MacPaw, the Ukrainian company I wrote about a few weeks ago, has announced an update to their CleanMyMac X app with a new Suspicious Apps category to identify quickly, review and remove apps originating from Russia and Belarus to protect users from potential cyberthreats.
Legislation in Russia allows government and affiliated companies to access private information stored on servers in Russia without user consent or a court decision. Consequently, apps made or hosted in Russia and Belarus put your data at risk of government inspection at a minimum.
Of course, deciding what apps are safe and what apps are not is essential. The CleanMyMac X team does its best to avoid bringing safe apps to the suspicious list. Before making a decision, they use information from different sources, ask security experts, and contact the app developer whenever possible and reasonable.
I’m sure the MacPaw team has a lot on their plate right now, but as governments worldwide get increasingly aggressive about user data, I hope to see this feature expand. If you’re interested in CleanMyMac X, I’d recommend a Setapp subscription.
Setapp, the app subscription service for Mac Apps, is no longer just for Mac Apps. Last week Setapp announced that it has added seven iOS apps to the service including Ulysses, Paste, Gemini Photos, Taskheal, SQLPro Studio, Mind Node, and PDF Search with more to come in the future.
I have several developer friends with Apps in Setapp and I never hear the usual grumbling from them about not getting enough revenue share from the service. Indeed, it is quite the opposite. So it’s good knowing they are taking care fo the developers and as a user, I dig the service because they just keep finding more apps that I like and would never have found otherwise.
If you’re a Setapp subscriber, the mind mapping application that I use nearly every day, MindNode, is now available. A few years ago I made some screencasts explaining how I use MindNode. It’s a great app to help you get started mind mapping.
SetApp, the Netflix for Mac Apps service, is celebrating its first year. In doing so, they posted a remarkable amount of data about the service, which now has 107 apps available. The $9.99/month service gives users unlimited access to all 107 apps along with updates. I’ve been using the service since the beginning and have discovered several useful apps in the process along with easing the upgrade process for a few old favorites.
As the numbers increase, SetApp is earning $1.5M in annual recurring revenue. I’m betting this recurring revenue explains why they’ve been able to bring so many app developers on board. It’s giving them another way to monetize their work.
They’ve made the whole thing pretty easy to use, and I’d recommend giving SetApp a spin for a month or two if you like to check out new Mac Apps. There are some real gems in the SetApp library.
I have written aboutTripMode before. It is an excellent little Mac utility that helps you save mobile data when tethering to your iPhone or iPad. They recently released an updated version with some great features. Also, TripMode is now part of Setapp. If you are a Setapp subscriber, you are going to want to add this one to your arsenal.
Setapp, the Netflix for Mac Apps service, got a nice update yesterday improving on App discovery with better App summaries and categories of apps. The overall user interface is much nicer now. Both prettier and more accessible.
I first signed up just to try it out but I’m finding Setapp pretty useful and I’m still using it. For $9.99 per month you get access to 73 apps from 65 vendors, worth a total of $2,387.22.
I have talked to a few developer friends about this business model and everybody is curious. Right now, it’s very tough to make a living in the software business. If something like this takes off, it could be quite lucrative for developers. While it’s not the only answer going in the future, it certainly could become one of several revenue streams for successful software developers.
Anyway, if you like to tinker with quality Mac apps I recommend giving it a free month trial and seeing if it fits for you.