Various bits and bobs


Clearing out my mailbox, this morning.

Fabio Virgi of sent over a PR kit for their new Mac app analytics package. With just a few lines of code, the embedded tools enable you to track how the app is being used, IAP conversions, etc.   Fabio writes, “It’s totally free to use, and probably worth mentioning that it can be used for Mac App Store apps and those being independently distributed.” Not really anything I’d use but may be of interest to some of you out there.

Cloudifile (what an awful name and yes, that “i” is deliberate) tells me they’re launching a Mac OS X beta of their cloud file encryption system today. According to the press release, it automatically encrypts data before it hits Dropbox. If you want to kick the wheels, follow the main link and scroll all way to the bottom of the page.

I didn’t because I have no real idea who these people are or trust about downloading random software to encrypt my sensitive data. If you have greater insight, please ping me and let me know about them. iOS and Android betas are promised for the near future.

Jeff Kelley just finished a book about WatchKit for the Pragmatic Bookshelf. Developing for Apple Watch: Your App on Their Wrists is due to be released later this month. I’ve pinged him for a review copy.

Let me wrap-up by mentioning a few of my favorite weekly newsletters that I currently subscribe to:

  • Dave Verwer’s iOS Dev Weekly is a don’t miss round-up of iOS-specific dev topics.
  • I just started reading Natasha (The Robot) Murashev’s This Week in Swift and am kicking myself for not signing up sooner.
  • John Muchow’s neophyte Mac Dev Weekly is brand new (up to Issue 8 this week, I believe) but shows great promise.
  • Frédéric Filloux and Jean-Louis Gassée (full of acute accents) bring you a mix of tech, politics, business, and life in Monday Note.

Any recommendations? Let me know!

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