The Lost Episodes, Part IV: What the Hell, Josh?
Your hosts were feeling a bit more laid back this week, so they began by talking about games. Jamie can’t stop playing Magic 2013 on her iPad and tries to pressure Jon into trying it out. This brings them to the realization that iOS versions of games are dumbed down. They then move on to the email problem; but, more specifically, the goals of PR people and blogger people in the circle of life. Jon and Jamie touch on the big app news of the week: The Day One update. Which leads Jon into admitting he’s using Foursquare again, and finally sees a purpose in it. They end by touching on the cliché of “What if Apple bought X?,” and fantasize about not only what Apple could do with Foursquare, but even Path.
- RWW: What You Need To Know About SOPA In 2012
- RWW: I Quit Path
- RWW: What Is The Point Of Foursquare?
- The Dock Podcast, s01e05: You’re My Douchiest Friend
- GigaOM: Apple Squared, (four)squared
The Lost Episodes, Part III: Don’t Cue Yourself
Your hosts begin the show by talking about — what else? — home screens. Homescreen.me has finally opened its doors to everyone, so be sure to sign up and share your own porn with The Dock. Jon and Jamie then talk briefly about bad PR pitches before diving right in to their thoughts on Twitter’s future. They discuss the ramifications of Twitter closing their API as well as where they would go if this happened. They don’t want Twitter to forget its roots — the people, the users — but fear this may end up being the case. Though an ad-focused Twitter is more than disheartening, Jon shares a possible solution he found: app.net.
- Jon’s home screen
- Jamie’s home screen
- Twitter: Dear PR
- Twitter: Dalton Caldwell
- Dalton Caldwell: What Twitter Could Have Been
- Michael Sippey: Delivering a consistent Twitter experience
- RWW: In Closing Its Platform, Twitter Risks Destroying Its Community
- Evening Edition
- RWW: These Designers Did for Fun What News Sites Can’t Do to Save Their Business
The Lost Episodes, Part II: F—kin’ Ponies
Welcome to Part II of The Lost Episodes. Jamie and Jon begin the show by talking about how apps need to be intuitive the first time you launch them. They talk about Pocket and Instapaper: why Jon has switched to Pocket and why Jamie is in a horrible rut because she’s crazy indecisive (and hates ponies). Your hosts then discuss syncing in Safari and Chrome and how Mail rules need to sync for iOS, especially colors. They almost forget to talk about the biggest news of the week: Tweetbot for Mac! Which leads them to the possibility of no longer having a Tweetbot, but they quickly decide to leave the depressing Twitter talk and speculation for another show.
- David Barnard: Apps, Apps, Every Where
- Twitter: Steve Streza
- Twitter: Jori Lallo
- Twitter: Marco Arment
- Michael Sippey: Delivering a consistent Twitter experience
- Jon’s tech news Twitter list
The Lost Episodes, Part I
This isn’t Season 2. Jamie and Jon are just serving some hors d’oeuvre while they cook up a second season that will melt your face. They’ve got some exciting secrets to share with you very soon, but in the meantime, welcome to The Lost Episodes.
Your hosts had some catching up to do: Jamie’s now the boss lady over at AppAdvice, Jon has moved to the Bay Area for his job with RWW, and a lot of new apps have been released since they’ve last spoken. They discuss apps and iOS 6 briefly before Jon begins to fill us in on all things Google: those silly Google glasses, using Android devices, and comparing hardware and software (Siri vs. Google Now, Nexus 7 vs. a theoretical 7” iPad).
Now, stick around…because your favorite casters of the pods have some exciting news coming up for season two. It’s some crazy good shit, too. You won’t want to miss it.
- AppAdvice: Home Screen Peep Show
- Macgasm: How To Arrange Your iPhone Home Screen To Get Things Done
- Jon’s home screens
- Jamie’s home screens
- Jon’s Pinterest Launch Center Pro board
- RWW: Don’t Buy The New Google Nexus Q Yet
- RWW: The Android Nexus 7 Tablet (and Jelly Bean) Explained
s01e20 - You Have Problems
It’s the final episode of season one! Jamie brings us up to date about life with the new iPad. Surprise: She loves it. Jon then airs his grievances about one minor gripe he has with iA Writer. Then, the real fun begins. For the season finale, your hosts wanted to do something special. Enter: the Episode 20 APPocalypse. Jon and Jamie are “stranded” with only one screen of their iPhones. (20 apps, 20th episode. Get it?) The Web still exists, but their only computers are iPhones with 20 apps. No folders. Which 20 iPhone apps will they need to survive in the digital age?
Thank you all for listening. It’s been an amazing experience. Thanks for inviting us into your lives — and into your ears — through the devices we all love so much.
- iA Writer
- Voice Memos
- Star Walk
s01e19 - Stupid iPhone Head
Jamie and Jon were back together this week, but they kept it brief because Jamie was unwell. They had a ton to talk about, though, including the new iPad, which is Jamie’s first. Jon offered some iPad suggestions, and Jamie described her setup, which she’s still figuring out. More on that next week. Then they discussed Readability and Instapaper, because events transpired this week that drove Jon to switch back to Instapaper. That led to a discussion of the surprisingly intense emotions around apps and the people who make them.
On a technical note, we know why the early episodes are disappearing each week. Unfortunately, it’s an apparently intractable problem with Tumblr, which limits the amount of items you can keep in its RSS feed. So we have to move this blog. The domain will stay the same, but the links will break. Hopefully, you won’t have to re-download all your podcasts. But this is an ongoing project, so bear with us. It’ll be a while. In the meantime, you can always find the old episodes here on TheDock.tv.
- Tweetbot for iPad by Tapbots
- Flight Control HD by Firemint
- Words With Friends HD by Zynga
- TV Forecast HD by Big Bucket Software
- iA Writer for iOS by Information Architects, Inc.
- Day One for iOS by Bloom Built
- Flipboard by Flipboard, Inc.
- Downcast by Jamawkinaw Enterprieses
- Verbs IM by #include tech.
- OmniFocus for iPad by The Omni Group
- iHome+Sleep by SDI Technologies
- Terminology: iPhone | iPad by Agile Tortoise (Yes! There is an iPhone version, too!)
- TextExpander for iOS by SmileOnMyMac
- AVPlayerHD by EPLAYWORKS
- Skitch by Evernote
- Mixel by Lascaux Co.
- Star Walk: iPhone | iPad by Vito Technology
- Google Earth for iOS by Google
- Sparrow for iPhone by Sparrow
- Pastebot by Tapbots
- Readability by Readability, LLC
- Instapaper by Marco Arment
s01e18 - It’s All In Your Head
While Jon was off nerding it up in Texas, Karen Freeman acted as guest co-host in his stead. Karen is a manager, editor, and writer at AppAdvice, a freelance writer for Macworld, a mom, and a teacher. They begin talking about the new iPad and ask the question, “What’s in a name?” They discuss all of the confusion brought on by this “name change,” but in the end decide it doesn’t really matter. In between giggling, your hosts complain about iCloud and Photo Stream, while parsing Dropbox in all of its glory. As per typical guest discussion: Karen touches on what’s on her homescreen and which apps she uses daily. Then, they both make fun of Jamie’s delirious blog post on a missing iOS 5.1 “feature” and how none of the readers got what she was on about.
- Karen on Twitter: @karensfreeman
- March 7, 2012 Apple event video
- AppAdvice: Just Call It An iPad And Call It A Day
- VentureBeat: Apple’s Press Conference Showed A Brand Unraveling
- AppAdvice: Orchestra To-Do Review
- AppAdvice: Lock Screen Camera No Longer Available During Calls In iOS 5.1
- Readability for iOS
- Instapaper for iOS
- Evernote for iOS
- OmniFocus for iPhone
- OmniFocus for Mac
- Pages for Mac
- iA Writer for Mac
- iA Writer for iOS
- Toshl Finance for iPhone
- Orchestra To-Do
- Launch Center for iOS
- Tweetbot for iPhone
- White Noise for iOS
- White Noise Box for iOS
- AppAdvice for iOS
- Dragon Go! for iPhone
- Words With Friends for iPhone
- Fahrenheit for iOS
- Clear for iPhone
- Paprika for Mac
- Paprika for iPhone
- Paprika for iPad
- Attendance for iOS
s01e17 - Happy But Serious
Jamie was too busy being the boss of the applesauce this week, so Jon was joined by guest co-pilot Matthew Bischoff, co-founder of Lickability, makers of Quotebook. The big issue of the week was the new Readability app and its implications for Instapaper. Jon and Matthew compared the feature sets and business models, their own ways of using them, and the idea of “copycat apps.” It led to a discussion of user meanness, the importance of loyalty and customer service on Twitter and in the App Store. At one point, Jon couldn’t help but effusively praise Quotebook, and Matthew mercifully allowed him to do so. They also talked about the black box of iCloud, the future of the home screen, and Jon introduced his new experiment: a white iPod Touch he bought in order to jailbreak.
If you’re tweeting how happy you are to “finally” be “dumping” my app, feel free to omit the “@” before its name so maybe I won’t see it.— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) March 3, 2012
- Matthew Bischoff on Twitter: @mb
- Matthew’s home screen
- Quotebook on Twitter: @quotebookapp
- Build & Analyze (Marco Arment’s podcast)
- Instacast FAQ - Why is iCloud Sync not working?
- Quotebook for iOS by Lickability
- Instapaper for iOS by Marco Arment
- Readability for iOS by Readability, LLC
- Read It Later Pro for iOS by Read It Later, Inc.
- Day One for iOS | Day one for Mac by Bloom Built, LLC
- Instacast for iPhone | Instacast HD for iPad by Vemedio
- Launch Center for iOS by App Cubby
- Dialvetica for iOS by Mysterious Trousers
- Alfred for Mac
➤ Invalid Argument Ep. 1 - The App Store: (Banana) Republic?
Over on ReadWriteWeb, Jon got a chance to talk iOS with five awesome developers on his pseudo-weekly-ish video show, Invalid Argument. The makers of Yobongo, Quotebook, Launch Center and more discuss what it’s like to work for the App Store, what its problems are, and what’s great about it. Click through for video!
s01e16 - Teeny Little Tap Targets
Jamie and Jon had a lot of catching up to do on this show. A bunch of big-time apps came out over the past couple of weeks, and they haven’t had time to talk about them. Though the show was all about iOS apps, they managed to talk briefly about (gasp!) Android. Your hosts end the show with their thoughts on the problem with the iTunes Store, including Apple’s acquisition of Chomp, what that means for the App Store, and the app scammers and thieves taking over the iTunes storefront.
- Jamie’s iPhone homescreen
- Jon’s iPhone homescreen
- 512 Pixels
- 512 Podcast
- Salt & Fat Podcast
- Chomp Website
- Ventchat Podcast
- The Dock Podcast: s01e13 - You Guys May Not Hear Me, But I’m Talking To You
- TechCrunch: Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped
- AppAdvice: Apple Acquires Chomp, The App Search Engine
- AppAdvice: Don’t Be A Sucker In The App Store: A Guide On Finding Good Apps
- AppAdvice: Don’t Get Fooled Again: We Are Calling Out Scam Artists In The App Store
s01e15 - Synthesis On The Fly
Jamie and Jon are joined by James Hinton, the recording and performing artist known as The Range. They discuss his mighty electronic music setup and how computers, specifically Apple ones, are changing the musical game. It leads to a discussion of SoundCloud’s in-audio commenting and how it adds to (and subtracts from) the experience of sharing music. That leads into a discussion of podcasting and then Apple in general, Mountain Lion and where it’s all headed.
- SoundCloud: The Range
- Label: AstroNautico
- Album: The Big Dip
- del dot (our friend Anuj)
- Techmeme: OS X Mountain Lion news round-up
- Macworld Why Apple dares to change your apps (about Final Cut Pro X)
- Dummy: Africa Hitech interview: “There should be no rules.”
- RWW: TinyVox & the End of Voicemail
s01e14 - Your Face In My Feed
Jon and Jamie drop the intro. They’re both having some minor home screen issues, so they talked through it. It wasn’t as bad as either of them thought, so they went on to talk about the things they do with their devices: reading and writing on the Internet and everything wrong and right about it. We also talked about Path’s privacy snafu and how they took the bullet for everybody else, including Apple. It concludes with a little musing on whether Apple’s App Store standards are slipping. We forgot to talk about the enormous amounts of Tweetbot news. We’ll get into that next week.
- Afterthoughts: What I Hate & Love About Blogging
- RWW: A Proposal To Fix Online Identity
- parislemon: Content Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink
- Amateur Food Porn
- RWW: Amateur Food Porn Has Got To Stop
- Redoing Media: Episode 54: Talking media literacy with Jon Mitchell
- RWW: The Price of Free: Path Uploads Entire Address Book To Its Servers
- RWW: Path Apologizes For Privacy Mistake. Do You Accept?
s01e13 - You Guys May Not Hear Me, But I’m Talking To You
Jamie and Jon were joined by David Kanter, who does user support for Intuit. They began by contemplating customer service for software and the difference between “feedback” and “support.” They considered which media — Twitter, email, IM, phone — work best for customers and their concerns. That led to discussing first experiences with apps, including the infamous first launch of Color. Then they moved into the apps they love, starting with Path and the other social apps they use, carefully considering the kinds of things they share and connections they make on each one. There’s also a broad discussion of iPhone photography. Eventually, your hosts and their guest just needed a nice, thorough home screen therapy session.
- David Kanter on Twitter: @dmkanter
- Wired Dude
- The Dock Podcast: s01e12 - iPhone Part 2: Something Has To Happen Here
- RWW: Launch Center’s Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone
- Macgasm: How to arrange your iPhone home screen to get things done
- Mysterious Trousers
- AppAdvice: Launch Center Updated, Makes Things Easier With ‘Supported Apps’
- AppAdvice: Task Management Gets Simplified With Clear, A New App Coming Soon
- Instagram for iPhone
- Camera+ for iPhone
- Snapseed for iOS
- Launch Center for iPhone
- Hipstamatic for iPhone
- HDR Fusion for iPhone
- FX Photo Studio for iPhone
- Percolator for iOS
- Adobe Photoshop Express for iOS
- PolyMagic for iOS
- PicFrame for iOS
- Pro HDR for iOS
- Capture for iPhone
- Calvetica for iOS
- Flipboard for iOS
- Pandora for iOS
- Instacast for iPhone
- Day One
- Notesy for iOS
- iA Writer for Mac and iPad
- Dialvetica for iOS
- Wunderlist for iPhone
➤ Launch Center’s Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone
Per episode 12, Jon had a great chat today with David Barnard of App Cubby, creators of Launch Center. He didn’t record it, which was dumb, but he wrote about it on ReadWriteWeb. Maybe next time we can get David to be a guest on the show, huh?