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#1502: Enable Mac startup sounds, iPhone emergency contacts, RIP Larry Tesler, iPhone step-counting apps, watchOS 6.1.3

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.

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Pedometer Apps Turn Your iPhone into a Step Counter

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++.

Adam Engst 8 comments

My Last Conversation with Larry Tesler

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.

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BusyCal 3.9 No comments

BusyCal 3.9

Adds a new Do Not Disturb mode and improves the Alarm window design. ($49.99 new, free update, 22.8 MB)

DaisyDisk 4.9 2 comments

DaisyDisk 4.9

Improves discovery of hidden spaces in macOS 10.15 Catalina. ($9.99 new, free update, 6.1 MB)

ChronoSync 4.9.9 and ChronoAgent 1.9.7 No comments

ChronoSync 4.9.9 and ChronoAgent 1.9.7

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)

Tinderbox 8.5 No comments

Tinderbox 8.5

Introduces a new Crosstabs feature for exploring relationships in documents based on two different attributes. ($249 new, free update, 38.4 MB)

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Is Apple Turning iOS into Adware?

Apple’s services business is growing by leaps and bounds, but is Apple’s relentless push to sell services with non-stop ads hurting its core products? (Short answer: Yes, it is.)