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Beta Beat Adds Media Tracker Sequel to Its Lineup

Beta Beat Adds Media Tracker Sequel to Its Lineup

Since the expansion of Club MacStories, Beta Beat has been one of the most popular features of our Club MacStories+ Discord community. The idea is simple. We invite the makers of some of our favorite apps to share a (nonexclusive) beta of an upcoming app or update with Club members. On Discord, we create a channel for each Beta Beat app where the developer and Club members can share feedback about the beta.

Currently, Beta Beat includes Vidit Bhargava’s dictionary app LookUp and his time zone conversion app, Zones, MusicBox by Marcos Tanaka, and Timery by Joe Hribar. Later today, we’ll be adding a Roman Lefebvre’s media tracking app, Sequel.

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In This Issue

In this issue: A review of the Sonos Move and thoughts on the new HomePod from John, Federico Federico shares the cross-platform apps he uses, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.

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In This Issue

In this issue: More Things shortcuts from John and a shortcut from Federico that converts multi-page PDFs into a JPEG, an all-new episode of MacStories Unplugged, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.

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In This Issue

In this issue: Two Whisper AI shortcuts, Federico on scrobbling Apple Music from a Windows PC, John on embracing controlled chaos, a reader setup, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.

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In This Issue

In this issue: Keeping up with Twitter without Twitter and Things tips, the trouble with read-later apps’ treatment of links, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.

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The Return of AV Club

The Return of AV Club

With the help of Jonathan Reed, who is assisting us with organizing live monthly AV Club events in the Discord Town Hall, we held the first AV Club of 2023 yesterday. We had a great conversation about the original Avatar and the recently-released sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water. If you’re a Club MacStories+ member and couldn’t join live, you can catch the podcast version of the event in our Town Hall podcast feed here.

Today, we’ve begun taking suggestions for February’s pick in the AV Club channel on Discord. On January 18th, we’ll put the pick to a vote among members. Then, on January 22nd, we’ll announce the next pick, so everyone has plenty of time before we get together in the Town Hall to discuss it. That next event will be on Tuesday, February 21st, at 11:30 am Eastern US time.

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Holiday Break Reminder

Holiday Break Reminder

This is the last issue of MacStories Weekly for 2022. We’ll be back with a new issue on January 13th. In the meantime, be on the lookout for the December Monthly Log, which we’ll publish before the end of the year.

Also, AppStories and MacStories Unwind are both taking a short break. AppStories+ will be back on January 8th, and the regular version will be out on January 9th. Finally, MacStories Unwind will resume January 13th.

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In This Issue

In this issue: An update on the new MacStories Mastodon server, our holiday schedule, and AV Club, knowing when to back off of an experiment that’s gotten too complex for its own good, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.

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