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Articles by Xyroh – an Indie mobile app and software developer based in the North East UK

Microsoft patents tech to see if you’re paying attention in that Teams call!

From Microsoft patents tech to score meetings using body language, facial expressions, other data – GeekWire:

The system uses cameras, sensors, and software tools to determine, for example, “how much a participant contributes to a meeting vs performing other tasks (e.g., texting, checking email, browsing the Internet).”

From now on I think I’m going Camera’s off

Remind me of this next time I’m tempted that a 16GB M1 Device will be ‘enough’

Need more Ram!

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Buy Local Tees Valley – Support local business this Christmas

From: Buy Local Tees Valley:

Shop local and online this Christmas with our online guide to businesses across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton offering fantastic products and services for you this year.

Buy Local Tees Valley screenshot
We all know it’s difficult, and all businesses have new challenges, but I love this idea so support it if you can.

Is it ready for Apple Silicon?

From https://isapplesiliconrea…:

The simplest websites are the best, and this one basically runs a traffic light system highlighting whether commonly used apps are ready or optimised for Apple Silicon yet

So if you’re thinking of investing in the new M1 chip (or buying me one) go here first.

I thought ‘Smart’ Homes were supposed to make life easier

While smart homes can be pretty convenient, they also require a certain type of never-ending vigilance.
— Read on gizmodo.com/im-tired-of-b…

A good read, partly snark at Google for their reputation of teasing end users with products and sun setting them, but the broader compatibility and ‘what if’ scenarios that can leave your ‘smart’ home dumber than ever if you’re unlucky

Sketch is 10 years old and they have a Classic Mac flashback blog post to celebrate

Sketch — Part of your world: Why we’re proud to build a truly native Mac app:

Ten years after the first release of Sketch, a lot has changed. The design tools space has grown. Our amazing community has, too. Even macOS itself has evolved. But one thing has remained the same: our love for developing a truly native Mac app.

I use Sketch infrequently, I’m not a graphics guy, but it’s part of the tool chest for app icons and the ilk, and it works for me – but this is not about the app, or even that’s 10 years old (well done!) but just to share the genius of the Classic Mac flashback style of their blog post!

The new M1 based Apple Mac Mini as a developer machine – tempting 💰

The Apple M1 chip takes our most versatile, do-it-all desktop into another dimension. With up to 3x faster CPU performance. Up to 6x faster graphics. And our most advanced
www.apple.com/uk/mac-mini…

Like many of us work from home has become the new norm, so my (perfectly capable) primary development machine, a MacBook Pro, has become a desktop machine and rarely unplugged from the mains. So a desktop based machine may be on the cards going forward, traditionally better value, better cooling (runs faster) and better expansion.

The new M1 (Apple Silicon) based Mac Mini is probably not targeted at me, the more powerful ‘pro’ machines are a while off yet – but these (not yet validated) Geekbench scores are tempting me, 60% + performance differences in what’s effectively a middle of the road home user spec!

My current primary machine the 2018 i7 MacBook Pro vs the latest M1 powered Mac Mini

The sensible thing to do would be to hold on for the Pro chips – let’s see if I make it 🙂

Some of the best Xamarin mobile app examples out there today

Let’s look at some showcase app examples that use Xamarin.Forms.

www.telerik.com/blogs/bes…

Those that have worked with me know I’m a big proponent of ‘best tool for the job’ and #Xamarin based solutions often fit that criteria, especially for line of business applications and simple tools – here’s a showcase of some example apps out there

Announced at WWDC, Apple are ensuring end users are far more informed about how privacy friendly (or not) individual apps are 🔐- “Apple says new ‘nutrition labels’ for app privacy will be required starting December 8” https://buff.ly/2Icln17

Announced at WWDC, Apple are ensuring end users are far more informed about how privacy friendly (or not) individual apps are 🔐- “Apple says new ‘nutrition labels’ for app privacy will be required starting December 8” https://buff.ly/2Icln17

November 05, 2020 at 10:23PM

Imagine you had a globally successful mobile app and you were forced to sell?

This is the odd situation that’s been unravelling in the US this month for TikTok after Donald Trump ordered Bytedance to sell off it’s US business, that TikTok, a globally successful mobile app, must be sold to remain operational in the US.

Trump’s distrust of China

The background is that Trump and his government don’t trust China (here in the UK we have similar distrust towards Chinese owned Huawei) for reasons we’re not privvy to, Bytedance is, or certainly initially was, a Chinese company. However Tiktok has a huge following (3.7 million users) and is valued at over $50 billion, by all metrics it’s a successful mobile app. If that was your startup you’d be pretty happy.

Now imagine you were old to give up / sell up a major chunk of that because a foreign power doesn’t like or trust you? Unsurprisingly the Chinese are not happy, and already put the blockers on Microsoft purchasing Tiktok, that deal was supposed to remove all Trump’s concerns (Security and use of the data, search histories, locations, and anything else their algorithm defines) with an outright technology purchase.

Oracle?

Where it gets weirder, is now that an outright purchase of TikTok US is off the table, it seems Oracle are the forerunners, but as a technology partner, not entirely sure what this means, but in essence it sounds like the be all of hosting deals. But as the Verge states Oracle’s TikTok deal accomplishes nothing.

After months of insistence that TikTok sever its US operations from Chinese ownership, we’re now settling for a vague partnership between Oracle and the US TikTok operation. It’s still unclear exactly what Oracle’s “trusted tech partner” status entails,

So is this a save face by Trump, making ‘something’ happen, assuming that Oracle hosting all this data will ease the concerns his government has (assuming they are valid concerns in the first place), just some sort of electioneering (his deadline was end of September to get a deal done)? Either way, it does little to progress us to a true, global, mobile app economy.

And back to the topic, what you do, if some foreign Gov came along one day and ordered you to divest, at no doubt less than market value as an enforced sale? Price of success for a successful mobile app?

About me

Andy Flisher is a Mobile App Developer based in the North East of England with over 20 years software development experience. He is available for hire and specialises in cross platform mobile app development, web applications, desktop software, bespoke cloud architecture solutions and providing outsourced project management services.