When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more. Over the past decade, the App Store has created a safe place for users of all ages to get the very best apps and a vibrant app economy for developers of all sizes, from all over the world, to thrive. Today, customers in 155 countries are visiting the App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before.
With five days to go to the actual date, I bet we see a lot more about this important anniversary.
This week on Query:
Apple has opened a repair program for its notebook keyboard, and Serenity is using a new notes app.
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This time on Ungeniused:
Why we drive on the side of the road we do, and why others do the opposite.
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This week’s episode of Liftoff is a special one. Jason and I got to talk with Emily Lakdawalla to discuss her new book, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job. We got nerdy about how the Curiosity rover works, what’s next for robotic exploration of Mars and why Venus tends to get the shaft when it comes to NASA missions.
My thanks to Squarespace for sponsoring it.
David Sparks has a new podcast named Automators. He writes on his blog:
I’m pleased to announce today the launch of a new podcast I’ll be making with my pal Rosemary Orchard. The show is called Automators, and it’s all about, as the name implies, Automation.
Specifically, this show will pick one particular Automation subject and drill deep on it. The goal is to give ordinary users automation super-powers, and I’m so happy to finally share it with you.
Episode 0 is out now, and as someone who has seen a lot of their plans, I am very excited to be subscribed to this show. I’m just as pleased to welcome Rosemary to Relay FM.
Chris Wilkinson at Ars Technica is doing the Lord’s work:
I stumbled across a gem: a Macintosh IIsi. Even better, the old computer was for sale along with the elusive but much desired Portrait Display, a must-have for the desktop publishing industry of its time. I bought it the very next day.
It took me several days just to get the machine to boot at all, but I kept thinking back to that article. Could I do any better? With much less? Am I that arrogant? Am I a masochist?
Cupertino retro-curiosity ultimately won out: I decided to enroll the Macintosh IIsi as my main computing system for a while. A 1990 bit of gear would now go through the 2018 paces. Just how far can 20MHz of raw processing power take you in the 21st century?
Tonya Malinowski, at ESPN:
In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that survived — and the family that sent it into space, twice.
I was born the day of the Challenger explosion, and had no idea about this story until I saw this story. It’s an incredible, heart-touching read.
I got this email from Apple last night:
On June 30, 2018, Apple will implement changes to continue to ensure your financial data is protected when you make purchases on the iTunes Store or App Store.
Our records show that you may be accessing the store from an older version of iOS, macOS, or Apple TV software:
- iOS 4.3.5 or earlier
- macOS 10.8.5 or earlier
- Apple TV Software 4.4.4 or earlier
To be able to change your payment information with devices running the software listed above, you’ll need to update to a more recent software version.
The email included a link to this support article, which basically says the same thing. If you’re running older software, be sure you have access to at least one more up-to-date device if you want to change your payment details for the App Store or iTunes.