Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

NHL Develops iPad App to Give Coaches Live Stats During Games

Daring Fireball - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:37

Greg Wyshynski, reporting for ESPN:

“There are two stat types across the board that every coaching staff said that, without question, helped them make in-game moment decisions: Time on ice and faceoffs,” Foster said. “With time on ice, you want to manage your top players to make sure they have gas in the tank at the end of the game, or if they’re coming back from an injury.”

For both ice time and faceoffs, the app offers something that the coaches uniformly requested from the NHL: easy-to-read displays. Faceoff success or failure is depicted as a series of green circles with check marks or red circles with X’s, and faceoff percentages can be broken down by where they were held and against whom.

This app with live stats replaces paper printouts, which team staffers would scamper to get into coaches’ hands as quickly as possible.

Interesting contrast, too, to Major League Baseball, which has had iPads in the dugout since 2016, but which expressly forbids those iPads from being online. Whatever stats are on those iPads at the start of the game are the only stats available during the game. This NHL system is all completely live.

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Steven Sinofsky’s CES 2019 Show Report

Daring Fireball - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:09

Steven Sinofsky:

CES 2019 is a kind of year that sort of screams “we’re ready for the products that really work.” In that spirit, CES 2019 is a year where products are close, but seem a product manager iteration away from being a product that can reach a tipping point of customer satisfaction and utility. Products work in a “thread the needle” sort of way, but a lot of details and real life quickly cause things to become frustrating.

This feeling for me is part of the cycle of CES. I like to think of it as the universal remote problem — everything starts to work but to really work you long for that one simplified control point. The challenge is making that while all the other pieces are still moving. That’s the nature of Consumer Electronics (tech in general) which is that there are many parts moving at different velocities and in slightly different vectors — it means sometimes we go through phases where we seem really close.

I’ve still never attended CES, but if I ever do, my goal would be to do what Sinofksy does in these annual reports — to try to see the forest for the trees, to gauge the gestalt of the tech world at this moment. Figure out what is nonsense (e.g. 3D TV mania a few years ago) and what is a legit trend (voice driven interfaces today).

Sinofsky does this really, really well. It’s a long read but CES is a big show.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:01
No more Chinese tech vendor grants for at least three to six months, compsci students told

Oxford University is reportedly suspending all research grants and donations from Chinese tech giant Huawei, according to a Chinese newspaper.…

Qualcomm’s Dirty PR Tactics Against Apple

Daring Fireball - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:51

Jack Nicas, reporting for The New York Times back in November:

When Tim Miller, a longtime Republican political operative, moved to the Bay Area last year to set up a public relations shop, he brought with him tradecraft more typical of Washington than Silicon Valley. […]

Definers quickly found plenty of business, from start-ups like Lyft, Lime and Juul to giants like Facebook and Qualcomm, the influential chip company that was in a nasty legal fight with Apple over royalties, according to five people with direct knowledge of Mr. Miller’s work who declined to be named because of confidentiality agreements.

While working for Qualcomm, Definers pushed the idea that Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, was a viable presidential candidate in 2020, according to a former Definers employee and digital records. Presumably, it was an attempt to chill the cordial relations that Mr. Cook had cultivated with the Trump administration.

I am to understand that Qualcomm’s underhanded PR tactics came up at the all-hands meeting this month, and that Tim Cook did not mince words regarding Qualcomm’s ethics.

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Tech giant to spend $500m dealing with housing crisis caused by tech giants

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:15
Redmond to throw cash at the problem, hopes some might stick to affordable homes

Microsoft has revealed it is to spank the best part of $500m on attempting to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the Seattle area.…

Oracle boss prevented from Brexit Britain trip due to US shutdown

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:15
Mark Hurd confesses: I didn't take my passport – but usually that's not an issue

Forget cyber security or emergency hamburgers – the real impact of the US government shutdown is only just beginning.…

How to show a progress bar for a WKWebView in a collection cell?

iOS Programming - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:16

So I have a collection view with collection cells taking up the entire screen and I would like to show a progress bar for the webview loading whenever and have it start over whenever the next cell is scrolled to, similar to SumbleUpon. Im struggling to figure out how to do this. I tried loading the progress bar in the cellForRow but it didnt work, I attemped to load it in willDisplayCell but it didnt work

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Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:15
Prof Maureen Baker told tribunal info security and clinical safety are two separate things

The founders of medical symptom-checker app Your.MD knew that a number of key medical information databases were "open to anyone who knows the URL", emails seen by a London tribunal have revealed.…

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:42
'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:40
Sueball lobbed at Brit government over Data Protection Act

The High Court has agreed to hear a campaign group's case against the UK's Data Protection Act, which they say leaves immigrants with fewer rights over their data.…

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:36
Hipsters choke on pumpkin spice latte as the beloved original is tipped into a dumpster

Hipster laptop lids are in for a scraping as messaging-for-millennials platform, Slack, has taken a beating with the rebranding stick.…

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:06
Has it gotten backuppers backs up? You bet it has

Amazon has rolled out its own backup service for AWS apps and data, a move that will inevitably hit independent suppliers of backup for the cloud computing service right in the wallet.…

Do you know any better logging method instead of Xcode Console?

iOS Programming - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:06

I really depend on logging sometimes, and many of my code runs at once producing lots of output. I like to use CocoaLumberjack, and format output to contain the essential infos too (class names, line numbers). Really liked Xcode-Colors plugin, which allowed me to instantly find and deal with the important parts of my log, but it's no longer working with Xcode 10's rewritten console. :(

Do you know any solution which gives me (any of) the following:

- Filterable logs via log level

- Colors based on log levels

- Foldable lists. For example network traffic folded by default but free to explore if you need it

- Easy JSON/Object browsing from logs

I'm desperately looking for these since years. :(

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Like, subscribe and comment: Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 08:11
'Ecncouraging' numbers as it switches from licensing to subs push

Shape-shifting accounting software biz Sage issued a trading update this morning and the good news - for investors at least - is that it didn't contain any nasty surprises, but did highlight a bounce in cloud sales.…

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:32
Microsoft introduces the Schrödinger Linux Subsystem. (It might work. It might not.)

Hot on the heels of a patch for the version of Windows 10 that Microsoft hopes will undo the woes of 2018 comes a fresh insider build to break stuff just a few days before the company's bug bash.…

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:50
Now is a good time to get a password manager app

Infosec researcher Troy Hunt has revealed that more than 700 million email addresses have been floating around “a popular hacker forum” - along with a very large number of plain text passwords.…

Diplomat warns that tech industry has become a pawn as politicos fight dirty

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 06:08
They see AI, cybersecurity as 'battle fronts' - and rising populism will make it worse - former UN official

Oracle OpenWorld Technology and cyber security will be the "battle fronts" of global competition, and artificial intelligence will become crucial to the US-China trade war, a former UN official has said.…

Most munificient Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 05:08
Why the battery story doesn't add up

Analysis Apple’s iPhone slump may be down to the company’s generosity and kindness - according to Apple-friendly blogger Jon Gruber.…