James Thomson is currently celebrating the amazing history of his scientific calculator:
25 years sounds like a really long time. A quarter of a century sounds even longer. Yet, that is how long it has been since PCalc 1.0 was released […]
PCalc was my first ever application. I started writing in the summer of 1992 and it took me around six months to get it into a state where I was happy to show it to the world. Some of that code still runs today, deep at the heart of the machine.
That is both amazing and terrifying.
This means that both the iOS and Mac versions are on sale — down to $0.99 from the usual $9.99.
If you need a really good programmable calculator, do one of two things:
- wait for the sale to end and buy it at full price (it’s totally worth it)
- buy it now, go into the About screen, and drop a few coins into the Tip Jar
Wishing you as many more years of PCalc as you want James!
P.S. Don’t forget to play the AR game hidden in the About menu!
These past two or three days have been full of false information and a lot of pointless outrage at the news that “Apple is intentionally slowing down iPhones to get people to buy new ones”.
I’ll try to set the record straight…
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A few of my favourite games went on sale today, including Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango. Going through this list, I was quite surprised to learn that I have many of the apps listed below — I’d hate to see a tally of my purchases.
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Since posting my deals list yesterday, many more apps have gone on sale, including the wonderful Mini Metro. I also completely forgot that Lucky Clan’s new Artstudio Pro (basically a Photoshop replacement), which launched last week, still has its promotional pricing (it will end soon). Oh, and if you still haven’t tried Alto’s Adventure, make sure to do so — it’s one of the best games of its kind.
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The amount of amazing apps that have been discounted in the past few hours has completely blown me away — everyone should find something that they like. I own many of the games and programs below (some I haven’t tried, naturally) and can vouch for them.
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Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg:
The Mac App Store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs. Now Apple plans to change that by giving people a way to use a single set of apps that work equally well across its family of devices: iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Starting as early as next year, software developers will be able to design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware, according to people familiar with the matter.
If this is true, I’m guessing the road will be rocky for developers, but the benefit for users could be huge, especially those that use the same apps on both iOS and macOS, relying on iCloud or other services for the syncing of data. I do wonder how this will influence pricing, however.
In certain circumstances, such as a power failure during a macOS upgrade, an iMac Pro may become unresponsive and must be restored. The requirements for doing an iMac Pro restore are […]
You will need to have another Mac on hand to perform the restore.
I tweeted the following yesterday, thinking it would go the way of the HomePod and be delayed…
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Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.
Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice.
I wonder what would have happened had they not been caught, and I mean that with all the sarcasm in the world.
What scares me most is that people stopped caring about companies doing things like this. Sure, I care. Maybe even you care. But most people don’t.
Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.
Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken, Uber said.
I deleted my account a year ago or so — maybe more — and have not looked back. I refuse to do business with a company this evil, which tries to sweep all of its failures under the rug.
We spent these last few days in Italy, travelling between Lamezia Terme, Tropea, and Scilla — the surprisingly poor (for Italy) but beautiful region of Calabria. The weather wasn’t perfect, but we did get a few sunny days. I also finally had one of my dreams come true — to be right next to a storm, but just far enough to be out of the rain.
Setting up, I never thought I’d get the shot of the storm that started brewing during our dinner in one of the many small restaurants in the old part of Tropea… It’s not perfect, unfortunately — the bright light shining on the island itself is blown — but at the time I was certain there would be enough latitude in the RAW files, to save that part. I was wrong — lesson learned.
Shot with Sony A7R II + FE 28 mm f/2: f/4.5, 30 s, ISO 100.
The passcode. This is all that’s left of iOS security in iOS 11. If the attacker has your iPhone and your passcode is compromised, you lose your data; your passwords to third-party online accounts; your Apple ID password (and obviously the second authentication factor is not a problem). Finally, you lose access to all other Apple devices that are registered with your Apple ID; they can be wiped or locked remotely. All that, and more, just because of one passcode and stripped-down security in iOS 11.
This has been a very bad week or two for Apple.
It’s difficult to define the joyful pain that is fatherhood.
Please read this. It’s perfect.
The iPhone X has a 458.67 PPI 5.85” screen with a resolution of 2436×1125 px, which translates to 812×375 pt @3x. These 375 pt are identical to what the 4.7” iPhone is capable of displaying (667×375 pt).
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Apple pushed a security update for the huge High Sierra vulnerability yesterday, introducing a bug while they were at it. You should install the update as soon as possible and then do this, if File Sharing isn’t working:
Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
sudo /usr/libexec/configureLocalKDC and press Return.
- Enter your administrator password and press Return.
- Quit the Terminal app.
John Gruber summarized the problem, which seems to have been around for a few months now:
So the exploit was floating around, under the radar, for weeks at least, but it seems as though no widespread harm came of it.
Personally, I’d call this much too optimistic — people could have been hacked without them even realizing it.
Lemi Orhan Erhin disclosed a huge vulnerability in macOS High Sierra yesterday, allowing anyone to log onto a Mac with root access.
Please follow the instructions here to enable the root account and set its password to something complicated, which you should safely save in 1Password (or whatever password manager you’re using).
In my bleary-eyed early-morning state, I grabbed my car keys from their front ring and went outside to grab the package, closing the door behind me and thinking nothing of it. I didn’t have my phone, Apple Watch, or even a sweater.
When I brought the package back up and attempted the door, that’s when the realization set in. My fancy smart lock had automatically locked said door behind me — and I didn’t have a key on my car ring or smart device to help me out.
The rest of the story is priceless — must read!
For me the Surface Book 2 was the MacBook Pro that we had all wanted/expected from Apple, it just wears a different logo. While other reviews will read off the spec sheets and talk about the 17 hour battery life and GX yadda yadda yadda processor, they sometimes forget that we (the creative professionals) use these as tools. What Microsoft has done with the Surface Book 2 is make a system void of gimmicks, because gimmicks don’t hold up in the working world. Our jobs will not benefit from being able to tap an emoji on a scroll bar, they will benefit from the ability to get work done. As a photographer, it feels extremely odd to say this, but I sincerely feel that the Surface Book 2 is not only a strong contender for the laptop to own, but actually the clear cut choice of the computer to have on set.
I am so tempted by the Surface Book, just to use it with Lightroom. Switching out my MacBook Pro would however completely kill my workflow. And I definitely couldn’t live with it for writing — Windows is still missing crucial software and keyboard shortcuts. This doesn’t change the fact that the Surface Book is much more attractive than the MacBook at this point, while the iPad Pro is still lacking in software.
Jason Snell makes some valid points:
In any event, Steven Aquino’s piece makes it clear that nobody should make blanket statements about the Touch Bar succeeding or failing. But where does it go from here? Does it get better, so more people embrace it? Does it become an option, rather than a mandatory feature? Does it fade away? Only Apple knows.
Make the Touch Bar optional, then everyone can order the one they want.
Personally, I will not buy a Touch Bar MacBook anymore — I already had one (two technically) and I breathed a sigh of relief after returning it.
Many more apps have gone on sale today, appending the ones I posted yesterday.
I know what I’m getting. Do you?
- 2Do – Mac
$49.99 → $24.99 | €54.99 → €27.99 | 239.99 PLN → 119.99 PLN
WordPress 5.0 will soon be a thing and it might feature a brand new content editor, that will take place of the good old TinyMCE—Gutenberg. It’s still in development and the first digit in the version number doesn’t mean it actually left the beta stage.
I got curious, so I’ve installed the beta plugin from WordPress repository to check it here. Let’s see!
This is actually pretty cool and I’d wish they hurry and ship it, bug free hopefully.
“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”
Kudos to Apple for not releasing the HomePod in beta, but having said that, this is their second delay in recent history. The AirPods did turn out to be fantastic however, so I’m sure they’ll figure this one out. What worries me more is that Siri is not progressing as fast as she should be and the competition is already on their second gen devices. Not something they can’t recover from, but with this device debuting in only three countries, it sounds as if it’s Apple’s new hobby.
Thuy Ong, writing for The Verge:
Now security researchers have found that the camera can be disabled and frozen from a program run from any computer within Wi-Fi range, reports Wired. That means a customer watching a delivery will only see a closed door, even if someone opens the door and goes inside — a vulnerability that may allow rogue couriers to rob customers’ homes.
This is exactly why I wouldn’t want to sign up for Amazon Key. While I understand that Amazon will try to make everything as secure as possible, everything can be hacked.
Amazon’s team clarified how they verify their drivers:
Every delivery driver passes a comprehensive background check that is verified by Amazon before they can make in-home deliveries, every delivery is connected to a specific driver, and before we unlock the door for a delivery, Amazon verifies that the correct driver is at the right address, at the intended time.
We have had multiple examples of insufficient background checks in law enforcement circles over the past few years and I seriously doubt Amazon can do better. Someone will always slip through the cracks. And that’s just the people behind the whole operation — the system can still be hacked.
From Amazon’s press release:
Amazon Key allows customers to have their packages securely delivered inside their home without having to be there. Using the Amazon Key app, customers stay in control and can track their delivery with real-time notifications, watch the delivery happening live or review a video of the delivery after it is complete.
No. Way. Why would anyone want to compromise the sanctity of their own home?
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:
One issue I did run into with the Surface Book 2 is the power supply. Microsoft has only supplied a 102-watt charger with a machine that has an Nvidia GTX 1060 inside. Most similar laptops are gaming ones that have 150-watt or even 200-watt power supplies. There are two batteries inside the Surface Book 2, one in the base and one in the tablet portion (screen) itself. The base battery discharges too quickly with the supplied charger, meaning the Nvidia card (located in the base) will disconnect in the middle of a long gaming session at maximum performance even if you’re plugged in.
Microsoft is currently investigating this issue, and believes I have a faulty power supply. The company says the “Surface Book 2 is designed to supply enough power to maintain and charge, even under heavy load (including gaming).” I didn’t notice the discharge with apps that rely on the GPU, but most productivity apps simply use graphics power in short bursts rather than long periods like in games. I suspect the 102-watt charger isn’t enough for full performance gaming sessions, which will disappoint many who were hoping to use this as a gaming laptop alongside work tasks. I’ll update this review if the replacement charger makes a difference.
I have also tested with an old 65-watt Surface Book charger and the base still drains too quickly during gaming. I’ve also tested with a Surface Dock, rated at around 90 watts, and this still doesn’t hold the base charge to keep up while gaming. In all scenarios I also tested with the recommended “best battery life” setting, but the base still failed to charge properly during heavy gaming loads. If a replacement charger doesn’t work, Microsoft could potentially fix this in software by reducing the GTX 1060 clock speeds further and slowing the machine down.
Or… you know… they could just supply a more powerful charger.
The real-time translation feature is cool, but how often would you need it? I’ve been using AirPods for about a year and I don’t think I would have used this feature even once.
At least three times in the past six months.
There are many reports to the YouTube customer support account on Twitter complaining about battery drain when running the app on iOS 11. The company is apparently ‘actively working to fix this’.
The YouTube app appears to have some bugs on iOS 11, affecting all iPhones and iPads, causing the devices to run very warm when watching videos.
This is happening on my iPad Pro 10.5”, but it doesn’t get warm at all — the battery drain is through the roof though. Using YouTube through Safari solves this problem though.