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Apple iPad (2018)

Spectre x360 13 2-in-1

Samsung Galaxy S9

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset and Controller

ScoopFree Original Self Cleaning Litter Box

Kindle Oasis (2017) - The Perfect eBook reader

Azio's Retro Classic Mechanical Keyboard

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Jaybird Run wireless bluetooth headphones

BlackBerry Motion

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Miele Blizzard CX1 Hardfloor PowerLine

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Anki Overdrive - Fast and Furious Edition

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Huawei P10

Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular

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Nomad leather case for iPhone 8 Plus

Alcatel A50

Tile Pro Sport smart tracker

27-inch Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display

Anki Cozmo programmable robot

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Google Home

Sennheiser HD-1 in ear wireless headphones

Motorola Moto E4

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch

BlackBerry KEYone

Philips Hue Smart Lighting System

insta360 nano 360 camera for iPhone

2017 Cadillac CT6 Luxury

UAG Rugged Case for Surface Book

Motorola Moto G5

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Linksys VELOP Whole Home Mesh Network

Fitbit Alta HR

2016 Range Rover

2016 Ford Flex Limited

Timex IQ+ Move fitness tracking watch

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2016 Mazda MX-5

Sennheiser PXC-550 Bluetooth headphones

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4MATIC Sedan

Sudio Regent Bluetooth headphones

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

VisionTek SoundTube PRO Bluetooth speaker

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The Apple Beat: Apple’s Continuity to unify iOS 10, watch OS 3.0 and macOS Sierra

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

Apple unifies its various operating systems, iOS, watchOS and macOS through iCloud as well as with common features across their Photos, Messages and other shared apps. Continuity, which enables seamless transition of actions between devices is just going to get better as the various operating systems get updated this fall.

Apple has been steadfast in keeping iOS a mobile operating system and macOS a desktop system. The hardware does cross over to some extent, we now have iPad Pros that work like notebooks (with very similar capabilities and processing power), and MacBooks that are so thin and light that they’re as portable as iPads.

As far as the OS’s are concerned, however, there’s a palpable difference. Each are designed to make the most of the their designated form factors while offering some unity between apps that have versions on both platforms.

Apple makes things easier with the inclusion of Continuity features. Continuity makes it possible to determine what device a user is on and transfer a task over to that device.

Examples of Continuity are checking out a webpage on Safari on your iPhone and having this easily accessible on your iMac when you approach it. Same with typing a message or an email on your iPad and being able to finish it on your MacBook Air if it is nearby.

Continuity is getting beefed up across devices on iOS 10 and mac OS Sierra. There’s now a universal cut and paste feature, which means you can clip an image on your iPhone or iPad and simply press command-P (shortcut for paste) on a nearby Mac and have this populate your current app (without negating whatever is on your clipboard). 

There’s also an Auto Unlock feature  on watch OS 3.0 that uses proximity of Apple Watch to a Mac in order to automatically unlock it. This is a secure way to ensure quick access to a desktop without having to key in a password. As many Mac user’s know, Macs often require passwords for access, I probably enter my password between 15-30 times a day.

Apple Pay, which is the company’s huge global push towards mobile payments, has been in the news for its availability on Apple Watch and iPhones and now macOS Sierra devices will be getting the feature to work as well. This means when shopping online on your MacBook or iMac, you can opt to use your Apple Watch or nearby iPhone 6S or iPad to verify your identity and enable the sale.

The ability to make Apple devices talk to each other in an almost seamless and transparent fashion can help cement user loyalty, specially when these features are coming to older devices which can suddenly enjoy these features that allow them to share data and files, enable advanced control of their devices while ensuring security and encryption are paramount. 

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