“Employees at Apple are reportedly putting a new service through its paces, one that would allow Siri to not only answer a missed call instead of a pre-set voicemail message, but give her the ability to record and transcribe those message for users to read as text later (via Business Insider).”
I think the idea of iCloud Voicemail is excellent. The adoption of Visual Voicemail – itself an outstanding feature – has been poor1 and that’s the fault of the carriers. They have, once again, presented Apple with a problem to solve and in the process cut off one their revenue streams.
Only 10 carriers in Asia Pacific and Australasia support Visual Voicemail. ↩
App Transport Security is a new feature in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 and it’s enabled by default. This means that you can’t use standard HTTP for requests without making changes to application’s Info.plist.
For my specific configuration – Cloudfront CDN with data hosted in Amazon S3 – Forward Secrecy is not enabled (or, at the very least, it’s causing issues). You don’t have to tear down ATS entirely to get things working, you just need to disable the requirement for Forward Secrecy in your Info.plist:
The postponed 2XU Compression Run is happening on August 2nd. While the route has yet to be announced, a few extra bits of information have trickled out:
“Flag-Off Time: 4.30am (21.1KM), 7.30am (10KM) and 8.30am (5KM)
Venue: Marina East Drive (Open field beside 201 Marina East Drive, Singapore 029997)
Due to the changes in the date and venue of the run, please also note that there will be changes in terms of the layout and race route. While the route may not be as ideal as we would like it to be, the replacement route has been derived with the best of our abilities, given the sudden change in circumstances and because many venues were booked a year in advance. The updated race route will be announced this week due to restrictions by stakeholders.”
When I first got interested in programming – around 2009 – the first app I made was a little utility to help you pick your lottery numbers. It was called Lucky Dip and it sold exclusively in the UK App Store and it very quickly went from being £0.69 to being free.1
In the spirit of continual improvement I’m reviewing my younger self’s code, and boy is it a painful experience.
The problem statement: generate a set of six unique numbers between 1 and 49.
I’m sure I attacked the problem in the following way:
find out how to generate numbers within a specific range;
generate six of them; then,
compare them all against each other individually to make sure they are unique.
“Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has made the first visit to Pluto, speeding past at 14km per second. Earlier, the space agency released the most detailed picture yet as it hurtled towards the dwarf planet on Tuesday.
The probe was set to grab more pictures and other science data on the object, as it passed 12,500km from the surface. Controllers got a last health status report, before the robotic craft turned its antenna away from the Earth to concentrate on its target.
Only when New Horizons has its trove of images safely in its onboard memory will it call home again.
This is not expected to happen until just after midnight (GMT) into Wednesday.
It means there will be a long, anxious wait for everyone connected with the mission, as they hold out for a signal that will be coming from almost five billion km away.”
It’s incredible to think that we have a satellite orbiting a dwarf planet, sending back data, from a distance of five billion kilometres. Star Trek distances.