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The Apple Watch will display notifications for any app that can push notifications to the watch. You can configure which can, by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and tapping on the Notifications section. From here, you’ll be able to disable Notifications on the watch and control each app.

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The app with the most options is Activity. This is where you can disable stand reminders, progress updates, indications that the goals are complete, summaries and of course achievement notifications.

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Most of the other built-in apps can mirror an iPhone or be disabled. You can also manually control the built-in apps, which by default mirror alerts from your iPhone.

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The Notifications Indicator option in that Apple Watch app will disable the whole red dot at the top of the screen thingy. I don’t recommend that. If you get a lot of notifications, the better thing to know is how to disable all the notifications at once. To do so, Force Touch to invoke the Clear All screen. Tap it and all those notifications get cleared at once. Now, hopefully you can find all the things you didn’t see.

May 23rd, 2015

Posted In: Apple Watch

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Push Notifications can be used in most every service in the Server app, especially in 3.5 for Yosemite (which I still like to call Yosemite Server as it makes me think of Yosemite Sam in a tux, pouring champagne). Any service that requires Push Notifications will provide the ability to setup APNS during the configuration of the service. But at this point, I usually just set up Push Notifications when I setup a new server.

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To enable Push Notifications for services, you’ll first need to have a valid AppleID. Once you have an AppleID, open the Server app and then click on the name of the server. At the Overview screen, click on Settings.

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At the Settings screen for your server, click on the check-box for “Enable Apple push notifications.” At the Apple Push Notification Services certificate screen, enter an AppleID if you have not yet configured APNS and click on OK. The Apple Push Notification Service certificate will then be configured.

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The certificate is valid for one year, by default. Administrators receive an alert when the certificate is due to expire. To renew, open the same screen and click on the Renew button.

October 18th, 2014

Posted In: iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server

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When I’m writing, I like to listen to music in the background. When writing, I also like to have everything minimized so I can quickly grab a screenshot of the desktop where needed. This means that when I run into a track that doesn’t work with whatever I’m writing that I would need to unminimize iTunes, click the next button and then re-minimize iTunes. Awhile back I found a better way but can’t remember where for attribution. So, part of my default user template and imaging framework now includes setting the iTunes Dock icon to show the track that I’m playing so I can easily go to the next song, filing away the current song to remove from whatever playlist at a later date in case I’ve forgotten who the artist was. By default the iTunes Dock icon doesn’t show the current playing track. To tell it to:

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE

Then killall Dock:

killall Dock

Now when you click on iTunes in the dock and hold the mouse down, you’ll see the following:

If you later decide you don’t like this:

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool FALSE

And then killall Dock:

killall Dock

July 29th, 2012

Posted In: Mac OS X

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