The Life-Changer Edition Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Apple Can’t Cure Learning Disabilities, But It Makes Them More Manageable, by Daryl Deino, Observer

People with ADHD’s brains are wired differently. Figuring out how to get work done is often as difficult as doing the job itself. They need constant reminders and other sorts of brain stimulation—something the iPhone has provided since 2007.

While everybody has benefited from the iPhone and its capabilities, people with ADHD can tell you that Apple not only provided a benefit; it produced a life-changer. Apple makes living with ADHD easier. Though there have been other smartphone and handheld devices with similar capabilities, none are as accessible and consumer friendly as the iPhone.

Apple And Cochlear Team Up To Roll Out The First Implant Made For The iPhone, by Sarah Buhr, TechCrunch

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a patient’s surgically embedded sound processor.


There have been other implants and hearing aids that have used iOS apps to control sound and other features and Nucleus’s own app can be downloaded to do the same. However, Cochlear’s newest processor is controlled by the phone itself and does not require an app download.

Adobe Flash’s Days Are Officially Numbered, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Adobe announced today that it has set the end-of-life date for Flash, its popular technology for displaying animations and other multimedia on the web.

Adobe Announces End-of-Life For Flash, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

This official “end of life” statement is an important step, but Adobe saw the writing on the wall six years ago when they officially stopped developing Flash Player for Android. Strategically, that was the death of Flash.


Latest Apple Music Ad Uses Motorcycles, Patriotism & Country Star Brantley Gilbert, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

The black-and-white commercial shows Gilbert riding around on a motorcycle with friends in rural Tennessee, listening to songs on Apple Music using an iPhone. On top of Gilbert's "The Ones That Like Me," the ad's soundtrack includes music like "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar.

Review: Wallflower, An iPhone-connected Smart Oven Monitor, by Lester Victor Marks, AppleInsider

Wallflower does exactly what it says it will: It notifies you when the stove is on. It notifies you when it's on longer than it should be. It notifies you when you leave the house with it on, and it notifies you when it turns off. It sounds simple, which is a good thing.

New Skrite App Lets You Write On The Sky And Alter Your Interaction With The Real World, by Roxanna Swift, WCPO

Augmented reality allows users to interact with the real world in a way that is different or modified. In the case of Skrite, users interact with their environment through skywriting.


Apple Ad VP Talks App Store Search Ads, Better Metrics For Developers, & More In New Interview, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Teresi explained that one area Apple is specifically focusing on is closing the gap between install and engagement numbers. Currently, installs are measured by the first time a person opens the app, and thus the install number rarely correlates with the downloads number. Apple wants to improve this discrepancy and make it easier for marketers to track and retain customers.

How Work Changed To Make Us All Passionate Quitters, by Ilana Gershon, Aeon

In the early 1990s, career advice in the United States changed. A new social philosophy, neoliberalism, was transforming society, including the nature of employment, and career counsellors and business writers had to respond. The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, and much as communist thinkers had tried to apply Marxist ideas to every aspect of life, triumphant US economic intellectuals raced to implement the ultra-individualist ideals of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and other members of the Mont Pelerin Society, far and wide. In doing so for work, they developed a metaphor – that every person should think of herself as a business, the CEO of Me, Inc. The metaphor took off, and has had profound implications for how workplaces are run, how people understand their jobs, and how they plan careers, which increasingly revolve around quitting.

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