2012: The Year Scam Apps Killed The App Store

Drafting this one for 2014, because we like to write our blog posts a couple years early at Impending. Let’s hope I’ll never have to dig it up again.


After having weathered a couple of years and hundreds of scams, fraud apps, hoaxes, and clones that have hit the top of the charts, the atmosphere in 2014 among both App Store customers and app developers can only be described as cynical.


Customers have also in turn begun to rely more and more heavily on existing giant brands, and are avoiding less trustworthy upstarts, independent developers and studios, and apps that stray from the familiar. As a result innovation in the App Store is in a slow death spiral.

Great read from the team at Impending, they were involved with the development of Clear with Realmac Software, and of course the scammy rip off app that I wrote about last week.

Kill Alex Cross

I just finished reading James Patterson’s book Kill Alex Cross. It’s a very good read if you’re into the Alex Cross series of books, possibly one of the best Alex Cross books so far. Great plot, a reasonable amount of setting up in each action, plenty of intense scenes.

The only way
Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close.
To stop Alex Cross
A deadly contagion in the DC water supply threatens to cripple the capital, and Alex sees the looming shape of the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. He is already working flat-out on the abduction, and this massive assault pushes Cross completely over the edge.
Is to kill him
With each hour that passes, the chance of finding the children alive diminishes. In an emotional private meeting, the First Lady asks Alex to please save her kids. Even the highest security clearance doesn’t get him any closer to the kidnapper – and Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes. A full-throttle thriller with unstoppable action, unrestrained emotion, and relentless suspense, Kill Alex Cross is the most gripping Alex Cross novel James Patterson has ever written.

(disclosure: the book link goes to Amazon)

bellroy wallets

I love a good looking wallet, and the bellroy Note Sleeve wallet is a very good looking wallet. Apart from being Australian made, from very nice leather, they also have a really cool pull-tab for accessing those cards normally tucked away in the depths of your wallet.

The Travel Wallet is also very good looking, and with a reasonable amount of overseas travel upcoming I’m finding it very difficult not to add one of these to bellroy’s shopping cart.

(Via Acquire.)

Leaving flickr

It’s sad, really. For years, I spent tons of time on Flickr. I added photos, wrote comments, joined groups and made friends.

No one I used to interact with is there anymore. I don’t upload large photo sets anymore. I don’t visit groups anymore, or read comments or favorite things.

Stephen Hackett deleted his flickr account, and based on his reasoning above I cannot blame him as I’ve had the same things kicking around in my head for a while.

flickr feels old and tired now. It’s tough to do something completely new with a photo hosting and sharing website, and of course flickr still does those things quite well, but I’ve found myself getting involved in the ‘social’ side increasingly less and less.

Of late I have mostly been using flickr for backing up photos that I’ve completed editing, and for a handful of images I use on the blog here. Since I picked up a Drobo Pro recently, and have a pretty rock solid backup routine in place, that final bit of value flickr has held for me has all but disappeared.

Time to delete….err once I finish uploading the photos used on the blog here to S3 or somewhere.

Good riddance to RSS?

MG Seigler had this to say as commentary on Dan Frakes’s Macworld article, Mountain Lion: Hands on with Mail.

Previously, a (shitty) RSS reader was built into Mail. And Safari would sniff for RSS feeds. Both functionalities are now gone.

Good riddance.

Good riddance to RSS, or good riddance to OS X’s inbuilt crappy RSS ‘reading’ options?

If RSS is all but dead as a distribution method, what is the likely preferred distribution / delivery method for content? Should we be pushing all our content through twitter, Facebook, email subscriptions, apps, something else? Or all of the above?

How do non-geeks find and subscribe to content on the web, aside from Google? Do non-geeks even want to subscribe to websites, or is it a case of Google and forget?

Recently, as I’ve upped my article / link blog output I’ve noticed I’m receiving more traffic from twitter and Facebook.

I’ve been thinking about whether or not I should set up a separate twitter account, and a Facebook page, so that I’m not spamming my current follower and friend base. Whilst Facebook gives readers a quick overview of the post as well as any images I add in, plus also an easy way for them to comment, twitter’s 140 character limitation isn’t quite so forgiving.

I don’t know that there’s an actual single correct answer to all of this, tech and trends change every 5 minutes online, especially when it comes to social networking stuff ((Yes I know twitter and Facebook have lasted longer than 5 minutes, and likely will last a while longer)), however the one constant for a long while now for geeks and non-geeks alike, has been Google….so for now I reckon it’s a case of writing good content and making sure you keyword and what not well enough so that Google indexes it well enough.

Hello Notes app

With Apple’s overnight announcement of Mountain Lion, and all the iCloud integration it’s bringing to OS X, there’s likely to be a whole bunch of apps that were once very useful (ie. Simplenote) that will likely end up being removed from iOS devices around the world.

Personally speaking, I’ve already started copying all my notes out of Simplenote into Notes app. I used to use Simplenote in combination with NV Alt to write notes, and keep them all in sync, however of late I’ve found that I keep a lot less in Simplenote.

I wonder, will Brett Terpstra’s Marked work with Notes app?

The Super Sweet 1Password Trick You’re Almost Certainly Not Using


Open the 1Password app on your Mac and click over to the Logins area. You’ll see a big ass list of all of the logins currently stored in 1Password (duh). Now, I want you to position the main 1Password window right next to your favorite web browser.

Next, click and drag one of your commonly used 1Password logins onto your browser’s bookmark bar

Thanks Brett