Stuart Breckenridge

App Store Clean Up Continues Apace

Sarah Perez (via TechCrunch):

Apple had originally stated that the deadline for developers who wanted their outdated apps spared was September 7, 2016. However, Apple didn’t take immediate action during the month in terms of large-scale removals.

That seems to have changed in October, when 47,300 apps were removed from the App Store, Sensor Tower discovered.

47,300 is a huge number and while I applaud Apple’s efforts to clean up the App Store, I do think they need to be more forthcoming about their removal criteria. Back in September I wrote about1 the state of my own apps and which of those I thought would be inline for removal. I still haven’t received any indication — 30 day warning — from Apple that any of my apps will be removed.

One thing is clear though: removing 47,300 apps in a single month shows how serious Apple is about cleaning up the App Store.

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Designed by Apple in California

Apple have released a brand new photo book which chronicles 20 years of cutting edge design.

Mitchel Broussard (via MacRumors):

Apple developed the book over an eight-year period, paying close attention to its own design and look. Because of this, the linen-bound, hardcover book is printed on specially milled, custom-dyed paper with gilded matte silver edges, using eight color separations and low-ghost ink. It will be published by Apple itself, and only be available to purchase from the Cupertino company.

Is it going against the grain to want an iBooks version?

Visual Studio for Mac

Update: I think someone posted news a little too early as the linked article has been pulled.

Mikayla Hutchinson via the MSDN blog:

At Connect(); in November, Microsoft is launching a preview of Visual Studio for Mac. This is an exciting development, evolving the mobile-centric Xamarin Studio IDE into a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#, and bringing the Visual Studio development experience to the Mac.

After the release Visual Studio Code, I expected a version of Visual Studio for Mac, but not this quickly. This is big news!

The Influence of Facebook

Rory Cellan-Jones, for the BBC:

In the United States, newspapers take their responsibilities to the democratic process very seriously.

So seriously, in fact, that they can come across as rather pompous to a British reader. When it comes to a presidential election they seem to believe that their endorsements are of huge significance and that their words will be weighed with utmost seriousness by their readers.

Now both the newspapers and the rest of the mainstream media are waking up to the fact that their influence may be as nothing compared with that of Facebook.

The News Feed algorithm serves you up whatever it thinks you and your friends want to believe and it certainly does not do any fact-checking.

Stories that accused the Clintons of murder or maintained that Barack Obama was a Muslim will have cropped up in the feeds of millions of people inclined to support Mr Trump.

Firing human editors really worked out well.

Fascism: I Sometimes Fear...

Michael Rosen on Fascism (link):

I sometimes fear that
people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
worn by grotesques and monsters
as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.

Fascism arrives as your friend.
It will restore your honour,
make you feel proud,
protect your house,
give you a job,
clean up the neighbourhood,
remind you of how great you once were,
clear out the venal and the corrupt,
remove anything you feel is unlike you…

It doesn’t walk in saying,
“Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution.”