The Everyday-Data Edition Thursday, August 8, 2019

Apple And Eli Lilly Are Studying Whether Data From iPhones And Apple Watches Can Detect Signs Of Dementia, by Christina Farr, Kif Leswing, CNBC

"With this research, we looked at how everyday behavior data, such as those captured by iPhones, Apple Watches, and Beddit sleep monitors, may be effective in differentiating between individuals with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer's disease, and those without symptoms," Evidation co-founder Christine Lemke told CNBC.

How Apple Reinvents Its Core Business To Keep Growing, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Last week, Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results caused a bit of a hubbub because iPhone revenue was—for the first time in seven years—less than half of Apple’s overall revenue. The cause is a slowdown in iPhone sales combined with dramatic growth in two other areas: wearables and services.

But this is hardly the first time Apple has experienced a major change in the shape of its business. In fact, Apple is a company that’s rarely stood still in terms of its evolution.

To prove the point, let’s step through 20 years of Apple’s business, five years at a time.

Apple Discouraging Aftermarket iPhone Battery Swaps, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple is taking new measures within iOS to prevent aftermarket battery swaps for the iPhone. As detailed by iFixit, Apple has activated a “dormant software lock” in iOS that blocks features like Battery Health in Settings when an iPhone uses a battery that was not installed by Apple itself.


Apple Music Launches Apple Digital Masters, New Initiative Combining Its Hi-Res 'Mastered' Collection, by Chris Eggertsen, Billboard

On Wednesday Apple Music announced the launch of Apple Digital Masters, a new initiative by the streaming giant that combines all of its “Mastered for iTunes” offerings into one global catalog. This is the company’s first public acknowledgement of the initiative, which it has been quietly unveiling for some time.

Apple Launches New ASMR Series With iPhone-shot Videos And Recordings, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple today has released four new Shot on iPhone videos, this time highlighting both the camera and microphone quality of the iPhone. The videos are part of a new series from Apple called “Apple ASMR.”

Apple's Version Of ASMR Is Like Nails On A Chalkboard To Me, by Victoria Song, Gizmodo

I guess you could say my reaction means Apple’s done a pretty good job with these videos, even if the intense reaction it invokes in me is cringing instead of pleasure.

Apple iPad Mini (2019) Review: A Tiny Creative Powerhouse, by Matthew Bolton, T3

This new version has hardware geared up to do so much more, but the limits of the screen size are still here. It’s such a capable machine, and if you find yourself shrugging indifferently every time we mention split-screen multitasking or productivity, it could be the perfect tablet for you.


The Secret History Of ‘Easter Eggs’, by David Pogue, New York Times

To avoid detection by Atari’s testers, he hid it in a secret “room” of the video game, accessed by a convoluted sequence of steps involving a maze, a bridge and a one-pixel “key” that he called The Dot.

His bid for recognition eventually paid off spectacularly — in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 movie “Ready Player One.” To save his world at the movie’s climax, Parzival, the hero, must play Atari “Adventure” and unlock its Easter egg. “You see, Warren Robinett was proud of Adventure,” Parzival explains as he plays. “That’s why he created the first digital Easter egg!”

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