G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 24 August 2014

Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …

I’ve had a rotten week health-wise, so this is late and sparse but I managed it!

iOS Links

‘iPhone slow’ explained: do iOS updates really make old phones perform worse?

How to enable mono audio for auditory accessibility on iPhone or iPad

Here’s how to limit iPhone or iPad use by time using a passcode and iOS’s built-in timer:

As Siri gets more powers in iOS 8, we ask: Do you use it to its fullest or is it still a party trick?

Which Apps Are Eating Your Battery? Normal Will Tell You.

SnapType: Take a photo of your paper worksheet and type to add text.

Announcing the Newest Inductee into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame: MBraille.

How to Teach Siri Who Your Phone Contacts Are –– and Why You Should.

Back-to-School Guide for Dyslexic Students: Apps and More.

Home Automation

The best smart lights for your home – This is a great run-down of the different smartphone-controlled light globes available and the pros and cons of each. I’m very happy with my Phillips Hue globes but they aren’t the cheapest available.

Crowdfunding Campaigns

The Linkmount System Smartphone Enhancement – A gizmo that will attach to your iPhone case to function as a stand, grip ring, tripod mount, and detachable leash. I drop my phone a LOT so I backed this one – it’s hard to get a leash on an iPhone case and this looks like a real possibility.


Tempo – First Wearable Device for Seniors Keeps Tabs on Their Health. Intended to track the normal patterns of living for seniors but could it also be useful for people with disabilities who need a hand living independently?

Here on ATMac

New article for this week – just one because I’ve been sick:

How to switch to using the Dvorak keyboard layout, and why you want to do it.

Did you see anything else online that I missed? I think I missed a ton of things, so leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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