MyAppleMenu - Fri, May 1, 2015

Fri, May 1, 2015The Stay-In-Touch Edition

Getting Old With You

IBM, Apple, Japan Post Tackle Aging, by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

IBM, Apple and Japan's largest employer Japan Post are joining forces to deliver iPads and software on those tablets to help improve senior's lives in Japan. [...] The custom built apps targeted at the older population under the partnership will help folks remember to take medication, manage doctor's visits, handle household maintenance chores, monitor diet and exercise and stay in touch with loved ones who live miles away, often via Apple's FaceTime video calls.

I wish the software will be available to everyone everywhere in the world soon.

Getting To Know You

With Apple At Its Side, IBM Grasps For A Shiny New Future, by Jessi Hempel, Wired

Much of its future is pegged to investing aggressively in new fields like data analytics, cloud computing and mobile applications for its customers. It has created new business units around its Watson artificial intelligence technology and Internet of Things technologies. And it has also forged major new partnerships. In October, it announced a partnership with Twitter for data analysis. And last July, the company announced a partnership with Apple to make mobile applications for iPhones and iPads. IBM now has the world’s most valuable company at its side—the resurrected giant that it hopes to also become.

And Now We Have Apple Watch

Mobile phone evolution...

— Theo Priestley (@ITredux) April 30, 2015


Tour The Arches National Park On Apple Maps Flyover, Plus 19 Other Locations, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The Apple Store Is Finally Available On Your Smartwatch, by Jeff Byrnes, AppAdvice

From the app, you can access real-time updates on your order status, make and search for Genius Bar appointments, check in for Genius Bar appointments, learn about events and workshops happening in nearby Apple Stores, and initiate the process of picking up an order.

Ekko Player For iPhone Will Read The Latest News Headlines & Stories To You, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more.

Luminos - Astronomy Companion (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

It's a magnificent tool for serious amateur astronomers, deepicting more stars, comets, and asteroids than any similarly priced astronomy app we've seen, while offering advanced features like the ability to control a telescope. It's also a good app to help beginners learn their way around the night sky.

Apple Updates iMovie For iOS With Fix For Incorrectly Cropped Photos, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

The Best Keyboard For The iPhone, by Dan Seifert, The Verge


Apple Invites Developers To Test Its New “App Analytics” Service, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

According to the announcement, the new service will allow developers to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.” Access to the service will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Apple, which means that not everyone who requests an invite will be allowed in, it seems.

AILW: Thinking About Load Time, by David Smith

Taking this approach means that I can minimize any waiting that is my fault during launch. My apps still sometimes have the odd long launch time but I’m increasingly convinced this isn’t something fixable until we get the native SDK.


Apple Confirms Ink In Some Darker Wrist Tattoos Can Interfere With Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

We Need VIP For All Messaging, Not Just Mail, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Microsoft’s Age-Guessing Tool Vastly Underestimated The Internet’s Narcissism, by Lily Hay Newman, Slate

You know what people never really think about: age. That’s why no one ever lies about it, or buys wrinkle cream, or surgically alters themselves. So it makes sense that Microsoft was “shocked” when an age-guessing tool it put online went viral. Who would have thought that people would be into something like that??

With How Old Do I Look?, Microsoft Is Harvesting Thousands Of Faces. Uh, Isn't That Creepy?, by Geordie Guy, The Guardian

In some cases it may be innocuous, but our enthusiasm for volunteering vast quantities of information to companies, without clear knowledge of the decisions they’ll make with it, makes my skin crawl. For now, I’ll challenge my wife to guess my weight and age.

I Didn't Know You Can Do This On Android

My Android Phone Has Deleted Google Play Services. How Can I Fix It?, by ocherdraco, Ask Metafilter

I have a Moto G running Android 4.4.4 that has a bad habit of occasionally deleting an app without provocation. This is a small bother normally (I just re-download the app), but this time, it has deleted Google Play Services, which is necessary for all kinds of things. How do I fix it?

Little Icons

I can’t get my mind off the thought that if @SusanKare has an Apple Watch, she probably sends AMAZING sketch messages.

— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) April 30, 2015

Room For Improvement

@mrgan PS: the watch told me to stand up, not only while I was driving, but while it was actively giving me driving directions via Siri. :)

— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) May 1, 2015

Parting Words

I will fight to support the Oxford comma until I draw my last breath.

— Alexander MacDonald (@alex_macdonald) April 30, 2015

Thanks for reading.