First Look: Apple Watch Tech & Retail Apps

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Apps are expected to make or break the Apple Watch when it comes to consumer appeal and longevity, and within a week of the device’s launch, there were more than 3,500 available for download. Although it’s been hit or miss as to which retailers and device manufacturers have Watch compatibility — Best Buy did not yet have one available at press time, but JCPenny did — each day has welcomed new additions, and that tide likely won’t relent any time soon.

Here are just a few of the best tech and retail apps for the smart watch. More home-automation apps can be found on p. 16, and be sure to check out TWICE.com.

Cloud Baby Monitor

Live video streams from a camera over Wi-Fi, 3G or LTE, and it permits two-way audio.

What’s new: The latest version of the app features noise and motion alerts; lets you create playlists with songs from iTunes; and adds five built-in white-noise sounds.

ShopSavvy

Bargain-hunters can make shopping lists, scan barcodes to look up sales, and search through aggregated data for price matching.

What’s New: Geo-fencing displays in-store and nearby deals as notifications. Consumers can also share deals and sales experiences.

BMW i Remote

Drivers of the electric BMW i can receive charge status, remotely turn on the AC, check if the doors are locked, and share the efficiency values for trips with other app users. The automaker is also working on a self-parking watch app.

Porsche

Drivers of 2014 or later Porsches with Car Connect, can locate the your vehicle, fold exterior mirrors, set charging timers, read the tire pressure, and set speed and geo-fences.

What’s New: The Apple Watch can receive safety notifications, journey statistics and vehicle status.

Withings Home

This home-automation app permits control of an HD camera, with zoom, night vision and two-way audio. A time-lapse feature reviews day-long footage in seconds.

What’s New: Users can view live streaming, receive motion and noise alerts, and activate a lullaby from the Apple Watch.

Amazon

Shop the largest e-tailer directly from your wrist.

What’s New: Apple’s Share feature lets consumers add products from other websites onto their Amazon Wish List.

Retale

This “coupon-clipping” app enables consumers to save deals and promotions from more than 140 retailers.

What’s New: Geo-fencing sends alerts when users are near deals they’ve saved.

Loyalty Cards

Say goodbye to keychains crowded with warped plastic tags. This app lets consumers store loyalty cards on their Apple Watch by taking pictures of them, and the barcodes will then display for scanning.

Philips Hue

Like the smartphone and tablet app, the Apple Watch version lets you control Hue products, create lighting scenes, and set lighting timers and alarms from your wrist.

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