1987 - Larry Wall falls asleep and hits Larry Wall’s forehead on the keyboard. Upon waking Larry Wall decides that the string of characters on Larry Wall’s monitor isn’t random but an example program in a programming language that God wants His prophet, Larry Wall, to design. Perl is born.
Swift, Apple’s new programming language for iOS and OS X, makes several significant departures from Objective-C. What I found to be particularly interesting are the new semantics surrounding object lifecycles. Here are the key points:
Formalizing convenience and designated initializers.
Formalizing sequence of operations for initializers.
Enforcing language-level, compile-time enforcement of these new semantics.
I’m going to cover each of these in depth, with examples. Let’s dive in!
When Strategy Analytics was telling the world that Samsung sold nearly 2 million Galaxy Tabs in six weeks, the truth was that it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many in the U.S., its single biggest smartphone market.
Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.
In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100 percent of them—is encrypted while moving internally. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.
Samsung is said to be considering letting app developers know a whole lot more detail about what individual users do with their phones. According to The Information, Samsung has been developing a service called Context that would collect what a person types, what apps they use, and what data their phone’s sensors pick up, and then allow developers to tap into that pool of data to enrich their apps. The Information suggests that by using Context a video service might be able to automatically display sports videos to someone who frequently searches for sports.
Exactly what I want on my phone. A preinstalled key logger.
Interested to see how this decision will influence the company in the long run. Can’t wait to read an analysis on the subject in a couple of years, after the company finishes implementing this new approach on organizing itself.
You wake up. You grab your phone. What’s the first app you open?
This sounds like a silly question — or worse, an insulting one.1 But I find it’s a rather enlightening question. Depending on when the question is asked, the answer can either be telling about the current state of apps or the current state of you.
Personally, right now, the first app I open in the morning is Twitter. But it hasn’t always been. A year ago, that app was Path. A year before that, that app was Instagram. Before that, it was probably Twitter again. Or Foursquare. Or Techmeme (technically, the web browser). At some point it was Facebook. And way back when it was probably — shudder — email.
Camera+ is our favorite iPhone camera app because it’s packed with a ton of options and features. Today, it’s getting even more features, including a bunch of new editing options, some refinements to the shooting mode, and more.
Huge update. I use this app every time I need to edit photos. Or use a timer to take photos.
Instapaper is feeling a surge of holiday spirit this year. From December 12th through the 19th, Instapaper for iOS will be free to download as part of Apple’s App of The Week program. We’re really excited to work with Apple to make Instapaper free for a limited time, making the app available to…
Now there is absolutely no reason not to download Instapaper.
This is one of my most used applications on my iPad and I highly recommend it.
This past August, the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) collected a year’s worth of smartphone loyalty information and found that 81% of iPhone users stuck with the iPhone when purchasing a new device, compared to 68% of Android users who stuck with Android. More telling is that over 40% of iPhone buyers came over from Android while approximately 5% of Android users come over from the iPhone camp.