Please, meet my new Apple Watch app: Restless.
The app helps you stay awake when you really need to:
when you’re driving late at night coming home after a party, when you want to pull an all-nighter to work for those midterms … etc.
It works by using the Apple Watch haptic feedback to keep you focused. You’ll receive a nudge regulary and when you’re heart rate is seemingly shows that you’re on the verge of falling asleep.
You can check it out on the App Store:
Stephen Nellis writing for Reuters:
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is expected to announce plans next week to make its Siri voice assistant work with a larger variety of apps, as the technology company looks to counter the runaway success of Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) competing Alexa service.
Currently, Apple’s Siri works with only six types of app: ride-hailing and sharing; messaging and calling; photo search; payments; fitness; and auto infotainment systems. At the company’s annual developer conference next week, it is expected to add to those categories.
No shit Sherlock !
Michael E. Cohen, writing for TidBITS:
iBooks is not quite as unreliable and confusing as it was when I wrote about it last year, but neither has it improved nearly as much as loyal iBooks users deserve. Moreover, what little support documentation Apple provides is sketchy and inaccurate, leaving the impression that even the support and documentation departments within Apple are ignoring iBooks.
Federico Viticci, commenting at MacStories about the previous quote:
Cohen’s library may be an edge case with over 700 titles, but the problems he mentions are basic usability issues that should get fixed.
As the developper of an iOS app to manage your ebooks library, let me tell you that 700 ebooks is far from an edge case. A quick query in my stats showed me that the average number of ebooks per active user in Librairie is 1134. This makes total sense when you think about it: people using this kind of apps are serious about managing their whole books library and are voracious readers.
As most Apple apps, iBooks is designed for casual users. The ones who will buy a handfull of ebooks in the iBooks Store and don’t even know what an ePub file is. If you’re an ebooks power user, I have a solution for you
Adrian Kosmaczewski (via Andy Lee):
I start iTunes. It tells me that I need to log in to Apple Music. I do not remember ever having logged off. I enter my username and password. The dialog goes away. iTunes still does not allow me to listen to music. I close and re-open iTunes. I log off and on a few times. I finally reboot my Mac. I discover that the artist I would love to listen to that morning is not available on iTunes Music. I select another artist. I hit play. Music does not come out from the built-in speakers. I plug in my old 2002 Harman Kardon SoundSticks. I plug the USB 3 to USB dongle first.
I sit on my Mac and open a Pages file stored on iCloud, one I was working on my iPad Pro during the weekend. The sync fails and I cannot see the last modifications I made on my iPad Pro. Open and close apps on both devices. I reboot them both. Pages for Mac tells me that there is a conflict between the versions in both devices, even though I have never edited the file on the Mac. I select the version on the iPad. My changes are lost.
I try to open an application I bought yesterday on this Mac. The operating system protests, telling me that I have to login to the App Store because the application was bought in another Mac. It is not true. I log in anyway. The app opens.
This seems too bad to be real, but I’ve had days recently that feel like this. I have an old Mac and sometimes think a new one would be more reliable, until I read about problems people are having with a brand new MacBook Pro and display. At least I don’t have kernel panics.
And at the same time, in a slightly parallel universe Jason Snell reports at Sixcolors.com about the latest Apple quartely results:
Mac unit sales weren’t a record, but because of rising average sale prices (thanks, MacBook Pro!), Mac revenue set a record.
May be because people are buying new Macs hoping they’ll be more reliable ?
Commit DB, the arguably best iOS MySQL client on the market 😉 has a new version. Besides a few bug fixes, the main new feature is the ability to use SSL to secure your MySQL connections.
Happy coding !
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