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

Google Chrome is hiding the ‘open in window’ option for PWA apps PP

If you use Google Chrome’s Create Shortcut at all, you might be wondering where the option to open in a standalone window went. I certainly have. Turns out you now need to visit chrome://apps, right click the app in question and check the ‘open in window’ option. I honestly don’t see why Google felt the need to remove this from the menu chrome but it is what it is.

Chrome - Open in Window option

25 October, 2018

DuckDuckGo’s search growth PP

I’m so happy for these guys. DuckDuckGo has been my default search engine for as long as I can remember. These days, I only ‘use’ Google when I search from a machine that isn’t mine.

13 October, 2018