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The Apple Watch was designed to be hardly used

As the testing went on, it became evident that the key to making the Watch work was speed. An interaction could last only five seconds, 10 at most. They simplified some features and took others out entirely because they just couldn’t be done quickly enough. Lynch and team had to reengineer the Watch’s software twice before it was sufficiently fast.

It's becoming increasingly clear that Apple designed its new watch to be used as little as possible, with information to be glanced at rather than studied. As the piece points out, holding your arm in the air for any length of time is no fun at all.

Figuring out how to send a text was illuminating. Initially the process was a lot like texting on an iPhone: addressee here, message here, confirm message. Tap to send. “It was all very understandable, but using it took way too long,” Lynch says. Also, it hurt. Seriously: Try holding up your arm as if you’re looking at your watch. Now count to 30. It was the opposite of a good user experience. “We didn’t want people walking around and doing that,” Dye says.

The whole article is worth a read even if you only have a passing interest in the Apple Watch.


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Relay FM's new Inquisitive format should be a winner

If you're a fan of Myke Hurley's work then you're already familiar with his Inquisitive podcast. Today's new episode marks a new chapter for it, and if it's anything like it sounds, it's going to be awesome.

'Behind the App' marks a total change for Inquisitive. This series is going to be all about what it takes to build Apps for the iPhone, and how the App Store has totally changed the software industry. But I have lots of idea for other series' that I would like to do, with totally different topics.

I'm all downloaded and ready to go. I'll be firing up Overcast in due course. I suggest you do the same.

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YouTube's recommendation engine is too good

Can you tell that my two-year-old has discovered YouTube?


My YouTube recommendations aren't quite what they used to be.


I'm told journaling is supposed to help.

This originally started out as an entry in Day One. Then I thought maybe it would work here. You be the judge.

I keep reading that writing in a journal is supposed to help.

Help with stress. Help with planning. Help with working out all those little mysteries that surround us in our daily lives.

It's supposed to just, 'help.'

I've tried to get into journalling plenty of times in the past. I even spent a few days setting up Brett Terpstra's Slogger which goes off, pulls in all kinds of data about songs I've listened to and what I've posted across the internet and then puts it into Day One.

So far, it's never stuck.

Oh yeah. Day One. It's meant to be pretty awesome. I bought it on the Mac and iOS because, well, journaling is meant to 'help.'

So here I am, again, typing into a journaling app, saying that I'm going to journal more. Because it's going to 'help.' I'm not sure what with yet, but any kind of help is good help, right?

I'm hoping it'll do everything people tell me it will. I'm hoping it help me make better decisions, not obsess over things that don't need obsessing over and generally be better at being me.

I'm very good at obsessing over things by the way. Normally I like to do that in the shower, but water's not free and it costs nothing to type. My long showers are the thing of legend now too, so maybe it's time to find an alternative.

So yeah. Journaling.


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