Newton email for Mac and iOS is shutting down

Recently, more and more developers have switched to subscription pricing. Folks hate this model (including me) and seek out alternatives. Newton email is a casualty of the pricing model. Long term I think this model will fail for a lot of developers.

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors

Newton, a popular email service for iOS and Mac, is shutting down on September 25, the company’s founder Rohit Nadhani announced today.

Newton is a subscription-based app that costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year, a business model that did not end up being successful. Nadhani says that the company explored “various business models” but wasn’t able to “successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term.”

Apple removes apps from their Affiliate Program

Members of the iTunes Affiliate Program (myself included) received an email from Apple yesterday that announced iOS and Mac apps would no longer be included:

Affiliate Program App Store Updates

Thank you for participating in the affiliate program for apps. With the launch of the new App Store on both iOS and macOS and their increased methods of app discovery, we will be removing apps from the affiliate program. Starting on October 1st, 2018, commissions for iOS and Mac apps and in-app content will be removed from the program. All other content types (music, movies, books, and TV) remain in the affiliate program.

For more information on commission rates, please see our Commissions and Payments page on the Affiliate Resources site.

If you have questions, please visit our Helpdesk.

This is a disappointing development. When someone buys an app using one of the links on this site I earn a small commission. It’s not a lot of money but it does help cover some of the annual cost of operating this site. This loss of income won’t impact me much but there are bigger blogs and websites that will most likely be severally impacted by this change.

I think Apple may be overestimating the value of the new Mac and iOS App Stores. I can say that without a doubt the majority of the apps I’ve purchased have been the result of articles or reviews on sites such as The Sweet Setup, MacStories, Brett Terpstra, MacDrifter and the Mac Power Users podcast not the App Store.

Delete GarageBand hidden folders to save gigabytes of Mac storage

The other day I was checking the available storage on my 2015 13” MacBook Pro which only has 128 GB of flash storage. While doing so, I noticed something strange. In the Storage tab of About This Mac GarageBand was using 2 GB of storage. I found that odd since I don’t have GarageBand installed on this Mac.

With only 128 GB of flash storage, I wanted to reclaim the space. This TekRevue article by Jim Tanous, Delete GarageBand to Save Gigabytes of Mac Storage, helped me find some hidden GarageBand folders. After I removed them, High Sierra doesn’t show anymore GarageBand content in About This Mac.

These are the folders that I deleted.

  • HD/Library/Application Support/GarageBand (995MB)
  • Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Logic (880MB)
  • Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Apple Loops (up to 10GB)

You should read the article and follow the instructions before deleting these folders.

My cycling tech

I’ve been an avid cyclist for many years. This includes endurance events as well as racing as an elite master at the State and National Level.

I stopped racing and endurance riding in 2010 after having open heart surgery to correct a severally leaking mitral valve and an enlarged atrium.

These days I ride for pleasure and staying fit. The truth is, I really just enjoy riding especially now that we live in central New Jersey. I love riding on all the open country roads.

Here’s the tech I’m using.

Forerunner 35
The Forerunner 35 is an easy-to-use GPS Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate and records my daily steps, occasional runs, walks, bike rides, calories, and weight.

Garmin Connect
Garmin Connect is my online training tool to store, analyze all my fitness activities. There is also a Garmin Connect app for iOS.

Strava
Strava is my secondary online training tool to store, analyze and share all my fitness activities with my friends. There is also a Strava app for iOS. Here’s my Profile Link.

Living in California my tech was the same winter or summer because in California it’s always summer. But now that we live in New Jersey that’s all changed. I’ll be spending a fair amount of time on my indoor trainer since the weather tends to be unpredictable in the summer and cold with snow and rain in the winter.

For those days that I’m not going to be able to get outside to ride, I’ll be using my Kinetic T-2700 indoor trainer with the iOS Kinetic Fit app for recording my activities. The Fit app shares my completed workouts with Strava but I have to manually enter them into Garmin Connect.

That’s it, folks. Reach out to me if you have any cycling related questions.

Instapaper breaks away from Pinterest

Instapaper Blog: Instapaper is going independent

Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013. The ownership transfer will occur after a 21 day waiting period designed to give our users fair notice about the change of control with respect to their personal information.

We want to emphasize that not much is changing for the Instapaper product outside the new ownership. The product will continue to be built and maintained by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper for the past five years. We plan to continue offering a robust service that focuses on readers and the reading experience for the foreseeable future.

So, the first thing I’m wondering is if Marco is part of the new company?

This is good news for us loyal Instapaper users. It gives me confidence that one of my most used apps will continue to exist.

After thoughts on Ulysses subscription

I know I said No Subscription. Even though I said that I caved in and signed up for a 12-month subscription to Ulysses right before my free use period ended.

I’m still not a happy camper though and here’s why.

I think Soleman should have followed the lead of 1Password, Day One, and TextExpander and continued to support and update the purchased version of the app for those users who want to continue using it. They didn’t! They said the paid version would not be supported after High Sierra. So, in essence, they are forcing everyone, previous users, and new users, on to the subscription. To me, that’s just wrong. That’s why I’m not a happy camper.

Then why am I still using Ulysses? Because I haven’t found anything that compares. I’ve tried Byword, MultiMarkdown Composer, the new iA Writer 5 for Mac and iOS, Bear and BBEdit.

Here’s what sets Ulysses apart for me:

  • Identical features across Mac and iOS.
  • The unified library. I don’t like managing individual files.
  • Clean distraction free writing environment.
  • Selecting my font of choice.
  • Publishing to WordPress and Medium.
  • It’s just dead simple to use.

My Mac Menu Bar – June 2018

Visible

1Password: For my passwords
Copied: For syncing clipboards.
Fantastical: For quick access to my calendars.
Screenfloat: For taking or accessing screenshots.
TunnelBear VPN: For private browsing.
Bartender 3: For hiding the menu bar items that I don’t want to see.

Hidden

Alfred: For efficiency and productivity.
Keyboard Maestro: For efficiency and productivity.
PopClip: For managing selected text.
Yoink: For drag and drop.
Oversight: For alerting me when my internal mic or webcam is being accessed.
Time Machine: For backup to an external USB drive.