Dump Facebook, Read More Journalism

On the afternoon of October 7, 2018, I made the decision to delete my Facebook account.

I made the decision after realizing that I was tired of the user tracking, the targeted advertising, the prioritization of acquiring political campaign dollars, and the spreading of outright lies that helped to disrupt the 2016 United States presidential election and beyond.

If you are like me and can not fathom the outright lies that are already being peddled as truth on Facebook this coming election year, I urge you to do two things.

First delete your Facebook account. A support article titled, “How do I permanently delete my Facebook account?” on the Facebook website walks you through the process.

I promise you it will not the end of the world. I deleted my account and I have not looked back. Not once have I regretted my decision. I still keep in touch with family and friends by iMessage and – gasp! – calling them on the phone. I also share photos using the shared photos album feature found in the Photos app on my iPhone. Seriously, you don’t need Facebook.

Secondly, I encourage you to read multiple news sources. I’m not talking about the “content” that is shoveled into social media feeds. I am referring to “journalism.” In today’s toxic environment, it is more important than ever, in my opinion, to get local and national journalism from reputable news outlets. Read articles written by people you do not agree with to gain perspective and insight into stories. And then, after taking in good information, be an informed citizen.

I choose to subscribe and read The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. There are plenty of other places to get great journalism, including CNN, National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune among others. My preferences may not align with yours, and that is ok. Pick the newspapers and news outlets that you prefer, subscribe, and start reading.

What Would Change on the Apple iPad

On Feb 24, The Daily, the iPad daily newspaper, asked readers what feature would they change for iPad 2 and whether or not they would upgrade or defect to another tablet platform.  The responses where interesting.

39% of the people who responded by the time I got around to reading the article had stated that the feature they are most interested in is a front facing FaceTime camera.  And with rumors of the iPad 3 possibly shipping in September along side new iPod touch models, 55% of the people who responded, again at the time I had voted, said that they would wait until the third generation Apple tablet to upgrade.

[Via The Daily…]

The Daily Gets Another Free Preview Extension

The Daily, the iPad only digital newspaper, has received another extension to it’s free preview period.  The preview period continues to be sponsored by Verizon and will be free to iPad users until March 21, 2011.

Once the preview period for The Daily expires, subscriptions to the new digital newspaper can be subscribed to as an in app purchase of $0.99 per week or $39.99 per year.  The Daily, as the name implies, is published 365 days a year.

For more information about The Daily, check out The Daily website.

Rumor: Hmmm….I wonder when the iPad 2 will begin shipping?  The week before, perhaps?

The Daily Get Updated to 1.0.1

Earlier today, News Corp released an update to their iPad only newspaper, The Daily.

The Daily 1.0.1 brings the much needed performance and stability updates to the app.  With today’s update, The Daily has gone from “a nice idea with a poor user experience” to an app that performs the way you would have expected it to.  After installing the update, I immediately noticed the improvements in performance, stability, and the initial load experience.
As a note to current The Daily users, you must first delete version 1.0.0 before installing the 1.0.1 update.  That is an important safety tip.  If you just tap the install button, you are going to update in place, which clearly, News Corp, says not to do.
There is one week left to the free Verizon sponsored “test drive.”  Buy this time next week, it is expected that you will need to start paying $0.99 a week or $39.99 for a one year subscription to The Daily.  It is currently unknown what content, if any, will be available for free after this week.

The Daily: I’ll Probably Subscribe

Tomorrow, News Corp and Apple are scheduled to introduce, and hopefully, launch, a new digital only newspaper for the iPad called The Daily.  The Daily will be provided by a new subscription service Apple has been developing as part of their iOS and iTunes ecosystem.  An update to iOS 4.3 is in the works, however, it is not yet clear if that update or an update to iTunes is required to enable the new subscription service.

If the rumors are correct, subscriptions to The Daily will cost $0.99 a week, a very reasonable price in my opinion.

There has been some chatter on the Internet about whether or not The Daily will be heralded as a success or if it will be a bust.  Those who think it will be a bust point to the face that there are plenty of news websites that are free on the Internet, and they are correct.

Call me old fashioned, but I still like to get my news from papers like The New York Times and The Washington Post.  The Wall Street Journal is another outstanding newspaper.  But I don’t subscribe to the print editions anymore because I’m looking to cut costs and the same articles are available for free on the respective websites.  (The Wall Street Journal is the exception.)

On my iPad, I have the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today apps loaded.  The first two have already indicated that they will start charging for access to their news.  USA Today, as far as I know, will remain free for the time being.

For me, there lies the rub.  I’m looking to cut costs and the writers who work hard every day to bring me news from around the world want to get paid so they can put food on the table.  And that is why I’m willing to give a subscription to The Daily a try.

The price is right and with only a half dozen sections, I can read the entire edition even on my busy schedule.

I’ll be interested to see what gets unveiled when News Corp Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue take the stage tomorrow morning in New York.

[Photo via AppleInsider.com…]