Archives 05/2021

Progressive Web Apps

Progressive web apps (PWAs) have been around since the standard was created by Google in 2015. It’s arguable that Steve Jobs announced them back in 2007 — although his enthusiasm may have been curbed later by the fees that Apple’s App Store could claim for iOS platform apps. Apple’s notable reluctance to embrace PWA technology has kept PWAs from taking off on iOS devices. The PWA experience on Safari today feels ancient: no push notifications, no geofencing or Bluetooth, and an inconvenient installation process. Much of the benefit of creating PWAs is lost if you’re writing them only for Android. The tide may be changing, however. Apple Users Are Starting To Get Used To Alternatives ...

Launched this month… Lombard Insurance (SA), Shift Impact (SA), Jones & Wagner International (UK). Upcoming: Beswick Group (SA), Africa Shared Value Summit 2021 (SA), Tang Hospitality (SA).

Social Media

When we talk about social media monopolies, we focus too much on network effects, and not enough on switching costs. It’s time to tear down the walls. Wired (Gregori Saavedra) For my grandmother, Valentina Rachman, leaving the USSR was a momentous and difficult choice. Making her way across Europe to a camp in Germany, and thence to a Displaced Persons ship to Canada, meant facing enormous danger – including nearly being burned to death in an antisemitic arson attack in Poland – and then starting over in a new country where she had few contacts and could not speak the language. But even after she learned English and established herself and her family in Toronto,...