Tag - Editorial
The problem of doing something you love for a job is when you aren't able to do it anymore, and you have to separate yourself from it. As you are likely to be aware from earlier this week, myself and other members of the editorial team were informed our services will not be required from the end of this month. Since each of us are writing what could be described as a note of farewell for an impending closure, I'm now having to go through that separation process -- and believe me, it's hard.
Stop me if you've heard this before: Apple releases a computer. "Fans" flip out, because the computer doesn't have everything that they wanted to see in the new version. Enthusiast forums light up with complaints, claiming that Apple is doomed because of this, that the company isn't listening, or that this never would have happened if Steve Jobs was still alive. While there is a nugget of truth from a certain point of view in the statements, the core behind the fan arguments are demonstrably wrong. Let's cover them one at a time, shall we?
If you aren't already a TextExpander user, then what appeared to happen last week was that makers, Smile Software, switched to charging a subscription for the software, and everyone complained that it cost too much money. They did do that switch, and everyone did complain about the cost, but this was not really about one price point versus another. Perhaps if a different company had done it with lower prices, the debate would not have started when it did, but it was coming regardless. The debate is really about the whole issue of subscriptions, of software as a service (SAAS), and that is something we are going to see more and more of: we have to.
Those who might think the battle between the FBI, US Department of Justice, and Apple over privacy and security is over -- because the FBI withdrew its case on a claim that it found another way into a seized iPhone -- are wrong. Indeed, this battle has only just begun, and the public -- at least those who paid attention to this fiasco and understand the implications of it -- are taking up arms in the form of even-more secure apps, switching over to iOS from other platforms, and generally amping up their personal security as much as possible. Governments are going to hate it, but they only have themselves to blame.
Apple's three-year legal case over price-fixing of e-books has ended, with the US Supreme Court saying that it will not allow the company to appeal. The court will not listen to Apple's contention that a 2014 settlement requiring it to pay $450 million in costs and damages is wrong. That's the Supreme Court's right, and all legal cases have to end somewhere, even if more nebulous ones do seem to go on for a lot longer. Yet this isn't a nebulous case -- and the result, in my opinion, is wrong.
Editions at Play is the new Google bookstore, and it is a brand new idea of bringing pages to life, of adding interactive elements and of bringing old-fashioned books into the 21st century. Stop us if you've heard that before. As with ebooks before them, as with Choose Your Own Adventure books before that, this new Editions at Play idea puts the reader at the center of the action. It's meant to solve the problem of people not reading much, by meaning they don't have to read much.
As you may have seen from our Rumor Roundups, there has been a lot of talk lately about an alleged new iPhone model that is thought might launch this spring. As is the case with rumors not based on hard evidence, the supposed specs of the device change nearly hourly, and resemble more closely someone's wish list than a practical or sensible device at times. Two things have stayed constant in the various versions of the rumor, however: a four-inch display, and that it is based on the idea of a revamp of the iPhone 5s.
I think that we've got a unique thing going on here at MacNN. We feature a lot of editorials, a lot of different looks at things that you might not encounter too many other places. I think that's probably the best thing about this job: that I get to read and write so many articles that actually end up being quite a bit different than a lot of the others that I come across. Here's a few of my favorite examples of the last year.
For me, sometimes it's not the content of the articles that makes them truly great, but rather the stories behind them. Normally, we don't get to spill our secrets, but now that it's the end of the year, I'm ready to tell you guys about some of my favorite, funny, or weird moments I've had while writing for MacNN over the past year.
There will always be people who have to switch between Macs and PCs, there will will always be people who are tempted by the other side. Tomorrow in a totally unbiased way we'll cover the thousands and thousands of reasons you should move to a Mac but for today here's a grudging five reasons to switch to PCs and Windows. Five good grudging reasons, though, and followed by a single reason why we're staying where we are.