Register for the PASS summit 2017

PASS summit 2017

The PASS summit brings you three days of inspiring, jam-packed educational opportunities focused on the Microsoft Platform, professional connections, and new skills and know-how you can put to use immediately. Don’t forget to stop by the IDERA booth for your chance to win one of 3 apple watches!

What to expect this year at the summit:

  • More than 5,000 registrants from more than 2,000 companies
  • Representatives from 52 different countries
  • Over 200 technical sessions presented by industry experts from around the world including more advanced sessions than years before
  • 70+ hours networking with MVPs, experts and peers
  • Inspiring keynote speakers that include Rohan Kumar, Rimma Nehma, and Heather Ritchie,
  • An opportunity to connect, share and learn

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Chances of making a successful mobile app

Chances of making a successful mobile app

Very sad news on the changes of making a successful mobile app to make you millions of dollars is next to nothing at this point.  Check the following web page with the similar concerns of getting the first cool million dollars.  The article is stating that most mobile developers are making next to poverty amounts.

Now this is a sorry state of affairs that you cannot make an amount of cash that would help pay the mortgage.

By 2015, 60 percent of app developers were earning under the poverty line, making profits of less than $500 per month. Older statistics indicate that 80 percent of developers don’t earn enough to turn their development into viable businesses. But things are improving; more money is being paid out, so surely developers are being paid more, right? Well, as it stands, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store are horribly stacked in favor of the largest players in the market, and the current trend would seem to indicate that this divide will only grow, despite the fact that barriers to entry to the market are apparently falling. After all, with a mere $124 you can get access to both the Apple and Google app stores — and with that, access to tens (soon to be hundreds) of billions of app downloads.

This brings everything to the forefront, can you survive development of a mobile app on the Apple store ?  The yearly fee must come into mind so that any profit is paying for getting the app approved and on the store.

Very sad when you take into consideration what software you are using to develop the product.

Swift 4.0 Released!

Swift 4.0 Released!

Swift 4 is now officially released! Swift 4 builds on the strengths of Swift 3, delivering greater robustness and stability, providing source code compatibility with Swift 3, making improvements to the standard library, and adding features like archival and serialization.

Swift is a general-purpose programming language built using a modern approach to safety, performance, and software design patterns.

Updates

Swift 4.0 is a major language release and contains the following language changes and updates that went through the Swift Evolution process that can be viewed by clicking here

Apple (Xcode)

For development on Apple’s platforms, Swift 4.0 ships as part of Xcode 9.  Open-source Swift can be used on the Mac to target all of the Apple platforms: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Moreover, binary builds of open-source Swift integrate with the Xcode developer tools, including complete support for the Xcode build system, code completion in the editor, and integrated debugging, allowing anyone to experiment with the latest Swift developments in a familiar Cocoa and Cocoa Touch development environment.

Linux

Official binaries for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 are available for download. Open-source Swift can be used on Linux to build Swift libraries and applications. The open-source binary builds provide the Swift compiler and standard library, Swift REPL and debugger (LLDB), and the core libraries, so one can jump right in to Swift development.

10 Most Important Feature Improvements to Apple’s iOS 11

10 Most Important Feature Improvements to Apple’s iOS 11

iOS

Apple iOS 11 is now available to download and install from the Apple store.  There is a new update released 11.0.1 so most likely there were some software glitch that needed immediate repair.

List of 10 improvements

  1. Apple’s iOS 11 includes a new Files app that brings together all of the files and folders stored across a user’s Apple devices, Dropbox accounts and more. The app provides access to iCloud Drive, the company’s cloud data storage service, and can help users find files on other devices.
  2. Apple’s iPad support gains several improvements in iOS 11, including a better Dock app. The Dock now can stretch across the screen to include more apps that can be swapped out when users swipe across the Dock. It also displays apps that have been opened recently and used on the iPhone or Mac.
  3. Apple iOS 11 has improved Apple Pencil support, making it easier to mark up files and folders and access notes. iOS 11 also includes support for inline drawing on e-mails that can be sent to others. Also, scanning and signing support comes standard.
  4. Apple’s App Store gets a revamp in iOS 11. The App Store’s new design, the company says, will make it easier for find apps and search for programs related to specific topics. There’s also a dedicated Games tab, suggesting video games still are an important attraction for Apple’s mobile users.
  5. Apple’s Camera app has a modified design that includes new filters to add flair to photos. According to Apple, the Camera app enables better portrait photos with skin tones “more natural.” Photo compression is also improved, reducing file sizes by 50 percent without sacrificing image quality.
  6. Apple’s virtual assistant Siri has gotten an update in iOS 11. Siri now can immediately translate words or phrases from English to several different languages including Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. Siri also can learn user music preferences and play only tracks that it knows the user will like. Also, Siri can better anticipate what users want and proactively deliver content and make suggestions.
  7. Apple’s Control Center has been rebuilt in iOS 11. Users can customize Control Center to include access to apps used most often and remove apps they don’t use. Control Center also now works with Apple’s 3D Touch feature, so users can access more controls by varying the amount of pressure they place on the screen.
  8. The Lock Screen also has been reworked in iOS 11 to provide better access to the notifications users care about. By swiping up from anywhere on the screen, users can see their most recent notifications as well as missed notifications from both Apple and third-party apps.
  9. In a nod to the one-thumbed typist, Apple has added one-touch support to its keyboard. Users simply touch and hold the emoji or globe keys and the keyboard will shift to a one-handed mode. Apple says it should be easier to type with only one finger, with all the keys close enough to type out messages.
  10. The upcoming iPhone X doesn’t have a physical home button, and iOS 11 has been designed with that in mind, including new gestures. Any gestures that relied on the home button are gone in the iPhone X version—accessing iOS 11 for iPhone X’s multitasking feature now requires swiping up from the display. Swiping down now brings up the Control Panel, and screenshots are done differently.

 

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner.

CCleaner Version 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner.  CCleaner has been downloaded more than 2 billion times according to Avast, making it a popular target for hackers.

CCleaner is a software utility that wipes out application leftover garbage, can view the registry for entries no longer wanted, remove applications, etc.   Piriform believes that all users are now safe but the real question is how was this even possible to happen.

Trusted by consumers and businesses, CCleaner will lose some of the trustworthiness they have built over the years. The malware itself appears to have been designed to use infected PCs as part of a botnet.

The hackers have proven that this could lead to other companies not securing their software.  The danger is that anyone who allows their people to not protect their workstations from the outside world can affect millions others.  Similar things have happened to Equifax and Sony, if you do not have the latest Anti-Virus software on your workstation you need to make sure you are protected today.

A end user can remove the CCleaner application for now and run a malware check on your machine for protection.

Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

iOS

Well the time has come to begin the end of the 32 bit application.  What this means to the general public is that certain older applications may no longer work if you install the latest iOS on your iPhone.  Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working.

Android still allows for 32 and 64 bit applications to co-exist as well as Windows/Linux but Apple will start to force developers to upgrade their application.

What does this mean to the general public ?

Dropping support for 32-bit software lets Apple streamline its operating system and helps it run more quickly since it no longer needs to load software libraries to make sense of the older programs.

A 64-bit application signifies how much data a processor can handle at once – the larger the figure, the faster a computer can potentially operate.  That is in theory but in life you have developers that sometimes do not properly code and you end up with a buggy application.

Microsoft is the biggest example of keeping legacy programs working  and it is to keep as many things as compatible as possible for as long as possible.  Is a 32 bit application that bad, not really and it all depends on what is being done with the application.  If a 32 bit application is processing XML files for distribution to a SQL server than it will speed up in a 64 bit world but it still works.

End of the party

Most people really do not know the difference and may not realize their applications were 32 bit until they upgrade the iOS operating system.  Than they may be in for a shock when it no longer works.  This is the reality and Apple is forcing everyone to go with them if you want to use their equipment.

Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight

Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater Debut

iPhone

For the first time Apple on September 12th held the iPhone X Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater. The iPhone X is a sensational-looking iPhone  but it comes at a huge cost, and you’ll have to wait to get it.  Will Face ID become a way of unlocking the phone, but if your face truly does get ‘learned’ over time, it could work well.

  • Screen is stunning
  • New user interface is intuitive
  • Portrait Lighting is effective
  • Face ID was erratic in demos
  • Cost is so, so high

Let’s get the important bit out of the way first: the iPhone X is one of the most expensive flagship phones ever made. It’ll retail at $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 for the basic model. In terms of when you’ll be able to get your hands on it, the iPhone X release date has been set for November 3, with pre-orders going live on October 27. It’ll be coming to the major territories first, with the UK, US and Australia all tipped to be included in the first wave of shipments.

iPhone X Details

The resolution of the screen has been upgraded from the iPhone 7, as the sub-HD pixel count wasn’t really something Apple could hope to get away with in 2017 in the face of such strong competition from the rest of the industry.  The iPhone X has been upgraded to match its rivals, with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 on the new Super Retina HD display.

The ‘lip’ at the top of the phone, where a section of the ‘all-screen’ display was cut out to place the cameras.  The True Depth camera at the top is needed for Face ID, so it makes sense that a small portion would need to be kept for all the technology – but it does ruin the aesthetic somewhat. The screen is 18:9 (although that’s not been confirmed by Apple) so a movie that’s in a standard 16:9 format won’t fill the display.

The new iPhone X is easily, easily the best-looking phone Apple’s ever made.  The rear, which is now glass, doesn’t feel as premium as the almost-ceramic metal of previous models, but it still feels solid and secure in the hand. The edges aren’t sharp, instead folding into the palm in a way that’s pleasant to hold.

Face ID is the major shift here to allow the iPhone to know it’s owner but can you reset it in the event it is being resold or given away.  iOS 11 is the operating system with new features that will improve things.  The cameras also provide excellent quality and depth but the big question is battery life which sucks the life out of a user.

You can even get a fast charger – 50% within 30 minutes from dead – but only with a USB-C cable. A USB-C to Lightning Cable retails for $25 (£25 / AU$35) on Apple.com, while a USB-C Power Adapter is available in a few sizes: 29W, 61W and 87W. And if you want it, the price of the cheapest adapter (29W) is $49 (£49 / AU$69) from Apple.

Pumping at the heart of the iPhone X is the new A11 Bionic chipset, designed to handle the heavy lifting the new iPhone is calling on it for.

Final verdict is whether you really want to drop $1,000.00 on a phone or wait for the prices to drop when the ‘s’ version is release in the September of 2018 as it has been done before.  The iPhone 7 still does the job for most folks as well as the iPhone 6s so you get a new tool at a high price.

 

 

 

How to tell which iPad model you have

How to tell which iPad model you have

iPads

iPads aren’t as easily distinguishable as iPhones are the following article will assist.

How to find your iPad model number

In addition to the marketing names that we all know so well, all iPads have a model number. Two of them, actually. The first one is on the device itself. If you flip over your iPad, you’ll see a bunch of tiny writing below the word “iPad.” That’s where you’ll find the model number.

At the end of the top row, you’ll find the world “Model,” followed by an “A” and a four-digit string of numbers. The number string tells you what screen size and generation of iPad you have, as well as whether it’s cellular-equipped. For example, the latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro is A1701 for the Wi-Fi model and A1709 for the LTE version.) There is also a serial number printed here, but it’s unlikely you’ll ever need it.

In addition, some cellular-equipped fourth-generation iPads and first-generation iPad minis have an “MM” version indicating CDMA compatibility—though you’ll see that designation only on spec sheets. If you use one of these iPads on Verizon’s network, the MM version is probably the one you’ve got.

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You’ll also find a model number in Settings.

The second model number (which is really an internal SKU number) is in Settings. If you tap General and then About, you’ll see a Model tab that lists a completely different number than the one on the rear of the device. This is a much more specific identifier, which provides information about the capacity and country, as well as the type of iPad.

If you’re selling or buying one internationally on eBay, it’s an important number, but otherwise the number on the back will tell you everything you need to know.

New iPhone will be announced soon

New iPhone will be announced soon

iPhone

 

September 12th a very important date to mark on your calendar.  That’s when Apple will host its next media event, at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new Cupertino campus, where it’s expected to unveil three new iPhone models, the third-generation Apple Watch, and an upgraded Apple TV with support for 4K and HDR display technologies.

With new iPhones just days away from being officially revealed, a Bloomberg journalist has reported what he saw in images of the expected new high-end model. The key change is said to be the removal of the Home button, which has been rumored before. However, Bloomberg goes into fine detail on accompanying gestural changes on the software side. Click here to read more about this.

Even if you’re planning to stick with your current Apple hardware for now, there’s lots more to look forward to on September 12. During Apple’s media event, expect to find out when you’ll be able to upgrade your devices to iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and perhaps even macOS High Sierra as well.

Additional Information

Meanwhile, if you ever connect to public hotspots, you’ll definitely want to know more about a new Wi-Fi feature that’s coming in iOS 11.   You can also check out MacRumors for additional information on the iPhone that will be released.

The hardest thing to understand with Android and iPhone phones is the cost, it is always going up placing close to a $1,000 for units.  Sooner or later folks will have to make that decision on whether their budgets will be able to handle it.  It would also be nice if there was a recycle program with the vendors to trade in a phone and get discounts.  You can always send to a third party but the amount of returned funds is low.  Anyway an Apple release is always fun.

 

Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together

Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together

Phone

Amazon and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they’ve been working on a partnership to allow their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, to speak to one another.

Starting later this year, owners of Amazon Echos and other Alexa-powered devices will be able to say: “Alexa, open Cortana” to start querying Microsoft’s voice assistant. Owners of devices running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will be able to summon Alexa via Cortana in a similar manner.

Why would customers want that — especially with the relatively clunky nature of the necessary voice command? The companies say that each voice assistant has its strengths — features like Microsoft Outlook and Exchange email integration for Cortana and smart-home controls or shopping for Alexa — and that customers of both companies would benefit from an integration.

It’s not clear if the two assistants will share voice data in an effort to make each digital assistant smarter. But there is the hope that someday these artificial agents will be intelligent enough to route requests to the best virtual assistant for the task without a specific “Alexa” or “Cortana” command.

What about Apple ?

The new partnership throws a wrinkle into the narrative of the emerging world of voice assistants, where Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple have been competing to build the operating system of the future. Google, of course, has Google Assistant built into the Google Home speaker as well as select Android phones. Apple’s Siri has been the digital assistant inside iPhones for years and will power the forthcoming HomePod.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella told the New York Times they would welcome such cooperation. But, as the Times notes, such a future may be unlikely since Google and Apple see their AIs as key differentiators for their mobile phone operating systems.

As Windows always wanted was to have a house completely working with their OS so now that you have Alexa involved or linked that dream may come true.