Charles Proxy on the App Store PP

Charles Proxy for iOS lets you capture and inspect network requests and responses on your iOS device. You can view metadata, headers and bodies in the app, so you can finally debug your app’s networking issues without a computer.

I had no idea Charles was available on iOS until today. This is an indispensable tool if you’re in the ICT security sector or an application developer, for sure.

15 February, 2019

Amazon’s Echo Input PP

Ever since Amazon refreshed the Echo Dot with an integrated speaker, I wondered if they’d bring out anything else – at a lower cost – for people wishing to utilise their own sound system.

Wonder no more. Amazon’s Echo Input is now available for £19.99. This screams ‘impulse purchase’ and I bet that’s not accidental either.

06 February, 2019

Home Assistant 0.86 is here, with Lovelace PP

With this week’s release of Home Assistant, the new and vastly improved ‘Lovelace’ user interface has become the de-facto standard for new deployments. It’s a huge improvement over what came before it, though support hasn’t gone away just yet.

New users to the platform will find it easier to get onboard too, as views and cards can be managed visually rather than directly in YAML. (It’s still possible to override and script via a YAML file, which I’m doing). As always, the update comes with a smattering of bug fixes and new integrations too. Check out the official blog post for the juicy details.

You can check out the Home Assistant demo if you’d like to get a taste for the new interface, or to learn about Home Assistant. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this release what it is.

01 February, 2019

Doctor Who: Scratchman PP

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making.

This is a brand new novel starring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah-Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan, written by Tom Baker himself. What’s not to love?

01 February, 2019

Severe FaceTime bug discovered PP

I woke up to some worrying news about FaceTime this morning. 9To5Mac are reporting on a nasty bug whereby you can hear the audio of the person you’re calling, even before they accept the call.

The damage potential here is real. You can listen in to soundbites of any iPhone user’s ongoing conversation without them ever knowing that you could hear them.

[..] As it stands, if your phone is ringing with an incoming FaceTime request, the person on the other end could be listening in.

The Verge have received a statement from Apple about the issue, stating that a fix will be released via Software Update later in the week. Until then I’ve disabled FaceTime on my devices and I recommend you do the same thing.

29 January, 2019

David Tennant Does a Podcast With… PP

Well here’s some exciting news to begin the week with. David Tennant launched his own podcast, with the inaugural instalment featuring Olivia Colman, whom he worked alongside when filming Broadchurch.

The premise is about as simple as it gets, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Each week David will be sitting down with a friend for a general chit chat and with friends including Ian McKellen, Jodie Whittaker and Whoopi Goldberg this is going to be worth a punt.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, or wherever you prefer to listen to your podcasts.

28 January, 2019

Share your best photos shot on iPhone PP

Apple is kicking off 2019 by celebrating the most stunning photographs captured on iPhone, the world’s most popular camera, by inviting iPhone users to submit their best shots.

From January 22 to February 7, Apple is looking for outstanding photographs for a Shot on iPhone Challenge. A panel of judges will review worldwide submissions and select 10 winning photos, to be announced in February. The winning photos will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores and online.

Apple Newsroom

The contest from Apple is accepting photos taken directly by the camera or after editing within programs like Photos. The Newsroom article does state that the artists who are amongst the chosen 10 photographs will receive a licensing fee, but the amount is unclear. Still, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to have your work seen around the world in Apple’s retail stores and on their website.

27 January, 2019

Sharecuts PP

There’s a few Apple Shortcut sharing sites popping up online and this is one of the better ones. If you’re wondering how powerful Shortcuts is or are looking for some inspiration then give Sharecuts a visit.

26 January, 2019

Microsoft Office 365 is now available on the Mac App Store PP

Following through on a promise made at WWDC last year, Microsoft has unveiled their Office 365 suite of applications on the Mac App Store. From what I can tell, this is the first bundle of apps on the Mac side, though you can seemingly download the individual programs you need. (This gives a small advantage over Windows’ mandatory Click to Run method, that provides everything whether you want it or not).

Up until now, Office 365 had to be downloaded directly from Microsoft; with the exception of OneNote which has been on the store for some time. You will need an active Office 365 subscription though as these are not standalone purchases. A trial is available for new customers via In-App Purchase nabbing you a 30 day test drive.

Most recently Microsoft added a dark mode and support for Continuity Camera to the Mac variant, fitting in nicely with macOS Mojave’s new feature set. You can read the press releases from both Apple and Microsoft on their respective websites.

26 January, 2019