Despite how many task management apps and services I’ve used over the years, I still remember Things being my first. Paired with a beautiful interface, it had just enough features without being too complicated.
Over time, my attention was drawn to other task management apps. Some very simple and straightforward. Others complex and unforgiving. I legitimately have tried dozens – yes dozens – of task management apps in the past couple years.
A few months ago, the team behind Things, Cultured Code, introduced a long-awaited new version of their task management app. Boy, is it wonderful.
In my day job, managing contacts is one of the most time-consuming things I have to do. It’s also something I’m terrible at.
These days, new CRM tools are popping up left and right, promising to make it easy to manage your contacts. Despite all of these advances to CRM tools, one tool that has remained untouched is the address book. It’s built into iOS and Mac, and yet, it’s been stagnant for years.
Then Cardhop was released.
It’s cleaning time in the App Store. Apple sent an email to its developer community indicating that there will be some upcoming changes in the App Store. If an app no longer works or is outdated, it’s going to get removed from the App Store. And it’s about time.
“We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated,” Apple wrote.
It’s about time. Apple isn’t stopping there though, they are also targeting apps with spammy names as well:
For instance, if you search for “Instagram” on the App Store, one of the first results is an app that is called “[app name] Photo Collage, Picture Editor, Pic Grid, F…” and then it gets cut off.
Tim Cook on the Apple Pencil in an interview with NDTV:
NDTV: Has that voice never come to you? For example when you launched the pencil and you know what Steve said,’ if you see a stylus they blew it’, when you launched that pencil?
Tim Cook: Well we launched a pencil not a stylus, first of all, and there’s a big difference and the things that people are doing with this pencil, I think that Steve would have loved. He loved to help people create. And if you’ve ever seen what can be created on an iPhone or an iPad with that pencil is really unbelievable. You should really show some of these to your audience.
My hunch is this is an error on Tim’s part, but I’d love to see Apple add Pencil support with the next iPhone.
“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”
There has truly never been another product like the iPhone.
Mr. Cue is also known for a hard-nosed negotiating style. One cable-industry executive sums up Mr. Cue’s strategy as saying: “We’re Apple.”
Apple is playing the long-term game with their TV service. It’s only a matter of time until the TV industry is forced to make a change.
A fascinating look at the App Store by MacStories. It’s surprising just how many of the top apps on iOS are ‘free.’
Japan’s Funai Electronics, which makes its own electronics, in addition to supplying companies like Sanyo, will produce the last batch of VCR units by July 30, Nikkei reported (link in Japanese). The company cites difficulty in obtaining the necessary parts as one of the reasons for halting production.
VCRs were launched about 40 years ago. With the rise of DVDs, Blu-ray and streaming services like Netflix, they’ve become completely obsolete. At its peak, Funai sold 15 million units of the home video system, Last year, it reported 750,000 in sales.
And yet, vinyl is still going strong.
Eddy Cue, talking with the Hollywood Reporter on why he doesn’t like the ‘skinny bundle’:
I think it’s a misconception. Most people, at the end of the day, end up paying more, not less, for the things they love. With TV content being at an all-time high, why are people asking for less? It has a lot to do with the way it’s being provided. If I feel like I’m not getting my money’s worth, then I want to pay less and I want less things. But if it were being provided in a rich platform with the capabilities I’m talking about, I don’t think people would feel that way. People pay for Netflix as an add-on to TV, and they’re happy doing it. And why is that? Because they’re happy with what they’re getting from Netflix. So the question to ask about skinny bundles is, why are customers not happy?
They’re not getting the features that they want. The fact that I have to set things to record seems idiotic. And channel guides — I get home and I want to watch a Duke basketball game; why do I have to go hunting to find out what channel it’s on? Why can’t I just say, “I want to watch Duke basketball.” Or, even better, why doesn’t the system know that? “Here’s the Duke basketball game.” Those technical capabilities exist today. They just don’t exist for television.
Seems to me like Eddy would love to pair a skinny TV bundle with the Apple TV, but negotiations aren’t going so well.