Let Your Heart Beat for the Apple Watch →

Apple released a document where they explain how the Apple Watch reads your heartbeat, and where to find the information. Including some tips to get better results, there is one paragraph I love (emphasis mine):

"Heart rate is just one of many factors that Apple Watch uses to measure your activity and exercise. Depending on your workout, it selects the most appropriate inputs for that activity. For example, when you’re running indoors, it also uses the accelerometer. When you’re cycling outdoors, it uses the GPS in your iPhone. And even when you’re not in a dedicated workout, it tracks how much you move each day. So Apple Watch can give you the information — and the motivation — to improve your fitness and your health."

Relay FM To Release iPhone And Apple Watch App →

Talking about great new things coming from Relay FM, they announced a secret project they've been working on with Glide. As explained in their post:

"You can select your favorite shows to follow them and receive a push notification when they go live. Simply tap play, and the stream begins without any fuss. If you missed a show, you can stream a previous episode right from the app."

I really like the approach of making the listening experience even easier with the Apple Watch integration.

Check out the video below for a little preview of what it will look like.

Beautiful Hand-Made Pen-And-Paper Accessories By Nock Co.

Last week Nock Co. officially opened up their store.
After finishing the production of their successful Kickstarter campaign to generate enough money to "purchase the equipment and materials needed to launch [their] shop", Brad Dowdy (whom you may know from his site The Pen Addict or the Podcast with the same name) and Jeffrey Bruckwicki were able to open up the gates of the Nock Co. Shop.

The hand-made pen (and other writing accessories) cases look and feel incredible. I'm using mine since the day I got them, and I'm feeling a little sad because I don't enough enough writing material to fill them all. There's no need to worry though as I know that I have enough time to use them. I honestly think that they'll last forever.

As you can read on their blog, they have already introduced a new product called The Fodderstack, and you read Jeffrey's post about the launch including some behind the scene pictures.

We Are All Workspaces →

Mike Vardy on why We Are All Workspaces:

“No matter where I was on this trip, I was able to do something to move things forward. In fact, no matter where I am every day I am always able to do something to move things forward. I have learned not to rely on technology.”

In a world where we all rely on technology to do more (or a least we think so), it's still important to be able to work on something when you don't have your technology at hand.
This is also one of the many reasons why I carry a notebook and some pens with me on a daily basis (in my Nock case as well).

Jason Snell's Hands-On of Yosemite →

After what I've seen from Yosemite so far (I haven't been able to try it yet), I agree with what Jason Snell writes in his hands-on of OS X Yosemite:

"Some of the design decisions in this first developer release seem a little unfinished, which is fair enough—the OS itself is unfinished! I’d like to see more consistency when it comes to the way stoplight buttons and title bars are displayed, and I worry about the increased clutter and decrease in clickable areas for dragging windows. I’m also a bit concerned about the loss of window titles in apps where they impart real information. It’ll be interesting to see how Apple designs its individual built-in apps, and what decisions third-party Mac developers make on this front."

Some decisions with subtle design changes and differences don't seem to be final yet. There are even inconsistencies in UI elements in Apple's apps, but it's still in beta after all.
I'm looking forward to using the new design, and after seeing more and more of Yosemite, Mavericks is starting to look really old and a little rough around the edges.

The Color Purple →

Jeffrey Zeldman:

"When my daughter was little, she used to ask me my favorite color. […] Grownups don’t have favorite colors. But children do.
Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399."

This is really heartbreaking. It's not a lot, but there's something we all can do:

"It’s so easy to do, there’s no reason not to. Go to Twitter on 12 June and post the hashtag #663399Becca along with any additional words or pictures you feel moved to share. Or just share the hashtag. It will not be enough. Nothing will ever be enough. But it will be something."