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Sat, Sep 19, 2015The Ideal-News-App Edition

Apple News Could Be Great, by Will Oremus, Slate

As much as we clamor for a calmer, sleeker news reading experience, it’s not clear that's what most people really want. That is, they may actually prefer to get their news sprinkled across a social feed, so that it comes packaged with entertainment, interaction, and a soupcon of persona drama. It’s easy to forget that print newspapers, stodgy as their reputation has become, were pioneers in this regard, nestling their investigative journalism alongside gossip columns and funny pages. If Apple news fails to reshape the industry, as similar apps have failed before it, it might not be a failure of execution. It might be that the concept of the ideal news app is fundamentally flawed.

Apple News To Offer Exclusive Early Access To Select Content, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

In addition to several high-profile publications that have signed on for the service, [...] at least one has decided to offer exclusive early access to select content through the app.

Launch Party

Apple’s New Company Store To Sell Devices For The First Time, New Collection Of Apple Branded Merchandise, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Among the changes, the new Apple company store will for the first time sell Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple Watch. The store is also re-opening with a new collection of Apple-branded merchandise including clothing, mugs, and other collectibles that are only available at the company store.

Apple's Redesigned Campus Store (Pictures), by CNET

On Friday, Apple gave its employees a sneak preview of the newly redesigned company store at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The store opens to the public on Saturday.

The Making Of FiftyThree's Beloved Paper App For The iPhone, by John Paul Titlow, Fast Company

FiftyThree could have launched its new iPhone app three years ago and quickly amassed millions of users. But the New York-based company decided to take the scenic, more thoughtful route. Instead of shrinking down Paper—the sketching app chosen by Apple as its iPad App of the Year in 2012—and cramming it onto the iPhone, they reinvented it entirely. That process, as you might imagine, posed no shortage of challenges amidst what CEO and cofounder Georg Petschnigg says were the "thousands of decisions" that needed to be made. No wonder it took so damn long.

The Chinese Market

Hack Brief: Malware Sneaks Into The Chinese iOS App Store, by Joseph Cox, Wired

Nearly two dozen malicious pieces of software managed to get hosted on the App Store, and subsequently downloaded by Chinese users. This is because attackers found an unorthodox route to exploit: they targeted some versions of the software used by developers to makes apps for iOS and OS X in the first place.

Apple Pay Begins Entry Into Chinese Market, by Yang Jie, Wall Street Journal

Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s mobile-payment service, has taken an important step into the Chinese market, according to official media and people familiar with the matter, by registering an entity in the Shanghai free-trade zone.


iOS 9 In Review: Low Power Mode And Lowering Battery Anxiety, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

I don’t know if I recommend that you live a Low Power Mode life, but turning it on early on a day when I knew my battery would be pushed to the limit made me feel more comfortable. And yes, the phone lasted all day with juice to spare.

Color Uncovered (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

Color Uncovered is a free interactive iPad app that explores phenomena related to color and our perception of it. Its content includes both essays and multimedia exercises. It's both fun and informative, and is likely to reveal some surprising characteristics of color.

Block Advertisements And More In iOS 9 With Silentium, by Jeff Bymes, AppAdvice

Discover New Apps The Social Way With Picker, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice


Who Needs An Interface Anyway?, by Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Startups are piggybacking on text messaging to launch services.


Apple Pledges Relief To European Refugee Crisis, by Julia Love, Reuters

Cook wrote in a message on the company's intranet site that the Macbook and iPhone maker will make a "substantial donation" to relief agencies supporting the migrants and will match employee donations to the cause by 2-to-1.

The Cupertino, California-based company is also offering customers the option to donate to the Red Cross through its App Store and iTunes Store.

Masters Of The Small Canvas, by John Pavlus, Bloomberg

Ever since Susan Kare’s 8-bit designs graced the first Macintosh screens in 1984, icon design, like digital typography, has been an important if unglamorous niche in the software business. The 2008 debut of Apple’s App Store created “a sea change in our industry,” says Gedeon Maheux, co-founder of Iconfactory, a large design studio in Greensboro, N.C., that does work for big brands such as Windows and Twitter. “It gave us job security.”

De Facto Veto Power, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

The real web is not that which is defined by the W3C as a standard, but that which is implemented in a consistent manner across WebKit, Blink, Trident, and Gecko. The secret to the web’s wonderful success is that it’s a (nearly) universal meta-platform; that which is not implemented on a major platform, like, say, iOS, is by definition not universal.

Peace App Creator Pulls Top Ad Blocker Because Its Success 'Doesn't Feel Good', by Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

And after witnessing the success of the app Arment concluded that the damage to ad-supported content that would have been affected by the ad blocker was too much.

Not Sure I Need An Apple Watch

2009: I'm not sure I need an iPhone. I have a laptop. 2015: I'm not sure I need a laptop. I have an iPhone.

— Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) September 18, 2015

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