April 20, 2015 Last Updated 2:54 pm

Flood of app updates adding Apple Watch support, most involving notifications

Morning Brief: Greek 3-year bond hits 28 percent as Euro exit chances increase; immigrant tragedies and elections take focus off the Eurozone crisis, however

If the flood of app updates are any indication, developers see the Apple Watch as a push notification delivery device as aApps from CNN, to the Tribune papers, have aded Apple Watch support over the weekend.

The update for CNN App for iPhone describes its Apple Watch support:

ChiTrib-iPhone6CNN is now available on Apple Watch. Get up-to-the-minute breaking news across 12 personalized categories – from Top Stories and Health to Entertainment and Politics. Tap to open a story; then choose to save it or continue reading on your phone. You can even launch live CNN TV on your phone, right from your watch.

All the iPhone apps for Tribune Publishing newspapers were updated on Friday afternoon, with the addition of Apple Watch support the only feature mentioned. The apps are South Florida Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Daily Press (Newport News, VA), Baltimore Sun News Reader, The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), LA Times, and Chicago Tribune. A few early user reviews in iTunes for LA Times say the update makes the app crash, but I did not experience any crash issues with the update, so it may be isolated to those with older version of iOS, or those devices that need a reboot.

It is not just newspapers adding Apple Watch support to their iPhone apps. Zillow has updated its Real Estate by Zillow iPhone app to add Apple Watch support:

Jumpstart your home search with Zillow for Apple Watch.

  • Receive instant notifications about nearby homes and saved searches.
  • Check the Zestimate of homes nearby.
  • Browse photos, prices and home details on the go.
  • Find a home you love? Favorite the home on your Apple Watch and we’ll instantly synch it across all of Zillow.

AdobeColor-iPhone6One of the more interesting of the Apple Watch updates comes from Adobe, which updated Adobe Color CC, its color recognition and extraction app. Creative Cloud members can use the app by using the camera on their iPhone to capture an image containing a color they find interesting. The app then translate that color into values that can be used in Photoshop and other apps.

What’s New in Version 2.2.0
LOCAL COLOR – only on the Apple Watch
See the sights in a spectrum of color. Pair the app with your Apple Watch and turn on geolocation to reveal color themes that were captured nearby. View the theme, name, distance, and map location. Swipe to see the ten most popular themes in the vicinity. Add them to your Creative Cloud Library as-is, or pass one to your iPhone for real-time adjustments. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Other Apple Watch related updated come from Al Jazeera for AJ+, and Yahoo for Yahoo News Digest, which both will be using to deliver push notifications to your wrist (assuming you are wearing an Apple Watch, of course).

Here is a unique use of the Apple Watch: Condé Nast’s Epicurious wants you to use your Apple Watch to tell time. That’s right, the update for Epicurious Recipes & Shipping List is for adding Apple Watch support for monitoring cooking times.

“Cooking can be distracting. Halfway through, we’ll tell you to flip your fish. And right before it’s done, we’ll remind you to check on it. You’ll even see a beautiful picture of what it looks like,” said Eric Gillin, Executive Director of Epicurious.

The app description adds: “Don’t worry, even if you don’t have an Apple Watch, you can still use our new smart timer — it works on the iPhone, too.”

I would think so, after all, the Watch doesn’t do much, if anything, without an iPhone in tow. Makes you wonder why you need the damn watch.

The crisis in the Eurozone is hitting up once again, though it would be hard to notice as news organizations in the U.S. and U.K. concentrate on upcoming elections. The election in the U.K. is May 7, the election in the U.S. is November 8… of next year, but it matters not.

Meanwhile, Greece’s 3-year bond price rose to nearly 28 percent, while the Euro fell in value slightly, trading today at $1.07.

Things should settle down a little as the next meeting between the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, and Greece’s creditors is not until Friday where a meeting is scheduled in Riga, Latvia.

Immigration, however, remains front page news in both the U.K. and U.S., and nearly a thousand migrants drowned in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya this weekend. At least 1,500 migrants have died so far in 2015 while on route to Europe.

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