044 – Live and Dangerous!

It’s a beautiful sunny day and we’re live (not really) from the Wickham Tap in Limerick, a new pub from the Galway Bay Brewery. Dave is preparing a talk on Swift Enums and Thomas is half-heartedly Swifting on the server. After two and a half years Apple Pay has finally arrived at our bank and we use it to purchase copious quantities of beer! Thomas bought another vintage Apple keyboard and AirPods to drown out the sound of the mechanical keyboard. Baz bought the new 10.5″ iPad Pro with the Pencil and Smart Keyboard, we talk about his experience running it on iOS 11. We talk about the tradeoffs of buying new Apple devices vs. waiting it out. We give a six month update on our Amazon Echos and pronounce the death of Siri.

Baz and Dave (2007, Canadian Guy)

Links

Paint it Back (Picross Game)

What’s making us happy

Thomas – 16 albums! The Dø – Shake Shook Shaken. [Apple Music] [Spotify]
Baz – The Mountain Goats – Goths. [Apple Music] [Spotify]
Dave – Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts. [Apple Music] [Spotify]

043 – Crank the Handle

We walk through a different kind of dongle hell, adding bluetooth to a car stereo and end up going all the way back to tapes, vinyl and digital distribution. iPhone 8 rumours abound as Qualcomm debuts their through-screen fingerprint scanner, we wonder how big and expensive it’ll be. Baz informs us that you can get little hands on your fingers so you can have little hands on your fingers. We talk about the lack of WWDC video we’ve watched, and Thomas dives into server-side Swift! We discuss caching strategies and load testing. We get REALLY angry at Planet of The Apps and abandon equanimity because of Jessica Alba and her equity.

Links

Enough – DHH

What’s making us happy

Baz – GLOW on Netflix
Dave – Humble Audiobook Bundle: Hackers, Gamers and Geeks
Thomas – NPR Planet Money

042 – So many gigaflops

Baz got bored and installed the latest beta, we discuss some of the new features and talk about the perils of public betas. We discuss the Surface and discuss if Apple users are more elitist than users of other platforms, Dave really likes Macs. We love nine year old cars and now Baz has one too, we grill him on the specs and somehow end up discussing Imperial vs Metric units. The ARKit demos are in full flow and we discuss the adoption of new technologies. We recap Episodes 2 and 3 of Planet of the Apps.

Links

Scott Forstall interview
Made with ARKit

What’s making us happy

Baz – Getting a car!
Dave – Gone Home game
Thomas – TextWrangler

041 – Planet of The Apps

In a break from our usual format we try something new and record an episode about Apple’s new reality show, Planet of The Apps… but then we end up talking about the business of Apps and have a far too heated discussion about how podcasts should handle bonus episodes. This is not a bonus episode.

What’s making us happy this week

Nothing!

040 – The Boys Aren’t Back in Town

After a brief period of upheaval in real life we are back with our WWDC episode. WWDC took place this week in San Jose and watched the keynote live from the comfort of Thomas’s couch 8000km away in Ireland. We discuss the revelations in the keynote and the state of the platform. Apple recommits to the Pro market. HomePod Homeshmod? Thomas has been waiting 10 years for multi-room Airplay and he finally gets it, but at what cost? Will the new App store benefit Indie developers. In stark contrast to other years Baz wants to use the new Xcode beta. Apple democratize horse detection with on device machine learning. The walled garden pays off with the seamless introduction of new image and video formats. CoreNFC makes its debut but only on the latest iPhone and only for a certain type of tag. We can now send money to each other with Apple Pay, but our banks still don’t support it! Our iMessages now sync but our messages still lag! We try to see the dark side of the keynote: Baz wanted a UI refresh and Dave wanted a tvOS update. Dave says he won’t go into it (but he does.) No more Canada only rollouts with Phased App Releases.

Links

What’s making us happy

039 – 2 Women Can’t Have 1 Baby in 4½ Months

New Overcast watch app. Baz returns to Úll and almost escapes a room. This year’s new iPhones. AirPods. Live-buying an Apple Watch. Apple and the environment. Uber. Susan Fowler and Increment. Stripe. Spinal Tap.

Links

What’s making us happy

038 – Nappies and Obviously Wine

We get a very accurate review. Fantastic iPads and when to buy them. We finally get Apple Pay, but we don’t. A new reason for rejection. Push notification fundamentalism. Mac Pros. Panic and my Uncle works for Nintendo.

Links

What’s making us happy

037 – Harness your controversial states

Baz gets some feedback on WordSnap from listeners of the podcast, and Dave loses his top spot on the Endless Mode leaderboard. Thomas goes on a brief nerd holiday. Baz has a new toy. iPads. Force Touch. Dave shares screens. We go deep on Indie Games.

Links

What’s making us happy

036 – It sure is, Ceelo

It’s our one year anniversary!

Baz discovers he’s not alone in finding trouble finishing projects. Dave talks about being in demand and Thomas promises to ruin things by making them in Swift.

Links

What’s making us happy

035 – Resisters Anonymous

  • Dave is Thomas’s Swift Spirit Animal. Firewatch reviewed. Baz asks for your help with WordSnap and we discuss what keeps us from finishing projects. Things go wrong, again.

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What’s making us happy