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Fri, Aug 21, 2015The Digital-Narrative Edition

Why You Need An App To Understand My Novel, by Iain Pears, The Guardian

I began Arcadia – a novel conceived and written for an app – over four and a half years ago when a lot of people were musing about digital narrative. After working my way through three publishers, two designers, four sets of coders and a lot of anguish, I am no longer surprised that few others have done anything about it. I also understand why the NHS database could go five times over budget and not work. What should be a simple task – write story, create software, publish – turns out to be anything but in practice.

Ask The iTunes Guy: More Changes To iTunes 12, More Problems To Fix, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Another update, another series of changes and problems. Apple’s recent update to iTunes—version 12.2.2—made some changes, and I look at one issue when purchased content now shows up in iTunes libraries. I also examine new playlist views in iTunes 12, new music sorting in the Music app with iOS 8.4, and answer a question about buying music from the iTunes Store in other countries.


New App Creates Customized Radio News Content, by Mark Huffman, ConsumerAffairs

Meep is an app following in Pandora's footsteps, but with one huge difference. Instead of music, the iPhone app creates a radio station delivering news about a user's particular interests.

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1Password For iPhone And iPad Picks Up Vault Switching And Touch ID Improvements, by Joseph Keller, iMore

There Is No Faster Way To Record Video Than With FastCap, by AppAdvice

You tap to open the app and it starts recording immediately. You do not have to click a button, focus anything, or turn something on. Just open the app and record.

Yahoo Weather Will Now Alert You To Approaching Rain, by Joseph Keller, iMore

The app's new alerts will tell you 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected to start so you can be prepared.

Patterning Is An Unbeatably Fun, Powerful Way To Make Beats On Your iPad, by Martin Bryant, The Next Web

Three Ways Geronimo Will Change How You Deal With Your Email, by Sarah Mitroff, CNET


Apple Shares New “If It’s Not An iPhone, It’s Not An iPhone” Ad Highlighting Apple Pay, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Location, Sensors, Voice, Photos?! Spotify Just Got Real Creepy With The Data It Collects On You, by Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes

Music streaming market leader Spotify has decided that it wants to know a lot more about you. It wants to be able to access the sensor information on your phone so it can determine whether you’re walking, running or standing still. It wants to know your GPS coordinates, grab photos from your phone and look through your contacts too. And it may share that information with its partners, so a whole load of companies could know exactly where you are and what you’re up to.

'Space Jam' Forever: The Website That Wouldn't Die, by Erik Malinowski, Rolling Stone

The site lay more-or-less dormant for the next 14 years. But that changed for good in late 2010, when the Internet, exponentially bigger than it was in 1996, rediscovered the site – almost entirely unchanged from its initial launch. It was reborn as a viral sensation, the web's equivalent of a recently discovered cave painting. We laughed at the site because we couldn't believe anything was ever designed this way, but also because it still existed. It remains one of the most faithful living documents of early web design that anyone can access online.

Parting Words

I used to get my news in the paper, or on TV. Then on the web. Then on Twitter. Now I'm looking for a way to not get news anywhere.

— Matt Gemmell (@mattgemmell) August 19, 2015

Thanks for reading.