The Digital-Therapeutic Edition Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Veterans Find Relief From Nightmares With NightWare And Apple Watch, by Apple

NightWare is a digital therapeutic system that works in conjunction with Apple Watch and iPhone to disrupt nightmares related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Available by prescription only, it’s also the first and only digital therapeutic developed specifically to treat nightmares that is cleared by the FDA. NightWare uses information from the Apple Watch heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope to detect a nightmare and then disrupt it through haptic feedback, generating gentle pulses on the wrist that gradually increase until the user is roused from the nightmare, but not from sleep.

The Apple Watch Ultra’s Impact On My Focus And Presence, by Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

Therefore, it doesn’t take much to create a simple shortcut to launch a “Do Not Disturb” Focus mode and tie that directly to the Action Button on the Apple Watch Ultra. If you’re in a suddenly important meeting or conversation, a quick reach down to your wrist and a click of the Action Button silences the outside world and puts your attention on where it needs to be. If you simply need some peace and quiet to get a job done, the Action Button can kick you into action.

This has been revolutionary for my Watch use. With the help of the Action Button, I’ll jump in and out of Do Not Disturb mode a few times a day, and I’m often left astonished at how much I can get done in short bursts of focus.

Apple In China

Apple Built Its Empire With China. Now Its Foundation Is Showing Cracks., by Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times

Apple raked in profits as China’s economy roared. But as U.S.-China relations falter, and both governments meddle in Apple’s business, the company has gone from one of globalization’s greatest success stories to a symbol of its fracture.

“Apple is discovering that geopolitics drive business models — not the other way around,” said Matthew Turpin, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution specializing in U.S. policy toward China. “This whole collection of supply chain risks are creating a real liability for them.”

Apple’s Bargain With Beijing: Access To China’s Factories — And Consumers, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

The record profits underscore the bargain Apple has struck with Beijing, allowing the iPhone maker to sail through president Xi Jinping’s crackdown on homegrown tech groups while reaping the rewards from US sanctions helping to damage its only real competitor in the country — national champion Huawei.


Apple has worked hard to satisfy the tastes of Chinese customers. When local competitors rolled out smartphones with bigger screens, more advanced cameras with lowlight photography and a dual-SIM card slot, it was Apple’s Chinese employees who pushed the Cupertino-based company to follow suit, said one person close to the China operations.


Apple Promoting All (RED) Version Of The Metropolitan Apple Watch Face Ahead Of World AIDS Day, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

While the company has yet to add the new watch face to its website, there’s already an App Clip available that lets you download it to your Apple Watch using the iPhone’s camera. It’s worth noting that the Metropolitan watch face is already part of the watchOS 9 update and Apple is simply letting users add a pre-custom red version of it.

I Turned My iPad Into A Smart Home Hub And Don’t Regret A Thing, by Zachariah Kelly, Gizmodo

It mostly just sits there, beside my desk, for controlling lights, checking the weather, answering voice commands and receiving video calls. But it has the added benefit of portability and the entire app store, including social media apps, games and so many other things that aren’t available on smart home screens.

Regain Control Of Your Inbox With SaneBox, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

SaneBox is an add-on service for any email account that adds powerful custom filtering. It’s more powerful and granular than a spam filter, and it’s much smarter and easier to manage than email filters in clients like Apple Mail and Gmail.

Halide Update Adds 2x Virtual Zoom For iPhone 14 Pro Models, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Halide has also added a toggle to the app that makes it easier for users to quickly switch between 12-megapixel and 48-megapixel photos.

Nanoleaf Debuts 'Lines Squared' LED Light Bars, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Nanoleaf today updated its Lines LED Light Bars to add a new configuration that allows the lights to be arranged at 90 degree angles using new square Mounting Connectors. The Lines Squared can be set up around door frames and corners, and new geometric shapes are possible.

Review: Mophie Powerstation Pro Hides Enough Power To Charge iPhone, iPad, And Mac Inside A Slim Battery Pack, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

The lightweight and slim design mean this is a lot easier to carry whether that’s day-to-day or for travel.


Apple May Keep Track Of Everything You Tap While Browsing The App Store, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

Two developers and security researchers who identify themselves as “Mysk” have raised privacy concerns about the App Store getting more ads. More specifically, the developers revealed that iOS sends Apple a detailed log of how users interact with the App Store.

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