How to Use Apple News in Mojave Regardless of Where You Live


(Adam Engst) #1

Originally published at: https://tidbits.com/2018/10/09/how-to-use-apple-news-in-mojave-regardless-of-where-you-live/

A simple Terminal command will let people in countries other than the US, UK, and Australia launch and use the News app in macOS 10.14 Mojave. All the news is still in English, however.


(Michael White) #2

Yes, this works in Canada. But there is a lot of things you cannot access. I also hope that if I do this, it doesn’t break anything when News support does come to Canada.

Michael


(David Wignall) #3

Even though News returns to invisibility in Finder when I reset my region, I still get notifications from it, and clicking those opens News up. So yeah, there’s that.


(Gilbert ROTH) #4

In France, News is available through the Open command of Terminal and I did not have to modify the country to get it. The only problem is that some entries are not available: Evening Digest, CNN and The NewYork Times. The Washington Post s available. For the unavailable items I get an error message asking me to visit the App Store. There, the only available item is CN; it is called Newsroll and costs € 10,99.


(Adam Engst) #5

Can you give me a list? When I’m set to Canada, I haven’t seen any difference in what is and is not available (the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post both put some (many?) articles behind a subscription wall for all regions).

When you say they’re not available, what are you seeing? When I switch to Netherlands, my spot checks in the New York Times and CNN loaded all the articles with no problems.

Another reader said News disappeared when he changed the region manually, but worked fine when he used the Terminal command. It acts the same in both cases for me, but if the manual change fails, see if the Terminal approach works better.


(mireault) #6

I’m in Canada and managed to open News with the Terminal command. While some news channels are available here (like TidBITS, Yeah!), many are not (see attached picture).
There must be a “region” setting for the news feeders. Weird (for me): all the news items in The Guardian are posted 8w ago, there is no fresh news.


(Adam Engst) #7

Since I can change my region to Canada and see News Top Stories, I’m guessing that Apple is doing some sniffing on IP addresses too, at least for their special channels. I’d be curious if you get the same error for any individual publications, as opposed to Apple’s collections.


(mireault) #8

Quick check: (from Canada)
Today: OK
Morning Digest: This channel isn’t currently available in your region message.
Midterm Elections: This channel isn’t currently available in your region message.
News Top Stories: This channel isn’t currently available in your region message.
Apple News Spotlight: This channel isn’t currently available in your region message.
Business: seems to work. I see feeds from Forbes, Barron’s, CNBC, Business Insider, Washington Post, TechCrunch, Variety, and more. (But I can’t know if some feeds are blocked…)
Entertainment: many sources, but the most recent item is 2 weeks ago.
Science: many sources, but the most recent item is 8 weeks ago.
Technology: many sources, and the most recent item is a few minutes ago.
U.S. politics: many sources, but the most recent item is 10 weeks ago. (I find it hard to believe that nothing newsworthy has happened more recently :wink: )
That’s all for now.


(Adam Engst) #9

The fact that some feeds are really out of date doesn’t surprise me, and I don’t think it’s related to the region. Apple News has long had issues with updating appropriately. You can try pulling down on the screen in the iOS versions, or choose View > Check for New Stories (Cmd-R) in the Mac version. Might work, might not—I’ve had varying results there too.

I just wish I could eliminate Today and Morning Digest and Midterm Elections, none of which I ever want to see.


(Michael White) #10

I can confirm that the following do not work for me in Calgary, but I have not tested everything.

Weekend Pursuits
Midterm Elections
BBC
Vanity FAir
Ars Technica
The NY Times
Buzzfeed
CNN

Michael


(Adam Engst) #11

It would be interesting if someone had a VPN they could use to change their apparent IP address to different countries to confirm that Apple is doing IP sniffing. It makes absolutely no sense that Apple News wouldn’t show Ars Technica or the New York Times in Canada (and I can see both with my region set to Canada but my IP address in the US).


#12

My guess is that this isn’t coming from Apple; it’s probably coming from the publications themselves. If they aren’t heavily invested in selling advertising or subscriptions in these markets, they probably don’t want to invest in editors dedicated to submitting stories to News.

Another factor could be that the topics you :heart:️ frequently aren’t those that editors they have are submitting often. Although I do have many local New York City topics selected in News, and a majority of the publications I’ve selected are New York City oriented in their print edition, like the NY Daily News, New York Magazine, Gothamist, etc. But unless it’s a local story with national/implications, I never see anything of true local interest.

Advertising makes up the bulk of revenue for the vast majority of digital and print periodicals. I worked in ad sales for decades, including for publications with significant international circulation numbers and with clients with major global circulations. Did any of the powers that be in their US divisions, US product or ad agencies care one iota about whether anyone outside the US saw an ad of theirs? Not one bit, because their futures depended only on US or local market sales.


(Adam Engst) #13

Ah! You may be right, @MMTalker. When I look at my Settings in Apple News (as a publisher), I can specify territories.