Making More Outside The App Store →

February 11, 2017 · 13:48

Paul Kafasis, on Rogue Amoeba’s blog:

I certainly won’t state that every developer will have this same success if they remove a product from the Mac App Store and distribute it exclusively through their own site. Your mileage will undoubtedly vary.

In our case, however, it’s clear that we were serving Apple, rather than Apple serving us. By removing Piezo from the Mac App Store, we stopped paying a commission to Apple for the many customers who had found Rogue Amoeba on their own. Better still, we were able to improve the quality of the product while simplifying our work considerably. Ultimately, that alone was enough to convince us that leaving the Mac App Store was the right move. The subsequent revenue increase we’ve seen is merely a nice bonus.

Paul’s whole analysis is worth taking a look at — the results surprised me. Personally, I theoretically prefer purchasing through the Mac App Store, mostly due to the fact, that if I ever need to reinstall or re-download a program, I just pull up the Mac App Store list and click one button. No need to register, no need to find my registration details. Having said that, I actually purchase software directly from developers if possible, because I know that they earn more this way, at no any real cost to me, and I also usually get more timely updates.

Most of the new software that is submitted to the Mac App Store is garbage — I don’t remember when I last found something of true value from an unknown developer that I don’t follow. I can’t help but wonder when it will be forsaken by developers completely.

Magic Variables in Workflow 1.7 Are Magic →

February 10, 2017 · 11:54

Federico Viticci:

Magic Variables mostly remove the need to manually save variables. They leverage Workflow’s Content Graph engine to automatically keep track of variables in the background, allowing you to access them at any time with the ability to change their type (format). It’s a novel idea, and it’ll take a few minutes to fully grasp, but it’s drastically superior to Workflow’s old variables. Magic Variables will change how you build workflows.

I started using the new Magic Variables this morning, trying to rework one of my older workflows. The one which I am in fact using to create this post. Thanks to the new system, I’m down to 6 steps instead of close to 20. There are two huge benefits: quicker workflow creation and much more readable workflows.

Awesome work!

Counter-Forensics: Pair-Lock Your Device with Apple’s Configurator →

February 10, 2017 · 11:39

Jonathan Zdziarski:

(…) This article is a brief how-to on using Apple’s Configurator utility to lock your device down so that no other devices can pair with it, even if you leave your device unlocked, or are compelled into unlocking it yourself with a passcode or a fingerprint. By pair-locking your device, you’re effectively disabling every logical forensics tool on the market by preventing it from talking to your iOS device, at least without first being able to undo this lock with pairing records from your desktop machine. This is a great technique for protecting your device from nosy coworkers, or cops in some states that have started grabbing your call history at traffic stops.

Apple Hires Amazon’s Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business →

February 8, 2017 · 10:34

Mark Gurman:

Apple Inc. has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the former head of Amazon.com Inc.’s Fire TV unit, as a vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing and shifted the executive who previously held the job to a spot negotiating media content deals.

The moves suggest a renewed focus on the Apple TV and on providing more content for the device, an effort that has been stalled in the past by failed negotiations.

I use my Apple TV 4 every single day. It has potential, which is currently wasted by inadequate software, bugs, and missing apps. I truly hope this means that Apple is taking strides to make this the best platform possible.

A Letter to the US from John Cleese →

February 8, 2017 · 10:23

John Cleese:

To the citizens of the United States of America, in light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II resumes monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy.

Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Theresa May, MP for the 97.8% of you who have, until now, been unaware there’s a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America. Congress and the Senate are disbanded. A questionnaire circulated next year will determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid your transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect…

Do make sure to read the whole thing — it’s absolute comedy gold! I love this guy!

8. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left. At the same time, you will go metric without the benefit of conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

This one’s probably my favourite.

A Useless Analysis of macOS (OS X) Release Dates →

February 8, 2017 · 09:40

Rob Griffiths:

Below the break is a table showing all major releases of macOS (previously Mac OS X) from the public beta through the latest public version, which is macOS 10.12.3, as of January 23, 2017.

Interesting. Not useless. If you like geeking out over such things.

App Store Deals — 7/02/2017

February 7, 2017 · 19:50

A Day In The Woods – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Age of Defenders – iPad – €2.99 > €0.00
Bazaart – Photo Editor and Picture Collage Maker – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Clean Text – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Corpse Party – iPhone – €17.99 > €6.99
DiskZilla – Disk, Memory, and Adware Cleaner – Mac – €14.99 > €0.00
Doodles – iPhone – €0.99 > €0.00
The Duplicates Cleaner – Mac – €1.99 > €0.00
Expressions – Mac – €3.99 > €1.99
I Dig It Remastered – iOS – €3.99 > €2.99
Knock – unlock your Mac with iPhone & Watch – iPhone – €4.99 > €2.99
Monogram – Wallpaper & Backgrounds Maker – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
NET_Toolkit – Mac – €19.99 > €0.00
Ocarina – iPhone – €0.99 > €0.00
Parallyzed: Surreal Platform Runner – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
PDF Connoisseur – Annotate, Sign & Scan with OCR – iOS – €13.99 > €0.99
PDF Pro 2 – The ultimate PDF app – iOS – €3.99 > €0.00
Quell Zen+ – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Red’s Kingdom – iOS – €3.99 > €1.99
Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
Rush Rally 2 – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Space Trek – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
Star Wars: Empire At War – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
STEINS;GATE EN – iPhone – €24.99 > €8.99
STEINS;GATE HD EN – iPad – €24.99 > €8.99
Toca Store – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
TV for YouTube – Mac – €3.99 > €0.00
ULTIMEYES – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
World Clock – Mac – €4.99 > €0.00

Apple Financial Results — FY Q1 2017 →

February 1, 2017 · 10:35

Apple PR:

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended December 31, 2016. The Company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9 billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold:

  • 78.29 million iPhones (74.7 million in FY Q1 2016)
  • 13 million iPads (16.1 million in FY Q1 2016)
  • 5.374 million Macs (5.31 million in FY Q1 2016)

More Patent Prints on Etsy →

January 26, 2017 · 09:54

My friend just pointed me to Etsy, where you can find patent prints of all sorts — real and fake — including the Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, Death Star, Browning 9 mm hand gun, and a roll of toilet paper.

Retro Patent Prints →

January 26, 2017 · 09:35

Retro Patents:

Discover limited edition vintage patent prints that helped shape the technology, design and gaming industries.

From IBM’s vacuum tube computers to Nintendo’s first cartridge based gaming consoles.

We have designed beautiful bespoke prints based on some of the keystone inventions of our generation from companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony, AirBnB and more.

Each patent has been designed and printed using HDR ink-jet technology on Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper with a basis weight of 180 gsm.

A great idea and awesome execution.

How Travel Photography Inspires Lisa Bettany to Battle Injury and Heartbreak →

January 25, 2017 · 14:14

Lisa Bettany:

Like many young Canadians growing up on the prairies, I learned how to skate on an outdoor rink. I was a feisty 3-year-old with a zest for dramatic expression and an insatiable hunger to compete. Figure skating became my passion and purpose until I was 21. One slight miscalculation lead to a horrible fall which broke my back and plunged my life into a spiral of pain and hopelessness.

I spent the next 8 years in darkness. Immobilized in my bed, I would stare up at the ceiling and feel so powerless. I cut out photographs of beautiful places from travel magazines and stuck them on my walls. At the time, I felt like I would never get to see those places in real life. I could hardly walk and couldn’t sit for longer than 5 minutes. Traveling to the next room was trouble enough, let alone traveling the world.

I started following Lisa Bettany’s work shortly after she embarked upon her journey with photography. I knew that she had some sort of injury, which led her to hanging up her ice skates, but I never knew it was so serious.

She has always been an inspiration, and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and on her site.

Photo credit: Lisa Bettany

The Death Star and the Final Trench Run →

January 25, 2017 · 14:06

Todd Vaziri:

Star Wars fans pride themselves on knowing each and every detail from the original trilogy. But there’s one little detail from “Star Wars” (1977) that might surprise a lot of fans, and the reality of this detail is different than our collective head canon.

I never thought about it this way and did not connect the two trenches together. At this point, I’m not even sure if I assumed it was the equatorial trench or not.

Micro.blog on Kickstarter →

January 20, 2017 · 11:48

Manton Reece:

Hi, my name is Manton Reece, and I’m writing a book called Indie Microblogging. I’m also launching a brand new platform for microblogs.

Do you remember how the web used to work? How the web was supposed to work?

In the earlier days of the web, we always published to our own web site. If you weren’t happy with your web host, or they went out of business, you could move your files and your domain name, and nothing would break.

Today, most writing instead goes into a small number of centralized social networking sites, where you can’t move your content, advertisements and fake news are everywhere, and if one of these sites fails, your content disappears from the internet. Too many sites have gone away and taken our posts and photos with them.

I want to encourage more independent writing. To do that, we need better tools that embrace microblogs and the advantages of the open web. We need to learn from the success and user experience of social networking, but applied to the full scope of the web.

I first set out to build a new service just for microblogs. It has a timeline experience like a social network, with replies and favorites, but it’s based on RSS, with the main posts pulled from independent sites.

Looks like he’s on to something. Backed. Can’t wait to get my hands on the final product, to see what’s what.

App Store Deals — 20/01/2017

January 20, 2017 · 11:43

There are a lot of good apps on sale today. If you haven’t already bought both Affinity Photo and Designer, Scrivener, and Sidefari, you might want to take a look. The other ones aren’t too shabby either.

Affinity Designer – Mac – €49.99 > €39.99
Affinity Photo – Mac – €49.99 > €39.99
AmpliTube – iPad – €19.99 > €9.99
AmpliTube – iPhone – €19.99 > €9.99
Angry Birds Space HD – iPad – €2.99 > €0.00
Angry Birds Space – iPhone – €0.99 > €0.00
Busy Shapes – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
Editorial – iOS – €9.99 > €4.99
Habits – Mac – €0.99 > €0.00
MoneyWiz 2 – Personal Finance – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Life – Mac – €0.99 > €0.00
Lifeline 2 – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Lifeline: Crisis Line – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Lifeline: Flatline – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Lifeline: Halfway to Infinity – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Lifeline: Silent Night – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Moneybag – Mac – €0.99 > €0.00
Scapple – Mac – €14.99 > €8.99
Scrivener – Mac – €44.99 > €26.99
Scrivener – iOS – €19.99 > €11.99
Sidefari – Web browsing companion for Safari – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
Siralim 2 – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycle & snoring recorder – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.00
TaskBox – Mac – €0.99 > €0.00
Terminology: Dictionary, Thesaurus & Search – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
The Detail – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
The Secret of Chimera Labs – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
The Sims 2: Super Collection – Mac – €29.99 > €14.99
TimeTable – Mac – €19.99 > €0.00
Together 3 – Mac – €59.99 > €49.99
Warp Shift – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
Waterlogue – iOS – €3.99 > €2.99
Yuri – iPhone – €3.99 > €2.99
Yuri – Mac – €3.99 > €2.99

The Case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro →

January 18, 2017 · 12:21

Jason Snell:

Dan Provost of Studio Neat wrote an interesting post last week about reports that Apple is planning on releasing a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro alongside the 12.9- and 9.7-inch versions.

The idea seems kind of far-fetched at first. Provost himself cites John Gruber’s statement that it doesn’t make any sense, but after reading Provost’s post, Gruber said that “the math works out”. And I have to admit, the more I think about it, the more appealing this possible product sounds to me.

I did the math 5 months ago, after Ming-Chi Kuo’s first rumour about the new iPad:

If you take the resolution of the 12.9″ iPad Pro of 2732 x 2048 px (it also has 264 PPI) and shrink it down to 10.5″, you get approximately 326 PPI. This could mean that the 10.5″ iPad Pro would get the slightly larger UI of the biggest iPad in the lineup, together with the better virtual keyboard and more room for two apps side by side.

I have not changed by mind — I love the amount of information that fits on the iPad Pros 12.9″ screen, but I would love to have it in a smaller form factor. My only worry is the Smart Keyboard — I use it because of its full-sized keys. Back to Jason:

A slightly wider iPad Pro would give Apple and third-party keyboard makers a little more room with which to work. Yes, the 12.9-inch model is 65 millimeters wider than the smaller iPad, but a look at the respective Smart Keyboards suggests that the 12.9-inch Smart Keyboard has width to spare. There’s at least 30 millimeters total of wasted space on the sides of the larger Smart Keyboard. Squash a few of the modifier keys at the edges, as on the smaller model, and an iPad that’s only slightly larger would probably allow for a keyboard with full-sized keys.

I really hope Jason is right about this and this is the path that Apple chooses — typing on the 9.7″ Smart Keyboard is a pain for me.

I also wonder if this might be an opportunity for Apple to release its own keyboard cover based on the new butterfly keyswitches it’s using on the MacBook and MacBook Pro, rather than leaving traditional keyboards to the third-party market.

I’ve grown to really like both the Smart Keyboard and the new butterfly mechanisms on my late 2016 MacBook Pro and Magic Keyboard. A marriage of the two would be a very interesting concept. It should also be more than possible — Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 keyboard is very good.

But I’ll give back a little bit of physical size if it also can bring support for full-sized external keyboards to the party.

Me too!

Mac Malware of 2016 →

January 4, 2017 · 19:47

Patrick Wardle:

Due to sheer volume, Windows malware generally dominates the malicious code and news scene. Of course, Macs are susceptible to malware as well and 2016 saw a handful of new malware targeting Apple computers.

In this blog, I wanted to discuss all Mac malware that appeared this year. While each sample has been reported on before (i.e. by the AV company that discovered it), this blog aims to cumulatively cover all in one place. Moreover, for each, we’ll identify the infection vector, persistence mechanism, features/goals, and describe disinfection.

You will also find all the locations of where the malware installs itself.

P.S. I have never been infected in the decade or so as a Mac user.1.

  1. *knock on wood*

App Store Deals — 25/12/2016 — Over 180 Apps

December 25, 2016 · 19:54

1Blocker – Block ads, tracking scripts – Mac – €4.99 > €2.99

Adventures of Mana – iOS – €13.99 > €6.99
AG Drive – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Air Display 3 – iOS – €14.99 > €4.99
Alto’s Adventure – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
AmpliTube – iPad – €19.99 > €11.99
AmpliTube – iPhone – €19.99 > €11.99
Animoog – iPad – €29.99 > €14.99
Animoog – iPhone – €5.99 > €2.99
Arma Tactics – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Assassin’s Creed Identity – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99

Bastion – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Battle Cars – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Battleheart Legacy – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
Battleheart – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Botanicula – Mac – €9.99 > €3.99
Broken Age – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Byword – Mac – €11.99 > €5.99
Byword – iOS – €5.99 > €2.99

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Mac – €39.99 > €19.99
Carbo – Handwriting in the Digital Age – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
Castro: Podcast Player – iPhone – €3.99 > €2.99
Card Crawl – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
CHAOS RINGS Ⅲ – iOS – €19.99 > €9.99
CHRONO TRIGGER – iPhone – €9.99 > €4.99
Civilization Revolution 2 – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Civilization V: Campaign Edition – Mac – €29.99 > €9.99
Colt Express – iOS – €6.99 > €3.99
Copied – Copy and Paste Everywhere – Mac – €7.99 > €4.99
Cops – On Patrol – iPhone – €0.99 > €0.00
Cosmic Crown – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Couchy – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99

Day One Journal – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Day One – Mac – €39.99 > €29.99
Dead Synchronicity – iPad – €2.99 > €0.99
Deliveries: a package tracker – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Deliveries: a package tracker – Mac – €4.99 > €3.99
Deponia – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPhone – €2.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay Pro – iPad – €19.99 > €9.99
djay Pro – Mac – €49.99 > €39.99
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Drafts – Quickly Capture Notes, Share Anywhere – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Dungeon Village – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Duet Display – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €9.99

Fantastical 2 – Mac – €49.99 > €39.99
Fantastical 2 – iPad – €9.99 > €4.99
Fantastical 2 – iPhone – €4.99 > €2.99
FINAL FANTASY – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
FINAL FANTASY II – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPad – €16.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPhone – €14.99 > €6.99
FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ – iOS – €20.99 > €16.99
FINAL FANTASY V – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY VI – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY VII – iOS – €15.99 > €12.99
FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS – iPad – €15.99 > €7.99
Forest: Stay focused, be present – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.99
FRAMED – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Fugue Machine | multi–playhead sequencer – iPad – €9.99 > €4.99

Game Dev Story – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Gamebook Adv. 2: The Siege of the Necromancer – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Gamebook Adv. 6: The Wizard from Tarnath Tor – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99

Health Data Importer – iPhone – €4.99 > €2.99
Heroki – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Hitman GO – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D GOLD – iOS – €6.99 > €3.99
Home Design 3D Outdoor and Garden – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Home Design 3D Outdoor & Garden – Mac – €4.99 > €1.99
Home Design 3D – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D – Mac – €6.99 > €3.99
Hot Springs Story – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Human Resource Machine – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99

iMaschine 2 – iOS – €9.99 > €4.99
Infinity Blade – iOS – €5.99 > €0.99
Infinity Blade II – iOS – €6.99 > €0.99
Infinity Blade III – iOS – €6.99 > €0.99
Invisible, Inc. – iPhone – €4.99 > €2.99

Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD – iPad – €2.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Frontiers – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush HD – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Kingdom Rush Origins HD – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
Koder Code Editor – iOS – €2.99 > €1.99

Lara Croft GO – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Last Horizon – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Launch Center Pro – Quick shortcut launcher – iPhone – €4.99 > €2.99
Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Legend of the Skyfish – iOS – €3.99 > €1.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1–4 – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5–7 – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO Jurassic World – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO The Lord of the Rings – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
LIMBO – Mac – Games – €9.99 > €3.99
LIMBO – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Linky – Share webpage links, images and text – iOS – €3.99 > €1.99
Lost Frontier – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Lost in Harmony – iOS – €3.99 > €0.00
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00

Machinarium – Mac – €9.99 > €3.99
Machinarium – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
MathX – Scientific Graphing Calculator – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Mextures – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Mini Metro – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Model 15 – iPhone – €29.99 > €14.99
MoneyWiz 2 – Personal Finance – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
MoneyWiz 2 – Personal Finance – Mac – €24.99 > €15.99
Mr Jack Pocket – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99

NBA 2K17 – iPhone – €7.99 > €2.99
Never Alone: Ki Edition – iPhone – €4.99 > €0.99
Notability – iOS – €9.99 > €6.99
Notability – Mac – €9.99 > €6.99
Notebooks 8 – All Your Documents, Files and Tasks – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Notebooks – All Your Documents, Files and Tasks – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99

Oceanhorn – iOS – €8.99 > €4.99
OCRKit – Mac – €39.99 > €25.99
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Out There: Ω Edition – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99

Pandemic: The Board Game – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Party Hard Go – iOS – €6.99 > €2.99
Paste – smart clipboard history – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Pastebot – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
PCalc – The Best Calculator – iOS – €9.99 > €6.99
PCalc – Mac – €9.99 > €6.99
PDFpen 2 – iOS – €19.99 > €9.99
Pennies – Personal Money, Budget & Finance – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Photomyne – Album Scanner – Full – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
PopClip – Mac – €9.99 > €2.99
Potatoman Seeks The Troof – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00

Quick Fit – 7 Minute Workout, Abs, and Yoga – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99

Rayman Classic – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Reigns – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Relight – Better Photos – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Rockabilly Beatdown – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
RoomScan Pro – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Rusty Lake Hotel – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99

Samorost 3 – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Scanner Pro – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Screens VNC – Remote Access To Your Computer – Mac – €29.99 > €14.99
Screens VNC – Remote Access To Your Computer – iOS – €19.99 > €9.99
Scribblenauts Unlimited – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Shadow Blade: Reload – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
Sid Meier’s Starships – iPad – €9.99 > €2.99
Sid Meier’s Starships – Mac – €14.99 > €9.99
SimCity: Complete Edition – Mac – €29.99 > €9.99
Soulver – the notepad calculator – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Space Marshals 2 – iPhone – €5.99 > €0.99
Splendor – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Stacks 2 – New Age Currency Converter – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Star Wars: Empire At War – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
SteamWorld Heist – iOS – €9.99 > €6.99
Sunday Lawn Seasons – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00

TextGrabber – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
TextTool – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
The Bug Butcher – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
The Lost Treasure – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – Mac – €19.99 > €5.99
The Room Three – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
The Room Two – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
The Sims 2: Castaway Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Life Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Pet Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Super Collection – Mac – €29.99 > €14.99
The Whispered World Special Edition – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
Ticket to Ride – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Tonality – Mac – €14.99 > €4.99
Transistor – Mac – €19.99 > €3.99
Transistor – iOS – €9.99 > €1.99
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter – iOS – €9.99 > €4.99
Twilight Struggle – iPad – €9.99 > €4.99

Ulysses – Mac – €44.99 > €32.99

Vectrex – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00

Word Swag – Cool fonts, typography generator – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Working Copy Enterprise – iOS – €14.99 > €10.99

XCOM: Enemy Within – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99

New MacBook Pros Fail to Earn Consumer Reports Recommendation Due to Battery Life Inconsistencies →

December 23, 2016 · 07:11

Jerry Beilinson:

The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.

For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.

Those were just a few of the results; we tested battery life on these laptops repeatedly.

Expecting my replacement MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar today. If things don’t improve, I was going to swap it out for a non-Touch Bar model, but now starting to consider getting the 2015 MacBook Pro.

This is unbelievable.

App Store Deals — 22/12/2016 — Over 150 Apps Listed!

December 22, 2016 · 10:24

You will find close to every popular app, currently discounted in the App and Mac App Store, below. The list includes some great apps, such as Tweetbot, PCalc, Soulver, Alto’s Adventure, 1Blocker, Ulysses, Deliveries, Drafts, and many more.

1Blocker – Block ads, tracking scripts – Mac – €4.99 > €2.99

Assassin’s Creed Identity – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Adventures of Mana – iOS – €13.99 > €6.99
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Air Display 3 – iOS – €14.99 > €4.99
Alto’s Adventure – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
AmpliTube – iPad – €19.99 > €11.99
AmpliTube – iPhone – €19.99 > €11.99
Arma Tactics – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99

Bastion – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Battle Cars – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Botanicula – Mac – €9.99 > €3.99
Broken Age – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Byword – Mac – €11.99 > €5.99
Byword – iOS – €5.99 > €2.99

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Mac – €39.99 > €19.99
Carbo – Handwriting in the Digital Age – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
Card Crawl – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
CHAOS RINGS Ⅲ – iOS – €19.99 > €9.99
CHRONO TRIGGER – iPhone – €9.99 > €4.99
Civilization Revolution 2 – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Civilization V: Campaign Edition – Mac – €29.99 > €9.99
Colt Express – iOS – €6.99 > €3.99
Copied – Copy and Paste Everywhere – Mac – €7.99 > €1.99
Cosmic Crown – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99

Day One Journal – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Day One – Mac – €39.99 > €29.99
Dead Synchronicity – iPad – €2.99 > €0.99
Deliveries: a package tracker – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Deliveries: a package tracker – Mac – €4.99 > €3.99
Deponia – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPhone – €2.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay Pro – iPad – €19.99 > €9.99
djay Pro – Mac – €49.99 > €39.99
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Drafts – Quickly Capture Notes, Share Anywhere – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Duet Display – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €9.99

Feelca Daylight – iPhone – €0.99 > €0.00
FINAL FANTASY – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
FINAL FANTASY II – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPad – €16.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPhone – €14.99 > €6.99
FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ – iOS – €20.99 > €16.99
FINAL FANTASY V – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY VI – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY VII – iOS – €15.99 > €12.99
FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS – iPad – €15.99 > €7.99
Forest: Stay focused, be present – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.99
FRAMED – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99

Game Dev Story – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Gamebook Adv. 2: The Siege of the Necromancer – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Gamebook Adv. 6: The Wizard from Tarnath Tor – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Goat Simulator – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00

Heroki – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Hitman GO – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D GOLD – iOS – €6.99 > €3.99
Home Design 3D Outdoor and Garden – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Home Design 3D Outdoor & Garden – Mac – €4.99 > €1.99
Home Design 3D – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D – Mac – €6.99 > €3.99

Infinity Blade – iOS – €5.99 > €0.99
Infinity Blade II – iOS – €6.99 > €0.99
Infinity Blade III – iOS – €6.99 > €0.99

Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD – iPad – €2.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Frontiers – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush HD – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Kingdom Rush Origins HD – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99

Lara Croft GO – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Last Horizon – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Launch Center Pro – Quick shortcut launcher – iPhone – €4.99 > €2.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1–4 – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5–7 – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO Jurassic World – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LIMBO – Mac – Games – €9.99 > €3.99
LIMBO – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Linky – Share webpage links, images and text – iOS – €3.99 > €1.99
Lost in Harmony – iOS – €3.99 > €0.00
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00

Machinarium – Mac – €9.99 > €3.99
Machinarium – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Maps 3D PRO – GPS for Bike, Hike, Ski & Outdoor – iPhone – €4.99 > €0.99
MathX – Scientific Graphing Calculator – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Mini Metro – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Mr Jack Pocket – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99

NBA 2K17 – iPhone – €7.99 > €2.99
Never Alone: Ki Edition – iPhone – €4.99 > €0.99
Notability – iOS – €9.99 > €6.99
Notability – Mac – €9.99 > €6.99

Oceanhorn – iOS – €8.99 > €4.99
OCRKit – Mac – €39.99 > €25.99
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99

Pandemic: The Board Game – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Pastebot – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
PCalc – The Best Calculator – iOS – €9.99 > €6.99
PCalc – Mac – €9.99 > €6.99
PDFpen 2 – iOS – €19.99 > €9.99
Pennies – Personal Money, Budget & Finance – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Photomyne – Album Scanner – Full – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
PopClip – Mac – €9.99 > €1.99
Potatoman Seeks The Troof – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00

Quick Fit – 7 Minute Workout, Abs, and Yoga – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99

Rayman Classic – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Reigns – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Rockabilly Beatdown – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
RoomScan Pro – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Rusty Lake Hotel – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99

Samorost 3 – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Scanner Pro – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Screens VNC – Remote Access To Your Computer – Mac – €29.99 > €14.99
Scribblenauts Unlimited – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Sid Meier’s Starships – iPad – €9.99 > €2.99
Sid Meier’s Starships – Mac – €14.99 > €9.99
SimCity: Complete Edition – Mac – €29.99 > €9.99
Soulver – the notepad calculator – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Space Marshals 2 – iPhone – €5.99 > €0.99
Splendor – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Star Wars: Empire At War – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Sunday Lawn Seasons – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00

TextGrabber – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
The Bug Butcher – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
The Room Three – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
The Room Two – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
The Sims 2: Castaway Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Life Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Pet Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Super Collection – Mac – €29.99 > €14.99
Ticket to Ride – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Tonality – Mac – €14.99 > €4.99
Transistor – Mac – €19.99 > €3.99
Transistor – iOS – €9.99 > €1.99
Tweetbot 4 for Twitter – iOS – €9.99 > €4.99
Twilight Struggle – iPad – €9.99 > €4.99

Ulysses – Mac – €44.99 > €32.99

Vectrex – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00

The Whispered World Special Edition – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99

Word Swag – Cool fonts, typography generator – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Working Copy Enterprise – iOS – €14.99 > €10.99

XCOM: Enemy Within – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99

App Store Deals — 21/12/2016 — Part II

December 21, 2016 · 19:37

Another slew of apps, including the great Drafts, and lots of quality games.

Arma Tactics – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Carbo – Handwriting in the Digital Age – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
Drafts – Quickly Capture Notes, Share Anywhere – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Feelca Daylight – iPhone – €0.99 > €0.00
FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ – iOS – €20.99 > €16.99
FINAL FANTASY V – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY VI – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FRAMED – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D GOLD – iOS – €6.99 > €3.99
Home Design 3D Outdoor and Garden – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
Home Design 3D Outdoor & Garden – Mac – €4.99 > €1.99
Home Design 3D – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Home Design 3D – Mac – €6.99 > €3.99
Infinity Blade III – iOS – €6.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD – iPad – €2.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Frontiers – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.99
Kingdom Rush Origins HD – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
Lara Croft GO – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
MathX – Scientific Graphing Calculator – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
PDFpen 2 – iOS – €19.99 > €9.99
Pennies – Personal Money, Budget & Finance – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Samorost 3 – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Sid Meier’s Starships – iPad – €9.99 > €2.99
The Room Three – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
The Room Two – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
The Whispered World Special Edition – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
Word Swag – Cool fonts, typography generator – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Working Copy Enterprise – iOS – €14.99 > €10.99

You can find more discounts from this morning here and the ones from yesterday here.

The Problem With the Mac Is Apple →

December 21, 2016 · 12:56

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg:

Mac upgrades, once a frequent ritual, are few and far between. The Mac Pro, Apple’s marquee computer, hasn’t been refreshed since 2013. The affordable and flexible Mac mini was last upgraded in 2014. And when a new machine does roll out, the results are sometimes underwhelming, if not infuriating, to devotees.

I decided to switch to the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar because of the new P3 display. I also needed a larger SSD. I chose the base model (Core i5 2,9 GHz, 8 GB RAM), because it is more than fast enough for my needs. Like I often mentioned, I expected at least 8 hours of battery life under my light workload, but I am constantly getting around 6 for these past two weeks (Safari with a few tabs, Tweetbot, Ulysses, perhaps 10 minutes of Photoshop). I have had days where I topped out at 8, but those were due to having just one app open.

After two weeks, I am extremely disappointed that I don’t get a minimum of 8-9 hours when using the computer lightly. I have also yet to find a use for the Touch Bar — I am quite adept at using keyboard shortcuts and I find them to be much faster.

Interviews with people familiar with Apple’s inner workings reveal that the Mac is getting far less attention than it once did. They say the Mac team has lost clout with the famed industrial design group led by Jony Ive and the company’s software team. They also describe a lack of clear direction from senior management, departures of key people working on Mac hardware and technical challenges that have delayed the roll-out of new computers.

I love the Mac, which is perhaps why I get so frustrated that it doesn’t perform as well as my expectations expect it to. If the above is true, then this is a dark day for the whole platform — I actually want more work put into the Mac than into iPhones. I would also like the company to focus more on iPads too.

If more Mac users switch, the Apple ecosystem will become less sticky—opening the door to people abandoning higher-value products like the iPhone and iPad.

I have been looking around for alternatives already, but luckily for Apple, have not found anything really worth considering. However, I have seen people switch to Windows after the latest MacBook Pros rolled out. I am pretty sure some of them will probably also get rid of their iOS devices too, in favour of cheaper alternatives. Others are building their own hackintoshes in the meantime, because Apple’s current desktop line-up does not satisfy their needs. It doesn’t satisfy mine either.

Four years ago at Apple’s annual developer conference, marketing chief Phil Schiller pledged to keep the computer front and center in the company’s product arsenal. “Nobody turns over their entire line as quickly and completely as we do at Apple,” Schiller said. “We’re really proud of the engineering team and the work they do to do this quick so you can get the exact product you need.”

I almost got a Mac Pro in 2013, but I held off, waiting for the next generation. Meanwhile, 1098 days and two Xeon updates have passed us by without a new model appearing. The iMac, however beautiful, is not enough for my needs — I need a full GPU.

To be fair, Apple depends on Intel Corp., which still makes key chips for Macs. Like the rest of the PC industry, Apple’s innovation and product cycles are sometimes constrained by when Intel produces new chips—a process that’s getting more difficult.

Apple has been skipping generations. I don’t know the reasons behind this decision, but this is not acceptable for so many reasons.

Making a laptop stand out is also harder these days. But when Apple has tried to leapfrog the competition, it has fallen short. Take the company’s attempt to create a longer-lasting battery for the MacBook Pro. Apple engineers wanted to use higher capacity battery packs shaped to the insides of the laptop versus the standard square cells found in most machines. The design would have boosted battery life.

In the run-up to the MacBook Pro’s planned debut this year, the new battery failed a key test, according to a person familiar with the situation. Rather than delay the launch and risk missing the crucial holiday shopping season, Apple decided to revert to an older design. The change required roping in engineers from other teams to finish the job, meaning work on other Macs languished, the person said. The new laptop didn’t represent a game-changing leap in battery performance, and a software bug misrepresented hours of power remaining. Apple has since removed the meter from the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Since Apple planned a larger capacity battery, but reverted to an older design (which is a good decision — safety is paramount), then they should have forsaken the thinness, which would in turn have granted more space for the older generation battery. This would have perhaps allowed my machine to actually get the claimed 10 hours, instead of 6.

In the Mac’s heyday, people working on new models could expect a lot of attention from Ive’s team. Once a week his people would meet with Mac engineers to discuss ongoing projects. Mac engineers brought prototypes to Ive’s studio for review, while his lieutenants would visit the Mac labs to look at early concepts. Those visits have become less frequent since the company began focusing more on more-valuable products like the iPhone and iPad, and the change became even more obvious after the design team’s leadership was shuffled last year, according to a person familiar with the situation.

In another sign that the company has prioritized the iPhone, Apple re-organized its software engineering department so there’s no longer a dedicated Mac operating system team. There is now just one team, and most of the engineers are iOS first, giving the people working on the iPhone and iPad more power.

Apple is currently losing the market and users which got them where they are — the creatives to whom they catered to. Microsoft is now actively trying to get them on their side (and succeeding!) with products such as the Surface Studio.

That’s part of a broader shift toward making Macs more like iPhones. Apple prioritizes features, like thinness and minimal ports, that sell its iPhones and iPads, which generated about 75 percent of revenue this year. Those are contrary to professional needs, like maximum computing power.

This does make sense on a MacBook, but not on the MacBook Pro. While footprint and weight are important factors for my travels, the previous generation MacBook Pro was easily small enough. There is so much Apple could be doing in this space, to cater to consumers and pros. They could make the MacBook Pro thicker, with faster components, while reintroducing a Retina MacBook Air (perhaps based on the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro) with ULV CPUs and lower weight. This is just but one quick example — I’m sure Apple could have made more people happy instead of constantly reducing their target audience by making the Mac more and more of a niche machine.

In recent years, Apple managers have also become more likely to float two or more competing ideas, meaning designers and engineers must work on more than one concept at a time. In the past, managers pushed a more singular vision. Engineers are now “asked to develop multiple options in hopes that one of them will be shippable,” a person familiar with the matter said.

This sounds like another change in Apple’s traditions, which probably results from the fact that the Mac department doesn’t have a visionary to lead it.

For a 2016 MacBook update, some Apple engineers wanted to add a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a second USB-C port (which would have made some power users happy). The update instead included a new rose gold color option alongside a standard speed increase.

The first option would have made for a much more compelling machine for many. I would love to know how it went down though.

Still, Apple hasn’t given up on Macs. In a recent company Q&A session, employees asked whether Mac desktop computers remain strategically important. “We have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that,” Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said, according to a transcript of the discussion obtained by Bloomberg News.

Tim Cook’s words were carefully worded. I’m pretty sure that the Mac Pro is dead, which will most probably leave many pros abandoning the platform altogether. The iMac has its own issues, but while it can be (and is) used for professional work, it is not a pro machine. It never was. Having said that, I hope and expect Apple to return to regular updates of the Mac Pro and Mini.

Apple designers are already exploring standalone keyboards with the touch strip and a fingerprint reader for desktops. Apple will decide whether to release these based on how well the features do on the MacBook Pro.

I feel like the old Apple would have been certain enough of their technology and its future, that it would have gone ahead and released the keyboards along with the MacBook Pros. In the meantime, I find the Touch Bar useless. Touch ID is a nice touch though.

Mac fans shouldn’t hold their breath for radical new designs in 2017 though. Instead, the company is preparing modest updates: USB-C ports and a new Advanced Micro Devices Inc. graphics processor for the iMac, and minor bumps in processing power for the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro. Cue the outrage.

Since my 2016 MacBook Pros battery performance is so bad, I’m getting a replacement unit in the next week or so. If the new one does not behave any better, then I will most probably replace it with a non-Touch Bar model. I will miss Touch ID, but realistic battery life is one of my priorities.

App Store Deals — 21/12/2016

December 21, 2016 · 12:05

There are a lot of games on sale today, with a few great titles ripe for the taking. You should be able to find a few good apps too. Yesterday’s deals are still in effect too.

Assassin’s Creed Identity – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
1Blocker – Block ads, tracking scripts – Mac – €4.99 > €2.99
Adventures of Mana – iOS – €13.99 > €6.99
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Alto’s Adventure – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
Botanicula – Mac – €9.99 > €3.99
Byword – Mac – €11.99 > €5.99
Byword – iOS – €5.99 > €2.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Mac – €39.99 > €19.99
Card Crawl – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
Civilization Revolution 2 – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Civilization V: Campaign Edition – Mac – €29.99 > €9.99
Deponia – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
djay Pro – iPad – €19.99 > €9.99
djay Pro – Mac – €49.99 > €39.99
FINAL FANTASY II – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPad – €16.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY III – iPhone – €14.99 > €6.99
FINAL FANTASY VI – iOS – €15.99 > €7.99
FINAL FANTASY – iOS – €7.99 > €3.99
Gismart Ukulele – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Heroki – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS – iPad – €15.99 > €7.99
LIMBO – Mac – Games – €9.99 > €3.99
LIMBO – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
Machinarium – Mac – €9.99 > €3.99
Machinarium – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Mini Metro – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
NBA 2K17 – iPhone – €7.99 > €2.99
OCRKit – Mac – €39.99 > €25.99
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Photomyne – Album Scanner – Full – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
PopClip – Mac – €9.99 > €1.99
Rayman Classic – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Reigns – iOS – €2.99 > €0.99
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Rusty Lake Hotel – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Sid Meier’s Starships – Mac – €14.99 > €9.99
SimCity: Complete Edition – Mac – €29.99 > €9.99
TextGrabber – iOS – Productivity – €4.99 > €2.99
The Bug Butcher – iOS – €3.99 > €0.99
The Sims 2: Castaway Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Life Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
The Sims 2: Pet Stories – Mac – €19.99 > €4.99
Transistor – iOS – €9.99 > €1.99
Vectrex – iOS – €2.99 > €0.00
XCOM: Enemy Within – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99

Another Example of the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Absurdly Terrible Battery Life

December 20, 2016 · 13:21

As you can imagine, I don’t compose my ‘App Store Deals’ posts manually — they’re automated with the help of Keyboard Maestro. Not very complicated too. Basically what I do is I select some text, run the script, select the price change, run the script, find the App Store link, and run the script again. I get a full set of formatted results in a BBEdit file. My script is basically using Safari, the clipboard, and BBEdit. It just copies text, pastes it elsewhere, and searches the App Store for an URL.

I have used the script for several years. It would barely impact the battery life of my MacBook Air 11″ (2013) and Pro 13″ (2014) — I’d lose perhaps 1-2% in 30 minutes. The same script on my 2016 MacBook Pro (13″, base Core i5, with Touch Bar) needed exactly 10%. The whole thing took me 35 minutes to complete (I spent some 5 minutes changing a few details in the script itself — it was in need of a few tweaks).

Looks like I won’t break the 5 hour barrier today. If my replacement’s behaviour doesn’t improve, it’s going back. Sorry Apple, but 5-6 hours of actual battery life is not enough.

App Store Deals — 20/12/2016

December 20, 2016 · 13:11

You can find a few great deals for some quality software from the past few days. Lots of games too…

Air Display 3 – iOS – €14.99 > €4.99
AmpliTube – iPad – €19.99 > €11.99
AmpliTube – iPhone – €19.99 > €11.99
Bastion – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
Battle Cars – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Colt Express – iOS – €6.99 > €3.99
Copied – Copy and Paste Everywhere – Mac – €7.99 > €1.99
Cosmic Crown – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
djay 2 – iPhone – €2.99 > €0.99
djay 2 – iPad – €4.99 > €0.99
Duet Display – iOS – Productivity – €19.99 > €9.99
Forest: Stay focused, be present – iPhone – €1.99 > €0.99
Game Dev Story – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Gamebook Adv. 2: The Siege of the Necromancer – iOS – €1.99 > €0.00
Gamebook Adv. 6: The Wizard from Tarnath Tor – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Goat Simulator – iOS – €4.99 > €0.00
Hitman GO – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
Lara Croft GO – iOS – €4.99 > €1.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1–4 – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5–7 – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO Jurassic World – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Lost in Harmony – iOS – €3.99 > €0.00
Maps 3D PRO – GPS for Bike, Hike, Ski & Outdoor – iPhone – €4.99 > €0.99
Mr Jack Pocket – iOS – Games – €3.99 > €1.99
Never Alone: Ki Edition – iPhone – €4.99 > €0.99
Notability – iOS – €9.99 > €6.99
Notability – Mac – €9.99 > €6.99
Oceanhorn – iOS – €8.99 > €4.99
Pandemic: The Board Game – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Pastebot – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Quick Fit – 7 Minute Workout, Abs, and Yoga – iOS – €1.99 > €0.99
Rockabilly Beatdown – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
RoomScan Pro – iOS – €4.99 > €2.99
Scanner Pro – iOS – €4.99 > €3.99
Scribblenauts Unlimited – iOS – €4.99 > €0.99
Space Marshals 2 – iPhone – €5.99 > €0.99
Splendor – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Star Wars: Empire At War – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – iOS – €9.99 > €2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – Mac – €9.99 > €4.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
SteamWorld Heist – Mac – €19.99 > €9.99
Sunday Lawn Seasons – iOS – €0.99 > €0.00
The Sims 2: Super Collection – Mac – €29.99 > €14.99
Ticket to Ride – iOS – €6.99 > €1.99
Tonality – Mac – €14.99 > €2.99
Twilight Struggle – iPad – €9.99 > €4.99