Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

United Is Telling Staff to Be Nice to Apple Employees

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:54

A letter to pilots from the United rep who manages their account with Apple, obtained by One Mile at a Time:

As we enter into another 3-year contract renewal negotiation this coming January with Apple, your partnership is key in demonstrating to Apple how United differentiates itself from the competition. Overall, Apple continues to grow revenue on United more than 20 percent annually and keeping them happy while traveling on United is critical to the success of many of our SFO routes. Thanks again for going above and beyond, your efforts make a positive impact to the strong and growing partnership between Apple and United.

If you spent $150 million a year on United, you’d probably get nicer treatment, too. And the letter shows that United’s real competition for Apple’s business are the foreign carriers:

Your professionalism and dedication to enhancing the customer service experience for Apple Global Services customers by hand delivering personalized ‘thank you’ cards helps us compete and win against the foreign flag carriers especially in the very competitive US-Asia market.

50 seats a day between SFO and Shanghai is just a jaw-dropping number. That’s 25 Apple employees flying home and another 25 heading over every single day.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Yes, you can remotely hack ... building site cranes. Wait, what?

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:36
Authentication is simply AWOL for remote RF construction plant, says Trend Micro

Did you know that the construction industry uses radio-frequency remote controllers to operate cranes, drilling rigs and other heavy machinery? Doesn't matter: they're alarmingly vulnerable to being hacked, according to Trend Micro.…

German Court Throws Out Qualcomm’s Latest Patent Case Against Apple

Daring Fireball - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:10


A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm Inc against Apple Inc was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday, in a reversal for the U.S. chipmaker after it won a recent court ban on the sale of some iPhones in the country.

The regional court in the city of Mannheim dismissed the Qualcomm suit as groundless in an initial verbal decision, saying the patent in question was not violated by the installation of its chips in Apple’s smartphones.

“We are happy with the decision and thank the court for their time and diligence,” Apple said in a statement. “We regret Qualcomm’s use of the court to divert attention from their illegal behavior that is the subject of multiple lawsuits and proceedings around the world.”

These court cases are so tedious to follow, but the effects are real. Until this ruling Apple was forced to removed the iPhone 7 and 8 from sale in Germany — very popular products in a very big market.

Categories: Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:55
Have fewer phones, less internet access, says report

Disabled people are being left behind by the technology industry - both in terms of services and an understanding of what technology can do, a new Ofcom study has claimed.…

Niagara Falls of cash: Storage startup Rubrik showers in VC moolah

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:21
Half a billion dollars plus of funding, and counting

Palo Alto storage software startup Rubrik has inhaled $261m in an E-round of funding, taking its total funding to north of $553m and giving it a $3.3bn valuation.…

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:49
£26m 'deducted' from payments but Public Accounts Committee remains sceptical

Senior British Army generals have defended Capita's disastrous Recruiting Partnership Project (RPP) IT contract – despite confessing that the military will miss this year's recruiting targets by 40 per cent.…

Biz game in the mainframe: T-Systems buddies up with IBM

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:16
Subject to German competition authority approval, natch

IBM is to buy Deutsche Telekom's ailing maniframe unit, according to multiple sources.…

Dependency Injection Strategies in Swift

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:14

Hi guys!

I was looking for a good source about dependency injection in Swift and didn't find a lot of good resources, so I decided to document the stuff I'm using right now. Especially I wrote down a simple example of the service locator pattern in swift without relying on a huge framework like Swinject.

What do you think? Are you using any specific DI technique in your swift codebase?



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And so it begins: Micron calls its bank manager... we'll be havin' your bit of our JV, Intel

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:10
Chipzilla says it has 'options' to source Optane 3D XPoint, 3D NAND production elsewhere

Micron has confirmed it will indeed buy Chipzilla’s interest in their IMFT flash foundry joint-venture based in Lehi, Utah.…

HSBC suggests it might have found a... use for blockchain?

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:47
Says it used tech to settle 3 million forex transactions, $250k in payments last year

HSBC claims to have settled three million foreign exchange (FX) transactions and made payments worth $250,000 using distributed ledger technology (DLT).…

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 07:15
Group says search giant hasn't changed its ways – and wants the public to know

Googlers are launching a public campaign in a bid to end forced arbitration as part of the battle over harassment allegations levelled against the corporation.…

How can i get out of being junior iOS dev

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:54

I have been working here for 2 months as a junior iOS dev after graduation. Things have been pretty good. However I wanna become abit more independent by working on my tasks more with myself with less handholding and not asking many questions. This is my first dev job. What can I do to get to a stage of maybe being mid level and how long would it take me. What resources can I use to learn and improve to get there. I have learned a lot from the lead dev so far and it’s been great but time is gonna come when I have to be more independent. Thanks for the advice in advance

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No more Windows build strings for you, as BuildFeed turns out the lights

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:50
Blames 'internal pressures' rather than a software giant getting stroppy about foldables

As Windows 7 tipped over into its 12-month march to oblivion, the popular Windows tracking site, BuildFeed, issued its final update.…

Can't open facebook app, only through safari.

iOS Programming - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:47

@IBAction func FacebookButton(_ sender: Any){

let appURL = URL(string: "fb://profile/367152833370567/")!

let application = UIApplication.shared

if application.canOpenURL(appURL) {

if #available(iOS 10.0, *) {

} else {

// Fallback on earlier versions


} else {

let webURL = URL(string: "")!

if #available(iOS 10.0, *) {

} else {

// Fallback on earlier versions




P.S I've add "fb" to info.plist

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Non-profit? Into DevOps, CI/CD, Containers? There’s a CLL ticket with your name on it

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:20
You just need to tell us who you are...

Events If you’re heading down the path of DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Containers and all the rest, we’re guessing part of your plan is to save money, or at least spend it as efficiently as possible. But let’s face it, nothing beats free, does it?…

Huawei's horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:50
Also: US Commerce Dept blocks export of tech developed by Silicon Valley subsidiary

It's only the third week of January, but 2019 is turning into a horror year for Huawei: the company's phones have now been reportedly banned from a major research institute in Taiwan.…

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 05:15
Unfortunate SpaceX workers start a different sort of countdown

Roundup While China's rover kept on trundling, the news was not so cheery for workers in the US space sector or radio telescope fans over the past week.…

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

The Register - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:15
Plenty of Python news emitted from Redmond in this week's round-up

The gang at Microsoft continued their busy start to 2019, dodging falling masonry, wobbly updates and toppling cloud services.…