The Log: Reading List -
The more I consider the idea, the more I realize it’s Safari that is a fantastic tool. And unless I feel the need to share my bookmarks and items I’m reading, using Reading List and Safari’s bookmarks is a perfect solution.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the possibility that many of us go running for 3rd party apps because we have never trully taken the time to examine or give the built in ones a fighting chance. Chris does a great job here of explaining why he now uses Safari’s Reading List feature over other “Read It Later” apps.
Free Trials and Tire Kickers -
Are free trials and higher pricing really what we want, as developers or customers?
I’ve read this several times and still can’t decide what to think about this. Maybe because I’ve started writing an app and was considering pricing it for what (I thought) it was worth and ignoring the tire-kickers. Hmmph.
(Source: mybloodypsychocandy, via jacobjoaquin)
DIGITAL GRAPHIC PRODUCED WITH A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR THAT DETERMINES LENGTH, DIRECTION (0°, 45°, 90°), LINE THICKNESS, ETC., ca. 1970
Take your notes like it’s 1985. Classic Notes puts the days of one-button mice and 3.5” floppy disks in your pocket, without breaking your back.
Bought it as soon as I saw it
How much do you think you know about science compared to the average Earthling? Take Pew Research Center’s 13 question Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz and see where you stack up.
Hopefully reading It’s Okay To Be Smart will help you all get 100%. How’d you do?
Hard to believe that only 7% got all 13 right
Apple invention would allow for peripheral-based authentication, password recovery -
I’ve always wondered why using an encrypted dongle or external device as your password never took off. It would seem to be far a more secure scenario to require A) access to some piece of hardware that B) has a rotating call-and-answer style encryption system (I’m sure there’s a term for it, but as an encryption novice, I don’t know the term) that uses a set of databases or tables on both the dongle and the answering system to verify dynamic passwords (meaning intercepting and decrypting one password mid-stream is useless since it’ll be changed again next time.)
That hardware+software+encryption+rotation would seem to be fairly easily enabled via a cheap, dedicated USB key. Plus it means users never have to remember another password again, and even better - they don’t end up using the same passwords for every site.
If the iWatch uses local hardware access and fingerprint recognition (to verify you’re not just someone with a stolen watch) to act as my two-step password verification, as opposed to just utilizing it for password recovery (slightly patching the existing problem) I’ll be in line the first day to pick one up. Hell, it could still use my iPhone as a backup/recovery if the rumors of fingerprint recognition there are accurate as well.
This would make signing in to services with hardware as easy as signing in with Facebook or Twitter (though each are a single point of failure) but about a thousand times more secure in all respects.
Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it. — Naomi Wolf (via awakeinthedream)
The market for paid iOS apps isn’t dead -
I’ve seen lots of discussion about the paid-app market recently, but most of what I’ve read hasn’t sat quite right with me.