Archive

Here's everything I've written throughout April 2019.

 

Apple Watch ECG, irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in 19 more countries PP

Apple released watchOS 5.2 a little over a week ago and for customers with a Series 4 Apple Watch, both the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications are available in 19 European countries; Including the United Kingdom.

Apple gets straight to the point via their Newsroom:

The ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks a direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians.

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The ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification feature will help users identify signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm. When left untreated, AFib is one of the leading conditions that can result in stroke, the second most common cause of death around the world. The AF Association estimates there are around 1.5 million people in the UK living with atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm problem, but a third of these people may be unaware of this.

To put it another way, if you’re someone with a Series 4 Apple Watch in a supported country you’ve now got a cardiologist on the wrist.

Joe Cieplinski wrote about his experience with the ECG app. Thanks to these new features in his smart watch, Cieplinski discovered he had AFib and was able to seek out the appropriate treatment.

On a personal note, I’m extremely pleased it’s available in the United Kingdom as I have a heart condition. I’ve had a number of portable cardiac event recorders in the past which try to capture my irregular rhythms. These are usually provided for a 24 hour period, but my Apple Watch is always there. I cannot express how much of a huge deal this is.

There’s no denying that the Apple Watch is rather expensive, but Apple tends to keep the previous model around whenever a new revision comes out. There’s every chance the Series 4 could end up retailing for around the £279-299 mark as the Series 3 does currently. In essence, these potentially life saving features could end up in the hands of a lot more people.

If you haven’t enabled this feature, even if you don’t think you’ll ever need it, please open the Health app and spend a couple of minutes to get it going.

10 April, 2019

Microsoft Edge Insider builds are now available PP

Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s December announcement, the first public facing builds of Edge Insider are now available for trying out. There’s a Canary channel, where daily builds will be made available, and a Dev channel for weekly updates. The Canary channel is on the bleeding edge and is more likely to experience bugs but if you’re excited to see what’s on its way then this could be the one for you.

You can download Edge Insider for all supported versions of Windows 10 right now from their project website. Windows 7, 8.1 and macOS support is reportedly coming in the future.

09 April, 2019

WWDC 2019, June 3rd to June 7th PP

This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Jose between the 3rd-7th June 2019. As always, we can expect to see the latest software changes and frameworks that will make up the next major releases of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

I’m particularly excited about this years Keynote. I’ve got high hopes that big changes are a-coming for iOS, specifically. The iPad hardware far exceeds the capabilities of the operating system and I think we’ll be in for a treat. Especially the power users among us.

Apple are going to provide a livestream of the conference via the WWDC app for both Developers and enthusiasts alike. I hope to provide some realtime coverage as I did with last month’s Show Time event, with a more in depth analysis thereafter.

05 April, 2019

Weblings 2.1 PP

Weblings 2.1 Screenshot in Firefox

On the 24th March I finally wrapped up and shipped Weblings 2.1 for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. As with previous releases, there’s a bunch of awesome new Weblings to look out for, some additional colours and a few, quite frankly, terrible puns.

What makes this particularly newsworthy is that it’s now supportive of Firefox Account Sync in addition to Google Chrome Sync. So long as you’re logged into the account for your browser of choice, all preferences for Weblings will stay synchronised.

I’ve also open sourced Weblings on GitHub, so if you wish to contribute to the project I’ll welcome your suggestions and pull requests with open arms.

Weblings is available for free, downloadable via the Chrome Web Store and Firefox Add-ons. If you haven’t tried my little new tab extension before, please give it a go.

05 April, 2019