the banker’s smile

… in Apple’s case the contrast hits more noticeably given their insistence on presenting themselves as a company that’s intimately close to their users, caring about their privacy, manufacturing devices that “improve and enrich people’s lives”, and so on. Perhaps I’m just rambling here, but what I kept feeling as the event unfolded is that Apple both gets and doesn’t get their customers; that Apple’s genuineness is part real, part façade. For better or for worse, there was a honesty and candidness in Jobs’s Apple that I don’t feel at all with this Apple.

Apple’s smile feels like the smile a banker wears when you say you want to open an account there.

Riccardo Mori, Brief notes on Apple’s “Time Flies” event

Positioning and not-enoughing

It seems like there are too many scientists and not enough honest marketers, makers and storytellers on the side of fixing the climate crisis. Scientists are awesome at collecting and analyzing data, but data alone doesn’t help tell a story worth telling.

Facts and figures don’t change minds, compelling stories do.

Daily, we see appalling news about wildfires, floods, and most importantly, how we’ll all have to settle for “less” if we are to keep a habitable planet. Yes, that news is important, but it’s also hard to not get stressed to the point of exhaustion from its constant stream.

Paul Jarvis

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Fortnite vs Apple vs Google

In Italy we’re at middle August holidays. Along with Christmas this is THE holiday period and aside from the tourism business evetything else just… stops.

Meanwhile in the rest of the world lots of things happens. WordPress releases one of its biggest update in a while, Apple releases updates for its devices… and now another “incident” happens against the ‘monopoly’ of App Store(s).

We will see lots of interesting stuff in the coming weeks…

Apple’s Thirty Percent Cut

… the difference between 30% and something reasonable like 10% would probably have meant some of my friends would still have their jobs at Omni, and Omni would have more resources to devote to making, testing, and supporting their apps.

But Apple, this immensely rich company, needs 30% of Omni’s and every single other developer’s paycheck?

Brent Simmons

One of the most sane critics to the Apple 30% fee querelle that has gone over the last weeks.