Like any nuanced discussion, there is no single answer to the problem. Neither side – developer or customer – is necessarily in the right or wrong here. However, I think it could be helpful to lay down some guidelines for the people on either side of the equation.
I'm annoyed as much as the next person with the frequency at which some apps prompt you to rate them, but I agree with Chris in that I don't think the right answer is to respond with 1 star reviews.
When you rate an App with 1 star, the App Store takes that into account when people are searching, and has the potential to really destroy a developers business / revenue, all because they were a little over zealous with wanting you to give them endorsement.
Personally I think the better option would be for Apple to add a setting in the Privacy preferences or maybe the iTunes & App Store preferences that allowed you to opt out of those notifications.By default it should be set to off so that those who like to leave reviews still get prompted to do so, and those that are really upset by this practice can turn the setting on and never be bothered again.
But despite its occasional malfunctions, Touch ID has become one of my favorite features on the iPhone. To make sure it stays one of yours, too, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve found to keep Touch ID working properly, as well as some advice about when you shouldn’t use it at all.
The team behind the soon to be released iPhone Pulse Oximetry app, digiDoc Technologies were recently involved in a hackathon, and the resulting application they put together is nothing short of awesome.
In Australia we have an increasing demand being placed on our doctors, at both the GP and Specialist levels, where they are having to see more and more patients in shorter timespans and at some point there is the potential to either make a mistake, burn out, or at least for the patient to believe he's not receiving the level of care he's paying for.
This type of application / platform helps doctors give more attention at a lower 'cost' to their patients who are more 'self sufficient'.
Using myself as an example, currently I'm taking a blood pressure medication that requires me to go an renew my script every 3 months. All my GP wants to know is how my BP is tracking, and whether or not I'm doing anything else to help lower my BP, i.e. losing weight. Currently I have to go and make an appointment, sit in a waiting room for at least 30 - 40 minutes, spend 2 minutes talking to my GP while he takes my BP, then he writes up the script and off I go after 5 minutes with $75 less in my wallet. This is not only a waste of my time, but also a waste of the Doctor's consulting time, now imagine if he's seeing 20 patients a day in a similar situation as me, add all that time up and it's not good for anyone.
Imagine if I had a web-based application that grabbed my various datas that I collect, my step count from my Jawbone UP, my weight from my Withings scales, and my BP from my Withings BP monitor, and then that data was then shared with my GP, then all he would need to do is set some parameters where he gets alerted if there are changes outside the norm. From there he could issue my Pharmacist with renewals of my script and maybe I only need to see him once or twice a year, or any time that he requested because my vitals had changed outside the normal parameters.
Think of the time saving, think of the cost savings! Doctors would be able to see patients who actually were sick, rather than ones who just take up time getting their scripts renewed.
Last week I linked to the CTA Digital 2-in-1 Potty and Activity Seat, well apparently there's a few wack-a-doodle parents up in arms about that toilet seat. Not only did the advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood name it the worst toy of the year, they also labelled it "oppressive and destructive to young children"...
I feel like such an evil parent for even linking to it now.
(via The Verge)
I recently purchased an Aeropress for when I'm travelling for work, I just got sick and tired of terrible hotel room coffee and it's pretty easy to brew up something decent with an Aeropress...but there was a step I was forgetting...
After starting your timer, “bloom” the grounds by pouring 100 grams (3oz, or enough to cover the coffee) of the filtered water just off boil. This step allows the grounds to saturate with water, forcing out gases and priming the coffee for the brewing process. To help this process, use a spoon to lightly stir the grounds and water to ensure all the grounds have been saturated.
Apparently the 'bloom' can make quite the difference.