The Music-Paywall Edition Saturday, January 16, 2016

iTunes Radio Will Soon Cost Money, by Brendan Klinkenberg, BuzzFeed

iTunes Radio, Apple’s Pandora-style internet radio service, is going behind the $10 per month Apple Music paywall on January 29th. Apple announced the move on Friday in an email to customers.

Fourth-gen Apple TVs Spontaneously Awaken, Power On Their HDTVs, Users Complain, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Some owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV are complaining that the device is spontaneously waking up itself and/or connected TVs, an inconvenience that could burn unnecessary electricity and could potentially cause screen burn-in for people with plasma sets.

Apple's Board Calls Diversity Proposal 'Unduly Burdensome And Not Necessary', by Sara Ashley O'Brien, CNN

The proposal, submitted by Apple shareholder Antonio Avian Maldonado, would require an accelerated recruitment policy to change the company's organizational makeup.

The board rejected it, saying it is "unduly burdensome and not necessary," according to a proxy statement published on January 6 ahead of its February shareholder meeting.


Pointers: Be Brave, And Use MailDrop, by William Gallagher, MacNN

The reason for covering it today is that it went wrong on us sending from one El Capitan Mac to another -- and it turns out that it's fine. Even when it doesn't work, what happens instead is fine.

Tripnary Lets You Search For Travel Destinations Based On Your Budget, by Joe White, AppAdvice

The app allows iOS users to search out hotels and destinations based firmly on their budget, making it easier to find an affordable holiday from your iPhone handset.

Hands On: Star Walk HD 7.1.0 (iPad), by William Gallagher, MacNN

We've long used it and had a good time simply turning around while holding our iPads and seeing the stars, constellations, planets and satellites displayed as if there weren't an atmosphere or indeed an entire planet between us and them. Today, though, we used it in earnest for the first time as we actively sought out the International Space Station. Its orbit took it over us twice this morning and so yes, we did it. We stood outside at 7am holding an iPad Pro up over our heads.

Wmail Is A Free OS X Desktop App For Inbox By Gmail, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker


Generating Ideas At Apple, by Alan Cannistraro, Medium

The creative process is mythicized in our culture. There is a sense that ideas are flashes of genius that people have, all at once. But many of history’s best ideas were generated from a process of brainstorming, experimentation, and iteration. This is one of the most important things I took away from my time at Apple. Apple never magically visualized a product; they developed their ideas over time.

Apple Announces It Will Discontinue iAd App Network For Developers On June 30th, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

On its developer news blog, Apple has announced that it is closing the iAd App Network on June 30th. Targeted at smaller publishers, the iAd App Network let developers pay reduced rates to feature advertisements for their own App Store apps across the iAd publisher network.

The news follows a report from Buzzfeed that Apple is closing iAd campaign sales and converting all inventory to automated system. Apple says that if developers want to keep advertising on iAd until that time, they have to make a campaign from scratch using iAd Workbench. New apps will not be accepted into the iAd App Network Program.


How To Preserve Your Work Before The Internet Eats It, by Kirsten Hare, Poynter

When he first started his career as a journalist, Kevin Vaughan carefully clipped each story, scribbled the date on top and tucked it into a file folder. That turned, eventually, to grabbing the day's paper and tossing it in a closet.

"It was like that for a long, long time."

By the time Vaughan started working at the Rocky Mountain News, the paper had an electronic archive. You couldn't see just how the story appeared that day, but you could read the text. And Vaughan saved less and less. He grabbed copies of his coverage of the Columbine shootings. He saved big packages. And he assumed his work would always exist online.

Wikipedia Just Turned 15 Years Old. Will It Survive 15 More?, by Andrew Lih, Washington Post

However, Wikipedia, now an online digital “teenager,” faces big questions about its identity and future direction. While its volunteer community emerged alongside blogs and MySpace – two “open web” platforms that have dramatically declined in the last decade – the encyclopedia continues to be relevant, timely and useful, even if its text-heavy front page looks old-fashioned compared to today’s social media start-ups.

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