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  • Apple wiped all but one third-party SDK from Shazam for iOS in last update


    Shazam had a ton of crap included...

    I probably would have banned Microsoft's HockeyApp on principle.

    A “beta testing and management service deployed through Azure” is named HockeyApp?  That’s not suspicious...
    HockeyApp dates back to the earliest days of the app store. Dev app sharing is referred to as "ad hoc distribution", and HockeyApp existed to make ad hoc key sharing easy. "ad hock key" == "hoc key app"
  • Mac mini: What we want to see in an update to Apple's low-cost desktop

    Damn. Those are cool. I'm nearly positive they are in violation of the USB 3.1 spec, but I'll be grabbing a couple anyway.

    [edit] Here it is, courtesy of some wonk:

    This adapter does NOT comply with the USB Type-C specification version 1.1 section 2.2 of the specification which states the following :
    "USB Type-C receptacle to USB legacy adapters are explicitly not defined or allowed. Such adapters would allow many invalid and potentially unsafe cable connections to be contructed by users."

    This is because if you combine this adapter with a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, you may create a dangerous condition where two power supplies may be connected together opposing each other using the combined cable.

    Furthermore, this adapter violates Section 2.3.1 :
    "Power is not applied to the USB Type-C host or hub receptacle (VBUS or VCONN) until the DFP detects the presence of an attached device (UFP) port."

    In my testing, even when no UFP device is attached, this receptacle port's VBUS line is powered on at 5V. It should only be at 5V when a UFP device is present.

    This adapter and port violates Section - Please see figure 4-5. A correct DFP receptacle must use two distinct Rp resistors. According to my testing, the CHENYANG adapter leaves the CC lines completely floating, with no Rp at all on either CC pin.
    This means that the Chromebook Pixel 2015 does not detect a charger device at all, as it depends on the presence of Rp to start charging.

    Finally, this adapter also claims to support USB 3.1 SuperSpeed, but because it is only a passive adapter, there is no way to support both orientations of a potential USB device as that requires a mux on the receptacle end. Indeed, when I tried it, it would only ever enumerate a USB-C thumbdrive as high speed (usb 2.0).

    Long story short : This adapter is a type forbidden by the USB Type-C specification, and should NOT exist. It gets my lowest rating of 1-star because there is no simple thing that the manufacturer can do to make this adapter correct.
    SoliMike WuerthelerandominternetpersoncgWerksRayz2016pscooter63
  • WWDC19: SwiftUI was the brightest star in a galaxy of new ideas

    They did all that years ago. I've built out three server side projects using the Swift Vapor framework. 

    (Natively in browsers, not quite here, but coming to WebASM sooner or later)
  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director kept script safe from leaking with 'air-gapped' MacBoo...

    Speaking of external drives, I'm reminded of how Peter Jackson used Firewire iPods to move Lord of the Rings footage from New Zealand to Hollywood, as it was the most handy fast high-speed storage that was easily available at the time.
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  • Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps from 2017 through 2019

    Nice to see all the Bike Share points, but we still can't get directions with bicycle as the mode of transit. Walking directions send users the wrong way down one-way streets, driving directions point bicyclists to freeways. 

    It's a pity; Google Maps has the data, but doesn't have first-class integration with Apple Watch + AirPods. Nothing’s quite perfect.
  • Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 update is faster with better camera & USB-C

    I know a guy who's working on a vertical/indoor farming startup. He's built a platform where the plants all have QR codes under them; workers can walk around the aisles and see at a glance which plants require water, have a fungus, are ready for harvest, etc. 

    Warehouse workers being given directions or orders amidst hundreds of thousands of crates. I once had a job working at UPS, loading boxes into trucks for cross-country transit. I had to check the zip codes of 60-100 boxes per minute to make sure I wasn't sending a California box to Texas. I could never keep the lists of zips correct, eventually washed out. Google Glasses would have been a godsend.

    There was good story about their use in surgery and medical settings.

    Google Glass is a great product. It's just not a great consumer product.
  • Microsoft's Stranger Things campaign creates a fake legacy for Windows 1.0

    My father had a copy of Windows 1.1 in the basement, I installed it on a lark as a kid. Wish I still had that, could probably make a few bucks on eBay.

    MS-DOS offerings back in those days really weren’t bad at all… take the time to learn WordPerfect’s many layers of function keys and you'd arguably be a more productive writer than someone on a modern word processor. The spreadsheets were great too; having little to no UI to work on left developers to focus on raw performance and functionality. 

    Windows 1.1 offered none of that. It didn't offer the power of Wordperfect or Lotus 1-2-3, and it didn't offer the intuitiveness of the Macintosh. I do not believe that it was ever used in a corporate environment for more than a few days before being uninstalled. Nothing more than a technology demo.
  • Satechi USB-C hub adds HDMI, 3.5mm jack & more to Apple's 2018 iPad Pro

    This isn't a USB-C hub. A USB-C hub would take one USB-C port and turn it into several. This is a port replicator. It would be really helpful to the platform if manufacturers and journalists would be more precise about this.
  • How to keep your MacBook Pro battery healthy for years

    Nice article with good explanations. If I have an old MacBook that Apple can’t service anymore do you have a recommendation where to get a legit and safe battery? 2011 15” MBP. Thanks!
    I've had excellent luck with various parts from Other World Computing.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max has new battery design, ditches L-shaped motherboard

    My all-time favorite anecdote about the iPhone was regarding Blackberry's disbelief that the original iPhone could do everything promised and last longer than about an hour. “They were expecting a computer with a battery attached to it; they opened one, and found a battery with a computer attached to it."