Articles tagged 'ios'

Exporting your data from HealthKit
Exporting your data from HealthKit

I made a discovery this morning: as a regular user, not a ninja iOS app developer, you can export all your data from HealthKit! I have to confess I hadn't specifically looked into it, but I had assumed that all my data was kinda locked up in my phone (and in encrypted backups on iTunes) and that the only way to get access to it was to give particular apps specific permissions to access the data. In short, I assumed I was going to have to fire up Xcode one day and write a wee app to trawl my data and extract it[^1]. Read more…

Journalling with Day One 2.0
Journalling with Day One 2.0

I've been using Day One (Day One 2.0 for Mac and Day One 2.0 for iOS) for a few years now, I think. In fact, I've just had a wee look, and the first entry that doesn't look like it was imported from elsewhere is just over four years old. In the time that I've used it, I've amassed 2,848 entries, though some of them have been imported from previous journalling experiments. I thought, since version 2.0 was released today, I'd try writing my first entry in it by explaining how I use Day One, what other tools I've tried in the past, and maybe even mention a couple of features I'm hoping will come to it some day! Read more…

HomeKit-ting out the House
HomeKit-ting out the House

I've always dreamed of having a "smart" house, where I can control the home environment through technology. I've had this dream for longer than I've owned a mobile phone, so it started out with wanting to control my bedroom lights from my PC. I dimly recall building a breakout box for the parallel port, wiring it up to some relays, and writing some x86 assembly to control them. For some reason, my parents weren't too keen on me switching mains electricity though, so the project never made it to completion. Read more…