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

Apple has launched iPhone XS, XS Max and XR battery cases PP

I really want one of these in principal but the £129 asking price is just too high. (The direct Dollar to pound sterling conversion stings a bit too.) Still, as a product they’re going to take some beating in terms of their quality, and integration to the iOS platform. The lock screen for example will show the amount of battery left along with the device’s built in battery. This isn’t possible with third party battery cases.

They’ll also work with Qi-certified chargers, if that’s how you roll. Here’s where you can buy one online if you’re interested:

21 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