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Month: September 2015 (page 1 of 3)

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Drop Test

This makes me so sad. There are millions in the world waiting for the new iPhones and then you get some asshole that gets them on the first day and ruins them.

I’m impressed at the beating they took! Still sad in the end.

If you’re on Apple News and the video isn’t showing, click here and you should see it.

[Youtube]

Someone Made a Hardware Emoji Keyboard

Tom Scott is one of my favourite Youtubers. He always seems to come up with something random or something “you might not know.”

This time he has made a massive keyboard with an individual key for every different emoji!

Check out his video embedded below or click here to see it if you’re on Apple News.

[Youtube]

Apps IN Apple’s App Store Have Malware

Lazy developers downloaded a fake version of Xcode and then used it to publish real apps to the real App Store.

There is not much more to say about this. I understand 12 year old Timmy torrenting Xcode because he doesn’t know any better, but real actual developers of popular apps? FFS, that is a rookie error.

The most high profile app to be affected is WeChat. Not a fan. WeChat claims that it was on older version that was affected but just to be safe, update your apps. (Or delete them.)

This friendly commenter said it best:

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[via Gizmodo]

Why don’t iOS Content Blockers Work on my iPhone 5?

I have an iPhone 6 as well as a really outdated iPad 3. I don’t use my iPad that much so I don’t mind that it is a little slower. It is just a big Twitter machine to me.

Whilst playing around with a few content blockers on my iPhone, I thought I would see how they work on my iPad. As it turns out, none of them would install. Each one simply said “this device is not supported.”

I did a little bit of digging around and it looks like content blocking has been limited to 64-bit devices (iPhone 5S and later) for performance reasons.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t install one, it just means it will be a lot harder! You’ll probably have to find an open source one on GitHub and then download xCode and compile and side load it yourself. I’ll have a look at this and post a tutorial if it is feasible.

And after all that effort, you could possibly slow down your browsing even more by overloading your device’s old 32-bit processor.

I guess this is Apple’s not so subtle hint to upgrade…

Apple News Doesn’t Support Video Embedding

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the Apple News platform as I think it can be a great tool for publishers. At the moment, it pulls an RSS feed from my site (and any other site included on Apple News) and formats it nicely for the iPhone and iPad.

Earlier on this evening, I posted two articles with Youtube videos embedded in them. One was a Tim Cook interview and the other was that 5k iMac getting obliterated by an anti-tank cannon.

Shortly after I posted those articles, they both showed up in Apple news. Minus the videos. That is quite a big problem. Those articles are pretty shitty without the main video content. There was no indication that the video was missing, it was just gone.

Missing Video

So far I am loving Apple News but I feel this is quite an oversight at best. Lets hope that Apple has a solution to this sooner rather than later. They have indicated that they want to move away from pulling in feeds to publishers actually creating their content within Apple’s News Publisher section on iCloud. They could possibly have a solution once that happens.

Another interesting thing is that Apple offers no analytics on the views/reads you get through Apple News if your article is pulled from a feed. They also remove embedded adverts and have no way of monetising feed content. They have indicated that both advertising and analytics will be available when using News Publisher once it is released.

With most iOS content blockers blocking Google Analytics and no analytics info from Apple News, I wonder how many publishers will be seeing a dive in their analytics shortly?

As always, I’ll keep you updated…

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