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When I started to write this, I had this idea that I’d write an article that looked at the features and the usability of the Pebble and those of the Apple Watch. Both have the ability to load custom apps, both have app stores, both do many of the same other tasks, etc.
The problem with that premise for this article is that they simply aren’t even remotely comparable. Let’s look at why:
Today’s post was written by Stacey Roshan, High School Math Teacher at the Bullis School in Maryland.
Have you ever been super excited about “gamifying” a review session only to realize that the competitive feel in the room becomes overwhelming? Each year, around this time, I play a game of AP Calculus Jeopardy review with my class. We have just finished learning new material and are ready to hit review mode. The game is a way to begin synthesizing material from the beginning of the course through to the end. The timing of this activity usually falls right before spring break, so throwing in a Jeopardy game seems particularly appropriate as a way to enliven the classroom before the vacation.
Using OneNote to take the game beyond simply an in-class experience certainly enhanced this activity. Requiring students to make corrections and write brief reflections on the problems they solved in class forces them to look back at... | Read more »
With iCloud for Windows, you can access your photos, contacts, calendars, documents, and more from any of your devices. iCloud stores your content and automatically keeps it up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.| Read more »
You waited. And you tapped your fingers on the desk. And you sat and waited some more, for the UPS person. You stared at your mailbox. And then, after all of that, UPS showed up. And you signed. And then you had that box in your hands. The cardboard box, when opened, gave way to a sweet white box. You opened it by pulling the little tag off, and then you pulled the watch out of the box. You tried on the two bands. And you picked the one that fit you the best.
So now what? Turn on the watch by hitting the button on the side and watch that beautiful Apple logo light up the screen. But now you need to pair the watch with your phone for it to be useable. So what to do? Well, first of all, make sure your phone is updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS. From there, open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.
The app will prompt you to start pairing a watch with the... | Read more »
As with many a wearable that tracks movement, running and the such, the Apple Watch comes with… Badges. Wait, no, they’re called Trophies. No, crap, sorry, they’re called Achievements. You could just call them gamification incentives. Either way, they’re nice, they’re modern, and to me they’re a little bit more meaningful than some of the others that I’ve seen out there. As with the Fitbit, there aren’t a ton of Achievements to be had (for example, as compared to the Fuelband, which has dozens and dozens of them).
There is a unique twist with the Apple Watch Achievements in that many are deferred until you’ve used the device for a few days, a few workouts or a few weeks. This way, you get a little bit of a baseline before you start breaking your own records. One of the smarter innovations, albeit a minor one – shows how much thought was put into minor details on these devices. Another interesting twist is that it primarily uses active calories, rather than just looking at all... | Read more »
This month’s Power Query update includes 11 new or improved features including:
Continue reading below for more details about each feature.
Support for all Excel 2013 Desktop SKUs
With this update, we’re making Power Query available to all Excel 2013 Desktop SKUs. There are some... | Read more »
Everybody enjoys getting together with friends. Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with thousands of our friends—developers, IT professionals and business decision makers—at two of the most important conferences of the year. At both gatherings, we had a lot of great news to share.
At Build last week in San Francisco, we announced a new wave of capabilities for the Office platform, such as the new Office Graph API. These new capabilities will help developers create integrated experiences to enhance productivity for more than a billion Office users worldwide.
This week, at the Ignite enterprise technology conference in Chicago, we showed how Office 365 is continuing to redefine productivity to keep pace with the modern workplace... | Read more »