The Focus-On-Mobility Edition Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FileMaker 15 Debuts With Focus On Mobility, Ease Of Use, And Security, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Mobility is a key focus of FileMaker 15, with the FileMaker Go iOS app gaining support for Touch ID and 3D Touch Quick Actions, improving security and ease of access for custom apps within FileMaker Go. New support for app extensions in FileMaker Go also makes it easy to move files within projects to other apps for editing.

Healthcare Digital Order

The Real Reason Apple Made The Apple Watch, by Tim Bajarin, Time

The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs developed pancreatic cancer in 2004. He then spent a great deal of time with doctors and the healthcare system until his death in 2011. While that personal health journey had a great impact on Jobs personally, it turns out that it affected Apple’s top management, too. During this time, Jobs discovered how disjointed the healthcare system can be. He took on the task of trying to bring some digital order to various aspects of the healthcare system, especially the connection between patients, their data, and their healthcare providers.

If you look at Apple’s current health initiatives, many are focused on helping people record data of all types and get it securely to their healthcare providers. Apple also has projects related to healthcare records, management and interaction between the doctor and patient with a goal of making the patient-doctor relationship more fruitful and less frustrating.


Apple Launches Red Cross Donations Via iTunes To Help Victims Of Fort McMurray Forest Fires, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

People shopping on Apple's Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

This App Can Tell You If Your iPhone Has Been Secretly Hacked, by William Turton, Gizmodo

A new application, System and Security Info, developed in part by German security researcher Stefan Esser, will tell users if their phone has been jailbroken, which could help people discover if they're being secretly spied on.

Monitor Your Blood Pressure At Home With QardioArm, by Karen Freeman, AppAdvice

The app connects with the native Health app on your iPhone. Each measurement is stored automatically, so you can look at your history at any time in the Qardio app. You can also send this data to your doctor, which might save you some trips to his or her office.


Apple Begins Issuing WWDC Scholarships To Winning Applicants, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple today has started issuing WWDC scholarships to winning applicants. While the company has not yet sent out emails to winners, those who submitted an application can check to see if they’ve received one by logging into their account and looking under the “Events” heading.

Swift For Windows Arrives At Last, But As An Unofficial Port, by InfoWorld

But don't expect much in the way of Windows-specific integration. For instance, if you want to use any of the platform libraries for windowing or UIs, you'll have to build all that yourself. It's possible but requires extensive knowledge of the Win32 API.


Neil Patrick Harris (And Siri) Star In Apple’s New iPhone 6s ‘Thank You Speech’ Ad, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The new commercial features NPH using the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command to read a legendary thank you speech from the Notes app … all completely hands-free.

Apple, Google And Mobile Carriers Asked About Security Fixes, by Todd Shields, Bloomberg

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission both issued statements Monday saying they want to know more about how and when vulnerabilities are being patched as consumers and businesses face hacking threats related to their increased reliance on mobile broadband.

Parents' Smartphones Harming Children's Ability To Hold Conversation, Say Teachers, by Ben Farmer, Telegraph

Almost a third of children starting school are not ready for the classroom, with many lacking social skills, having speech problems or not toilet trained, the survey of senior primary school staff has found.

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iOS 9: Reads Thank-You speech written by humans.
iOS 10: Composes Thank-You speech for humans.
iOS 11: Sings Thank-You-For-All-The-Fishes speech to all humans.


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