‘System and Security Info’s’ App Store Rejection is No Surprise

3:58 PM, May. 16th, 2016 · · App Store

Apple isn't anti-spy detection, it's anti-developer guideline violation

System and Security Info from Stefan Esser launched on the iPhone only a few days ago and has already been booted off the App Store. The app checked which processes were running on users' iPhones, then reported back with details about which apps were running, and whether or not any could be unwanted or malware. The internet quickly jumped to the conclusion that Apple was blocking apps that could detect device-level spying, but the reality is far less insidious: System and Security info violated Apple's developer guidelines and was rejected.

Mr. Cook, Tear Down That App

1:14 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · · App Store

Crude Mock-up

iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.

How to Save Money on Subscriptions to Netflix, Pandora, and Other Services

5:50 PM, May. 5th, 2016 · · App Store

Squeezing Netflix

Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

TMO’s Guide to Buying Discounted iTunes Cards

6:42 PM, May. 2nd, 2016 · · App Store

iTunes Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted iTunes Gift Cards? They allow you to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books at a discount. I've seen discounts between 5 and 25 percent, which means you get that same discount on the stuff you buy from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the Mac App Store. We even found a place to buy discounted iTunes cards with Bitcoin.

The Possible End of Apps as We Know Them

2:30 PM, Apr. 18th, 2016 · · App Store

Chatbots vs apps

WIth over 1.5 miilion apps in the Apple App Store, where will it all end? Someday, we might not even need to run apps. That is, if chatbots do what we think they might be able to do. 

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar for 40% Discount

4:40 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · App Store

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar and iPad App

We have a deal today on Jamstick, a device that lets you play guitar through an iPad app without having a full-sized guitar. At 16.4 inches long and weight of 1 pound, 9 ounces, it's easy to carry. Its built-in battery can go up to 8 hours between charges, and you don't have to tune it (it's not a real guitar, after all). It also comes with a teaching app and two other apps on the App Store. You can get it for 40 percent off retail at $149.99 through our deal.

Mackie Master Fader v4 Adds Split View & Real Time Analyzer to iPad-Controlled Mixers

10:00 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · App Store

Mackie Wednesday released Master Fader version 4, the app used to control their DL-series iPhone- and iPad-controlled mixers. The update adds a slew of new features including real-time analyzers on all outputs, the ability to copy and paste channel settings, split view support for compatible iPads, iPad Pro support, an enhanced iPhone UI and much more. Additionally, version 4 now consolidates the My Fader and Master Fader functionality into one app, making updates easier for people using both iPhones and iPads.