The Political-Undertones Edition Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Apple’s Rules For Video Games Are Still Causing Problems In The App Store, by Nick Statt, The Verge

Apple, which last week rejected a mobile game called Liyla and The Shadows of War for its political undertones, has decided to approve it after all.


Using Apple Music’s “A-List” To Find New Music, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Whatever your listening habits, you can find new music on Apple Music using the curated stations or the “A-List” playlists.


Skype Causing More Headaches For Mac Podcasters, by Chip Sudderth, Six Colors

Hobbyist and professional podcasters alike depend on Microsoft’s Skype for mustering panels and interviewing guests, even as they curse it under their breath for its occasional lack of stability and call quality. Skype is ubiquitous because it’s widely cross-platform, relatively easy to install and use, and free—but it may be time for Mac podcasters in particular to pursue more options.

Hey Siri

My Name Is Siri. I Really Can’t Wait Until Some Other App Controls Your iPhone., by Siri Bulusu, Washington Post

“Siri, set my alarm for seven in the morning,” said my friend Keith as we walked home after a night out.

“Why would I set your alarm?” I shrugged. “Set it yourself.”

He looked up from his phone and laughed.


Multi-Angle Movie Maker GroupClip Launches On iOS, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Collaborative video creation app GroupClip launched on iOS yesterday, allowing users to record the same event on multiple devices and combine clips in the cloud to produce multi-angle movies.

TuneIn To Radio Stations Worldwide, Plus Sports And Audiobooks, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

TuneIn isn’t the first company to do this, but a few things set it apart from the alternatives: the interface is straightforward and clean, there’s no pressure to sign up for an account or hand over personal information, and it integrates sources outside of traditional radio, like computer-generated music stations and podcasts.


Tim Cook Rules Out Apple Becoming A Mobile Carrier, Saying It Lacks The Expertise, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

As part of an interview at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today, Tim Cook has ruled out the possibility of Apple becoming a mobile carrier or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

The Dark Art Of Mastering Music, by Jordan Kisner, Pitchfork

The consensus seemed to be that Death Magnetic was a good record that sounded like shit. That the whole thing was drastically over-compressed, eliminating any sort of dynamic range. That it had been ruined in mastering. Eventually, more than 12,000 fans signed a petition in protest of the “unlistenable” product, and a mass mail-back-a-thon of CDs commenced. The whole episode provoked a series of questions, not just about what had gone wrong with Death Magnetic but about the craft in question: What is mastering, exactly? How does it work? Beyond the engineers themselves, almost no one seems to know.

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Not only do we not know when we will die, we -- most likely -- will also not know how we die.

This should give me anxiety when I was younger, but, strangely, I am rather calm now.


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