The Incoming-Calls Edition Monday, February 5, 2018

Incoming Call Glitch Latest To Hit iPhone X, by Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

When it rings, the iPhone’s touchscreen appears to be delayed from turning on for up to 10 seconds, preventing the user from tapping the virtual button required to answer a call.


Apple said that it was “looking into these reports”.

Suicide Prevention App Has Helped Ulster Population, County Executive Says, by Diane Pineiro-Zucker, Daily Freeman

Sections of the app are tailored to meet the needs or teenagers, adults, the military and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, he said. In the military section, veterans may be connected with “fellow veterans who can truly relate to the challenges and stresses one might be under,” Hein said.

The county executive said it has been “meaningful” for him to hear from individuals and families who have been helped by SPEAK, which stands for Suicide Prevention Awareness and Prevention Kit. “When someone tells you that ... you have changed their life, changed the course of their life ... you’re able to impact people’s lives and make a difference for them and their families,” he said. “I firmly believe it’s an area where we have an obligation to do something,”

NYPD Cops Switch To iPhones, The New Tool In Fighting Crime, by Thomas Tracy, NY Daily News

Today, 911 dispatches come over the phone before they’re heard on department radios, Clampitt said.

“We get to the location a lot quicker,” he said. “By the time the dispatcher puts out the job (on the radio) we’re already there.”


When cops are responding to a job, the phone will automatically provide them with the criminal history of the location, such as how many 911 calls have been at the address in the past and what type of calls. The phone also tells the officers if any wanted felons are at the address.

Apple Staff Share Pics Of NEW £3.5 Billion HQ That's Closed To The Public, by Sean Keach, The Sun

Employees are moving into the new Apple Park headquarters, giving us all a chance to see what it's like to work for the world's most valuable company

Apple’s Touch Bar Needs To Grow Up, by Chris Davies, SlashGear

It wouldn’t take much, however, for the Touch Bar to get a new lease of life. Partly that’s down to Apple trusting its power-users to make good use of it; another part is giving app developers, particularly those whose software plays in the browser not the Mac App Store, the flexibility to keep up with what local software can do. The Touch Bar itself wasn’t a bad idea, but Apple needs to elevate it beyond just an alternative to shortcuts our fingers memorized long ago.


Hands On: Self Publish The Next Great Novel With Vellum 2.1.2 From Your Mac, by Mike Wuerthele and William Gallagher, AppleInsider

The latest version of the eBook creator application Vellum does just about everything to streamline book creation for iBooks, Kindle and paperback, other than write the text itself.

This iPhone App Lets You Test Drive New Art On Your Walls, by Emily Price, Lifehacker

Now with the app and an iPhone you can see what art will look like on your walls using the app’s Gallery Wall Designer. With the feature you can see how a particular piece of art will look on your way as well as a collection of art (if you’re trying one of those artsy collage things).


Why Paper Jams Persist, by Joshua Rothman, New Yorker

“I wouldn’t characterize it as annoying,” Vicki Warner, who leads a team of printer engineers at Xerox, said of discovering a new kind of paper jam. “I would characterize it as almost exciting.” When she graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, in 2006, her friends took jobs in trendy fields, such as automotive design. During her interview at Xerox, however, another engineer showed her the inside of a printing press. All Xerox printers look basically the same: a million-dollar printing press is like an office copier, but twenty-four feet long and eight feet high. Warner watched as the heavy, pale-gray double doors swung open to reveal a steampunk wonderland of gears, wheels, conveyor belts, and circuit boards. As in an office copier, green plastic handles offer access to the “paper path”—the winding route, from “feeder” to “stacker,” along which sheets of paper are shocked and soaked, curled and decurled, vacuumed and superheated. “Printers are essentially paper torture chambers,” Warner said, smiling behind her glasses. “I thought, This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.”

There are many loose ends in high-tech life. Like unbreachable blister packs or awkward sticky tape, paper jams suggest that imperfection will persist, despite our best efforts. They’re also a quintessential modern problem—a trivial consequence of an otherwise efficient technology that’s been made monumentally annoying by the scale on which that technology has been adopted. Every year, printers get faster, smarter, and cheaper. All the same, jams endure.