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  • : Articles by Rich Mogull
    numbered Safe Computing by Rich Mogull 03 Nov 2015 7 comments XcodeGhost Exploits the Security Economics of Apple s Ecosystem XcodeGhost is a new piece of malware that uses modified versions of Xcode to insert malicious code into popular iOS apps This appears to affect only Chinese apps because bandwidth limitations in China are what prompted developers to download modified copies of Xcode from unofficial sources rather than going straight to Apple Safe Computing by Rich Mogull and Adam C Engst 21 Sep 2015 14 comments What You Need to Know About the Thunderstrike 2 Worm Researchers will demonstrate a new proof of concept worm that attacks Mac firmware at this week s Black Hat security conference It s fascinating research but not something average users should worry about Safe Computing by Rich Mogull 04 Aug 2015 15 comments How the Apple Watch Could Improve Security As a secure second device likely to be with its owner at nearly all times the Apple Watch offers some compelling opportunities to improve account security Safe Computing by Rich Mogull 22 Apr 2015 1 comment Apple Pay Exposes Insecure Bank Policies Apple Pay is being blamed for a rash of new credit card fraud cases TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull argues that it s merely exposing existing weaknesses in bank security Safe Computing by Rich Mogull 18 Mar 2015 8 comments The Good News about the CIA Targeting Apple The latest revelation from Edward Snowden s trove of confidential documents shows that the CIA has long been targeting Apple along with other major technology companies Security analyst Rich Mogull explains why average users don t need to worry and why this news is actually good Safe Computing by Rich Mogull 12 Mar 2015 16 comments Thunderstrike Proof of Concept Attack Serious but Limited The recently demonstrated Thunderstrike proof of concept attack could infiltrate a Mac at the hardware level but few users need to worry about it given its need for physical access Safe Computing by Rich Mogull 09 Jan 2015 17 comments The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay for Now Some retailers not only refuse to directly support Apple Pay they deliberately block use even when their cash registers accidentally support it It s not a reaction to Apple but a direct response to mistreatment by the credit card brands Opinion by Rich Mogull 26 Oct 2014 42 comments How Spotlight Suggestions Handles Privacy In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Spotlight now searches the Internet not just your local device for the information you are looking for Going beyond Apple s documentation TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull digs into how Apple provides relevant results while still managing your privacy Macs Mac OS X by Rich Mogull 21 Oct 2014 18 comments You Are Apple s Greatest Security Challenge As the recent celebrity photo thefts showed Apple now faces cloud security challenges that few other companies even international banks have had to address so far Safe Computing by Rich

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  • Apple’s 2015 Report Card
    and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 11 Jan 2016 Print Comment 1 Apple s 2015 Report Card by Josh Centers Jason Snell of Six Colors surveyed 24 Apple experts including our own Adam and Tonya Engst Rich Mogull and Josh Centers to get a sense of how Apple did in 2015 The grades that Apple earned were A for the iPhone environmental and social issues and overall hardware quality B for the iPad B for the Apple TV and Mac C for software reliability and quality C for the Apple Watch C D for cloud services and D for developer relations and HomeKit Head over to Six Colors to read the full report including our comments follow link Comments about Apple s 2015 Report Card Comments are closed B Jefferson Le Blanc 2016 01 12 18 10 The survey results were amazingly accurate in my opinion I ve been complaining about Apple software for years iTunes and Yosemite being the worst offenders and I m glad to see I m not the only one who thinks Apple has dropped the ball lost focus On developer relations there is an obvious solution for the App Store blues stay independent or return to your roots outside the App Store Developers should ask themselves is the Store worth the trouble given that Apple has apparently lost interest in their own project Some developers continue to build good stuff outside the App Store like Jon Gatow with Default Folder X which was just upgraded for El Capitan after months of effort Developers outside the App Store are still able

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  • Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple’s Current Designs
    your users when they ve paid a premium to become users seems to be a no win strategy Joshua Lauer 2015 11 14 15 02 The points in these articles are primarily subjective Surely if millions of people couldn t read the font on the iPhone Apple wouldn t be able to break sales record every quarter While reading the article I found myself disagreeing every time the authors said that Apple missed the mark I ve never needed a manual to use any of their devices and over time there programs have become increasingly easier to use The gesture controls become a muscle memory very quickly iOS 9 brought a new back button to return to the previous app and it is separate from the back gesture You always know whether you will go back in your current app or go back to the previous app In contrast the dedicated Android back button is broken leaving you to wonder if you will return to another app or go back within the current app User interface goes hand in hand with user experience Apple has the highest customer satisfaction rates in the industry This would be impossible if their designs were so bad Craig J 2015 11 14 21 06 There is a big difference between being the best simply because your software is the best and being the best because your software doesn t suck as bad as your competition Apple is moving in that direction The decline almost always starts well before revenue starts to drop Craig J 2015 11 14 21 02 I ve been having this very discussion since iOS 7 shipped This is what happens when you put a derivative designer Jony Ives channeling Dieter Rams but not getting the actual point of Rams in charge and he puts the guy that designed the packaging in charge of UI They both know how to make things beautiful but they really don t seem to know the first thing about making things usable Don Funk 2015 11 15 00 20 The problem I have with these articles is two fold 1 people embrace the HIG as some sort of bible wake up people that was 20 years ago technology changes 2 Norman and Tog ought to retire they haven t contributed anything groundbreaking in decades and certainly hasn t shown anyone anything new What s the point of whining about things you think are wrong if you re not willing to put in the work to show how it ought to be done These guys sound like a pair of armchair quarterbacks John Cooper 2015 11 15 01 30 1 Technology changes but the principles of human centered design remain The principles set forth in the 1990s HIGs were as well thought out as any before or since and are technology independent 2 Critics have a place when they re extraordinarily qualified and when the leaders are falling short and not listening That s true even when the critics don t have the solutions in hand Great criticism serves as a wake up call and as a corrective B Jefferson Le Blanc 2015 11 17 06 04 Right shoot the messenger That s know in technical circles as an ad hominem argument wish is aulty or incompetent logic Adam Engst 2015 11 17 09 09 And just to expand on one point not only do the fundamental principles of human centered design not change the reason for that is that people don t change not in deep ways We have the same biology that we did 20 years ago and that s what underlies those design fundamentals I m still amazed when I encounter a door that needs to be pulled instead of pushed or vice versa with no visual hint as to which action is necessary That s one of the big examples in Don Norman s The Design of Everyday Things and is perfect example of how we re still making basic design mistakes phoenix 2015 11 17 09 43 Exactly I call it a design philosophy because it s based on how humans learn we look for clues what we should do next we learn and remember action and result as the expected result Like the old Chinese trick puzzle boxes one learns eventually how to open them but each box is different and the learning experience is valueless for the next box An amusing pastime for those who like puzzles and completely useless for those who want to accomplish the task and get back to the business of producing real work Martin Zeichner 2015 11 15 08 49 I read this article as a curmudgeonly good old days article I disagree with almost every point in it The HIG served Apple well from about 1985 to 1995 but it led Apple astray after that In the late 1980 s and early 1990 s this was Apple s strategy to sell computers to people who wouldn t normally buy a computer So they packaged it as an appliance like a refrigerator or a stove Apple enforced the desktop metaphor in the HIG because they thought that people would be able to understand the functions of a computer by relating them to what people had been trained to think about how to get work done You have a big hulking desk with a desktop that has a phone on it along with other stuff The desk has drawers with stuff in them You type on a typewriter and doodle on the ink pad But eventually when a new generation of college graduates enters the work force computing is no longer served well by being viewed as a metaphor for past technologies It must be its own technology John Cooper 2015 11 15 12 30 Discovery recoverability and feedback don t have anything to with the desktop metaphor B Jefferson Le Blanc 2015 11 17 09 05 The desktop filing cabinet metaphor analogy was adopted

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  • NetNewsWire Updates Solid But Fail to Impress
    to designate favorite feeds bookmark individual articles and limit the feed stream to just unread articles or stories only posted on the current day But NetNewsWire is lackluster Its humdrum design is far from distinctive compared to say Reeder with its highly customizable interface elements and careful attention to typography NetNewsWire s article lists are a case in point Users have two display options for articles lists thumbnail imagery and text snippets in a middle column with the feed list and the reading pane in columns on either side or as a headline list without thumbnails above the pane Regardless the items are difficult to read at certain Retina screen resolutions because there is no option to adjust text size a feature that Reeder does provide On the other hand NetNewsWire s title and body text in the reading pane is adjustable via a pulldown menu that also offers seven typefaces Avenir Bitter Georgia Gill Sans Helvetica Neue Palatino and Times Roman NetNewsWire lacks innovative features such as Reeder s sophisticated gesture support which is helpful to those using the new Magic Trackpad as well as older Apple trackpads Importing feeds into NetNewsWire is a bit of a chore I had to export my feeds from another newsreader in OPML file format then import that file into NetNewsWire A once mandatory maneuver this is no longer necessary now that users can host their RSS feeds on a range of online services and log in to those services using a favorite desktop reader Login options in Reeder for instance include the aforementioned Feedly along with Feedbin Feed Wrangler FeedHQ NewsBlur and others NetNewsWire doesn t support any of these services NetNewsWire does provide its own CloudSync service but that s for syncing among its clients on multiple Apple devices and not for pulling in feeds from other cloud services On the upside CloudSync is free so I don t have to pay a periodic fee to keep using NetNewsWire The app has some nice touches such as a translucent dark theme which other readers also have and a tab system with page thumbnails on the far right for keeping track of multiple open articles But overall NetNewsWire doesn t advance the state of the art in RSS reading I can say this with confidence after downloading a long ago incarnation of NetNewsWire called NetNewsWire Lite It is one of the oldest items in my Mac App Store library yet not all that different from the current app in appearance and functionality One stability note Early in my testing NetNewsWire was alarmingly crash prone but Black Pixel seems to have licked this problem NetNewsWire for iPad In its new iPad form NetNewsWire is fairly inviting and readable The app which offers a familiar list column on the left and reading pane to the right organizes news in a variety of useful ways Sites shows all feeds If your feeds were already organized into themed categories they also display as iOS style folders This is where you can manually pick through your feeds to find what you want But the app awkwardly shows a blank reading pane in this mode Tapping a category populates the pane with nothing Instead it drops you into the list of feeds for that category and you have to move between feeds to catch up on the news Wasn t that the very problem RSS was supposed to solve Unread shows a stream of new unviewed articles This is your home base for finding new stuff while filtering out articles you ve already seen Today shows only stuff that was published on the current day For people like me who have lots of feeds and can get overwhelmed filtering in this way cuts down on the volume and the stress Bookmarks shows the articles you saved for later by tapping a bookmark ribbon button that appears on every article Favorites shows favorite feeds another way to filter the article volume to just the stuff you most want to read The iPad app does a decent job of showing article images as well as text in the left hand list views with the pictures shown as narrow strips in an attractive fashion Unfortunately although NetNewsWire s Sites mode can display all my custom feed categories such as Tech Geeky Coffee and Comics as folders it can t generate a stream of articles from those folders forcing me to click through each feed individually to see the articles This renders the reading pane awkwardly blank until I ve picked an individual feed and it makes switching between feeds unnecessarily clumsy This interface misstep is a deal breaker for me NetNewsWire supports the iPad s Split View and can be set to day light and night dark reading modes I prefer dark mode Text size in the reading pane is adjustable As with the Mac app you re given a choice of seven typefaces Avenir Bitter Georgia Gill Sans Helvetica Neue Palatino and Times Roman When trying NetNewsWire for the iPad I discovered one problem that could be significant for someone who didn t also want to buy NetNewsWire on the Mac I could find no straightforward way to import my existing feed collection NetNewsWire like other RSS readers lets its users subscribe to sites by entering a feed s info in the form of a special URL It also offers a directory of popular feeds in a range of categories for one tap subscribing But for RSS junkies who have long curated their feed subscriptions and may have hundreds of them the lack of a quick import feature is a major problem I m not about to re enter every feed URL manually I got around this roadblock by using CloudSync to sync my feeds over from NetNewsWire for the Mac but Black Pixel needs to provide a simple import approach for iOS only users Black Pixel hinted at a workaround on NetNewsWire s Twitter account but doesn t provide

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  • Apps that Reveal the Apple TV’s Potential
    skeptical But after using it a bit it strikes me as an app that may be better on a TV where multiple people can see it simultaneously It s one thing for my wife and me to look at home listings on our individual devices and pass links back and forth but being able to view the same properties at the same time is a much better experience We load up the app on the Apple TV and it instantly shows us nearby homes that we can browse While Zillow is cool I have a few issues with it First and this is a general comment about the service we ve found that many of its listings are outdated Also it lacks the iOS app s map view that lets you figure out where houses are even when you don t recognize the address Finally there s no way to share or save houses without logging into a Zillow account and that again requires typing login information on the TV The more stylish Airbnb app is gorgeously designed and doesn t require a clunky login since it uses activation codes The TV app displays a code you log into your account on the Web enter the code and it links the TV app to your account This is a better experience but better yet would be a QR code that you would scan with your iPhone Airbnb offers categories to browse such as Tropical Private Islands Homes of Famous Authors Lighthouses and so on You can also search for a specific place but it s not obvious from the main screen slide up on the Siri Remote s touchpad to select Where are you going Click that and you see the search box While viewing a listing you can click the touchpad to see details and press Play Pause to save it to your favorites list You ll have to open the iOS app or visit the Web site to book your stay The Airbnb app is one of the best Apple TV apps and it could be a great place to ponder vacation ideas with the whole family Some apps however leave you wondering why they re in the living room I love PCalc not because I need a heavy duty calculator regularly but because James Thomson is so relentlessly focused on creating the absolute best calculator app PCalc is available for your Mac iPhone iPad and Apple Watch and it s now available on your TV for 1 99 While having a calculator on my TV is cool I just don t see many use cases Math lessons with the kids perhaps In any case I salute Thomson for boldly taking calculators where they ve never gone before As I write this he s working on game controller input for PCalc because why not Gaucho Software s 9 99 Seasonality TV expands greatly on the Apple TV s built in weather functionality adding sunrise and sunset times dewpoint figures wind speed and animated weather maps It s a neat app for those whose curiosity about the weather extends well beyond talking heads on The Weather Channel The free Yummly app lets you browse and save recipes Like Airbnb it offers activation codes bypassing clunky TV logins I can see families looking through recipes together but disappointingly it offers no video content There s a lot of potential in this space I would happily pay for a Food Network app that combines cooking shows with browsable recipes does the Food Network still have cooking shows or is it all reality TV and Guy Fieri now While some apps work better than others on the Apple TV another category of apps exists only to look cool But on the big screen that can be sufficient Screensavers and Other Silliness Fireplace apps have quickly become the TV equivalent of flashlight apps they re all over the App Store and they re all about the same Cheesy as they are they re nice to have during the holidays for those of us without fireplaces Fantastic Fireplace is free and although it has in app purchases for additional scenes you can get by with the free scene it s not like a real fireplace changes much either There are all sorts of silly screensaver type apps that display aquariums and other things but the only one I ve seen so far that s worth the money is the 2 99 Earthlapse TV It displays simulated high definition views of Earth from the International Space Station Earthlapse TV uses 1 2 GB of space photos to create an impressive display on your Apple TV By comparison all other screensaver apps look kind of lame The Apple TV s App Store also features a few art oriented apps Art Authority s free Art Channel app features a virtual gallery of masterpieces that can be displayed as a slideshow What s neat about the Art Channel is that each thumbnail is displayed as a parallax icon so you can manipulate the paintings for some interesting effects especially with Van Gogh s Starry Night Another spin on the art app is the free Artsy Shows which features pictures from current art exhibits in galleries around the world Sadly unlike the Art Channel it doesn t offer full screen pictures or a slideshow Apple TV What Works and What Doesn t I ve barely scratched the surface of what s already available for Apple TV and these are still early days but I think we can see a clear picture of where Apple TV apps are heading in the near future Obviously media playback and gaming are going to be the big draws There are already a number of excellent games on the Apple TV and we re starting to see media apps from sources that weren t available on the previous Apple TV like automotive information company Edmunds Unfortunately media is still a bit limited we re

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  • A Not So Short List of People to Blame for Internet Content Woes
    on the topic of tracking let s blame the U S National Security Agency for taking something that s potentially annoying and at minimum theoretically troubling ad based tracking and turning it into something truly creepy mass domestic surveillance by a government agency Over at Apple Tim Cook and company have made hay from the fact that Apple doesn t collect information about its users to target advertising better and to prevent government agencies from acquiring it That s not to say Apple doesn t want to advertise to you iAd anyone but the company s business model is primarily based instead on the almost quaint principle of selling a product for money However Apple is far from blameless in the woes of Internet content thanks to its role in creating the highly artificial App Store and iBooks Store markets we can lay that at the feet of Steve Jobs Thanks to Apple s refusal to allow demos and paid upgrades for apps separation of developers from their users and poor interface that makes price the primary differentiator of similar sounding products apps and books have been almost entirely devalued in the eyes of consumers Parking meters are a larger expense for many people Of course Apple was far from the first to devalue software For that we need look no further than Richard Stallman founder of the free software movement and Linus Torvalds the driving force behind the Linux kernel that would later sit at the heart of numerous operating systems most notably billions of copies of Google s Android To be fair Stallman in particular feels software should be free as in speech not free as in beer but that s a distinction lost on many The problem for the purposes of today s discussion is that when software is free as in beer developers have to develop alternative business models such as charging for tech support hosting ancillary services or premium features That s not a problem in and of itself but it encourages the same sort of behavior in other fields Google of course but also look at Facebook where Mark Zuckerberg and company have figured out how to monetize your relationships by selling ads alongside your personal communications What s most annoying is that we re not worth very much to any of these companies Facebook s average revenue per user ARPU is only about 10 about double Twitter s 5 ARPU and far behind Google s 45 ARPU Heck if it were an option I wouldn t even blink at paying 45 per year for all the great stuff Google provides me instead of seeing ads and I d happily hand over 15 per year for ad free Facebook and Twitter combined But paying for the services we use the content we consume and the apps we install is quite literally a hard sell despite all the negatives that come with business models that separate product from price Speaking of which let s drag Jeff Bezos in for helping to devalue digital goods starting with the way Amazon drove down the price of ebooks by selling them as loss leaders and most recently with the new Amazon Underground app and service Amazon Underground provides Android users with access to over 10 000 worth of apps games and in app purchases for free paying developers 0 0020 per minute two tenths of a cent which means a penny per five minutes or 12 cents per hour Amazon is presumably funding the service through increased sales of other products but the entire thing brings to mind the old joke We lose money on every sale but make it up on volume There s plenty of blame to go around for how we ve ended up in a world where all our digital content is free and we re used as raw material in increasingly troubling monetization schemes Most recently ad industry behavior is what brought this situation to a head but if online ads weren t so universally ignored the industry might not have felt the need to stoop to tracking based targeting Or perhaps it would have cable TV companies and movie theaters certainly aren t shy about adding advertising even after we pay our cable bills and buy our movie tickets And while individual advertisers are also at the heart of the problem they re just trying to tell us about their products and services it s hard enough to introduce something new to the public with advertising without advertising it s nearly impossible In the end I m going to return to where I started and say that society as a whole is responsible But the opportunity for change also lies with all of us both in our everyday ways of choosing free services and support of broader policies I see ad blockers as just a weapon in an arms race not a solution but here are a few changes that could make a real difference in decreasing order of likelihood Digital content app and service companies could offer paid ad free alternatives for those who want to pay directly Google where can I send my 45 The U S government could adopt privacy protections along the lines of the European Union s Data Protection Directive Someone could develop an Internet platform that enables us to manage our personal information to ensure accuracy control access and benefit directly from any commercial use If we re to be commercial objects we should have a say in how our data and attention are monetized I m not holding my breath for any of these so for now if you re bothered by this situation I encourage you to focus your support on companies that do business in ways you approve of Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html Comments about A Not So Short List of People to Blame for Internet Content Woes Comments are closed Hart Bezner 2015 10 16 14 58 The real problem is the increasingly intrusive and invasive nature of current internet advertising It often generates far more data traffic than the information sought annoying us with self playing videos and re directions and misleading download buttons Makes you feel as though swimming in a pool of floating turds Advertisers have overplayed their hands and reaped general disdain and hostility Free content is great but the price has become excessively high Adam Engst 2015 10 16 15 10 The Interactive Advertising Bureau just came out acknowledging that But they re a trade group so it remains to be seen if advertisers will take their recommendations R C R 2015 10 16 19 55 All site operators need to do is consider why Google s per user revenue is so much higher than anybody else s It is no coincidence that Google s ads are low bandwidth not very obtrusive e 2015 10 27 10 18 Google wants you to think that but I highly doubt they really make 45 per user They make 0 from me I block all their intrusive ads and scripts Adam Engst 2015 10 27 10 32 There s no thinking involved ARPU is a calculation of how much Google makes divided by the number of users That s why it s called average revenue per user For everyone like you who doesn t contribute anything to Google s bottom line there must thus be someone else who contributes 90 per year in some way Of course this is really just a alternative way of looking at Google s income stream since Google doesn t make much money from individuals at all it mostly comes from advertisers David 2015 10 16 15 01 No Adam C Engst I am not Until internet advertisement is scam free malware free and resource efficient using an adblocker right now is an indispensable component to keep a computer safe Adam Engst 2015 10 16 15 12 I m not saying that using an ad blocker is a bad thing though it may have undesired repercussions I m saying that our overall desire to get something for nothing has created this entire situation David 2015 10 17 00 30 That s not true either The only reason I expect free news and articles is because the publishers decided or at least accepted the current business model At no point was I involved in any decision and I have never demanded any free content Maybe this business model was doomed from the very beginning but the ad networks really made sure to exhaust it quickly with viciousness and publishers were happy to whistle and look the other way We readers are just reading nothing more nothing less However internet ads are no just pages that you can turn and ignore As things got worse ads were simply required to be blocked Instead of all the effort spent on articles on guilt and ethics I d like to see articles on how ad networks maintain their code how modern it is how it is audited what s the QC process to ensure performance efficiency how they control malicious advertisers how they ensure privacy etc I m sure such an article would end up being an exposé Kirk 2015 10 19 08 13 I agree with David The internet s original sin was offering everything for free in the early days in order to promote brands or attract people to this new medium Now that it s matured we re paying the price for that huge mistake Granted in the early days I d have probably been a bit hesitant to pay for a lot of the content but I wouldn t have been surprised that say newspapers or magazines weren t free Adam Engst 2015 10 19 10 19 If you go back to the early days of the Internet which I do you ll remember that there was in fact a for pay Internet news service distributed via Usenet Brad Templeton s ClariNet founded in 1989 Though prescient and carrying all sorts of syndicated content like Dave Barry columns it didn t survive for that long though I don t know the story of how it ceased to be The problem always was that in those days payments and subscriptions and account management were difficult or impossible It took many years before Internet infrastructure had grown mature enough to support payments Plus not only was all the content on the Internet free but people often paid a lot of money for their connections which made asking for more money for content difficult That model came from the online services like CompuServe and AOL and GEnie and BIX and Delphi where your fee paid for access and all the content was free once you were in So it s not so much that anyone made a mistake as that they did what they could with the capabilities at hand And remember even then there were plenty of examples of free content that was supported by ads MacWEEK and PC Week and InfoWorld were the big ones in my world Richard Houston 2015 10 19 13 29 I agree Adam I remember paying for The Well Salon Slate Still have my old umbrella I received for subscribing and many others and at the time paying for content was like buying a magazine at a newsstand you saw something that interested you you wanted to read it in the comfort of your home as opposed to say going to the library to read it for free and so you bought it Not A Big Deal I hope we can find a way out of this mess Thanks for your thoughts e 2015 10 27 10 21 Paying for content is predicated on the idea the content has value Most of the online content today has no value it s just clickbait shite I ve been running adblockers since they existed and even before that via modifications to the hosts file I feel no qualms about doing so nor any moral ambiguity whatsoever Adam Engst 2015 10 27 10 34 If it has no value why would you read it Surely your time has value and if you spend your time on some activity that activity must have some value to you no Clay 2015 10 30 16 06 Our desire to get something for nothing isn t new News and entertainment were free in the country from about 1970 when TV news surpassed newspaper readership to the 1990s when paid cable TV replaced broadcast TV I am ecstatic that consumers are once again demanding free content The switch to paid content in the 1990s is significant contributor to the decline of the American middle class Adam Engst 2015 11 01 11 54 Hmm that s an interesting claim Do you have any stats to back this up Paid content would seem to be both relatively small in proportion to overall expenses and would fall into voluntary expenses unlike food housing healthcare and so on So I m not quite seeing how paying for content would really contribute to the decline of the middle class at least based on the general info at https en wikipedia org wiki Middle class squeeze James Bailey 2015 10 16 16 18 The publishers and advertisers are wholly to blame I pay for Tidbits and a few other online properties but that is not a scalable solution Advertising is But the advertising industry drove me away The simple fact is that the advertising industry had opportunities to self regulate To say they declined is far too polite Publishers could have forced reform But they were too busy trying to figure out how to monetize their content business Now it is probably too late Content blockers are here and they aren t going to go away I asked politely not to be tracked ever since Safari and Firefox offered the Do Not Track option Not only did the advertising industry ignore the DNT request they were actively hostile to the idea Well guess what I found an alternate solution to stop being tracked But since I can t trust the advertisers I have to block everything including non intrusive ads because they are likely still using those to track me So everything gets blocked I don t have any real complaint about advertising I don t think most advertising works particularly well but if it pays the publishers bills that is fine with me But I will not be voluntarily spied on for just being online If that spoils your business model oh well It wasn t like there weren t warnings Those warnings were just ignored Tom Gewecke 2015 10 16 17 43 I m always kind of shocked that such ads work at all and are worth paying for I suppose there must be research to show it is not a futile as I think Adam Engst 2015 10 16 20 30 It s a numbers game It doesn t work well at all but if you scale across billions of page views it can work out well enough freediverx 2015 10 19 13 25 For every semi intelligent person there are a thousand gullible idiots Crappy ads make money for the same reason we have Nigerian scam emails Charlie 2015 10 16 18 07 A great trip down a long memory lane The proliferation of online advertising and the situation we are in mirrors the growth of the Internet itself When people started advertising it was an interesting experiment but no one knew where it would lead to Today we are where we are and there is no going back to the good old days Most likely market forces will continue to put pressure on both advertisers and viewers and there will be a spectrum of solutions Advertisers who place creative short messages people want to watch to advertisers who just shove up intrusive data hogging ads that encourage blocking Some viewers will resent this and install ad blocking and no follow tools to control their experience while others will not care putting up with and ignoring ads We will probably be having a similar discussion in a few years but with completely different parameters One thing is certain life online never stops changing chrischram gmail com 2015 10 16 18 37 Two words Uninstall Flash Try this navigate over to macdailynews com Now uninstall Flash Navigate over to macdailynews com You have made your reading experience more enjoyable and have eliminated an annoying security issue to boot You re welcome John 2015 10 16 19 06 I m not against advertising Maybe it s just me but it seems there are now MORE of those obtrusive blast ads that don t just pop up when you arrive at a web page they blast upon the screen I don t recall seeing so many before the ad blockers appeared with iOS 9 If that s the strategy ad companies are taking boy what a way to make your case for ads sarcasm font engaged Cat Eldridge 2015 10 17 13 42 Adam I m sure that the New York Times in the metro NYC area doesn t use the postal service but rather has the delivery trucks either their own or contracted service depending on where the papers are being delivered as that s cheaper when scaled than postal delivery And postal delivery doesn t work at all for delivery before you get up to have it there for you to read over breakfast Adam Engst 2015 10 19 10 21 Entirely possible I don t know how the Times delivers in NYC but now that you call my attention to it I think it s delivery services even here in

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  • Opinion
    Listen 60 comments The Headphone Port The Mac s Achilles Heel The Mac may be mighty but one tiny common part can be its undoing the headphone port Josh Centers explains why it s such a problem and begs Apple to fix it by Josh Centers 02 Sep 2015 Listen 27 comments Adam Engst Goes Automotive on The Tech Night Owl Live Is Apple setting its sights on the car market as the next mobile platform That s where Adam Engst and Tech Night Owl s Gene Steinberg ended up in this podcast segueing from CarPlay to the rumors of Apple s self driving car project 28 Aug 2015 Photos A Few Frames Shy of a Full Roll Photos Apple s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture offers some nice features but isn t all it could be especially for those transitioning from iPhoto Dave Kitabjian looks at a number of shortcomings in the early days of Photos by Dave Kitabjian 24 Aug 2015 Listen 32 comments Six Windows 10 Features Apple Should Steal Julio Ojeda Zapata has been using test versions of the Windows 10 operating system nonstop in recent months Now with the official release of Microsoft s desktop OS he has identified features he would really like to see in OS X by Julio Ojeda Zapata 20 Aug 2015 15 comments Marco Arment Explains Why People Block Ads With Apple giving developers the capability to block Web content in iOS 9 and OS X 10 11 El Capitan ad blocking has become a hot topic with many content creators complaining that it robs them of revenue But blogger and developer Marco Arment who himself relies on ad revenue has decided to block ads His reason increasingly invasive ad tracking that robs users of their online privacy Arment argues that users cannot possibly consent to automatic tracking of everywhere they go on the Web Arment calls on publishers to reject privacy invading ads even if it won t be a clean easy transition 12 Aug 2015 How Do We Fix Twitter Twitter could be nearing a crisis point How can the company bring in more users and curb bad behavior Josh Centers offers some ideas to start the conversation by Josh Centers 11 Aug 2015 Listen 12 comments Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html iTunes and the 80 20 Rule The ongoing iTunes feature creep regularly evokes calls for its simplification with the 80 20 rule often being used as support for such calls But what is that rule and is it a rule at all by Michael E Cohen 31 Jul 2015 Listen 13 comments Details on OS X 10 11 El Capitan s System Integrity Protection Over at Macworld Glenn Fleishman offers details on the new System Integrity Protection SIP feature in OS X 10 11 El Capitan

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/section/opinion/1/ (2016-04-24)
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  • Update Your Old Kindle Tonight
    ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles ExtraBITS for 21 March 2016 21 Mar 16 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 21 Mar 2016 Print Comment 2 Update Your Old Kindle Tonight by Josh Centers If you have an old Kindle sitting around that you haven t used or updated in a while dust it off and update it tonight Otherwise Amazon warns that it won t be able to connect to the Kindle Store or sync with Amazon s servers All you need to do is fire up the Kindle and choose Sync and Check for Items in the main menu If you don t see this warning in time it s not the end of the world After 21 March 2016 you can still update your Kindle via USB to enable it to connect once again with the Amazon mothership follow link Comments about Update Your Old Kindle Tonight To leave a comment click Add a Comment and then enter the text your name and your email address which won t be displayed Your comment will appear after you follow a link in

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16356 (2016-04-24)
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