The Technical-Groundwork Edition Saturday, April 22, 2023

Will Apple Take A Big Bite Out Of The Banks?, by Patrick McGee, Financial Times

The iPhone maker is playing a long game in finance and payments, say three former Apple employees, and its current moves are laying the technical groundwork for taking a bigger share of the market.


“Right now, they can’t upset banks, and they can’t separate network partners — it’s too important for distribution at the start,” says a former Apple employee. “But you can imagine that the pendulum swings: as more and more people use Apple Pay . . . then the leverage moves into Apple’s camp and they can make other plays that aren’t so dependent on the banks.”

Apple Rolls Out Support For Contactless Payments Acceptance On iPhones To Merchants In Taiwan, by Tom Phillips, NFCW

Merchants in Taiwan have become the first outside the USA to be able to accept in-store contactless payments on iPhones using Apple’s Tap to Pay software point of sale (sPOS) feature.

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Three Unreleased Mac Models Appear In Apple's Find My Configuration File, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

The list in Apple’s configuration file relates to overriding “separation monitoring,” which suggests these could be desktop Mac models that do not need to be actively tracked via ‌Find My‌ for separation from the user as portable Macs do.


Hyperduck Leverages The Power Of URL Schemes To Control Your Mac From An iPhone Or iPad, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Hyperduck is a recent utility from Sindre Sorhus for sending URLs from an iPhone or iPad to your Mac that has some very interesting applications. Hyperduck hasn’t replaced my use of AirDrop, Handoff, and other Apple technologies that move data between devices, but it has extended those features in meaningful ways and has quickly worked its way into my everyday computing life.

Typinator 9, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Ergonis has released Typinator 9, a major new version with a fresh, modern user interface, a new app icon, and Spanish language support.

Why This 11-port Dock Is Perfect For Professionals Who Travel, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

But if you need power, performance, and reliability, and you're shuffling gigabytes of important data from storage cards and backup drives, or you want to hook up your device to an external display, then the OWC Thunderbolt Go Dock is worth looking at.


'Can't Wait To Return!' Says Apple CEO Tim Cook As India Visit Comes To An End, by HindustanTimes

On the last day of his trip, Cook visited some app developers to experience their technology.

"It's great to see so many developers across India pursuing their passion and sharing their ideas with users around the world. I had the pleasure of meeting Hitwicket, India's top-rated cricket app, Prayoga, an AR-based yoga app, and LookUp, an easy-to-use dictionary app," Cook tweeted.

Bottom of the Page

iCloud is 'infamous' for having sync not work, and with no error messages, and no buttons to force a sync.

Now that I am starting to work on iCloud syncing for my hobby project, I am realising that sync sometimes also does not work, and there are no error messages, and there are no APIs (I think) to force a sync.


Thanks for reading.