How many times has someone asked you to “text” them when you got home? But, you forgot?
Or, how many times has someone told you that they’d text you when they got home but, they forgot?
Introducing Knowtify for iPhone. It notifies your friends and/or family automatically.
Now you don’t have to worry about your friends (your kids, elderly parents, family, etc.) and they won’t have to worry about you.
Knowtify uses iPhone’s built-in GPS technology to put a virtual “fence” around your home. When you’re leaving a location (or anytime before returning home) and want to alert others once you’re back safely, simply launch the app and select who you’d like to notify. Once set, the app will monitor your location (in the background). When you return home, the phone will signal the app and the app will notify your chosen friends & family.
The app can react in one of two ways (which you define, each time, when setting):
1) Automatically send an SMS notification to the people you selected or…
2) Wait for you to arrive home before notifying you personally. This option is still automated, but requires action before it notifies your selected friends & family. If you aren’t home, you can snooze the app (for another few minutes) or have it dial emergency services for immediate help.
Believe it or not, we started building this app just over TWO YEARS ago!
What appeared to be a simple problem to fix, quickly turned into a wildly complex challenge to solve.
When building apps, we strive to create powerful apps that solve universal problems.
Then, we attempt to design a solution that is intuitive, beautiful and power efficient.
Knowtify is the embodiment of these ideals.
When we’d become discouraged by the (seemingly) endless development timeline, we were reminded:
“it takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and just 13 hours to build a Toyota.”
Good things, simply, take time.
We’ve spent years streamlining the interface, focusing the features and improving battery usage. We’ve also taken quite some time to develop a companion Watch app to further expedite the app’s core functionality. As the app has evolved, it’s improved and now it’s ready to debut!
I hope that you’ll find it useful, use it regularly and recommend it to your family and friends!
it’s now available, ad-free, on the Apple App Store. go grab it!
chief software architect, brushmedia.com
(PLEASE Tweet it, Facebook it, Text it, Blog about it, and PLEASE review it! Anything you can do is appreciated.)
When SPAM Alert debuted in January of 2014, we were committed to stopping mobile SPAM.
Since our launch, more than 400 (!) new numbers have been submitted to our database by SPAM Alert users!
We have painstakingly followed up with EACH entry, and have verified that 200 of those numbers are in fact SPAM callers.
In a continued effort to stop these unwanted calls, we’re releasing our first “service pack”:
it contains all of the numbers you’ve been protected from [for the last 6 months], as well as the 200 new entries we’ve vetted.
Our goal is to release Service Pack updates twice a year, continuously, to protect you and your family from mobile SPAM.
These packs will cost $0.99US, but are transferable to any personal phone, even if upgraded.
Some users have asked why SPAM Alert and its Service Packs aren’t FREE. Here’s why:
Creating SPAM Alert was tricky.
We wanted an app that could be installed easily, wouldn’t impact battery life and could protect a user for as long as they used an iPhone. The Brushmedia team met these goals, but not after months of brainstorming & development.
In addition, we must research and verify ALL newly submitted numbers, daily.
Maintaining SPAM Alert’s backend and functionality doesn’t come easily.
That being said, we think that SPAM Alert is well worth the small price to keep it up-to-date and keep your privacy intact.
These updates are NOT required. When you purchase SPAM Alert, you get the latest database protection for life.
Lastly, we’re pleased to announce that Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 release appears to be bringing back “full-screen” caller ID art.
For more information, check out our previous post, here.
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com
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Great news friends!
Apple has approved the bug fixes in our reFaced app and has released the new version (v1.0.1) just in time for the wknd.
Head to the @AppStore , update today, and say goodbye to those pesky notifications!
If you haven’t seen some of our latest @reFacedApp contributions, head over to the Instagram gallery, and share yours with the world, by tagging #reFacedApp in your next photo!
This is exciting news for future app development and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.
While no official announcement has been made (from Apple), we’re digging deep into the new iOS 8 beta and hoping Apple will allow us to restore SPAM Alert’s functionality back to its intended glory.
The image above, on Apple’s official website, has us thinking optimistically.
Could this be their subtle way of telling us, full-screen contact images are coming back?!
If you’re a reFaced user, first and foremost, thank you!
Secondly, we’re sorry if you were hit with an annoying bug that we’re just starting to see surface.
We want people to use our app as much as possible, so we integrated a little reminder in case you forget from time to time. It appears that some users are being overwhelmed with a bug that continuously reminds you (with a notification).
While our intention is never to nudge you more than once every few weeks, some users are reporting dozens of notifications in just a few hours.
We’re sorry. That’s annoying and we’d be irritated it too!
We’re working to isolate the bug and will deploy an update ASAP.
In the meantime, if you’d like to disable notifications, you can to so by going to
Settings > Notification Center > reFaced.
Again, please accept our apologies. Our goal is never to bug, bother or annoy.
At Brushmedia, we aim to create “Awesome Apps” that you and your family and friends can play, use and enjoy.
We appreciate your patience as we find and fix this hiccup.
More to come…
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com
The team and I are proud to announce out latest app: reFaced!
reFaced is a super-simple, super-fun photo utility that allows you to easily swap faces in pictures without fancy software like Adobe Photoshop®.
It couldn’t be easier to use:
Pick a photo of you and a friend (or any picture with two forward-facing people), tap swap and adjust color controls if needed.
Then, you can save the photo to your camera roll (to manipulate or share in any app) or directly share it with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email or SMS!
Check out the photos that others have created (it’s a continuous feed) at the reFaced website!
It’s 100% FREE and we hope that you try it out and begin sharing your photos, today!
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hAPPy Friday everyone! (see what i did there?)
Earlier this week (Monday), Apple went ahead and dropped the much anticipated iOS 7.1 update for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad. This update is the first major release since the complete redesign of the iOS user interface. The update brought some interesting new features, like CarPlay, while refining other areas like Camera & Calendar.
There were also a few interface adjustments. Most notably, changes to the “phone” application & Caller ID.
Much to our dismay, Apple has adjusted the appearance of incoming calls. And, while this doesn’t change the effectiveness or the way that our SPAM Alert App works, it does make it slightly less clear when SPAM numbers are calling.
While we’ve filed an official request with Apple to restore full-screen “Caller ID art” to iOS 7.1+ (or at least allow us to override the default), we’re left trying to brainstorm a better solution until they do.
If you have a moment, please send your feedback to Apple: https://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
Apple has always been very clear that they value feedback in numbers: the more people that complain or request a feature, the more likely they are to acquiesce.
Thank you again for your continued support.
We appreciate your business and look forward to creating more “Awesome Apps” for you and your friends.
Have a great wknd!
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com
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