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Apple Open Sources FoundationDB

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:24:44 +0000

FoundationDB (Hacker News): FoundationDB is a distributed datastore, designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware. These clusters scale well as you add machines, automatically heal from hardware failures, and have a simple API. The key-value store supports fully global, cross-row ACID transactions. That's the highest level of data consistency […]

Examples of Dark Design Patterns

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:24:39 +0000

Flavio Lamenza (via Mark Frauenfelder): This add in a mobile app makes you think there is a dust particle on your screen, making you tap on it. […] This ad in Snapchat makes you think there is a strand of hair on your screen, making you tap on it. […] Tetris wants to give you […]

Tim Cook Says Users Don’t Want iOS to Merge With macOS

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:24:21 +0000

Peter Wells (MacRumors): Despite rumours that a merger is in the works, Apple chief executive Tim Cook believes mobile devices and desktop computers should remain in separate worlds with their own bespoke operating systems.[…]“I generally use a Mac at work, and I use an iPad at home,” Cook tells me, “And I always use the […]

The Menu Bar

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:24:11 +0000

Jack Wellborn: The menu bar has been, and in my opinion remains, the best mechanism for providing familiarity, discoverability, and progressive disclosure in user interfaces on any platform. Even beyond the Mac, anyone who has clicked on a File menu in one platform has a pretty good shot at guessing where a Save command might […]

When PNGs Suddenly Become JPEGs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:24:02 +0000

Howard Oakley: I wasted half an hour trying to get one screenshot yesterday, a good illustration of how workflows involving Pro-branded products with iCloud Drive may not deliver pro results. But later last night, in discussion with those marvellous folk at @AppleSupport, they found me a workaround, and pinpointed where the problem must lie. When […]

Lessons Learned From the App Store

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:23:45 +0000

Former App Store head Phillip Shoemaker: A discussion about why App Stores have guidelines, how apps are reviewed, what reviewers are looking for, and what the common mistakes are. In this talk, I will give you tips and tricks necessary to avoid problems on the App Store and Google Play. It boggles the mind that […]

GCD Tips

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:23:40 +0000

Thomas Clement: Are you using the libdispatch? Here’s a thread for you, what I learned about the libdispatch in the last ~6 months.

Switching From RSS to Apple News Format

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:14:09 +0000

This blog has been available in Apple News from the beginning, but I’ve recently switched from having Apple News fetch the RSS feed to using the Publish to Apple News WordPress plug-in to push updates to Apple News. Pros: New posts show up in Apple News more quickly. (Apple News could have polled the RSS […]

Drafts 5

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:14:04 +0000

Agile Tortoise (MacRumors): Drafts 5 is being released as a new app. Drafts 5 does not replace Drafts 4, but installs along side it. Drafts 5 can migrate drafts, actions and keyboard customizations from Drafts 4, but data does not sync between the two apps and they can happily co-exist on the same device. Drafts […]

On Normalizing Rip-Offs

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:14:00 +0000

John Gruber: In this case Savov was writing about Huawei’s copycat wireless earbuds. But the most telling example — which Savov himself has documented better than anyone else — is the iPhone X notch. The notch is unquestionably the worst thing about the iPhone X design — it is a worthwhile compromise, but a severe […]

Apple Refuses to Repair iMac Pro

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:13:54 +0000

Linus Tech Tips (forum, Hackers News, Reddit): We broke our iMac Pro… But then we tried to pay Apple to repair it. They refused. Come with us on a journey of frustration… It sounds like they dropped the display while trying to install RAM, which you are supposed to have Apple install for you. (Or […]

iPhone X Profits

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:13:48 +0000

Juli Clover: The iPhone X accounted for 35 percent of total worldwide handset profits in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new estimates shared this morning by Counterpoint Research. The device generated 5x more profit than the combined profit of more than 600 Android OEMs during the quarter, despite the fact that it was […]

Weather Alarms Scam

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:13:41 +0000

David Barnard: I just don’t get why Apple isn’t doing more to actively search and remove scam apps from the App Store. I’ve spent like 10 minutes digging into market data for the Weather category and already found that the #11 top grossing is a scam app charging a $20/mo subscription. There should be a […]

Mapping Apple’s Vast Universe of Space Gray Shades

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:04:50 +0000

Michael Steeber: Silver aluminum, once the defining look of Apple products, has been met with increasing variety over the last several years by a range of colors and finishes that customers can choose from. One of the earliest and most popular options – space gray – has permeated across almost every product line Apple offers.Yet, […]

One Laptop Per Child Retrospective

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:04:44 +0000

Adi Robertson (Hacker News): The $100 laptop would have all the features of an ordinary computer but require so little electricity that a child could power it with a hand crank. It would be rugged enough for children to use anywhere, instead of being limited to schools. Mesh networking would let one laptop extend a […]

macOS 10.13.4 Causing Installation Log Failures

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:04:41 +0000

Adam Engst: So let’s recap. In three separate instances, a Mac that’s running macOS 10.13.3 starts running slowly. Upon restart — without the user asking to install 10.13.4 — the Mac boots into the Installation Log app and shows an error saying the macOS installation couldn’t be completed. Restarting doesn’t help, but the first thing […]

Firefox 11.0 for iOS Has Tracking Protection on by Default

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:04:30 +0000

Emil Protalinski (via Anil Dash): Tracking protection means Firefox blocks website elements (ads, analytics trackers, and social share buttons) that could track you while you’re surfing the web. It’s almost like a built-in ad blocker, though it’s really closer to browser add-ons like Ghostery and Privacy Badger because ads that don’t track you are allowed […]

Updated FancyZoom

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:04:25 +0000

Many Tricks (via Peter Maurer): Cabel Sasser’s FancyZoom, slightly updated and dumbed down. Added a way to specify zoom image resolution (cf. “retina” displays). Added a dark vs. bright theme choice. Switched the spinner to spinning via CSS, rather than animating through a sequence of image files. Got rid of the old table-based fallback layout. […]

Apple Sued an Independent iPhone Repair Shop Owner and Lost

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:10:22 +0000

Jason Koebler (Hacker News): The specifics of Huseby’s legal case apply only in Norway, of course, but his case speaks to a problem faced by independent iPhone repair shops around the world. Apple’s use of the legal system and trademark law turns average repair professionals into criminals and helps the company corner the repair market […]

High Sierra Help Breakage

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:02:18 +0000

Christian Tietze: If you run macOS 10.13 High Sierra, try not to use the Help menu. It will appear to freeze the app for which you invoke the Help menu: it will not accept keyboard input anymore, emitting the NSBeep “invalid action” sound in most circumstances.The reason seems to be that the nifty Search bar […]

Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:01:56 +0000

Mark Gurman (Hacker News, MacRumors): The Cupertino, California-based company said in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog that it “caught 29 leakers,” last year and noted that 12 of those were arrested. “These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere,” Apple added. The company declined to […]

Eliminating iTunes Store Music Downloads in March 2019

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:59:46 +0000

Paul Resnikoff (via Dan Masters): Apple is now experiencing meteoric growth on its streaming music platform, Apple Music. But that growth is directly impacting Apple’s old-line downloads store, for obvious reasons. And, ultimately hastening its demise.Just last week, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine pointed to a shutdown when ‘people stop buying’. Now, sources inside the company […]

macOS 10.13.4 to Warn About 32-bit Apps Starting April 12

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:59:41 +0000

Apple (via Apple News and Updates): To ensure that the apps you purchase are as advanced as the Mac you run them on, all future Mac software will eventually be required to be 64-bit. Apple began the transition to 64-bit hardware and software technology for Mac over a decade ago, and is working with developers […]

Behind-the-Scenes Improvements in Swift 4.1

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:59:33 +0000

Slava Pestov: The bridging peephole recognizes such situations and cancels out the two complementary bridging operations; the cast now has the effect of eliminating the bridging performed by default, returning the underlying NSArray as a result. The peephole is implemented in the SILGen phase of the pipeline so you get the benefit even at -Onone, […]

Initial HomePod Sales

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:59:25 +0000

Mark Gurman (Hacker News): By late March, Apple had lowered sales forecasts and cut some orders with Inventec Corp., one of the manufacturers that builds the HomePod for Apple, according to a person familiar with the matter. At first, it looked like the HomePod might be a hit. Pre-orders were strong, and in the last […]