Do you miss the startup chime on your new Mac? Read on to find out how to enable it! If you were in an accident, would emergency responders be able to contact your loved ones easily? Adam Engst explains how to set up your Medical ID on your iPhone and reminds you to check your emergency contacts to make sure their phone numbers are up to date. For Apple Watch users in Iceland, Apple has an update to watchOS 6.1.3 that you may want—the rest of you can install this one at your leisure. Adam also reminisces about former Apple VP Larry Tesler, who passed away last week, and shares a 1997 email exchange they had. Tesler is credited with inventing copy and paste, and his work also informed HTML and modern-day paned interfaces, among much else. Finally, Julio Ojeda-Zapata joins us to look at using your iPhone as a pedometer, highlighting some apps that improve the experience. Notable Mac app releases this week include BusyCal 3.9, DaisyDisk 4.9, ChronoSync 4.9.9 and ChronoAgent 1.9.7, and Tinderbox 8.5.
Have you been missing the startup chime on a new Mac? It’s once again possible to enable it with a simple Terminal command.
Apple has released watchOS 6.1.3 to address a heart rhythm notification bug specific to Iceland.
Could an emergency responder use your iPhone to help save your life and alert your loved ones? Make sure you’ve configured your Medical ID, and even if you have done it already, check your emergency contacts to make sure their phone numbers are correct.
Step counting is a good way to ensure you’re staying active, and if you don’t have an Apple Watch, your iPhone can keep track of how many steps you take every day. Apple’s Health app includes step counting among its fitness metrics. Better yet, try a third-party pedometer app such as ActivityTracker Pedometer or Pedometer++.
Larry Tesler, a pioneering computer scientist and long-time Apple executive, has died at age 74. Adam Engst shares a few of Tesler’s achievements and the full text of a 1997 email conversation they had on a private mailing list when Tesler was Apple’s Internet czar.
Adds a new Do Not Disturb mode and improves the Alarm window design. ($49.99 new, free update, 22.8 MB)
Improves discovery of hidden spaces in macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($9.99 new, free update, 6.1 MB)
Maintenance updates with enhancements and bug fixes for the synchronization and backup tool and its helper app. (49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 67.1 MB, 26.6 MB)
Introduces a new Crosstabs feature for exploring relationships in documents based on two different attributes. ($249 new, free update, 38.4 MB)