Computerworld Jonny Evans en-us Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:45:41 -0700 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:45:41 -0700 Computerworld 510 510 Computerworld 796 288 The macOS 10.14 Mojave new screenshot tools guide Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:56:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Set to ship in the fall, macOS Mojave will be available to Apple’s Public Beta testers soon so they can take a look at it themselves. Until then, here's a look at what we can expect from the screenshot tools.

Apple’s latest iteration of macOS includes several enhancements, including Dark Mode, desktop management and Finder improvements, Quick Look, security and privacy improvements, and more.

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How and why you should use text clippings on your Mac Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:40:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Mac users have been able to create and use text clippings since the last century and Mac OS 9, but the feature remains relatively underexploited — despite being such a great way to boost productivity.

What are text clippings?

Text clippings are small chunks of text on your Mac. Easy to create, they are also easy to use: To add the text to anything you write in any application, you just need to drag & drop the clipping to the document and the words in the clipping will be added to that document. The text can be long, short, or medium, and it can contain HTML links.

How do you create a text clipping?

Creating a text clipping is very easy. If you ever select text to copy & paste it, then you’re almost there. Here’s the fastest way to make a text clipping:

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Apple ‘raised the bar’ for enterprise IT Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:41:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

If you can determine the vitality of a platform within a sector by the activity it generates, then the appearance of new Apple in the enterprise-focused start-up, Fleetsmith, speaks volumes. I caught up with Zack Blum, CEO and co-founder, to see why he thinks the enterprise is Apple’s space today.

Apple ‘raised the bar’ for enterprise IT

Apple’s place in the enterprise is an iPhone success story, Blum observes.

“In many ways, Apple formalized and standardized the introduction of mobile to the enterprise, going all the way back to the iPhone’s introduction in 2007, and the iPad, which debuted in 2010,” he said.

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Deloitte: Apple’s Health Records an ‘inflection point’ for healthcare Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:21:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Deloitte has taken a big step to integrate Apple technologies across its global ConvergeHEALTH Patient Connect solution. I spoke with the company's general manager, Brett Davis, and its life sciences global digital and patient engagement leader, Chris Zant, to understand the significance of its plans.

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Apple’s iOS 12 will save thousands of American lives Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:18:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple will introduce support for a new iPhone technology that will help save thousands of U.S. lives when it ships iOS 12, the company announced.

Help me, I’m here

The first 911 call was made on February 16, 1968.

Since then, usage has grown exponentially.

Today, over 650,000 calls are made in the U.S. each day, and over 200 million emergency calls are made in that country each year. Over 80 percent of these calls (handled by around 6,300 U.S. 911 call centers) come from mobile devices.

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Why has Apple put Mac users in the Mojave desert? Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:55:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Dark Mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave looks really nice. I think Mac users will like it. But why has Apple chosen to leave the mountains to name the next-generation of its platform after a desert? With so many Mac users concerned about the future of the platform, is someone at the company trying to tell us something?

Your Mac life

Named after the Mohave tribe who once owned it, the Mojave desert has its own set of creation myths. The world was created there, and the brother of the subsequently murdered Creator led the people to a new way of life.

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WWDC: Industry experts praise Apple's Health Records API Thu, 14 Jun 2018 06:06:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple provided developers with a Health Records API at WWDC. Based on technology acquired with Gliimpse, the company hopes the new API boosts adoption and innovation in the space. To get an educated sense of its significance, I spoke with the developers behind medication reminder app MyTherapy.

Introducing MyTherapy

Loosely based in Germany, MyTherapy (part of smartpatient) makes apps for iOS and Android devices.

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Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 12 Screen Time beta Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:15:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple listens. It has heard the complaints that people and their children are spending more time glued to their digital devices than they do to each other. And at WWDC, it introduced its new iOS Screen Time feature aims to help us become aware of our digital habits as a first step to empowering us to control them.

What is Screen Time?

Set to ship in the fall with iOS 12, Screen Time is Apple’s first attempt at dealing with the emerging problem of digital addiction.

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WWDC: Accessibility has become a requirement Tue, 12 Jun 2018 04:15:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple made a range of announcements at WWDC 2018 that put accessibility at the core of the company's mission. So, developers no longer have any excuse to avoid using the accessibility tools the company provides.

Empowerment matters

The focus is highly visible in the latest Mac and iOS releases (available this fall), which bring a range of smaller accessibility improvements.

What’s important about that is that in doing so, Apple is solving problems other platforms have not yet begun to address at a core platform level.

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WWDC: When Apple Watch became a platform Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:14:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple’s watchOS 5 plays to the strengths of Apple Watch and opens up some new and interesting ways to develop for and make use of the device.  

The enterprise case for Apple Watch

Apple always says its goal with the Apple Watch is to deliver brief and meaningful interactions at exactly the right time.

This dedication to context and convenience means that when the company ships the next iteration of the OS, it will make its solution much more essential to anyone who needs to stay up to date while remaining focused on the matter at hand, or who needs to stay in touch while leaving the phone behind.

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WWDC: Where Apple AI met computer vision Fri, 08 Jun 2018 06:59:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple’s focus on the image isn’t just about marketing; it’s about unleashing whole new ways of interacting with devices as the company quietly moves to twin machine intelligence with computer vision in a host of new ways.

What has Apple done?

WWDC 2018 saw numerous OS improvements with this in mind. These enhancements extend across most of its platforms. Think about:

  • Core ML: Apple’s new machine learning framework that lets developers build computer vision machine learning features inside apps using very little code. Supported features include face tracking, face detection, landmarks, text detection, rectangle detection, barcode detection, object tracking, and image registration.
  • ARKit 2: The capacity to create shared AR experiences, and to allow others to also witness events taking place in AR space, opens up other opportunities to twin the virtual and real worlds.
  • USDZ: Apple’s newly revealed Universal Scene Description (USDZ) file format allows AR objects to be shared. You can embed USDZ items in a web page or share them by mail. You’ll see this evolve for use across retail and elsewhere.
  • Memoji: More than what they seem, Memoji’s capacity to respond to your facial movements reflects Apple’s gradual move to explore emotion sensing. Will your personal avatar one day represent you in Group FaceTime VR chat?
  • Photos: Apple has boosted the app with the capacity not just to identify all kinds of objects in your images, but also by developing a talent to recommend ways to improve an image and/or suggesting new image collections based on what Siri learns you like. CoreML and improved Siri mean Google Lens must be in Apple’s sights.
  • Measure: Apple’s new ARKit measurement app is useful, but it also means that AR objects can begin to offer a much more sophisticated ability to scale, and it provides the camera sensor (and thus the AI) with more accurate information pertaining to distance and size.

Other features — such as Continuity Camera (which lets you use your iPhone to scan an item for use by your Mac) and Siri’s new Shortcuts feature — make it easier for third-party developers to contribute to this attempt.

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WWDC: iOS 12 — An enterprise perspective (updated) Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

You could be forgiven for thinking Apple’s iOS 12 is all about fun consumer features, but when iPhones account for a healthy chunk of mobile enterprise deployments, you need to look a little deeper than that.

Intel(ligence) inside

The operating system is packed with robust feature enhancements, security improvements, and powerful machine intelligence. This is, after all, the platform that can figure out blood loss in the operating room with a single photograph while also playing virtual games with Lego. Hundreds of millions of users employ their devices in millions of unique ways. That’s what Apple’s platform supports. What follows are some of the iOS and feature enhancements likely to be of most use to enterprise.

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WWDC: Apple TV — The underestimated story Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:37:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple’s tvOS 12 got some attention during the WWDC keynote, but the story that doesn’t seem to have broken the surface is that Apple’s slow and gradual plan to become a key platform provider in the television space is breaking new ground.

TV: Unwired

Apple announced two significant items that show its ambition to replace the cable TV box is slowly bearing fruit:

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WWDC: No new hardware, but Apple’s platform advantage grows Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:34:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple fans will be disappointed at the lack of sexy new hardware at WWDC 2018, but Apple’s focus on software significantly expands what its existing solutions can already do and extends fresh developer opportunities across the next year.

To understand this, think about some of the significant items mentioned during the WWDC keynote. Not only do most of these work across multiple Apple platforms, but they reveal a great deal about how the company sees the future.   

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Apple wants to build the next paradigm of user interfaces Fri, 01 Jun 2018 07:16:00 -0700 Jonny Evans Jonny Evans

Apple wants to hire someone to help it deliver "the next paradigm of user interfaces and entirely new interaction models.” What might such user interfaces do, and why will we use them?

Augmented everything

When you think of 3D user interfaces (UIs), it’s hard not to think of Minority Report and that famous scene in which Tom Cruise flips through hundreds of holographic images using touch and gesture to manipulate them.

(Crosscom founder Don Shin recently created a proof-of-concept solution that does something similar).

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