Tag Archive for ‘The Next Web’

Google May Be Considering Swift for Use on Android ➝

Nate Swanner, writing for The Next Web:

About the time Swift was going open source, representatives for three major brands — Google, Facebook and Uber — were at a meeting in London discussing the new language. Sources tell The Next Web that Google is considering making Swift a “first class” language for Android, while Facebook and Uber are also looking to make Swift more central to their operations.

Google’s Android operating system currently supports Java as its first-class language, and sources say Swift is not meant to replace Java, at least initially. While the ongoing litigation with Oracle is likely cause for concern, sources say Google considers Swift to have a broader “upside” than Java.

What are the chances that Google forks Swift and uses it as the building blocks for their own programming language? They’ve already set the precedent by forking WebKit and creating Blink — this might actually happen.

‘Twitter’s Problem Isn’t the Timeline, It’s That Signing up Still Sucks’ ➝

Owen Williams, writing for The Next Web:

Would any user stick around long-term if they were just constantly hurling tweets at Taylor Swift with no response? Sure, I follow a few celebrities to keep up with what I’m interested in, but by the sheer majority I follow people with similar interests that actually want to engage, rather than just use the service as a megaphone.

Twitter’s value, at least for me, has always been about meeting like-minded people online, frequently blossoms into real-world friendships.

What Goes Up ➝

John Gruber, commenting on Bryan Clark’s piece entitled “We’ve Reached — Maybe Passed — Peak Apple: Why the Narrative Needs to Change“:

Clark makes it sound like this is because the rest of Apple’s business is in decline, whereas the truth is that the iPhone continues to grow at an astonishing rate that even Apple’s other successful products can’t match. Is it worrisome that iPad sales continue to decline? Sure. Would it be better for Apple if the iPad were selling in iPhone-esque quantities? Of course. But iPad still sold 9.9 million units and generated $4.3 billion in revenue last quarter. […]

Name a product introduced in the last five years that has been more successful than the iPad — either in terms of revenue and profit for its maker, or in terms of aggregate hours of daily use and customer satisfaction of its users. I can’t think of one.

I’ve grown tired of the whole “iPad is doomed, Apple should just cut their losses” thing. I understand that Apple isn’t finding a larger number of iPad buyers with each passing quarter, but the user base is still growing. There are far more iPads being used today than there was last year. And as long as the device remains profitable for Apple, shouldn’t that be enough?

Jailbreak Attack Reportedly Stole More Than 225,000 Apple Logins ➝

This is a great example of why you should think twice before jailbreaking your iOS device.

Facebook M, a Personal Assistant for Messenger ➝

Natt Garun, writing for The Next Web:

Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging Products David Marcus today announced a new service called M. M is designed to be your personal assistant, which you can use to ask for recommendations such as gift ideas or restaurants to visit when you’re traveling. […]

The service is similar to what smartphones offer with Siri and Cortana, though offering the service via Messenger means anyone can use it as long as the app is available on their platform.

M looks like an impressive service, but I don’t think it’s a very good competitor to Siri. The barrier to entry for using it is just too high. With Siri, users are a simple long-press on their home button away from setting timers, reminders, asking questions, and more. But with M users have to launch Facebook’s Messenger app and enter a conversation to start making use of its personal assistant features.

Some users are bound to love M and it being tied to Facebook gives it some level of awareness that may be unique compared to Siri or Google Now. And, given the size of Facebook’s user base, I’m certain there’s plenty of users who practically live in Facebook Messenger. However, its inherent cross platform “benefits” could ultimately be its death knell — the user experience of having M tucked away inside of an application pales in comparison to activating Siri with a hardware button without even needing to unlock your device.

What Mobile Ad Blocking Looks Like in the Real World ➝

Riffing off of Dean Murphy’s recent piece, Owen Williams tested various web pages with and without Crystal — an iOS 9 ad blocking extension — and published side-by-side video comparisons of the results. It’s one thing to see the drastic difference in page load times depicted on a graph, it’s another to see it in a real world context. The iMore example is particularly outrageous, but most of these publishers should just be embarrassed.

Nate Swanner on Switching to DuckDuckGo ➝

He gets it. Bangs are the best thing to happen to web search since Google Images. Everybody should just switch to DuckDuckGo.

Apple Pulls iOS 8 HealthKit Apps from the App Store ➝

The Next Web received the following statement from Apple:

We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.

HealthKit is a major new feature in iOS 8. I hope they get this fixed before everyone relegates the Health app to the “Default” folder on their last home screen.

(Via Daring Fireball.)