Here are my predictions for what will be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week – with an Apple TV OS being my big punt for Monday’s keynote highlight.
It’s a simple fact that photos drive visits to Facebook. Facebook is an advertising company, and you’re only valuable to its clients when you’re on Facebook looking at their adverts. Making Facebook the central place to share your photos with friends is a great way to make sure you come back and see more adverts.
Photos aren’t just about repeat visits, though. The photos you upload, combined with those added by your friends, make you vastly more valuable to Facebook. Valuable enough, in fact, for Facebook to buy rival photo-sharing network Instagram for $1bn. Here are my thoughts on why your photos are worth so much.
Last April, I wrote about the UK Conservative Party’s election app. This app uses your iPhone’s address book to send personal details (and likely voting intentions) of your friends and contacts to the Conservative Party.
The subject of address book security has been in the news again recently. Two particular stories have caught my eye, both of which raises questions about how we value address book privacy in mobile apps and on the Internet.
As a web or app developer, it can be tempting to use Facebook as the default sign-in method for your service. High-profile examples of this include Spotify, which recently went Facebook-only for new users, and the Daring Fireball-featured Mixel, which requires a Facebook login before using the service at all.