Lobby Bar – December 7: Aunt Esther’s Hats, Bowling for Dollars, and ‘I’ll Take Out of Work Veeps for $250, Alex’

Lobby Bar: Not For the Faint of Heart
This is the big one. Fred Sanford was officially out of a job on Thursday as Apple introduced its new ECG feature, which takes an electrocardiogram using the Apple Watch Series 4 and warns users of heart issues before they happen.
Paging Joe Biden. One concourse at the new LaGuardia Central Terminal Building opened its doors to passengers Saturday. Given the world-class facilities at the new …

Review: Apple Watch Series 4 ECG Feature

Apple introduced a long-awaited feature for the Apple Watch Series 4 that performs an electrocardiogram on the wearer. Apple calls the feature “ECG” on watches set to English, although the term “EKG” may be more familiar to readers.
On Thursday, Apple released the feature for customers in the United States with the release of watchOS 5.1.2. The feature can be used to identify atrial fibrillation, a common type of an irregular …

Apple Close to Launching Apple Pay in Germany

Apple Close to Launching Apple Pay in Germany

Apple, which announced plans to make Apple Pay available in Germany in July, is close to launching the service there.
Several Germany banks including HypoVereinsbank, Hanseatic Bank, and fidor bank, as well as American Express, MasterCard, and Visa have already announced that they will support the service. The company’s own website for Germany now says Apple Pay “kommt bald” or is “coming soon” as well.
Apple Pay first became available in 2015 …

Apple Adds Transit Directions for Switzerland to Apple Maps

Apple Adds Transit Directions for Switzerland to Apple Maps

In a major addition to its Apple Maps app, the Cupertino-based tech company added transit support for all of Switzerland, including indoor maps for Zürich Airport.
The move will provide iPhone users with detailed directions to destinations via public transportation in the country. This includes all trains, trams, buses, boats, and funicular railways in the Swiss Confederation.
Apple introduced public transportation into its Maps app with iOS 6, which was released in …

Review: Apple Watch Series 4 with Infograph Watch Face

After three iterations of essentially the same watch, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, which features a completely new design with a slimmer body, a significantly larger display, a thinner case, sensors that can take ECG readings, and Fall Detection.
The Series 4 watch went on sale on September 21 and this review comes later than usual because Apple first provided it on that date. Since its arrival, however, I’ve …

Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

With the launch of Apple iOS 12, Apple introduced the ability to support Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the new CarPlay framework that allows developers to provide detailed maps, search, and other navigation functions.
Google released version 5.0 of the iOS version of Google Maps on September 18, just days after the release of iOS 12.  The update didn’t come up in the App Store under updates but …

What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

With the launch of iOS 12, Apple provides some significant updates to CarPlay as well. The updates revolve around two of the most popular types of apps used by drivers, namely audio and navigation.  The overall user interface remains largely unchanged.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone and was introduced at the 2014 Geneva …