Colm Doyle A Developer Relations professional in Dublin, Ireland.

Tennis gets the Netflix treatment

Howard Fendrich reporting for the Associated Press -

The first five episodes — focusing on Melbourne Park, Indian Wells, Madrid and Roland Garros — will be available next month. The season’s other five installments — which look at Wimbledon, Eastbourne, Queens Club, the U.S. Open, WTA Finals and ATP Finals — arrive in June.

Although I haven’t watched Formula 1: Drive to survive, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, which means I’m stupidly excited to watch this new tennis version from the same team - “Break Point”.

Should be a very pleasant appetizer to the 2023 Australian Open, which somewhat controversially includes Novak Djokovic, despite his deportation before the 2022 Open.

Twitter is shutting down Revue

Mitchell Clark reporting for The Verge

Twitter will be shutting down its newsletter product, known as Revue. Reports have been saying that the service would be axed for over a month, but now we finally have confirmation and a date: January 12th, 2023.

People won’t be able to access their accounts after that date, and all the service’s data will be deleted, according to a help article on the Revue site. Before then, authors who used the service will be able to download lists of their subscribers, as well as an archive that includes their analytics and writing. Revue also alerted its users to this information via email and has said that it’ll cancel paid newsletter subscriptions starting December 20th, so people won’t be charged for newsletters they won’t get.

Given that Musk supposedly wants Twitter to be a home for longer form content (up to 4,000 characters), and that he’s suggested he would buy Substack, this seems counterintuitive.

But then again, it hasn’t at any point seemed like Musk is playing some advanced 3D chess with Twitter, it feels more like he’s just burning it to the ground through incompetence, so maybe this is just more evidence of stumbling from mistake to mistake.

A change in approach

If you’re one of the tiny group of people the internet who read what I publish here, you may notice a change starting this week.

Other than the visual refresh, I’ve decided to start posting links to things on the internet that interest me, similar to how John Gruber does on Daring Fireball. Essentially the feed of posts will be a mix of my own original writing, mixed in with direct links to things and my observations on them. You’ll be able to distingush these becase they’ll have a ★ after the title in the header, and if you click the header it’ll send you directly to the page I’m discussing.

As for the why, well first of all it’s just a habit I want to get into, but secondly, whilst I don’t think twitter is going away any time soon, all the recent chaos there did get me thinking about how much of my own observations would be lost if it did disappear, so I decided that I wanted to be the source of truth for those, and simply cross post to the relevant social network.

Twitter is reportedly stiffing their suppliers

Dan Primack reporting over at Axios -

Twitter has stopped paying the rent on some of its office leases and hasn’t paid numerous other vendors since Elon Musk acquired the company in late October, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

Why it matters: One of the world’s richest men isn’t honoring financial obligations made to those with far fewer resources.

Honestly, it shocks me not one bit that the Man Child would be the type of person to leave people short when it comes to paying bills.

Think about it, you can totally see him not tipping at a restaurant can’t you?

Could a new App Store be coming to your iPhone?

Apple Inc. is preparing to allow alternative app stores on its iPhones and iPads, part of a sweeping overhaul aimed at complying with strict European Union requirements coming in 2024

Mark Gurman over at Bloomberg with quite the scoop if true. It’s not understating it to say that this would be a significant shift in policy from Apple, which has, since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, been the sole arbiter of what software can be installed on your iOS device.

In a former life, I was a professional iOS Developer, so I’m extremely familiar with the App Store and the somewhat opaque nature of it’s rules. I will admit that pushing software to the App Store can be an extremely frustrating process at times, and the 30% cut they take on pretty much every cent that flows through it is bordering on extortion, but nonetheless, part of me wonders if this is as consumer friendly a development as I’m sure many will hail it as.

If there’s anything people associate (thanks in part to Apple’s marketing team) with iPhone and iPad, it’s security and ease of use. And I think this is achieved in part by Apple’s monopolistic approach to iOS, so depending on the implementation of this reported policy I am somewhat concerned that it will damage these key associations in the minds of consumers, and with that the iOS App economy in the long run.

But only time will tell.