MyAppleMenu - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

Wed, Apr 1, 2015The First-Generation Edition

Today, developers can start to submit Apple Watch apps to Apple for sale in the app store. A majority of these developers probably have not used their apps on the Apple Watch though, so when you get your Apple Watch, you might not want to spend a lot of money buying these first generation apps.

Speaking of buying apps: do you need something to keep track of your to-dos? (Or maybe, you want to adopt a rock as a pet?)

Todoist 10 Brings Intelligent Input, Themes, and New Gestures

Federico Viticci, MacStories:

Todoist 10 doesn't have a list of hundreds of new features and changes, but the major additions it brings are laying the groundwork for the app's next steps on iOS and Apple Watch. Intelligent input, gestures, and visual customization are going to be some of the app's pillars going forward, and I believe Todoist has chosen the right functionalities to build upon.


The app’s new features are subtle but convenient. The two biggest changes are multi-task editing, which lets you change due dates, delegate, and move multiple tasks from one project to another, and more intelligent scheduling, so you can create tasks with unique start and end dates like, “Run 5 miles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m. from May 1 through November 1.”

Inside NPR's Podcasting Strategy

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter:

So, the network gradually trimmed its portfolio of podcasts down to 30, cutting out shows that didn’t fit in with a series of new guidelines. [...] With a few exceptions, anything that wasn’t a “full experience” — a standalone podcast that didn’t need to borrow from other NPR offerings — was cut.

The other audience-building strategy that NPR learned is one that was used to great effect in the case of “Serial” and “Invisibilia.” Cross-promotion, the engineering of the so-called “Ira Glass bump,” has brought the network “millions and millions” of additional downloads, Nuzum said.

Anyone who doubt the relevancy of a podcast network -- a good podcast network -- should read this article on the current success over at NPR.

Okay, who want to form a web-ring with me? :-)


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Apple Now Inviting All Third-Party Developers to Submit Watch Apps to the App Store

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

Apple has now opened the floodgates and is letting all developers submit Watch apps to the App Store. This means any of the 1.2 million apps can now submit updates including Watch apps (using the WatchKit framework), beyond the select partners Apple rolled out last week.


Congrats to all developers for successfully shipping their apps.

Quick Look Debugging

Nate Cook, NSHipster:

Since version 5, Xcode has shipped with Quick Look display in the debugger. Just as you can inspect the contents of a file on the Desktop with a quick tap of the space bar, in Xcode you can use Quick Look to see a visual representation of a variety of datatypes.

Horrible Login UX Inception

Horrible Login UX inception

— Kyee (@kyee) March 31, 2015

Tim Cook Puts His Dent In The Universe

John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed:

Life is kind of messed up. Change it. Make it better.

In making these public calls for social progress, Cook is doing just that, but in his own way. And by making them at this moment in time — ahead of the retail debut of Apple’s first truly post-Steve Jobs device — the company is bringing him into his own an iconic leader, and vaporizing the Haunted Empire hand-wringing and “What Would Steve Do” yammering that’s nagged it for years.

Lisa Jackson on Apple's Green Initiatives

Jeffery Ball, Wall Street Journal:

But I do think Apple owes something back and that is to bring the innovation that goes into our products and technology to this field of clean energy or resource efficiency. And I do believe that when the private sector figures out how to do it, it makes it so much easier for policy makers in Washington to say, “OK. Now we see a real example that a company can make money and return lots of money to investors, but still be on the right side of sustainability.”

Dropbox Versus The World

J.J. McCorvey, Fast Company:

Houston, 32, finds himself in the dead center of one of the tech industry’s most fearsome turf wars. Dropbox has the distinction of being the only cloud service—and perhaps the only startup—ever to compete simultaneously against Apple ($748 billion market cap), Google ($369 billion), Microsoft ($357 billion), Amazon ($173 billion), and Tencent ($160 billion).

I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life

Matt Stopera, Buzzfeed:

This really weird thing happened to me. Then it got even weirder. Then it turned insane. Do I have a story for you.


AT&T wants customers to pay the company not to spy on them. And it’s not an outlier.

Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dies at 78

Margalit Fox, New York Times:

It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere three dollars and 95 cents, a consumer could buy ... a rock — a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock of the kind one could dig up in almost any backyard.

April Fool's Day: 10 Stories That Look Like Pranks but Aren't


When you press it, it will order something you're running out of, for example kitchen roll or washing powder. Called the Dash Button, it is a little hook marked with a brand name.

Parting Words

I tried making biscuits & gravy like all the Americans said, but it was fucking horrible. Don't bother trying it.

— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) March 31, 2015

Thanks for reading.