App-pocalypse Now

There are so many needless apps. Apart from taking space and resources, they often take precedence over websites. Our phones are so incredibly powerful these days that nearly everything can be done in-browser, so why are there still so many unnecessary apps? Jeff Atwood elaborates.

“Nothing terrifies me more than an app with no moral conscience in the desperate pursuit of revenue that has full access to everything on my phone: contacts, address book, pictures, email, auth tokens, you name it. I’m not excited by the prospect of installing an app on my phone these days. It’s more like a vague sense of impending dread, with my finger shakily hovering over the uninstall button the whole time. All I can think is what shitty thing is this “free” app going to do to me so they can satisfy their investors?”

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