Build and Analyze Retired

Build and Analyze

A weekly news and discussion show about the world of iPhone, iPad, iOS, and mobile web development.

Hosted by Marco Arment and Dan Benjamin.

#88: Things Are Pretty Here

July 30, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Dan and Marco revisit text editors and discuss clicky tenkeyless keyboards and ergonomics, the Mac App Store's sandboxing issues, designing apps with stock UIKit widgets, foreign App Store reviews, and some of Instapaper's feature decisions including non-native Twitter integration, bookmarklet mechanics, and the lack of highlights or annotations.

#87: Close the Window and Hope for the Best

July 23, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss how to research and find good products, portable and window air conditioners, the unfortunate status of TextMate 2 and the search for alternatives, Sparrow's business and acquisition, and's chances of success.

#86: Folding A Piece Of Cake

July 16, 2012 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss chicken salad, Chicago pizza, the in-app purchase hack, depressingly realistic first-person shooters, gender and demographic myopia among developers, how well the 7.85" iPad might sell and what that might mean, Penny Arcade's Kickstarter, Ben Brooks' paywall, and how to get started with programming or making apps.

#85: Rules of the Road

July 9, 2012 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss corrupt App Store binaries, responding to customer reviews, advertisers paying more than customers, VC-funded startups' road to acquisition, the business culture of condescension and euphemisms, the security of hosting sensitive files on Dropbox or GitHub, and Amazon Cloud Search.

#84: California Knife in Your Back

July 2, 2012 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 39 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss keyboard-screen imprinting, Google's odd TV ball, Sirius and Pulsar, the difference between copyright and patent infringement, Instapaper's price-change results, the iPad 1 installed base, the Nexus 7, Apple's Podcasts app, why Apple probably won't offer paid podcasts, Facebook's native iOS app and why web companies need to treat mobile apps as a first-class platform, Twitter's ominous threat to client developers, and Tumblr's pinned posts.

#83: Microsoft Countertop

June 25, 2012 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 54 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss cable TV, HBO, and piracy, challenges that Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface will face with developer and enterprise adoption, why other Retina Mac models may take longer than we expect, the case for Instapaper offering a "mobilizer", and Marco's diversification and innovation strategy.

#82: This Microphone's Getting Heavy

June 20, 2012 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss the results of the Starbucks promotion, why it's different from making a free version of the app, Instapaper's price experiment, originality in customer-submitted ideas, the costs of filing and enforcing patents, and Marco's new-old Mac Pro.

#81: The Beast Under My Desk

June 12, 2012 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Marco checks in from his hotel room at WWDC to talk with Dan about Apple's new hardware and software announcements.

#80: Please, Go to Starbucks

June 4, 2012 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

In this truly big week, Dan and Marco discuss Instapaper's ad on Howard Stern, the Android app launch, the Starbucks App Of The Week, background location updates with geofencing, and conservative predictions about the TBA sessions at WWDC.

#79: Get Away From The Edge

May 29, 2012 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

Dan and Marco discuss Twitter's neglected desktop and iPad apps, Flattr followup and Instacast's rejection for integrating it in-app, Zynga, personal standards and dignity, originality, getting stuck on hard problems, types of web hosting, tips for self-managed servers, and basics of web scaling.