The New-And-Simple Edition Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nunavut Docs Turn To iPad App To Deal With Territory's Hearing Loss 'Crisis', by Meagan Deuling, CBC

A new, simple technology is allowing Iqaluit doctors to better diagnose ear infections and hearing loss — an issue that affects children in Nunavut at a rate far higher than the rest of Canada.

Pediatrician Holden Sheffield has been working at the Qiqiktani General Hospital in Iqaluit since last summer. In November, he started using an iPad outfitted with the app "ShoeBox," which was designed to test children for hearing loss.

The Way People Tilt Their Smartphone 'Can Give Away Passwords And Pins', by BBC

The researchers found that everything you do - from clicking, scrolling and holding to tapping - led to people holding their phone in a unique way.

So on a known webpage, the team was able to work out which part of the page the user was clicking on, and what they were typing, by the way it was tilted.

Undercover In An iPhone Factory: What It’s Really Like To Work In A Chinese Mega-factory, According To A Student Who Spent Six Weeks There, by Kif Leswing, Business Insider

Imagine going to work at 7:30pm every night and spending the next twelve hours, including meals and breaks, inside a factory where your only job is to insert a single screw into the back of smartphone, repeating the task over and over and over again. [...] That’s the routine that Dejian Zeng experienced when he spent six weeks working at an iPhone factory near Shanghai, China last summer. And it’s similar to what hundreds of thousands of workers in China and other emerging economies experience every day and night as they assemble the gadgets that power the digital economy.

Unlike many of those workers, Zeng did not need to do the job to earn a living. He’s a grad student at NYU and he worked at the factory, owned by contract manufacturing giant Pegatron, for his summer project.


How To Keep Your iMessages From Popping Up On Other Devices, by Arielle Pardes, Wired

Thanks to Apple’s push to streamline its iCloud services, iMessages have a weird way of popping up across all devices: on the lock screen of your iPad, on your Macbook Pro, on the computer you use at work. At best, your conversations are always available to you on all of your screens. At worst, it can be downright humiliating: Nothing says “HR violation” quite like a graphic text message materializing in the corner while you’re screensharing with a coworker. So, for those times you want to limit the ubiquity of your private communications, here are four simple steps to contain them to one personal device: your phone.

Comparing Five Travel Management Apps, by Mike Matthews, TidBITS

In short, there’s probably an app in this group with features that will best fit your needs. We can’t cover every nuance in this article, but let’s take a look at some of the more interesting features.

Chrome Browser Gains 'Scroll Anchoring' To Prevent Annoying Web Page Jumps, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The idea behind progressive loading is to allow users to begin consuming web content immediately before the page has fully loaded, but the offscreen loading of pictures and so on can cause unexpected page jumps and push down what's already on screen, making for a frustrating experience, especially on mobile devices. Google's answer to this problem is something called Scroll Anchoring.

How To Make An iPhone Game When You Can’t Code, by Tim Brookes, MakeUseOf

Many of us have dreamed of creating our own games. Most of us lack the skills to create anything from scratch. Even with some of the best Swift learning resources at your side, you might not have the spare time to learn a new language.

So, when MakeUseOf’s Creative Director Azamat Bohed announced he’d created and published a simple iOS game without any coding skills, we decided we had to learn more.

App Recreates The Original Stonehenge Experience, by Reuters and Daily Mail

Researchers from the University of Huddersfield conducted mathematical acoustic analysis of Stonehenge's archaeological plan. When digitally reconstructed (pictured), the stones' original placing revealed surprising sound properties

A 'virtual tour' of Stonehenge called the Soundgate is being released as an app that transports people back to various eras in Stonehenge's history.

Using a smartphone or tablet, and with a pair of headphones, users can move around the digitally reconstructed stone circle while listening to the changing acoustics.

Gorillaz Debut Augmented Reality App To Go Along With Their Album Listening Party, by Audrey O'Brien, Next Reality

The Gorillaz have launched a new app in promotion for their new album Humanz that allows you to "[s]tep inside the hallowed halls of the Gorillaz house" through the power of augmented reality.

Mother Goose Club App Out Now On iOS To Bring Preschool To The World, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

All content in the app is aimed at promoting early literacy, mathematical proficiency, language skills, and more among preschoolers.


Apple Updates TestFlight With Improved Testing Options, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Developers can now create different builds of an app to be distributed to different groups of testers. These changes will make A/B testing of apps possible for the first time, so developers can gauge feedback from different groups who are testing different versions of the same app.


This Is The Mindfulness App Apple Doesn’t Want You To Have, by Drake Baer, Thrive Global

Ramsay Brown, whose company Dopamine Labs created the app, told 60 Minutes on Sunday that Space was rejected from the store in January. The reason: A rep from the Apple Store Review reportedly said that “any app designed to help people use their phones less is unacceptable for distribution in the App Store.” [...] Whenever you open that app, you’re presented with a twelve second pause, and the app asks you to breathe.

Inside Blue Apron’s Meal Kit Machine, by Jing Cao, Bloomberg

Attracting and keeping customers is Blue Apron's foremost challenge. It's not easy persuading people to pay $240 to $560 a month for a service that saves time shopping when there are still faster, cheaper ways to get fed. Plus, to keep existing customers happy, Blue Apron must continually improve its offerings with new recipes and more customization. The bigger Blue Apron gets, the harder it becomes to maintain quality, and the more things can go wrong. Subscribers are always one or two bad experiences—a late arrival, the wrong food, wilted parsley—from canceling.

"If we're even a day late, that's a really terrible experience for the customer to not be able to cook dinner that night," says Chief Technology Officer Ilia Papas. "If you're buying a toothbrush, and it shows up a day late, you're not going to stop your relationship with that business. But with us, trust is a big part of it."

VR Was The 'Next Big Thing' 20 Years Ago. What's Different Now?, by Alyssa OUrselr, Motherboard

Perhaps it's just because enthusiasm is a prerequisite for technological progress, but sometimes the tech world can get ahead of itself, hyping up a new technology a bit too soon. The current hype around virtual reality, for instance, sounds awfully similar to hype we heard twenty years ago, which turned out to be either a head fake or a failure, depending on how harsh you want to be.

Photography Wednesday

The New Yorker Cover That’s Being Replicated By Women Surgeons Across The World, by Françoise Mouly and Genevieve Bormes, New Yorker

The New Yorker’s Health, Medicine & the Body Issue this year featured the animated cover “Operating Theatre,” by the French artist Malika Favre. The illustration, done in cool shades of blue, shows four female members of a surgical team gazing down over a patient on an operating table, their eyes bright above matching white surgical masks. Favre told us that she designed the scene with the patient’s perspective in mind. “I tried to capture that feeling of people watching you lose consciousness,” she said. But, after the magazine was released, the cover took on a life of its own when Susan Pitt, an endocrine surgeon at the University of Wisconsin, issued a challenge to her fellow female surgeons: to replicate the image in real life, bringing visibility to the women and other minority groups working in a traditionally white, male-dominated field. Hundreds of surgeons across the world responded to the challenge, taking photographs and sharing them online with the hashtag #ILookLikeASurgeon.