Apple could launch paid Apple News tier as soon as spring 2019

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Apple purchased Texture back in early 2018.
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Apple is planning to launch its own paid magazine and newspaper subscription service, which will serve as a premium part of the existing Apple News app.

It is based on Texture, the $9.99 a month magazine service Apple purchased back in March. As happened with the Beats Music technology that went into Apple Music, Apple will use its acquisition as the basis for its own branded product offering.

macOS Mojave 10.14.2 tweaks Apple News, adds Real-Time Text support

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Update to macOS 10.14.2 today for a handful of small improvements.
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September brought macOS Mojave 10.14 with a wide array of new features like Dark Mode. October saw the introduction of version 10.12.1 with Group FaceTime. And today there’s macOS 10.14.2 with… well, what are definitely some very minor improvements.

Apple also just introduced iOS 12.1.1 with improvements for FaceTime and Face ID. In addition, tvOS 12.1.1 was released with some minor bug fixes.

Why Apple News relies on human curation, not algorithms

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The Apple News app relies less on algorithms than other tech companies in the news business.
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Apple products have changed the way we live. Can it save journalism?

If the Apple News app is part of the solution, Apple will be one tech company curating the stories and information the old fashioned way – with human editors.

Cult of Mac Magazine: 50 Essential iOS apps and more

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After wrapping our “50 Essential iOS Apps” series, we sorted the winners to make it easier for you to download the best of the best. (Plus, we added Cult of Mac readers’ picks for must-have alternatives.)

You’ll find that list and much more in this week’s issue of our magazine. It’s free and it looks great on an iPad or iPhone. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes now. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Apple News doesn’t pay off for publishers, despite traffic growth

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Apple News is Apple's attempt to steal the news crown from Facebook.
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Apple News is doing better than ever for Apple, but many publishers are still making barely anything from the platform.

According to a new report, lots of publishers are seeing big increases in traffic from Apple’s News aggregation service. However, due to the fact that Apple News keeps users inside its app, rather than redirecting to the original websites, this doesn’t necessarily translate into ad dollars for publishers. Far from it, in fact!

Apple in talks with major newspapers for subscription service

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Texture might add daily news.
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Apple is trying to get three of the biggest newspapers in the U.S. to join forces for a new subscription service.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have all allegedly been in talks with Apple this summer. Apple is proposing that the newspapers join its digital magazine service, Texture.

Condé Nast executive joins Apple’s growing News team

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Apple has a new head of news business.
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Apple has hired ex-Condé Nast executive Liz Schimel to work as part of its Apple News team. Schimel joined the company earlier this summer, and will serve as the “head [of Apple’s] news business.”

It’s another illustration of how Apple is increasing its focus on this area. This comes at a time when rival tech giants like Facebook are more worried than ever about their role in helping disseminate news online.

Apple News now offering Midterm Elections coverage

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Apple wants to be your one-stop-shop for political news.
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Are you a political junkie with an iPhone? If so, you are the target audience for a new Apple News feature, offering an easy way to follow the 2018 Midterm Elections for readers in the United States.

With tech platforms often being blamed for the spread of fake news online, Apple News’ feature proudly claims that it is a “trustworthy” place to get up-to-date information; boasting curated stories from a diverse range of “reliable sources.”

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Google News lands on iOS with sleek new interface

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Grab the new Google News app while it's hot.
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Apple News is getting some fresh competition today from it’s biggest rival in Silicon Valley today.

Google launched its new Google News app this afternoon that was revealed at Google I/O last week. The updated app brings an all-new UI that’s supposed to give you a faster, smarter briefing on the top news stories going on right now.