Things I have found interesting for the week commencing 19th August 2019 including:
Going back to the future, air ships and cargo
iOS13 needs a drugs test
In memory of a friend
Water boarding, for good
I always like to start these newsletters with some good news, and its nice to see the UK’s nine major water and sewerage providers, including Yorkshire Water, Anglian Water and United Utilities have committed to planting 11 million trees in order to improve the natural environment across 6,000 hectares of English land.
Original woodland will be restored alongside new projects on land owned by the water companies. Local authorities, The National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and The RSPB are also part of the initiative and will provide owned land as a result. Urban tree planting will also provide health benefits to town or city-based communities.
Here is the source from Edie.
What could possibly go wrong? Scientists propose massive cargo zeppelins can replace much of the world's cargo ships.
An idea that has been trying to get off the ground for years. In a move that’s straight out of the retro futurisum ‘back to the future’ handbook, scientists (pfft, those guys again) are proposing to fill our skies with large, probably flammable, air ships moving freight and cargo around the world.
Assuming you’ve no idea about the Hindenburg disaster, its worth reminding everyone that the age of huge, ocean-crossing zeppelins came to an end in 1937, when the Hindenburg — the largest craft of its type ever built — erupted in flames while landing in New Jersey. Dozens died.
The new airships would be 10 times bigger than the 800-foot Hindenburg — more than five times as long as the Empire State Building is tall — and soar high in the atmosphere. They’d do the work of traditional oceangoing cargo ships but would take less time and generate only a fraction of the pollution.
“We are trying to reduce as much as possible emissions of carbon dioxide because of global warming,” said Julian Hunt, a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, and the paper’s lead author.
You can read the full paper here.
iOS13 Beta 7 is off the charts quick
Apple users rejoice, your phone is just about to get a new lease of life. Maybe you should old onto that iPhone 3G?
This week I have spent a lot of time testing iOS13, with the release of beta 7 its almost prime time and boy is it fast. For the unaware Apple ihas made a change to the the way apps in the App Store are glued together. According to Apple the results are quite staggering with app downloads that are up to 50 percent smaller and app updates up to 60 percent smaller.
Having tested Powered Now (our invoicing app) all week I can confirm that this is true, although to experience the benefit you have to delete and reinstall the app.
For iPhone and iPad users this means everything is going to feel snappy. Again, I can confirm my iPhone XS Max (which was already quick) is now really. really quick. In my testing apps are launching twice as fast as before.
Apple is going to make a lot of people very happy with this update.
In memory of a friend
Finally some sad news. Anyone reading this from my hometown of the Isle of Wight would have come across Carl Crawley, one of the very smartest and generous people on the rock I call home.
Carl was one of the Digital Disrupt founding members, I’ll never forget his unbelievable gesture of buying all 150 people at our conference a drink. He was someone anyone could contact with even the most ridiculous technical question which he would answer with his trademark good humour and bottomless knowledge.
Carl was also a great developer and a big part of the worldwide Expression Engine community.
The Island and the world is a poorer place without you Carl, rest in peace.
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