Stephen Hackett's weblog about Apple, Apple history, technology, journalism and design.

Big Week

On Monday, Relay FM went live. We published the first episode of each of our five shows first thing in the morning.

Myke interviewed Marco Arment on Inquisitive, we spoke about the history of the iPod on Connected while the Nintendo DS and PS 4 were the topics of choice on Virtual.

Since Analog(ue) with Casey Liss is a new show, he and Myke spoke about launching things. However on the venerable Pen Addict podcast, Myke and Brad jumped right back in.

While we had planned on re-directing our old 5by5 feeds, we ran into some technical issues, and decided it was best for everyone if we simply started with new feeds. Thankfully, the awesome developers behind apps like Overcast, Pocketcasts, Instacast and Castro were all very supportive, featuring us in their directories and helping us test things before launch.

Monday afternoon, Relay FM was featured in the iTunes Store:

All of this means that Relay FM has had a very, very healthy week, but that simply wouldn't be possible without our listeners. Our inboxes and Twitter clients are full of encouragement, and our shows are all highly-ranked in the iTunes charts.

(Speaking of that, reviewing the shows in iTunes is one of the best ways for new people to find us. If you have a second, help us out.)

Next week, we get back to the business of making our shows. Almost everything will stream live, which is both exciting and a little terrifying, but we're ready to get back behind the mic and create some awesome stuff.

Apple launches iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program


Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.

Hit the link to check your device's eligibility.

Twitter tweaks timelines, making its users' heads explode

In a new support article titled "What's a Twitter timeline?" the company dropped this little nugget of news:

Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that's popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline. This means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don't follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.

My Twitter timeline is relevant and interesting to me because I set it up. Twitter's genius is that people can build their own experiences; I don't want an algorithm made by a hipster developer interfering with that. I definitely don't have to respect the decision.

How to subscribe to Relay FM podcasts

You can subscribe to all of Relay FM's shows in iTunes or via RSS in your podcast app of choice. We had all of the groundwork in place to redirect the feeds with 5by5's help, but ran into some technical issues and decided new feeds would be best for Relay FM and our listeners in the longterm. Anyways, here are the links:

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Mindset of 2001

This week, on the first episode of our new show, Myke, Federico and I discuss the past, present and future (lol) of the iPod.

If you were subscribed to The Prompt, you'll need to resubscribe. We were hoping to avoid this, but ran into some technical reasons that new feeds would be better for everyone. You can do so here:

We'll be back next week with Episode 2, which should stream live on the Relay FM site.