Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:03
Not even using the founder's brand could save Big Blue's Slack for suits

IBM is killing off its collaboration-plus-AI tool Watson Workspace from the close of next month due to crappy customer demand.…

Veeam. Veeam. Veeeeeeeam. What was that? Oh, just the sound of half a billion bucks hitting backup biz's bucket

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:26
Privately owned firm, er, changes its growth strategy

+Comment Backup firm Veeam, privately owned and headquartered in Switzerland, has taken on $500m in surprise funding.…

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 06:42
Need to email an order for a s*$tload of hamburgers from your smartphone? Microsoft has an app for that

The US government may be enduring its longest shutdown in history, but federal workers can at least console themselves with Microsoft’s Outlook mobile app that has been given security clearance for use.…

Stanford iOS 12

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:53

I was wondering if Stanford iOS 12 course has already started, does anyone know?

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Export Compliance

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:51

If somebody could help me answer this that'll be great! I've googled and read the FAQ, but still, I can't understand anything.

I'm using Firebase (Crashlytics, Analytics, Facebook, and Twitter) and the FlightStats API

Does your app meet any of the following: (a) Qualifies for one or more exemptions provided under category 5 part 2 (b) Use of encryption is limited to encryption within the operating system (iOS or macOS) (c) Only makes call(s) over HTTPS (d) App is made available only in the U.S. and/or Canada

I assumed this is a yes.

Make sure that your app meets the criteria of the exemption listed here. You are responsible for the proper classification of your product. Incorrectly classifying your app may lead to you being in violation of U.S. export laws and could make you subject to penalties, including your app being removed from the App Store. Read the FAQ thoroughly before answering the questions. You can select Yes for question #2 if the encryption of your app is: (a) Limited to using the encryption within the operating system (iOS or macOS) (b) Limited to making calls over HTTPS (c) Specially designed for medical end-use (d) Limited to intellectual property and copyright protection (e) Limited to authentication, digital signature, or the decryption of data or files (f) Specially designed and limited for banking use or "money transactions"; or (g) Limited to "fixed" data compression or coding techniques You can also select Yes if your app meets the descriptions provided in Note 4 for Category 5, Part 2 of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations.


It is your responsibility to comply with export regulations, and you should revisit these questions if your encryption or exemption status changes. If your encryption and exemption eligibility stay the same, use the following key-value pair in your Info.plist to provide export compliance information within your build: <key>ITSAppUsesNonExemptEncryption</key><false/>

I should add this if answer yes?

Here are the screenshots.

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Cray will realise 'substantial' loss. But Shasta minute, folks, big iron market will pick up

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:47
And... stock-botherers seem happy with that

Supercomputing remains a tough place to do business, with Cray warning investors that it expects to report a siginifican net loss for both 2018 and this financial year.…

Best way to implement backend logic with Firebase?

iOS Programming - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 05:10

So, what I'm trying to do is this:

  • Users can queue up to join a game
  • A game requires 5 people
  • Users that queue up for a game will be added to an array within firebase

What is the best way of dequeueing users 5 at a time and assigning every user a game and pushing that data to the users?

My initial thought would be to have a server that polls firebase to observe the data within the queue/array. Every X seconds, the server will piece out the queue and assign a game id to users within the queue. Once a user receives a game id, that event can either be pushed to the users device OR the device itself can also poll firebase to see if their user is assigned a game id.

Let me know if there is a better way to implement this backend logic.

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McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:52
Reverse ferret by reassuringly expensive consultant

Blockchain companies are upset with management consultant McKinsey for pointing out the technology is stubbornly stuck at base camp after years of hype.…

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 04:15
Want some more cash? Get some more skills. And perhaps a moving truck

DevOps darlings Puppet has emitted some juicy salary data from its annual DevOps survey, showing that the US is still the place to go for an impressive IT paycheck.…

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 02:54
Future Circular Collider hopes to rack up 100 tera electron Volts to probe physics

CERN, the European research hub in Geneva, is already home to the world’s largest particle accelerator – and it’s hungry for another one that’s bigger and better.…

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

The Register - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 02:04
Living in a box, living in a faraway box, I'm living in a box

Pic A tiny cotton seed brought to the Moon's surface by a Chinese spacecraft has apparently just sprouted, quite possibly making it the first Earth-based plant to start growing on our rocky satellite.…

Snooze Local Notification

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 23:55


I have a question to ask about local notification. A bit of context first. I created an app which shows deals to users in a tableview and they have the option to create a reminder for upcoming deals. The users would pick a date and using this date, I create a trigger to schedule a local notification at the exact time. The notification request is assigned a new uuid as identifier. This part, no problem. The notification appears as planned.

I added a custom notification action category and action which allows users to snooze a notification for 30min. When the user clicks on the “snooze30” action, I basically take the notification response and create a mutableresponse copy and create a new request, but using the same uuid.

Here are issues I face:

  • For a deal that the user has never created a reminder before, everything works fine. The user can snooze unlimited amount of time and the notification always appear again.
  • however, for a deal that the user has created a reminder before, if the user attempts to create another reminder for it, only the first notification appears. Attempting to click on the snooze action simply does not do anything at all.

The apple docs say, if we use the same identifier to schedule a notification, it will simply replace or update pending notification. But nothing is said about notification that has been delivered.

Is there something wrong in using the same uuid as identifer for scheduling notifications? As in, if a notification has already been delivered, can i use the same uuid again?

Please help : )

Ps: reason why I want to use the same uuid is because it is tied to coredata which saves the deal info locally.

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VoiceOver Hyperlinks in UITextView?

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 23:02

Hi /r/iosprogramming,

I'm stuck in a bit of a rut. I have an app that will be displaying a static UITextView on the home screen with hardcoded text. It's basically the instructions for using the app.

In it, there are multiple hyperlinks. I'm testing accessibility, and what should be the expected behavior out of the box here? I seem to be able to get VoiceOver to focus on the UITextView itself, but it doesn't go in to each of the hyperlinks.

Is there anything I need to set? I can't find anything after hours of googling or reading UIAccessibility documentation.

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Helen Rosner: ‘The Pure American Banality of Donald Trump’s White House Fast-Food Buffet’

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:14

This photograph should go down as the definitive image of the Trump administration.

(Also worth noting: Rosner’s note on pluralizing “Filet-o-Fish”.)

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 21:58
Evidence-based policy? What a novel idea...

Analysis President Trump on Monday signed legislation that attempts to make US government data more accessible for people and machines, though his predecessor deserves much of the credit.…

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:55
2011 ban on interstate, foreign sports betting extended to online lotteries, poker, casinos

Last November, US Justice Department officials, having reviewed the nation's laws, quietly concluded that, oops, interstate and international internet gambling is actually illegal. For some reason, that view was only made public on Monday. And for now, this hot take is not being enforced across the country.…

Any Canadians understand what the heck is going on with remittance advice from HST/GST from Apple on app sales? I've stumped my accountant

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 19:52

So I sell a game that costs $5. My province has 15% tax so if you buy the app you're actually charged $5.75 (Apple automatically adds HST).

Where both me and my accountant are confused is that I'm not registered for a GST number (as I haven't hit $30k in income yet from this side thing) but Apple still collects taxes. He states that you can't charge HST until you've registered for a GST number.

Every month Apple sends me a report like this:

It details the amount they remitted to the CRA. So in that pic the game sold $2000 worth, Apple automatically takes 30% of that and I get 70%. So I'm left with that $1400. It looks like Apple is saying of their $600 cut, they're remitting $70 of it for taxes (13%).

So that makes sense. But of my $1400 slice of the pie, that then logically must include HST right? But what amount? Do I remit 13% like them (I assume Ontario's HST), or 15% like my province? Or should it be per user?

That $1400 is put right into my bank account and I'm confused how much of it I remit for taxes.

So basically our confusion is:

  • Why is Apple collecting HST before I have a GST number? Is this allowed?
  • Does the amount I'm paid (in the above $1400 for example) have HST included in it that I have to separately remit?
  • How much do I remit for HST?

Anyone have experience with Apple or any clarity here?

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