The Restored-Podcasts-App Edition Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Checking Out tvOS’ 9.1.1’s Restored Podcasts App, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The app is straightforward; a phone app stretched out and rearranged to follow the standard Apple TV design guidelines. It's laid out in five "tabs," two of which are dedicated to the shows you've subscribed to. The Featured and Top Charts tabs focus on discoverability, offering up popular and Apple-curated podcasts to people looking for something new and the Search tab does what you'd expect.

Here, Just Run This Code

Why That Annoying Website Crashes Safari, Chrome, by Paul Wagenseil, Tom's Guide

CrashSafari exploits a known issue that lets four lines of JavaScript fill up a browser with more useless information than it can handle. Browsers that survive the process will display an endless amount of numbers in their address bars.

Apple Aware Of Crash Safari Code, Looking Into A Fix, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

There's a web page out there called Crash Safari that uses JavaScript to put your browser into a loop, crash it, and potentially crash your device as well. Apple is aware of the page — and more importantly, the code — and is looking into a fix.

We Have A Problem

How Apple Killed Off Ad Revenue From Our Company, And How It Can Happen To You, by Wes Cossick, Medium

This means that any usage spike for your app can completely eliminate your iAd revenue. Launch a new advertising campaign? Usage spike. Get some lucky press coverage? Usage spike. Your app gets featured? Usage spike. Your app simply goes through cycles like ours does? Usage spike. Soon enough, the usage spike you were celebrating just turned off your primary revenue stream. No notification, just gone. That’s really, really bad.

Apple's New iOS Center In Naples Raises Eyebrows, by Eric J. Lyman, USA Today

But the plans for the center were painted only in broad strokes. The company did not say when it would open. It says Apple will work with a "partner institution" in Naples but doesn't identify the partner. There is no indication how much money will be invested in the new center. And there is no explanation why Apple selected Naples, a city known for security problems, a lack of high-speed Internet connections and no major high-tech presence.


Moving Your iTunes Library To A New Mac, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

When AirPort Base Stations Don't Appear Over Ethernet, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Rowmote Pro, For Your Mac Remote Controlling Needs, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

Back when I was still running Plex as an app on my Mac mini, I used Rowmote’s Apple-Remote-style interface a lot, but now I rely much more on the trackpad/keyboard option. It makes it easy to access modifier keys like Control, Option, and Command, whether you’re using the trackpad or the keyboard, and there’s a Function mode that lets you access other common keys, like the cursors, Page Up/Page Down, F-keys, and so on.

Yojimbo Is One Of The Best Info Gathering Apps For The Mac, by "Doctor Dave" Greenbaum, Apple World Today

For those users needing an information manager that takes full advantage of their Mac's unique capabilities, and who don't need access to that information on devices other than a Mac, Yojimbo is a great and obvious choice.

Can These Apps Stop You From ‘Drunk Texting’?, by Ryan Knutson, Wall Street Journal

Realizing that he was far from alone in the tipsy-texting phenomenon, he was inspired to build a free iPhone app, called the Drunk Text Savior. When users draft a text message or tweet via his app, the software analyzes the contents of the missive and advises the author not to press “send” if it contains too many misspellings or explicit language.

Reviewing Donald Rumsfeld’s Solitaire App As Rumsfeld Might, by Brian Barrett, Wired

Donald Rumsfeld made an app! Well, more specifically, app developers Snapdragon Studios and media agency Javelin made an app with Donald Rumsfeld’s input. It’s called Churchill’s Solitaire. Now, please recall that in 2002, Rumsfeld famously categorized the relation of the Iraq government to weapons of mass destruction in terms of “known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns,” so we’ve done him the same service. Here’s our takeaway from trying his app.


Touring Can’t Save Musicians In The Age Of Spotify, by Mike Errico, New York Times

Touring is, of course, the most ancient business model available to artists — and in many ways, it remains a vital part of their livelihood, even while the surrounding industry undergoes major upheaval to accommodate the new paradigm of streaming music. In response to the shift in revenue sources, standard recording contracts now intrude into the numerous nonrecording aspects of an artist’s career. But the advice given to the creative generators of this multibillion dollar industry is still one that would be recognizable to a medieval troubadour: Go on tour.

And yet from a business standpoint, it’s hard to find a model more unsustainable than one that relies on a single human body. This is why we have vice presidents, relief pitchers and sixth men. When applied to music’s seemingly limitless streaming future, the only scarce resource left is the artists themselves. You would think the industry would protect such an important piece of its business model, but in fact, the opposite is true.

Researchers Have Found A Major Problem With ‘The Little Mermaid’ And Other Disney Movies, by Jeff Guo, Washington Post

And yet, in one respect, “The Little Mermaid” represented a backward step in the princess genre. For a film centered on a young woman, there’s an awful lot of talking by men. In fact, this was the first Disney princess movie in which the men significantly outspoke the women.

And it started a trend. The plot of "The Little Mermaid," of course, involves Ariel literally losing her voice — but in the five Disney princess movies that followed, the women speak even less. On average in those films, men have three times as many lines as women.

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I still think that one of the biggest mistake in the evolution of the browser is Javascript.

(Thanks, Netscape!)


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