Summary: In Beta is a talk show about the ever-changing state of web-based and open source software. We examine how "ship first, fix later" affects our tools and culture, with an emphasis on mobile, social, and web apps. Hosted by Gina Trapani & Kevin Purdy.
Gina & Kevin tackle the changes to Twitter's API and what it really means for developers and the service in the near future.
Kevin and Gina discuss when to hire a professional designer versus when (and how) you can DIY it, then onto perfectionism, beta culture, and shipping version 1.0.
Gina and Dan (standing in for Kevin) discuss how newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer is Yahoo's new hope, how to stop compulsively checking your phone while you're on vacation, and the Android device we've all been waiting for: the Nexus 7.
Are plug-ins for someone else's app worth developing, given their break-ability and poor aging? Then, navigating an open-source app into less all-or-nothing app stores.
Is Twitter turning its back on developers--and openness in general? Then, why the Chromebox was Google I/O's least popular giveaway.
Gina & Kevin discuss two recent and notable community-funded "projects": one to give a bus monitor a needed break, the other to mock a crummy lawyer. Then it's on to Android tablets and their hopes for what Google will announce at this week's I/O conference.
Kevin and Gina discuss reflexive Microsoft hate and the Surface announcement. Then, the user's perpetual dilemma: what sensitive data are you willing to share for the convenience a great app offers?