The Hands-Free-Programming Edition Saturday, February 10, 2018

Coding Without A Keystroke: The Hands-free Creation Of A Full Video Game, by Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica

Longtime developer and Austin resident Rusty Moyher was diagnosed with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) roughly five years ago—while in the middle of a time-crunched game-design project, no less—and found that his only true physical relief came when he took full, 100-percent breaks from typing and using a mouse. That wouldn't cut it for him, he admitted. "I still want to make games," Moyher told Ars. "It’s hard to imagine any career or job that doesn’t involve computers."

Moyher wanted to prove that his dream—of making legitimate video games without using his hands—was possible. For him, the only true answer was to make and launch a good, working game—and to tell the world how he did it, so that others might follow suit.

Here’s How Apple Is Displaying HomePod In Its Retail Stores, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

While the store was busy and noisy at Michigan Avenue, I was impressed by how well HomePod’s audio came across. Even in the loud environment of the store and over music playing on the device, Siri was able to easily pick up my voice.

Despite Being A HomeKit Accessory, HomePod Does Not Work Within Custom Triggers Or Scenes, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

That means you cannot, for example, have the HomePod automatically stop playing music when you leave the house, even though you can configure lights, switches and other accessories to turn off upon departure.

How A Low-Level Apple Employee Leaked Some Of The iPhone's Most Sensitive Code, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motheroard

According to these sources, the person who stole the code didn’t have an axe to grind with Apple. Instead, while working at Apple, they were encouraged to use their access to help their friends in the jailbreaking community with their security research by leaking them internal Apple code. And they did.


Hands On: Rogue Amoeba's Loopback Is The Mac Utility Every Audio User Needs, by Mike Wuerthele and William Gallagher, AppleInsider

There are reasons why musicians choose Macs instead of PCs and Loopback 1.1.5 is one of them. It's an app that reroutes audio from one piece of hardware or software to another. From podcasting to music mixing, it's a small utility that does a lot.

VideoLAN VLC Releases Version 3.0 With HDR And 360-degree Video, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

The popular cross-platform, open-source video player VLC has received a significant update in 3.0, the first in what will be called the Vetinari branch. It adds support for HDR, including both 10-bit and 12-bit color and 360-degree video. [...] Other major added features include 3D audio support, audio passthrough for HD audio codecs, and support for browsing NAS drives.

Azio’s Retro Classic Typewriter-inspired Bluetooth Keyboard Is A Luxurious Treat, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

The [...] accessory comes with a lot in the box you won’t get from comparably priced premium keyboards, including replaceable keycaps for both Mac and PC, as well as backlighting, and genuine metal, wood and leather finished surfaces. The wireless version works in both wired and Bluetooth configurations, and the 6,000 mAh battery on board can last for up to two months between charges.

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It is so very easy to accidentally call up somebody by just scrolling through the Recents list... My apologies to all the people who I accidentally called.


It is also very easy to accidentally download apps while scrolling through the pages in the App Store. Thankfully, there's the FaceID portion that cannot be accidentally by-passed.


Or is it just me?


Thanks for reading.