For my Twitter friends who use WordPress and like Twitter's alpha "Blackbird Pie" service.
Since I'm working from home now, no excuse.
"Imagine what we'll eventually be able to do when we know this kind of stuff:
Which neighborhoods have the highest number of liquor stores
Which zip codes have the lowest diabetes rates
Which hospitals have the worst rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Average wait times at medical clinics
Which zip codes in America have good access to grocery stores" To this engineer, MORE DATA IS GOOD. Forces you to make good tools to analyze it.
Mmmm … pad Thai.
Another reason Apple has probably been hesitant to open up the iPhone to unapproved apps is, that people will write malicious apps, and the damage those apps cause could harm Apple and tarnish the iPhone's image. It's true, so far as it goes. But of course, people can jailbreak their iPhones now, and we've already seen reports of iPhone malware on those phones. At this point the iPhone and the App Store are so established that I don't see how any unapproved malware running on devices set to operate outside the protection of the App Store could seriously backfire on Apple.
I understand Apple’s reasons for wanting to control the content on the App Store. But at this point I think it’s time for the company to, once and for all, bat down the biggest liability of what has become its most important platform.