Myer becomes the first Australian retailer to jump on the Passbook train

Not long after Apple’s iOS 6 software update was officially released to the public, I earlier wrote some thoughts on ‘Passbook‘; one of my favourite new features in iOS 6 with plenty of potential.

Since then, the number of applications and companies have slowly increased. Just a quick look through AppShopper reveals applications with passbook support added, as well as companies like Qantas and Virgin Australia offering passes via their mobile web checkins (again demonstrating that you don’t need to have an app to support Passbook!) and Ticketek and Moshtix supporting Passbook for events.

The first application to be approved and actively promoted by Apple for having Passbook support was Nova’s ‘ShopperNova‘ app – essentially a directory of coupons and other special offers. While the offers here could be added to Passbook, they weren’t taking complete advantage of all the features – using generic barcodes with just a ‘coupon code’ to be used online, or to confuse staff if you dared to try and use it at a brick and mortar location (looking at you Oporto and SuperDry).

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Poking around iOS filesystem – sans jailbreak

If you’re like me and you like to have a look around and find out how things work, you’ve probably wondered what’s installed on your iPhone. While this is easy enough to do if you’re jailbroken, that doesn’t help if you’ve got a fairly recent device, such as the iPad 2, or iPhone 4S. However, some App Store apps have some secret ‘backdoor’ access – not actively touting it infront of Apple, but not disallowing it either.
The other downside to this is that you can only look; you can’t touch anything. This means you can’t edit any files sadly, nor can you upload your own files outside of the apps’ own sandbox. [Read more…]

Getting around with Opal

After years of waiting and watching other cities have electronic ticketing gradually rolled out, Sydney has finally joined in on the fun and kicked off the trial of our own smartcard ticketing system, dubbed “Opal”.

Last week the customer trial officially launched, with apparently ~200 people registering interest to get in on the fun. Unfortunately, while this is only covering one ferry route out of the whole ferry, bus and train network, initial impressions are good. By taking their time in implementing Opal across Sydney’s public transport network, they can help sort out any issues that may arise, and avoid any pitfalls that may appear (like the botched roll out of Myki down in Melbourne)

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