Video: A quick explainer on the promise—and risks—of TrueDepth in the iPhone XS
- Further ReadingHands-on with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XRBut Apple and the developers who make apps for its platforms have more applications for the 3D sensing tech planned in the future, and consumers might not be aware of them.
- In this video, Ars Technica's Valentina Palladino and iOS app developer Nathan Gitter talk about how TrueDepth works, what exciting things it might be used for in the future, and what users have to look out for in terms of privacy and security concerns.
- He talks through which existing applications of the tech excite him and which ones he's most looking forward to as more developers tap into the system.
- Apple's policies for its App Store forbid developers from using the technology for ads, but in the long run, you'll see tech like this in places besides Apple's store.
How OTP Applications are structured
- Aside from the compiled .beam files containing virtual machine code, compiled applications consist of an application specification .app file that tells the VM how to handle the application, and an optional application callback module that is used to start, run and stop the application.
- Elixir's mix new task automatically creates an application callback module when a new project is generated with the --sup flag.
- The generated project contains an application callback module in lib/elixir_app/application.ex.
- To be able to generate the specification, each app must have a name and version number defined in its project function.
- Below is a minimal sample mix.exs file, which only lists the project name and version number, yields a specification that lists Elixir’s default applications and specifies the modules in the app.
- Aside from the app's name and version number, a mix.exs file generated with the --sup option has an application function with a mod key.
Shopify’s iOS 12 update adds AR shopping support for 600,000 stores
- E-commerce platform Shopify now offers support for AR Quick Look, an iOS 12 feature that builds augmented reality support directly into the Safari browser.
- TechCrunch notes that the move means that the roughly 600,000 online stores that run on Shopify’s platform can now build in the ability for customers to view products in augmented reality without having to download any additional apps.
- A trailer released by Shopify shows off this functionality to view PureCycles’ bicycles before purchase to get an idea of the size and shape of the product before it arrives.
- Other shops with a higher proportion of desktop or Chrome visitors may not see the same benefit since these browsers don’t currently support AR Quick Look.
- Shopify owns a large platform, and its support is a big step forward for Apple’s AR efforts.
Your iPhone's camera just got an upgrade thanks to iOS 12 — here are all the ways it changed
- Apple made some upgrades that will not only make using the Photos app easier and more intuitive, it will improve your phone's camera.
- Starting with iOS 11, your phone's camera can detect QR codes automatically, sending you a notification when it identifies the correct website.
- If your phone has an A9 chip or later, you can edit RAW images on your iPhone or iPad. Apple also says it's "easier than ever" to import photos and videos from a professional camera to your iPhone or iPad. The For You tab will now house your Memories (which are curated by Apple based on the images in your library), any shared album activity, and what Apple thinks are some of the best photos from your library.
- If you take photos while you're out with a group of friends, Apple will detect the faces and start suggesting that you share them with those friends.
Google’s Family Link now lets parents monitor their teens’ online activity
- Family Link, the parental control hub Google introduced last year to give kids under 13 their own Google accounts, is now expanding its features to teens.
- Family Link allows parents to set screen time limits, lock devices when it’s time for a break, approve or block apps downloaded from the Play Store, and locate their kids through their devices.
- Family Link is technically available to anyone with an existing Google account, so by expanding the features past teens to seniors, it’s hoping to let users help monitor online safety for all family members.
- If the account holder doesn’t consent, they can choose not to provide their password to enable Family Link supervision.
- Parents have had the ability to lock their kids’ devices from their Family Link apps, but now they can ask Google Assistant to do it for them with a voice command.
Here are all the new ways Apple can help you combat your smartphone addiction in iOS 12
- Apple's latest software update for iPhones and iPads, iOS 12, is now available to download, and it contains new tools to help you spend less time on your phone.
- The new features are intended to help people understand how much time they're spending on their iOS devices.
- You can now set time limits on certain apps, enable Do Not Disturb while you're sleeping, and get reports on your smartphone activity.
- Apple unveiled the new features in June at its annual developer conference, WWDC.
- For instructions on how to get started downloading iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad, click here.
North Koreans have been hiding their identities to evade sanctions
- The US Department of the Treasury recently warned IT companies and individuals that individuals from North Korea are using fake online information in order to win employment for technology projects.
- The Wall Street Journal expanded on this issue by looking into a North Korean operated business out of China that developed apps, mobile games and more for people and businesses across the world.
- The companies and individuals that did business with them through avenues such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Upwork and Freelancer.com thought they were Chinese programmers; they had no idea they were doing business with North Koreans.
- It's possible that, using these fake profiles, these North Korean companies have made millions of dollars off of unsuspecting clients, using apps like Slack, Github and PayPal to remain as anonymous as possible.
Kid-Focused Apps Track Location, UK Spying, and More Security News This Week
- This week, New Mexico's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab, an app developer behind games like Fun Kid Racing, as well as advertising companies including Google and Twitter, alleging that they violated children’s privacy laws by tracking and sharing data for users under the age of 13.
- When New York Times reporters looked at other apps aimed at young kids on both Google Android and Apple iOS, they found more examples that potentially violate privacy laws by sending children's data to tracking companies.
- As the Times notes, it's also in line with academic research that found thousands of Android games and apps for kids shared their data with outside companies in possible violation of the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act. A bipartisan group of senators sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a letter this week asking him why on earth the State Department hasn’t instituted basic cybersecurity best practices.