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In recent years owning Apple devices has felt more and more like you are borrowing them from Apple.
Lots of activity drain battery in the background. Are they going to ban their users from using fitness apps, Facebook, messengers and everything else too?

I agree that most of the activity around Crypto currencies and mining is now a scam, but I still don't see how that is any of Apple's business. There are plenty of ill-advised things you can use a device for.

Great picture when you know the context of the powercuts !

Surely this will have the effect of making people realise how bloody awful the mail app is and switch.

Second thoughts, scrap that. People are dumb. I over-estimated them for a moment.

Water Cooler / Re: Lemon On Steaks
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:51:00 PM »
I sometimes find him incredibly annoying, but I like him.

He seems to be more annoying in recorded shows. Pretty sure that directors are telling him to "essex it up a bit: Gurn more more and say some nonsense words". Live / more relaxed shows he is OK.

I like him because I think he is genuinely driven by a good conscience and that is too rare a thing in business.

Currently, to identify the bacteria that can get you sick, like E. coli or salmonella, food scientists often use DNA testing.

They obtain samples from, say, raw spinach or chicken skin, by rinsing the food and collecting a tiny bit of bacteria from the water. Then they let that bacteria multiply over 24 hours to get a big enough sample.

That's not DNA testing.   Interesting application of technology though. Weirdly, I used to be quite involved in this area.

Content got paywalled and can't be bothered to work around it, but isn't Facebook is a better position with regards to GDPR than most publishers? They have a strong, direct relationship with their users, almost all of which are signed in. There is a perception of value so consent should be easy to obtain. They might have to change some practices around data collection on the open web (building profiles based on like button views etc), but that would seem to be more about restricting it to logged in users.

GDPR seemed to be squarely aimed at Google and Facebook, but these seem to be the companies in the best position to limit its impact.

Hardware & Technology / Re: China's VidNet locates a reporter in 7 minutes
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:27:30 AM »
I think that this gets a lot more scary when you move away from the idea that it needs special cameras (everyone here.. and in fact anyone who's used face search in google or facebook photos  knows that isn't the case). You just need to be ale to collect the images.

Maybe countries like China inevitably abusing this technology will make the general population in places like the UK less accepting of how far we've gone down the same route.

Web Development / Re: Recommended drop catcher for .Io domains?
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:17:44 PM » seems to get the best renews, but the selfish current owner renewed anyway. Swines

At least there are two now. For a long time it was just Google for everything.

This is a skewed perception from those of us in the digital industry. We think of online advertising in terms of AdWords, rather than brand display (which is much larger). Brand display trickles through a slightly archaic route of brands, agencies, DSPs, trading desks, SSPs and networks. The growth and development of the doubleclick suite has put Google at several strategic crossroads filtering off spend. Ad exchange gives a nice efficient route removing networks as well as reducing the role of agencies, DSPs, SSPs and often trading desks.

At the same time there is a huge push to bring spend to digital from television in particular (just like print spend was targeted before). It's working too - there is a current shortage of video inventory as demand is outpacing it.

This isn't a "good , the evil corp has competition" story. It's more like "sh##, there's two of them now... And they're everywhere".

I think GDPR could even accelerate this. People are talking like it's going to be a massive blow to Google/Amazon/Facebook. I'm not even first to getting my head around it yet, but I suspect that the big players are the only ones who are going to be able to respond quickly and they'll gain further share whilst the flaps about trying to work out out.

Web Development / Recommended drop catcher for .Io domains?
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:53:43 AM »
As per the subject line. The owner has just failed to renew a .Io domain  that I've been watching

Yeah, but the article isn't about apps draining battery.

Looks like this is mostly counting any apps that uses Crashlytics. Crashlytics can be used for tracking (conversion tracking I think). Mostly it isn't though. Crashlytics is also pretty widely used on iOS, hence the researchers expecting similar results in the Apple eco system.

Mostly this seems to be tabloid reporting trying to deliberately confuse about what "trackers" are: Scare people about the worse ones whilst counting anything that can be called a tracker.  It's Cookies all over again.

Hardware & Technology / Editing your own DNA with CRISPR
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:01:37 AM »
Apologies for the partial paywall, but the but that can be read is still pretty interesting

Monetization / Heads up to anyone running adsense / adx
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:30:27 PM »
ads.txt - if you haven't come across it you need to look into it.

* If you have ads.txt and it isn't correct, your google income will likely already have started to drop
* If you don't have ads.txt then it'll likely start dropping next month

Marketing / Re: Nice twitter strategy
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:20:06 PM »
Instead of DM's try tweets. Less people do that.

Ugh - I don't like it when they tweet and @mention . Especially if you only followed in the hope of a follow back.

I should have been clearer though: When I said "worked for me", as in it made me take notice rather than it was a strategy I was using. I might nick similar though - although I think a delayed auto DM would be less spammy looking

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