Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

1 September

@tmcw:

it’s done.

a visual enigma machine simulator: [observablehq.com]

@AllanXia:

In case you haven’t heard, #ZAO is a Chinese app which completely blew up since Friday. Best application of ‘Deepfake’-style AI facial replacement I’ve ever seen.

Here’s an example of me as DiCaprio (generated in under 8 secs from that one photo in the thumbnail) 🤯

@AllanXia:

I can totally see this being applied in Films/ TV, imagine logging into your Netflix or Disney+ account - watching the latest TV show/ Marvel movie, where a stand-in actor’s would be auto-replaced with your own.

The newest member of the Avengers is….YOU.

@AllanXia:

The #ZAO app even has a built in meme gif generator…Apple is way behind the curve with Memoji’s 😅

2 September

@Freerunnering:

Though it including random photos of receipts and screenshots in the automatically generated Memories could also have been the trigger if this was any other day.

Apple really needs to come to terms with the fact most peoples camera rolls are full of junk and design accordingly.

@Freerunnering:

Most of the way Apple’s designs fall down is them designing for the marketing teams idealised user and world, not the much messier real world and use cases.

@ydikoi:

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system [fastcompany.com]

@Freerunnering:

“Every installer app which needs root permissions is now urged to install a system-wide daemon for this purpose. Which is usually left behind, because Apple provides no API for removing it.”

Apple’s careless locking down of macOS is actually making some things more insecure!

3 September

@jasonfried:

When Google puts 4 paid ads ahead of the first organic result for your own brand name, you’re forced to pay up if you want to be found. It’s a shakedown. It’s ransom. But at least we can have fun with it. Search for Basecamp and you may see this attached ad.

4 September

@ow:

Amazon has your voiceprint and face data, so why not throw in your fingerprints too? 😬 [twitter.com]

@wilshipley:

So far Apple’s content creation is going exactly as well as I’d guessed. [twitter.com]

5 September

Found out today that Philips Hue has a whole range of really cute outdoor lights (whereas almost all of their indoor lamps are awful) so I need to move somewhere with a garden.

6 September

@BalestraPatrick:

People were laughing at Android sending ads to customers a couple of years ago, and honestly it feels like I’m using Android nowadays.

7 September

As a big fan of dichroic glass I strongly approve of this design

People seem to assume it’s a temporary “wrap” until the reopening, which sounds to me like an odd idea, though not impossible. I’ll be disappointed if they remove it.

9 September

I bought a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter from Apple and I can’t believe how thin and fragile the cable looks. I don’t usually break iPhone cables but no amount of care will keep that thing working for long.

Um, did I improperly delete the Catalina volume from the magical APFS container disk? There aren’t many options in Disk Utility and I don’t see what I could have gotten wrong.

10 September

I intended to buy a refurbished or used Watch Series 4 this fall, but Apple has added the only thing that could make me reconsider and want a Series 5 — an always-on screen. Not that I’ve ever really minded having to flick my wrist to see the time… but it just feels wrong to buy a Watch now that doesn’t have it.

The camera bump has camera bumps 🤦🏻‍♂️

I want to get a device with Pencil this fall, and I really like the feel of the iPad Pro, but it’s hard to justify to myself paying 230% the price of an iPad 7 😞

11 September

@OwlsEatMice:

looks at non-podcasting couple “so which one of you does the painstaking research into a widely misunderstood historical event, and which one of you reacts to hearing about it in real time?”

@Carnage4Life:

This is a great example of how AI automates bias. It’s already well known that doctors tend to downplay women’s medical concerns as having an emotional basis.

AI is only as good as the data that trained it. Thus the chatbot simply reflects the gender bias of the typical doctor. [twitter.com]

@jsnell:

High on the list of weird Apple keynote brags is changing the font in the camera app. It even made the marketing website!

12 September

“Will I manage to hit ‘Trash’ on this email notification right before the contents load and I have to scroll through half a dozen screenfuls of spam to reach the button?”

13 September

@Pinsky:

I recently found out that #AdobeCapture can generate materials from the real world. Mind. Blown. 🤯

14 September

Has anyone got a trick to get an Amazon Locker’s reader to recognize the barcode from an email? I’ve randomly managed it once but can’t discern any rhyme or reason to making it work. This is 2019 and I refuse to input a code like an animal.

Why is there a ‘TV’ app on this third-generation Apple TV if all it’s able to do is show a spinner with the message “Accessing TV” until the screensaver comes on?

15 September

Just made my first successful 3D print in months and I’m very happy to confirm that removing the poorly designed dual-filament head was the right move. (Of course I’m less happy that I can’t do dual-filament prints, but better something than nothing.)

16 September

17 September

Just realized I do have an app for which I use the [deviceToken description] trick. Googling for the fix, half the results consist of updating the description parsing trick for the new format 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

Me: Cmd-X

Me: clicks elsewhere in the same window

Me: Cmd-V

Xcode: BONG

WTF? I’m not even using the beta.

It’s possible that I already complained about that last year, but are you seriously telling me that I still have to handle keyboard shown/hidden notifications manually even though I use safe area guides in autolayout?

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