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Ersatz Free Trials
None of the mechanics of supporting ersatz free trials are substantially supported by the App Store. Every aspect of the solution is bolted on to a system which was not designed for, yet is somewhat admirably being used to simulate real support for free trials
lastmac 
june 2018 by philapple
World wide wrist
We’re getting much more than a stripped down, “reader mode” browser: the Watch’s WebKit browser looks pretty darned good, as it turns out.
lastmac 
june 2018 by philapple
The Company Where Everybody Knows What You Make
Nobody objected, and so one morning last September, employees got access to a Google spreadsheet with titles, levels and the corresponding salary bands of everyone in the company. Some salaries are more public than others. Dash and the other C-level executives all put their salaries on the spreadsheet, for example.
lastmac 
june 2018 by philapple
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters
And here’s my verdict: E-scooters might look and feel kind of dorky, but they aren’t an urban menace or a harbinger of the apocalypse. In fact — sigh — they’re pretty great.
lastmac 
june 2018 by philapple
Fall asleep in seconds by listening to a soothing voice read the EU’s new GDPR legislation
‘New laws aren’t meant to be exciting — but this one could sedate a buffalo’
lastmac 
june 2018 by philapple
Browser Extensions I Actually Use
I’m a web developer and blogger. These are the browser extensions that I actually use right now. It’s an ever-changing set, and I’m never afraid to try new ones, but I’m also fairly picky and uninstall anything I don’t find myself using.
lastmac 
may 2018 by philapple
iOS 12 to Allow iPhones to Unlock Doors Via NFC
Apple is expected to expand the NFC capabilities of its iPhones beyond mobile payments, allowing users to securely unlock doors equipped with the technology, according to The Information. The company is said to be planning to announce the new functionality "next month," suggesting it will come at WWDC as part of the iOS 12 unveiling.
lastmac 
may 2018 by philapple
Illustration in the App Store
I myself paid it scant attention until one day this past winter when I realized that the company was commissioning original illustration to accompany its new format. If you check the App Store front page a few times a week, you’ll see a quietly remarkable display of unique art alongside unique stories about apps, games and “content” (movies, TV shows, comics, etc.). To be clear: this isn’t work lifted from the marketing materials created by app publishers. It’s drawings, paintings, photographs, collages and/or animations that have been created expressly for the App Store.
lastmac 
may 2018 by philapple
Pin Drop
Anyway, we keep inching closer to this general experience: being able to drop a pin on a map and experiencing that place as if we were there. Who knows, maybe with a few more iterations from a few more products, that ends up being a killer app for VR. It feels like being fully immersed in content shot on the ground at a specific location has to happen at some point.
lastmac 
may 2018 by philapple
GDPR Hall of Shame
This project was a crazy idea by @ow after getting so many crappy GDPR emails and shutdown notices.
lastmac 
may 2018 by philapple
The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can
I’ve got a great idea for a start-up. Want to hear the pitch? It’s called the 75 Cent Dollar Store. We’re going to sell dollar bills for 75 cents — no service charges, no hidden fees, just crisp $1 bills for the price of three quarters. It’ll be huge.
lastmac 
may 2018 by philapple
Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets
Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive - like the one on your personal computer - storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.
lastmac  data  privacy 
may 2018 by philapple
The world needs more modest, linear growth companies
Exponential growth gets all the glory. Every startup story that lands on the cover of a magazine has a hockey-stick chart to flaunt. Yes, disruption is driven by such violent expansion, and the world needs some disruption some of the time. But for the other 360 days out of the year, what it also needs is some modest, linear growth.
lastmac 
february 2018 by philapple
Google Memory Loss
I think Google has stopped in­dex­ing the old­er parts of the We­b. I think I can prove it. Google’s com­pe­ti­tion is do­ing bet­ter.
lastmac 
january 2018 by philapple
Meet the New Dialog Element
HTML 5.2 has introduced a new <dialog> element for native modal dialog boxes. At first glance, it seems fairly straightforward (and it is), but as I’ve been playing around with it, I’ve found it has some nice features that might be easy to miss.
html  css  webdev  lastmac 
january 2018 by philapple
GDPR consent design: how granular must adtech opt-ins be?
In short, consent requests must be granular, showing opt-ins for each distinct purpose.
lastmac  privacy 
january 2018 by philapple
Feedbin is the Best Way to Read Twitter
You can now subscribe to Twitter content in Feedbin.
lastmac 
january 2018 by philapple
AMP letter
Instead of granting premium placement in search results only to AMP, provide the same perks to all pages that meet an objective, neutral performance criterion such as Speed Index. Publishers can then use any technical solution of their choice.
lastmac 
january 2018 by philapple

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