Here's everything I've written throughout January 2019.


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