The No-Issues-Were-Found Edition Monday, April 23, 2018

WVU Medicine Teams Up With Apple To Offer Health Records On Mobile App, by JoAnn Snoderly, WVNews

Asked about concerns with privacy and security, Romero said that was initially a concern for WVU Medicine, as well. A legal review was the lengthiest part of ironing out the details of the collaboration, as the institution wanted to ensure patient privacy was protected.

No issues were found during that review, he said.

According to information provided by Apple, data sent to the app is encrypted and goes directly from the provider to the user’s mobile app, never passing through the tech company’s network.

The Best Calculator Apps For The iPhone And iPad, by Jason Cross, Macworld

I know what you’re thinking. “TEN DOLLARS for a calculator app?!” Yes, it’s pricey. Yes, there are plenty of perfectly good, less expensive options. But none of them are as good as PCalc.

There’s a reason this one tops the list in a crowded field. You simply won’t find a better combination of features, speed, polish, and interface elegance. Other calculator apps may do well in one or two of those categories, but PCalc nails them all.

SubRosaSoft Disk Copy Is A Well-rounded Backup/cloning App For macOS, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

SubRosaSoft Disk Copy is a well-rounded and easy-to-use backup and cloning system for macOS 10.9 and higher. The [...] utility can create bootable copies of a startup drive, manage synchronization of volumes, handle incremental bootable copies, and run backups using a schedule.

Namoo — Wonders Of Plant Life’ Uses Immersive Graphics To Teach You About Nature, by Brenda Stolyar, Digital Trends

Namoo — Wonders of Plant Life [...] is an educational app that gives users an in-depth overview of how different plants function. Using vibrant illustrations, 3D simulations, and Apple’s ARKit (for those using an iPhone), the app takes you through nine different chapters about nature.

The 20-year-old Entrepreneur Is A Lie, by Meredith Somers, MIT Management Sloan School

Good ideas come at any age, but it takes experience to turn them into success stories. Steve Jobs was 21 when he helped found Apple, but he was a 43-year-old CEO when the company created the iMac.

According to a working paper from MIT Sloan professor Pierre Azoulay and PhD student Daniel Kim, the average age of entrepreneurs who’ve started companies and gone on to hire at least one employee, is 42 years old.

“If you knew nothing else, and you had two identical ideas, one proposed by a very young person, one proposed by a middle-aged person, and that’s the only thing you have to go on, you would be better off — if you wanted to predict success — betting on a middle-aged person,” Azoulay said.

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One of the best feature in iTunes (the app) during the iPod era was Smart Playlists. Together with the zero-to-five star rating system, as well as a bunch of Applescripts that I've copied-and-pasted from elsewhere, smart playlists was what I used to listen to my music library and podcast downloads. Yes, I've had to sync up all that play count, last played, and last skipped data every night. But once things are set up, I didn't have to 'manage' my MP3 files.

Time past. The iPods gave way to the iPhones. Rip-mix-burn gave way to streams on Apple Music. And, along the way, Apple seemed to have abandoned smart playlists.

I wish I can use Smart Playlists on all the millions and millions of songs in Apple Music. I wish, for example, I can create a smart playlist that aggregate songs from a few Apple Music playlists that I have not heard before. Or how about a playlist that consists of new songs from artists that are in my music library? Or perhaps a playlist of all songs written by a particular lyricist, or produced by a... well... producer?

And don't get me started on the dumbed-down playlist... er... stations... er... whatever Aple is calling it.... management in the new Apple Podcast app.

In may ways, things were simpler back then. Ah, the good old days. There are too many things that I don't quite understand with the new Apple Music, and I do long for the days when a file is a file is a file.

iPod + iTunes was simple, yet powerful.


I wish I can have a bell that I can ring and people who are talking to me will have to stop talking immediately and leave.

(Yes, I am watching The Crown.)


Thanks for reading.