The About-Health Edition Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tim Cook Points At New Services And Health-tech Propelling Apple’s Future, by Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica

But Cook could be hinting at other services that haven't leaked yet. He put a big emphasis on healthcare in the interview, claiming that health will be what most remember Apple for in the long run.

"On the healthcare, in particular, and sort of your wellbeing, this is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, 'What was Apple's greatest contribution to mankind?' It will be about health," Cook said. "Because our business has always been about enriching people's lives."

Apple’s 4K TV Deals Show How The Company’s Business Strategy Is Evolving, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Apple’s change in strategy has been clear, from its focus on Services revenue to its expensive TV deals, for a while now. But if you think of Apple as a company that just sells boxes for money, 2019 is only going to get more surprising from here.

Wild Goose Chase

Apple Watch Fall Feature Triggers False Emergency Calls At Ski Areas, by CBS 4

One 911 call from an Apple Watch obtained by CBS4 to the Vail Dispatch demonstrates what dispatchers are encountering. The 911 operator first hears a robot voice before the watch user gets on the call and says “he is okay.”

But many users fail to realize the call has been made. While this person continues skiing, emergency responders are on a “wild goose chase to find them.”


Tech-based Band Introduces Kids To Playing Music With iPads, by Fox 13 Tampa Bay

"At first I thought, 'Why would they have that?' People just think you are touching a button and that's not what it is. You’re actually learning the beats, the rhythms, the chords of the song," he explains.

Yale Assure SL Review, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Embrace The Smart Lock, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Beyond no longer worrying about if our door is locked or unlocked, the biggest change in my family’s life since the new lock was installed is the removal of our front door keys from our keychains. I used to bring a key with me when I went for a run or took the dog for a walk, but it’s not necessary anymore. If we’ve got our iPhones, the lock will sense our presence and open, and if we don’t, we can still punch in our keycodes and enter that way.


Square Takes Aim At Stripe, PayPal With New Payments Kit For Mobile Software Developers, by Tom Krazit, Geekwire

The Square In-App Payments Kit will work with iOS and Android devices as well as the Flutter cross-platform mobile development system. Developers using the new services will be able allow customers to use Apple Pay or Google Pay as well as regular old credit cards within their own mobile apps, and connect that data to purchases made in their brick-and-mortar stores or on the web.

So You Automated Your Coworkers Out Of A Job, by Brian Merchant, Gizmodo

Automation is too often presented as a faceless, monolithic phenomenon—but it’s a human finger that ultimately pulls the trigger. Someone has to initiate the process that automates a task or mechanizes a production line. To write or procure the program that makes a department or a job redundant. And that’s not always an executive, or upper-, or even middle management—in fact, it’s very often not. Sometimes it’s a junior employee, or a developer, even an intern.


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I hope Apple doesn't just get its service businesses onto big players like Samsung, Amazon and Google, but also work with smaller players and startups. One will never know what kind of wild and crazy ideas will be the next big cash cow for Apple.


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