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A non-technical blog by a tech blogger

Month / May 2015

The ultimate guide to texting with the Apple Watch

Dick Tracy. Maxwell Smart. James T. Kirk. Yes, even Penny Gadget. When I was young, they inspired me to dream of cool gadgets that seemed impossible. Today, I converse with friends and family via a tiny computer that’s light and durable enough to be strapped to my arm. That’s amazing. 

In this guide, I’ll cover absolutely everything you need to know about texting with the Apple Watch. We’ll look at mastering notifications, receiving messages, replying and composing from scratch. I’ll discuss those animated emoji and how to receive all the notifications you want without bothering everyone. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get to it.

What to play this weekend: Does Not Commute

“Dentist Charles Schneider skipped lunch and went to the library instead. He’s heading back to this clinic with the books ‘Temporal Paradoxes’ and ‘Retrocausaility in Practice.'”

There’s an undercurrent of weirdness in Does Not Commute (free, universal) that Fox Mulder would love. The beautiful and challenging strategy game from Mediocre has you driving various vehicles — from sedans to speed boats to ice cream trucks — through several neighborhoods, being careful to beat the clock and avoid the other drivers. It’s challenging, thematic and a lot of fun. Here’s my look at Does Not Commute.

Today in the App Store — Table Tennis Touch, Day One and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Pinnacle Studio; the Heroes and Castles 2 game; and a significant update to Day One for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Today in the App Store — Transloader, Transmit for iOS and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Transloader for OS X, the new Tallowmere game and a notable update to Transmit for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apple to manage 1 million acres of forest in China

Apple has greatly advanced its environmental initiatives in China, including the creation and management of one million acres of responsibly-managed forest

The forest project is a partnership between Apple and World Wildlife Fund China, which represents another step towards Apple’s goal of having a net-zero impact on the world’s virgin fiber

Apple is also building a 40-megawatt solar farm in Sichuan Province, which will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 61,000 Chinese homes.