Popcorn Time Launches on iOS

While Popcorn Time has been available on Android for some time, it’s now arrived on iOS with an installer that can put the app on non-jailbroken devices. It’s likely that it uses a test key from an enterprise device to achieve that.

It worries me that an app such as this can be installed without jailbreaking your device. I definitely won’t be installing it, even for testing purposes.

Photos for OS X: The Ultimate Guide

Yesterday Apple released a new update to OS X that included the long-awaited iPhoto replacement, Photos for Mac.

I’ve been using Photos for Mac for a few weeks now and find it a fully capable photo client, although it won’t be replacing Aperture right away.

If you need help getting started, check out iMore’s comprehensive guide to using Photos for Mac.

Facebook Launches Messenger for Web Browsers

Facebook is bringing Messenger, its standalone messaging tool, to the Web.

The social network unveiled a Web version of Messenger on Wednesday, a way to chat from a browser tab on a desktop computer as you would using the Messenger app. The product is accessible at Messenger.com and resides outside of Facebook, where users can already chat with their Facebook friends from a Web browser. (It still requires a Facebook account, of course.)

Messenger is really the only reason I still went on Facebook. Now I don’t have to.

Apple Is Changing The Way It Launches Products

Business Insider:

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has circulated a memo to store employees telling them to encourage customers to buy the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online, where more will be in stock. “The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers,” the memo says. She later calls the shift to online sales, “a significant change in mindset.”

This doesn’t surprise me at all. Apple is experiencing record sales growth during launch weekends and their online stores are much better equipped to handle large amounts of customers quickly.

It’s disappointing to think I may never experience an in-store product launch again, but at the end of the day, this is better for Apple and their customers.

HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

An interesting look at how the Apple & HBO partnership came to be:

By the time of Murdoch’s bid, Plepler says, he had already called up his old friend Jimmy Iovine to help him execute a pivot. Plepler had done PR for Iovine years earlier, at Warner Music. Iovine had sold Beats, the headphone business he owned with Dr. Dre, to Apple in May, for $3 billion. Plepler asked if Iovine thought Apple would be interested in being the lead distributor of HBO Now. Iovine didn’t hesitate: “I think that’s the shit,” he said.

Plepler also reached out to Time Warner board member Paul Wachter, who worked on the Apple-Beats deal in his day job as an investment banker. Wachter connected him with Apple’s digital media chief, Eddy Cue, who came to New York for a meeting in Plepler’s office. Plepler explained that he needed a distributor, and that HBO Now would be ready by the spring (when Game of Thrones’ season 5 would bow). Cue tells me that he wanted to do the deal with HBO “the next day.”

PS: HBO Now is live in the US as of today.

Two Weeks With The iPhone 6 Plus

Jason Snell writing at Six Colors:

I really did appreciate the iPhone 6 Plus’s longer battery life. The longer life is noticeable, and was much appreciated as I was wandering around London. And I got used to the size of the device in my pocket in no time. But beyond that, I have to say I’m hard pressed to find anything I prefer about the iPhone 6 Plus over my iPhone 6. Yes, the screen is larger, but I didn’t ever feel that I was seeing more of the world by viewing an extra tweet in Twitterrific or a little bit more territory in Maps.

I respect Jason’s opinion, but I’ll never give up my 6 Plus.