The new version for the Mac is here. I haven’t tried the Mac version yet, but I’m really impressed with what they’ve done with the iOS version of the apps.
Dylan Byers, reporting for Politico’s On Media blog:
Joshua Topolsky, the top digital editor at Bloomberg, has been fired from the company due to Michael Bloomberg’s frustration with the website, sources with knowledge of his departure told the On Media blog on Friday. Bloomberg, a notorious micro-manager, had been fighting with Topolsky for months about the direction of the website, which had been relaunched under Topolsky’s leadership in January, company sources said.
In recent weeks, the disagreements between Bloomberg and Topolsky hit a fever pitch, sources there said. This week, Bloomberg finally declared that he no longer wanted to work with Topolsky and demanded that he be moved off the Digital team. Topolsky agreed to leave on Thursday, though he will stay at Bloomberg offices until next week, when the company is expected to make a formal announcement.
What we’ve found lately is that the tone of our comments (and some of our commenters) is getting a little too aggressive and negative — a change that feels like it started with GamerGate and has steadily gotten worse ever since. It’s hard for us to do our best work in that environment, and it’s even harder for our staff to hang out with our audience and build the relationships that led to us having a great community in the first place.
That’s a bad feedback loop, and we want to stop it. So we’re going to call timeout for a while and turn comments off by default on all posts for the next few weeks.
Turn them off and keep them off.
Jean-Louis Gassée, on the return of human curation against algorithms:
For a while now, music downloads have paled when compared to apps — hence Apple’s move to a streaming service. But there’s another idea lurking in there: If it’s a good idea to use human curators to navigate 30 million “songs”, how about applying human curation to help the customer find his or her way through the 1.5M apps in the Apple App Store? Apple bought Beats for $3B and spent a good chunk more to build its Music product.
Why not take another look at the App Store jungle and make customers and developers even happier?
Last night, I switched Data McFly over to the newly rebranded Flybase website. Some design still in progress, but it’s getting there.
So, as of now, Data McFly is to be known as Flybase. What lead to the rebranding?
Mostly, it was due to the name, I love
Data McFly and will continue to use that name for my main business, but when ever you told somebody the company name, you also had to get into the inevitable question of if the name was inspired by
Data from Star Trek, or
Marty McFly. This lead to the usual story:
When we first built the API that would become Data McFly, we called it
DataGarde, but there’s already a similarly named company, so then the project became
Mongoly, but that never felt right either, so finally after demoing our API to some developers, they gave us this comment:
Your API makes our data fly
But you can only tell that story so many times, and after a while, you start thinking of ways to improve things.
So, after discussing with various people, including Jonathan Stark, a new name was decided upon, and Flybase was born.
Apple’s discontinuation of the iPad mini leaves the remaining iPads as a completely 64-bit family, all using either A7 and A8X processors rather than the iPad mini’s aging A5. It also means that all remaining iPads have Retina displays and unified Wi-Fi + Cellular models.
Peter Kafka, writing last week for Recode:
Here are the real numbers, according to Robert Kondrk, the Apple executive who negotiates music deals along with media boss Eddy Cue: In the U.S., Apple will pay music owners 71.5 percent of Apple Music’s subscription revenue. Outside the U.S., the number will fluctuate, but will average around 73 percent, he told Re/code in an interview. Executives at labels Apple is working with confirmed the figures. […]
Apple won’t pay music owners anything for the songs that are streamed during Apple Music’s three-month trial period, a bone of contention with music labels during negotiations for the new service. But Kondrk says Apple’s payouts are a few percentage points higher than the industry standard, in part to account for the lengthy trial period; most paid subscription services offer a free one-month trial.
I’m not entirely sure a 1.5 percent difference really justifies two extra months of free service (compared to the de facto industry standard one-month free trial), but it’s not nothing.
Here we go: the full video from Tuesday night’s live audience episode of The Talk Show, with special guest Phil Schiller. Here’s the direct link to the video on Vimeo.
Family-friendly note: there’s some adult language in the first few minutes with You Look Nice Today.
Pretty happy with the way this turned out.
This was an awesome interview that John did with Phil Schiller, definitely worth a watch.
Apple today introduced the next version of its Mac operating system, OS X El Capitan, focusing on two key areas of improvement: Experience and performance.
Mac OS X El Capitan is available to developers today, and will be released to the public in the fall as a free download.
On Monday morning at WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed new enhancements to iOS 9, calling it “the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.” Among the key features are a major Siri update, deep-dive transit Maps and a ton of useful user-experience improvements.
According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering who led the iOS presentation and demo, Apple wants to add “intelligence throughout the user experience.”
Watching the keynote, I thought the same thing – Siri will not only get more “intelligence” but, for me, a lot more functionality