Apple previews innovative accessibility features – Apple

Apple previews innovative accessibility features – Apple:

Apple today previewed innovative software features that introduce new ways for users with disabilities to navigate, connect, and get the most out of Apple products. These powerful updates combine the company’s latest technologies to deliver unique and customizable tools for users, and build on Apple’s long-standing commitment to making products that work for everyone.

[One group that I don’t feel is classified as disabled is the elderly. As we age, things that were once easy and not requiring much through or intention become difficult to impossible. Part of the issue is the huge spread in ability as we age… there’s no easy single solution. But there is similarity to other stages of life and therefore we should be able to produce features that make it easier to manage the complexity of device life.

If anyone would like to work on some ideas in this area, I’d love to be involved. I’m looking at you Apple, but any Indy iOS devs are welcome!]

Scripting News: The Bose speaker review

Scripting News: The Bose speaker review:

I had to download their app just to turn it on, and then I had to create an account on their service. I also had to check off their agreement, which of course I didn’t read. So right off the bat, before it even says anything to me, I hate it.#

[I totally get that hatred. Bose makes some great sounding stuff, and I understand the BigCo product pipeline that leads to the desire to compete (Better Sound because Bose! Now with Alexa!) but the cost is too high in terms of privacy and design. And in case apparently in dollars too. I have owned Bose products for “daily driver” listening for 30 years… because they appreciated the need for quality sound in a small package.]

My iPhone Walk shortcut (NFC)

I’ve been walking for over six months on a daily basis, and it felt like it was time to automate the start of the routine. The shortcut looks like this:

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I hold my phone near the NFC tag and it vibrates the phone, starts the workout on my watch, and send a message to my wife letting her know I’m out the door.

I’ll test and tweak for a few days and then create another for the end of the walk. Update: Sadly there is no “end workout” event as of yet… that sucks.