The Recovery-Management Edition Tuesday, August 3, 2021

With Apple's Backing, Can An App Help Heart Attack Patients Recover?, by Mario Aguilar, STAT

Corrie is designed to make everything that’s hard about managing recovery after a heart attack far easier for patients — and, in turn, keep them out of the hospital. Once home, the app helps track their vital signs and activity data with the help of an Apple Watch and a Bluetooth blood pressure cuff. It sends reminders when a patient needs to take a pill or head in for a follow-up appointment, and also serves as a hub of critical health information, including guidance on diet and exercise, that’s often lost in the chaos of a hospital discharge.


The app and its development are exactly the kind of work Apple set out to make possible when it launched CareKit, the patient care framework Corrie is built on. The Corrie team’s work has kept the attention of Apple, which paraded the app at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June as a sterling example of how its tools could improve patient care.

Apple Now Selling Standalone Magic Keyboard With Touch ID Starting At $149, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

However, Apple isn’t offering the same colors for the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID when purchased separately, just silver and white is available.

Two New Macs, 'Apple Watch Series 7' Pop Up In Regulatory Filings, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

Apple devices have to be registered in the EEC regulatory database before they can be sold in that territory, so a listing there is always an early sign of a release. It is not a certainty, nor is there a typical timescale between listing and launch.


Scan, Pay, Go: App Clip Self-checkout Comes To The Apple Store App, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Apple is making it faster and easier than ever to buy accessories and cases at Apple Stores with a new self-checkout App Clip powered by the Apple Store app and Apple Pay. App Clips are small parts of apps that load quickly in the moments you need them.

Apple Stores Float New Portless MagSafe Dock Design, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

The new design elevates iPhones from the table, making the devices appear to float when viewed from the front. Each iPhone is easier to pick up and replace, and MagSafe accommodates a more accessible viewing angle when docked.

Apple Arcade Two Years Later: A Value That Keeps On Growing, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The majority of Apple Arcade titles fit the "mobile" description, while only a handful creep into "console" territory. Rather than recreate the experience of a PlayStation Portable or Nintendo Switch, Apple has leaned heavily into the existing App Store demographic.

Ulysses Gains Enhanced Blog Publishing And Session History Features, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Popular writing app Ulysses today reached version 23, and this update improves its blog publishing features as well as the way session histories and writing goals are calculated.

Journaling App Day One Gains Concealed Journals For Added Privacy, by Oliver Haslam, iMore

Concealed Journals allow users to ensure their content can't be seen by anyone — even when the app is open and unlocked.

Sun And Moon Tracker Sundial Adds Two Home Screen Widgets, New Apple Watch Complications, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Sundial is a comprehensive way to keep track of the sun and moon at your location, or anywhere else in the world on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Logitech Combo Touch Review: Four-mode iPad Pro Keyboard Review, by Matthew Miller, ZDNet

In addition to a lower price, the Logitech Combo Touch keyboard offers a kickstand case for your iPad, dedicated row of function keys, no battery to charge up, and a larger trackpad. There is a lot to like here and unless you must have an Apple-branded product the Logitech Combo Touch seems like the better choice in almost every way.


Will We Ever Get A Shared Family iCloud Photo Library?, by Adam Oram, iMore

Take a picture on your iPhone and it will appear on your iPad in seconds. Edit a photo on your Mac and those changes are reflected on your other devices straight away, too. But iCloud Photo Library, even after the announcements last month at WWDC, is still missing a huge feature: proper family iCloud photo sharing support.

The Voices Of Women In Tech Are Still Being Erased, by Mar Hicks, MIT Technology Review

When we think of women in computing, we often think about how, both literally and figuratively, they have been silenced more often than they’ve been listened to. Women's voices and bodies can be found all throughout the history of computing—from being heard in launch countdowns to being visible in photographs—but only relatively recently have historians written these women back into the narrative by explaining what they did. For a long time, women were mistakenly thought to be peripheral to computing history, even though they were often the ones who programmed the computers.

Bottom of the Page

Books that I've enjoyed in the first half of this year, in reverse order of reading:

The Hidden Palace, by Helene Wecker
The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz
The Devil and the Dark Water, by Stuart Turton
If You Should Fail: A Book of Solace, by Joe Moran
The Cat and The City, by Nick Bradley
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
Monogamy, by Sue Miller

Here's wishing you have some good books to escape, too.

(Yes, time is weird in these strange days. My definition of 'first half of this year' runs from Jan to end July. Sosumi.)


Thanks for reading.