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Fri, Dec 11, 2015The Tool-Of-Protest Edition

A Protest App Rises To The Top In Taiwan, by Paul Mozur, New York Times

In a sign of the political mood in Taiwan, the top free application in Apple’s App Store there for much of last week wasn’t a mobile game or a social network, but a tool of protest.

Named Bingdela — after a Taiwanese phrase associated with overturning a table in rage — the software allows users to check whether food or drink products are associated with Ting Hsin International, a conglomerate that last year was the center of a food safety scandal involving its cooking oil.

Doing Things

The Hit List GTD App Hits It Big With iPad Support, 3D Touch And More, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

The new version of The Hit List indeed boasts full support for Apple’s tablets, including the recently released larger-than-large iPad Pro. The Hit List for iPad seeks to bring some of the power of The Hit List for Mac into iOS, allowing you to manage your tasks and lists in a variety of ways with ease and simplicity.

Unibox Tries To Fill The Gap Left Behind By Mailbox, by Jeff Byrnes, AppAdvice

A new entry to the field of choices comes to us in the form of Unibox, an app that organizes your email by person so you can quickly find every exchange you’ve ever had with that individual.


Google Updates Photos And Wallet Apps For iOS With New Features by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Similar to Apple’s iCloud shared albums, shared albums in Google Photos enables you to share albums with your friends and family so that all of you can see their contents and even pool more photos and videos into them — ideal for gathering images from an event like a birthday party, or simply for collaborating with people on collecting everyday memories.

Overflow Allows You To Organize And Free Up The Mac OS X Dock, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

You can place the Applications folder in the Dock, but some folks will find it easier to use Overflow from Stunt Software because, with it, you view only what you want, not everything in the Applications folder.

GoPro Updates iOS App With Streamlined Design And Apple Watch Integration, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

The new Apple Watch features will give users access to a GoPro camera's controls, letting them preview their shot, toggle between capture modes, begin and end recording, and even add HiLight tags to important moments in a video.

Instagram Updates Boomerang With iPad Support And More Features, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice


I’m Harping On This, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

But these days we’re smarter: we use protocols. There’s no reason Folder and File should descend from the same class — they’re almost entirely different, and inheritance is a pain to deal with, so we use protocols instead.

And we’re happy. It works great.

Until you realize that, in Swift, you can’t do this.


Dealing With Inexplicable Apple Error Messages, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

Again, if you’re seeing these errors, you’re not alone, you’ve done nothing wrong, and you can’t do anything to resolve the problem. Your best course of action is to shrug, move past the error, and get on with your day. I sincerely hope Apple’s engineers are working to fix these problems, minor as they are, so they stop wasting our time and smudging Apple’s reputation for quality software.

Apple Advertising iPhone 6s To Older iPhone Owners Through App Store Popups, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

If a user browses the App Store, perhaps updating apps, with an iPhone 5s or earlier device, a modal popup may appear over the top of the view promoting the iPhone 6s as a ‘ridiculously powerful’ upgrade. Users are directed to learn more or ‘upgrade now’ which takes them to the Apple Store app to buy the new phone directly.

Mozilla’s Newest App Perfectly Captures The Ethical Dilemma Of Ad-Blocking, by Brian Fung, Washington Post

Whomever you think is to blame for the sorry state of Web browsing, content blockers have a kind of ratcheting effect: Once you turn one on, chances are you won't see the kind of high-quality ads that might convince you to turn it off again. It also involves the risk that you'll miss whatever advertisers or publishers come up with to make the Web better again.

Bowe Bergdahl Case At Center Of ‘Serial’ Season 2, by Richard A. Oppel Jr. and John Koblin, New York Times

Sergeant Bergdahl recounted his experience publicly for the first time in the premiere episode of the second season of the podcast “Serial,” which was released at 6 a.m. Thursday. In interviews with the screenwriter Mark Boal, he explained in his own words why he had left his base in June 2009, an action that prompted a manhunt involving thousands of troops and led him to spend nearly five years in brutal captivity under the Taliban.

His odyssey ended in May 2014, when the Obama administration swapped him for five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a deal that was heavily criticized by Republicans.

Happiness Doesn't Help You Live Longer, by Julie Beck, The Atlantic

“I think the interesting implication is we’ve got very few things that really matter as far as health is concerned,” Peto says. He names smoking and obesity as two things that are very good predictors of mortality. But unhappiness, it seems, is not at all on their level.

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What the "trying to reinvent email" kids just don't seem to understand is that all anyone wants is Pine. Or maybe Elm. That's all. 💌

— Rick Turoczy (@turoczy) December 11, 2015


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