Episode 287: All The Money In The World

Daniel and Manton react to Chris Lattner’s early departure from Tesla, and segue into speculation about his job prospects, and the challenges of effective technical interviews. They talk about the new frameworks announced at WWDC, and overcoming fear of incompetence when learning new things. Finally, they react to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation, and think about what’s next for the company.

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June 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm.

Episode 286: Run To The Apple Store

Manton and Daniel compare notes on recent MacBook Pro repairs and the relative merit of purchasing AppleCare. They react to Tim Cook’s admissions that an Apple “car” project exists and is still underway. Manton looks on the bright side of “Planet of the Apps,” and Daniel looks on the dark side. Finally, they talk briefly about the controversy around an excerpt from “One Device,” by Brian Merchant.

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Links:

  • MacBook Pro Delamination – MacRumors story describing the screen defect that Apple will repair on some MacBook Pros.
  • Mother of all AI Projects – Tim Cook’s telling interview about Apple’s car project.
  • Planet of the Apps – Apple Music produced reality show about the business of app development.
  • Everything on the Line – Jason Fried’s citation of Apple Music’s poorly chosen PR tweet about Planet of the Apps.
  • Secret Origin Story – The Verge publishes an exclusive excerpt from Brian Merchant’s new book “The One Device.”
  • Not True – Phil Schiller objects to characterization in Merchant’s book.
  • A Colleague & Friend – Tony Fadell rejects Merchant’s representation of his quotation about Phil Schiller.
  • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson’s widely criticized biography of Steve Jobs.
  • Becoming Steve Jobs – Brent Schlender’s biography of Steve Jobs.
  • Manton Reece – Manton’s been blogging even more than usual!
June 15, 2017 at 9:02 am.

Episode 285: I Got To See The Drainage Ditch

Daniel and Manton catch upon WWDC, and Manton’s ailing MacBook Pro. They talk about new hardware announcements and react to highlights from the Keynote. Manton laments Apple’s continued, slow progress with SiriKit, and Daniel is frustrated that HomePod is not a Wifi hub. Finally, they talk about iOS Drag and Drop and compare it with Apple’s traditional tendency to move slowly but surely into the future.

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Links:

  • WWDC Keynote 2017 – Watch the video replay of the momentous event.
  • HomePod – Apple’s forthcoming all-in-one music speaker and personal assistant.
  • SiriKit – Apple’s developer interface to Siri.
  • iOS Drag and Drop – Coming in iOS 11.
  • Macintosh Drag and Drop – Mid-1990’s article celebrating the long-awaited introduction of Drag and Drop on the Mac.
  • iOS 11 – User-facing overview of features coming in iOS 11.
June 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm.

Episode 284: It’s Gonna Be A Busy Week

Manton and Daniel chat about WWDC, what they expect Apple to announce, and what we think of it. They discuss Federico Viticci’s iOS 11 concept video, and limitations of prototypes vs. iterative design. Finally, they discuss Dash’s return to the App Store, and question whether Apple even knows it’s back.

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May 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm.

Episode 283: Reset All The Things

Daniel and Manton discuss the new JSON Feed format and initial public reaction to it. They talk about Panic’s source code being stolen, and Daniel celebrates/laments his new MacBook Pro.

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May 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm.

Episode 282: Try Crazy Stuff

Manton and Daniel react to new rumors of Apple’s “Siri Smart Speakers” standalone voice assistant. They follow up on the debate about Chromebooks vs. iPads in schools, Apple’s ongoing development of Workflow, and changes in App Store commissions. Finally, they catch up on respective indie work progress and how easy it is to get thrown off course.

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Links:

  • Echo Look – New hands-free video voice assistant from Amazon.
  • Echo Show – Another new Amazon product, designed to help evaluate your fashion style.
  • Siri Smart Speakers – New article from Mark Gurman including details about alleged testing of Apple’s new product.
  • Amazon and Whole Foods – Bloomberg story about Amazon’s consideration of a Whole Foods acquisition.
  • Uh Oh Chromebook – Brian Foutty writes confidently about the virtues of iPad over Chromebook in the classroom.
  • Workflow Update – MacStories reports on substantial changes to Apple’s Workflow app.
  • Commission Update – Apple clarifies that only in-app purchases will see a reduction in commission rate.
  • Refresh Austin – The event at which Manton recently spoke about Indie Microblogging.
  • CocoaConf Next Door – Mac and iOS conference at which Manton will speak next.
May 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm.

Episode 281: Just Use Twitter, Dad

Daniel talks to Manton about his challenges with Micro.blog server problems, and his successful fulfillment of accounts to Kickstarter backers. Manton talks about his strategy for shutting down social media in the wake of stress, and taking time to recuperate. The two also talk about Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S announcement and the apparent bleakness of Apple’s chances in the school laptop market. Finally, they check in on WWDC plans and consider the absurdity of $40 box lunches.

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May 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm.

Episode 280: You Have a User Base

Manton and Daniel talk about Manton’s launch of Micro.blog to Kickstarter backers, then check in on Swift and the state of Developer Tools. Finally they talk about Apple’s affiliate program cuts, and the merits of avoiding reliance on a single platform or marketplace for a living.

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Links:

  • Micro.blog – Manton’s new microblogging service.
  • Apple Cuts Commissions – John Voorhees of Macstories responds to Apple’s affiliate commission changes.
  • Killing the iTunes Affiliate – Brett Terpstra responds in no uncertain terms to the Apple affiliate changes.
  • touchArcade – A business Daniel assumed might be somewhat dependent on iTunes affiliate links.
April 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm.

Episode 279: No Planned Updates

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s impending rollout of Micro.blog to backers starting next week, and the merit of picking a specific launch date and sticking with it. They respond to a listener question about accounting practices, and discuss Apple’s apparent decision to stop updating the Workflow app, and what it means for the future of such functionality on iOS.

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Links:

  • Micro.blog – Manton’s forthcoming microblog publishing service.
  • The Gates of Chaos – Halle Winkler’s NSConference 2015 talk.
  • Study Accounting – iOS app for learning the fundamentals of double-entry accounting.
  • Baremetrics – Subscription sales analytics service.
  • MoneyWell – Mac bookkeeping app by Kevin LaCoste.
  • OmniFocus – Mac task management app from The Omni Group.
  • Less Accounting – Online accounting software.
  • Xero – Another online accounting app.
  • No Updates Planned – Story from 9to5mac about Apple’s apparent cessation of Workflow updates.
  • The Future of Workflow – Federico Viticci’s reaction to Apple’s acquisition.
  • Automator – Documentation for Apple’s Workflow-esque Mac-based automation tool.
  • AppleScript – Apple’s documentation about the canonical scripting language for Mac.
  • Frontier – UserLand’s web-based outliner and scripting language.
April 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm.

Episode 278: A Little More Urgency

Manton and Daniel react to Apple allegedly using private API from Clips, and what it means for their App Store apps to enjoy special privileges. They talk about Daniel’s consideration of a freemium approach for the next major release of MarsEdit. Finally they examine Apple’s new TestFlight features, speculate about the cause for a looming iTunes Connect shutdown, and follow up about the efficacy of responding to App Store reviews.

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Links:

  • Fancy Screwdrivers – Stephen Hackett and Federico Viticci talk about Clips’s private API usage.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog editing app.
  • What’s New in TestFlight – Apple’s announcement about changes including support for multiple builds.
April 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm.