iOS 8 Trick of The Day

September 11, 2014

Predictive answers. Check it:

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I Upgraded To iOS 8 Today

September 10, 2014

My first impression: it’s pretty!
Somehow, the fonts are smoother. The colors seem a little more crisp. I can hardly wait for the new iPhone 6 hardware to see it for real!
Some of the cool new features are:
• double tap the home button to see a list of frequent contacts at the top of the screen
• there is a voice feature built into iMessages. Think “Voxer”.
• there is also a picture of the person you are chatting with in iMessages.
• finally, (for now…) there is an enhanced keyboard. New predictive text bar instead of the stupid bubble.

So far, I’m a huge fan!


For Those of You Who May be Wondering About Apple Pay

September 10, 2014

What makes Apple Pay revolutionary? How is it different than Google Wallet/PayPal?
Well, Apple Pay is NOTHING like google wallet. The iPhone 6 has a piece of hardware that stores your payment card info encrypted. Your bank has to be able to process Apple Pay payments because, when you pay with your phone, that security chip in the phone generates a one-time use token, sends that token via NFC to the Apple Pay enabled point of sale. The point of sale sends that token to the merchants payment gateway which sends it to your bank. Your bank decrypts the token into your payment information. From there, it is a normal payment.
So, it operates a little like public-private key encryption. Your bank holds the private key. The security chip holds the bank’s public key. ONLY the bank can decrypt the information and you have your own public key. But, more than that, your fingerprint (more biometrics coming later) is the password (the salt in encryption terms) to unlock that public key on the device.
This means, if you lose your phone, you simply deactivate the public key on the phone with find my iPhone.
Google Wallet works like paypal. It fronts the real payment info with a pseudo account which can still be stolen and used without authorization.


The iCloud Breach

September 7, 2014

Does anyone else think the timing of the iCloud breach is just a little too coincidental to the reported new security features that are built into the new iPhone devices?


A Couple of Ideas

September 7, 2014

A journal system: this seems very viable and useful.

A music server: Perhaps a bit more ambitious, a system where I can serve music (maybe more and different content later) that I can serve from a central server and stream the content to a client.


Reboot Project: Journal System

August 31, 2014

I’ve been meaning to start journaling for a while. I don’t want to keep a paper journal because, well, what if I want to put something private in my journal? I don’t want the whole world to see it. I think this might be a good project to work on. I have some good ideas for the short term as well as some ideas for future expansion.

More to come…


Reboot: My Tech Blog 2.0

August 31, 2014

So, recently, I was inspired to pick up some lost habits. Once again I shall take up the challenge to learn a new language.

Last year I refreshed my JavaScript knowledge. My overall evaluation of my experience with this can be summed up as “Meh.”

JavaScript is a powerful language. There is a lot to it, especially with the HTML 5 standards gaining momentum and the capabilities of today’s browsers. You can do a lot with it.

In the interest of learning with a purpose, my next language will not be simply an academic study of the language. I need a meaningful project to help guide my efforts. This project selection is as important as the language I select for the implementation.

More on this later…


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