Apple Search Ads Now Available in Russia

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Apple announced today that Apple Search Ads are now available in Russia, with the ads going live on May 4.

Apple’s “Secret” Monopoly

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Will Oremus wrote an essay on Medium in which he argues that Apple is a monopoly, specifically when it comes to the App Store. I think a few good arguments could be made in support of this accusation. But my opinion lies with this quote:

Apple’s platform is significantly less open than Google’s: Unlike its rival, Apple doesn’t allow any app stores on the iPhone other than its own, and it doesn’t allow users to “sideload” apps downloaded from the web or elsewhere. The company says its goal is to ensure users can trust every app they download; allowing unapproved apps could expose users to privacy violations or malware.

The App Store isn’t perfect, but I believe it contains far fewer malware than Google’s Play Store. Apple’s restrictions also make it better for privacy, and thus better for people. I think price is a better argument than the walled garden. Or, I at least have more sympathy for indie developers rather than billion-dollar competitors to Apple.

Universal App Purchases Coming to iOS, macOS

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Starting in March 2020, universal app purchases are coming to iOS and macOS. Apps bought on one platform will be unlocked on the other.

The ‘Cult’ of Apple, Ranking No. 6 on an Evil List

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Writing for Slate, Cory Doctorow criticizes Apple, calling its customers a cult and Apple a monopoly. I don’t plan to pick apart his article and defend Apple, but I do particularly disagree with this quote:

When it comes to Apple, even if you’re paying for the product, you’re still the product: sold to app programmers as a captive market, or gouged on parts and service by official Apple depots.

I guess consumers can’t do anything right. Not only are we a cult, but we don’t even have the power of the free market, instead we’re “sold” to developers.

5 of My Favorite Apps and Games of 2019

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew compiled a list of his favorite apps and games he used in 2019: Stardew Valley, Chronicle, Paprika 3, Jumbo, and Lockdown.