MyAppleMenu - Wed, Jul 8, 2015

Wed, Jul 8, 2015The In-Your-Hands Edition

The Best Read-It-later Service, by Robert Mcginley Myers, The Sweet Setup

Instapaper has been one of the most recommended apps for iOS users since the App Store first debuted, and it’s no accident. It was one of the first apps on iOS to demonstrate the truly transformational power apps can have on a mobile device. Holding “the web in your hands” means something very different when you’re not just passively browsing that web but picking and choosing what parts of the web you want to hold and read comfortably on your couch. Other apps may do a better job of parsing images or organizing articles, but Instapaper does the best job of presenting the text of the things you want to read in the format you most enjoy reading. And that’s why it’s our favorite read-it-later service for iOS.

Me? I use both Instapaper and Pocket. Two lists for two differnet purposes, one for articles I want to read in the evening, and one for articles I just want to keep until when I really have time to sit down and just read. Both services work great.

Article's Headline

One of my co-workers has the saddest screensaver ever.

— Ina Fried (@inafried) July 7, 2015


Apple Music Review: Behind A Messy Interface Is Music’s Next Big Leap, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

I love how well it integrates with my own personal music collection, and recommends great music throughout the day, but there are too many bugs and frustrations to battle.

Obscura Camera Gains New Features For Easier Photo Capturing, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Google Maps For iOS Makes Way For More Improvements, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice


Apple Notifies Developers Of App Store Price Changes And New Price Tiers Coming To Several Countries This Week, by Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac

How To Avoid The Software Salary Ceiling, by Ross Williamson

When I was re-entering the tech workforce 18 months ago, I ran into several problems:

  1. Nobody cared that I had worked as an engineer for Google or shipped 2 very technical products while starting a company. I was still put through the technical whiteboard wringer when interviewing.

  2. My old salary was too high for my local tech market.


Beats 1, Apple's Radio Station, Looks Like It's A Hit -- And Maybe A New Digital Direction, by Glenn Peoples, Billboard

The reaction to Beats 1 suggests people appreciate, or miss, the communal listening experiences offered by traditional radio. Listening to personalized playlists, sharing songs and getting album recommendations have their rewards, and people will continue to want those features, but streaming services should venture beyond their original charters. After the rise of one-to-one streaming, it appears we've come full circle and returned to one-to-many broadcasting.

The Father Of The Emoticon Chases His Great White Whale, by Rachel Wilkinson, Narratively

Dr. Scott Fahlman invented a playful keyboard shortcut that is now used more than six billion times a day. But he hopes to be remembered for something a bit more substantial than a smiley face.

Anxious Greeks Buy Macs And PlayStations While They Still Can, by Marco BertaccheConstantine CourcoulasSam Chambers, Bloomberg

“A Mac is something that keeps its value,” she added, pointing to a gleaming 27-inch screen.


The Apple Music free trial made me realize that I don't care that much about music anymore.

Parting Words

Museums are different in Denmark.

— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) July 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.