Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features pleas from the police to upgrade your iPhone, Post-Its going digital, and new tool for people battling hand tremors. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.
Should You Upgrade to iOS 7? The NYPD Thinks So
Last week’s launch of Apple’s iOS 7 had an interesting advocate: the New York Police Department. Officers were seen outside Apple Stores and subway stops handing out flyers urging iPhone owners to upgrade their operating systems. According to Kevin Bostic at Apple Insider, new security features of iOS 7 include Apple’s Activation Lock, which makes it more difficult to erase a phone and reactivate it. The NYPD hopes this technology will reduce the number of thefts of Apple products, which accounted for 14% of all major crimes in 2012.
Post-Its Go Digital
Those Post-It notes surrounding your desktop monitor may soon be available wherever you go. Emily Price from Mashable reports that 3M and Evernote have teamed up to offer co-branded products with a 30-day trial for Evernote Premium subscription. Evernote’s iOS 7 app has a “Post-It Note Camera” feature which allows users to snap a picture of their notes and have the digital renditions available via their Evernote account.
Hi-Tech Spoon Helps Parkinson’s Sufferers
Hand tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease can make even the act of eating a bowl of cereal a frustrating experience. According to the Atlantic’s Rebecca J. Rosen, Lift Labs has developed a spoon which can reduce the amount of shaking by up to 70%. The spoon works by sensing a tremor and intelligently counterbalancing for it. By reducing the effects of hand tremors, the company hopes users can shift their focus from the act of eating to their meal and the people they’re sharing it with. The company indicates that knife and fork attachments are forthcoming.