Jesse's Newest Book: iPad For Seniors for Dummies - 9th edition


Break out your reading glasses—iPad instructions for seniors are here Why should the kids have all the fun? If you're ready to catch up on the latest technology, getting an iPad is a great first step. They're immensely popular tablets, and you're about to discover why! Using a larger font for both the text and its full-color figures, iPad For Seniors For Dummies makes it faster and easier to keep connected in your golden years.

With this book to guide you, you'll soon be using your iPad to instantly stay in touch with loved ones, share family photos, surf the web, keep up with social media, stay on schedule with your Calendar, keep electronic grocery lists handy, and so much more. Navigate the screen and the built-in apps Use email, messaging, and FaceTime to stay in touch with family and friends Capture your memories with the camera Read newspapers and books, watch TV and movies, and keep sharp with fun games So, now it's time to 'wow' your friends—and even your grandkids—by showing them you're hip to the latest technology trends.


Author Jesse Feiler develops, consults, and writes about Apple technologies with an emphasis on mobile and location-based apps.

Jesse's HomeKit Book


This book is the complete guide to Apple's home automation technology, HomeKit. You’ll learn the HomeKit platform structure and how it supports devices―existing and planned―and you’ll get a thorough grounding on new and useful apps that deliver a new generation of home automation in a secure and innovative environment. 

Learn Apple HomeKit on the Mac and iOS  shows you how to move to secure, home automation projects that integrate with your digital world automatically―after you set them up as described in the book. Having your calendar and appointments control your lights, locks, thermostat, and other home devices is the heart of home automation. In homes and small offices, you can banish notes taped to switches and controls that say, "Do not turn off this switch" or "Leave the thermostat alone." The book gets you up to speed on HomeKit, and it also answers some of the pesky questions, such as "What happens when the power goes out?" 

Along the way there are tips and suggestions for app developers, hardware manufacturers, interior designers, and real estate professionals. For programmers, there's an entire chapter (plus sections in other chapters) dedicated to the core coding issues. For non-programmers, this book is the perfect resource mastering the amazing potential of Apple HomeKit. 

With a knowledge of the framework, you can start from HomeKit and let your imagination run wild as you design compatible devices with unlimited capabilities. Go build your killer app, your game-changing product, or service!

What You Will Learn:

  • For device developers, understanding the structure of HomeKit―homes, rooms, and accessories―enables you to build devices that are easily managed by a single, simple source and interface. 
  • For DIY home networking users will gain a thorough knowledge of how they can adapt HomeKit to their existing spaces.
  • For programmers, there's an entire chapter plus sections in other chapters dedicated to the core coding issues you'll need to learn. 
  • For non-programmers, this book is your perfect resource for easily getting your mind around the amazing potential of Apple HomeKit. 

Author Jesse Feiler develops, consults, and writes about Apple technologies with an emphasis on mobile and location-based apps.


Using Search Queries and Little Data (but big analysis) in Health Care

"Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries" NYTimes, June 6, 2016. John Markoff.…

The big take-away isn't pancreatic cancer. Actually, there are two. First of all, this comment about one of the paper's co-authors -- "Dr. White is now the chief technology officer of health intelligence in a recently created Health & Wellness division at Microsoft." Isn't Microsoft a computer software company? And, in a related questions, what's Apple doing with HealthKit and CareKit? 

The fact that Bing can crunch a lot of numbers over a lot of people is very useful (remember Google's flu predictions based on searches?). But the key is that in order for people to do these searches, they had to have a question or a concern. Can we bypass all the big data stuff to get the patient with some vague question or unease directly to relevant information? 

Perhaps the answer isn't big data -- it's small data such as the data and massive data manipulation power that people are carrying around in their pockets. A transition is under way from institution-centered data (see hospitals's patient portals, regional portals, insurance companies, and the like) to patient-centered data (see CareKit). We don't need a lot of data -- we just need the right data, and increasingly, it's in the patient's hands (pocket, whatever) and it's always available because people know where their phone is even if they haven't got a clue how to navigate the myriad of institution-centered databases in which they might participate.

Personally, I have high hopes (very high hopes -- fingers crossed) for the details of CareKit at WWDC next week so that we can connect the person with the relevant information by way of computing power and communications rather than sorting through enormous amounts of data. We may be watching one of those big changes where everything falls into place.