Tag Archives: ios

www.cut 3.0

I’m very pleased to announce the new version of www.cut, a major release including an almost complete rewrite of all the UI code and a bunch of stuff under the hood. You don’t care about that, but it does bring you iPad support, the ability to lengthen already shortened URLs and the ability to sync your settings between devices using iCloud.

The iCloud bit, as with lots of stuff under the hood, means that it will only work on devices that run iOS5.

On the “business” side, www.cut is no longer free. It is now a “tier one” app, that means 99 cents, 69 pence or your local equivalent.

The reason for this change is two-fold: advertising, despite what you may have heard, is not a massive money-spinner unless you have millions of users. www.cut, you won’t be surprised to hear, has nowhere near that. Secondly, and more importantly in some ways, I just don’t like adverts. I almost always pay for apps in preference to using an ad supported version. I think the app is better without them.

With the change, I have tried to be as fair as I can. All existing users will get the upgrade for free, including those who only have the free version. I thought it better to be generous to early adopters that screw over the people who actually upgraded.

Patents

Dilbert.com

The cartoon1 for today’s Dilbert Day to Day Desk Calendar seemed appropriate for some things that are happening in the mobile software industry at the moment.

If you’ve not been following events — shame on you — then you can read all about it here. In summary, a number of small developers have been sued by a “patent troll,” that is a company that does not develop or make anything but demands royalties for the use of “intellectual property” it bought.

These events and the cartoon show quite succinctly everything that is wrong with the current patent system.

  1. Sorry it’s too big. I couldn’t find a way to shrink it without stealing a copy. []

My delicious.com bookmarks for June 2nd through June 7th

My delicious.com bookmarks for February 8th through February 9th

  • The rise and rise of the cognitive elite – "It seems unfair that footballers, bankers and tycoons earn more money than they know what to do with whereas jobless folk and single parents struggle to pay the rent, notes Mr Saunders. Yet it also seems unfair to take money from those who have worked hard and give it to those who have not, or to take away the profits of those who have risked their life savings to bring a new invention to market in order to help those who have risked nothing."
  • Jaguar E-Type turns 50 – Some designs can stand the test of time. The Jaguar E-Type is one of them.
  • iOS Debugging Magic – Some great iOS debugging hints.