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July 17

Using iOs' "Live Listen" to Compensate for Hearing Loss

TIL iOs 12 includes "Live Listen", which pumps signal from iPhone's microphone into AirPods. For those with hearing loss who haven't sprung for a hearing aid, it seems like a great low-friction step. I'm thinking of buying AirPods for this (though it looks like a waterproof, noise-cancelling version will arrive at the end of this year). BUT...there are oddly few reviews by people with hearing loss. So....can anyone out there say how well this works? Comparison to bona-fide hearing aids would be especially appreciated (I know it's not as good, but am wondering how much worse). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:05 AM - 8 answers

July 16

What were some early eyewitness accounts of airplanes?

There were undoubtedly countless occasions when the Wright brothers flew over the heads of people who had no idea flight had been discovered. Do we have any eyewitness accounts of people who learned about flight only after seeing a Wright Flyer firsthand?
posted by jefficator at 11:21 AM - 5 answers

Pagers: One-Way Numeric Messaging in Savannah, Georgia?

I would like to get a one-way numeric pager... and am having no luck finding a company with service that has coverage in Savannah, Georgia. Anyone out there know of something? [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 8:55 AM - 5 answers

Looking for a "Quiet" Bluetooth Speaker!

Is there a Bluetooth speaker that doesn't play any status jingles, like a "startup" or (more importantly) "shutdown / disconnection" sound? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero at 8:53 AM - 7 answers

July 14

Hope me AppleTV

I have a quick question on how to navigate Netflix on an AppleTV. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 1:24 PM - 8 answers

July 13

Can I defeat automatic license plate readers?

So I read this story about Palantir's massive surveillance database and decided I don't want to play. One of the creepiest things is automatic license plate readers (ALPR). Do infrared shields like SunFlexZone's actually work?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:59 PM - 8 answers

How to fix Cortana loop in Windows 10?

There seems to be a bug that is causing Cortana/Start Menu to endlessly loop through all the apps, files, etc. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 7:18 PM - 2 answers

feed me Instagram! (in RSS form)

Instagram to RSS. Are there any reliable options? Yes, I'm willing to pay. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge at 2:17 PM - 3 answers

If someone blocks you on their iphone can you still leave them VM?

Apparently I've been blocked and I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 12:36 PM - 17 answers

July 12

Amazon Music for snowbirds

My parents spend half the year in Canada and half the year in Florida. This has borked up their Amazon account. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 6:12 PM - 1 answers

Simple photo editor, not organizer, for mac

I'm looking for a simple, well-designed piece of software for mac os that will allow you to open photos and do very basic editing, but does not try to organize your photos for you. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 11:41 AM - 9 answers

Apps to help me remember to do weekly/monthly chores

Most of the habit tracking apps I’m aware of are focused on daily habits, but I have a pretty good handle on those. What apps help you remember to do tasks that only need to be done once per week, two weeks, or month? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 8:16 AM - 13 answers

July 11

Motion sensor I can install in my car that will call my cell phone?

Looking for an auto security system comprised of a small sensing unit inside or attached to the car, which would use an Android app so my cell phone would alarm if anything bumps or impacts the vehicle. Does such exist?
posted by Rash at 9:17 PM - 4 answers

What is the best way to securely record video on an iPhone?

What is the best way to record video securely on an iPhone so it cannot be deleted by someone else? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 4:53 PM - 5 answers

July 10

I'll be your private podcast?

I am making a storytelling podcast for the kids in my life. Is there a way to make podcasts private but playable on a podcast app? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 9:04 AM - 5 answers

What's the best free Mastodon client for iOS (and why)?

What's the best free Mastodon client for iOS (and why)? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 1:59 AM - 5 answers

July 8

Why isn't the US telephone system smarter?

When I dial a local number, one where no area code is required, why can't the call be completed if I do include the area code? And when the area code is needed, why can't the system add the area code itself if I leave it off? [more inside]
posted by Redstart at 12:39 PM - 17 answers

How to get Analytics about a twitter hashtag?

The cheaper the better! [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 6:40 AM - 3 answers

July 5

Availability of specific phone numbers?

How can I find out if a specific 7-digit phone number is available in any state the US or UK?
posted by parmanparman at 3:20 PM - 4 answers

Outlook-based email client that has read status/receipts feature?

I understand that this is not without some controversy. I'm a research scientist with literally hundreds of different collaborators, and read receipts for email would make my life SO MUCH EASIER. It seems like there are solutions for Gmail (Mailtrack being one of them, as I understand it). But my institutional email is Outlook-based and I was wondering if there was a similar solution? I'd prefer non-web-based software (Mac OSX).
posted by baptismal at 12:34 PM - 8 answers

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