New News About News – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-30

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Charlotte Henry joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss updates to Apple’s News app, Google’s news partnerships, and iOS 14 updates to News+.

The New York Times Quits Apple News

· Charlotte Henry · News

The New York Times has ended its participation in Apple News, focussing on driving subscribers and traffic to its own app and website.

Here’s How to Block Apple News+ Magazines

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew found that the Today tab in News is filled with News+ content, despite not being subscribed. But he found a way to block News+ magazines.

Apple News Chief Liz Schimel Leaves Company

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple News chief Liz Schimel has left the company amid rumors that the News+ subscription service struggles to acquire subscribers.

Publishers Say ‘Jury is Out’ on Apple News+

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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A new report on Apple News+ shows that while some publishers don’t make a lot of money from Apple’s service, they plan to stick around.

Apple News+: First Impressions of the UK Offer

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

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Apple News+ landed in the UK and Australia earlier this week and Charlotte has so far have been pretty impressed with what she’s seen.

Apple News+ Now Available in Australia, UK

· Andrew Orr · Link

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News+ is Apple’s new subscription service for news, and today it’s available for customers in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Apple News+ subscribers can access more than 150 publications in Apple News+, with a one month free trial available to test the service before having to pay the £9.99 (UK) or $14.99 (Australia) monthly fee.

Available magazines and publications in the UK include The Times and The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan UK, more.

Magazines and publications in Australia include The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, more.

News+: Don't Give Money to Ransomware Scammers

· Andrew Orr · Link

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In the latest issue of PCMag, Max Eddy writes that you shouldn’t give money to ransomware attackers when they ask.

First, most cyberattacks—including ransomware—don’t last long. The command and control servers that issue the unlock commands and receive payment can be found and taken offline…In either case, anyone who has been infected and not paid the ransom can no longer get their system unlocked, even if they pay.

This is why keeping several backups is important, one online, one offline. And keep your operating system up to date with the latest security patches and improvements.

This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.

News+: Bad Behavior in the VPN Industry

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Max Eddy reviews VPNs for PCMag. Although he believes most vendors have good intentions, he highlights several examples of bad behavior in the VPN industry.

From my experience working with VPNs, I can say with certainty there is a culture of sabotage and paranoia among some vendors. Anonymous dumps of damning information about one VPN vendor get blamed on another VPN vendor. Tips come in suggesting that corporate ownership is tied to the Russian mafia or some other criminal operation. Commentators hold up one VPN review site as an example of rectitude; others say the same site is secretly run by a VPN vendor with an agenda. When there is this much disinformation and counter-disinformation (which may also be disinformation), it’s impossible to tell who is telling the truth.

Before I came to The Mac Observer, one of my freelancing gigs was writing for a VPN company. I saw some of the same things as Mr. Eddy. In both privacy and security circles, there is a tint of paranoia and conspiracy thinking, at least with some people.

This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.

News+: 9 Long Press Shortcuts for iOS

· Andrew Orr · Link

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In the latest issue of Mac|Life, Carrie Marshall writes about nine long press shortcuts for iOS. These are especially useful on the iPad. Warning: This magazine is a PDF, and the article can be found on page 96.

We think long presses and 3D Touch are great, but we also think Apple has dropped the ball with them a little bit: there’s no way of knowing whether
a particular icon or keyboard key does anything until you actually hold a finger on it. Some apps use it, some don’t.

This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.

News+: Stories of Being the Neighborhood Tech Support

· Andrew Orr · Link

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In CNET’s latest issue of its magazine, Dan Ackerman shares some stories from his days as the neighborhood tech guy. Warning: This is a PDF magazine, and the story starts on page 42.

It’s a big responsibility being the first responder for domestic technology emergencies, but most of us secretly relish knowing that our friends and neighbors think we’re so smart (especially when we usually just Google the answer, like they should have done in the first place).

This is part of Andrew’s News+ series, where he shares a magazine every Friday to help people discover good content in Apple News+.

Apple News is Better for Big Publishers Than Small

· Andrew Orr · Link

Digiday reached out to five publishers participating in Apple News+, and so far it sounds like there is a lot of confusion. Plus there’s the reality that the service seems to favor big publishers over smaller ones.

All participating publishers were given an email address where they were encouraged to send pitches, and sources said that by and large, Apple’s representatives were responsive to their outreach.

But a smaller, select group of publishers were invited to join a private Slack channel where they could connect with Apple more directly, a move that exasperated several sources when they were informed of the channel’s existence.

So far that’s the way Apple News has been, and this isn’t a News+ specific problem. Hopefully the service will improve over time.