Stuart Breckenridge

Singapore Botanical Gardens Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

“Situated at the heart of the city of Singapore, the site demonstrates the evolution of a British tropical colonial botanic garden that has become a modern world-class scientific institution used for both conservation and education. The cultural landscape includes a rich variety of historic features, plantings and buildings that demonstrate the development of the garden since its creation in 1859. It has been an important centre for science, research and plant conservation, notably in connection with the cultivation of rubber plantations, in Southeast Asia since 1875.”


It’s quite an incredible place.

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David Cameron: No Safe Space From Government Snooping

“David Cameron was replying in the House of Commons on Monday to a question from the Conservative MP David Bellingham, who asked him whether he agreed that the “time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?” To which Cameron replied: “we must look at all the new media being produced and ensure that, in every case, we are able, in extremis and on the signature of a warrant, to get to the bottom of what is going on.”

Glyn Moody

How can this be achieved without implementing backdoors in every type of encryption on messaging platforms? iMessage is great example of an everyday service that’s encrypted end-to-end1, with no way for Apple to decrypt the messages in transit or on device.

It’s simply not possible to achieve what the Conservative government want without building backdoors into encryption. And building backdoors for one group means building backdoors for everyone.

  1. Read the iMessage section of the iOS Security Guide↩︎

Apple Music Availability

Apple Music is finally live and everything works for me, except Beats 1, which throws a 403 error.

It turns out Beats 1 isn’t available in Singapore. If you’re receiving the same error check out the list of countries with Apple Music availability just published by Apple.

Meet bPay – Barclays answer to Apple Pay.

Just spotted this on The Next Web:

“British bank Barclays would prefer if you used its own hardware to pay for your next purchase rather than your phone. It announced today three ‘bPay’ devices for making your next payment: a wrist wearable, a keyfob and a sticker for your phone.”

  • A wrist wearable that only allows you to pay for things. No fitness or time keeping features. It’s certainly focussed.
  • The keyfob is acceptable: it’s small enough that it wouldn’t get in the way.
  • The sticker isn’t even something I’d consider - it detracts from the design of the phone.

The clincher? Barclays expect you to pay:

“bPay devices will be available from July 1, starting at £14.99 for the sticker, £19.99 for the key attachment and £24.99 for the wearable wristband.”