Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Is there a way to have iTunes U on my OS Mojave?

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:08

I'm interested in checking out the Stanford iOS 11 course but I only have a Mac and a iPhone SE. It says that the iTunes U app is only available for iPhone and iPad. Is there a work around for this to be on my Mac because trying to watch the course videos on my iPhone wouldn't be that great.

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Unity tries to undo disunity caused by Improbable ban

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:52
Community outcry over exile of cloud networking biz leads to terms of service revision

Game engine maker Unity Technologies has reversed its excommunication of cloud service provider Improbable with a revision of its Terms of Service that allows game developers to work with unapproved technology providers.…

iOS Front End Frameworks (MVVM)

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:42

I'm pretty new to iOS programming, and I've been doing a lot of reading in the space. It seems like over the past couple years the MVVM concept has popped up a lot. I've seen a lot of articles referencing this model and how it improves testability and reduces ViewController size.

I'm interested in learning and developing this pattern, but I'm hesitant to jump into a large framework and learn it if it's something that might become obsolete or unnecessary.

I want to get some up to date information on this pattern and the best way to implement it (or if there's something better to look into). I've started looking into both ReactiveSwift and RxSwift (leaning towards RxSwift because there seems to be much more activity around their GitHub repo) as options to jump into to refactor my small app to learn it a little better.

Looking to collect thoughts on this topic and experiences with using these tools.

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Slack Gets a Bland New Identity From Pentagram

Daring Fireball - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:55

I don’t like this at all. It’s so generic. Slack’s old identity had at least three good things going for it: they owned the letter “S” (much like how Netflix owns “N” — something Netflix has doubled-down on as their identity has evolved), they owned the “#” hash mark, and most uniquely, they owned plaid. When you saw plaid with those primary colors on a white background, you thought Slack. And plaid isn’t part of any sort of design trend right now. Slack simply owned plaid, to such a degree that Slack company socks — which simply used colors and plaid, no “Slack”, no “S” were necessary to make it instantly obvious these were Slack socks — became coveted swag.

I guessed before this blog post even revealed it that their new identity was done by Pentagram. What Slack needed was a refinement of their existing design. Identify what was good, fix what was bad. What Pentagram seems to do these days, though, is throw babies out with the bath water. They only build new identies, they don’t tweak existing ones. There is nothing that says Slack to me about this new identity — no hash mark, no “S”, no plaid. And what they’ve replaced it with is generic. There’s nothing wrong with it per se, but there’s nothing quirky or charming or distinctive about it either. Just another sorta-Futura-ish geometric sans serif and a mark that doesn’t look like anything and makes for an utterly forgettable app icon. (This new mark is supposed to evoke a hash mark but it doesn’t — what the hell are those squirts?.)

Was there anything about Slack’s previous identity worth building upon? I say yes, quite a bit actually. Pentagram said no. Slack lost something very valuable today.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

FCC's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by new legislation

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:52
California Congresswoman claims regulator 'failed to listen to reasonable input'

The FCC's controversial decision to force local governments to charge a flat fee for 5G cell towers – a move opposed by everyone except the mobile operators - has been challenged by new legislation.…

DAE write out the full code code that should be in an arrays or loops just to make sure the logic is correct.

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:57

I have gotten myself into the habit of copy and pasting a lot of similar code when I am trying to figure out a difficult logic solution

My reasoning?

I want to make sure that my logic solution is correct, and is not a programming error with loops or arrays.

If I try to construct the code first using arrays or for / repeat loops I inevitably make some kind of mistake, and then I am unsure whether the mistake is a logic one or a simple coding one.

I am knowingly writing a first draft of code that will need to be edited and corrected later.

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The Titanic Hypocrisy of the Republican Party

Daring Fireball - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:36

Tom Nichols — longtime conservative Republican — in USA Today, regarding last weekend’s news regarding Trump’s meetings with Vladimir Putin:

This is not normal, in any way. As things stand, more people in the Kremlin than in Washington know what Trump said to Putin. It is almost certain that there are readouts and analyses of Trump’s discussions with Putin — but that for now, they are in Russian.

Finally, it is exhausting but nonetheless necessary to point out again the titanic hypocrisy of the Republican Party and of Trump’s apologists in the conservative media. If President Barack Obama had shredded his notes of a meeting with the Iranian president, or if Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager were sitting in jail for lying about meeting a Chinese business associate — and alleged intelligence officer — to share polling data, that alone would have been enough for the GOP to impeach everyone from the president to the White House chef.

And Democrats would not have accepted Obama confiscating his interpreter’s notes or Clinton’s campaign conspiring with the Chinese. Democrats are partisan, of course, but their partisanship has very clear limits. The Republicans, and only the Republicans, have crossed the line where they put party above country. History will not look kindly upon them — or those who voted for them.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

T-Mobile Execs, Seeking Approval for Sprint Merger, Repeatedly Stayed at Trump’s Hotel

Daring Fireball - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:27

Jonathan O’Connell and David A. Fahrenthold, reporting for The Washington Post:

Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile’s value and give it a huge new chunk of the cellphone market.

But for T-Mobile, one hurdle remained: Its deal needed approval from the Trump administration.

The next day, in Washington, staffers at the Trump International Hotel were handed a list of incoming “VIP Arrivals.” That day’s list included nine of T-Mobile’s top executives — including its chief operating officer, chief technology officer, chief strategy officer, chief financial officer and its outspoken celebrity chief executive, John Legere. […]

By mid-June, seven weeks after the announcement of the merger, hotel records indicated that one T-Mobile executive was making his 10th visit to the hotel. Legere appears to have made at least four visits to the Trump hotel, walking the lobby in his T-Mobile gear.

This is such outrageous bullshit — so blatantly, patently unethical — that it’s hard to believe Republicans just accept this. The hypocrisy could not be thicker. Of course there’s always been and always been a partisan slant to congressional oversight of the president. But this isn’t shades of gray. This is acceptance of “anything goes”.

The president of the United States should not own hotels. (They made Jimmy Carter sell his goddamn peanut farm before taking office.) If the president owns hotels (which he shouldn’t), he shouldn’t own one right down the street from the White House. If the president owns hotels, and owns one in Washington (which he shouldn’t), at the very least nobody with business before the administration should spend a nickel at that hotel.

When posed with such a blatant conflict of interest, a situation that is clearly a form of de facto bribery, no one should be asking, “Well, is this president a Democrat or a Republican?”

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Lowjax city: Researchers crack open notorious Fancy Bear rootkit

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:04
UEFI malware has been in the wild for more than two years

The Fancy Bear hacking group's Lojax rootkit is far from a one-off tool, and may have been active in the wild for years before it was first reported.…

Turning Type Sideways

Daring Fireball - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:36

Jonathan Hoefler:

This month, researchers made official something that typeface designers have long known: that horizontal lines appear thicker than vertical ones. At left, a square made from equally thick strokes; at right, the one that feels equally weighted, its vertical strokes nearly 7% thicker than the horizontals. This phenomenon, central to typeface design, has implications for the design of logos, interfaces, diagrams, and wayfinding systems, indeed anywhere a reader is likely to encounter a box, an arrow, or a line.

Published in the journal Vision, this peer-reviewed paper confirms that most people overestimate the thickness of horizontal lines. This is the very optical illusion for which type designers compensate by lightening the crossbar of a sans serif H, an adjustment that’s easily revealed by looking at a letter sideways.

Good advice:

Design not for what we expect to see, but for what we actually believe we’re seeing.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

There's gold in them thar clouds as Infor guzzles $1.5bn from Koch and Golden Gate

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:52
IPO? Maybe 2019. Perhaps 2020. Depends, OK?

Enterprise cloud botherer Infor announced today that shareholders were tipping the best part of $1.5bn into its coffers ahead of a potential IPO.…

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:15
Trump, communism and 5G - a rare glimpse into the founder's past and present

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei does not give interviews, so the two-hour audience the firm granted to US media on Monday was a landmark - and perhaps a recognition of the crisis enveloping the company. Huawei faces a rising tide of headlines about its trustworthiness as a corporate supplier.…

Licence to chill: Shrinking data warehouse biz Teradata hires insider CEO

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:24
The subscriber you have dialled is no longer available...

Legacy data warehouser Teradata has appointed an insider as its CEO, and will be hoping his cloud and subscriptions strategy will get its growth mojo back.…

Iran satellite fails: ICBM test drive or microsat test? Opinion is divided...

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:14
Third stage failure means atmospheric fireworks show

Warned by the US and Israel not to launch a satellite, Iran went ahead and launched one anyway, but the payload didn't make it to orbit.…

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:13
A tale of XSS, SQL injection and OAuth implementation

Crafty infosec bods exploited XSS vulns on dusty corners of Epic Games’ web infrastructure to steal Fortnite gamers’ login tokens and compromise their accounts – using a genuine Epic Games URL to phish their marks.…

When is it good to use tag in views?

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:01

I know it is usually not recommended to access views with viewWithTag() and that it is better to keep a reference on them, like explained in this post ( for example.

But this tag property exists and I was wondering if someone could explain me when it is good to use it, if there is any.

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Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:35
Whoa - is that an Access 97 iceberg dead ahead?

Microsoft has released a second raft of fixes for Windows 10 following the monthly Patch Tuesday excitement last week. It has also issued some fixes for its latest Windows Insider build.…