Collaborating Authors

Apple's CareKit will help patients better manage their illnesses


The open source development platform will launch with four basic modules. Care Cards will act like interactive To-Do lists, helping people remember to, well, do stuff -- like take medication or perform physical therapy exercises, and track their goals using their iPhone or Apple Watch. The Symptoms and Measurement Tracker will enable users to record feedback regarding how they feel and how well they're recovering. For example, users might take photos to record the progress of a wound healing or use their phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to measure a limb's range of motion. Additionally, the Insight Dashboard module can compare a patient's symptoms against the Care Cards to ensure that the person's treatment is effective while the Connect module allows people to share all this data with their doctor.

New Apple features let users manage alerts, time on devices

Washington Post - Technology News

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president for software engineering, introduced three features to manage alerts and time spent on apple devices June 4 at the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

Google Photos update sneaks in tools to better manage burst photos, track image locations


Google Photos is about way more than just backing up your images. The latest update tucks in some code that shows Google has in mind many ways to make your photo album more informative and interactive. Right now the options for saving these for later are limited to "smart burst," which saves the best shot of the bunch, or a curation of individual photos taken at about the same time. The story behind the story: Google Photos is an excellent app for keeping, organizing, and sharing photos. There are several tricks to explore, such as ways to hide photos from the past you'd rather not see and some new navigation schemes.

How to use Readism for Chrome to better manage your online reading time


Getting lost in an endless spiral of interesting articles is a hazard of jobs that require you to be online all day. There just isn't enough time to read all that stuff, and take care of that other thing...what's it called? I recently came across a Chrome extension called Readism that can help you know the time you'll need to read an article, forum thread, or blog post. Created by researchers at Columbia University, Readism creates a pop-up with the average reading time required for the article you have open. Readism for Chrome estimates the reading time for online articles.