Play tiny GameBoy emulator on your Apple Watch Screen

Remember those days when snake game on a tiny screen of a Nokia phones was a fun?  Fun is something anyone can imagine at any place using any available resources. With fast growth of cellphone technology, screens have gone wider and wider, giving us more roam to play huge games on large screen using high speed compatible processors and memory.

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Yet, even in the presence of all these extraordinary Smartphones, Tablets, Phablets, Laptops, Xbox and Gaming Consoles, we are able to see a game running on a tiny wearable. Yes, its Apple watch 2, a wearable with a tiny screen, extremely impractical gaming device, but Gabrel O’Flaherty-Chan made a Game Boy Emulator for it.

The game boy emulator is named after Pokémon’s Giovanni, the wrist-worn Game Boy emulator crams Nintendo’s original gaming portable into an Apple Watch Series 2. It doesn’t play the games at full speed but it is fully functional. To start the game buttons are given underneath the game display. You can swipe right, left, Up and down on the screen and to press A, you need to press the right side of the watch’s face.

Apple watchOS didn’t use any of such graphics design, so it wasn’t an easy task to keep it moving on the watch. Yet the project is a neat proof of concept.

Does,t seem that the game will make it to the app store, But if u want to try it you can always download it at GitHub link.

Though you need very tiny fingers to enjoy it fully, it does not have a key pad attached beneath like a Nokia phone.

Via engadget 

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Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 & watchOS 3.2 beta 7 to developers

Apple has issued its third macOS Sierra 10.2 beta release in a week with another version of watchOS 3.2 beta 7. Both the macOS Sierra 10.2.4 beta 8 and watchOS 3.2 beta 7 are released for developers and public teasers, mainly for developers testing.

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Mac OS 10.12.4 beta 8, mainly comes with a feature of Night Shift. This feature alters the monitor parameters to reduce exposure to blue light in order to minimize user exposure to the part of the spectrum which may interfere with the sleep cycles.

Apple describes its Night shift:

Night Shift adjusts the color of your display after sunset. Many studies show that exposure to bright-blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. After sunset, Night Shift will shift your display colors to the warmer end of the spectrum, making the display easier on your eyes. In the morning, your display returns to its regular settings.

Other enhancements in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 8 include:

  • Dictation support for more languages.
  • Improved Siri features, now Siri can tell you about cricket scores, schedules and player rosters. With this update, Siri also knows about statistics and data from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
  • Updated PDFKit APIs with eliminating some Sierra bugs.
  • Build 8 having an increase of only one digit to 16E192b  as the Beta 7 had build number 16E191a.

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First Look of Night Shift for Mac by AppleInsider

WatchOS 3.2 beta 7 have included a new theater mode that will prevent the screen from turning on automatically on raising of wrist.

Apple describes the new Theater Mode:

Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theater Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.

Voice integration has also got some improvements. The developers are provided with the Siri support in this beta, which will help them integrate the apps directly with the voice-driven personal assistant. The build number has also been increased from 14V5245a to 14V5249a. Beta 6 of watchOS 3.2 was made available to developers a week ago and now they have hands on 7th beta.

Via Appleinsider

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Apple UnderPricing for customer snaffle before iPhone 8 and 10.5-inch iPad Launch

Apple is always found engaged in bringing so many innovations and services for its customers. The current startling news of this week is by an Analyst named Neil Cybart who said Company is working to introduce “UnderPricing” strategy that would attract more customers.

Apple is employing this strategy to grab more users with a redefined luxury. By this strategy Apple would become more accessible to its lovers but in an economical way.

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Apple is UnderPricing Airpods, as per same strategy, at $159 which is going to be a more affordable price than the other headphone market consisted of the following players:

  • Kanoa: $300
  • Bragi Dash: $299
  • Erato Apollo 7: $289
  • Skybuds: $279
  • Earin: $249
  • Motorola VerveOnes+: $249
  • Samsung Gear IconX: $199
  • Bragi Headphone: $149

In the same manner Apple watch  prices $269 and in fact, even the Apple Watch Series 2, at $349, is one of the lowest-priced smartwatches in its class:

  • Fossil Fenix 5: $599
  • Garmin Forerunner 630: $399
  • Michael Kors Access: $350
  • Samsung Gear S3: $349
  • Fossil Q Founder: $275

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Apple’s aggressive pricing strategy has also gone a long way in shrinking the price gap between Apple Watch and dedicated health and fitness trackers. There is now only a $70 difference between an Apple Watch Series 1 and Fitbit Blaze.

Apple is in the line to launch its iPhone 7s family along with an anniversary addition iPhone 8 later this year and has also announced 10.5-inch iPad Air pro to be launched soon. iPhone 8 is expected to  feature flat OLED with 2.5D glass over it with curved edges.

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We hope this UnderPricing phenomenon will bring a huge customer snaffle to the Apple and will make it more convenient for users to approach Apple easily.

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STRAVA Now Available for Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS Support

STRAVA, popular app by STRAVA inc. for running and cycling, released a new update (5.13.0), which can now access the inbuilt GPS of the Apple Watch Series 2 and help you track your fitness activities.

Tracking of fitness activities needed some focus of developers on the apple watch as fitness watch is always a handy wearable as compared to sticking a mobile on your arm or pocket which will keep bothering you all the time you spend for fitness. The STRAVA has stepped in with a development in this domain and has given a handy tool for tracking the fitness activities while utilizing sensors of a multipurpose watch from a well reputed brand.

Monitoring and Tracking fitness activities has always been an issue of core importance as the reliability of the sensors (like accelerometer, heart beat sensor and GPS) is very important. If these sensors are not giving accurate readings then the whole purpose of the device dies. Moreover you will never want to risk your health just because of false readings from your device or watch. For the same purpose many dedicated watches like TomTom and Garmin are already available in market and maintain good reputation for the sensors. However this App on Apple Watch Series 2 will give you the leverage of skipping a dedicated watch. Apple is known for authenticity and quality of their products. Since, STRAVA uses sensors and GPS of Apple Watch Series 2 then you won’t find a reason to buy a dedicated watch for tracking your running or bicycling.

The App will be giving you information of distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned as well as interactive map of your activity. Moreover you will also be able to set challenges for yourself and with your friends. You can follow friends and training buddies to monitor, like and comment on their activities. You can also showcase the best moments of your run or ride. Set some competition with friends and also share your activities on facebook, Instagram and twitter.

strava 2

Apple Watch Series 2 users can easily install the app from iTunes and enjoy their running and cycling adventures letting STRAVA monitoring and tracking for them.

App is already compatible and running on other devices of Apple like iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. App requires iOS 9.3 or later. Available in multiple languages.

NOTE: Continues running of GPS in background may result in decreased battery life.

Do let us know your opinion and experience of STRAVA on Apple Watch. Do you think it can be a replacement for dedicated activity monitoring watches like TomTom Spark 3 and Garmin Forerunner 230 etc.

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