Stuart Breckenridge

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!?


Apple Release iOS 11.4

Juli Clover, for Macrumors:

iOS 11.4 is an audio-focused update, introducing support for multi-room audio through a new protocol that supports multi-room audio on all AirPlay 2 enabled devices.

[…]

The iOS 11.4 update also introduces Messages in iCloud, a feature that has been in the works for several months and was first promised as an iOS 11 feature in June of 2017. Messages in iCloud is designed to store your iMessages in iCloud rather than on each individual device, allowing for improved syncing capabilities.

I’m looking forward to Sonos updating their Sonos One to support AirPlay 2 so that I can use it as a speaker for Apple TV. I’m of the opinion that no matter how good the speakers are on a flat screen TV, they are inevitably hobbled as they tend to be on the back of the unit, facing a wall. Apple TV through a Sonos One should be very good.

Messages in iCloud is a bit of a strange one: after I updated my iPhone had a ton of older messages (both SMS and iMessages) dating back to November 2016. They were not present on any other device until I updated to 11.4. It begs the question as to whether Apple had these messages on their servers all this time, and if they did, why did they have them.

Secondarily, I have over 8GB in iMessage history and I imagine anyone else that’s been in the Apple ecosystem for any reasonable length of time will have something similar. The measly 5GB iCloud storage limit is going to breached fairly quickly with Messages in iCloud. Apple need to increase the free storage limit.


■ SG Transit v1.1

Today I released v1.1 of SG Transit. Here are the release notes:

New Features:

  • Deleting all favourite bus stops has been moved from Settings to Favourites. Before deleting all favourites, the app will (now) very kindly give you the opportunity to change your mind.
  • You can provide feedback via email on the Settings screen.
  • You can pull-to-refresh on the bus arrivals screen (in addition to the existing auto refresh every 30 seconds).
  • Enhanced the auto-refresh-countdown indicator with a NUMBER!
  • Added visual indicators to show whether the next arrival for a particular service has wheelchair access.
  • Added visual indicators to show if a bus is a double-decker.
  • Added visual indicator to the tab bar when there is an MRT disruption.
  • The Start/End markers of bus routes are now colour coded. (A loop route uses the ∞ mark.)
  • Sorting by arrival time is now the default, although you can configure this in Settings.
  • The distance a bus is from your chosen bus stop is now displayed.
  • If you think ads suck and want to get rid of them, you can remove them via a small, one-time, in-app purchase.
  • iPad support. All iPads. 9.7inch, 10.5inch, and 12.9inch. (New screenshots included.)

New Privacy Features:

  • EU USERS: If, for some reason you use this app in the EU, you will be prompted to provide consent to see personalised adverts.
  • The Privacy Policy is now available in the app, via the Settings screen.

Fixes:

  • The auto-refresh continues its countdown when the user is scrolling.

Data Updates:

  • The latest bus route and bus stop data has been added.

You can download the app here.