The Value-for-Developers Edition Saturday, July 3, 2021

Apple's Newest Tool Will Be The Unsung Hero Of Your Next Favorite App, by Jason Hiner, CNET

At WWDC, Apple announced that Swift Playgrounds will no longer be just for learning how to code, but you'll be able to build iPhone and iPad apps directly in Swift Playgrounds and deploy them to the App Store.

"All these advances in tools and technologies are the result of a vision that we've been executing on for years," said Wendker. "They're really the result of a never-ending focus on our side to build long-lasting platforms that create lots of value for developers and users."

On App Stores

EU's Vestager Warns Apple Against Using Privacy, Security To Limit Competition, by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters

Europe's tech chief Margrethe Vestager on Friday warned iPhone maker Apple against using privacy and security concerns to fend off competition on its App Store, reasons CEO Tim Cook gave for not allowing users to install software from outside the Store.

Apple Justifies iOS App Store’s Tight Control In White Paper, by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

The logical fallacy is Apple’s suggestion that if it were to loosen any control, iOS would fall like Rome to the barbarians, when in fact there are existing counterexamples inside the Apple ecosystem itself.


Weather Strip iOS App Expands Clever Timeline View With ‘Feels Like’ Temp And Humidity, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Weather Strip launched last month with a unique week-long hourly timeline view to see everything going on with the weather in a single horizontal graph. Now the neat app is getting air temperature and humidity with the latest update.

Customise Your iPhone And iPad Using These Cool And Funky Apps, by Mikhail Gomes, Lifestyle Asia

Right from finding the perfect widget style for you to switching up your keyboard with more colour and font styles, we’ve surfed through the App Store to find the very best.

I Tried 5 Sleep Gadgets For My Nagging Insomnia, by Simon Hill, Wired

Desperate for sleep, I tried out several apps and gadgets that promise to alleviate insomnia. I tested most of these out for at least a week, sometimes more, and I used the Withings Sleep Tracking Mat to compare results.


Apple Now Allows Marijuana Businesses On Its App Store, While Google Maintains Ban, by Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment

A marijuana app must be geo-restricted to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal, and the program must be “submitted by a legal entity that provides the services, and not by an individual developer.”

Robots Were Supposed To Take Our Jobs. Instead, They’re Making Them Worse., by Emily Stewart Vox

Companies are automating away autonomy and putting profit-maximizing strategies on digital overdrive, turning work into a space with fewer carrots and more sticks.

Bottom of the Page

Why hasn't anyone rebooted the good old days of Ambrosia games? I miss games like Apeiron and Bubble Trouble, where you just get in the game and play and play until you used up all your lives. No cute stories, no cut-scenes, no earning of stars and rewards, and no beginning and middle and end.


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