AWT News Update: August 20, 2015

Today was a rather slow news day, but here's what we dug up for you!

  • Yahoo updated the Yahoo Weather app for iOS to provide near-term rain and snow alerts
  • Swatch gets a Swiss Trademark for "one more thing". Jerks
  • And a Think Different Thursday accessibility update from Alex Jurgensen, this week covering "LED flash for alerts"

The podcast transcript can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for August 20, 2015.

With Winter on the way, Yahoo has updated its Yahoo Weather app for iOS with near-term rain and snow alerts. What does that mean? Well, 15 minutes before rain or snow is scheduled to begin, you’ll get an alert. That’s somewhat better than apps like Dark Sky, which tell you when it’s going to rain just moments before the rain begins. Yahoo says they’ve also added a way to look at microclimates, meaning that they’re probably using personal weather station data sourced from Weather Underground.

The jerk of the week award goes to Swiss watchmaker Swatch, which has acquired a Swiss Trademark on Steve Jobs’ famous phrase “one more thing”. Jobs was well known for using that phrase during Apple press events before unveiling something great. Swatch will hold that trademark until 2024, unless Apple decides to fight the use of the term.

And now for a Think Different Thursday accessibility update from Alex Jurgensen.

This week on Think Different Thursday, "LED flash for Alerts".

LED Flash for Alerts is a feature designed for the deaf that utilizes the camera flash to indicate that an alert sound is being played.

It is useful for situations when you wish to get alerts, but auditory or vibrating alerts are impractical or unavailable. LED Flash for Alerts is available on all devices that include a camera flash.

To enable LED Flash for Alerts, go to "Settings", then "General", then "Accessibility" and enable the "LED Flash for Alerts" toggle under the "Hearing" section. Additionally, you can then turn down the iOS devices sounds by going to "Settings" and then "Sounds".

Please note: Don't forget to turn it off before putting your iOS device in a pocket or bag, as most materials allow the bright camera flash to shine through.

For more great tips on how you can use accessibility features of iOS and Mac OS X in your daily life, check out our previous Think Different Thursday posts.

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