The Rash-Identification Edition Monday, November 20, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook Gave A Shout-out To A $100-per-year App For Doctors — Here's What It Does, by Kif Leswing, Business Insider

This fall, the app has gotten a new trick — it can use an iPhone's camera and machine learning to automatically identify skin conditions, or at least narrow down what they could be. Snap a picture in the app, and it will return a list of conditions the rash could be, based on decades of medical research.


In some ways, VisualDx offers a hint of the future of medicine, where a hot topic of conversation is whether sufficiently advanced computers and artificial intelligence could automate one of the core parts of what doctors do: identifying what the problem is.

Modifier Key Order, by And Now It's All This

If you write about Mac keyboard shortcuts, [...] you should know how to do it right. Just as there’s a proper order for adjectives in English, there’s a proper order for listing the modifier keys in a shortcut.

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over, by David Sax, New York Times

Analog excels particularly well at encouraging human interaction, which is crucial to our physical and mental well-being. The dynamic of a teacher working in a classroom full of students has not only proven resilient, but has outperformed digital learning experiments time and again. Digital may be extremely efficient in transferring pure information, but learning happens best when we build upon the relationships between students, teachers and their peers.

We do not face a simple choice of digital or analog. That is the false logic of the binary code that computers are programmed with, which ignores the complexity of life in the real world. Instead, we are faced with a decision of how to strike the right balance between the two. If we keep that in mind, we are taking the first step toward a healthy relationship with all technology, and, most important, one another.

Apple's Ambitious Mission For The iPhone, by Nick Whigham, New Zealand Herald

As tech companies come under pressure over the questionable ethics involved in their supply chains for raw materials, Apple is pursuing a seriously ambitious goal for its products.

The company wants to use 100 per cent recycled and renewable materials like bioplastics to make its iPhones, Macbooks and other consumer electronics in a bid to reduce its reliance on raw materials.

"What we've committed to is 100 per cent recycled material to make our products, or renewable material," Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, told "We're working like gangbusters on that."

Is The Government Waging An Out-of-Sight Fight With Apple Over Encryption?, by Jeff John Roberts, Fortune

The details are complex and require some familiarity with the FISC, a closed court that oversees top secret intelligence operations, and with Section 702, an amendment to the Patriot Act that permits certain forms of warrantless surveillance. But the gist of the story is this: The Justice Department may be relying on an annual approval process at the FISC to compel “technical assistance” from Apple and others, and this assistance may include the breaking of encryption.


Apple Watch Thanksgiving Activity Challenge Returns This Year, Run/walk 5K To Earn New iMessage Sticker, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple Watch owners need to complete a walking, running or wheelchair workout of at least 5 kilometres in distance on Thursday. That’s just over 3 miles.

iPhone Power Adapters Tested: Is Fast Charging Worth The Price?, by Jason Cross, Macworld

Whether you have one of the latest iPhones or a somewhat older model, it's worth your while to buy the $19 Apple 12W USB Power Adapter. It uses the same USB-A Lightning cable that came with your phone and it provides a huge charging speed benefit for new and old phones. It's about 70% faster than the included 5W adapter. Buying a USB-C charger and USB-C Lightning cable will cost a lot more (the cable alone costs more than the 12W adapter!) and is roughly 20% faster than the 12W adapter.

These 12 Apps Show You How You’re Wasting Time — And Help You Make Better Use Of It, by Mackensie Graham, The Next Web

Technology, in general, serves as the double edge sword—it can facilitate distractions and procrastination, but it can also be a powerful tool in helping you prioritize all those daily tasks and how you spend your time. Ultimately you want to find yourself in that sweet spot of productivity—the intersection of being both efficient and effective. To help get there, check out these 12 innovative apps that can help boost productivity, increase focus, and foster better time management practices.

Hands On: Cardhop By Flexibits Attempts To Rein In The Mess That Apple's Contacts Can Be, by Lester Victor Marks, AppleInsider

Contacts have never been a subject that's been given a lot of attention throughout many years of Apple's software updates —and this may be intentional to allow third-party tools to thrive. Cardhop's smart parsing and actions give contacts the features that have been missing, and so richly deserve, and it delights in a way that Contacts doesn't.

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Okay, my iPhone X just activated itself and play Apple Music whilst in my pocket. No "Hey Siri" was uttered.

I've switched off Raise-to-Wake.


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