military grade 1000 denier Cordura fabric, parachute grade stitching, and lined with uber soft full grain leather. Cordura fabric is 10x stronger than cotton, 3x stronger than polyester, and 2x stronger than nylon. It is water, scratch, and stain resistant and is built to be a durable yet classy companion to your Apple Watch. Available in gray Cordura with black leather, and black Cordura with chestnut leather in either matte black or nickel finish hardware. This is the Apple Watch band what will take you from the coffeehouse to the trailhead and back again. Price: $99.95


The Classic Band for Apple Watch is our original creation, a piece of art made with the finest full-grain Italian leathers available. These steer hides have been soft tumbled in Victorio’s legendary tannery to bring out their supple softness. Not too thick and not too stiff, but plenty durable especially when paired with the same UV resistant stitching that is used in sailboat sails. Available with black or nickel finish hardware in 4 different color choices for both the 38 and 42mm Apple Watch Series 1 & 2 there’s a band here for everybody. Price: $99.95


All Pad & Quill bands are handmade with the highest quality natural materials as well as pride and extreme attention to detail by leather craftsman and artisans with generations of experience. Each band is hand-signed by the artisan who made it.

Communication app now gives voice to French children who cannot speak

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Today AssistiveWare, a leading innovator for assistive technology, released a major update for its symbol-supported communication app Proloquo2Go. The award-winning app already gives a voice to over 150,000 English and Spanish children, teens and adults who have difficulty speaking. Proloquo2Go is exclusively available for iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Version 4.4 adds full support for French, including a research-based vocabulary developed in collaboration with French Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) experts.


“When we started working on French a year ago, we knew we needed strong partners,” founder and CEO of AssistiveWare, David Niemeijer explained. “By partnering with the Centre d’Expertise et de Ressources Nouvelles Technologies & Communication of the APF and the French chapter of ISAAC we have been able to do justice to the beauty of the French language while building a vocabulary that allows AAC users of all ages to fully express themselves. In collaboration with Acapela Group we have also been able to create natural-sounding children’s Text to Speech voices.”


In Europe approximately 700,000 francophones are not able to make themselves understood with their own voice and may benefit from an AAC solution. This includes over 100,000 children aged 2 to 14. Proloquo2Go’s features have been carefully designed to support these AAC users’ language development and growth of communication skills.


“People who cannot speak, cannot be fully independent. Decisions are often taken without them. With an Augmentative and Alternative Communication tool they can be involved in decisions that affect them,” said lisabeth Cataix Negre, Occupational Therapist.


In addition to full French support, version 4.4 also includes support for the estimated 60,000 bilingual French-English people in Canada who have difficulty speaking. Users can configure both an English Canadian and French Canadian vocabulary. While the French vocabulary has been optimized for French, it retains the same hierarchy as English, making it easy for users to switch instantly between the two.


Also for English Canadians we have good news. The new version includes a new Canadian English vocabulary that contains many of the words that are specific to Canada.


Key features in Proloquo2Go:
* Research-based Crescendo(TM) vocabulary
* 3 vocabulary levels in 23 grid sizes to support AAC users of all skill levels
* Regional French (Metropolitan and Canadian French), Spanish and English vocabularies
* Configurable access to all French, Spanish and English grammar
* Over 60 voices, including 12 natural-sounding children’s voices
* Bilingual support for English/French and English/Spanish, including switching instantly between languages


“Proloquo2Go puts the linguistic richness of the French language front and center. The app offers the full grammar, which is very rich and at the same time accessible for children who cannot yet read,” said Albane Plateau, Speech and Language Pathologist. “For me, Proloquo2Go is the best app for language development.”


Proloquo2Go has been used successfully with individuals with the following diagnoses: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, stroke, traumatic brain injury and others.


Pricing and Availability:
To celebrate the release of the French version, Proloquo2Go will be available with a 50% discount from October 5 until and including October 7. The app is exclusively available on the App Store. Version 4.4 is a free update for existing users.


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Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare(R) has established itself as the worldwide leader in innovative assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OS X. AssistiveWare works in close collaboration with end users and professionals to offer a portfolio of award-winning solutions for individuals with physical, vision, communication, and reading impairments. In 2009, AssistiveWare was the first company to release a full-featured Augmentative and Alternative Communication solution for iOS – the award-winning app, Proloquo2Go. Together with Acapela Group, AssistiveWare was also the first to create genuine children’s Text to Speech voices. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 AssistiveWare. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

XEZI: Story Mode for iOS and Apple Watch will launch on September 29

Istanbul, Turkey – Inspired by classic choose-your-own-adventure books, creators of XEZI: A Silk Road Adventure, XEZI Studios is excited to announce a new text adventure for iOS and Apple Watch on September 29.


XEZI: Story Mode is a text adventure spin-off from XEZI: A Silk Road Adventure, featuring an remastered and extended story with new characters, more branches and brand new endings. You play as a Silk Road merchant on a journey to stop a mysterious incoming plague, and to save the world or save yourself, depending on your choices. Only clue our hero has is the word ‘XEZI’.


XEZI: Story Mode is a game that brings seldom explored era of ancient Silk Road to life. An extensive research has been done while developing the game to keep things like cities, traded goods, and daily life of people as historically accurate as possible. Story reflects different cultures like Chinese, Sogdian, Roman, and their different norms.


* Shape your character, choose your past and future
* Make long reaching, though moral choices and face serious consequences
* You can save the world or ruin everything irreversibly
* A branching story with five unique endings
* A story filled with dark humor (if you look for it)
* Meet unreliable characters with personal agendas
* Immersive, historically accurate 9th Century Silk Road based on extensive research


Technical Details:
* Native Apple Watch support, so you can play it without pairing it with your iPhone
* Slide Over and Split View support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro
* Use 3D Touch on character portraits to see their descriptions
* You can change text size for your reading pleasure
* Continue from an another device with iCloud support


Language Support:
* English


Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.0 or later
* Apple Watch app requires watchOS 2.2 or later


XEZI: Story Mode will launch on September 29, 2016 for Apple Watch and iOS.


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XEZI: Story Mode is developed by XEZI Studios in Istanbul. Previously worked on the XEZI: A Silk Road Adventure, a game where ancient Silk Road is simulated in detail with an interactive story, the studio decided to focus on text adventures. Currently, the team is working on an another text adventure for Apple Watch. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Yusuf and Firat Turk. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Just Press Record v2.0 – Award-Winning Voice and Audio Recording App

Inverurie, United Kingdom – Open Planet Software has introduced version 2.0 of their award-winning voice and audio recording app Just Press Record. Packed with new features that take advantage of the exciting new capabilities of iOS 10 and watchOS 3, Just Press Record is the perfect professional voice and audio recorder app to fit seamlessly into your day. Instant syncing of your recordings across all your devices using iCloud has already made users’ lives so much easier.


And now with speech to text transcription, fully searchable recordings in-app and in Spotlight as well as a brand new widget accessible right from the Lock Screen, Just Press Record truly is the perfect app for capturing ideas, thoughts and memos at home, in the studio or on the go. Record with a single tap on your iOS device, Apple Watch or Mac and instantly play back high quality audio across all your devices. The ideal tool for musicians, journalists, businesses, students, lecturers, audio professionals, podcasters or anyone who needs an incredibly simple and convenient way to capture audio.


Just Press Record won iMore Apple Watch App of the Year 2015 and has been featured in the New York Times and by Apple at WWDC 2016 as an example of good design.


Feature Highlights:
* Multiple Devices – Play back and record on all your iOS devices, your Apple Watch and your Mac; giving you ultimate flexibility on how you use your recordings.

* iCloud – Recordings are saved straight to iCloud Drive so they sync instantly and automatically across all your devices.

* One-Tap Recording on all your devices – Record with a single tap on any of your devices. A new widget accessible from the Lock Screen and Notifications Center on iOS 10, a new Complication on watchOS 3, 3D Touch Quick Action on iOS and a menu bar icon on the Mac give users ultimate convenience.

* Speech To Text Transcription On iOS 10 – You can turn your speech into text on any iOS device running iOS 10.

* Easy Sharing on iOS – You can share transcriptions and audio to any of the apps and services you have set up on your device e.g. Dropbox, Mail, Messages. Your device’s share options are your only limitation.

* Stand Alone Recording On Apple Watch – You can record on your Apple Watch even when your iPhone is not around. The next time they connect, recordings made on Apple Watch will transfer to your other devices.

* Unlimited Recording Time – With unlimited recording time you can record just about anything, so long as you have enough storage on iCloud Drive!

* Background Recording On iOS – Browse your other apps while you record.

* Fully Searchable Recordings And Transcriptions On iOS 10 – You can search for specific recordings by keyword search of filename or transcript content. Either in-app or in Spotlight.

* Multitasking – Support on iPad for Slide Over and Split View.

* File Format – Recordings made on iOS devices and Apple Watch are saved in the iTunes M4A (AAC) format.


“Our mission for Just Press Record is to make it the most simple, most professional and most convenient way for users to record audio wherever they are, and instantly access it from all their devices via iCloud”, explains designer and developer Gordon Murrison. “And now that iOS 10 allows speech to text transcription and the new widget accessible from the Lock Screen, we have lifted our award-winning app to a whole new level.”


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Located in tranquil Inverurie, United Kingdom, Open Planet Software is a small, privately held company founded in 2007 by Gordon Murrison and Gavin MacLean to create software for Mac OS X, iOS and watchOS. They are proud to be Scottish developers with a passion to instill every app they design with Apple’s principles of simplicity and elegance. Equally important is that their apps are solid and reliable, and ultimately deliver a great user experience. Driven by fanatical attention to detail, Open Planet Software embraces industry leading software engineering practices to ensure their applications meet the exacting standards expected by the Apple community. Copyright (C) 2007-2016 Open Planet Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone,iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Busy Water – Think Outside the Tank

Edoki Academy has released Busy Water 1.1 for iOS, an innovative and fun critical thinking puzzle game based on water physics and gravity.


Busy Water serves as a platform where children can practice reacting to tricky game scenarios in a controlled environment. The app also uses the iPad’s accelerometer and gyroscope. Water plays a critical role in the Montessori method and that is why the States of H2O were put at the forefront of Busy Water. Children transfer, control and engineer water in every level, ultimately strengthening their agility, sharpening their critical thinking skills and truly learning about the States of Water.

*Brought to you by the creators of Busy Shapes & Crazy Gears
* 100+ challenging levels with multiple pathways
* A unique “Build Mode” to create an endless possibility of levels to be shared with your friends.
* A dozen accessories to freeze, heat, jet stream water
* Apple Watch and Apple TV extensions that sync with the iOS app


Busy Water 1.1 is $3.99, and is available through the App Store.