Monday, 24 October 2016

Putting Portrait Mode in iOS 10.1 to test

Portrait Mode is a new feature that comes in iOS 10.1  and is available for iPhone 7 Plus. Using a custom disc blur it manages to create a depth effect, mimicking high end DSLR results, putting some elements in focus while it blurs the others. Apple says this feature is still in Beta, and although not perfect, I found it to give pretty good results. Over the past two weeks  I have been putting it to some tests. Check out below the pictures I’ve taken using Portrait Mode.

Note: Although I’ve taken pictures of people, including some of my friends, I’ve decided not to put them up online, due to concerns of their privacy.

iPhone 6S Plus on desk (Portrait Mode)
Trying to get some nice shots of my old phone for the eBay ad.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

100+ new iPhone and iPad features in iOS 10

This article is a gem. Originally found this on The Loop, had a read and it looks like a pretty comprehensive list of iOS 10 new features, changes and improvements. Really cool to see them all together.

100+ new iPhone and iPad features in iOS 10 →

iOS 10 is here and it’s a massive, easily the most significant update to the mobile operating system powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10 packs in important new core technologies like Differential Privacy, plus a bunch of improvements across most stock apps.

Apple has opened up additional aspects of iOS to developers, turning Siri, Phone, Messages and Maps into extensible software platforms in their own right. It also fixes a number of pain points, makes expanded use of 3D Touch and haptic feedback and completes Apple’s overhaul of iOS, that began with iOS 7, with its refined look and subtle design changes.

For me, the Differential Privacy bit that comes with the new iOS is the most interesting part, and I hope to see the results of it soon. Many researchers have doubted it will work, at least until they see how Apple implements it. And it seems like they will soon be able to.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

A whole new GitHub Universe: announcing new tools, forums, and features

GitHub announced at #GitUniverse the addition of new features to their platform. These include the addition of Agile tools for repos – a feature called “Projects”, improvements for code reviews, security and profile page. Probably the one I’m most excited are projects, although they all sound quite cool. Seems like they arrived just in time, and I’ll be able to implement them in my work schedule for my final year project.

A whole new GitHub Universe: announcing new tools, forums, and features →

With Projects, you can manage work directly from your GitHub repositories. Create cards from Pull Requests, Issues or Notes and organize them into custom columns, whether it’s “In-progress”, “Done”, “Never going to happen” or any other framework your team uses. Drag and drop the cards inside a column to prioritize them or move them from one column to another as your work progresses. And with Notes, you can capture every early idea that comes up as part of your standup or team sync, without polluting your list of issues. For more on what’s changed, watch this quick overview.

Although we’ll quickly be adding to Projects, our initial release currently supports:

  • A New Projects tab–at the same level as Code, Issue, Pull Requests within a repository–that lists all of your projects
  • Workflow columns that you can name and reorder
  • Cards that you can drag and drop between columns pointing to issues, Pull Requests, or notes
  • Tools built on top of Projects by some fantastic partners, including Waffle.io and ZenHub

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

GitHub Education Student Developer Pack adds DataDog

GitHub Education Pack adds DataDog, Transifex and Thinkful

Just a few days ago GitHub announced a new partner for their GitHub Education Student Developer Pack: DataDog which joins an already great list of other perks and access to premium software or services, essentially for free. Earlier this month they’ve added Transifex, while Thinkful joined them in August.

I’ve previously wrote about this pack last year in 20+ paid products you can get FREE right NOW if you’re a student article.

So how can all these new services help?

DataDog

With Datadog, you’ll be able to see metrics from all your apps, tools, and services. The plan allows you to:

  • Monitor up to 10 concurrent hosts.
  • Retain stock and custom metrics for up to 13 months.
  • Create insightful dashboards to demonstrate the performance and availability of your applications.
  • Create notifications upon failures.

Transifex

Transifex is a cloud-based platform built to help you manage the translation and localization of your software.

Members are eligible for a free year of the Starter plan, a $99/month value. You’ll get 50,000 hosted words, unlimited projects, and access to translation partners to bring your software to a global market from the start. You can create software that works internationally from the moment you build your app.

Thinkful

Thinkful is now offering their Fundamentals of Web Development course to Student Developer Pack members. As a student, you will receive two weeks of 1-on-1 mentorship from a professional software developer.

It’s a no brainer, if you’re a student. You can apply here →

iOS 10 Emoji Changelog →

iOS 10 which is set to launch today comes with a bunch of great new features. Probably one of the most visible ones will be the new iOS 10 emoji.

This release (iOS 10.0.1) contains a total of 37 new emojis, or 632 emoji updates in total. This latter figure includes completely new characters as well as redesigned images for existing emojis.

There are 1,767 unique emoji images in iOS 10, which correspond to 1,922 emoji characters.

My favourite ones are the family emoji and combinations as well as the rainbow flag. You can see the family ones in the featured image and the rainbow ones below.

iOS 10 emoji - Rainbow FlagAs far as the redesign goes, some emojis have become glossier, while others, like the devil emoji have lost the glow. It took me a bit to get used to them, but now I completely forgot how they look like.

Combined with the new emojification feature introduced in iOS 10, I suspect these will make a lot of people really excited for all the weird reasons.