» Groan

We just recorded this week’s episode of The Rebound and while talking about this situation with Panic having to remove functionality to satisfy the ridiculous App Store rule jerkery du semaine I feel like I groaned audibly about 15 times. I think it was only really twice but it felt like 15.

» Turning This Car Around #42: Nearly Instantaneous Torque

We talk about protests and new cars this week on America’s whitest dadcast.

» Trial of the century

The Verge’s Micah Singleton:

Apple has notified the court that it plans to move for a dismissal in the class action lawsuit against its DRM practices, claiming the plaintiffs in the case did not purchase any iPods which are covered in the lawsuit.

Centuries just aren’t what they used to be. Used to be 100 years. Now it’s like four days.

» The Rebound #12: Dreidel Crammers

Everybody bought something! Except Dan. Also, Apple rams a charity down our thankless maws.

» You mean this isn’t a ‘Highlander’ situation?

Benedict Evans:

So Apple and Google have both won, and both got what they wanted, more or less, and that’s not going to change imminently. Within that framework, what happens next?

Apple never really “lost” in the desktop market, either. They still have a strong business that just has smaller market share. Sorry if that doesn’t fit into a conventional narrative.

Not really, but… it’s just a thing you say.

» A great deal on the Visual Guide to Minecraft

That awesome book I co-wrote is the deal of the day today on Peachpit’s site. Get 40 percent off with the code “25DAYS”.

» Everyone wants big phones

Except me. So, while I don’t normally link to sketchy rumors (as MacRumors deems this one), I’m linking to this one because I hope it’s true.

Apple is reportedly planning to expand its 2015 iPhone lineup to include a new 4-inch model, according to Asian sources [Google Translate] cited by G for Games.

I’ve seen a lot of commentary from people reflecting on how much they like their iPhones 6 and 6 Plus after a couple of months of use. I do like my iPhone 6, but more for the added features and fit and finish than for the screen size. If I can get a 4-inch phone with a new feature set next year, that’s what I’ll do. I don’t find Reachability an acceptable solution to not being able to reach the upper right corner of the phone and I want my life back is what I’m saying.

» Amazon starts selling its own diapers

Re/code’s Jason Del Rey:

For years, Amazon naysayers have warned that the e-commerce giant’s ambition would drive it to compete ever more directly with the merchants who sell goods on Amazon’s popular online marketplace. On Wednesday, the company is introducing its own line of diapers and baby wipes, which will only raise these fears.

The jokes about merchants crapping themselves just write themselves. I assume the diapers all have ads for the Kindle Fire Phone across the butt. Otherwise that’s just leaving money on the table.

» Pre-installed for your convenience

Andrew Blaich:

Bluebox Labs purchased over a dozen of these Black Friday “bargain” Android tablets from big name retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kohl’s and Staples, and reviewed each of them for security. What we found was shocking: most of the devices ship with vulnerabilities and security misconfigurations; a few even include security backdoors.

Of course the big takeaway here is about how Apple needs to open up iOS to protect against this kind of thing.

» “Want to do a podcast? Don’t be intimidated”

Jason Snell has some podcasting advice:

If you’re just starting out, don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by all this audio talk. If you have something to say, say it.

I don’t deny that I’ve heard some pretty awful sounding podcasts in my day. Audio quality does matter. I’d just argue that beyond a certain point, it only matters to audio snobs.

When I was the first guest on the new version of The Talk Show, my audio wasn’t horrible, but it could have been better. Someone left a one-star iTunes comment that read something like “It’s hard to take this new version of the show seriously when the guest can’t afford a decent microphone.” (It was actually a fine microphone that I just had it on the wrong setting, but thanks for implying that only people who can afford high-end audio equipment have voices that matter.)

Try to sound good. Be open to constructive criticism and suggestions. But don’t bust your ass trying to please jerks.