It was completely unexpected. Out-of-the-blue I was asked today by one of my co-workers to write a blog post. I thought hard about which new front-end development tools I have been using lately, but couldn’t think of anything that had had a significant impact on my professional life recently. Then I looked at today’s date and I realized that it is my 20-year anniversary here at Boyle Software. These twenty years certainly had a significant impact on my life…
Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple’s first operations in Europe. At the time, the company knew that in order to serve customers in Europe, it would need a base there. So, in October 1980, Apple opened a factory in Cork, Ireland with 60 employees.
Apple announced on Thursday a new bug bounty program with rewards as high as $200,000 for some categories of exploit. The new program will initially only be available to a select group of security researchers who have previously found vulnerabilities in their products, but eventually will be opened up to additional groups and individuals. Continue reading
Like many of you, a couple of weeks back we began closely watching the ongoing wrestling match between Apple and the FBI regarding giving the latter “backdoor” access into the iPhone of one of the San Bernadino terrorists.
If you have not yet read Tim Cook’s open letter to Apple customers with regards to the US Government’s request that the company build a “backdoor” into their iOS operating system, you really must. Cook does a great job of explaining why – even in the light of the horrible mass-shooting late last year in San Bernadino – this would be a very dangerous precedent to set.
Big News: Apple has just made its Swift language open source under the Apache 2.0 license. The company has also launched swift.org to facilitate this new chapter for its popular language which is used for both iOS and OS X development. Swift.org offers downloads, compilers, documentation, community boards, and much more – situating itself as the go-to hub for all things Swift.
Mac users now have an easier means to manage their Dropbox files right on their desktop. As a free offering from the App Store, Revisions for Dropbox leverages Dropbox’s existing (browser based) file-history features and serves them up in a much more user friendly interface. After installation the app can be accessed right from the menu bar. A few simple steps will link it to an existing Dropbox account and off you go.