iPhone

Memo Touch

Introducing Memo Touch, a tablet designed for elders with short-term memory loss

While the implementation may not be the best, this is a killer good idea and it allows family members to log into the account and set up reminders.

Of course, someone might write an app like this for iOS and then one could have all the benefits of an iPad plus a custom reminder system.

The problem with any idea like this is it has to be made fully accessible to people who can’t see, hear, or use the tablet’s UI well.

I think this is a job for my friend David Niemeijer at AssistiveWare.

AssistiveTouch

Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps the Disabled Use a Smartphone

David Pogue is pretty worked up over AssistiveTouch and I can see why. After reading his piece I just played around with it and it’s quite fantastic. Settings/General/Accessibility/AssistiveTouch.

Try it (iOS 5), it’s quite interesting.

I’m most interested to see if it might make the iPad more accessible to my 96 year old mother. I don’t think so but it would be great if Apple worked on making iOS devices more accessible to the elderly.

More on iPhone 4S battery issue

In my last report on this I noted that an Apple phone support person (Patrick) had me completely reset my iPhone: back it up to iTunes, reinstall iOS5, then sync my stuff back onto it.

When I did this yesterday it seemed to be helping, a single full charge lasted all day and while I wasn’t using Siri heavily (Siri was down yesterday) I did various things with the phone during the day.

Last night when I went to bed I noticed that the phone was at 78% charge and I left it unplugged to see if standby mode would wipe it out again. The phone was connected to our wifi network and to our AT&T macrocell so I assume that it’s nightly maintenance connections got made and it was active during the night.

The good news is that this morning it has a 76% charge on it, only losing 2% overnight.

No doubt the update to iOS 5 will improve battery life even more but there is now no doubt in my mind that completely resetting the phone helped a lot and people who have this problem should at least do this step, it can’t hurt.

I may eat these words in the next few days: I’ll be in New York tomorrow and I have a friend coming to visit who’s an iPhone user and who will want to mess with this new phone. My phone will get a good workout and we’ll see if Patrick’s “fix” is what I think it is. But I’m a lot happier today than I was yesterday, and this is a good thing. Of course, having electricity in the house (finally) doesn’t hurt.

Possible fix for iPhone 4S battery issue

I’ve only had my iPhone 4S for a week but I noticed early on that it was sucking battery juice much more rapidly than my iPhone 4 with the same apps and iOS 5 on it. Unfortunately, we lost power for almost a week so it was tough to get it charged regularly to test various things. Today the power came back and I was on the phone with Apple and we made the appointment for me to get down to the Danbury Apple store to swap the phone for a new one.

But, Patrick, my excellent Apple phone support person asked me if I’d tried backing up the phone, then using iTunes to restore it to factory settings minus my apps and data. In other words, clean it off and reinstall iOS 5 from scratch. No one had recommended I do this and he thought if I did it it might give me a baseline to see if the problem with battery was my apps sucking juice, iOS 5 sucking juice, or underneath it all a problem battery.

It was worth a try so while we were on the phone I backed it up again, then reset the phone to factory settings reinstalling iOS 5 in the process. I did not migrate my stuff back.

I got on our network, got it on our AT&T micro-cell, got it up and running, charged it to 100% and put it to sleep and went outside to carry the bags of now defrosted tomatoes from our garden to the trash (boo, we lost all our frozen vegetables).

I came back in an hour later and the phone was still at 100%. This was a good enough sign for me and I then synced all of my apps and stuff back on, checked things out to make sure the sync worked correctly, charged back up to 100%, put the phone to sleep and went outside again.

Two hours later the phone is at 97%. This is a great sign.

I may still have a problem phone and given my calls to Applecare I’m sure I’ll be able to swap it for the next month, but, I’m going to stick with it for a while and wait for the iOS 5 update to come out and see what happens.

The short of it is, if you’re not getting what you think you ought to out of a charged battery try reinstalling the system, it may help. It can’t hurt.

Apple iPhone 4S Siri demo

Today Apple released the new iPhone 4S which looks similar to the iPhone 4 on the outside but has a new processor, antennae, and more. It will be running the new iOS 5 which will also run on iPhone 4s and 3GS models.

I didn’t see or track today’s big announcement from Tim Cook at Apple but it seems to me that the new iPhone 4S’s power will be essential for running the Siri Assistant. I can’t wait to use Siri, it looks fantastic.

Here’s Apple’s page for Siri.

Note that Siri isn’t just about control, it also does dictation. This is extremely meaningful to the disabilities community as well as those of us who find the iPhone’s on screen keyboard tough. I can’t wait for Siri to move onto the iPad and Mac OSX.

Public Library Books for Kindle

Public Library Books for Kindle

You can borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States to read on any generation Kindle device, free Kindle app, or in your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. Public library books for Kindle provide the same unique features as Kindle and Kindle books, including Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights and last page read, real page numbers, and more. This feature will become available to libraries nationwide in the coming days.

This is a very big deal. Amazon is really on to something here.