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StopTheNews

StopTheNews is an app for macOS (10.14 Mojave or later) that automatically handles Apple News URLs instead of News app. If you allow Safari to open an Apple News URL in StopTheNews, the original article will then open in Safari instead of News app. StopTheNews also works with Safari Technology Preview, if that is your default web browser.

StopTheNews version 3.0 and earlier also handled Mac App Store URLs instead of App Store app. On macOS 11 Big Sur and later, this is now handled by a separate app, Stop The Mac App Store.

Installing

  1. On macOS Big Sur, download the latest release. On macOS Catalina or Mojave, download version 2.2.
  2. Unzip the downloaded .zip file.
  3. Move StopTheNews.app to your Applications folder.
  4. Open StopTheNews.app.
  5. Quit StopTheNews.app.

Uninstalling

  1. Move StopTheNews.app to the Trash.

Known Issues

  • Some Apple News pages don't provide the original article URL. The articles are designed to be displayed inline on apple.news. In these cases, StopTheNews offers the option to open the article in News app.

Building

Building StopTheNews from source requires Xcode 10 or later.

Before building, you need to create a file named DEVELOPMENT_TEAM.xcconfig in the project folder (the same folder as Shared.xcconfig). This file is excluded from version control by the project's .gitignore file, and it's not referenced in the Xcode project either. The file specifies the build setting for your Development Team, which is needed by Xcode to code sign the app. The entire contents of the file should be of the following format:

DEVELOPMENT_TEAM = [Your TeamID]

Author

Jeff Johnson

To support the author, you can PayPal.Me or buy the Safari extension StopTheMadness in the Mac App Store.

Copyright

StopTheNews is Copyright © 2019 Jeff Johnson. All rights reserved.

License

See the LICENSE.txt file for details.

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