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Apps wwrite

wwrite 5.3.1 and wwriteLite 5.3.1 Now Available

There is a minor update to both wwrite and wwriteLite. There is only one tweak which is to the Feature Request screen. The entire screen has been reworked to accommodate smaller screens and the submit button is now at the top of the screen instead of the bottom.

As always these are free updates for existing users.

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Apps wwrite

wwrite 5.3.0 and wwriteLite 5.3.0 Now Available

I have released new versions of wwrite and wwriteLite. These are a minor update that provides a few new features and some tweaks. The biggest changes are the new Sentiment icon and the ability to show only Family-Friendly ads.

New Features

  • Added Sentiment option which shows how positive your text is. 0 – 33 is negative, 33 to 66 is neutral, and 66 to 100 is positive.
  • There is a new option to only show “Family Friendly” ads. This is available by going to Tools -> Settings -> Family Friendly Ads. (wwriteLite only)
  • The Paragraph count of the current file is now in the “Info” panel.
  • Want a new feature? Use the new “Feature Request” option available under Tools -> Support. This is entirely anonymous with no email necessary.

Tweaks

  • Added additional debug information. Debug information will now be sent to support when you send an email.
  • Added error logs, which will be included with any email to support.
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Apps

Tetris Subscription is Highway Robbery

If you have played any games on any device, one of them has likely been Tetris. Tetris has been around since 1985 and there have been many versions of the game even on iOS. Tetris licenses out the name of the game so others can create a game. Back in January of 2020, a whole new version of Tetris was released by the development group N3twork. The release can be viewed on tetris.com.

As is the case with many apps these days, they are free with ads. Quite often there is the ability to remove the ads. When the app was released, there was an offer to remove ads. This was a one-time fee of $4.99. I immediately purchased this, because I do not like seeing ads when I am playing a game. The one-time purchase mechanism is useful in some situations, however, it is becoming less common. Instead, many apps are moving towards a subscription model.

In many cases, this makes sense, because a subscription can generate consistent revenue. The reason for this is because many people sign up for a subscription and often forget that they have subscribed. When it comes time to renew, if they didn’t pay attention the notice from Apple, and say, “oh it’s only x, I’ll keep subscribing”. If the fee is small enough, say $4.99 a month, most would not argue with that.

While I was digging through the interface of Tetris, I noticed that there was the option to change avatars and your background. These had a lock in the lower right corner. So I tapped on it, and it brings up the option for “Tetris Premium”, which I can understand.

What shocked me though was not that they were offering a subscription, but the price. It is $4.99 per week. This is not $4.99 per month, which I can somewhat understand, but PER WEEK. This means that if you were to subscribe to Tetris Premium for an entire year, it would cost your $259.48. Here is what you would get for that:

  1. No interstitial ads
  2. Exclusive LCD Theme
  3. Three Exclusive Avatars

That is it. I would hope that they would add more backgrounds and avatars.

My Thoughts

To me, this is completely absurd. I will concede that it is possible that this is an “accident” and it meant to be per month, but it does not seem to be the case. It is also possible that the interface can update to whatever the current offer. There are many apps that are scammy apps that try to trick people into spending money for very little in return.

I am not saying that $4.99 is inappropriate for all applications, quite the contrary. However, for a game like Tetris, pricing of $4.99 per week is definitely not worth the price. To me, this just seems like a cash grab. Not only should N3twork be ashamed, Tetris Holdings, Inc. should protect their brand, because this is going to make people stop trusting any Tetris apps in the future.

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Apple

Apple Updates Logic Pro X with Focus on Musicians

Today Apple released Logic Pro X 10.5. According to Apple, this is the “biggest update to Logic since the launch of Logic Pro X”. The primary focus of this update is around a few new features including professional version of Live Loops, a completely redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools.

Live Loops

With Live Loops on the Mac, Logic users can now create music in new freeform and nonlinear ways. Loops, samples, and recordings can be organized into a new musical grid, where musicians can spontaneously perform and capture different arrangement ideas into the timeline. From there, tracks can be further refined using all of the professional production features in Logic.

Remix FX enhances Live Loops with an exciting collection of electronic effects like Bitcrusher, filter, gater, and repeater that can be performed in real time over individual tracks or the entire song mix. Both features become even more powerful when using the free Logic Remote app, allowing users to pair their iPhone or iPad with their Mac to provide Multi-Touch control over Live Loops and Remix FX.

Quick Sampler

Quick Sampler is a fast and simple way to turn any individual sound into a playable instrument. Musicians can pick a sound from within Logic, the Finder, Voice Memos, or even record directly into Quick Sampler. With just a few clicks, an imported sample can be trimmed, looped, and played across a keyboard controller, with access to creative sound-shaping controls.

Logic Remote

Along with Logic Pro X being updated, the free companion app Logic Remote has also been updated. Logic Remote for iOS that will allow you to trigger your sounds within Live Loops or even apply a Remix FX to your session.

Closing Thoughts

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new features. For a full listing, check out the press release.

I will be the first to say that I am not a musician in any way. Yes, I enjoy listening to music, but I doubt I could ever create a full song. However, if you have used Logic Pro X to create your own music, this update should make it a much better experience. That is not me saying that, but instead Finneas O’Connell, Grammy Award-winning producer of artist Billie Ellish states:

“Logic Pro X has always been my one and only DAW. The workflow is unmatched, and the built-in sound libraries have been essential to my music from the beginning. Now with the addition of Quick Sampler and Drum Machine Designer, I’m getting back hours I used to spend in the studio building sounds and kits. This lets me spend more time writing new verses and editing 70-take vocals.”

Logic Pro X is a free update for existing customers, or $199 to purchase. If you are not sure that Logic Pro X is right for you, there is a seven-day free trial at https://www.apple.com/logic-pro/.

Source: Apple

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Apple iPhone

iPhone SE Availability for May 11th, 2020 (Evening)

Here is the iPhone SE availability for the evening of May 11th, 2020. The availability times have been reduced, in terms of range. All models are now May 26th to May 28th.

Changes for Apple

  • ATT – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • ATT – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sprint – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • T-Mobile – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Verizon – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB White iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB Black iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 64GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 128GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28
  • Sim-Free – 256GB (PRODUCT)Red iPhone SE has changed from May 21 – May 29 to May 26 – May 28

iPhone SE

ATT 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Sprint 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
T-Mobile 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Verizon 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Sim-Free 64GB 128GB 256GB
White May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
Black May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28
(PRODUCT)Red May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28 May 26 – May 28