GitHub is now offering unlimited private Repos for free PP

I’m only beginning to take my first tentative steps with Git, but the recent announcement on The GitHub Blog by Nat Friedman has brought a smile to my face. Up until now, free accounts could only create public repositories, not private ones, thus opening up all of your committed files to the world. I really don’t want to have my learning of Git exposed to the public internet, with my mistakes on show…

On a more serious note I think it’s a smart move by Microsoft, who recently acquired GitHub. As anyone can now create private repositories, more developers and hobbyists are likely to drop their projects and work into the service. With up to three collaborators being allowed in each free tier private repository, small teams can get started and only break out the credit card when they reach a bigger size. It feels similar to the Microsoft Teams model, getting you hooked early on.

09 January, 2019

IKEA is adding smart blinds to its HomeKit enabled TRÅDFRI system PP

9To5Mac is reporting that IKEA is adding smart blinds to
TRÅDFRI, it’s HomeKit enabled smart device platform. Starting at €99 these blinds will be manageable on your smartphone via the official app, as well as the Home app and Siri voice commands. It’s available now, with a bigger European rollout coming next month.

I wonder how long I’ll be able to hold off…

07 January, 2019

AirPlay 2 is coming to non Apple smart TV’s PP

Well this is interesting. The AirPlay webpage on Apple’s website has been updated to reference smart TV’s by other manufacturers are getting AirPlay 2.

Leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV.

There’s an on-off rumour circulating that Apple is considering a launch of its own video service, so having AirPlay 2 inside as many home theatre and smart screens as possible makes perfect sense. They’d want to be everywhere, fast. There’s going to be a load of people out there without Apple TV’s but who own at least one iOS device.

07 January, 2019

Google Chrome is hiding the ‘open in window’ option for PWA apps PP

If you use Google Chrome’s Create Shortcut at all, you might be wondering where the option to open in a standalone window went. I certainly have. Turns out you now need to visit chrome://apps, right click the app in question and check the ‘open in window’ option. I honestly don’t see why Google felt the need to remove this from the menu chrome but it is what it is.

Chrome - Open in Window option

25 October, 2018

DuckDuckGo’s search growth PP

I’m so happy for these guys. DuckDuckGo has been my default search engine for as long as I can remember. These days, I only ‘use’ Google when I search from a machine that isn’t mine.

13 October, 2018

Apple has released watchOS 5.0.1 PP

Less than a fortnight after watchOS 5 was released, Apple have already followed it up with a smaller update to correct a smattering of issues. MacRumours reports the 5.0.1 update corrects an issue that could cause exercise minutes to be recorded incorrectly, a bug that would see users not receiving their stand credit and a problem in charging.

28 September, 2018

Apple is rolling out public TestFlight invitation links PP

Benjamin Mayo for 9To5 Mac:

Apple is rolling out a new TestFlight feature which enables developers to share a public URL for an app beta. Customers can simply open the link on their iPhone or iPad and automatically enroll into the beta testing group through the TestFlight app.

What’s most interesting about this to me is how anyone registering to test via one of these links does so anonymously with the developer; unless you submit feedback, whereby your email address is disclosed. This fits in perfectly with Apple’s privacy mantra of wanting to know as little about you as possible, but I’m on the fence with this one.

On the one hand, if a developer wants to stress test an application and doesn’t need to know who the people are that are running a TestFlight build then that’s great. If, however, you’re wanting to open up your testing group through social means and you find a genuine need to be able to identify those involved, then you must continue to enrol the traditional way. I suppose you could identify people if your app requires a user account, but that’s not going to fit everyone.

Public links can be enabled and disabled at any time, with a total of 10,000 testers per app permitted. Sadly there’s still no Mac platform support.

27 September, 2018

Clean install macOS Mojave with macOS Recovery PP

TL;DR. Go here.

Yesterday was a big day for macOS, as Mojave reached general availability after a whopping eleven beta releases. If you’re like me then you’ll be doing a clean installation rather than an in place upgrade. (Whilst macOS doesn’t suffer the same kind of slowdown over time that Windows does, I like starting over with a clean slate from time to time).

I’ve been running the Mojave betas and noticed a subtle change in behaviour from that of older OS upgrades. When I went to get the golden master from the Mac App Store it threw me into System Preferences and began the download there. No standalone app-like installer this time, so I couldn’t create my usual USB install stick.

If you’re in a similar predicament then never fear. So long as your Mac officially supports macOS Mojave you can cold boot into Internet Recovery mode. There are a few options but go with Option-⌘-R, as this will provide the latest OS to you. I opened Disk Utility and wiped my APFS SSD first so that it had to carry out a bare bones installation.

Nice and easy. All things considered it didn’t take too long and I do see a slight improvement in the boot time of my Mac. Some additional space has been reclaimed on the SSD and I get that warm fuzzy feeling that only a fresh installation provides. (Yes, I know I’m strange).

25 September, 2018