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Ben Brooks on NNW4

September 11, 2015

The biggest difference with NetNewsWire and most RSS services is that your Mac or iPhone is the device polling the RSS feeds for updates. Whereas with services like FeedWrangler a server sitting in the proverbial cloud is polling those services. This means that hitting refresh in NetNewsWire can take minutes as it has to check each feed for an update --- whereas hitting refresh in with FeedWrangler will take seconds as it just has check with one server for updates because the FeedWrangler servers have already polled the RSS feeds. This is a dramatic difference in functionality. (The NetNewsWires cloud sync is just to sync subscriptions, bookmarks, and read states.)

And thus, it feels like stepping back a decade when using NetNewsWire. All of a sudden not all of your feeds are updating at once (sometimes they time out), and you are constantly waiting on the refresh to happen --- basically shit is getting screwed up all the time. I had several instances where all the feeds would update and forget read states, showing over 3,000 unread items --- other times no new items would show up despite FeedWranlger showing new items.

I’m sticking with FeedWrangler, and Readkit on OS X and Unread on iOS.

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iCloud pricing lowered, with 1TB of storage available for $9.99 a month | iMore

September 10, 2015

During Apple’s press event in San Francisco, the company revealed new prices for its iCloud subscription cloud storage service. Users can still get 5GB of storage for free, but the company has lowered prices for higher amounts of storage, all the way to 1TB of space for $9.99 a month.

Finally.

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iOS 9 rolls out on September 16 | iMore

September 10, 2015

iOS 9 will be out for the general public next week, and for developers and testers now. I will be installing the GM this weekend. I can’t wait.

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iPad Pro

September 10, 2015

Macstories:

Today during Apple’s September 9th Special Event Keynote, Apple officially unveiled the widely rumored iPad Pro. Apple’s new iPad features a huge 12.9-inch Retina display, their new A9X chip, a four-speaker architecture, an 8 MP iSight Camera, support for the also-announced Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, and much more. To quote Tim Cook, it’s “the biggest news in iPad since iPad.”

A fantastic overview of the new iPad Pro, from Macstories.

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iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

September 10, 2015

Macstories:

This morning Apple announced the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus at their September Special Event Keynote. Despite it being just an “S” year, the new iPhone lineup was packed with interesting new features and improvements.

Check out this fantastic overview of the new iPhone from Macstories.

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2015 September event wishlist

September 09, 2015

Tonight is the big night; or night if you are here in Europe, and night if you are in the United States of Advertisment. And I thought I’ll list up some of what I would like to see.

  • iPhone battery life. I get the point that you need to shrink the iPhone 1/1000 of a inch a million time every single year, to go from the 3G to the 6, I get it. And, yes I get that it is Apple’s way to get better on power management than to increase the battery power. But I think it is time to get a larger battery. They should do both, improve power management, shrink everything, and give us a larger battery.

  • iPhone Camera. There have been some talk about more mega pixels. I don’t want it. Because more pixels does not mean better pictures, just look at Android phones. And the cropping argument is bullshit. You need to be very steady and have a very low shutter speed to be able to do some meaningful cropping.

  • iPad. I think it’s time to give us a iPad mini that is as powerful as the iPad Air, and I think it is time to give us a huge one.

  • iPad keybaord. Okay, this is the serious one about the iPad. Can we please get a proper Apple designed keyboard case for the iPad please? Without shrinking the keys. Something I can use to do some serious writing, if and when I need to. It will make the thing larger, yes, but I’m so sick of a million keyboards that are too small to do any real writing on.

  • Apple TV. I don’t care that much about the TV part, but a lot of people do. But I would love to see the Apple TV turn into a living room hub, where you could connect various stuff to it; everything from printers, to USB drives and USB DVD players, and either connect it to your TV or Airplay to a display. ß

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AppleWorld.today

September 08, 2015

A great story about how the fantastic company, MacPaw, came into being. And I think many of us, have the same story in common, lusting after the Mac we can’t afford.

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DOJ and FBI officials say Apple & other tech companies ‘winning PR battle’ over data privacy | 9to5Mac

September 08, 2015

There has long been tension between Apple and law enforcement agencies over encryption, Apple arguing that its customers right to privacy outweighs the right of law enforcement agencies to intercept communications — a stance strengthened by the Snowden revelations into large-scale electronic surveillance by governments. Law enforcement officials have become increasingly strident and hyperbolic in their statements on the subject.

Good.

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