The Confusion-In-TV-Land Edition Friday, January 20, 2017

Clearing Up Confusion About Netflix And The TV App, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

That’s because TV is drawing upon that search functionality that’s been there from the beginning. Netflix is fine with you using Siri to find Netflix content, but wants you to browse inside its own app.

However, that search also now works in iOS. Why? Because when the TV app debuted in iOS 10.2, Apple integrated iOS’s Siri search data with tvOS’s Siri data.

Netflix Is So Big That It Doesn’t Need Net Neutrality Rules Anymore, by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

The potential of reversing net neutrality rules increased the moment Donald Trump became president-elect, as Republicans in the Federal Communications Commission and Congress want to get rid of the rules. But in a letter to shareholders yesterday, Netflix reassured investors that this won't affect the company's financial performance or service quality.


Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor And Motion With Bug Fixes And Performance Improvements, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today updated Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion, its software designed for professional video editors. Today's updates, the first since October, add new features and multiple bug fixes.

How To Turn Airmail Into The Ultimate Email App For iPhone, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

Airmail is all about management through customisation, and while it's fine out of the box, a little tweaking makes it even better.

Astropad Studio Is An iPad App That Changes Your Mac, by Khoi Vinh, Subtraction

It turns your iPad into a a Wacom-style graphics tablet, but because you can configure your own buttons, it actually presents an alternative interface to your favorite software. Not only can you create your own custom shortcuts with combinations of Apple Pencil gestures and touch, but you can also configure just the menu items you like, turning off the ones that you don’t find useful.


Apple Updates iOS App Design Resources, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple has updated its iOS design resources with a comprehensive set of colors, guides, templates, and UI elements.

Bad AppleScript: Try, Try Again, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Kind of a ridiculous workaround—but you know what? The script has returned to 100 percent reliability.


Simply Mac Stores Closing Amid Apparent Corporate Restructuring, by AppleInsider

Well known Apple product purveyor Simply Mac is shuttering brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S., with conflicting reports claiming the move is either the result of corporate restructuring or a decision by Apple to end its nationwide sales agreement with the firm.

Inside Pandora's Quest To Take On Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon, by Robert Levine, Billboard

As the lights of the strip ­glimmer below, Pandora co-founder/CEO Tim Westergren stands before two dozen advertising executives in a 61st floor suite in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s the first day of 2017’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and he’s pitching Pandora’s new direction. “In my opinion, the other music subscription products out there are unsatisfying,” he says, referring to the on-demand streaming services the new Pandora Premium will begin competing with later in 2017. “They give you millions of songs, a search box and ‘good f—ing luck.'"

Clad in his usual uniform -- button-down shirt, dad jeans, hiking sneakers -- the 51-year-old Westergren proposes that the ­solution lies in Pandora’s Music Genome Project, which enables the service to recommend songs based on 450 ­characteristics, plus the data Pandora has collected on listener preferences. Those assets will power Pandora Premium when it launches before the end of March, as they do the ­service’s free radio and ad-free $4.99-a-month Pandora Plus tiers.