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Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 11th, 2015

I’ve had my Watch for eighteen days now. Everyday I learn something new, and everyday the Watch becomes more apart of my everyday life. It keeps me on time for my meetings, has me connect to my friends on a more personal level, and it made me realize I need to cut out the large amount of caffeine I rely on. We put together a list of 18 features we have found to be useful that maybe you haven’t seen before!

1. Dismissing Notifications by Swiping Left or Force Touch

A few days after tapping on each notification to dismiss them, I finally stumbled across two easier ways to remove them.

Swiping to the left on your notification will give you the option to clear it.

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Force Touch on the display in the notifications window will allow you to clear all.

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2. The Outlook Mail app will send you notification.

If you use the Outlook Mail app, you will not only get a notification, you will get the option to Archive, Mark as Read, Delete, or Schedule for Later.

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3. You can change the color for your Digital Touch drawing.

Drawing in Digital Touch is pretty fun, especially if you have a wide variety of colors. Tap and hold on a color until the chroma wheel comes up.

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4. You can change your preset replies in Messages.

In the Watch app on your iPhone, if you navigate to Message, you can find the Default Replies and tap on them to change them.

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5. Handoff between Watch and iPhone lets you handoff your calls.

If you answer a call on your Watch and want to switch to your iPhone, you can use handoff to switch over. Look at the bottom left corner of your iPhone lock screen, swipe up on the phone icon to switch your call over.

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6. Change to Day view in Calendar.

You can switch between List and Day view in Calendar by using Force Touch in the Calendar app.

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7. You can control your Apple TV with the remote app.

You can add your Apple TV to the Remote app by opening the app and on your Apple TV opening the Remote settings.

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8. Take a screenshot.

Press both the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

9. Force Power-Off

Is your Watch not responding? Force Power Off by pressing and holding the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

10. Removing Pay from your Watch if it is lost or stolen.

Need to remove your cards from Pay? Log into iCloud.com and find your Watch in settings. You can remove all cards from there.

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11. Can’t find your iPhone? Ping it!

If you are like me, you seem to misplace your iPhone in the couch cushions. Good news, you can send a ping to your iPhone to play a sound.

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12. Send your location in a message.

In a message, use Force Touch to send your location.

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13. Delete, Flag, or Mark as Unread a Mail message.

While in a message in Mail, Force Touch the screen.

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14. Choose Mailboxes you want on your Watch.

If you have more than one mail account, you can set custom settings in the mail settings for Watch.

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15. Turn by Turn with Taptic.

This may be my favorite feature. I have a horrible internal compass and looking at my iPhone while driving is too distracting. Start your turn by turn directions on your watch or iPhone and you will receive a taptic response when you are near your next turn or exit.

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16. Change audio source in the Music app.

Need to change from listening to your music on your iPhone to your bluetooth speaker? Force Touch the screen while in the music app to change the source.

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17. Switch to the last opened app.

Need to get back to your previous app? Double tap the digital crown!

18. Change emoji colors.

Sick of red hearts or the yellow smiley face? Use Force touch to change the color!

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Posted by Charles Edge on February 13th, 2015

So you’ve been through our features page and you’ve seen our marketing messages. You’re sold. But you have someone else that needs to approve this whole Bushel thing: the owner of a company who decided to buy Macs, the director of your department who tasked you with locking down your iPads, investors who are funding your initiatives and want to see devices secured. So really, what are the benefits that Bushel provides that these people care about? And how do you describe the total cost of this initiative?

Let’s address the benefits first. The four areas most decision makers care about tend to include the following:

  • You need to quickly setup devices. This includes adding devices to your Bushel account, pushing apps to devices, automatically configuring email accounts and automatically configuring settings on the devices to make them as secure as possible.
  • You need to be able to lock down a Mac, iPad or iPhone if that device gets lost or stolen. When devices fall outside your control we give you the ability to secure them. Remove your data, lock a device or wipe.
  • You need to be able to be able to make a quick report on what devices are floating around out there. This inventory includes warranty status, serial numbers, capacity, model and other information (including IMEI if you’re doing enterprise app distribution). We keep track of all that. And we let you export it to Excel, Xero or Quickbooks so you can quickly report information to your boss.
  • You need to consistently know that your devices have the appropriate apps. You have loaded up devices with apps only to have staff turnover and wiping devices cause you to have to buy a whole new set of apps. We let you smartly manage what apps go to what Apple IDs.

A lot of people make decisions based on cold hard cash. So consider this, if you setup 10 iPads by hand, it’s likely to take about half an hour each to load them up with apps, configure security settings and get your inventory of serial numbers and the such into a spreadsheet. That’s about 5 hours. Bushel costs $2 per month, per device. And after the devices are in the hands of your coworkers, you can remotely control them, saving you tons of time when you decide to start using new apps, move your email to a new mail service, add a new wireless network to the office or one of the other many, many things that our customers do on a monthly basis.

In short, Bushel saves you time, makes you more nimble and gives you oversight over all of your devices. Because as a small business, we love small businesses and want to help see you spend your time building an awesome company, rather than get mired in the monotony of setting up and managing Apple devices.

Posted by Charles Edge on February 5th, 2015

The healthcare system is changing. Organizations that deliver health care services are becoming more and more focused on delivering care in homes. In some cases, this change is due to an aging population, but in others it’s to meet people where they are: delivering care where people are the most comfortable. In short, today, more so than in a long time, we as a society are embracing helping people towards independence.

As such, the industry is changing and becoming more and more mobile. Clinicians can now monitor patients both in home and remotely. There are solutions out there to help monitor a patients condition and that status of various illnesses and ailments. There are tools that help patients own the outcomes of their treatments. Mobile healthcare technology also allows smaller businesses to take a more caring and integral part in the delivery of service.
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There are a ton of benefits to such a sharp increase in health care delivered to someones home. But there are also a lot of challenges. And there are a number of tools dedicated to maximizing the advantages that Apple Devices have in home health care delivery. Each provider knows what they need and likely goes to national or regional conferences where they’re bombarded with a number of apps, devices, gadgets and gizmos. But what you don’t see is how to make it all work together in a comprehensive solution.

One piece that is integral to a comprehensive solution is device management. Data must be encrypted to be HIPAA compliant. HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The goal of HIPAA is to protect the confidentiality and security of healthcare information, while helping the healthcare industry control administrative costs and still make it easier for people to have health insurance. In short, records need to be secure, private and portable across providers.

In order to keep devices compliant, most organizations really need a Mobile Device Management (MDM) tool, such as Bushel. Bushel provides a simple dashboard that tells you how many of your Apple devices are encrypted at-a-glance. Bushel can also deliver mail and health care apps automatically to devices. One huge benefit of having a Mobile Device Management (MDM) tool such as Bushel manage all that on devices is that you can enable “Managed Open In.” This feature keeps data from leaking from the apps you provide a device to other apps. That way, if a record is transferred within the app ecosystem your organization provides a device, you will have an auditable trail of what happened.

Overall, the move to more Apple Devices in Home Health Care, like the Home Health Care shift, is a very positive thing. Keeping on top of all the requirements is a small trade-off for what are turning out to be such great health outcomes!