17 September

Trying to switch to Auto Layout for my keyboard extension, so I can use size classes, and I can’t remember the last time I wanted to die so much.

RT @duckduckgo: iOS 8 is launching now! Update to use DuckDuckGo in Safari by going to:

Settings —> Safari —> Search Engine

My roommate hasn’t updated since iOS 7.0, for lack of space on his iPhone. With a 6GB update I’m not sure what adoption rate will be like.

Ah, turns out iTunes silently fails partway through transferring apps from the device during sync. So that’s why my iPad is running half as many apps as it was before I wiped it to install iOS 8 GM.

High Moon is almost as bad as Mockingbird Lane. Stop airing Bryan Fuller’s rejected pilots, it’s just plain rude.

RT @olebegemann: What if Appleʼs advantage of fast customer adoption of new OS versions slowly erodes over time due to too many bugs in new APIs/build tools?

RT @jcieplinski: Emoji keyboards are the new Weather apps.

RT @macworld: When iOS 8 drops tomorrow, you should click “Not Now” on the iCloud Drive upgrade. Here’s why: [macw.us]

16 September

Mini-review of the Adonis Jot Pro stylus for iPad: it’s pretty great and I’m sorry I waited so long to buy it.

Ooh, I didn’t know that Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app had become a complete clone of FiftyThree’s Paper — both shameless and quite competent.

Ca fait deux fois de suite que l’antivol sonne à la sortie de C&A, peut-être un signe que je devrais mieux m’habiller.


I should get one of those sensor bracelets and make a script that posts “DON’T POKE THE BEAR” on Twitter whenever I haven’t slept a proper eight hours.

RT @simonmenashy: My new favourite cable: HDMI to garden hose [pic.twitter.com]

I wish I could go back to the age when I thought there had to be undiscovered treasures in the basement.

15 September

RT @ericasadun: “everything you can layout in code, you can do in IB. It just takes 10x as long and is way less inspectable.”

Processing builds before letting you flip the submission switch: because devs have nothing better to do than reload a page for an hour.

I don’t mind if Apple wants to waste money on giving out free records. But music libraries are personal—not to be messed with for marketing.

Wow, there’s an official link to remove the U2 album from your library. I’m glad they’ve (presumably) realized it was a mistake.

“Sent API usage to iTunes Connect, waiting for response…”



(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Upload screenshots to iTunes Connect. Check that they’ve been saved correctly. Upload again. Check again. Upload again.

Actually, producing those multiple series of screenshots isn’t the worst. After that, you still have to manage them in iTunes Connect.

I don’t know what the solution is, but having to produce screenshots for each device size, for each supported language, is not sustainable.

Coherence gets a demerit on account of shaky-cam with a side of shaky-focus, but it’s quite fun.

14 September

This week’s Doctor Who started out great, but that final trick has been done before. Just last year. With the same damn companion.

13 September

Siri is getting more and more creative with the way she confirms timers, making me wish there was a “just stay professional” checkbox.

Good thing I installed iOS 8 on my iPad: now weeping because what worked in the simulator doesn’t on device, and I can’t find a fix online.

The upshot of the Apple Watch conversation is: the iPhone announcement wasn’t revolutionary just because Apple are geniuses, but also, or even mostly, because the mobile phone industry had been appallingly complacent. It’s unrealistic to expect that to happen again after Apple has demonstrated how profitable the personal tech industry can be — competitors aren’t going to be caught with their pants down every other year.

12 September

I’m afraid a 5.5” phone is the kind you have no choice but to place on the table at the restaurant. Which is both unsafe and obnoxious.

Oh, isn’t that swell, Podcasts has been upgraded to “can’t be deleted” status.

So I gave in and printed cardboard iPhone 6es while iTunes is failing to set up iOS 8 on my iPad. And, well… 5.5” is not that bad, is it.

The new trailer for the next-gen GTA V re-release is gorgeous, but it also reminds me of all the reasons why I have absolutely no intention of playing the solo campaign again. Plus, character models look awful (not so much the faces, but the bodies), with everything else having been improved.

At any rate, a solo release of GTA Online seems inevitable, right? So I’ll just wait for that. Or I’ll forget about it. Works out either way.

I can never remember which is which in Xcode between “deployment target” and “base SDK.” Can’t you just call one “minimum OS version”?

11 September

Every time I see a photo of the Watch’s link bracelet I’m more in love with the engineering that went into it. I think I’ve lost the battle.

I’m finally getting around to watching the WWDC videos about making iOS extensions (I’ve been busy or something) and it’s like Christmas all over again.

Starting up Photoshop, and suddenly alignment guides automatically pop up when I move shapes around. Useful, yet completely unsettling.

10 September

RT @jarodinou: Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong [youtu.be] #nowwatching

RT @BenBajarin: A watch guy’s take on the Apple Watch. [hodinkee.com]

Is my email leaked?

They seem to have my Gmail’s old password (before I made it a lot more secure). Actually, they seem to have the common prefix I used to use on many sites, so the leak is probably from somewhere else.

Well, adding iPhone 6 support to my app was painless (thanks, launch xib!)… except I now have to make two whole new rounds of screenshots.

RT @danielpunkass: The extent of my faith in Apple is that if they violate my privacy it will be by mistake or chance incompetence, not by intention.

If Google’s smart, Android Wear will offer iOS compatibility before Apple’s watch is in stores. And then I don’t know what I’ll do.

The Apple Watch’s home screen would make so much more sense on a round display, I bet they settled on a square form factor pretty recently.

9 September

Damn, an iPhone 6 wearing an Apple leather case almost looks uglier than bare. Might as well skip the case and get AppleCare+.

And, yes, I’m bitter that I have no one to send my heartbeat to.

RT @stroughtonsmith: So yes, confirmed: iPhone 6 Plus renders at 1242x2208 (414x736pt @3x) and downscales to the 1080p panel. No 1:1 pixels. RIP 1 pixel lines

RT @reneritchie: Watch uses passcode to authorize Pay. Authorized for as long as skin contact is maintained. If taken off, need to re-enter pin.


When it comes down to it, maybe the biggest problem with this announcement was the disconnect between how excited and proud of itself Apple was, and how important the watch really is(n’t). And, for once, the enthusiast press is less guilty of overhyping the keynote than Apple itself.

The original iPhone’s presentation was revelatory: for every single functionality Steve Jobs demoed, the overwhelming sentiment was inevitably “OH MY GOD HOW DID NO ONE DO THIS BEFORE.” The iPad’s introduction didn’t feel quite as spectacular because of how obvious it all was — a bigger iPhone — until the device justified its usefulness by running iWork.

But the Apple Watch is not revelatory (it does more or less what its competitors do). It’s not obvious in its simplicity, either (the home screen is… disconcerting, and the most noticeable “innovation” — communicating with taps, drawings, heart beats — looks more than a little gimmicky, even if I can see the value). And it’s not any more useful than the naysayers thought it would be.

I still want one, mind you. Probably not to the tune of $350 (and I already fell into the first-generation trap with the iPhone and iPad, so maybe I could skip this one), but I do want it. Yet it worries me that Apple was this excited about introducing a product that isn’t, in the end, much more than the iPod-nano-on-a-wrist-band we spent the past four years asking for. It worries me that, to show it off, Apple built a temporary Apple Store in front of the biggest venue it could find in Cupertino. It worries me that Apple published self-congratulatory retweets on the event’s livestream page. It worries me that Tim Cook concluded his keynote by performing an awkward skit with Bono. (Though, to be fair, the awkwardness was much more Bono’s fault than Cook’s.)

Hubris doesn’t look good on a tech company.

I’ll need time to decide whether the iWatch’s UX is clever or stupid. But at $350, I doubt I’ll play with one long enough to find out.

RT @chockenberry: Take a look at your original iPhone.

Take a look at your current iPhone.

Now look at WATCH.

The battery life difference (for tasks that do use the screen) isn’t enough to make me get a 6 Plus, and I’m quite glad of that.

I should be screaming at the absurd coincidences, but since it’s by definition a mystical story… the Leftovers finale was fantastic.

The “someone logged into your iCloud” email arrives a while later and doesn’t mention the IP address, but baby steps I guess?

7 September

Collateral’s script relies way too much on (un)happy coincidences, but the movie is fun enough.

You know, I think I’d really like for the next iOS to have a first-party framework for making apps out of HTML 5.

I’m not surprised the “movie” adaptation of Heavenly Sword sucks (Ninja Theory wasn’t involved with it), but how can it be so ugly?

6 September

RT @JoannaStern: Amazon has taken to the streets. [pic.twitter.com]

5 September

RT @stroughtonsmith: Apple’s implementation of TestFlight: 10 apps only, and builds expire after 30 days. Hooray for dumb arbitrary limits! 😐

RT @reneritchie: Better than a media alert: Tim Cook says Apple will bolster security alerts, broader 2-step, spread awareness [imore.com]

Wacom’s new pressure-sensitive iPad styluses

Ordering one if the next iPad still doesn’t have first-party support.

4 September

RT @stroughtonsmith: Apple’s not doing anything to ‘manage’ expectations for next week, with a countdown timer and livestream on their site…

Je dois être en grande forme, je suis allé retirer le recommandé à la poste immédiatement au lieu d’imaginer le pire pendant une semaine.

You know that old sci-fi cliché of a sleek transparent glass pane becoming a TV / monitor when you turn it on? (Forgive me, I’m still watching Extant.) We already have transparent OLED displays, and of course the idea is ridiculously impractical for any real-life application. But what if you added a layer of smart glass behind the display, becoming opaque when you turn the picture on, for improved contrast? How cool would that look on your desk — or at your window?

I had never bothered to read Alien: Engineers, the script which gave birth to Prometheus. It’s depressing how much better it is.

RT @Greenspeak: And now, an otter with good table manners. [huff.to]

Wait, Metro Redux is out? Haven’t seen any reviews. Well, got no time to play at the moment, but I didn’t intend to buy it new anyway.

Now You See Me

The movie performs its best trick in the first 45 seconds: it’s simple, captured live on set, and, most importantly, it’s played on the audience. Then we get to watch from the sidelines as more and more implausible stuff happens that’s only made possible by blatant editing tricks and a whole heap of CG. Plus, for one scene with Jesse Eisenberg, we have to endure fifteen starring Mark Ruffalo at his gruffest, and I can’t stand that anymore.

That cold open sold a much better movie. Just go and watch The Prestige again instead.

3 September

2 September

I’m curious to see how they negotiate next week’s keynote. And annoyed that the scandal will overshadow product launches. But it’s deserved.

I’m reminded of a comment I saw on Reddit yesterday: not only can Apple be maddeningly slow at fixing security vulnerabilities after they’ve been reported, but it also doesn’t offer bounties for reporting them. You know, just the kind of thing that might motivate a hacker to contact Apple instead of downloading a copy of Jennifer Lawrence’s iCloud backup. (Or, more likely, just after downloading it, but that would still be progress.) I’m not so good at business, but I kinda feel that Apple could afford it. And, evidently, so do all the hackers who prefer to exploit a vulnerability rather than be, at best, graciously credited in the patch notes by one of the richest companies on Earth.

You can’t be lazy or complacent when it comes to security; you can’t be stingy, either.

Is John Simm trying to put on an American accent in Intruders? I’m French and I can tell it’s ridiculous.

“Tiens, et si je googlais ce mec de ma classe, je me demande ce qu’il est deven… ah, non, il est dans mes contacts Facebook.” #socialite

RT @BenedictEvans: Load your bank & transit card into your phone. Go to a bar. Run out of power. Now you have no money, no way to get home, can’t call anyone.

“Common iOS App Rejections”

As MacStories points out, what this page really says is “we’re fucking inconsistent.”


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