Teckin Smart Plug / Socket with HomeKit using homebridge

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Context I wanted to automate my outdoor lights to enable timers and motion detectors to trigger them to make the house a little safer and easier to navigate at night. I have not decided on an activation method yet, but the first step, will be to just get them on HomeKit. I considered smart bulbs, but that would mean i’d need to change the existing PIR fixtures and I do not need to dim them or anything, so this seemed overkill. I can disable the PIR on them all and set them to always on, […]

Fitness Room, Gym Review: Park International Hotel, Kensington, London

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In this series, I will review gyms in Hotels that I have stayed in around the UK. I am writing this series as it is very hard to know what a hotel means by a fitness room when booking. I have often arrived at a hotel with a gym to find a tiny room with a treadmill and 3 mismatched dumbbells. The ratings are based on what I’d expect from a hotel gym. I mainly do strength training in a gym. As I prefer to do aerobic work outside, this may slightly bias the ratings. […]

watchOS 4 on Series 0

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Over 880 days ago on 24th April 2015, I received my original Apple Watch (recently dubbed Series 0), I have worn it every day since. I use¬†it mainly for fitness and media playback control, but nothing else. The main reason is that my Apple Watch was too slow to use any apps and even the ones that I do¬†use had some performances issues, e.g. the timer in the workout app struggling to display smoothly on screen. Performance watchOS 4 has been a huge improvement –¬†performance seem so much better, apps launch quicker, the interface is […]

The Shelf is now available on App Store

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In August, I announced The Shelf, which allows you to import, via drop or copy,¬†many kinds of data into it to¬†hold¬†until it is needed¬†later. Check out the original article for full details and a demonstration of The Shelf. It is now available to download on App Store. New Features During beta testing, I received many requests for PDF support, I was able to add this in time for release. Pricing During App Review, I was told by Apple repeatedly that The Shelf was an unacceptable app type for Auto-Renewing Subscriptions. As a result, I have […]

The iPhone Pro Won’t Be Great for Video

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The rumours for the as of yet unannounced iPhone Edition / Pro seem to suggest that it will feature a 5.8″ 2800 x 1242px screen. Using a bit of trigonometry, widescreen videos on this unannounced iPhone Edition / Pro will only be 104% the size of the regular iPhone 7, whereas the 5.5″ screen on the current iPhone 7 plus displays a video ¬†137% the size of the¬†regular iPhone 7.¬†This can be seen graphically below. This may be a huge issue for me, as I use my iPhone 7 plus a lot to watch YouTube. […]

Introducing The Shelf

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Before Apple’s annual developer conference this year, WWDC 2017, Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett created a piece on MacStories titled¬†iOS 11 : iPad Wishes and Concept Video.¬†This¬†included a concept¬†they called¬†Shelf for iPad in iOS 11. The whole premise of the shelf was centred around system wide drag and drop to “serves as a holding place for bits of content without an immediate destination”. In June, Apple held WWDC and did indeed announce APIs and support for system wide drag and drop¬†in iOS 11 on iPad. Unfortunately, Shelf as envisaged by Federico and Sam was not […]