Want Your Student ID on Apple Watch? The University of Alabama Enabled This

Apple has started rolling out the ability for college students to use a digital student ID in the Wallet app on iOS and on the Apple Watch to just a handfull for colleges in the United States. Eventually this will be opened up to all school that want to participate.

I've been usign my Apple Watch as my digital boarding pass for a while now and when overseas (especially in Europe) to pay for virtually everything and being able to this from your wrist is like living in the future!

Check out the linked article below from The Mac Observer...

Linked Article: https://www.macobserver.com/news/student-id-on-apple-watch/?utm_source=macobserver&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss_everything

‘Clockwork Lives’ Is Now a Graphic Novel

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‘Clockwork Lives’ the graphic novel is a series of 13 separate but loosely connected stories. The stories are extremely well written and each one very different from the next. All of these stories take place in the same steampunk world of adventure as ‘Clockwork Angels’ (the Rush album and graphic novel).

Read the full story over at GeekDad.com...

Apple Watch Series 2 vs Series 3

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If you are in the market for an Apple Watch, whether it is your first Apple Watch or you are just upgrading, you may be asking yourself:

Should I buy a Series 2 or a Series 3 Apple Watch?

Up until a few days ago I would not have been able to give you much advice on that topic. But now that I have upgraded from a Series 2 to a Series 3 I can tell you there are 3 main differences to consider when trying to answer that question.

The 1st Difference: Siri has a voice

All Apple Watches before the Series 3 reduced Siri to a visual text-based interface only. If you raised your wrist and gave Siri a command or asked a question you would need to then look at the screen of your Apple Watch to get confirmation that Siri acted on your command or to get the answer to your question. That all changes with the Series 3 Apple Watch. Now Siri has a voice. At first glance this might not seem like that big of a deal, especially if you have been using an Apple Watch since they first came out. But in practice this a really big deal. One of the biggest advantages of having a computer strapped to your wrist is that you can access it in situations where it is simply not possible to sit in front of a full computer or even pull your iPhone out of your pocket. But in many of those cases it also isn’t possible or practical to look down at the screen of your Apple Watch. This is especially true if you are asking Siri a question. Maybe you are walking down a flight of stairs or across a parking lot and in either of those cases you really shouldn’t be looking down at a tiny screen and trying to read a bunch of text. Siri’s voice pouring out of your Apple Watch really is a great new feature but you don’t realize how handy it is until you have it and use it.

The 2nd Difference: Cellular Connectivity

This may not be a feature you need, but for some this really handy. I like to go outside on walks and runs for exercise and listen to music and be able to use my phone if I run into trouble. Until I bought the Series 3 this meant I needed to take my iPhone with me on my run or walk. Walking isn’t such a bid deal, but if you are running an iPhone in your pocket isn’t feasible and strapping one to your arm is just a pain. Now all I do is pop my AirPods into my ears and head out the door. If I get a phone call or I need to call someone I can do that right from my watch. The cellular feature also means I don’t have to carry an iPhone around in my pocket at work all day. I leave the iPhone in my bag in my office. This is nice in a couple of way in that I don’t have an iPhone in my front pocket (not always attractive especially in dress pants) and it eliminates the temptation to pull my iPhone out and start checking email or news. But since I have cellular data on my watch I still get important texts and phone calls.

The 3rd Difference: Processor Speed

I saved the best for last and that is a faster processor. I can’t stress this enough, the jump in processor speed from the Series 2 to the Series 3 is staggering. There is nothing worse that lifting your wrist to quickly do something only to have to wait on the watch to catch up. With the Series 2 this would happen almost every time I went to start a workout. I was always waiting on the watch to “unfreeze” the interface so I could select a workout to start. This simply doesn’t happen with the Series 3 watch. There is no delay. Double-tapping the side button to quickly switch apps is also lightning fast and fluid with the Series 3 and with the Series 2 it was very sluggish. All of this might not seem like that big of a deal but you don’t realize just how much it bothers you until you realize you weren’t using the watch to its full potential because it just wasn’t enjoyable to use when it did these things. With the Series 3 I am now using my watch more than ever because it works so much more fluidly now.

My Recent Reads

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Back in March I posted here about changes that were coming in the frequency of my posts and changes I was making to my reading habits. My reading habit has most definitely increased. I just updated my reading list with the books I have read over the past several months as well the couple of books I am reading right now. Be sure to check out my full reading list, but here are just a couple of books to give you an idea of what I have been reading lately:

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

By Martin W. Sandler

This was just a fascinating and fun read. I am huge history buff and living in Florida has brought out an extreme curiosity in shipwrecks. The story of the Whydah and how to went from being a slave ship to one of the most treasure-laden pirate ships of all time before being sunk in a nasty storm and then found is both entertaining and educational. A perfect summer read.

“They vilify us, the scoundrels do, when there is only this difference: they rob the poor under the cover of law, and we plunder the rich under the protection of our own courage.”

Postal Volume 1

By Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill

Postal is a comic book series written by Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill and it is not your ordinary comic book. Postal is about a town named Eden in Wyoming that is populated by convicts living together in peace. The main character, Mark, is a postal carrier in the town and has Asperger syndrome. I like this comic because it is different and it highlights a syndrome that most people know little about. It’s a well written story, but it is graphic and definitely not a comic for young readers.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

By Matthew Walker PhD

This book is a must read for everyone as is highlights the importance of sleep and totally shatters the myths out there about how much sleep we all need and what the impacts of lack of sleep are on our society. Here is quote that should get you thinking. If a major insurance company is literally willing to put it’s money on this then there must be something there:

”The giant insurance company Aetna, which has almost fifty thousand employees, has instituted the option of bonuses for getting more sleep, based on verified sleep-tracker data.”

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