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Some Notes on Twitter’s App Download Tracking

Twitter’s news today, buried ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, is that client apps on iOS and Android will detect the apps you have on your device to aid in the targeting of suggested accounts and advertising.

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Some Observations on the iPhone 6 Plus As Someone Who Owned One (Briefly)

I owned an iPhone 6 Plus for a short period this week. It’s a stunning device - certainly polarising, and an incredible feat of design. I returned it about 24 hours later for an iPhone 6 (which I have no regrets about) as the device isn’t for me. That’s not to say it’s not the perfect device for you, but I couldn’t adapt and found it simply didn’t fit my needs.

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The Impending Watershed For Device-Specific iOS Apps

The responsive iPhone and iPad simulators that debuted at WWDC this year have been (and continue to be) full of mystery and potential - quite possibly the biggest source of change in iOS 8 itself. Combined with the iPhone 6 Plus’ size, landscape mode and downscaling, there’s a lot of fluidity and responsiveness coming to iOS this year… A quick count:

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Prepare for iOS 8: enable OS X Server’s Caching Server

As you well-know, iOS 8 launches this week, and there’s going to be a lot of app updates flying around. If you’re on a network with more than a couple of devices, a few substantial updates to things like Keynote, Pages and Numbers (not to mention everything else) will likely take a while to download.

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The State of the Apple Developer Ecosystem

Introduction

The 10 hours in a metal tube between London and San Francisco provide for some great thinking space. The flights to and from WWDC last year as every year offered plenty of time to take stock of where things are, what could be, and on the way back what it all means. With all the focus on iOS 7’s new aesthetic, understandably the “iOS 7-only” mantra was top of everyone’s minds. But as I sat in sessions eagerly watching talks about all the new technologies on iOS, something bigger struck me. Something that’s taken almost an entire year to fully analyse.

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