Apple Watch Helps Save Cyclist Who Fell into River

· Charlotte Henry · Link

We periodically get stories of how an Apple Watch has saved someone’s life. However often they happen, they never stop being amazing. On Thursday, for instance, BBC News reported that a cyclist in the UK was able to call the police from his wearable after he was swept into a river.

The man was swept off his bike into the swollen River Wye in Rotherwas, Hereford, on Thursday. He was carried a mile downstream but managed to grab hold of a branch and spoke to fire control. Station commander Sean Bailey said he was “lucky” to have kept hold of the branch, adding: “We’re very surprised he didn’t lose his grip.” Speaking to BBC Hereford and Worcester, Mr Bailey said the cyclist was spotted by passers-by who were able to give crews a sense of where he was. “Even with that location it still took us 20 minutes to locate him and rescue him and bring him to safety. “He was speaking to our fire control whilst he was clinging onto a tree, via his Apple Watch, which worked wonderfully well for us to actually get to him as quickly as possible.”

How to View Your Apple Watch Apps as a List

· Charlotte Henry · Quick Tip

Man wearing Apple Watch

The default Grid View on Apple Watch is a bit of a mess, but you can adjust the settings to view Apple Watch apps as a list instead.

Hartford Man Bought Apple Watch Using Fraudulent Credit Cards

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Bankole Awosika of Hartford, Connecticut, used fraudulent credit cards to purchase an Apple Watch, two iPhones, and five other “cheaper phones”. He was charged with forgery and identity theft.

The man, Bankole Awosika, 34, was arrested by local police Dec. 11 and charged with four counts of first-degree forgery, five counts of third-degree identity theft, five counts of criminal impersonation, three counts of illegal use of a payment card, three counts of receiving goods from the illegal use of a payment card, third-degree larceny, first-degree attempt to commit forgery, third-degree attempt to commit identity theft, attempt to commit criminal impersonation, and second-degree breach of peace.

Using iOS Shortcuts to Quantify Your Self

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Jackson Dame shared how he uses iOS shortcuts and an Apple Watch for lifelogging. I experimented with lifelogging back in 2014-2015, but I gave up after a while. Shortcuts would’ve made it a whole lot easier. Mr. Dame shares a list of all of the data he collects and what tools he uses to collect it, like Data Jar (love this app), Timelines, iA Writer, Charity, Microsoft Excel, and more.

Buy Knock-Off Solo Loop Watch Bands for 80% Off Apple's Pricing

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Clones of Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop Watch Bands

Every time Apple comes out with a new style of watch band, FOMO tells me to order one. Unfortunately, my wallet often disagrees (and wins that argument), as was the case with Apple’s US$49 Solo Loop and $99 Braided Solo Loop bands introduced this fall. Never fear, though, Amazon to the rescue! There are plenty of companies who sell knockoffs of Apple’s Watch band designs, many of which have proven to be of spectacular quality over the years. The $12 Solo Loop and $20 Braided Solo Loop clones my family found in our Christmas stockings last week were no exception. First, download (and print) Apple’s Solo Loop Watch Band Size Guide, then check ’em out and place your orders. Final step: enjoy!

A Son Designed an Apple Watch App To Help His Dad With PTSD Nightmares

· Charlotte Henry · Link

NightWare Apple Watch PTSD nightmare app

Iraq veteran Patrick Skluzacek had seen his life ruined by PTSD nightmares so bad that he feared closing his eyes. NPR has the tale of how his son, Tyler, developed an Apple Watch app to help break this cycle. Called NightWare, it was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tyler was a senior at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2015 when he heard about a computer hackathon being held in Washington, D.C. Developers come together over an intense few days to build prototypes to tackle a specific problem. This particular hackathon focused on developing mobile applications to help people with PTSD. Tyler scraped together his on-campus job earnings and bought a ticket to Washington. During the hackathon, he put together a team to program a smartwatch to detect the onset of night terrors based on the wearer’s heart rate and movement.. The idea, Tyler says, was to use technology to imitate something service dogs were already doing — recognizing a traumatic nightmare and then nudging or licking the person to disrupt the bad dream. He thought the smartwatch could do this with a gentle vibration.