Stay Organized with Bartender

Stephen Hackett writes a concise review of Bartender, and why it’s The Sweet Setup’s best app for keeping the menu bar organized.

I’m a huge fan of Bartender. Because I normally prefer menu bar apps, things can get cluttered pretty easily, and as Stephen points out, there are some that you don’t need to monitor 24/7.

Newsstand Isn’t the Problem

Ben Brooks on The Brooks Review:

[A post on PandoDaily] blames the Newsstand icon and design on faltering sales. Perceived lack of attention from Apple, and lack of icon badging (I assume, because it is never explicitly said) were other ‘excuses’ mentioned.

Okay, fair point. The fact that you can completely hide Newsstand can’t be good for publishers. He goes on to say:

I have a lot of respect for people making a go of digital publishing like this, and for Fleishman specifically. BUT, it seems to me that if subscribers are dwindling and people are “forgetting” about your publication, then your problem is rather straightforward: content.

Agreed. I’ve been very disappointed with the subscriptions I have in Newsstand. Blaming Apple is easy, and people just don’t “forget” about your publication.

Netflix Breaking From All-At-Once Release Strategy with ‘Turbo Fast’

Chris Welch on The Verge:

Netflix is deviating from the all-at-once release strategy it’s followed for House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and the fourth season of Arrested Development. Instead of releasing an entire season on day one, just five episodes of Turbo Fast will be available for streaming on Christmas Eve. Additional new episodes will follow “throughout the year” according to Netflix.

An interesting move by Netflix, but one that makes a lot of sense. The article goes on to say:

In its Q3 2013 letter to shareholders, Netflix noted that original shows see “more viewing in the early months” after they first premiere.

Seems that their numbers drop once people are done binging on a particular show. I know of many who only renew their subscription while they watch a new series,1 which can’t be good for Netflix financially. We’ll find out whether this is just an experiment, or their new strategy come February.

  1. These jerks better not ruin it for the rest of us. It’s $8 people. 

A List Apart Issue 386

In “Surveying the Big Screen”, Mike Pick does a great job of pointing out the need to explore the possibilities on larger screens.1 Alex Feyerke writes an excellent article titled “Designing Offline-First Web Apps”, and talks about a fact of life—being offline. How does that affect the way we design and build applications?

  1. Be sure to check out the CSS Columns-based demo that Mike created for this article. (via Tim Murtaugh

Yahoo’s ‘Year in Review’ Report

Ken Yeung on The Next Web:

Are there any shockers in the top searches of 2013? What may come as no surprise to some people is that Miley Cyrus takes the top spot, followed by Kim Kardashian, and American model Kate Upton. Minecraft and Apple’s iPhone 5 are the only two technology-related queries to make it into the top 10.

Shocking. It should be cause of concern that in the top ten searches on Yahoo, only one of them is a current news item that people should be well informed on.

Ron Burgundy Takes Over Local News to Promote ‘Anchorman 2’

Kwame Opam on The Verge:

The theatrical release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is only weeks away, and the promotion campaign for the film is only getting wilder. After starring in 50 short clips where Ron Burgundy reads news from around the world, Will Ferrell co-anchored a live news broadcast in North Dakota last night, staying in character the entire time.

Hilarious. The way they’ve promoted this film is absolute genius, and I can’t wait to watch it.