The Macra Terror, special animated edition, is coming soon PP

Originally broadcast in four weekly parts from 11th March to 1st April 1967, and starring Patrick Troughton, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze and Frazer Hines, no full episodes of this serial are known to have survived on film. Fortunately for fans, a complete audio recording of all four parts still exists. Now, 52 years later, the four episodes will be brought back to life through the power of animation in both colour and the original black and white.

The BBC are making this available for download and on both DVD and Blu-Ray from the 25th March 2019. In other words, “Any day now!” I hope the digital version comes with all of the extras, as that’ll be my preferred choice.

I wish more of both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton’s original stories existed on film but by going through the process of animating over the four episode serial, atop of recorded audio, its the best chance we’ll have to see it.

06 March, 2019

iOS 12.2 Beta 4 and the Control Centre Remote PP

Apple released the fourth Developer beta of iOS 12.2 yesterday and the Remote icon within Control Centre has changed. Where before it was the Apple TV logo, it’s now an image of the Siri remote.

iOS 12.2 Control Centre for both Developer beta 3 (left) and Developer beta 4 (right).

At first glance this doesn’t seem all that newsworthy but keep in mind that Apple is drumming up support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2-Enabled TV’s. Already this year we’ve heard from LG, Sony and Samsung pledging support for these technologies on their future products, so it makes sense to me that the remote icon changes to a remote. Even if it does happen to perfectly resemble the Apple TV remote in the process.

05 March, 2019

Access to Linux Subsystem files is going to become easier with Windows 10 PP

Later this year Microsoft will release their next big update to Windows 10 and with it comes an interesting addition to the File Explorer. So long as you’re using a distro with WSL (Windows SubSystem for Linux), (Ubuntu for example), you’ll be able to browse and interact with the Linux filesystem right alongside your NTFS filesystem.

According to the blog post by Craig Loewen there will be a few methods available, so you can pick the one(s) that fit best into your workflow. A Linux option will be presented in the sidebar which I think will be the most convenient, but you can also type explorer.exe wherever you want within the distro itself and File Explorer will pop right up. You’ll also be able to use \\wsl$\[distro], replacing [distro] with the name of the running distribution.

I don’t currently use WSL all that much, partly because accessing files isn’t the easiest. This upcoming change could turn that around for me.

01 March, 2019

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