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Episode 133 – All Green Across the Board

This week we discuss Blackbox’s update and T-shirts. We follow up on top 10 articles on Swift and Apple’s commitment to Pro computing. We discuss the outrage on Amazon’s web service S3. We discuss the Department of Defense’s entry into open source software. Google vs Otto and Uber is covered as well as more rumored features in the iPhone 8. Picks: Convolutional Neural Networks, Google Cloud Next and Twitter Image Pipeline iOS.

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Episode 126 – What the iPhone Means to Me

This week we are joined by Tammy Coron and Greg Heo. We follow up on Learning to Learn, a MacBook Pro saving a life, where Apple products are made and the math behind a 5-star rating. This week marked the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone announcement by Apple. So we asked listeners and friends to tell us what the iPhone has meant to them. We hear from Kim Ahlberg, Justin Stanley, Aaron Douglas, Peter Cook, George Stroumboulopoulos, Jaime Lopez Jr and Rich Turton. We talk about Phil Schiller’s press tour on the iPhone early history as well as some recent turnaround in iPhone sales and market growth. We speculate Chris Lattner’s move to Tesla. Cloud storage is mentioned. Picks: Kaleidoscope, Hyperdrive USB Hub

Mark’s Notes:

// For x 5 stars, and 1 1 star, the average is:
Ave = (5x + 1) / (x + 1)
// Solve for x to get the number of 5 stars needed to achieve this Ave with 1 star:
5x + 1 = (Ave)x + Ave
(5 - Ave)x = Ave - 1
x = (Ave - 1) / (5 - Ave)
// So to get Ave = 4.75, with 1 1-star, you need:
x = 15  5 stars
// And to get Ave = 4.5, you need:
x = 7  5 stars

Greg’s Version:

// Say you have one 5-star and one 1-star. What’s the average?
(1 + 5) ÷ 2 = 3 stars! // How horrible!
// Then you get another 5-star review. Your new average:
(1 + 5 + 5) ÷ 3 = 3.7 stars. // Getting better.
/* So you could just keep adding another 5 and increasing the number after the ÷ until you hit 4.5.
As Mark says, 7 5-star reviews is the magic number to get back up to four and a half: */
(1 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5) ÷ 8 = 4.5

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Episode 98 – No Longer Spinning Rust

This week Greg Heo leads the all West Coast show. We begin with a discussion about NSPredicate. #askMtJC covers tips for finding your first job. We follow up on Swift Playgrounds and APFS. We discuss GraphQL and the rumored in-screen Home button on the iPhone 7. Picks:  Ultimate Apple IO death chart, Git standup, Detecting Low Power mode, WWDC app

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Episode 93 – Hey Siri! Can We Talk?

This week Jaime follows up on Google IO – Android Instant Apps & FireBase, as well as Google Play services. We delve into Firebase’s new platform. Tim also follows up on discussions with Ryan MacLeod developer of Blackbox (SPOILER: 24:30 – 27:00). We discuss Apple’s future plans with rumored Siri SDK and a voice-enabled home device as well as Vocal IQ. We look at Apple technologies and make predictions of what Apple will introduce at WWDC16. We also look at the upcoming 5G technologies. Picks: Xcode search, Blockhead, Mekorama (we CollectionView and ScrollView in the after show)

Yes, I incorrectly stated the power charger requirement for iPads. It requires a 10 volt charger.

“Instant gratification takes too long.” – Carrie Fisher

Cellular G's

from the Toronto Star – May 23, 2016

Siri Icon illustration by Sam Beckett

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