Integrate Nike Running App With Apple’s Health App

The new Health app from Apple provides a conduit to run all of your health data through on an iOS device in order to then provide you with a single pane of glass to see all of your health related data. This can include diet, workouts, weight, blood pressure, etc, provided that the vendors of such devices or apps you may use support those features. The Nike Running app (not yet for the Fuelband) is one such app. And if you track runs with Nike Running then you’ll want to setup the integration asap, as the Health app only looks at runs that are configured after you setup the integration. To integrate the app into Health (and therefore showcase what Health can do) we’ll simply upgrade it and do so real quick. The first step is to upgrade the Nike+ Running app. To do so, open the App Store, tap on Updates and find the Nike+ Running app. Here, tap Update and provide your password. IMG_1717 When the app is finished updating, open it. You should be prompted on the first open after the update to setup Health Access. Here, use the sliders for each of the items you’d like to sync to Health. These include your NikeFuel (the fuel points obtained per run), the Workouts and, if you have a device that tracks Heart Rate, whether or not the Running app can access that Heart Rate data. Tap Done when you’re satisfied with your settings. IMG_1713 From within the Health app, you can then see what Health reads from and writes to the NikeFuel app. Open the Health app, tap on Fitness and then NikeFuel. Here, you can change the settings that were previously configured. IMG_1714 The NikeFuel entry will then start to sync with your Nike account. Tapping on NikeFuel in the Health app provides you the option to Show on Dashboard, which is the first screen of your Health app. Toggle this to enable the option. IMG_1715 Once enabled, you can see stats from your Nike Running app on the dashboard in Health. The data is then useable by other apps that can also integrate with Health, provided you allow it. IMG_1716 When the next run is synchronized, you should see data from the run populate the NikeFuel entry on the dashboard. The FuelBand, Nike Basketball and Nike Training Club apps have not been integrated into Health. But when they are, I’ll try and remember to come back and update this article.  

Swiping the MacBook

If you are using a mouse or a trackpad that has multi-touch enabled then you likely know that doing a two-fingered swipe will scroll the window into the direction that the swipe occurred. But did you know that there is also a four-fingered swipe? If you swipe four fingers to the right or left then you will invoke an application selection screen, similar to the selection screen you see with Command-Tab. You can then use the arrow keys to switch between foreground applications. If you use the four fingered swipe in a downward direction you will bring up the all windows Expose screen. If you use the four fingered swipe in an upwards direction then you will invoke the Expose Show Desktop action, moving all of the applications off to the side. The three fingered swipe can also be used, to scroll backwards and forwards on web pages, within Preview and even in iPhoto. You can also customize various swiping events. Simply click on the Trackpad System Preference pane and you’ll see a number of options that aren’t yet enabled. For example, you can set a single touch on the trackpad to act as a click, you can set a click event on a lower corner of the trackpad to invoke a contextual menu and you can enable one-click dragging. Overall, swiping and multi-touch events in general is an innovative approach to the mouse. And best of all, swiping brought to you in an easy and gentle way to ease your transition to what could be a big change in how you use your computer, complete with videos and the option to disable it!

Mac OS X: MacBook Wireless

The MacBook Pro's wireless reception is relatively poor in comparison to the MacBook. The reason? The aluminum casehas a tendency to interfere with its radio waves. The wireless signal is received only through the antenna located in the clutch (note the rubbery area under the MacBook Pro lettering on the bottom of your display) - that rubbery material is transparent to the radio waves.  The MacBook itself has a plastic case.  Most plastics, unlike aluminum, are relatively transparent to radio waves - so better wireless reception.