August 16, 2018

“We know some of you don’t like this more focused approach. There are good reasons you love the various Twitter apps you have used over the years, and we’re grateful for the developers who build them.”

Link: The Landowner and the Apartments ☍

Nick Heer shares a little story:

Over ten years ago, there was this big piece of land that was carefully landscaped and prepared by the landowners for lots of people to use. We could take up any spot on that land that we would like. Forward-thinking as they were, the landowner built in various hookups for utilities and amenities. It was nice.

August 15, 2018

Link: Verizon and AT&T Have Vastly Different Ideas About Phone Cases ☍

Ashley Carman for The Verge:

Verizon has already overhauled 200 stores with a focus on cases and accessories. In these “Next Gen” stores, as they’re called, customers are able to touch and see cases outside their packaging in displays Verizon has designed to resemble “best-sellers at your local bookstore.”

Why the huge investment? Verizon needs people to buy phone cases because selling the actual phones results in little profit, according to analysts who spoke with The Verge. The company has to diversify its revenue lines, and cases are an easy cash opportunity. “Cases are a part of every phone launch, and [every phone] has to have phone cases, regardless of priority and size,” [Verizon phone case product manager Helena] Elicerio says.

The whole article is a fascinating look at how Verizon and AT&T are handling their case sales and marketing, especially in the face of literally everyone else selling cases. Somehow, the idea of testing accessories for Verizon actually sounds like it might be a really fun job.

Link: The Apple Pay Coffee Discount ☍

Mike Pomranz for Extra Crispy:

If you happened to be wandering around San Francisco’s Castro District last week, you may have seen some pretty damn good deals… like a $5 Réveille coffee for just $1. But this deal came with a twist: You could only get it if you paid with Apple Pay. Otherwise, full price for you.[…]

But for those interested in raging against the future, it’s important to know that an employee at Café Réveille confirmed by phone that the deal wasn’t the coffee shop’s idea. Instead, he said that he believed it was sponsored by Apple and the payment-processing company Square. Additionally, he said the concept wasn’t just tied to Réveille: “I think they were doing it at a lot of stores in the Castro,” he added.

The promotion has ended, but it’s an interesting move that these have been popping up. Apple has been doing promotions like this in a few isolated areas, and Square seems to be pushing NFC payments, too. My big gripe is that Apple seems to be targeting their backyard—areas in California that probably already have decent use of Apple Pay. I’d love to see some wider-reaching in-person promotions, especially in areas like the Midwest, where there are quite a few places that have the capabilities, but mindshare is still very low.

July 31, 2018

News: Apple Reports Q3 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ending June 30, 2018. In the conference call, Apple posted a quarterly revenue of $53.3 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.34…