November 2, 2016 Last Updated 8:15 am

Scribd update comes through; Mac users lament Apple’s lame MacBook Pro update

Morning Brief: The eBook service now is offering magazine access to members, but the iOS app update, much publicized yesterday, was actually held up in Apple’s App Store system

The baseball season comes to a close tonight with game seven of the World Series, and while the NFL laments tumbling ratings, tonight’s game may be the highest rated game in a long, long time. MLB can thank my Giants for having such a god-awful bullpen, otherwise the Cubs might not be here, and ratings might have half what they are. You’re welcome.


I have a strict rule here at TNM, I don’t rewrite press releases in an effort to pretend a story is original. It is a waste of time, though I see it done every day on other B2B websites. Yesterday, Scribd issued a press release about the eBook subscription service adding magazines for members. This would have been a good time to rewrite the story and add in screenshots of the new app – with just one problem, the update still had not come through. Even The Wall Street Journal went with a rewritten story, failed to notice that there had not been, in fact, an update. They then misspelled the name of the company in the headline (since corrected).

This morning, the situation has been corrected, with the update finally making it through Apple’s App Store system. But there appears to be another problem that has arisen. The Scribd app is now called Scribd – Books, audiobooks, magazines, documents a in the Apple App Store. Yes, with that “a” just dangling there. Look for another update.

The Scribd magazine service allows readers to access articles reformatted for their devices, which is certainly a better way to go than simply giving members a PDF replica.

scribd-ipad-update

Scribd:

What’s New in Version 6.11.0

  • We’ve added articles to our content library. You can now browse articles and full issues from Time, Money, Fortune, People, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy, and New York Magazine.
  • General bug fixes and stabilization updates

We release new updates every two weeks, which means you’ll get access to the latest bug fixes and updated features as soon as possible.



It looks like I am not the only one disappointed in Apple’s direction these days. Just last week the company introduced new MacBook Pro models, and while they hyped up their new Touch Bar, I was left underwhelmed. Apple stressed the power of the new laptops, essentially saying that there would be no need for the Mac Pro any longer. But then they released models that only have 16 GB of RAM.

Now, 16GB of RAM is great for the vast majority of users. But Apple was stressing how powerful these machines are. But if you are a film editor, developer, or other power user, 16GB of RAM does not cut it. I am sure that a lot of potential buyers took one look and said “I’m not buying a new Mac this year, I’ll wait.”

Baldur Bjarnason:

The downside of believing in Apple

Apple has some of the best industrial designers and hardware engineers in the world. They regularly release devices that make the rest of the industry look like half-baked student projects. They regularly pull off extremely tricky and complicated hardware design innovations to implement features that shouldn’t be possible (yet) in consumer hardware.

But they can’t make a portable Mac with 32GB of RAM.

And, if you’re an illustrator or animator like my sister, they can’t make a good Mac for drawing (like Microsoft’s Surface line, for example).

Because we’ve bought into Apple’s design myth, we are forced to come to one and only one conclusion:

Apple really, really doesn’t care about its professional Mac users.

And that makes people angry. It makes app developers especially angry because they are the reason why anybody is able to use a Mac or iPhone for work.

Greg Leffler:

After Apple’s Disappointing MacBook Pro Refresh, What’s an Engineer to do?

The new machines are thinner and lighter — and more expensive, and less expandable than ever. While this may be fine for someone handed a MacBook Pro by an employer (thanks, LinkedIn), it does make me wonder who would spend so much of their own money on such a machine, and it made me reflect even more on the optimal environment for engineering…

…Sure, Mac OS has good polish and mostly is stable and reliable (there’s still plenty of places where it is not, and they seem to be more prominent as the releases march on), and the integration with my iPhone is nice and shiny. But maybe the other ecosystem isn’t so bad. Maybe it’s worth investigating — a thought I haven’t had in the five years I’ve been regularly using Macs.



Most Americans don’t like to think about the US as a colonial power, but that would be naive. Thanks to the terms of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, following the Spanish-American war, the Philippines were ceded to the US by Spain. It remained a US possession until after World War II when it finally became an independent nation.

Now the country has a rather colorful president, Rodrigo Duterte, who continues to make news. This time, he is unhappy that the US may be preventing weapon sales to his nation because of his bloody war against drug traffickers. So far his war on drugs has resulted in over 3,000 deaths. “These sons of whores are destroying our children,” Duterte told his countrymen this summer. “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

CNN:

Philippines’ Duterte: We’ll turn to Russia if US won’t sell us guns

Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had a blunt message for the United States after reports emerged of a potentially blocked arms sale.

“They’re blackmailing me that they won’t sell weapons? We have lots of explosives here,” Duterte said, according to CNN Philippines.

And suggested, the country would turn to Russia for its weapons. “[I] remember what the Russian diplomat said: Come to Russia, we all have here anything you need.”

Tonight we get game seven of the World Series, but I fear all day today, and then for the rest of the week it will be back to ugly politics.

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