Most discounts today weren’t fantastic, so lighter fare (you’re welcome!)—but with your saved time, check out the 9 new channels where you can follow MDM Deals!
This update releases 9 new channels and updates 5 channels where you can subscribe to MDM Deals! Check out brand new channels like WhatsApp, Flickr, Discord, Facebook Groups, and more—and see the updates to existing channels like Mastodon, Pinterest, Telegram, Tumblr, and Line!
I have been SUPER hard at work the last month or so working on MDM Deals 2.2 (codenamed “cheesegrater with wheels”) and I’m excited to release it to you all today! One of the principles that guides me in creating MDM Deals is that I want it to be as seamless as possible for you to get deals–that means publishing them to every social network or channel that presents a good experience and which is technically and financially possible.
There’s a ton of social networks out there–in fact, my list of possible channels for MDM Deals started with over 100 different apps and social networks. Unfortunately, many of them were financially or technically viable for MDM Deals (and some are ones I simply don’t want to support), so I whittled it down a few dozens channels–many of them are in development, but I’m excited to announce that nine new channels are ready for release today–along with updates to five former channels. That means that, altogether, MDM Deals now publishes to twenty-five different channels (so there’s no excuse to not be subscribed somewhere. I mean, seriously).
With no further adieu, here are the nine new channels and five updated channels!
Join the MDM Deals chat group where you receive one message a day that contains all the deals publish that day. It’s secure, neat, and easy, with custom notifications you can set so you never miss a deal as it comes in. Join the WhatsApp group!
The popular photo-sharing service now has a MDM Deals channel! See beautiful app logos, movie artwork, and descriptions alongside the other artists in your stream. Follow the Flickr channel!
I’ve long had a MDM Deals Facebook Page, but I’m not excited to say there is a MDM Deals Group, a more intimate (and reliable) way of being notified about the same deals on the MDM Deals page. Join the Facebook group today!
The rising social network without the problems of the bigger ones. MDM Deals has its own sphere that you can join–you’ll be invited to join after you click to join the MDM Deals Whaller sphere!
The Slack competitor that’s simpler and cleaner. If you’re already on a Flock team, add MDM Deals to get the deals coming to you there as well! Join MDM Deals on Flock!
The group-chat-focused app is now a place where you can get MDM Deals coming to you automatically each day, right alongside your other chats. Join MDM Deals on GroupMe!
While focused on workplace chat, Chatwork makes it easy to follow multiple groups, so if you use Chatwork, join the MDM Deals group to see deals alongside your existing chats! Join MDM Deals on Chatwork!
A simple and elegant group chat where you can see MDM Deals coming in alongside your existing chats, complete with app logos and previews of links. Join MDM Deals on Fleep!
Below are channels that have been around, but I’ve recently made updates to improve them. If you’re using these services and haven’t followed MDM Deals on them yet, it’s time to give them another look!
Now with improved, bold titles, hashtags, and a cleaner interface–and still with it’s encrypted chat and custom notifications, Telegram is an even better place to follow MDM Deals. Join the Telegram chat!
One of the newest channels to MDM Deals, it’s one I’m proud to support for its community ownership and privacy focus. Your data isn’t collected, doesn’t go to privacy-destroying companies, and won’t be used to sell ads to you. Follow MDM Deals on Mastodon!
If you use Line, make sure to join the MDM Deals group on Line where you can be notified as deals come in. It’s been updated so deals come in more regularly and reliably, in the background. Join MDM Deals on Line!
One of the more popular MDM Deals channels has just been upgraded to get deals more reliably and regularly. You can still sign up to follow just the boards you want and filter out the rest. Follow MDM Deals on Pinterest!
Porn is gone from Tumblr (yay), but MDM Deals remains–now with improvements to get deals there more reliably and faster (sorry about those gaps in coverage)! Follow the MDM Deals Tumblr!
Last chance to enter the giveaway of Sudoku Master Edition, an Sudoku game app repeatedly featured by Apple for its brilliant design.
LinkedIn MDM Deals Company page to get deals in your stream.
Featured by Apple for its painstaking design and excellent customizations, Sudoku Master Edition is the best place to play Sudoku. I missed the correct link for the giveaway in the precious post, but here’s the correct link for you to enter the giveaway
Follow MDM Deals on Mastodon as part of a community-owned, ad-free social network!
I love quick “brain games” as a way to take a quick break but without turning off my brain, using using it in a different way. There’s a bunch of games that fit this category well, but perhaps none is as long-standing or popular as Sudoku, the excellent number-based puzzler. And of all the ways to play Sudoku on your iPhone or iPad, you can’t do better than Sudoku Master Edition: Logic for its excellent gameplay and Apple-featured design. Read to learn more and enter a special giveaway sponsored by the developers!
Sudoku is a classic game that needs no fixing, but when you complete a Sudoku on an iPhone or iPad rather than paper, there’s some things you can do to make the experience even better. The developers have thought these through so that Sudoku is even better on iOS than on paper. For example, when you fill in a square with a number, Sudoku ME can automatically remove that number from your notes in the square’s corresponding box, line, and column. Similarly, Sudoku can optionally fill in the last number in a box, line, or column to speed up that last no-brainer entry. Likewise, Sudoku can prevent you from entering a wrong number. All of these are optional settings–you can be entirely purist, mimicking a paper experience–but the subtle combination of those settings is that you spend more time solving the Sudoku puzzle and less time doing boring menial tasks. I find Sudoku way better as a result.
Whether you’re a Sudoku expert or beginner, whether you like assists or are a purist, Sudoku ME is the app for you, with five levels of difficulty (let me tell you, “Master” is wicked hard) and several different modes: Classic, Zen, Lightning, and Mistake Mode. The developers worked hard so that the defaults are excellent and you can jump right in playing–but they also enabled a bunch of features you can individually customize: 26 fonts, custom grid line weights, dozens of colors, Dark Mode, multiple game board sizes–even 13 different app icons so you can match your home screen style! All beautifully and tastefully done, with an excellent eye towards a clean design.
That beautiful design is probably why Apple has featured them as Game of the Day multiple times and in over 40 different countries and featured the developers in a “Meet the Developers” story! The developers aren’t resting on their laurels, though. In fact, since they last sponsored MDM Deals a bit over a year ago, they’ve pushed out 20–yes, twenty–updates to the their app, adding in features like optional Daily Reminders, Screen Always On, a new game difficulty algorithm, Apple Pencil 2 double-tap support, and more. Put simply, I’ve never seen a better Sudoku game on iPhone.
Sudoku Master Edition: Logic is free download and play, with unobtrusive ads you can remove via a single IAP. I’m excited to say that the developers are giving away an IAP unlock code 100% free to five lucky MDM Deal fans. Three codes will be for the winner of the giveaway open to all MDM Deals fans and two codes will be reserved for Patrons of MDM Deals.
Last chance! Apollo is a delightful, beautifully designed, lightning-fast Reddit client designed by a former Apple employee to feel right at home on iPhone. Read more about Apollo and how to enter the giveaway to win Apollo Ultra for life!
There have been a variety of folks who have supported MDM Deals who are deserving of thanks–and I’m glad to say that there is now a “Thanks and Credit” page at MDM Deals to give them the credit they deserve. I’ve also listed the variety of services and plugins I use to make MDM Deals tick. Check them out.
Special thanks here–though long overdue–to the developers who have graciously allowed MDM Deals to use their app icons & logos in the MDM Deals background image here and across the internet. In alphabetical order, my thanks to:
Check out the full Thanks and Credit page to see al those who have helped MDM Deals!
There’s a bajillion Reddit apps on iOS and when I first started using Reddit, I tried–and paid–for bunches of them. They stunk. Some were just plain ugly, others made common actions difficult, and still others felt like an Android app masquerading as an iOS app. My search ended when I found Apollo, an absolutely delightful, beautifully designed Reddit client that feels right at home on iOS. Read on about Apollo–and how to win Apollo Ultra for life absolutely free!
The difference between a good app and a great app is in its design–not just how it looks, but how it works. Apollo is beautifully designed, not just that looks and feels right on iPhone–no surprise, given that its developer used to work for Apple!–but also that it works seamlessly and intuitively, especially for common actions you do browsing Reddit. Seriousy–Reddit on Apollo is better than Reddit anywhere else. Here’s just a few things I love:
Votes and comments. Voting and commenting–so central to Reddit–are areas where Apollo shines. Customizable gestures means you can upvote, downvote, or comment with just a swipe. Fast and easy. Even better, color-code comments so you don’t get lost in threads–and set custom actions to collapse comments and threads with just a tap. It is SO great to tap and collapse an entire comment thread. Beautiful.
Fast navigation. Apollo puts your most-used items just a tap away, with tabs at the bottom to see posts, inbox, profile, search, and settings–and a Jump Bar at the top to switch between Reddits with ease. I love how I can set favorite subreddits and get to them with a single tap and it’s lightning fast subreddit search, getting you the sub you want with just a few letters.
There’s more I could say–like its gorgeous Dark Mode, baked-in accessibility, ad-free display–but really, you should just download and use Apollo for free. Unlock the Pro version for a few bucks to get bunches of custom icons, fully customizable gestures (highly recommend!), and other cool features. I’m a Pro customer and it’s well worth it.
And just for MDM Deals fans, the developer is sponsoring a giveaway of 4 Apollo Ultra lifelong subscriptions! Ultra gives you all the Pro features, as well as realtime notifications, app theming, custom icons, and more! 4 lucky winners will get this for life!
Two winners will be from among the thousands of MDM Deal fans–enter the contest for free. Another two codes will go to the much smaller group of MDM Deal Patrons. Support MDM Deals on Patreon for just a buck and immediately improve your odds of winning by about 200%. If you’ve been on the fence about a patronship, there’s never been a better time to join!
My thanks to Apollo–the delightful, beautifully designed Reddit client–for supporting MDM Deals.
I’m hard at work on MDM Deals 2.2 which will greatly expand the channels where you can subscribe to deals, but I’m in need of some beta testers. I’d greatly appreciate your help before I launch these new channels! If you are willing, go to the MDM Deals beta page, use the password MDMbeta to log in, and sign up for one of the services I’m testing!
Ok, so this isn’t a deal or a sponsorship, so it doesn’t neatly fit in a category. But it is an awesome app and it does save you money; since MDM Deals is about both of those things, my scheduled sponsor had to delay, and the service has a $50 sign-up bonus promotion right now, I figured I’d share Aspiration with you!
As many of you know, my family and I moved overseas a few months back and it’s been wonderful. What you may not know is that it wrecked havoc on our banking. I’ll spare the details, but I had to search for a new bank and, after trying out a bunch, I settled on Aspiration and have been super happy with them. Here’s just a few reasons I chose it and why you ought to check it out:
From now until June 30th–just a few days–when you sign up via my referral link, we’ll both get a $25 referral bonus and be able to donate $25 to a cause of our choice. Whether you just want to support my work, give Aspiration a trial spin, or move over all your banking like I did, check out Aspiration bank today!
P.S. At first the no-fee service made me nervous, because I didn’t want to bank with an unsustainable business model. They’re FDIC ensured, so that’s not a huge risk–but then I saw how they charge for other services and that’s where they make their money. Then I worried they’d spam you to sign up for those other services–but they don’t! They’re really respectful.
*Note: I don’t know if Aspiration currently supports business accounts, but since MDM Deals is still a sole proprietorship, it doesn’t make a difference. I just use separate personal & business banks for ease of financial records and accounting.
My thanks to Open In Webmail for sponsoring MDM Deals this week. Open In Webmail makes your Mac open email (mailto:) links in your webmail service of choice: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Office365, Fastmail, Zoho, AOL, and Yandex. Read why I use it myself and how you can win it for free!
I’ve recently moved away from using the Mail app on my Mac, instead using webmail. There’s some great benefits to doing that–security, privacy, etc.–but there’s some limitations of it as well. I was so excited when I found this week’s sponsor, Open In Webmail, because of how wonderfully it fixes my main frustration. The developer is sponsoring a giveaway for MDM Deals fans, so make sure to read on to know how you can enter the contest!
One of the greatest limitations about using webmail is that hyperlinks to send someone an email (like this) just don’t work. If you click that link (go ahead, I’ll wait), it will open up your email app, populate the email address (seriously, did you not click it?), and even give you a subject line. Links like that are one of the most common ways to contact support because they’re quick, fast, and convenient.
Unless, that is, you use webmail. In which case clicking that link is a horrible experience–it opens up Mail, which then asks you to configure an account or it starts an email from the wrong account and you have to leave–and meanwhile you’ve lost the email address you wanted to use in the first place. If you’re technical, you can find the email address in the mailto HTML, but lots of people are up a creek and can’t contact the person they want.
And that’s why I love Open In Webmail. It’s a simple little utility that does one thing and one thing well: it opens email links in your webmail (and browser) of choice instead of the default mail app. In fact, behind the scenes, it becomes your default mail client so that all mail links automatically open in your webmail and browser of choice, no messy plugins or hacks needed.
Open in Webmail supports Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Office365, Fastmail, Zoho, AOL, and Yandex–and it gives you the ability to create custom URLs that open so that if your webmail isn’t one of those, it can still work for you. Further, you can even choose which browser to open webmail in so that if (like me) you like to quarantine off your Gmail from the rest of your browsing, you can have mail links open in, say, Chrome, but do the rest of your browsing in, say, Safari.
Open In Webmail is the kind of app that you never knew you needed until you use it–and even when you use it, you’ll probably never open the app except for the initial configuration. Instead, it works silently in the background, making sure your mail links open properly, saving you time and frustration one mail link at a time. Open In Webmail is available in the Mac App Store for $0.99 and is worth every penny.
I’m thrilled to announce that the developer, Fred Potter, is sponsoring a giveaway for MDM Deal fans so that you can win Open In Webmail! I’ll be giving 6 codes to MDM Deal Patrons and another 4 to anyone who enters the drawing.
My thanks to Fred Potter and Open In Webmail for supporting MDM Deals.
I’m excited to say Bundle Hunt is back! Pay $5 to unlock your bundle and then get incredible discounts on fantastic apps like: Fantastical 2 for $12, TextExpander for $7, DaisyDisk for $4, Unclutter for $4, DropZone for $3, or Juice for $1. There’s 40 items at steep discount, so check it out today!
I set out to create an automated action where I could use Shortcuts to take a sentence and de-capitalize just the first word of that sentence. Why? Because on my website I want the first word of the sentence to be on a new line (and thus capitalized) but everywhere else I want the description to be in the same sentence as the app name (thus lowercase).
So, in my AppDeal shortcut, I used regex to grab the first word of a sentence, then used the “action case” to change it to lowercase, and voila, I had a sentence in lowercase.*
You can see the shortcut below (on the left) and it worked great…except it sometimes garbled the text and added extra words at the start, like this:
Best Buy Memorial Day Sale, ending
. grab today, Best Buy has Apple laptops up to $400 off and Apple Series 4 Watches $50 off. Grab a rare deal on Apple hardware!; highly recommended. https://t.co/hvoEApq5Yi pic.twitter.com/UwQX1FwMgB
— MDM Deals (@MDMDeals) May 27, 2019
When I investigated, I figured the problem was my regex. But since I’m no regex expert, I asked the internet again and it came through. The problem was that my regex grabbed the first word of a sentence, any sentence. On the rare occasion that my description had two sentences, it would lowercase both words and add them both in at the start of the description. Oops. The good news is, it wasn’t hard to add a “get items from list” action and grab just the first item (from the first sentence) to change its case. There we go, problem solved. Here’s what the final shortcut looks like (old version on the left, new on the right):
That’s all for today! Tiny little change–one new action–but a change that eliminates the garbled text some of you have been seeing. Hope it might help you in some of your automation! You can download the shortcut here.
Note: Some are reporting inability to access that shortcut, though it works fine for me. If so, here’s an alternate link.
By the way, if you’re reading this and don’t know what MDM Deals is, I’m pretty confident you’ll want to check it out, as it’s a place to discover great deals on fantastic apps and movies, hand-picked and curated by me, five days a week.
*It’s actually more complicated than that. I had to have a separate regex action to grab everything but the first word of the description and then use a text action to re-combine the first word (lower case now) and the rest of the sentence.
As part of MDM Deals 2.1, the MDM Deals blog is a place not just for announcements about the site, but also for some “behind the scenes” of how those updates are made. If you love technology, you’ll be interested in the tricks I use to make all this work.
Today I’m excited to announce two bug fixes. First is a major error you’ve probably noticed where a app on sale is published without its name, logo, or App Store link. Oops. Second is a tiny one, removing the extra space that sometimes appeared before a semi-colon. Those are fixed now! If all you care about is the update, read no further! If you care how I fixed it–read on. Continue reading “Blog: Creative fix to a silent fail in Shortcuts”
Small quick update today. If you follow MDM Deals via RSS, you now have another option: a deals-only RSS feed that will deliver all the deals to you but not blog posts (like this one) which include site changes/announcements. Small change, but hopefully one that makes your experience better!
I am so excited to announce that MDM Deals now has solidly over 1600 fans subscribed across my various publishing channels. It has been fun to serve you all and think of new ways to help you discover great deals on fantastic apps and movies. I am thrilled to announce today MDM Deals 2.1, with a bunch of changes and improvements across everything. There’s something exciting here for everyone, so read on!
Ever since Apple ended their affiliate program, the primary way I’ve kept MDM Deals alive has been via Patreon. I’ve now made it even better to join, by giving every Patreon access to filtered deals emails:
Create your personal custom email by answering 3 questions and get only the deals you want for the devices you own, delivered to you when you want. Save time and never miss another deal–and the emails have had some major improvements too (keep reading!), so become a Patron today!
I’ve long believed the best way to get MDM Deals is via email and today, after an incredible amount of work, I’m making them even better with a feature you can’t get anywhere else: a biweekly deal digest.
Checking deals every day can be a drag. Save yourself some time even as you’re saving yourself money and get my all-new biweekly deal digest every Tuesday and Friday. While there are some day-only sales you may miss, you can now choose whether that’s worth the extra mental overhead of daily deals 😀.
If you’re already getting emails, don’t worry–I’ve defaulted everyone (free & Patrons) to the daily emails, but if you’d like to change to the weekly, just update your preferences via the email you will shortly receive. If you aren’t on the email list, subscribe for free today or get the better filtered emails by supporting MDM Deals on Patreon!
In addition to a new biweekly email digest, the email newsletter has become even better with these new changes:
There’s so far not been a great place for me to post updates/announcements for MDM Deals, but now there is. Introducing the MDM Deals blog, your go-to place to see what’s new with MDM Deals. (Also available as an RSS feed)
For a long time, movie deals were manually and thus poorly written. No more! In 2.1, updated movie descriptions now include:
MDM Deals is now on Mastodon! It’s on the mastodon.top instance, but you can join it from anywhere in the fediverse. Toot on! (Special thanks to my friend Matt Birchler for the API work to start this!)
The entire purpose of MDM Deals is curating deals. Other sites will regurgitate every price drop that happens, but that leaves you to wade through hundreds of junk deals to find things quasi-good. In 2.1, I’m taking this curation a bit further:
There’s some big plans in the works for the next stage of MDM Deals, and I’ve spent a lot of time laying the groundwork for that big update to come. It won’t be for a while, but I’ll write about it on the blog when the time comes, so stay tuned!
As always, if you have feedback, suggestions, or if there’s any other way I can serve you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.