The Change-the-Design Edition Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This Deaf-blind Lawyer Thinks Your App Needs Work, by Heather Kelly, CNN

The first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law, Girma is on a mission to get more developers to design software with people with disabilities in mind. An avid iPhone user, she recently decided to go straight to the source.

In June, Girma gave a talk at Apple's Worldwide Developer conference in San Francisco. She urged the software makers to change how they design their applications. Not just to be good people, but because it's a smart business move. Around 15% of the world's population has some type of disability, and many of them are eager to pay for an app that they can actually use.

iPhone Photography

Here Are The Winners Of The 9th Annual iPhone Photography Awards, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The annual iPhone Photography Awards have recognized the top images taken with an iPhone as well as the top iPhone photographers for the last 9 years, and now this year’s winners have been unveiled. This year, “thousands” of images were submitted from photographers across 139 countries, but the grand price went to Chinese photographer Siyuan Niu for an image he called “Man and the Eagle.”

Watch Out, Instagram: New Polaroid App Brings A Nostalgic Classic To Your Phone, by Dan Tynan, The Guardian

Polaroid Swing, available Tuesday from the iTunes App Store, allows users to take “moving photos” with their phone, creating 3D images that appear to move as you swipe your fingers across them.

Where The Wild Things Are

The Curious Mystery Of The Map In Pokémon Go, by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

Sheridan is a designer living in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Being of sound heart and mind, he quickly caught a Squirtle. But then he put his phone away. It was Friday night, after all. Yet getting home in the wee Saturday hours, he remembered to check into the game and noticed that there seemed to be a gym right over his house.

“And I thought, that can’t be right,” Sheridan told me. Then he fell asleep.

Sheridan lives in an old renovated church, built during the 19th century. The next morning, he woke up and shuffled to his kitchen. While gulping down glassfuls of iced coffee, he stared out the big window to the park across the street. And then he saw them: A handful of strangers, all standing on the sidewalk in front of his home.

Pokemon Go Was April Fool’s Joke Before It Became A Huge Hit, by Takashi Amano, Bloomberg

In 2014, Google unveiled “Pokemon Challenge” for Google Maps complete with a promotional video, inviting users to find and capture the cutesy fictional monsters within the application. The feature was active for a short while before it was turned off.

John Hanke, chief executive officer of Niantic Labs, took it seriously though. The company that was then part of Google had already scored a hit with the location-based game Ingress, and combining the world of Pokemon with such gameplay was an obvious step. He asked Masashi Kawashima, director of Asia Pacific for Niantic, whether “it could be done in the real world.”

Monsters In Your Gmail

Concerns Arise Over Pokémon Go Granting Full Access To Players' Google Accounts, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Now, an even bigger potential concern has arisen, as systems architect Adam Reeve has discovered that Pokémon Go grants full access to a user's Google account linked during the iOS sign-up process.

Pokémon Go Can Be A Huge Security Risk – Here's How To Play Privately!, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

How can I play Pokémon Go privately and without giving up full access to my main Google Account? By making a burner account!

Niantic Says Pokémon Go Having Full Google Account Access Is An Error, Fix Incoming, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

In a statement to ABC News, Niantic explained that the request for full access is “erroneous” and that Pokémon Go actually only accesses basic Google profile information, including user IDs and email addresses. Niantic says that it is currently working on a client-side fix to request permission for basic Google profile information.

Pocket Money

Pokémon Craze Sparks Search For Monster Profits, by Takashi Mochizuki, Wall Street Journal

Finding out where all the profits will go from the wildly popular “Pokémon Go” smartphone game is a search worthy of the game itself.

Pokemon GO's Already Capturing Minds — And Money, by Luke Kawa, Bloomberg

"As users build their Pokemon inventory, spending money becomes needed to store, train, hatch, and battle," he writes. Gibson pointed out that the most popular Pokemon GO item in Australia is currently $0.99 worth of in-game currency meaning the game's App Store ranking "is being driven not by big spenders but by a large number of users."

This Man's Pokémon Go Chat App Is So Successful That It's Driving Him Bankrupt, by Casey Newton, The Verge

Jonathan Zarra knew something about Pokémon Go that most people didn’t. As a beta tester this summer, the 28-year-old freelance developer had early access to the smash hit mobile game — and as a result, he could see that it offered users no way to chat with one another inside the app. And so Zarra built GoChat, an independent app that lets Pokémon Go users leave notes for each other at in-game locations.

Pokémon Go Brings Real Money To Random Bars And Pizzerias, by Polly Mosendz and Luke Kawa, Bloomberg

From a certain point of view, Pokémon Go has managed a feat that has eluded brick-and-mortar merchants for years: turning location-aware smartphones into drivers of foot traffic.

Restaurants Are Using Pokémon Go To Catch Customers, by Kate Taylor, Slate

Tanghui, a high-end Chinese restaurant in Sydney, Australia, announced on Monday that the restaurant would be activating a Lure Model daily at lunch and dinner times, starting on Tuesday.


Discover The Best Way To Save Articles To Read Later, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

This handy app lets you save articles, images, and videos for viewing at another time. But, there is more to Pocket than it just being a catch-all for these types of items. Pocket has some great features that allow you to save, organize, and share items with ease.

FolderGlance Is Still A Great Mac OS X Utility, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

FolderGlance lets you preview files directly from the contextual menus, as well as move, copy and make aliases of selected files at locations you browse to.

Review: SanDisk’s iXpand Memory Case Adds Up To 128GB Storage & Extra Battery Life To iPhone 6/6s, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

The product works well, the companion app for iOS included, and it’s nice to be able to monitor battery and storage with a single solution. If I had one hope for the second generation memory case, it would be for SanDisk to refine the physical design of the case further.

Recapture Time With Moment, by John Voorhees, MacStories

By tracking your iPhone or iPad usage, you can get a handle on how much time you spend on each device, and even how much time you spend in individual apps. What’s more, if you purchase the Pro version of Moment, you can take advantage of its full Phone Bootcamp course and other tools that can help you find ways to reduce your device usage.

Fox Launches Live Primetime Streaming Via, FOX NOW App, by Matt Webb Mitovich, Yahoo

Fox will be the only broadcast network to offer pay TV customers in all 210 television markets nationwide a live stream of its primetime entertainment programming, on all seven nights plus late-night Saturdays.


Apple CareKit: Building The Future Of Healthcare, One iOS App At A Time, by Jo Best, ZDNet

While both are health-focused, HealthKit is as much about good health as ill health, whereas CareKit's focus is more on the how to manage longer-term illnesses and other events that can affect health on an ongoing basis, such as pregnancy or surgery.

Apple has released four 'modules' as part of CareKit, which developers can use to build care apps: Care Card, a tool that allows patients to track if they're taking their medical or completing other therapies as scheduled; Symptom and Measurement Tracker, for patients to keep tabs on the physical and mental effects of their illness and treatment; Insight Dashboard, which compares the two datasets to see how treatments are working; and Connect, which patients can use to share their data with friends, family, or medical professionals.


Apple Donates $1M To Help China Cope With Flood, by Rui Ellie Miao, USA Today

Apple is lending a hand to China while the country battles with its worst flood in years. The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a Chinese non-governmental organization, said on Monday that it has received a 7 million yuan (approximately $1 million) donation from Apple.

When Adult ADHD Looks Something Like ‘Flow’, by Jenara Nerenberg, New York Magazine

Writers, entrepreneurs, and creative leaders of all types know that intense focus that happens when you’re “in the zone”: You’re feeling empowered, productive, and engaged. Psychologists might call this flow, the experience of zeroing in so closely on some activity that you lose yourself in it. And this immersive state, as it turns out, also happens to be something that some adults with ADHD commonly experience.

It sounds like a contradiction in terms: You think ADHD and you think of a spaced-out, scattered kid, right? But by definition, ADHD is a “maldistribution” of attention — that is, people who have it often oscillate between splintered and hyperfocused attention. The latter is what Brandon Ashinoff, a psychologist at the University of Birmingham who studies hyperfocus, has called an “interesting paradox” — it’s toomuch focus, as opposed to a scattered attention span. “You’re focused so intently on something, no other information gets into your brain,” Ashinoff has said.

The Code That Sent Apollo 11 To The Moon Just Resurfaced Online And Is Chock-Full Of Jokes, by Jason Daley, Smithsonian Magazine

The source code was written by the MIT Instrumentation Lab with input from computer engineering pioneer Margaret Hamilton. And soon after the data was posted, the internet went to town dissecting every line. Collins reports that the code is written in an assembly program language that is gobbledygook to many programmers today. But the Apollo engineer's comments within the code, which explain what each section does, are a time capsule of 60s geek culture.

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