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Apple Buys Dark Sky

dinsdag 31 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Adam Grossman (MacRumors, tweet, Hacker News): Dark Sky has joined Apple. […] There will be no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time. It will continue to be available for purchase in the App Store. […] The [Android] app will no longer be availabl…

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Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted

dinsdag 31 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Micah Lee and Yael Grauer (Hacker News): Zoom, the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protectin…

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Omni Group Layoffs

dinsdag 31 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Brent Simmons (tweet): Omni’s been around for almost 30 years, and I hope it’s around for another 30. It’s one of the great Mac and iOS shops — they will sing songs about Omni, at maximum volume, in the great halls. But businesses go up and down, an…

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macOS 10.15.4 Broke SSH

dinsdag 31 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Tyler Hall (tweet, Hacker News): The user in the Apple forums was right. At least in my case, my one server that happened to be running on a non-standard ssh port above 8192 will not connect from Catalina 10.15.4 when using the hostname instead of t…

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The Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library

dinsdag 31 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

The Internet Archive (Hacker News): On March 17, the American Library Association Executive Board took the extraordinary step to recommend that the nation’s libraries close in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In doing so, for the first time in his…

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Unmasking Twitter

dinsdag 31 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Twitter: Broadening our definition of harm to address content that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information. Rather than reports, we will enforce this in close coordination with trusted …

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Xattrs Make Time Machine Backups Waste Space

maandag 30 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Howard Oakley: When metadata used to change relatively infrequently, this had little in the way of adverse effects. Now that security and privacy protection are doing so much with extended attributes, the unintended consequence is that many of the f…

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“Cursor,” “Pointer,” and “Insertion Point”

maandag 30 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

John Gruber: For clarity, it’s best not to refer to either of these things as cursors. Instead: Mouse/trackpad pointer. Insertion point. This terminology has been slightly confusing over the last week, since Apple’s surprise announcement of pointer …

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Old macOS Desktop Pictures, Upscaled

vrijdag 27 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Stephen Hackett (via John Gruber): Every major version of Mac OS X macOS has come with a new default wallpaper. As you can see, I have collected them all here. While great in their day, the early wallpapers are now quite small in the world of 5K dis…

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Chris Lattner on Swift, TensorFlow, MLIR, and SiFive

vrijdag 27 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Accidental Tech Podcast (tweet) has a very interesting interview with Chris Lattner, covering a wide range of programming language and compiler topics, as well as the future of WWDC. Previously: Chris Lattner ATP Interview

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Amazon Sellers “Hijack” Listings to Sell Face Masks

vrijdag 27 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Louise Matsakis (via Hacker News): The 148th most popular book on Amazon Wednesday wasn’t actually a book at all: It was a package of 50 disposable face masks—the kind that shoppers have scrambled to buy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Surging demand…

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Safari 13.1: Third-Party Cookie Blocking and 7-Day Script-Writeable Storage

donderdag 26 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

John Wilander (tweet): Cookies for cross-site resources are now blocked by default across the board. This is a significant improvement for privacy since it removes any sense of exceptions or “a little bit of cross-site tracking is allowed.” […] Safa…

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Retina MacBook Air Staingate

donderdag 26 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Joe Rossignol (tweet): Apple this week acknowledged that MacBook Air models with Retina displays can exhibit anti-reflective coating issues, as indicated in a memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors.[…]Apple’s i…

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Zoom Attention Tracking and Facebook

donderdag 26 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Wolfgang (Hacker News): ZOOM monitors the activity on your computer and collects data on the programs running and captures which window you have focus on. If you manage the calls, you can monitor what programs users on the call are running as well. …

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Little Snitch and the Deprecation of Kernel Extensions

woensdag 25 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Rich Trouton: As part of macOS Catalina 10.15.4, Apple has begun displaying a new dialog window message concerning third-party kernel extensions. […] To further reinforce the message that kernel extensions are going away, Apple refers to them in the…

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Xcode 11.4 and Swift 5.2

woensdag 25 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Xcode 11.4 is now available for download (release notes). Alas, it requires Catalina. Ted Kremenek: Swift 5.2 is now officially released! 🎉 […] We have drastically improved the quality and precision of error messages in the Swift compiler. […] The c…

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A Different Zoom in the Mac App Store

woensdag 25 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Jeff Johnson: Remember when people bought the wrong Zoom stock because ZOOM is Zoom Technologies, whereas ZM is Zoom Video Communications? Well they’re at it again, this time on the Mac App Store instead of the stock market. “Zoom is an [sic] screen…

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Too Hard to Delay Daylight Saving Time

woensdag 25 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Times of Israel: Israel could delay switching to daylight saving time to discourage public traffic in the streets in the evening hours and promote social distancing, as part of the fight against the coronavirus, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Sun…

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macOS 10.15.4

dinsdag 24 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (combo update): macOS Catalina 10.15.4 introduces iCloud Drive folder sharing, Screen Time communication limits, Apple Music time-synced lyrics view, and more. The update also improves the stability, reliability, and security of your Mac. Ther…

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Aerial Brings Apple TV Screen Savers to the Mac

dinsdag 24 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Josh Centers: One of the best features of the Apple TV is its Aerial screen saver. That’s not hyperbole—Apple always makes a big deal out of the new scenes it adds to tvOS, often promoting them as a marquee feature of major tvOS updates. If you have…

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Making Swift Properties Overridable Only in Debug Builds

dinsdag 24 maart 2020 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

John Sundell: Occasionally, we might want to override certain properties in order to facilitate testing, to be able to work on a new feature, or to debug a problem. […] Here’s a way to mitigate that problem, using Swift’s new property wrappers featu…

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