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:
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:
2.00% APY interest. I’m not kidding that the interest rate is about 100 times more than my previous bank gave me. Just deposit at least $1 into the account each month to get 2.00% interest. That simple.
Choose-your-own fee. Seriously. Pay what you think is fair–including nothing–so there’s nothing to lose by signing up and giving it a whirl.
No ATM fees worldwide. For an ex-pat like me, that’s a must. But for everyone else–seriously, do you wonder why other banks charge you to get your own money out of your own bank? Aspiration is refreshing.
Mobile-first – Unlike some services where it’s clearly brick-and-mortar first and app-as-an-afterthought, Aspiration is first and foremost, and it’s exactly what you’d expect it to be.
More! Like cash-back debit purchases. But those were the big things that made me switch over my MDM Deals banking* and I’ve been very happy.
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 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:
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.
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.
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!
Better Patreon perks!
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:
Don’t have a Mac? Get only iPhone deals in your inbox
Only care about apps, not games? Filter those out
Want emails just twice a week instead of daily? Customize that.
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!
New Biweekly deals digest
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!
Other email improvements
In addition to a new biweekly email digest, the email newsletter has become even better with these new changes:
Fewer ads! Yes, a sponsored post after every deal was super annoying, sorry. Now there will just be a sponsor blurb at the start, middle, and end of the email newsletter–and even fewer if you get custom Patron emails!
A new delivery time. Rather than coming towards the end of the day–when some deals are already expired–it will now come out at 11am EST, so you have more time to snag that deal.
A new email address! Emails now come from firstname.lastname@example.org, so it should hit your spam less often. Add it to your contacts list to guarantee it doesn’t!
Optimizations for reading emails on small screens. Your strained eyes will thank me.
More visible links to change your email frequency, deal type, or unsubscribe. I’m sad to see you go but will make it easy for you 😀.
New MDM Deals Blog!
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)
Better movie deals: IMDB actors, Rotten Tomato ratings, & more
For a long time, movie deals were manually and thus poorly written. No more! In 2.1, updated movie descriptions now include:
The official IMDB plot description so you can know exactly what’s up
The official IMDB list of actors so you can know exactly who is in a film
Official IMDB and Rotten Tomato ratings so you don’t have to take my word for a film’s quality. IMDB ratings are on a 0-10 scale and follow the star emoji (⭐️) while Rotten Tomatoes are 0-100% scale and follow the tomato emoji (🍅).
Movie bundles now come with per-film price, so you can easily see how great a deal the movie bundles are.
New channel to follow: Mastodon
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!)
Better curation (& no more Saturday deals)
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:
I’m tweaking my mental algorithm to privilege quality over quantity, further refining what deals make the cut. Rather than just weeding out junk and showing you the rest, I intend now to show you just deals worth your time and money.
I will no longer post deals on Saturdays because nearly all of the deals on Saturdays are junk. I’ve only posted regularly on Saturdays because I didn’t post some deals on Fridays and save them for Saturday. What this means for you is that you’ll get a better mix of deals on Friday & Mondays.
Groundwork laid for MDM Deals 3.0…
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.
Best Buy is running a promotion right now that if you buy an App Store & iTunes gift card at full price, you can get a second (equal or lesser value) card for 25% off! If you get two gift cards of the same value, that makes for a functional 12.5% discount which is a pretty great discount!
Note: If you get or use the Best Buy credit card like I do, you also get an additional 5% back in credit card points, making this effectively a 17.5% discount! Sign up today, it only takes minutes!
You can choose either physical cards or digital (emailed) cards. Limit 1 redemption per customer, for a limited time (not sure how long that is, so move fast!)
A fantastic way to save money on Apple Music, iCloud storage, expensive apps, subscriptions, and other things that don’t go on sale is to load up on App Store & iTunes gift cards when they go on sale. I’m excited to say that there is now a fantastic way you can save up to 33% off gift cards–that is the largest discount I have ever seen on gift cards, so definitely a great time to load up! That means you’ll functionally get everything else you iTunes at 33% off–what a steal! Here’s how to get your discount:
Second, select an iTunes gift card in any denomination, $25-$100. They’re already discounted 5.6%.
Third, use code BOLT at checkout for an extra 7% off. If your order is more than $100 and this is your first order, use code 10EXTRA for an extra $10 off. (FYI, if you spend $100-$150, you’ll save most with code 10EXTRA, but if you spend more than $150, you’ll save more using code BOLT.*)
That’s it! You’ll receive an email within 24 hours with the gift card redemption code(s) you purchased! Enjoy your discount!
Update: the code BOLT is good for today only. Move fast so you don’t miss out!!!
Update 2: I received a report that the 10EXTRA code does not work with the $5 referral cash. You can still use the code BOLT, though, for up to 32% off!
Update 3: If you have trouble checking out, make sure you’re not running Ghostery or other blockers and it should work fine.
Update 4: Don’t try to make the purchase on a VPN or it will automatically flag & cancel your transaction.
*For you math nerds:
$25 card – 5.6% (standard discount) = $23.50 – 7% (code: BOLT) = $21.85 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $16.85 out of pocket for $25 = 32.8% off
$125 card = 5.6% (standard discount) = $118 – $10 (code: 10EXTRA) = $108 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $103 out of pocket for $125 = 17.6% off
$150 card = 5.6% (standard discount) = $141.60 – $10 (code: 10EXTRA) = $131.60 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $126.60 out of pocket for $150 = 15.6% off
$175 card = 5.6% (standard discount) = $162.20 – 7% (code: BOLT) = $152.95 – $5 (referral code: MMILLER6310) = $147.95 out of pocket for $175 = 15.4% off
Note: In case it wasn’t obvious, links on this page include referral codes which give you and me $5 when you signup. That referral bonus helps me keep this site up and running! Thanks!