Smartwatch Etiquette

Stephen Hackett mentioned the social aspects of wearing a smartwatch that delivers notifications from your phone.

I also wear the Pebble smartwatch because I don’t always have my iPhone on me especially when I’m playing with the kids. I do like being able to get notifications but mostly if it’s from my wife or something else that might need my immediate attention.

There is a certain etiquette I feel when it comes to wearing (smart)watches and smartphones. There’s an unwritten rule where if someone wears a watch and glances at it while with another person or group, it’s considered rude because it intimates that you are bored, not interested in where you are, or you just need to be somewhere else. The same goes with a smartwatch that delivers notifications because it might seem like you’re checking the time and/or whatever is showing on your watch is more important than your conversation or meeting.

I remember when smartphones became more common and in meetings I would see people glancing at their smartphones either checking the time (because some people do that) or checking their smartphone for email, text, or whatever it was that demanded your attention away from the conversation or meeting.

I am not sure how the social aspects will change once smartwatches become commonplace. I have a feeling that it might not be as rude to check on your watch or phone in the near future. As someone who is in their late 30’s, I’ll still think of it as rude but perhaps the younger generation and my kids may not think so.

Apple Releases Updates for iOS And Yosemite

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1 and Yosemite 10.10.1 today.

I have installed on my iPhone and MacBook Air and both seem to fix issues that were nagging me.

With iOS 8.1.1, it seems to have fixed the iCloud issues that I mentioned before. Drafts, Day One, and Whatsapp all now start up without hanging or shutting down. I also noticed that I can now delete apps right away instead of waiting for the dialog box to show up.

Another issue was with AirDrop. I am not sure if this was fixed with the iOS or Yosemite update but I can now AirDrop between my iPhone and MacBook Air without issue. My Wi-Fi has also improved.

If you have been having issues like I have, you should definitely download and update.

Keyboard Maestro Yosemite Accessibility Fix

Since I did a clean install of Yosemite on my Mac, I’ve been slowly adding applications that I used to use like Keyboard Maestro.

I like to use Keyboard Maestro for little things like opening my favorite apps, opening and closing the apps I use when I code. So, after I installed it, I got an accessibility permissions issue and I remembered Shawn Blanc had a post on how to fix it.

You might run into these issues after installing apps like Keyboard Maestro or TextExpander.