Messaging Systems

One of iMessage's greatest features is how it takes over SMS and MMS. It does it really well but transparently and I'm guessing that in a some cases it could be saving people money on their messaging bills when their messages are sent over data or wifi instead of actually being counted as an SMS or MMS.

Posted 29th Sep 2020 @ 21:53

Playable demo for space shooter 'Phoenix 2' available via App Clips

App Clips looked like a good idea and with it's focus on small package sizes, it's going to be a win for consumers. But this is a very interesting use of the feature. In this case, it's being used to provide a demo of a game, but this could be a great way to offer a demo or short trial of an app.

Posted 29th Sep 2020 @ 19:07

My Drinks Journal

There's also a beautiful Baby Book which I would have loved to have for each of my kids. Of course we journaled their first years but this looks like something a little more special with prompts to help you tell a really good story of their lives.

For now though, the drinks version is probably more apt for me.

Price: £20

Posted 29th Sep 2020 @ 18:00

Think of it as one of the coolest months of August in California in the next century.

You can replace 'California' with almost anywhere else in the world.

Posted 28th Sep 2020 @ 15:20

Facebook lobbying for option to make Messenger default on iOS

Yes, because Facebook being the app that handles all of your SMS information is going to end really well, isn't it?

Facebook has recently heavily criticized Apple for restrictions on gaming apps, ad targeting, and in-app purchases. Last month, Facebook warned advertisers that Apple's upcoming anti-tracking tools could cause a more than 50 percent drop in Audience Network publisher revenue due to the removal of personalization from ads within apps. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also referred to Apple's App Store as monopolistic and harmful to customers. Apple "blocks innovation, blocks competition," and uses the ‌App Store‌ to "charge monopoly rents," he said.

I've covered this already, Facebook crying because their creepy tracking won't work anymore is laughable anyway, but to say that Apple is block innovation and competition is a little rich. I mean, they bought Instagram, a rising competitor and from using the app everyday, it feels like they've just turned it into a cash cow by flooding feeds and stories with ads. Oh, and they rip off every decent feature that other apps come up with.

Posted 28th Sep 2020 @ 13:00

'NHS COVID-19' Contact Tracing app with Exposure Notification API launches in England and Wales

I was sceptical it would happen, but they ended up shipping on Wednesday. I've downloaded the app and encourage you to do so too.

Posted 25th Sep 2020 @ 10:53

1898 Batwing (76161)

I thought I wanted the 1989 Batmobile, but I think I want the Batwing more. How good does it look wall mounted?

Posted 24th Sep 2020 @ 11:00

Twitter investigates racial bias in image previews

The Social Dilemma touched on this and now people are really looking at this.

A couple of experiments that have been run on twitter:

But this is the kicker:

Posted 22nd Sep 2020 @ 13:06

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