Episode 176: A Network Of Trust

Daniel and Manton react briefly to actual Apple Watch prices, discuss the CIA’s alleged interest in hijacking the Xcode toolchain, and talk about Medium’s burgeoning support for custom domain names.

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  • Apple Watch Prices. – Pre-order site at the Apple Store includes links to price structure for each of three target markets.
  • 42mm is SmallBen Thompson asserts that even the 42mm is small, 38mm teeny.
  • A Helpful Guide – Mashable’s helpful flowchart for whether you should buy a gold Apple Watch.
  • Steal Apple’s Secrets – The Intercept uncovers secret documents about the CIA’s plans to co-opt the Xcode build process, among other things.
  • Xcode Compromised – Craig Hockenberry responds to The Intercept’s news.
  • Custom Domains for Publications – Announcement from Medium that they will gradually allow writers to publish with a custom URL domain.
  • Medium as the New Twitter – Manton responds to my quips about Medium possibly taking on Twitter.
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  • WordPress VIP Clients – Some of the remarkably long list of companies that can obviously afford to spend $5000/month.

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March 21, 2015 at 9:50 am.

Episode 175: Simultaneously Great And Frustrating

Manton and Daniel tactfully avoid further speculation about the Apple Watch’s price, compare notes on prioritizing and avoiding procrastination while Daniel prepares his NSConference talk, and discuss Apple’s recent changes to TestFlight.

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  • Clarion – Daniel’s music interval quiz app, finally in the Mac App Store.
  • appFigures – A great service for feeling better or worse about your App Store sales.
  • NSConference – The final NSConference, this month in Leicester, England.
  • iDeveloper 139 – Scotty discusses his reasons for ending NSConference as we know it.
  • CocoaConf – Another great Mac/iOS conference that Daniel can’t keep straight from NSConference.
  • TestFlight has moved – Apple’s landing page for visitors to the old TestFlight home page.

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March 9, 2015 at 12:38 am.

Episode 174: A Split In The Road

Daniel and Manton revisit Apple Watch pricing, delve into whether Apple should even be entering the luxury product market, and chat about whether electric cars are the next mainstream product Apple will “disrupt.”

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  • Apple Watch – Apple’s highly anticipated wearable computer.
  • Gold Is Over $1K/oz – Matt Drance’s tweet about the market value of gold.
  • Watch/Band Compatibility Chart – Louis Mantia compiles the straps and models that come with them by default.
  • Apple’s Electric Car Team – 9to5mac’s story enumerating the many car-industry hires Apple has made.
  • ATP 105 – John, Casey, and Marco discuss the Apple Car rumors, like us, before the most recent news had broken.
  • $250K Bonuses – Elon Musk claims in a Bloomberg story that Apple is paying dearly to poach his employees.
  • Crazy Apple Car Rumors – Daniel blogs about the Apple car becoming a grudgingly accepted possibility.
  • Bag Bugs – In case you wondered how crazy the “luxury” market is.

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February 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Episode 173: The Non-Edition Edition

Manton and Daniel get wrapped up in Apple car rumors, speculate poorly about the price of Apple’s gold “Edition” watch, and come to essentially agree they will each be buying the sport (cheap) version on day one.

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  • Nissan Leaf – An electric car that Manton likes.
  • Taking CarPlay for a Spin – Jason Snell reviews CarPlay.
  • Fantastic Apple Car – Jean-Louis Gassée does his best to discredit Apple car rumors.
  • Tesla – Elon Musk’s innovative electric car company.
  • Small Giants – Book about companies that focus on remaining small and great.
  • OmniFocus – Task-management software from Omni.
  • Apple Watch Model Split – John Gruber speculates about the likely split in sales numbers across model.
  • U-Boat Watch – Here’s a crazy $11K watch you could buy today.
  • Jawbone up – Fitness tracker that may yield space to Apple watch on many wrists.

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February 20, 2015 at 11:14 am.

Episode 172: Cheerleading For Swift

Daniel and Manton enjoy more App Store approval comedy, consider the speed of approval after initial rejection, the suitability of Swift to new programmers, and Manton’s forthcoming blog publishing platform.

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  • Tim Cook at Goldman Sachs – Remarks by Tim Cook Goldman Sachs’s Technology and Internet conference.
  • This is Tim – Serenity Caldwell’s transcription of Tim Cook’s remarks.
  • NSHipster – Popular educational Cocoa blog started by Mattt Thompson and carried on by Nate Cook and others.
  • Blogo – Blog editing app for OS X from nice folks in Brazil.
  • Desk – Blog editing app for OS X from a nice guy in Atlanta.
  • Typed – Crowdfunded blog publishing platform from friends at Realmac.
  • What’s Manton Building? – A blog publishing platform of his own, apparently!
  • WordPress.com – Commercial hosting company for the popular WordPress platform.
  • Medium – A blogging site for people who hate owning domain names.
  • Squarespace – A blogging site for people who hate 3rd party apps.
  • Jack Dorsey – Co-founder of Twitter and sometimes extreme serial tweeter.

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February 15, 2015 at 5:30 am.

Episode 171: Not Quite The Right Protest

Daniel and Manton touch again on the subject of killing off apps, assess the effectiveness of protest movements against the App Store, catch up on the state of the art for appealing App Store rejections, and acknowledge the coming end of NSConference.

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February 5, 2015 at 8:08 am.

Episode 170: Basically A Bug Fix Update

Daniel and Manton chat about the risks of reviving an old app, pros and cons of sending users to Safari for authentication, and the tactful promotion of one’s own products to the press and social media.

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  • iMore – Mac and iOS focused blog from Mobile Nations.
  • Macworld – The once-mighty, somewhat-diminished Mac journalism powerhouse.
  • Six Colors – The Apple technology blog from Jason Snell and friends.
  • MacStories – Federico Viticci’s weblog for all things Apple.
  • Daring Fireball – John Gruber writes about things John Gruber likes to write about.
  • Traction – One of the business books Manton inexplicably reads on airplanes.
  • 43 Folders – Merlin Mann’s productivity blog before he moved on to more productive work.
  • MacBreak Weekly – Long-running Mac and iOS netcast from Leo Laporte and crew.

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January 30, 2015 at 8:37 am.

Episode 169: Shame Driven Development

Daniel and Manton continue discussing financial sustainability of the App Stores, weigh the advantages of going for top ranking vs. multiple “long tail” products, and catch up with each other on recent project work.

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January 22, 2015 at 8:16 am.

Episode 168: Motorola 68K Forever

Manton and Daniel get back into the swing of work after the New Year, discuss Marco Arment’s “Functional High Ground,” dig into the general challenge of balancing stability with feature growth, and gripe about the missed opportunities of Apple’s App Stores.

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January 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm.

Episode 167: That Little Tinge Of Uncertainty

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s first open-source Swift code, whether Daniel will give up the Git vs. Mercurial fight, and answer listener Q&A about whether and when to adopt Swift.

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  • Blockpass – Daniel’s GitHub-hosted Swift-inclusive project.
  • Mercurial – A fine version control system that not enough people appreciate.
  • Tower – OS X client app for managing Git repositories.
  • Gitbox – Another OS X client app for Git.

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December 22, 2014 at 6:33 am.