Archive for October 2017

iPhone X: Tomorrow’s iPhone today

Multitasking gestures have been updated, too. To bring up the app switcher, swipe up and hold your finger on the center of the screen for a few seconds. To switch quickly between apps, swipe left or right across the very bottom of the screen, where the bright bar lives.

There’s more. Siri is still a press-and-hold action, but it’s now on the side (sleep/wake) button. Likewise, Apple Pay’s double-tap gesture still applies, but you now do it to the side button. Taking a screen shot now requires that you press the volume up button and the side button simultaneously. To force the phone to shut down, you press and hold the side button and either one of the volume buttons. To force a reboot of a hopelessly stuck phone, you now need to do the iPhone X version of control-alt-delete — pressing the volume up button, followed by the volume down button, followed by a press-and-hold on the side button.

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Apple says that certain sunglasses may defeat Face ID—it all depends on if they have a coating that blocks infrared light in the 940 nanometer range, so you’ll need to test your sunglasses to be sure that they work.

The iPhone X camera is slightly more advanced than the one on the iPhone 8 Plus, most specifically its telephoto camera module: It’s got a wider aperture (ƒ/2.4 versus ƒ/2.8 on the iPhone 8 Plus), and it’s got built-in optical image stabilization, which is only available on the wide-angle camera on the iPhone 8 Plus. And of course, the iPhone X camera can also shoot portrait images via its front-facing selfie camera, thanks to all the same depth-sensing technology that lets it run Face ID.

One other interesting note: This is the first iPhone to support magnetic cases. Apple is, of course, selling a $100 folio case of its own that takes advantage of the built-in sensor to put the phone to sleep when the folio’s cover is closed, and wakes it up when the cover is opened.

I’m also curious to see what new apps will be built to take advantage of the depth-sensing features of the front-facing camera on the iPhone X.

Source: iPhone X: Tomorrow’s iPhone today – Six Colors

Digital Resource Lifespan

Source: xkcd: Digital Resource Lifespan

this does concern me more and more

Apple Is Facing a Double Standard

Apple is a Silicon Valley and Wall Street leader. The company has the most profitable and best-selling smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, and wireless pair of headphones in the market. Apple has grown its user base by 10x over the past 10 years and is bringing in nearly more revenue than Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook combined. This level of success places a bull’s-eye on Apple’s back and rightly so. Leaders should be held to a higher standard.

However, a trend has developed where a number of tech companies are said to be outperforming Apple. Despite being cast as leaders, these companies aren’t judged by the same high standards as Apple. Microsoft, Samsung, and Google are said to be one-upping Apple in core competencies like hardware and design. Yet, these companies don’t face anywhere near the amount of criticism thrown at Apple.

Source: Above Avalon: Apple Is Facing a Double Standard

Apple’s Best Product Is Its Privacy Stance

That’s no casual decision. I’ve put considerable time and thought into how I store my photos in general, as well as how I back up my information overall. Despite all the bottomless storage features offered by tech giants like Google and Amazon, I default to keeping my most valuable data with Apple. Why I chose this matters, so let’s talk about it.

First and foremost, there’s the issue of these companies’ business models. The goal of each outfit is to make the most money it can for its shareholders, naturally, and in that sense Apple — pricing its products at a premium — is the most visible example of the maxim. But $1,000 iPhones and pricey accessories aside, at least the company is only buttering its bread on one side.

Source: Forget iPhone X—Apple’s Best Product Is Its Privacy Stance | Time.com

How to delete or disable your Facebook account

Facebook will try to guilt you into staying by showing you photos of your Facebook friends, and then asking you why you want to deactivate your account.

Source: How to delete or disable your Facebook account | PCWorld

also if you are smart enough to find that screen, i’m pretty sure there is no way you “don’t understand how to facebook”

Apple’s iPhone X: The First Field Report

Remember, as cool as the original iPhone was, it didn’t really begin changing the world until Apple let third-party software developers take advantage of its innards—stuff like the camera, GPS, and other sensors. Maybe something similar, albeit not on such a grand scale, will happen with the iPhone X. Those who shell out the cash for this device will enjoy their screen and battery life today. But the real payoff of the iPhone X might come when we figure out what it can do tomorrow.

Source: Apple’s iPhone X: The First Field Report | WIRED

The slow safety and security problem

Companies are failing to produce the skilled workers needed to ensure standards are met in areas like safety at a time when scrutiny is intensifying around the world and lapses are met with greater criticism, said Parissa Haghirian, professor of Japanese management at Sophia University in Tokyo.

“There is a real human resource problem,” she said, with the traditional model of hiring workers straight out of school or university, teaching them on the job and rotating them between departments no longer functioning well.

“I predict high performers will leave more quickly… leaving companies in trouble because these people traditionally would stay and drag everyone else along,”

Source: Japan Inc.’s safety failures point to deeper malaise

This applies to much more than just the auto industry, but many don’t talk about it

Why it’s not “Just Build a Website”

Hey you know computers right? Can you build me a Website/App?

So how many of the above do you know?
These are all things I worked/work with every day and power much of what you see on the internet.
And how many have you not heard of?
And that is just the top level Web Client side frameworks.
That does not include the working knowledge i need on all of the following just to do my job.

  • Programming Languages
  • Networking and Domains and Protocols
  • Web Servers
  • Web Service Architectures
  • Web Service frameworks
  • Server Integrations and API
  • Operating Systems
  • Hosting Services
  • Software As A Service
  • Platform As A Service
  • Virtual Machines and Integrations
  • MicroServices
  • Database Managment
  • Data Architecture
  • Data Clients
  • Mobile Frameworks
  • Mobile-Web Hybrid Frameworks
  • Development Platforms and IDEs
  • Development methodologies
  • Styling Frameworks
  • Testing Frameworks
  • Deployment Frameworks
  • Design Tools
  • Design Methodologies
  • User Experience and Behavior
  • SEO and Marketing
  • Product Distribution
  • Finances
  • Security and Encryption
  • High-level Math and Logic

Each one of those has a chart like above for them.

But some of those things on that chart are out of date!?

 

One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end

Here’s the bad news: we did.

Twitter was built at the tail end of that era. Their goal was giving everyone a voice. They were so obsessed with giving everyone a voice that they never stopped to wonder what would happen when everyone got one. And they never asked themselves what everyone meant. That’s Twitter’s original sin. Like Oppenheimer, Twitter was so obsessed with splitting the atom they never stopped to think what we’d do with it.

Twitter made the decision to ride the hate wave. With their investors demanding growth, and their leadership blind to the bomb they were sitting on, Twitter decided that the audience Trump was bringing them was more important than upholding their core principles, their ethics, and their own terms of service.

But when companies tell you they need to be more transparent it’s generally because they’ve been caught being transparent. You accidentally saw behind the curtain. Twitter is behaving exactly as it’s been designed to behave.

Source: One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end

Want to see something crazy? Open this link on your phone with WiFi turned off.

But what these services show us is even more alarming: US telcos appear to be selling direct, non-anonymized, real-time access to consumer telephone data to third party services?—?not just federal law enforcement officials?—?who are then selling access to that data.

Given the trivial “consent” step required by these services and unlikely audit controls, it appears that these services could be used to track or de-anonymize nearly anyone with a cell phone in the United States with potentially no oversight.

Source: Want to see something crazy? Open this link on your phone with WiFi turned off.