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A thank you – and referral scheme

First, let me say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken me up on my offer of developer consulting. The response has been brilliant since I started doing that line of work a few months ago and I’ve worked with some great people in that time. I’d like to think we’ve created some pretty stellar App Store and press kit copy together.

I know that some of the work I’ve picked up has been via word of mouth and referrals from people I’ve worked with and I’m very grateful for that. I wanted to find a way to say thank you to people who spread the word, so I’ve come up with a sort of referral scheme. It’s fairly simple and I think you’re going to like it.

I’ve added a new field to the contact form that asks people where they heard about me and my work. Every time I work with someone who mentions your name, you’ll receive $50 off the next time we work together. The more people you refer, the more you save – up to a maximum of 50% of the total cost, which I think is a pretty good deal.

Pretty simple, right?

You can find out more about what I can do to help you and your app right here!

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Trying something new

Newsletters are a thing people read. They’re a thing people write, too. So I thought I’d give it a go.

The writing part. Not the reading.

Let’s back up a bit.

I’ve seen people use Patreon for a few years now and I’ve never really thought that I could make use of it. But it seems people really like to read the words that fall out of my head so, here we are.

I now have a Patreon. And a newsletter. And I do developer consulting.

As Steve Jobs famously said, these aren’t three things. They’re one thing. Sort of.

Patreon allows me to offer multiple different tiers and I’m going to do exactly that.

  • Tier One: You’ll receive a weekly newsletter with ramblings that nobody else would let me publish. I’ll throw in some links to the cool stuff I’ve come across during my week’s wanderings around the internet, too. Videos, podcasts, maybe a book or two. You get the idea.
  • Tier Two: You’ll receive my weekly newsletter a full 24 hours early as well as be safe in the knowledge that you’re awesome and I appreciate you.
  • Tier Three: Are you a developer looking for help? You’ll get a monthly 15-minute FaceTime/Zoom/Whatever call where you can ask for help or opinions on anything from app UI to features and everything in between. And yes, you’ll get that awesome newsletter early, too.

Now I need people to sign up! This is where you’ll find my Patreon page and as always, I appreciate any and all feedback you can offer.

But, yeah. I’d appreciate you signing up even more! 😆

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Yo, Google. Get yer own colours

Google announced some new stuff today. The colours look…. familiar.

😬

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Did Epic lie when it said Apple was going to block Sign in with Apple for Fortnite users?

The Epic and Apple kerfuffle isn’t going to end any time soon, which means we’re going to have to get used to seeing both firms in headlines together. But it’s a headline from a while ago that’s of interest today.

Yours truly, on iMore, three weeks ago.

Epic Games has today tweeted out that Apple will “no longer allow users to sign into Fortnite using “Sign In with Apple” as soon as September 11, 2020″. That could potentially leave gamers unable to play Fortnite, even if they already have it installed. It could prevent them from accessing their data entirely, too.

The tweet.

Except, it turns out that might all have been a lie at worst. A misunderstanding at best.

Gruber.

I haven’t written about this until now, but I was reminded of it by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’s disparagement of Epic Games’s honesty during yesterday’s hearing. I spent a few hours back on September 9 digging into this SIWA story, and multiple sources at Apple told me Epic’s claims were simply false. There was never a September 11 deadline for their SIWA support to stop working, and in fact, Apple’s SIWA team performed work to make sure SIWA continued working for Fortnite users despite the fact that Epic Games’s developer account had been revoked. There was no “extension” because Apple was never going to revoke Epic’s SIWA access.

I said at the time that the only people this would impact were the gamers, and that’s a point Gruber also makes. But the suggestion that Apple didn’t say anything about blocking SIWA is a concern. What else has Epic not been 100% truthful about?

It’s possible Epic just got the wrong end of the stick somewhere along the line. I hope it did. But the phrasing of the tweet – “Apple will no longer allow” – suggests some sort of communication took place.

If it didn’t, this doesn’t look good on Epic at all.

Update:

The plot thickens! Epic’s CEO says it was all Apple.

Awks.

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Logitech’s excellent Keys-to-Go keyboard now comes in a fetching Classic Blue

I’ve had a fancy for one of these keyboards for a while and heard good things. Now there’s a pretty lovely blue colour, complete with a bright orange iPhone stand.

Me, at iMore

Retaining all of the same features that made the other, less excellent colors so popular, the new Classic Blue also comes with a bright orange iPhone stand. Beyond that, it’s the same keyboard people have been buying and enjoying already.

Sounds like a winner to me. The Classic Blue isn’t available via Amazon yet, but here’s the link for when it is! Gaggers for the new colour? It’s up on the Logitech site now.

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Amazon wants to use your handprint to authenticate payments

This seems….a bad idea.

Recode

Amazon on Tuesday is unveiling a new biometric technology called Amazon One that allows shoppers to pay at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device when they walk in the door or when they check out. The first time they register to use this tech, a customer will scan their palm and insert their payment card at a terminal; after that, they can simply pay with their hand. The hand-scanning tech isn’t just for Amazon’s own stores — the company hopes to sell it to other retailers, including competitors, too.

Seems to me the only thing worse than giving Amazon your handprint, to be stored in the cloud, is just asking for trouble. Letting it sell the technology to third parties is just madness.

A spokesperson added that the images are encrypted when scanned, and then “sent to a highly secure area we custom-built in the cloud for analysis and storage.”

Cool.

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Epic and Apple’s lawsuit won’t be heard by a jury

I won’t lie, I’m more than bored with this already. And it’s going to be almost a year before it even starts properly.

CNET

Attorneys for Apple and Epic Games have informed the judge presiding over their antitrust fight that they would prefer their case be decided by her rather than tried before a jury.

The request, filed in a joint statement Tuesday with US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Northern District of California, said the two companies had met and decided Epic’s claims and Apple’s counterclaims should be decided by the court. The joint statement also said Apple had withdrawn its demand for a jury trial

Fair enough. Roll on July 2021.

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