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How my Apple Watch saved my life

The lifesaving Apple Watch.

Garry Barker   I woke up feeling a bit odd. I strapped on my Apple Watch, unlocked the iPhone, and then felt for my pulse on my right wrist. Soon I was in the hospital cardiac unit for observation and treatment.

For one school, from small things big things grew

Abdul Chohan, director of the Essa Academy in Bolton.

Garry Barker   One school in Britain transformed itself and the lives of many people in its community by putting the right technology in the hands of its students.

The iPod continues to touch Apple faithful

The iPod family continues to evolve.

Garry Barker   Sales of iPods have been declining; yet, just a couple of weeks ago, Apple released the sixth generation of the iPod touch.

iMacs help artists rule the night

Melbourne-based projection artist Amanda Morgan has worked on all three White Night events.

Garry Barker   For the past three years White Night has transformed central Melbourne during a weekend in February with spectacular images projected on to buildings.

Apple hopes to call the tune with new Music

Apple put music streaming foremost on the business menu at this year's developer conference.

Garry Barker   A flood of new developments was launched at this year's World Wide Developer Conference.

Beacons call out and Apple responds

Geoff Elwood, from Melbourne-based developer company Specialist Apps, with severals iBeacons. The round ones are Australian-made BlueCat beacons.

Garry Barker   Schools, museums and shops are among the early adopters finding uses for wireless communication tools called iBeacons.

Watch app happy

There are already about 3500 apps for the Watch, and the list is growing.

Garry Barker   What ever you're doing, there's probably an app to make the task easier, and the focus now is on your wrist.

Macbook fitness program yields thinner, lighter notebook

Because MacBook is so thin, a completely new keyboard  had to be created.

Garry Barker   Apple continues to load new features into its devices that take into account the move from static to portable computing.

Time to think seriously about the Watch

The Watch has some functions of its own but its real power is through its wireless pairing with the iPhone.

Garry Barker   Now that the hype is abating, people are starting to appreciate the Watch for its functions - beyond the telling of time.

Powerful new Photos replaces popular image tools

Beta testing is sign of Apple's new openness under chief executive Tim Cook.

Garry Barker   Apple's photo management application Photos is completely new and it's a breeze to use.

Filmmakers call 'lights, Apples, action'

Filmmakers Ben Allan and Clara Chong have made a feature film, <i>X Was Here</i>, on a fraction of the typical Hollywood budget.

Garry Barker   Technology has advanced so quickly that you could win at Oscar using an iPad and iMac.

Watch is at the core of new Apple releases

Apple chief executive Tim Cook unveils the Watch, which will be on sale in Australia from about late April.

Garry Barker   The Watch occupied centre stage at its recent launch event but there was much more. It was a peek into where Apple’s thinking, technology, design and innovation are headed.


Apple Watch sets the gold standard for smartwatches

The high-end "Edition" watch will be priced from $14,000.

Garry Barker   The Apple Watch sets the standard for smart watches, in style and, more importantly, in functionality.

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More than fun and games with local developers

Matt Ditton's Many Monkeys makes the mobile game <i>Breath of Light</i>.

Garry Barker   These are not blockbuster games but they are the products of skilled and thoughtful minds, and many of the best are right here in Australia.

User support a core issue

Harmony: Access is a personal matter, but it requires coordination.

Garry Barker   Despite aiming for simplicity, our linked-in world of increasingly complex devices requires sophisticated help.

Apple, IBM in productivity link

More than 30 years ago Steve Jobs anticipated developments such as Wi-Fi and cloud computing.

Garry Barker   Technologists are looking at what employees do in their work and asking how mobile can empower staff.

Apple times a watch-and-learn strategy

Watch wrists: The Apple watch is one of many so-called smart timepieces trying to attract consumer interest.

Garry Barker   Industry soothsayers believe wearables are the next great life-changing trend. Design and finish will count hugely.


Sharp Mac leapfrogs competition

Desirable: The iMac 5K displays high-resolution images in detail so fine you could be looking not at a photograph, but the real thing.

Garry Barker   It’s not cheap and probably aimed more at professional photographers and videographers. But I wanted it.

Users monitor consumption with menu monitor

Various versions of Mac widget iStat Menus have built a huge global user base.

Garry Barker   During its seven years of service, iStat Menus has been downloaded millions of times.

Pocket Weather app reigns supreme

Best weather app: Pocket weather's interface is beautifully designed and logical.

Garry Barker   Through the magic of modern technology, the information in the Pocket Weather app is regularly updated from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's database, often every three minutes.