As the parent of a young adult with Type 1 diabetes, I understand some of the challenges folks face when diagnosed with their condition. And, for some kids, it can be hard to teach them about what's happening in their bodies as they navigate the world of insulin, hypo- and hyper- glycaemia, monitoring your blood sugar and managing your diet. Magikcraft is leveraging Minecraft to help engage children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in making their way through this new world.
There are lots of different device trackers on the market. I've looked at the popular Tile device but found that it was really hardware subscription service and the Chipolo which is a neat alternative. This time, I'm taking a look at the TrackR, a device tracker that can also crowdsource the location of your lost devices.
Hootsuite is a popular social media management tool but it has suffered from one frustrating feature, at least for me. While it's allowed you to create Instagram posts, it hasn't been able to schedule and automatically publish them. Changes in the Instagram Graph mean it is now possible to schedule Instagram posts so they are automatically published.
OneDrive for iOS has been given a significant update, with a refreshed UI, better support for accessing SharePoint files, drag and drop support, a bunch of new file previewers and tighter integration with the iOS Files app. These are welcome changes that make Microsoft's file sync and share service feel more like an integrated part of iOS than a bolt-on app.
Microsoft is continuing to play their game of catchup/leapfrog with Slack, Hipchat and other collaboration tools. The company has announced a slew of integrations with applications that will allow users to include information from apps in conversations, a new store for accessing apps that work in Teams as well as the ability to launch queries and other actions straight from the command box.
Apple continues to shy away from enterprise software. Over the years, they have pulled out of making their own server hardware and now they are paring back their server software to remove almost all of the core functionality, leaving the barest set of device management capabilities in the $31 macOS add-on.
For most of us, the journey down home automation starts with one of the simplest things we can add some tech to - lighting. But, for the most part, lighting is pretty boring, Push the globe in, install an app, connect it to your network and you're done. But the Nanoleaf Aurora is a little different. It's an array of triangular LED panels that you can assemble into different shapes so you can add a little bit of artistry to your illumination.
Most point releases are pretty boring. Typically, they include a couple of tweaks and some bug fixes and not a lot more. But Apple has dished out a point release for their professional audio software, Logic Pro X that includes over 100 fixes, enhancements and new features that has made their user community happy - in contrast with some of their recent moves which have baffled and angered some of Apple's most dedicated users.
As it did with iOS, Apple is moving away from 32-bit applications on its desktop platform. To this end, macOS 10.13.4, currently in beta, will warn users when they run a 32-bit app and in just a few days, Apple will actively reject programs without 64-bit executables submitted to the Mac App Store.
CES, the consumer technology showcase held each year in Las Vegas, highlights what are meant to be the latest and greatest advancements in technology. Things meant to make you go "whoa" many times over, at least according to this year's official CES billboards.
But as one observer remarked, this year's felt more "no" than whoa, with wacky gadgets you don't need and voice recognition robots that failed to understand commands or didn't respond at all.
After months of testing, speculation and preparation, Microsoft has removed the "Preview" tag from their Office apps in the Microsoft Store. This may seem like a small step but it's a clear signal that the only ways you'll be able to buy Microsoft Office in future will either be as part of an Office 365 subscription or by download through the Windows Store.
With cryptocurrencies all the rage, lots of people are looking for ways to mine various coins in order to take advantage of the current volatility that can see some people make monitor profits very quickly. OsherCoin is an entrant to that market that wants to make that process easier for the masses. They have a bespoke appliance that can mine currency that doesn't require a pile of tech expertise to build a cluster of devices to get into the cryptocurrency market.
Apple says their new HomePod smart speaker will be available on 9 February 2018 with pre-orders opening this Saturday. The HomePod has come quite a bit later than expected but with some functionality to come after the initial release. And the company also dropped a number of software updates overnight that patch older versions of macOS/OS X against Spectre and Meltdown as well as addressing other problems right across their full suite of operating systems.
Every month or quarter a bill comes in from your electricity retailer. While some of that bill can be directly attributable to the volume of electrons that flow into your gadgets, household appliances, lights and other energy-eating devices, a good portion of it has nothing to do with your electricity consumption.
As well as electrons, that bill needs to pay for the infrastructure, meter readers, data management and other bits and pieces that make the power system work. Here's where the money goes.
There's a bunch of research that suggests you can get a solid productivity boost by adding a second display to your computer although a second display has been limited to the office as displays are usually too big to carry. But USB-C, with its power and data capability is giving rise to portable displays. This means two-screen productivity is now available to travellers and those with limited workspace.