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Wed, Aug 12, 2015The 1-Star-Reviews Edition

Iterate And Release Often, by Dan Counsell

You’ve spent the last six months or more working on a major overhaul of your app. You’ve refreshed the UI. Improved the app icon. You’ve even added a bunch of new features and removed the crusty old stuff that no one ever uses. You release it expecting universal praise. Instead, you're met with a barrage of angry tweets and a bunch of 1 star reviews from your once happy users.

Pick A Card, Any Card, by Dr. Drang, And Now It's All This

We computer “experts” have faith in the deterministic nature of our machines. Web apps destroy that faith.


Outlook 2016 Review: A New Coat Of Paint On The Same Reliable Personal Information Manager, by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

It’s Microsoft Outlook: You almost certainly know what to expect from it. It does its job well, but brings nothing new to the table. If you need Exchange-based mail for work, or want a desktop alternative to the very good Outlook365 web client, it won’t let you down.

InboxVudu’s New iOS App Helps You Conquer Your Email To-Do List, by Martin Bryant, The Next Web

InboxVudu generally does a good job of picking out things people are asking me to do.

Apple Store App Updated With Support For Gift Card Purchases, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

You Can Now Find All Of Beats 1's Archived Shows In One Place, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Parallels Launches Parallels Access 3.0 Remote Access App, by MacTech


Swift Diary #11: Objective-Swift, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Given that, I made the pragmatic decision to start using @objc protocols, classes, and collection types where those things make sense, where Swift fought against my design.

And suddenly the language is a joy to use. It’s like Objective-C but with type inference, no .h files, fewer imports, shorter syntax — and I get the things I was missing.

I'm Waiting For All Self-Driving Vehicles All The Time

The City That Lets Cyclists Jump Red Lights, by Hugh Schofield, BBC

Cyclists in Paris no longer have to stop at every red traffic light - new rules mean that in certain circumstances they can ignore the signals and keep going. The aim is to make the city's roads much safer.

Parting Words

What time is it, @guardian?

— Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP) August 12, 2015

Thanks for reading.