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Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules

Smart luggage firms close because of airline battery rules – BBC News:

smart luggage

Was looking at these as have a few trips this year, and thought if nothing else the battery packs wold be good for topping up phones that always seem to drain faster on the move and the kids iPads on flights.  However …

… the rules had created confusion at check-in, meaning people were unsure whether they would be able to travel with their bags

Even the least smart of us can tell that luggage that can’t travel with is isn’t particularly smart, or even luggage!

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Merkins will sue for anything – Apple store at Florida Mall faces lawsuit over 2016 evacuation

Merkins will sue for anything – Apple store at Florida Mall faces lawsuit over 2016 evacuation

Apple store at Florida Mall faces lawsuit over 2016 evacuation – Orlando Sentinel:

… the realistic drill was held as part of the inspection of a new restaurant opening that day. It included officials popping six balloons to mimic the sound of gunfire

I’m laughing at popping of balloons, but it was a ‘realistic drill’ who can they give them a warning !?!

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Now you can order and pay for a Volvo from an App

Now you can order and pay for a Volvo from an App

From: All you need for a Volvo XC40 subscription is your iPhone:

When I first read this I thought it was too much, but then on rethinking ‘why not?’

You can use any iOS device to run the Care by Volvo app, of course, and both Touch ID and Face ID work to authorize the payment. The app allows you to take a virtual tour of the XC40, configure your own with options and fill out your details for the subscription. All of this right from the app

But the killer comes down to the user experience, as that’s a significant expense and commitment to make whilst sat on the loo!

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Piranha fish found in Chichester sewer as water company pleads ‘only flush poo, paper and pee’

Piranha fish found in Chichester sewer as water company pleads ‘only flush poo, paper and pee’

From: Piranha fish found in Chichester sewer as water company pleads ‘only flush poo, paper and pee’:

The flesh-eating creature was found by a startled member of staff at Southern Water who was carrying out checks at the West Sussex treatment works.

The South-American river predator, which normally hunt in packs, can rip flesh to shreds in a matter of seconds.

Filed under WTF!  Flesh eating fish (albeit a dead one), in the UK, in the sewer (no doubt with the crocodiles and the clown from IT!). #shudder

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Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs

From: Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips in Macs From 2020, Replacing Intel

Apple Inc. is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp., according to people familiar with the plans.

This doesn’t surprise me, and could work out well (hell Apple have done this before coming from PowerPC), I would expect the first models to be a low end / thin MacBook, mayhap the replacement for the MacBook Air which seems to be being strung out forever!

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The BBC says it’s being squeezed out by Netflix and Amazon

The BBC says it’s being squeezed out by Netflix and Amazon

The BBC says it’s being squeezed out by Netflix and Amazon:

Their business models and huge budgets mean we are increasingly being squeezed out of an ever more competitive environment. British creativity and British content are now under real threat.

No brit wants to see an establishment like the Beeb squeeze out and suffer, but just ask Blockbuster Video and Toys’R’Us, you have to change with the times.

But, the BBC and iPlayer have good content, and one thing that Netflix and Amazon are proving is that people are prepared to pay for content, so there is a market?

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Xamarin announce UrhoSharp 3D Framework version 1.8

Xamarin announce UrhoSharp 3D Framework version 1.8

From: https://blog.xamarin.com/…

 

Been a while coming but Xamarin have pushed version 1.8 of Urhosharp, the .net binding to the Urho 3D engine.  This allows use across iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows applications.  Looking forward to giving this a play, especially the ARKit and ARCore Augmented Reality options for mobile.

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Add Languages to Your Xamarin Apps with Multilingual App Toolkit

Add Languages to Your Xamarin Apps with Multilingual App Toolkit

From: Add Languages to Your Xamarin Apps with Multilingual App Toolkit | Xamarin Blog

One of the things that near every mobile, desktop and web developer takes for granted is the words that their creation outputs.  Don’t get me wrong, most developers can spend their entire careers not having to worry about localisation, and they can just throw local language words into the system as needed and move on.

But what if you don’t always have local audience, simple things like the word ‘Submit’ on the button need to be translated, quick win might be to copy the UI Views and then change the words, but what for your next locale, and the next, what happens if the client decides to reword that, yo have to change it, four times, five, six …… Arrrrrgghh, unmanageable.

This can be a challenge with only one or two additional languages, but becomes daunting very quickly as more languages are added.

Enter localisation, and a solution for C# and Xamarin Mobile Apps is the Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT) Sure, it requires some thought and effort to setup, and definitely one that’s easier from the off that implementing mid project, but once in place it’s really easy to add a new language to your application.

Read the full article over at the Xamarin Blogs and decide for yourself.

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