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A Good Primer on Swift Stuff

From Mike Ash, Interesting Swift Features.

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

Holy crap.

To be clear, iOS 8 will expose just about every manual camera control possible. This means that ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure bias can be manually set within a custom camera application. Outside of these manual controls, Apple has also added gray card functionality to bypass the auto white balance mechanism and both EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.

Ballmer’s Email Hacked


frozenfan56. Heh.

Surface Pressure in iOS 8

Pencil / Surface Pressure from FiftyThree on Vimeo.

SSD Endurance Experiment

Michael Tsai - Blog - The SSD Endurance Experiment

The takeaway: they all lasted longer than stated.

BitCoin Fork

I still have no idea what BitCoin is or how it works, but this doesn't sound good either: It's Time For a Hard Bitcoin Fork.

Uh, okay.

Only Apple

Daring Fireball: Only Apple

The takeaway, IMO:

Tim Cook is improving Apple’s internal operational efficiency.

1Password in iOS 8

The Power of iOS 8 – Ole Begemann

  1. Go back to the home screen and launch 1Password.
  2. Enter your 1Password master password.
  3. Locate the web siteʼs credentials in the 1Password database. I have several hundred logins stored in 1Password, so this can require quite a bit of manual browsing or using the built-in search, which is tedious on a mobile device.
  4. Copy your password to the pasteboard. And while youʼre at it, if the web site requires you to enter a user name (as opposed to your email address), make sure to remember it now or you will have to switch back and forth twice between Safari and 1Password. The pasteboard only accepts one item at a time.
  5. Go back to Safari.
  6. Manually enter your user name/email address and paste your password.

This sucks.

I agree.

MAC Address Randomization

Michael Tsai - Blog - iOS 8 MAC Address Randomization

I'm pretty sure my friend Aaron Linville had a bit to do with that in an earlier version of Mac OS X…

Also, "While Using" is quite cool. I'll be enabling that for almost everything except perhaps To Dos (the geofenced variety will need to know when I've arrived home, at work, etc.).

Happy Independence Day

Suck it, England.

(Filler post, heh heh heh.)

2014 iPhone Photography Winners

IPPAWARDS | 8th Annual iPhone Photography Awards™ » 2014 Winners

iOS Developers Need to Know Obj-C

Aaron Hillegass says that iOS Developers Need to Know Objective-C… and I agree.

Apple’s Updates to iMessages in iOS 8

What product designers can learn from iOS 8's iMessage changes

LOVE the radial menu method of doing video or photos. Such a pain in the butt. Now if only there was an option not to save iMessage videos/photos to your camera roll… I'd be super happy.1

Oh, and I'm looking forward to sending audio, too. Could be pretty nifty.


  1. I delete them 99% of the time. They're transient stuff. I don't know about the two-minute thing though. Maybe it does that?

A Tale of Two Apples

A tale of two Apples: Apple follows Steve's lead by not following it.

Good stuff. To those who thought Apple would wither when Steve Jobs died, well, they forgot what Josh and I and others saw a long, long time ago: Tim Cook's a pretty bright guy, and he'd been soaking in the Apple culture for a long, long time.

What Do Mac Users Use to Read their RSS Feeds These Days?


When Yosemite hits, I'm going to imagine that Cyndicate may cease to work properly. Or, at the very least, it will stand out like a sore thumb.


What does everyone use to read their "feeds" these days? I know Google Reader was popular… until they closed it.


Any suggestions?

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