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Fri, Sep 4, 2015The Extremely-Daunting Edition

The Growing iOS SDK, by David Smith

There was a time when I felt like I knew my way around pretty much every non-game SDK available on iOS. Now I often find myself stumbling across frameworks that are completely foreign to me, which is both kind of exciting but also extremely daunting.

Don’t Build A Billion-Dollar Business. Really., by Gleb Budman, BackBlaze

Start a business because it addresses the problem you want to solve and produces the product you want to build. Figure out how you’ll make your first dollar. Then determine how to make the first million. Eventually, you may grow to a billion-dollar company, but it’s OK if you end up as one of the 99.995 percent. There is a whole lot of room for success between a billion and dead.

About Steve, Again

'Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine' Documentary Debuts Today In Theaters And On VOD, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

The film first debuted at SXSW in March and met a bit of controversy thanks to its depiction of Jobs as a merciless force, with less time spent on his greater contributions to Apple and his impact on the world. Subsequently, Apple senior executive Eddie Cue called the film "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew."

Review: Different Thinking About Steve Jobs, The Man Behind Apple, by Nicholas Rapold, New York Times

The transformative impact Steve Jobs has had on culture and society has become an article of faith since his much-mourned death in 2011. The secular canonization of Mr. Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple, is the starting point for “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” Alex Gibney’s trenchant new documentary, which asks with sincere curiosity: What’s the fuss about? And more to the point: What’s wrong with this picture?


Improving Music

Glenn Gould’s Complete Recordings Are On Apple Music, But How Do You Listen To Them?, by Kirk McElhearn

It’s great that a set like this is available digitally, both for download (it’s a lot easier than ripping 81 CDs), and for streaming. However, both Apple and other streaming services need to think of a better way to offer these sets for streaming.

Apple Admits It Has 'Homework To Do' To Improve Apple Music, by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

“There’s a lot of work going into making the product better. Our focus is on editorial and playlists, and obviously we have teams all around the world working on that, but we’re also adding features and cleaning up certain things,” Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, told the Guardian.

Ask The iTunes Guy: Will Apple Music Disappear, Audiobook Dates, Spending Limits, And More, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

In this week’s column, I look at a grab bag of questions. Readers have asked how to check or uncheck all the songs in their iTunes library. Will Apple Music music ever disappear? Why can’t they enter a year for their audiobooks in iTunes? And how can they keep their daughter from spending too much money on the iTunes Store?

Droid. Not Android.

Sphero's BB-8 Droid From Star Wars Rolls Into Apple Stores On Friday, by AppleInsider

At $150, the miniature BB-8, complete with magnetically-attached head and gyroscopic drive system, is one of the most expensive products to launch as part of today's massive Star Wars merchandising blitz dubbed "Force Friday." However, in marketing the "toy" as a premium device with iPhone and iPad control capabilities, Sphero nabbed coveted Apple Store shelf space.

People Are Really Freaking Out About This Awesome Star Wars Droid Toy, by Lily Hay Newman, Slate



NetNewsWire Returns To Both Mac And iPhone With Sync, Bookmarking, And More, by Joseph Keller, iMore

NetNewsWire, once the RSS reader of choice for many a Mac user, has made its return with NetNewsWire 4. It includes a new interface for OS X Yosemite, bookmarking for articles, and critically missing from previous versions, its own sync service. There's also a version of NetNewsWire 4 for iPhone now as well.

Android Wear On iOS: A Hobbled, Google-Centric Smartwatch Experience, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The ability to pair an Android watch with an Apple phone is conceptually interesting but functionally, it's a lose-lose proposition. Android Wear watches can't do most of the things they can do when paired with Android phones, and your iPhone can't be extended through an Android watch the way it can with the Apple Watch. It's an experiment that may yield results one day, but that day isn't today.

Disk Management App 'DaisyDisk' Gets Major Overhaul With Faster Scanning Speeds, New Look, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Google Introduces New Street View App To Let You Tour And Capture Locations In 360-Degrees, by Jared Dipane, iMore


Apple Officially Confirms First Apple Store In Belgium Opens In Brussels On 19th September, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple Finally Has A Gaming Twitter Feed. But Why Now?, by Matt Peckham, Wired

I’m not convinced launching a Twitter account signals a sea change, but Apple just added an official App Store feed aimed at “the future of gaming, straight from [its] Games Editors.”

Spotify Updates Privacy Policy With Clearer Language After Backlash, by Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

E-Book Sales Fall After New Amazon Contracts, by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, Wall Street Journal

When the world’s largest publishers struck e-book distribution deals with Inc. over the past several months, they seemed to get what they wanted: the right to set the prices of their titles and avoid the steep discounts the online retail giant often applies.

But in the early going, that strategy doesn’t appear to be paying off. Three big publishers that signed new pacts with Amazon— Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group, News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers and CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster—reported declining e-book revenue in their latest reporting periods.

The Steepest Streets In San Francisco, by Zachary Crockett, Priceonomics

The city’s copious slopes are no mystery, but where do the steepest of them lie? Let’s take a look.

Parting Words

When optimistic jr devs realize computers are awful and no programming language is best

— Oscar Godson (@oscargodson) September 3, 2015

Thanks for reading.