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Editor: Tom Briant
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Why did Apple make the Apple Watch?
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs developed pancreatic cancer in 2004. He then spent a great deal of time with doctors and the healthcare system until his death in 2011. During this time, Jobs discovered how disjointed the healthcare system can be. He took on the task of trying to bring some digital order to various aspects of the healthcare system, especially the connection between patients, their data, and their healthcare providers.
If you look at Apple’s current health initiatives, many are focused on helping people record data of all types and get it securely to their healthcare providers.
It seems clear that Apple’s management has now and will continue to have a major focus on bridging the gap between a person and their healthcare providers.
I commend Apple for what it’s been able to achieve with the first generation Apple Watch
Apple acknowledges iTunes music deletion bug, promises fix
Apple isn't sure what the cause of the iTunes bug is, as it hasn't been able to reproduce the problem, but in a statement to iMore the company acknowledged the bug and promised a fix next week.
Here's what every symbol on top of your iPhone means
What Google’s ‘Gboard’ can do that your iPhone’s normal keyboard can’t
Google has released a new keyboard app, just for the iPhone, called Gboard. The new app lets you search straight from the keyboard.
The app is free to download from the App Store.
Why did Google make such a good keyboard for the iPhone?
how weird is it that two behemoths — Microsoft and Google — both turn out to have been working on iOS keyboards in parallel?
Google’s new iPhone software keyboard offers four powerful features that you don’t get with Apple’s built-in keyboard.
The Gboard lets you swipe to type.
Google just launched its very first keyboard for iPhone and iPad — and it’s awesome.
Here's the secret way you can load the desktop versions of websites on your iPhone
BONUS: You can also get the mobile version of a website while browsing on your desktop.
4 iPhone tricks you might not know
One handy shortcut every Mac user should know
How to repair a cracked iPhone or iPad screen
Whether it’s cracked or completely shattered, we’ve got you covered with the 5 best repair options: here's what to do if you break your iPhone or iPad's display.
If a high-street retailer charges as little as £40 (about $58) to replace an iPhone 6s screen, say, you should start questioning how that's possible.
There's one more option - but it's not for the faint-hearted. iFixit provides tutorials on how to repair any part of any iPhone (and similar articles for the iPad).
Here's why I gave up my beloved Galaxy S7 for a boring old iPhone
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone I've ever used.
But recently, I've given mine up in favor of a boring, bulky, less cross-compatible iPhone 6s Plus.
The reason is simple: The iPhone's got a crazy-long battery life.
How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness
I'm talking about the red, green and blue rings that adorn my Apple Watch, tracking how much I move, exercise and stand.
the fitness features of the Apple Watch tap into the aspect of human psychology that makes us feel good about completing a goal or reaching an achievement. It's one of the most prominent examples of gamification – a way of integrating these goals and achievements into traditionally nongame activities.
9 accessories that’ll help you get more out of your MacBook
Logitech Base Review: The iPad Pro stand Apple should’ve made
It looks and feels like the stand of an iMac
Larry Ellison talks about a long hike with Steve Jobs in USC commencement speech
Ellison's idea was to buy Apple and immediately make Jobs CEO. It made sense. Apple was worth only about $5 billion at the time, and, as Ellison said, "We both had really good credit, and I had already arranged to borrow all the money. All Steve had to do was say yes.”
Jobs then said to Ellison: "Larry, this is why it's so important that I'm your friend. You don't need any more money. ... I'm not doing this for the money, I don't want to get paid. If I do this I need to do this standing on the moral high ground.”
After Jobs was CEO of Apple again — interim CEO initially — Ellison joined Apple's board. And from that board seat he watched Jobs "build the most valuable company on Earth."
"The lesson here is very clear to me. Steve was right. After a certain point, it can't be about the money. After a certain point you can't spend it no matter how hard you try. I know, I've tried hard."
Steve Jobs said "You've got to have an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right that you're passionate about, otherwise you're not going to have the perseverance to stick it through.”
It's hard starting a business. If you don't have a deeper conviction that you're solving a problem that really needs to be solved, you'll never make it through the adversity.
You Won’t Be Bearish on Apple Inc. After Reading This
Everyone loves to hate Apple stock these days. It has all the necessary ingredients to be a short seller’s favorite in today’s market condition. But if you decide to become an Apple stock bear just because of what other people are saying, well, you’d be missing out on a huge opportunity.
I’m no Apple fan boy. Among my smartphone, tablet, and laptop, only one of them is made by Apple. What I like more is Apple stock. At today’s price, its value is just too hard to ignore.
If you’re betting against AAPL stock now, be warned; you’ll be kicking yourself later.
A sixth sense protects drivers except when texting
"The driver's mind can wander and his or her feelings may boil, but a sixth sense keeps a person safe at least in terms of veering off course," Ioannis Pavlidis said. "What makes texting so dangerous is that it wreaks havoc into this sixth sense. Self-driving cars may bypass this and other problems, but the moral of the story is that humans have their own auto systems that work wonders, until they break."
Broadband service tends to stop at the poverty line in the US
The big business of 'like farming' on Facebook
Hillary Clinton was criticised when her Facebook account suddenly received thousands of likes from Thailand and Myanmar overnight.