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The 16-inch MacBook Pro

donderdag 14 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Apple (tweet, Hacker News): The new Magic Keyboard features a refined scissor mechanism with 1 mm travel for a responsive, comfortable, and quiet typing experience. The Touch Bar puts powerful shortcuts front and center, and Touch ID provides fast a…

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Falling Back to an Older MBP

vrijdag 8 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Erica Sadun: The basic truth for me is that both keyboards are fully usable and that having the dedicated escape key (or not) was never a big deal. The virtual one did the job just fine. That’s something I never expected to admit but it’s true. I ma…

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100,000 E-mails From iCloud

vrijdag 8 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Neal Rogers (via John Gruber): On Oct 10, the day I upgraded to OS 10.15 & iOS 13, iCloud quit working as it had for.. ever. I’ve since received @Apple email “Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud via web browser” ~100,000 times. A month later…

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Swift Numerics

vrijdag 8 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Steve Canon (tweet): I’m excited to announce a new open-source project for the Swift ecosystem, Swift Numerics! Swift Numerics will provide the building blocks of numerical computing in Swift, as a set of fine-grained modules bundled together into a…

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Firefox Making DNS-over-HTTPS the Default

vrijdag 8 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Selena Deckelmann: In 2017, Mozilla began working on the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol, and since June 2018 we’ve been running experiments in Firefox to ensure the performance and user experience are great. We’ve also been surprised and excited by t…

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Apple’s New Privacy Page

donderdag 7 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

John Voorhees: With Apple’s update to its privacy page today, the company has created a site that explains how privacy drives the design of its apps in clear, concise language. However, for anyone who wants to understand the nitty-gritty details, Ap…

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RunningBoard in Catalina

donderdag 7 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Howard Oakley: Normally, assertions are used during development and debugging, then switched off when software is released. In macOS 10.15 and 10.15.1, at least, the subsystem for handling assertions, RunningBoard, is fully active in release version…

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Limits to Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard Repair Program

donderdag 7 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Michael Peterson: Unfortunately, there appear to be limits to how many times you can get a MacBook repaired under that keyboard repair program. Notably, that is something that’s fairly unknown among the Apple community.[…]According to a post they ma…

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Apple Notes and iCloud Syncing

donderdag 7 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Warner Crocker: Recently, (and I sadly can’t pin this on recent iOS or Mac OS system updates because I just wasn’t paying close enough attention), I’ll create a note on one device and it may indeed show up on all three, or perhaps two, and sometimes…

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They Might Never Tell You It’s Broken

donderdag 7 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert: The more important lesson, that I didn’t understand until that point, is that you can’t count on the people trying your project to quickly and reliably signal bugs to you. Most of the time, if it doesn’t work, they won’t r…

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Twitterrific iOS Windows

donderdag 7 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Ryan Christoffel: Twitterrific has become the first Twitter client to add multiwindow support, enabling creating separate windows for different accounts or different views within the same account. The first-party Twitter app, meanwhile, has recently…

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Siri Stores Encrypted E-mails in Plain Text

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Bob Gendler: The snippets.db database is storing encrypted Apple Mail messages…completely, totally, fully — UNENCRYPTED — readable, even with Siri disabled, without requiring the private key. Most would assume that disabling Siri would stop macOS fr…

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Static Types in SwiftUI

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Chris Eidhof (tweet, Hacker News): In SwiftUI, the implementation works differently. In our stack above, SwiftUI knows the type: a vertical stack view with two subviews. During the execution of the program this type will never change — it’s a static…

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Hardened XPC Services Don’t Prompt

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

ZigZag: Things get a bit more complicated if an attempt to access contact comes not from the application, but from its bundled XPC service, like explained in the video. […] Luckily, smart folks at Apple thought of such scenarios, so macOS security s…

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Don’t Interrupt the Installation

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Adam Engst: The details vary, but all revolve around problems at boot, with complete lockups, accounts not available, current passwords not working, the login window reappearing after the user enters the password, or a crash screen after login. So f…

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Archive Team’s Yahoo Groups Rescue Effort

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Andy Baio: For me, it took ten full days to get an email that my archive was ready to download — are they doing this by hand!? — but it appears complete: it contained a folder for every group I belonged to, each containing their own ZIP files for me…

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FastScripts 2.8

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Red Sweater updates one of my favorite apps: Custom folder icons are now displayed in the FastScripts menu FastScripts can now be quit by cmd-dragging the icon out of the menu bar Revealing a folder from FastScripts now respects the user setting for…

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Catalina No Longer Caches Shared Photos Locally

woensdag 6 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Tyler Hall: So, I looked, and, sure enough, that sharedstreams folder is gone. But where? […] Ok. That’s great. It actually makes more sense to have shared photos also live inside your Photos.app library instead of somewhere random in ~/Library. […]…

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Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor

dinsdag 5 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Malcolm Owen: In this monitor’s case, it offers 100% of the Adobe RGB range, 98% coverage of DCI-P3, and 80% of BT2020, allowing it to represent a wide array of color space standards. […] Displaying at a 4K resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels at 60H…

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“Real” Photoshop for iPad

maandag 4 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

Michael Steeber: A full, desktop-class version of Photoshop on iOS has been one of the most hotly anticipated creative apps for designers and artists since the original iPad’s introduction in 2010. In the years since, competitors have released their…

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Electron Apps Rejected From the Mac App Store

maandag 4 november 2019 in Michael Tsai (Column-Blog)

David.dev (via Ben Sandofsky, Hacker News, Slashdot): Allright, as a follow up to the previous chapter in this odyssey I can now state that, apparently,  you cannot submit an electron 6 or 7 app to the apple store:The first refusal from apple states…

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