AppleMagazine #372

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app of the year: improving your digital experience (part ii)

THE FINAL SECTION OF OUR YEAR-CONCLUDING EXTRAVAGANZA It’s the end of the year, and Apple has announced the movers, shakers and groundbreakers that created the most popular apps of 2018. Last week we looked at some of the most popular trends, games, free-to-download apps and the apps designed to make organizing your life just that little bit easier. This week, it’s time for part two. With 2018 being such an incredible, exciting and diverse year to be engaged with the App Store, we’ve still got plenty more to come. Here, in part two of the apps that could improve your life, we feature the most innovative and popular for your wrist, desktop and phone camera, as well as those AR-awesome apps that reshape reality in front of us. We’ve also covered the best…

big shareholder at yelp wants a board reshuffle

Saying it’s lost patience with missteps and earnings shortfalls, a large shareholder at Yelp is seeking a board reshuffle at the online review site. In a letter released publicly this week, SQN Investors said that it wants Yelp Inc. to add some new directors to its board, including shareholder representatives. SQN, which owns more than 4 percent of Yelp’s shares, says it believes that “the board has failed to hold itself and management accountable for the company’s strategic and operational missteps, repeated missed earnings, lost opportunities and poor corporate governance.” SQN has built up its stake recently, and is now one of Yelp’s top five shareholders. The technology investor, based in Redwood City, just south of Yelp’s San Francisco headquarters, argues that the company’s board lacks urgency in addressing significant issues, among them a…

hertz, clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry. Hertz said this week it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travelers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S. It’s the latest place consumers will find biometric technology, which has migrated over the last 50 years from secure government facilities and banks to airports, stadiums and even smartphones that unlock with the touch a fingerprint. Hertz is the first rental car company to use the technology. Improvements in cameras and other technology have made it cheaper to install scanners that can read fingerprints, faces, and irises. More than 100 airports…

follow your heart: apple watch ecg changing lives

THE BEATING HEART OF APPLE Despite being announced back in June, it wasn’t until the launch of watchOS 5.1.2 earlier this month that the long-awaited ECG app finally dropped. Available on Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States, the app is designed to indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation, thanks to electrodes built into the back of the new Watch. In this week’s issue, we take a closer look at the new feature, explore the future of digital tech and our health, and reveal how the Apple Watch is already helping to save lives… REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY Whilst ECG technology certainly isn’t new, Apple brings it to everyday users on a device that they’re already using. Indeed, the Apple Watch is now the world’s most popular smartwatch ,…

study: social media surpasses newspapers as news source

A survey says Americans today are more likely to get news from social media web sites than newspapers. The Pew Research Center said that 20 percent of Americans cited social media as a frequent news source, compared to 16 percent that credited newspapers. It’s the first time since Pew has found sites like Facebook and Twitter outpacing newspapers. Pew has been asking about news consumption, with a slight change in wording, since 1991. That year, 56 percent of Americans said newspapers when asked where they had gotten their news yesterday. The survey also found that 81 percent of people aged 65 and over often get news from television, compared to only 16 percent of people aged 18 to 29.…

how to plan your smart home - and weigh privacy risks

You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning. Technology companies are pushing the “smart home” hard, selling appliances and gadgets that offer internet-connected conveniences you didn’t know you needed. But before you succumb to the temptation — for yourself or others — consider that these devices might also give companies and hackers a key to your homes. Here’s how to get started on your smart home and what to worry about along the way. STARTING THAT SMART HOME A smart home can encompass features as simple as remote-controlled lamps and as sophisticated as thermostats that know when you’re home and turn up the heat automatically. Down the line, you may want to mix and match these tasks into routines,…