This week, we're both trotting the globe, so we discuss some interesting accessibility features we've encountered during our travels. And Apple had a event announcing new iPhones and a new Watch, so (of course) we talk about that stuff.
- Brian owes Marshall a Coca-Cola for losing a bet made at the very end of the previous episode
- Apple launched new iPhones and a new Apple Watch in their latest event
- Apple's event invite had Marshall thinking it was a reference to the coil in the AirPower wireless charging mat
- "Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat reportedly plagued by overheating issues"
- John Gruber's shares his "Thoughts and Observations on Apple’s iPhone XS/XR and Series 4 Apple Watch Introductory Event"
- Steve Jobs on the Apple product matrix
- LifeCall (not Life Alert) commercial: "I've fallen, and I can't get up!"
- Apple's new GiveBack program
- Note: After doing a little research, it's clear the story Marshall told about the origin of "The Land of the Morning Calm" is actually apocryphal. Well, shit.
- Percival Lowell, a businessman and scientist, is credited with coining the phrase
- The Forbidden City
- Tactile Paving
- Here's a 108-page design document on the proper installation of tactile paving
- The percentage of visually impaired people in Japan was 1.3% in 2007
- Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto talks about solving multiple problems with a single solution
- Here's a great video by Mark Brown of Game Maker's Toolkit on multipurpose design solutions in the game Downwell
- Crossing signals
- Here's a (warning: very shaky) video showing these pedestrian crossing signals
- Seven-segment display
- Here's a video of the crossing sounds, sometimes accompanied by bird chirps
- "China's Obsession with QR Codes"
- Alien Tommy Lee Jones Japanese Commercials
- "Meiwaku and Gaijin: Politeness and Group-Mentality in Japan"
- Note: It's actually pronounced may'-wah-koo
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