Category Archives: WWDC

I'll be in San Francisco during WWDC next week (though without a ticket). This is the only time of year I ever think about business cards, and this year I decided that paper business cards suck and it was time to do something cooler. Instead I'll have an electronic card distributed via Passbook. Electronic cards are hardly a new idea but (on iOS) they usually depend on both people already having the business card app. With one of those I can't give you my card unless you already have the app or I can convince you to download it. It's the dark side of the network effect. Using Passbook nicely sidesteps this because anyone using an iPhone already has the app (people who don't use an iPhone can have a paper card to stick into their horse's…

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Once upon a time Apple would announce dates for their World-Wide Developer Conference and those of us who were interested would calmly begin planning our trip. The only urgency came from making sure to buy a ticket in time to get the earlybird price. Those were the days. Now, the announcement of WWDC dates triggers a mad rush to buy tickets before they're gone. Don't hesitate, don't think, or the decision is made for you. Last year tickets were gone in less than an hour. Marcus Zarra tells the story from a couple of years ago of buying a ticket on his iPad while waiting in line at passport control while returning to the USA from NSConference. That seems a little nuts except that if he'd waited until a more convenient time there wouldn't…

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