A Cry for Help: Some Children’s App Publishers Are Getting “App Fatigue”

From Children’s Technology Review:

“It just might be” said Toca Boca leader Björn Jefferey, “that there is no viable business model.” Jefferey was referring specifically to the creation and distribution of high quality, paid apps, with no advertising, subscriptions or IAP (In App Purchases). Jefferey backed up his comment with references to some industry statistics and the fact that he had just spend the past 12 months looking for a new corporate home for his acclaimed studio (Toca Boca/Sago Mini is now part of Spin Master Toys).

Depressing. My kids really love some of the Sago Mini games. I had no idea that they had sold their business to a conglomerate.

Preventing Spam iCloud Calendar Invites

How do I prevent this from happening in the future? How the hell did it happen? Turns out it’s Apple again – thinking they know better for how you want to use e-mail and calendars. Thankfully there is an option to prevent the forced invites.

My wife got one of these last night attached to one of our shared calendars. The instructions here can help you prevent them and get rid of any you’ve already received.

Brent Simmons on Leaving Twitter

Brent Simmons left Twitter, and I completely understand why:

And then [Twitter] was part of the system that helped elect a fascist President. This tipped it over for me: it’s no longer worth my participation. The shitheads can have it.

I’m hoping for Twitter to utterly capsize soon for no other reason than to remove one of Trump’s bullhorns.

How Facebook Warps Our Worlds – NYTimes.com

By bookmarking given blogs and personalizing social-media feeds, we customize the news we consume and the political beliefs we’re exposed to as never before. And this colors our days, or rather bleeds them of color, reducing them to a single hue.

I’ve been wondering about this for years. We make our own bubbles. This helps to confirm my suspicions.

The Apple of Your Eye – Ben Brooks

When I was talking about the Surface Studio on Twitter, someone responded “have you guys even used Windows lately”. I chuckled, because I have, and it’s shit. Anyone who thinks the Surface Studio makes up for that, is going to be really fucking sad.

I’ve had a post just like this floating around in my had, but Ben Brooks got there first.

Future Imperfect by Jared Sinclair

Hilariously, you can spend $4299 dollars on a spanking new MacBook Pro and $969 dollars on an iPhone 7 Plus — both from the same manufacturer — but you cannot connect them together without a $25 conversion cable.

Jared Sinclair’s list of various technological incompatibilities barely scratches the surface but should provide more than enough fuel for some anger in your belly. This isn’t the future that I was hoping for as a kid watching Star Trek.