The Wearable-Devices Edition Monday, February 4, 2019

Healthcare Wearables Level Up With New Moves From Apple And Alphabet, by Jonathan Shieber, TechCrunch

Announcements that Apple has partnered with Aetna health insurance on a new app leveraging data from its Apple Watch and reports that Verily — one of the health-focused subsidiaries of Google‘s parent company — Alphabet, is developing a shoe that can detect weight and movement, indicate increasing momentum around using data from wearables for clinical health applications and treatments.

For venture capital investors, the moves from Apple and Alphabet to show new applications for wearable devices is a step in the right direction — and something that’s been long overdue.

Apple Watch Fall Detection Credited With Saving User In Norway After Severe Overnight Fall, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

“As reported by NRK, 67-year-old Toralv Østvang was found “bloody and unconscious” on his bathroom floor by emergency authorities. According to the report, Østvang fell in his bathroom, with the Apple Watch automatically alerting emergency authorities.”

Rich Kids Are Cheating In School With Apple Watches, by E.J. Dickson, The Outline

“Most people do not like the Apple Watch. It’s expensive. It’s annoying. And while Apple has tried to pivot to marketing it as a health and fitness tracker, unless you want to find out if you’re having a heart attack while you’re actually having a heart attack, its functionality is fairly limited.

There is, however, one demographic that has embraced the Apple Watch with open arms: tech-savvy, upper middle-class teens and tweens. The watch is a convenient workaround for classroom cell-phone bans; it can be used for everything from texting to cheating on tests.”


Why I Hatefully Love Apple Music’s Android App, by Ivan Mehta, The Next Web

I’ve been using Apple Music since it launched nearly four years ago – even after I subsequently switched to Android devices. While I love its music library, and appreciate the curated dashboards, its Android app has frustrated me constantly.

What's The Best Simple List App For iPhone?, by Bardley Chambers, 9to5Mac

“I’m a big fan of the “Getting Things Done” methodology from David Allen. I’ve been following it for most of my professional career, and I attribute it to being able to stay organized and on task with my full-time job and writing here at 9to5Mac. With that being said, I don’t put everything in my GTD app. There are a lot of items like grocery lists, home repair plans, or even simple weekend tasks that end up in a list app. I want it to be easy to add to, easy to mark off, easy to organize, and simply get out of the way. It’s the heaviness of my GTD app that allows my simple list app to be light. I’ve tried a bunch of apps, so here’s my round-up of the best list apps for iPhone.”

I Played All 17 Angry Birds Games And I Have Some Thoughts, by Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku

There are 17 Angry Bird games available to download and play on your mobile device. I decided to download all of them and play them in chronological order of release and document my journey and maybe learn something.


6 Reasons Why You’re A Bad Listener (And How To Change It), by Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company

To help others succeed you have to become good at listening. Listening is more than simply hearing what someone has to say. You also need to be thinking how you can help the other person achieve the best results by carefully considering their words and asking thoughtful questions, says Halstead.

“If you just hear the words without hearing what the person actually intends to say, you will miss the opportunity to gain the essential clarity and results you seek,” he says.


'It's Definitely Going To Break Things': Apple Is Prepping An iOS Change That May Hurt AR And VR Advertising, by Digiday

Apple appears poised to make it more difficult for sites to track iPhones’ and iPads’ motions and orientations in order to power web-based AR and VR experiences. According to a document published to Apple’s developer site, the next update to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 12.2, will add a setting that will enable people using its mobile Safari browser to prevent sites from being able to access a device’s accelerometer and gyroscope in order to track the device’s motion and orientation.

Why CAPTCHAs Have Gotten So Difficult, by Josh Dzieza, The Verge

“The problem with many of these tests isn’t necessarily that bots are too clever — it’s that humans suck at them. And it’s not that humans are dumb; it’s that humans are wildly diverse in language, culture, and experience. Once you get rid of all that stuff to make a test that any human can pass, without prior training or much thought, you’re left with brute tasks like image processing, exactly the thing a tailor-made AI is going to be good at.”

Bottom of the Page

With the arrival of wearable technologies all over our bodies, there is only one logcial solution in preventing cheats: test while naked.

Alas, I suspect implantable technologies are also coming.


Once upon a time, Microsoft was the largest Mac developer outside of Apple.

To be good in services, perhaps Apple need to aim to be the best Android developer outside of Google.


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