Crossy Road

Jason Snell writes about a new-to-me game for iOS, Crossy Road:

Crossy Road is a free iOS game that’s inspired by Frogger. You’re a creature (many are available, some for free, some via in-app purchase, though so far as I can tell none of the creatures actually affects gameplay) jumping across lanes of traffic, railroad tracks, treacherous waters, and the like. Eventually you get run over. Your point total is the number of spaces forward that you’ve advanced.


‘Of Course It Won’t’

Marco Arment, commenting on the news that Twitter’s new search API will be off-limits to third-party clients:

This is just the next step in killing third-party apps. Twitter doesn’t have the guts to just end them outright, so they’re just gradually inflicting passive-aggressive wounds over time to quietly shove them into the sunset.

We’re all just one compelling feature away from leaving our third-party apps on our own. For some of us, this full-archive search will be that feature. What’s next remains to be seen — I suspect direct-message enhancements may be — but I bet third-party clients will lose half of their users within two years without Twitter ever having to explicitly kill them.


On Apple’s Manufacturing Scale

Ben Einstein, “No, You Can’t Manufacture That Like Apple Does”:

What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 µm holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch.


Jason Snell’s iPad Air 2 Review

As usual with all of his reviews, Jason offers an excellent take:

[W]hen I look at the power that Apple’s dropped into the iPad Air 2, I’m convinced that the use of iPads as everyday tools will just keep on growing. These devices are in their infancy; the iPad has existed for less than five years, and is now on its sixth generation. They’ve come a long way, and in some ways the software hasn’t really kept up with the hardware.


More on Native Versus Web

MG Siegler chimes in with his thoughts on the “Web is dead” meme:

Anyway, the web isn’t dead, it continues to flourish with millons of new wonders sprouting up each day. What’s odd is that we’re perhaps no longer using a web browser as much to view these contents. And that’s because we’re increasingly mobile, and native apps provide a better experience and more functionality.

Also, I think the concept of “browsing” the web is different than it used to be. Again, apps have altered this. Content is now just as often pushed to us rather than us pulling it from the web. This isn’t better or worse, it’s just different. A mobile-focused experience for a mobile computing time.

Native Versus Web

John Gruber, “Native Apps Are Part of the Web”:

Users love apps, developers love apps — the only people who don’t love apps are pundits who don’t understand that apps aren’t really in opposition to the open Internet. They’re just superior clients to open Internet services. Instagram didn’t even have a web interface for years, but native app clients for iOS and Android didn’t lock Instagram into anything. Their back-end is just as open as it would have been if they had only had a web browser client interface. They just wouldn’t have gotten popular.



CurrentC in a Nutshell

Ken Segall, "CurrentC vs. Apple Pay: The Battle of Greed vs. Convenience":

CurrentC isn’t a savings plan for customers — it’s a new profit center for retailers, with a candy-colored shell to help it go down smoother.

Mastering the Art of the Run-On Sentence

John Gruber, commenting on Twitter’s new “strategy statement”:

That’s 220 characters. If any company should be able to fit its strategy into a single tweet, it’s Twitter.

Regarding 16GB iOS Devices

Kirk McElhearn writes about his experiment testing the real available space of base model iOS devices:

did an experiment. I have an original iPad mini, and I hadn’t yet gotten around to updating it to iOS 8 (in part because the over-the-air updater told me it needed 4.9 GB in free space, and it’s only a 16 GB device, and I didn’t have enough free space). I loaded it with only iOS 8 and Apple’s apps. I installed all of Apple’s apps: the iWork apps, iMovie, Garage Band, Find My iPhone, Remote, etc.



On the FCC and Net Neutrality

MG Siegler, on the FCC and net neutrality:

The reality is that the President should have made this statement years ago. Instead, he made the statement as a lame duck with nothing left to lose, having just seen his party served a big slice of ‘fuck you’ pie by the voting public in the elections last week. The President needed an easy win to try to secure some sort of legacy before he rides off into the sunset of million dollar speaking gigs. He grabbed the lowest hanging fruit.