Archive for November 2016

Browsers, not apps, are the future of mobile

The web is and will always be the most popular mobile operating system in the world?—?not iOS or Android. It’s important that the next generation of software companies don’t focus exclusively on building native iOS or Android versions of existing web apps.

Just make sure those web apps render and work well in the new wave of mobile browsers?—?messengers. Don’t build for iOS or Android just for an imaginary distribution opportunity. Distribution exists where people spend most of their time today?—?social and messaging apps, the new mobile browser for a bot-enabled world.

Source: Browsers, not apps, are the future of mobile – The Startup – Medium


Every method is a simple English command: goto, refresh, click, type… you can check out Nightmare’s full API here.

Nightmare lets you simplify deeply nested callbacks into a few sequential statements. Here’s an example search on Yahoo:

yield Nightmare()
  .type('input[title="Search"]', 'github nightmare')

Source: Nightmare

How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security

For years, people have speculated about whether Apple would ditch macOS in favor of iOS, shedding desktops and turning laptops into something like an iPad Pro in a fixed clamshell. A version of iOS has apparently come to the Mac, but not in a way that anybody expected.

  • The new Touch Pad has a separate brain, a custom T1 ARM processor system-on-a-chip (SoC), that looks to be running a stripped-down variant of iOS, possibly derived from watchOS.
  • Apple has paired Touch ID in iOS with its custom Secure Enclave chip, a tamper-resistent security vault that’s separate from but intertwined with an iPhone or iPad’s processing circuitry.
  • There’s a Secure Enclave chip in every Touch Bar, just as in every iOS device with Touch ID.
  • When you enroll your fingerprints in Touch ID, the underlying data is pushed into Secure Enclave, and can’t be pulled back out. When you touch the sensor after that, the characteristics of your fingerprint get sent to Secure Enclave
  • Secure Enclave is used for other purposes, including storing and processing authorization information for Apple Pay.
  • the T1 also controls the ISP (image signal processor) for the FaceTime camera in the MacBook Prorouting camera access and data via a more heavily secured separate processing system reduces the surface area substantially of an attacker trying to gain access.

Source: How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security | Macworld

Samsung to Buy Harman for $8 Billion in Bold Autos Gambit 

The audio company can trace its roots back to the 1950s, when Sidney Harman teamed with Bernard Kardon to make high-fidelity machines. The company would later acquire brands including JBL and Infinity, among other audio equipment makers, and become a leader in high-end car stereo systems. It also owns the Bang & Olufsen brand for cars after acquiring the business last year.

Source: Samsung to Buy Harman for $8 Billion in Bold Autos Gambit – Bloomberg

Touché – Touch bar for everyone

Touché Touch Bar for everyone. Simulate, show and hide, take screen captures. Free Download for Mac.

Simulate, show and hide, take screen captures.

Source: Touché – Touch bar for everyone

Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to the Mac

Microsoft has announced it’s launching its primary coding interface, Visual Studio, on Mac computers. The news may sound uninteresting, but it’s been a long time coming, and is a big shakeup for the company, which has previously preferred to lock developers into its platform by keeping coding tools Windows-only.

Source: Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to the Mac – The Verge

One Professional’s Look At The New MacBook Pro

What I read online seems to be “Professionals” (those guys), telling me it’s not Pro at all, not Pro enough or not the right kind of Pro. How many of these people have even touched the new devices? Very few.

I’ve been using the new 15” MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) for the last week or so for actual work, so here’s my “Professional” opinion.

And last but not least. This is a laptop. It’s not an iMac. It’s not a MacPro. The lack of updates to those Macs shouldn’t be colouring the opinion of this Mac. The absence of clarity from Apple on those other devices is a problem, but it’s a whole different conversation. Would we have seen this level of negativity towards the MacBook Pro if the others had also been updated? Probably not.

Which brings me to the ports, (or the dongles, if that’s the way you choose to frame it). I feel the same about this as I did losing DVD, firewire 800 and Ethernet on my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro four years ago. It might be a slight annoyance for six months and then I’ll be in the future again.

A ‘Professional’ should be defined by the work they deliver and the value they bring, not their gear. Use the new MacBook Pro, don’t use the new MacBook Pro. Your audience don’t care. You just have to keep making great work however you can. For me, I love it and I think most people will do too… once they actually touch it.

Source: One Professional’s Look At The New MacBook Pro | The Huffington Post

Yep, Apple Pay for Web is Already Popular

First introduced in October, Apple Pay on the web is already the fifth most popular payment platform for the top 10,000 websites…

Already, Apple Pay is more popular than Google Checkout and Amazon Payments for the top 10,000 websites.

To date, Apple Pay for web is only available on 1,035 websites, which makes its quick rise even more remarkable. Paypal and the Paypal subscribe button are available on 1.83 million websites, compared to 45,000 for Braintree, 38,000 for Stripe, and 13,400 for Google Checkout.

Apple is also the fifth most popular payment technology for the top 100,000 websites. A remarkable, quick rise, no?

Source: Yep, Apple Pay for Web is Already Popular

These wireless earbuds transform the sounds around you and preview a future of in-ear computers

The Here One are headphones, but Kraft doesn’t like to call them that. He doesn’t even think Doppler Labs will be in hardware for the long run. Instead, like Bragi, he considers the Here One an in-ear computer — or “hearable” — and a platform for developers to build on. He wouldn’t say which developers the company has lined up already, but did say it’ll announce initial partners soon.

In non-salesman speak, he’s banking on hearables blowing up where smartwatches have fizzled, and trying to set Doppler Labs up as a leader in the Next Big Market after (or really, alongside) smartphones.

The Here One can talk to Siri or Google Assistant, make calls, and work with a few unspecified apps. The idea is to build those apps out, and make it so the computer in your ear can displace the computer in your pocket in more and more ways. (And if you pair it with an augmented reality headset, that might provide the visual aspect headphones inherently lack.)

Mobile internet use passes desktop for the first time

In April last year, for instance, comScore found that the number of internet users who employ mobile platforms exclusively has surpassed those who only connect via desktop in the US (this doesn’t consider users who access via both methods). And Google revealed that more searches through its engine are being conducted via mobile platforms than on desktop as of last May.

Source: Mobile internet use passes desktop for the first time, study finds | TechCrunch