More about coming iOS 11, AirPods control expanding, silent song successfully expresses frustration, Watch GoT heart rate spikes


How to use Apple’s native Screen Recording feature in iOS 11 — One potentially useful feature coming to this next iOS 11 is a native Screen Recording option on the iPhone and iPad. Here’s how you will be able to make use of it, including embedding results into a video.

Also in iOS 11, AirPods controls will expand with separate left/right earpiece taps, skip track ability — Apple’s AirPods are currently limited to a trio of controls on both earpieces, but their functionality will be greatly enhanced this southern spring (northern autumn) with the release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to give each wireless pod a separate, customizable function with a double tap.

Song meant to spoof car audio systems climbs into top 50 on Apple’s iTunes charts — A track consisting of nothing but 9 minutes and 58 seconds of silence is currently sitting at 49th place in Apple’s iTunes charts, apparently out of frustration with the way many car audio systems work. Called A a a a a Very Good Song, the NZ$.1.79/US99-cent track released by Samir Mezrahi copes with the fact that many audio systems will simply play tracks in alphabetical order whenever an iPhone connects via USB. [The lyrics are very meaningful. Well, at least as meaningful as most of the crap available, anyway, while being easier to listen to.]

Apple Watch app tracks viewer heart rate spikes during Game of Thrones Fans of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones are more excited by dialogue than by action scenes, according to a study by heart monitoring app Cardiogram of Apple Watch users. Four out of the top five scenes to cause high pulse rates in viewers centred around drama between characters, rather than violence, the Cardiogram app found. [I find that strangely encouraging!]

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