The New-Tech Edition Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Tech, Stanford Help Morgan Hill Boy Get Hearing Back After 6 Years, by Chris Nguyen, KGO

After six years, a Morgan Hill boy has his hearing back. Thanks to some new technology and an incredible team of doctors at Stanford. Now, he hopes to inspire others who may be going through something similar.

Catch 'Em All

Apple Says Pokémon Go Is The Most Downloaded App In A First Week Ever, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other App Store app has in its first week, ever.

Never Mind Tagging People In Photos: OneDrive Now Tags Your Pokémon, by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

In a surprisingly swift attempt to ride the Pokémon Go bandwagon, Microsoft has released, of all things, Pokémon detection for photos stored on OneDrive. If you have an iPhone or an Android handset and enable camera uploading to OneDrive, any screenshots or photos you take with the Pokémon Go camera tool will be stored on Microsoft's cloud system. Once there, your Pokémon will be recognized, and the images will be tagged accordingly, letting you easily find your best Pikachu snaps.

Mobile Add-Ons

Back Up Your Phone While Charging It With This Spendy Cable, by Tim Moynihan, Wired

As it replenishes your device’s battery, it also backs up files without using a cloud service. That way, when you get a new phone, you just shuttle your photos, contacts, and text messages from the neon-green cable to your new device.

Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case: The Quest For The Perfect iPad Pro Keyboard Continues, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

In the end, I have to say that while I’m impressed with the Razer case—it feels solid, looks good, and that keyboard is truly clicky and tactile—it isn’t really what I’m looking for. I appreciate the detachable keyboard, but the lack of the ability to use it in my lap like a laptop really hinders its utility, and the key layout is not to my tastes. And while it’s a much more attractive product than the Logitech Create, it adds even more bulk and weight.

Old Techs

This Guy Makes Badly Aged Apple Computers Sparkle Again, by David Pierini, Cult of Mac

At KansasFest, an annual gathering of loyal Apple II lovers, festgoers bring their yellowed monitors, keyboards and hard drives to Rivera, whose special mix can remove the yellow staining on the computer’s plastic pieces and make them look like they just came off the assembly line.

The Phenomenon Of Old Tech Guilty Pleasures, by Bob Skelley, Computerworld

Sure, I could use one of my Windows machines to write with. Or even a newer iMac. But, I’m using Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac on the Power Mac G4 featuring the last update of this Word variant: 12.3.6. Why? Like anything else, it just feels right and better than anything else. Still.


Goldieblox Debuts New Coding App For Kids, by Jade Burke, Toy News

By using real coding concepts, players must pave the way for Goldie to deliver cupcakes to everyone in Bloxtown.

The Blink Security Camera System Keeps An Eye On Your Home Without Wires, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

The new Blink system wants to provide the freedom of a completely wireless camera in an inexpensive and easy-to-use package. And for the most part, it succeeds.


Here’s What’s Wrong With Classical Music On Streaming Services (Part Whatever), by Kirk McElhearn

This is the dumbing down of classical music. Taken this way, classical music is just muzak. It’s designed for a mood or task, like that won’t-ever-go-away Classical Music for Elevators playlist I keep seeing in Apple Music’s For You recommendations.

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