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Wed, Jul 29, 2015The Mobile-Strategies Edition

Do The Latest Wave Of Health Apps Really Improve Patient Care?, by Rachel Pugh, The Guardian

Tens of thousands of health apps are on the market, with different levels of specialisation from the simple Fitbit, which measures your activity, to others monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and foetal activity. A smartphone has been used to automatically detect wriggling parasites in blood samples. Most of these are untested and unregulated. The Breast, a journal covering research on breast cancer, had a recent study showing that less than 15% of breast-related apps were regulated or had any professional input.

Yet some have a clear health advantage – particularly in weight loss. Two recent randomised trials showed that mobile strategies that make use of apps lead to better patient outcomes than traditional programmes (pdf). In one study the participants in the mobile group lost 3.9 kg more than the standard group.

Critical Vulnerability In Apple App Store, iTunes Revealed, by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

Revealed this week by security researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri from Vulnerability Lab, the persistent injection flaw, deemed critical, is an application-side input validation web vulnerability. In an advisory, the researcher said the vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject malicious script codes into flawed content function and service modules.

According to Mejri, an attacker can exploit the flaw by manipulating a name value (device cell name) within the invoice module through an exchange of malicious, scripted code. If a product is purchased in Apple's stores, the backend takes the device value and encodes it with manipulated conditions in order to generate an invoice before sending it on to the seller.

How A Simple Apple Feature Called Switch Control Is Changing Lives, by Charlie Warzel, BuzzFeed

Less than three years after Hills posted the the touchscreen video, his life is dramatically different. He no longer needs to spend thousands of dollars on new, quickly obsolete devices to use an iPhone or iPad and is no longer forced to rely on a caregiver for tasks like typing an email. He is now an Apple-certified Final Cut Pro editor and has his own video production and editing business that he runs out of his house. And his YouTube page is home to dozens of videos geared toward educating others about accessibility tech, including Switch Control. In his spare time, Hills speaks to training and support groups and writes guest blog posts about his experiences and how to best take advantage of assistive technology.

Features like Switch Control work in practical and measurable ways to lower costs for the disabled and work to bring more and more people not only online, but further into a culture that overlooked their technological needs. Giving more people the necessary tools means not only offering up the vast and rich world of internet and all that modern software and hardware have to offer to a wider audience, it also means widening the spectrum and potential of innovation through inclusion. “I like to think about this kind of technology less like a light switch and more as a set of possibilities,” Ellcessor said. “Accessibility is about creating the possibility for those with particular bodily impairments to participate and engage in culture and in whatever ways they want to.” That possibility, and the participation that it fosters, ultimately mean adding more diverse voices into the culture.

Stuff.

Manage Emails, Events And Contacts With Just One App, Boxer, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

For two years, Boxer has been your inbox for Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, and more, but the app received a huge update, bringing calendar and contact integration.

VideoSoap Review: Scrub Noise Out Of Camera Roll Videos In A Single Tap, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Options For Quickly Opening Recent Documents In OS X, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

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Apple Music Licensing, Explained: Why Most Beats 1 Shows Won't Be Podcasts, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Though each feature is (theoretically) seamlessly integrated into the Music app and iTunes app for users, the licensing on the back-end is far more complicated: Each service has a different catalog of music it can play, which makes transitioning between them a bit tricky. When you listen to a show live on Beats 1, you're listening to a catalog of music covered by Apple's radio agreements; when you play back any post-show content on Connect, it's all covered under the Apple Music licensing agreement, which has access to a different subset of albums and songs.

Apple Pushes On LGBT Rights, Joining At Least 24 Austin Tech Companies, by Brent Wistrom, AustinInno

When a big name like Apple jumps in the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender employees, it reverberates across the spectrum.

But Apple’s recent support of The Equality Act of 2015 is just one of the bold headlines in a long-fought battle for equal rights that has had hundreds of Texas companies rallying support.

96 MacBook Pro’s In One Rack., by Steve's Blog

We had a need to introduce 96 MacBook Pro’s for our product testing. Our requirements included Retina displays, small form factor, low power, cool running, Apple branded hardware, high density design, i7 CPU’s, 16GB RAM, etc… This is what I came up with.

Worry First, Happy Later

You Can Trick Yourself Into Being Happy ... If You Make Life Worse First, by Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

Indeed, there’s a case to be made that some of the loveliest small pleasures in life come from the joy when bad things stop. Who doesn’t adore that special quality of indoor silence when a houseguest who’s outstayed his welcome finally leaves? It’s not just that I’m glad he’s gone; I’m glad he stayed, too, otherwise I’d never have been able to relish his departure.

Parting Words

"Wake up wake up wake up wake up" "Ugh. What is it?" "You're reeeeally tired" "...Thanks brain." "You're welcome :D"

— Mink ette (@mink_ette) July 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.