Good piece by Lex Friedman at Macworld. He proposes an implementation of the Mac's Services menu through iOS 6's updated Action Sheet look.
Let’s use perennial Macworld favorite Instapaper for a quick example. Right now, if you want to save an article you come across in Mobile Safari on your iPhone for later reading in Instapaper, it’s kind of a hassle. First, you need to install the Instapaper bookmarklet on iOS, which is an annoying process—you can’t drag a bookmarklet to install it on iOS the way you can on your Mac.
Once it’s installed, you need to tap to access your bookmarks and then tap again on the Instapaper bookmarklet. If Instapaper could register as a service for that sharing sheet, however, it may make the process simpler. You wouldn’t need to deal with the hassle of installing a bookmarklet, and you could use an easier-to-access iOS function for saving articles to Instapaper.
Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to be the case. From what I hear, the new Action Sheet – while graphically more appealing and intuitive – still won't allow developers to broadcast their apps as services to other apps. Developers will be able to add their custom buttons to an Action Sheet; but it looks like the long-awaited Services menu won't come with iOS 6 either.
Opening on June 22nd, Woody Allen's upcoming film is looking great. Based in Rome, it features both American and Italian actors (such as Roberto Benigni) “and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into”. I can't wait.
Two things needed to happen for the publisher payment plan to be a lasting success. One, a large group of readers needed to support writing through Readability. Two, a large group of publishers needed to accept that support.
The first part went well. Thousands of you agreed to spend $5 a month (and sometimes more). But the second part proved difficult. Reading behavior on the Web is incredibly fragmented. Nobody reads from just 15 or 20 sites a month. People read from hundreds of sites a month, creating a vast long tail of publishers.
And the great majority of those publishers never registered. Out of the millions—yes, millions—of domains that flowed through Readability, just over 2,000 registered to claim their money. As a result, most of the money we collected—over 90%—has gone unclaimed. As of today there’s nearly $150,000 in earmarked money sitting in a separate, untouched bank account.
Donating the unclaimed money to organizations is a good move. But it's unfortunate – Readability's subscription-based model was unique and it made the service different, with a concrete focus on helping publishers.
Now you probably haven't seen much of the real Ari, but you're likely familiar with the character of Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven) from HBO's bro-fest, Entourage. That Ari is a raging, expletive-spewing egomaniac whom I always thought was a broad exaggeration of the real thing. On Wednesday night, I learned that was not the case.
The Apple Lounge Google Translation goes in-depth on a recurring, yet somewhat successful scam run by elusive iOS “developer” Shahla Ghrhchori with apps to stream TV content illegally in the UK, Italy, and Russia.
As The Apple Lounge notes, the problem isn't just the developer himself – it's that Apple is letting these scam apps rise the charts again and again, misleading customers, ruining the App Store's reputation, and ultimately hurting the business of legitimate developers who truly care about building great products.
Mobile health devices and software could change medicine profoundly, allowing people to continuously monitor vital signs and better track and modify behavior. That's important because chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes are on the rise. “We're seeing an infusion of mobile technologies into people's lives,” says Susannah Fox, who studies technology and health care for the Pew Internet & American Life Project. “And we're seeing a very rainy forecast in terms of people's health.”
In the future, for example, people won’t “find out” they have cancer. In the same way you can monitor a server’s downtime and crashes, people will be able to monitor their bodies’ condition through nanotechnologies connected with mobile apps and a personal cloud. Local institutions will have instant access to our “status” and they will be able to provide assistance and guidance as needed without bureaxucracy. We will be able to tell diseases by initial alerts, not symptoms. Fifty years from now, the whole concept of “finding out” you’re sick won’t make any sense. Consumer software will turn the entire healthcare industry upside down.
Think push notifications from our body, delivered to our doctors in the background. The healthcare industry is up for disruption.