Linked List Archive

The Initial Charge Linked List is a collection of notable links and brief commentary, with entries regularly added throughout the week.

Progressive Web App Limitations on iOS ➝

Jared Newman, writing for Fast Company:

There’s just one problem with this zeal for web apps: On iOS, Apple doesn’t support several progressive web app features that developers say are necessary to build web apps that offer all the power and usability of a native app.

iOS web apps, for instance, can’t deliver notifications, and if you install them on the home screen, they don’t support background audio playback. They also don’t integrate with the Share function in iOS and won’t appear in iOS 14’s App Library section. Android, by contrast, supports most of those features, and even allows websites to include an “Install App” button.

It would be nice if Apple’s sweet solution was a bit sweeter.

➝ Source: fastcompany.com

The Establishment Media Is Broken ➝

Charlie Chester, CNN Director, speaking with an undercover investigative reporter working with Project Veritas:

Any reporter on CNN — what they’re actually doing is they’re telling the person what to say… It’s always like leading them in a direction before they even open their mouths. The only people that we [CNN] will let on the air, for the most part, are people that have a proven track record of taking the bait

I typically avoid topics that even come close to politics, but I think this is worth highlighting from a media angle. It’s clear that the big name players aren’t sharing information with the best interest of the public in mind. They’re motivated by money, ratings, and their own biases.

To a certain extent, I feel like the establishment media is grasping at straws to try and maintain the influence and reach that they currently have — to keep their individual careers and businesses afloat.

But independent journalists and commentators are eating their lunch. They can present the exact same information or their own, independently sourced news with significantly less overhead and a much stronger relationship with their viewers. Many of them are building their audience through credibility and reputation while the establishment is throwing that out the window.

I hope there isn’t too much real world damage caused during their decline, but I’m afraid that’s already a forgone conclusion.

➝ Source: projectveritas.com

Spotify Announces ‘Car Thing’, a Touchscreen Smart Media Player ➝

I’m not even a little interested in traditional streaming music services, but this looks like a pretty neat piece of hardware.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

Facebook Must Be Deleted ➝

Arun:

Facebook tracks your web presence and activities even outside of their “Facebook.com” domain. Facebook is not a social networking website anymore. They are a data mining corporation, focused on showing targeted ads. They are minting money based on your interests.

None of this is surprising, I expect most of us know that Facebook tracks us wherever they can. But in the wake of recent events, it’s worth resurfacing.

I think all 2.7 billion users would be wise to delete their accounts and find other ways to communicate with friends and family. There’s plenty of options — no one needs Facebook.

And I wouldn’t be opposed if we all started reconsidering our usage of services from other large tech companies either. Many of them do this kind of tracking and I don’t think we need that in our lives.

➝ Source: arun.be

No Clear Justification for Removal ➝

Patrick McGee, on Twitter:

Former head of App Review says some apps were “remov[ed]” “immediately” because Mr. Schiller and Mr. Cue were “adamant” about (their) removal, despite Mr. Shoemaker’s “protest[s]” that there was no clear justification for doing so under the app review guidelines.

Sure, Apple’s terms of service gives them room to remove apps at their discretion. But we all know that’s a lame excuse. There is always a reason. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they remove all the other apps in the App Store?

Three things need to happen:

  1. Apple needs to strictly adhere to their own rules about app removals and rejections.
  2. If an app comes along that requires the rules be changed, change the rules and give developers a period of time to adapt before the change is enforced.
  3. Give users the option to install apps from elsewhere.

The first two are the absolute baseline. The third item is because people are imperfect and Apple’s ideal of the App Store will never be attained.

➝ Source: mobile.twitter.com

iMessage Kept Off Android for iOS Lock-in ➝

Michael Simon, writing for Macworld:

In a “proposed findings of fact and conclusion of law” filing by Epic Games in its suit against Apple over the terms of the App Store, Epic revealed that Apple once considered a version of iMessage for Android but decided against it “as early as 2013,” just two years after it launched on iOS. Using information gleaned from depositions with senior Vice President Eddie Cue, along with comments from Apple fellow Phil Schiller and senior vice president Craig Federighi, Epic claims that Apple’s ultimately decided that the iMessage’s “serious lock-in” was more valuable to the company than cross-platform convenience.

I like Apple a lot. They do a lot of great things and make some excellent products, but they sure make awful decisions sometimes.

From a user perspective, there is no good reason to keep iMessage off of Android. And interestingly, if Apple shipped a version of iMessage for Android in 2013, they probably would have completely owned the messaging market. Especially given Google’s comparatively scattershot approach.

➝ Source: macworld.com

Apple Announces Find My Network ➝

Apple:

Apple today introduced the updated Find My app, allowing third-party products to use the private and secure finding capabilities of Apple’s Find My network, which comprises hundreds of millions of Apple devices. The Find My network accessory program opens up the vast and global Find My network to third-party device manufacturers to build products utilizing the service, so their customers can use the Find My app to locate and keep track of the important items in their lives. New products that work with the Find My app from Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof will be available beginning next week.

I expect I’ll be transitioning from Tile to Find My-compatible devices soon.

➝ Source: apple.com

The Best ➝

I setup a new tag here on Initial Charge — “best” — and added it to a handful of the best and most popular entries on the site. My plan is to revisit the tag a few times each year to cycle entries in and out as new articles are published and traffic fluctuates. You can think of it as a living greatest hits, of sorts.

➝ Source: initialcharge.net