Evernote Announces Changes to its Pricing Plans; Limits Free Plan to 2 Devices

Evernote has today announced some major changes to its pricing plans for its customers. The company has raised the costs of its Plus and Premium plans, while adding restrictions to its Free plan. Announcing the … Read more →

A Sneak Peek at Affinity Designer 1.5

Color us excited

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A mere 5 days before the start of WWDC 2016, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, sat down for an interview with a few media outlets to talk about some major changes coming to the App Store. The upcoming changes would essentially be changing a lot of things about the App Store as we know it, in favor of the developers. More importantly, the changes announced are very likely to change the app economics.

Lauren Goode, reporting for The Verge, writes:

[…] Apple would soon alter its revenue-sharing model for apps. While the well-known 70 / 30 split will remain, developers who are able to maintain a subscription with a customer longer than a year will see Apple’s cut drop down to 15 percent. The option to sell subscriptions will also be available to all developers instead of just a few kinds of apps.

And:

Apple is also going to start showing search ads for apps in its iOS App Store search results for the first time, something the company had previously resisted. “We’ve thought about how to carefully do it in a way that, first and foremost, customers will be happy with,” Schiller says, adding that he believes the ad auction system in App Store search will be “fair to developers, and fair for indie developers, too.”

Additionally:

Finally, Schiller says that the App Store has been speeding up app review times — to the point where 50 percent of submitted apps are now reviewed in 24 hours, and 90 percent are reviewed within 48 hours.

It’s interesting that Apple decided to talk to the media five days before the WWDC. We’re not even more excited to know what they have in store for the actual keynote and in the sessions that follow.

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The talented folks at Bloop have today released Airmail 3 for Mac, a big release to the stellar and extensively customizable mail app for Mac. I recently moved away from Microsoft’s Outlook app for iPhone and iPad for my email needs to Airmail, simply because I wanted a standard, unified experience on iOS and Mac. Airmail has splendid apps for both iOS and Mac and today’s release brings the latest features from the iOS app to the Mac. Here’s a long list of what’s new in this release:

New – Smart Folders
New – Vip
New – Vip notifications
New – Actions
New – Send Later (Gmail and Exchange)
New – Customizable Menu
New – Customizable Gestures
New – Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
New – Customizable Folders
New – Calendar integration (apply to new permissions)
New – Fuzzy Label, Move to
New – Online Search
New – Message Rendering Engine
New – Action Space Key to scroll
New – Action Unsubscribe
New – Rules Export/Import
New – iCloud Rules sync
New – iCloud VIP sync
New – iCloud Smart Folders sync
New – Forward messages in Rules
New – Sort Messages By Account
New – Recipients detected from previously sent messages
New – Integration Asana
New – Integration Trello
New – Gmail (Primary Inbox support)
New – Redesigned threads
New – Reply To Field

Improved – Sending with VPN (Gmail)
Improved – Quick Reply
Improved – Composer Attachments
Improved – Thread rendering
Improved – Respect Silent Notification
Improved – Starred on threads
Improved – GAL now support groups
Improved – Contacts

Fixed – Autocorrect on Subject
Fixed – Gmail multiple Login Windows
Fixed – Sporadic Half rendering Messages
Fixed – Links messages

Airmail 3 is a Free Upgrade to existing users and is available for $9.99 on the Mac App Store.

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Spotify, the popular music streaming service and Apple Music’s direct competitor has today announced new pricing for their Family Plan. Starting today, Spotify’s Family Plan will be available at $14.99 a month (similar to Apple Music’s pricing) and will now include six total users instead of five.

Just in time for summer, we’re happy to share that starting today, Spotify Family Plan now provides families with up to six individual Spotify Premium accounts for only $14.99 a month (or local pricing).
Already on the Family Plan? Don’t worry, you still get everything you’ve come to love! Your Family Plan still includes separate accounts, your own playlists, personal recommendations and offline listening, but now at a better price, updated from your next payment date, and the ability to add even more family members to the same plan.

You can sign up for this pricing model right away.

Weirdly enough, this new pricing has been rolled out across all the countries where Spotify is available, except Canada.

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Secrets is a new password manager app available for Mac and iPhone. Crafted by Hugo França and Paulo Andrade, Secrets is built with a Security First approach and sports a very simple and elegant UI. It seems like a much simpler version of 1Password and ships with very some interesting features.

ICLOUD SYNC

Keep your secrets close. Seamlessly sync between your iPhone, iPad or Mac and take your secrets with you wherever you go.

AUTO FILL

Better than copying & pasting. Fill logins on your Mac or iOS device automatically and never type a password again!

PASSWORD GENERATOR

Free your mind from all those passwords. Enjoy the security of having unique random passwords for all your logins.

SECURITY FIRST

Cryptography is hard… we know. That’s why we stick to the standards and store your data using OpenPGP and AES.

BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE

Because being secure online doesn’t have to be hard… Or ugly.

NOT JUST PASSWORDS

Store notes, credit cards, banking info and more.

The Mac app costs $19.99 while the iPhone app is priced at $9.99.

Twitter for Mac has just been updated to Version 4.1 on the Mac Store. Here’s what this new release brings:

  • Moments — Find the best of Twitter in an instant with Moments. Follow top stories through immersive pics, clips, and conversations. Get insights and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Polls — Create polls on Twitter and with just a couple of taps, people can weigh in on all the topics they care about.
  • GIFs — Sharing GIFs in Tweets and Direct Messages is even easier with our new GIF search.

Get Twitter for Mac for Free from the Mac App Store.

Quitter for Mac

If you’ve ever found yourself getting too distracted or being too immersed in social apps on your Mac when you should be ideally working, Quitter for Mac might just be what you need. Ingeniously crafted … Read more →

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