The You-And-Me-Are-French Edition Monday, June 6, 2016

How Your iPhone Knows More About Your Vagina Than You, by Vicky Spratt, The Debrief

You can now use your smartphone to keep track of your period’s flow in order to predict what kind of tampons you’ll need. You can use it to work out when you’re ovulating and whether or not that’s why you’re experiencing a headache, back pain or feeling hot.

Jennifer Tye from Glow tells me that they described themselves as a ‘data driven company’ who’s aim is to provide women with ‘information about their health so that they can make informed decisions.’ Glow now had more than 4 million users across all of the apps they provide. Eve is their cycle-tracker and sexual health tracker. ‘What Glow is doing fits with where technology sits today and what it has enabled – both in terms of being able to handle vast quantities of data to a degree that has never been possible before. These days I think it would be fair to say that people share more information with their smartphones than they do in their ten-minute appointment with their doctor.’

The Female Orgasm Simulation Game That's Too Hot For Apple To Touch, by Jordan Erica Webber, The Guardian

“I was talking to the guy from Apple on the phone, actually, which is cool, they take the time out to talk to you,” says Jarnfelt. “He told me, ‘Yeah, you and me are French. We understand these things.’ But they have to reach a broad market, and America, and they have to be family-friendly, so they have just not accepted anything like this. And they put their own kind of threshold on what is crude and not crude, and you cannot even discuss it.”

Unfortunately, Apple’s refusal to discuss this female stimulation simulation is representative of a wider issue. Jarnfelt says women have told him that they didn’t talk about things such as masturbation and female pleasure until they were well into their 20s. One of the motivations behind La Petite Mort was to help to normalise that kind of discussion.

Long Game

Apple Watch: Why Let Facts Cloud The Debate?, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

I think Apple is playing its usual long game. Interpreting any short phase doesn’t give a reliable view of the future.


17 Great Apps That'll Make Your Life Easier, by Sean Kim, The Muse

These tools have shaved off dozens of hours every month, and hopefully they’re just as helpful for you.

Dokonoko, A Pet App From EarthBound Creator Shigesato Itoi, by Kevin McMinn, Nintendo News

Dokonoko (ドコノコ in Japanese), released on June 5 for iOS users, may not be the RPG experience Itoi is known for, but cats and dogs everywhere are sure to lap it up.


How This Founder Saved Her Startup By Convincing A Random Guy In A Coffee Shop To Invest $28,000, by Julie Bort, Business Insider

Revel turns an iPad into a cash register for restaurants, retail shops and other small business. Today there are 20,000 Revel iPad systems out there and the company is growing quickly, she says.

And the story of how she got here is remarkable.


With iPhones And Computer Models, Do We Still Need Weather Forecasters?, by Eric Berger, Ars Technica

Two technologies have converged to rapidly displace the primary function of meteorologists. First are computers that are generally better forecasters than humans. For most types of weather, numerical weather prediction has superseded human forecast methods. And secondly, thanks to the Internet and increasingly ubiquitous weather apps on mobile devices, people have continuous, immediate access to 5-day, 7-day or 10-day forecasts. As technology drives automation and machines take job after job once performed by humans, are meteorologists next in line?

Why The Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive, by Steve Lohr, New York Times

One place to look at this disconnect is in the doctor’s office. Dr. Peter Sutherland, a family physician in Tennessee, made the shift to computerized patient records from paper in the last few years. There are benefits to using electronic health records, Dr. Sutherland says, but grappling with the software and new reporting requirements has slowed him down. He sees fewer patients, and his income has slipped.

“I’m working harder and getting a little less,” he said.

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Am I going crazy? Am I going senile? This morning, I looked at my "Project" folder and remembered that, over the weekend, I've started yet another project... in Swift... v2... one week before WWDC.


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