AWT News Update: August 5, 2015

A lot of Apple news for our listeners and readers today:

  • Apple Watch helps a Virginia man get needed heart surgery and get out of the hospital fast
  • Get yourself to your local Pei Wei restaurant, as they've just started accepting Apple Pay. Booyah!
  • Don't be surprised if you walk into a Target store soon and have your iPhone start notifying you about deals
  • After a ten-year absence, Chronos StickyBrain for Mac is back

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 5, 2015.

The Apple Watch is credited with getting a 64-year-old Virginia man heart care as well as making sure he got out of the hospital as soon as possible. Ken Robson was visiting his son in San Diego when he started feeling dizzy. He checked his heart rate with his Apple Watch and found that it had dropped drastically from his normal rate. MedCity News said that “When he got to the hospital, Robson told staff that he had been tracking his heart rate on the watch, and had two weeks of back data. "Going in with the data certainly reduced my stay by a couple of days," he told MedCity News. It also assured that he could have the operation nearly immediately. Because the hospital could check his Apple Watch data, Robson did not have to wear a heart monitor for a week before the medical team at Scripps Mercy could confirm the diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome.” This is one case where the Apple Watch and the collection of health data in Apple’s Health app allowed a patient to get fast and effective treatment.

Does it always seem like Apple Pay is in the news? Well, there’s a good reason for that since more and more banks and retailers are adding support for the payment system. Today, Asian restaurant chain Pei Wei started accepting Apple Pay at its almost 200 US stores. It’s time to go get some Pad Thai and use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for it. Go. Now.

TechCrunch is reporting that people with the latest version of the Target iPhone app walking into 50 pilot stores in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle are getting pinged with alerts about deals. This is a new feature that users have to opt into, and it uses Bluetooth beacons to broadcast the info. Target says that shoppers will only get one or two alerts per shopping trip, and that the notifications can appear asstandard iOS notifications or in the Target app’s Target Run tab. Future features include auto reorganization of shopping lists while walking through a store, and the ability to use the app to request help from clerks.

Back in my childhood, a company called Chronos had a note manager for Mac called StickyBrain. Well, after a ten-year absence from the world of Mac, the company has released a new version of the app written in Apple’s Swift programming language. The app is available from the Chronos web site at — there’s a 30-day free trial, a single license is $29.99 and a family pack costs just $49.99. And don’t try to run this StickyBrain on your 2005 iMac — it requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of the AWT News Update.