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ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification available today on Apple Watch –

ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification available today on Apple Watch – Apple (UK):

Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks a direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians.

Am off to do me some OS updates, if I’m not back soon then I’ve gone to the doctors 😬

Apple Card – Apple

Apple Card – Apple:

If you find a place that doesn’t take Apple Pay yet there’s this.

So the physical card is for when you find somewhere that doesn’t take Apple Pay, sorry, but if I have a card that looks this good I’m using it all the time, don’t care if I earn less cash back.

Luckily, unlikely to hit the UK any time soon that I can see, so I don’t need to make silly financial decisions!

BA plane lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

BA plane lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake – BBC News:

A British Airways flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany has landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly.

The passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the “welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was made.

Looking forward to understanding how the hell this one happened!

Disney hires for Lucasfilm Games (Not as exciting as I thought)

Disney hires for Lucasfilm Games as EA flounders with ‘Star Wars’ (updated):

There hasn’t been a Lucasfilm Games-badged release since before 1991’s Monkey Island 2, but that isn’t stopping Disney from resurrecting the classic label.

Got all excited reading this, well nostalgic at least, loved me the Lucasfilm Games, loads of fond memories, but I guess it pays not to be an ‘up to the second blogger’ as it was explained away with;

Disney has reached out to the media to explain that this isn’t a “revival” and it’s definitely not anything like LucasArts. The team at Lucasfilm that oversees games relating to its IP (including Star Wars Battlefront II) has been working under that name for years

But, my brain was already ticking, there’s a great list of LucasArts games over at Wikipedia, some of favourite wastes of time include;

  • Star Wars Dark Forces
  • The Monkey Island franchise (loved the humour)
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • The Jedi Knight games, adored these
  • Rogue Squadron
  • Xwing vs Tie Fighter
  • Force Commander
  • Day of the Tentacle (Just odd!)
  • Rescue on Fractalus

Rescue on Fractalus was my earliest memory, I both loved and loathed it, ridiculously simple game premise yet I was terrible at it, absolutely terrible and it drove me nuts, I’ll leave you with this clip on Youtube, so you can all wonder how I possible could have enjoyed this and just how old I am!

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules – BBC News:

smart luggage

Was looking at these as have a few trips this year, and thought if nothing else the battery packs wold be good for topping up phones that always seem to drain faster on the move and the kids iPads on flights.  However …

… the rules had created confusion at check-in, meaning people were unsure whether they would be able to travel with their bags

Even the least smart of us can tell that luggage that can’t travel with is isn’t particularly smart, or even luggage!

School to stop spanking pupils on their birthdays after parents complain

School to stop spanking pupils on their birthdays after parents complain:

A school in Texas is going to stop spanking its pupils on their birthdays after parents complained about the “special celebration”.

Firmly in the WTF! Category!

Merkins will sue for anything – Apple store at Florida Mall faces lawsuit over 2016 evacuation

Apple store at Florida Mall faces lawsuit over 2016 evacuation – Orlando Sentinel:

… the realistic drill was held as part of the inspection of a new restaurant opening that day. It included officials popping six balloons to mimic the sound of gunfire

I’m laughing at popping of balloons, but it was a ‘realistic drill’ who can they give them a warning !?!

Wearable device can ‘hear’ the words you say in your head

From: MIT’s wearable device can ‘hear’ the words you say in your head:

Our idea was: Could we have a computing platform that’s more internal, that melds human and machine in some ways and that feels like an internal extension of our own cognition?

As long as it’s only me that can hear the voices in my head!

Now you can order and pay for a Volvo from an App

From: All you need for a Volvo XC40 subscription is your iPhone:

When I first read this I thought it was too much, but then on rethinking ‘why not?’

You can use any iOS device to run the Care by Volvo app, of course, and both Touch ID and Face ID work to authorize the payment. The app allows you to take a virtual tour of the XC40, configure your own with options and fill out your details for the subscription. All of this right from the app

But the killer comes down to the user experience, as that’s a significant expense and commitment to make whilst sat on the loo!

Piranha fish found in Chichester sewer as water company pleads ‘only flush poo, paper and pee’

From: Piranha fish found in Chichester sewer as water company pleads ‘only flush poo, paper and pee’:

The flesh-eating creature was found by a startled member of staff at Southern Water who was carrying out checks at the West Sussex treatment works.

The South-American river predator, which normally hunt in packs, can rip flesh to shreds in a matter of seconds.

Filed under WTF!  Flesh eating fish (albeit a dead one), in the UK, in the sewer (no doubt with the crocodiles and the clown from IT!). #shudder