Musician and Programmer John Nastos - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

John Nastos

John Nastos is a multi-instrumentalist, music composer and improvisor, saxophonist, an iOS app developer, book author and is currently on faculty at Portland State University as a Jazz Saxophone Instructor.

John is one of those special people who is an accomplished jazz musician, iOS developer and author. He tells a fascinating stoy about how he got started as a jazz musician and the people who mentored him. Along the way, he also fondly adopted the Mac, and that stood him well when it came time to develop some very popular, technical music apps that had never existed before. As an instructor, John teaches his students the principles behind music improvisation. His first book, The Mechanism lays out those core concepts. John is a gifted speaker and educator, so don’t miss this show.

Official GitHub for Mobile App Launches on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

GitHub for mobile launches out of beta today for Android and iOS. You can see the latest notifications; read, react, and reply to issues and pull requests; review and merge pull requests; organize issues with labels, assignees, projects, and more; and browse your files and code.

Stay in touch with your team, triage issues, and even merge, right from the app. We’re making these tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you work, with a beautifully native experience.

Blocs 3 Website Builder for Mac: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blocs 3

We have a deal on Blocs 3 Website Builder for Mac. Blocs is a fast, easy-to-use, and powerful visual web design software that lets you create responsive websites without writing code. As simple as stacking blocks, this app works on the concept of stacking pre-defined sections to build fully-coded web pages. Check out the promo video to see Blocs in action. Blocs 3 is $39.99 through our deal.

Kelly and Brent Simmons – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-26

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Kelly sits down (on a sunny day) to chat with Brent Simmons about the history of NetNewsWire, his approach to the design of the app, and why he *really* writes software.

This Startup Wants to Build a “GitHub for Data”

· Andrew Orr · Link

A startup called Gretel wants to build a “GitHub for data” so developers can safely access sensitive data.

Often, developers don’t need full access to a bank of user data — they just need a portion or a sample to work with. In many cases, developers could suffice with data that looks like real user data.

This so-called “synthetic data” is essentially artificial data that looks and works just like regular sensitive user data. Gretel uses machine learning to categorize the data — like names, addresses and other customer identifiers — and classify as many labels to the data as possible. Once that data is labeled, it can be applied access policies. Then, the platform applies differential privacy — a technique used to anonymize vast amounts of data — so that it’s no longer tied to customer information.

 

Darkroom Photo Editor Latest to Go Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Link

Darkroom is the latest app to move to a subscription model. It affects new users only, and current users won’t lose their premium features they paid for.

For new users, Darkroom will cost $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. And there is still a one-time purchase option at $49.99. Darkroom hopes that a switch to a subscription business model will increase its revenue and thus expand development of the app.

Subscriptions are annoying, but I don’t blame developers so much as Apple. This is exactly what they wanted because it means more money for them. I don’t Apple will ever add upgrade pricing to the App Store. That doesn’t benefit them. Subscriptions are part of Apple’s new Services business, whether the apps are Apple’s own or not.

iOS 13 and Swift 5 Programming eBook: $9

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on the iOS 13 & Swift 5 Programming eBook, which is designed to be the ultimate beginner programming guide. Covering Swift programming basics, object-oriented programming, model view controller, iOS 13 development, and other frameworks, this book will have you build multiple apps on your own and publish it to the Apple App Store. It’s $9 through our deal.

The Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on the Complete iOS 13 and SwiftUI Developer Bundle, a package of tutorials and training material for developers. It includes the Complete iOS 13 Developer Course & SwiftUI, SwiftUI: Build Beautiful, Robust Apps, Swift 5 Programming for Beginners, and SwiftUI: Build Amazing Apps, Fast & Easy, with hundreds of lectures and 49 hours of content. This bundle is just $19 through our deal.

Apple Brings Reality Converter AR App to macOS

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple is releasing a beta version of an app called Reality Converter. It helps developers work with USDZ files, an AR file format.

Mac Apps Have to be Notarized by February 2020

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple says that Mac apps distributed outside of the Mac App Store have to be notarized by February 3, 2020, an attempt to increase security.