The Apple Watch is incredibly popular as a fitness tracker, but Josh Centers had trouble adopting it until recently, when he ventured into the burgeoning fitness app world beyond Apple’s Activity rings and Health app. If Apple’s health-focused software has left you wanting more, read on, and while you’re at it, install watchOS 8.4.1, which fixes unspecified bugs. Apple’s insistence on charging premium prices for the Apple TV has also turned many people off, including Glenn Fleishman. He picked up a Roku Express 4K+ streaming media player for $30 and found it an excellent alternative. Finally, Adam Engst turns his attention to cloud storage services, sharing news and tips that will help keep Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and OneDrive from raining on your parade. Notable Mac app releases this week include Default Folder X 5.6.4 and DEVONthink 3.8.1.
Apple released watchOS 8.4.1 shortly after watchOS 8.4 with no explanation beyond “includes bug fixes for Apple Watch Series 4 and later”
The compact, inexpensive Roku Express 4K+ could give you everything you want from a streaming media player for your TV, including AirPlay 2 support. It’s a fraction the cost of an Apple TV 4K and nearly as well designed.
Triggered by a conflation of recent cloud storage issues, Adam Engst examines the real-world experience surrounding cloud storage and explores a variety of quirks, irritations, and gotchas with Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and OneDrive.
Despite owning an Apple Watch from the beginning, Josh Centers didn’t get much use from its fitness-tracking capabilities until he gave up on Apple’s software.
Updates the handling of cloud-synced folders to ensure correct tracking of synced folders. ($34.95 new, free update, 15.7 MB, macOS 10.10+)
Brings a variety of small improvements to the document and information manager. ($99 new, free update, 137 MB, macOS 10.11.5+)