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.

Siri Can Answer Your Questions About Elections

· Andrew Orr · News

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Along with Apple News’ 2020 coverage of the election, Apple added functionality to Siri so she can answer your election questions.

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.

How to Sign up for Apple News Email Newsletter

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

You can sign up for an Apple News email newsletter to get daily updates on the top stories of the day, handpicked by Apple editors.

Apple News isn't Favorable to Local Newsrooms

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple News is the poster child of the Pareto principle, which states that roughly 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes.

News+: 9 Long Press Shortcuts for iOS

· Andrew Orr · Link

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+.

Get Apple News Original URLs Using This Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Link

A Mac app called StopTheNews has been making the news rounds lately. It lets you open Apple News original URLs directly in Safari. I wanted to share a shortcut that does the same thing on iOS.

Share an Apple news article to this shortcut, and get the original URL back. Prompt at the end lets you pick between copying the URL to your clipboard or sharing it somewhere else.

Unlike macOS, you can open an Apple News article in Safari on iOS. Then from Safari you can copy the URL. But this shortcut removes that step, so you can share the article to the shortcut, then copy the URL to the clipboard or share it elsewhere.

The Death of Apple's Magic Touch

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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Perspectives by different people vary. Sometimes a unique, idiosyncratic view is wrong but thought provoking. And it takes courage to write anyway. This is one of those.

Get The Most Out Of Apple News on Your Mac

· Charlotte Henry · News

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There are few little things users can do to get the most out of Apple News on their Mac – they are simple, but effective.

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.

Publishers are Driving Readers to Apple News

· Andrew Orr · Link

What’s good for publishers isn’t necessarily good for readers. Josh Constine writes about how Apple News+ is bad for publishers.

Readers visit Apple’s app, not the outlet’s site that gives it free rein to promote conference tickets, merchandise, research reports, and other money-makers. Publishers don’t get their Apple News+ readers’ email addresses for follow-up marketing, cookies for ad targeting and content personalization, or their credit card info to speed up future purchases.

This is exactly why people install adblockers. No one wants to be harassed by endless pop-ups, marketing or cookies, autoplaying videos, and they don’t want you to have their credit card info or email address so it can get leaked in a data breach. You can’t blame Apple for that.

Apple Services Are All About Privacy

· Andrew Orr · Editorial

Yesterday’s keynote was filled with Apple services and subscriptions, and each speaker noted how each service is Private & Secure™.

How to Sign Up For Apple News+

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

News+ is Apple’s news and magazine subscription service. It costs US$9.99/month, and you get a one month free trial. Here’s how to sign up.