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iOS 9 Reviews

September 21, 2015

There are two iOS reviews I always read, and that is the one from Viticci, and the one from iMore, I skip the rest. They are both long, insightful, well written and a joy to read. Check them out, if you are interested.

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Arrest of 14-Year-Old Student for Making a Clock

September 20, 2015

What happened in Irving, Texas, yesterday to a 14-year-old Muslim high school freshman is far from the worst instance, but it is highly illustrative of the rotted fruit of this sustained climate of cultivated fear and demonization. The Dallas Morning News reports that “Ahmed Mohamed --- who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart --- hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High,” but “instead, the school phoned police.”

Fucking idiots.

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Daring Fireball

September 20, 2015

John Gruber:

Perhaps I am being smug. But I see the fact that Daring Fireball’s revenue streams should remain unaffected by Safari content-blocking as affirmation that my choices over the last decade have been correct: that I should put my readers’ interests first, and only publish the sort of ads and sponsorships that I myself would want to be served, even if that means leaving (significant) amounts of money on the table along the way. But I take no joy in the fact that a terrific publication like The Awl might be facing hard times. They’re smart; they will adapt.

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On Peace.

September 20, 2015

One of the first things I started looking for when iOS 9 came out was a good Content Blocker, not because I hate ads, but I hate trackers and intrusive ads. And I went for Marco’s Peace(original blog post), because I like Marco, and because all the apps he have released previously have been excellet, and Peace is not an exception.

Today, I’m launching my own iOS 9 content blocker, called Peace, to bring peace, quiet, privacy, and --- as a nice side benefit --- ludicrous speed to iOS web browsing.

One of the problems with Peace was that it didn’t have a way to add exceptions(yet), and Marco had to take the difficult decition between blocking the ads he has on his site, that most of his friends also have, The Deck, which are doing it the right way, or to follow the Ghostery database as it is.

As he writes in his blogpost about the topic:

And once I looked at it like that, it wasn’t a difficult decision. It’s uncomfortable, but I’d rather be consistent and fair.

The sad thing is that Marco pull’ed the app only two days after it was released.

I know pulling Peace from the store after just two days is going to be an immensely unpopular move, and subject me to a torrent of unpleasantness. But that’ll end soon enough, and that’s better than how I’d feel if I kept going.

He is obviously walking a way from a lot of money, which is something I really admire. I always respect people that do what makes them happy, instead of what makes them the most happy. But I don’t think Marco deserved the amout of bullshit he got because of Peace, it was a good app, and the ad industry have themselves to thank for ad blocking becoming a thing.

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Apple confirms new international pricing for iCloud storage, but you can’t get it yet | 9to5Mac

September 17, 2015

After announcing significantly more generous pricing for iCloud storage last week, but showing only U.S. costs, Apple today confirmed international pricing for the simplified three-tier structure.

Great. It is nice to see that Apple finally have changed their prices for cloud storage, for the better. Their old prices was so ridiculously overpriced that it wasn’t even a little bit funny. The new prices are good, and comparable to the rest of the industry. My only complaint is that the free tire should be larger.

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Multitask with Omni and iOS 9 – The Omni Group

September 17, 2015

The OmniGroup are embracing the new iOS 9 features from day one, which is fantastic. They are the Apple productivity software company, and I can’t wait to see what they do with the iPad Pro.

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Peace

September 17, 2015

Block web ads and privacy-invading trackers on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®, powered by data from Ghostery®.

Marco made another app!

I just installed Peace, and it works great. No fancy settings, and it wasn’t hard to get it working. Exactly what you expect from Marco. And it is powered by Ghostery, a fantastic company, and I have used their Safari extension for a while.

You don’t need to look any further if you want a Content Blocker that just works.

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