Here's everything I've written throughout January 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

DuckDuckGo switch to Apple’s Maps PP

Make no mistake. DuckDuckGo’s reason for making this switch is around their stance on privacy, but Apple certainly benefits from additional exposure of their maps platform. I’m really pleased to see this coming together of two privacy focused companies, especially with DuckDuckGo being my search engine of choice.

25 January, 2019

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – The Nightmare PP

Learn the secret Uchu has told no one else! In order to obtain a powerful and mysterious weapon, Lara Croft must face the music in a brand-new challenge tomb, battle foes who look like but are not like any she’s ever faced, and confront the deadliest enemy of all: herself.

Yesterday, Square Enix released the third DLC add-on for one of my favourite games of 2018. If you’re a lover of the franchise as I am then this is a no-brainer, with a fantastic throwback to Croft Manor where Lara has to face her own demons…

To an extent, as this is sadly a little too short on the ‘nightmare’ theme. The darker stuff was just starting to get interesting when I was dropped back out and into the feature Challenge Tomb. The tomb itself was a fantastic puzzle. Certainly one of the more enjoyable with a good balance of difficulty and intrigue. I attempted the Solo Time Attack as soon as the side mission was complete, and I narrowly missed out on the Silver by sixteen seconds on my second attempt. I’ll be going back to get that medallion I promise you.

Along with the side mission and Challenge Tomb, The Nightmare also comes with a new skill, attire and a variant on Lara’s trusty axe. The Xbox version, which I played through, also has five achievements adding an additional 95 Gamerscore if you get them all. It’s available for download now priced at £3.99 and is included with the Season Pass if you’ve already obtained that.

23 January, 2019