Barry Collins is riled by apps that automatically ‘update’ themselves into obsolescence
There are three weasel words in the tech world that are abused more than any others: “for your convenience”. It’s “for your convenience” that anti-virus vendors automatically scrape £40 from your bank account every year, ensuring you don’t go to the bother of investigating how much cheaper their superior rivals are (which is £40 cheaper, by the way). It’s “for your convenience” that Microsoft automatically updates Windows, always timing those “installing 1 of 3,465 updates” messages for when you’re already 10 minutes late leaving the house. And it’s “for your convenience” that the mobile app stores automatically upgrade your apps in the background, ensuring you always have the latest, most secure version.