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[Sponsor] RevenueCat

In-app subscriptions are a pain. The code can be hard to write, time-consuming to maintain, and full of edge cases. RevenueCat makes it simple so you can focus on building features, not a subscription back end. With RevenueCat, you also get out-of-the-box subscription metrics and charts that you can’t get from App Store Connect. Plus, prebuilt...

The Fit and Finish of the All-New System Settings on MacOS 13 Ventura

Niki Tonsky last week posted this thread on Twitter on the state of the new System Settings app in developer beta 5 of MacOS Ventura, illustrated with screen captures. If you haven’t seen it, follow the link.Spoiler: it is not looking good. Yes, MacOS 13 Ventura is still in beta. Yes, it’s probably not scheduled to ship until October or maybe even early...

Sourcegraph

My thanks to Sourcegraph for once again sponsoring DF. Sourcegraph helps you code better and stay in flow. It’s a code search and intelligence tool for all your company’s code to help you quickly understand code, find usage examples, track down bugs, assess the impact of a change, and more. Who uses Sourcegraph? Their customers include Databricks,...

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A wise man once said, “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”  ★ 

★ The Financial Times on the Effects of App Tracking Transparency on Small Businesses

Patrick McGee, reporting earlier this week for The Financial Times, under the headline “Small Businesses Count Cost of Apple’s Privacy Changes”: Small businesses are cutting back marketing spending due to Apple’s sweeping privacy changes that have made it harder to target new customers online, in a growing trend that has led to billions...

Financial Times Report on the Purported Effects of App Tracking Transparency on Small Businesses

Patrick McGee, reporting earlier this week for The Financial Times, under the headline “Small Businesses Count Cost of Apple’s Privacy Changes”: Small businesses are cutting back marketing spending due to Apple’s sweeping privacy changes that have made it harder to target new customers online, in a growing trend that has led to billions...

Sideways

Zhenyi Tan: Sideways is a Safari extension for rotating webpages when screen rotation is off. [...] Sideways is free, with no in-app purchases, no ads, and no tracking. Get it in the App Store today. From the department of doing one simple thing really well. Clever!  ★ 

Pew Research Center: ‘Teens, Social Media, and Technology 2022’

Emily A. Vogels, Risa Gelles-Watnick, and Navid Massarat, writing for Pew Research Center: The landscape of social media is ever-changing, especially among teens who often are on the leading edge of this space. A new Pew Research Center survey of American teenagers ages 13 to 17 finds TikTok has rocketed in popularity since its North...

★ Is App Tracking Transparency Actually Doing Anything Truly Significant?

Nick Heer, in a tour de force piece at Pixel Envy, “Ad Tech Revenue Statements Indicate Unclear Effects of App Tracking Transparency”: Does ATT really “[deprive] consumers of widespread ad relevancy and advertisers and publishers of commercial opportunity”? Even if it does — which I doubt — has that commercial opportunity really existed...

Trump Takes the Fifth

As the 45th president of the United States once said (well, tweeted), “If you are innocent, do not remain silent. You look guilty as hell!”  ★ 

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