The Happy-Staff Edition Friday, October 25, 2019

Why You Need An Apple Watch At Work, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

The thing is, when you join the dots and recognise the costs of staff recruitment, retention and training and cross that against the costs of absence, illness and staff replacement, any failure to address these problems is almost certainly more costly than dealing with them.

Plus, of course, happy staff stick around longer and are way more productive.

So, can an Apple Watch really help you stay a little healthier at work?

“Finishable News” Worked For The Guardian On iPad For 8 Years. Will It Draw New Subscribers On Phones?, by Laura Hazard Owen, Nieman Lab

The team did want to preserve one facet of the iPad app — the fact that it was a contained, finite daily edition. The Guardian’s Daily app pushes out content once a day, at 3 a.m. London time. The content that’s selected for it is largely the same as the content that goes into the print paper, said David Blishen, group product manager. A slider above each section moves along based on how much you’ve read, giving you a clear sense of when you’ll be done. And when you’re done — as with a print newspaper — you’re done. (If you want more, you can always switch back to the other Guardian app, which is constantly updated.)

How To Prevent Hearing Loss From Your Headphones, by Amanda Capritto, CNET

You can still listen to music through your beloved headphones, but take some precautions to preserve your hearing.

If you're concerned about hearing loss, you can try out a few different simple steps to reduce your risk of damage from headphones.


Apple Collaborates With The Chicago Architecture Biennial On Sessions Studying The City, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple Michigan Avenue is offering a new perspective on the built world with a series of Today at Apple sessions celebrating the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Local photographers, architects, and Apple’s Creatives at the flagship store will host Walks and Labs from November 3-24.

Apple Card Review: Two Months In, The Benefits Just Get Better, by Ed Oswald, Digital Trends

The Apple Card is improving with time, and will spur you to use tap-to-pay quite a bit more. However, even with the addition of new partner retailers offering 3% cashback, there are better rewards cards out there. The card’s appeal is its ease of use and rewards on Apple products, not a broad cashback bonus.

Expired Certificates Breaking macOS Installers, by Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels

Earlier versions are not available for download, which really bothers me, but such is life with macOS.

Journal App Day One Identifies Bug That 'Lost' People's Photos – Fix Incoming, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

What we have here is a three act story. The initial data loss is obviously a concern for Day One and its users – including me! Then the poor customer service response is something that the Day One team will undoubtedly want to look into as well. Telling customers that their data is gone and there's nothing they can do about it is bad enough. Doing it when you clearly can do something about it is even worse.

Thankfully the third act is where everything works out. Day One had a bug that was identified and then fixed. And most importantly, no data has been lost. And that's the most important thing here, surely?


The Case Of The Mysterious Disappearing Bug, by Goran Svorcan, New York Times

Don’t play with hash values lightly.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Has No Regrets About Publicly Coming Out 5 Years Ago: 'Not For One Minute', by Dave Quinn, People

“Some parents — I know because they’ve reached out to me — some parents struggle,” Cook said. “They think their child’s potential is less because they’re gay. They think they can’t achieve. They think they’ll be bullied. They think that it’s almost a life sentence to not have as good a life, to not have a happy life.

“My message to them is that it doesn’t have to be like that. It starts with them because if they treat their child with respect and dignity, just like we treat each other, then that child can do anything they want, including [being] the CEO of Apple, or to be the president or whatever they want.”

The Internet Is For Everyone, Right? Not With A Screen Reader, by Arielle Pardes, Wired

A few weeks ago, Lucy Greco heard a story on NPR about more clothing retailers shuttering their stores and moving online. Oh, great, she thought, recalling some of her past experiences with online shopping: “You’re clicking on something that says, ‘graphic graphic graphic,’ or some numbered file name, or some gibberish like that.”

The internet can be like this for Greco, who is blind and uses a screen reader to wayfind online. Screen readers convert display text into synthesized speech or refreshable Braille, giving visual displays an audio equivalent. But many websites have features that make them impossible for her to use—unlabeled graphics, forms with missing field labels, links mysteriously named “link.” Greco says she runs into issues like this “90 percent of the time” that she spends online. When she does, entire chunks of the internet disappear.

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