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Tweetbot 4

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this a week ago, but Tapbots released a great new version of their Twitter client, Tweetbot.

Believe me, if you use Twitter, you should own this app.

Why The Steve Jobs In Aaron Sorkin's Move Could Have Never Saved Apple

The movie is full of fictions. Many are minor details. One character accuses Jobs of having “multiple billions of dollars”—but the movie ends in 1998, and Jobs didn’t actually get that kind of money until 2006, when Disney bought Pixar (a company that isn’t even mentioned in the movie). Other fictions are major, including several invented confrontations between Jobs and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Mac genius Andy Hertzfeld, and ex-CEO John Sculley. And then there’s the grand fiction of omission in the final act, which hinges on an imagined reconciliation between Jobs and Lisa—the daughter whose paternity he once denied—before his 1998 introduction of the iMac. Moviegoers have no way of knowing that by 1998 the real Steve Jobs had been married for seven years, was raising three children with his wife, had brought Lisa under their roof, and had been profoundly changed by his family life in the slow-yet-sudden way that is so common to so many people.

I want to see the movie, but I’m not sure I can enjoy it with all these major inaccuracies.

Stop Googling. Let's Talk.

Fantastic piece from Sherry Turkle at the New York Times about the effect smartphones have had on our youth:

To reclaim conversation for yourself, your friendships and society, push back against viewing the world as one giant app. It works the other way, too: Conversation is the antidote to the algorithmic way of looking at life because it teaches you about fluidity, contingency and personality.

This is our moment to acknowledge the unintended consequences of the technologies to which we are vulnerable, but also to respect the resilience that has always been ours. We have time to make corrections and remember who we are — creatures of history, of deep psychology, of complex relationships, of conversations, artless, risky and face to face.

TIME Doesn't Understand The Ad-Blocking War

Meanwhile, the optimists out there believe the ad blocking wars will simply result in better ads. Apple blogger John Gruber, for instance, thinks consumers will choose to “whitelist” less obtrusive ads. It’s a hopeful premise, but it assumes users will take a proactive role in allowing ads from sites they like and want to support, effectively working harder to still see ads. In reality, most top iPhone ad blockers so far lump Gruber’s own ad network in with the most annoying animated advertisements, leading Gruber to ask: “Are we fighting ads or are we fighting garbage?” But that’s not a distinction most readers make.

I think it is – and I think they have. Otherwise we may not be having this conversation.

Peace: Ad Blocker for iOS 9

Update: Marco Arment has now pulled Peace from the App Store. Find out more here.

One of most talked about features of iOS 9 is the ability to enable content blockers. This gives you the power to disable ads, comment sections, social network plug-ins and much more from running in Safari.

Running an ad-blocker on iOS will make Safari faster, use less data and increase battery performance. Today Marco Arment released an ad-blocker for iOS 9 called Peace. I’ve already downloaded it myself and it’s fantastic. If you’re wary of advertisers, you should download Peace now.