Stuart Breckenridge

Apple Pay Arrives in the UK

Apple Pay launches in the UK today. Two notable absentees from the participating banks list: Barclays (going their own way) and Citi. Oddly, both support Apple Pay in the United States.


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The Student Laptop of Choice

Last week I went to grab a coffee at Starbucks and couldn’t help but noticing that the place was filled with students and that every single one of them was using some variation of a Macbook. Out of 14 laptops, 13 were MacBooks (the non-Macbook user wasn’t a student). The ratio of PC-to-Mac users has flipped since I was at University 12 years ago.

The popularity of Macs isn’t a surprise: their sales figures are going through the roof while PC sales go through the floor. This, however, is caveated: Macs are popular with consumers but have a infinitesimal share in the corporate market. That doesn’t look like changing — there’s simply too much infrastructure (legacy and current1) that relies on non-Apple technologies.

Those students are going to get a shock when they join the corporate world and can’t use Macs.

  1. I’ve seen, in the last few years, ATMs that still use Windows XP.

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GameKit Replaced in iOS 9 Beta 3

One of the smaller changes I overlooked in the iOS 9 Beta 3 API diffs was that GameKit had been replaced with GameCenter. Attempting to run an app without making changes led to a strange error with the YouTube.framework:

dyld: Library not loaded: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/YouTube.framework/YouTube  
  Referenced from: /Applications/Xcode-beta.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneSimulator.sdk/System/Library/Frameworks/ReplayKit.framework/ReplayKit  
  Reason: image not found

To resolve, link to the GameCenter framework and replace:

import GameKit

with

import GameCenter

Microsoft Restructures Phone Business

Microsoft News Center:

“Microsoft also announced the reduction of up to 7,800 positions, primarily in the phone business. As a result, the company will record an impairment charge of approximately $7.6 billion related to assets associated with the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services (NDS) business in addition to a restructuring charge of approximately $750 million to $850 million.”

“Microsoft also announced the reduction of up to 7,800 positions, primarily in the phone business. As a result, the company will record an impairment charge of approximately $7.6 billion related to assets associated with the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services (NDS) business in addition to a restructuring charge of approximately $750 million to $850 million.”

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It’s hard not to see this as both a failed investment and the beginning of the end for Microsoft built Windows Phone hardware.


When Does Windows 10 Launch?

“Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th.”

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Windows Insiders get it July 29th. Easy to understand.

“Soon, we will give a build of Windows 10 to our OEM partners so they can start imaging new devices with Windows 10.”

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OEMs get it soon.

“Soon after, we will distribute a build of Windows 10 to retailers all over the world, so they can assist their customers with upgrades of newly purchased devices that were originally imaged with Windows 8.1.”

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Retailers will get it soon after.

And for end-users that just want to download it and upgrade from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, when do they get it? With few concrete dates, the release plan doesn’t strike me as confident.