I’ve had a Fitbit Zip for almost three years and I use the iOS app to sync the data from it. This app lets you track exercise that wasn’t captured in full by the step counter. I use this to add info about weight training and aerobics at the gym.
The active minutes, steps, and distance often do not add up when I add one of these exercises manually. The other day, I took a moderate 1 mile walk but forgot to start the tracking feature in the app. After my walk, this is what my activity looked like.
My stats showed
24 active minutes
After I added in my walk manually, the stats updated in an unexpected way.
My stats changed to
0 active minutes
What? I can’t figure out what Fitbit is trying to do when I log exercise manually. The distance and steps shouldn’t change when those are precisely what the tracker tracks. My active minutes dropping to 0 is what I find most perplexing. How would adding exercise ever reduce active minutes?
By way of comparison, here are my stats from yesterday before and after manually logging 50 minutes of aerobics.
Here we see the number of calories burned dropped by 102 while active minutes increased by 10. Again, what? I wasn’t able to find any information from Fitbit about how its software calculates these numbers but I think it’s safe to say, something doesn’t add up.
I posted recently about how sharing images through services like Twitter are often inaccessible to users with visual impairments because they lack meaningful alt text. In its March 28 release (version 6.50 for iOS), Twitter now provides some mobile users the option of including alt text. (No word on when the feature will be available for website users.)
To enable the ability to add alt text to your posted pictures from within the iOS Twitter app:
Go to your profile page
Tap the settings (gear) icon
Choose the “Accessibility” option
Turn on the “Compose image description” option
Save your settings
The first time you insert an image into a tweet, you will be prompted to “Describe this image for the visually impaired”.
Tap the “Add description” button to provide a meaningful explanation of the contents of the image.