The personal blog of Stuart Breckenridge


SG Transit v1.1.4

A small patch has been released for SG Transit. It contains minor fixes and accessibility enhancements.

Fixes:

  • Resolved an issue when sorting by Service Number or Arrival Time

New Accessibility Features:

  • Accessibility hints added to bus stop arrivals
  • Dynamic type now supported throughout the app

Performance Updates:

  • Drawing bus routes is a little bit faster

Other changes:

  • The distance a bus is from a bus stop is now localised instead of always being denoted in metres.


Banks Continue to Assist Victims as Fraudulent iTunes Transactions Continue to Appear

Nurul Aziliah Aripin, for Channel News Asia:

Banks in Singapore said they have responded with measures to assist victims after a series of fraudulent Apple iTunes transactions affected dozens of account holders.

The victims reported that hundreds to thousands of dollars were wiped from their debit accounts and charged to their credit cards from banks including Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), DBS and HSBC.

Even though the focus of the fraudulent transactions appears to be iTunes, at least one person has reported that they didn’t even have a credit card linked to their iTunes account:

“The shocking thing is, I don’t even have any credit or debit card details saved on my own iTunes account,” said Mr Lim. “Apple/iTunes was not even aware of the fraudulent transactions (in my account) until I informed them.”

It’s a worrying breach of credit card security for multiple banks in Singapore, at the same time.


European Commission Fines Google €4.34bn

The European Commission’s ruling on Google’s antitrust behaviour with regards to Android (via The Guardian):

Google has prevented device manufacturers from using any alternative version of Android that was not approved by Google (Android forks).

In order to be able to pre-install on their devices Google’s proprietary apps, including the Play Store and Google Search, manufacturers had to commit not to develop or sell even a single device running on an Android fork.

The Commission found that this conduct was abusive as of 2011, which is the date Google became dominant in the market for app stores for the Android mobile operating system.

The fine, €4.34bn, is sizeable1. What interests me the most, however, is the impact this will have on the Android ecosystem. If bigger handset manufacturers create multiple forks of Android it’ll fragment the ecosystem even more than it is now. That wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for consumers.

  1. It’s the largest fine ever imposed! ↩︎


Apple to Discontinue Photo Printing Service

Benjamin Mayo, for 9to5Mac:

Apple is discontinuing its Photo Print Products service, which has been integrated into iPhoto since its launch in 2002. The service expanded from simple prints, to albums, photo books, and calendars. It stayed around on the Mac when iPhoto was replaced with the Photos app a couple of years ago, but the service never made the leap to iOS.

Later this year, Apple will stop offering the service altogether. A new message in macOS 10.13.6 Photos app says that final orders for Apple’s built-in service must be placed by September 30, 2018.

This is hugely disappointing. For years I’ve been using the printing service for photo books and birthday cards, complete with custom typography, and they’ve always turned out really well. I’ve not tried any of the other third-party services that are recommended, but it seems I’ll have no choice but to give them a go.


Swindle in Singapore

I wanted the summit between Trump and Kim to yield something positive. One month later, I’m clutching at straws to find anything positive.

As Max Boot articulates for the Washington Post:

In the month since the Swindle in Singapore, it has become obvious that Kim is arming rather than disarming. On June 29, NBC News reported that, according to U.S. intelligence officials, North Korea was increasing production of fuel for nuclear weapons and working to conceal its activities from the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then canceled a meeting with the Indian foreign minister to fly off to Pyongyang, presumably to tell the North Koreans that they had better start delivering on their promises.

He continues:

North Korea didn’t even make good on its promise to repatriate the remains of Korean War POWs/MIAs.

[…]

Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius. He has gotten everything he wanted — sanctions relaxation, international legitimation — without giving up anything in return. Vladimir Putin must be licking his chops. If Trump was fleeced so thoroughly by a tyro tyrant whom he was denouncing as recently as the beginning of this year, imagine how much he will give up to a veteran despot for whom he has had nothing but praise.

Skewered, justifiably.



NY Times on the St. Regis

Motoko Rich, for The New York Times:

The St. Regis is less than half a mile from the Shangri La Hotel, where Mr. Trump is staying. But while the Shangri La is set on a residential stretch of road, the St. Regis sits on a busy commercial boulevard next to a run-down strip mall with two money changers, a pet store and “Maids R Us,” a hiring agency.

This is a somewhat misleading attempt to portray Trump’s hotel and its location superior to Kim’s.

St. Regis is next to Tanglin Mall, which is an older, Tudor style mall, but it’s certainly not run down. It’s also important to note that St. Regis is a five-star hotel and the Presidential Suite is $10,000-per-night, while the most expensive suite at Shangri-La — the Shangri-La Suite — is $7,000-per-night.1

  1. I priced up rooms for one night on 11th October. ↩︎


WWDC 2018 Predictions

I haven’t blogged about my predictions for WWDC since 2015, but here are three guesses and one warning for 2018:

  1. Continuous Integration will be added to the developer pipeline (remember Apple bought buddybuild?1)
  2. A replacement for Xcode
  3. Spec bumps on the iMac and MacBook ranges
  4. Outrageous Warning: macOS 11

It’s nice going into a WWDC knowning nothing.

Update 2018-06-03: It seems Xcode and macOS 10.x will be around for a while longer.

Update 2018-05-06: I got everything wrong. I still loved what was in the keynote.

  1. Perhaps for an extra fee on top of the developer subscription Apple will build and run test cases for you? ↩︎


Fortnite Coming to Switch

Robert Purchese, for Eurogamer:

World-conquering battle royale game Fortnite appears to be heading to Nintendo Switch.

The Korean game ratings board rated Fortnite for Switch this morning (via Resetera), not long after a separate sighting on a list of E3 games leaked on 4chan overnight - a list we independently heard is legitimate.

We also heard, prior to these events, Fortnite was coming to Switch.

This is great news, but I’m still unclear on what this means for a player’s Epic Games account. Currently, I have on Epic Games account tied to my Mac, iOS devices, and PS4; and another, on its own, for Xbox. It’s astoundingly annoying. (Thanks, Sony.)

Does Fortnite on Switch mean another Epic Games account!?