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CCATP #490 – Bart Busschots on Fitness & Tech

Just about a year ago Bart Busschots came on the show to talk about how he was using tech to become fit and healthy. He’s back with a “one year on” report of his success and to talk both about the tech and some philosophical perspective on why this path worked for him. Plus, he says I was right. Check out his full blog post on the subject at: Getting Fit with Tech – One Year On : Bart Busschots.


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NC #620 Apple Watch Swimming, Standard Mac Apps, BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue, eSight Low Vision Glasses, Non-tech Podcasts, GhostReader, BeatsX

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.


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NC #610 Synology, Workouts++, Satechi, Cascable, Elgato, iDevices

It’s a fun-filled episode this week with interviews from CES with Synology, Satechi, Elgato and iDevices. Sprinkled in between I’ve got a review of an app for Apple Watch called Workouts++, and an app called Cascable that will let you do more to control your WiFi-enabled camera.


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Workouts++ Is a Better Workout App for Your Apple Watch


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Apple does a great job of collecting workout data from the Apple Watch, but it could present the information back to you in a more detailed way. Last August I told you about an app called Activity++ from plusplusapps.com that shows your progress in a more meaningful way. With Actiivty++ you can see your calories, minutes of exercise and stand credit in a pretty table by day and you even get confetti when you’ve been on a good move streak. The developer also has an app called Pedometer++ that shows you your step count.

Recently the developer, David Smith, came out with a new app called Workouts++. Based on how much I enjoyed the other two apps that he gave us for free, I immediately shelled out the $4.99 for Workouts++. Even if it did nothing I wanted, it was a way to pay him for the other two apps. The good news is that Workouts++ is a fantastic app and is totally worth $5.

Workouts++ has awesome graphs, allows you to control what you see on your Apple Watch while working out. From the iPhone app you can granularly control what you see on your Apple Watch. When you first launch Workouts++ on your iPhone, it’s going to explain that you have to go into the Health app and give Workouts++ permission to read and write to Health. You can choose one or the other but picking both has significant advantages that I’ll explain. Before I tell you about Workouts++, I want to warn you that it’s so new the App Store hasn’t indexed it yet so you may not be able to find it, so I’ve littered the blog post with links to it. Continue reading “Workouts++ Is a Better Workout App for Your Apple Watch”

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NC #605 Exercise, IRCcloud, Affinity Photo 1.5, Security Bits

I got to be on the Ritual Misery Podcast at ritualmisery.com/…. In a completely non-tech story I tell you about my path to exercise and give you some really practical tips on how to get in shape yourself. Joe LaGreca and I collaborated on a review of IRCcloud at irccloud.com, which helps you stay logged into all your favorite IRC clients. The folks at Serif have done it again, coming out with Affinity Photo 1.5 for Mac AND Windows that adds HDR, Tone Mapping, Focus Stacking and more. Bart Busschots joins us with his fortnightly Security Bits segment.


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And Now for Something Completely Different

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I was chatting on the side with listener David Price about general life stuff and I happened to mention that I get a lot of exercise. He asked me some questions about how I manage so much exercise. He said that he knows he needs to exercise but that he can’t seem to find a way to do it.

I philosophize on this subject often in my real life and I thought I might take a break from tech here an talk about how I figured figured this out. Continue reading “And Now for Something Completely Different”

NC #596 Amazon Comes Through, Apple Watch Exercise Solved, VoiceOver on Apple Watch, Dumb Questions on Power Supplies and Desktop and Document Syncing

In this week’s show, Denise Crown will tell us her story of woe that turned into a good onya story about Amazon, Lindsay explains how to fix the Apple Watch when it doesn’t want to show you your exercise minutes, I’ll tell you what to do if your Apple Watch starts talking to you and the screen goes black. Then in Dumb Question Corner, Steve (Sheridan) answers Steve (Davidson’s) question on which end you’re supposed to plug into a power supply first. Then I answer Steve (Davidson’s) question for his father on how to get his Documents and Desktop back on his Mac after accidentally turning on syncing in Sierra.


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Solved – Apple Watch Not Registering Exercise

Activity showing exercise creditOver on the Facebook group (podfeet.com/facebook) there’s been a discussion of the problem when an Apple Watch refuses to give Exercise credit in the Activity app. Using Activity is all about credit, so this is pretty important to Apple Watch users.

I started the discussion actually on behalf of fellow NosillaCastaway, Lindsay Tondee, aka Jibblies in the live chat room, aka Forbes’s mother, aka my daughter. Here’s an example of the problem. In one outdoor walk she had an average heart rate of 132BPM for 43 minutes, and her exercise circle only went 1/4 of the way around, or about 7 minutes (the goal is always 30 minutes). She rebooted both the phone and the watch but she still couldn’t get exercise credit.

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How Does the Apple Watch Series 2 Compare to the Original?

2 apple watches on allisonWhen the Apple Watch Series 2 was announced, it didn’t sound like that big of an upgrade to me from the original watch. I bought it anyway, mostly because Steve wanted to get a new one, and I had the dreaded FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Now that I’ve had it for a week, I thought it would be interesting to walk through the features of the Series 2 to see whether there’s enough there to make you want to upgrade from the original (Series 0) Apple Watch.

The Series 2 has what they’re calling a second generation OLED Retina Display. Even though it has the same screen resolution, it’s supposed to be 1000nits of brightness, which is more than double the 450 Nits of the Series 0. This did sound pretty good to me, as I have a heck of a time seeing my watch screen in broad daylight. It’s especially hard as I have to wear sunglasses, because I can’t see the watch without them.

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