Kristin Livdahl on Twitter posted a screenshot from the Alexa app, which shows that when her 10 year old child asked Alexa “tell me a challenge to do,” Alexa responded with “Here’s something I found on the web. According to ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs.”
Companies including Google, Amazon, and Meta cancel in-person CES 2022 presence
Following many other tech companies in recent days, Waymo and Google announced today that it’s no longer having an in-person presence at CES 2022 due to the “quickly evolving COVID infection rates.” This follows Meta (Facebook), Amazon, and Lenovo also pulling out over the past few days.
Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #14
Another issue of good reads for weekend. We have couple of interesting things today.
- Starting with two articles on Swift on AWS Lambda by Fabian Fett – Getting started with Swift on AWS Lambda and Create your first HTTP endpoint with Swift on AWS Lambda;
- Good take on person name handling in Swift – Using Swift to Parse Person Name with iOS 15 APIs by Leonardo Maia Pugliese;
- Another use for async functions Lightweight dependency injection and unit testing using async functions by John Sundell;
- Majid Jabrayilov continues deep dive into SwiftUI with Structural identity in SwiftUI;
- Understanding Fast-Math by Matej Bukovinski covers optimization techniques for Swift apps;
- Guilherme Rambo covers CloudKit usage in Using CloudKit for content hosting and feature flags;
- Two small but interesting articles by Sarunw – What is a variant in SF Symbols and What is image rendering mode in iOS;
- SwiftUI Localization Tutorial for iOS: Getting Started by Andy Pereira covers important topic of localization in SwiftUI apps.
And that's it, have a nice weekend!
Amazon announces Developer Preview of AWS SDK for Swift
Amazon announces Developer Preview availability for AWS SDK for Swift. This enables creation of serverless apps built on top of AWS infrastructure.
The AWS SDK for Swift enables developers to build a wide variety of applications in the Swift language with AWS services. In this release, we provide support for 268 services including S3, DynamoDB, and Lambda to name a few. Constructing clients and requests and invoking calls to AWS can be done with async/await syntax using Swift 5.5+AWS News
AWS News: AWS SDK for Swift (Developer Preview)
GitHub: awslabs / aws-sdk-swift
Amazon EC2 now offers M1 Mac mini
Amazon adds M1 Mac minis to EC2 service for faster build times.
The new instances will be available in two regions (US West – Oregon and US East – North Virginia) for $0.6498 per hour, with support for discounts through AWS’ Savings Plans, too. AWS promises that these new machines offer a “60% better price performance over the x86-based EC2 Mac instances for iPhone and Mac app build workloads.”TechCrunch
AWS News Blog: Use New Amazon EC2 M1 Mac Instances to Build & Test Apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV
Reference: Amazon's EC2 Service to Offer M1 Mac Mini Instances for Faster Build Times,
AWS brings M1 Mac minis to its cloud