The Your-Phone-iPhone Edition Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Apple Debuts Revamped 'Switch' Site To Lure Android Users, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today debuted an overhauled webpage aimed at encouraging Android users to switch to the iPhone, introducing a simpler FAQ-style site that highlights iPhone features and makes it clear how simple it is to switch from an Android device to an iPhone.

Apple’s New Switch To iPhone Ad Campaign, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple posted a series of five short videos to YouTube today encouraging consumers to switch to the iPhone. The spots, which are each just 16 seconds long, take place on a two-tone stage. The left side of each set is a plain gray color and represents ‘your phone.’ The more colorful, right-hand side of the stage is the iPhone.

Accessibilities and Abilities

How One Mother Discovered The App That Changed Her Disabled Daughter's Life, by Ellen Seidman, Woman's Day

Nearly every morning, Alice Brouhard visits the yellow cottage in Glenwood Springs, CO, where her daughter, Kara, lives. As they chat over coffee, reminders sound frequently from a speaker on the counter. "Finish breakfast," it prompts. "Let Phoebe out." "Brush teeth."

Kara relies on these messages—about 85 of them, recorded in her own voice on an iPad app called Aida Reminder—to get through the day. As a result of a traumatic brain injury, Kara can't tell time, read or navigate daily tasks on her own. But Aida Reminder, along with other technology, has enabled Kara, 36, to accomplish far more than her doctors thought possible.

Accessorize Your Stuff

How Anker Is Beating Apple And Samsung At Their Own Accessory Game, by Nick Statt, The Verge

Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products he felt the world needed: a line of reasonably priced accessories that would be better than the ones you could buy from Apple and other big-name brands. These accessories — batteries, cables, chargers — would solve our most persistent gadget problem by letting us stay powered on at all times. There were just a few problems: Yang knew nothing about starting a company, building consumer electronics, or selling products.

“I was a software engineer all my life at Google. I didn’t know anyone in the electronics manufacturing world,” Yang tells me over Skype from his office in Shenzhen, China. But he started the company regardless, thanks in no small part to his previous experience with Amazon’s sellers marketplace, a platform for third-party companies and tiny one- or two-person teams interested in selling directly to consumers. He named the company Anker, after the German word for ship anchor.

Anker has since become the most popular brand of portable battery packs on Amazon.

Nike Launching Colorful New Apple Watch Sport Bands Alongside Matching Air VaporMax Flyknit Shoes, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Nike says the new colors will launch alongside the new shoe collection on June 1 with each band retailing for the standard $49 price on and select Nike stores.


Amazon’s Echo Look Companion App Goes Live, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Amazon’s odd foray into the world of selfie cameras via the Echo Look is now complete with the launch of a companion application for iOS and Android devices that works with the new connected camera. The app allows Echo Look owners to view live previews from the Look’s camera, take a picture, survey their outfits, mark favorites, compare styles and more.

Best iPad Apps For Retail Businesses, by Jackie Dove,

Despite the labor-intensive nature of retail, mobile apps can make it easier than ever to oversee your business from afar and reclaim your life. We nosed around to find some stellar apps — from marketing, internal communications, payroll, sales analysis, point of sale and floor planning — that help you run your retail business and still have quality time for hanging out with family and friends.

The Best Apps For People Who Travel Alone, by Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

It's perfectly natural to be nervous about dropping into a foreign, new place on your own, whether you dread getting lost, feeling lonely, or just not knowing what to do when you’re eating dinner alone. But don't order that room service cheeseburger—download these four apps, which will help you feel more sure-footed abroad.

Even if you've started your trip alone, you may end with a network of new friends.


Apple Watch Can Misdial 911, Call Centers Ask That Users Don't Hang Up, by Erika Leigh, KSFY

If you have an Apple Watch, holding down the buttons on the side will make an emergency call. Like Siri's "call 108" feature, you'll get 10 seconds to cancel the call, but if you don't, it will call your local dispatch center. If you carry a purse on your wrist, or even grocery bags from the supermarket, it can be very easy to accidentally make that call.


Most importantly, Metro Communications said, if you do make a misdial to 911, just stay on the line and let the operator know what happened -- whether it's from an Apple Watch, a smartphone, any other device or even a regular landline.

Apple And Nokia Bury Patent Hatchet, by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

Well that didn’t last long. A fresh patent spat between Nokia and Apple which fired up at the back end of last year when Cupertino accused the former world number one mobile maker of making like a patent troll appears to have been resolved already.

The two companies said today they’ve reached agreement to settle all litigation pertaining to the dispute, inking a multi-year patent license.

Apple Reveals It Was Served A Secret National Security Letter, by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet

Apple revealed late Monday that it has received at least one secret national security letter from the US government, demanding personal information on a customer.

The Subscription Paradox, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

But then there’s another, less obvious danger zone: People who like your stuff but just can’t finish it all. You’d think that this shouldn’t matter, that if you only ever consume half of everything but enjoy it all, that should be good enough. But it’s not. Most people hate feeling that they’re not using everything they’re paying for. [...]

I’ve had this described to me as “The New Yorker Problem.” People who enjoy reading The New Yorker still cancel their subscriptions, because they’ve got a few issues piled up.

Bottom of the Page

Just finished reading: Dear Mr. M, by Herman Koch.

Generally, this has been an enjoyable book for me. Except for a certain portion in the second-half of the story, where I felt that the book is doing more of telling than showing.

But I certainly did not see the twist coming.


Currently watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3), by Robert Carlock, Tina Fey.



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