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How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do

When iOS 8 went into developer betas, and so many interesting features began to be discussed, as well as a more developer-friendly approach, I had hopes. Perhaps Apple would “solve” Newsstand, and rescue it from neglect. Maybe it would break us out of Newsstand jail and let publication apps coexist, even if we had to give up showing a changing cover as the app’s icon. (It seemed unlikely Jony Ive would allow this, but he’s a clever man, and I thought he might have a solution to meld static app icons with changing covers.)

But iOS 8 went into release with nary a change. The Newsstand abides, a wasteland for publications that only use it as an adjunct—and us. The failure to improve iTunes and the App Store for discovery also remains problematic. It’s really impossible for people to find a publication that matches their interest when all they find are top-ten lists and a field to search for something they already know they want.

Glenn Fleishman writes, for Macworld, about the history of The Magazine, the publication that he has been editing, and which is retiring on December 18. I contributed an article to issue #5, Tour de Front Row.

A few months ago, I wrote a Macworld article explaining why I’ve stopped reading magazines with Newsstand. The Magazine, and Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop Magazine, are the only two exceptions. And then there was one…

via How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do | Macworld.

Great New Mac App Bundle: 8 Apps for Only $30

StackSocial is running a great new bundle of Mac apps. There are eight apps in the Mac to the Future Bundle, three of which I use and like very much: Fantastical, Ember and Capo. Fantastical is a great calendar app; I use it on both my Mac and my iOS devices. Ember is a tool […]

6 iOS Apps for Tuning Your Guitar

If you play guitar or another string instrument, one of the thankless tasks you do before you play—and in between songs—is getting your instrument in tune. There are several ways you can do this: You can have another instrument—preferably one that doesn’t go out of tune—play a note, and then tune your other strings to […]

Bare Bones Pulling BBEdit from Mac App Store

In my Twitter feed yesterday, a number of attendees at the Çingleton conference in Montréal were live-tweeting Rich Siegel’s presentation about why he was pulling BBEdit from the Mac App Store. Jason Snell has written a bit more about this, explaining Rich’s rationale: “Siegel crafted his presentation as a list of reasons that weren’t the […]

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