Technology

How to Secure your Yahoo.com Account

AskDaveTaylor - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:18

It’s true, Yahoo has confirmed that back in 2014 there were millions, no, over 500 million account credentials that were stolen from the Yahoo servers. Business Insider says “The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.”

If you have an account on Yahoo, not only do you need to go change the password (and you DO use a different password on other sites, right?) but there are some other things you can do to help secure your account, even if it’s quite a while since the actual data breech.

To start, log in to your Yahoo account. They haven’t reset passwords, aren’t forcing you to change your login sequence, so it’s as easy as just going to yahoo.com and logging in as usual. Then on the top right, click the gear icon to access the main menu:

From the menu, choose “Account Info” to proceed.

At this point, you’ll move to a page with lots of different account settings and configuration. On the left side will be a menu of choices:

Choose “Account security” so you can change and update your account and make sure that if the data stolen back in late 2014 from the Yahoo servers hits the wider underground hacker community, it cannot be used to sneak into your account!

Here you can see the basic things you should be tracking. Most important is that you ensure that your phone number is accurate (I recommend a cellphone or other device that can receive text messages) and then turn on Two-step verification. That’s critical because with that enabled, even if the hackers can get your password or try to reset it by knowing your security questions, they can’t actually log in without knowing the secret code Yahoo sends to your smartphone.

I have an older tutorial on how to set up two-step verification. Read it. Follow it: How to set up two-step verification on Yahoo.com.

Back? All set up? Good. You’ll also want to ensure that the email addresses listed are your own valid addresses. They’re useful for emergency access if your password is hacked or lost.

And of course, click on “Change password” to set a new password. A good idea anyway!

 

But since the security questions and answers were part of the dataset stolen, Yahoo recommends that you disable your security questions. Yes, seems a bit weird, but it makes sense.

Once you’ve set a new password (I recommend upper and lower case letters, a digit or two and a punctuation character or two. Something like “Yo!2TheDave!”) it’s time to address those hacked security questions. Let’s do that by clicking on the words “Disable security questions“.

Since I’ve disabled them, I can tell you the answers, right? #1 the answer is … uh… um… wait a second. Let’s skip that part, ok?

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Can I Set my Apple Watch to Run Fast?

AskDaveTaylor - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:01

I have to admit, I’ve never quite understood the logic of people who set their watch to the wrong time deliberately, and then know that their watch is fast and isn’t the correct time. Don’t you just compensate in your head and therefore defeat any benefit you might realize by having it a few minutes fast?

Well, be that as it may, the surprising thing is that your Apple Watch can indeed be set to run a few minutes fast and still actually keep track of the correct time. Yes, clearly there are people at Apple HQ who have the same approach to time and time management, so you’re in luck!

Even better, it’s all something you can change and adjust on the Watch itself!

To start, tap on the Digital Crown once to get to app view:

Now tap on Settings (the gear icon).

Lots to check out here if you haven’t been to this area of your Apple Watch’s WatchOS 3.0 view before, but for our task, simply tap on Time to proceed.

What it says below the adjustment is that “All alerts and notifications will still come in at the correct time. The only time affected by this is what is shown on your watch faces.”

In other words, if you have an alarm set for 8:00am and adjust your Apple Watch to be running ten minutes ahead, the alarm will be triggered when it’s 8:10am on your watch face (though actually still 8:00am). Got it?

Tap on the “+0 min” option and it’ll show you a pretty slick interface to adjusting how far ahead you want to travel in time, um, adjust your Watch:

You can swipe to choose +5 minutes, then tap on Set to change to that setting on your Watch face:

Notice on the lower right that there’s an override on the Watch face that shows the correct and actual time (8:00am). Still, at a glance, it’s 8:05 and you’re late!

Good luck. This is definitely a set-and-forget sort of thing, so let us know how it works for you!

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Say hello to Google Allo: a smarter messaging app

GoogleBlog - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:31


Whether it’s planning a night out or just catching up, we all rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. But too often we have to hit pause on our conversations — whether it’s to check the status of a flight or look up that new restaurant. So we created a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going, by providing assistance when you need it.

Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time.



Respond quickly with Smart Reply
Google Allo makes it easier for you to respond quickly and keep the conversation going, even when you’re on the go. With Smart Reply, you can respond to messages with just a tap, so you can send a quick “yup” in response to a friend asking “Are you on your way?” Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like “aww cute!” And whether you’re a “haha” or “
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Promoting gender equality through emoji

GoogleBlog - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:10
More than 90 percent of the world's online population use emoji. But while there's a huge range of emoji, there aren't a lot that highlight the diversity of women's careers, or empower young girls. There are emoji like these for men:
but with options like these for women:
… the emoji representing women aren’t exactly, well, representative. So we've been working to make things better.

In May, we proposed a set of new emoji to the Unicode Technical Committee that represent a wider range of professions for women (as well as men), and reflect the pivotal roles that women play in the world. Since then, we've worked closely with members of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee to bring the proposal to life.

Today, the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee has agreed to add 11 new professional emoji, in both male and female options and with all the skin tones. That’s more than 100 new emoji to choose from!


Unicode is also adding male and female versions to 33 existing emoji. For example, you'll be able to pick both a female runner emoji and a male runner emoji, or a man or woman getting a haircut:
These additions can be included in future versions of Android and other platforms—because Unicode helps make sure that people with different phones can send and receive the same emoji.

These new emoji are one of several efforts we’re making to better represent women in technology, and to connect girls with the education and resources they need to pursue careers in STEM. One such effort is Made with Code, which helps girls pursue and express their passions using computer science. Ahead of World Emoji Day this weekend, Made with Code is releasing a new project that teaches coding skills through the creation of emoji-inspired stickers.
We hope these updates help make emoji just a little more representative of the millions of people around the
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Change is Made with Code

GoogleBlog - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:55
What would the world look like if only 20 percent of women knew how to write? How many fewer great books would there be? How many important stories would go unreported? How many innovations would we lose? How many brilliant women would be unable to fulfill their potential?

That’s not just a theoretical question. Today, only a small minority of women know how to write code. That limits their ability to participate in a growing part of our global economy. It limits their ability to affect change as entire industries are transformed by technology. And it limits their potential to impact millions of lives through the power of code.

To change this trajectory, we need to do all we can to inspire women and girls that learning to code is critical to creating a brighter future for everyone. That’s why I’m excited to share that, today, Google’s Made with Code, together with YouTube, is teaming up with the Global Citizen Festival and millions of teen girls to ignite a movement for young women to change the world through the power of code.

Over the last five years, millions of Global Citizens have influenced world leaders and decision makers, and contributed to shaping our world for the better. As we’ve seen this movement grow, we’ve learned about some incredible women who saw problems in their communities and realized that the biggest impact they could have was through computer science. They’ve used an interest in computer science and tech to help the homeless, stop sexual assault, and bridge the gender gap in technology - check out their stories here:



These women are doing big things, blazing a path for the next generation of girls, but they can’t do it alone. The vast potential around using code to improve the world cannot be realized if there are only a few voices influencing how it’s shaped. That’s why, today, we’re inviting teen girls everywhere to join the movement. Our new coding project gives young women a chance to make their voice heard by coding a statement about the change they want to see in the world.
This week, hundreds of thousands of girls from around the country have already used code to share their vision for a better, more inclusive, more equitable world:


These coded designs will be displayed onstage at the Global Citizen Festival, as symbols of the many different voices from teen girls, standing up for the change they want to see in the world.

Together with musicians, sisters, YouTube sensations and newly minted coders,
Chloe x Halle, teen girls are getting their start in code


Our efforts go well beyond this project. Made with Code is joining forces with Iridescent and UN Women to support the launch of the Technovation Challenge 2017 which gives girls the opportunity to build their own apps that tackle the real-life issues they see around them.

Please tune into the Global Citizen Festival livestream at youtube.com/globalcitizen on September 24 to catch all the action. And, more importantly, join us and encourage the young women in your life to try out coding and contribute their ideas for how to make a better future.

Posted by Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-795tCTWiCSI/V-K3lylC2OI/AAAAAAAATDY/kwzdr3Zn-Lg7n8jeXmGAeW--NqOTuVaIACLcB/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-09-21%2Bat%2B9.38.06%2BAM.png Susan Wojcicki CEO YouTube
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Enable Siri on MacOS X 10.12 Sierra?

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:32

If you’re fully immersed in the Apple ecosystem you already use Siri on your iPhone, though probably not so much on your iPad (based on usage statistics). You might even use it with your Apple Watch, though talking to your watch does have a slight air of “Dick Tracy” to it, so some people are too self-conscious to opt for that path to the helpful voice-based assistant.

With the released of MacOS X 10.12 “Sierra”, Apple has finally brought Siri to Apple desktop and laptop systems too, though it’s not quite as fully capable as far as we can tell. Still, for an easy way to navigate and submit basic queries, Siri can’t be beat, whether it’s “weather in shanghai?” or “time in london?” or “when do the rockies next play?”.

But you have to enable Siri for it to be ready to work!

To start, go to System Preferences… and find the swanky new Siri button:

Click on it and you’ll be at the Siri system preference (no surprise there, right?)

Notice on the left the “Enable Siri” checkbox. Make sure it’s checked to ensure that Siri can listen to you!

Now where we have had the most problem is finding a functional keyboard shortcut. There are a number of choices, as you can see if you click:

You might have better luck, but my suspicion is that it’s something that needs some tweaking on Apple’s part. Fortunately, once you have Siri running, you can also have it show up in the menu bar by checking the logically labelled “Show Siri in menu bar” option:

What you can’t do is have it wake up to “hey siri” like you can on your iOS 10 device. Too bad, that’s darn handy!

Once it’s running, we’re also finding that it’s a bit less entertaining than the mobile version, as shown:

We do encourage you to ask Siri what she can do for you, however:

That’s it. Now you have Siri on your MacOS X system. Good luck with it!

Tip: Apple has a good Siri info page too, though it’s more focused on the iOS version of the utility. Check it out at Apple.com

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See more, plan less – try Google Trips

GoogleBlog - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 17:36
Whether you’re juggling work, school, family, or just the demands of daily life, everyone needs a little break and a new adventure sometimes.

But knowing what to do once your vacation starts can turn what’s supposed to be fun into a lot of work. You might get recommendations from friends, professional travel guides, or online reviews — but figuring out how to squeeze everything you want to do into a finite window of time can be stressful, especially when you’re in a new place, often with limited access to the web. In fact, a GoodThink study showed that 74% of travelers feel the most stressful aspect of travel is figuring out the details.

We wanted to reduce the hassle and help travelers enjoy their hard-earned vacations. So today, we’re introducing a new mobile app to help you instantly plan each day of your trip with just a few taps of your finger: Google Trips.



Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket. Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food & drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips. The entire app is available offline — simply tap the “Download” button under each trip to save it to your phone.


Choose your own adventure
For the top 200 cities in the world, Google Trips shows you a variety of day plans featuring the most popular daily itineraries. We’ve automatically assembled the most popular sights, attractions, and local gems into a full day’s tour — all based on historic visits by other travelers. Say you’re visiting Barcelona. You can choose from multiple day plans, like “Eixample District,” which maps out the can’t-miss buildings by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect.


Plan each day of your trip like magic
Everyone has different interests and time constraints. No matter how popular an itinerary is, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for the perfect day or the perfect trip. Google Trips can help you build your day around places you already know you want to visit.

Say your friends told you that you have to see the Sagrada Familia — and you’re looking for suggestions on things to do around that spot. Press the “+” button in the day plans tile to jump into a map view containing all the top attractions in your destination. If you’re time constrained, you can specify above the map whether you have just the morning or afternoon, versus a full day. Then simply tap and pin the Sagrada Familia to build your itinerary around it. Google Trips automatically fills in the day for you. If you want more options, tap the “magic wand” button for more nearby sights. You can pin any new spots you like, and if you want even more, each tap of the “magic wand” instantly gives you a new itinerary with updated nearby attractions like Palau Macaya or Parc del Guinardo, so you can build your own custom itinerary in minutes while munching on your morning churro.

For more details on how this works on our Research Blog.


All your travel info, all in one place
Keeping track of all your flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations when you travel can be tough. With Google Trips, all your travel reservations are automatically gathered from Gmail and organized for you into individual trips, so you don’t have to search and dig up those emails. They’re waiting for you within the reservations tile, even without WiFi.


Vacations are a chance to recharge and experience new places and cultures. For your next trip, let us help you see all the sights you want to see, without all the work. Google Trips, available now on Android and iOS, has you covered from departure to return.

Posted by Stefan Frank, Product Manager, Google Trips https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yl145tls6Qc/V-BUTIka0fI/AAAAAAAATAI/3U0DEQu7IG4_FR6Hyu6x0zLe3-4dqDH3gCLcB/s1600/GoogleTrips_1.original.png Stefan Frank Product Manager Google Trips
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Does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Have New Battery?

AskDaveTaylor - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 13:27

You’re not alone in loving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7! In a lot of ways, it’s one of the coolest handheld gadgets on the market today with its built-in stylus and lots of apps that support write-on-screen. From artists to students wanting to add sketches or doodles to their notes, there’s lots to like about the Note 7.

Except for this little issue of the first generation batteries being unsafe and prone to bursting and exploding. Not good. In fact, you already know that there’s a worldwide recall on the first gen Note 7 including a bulletin from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission where they warn “The lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.”

But there are new, fixed Note 7 units starting to hit the market and Samsung just released a note about how you can tell the difference between the dangerous ones and the new, fixed Galaxy Note 7 units.

The secret is in the battery icon color. Really.

Here’s a dangerous Note7 with the gray battery icon:

By comparison, here’s a safe Galaxy Note 7 with green battery icon:

See the difference?

Samsung shows that there are three places that the new, green battery icon can show up on your Android phone:

On the main screens, it’ll show up at the top, as we saw in the previous images, but it can also show up on the lock screen (see middle image) or even the power off screen (which includes battery, power off, restart and the new emergency mode buttons).

You can also look on the label on the Note7 box, apparently the newer, safe units will have a solid black square on the label itself just to the right of the IMEI number, but that’s pretty subtle if you ask me!

Anyway, that’s the scoop, and now you know how to tell whether your Galaxy Note 7 — or your friend’s unit! — are safe or dangerous. Now, let’s get all those exploding batteries out of people’s pockets and purses before there are more problems.

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Bringing education to refugees in Lebanon with the Clooney Foundation for Justice

GoogleBlog - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:09
The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Last September, we invited people around the world to help us in supporting organizations on the ground — with Google.org matching every dollar. Since that time, Google.org has committed more than $16.5 million to refugee relief efforts, focused on immediate humanitarian assistance, information and connectivity, and education.

Clooney Foundation for Justice Grant
Today, we’re supporting the Clooney Foundation for Justice with a $1 million grant focused on education for refugee children in Lebanon. More than half of global refugees are under the age of eighteen, and in Lebanon, which is hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees per capita in the world, nearly half of those are Syrian refugee children who are currently out of school.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice is teaming up with SABIS, a global education network that has already taught many refugee children in Lebanon. SABIS is taking its accredited teaching methodology and making it accessible to more refugees in Lebanon by setting up semi-permanent schools in areas with a high concentration of refugee children. This grant will support expanding their efforts to develop a new school model, using digital tools, for up to 10,000 out-of-school children in Lebanon. Through our employee volunteering program, we’ll also provide technical expertise to help with everything from connectivity to cloud storage by having Googlers helping both on the ground and remotely.



This grant builds on our work with organizations who also support refugees in Germany, France, Turkey and Greece with access to education and learning opportunities. Collectively, our efforts across humanitarian assistance, connectivity and access to information and education will help more than 1 million refugees.

Information and Connectivity
In October 2015, we granted NetHope $900,000, and our employees from around the world helped set up WiFi hotspots and charging kits at key transit points along the refugee route in Europe. So far, more than 300,000 refugees have been able to access NetHope’s WiFi to access vital information. Googlers also helped build the site RefugeeInfo.eu with the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, and others. The site is now accessible in 18 locations in Greece, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, and is being used more than 1,000 times a day.

We’re also working to help refugees in the United States get mobile connectivity by partnering with the International Rescue Committee to donate 1,000 Nexus devices and Project Fi wireless service to refugees in 24 cities across the country.

Education
In January, together with NetHope, we launched “Project Reconnect” — an effort to to equip German NGOs with 25,000 Chromebooks that help refugees learn more about local languages, resources, and job opportunities. To date, more than half of them have been delivered and used by nonprofits in Germany. Last year, we also gave a grant to Libraries without Borders to send their Ideas Boxes to create safe learning and playing spaces for children in refugee camps. These Ideas Boxes have been visited thousands of times in camps from Lesbos and Athens in Greece to the refugee camp of Grande Synthe in France and in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Discovering the resources of the Ideas Box in the Eleonas refugee camp, in Athens, Greece

A White House call to action
In June, we signed on as a founding partner of the White House’s Private Sector Call to Action for Refugees, an effort by the administration to bring together a cross-section of businesses to help make significant commitments that will have a measurable impact on refugees both in the United States and around the world. We’re participating in the conversation at the White House Summit on Refugees today in New York, and will continue to build on our efforts.

You can learn more about grantees and their work at google.org/refugees, and you can donate directly on our site and via the White House’s AidRefugees.gov.

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My iPhone 7 Purchase Experience with AT&T Wireless

AskDaveTaylor - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:29

First off, a disclosure: I’m a long-time AT&T Wireless customer and am also a long-time Apple fan, having had iPhones since the very first one was released into the market. In fact, I switched from Verizon to AT&T about six months before the iPhone 1 came out, and remember I had a Blackberry Pearl, which was itself a dramatic improvement from the clunky Motorola flip-phone. Imagine, an actual keyboard! A trackball! A color screen and Internet capabilities.

Then Apple released the iPhone 1 and redefined what a mobile device could do and how the experience of using a mobile device could be like having a tiny tablet rather than a 1960’s clunker that just kept shrinking and shrinking.  Heck, prior to the iPhone, the idea of going to the phone manufacturer to buy a phone was plain weird.

I’ve never done the overnight line but I have definitely spent hours in line, waiting for the chance to walk in the Apple Store and pick out the device of my choice. Peculiar, really, for a commodity gadget, but I’ve definitely enjoyed almost a decade of iPhone development and evolution, both in the operating system and the increasingly sophisticated hardware.

When Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, I wanted one. Far more water resistant and with a different built-in taptic system, a better camera, and, yes, the brave new world of no audio jack. All good. Even with my pristine iPhone 6s that was barely a year old. It’s okay: When you’re in the tech business, you really do need to keep up, even when sometimes the cutting edge can leave a few droplets of blood on the floor.

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Video Review: Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO Studio Headphones

AskDaveTaylor - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:32

Earbuds are incredibly convenient, and there’s no arguing that slipping them in your pocket makes them super portable. But if that’s all you’re using to listen to your music, whether it’s hip-hop, classical, contemporary jazz or just Top 40 R&B, you’re missing out. It really is like watching your favorite TV show on a tiny black & white set instead of the latest ultra-high-def 4K color television.

There’s so much more to your music than you’re hearing and while you might need to make that trade-off of audiophile quality and reproductive quality versus portability when you’re on the road, certainly when you’re in your office or at home you can step up to something better! And if you’re a musician, you know exactly how important great audio reproduction can be!

That’s why I’m so enamored of the new Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO studio headphones. They’re big, but oh, the sound. My video review:

Now I’ll be honest with you, I don’t carry these with me – heck, the carrying box is big enough that either of my cats could curl up comfortably for a nap! – but when I’m in my office and able to enjoy them, the sound on the DT 1990 PRO headphones really is extraordinary.

Brand new for 2016, they’re a great choice if you’re a recording artist, foley artist or otherwise really need the best audio reproduction without regard to portability or how compact they are. And that Mini-XLR headphone jack? A bit odd, but you’ll probably just pick your favorite of the two cords (coiled or straight) and never unplug it again, so no worries!

You can learn more about the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO studio headphones at Beyerdynamic.com. Or pick up a pair for yourself at Amazon.com: $599.99 USD.

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A faster way to share photos and videos, and all-new movies

GoogleBlog - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:00
Sharing all the photos from your weekend with friends can be hard: Not everyone uses the same apps, texting can be slow, and email has attachment limits.

Now, with Google Photos, you pick the photos, tap “share” and select the people you want to share with, instead of the apps — and we take care of the rest. If your friends are on Google Photos, they’ll get a notification. If you share via phone number, they’ll get a link to the photos and videos via SMS. And email addresses will get an email with a link from Google Photos. So you can spend less time toggling from app to app to share photos — dealing with failed texts or email attachment limits along the way — and more time enjoying life’s photo-worthy moments.



We’re also upping our game when it comes to automatic creations. Google Photos has always made movies for you using your recently uploaded photos. Now we’re going further, with new movies that are based on creative concepts — the kinds of movies you might make yourself, if you just had the time. And they’re not only limited to your most recent uploads.

One of the first concepts is designed to show your child growing up right before your eyes. Here’s an example:



We’re rolling out a couple more concepts this week, with more coming soon. Look out for a concept to commemorate the good times from this summer, and another one for formal events like weddings. And you don’t need to do a thing — these movies get made automatically for you.

These updates are rolling out today across Android, iOS, and the web.


Posted by David Lieb, Product Lead, Google Photos https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IT1gpc5ZUtA/V-AYz6NEw1I/AAAAAAAAS_4/zyYAY6tVVig1_jlHpAANIlW1qCyNXHR1QCLcB/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-09-19%2Bat%2B9.55.02%2BAM David Lieb Product Lead Google Photos
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How to customize the new Apple Watch Dock?

AskDaveTaylor - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:16

Whether you have a first generation Apple Watch or the latest new, improved one, there’s no question that you’ll want to be running Apple’s watchOS 3.0 on it. Lots of new features, much snappier performance and much goodness with watch faces too. All good. One thing that was changed from the previous OS and is a great update is replacing the “favorites wheel” with the Watch Dock.

You access it with a single push on the Side button and suddenly you have a list of favorite apps, swipe-able left and right, and can super-quick launch them as desired. Except for the puzzle of how do you get rid of those apps you don’t actually use and include others that you use all the time?

The secret, as with so much of Apple Watch customization, is to use the Watch app on your iPhone.

Launch that to get started:

You can see the entry you seek at the bottom of this list: “Dock“.

Tap on it…

You can see the apps I have in my Dock: Messages, Activity, Calendar, Timer, Maps and Workout. Below it are all the apps that could be included but are not.

To change things up and customize the Apple Watch Dock to match your own interests, tap on “Edit” on the top right:

Now you can get rid of the apps you don’t want by tapping the red circle button. You can also see in the “DO NOT INCLUDE” apps section that there’s a green “+” button to add apps to the Dock too. Delete what you don’t want (they aren’t deleted, by the way, just moved down to the DO NOT INCLUDE section, so you can add them back any time you’d like), add what you prefer, and you’ll end up with a Dock setup that looks like this:

Now you can change the order of the items on the watchOS 3 Dock by simply tapping and dragging the three-horizontal-lines button to the right of the individual apps. Done with all your customization? Great! Tap “Done” to denote that.

And now, on your watch a single tap on the Side button and you’ll be looking at your favorite apps, like Timer:

That’s all there is to it. Not too difficult, and darn useful!

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