Reading List 281
Friday 3 September 2021
Link o’ the Week:
iOS Engine Choice In Depth – Big Al doing his forensics on Apple’s disingenuousness.
Australian watchdog considers regulating Apple and Google to boost app store competition = ” both companies faced very little competition in app distributions on their respective mobile platforms. The competition watchdog suggested the companies were stifling competition with their control over what apps could do on their platforms.”
Russia slaps Apple with warning over abusing dominant market position – “it was cheaper to buy goods on a seller’s website… Apple gets a commission from 15% to 30% for each payment in the App Store, yet users are blocked from being informed about the possibility of purchases outside of it”
After Apple rejections, FlickType gives up on popular iPhone keyboard for the blind – “Apple has thrown us obstacle after obstacle for years while we try to provide an app to improve people’s lives, and we can no longer endure their abuse.”
Postcodes.io – Postcode & Geolocation API for the UK. Free, Open Source and based solely on Open Data
A guide to designing accessible, WCAG-compliant focus indicators by Sara Soueidan
Good stablecoins, a protocol for money, and digital wallets: the formula to fix our broken payment system. Hurrah! Facebook’s ZuckCoin is about to launch. And apparently, anyone who doesn’t love the idea of Facebook knowing all about your “money in the MetaVerse” (really!) is “profoundly unAmerican”.
End of the line for Uber – Cory Doctorow on Uber’s probable demise. The saddest thing about Uber (and Airbnb) is they *could* have been good ideas if they actually were about real people’s spare capacity meeting some genuine excess demand. But (perhaps inevitably) they turned into hideous Silicon Valley monsters.
Goodbye, Michael Jones, the man who gave the power of maps in our hands – Obituary of Michael Jones, the man behind Google Earth, and his mission to democratize maps.
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