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.
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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

As the dust settles on an overwhelming WWDC 2019, we figure out what we should tackle first.

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.