Under the Radar

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From development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. It's never longer than 30 minutes. Hosted by David Smith and Marco Arment.

29:42 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Some of the challenges and decisions that led to the newly released Overcast 3.

29:52 | Oct 18th

Gather around the campfire as Uncle Dave tells the tale of how the conditions formed for today's App Store subscription scams.
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29:12 | Feb 22nd

Creating a new app as a fun exercise, and making choices that minimize its ongoing maintenance needs.

29:45 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Lessons from Overcast's public beta, and using Slack as a feedback and bug-reporting channel.

29:43 | Oct 3rd

David's new app, Moon++, and experiences working with SwiftUI and the standalone App Store on the Apple Watch.
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29:41 | Jun 12th

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29:27 | May 29th

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29:37 | May 1st

The advantages of switching from semantic versioning to a sequential calendar-based system with no semantic implications, and the different marketing mindset it brings.

29:43 | Mar 20th

The design challenge of a podcast app's now-playing screen, how Overcast's design has progressed over the years, and the unexpected usability failures along the way.

29:19 | Feb 8th

Including large or small databases and other data files with your app.

29:33 | Jan 23rd

Producing and embedding content in your app that changes continuously, such as monthly challenges, directories, and user-generated content.

29:39 | Jan 9th

Running servers is easy the vast majority of the time. But sometimes, something goes wrong at the worst possible time.

29:30 | Dec 27th, 2018

Tracking down hard-to-find, hard-to-reproduce bugs that don't show up in your own usage.

29:06 | Dec 20th, 2018

When, why, and how it's OK to ship updates to your app with known bugs.

29:34 | Dec 13th, 2018

Good and bad fears of embarking on major code changes to our apps.

29:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

Exercising atrophied programming muscles by experimenting with languages, technologies, and environments that lack the safety and convenience of our usual work.

29:44 | Nov 28th, 2018

Small design features, flourishes, and other indulgences to satisfy ourselves and make our apps feel more delightful.

29:33 | Nov 21st, 2018

Budgeting our time for ongoing commitments vs. exploratory and hobby projects, and an update on iOS device statistics.

29:06 | Nov 15th, 2018

The challenge of writing complex algorithms, and the joy of finding a simpler way.

29:52 | Nov 8th, 2018

Accepting that our motivation and productivity are cyclical, with periods of very little work getting done.

29:46 | Nov 1st, 2018

Developer-relevant analysis of this week's Apple releases and how we can use them in our work.

29:51 | Oct 17th, 2018

Why the Apple Watch needs third-party faces, tools to make them for yourself today, and overcoming the reasons why Apple may not want to offer them.

29:35 | Oct 4th, 2018

Answering the surprisingly difficult question of "How many steps did you take today?"

29:32 | Sep 26th, 2018

The value of making apps only for yourself that you never release.

29:52 | Sep 20th, 2018

Concepts and considerations for implementing full-text search in your app, with examples from Overcast 5.

29:20 | Sep 7th, 2018

Setting up your business for extended times away, and how to start working again when you get back.

29:13 | Jun 28th, 2018

The huge gifts we were given in watchOS 5, and today's environment for building Apple Watch apps.