The Alleviating-the-Burden Edition Wednesday, March 16, 2022

How Apps Can Help People Manage Chronic Illnesses, by B.K. Jackson, Wired

Mobile apps are bridging a broad care gap, providing evidence-based information and tools for logging disease-related data to trace trends and patterns that can inform management strategies. According to a 2017 report by the IQVIA Institute, there were 318,500 mobile health apps that year—a number that was growing by 200 each day. Of these, 40 percent are dedicated to the management of a range of illnesses, most commonly heart disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s. And studies suggest they work, alleviating the burden on the health care system while boosting patients’ ability to live better with illness.

Why Haven’t Apple And Google Shut Down Their App Stores In Russia? Because The U.S. Doesn’t Want Them To., by Joseph Menn, Washington Post

But civil liberties groups and American officials are pushing the other way, arguing that the three California companies provide ordinary Russians with the means to find independent news sources and to connect to activists and nonprofit organizations opposed to the war in Ukraine.


One key reason for the companies to remain in Russia for now is that Russia is nowhere near as advanced in censorship and repression technology as China. Russians can still find outside perspectives and share them, if they go to the app stores and put in some effort instead of following government recommendations to use monitored social networks and messaging systems.

Disco Time!

watchOS 8.5 Fixes Mail Privacy Protection Loophole That Could Expose IP Addresses, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

watchOS 8.5 fixes a security vulnerability in the Mail app that could leak a user’s IP address when downloading remote content, security researchers have found.

Apple Has Finally Dropped A Disco Ball Emoji, by Aneesa Ahmed, Mixmag

A melting face, a nest, crutches, a lotus flower, and some fascinating new skin tone possibilities are among the 37 new emojis in iOS 15.4. The ability to modify skin tones in a single emoji is the highlight here. A handshake might now indicate a warm hug between two people of various skin tones.


Some Friendly Advice If You Were Waiting For A 27-inch iMac, by David Sparks, MacSparky

So if you were counting on getting a new 27-inch iMac, you’re out of luck. However, I have some advice for you, depending on where you were on the 27-inch iMac spectrum.

Apple’s Studio Display Fills An Obvious Gap In The Monitor Market, by Owen Williams, TechCrunch

Being able to plug in a single cable and have a webcam, microphone, and speakers ready to roll for your next video call is a massive improvement over fiddling around every time you’ve unplugged your laptop, especially considering that the integrated microphones are optimized for noise cancelling to make taking video calls on the speakers tolerable for everyone involved. For companies hiring on remote employees, being able to ship out a single screen that includes all of the accessories they’re going to buy individually anyway, is likely to make it a popular choice for enterprise buys.

FigJam Brings Its App For Easy Sketching And Sharing Ideas To The iPad, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Figma, the design tool first built for the web, is launching FigJam for the iPad today. In this online whiteboard, teams can ideate and brainstorm together, making it easier for coworkers to sketch the early days of a project in a clean way.

Edison Mail For iOS Updated With Powerful Spam-blocker Features, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

With spam messages accounting for 45% of email traffic in 2021, Edison Mail for iOS is being updated with a trio of customizable features that will help users block spam in their Gmail, Outlook, and other legacy email account.

Tripsy 2.1 Adds Web-Based Itineraries And Expanded Travel Email Forwarding, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Tripsy is my favorite travel app because it’s not just about getting from Point A to Point B. To me, the app defines the difference between trips and travel. Lots of apps can track travel information about your flights or show you where your hotel is on a map. Tripsy can do those things too, and it’s good at them. However, where Tripsy shines brightest and sets itself apart from other apps is by going beyond those nuts and bolts essentials and focusing the things you want to do and see on your trip.

Kaleidoscope Update Adds New Safari Extension For Web Developers, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Kaleidoscope is a popular and powerful Mac app for users who constantly need to compare the differences between files and folders. Following a major update last October with a new interface and support for M1 Macs, the app was updated today with new Safari extensions for web developers.

This iOS App Will Help Your DJI Mini 2 Or Mini SE Drone Fly To The Next Level, by Mark Wilson, TechRadar

One of the main drawbacks of DJI's two entry-level drones is their lack of subject-tracking, but Litchi delivers this via its Track function. Pinch a square around your chosen subject in the app and your drone will autonomously follow it or 'Orbit' around it. This is particularly handy for vloggers and one-person film crews.


Apple Will Soon Require Developers To Submit Apps To The App Store Using Xcode 13, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Apple on Tuesday sent a reminder to developers about an upcoming change in the requirements for submitting apps to the App Store. Starting April 25, 2022, all apps created for Apple’s platforms must be built with Xcode 13 – the latest version of the SDK available.

Apple Opens Applications For Second Impact Accelerator Program, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Apple has opened up applications for its second Impact Accelerator, a program that provides training to minority-owned businesses in the environmental sector.


Apple Stores Can Now Update Firmware On Second-Generation AirPods, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The tool allows technicians with access to Apple Service Toolkit 2 to install the latest firmware on a customer’s AirPods in certain scenarios, such as if the customer’s left or right AirPod failed to update or the customer is using a non-iOS companion device.

Apple Supplier Foxconn Says It Has Resumed Some Production In Shenzhen After Covid Outbreak, by Sam Shead, CNBC

The Taiwanese firm added that a "closed loop" process has been implemented on these campuses that adheres to policies issued by the Shenzhen Government.

"In applying this closed-loop management process within the Shenzhen campus and in implementing the required health measures for the employees who live on campus, some operations have been able to restart and some production is being carried out at those campuses," a Foxconn spokesperson told CNBC Wednesday.

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This morning, before I head out to my office, I've decided this is how I am going to test FaceID with Mask: I'm going to just try to unlock with my masked face in a (according to me) natural fashion, and if it failed to unlock, I will not move my face and eyes all over the phone to try to get the phone to unlock. Mostly, this is out of practical concern: I don't want others on the train or in the office to look at me funny. :-)

Anyway, if my counting was correct, I successfully unlock with my masked face only twenty percent of the time.

Maybe I'm holding the phone wrong. Maybe I am looking at the phone wrong. Maybe it will get better with practice. Just don't tell me I need to spend 10,000 hours to train the iPhone.


Thanks for reading.