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Daring Fireball: Introducing Guardian Firewall for iOS
“Because we are working towards a broader set of goals: Make surveillance capitalism an untenable business model. Degrade the quality of shadow profiles maintained on every user of an internet connected device. Methodically expose every bad actor we can find. The electronic devices you bought and own should not be snitching on you at regular intervals.”
ios  apps  firewalls  software  daringfireball  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: CoreAnimation Bug in MacOS 10.14.4
(Perhaps it may be worth waiting till 10.14.5, then?)
“It’s incredibly rare for us to have to do this, but I need to let our Mac customers know that the 10.14.4 version of Mojave which shipped a few weeks ago (on March 25, 2019) has a drawing bug which makes windows with large CoreAnimation layers fail to draw. In particular, OmniOutliner and OmniPlan customers have been telling us that since upgrading to 10.14.4, they will open some documents and end up seeing… nothing. Perhaps some empty borders around the window. (Or if another window is dragged over the space where that window should be drawing, they’ll see a trail of its old pixels.) This is most likely to affect customers who are using older hardware, but it also affects large documents on newer hardware.

“We’re working with Apple to get this resolved as soon as possible, but for now it appears there’s nothing we can do to resolve this on our own.”
mojave  10.14  daringfireball  2019  mac  macos  osx 
april 2019 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
“At this point I consider Facebook a criminal enterprise. Maybe not legally, but morally. How in the above scenario is Facebook not stealing Ben’s privacy?”
facebook  daringfireball  2018 
september 2018 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Kotoba: The Best iOS Dictionary App You've Never Heard Of
“My friend Will Hains, who among other things runs the excellent @DFStyleguide Twitter account, shared that desire and went ahead and made one. It’s called Kotoba. It’s been on my first home screen for over two years now.

“The catch: App Store guidelines disallow using the built-in system dictionary to create a dictionary app (I presume due to licensing issues with Apple’s dictionary partners), so you can’t get it from the App Store. Hains released it as open source, though, so if you have a developer account, you can build and install it yourself.”
ios  software  dictionaries  2018  daringfireball 
june 2018 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: HomePod Starts Shipping February 9, Available to Order This Friday, Still a Bit of a Mystery
"How does this handle multiple people in the same home? That seems like a big question to remain unanswered before folks start plunking down $349. This feels like if Apple had started selling the iPod back in 2001 without ever having explained how the click wheel worked or how you synced music to it from iTunes, and instead just said “Trust us, it’s great.”

"Also: AirPlay 2 has been postponed until 'later this year' — and AirPlay 2 is required for using two HomePods in stereo or multi-room audio. Both of those features were promised all the way back in June when HomePod was announced."
homepod  airplay  airplay2  daringfireball  2018 
january 2018 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Pixel Perfect
“One conclusion I’ve made in the weeks I’ve been using this machine: sub-pixel anti-aliasing matters. iOS doesn’t offer sub-pixel anti-aliasing; Mac OS X does. And I believe it’s one reason on-screen text looks even better on the retina MacBook Pro than it does on the ostensibly higher-resolution iPad and iPhone. There was an idea — espoused even by yours truly at one point — that with sufficient pixel-per-inch density, sub-pixel anti-aliasing would be superfluous. In practice, it’s the other way around. On the retina MacBook Pro, sub-pixel anti-aliasing no longer carries any trade-offs — no visible color fringes, no slight emboldening of letterforms. It’s just pure icing on the text rendering cake. To say that text is rendered at print quality is to imply that you have one hell of a professional-grade printer.”
fontsmoothing  mac  2012  osx  macos  daringfireball  smoothing  lcd 
october 2017 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Android 8.0 Oreo
"But if you like Oreos you should try Newman-O’s, which are way way better. Newman-O’s are the cookies Oreos pretend to be."
newmanos  oreos  2017  cookies  daringfireball 
august 2017 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: What If the iPad Smart Keyboard Had a Trackpad?
"If your iPhone has 3D Touch, while editing text you can hard press on the keyboard to turn it into a trackpad for moving the insertion point around in the text editing area. While in that mode, you can hard press again to change from moving the insertion point to selecting words."
ios  3dtouch  2017  daringfireball  selection 
june 2017 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Vesper, Adieu
(On iCloud Core Data vs. CloudKit:)
"I’ve never seen anyone say good things about iCloud Core Data. I know developers who had simply nightmarish experiences with iCloud Core Data. CloudKit wasn’t announced until WWDC 2014, and didn’t ship until later that year. If we were starting today, I’ll bet we’d wind up using CloudKit."
vesper  notes  memos  ios  apps  software  mac  daringfireball  icloud  cloudkit  2016 
august 2016 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: When 'Smart' Cut/Copy/Paste Attacks
In short: “smart” cut/copy/paste is a bad idea.
daringfireball  2006  copy  paste  mac  OS  X  smart 
november 2015 by handcoding
Daring Fireball: Pixel Perfect
"Fonts optimized for screen rendering look cheap on the retina MacBook Pro — sometimes downright cheesy — in the same way they do when printed in a glossy magazine."
fonts  daringfireball  typography  2012  typefaces  retinadisplay 
august 2012 by handcoding
Daring Fireball Linked List: Speaking of the New Mountain Lion 'Save As' Command
"If one edits a document, then chooses Save As, then BOTH the edited original document and the copy are saved, thus not only saving a new copy, but silently saving the original with the same changes, thus overwriting the original."
mac  osx  saveas  save  mountainlion  2012  daringfireball 
august 2012 by handcoding
Daring Fireball Linked List: Steven Levy Interviews Jeff Bezos
"For many years, I have thought that software patents should either be eliminated or dramatically shortened. It’s impossible to measure the toll they’ve had on the software industry, but on balance, it has been negative."
amazon  patents  daringfireball  jeffbezos  2011 
november 2011 by handcoding
A Liberal, Accurate Regex Pattern for Matching URLs | Daring Fireball
"A common programming problem: identify the URLs in an arbitrary string of text, where by “arbitrary” let’s agree we mean something unstructured such as an email message or a tweet. I offer a solution, in the form of the following regex pattern [...]"
regex  regexp  2009  url  links  daringfireball 
december 2009 by handcoding

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