Good news: Version 1.5 of our popular Daily Sage app is now compatible with iOS 12 and the iPhone X Series. It is available for immediate download. 😎

Additionally, Daily Sage now brings native compatibility to those without an iPhone ––– v1.5 is now “universal” and can be downloaded and enjoyed on any supported iPad. 🙌🏻🎉 The iPad version is free for existing subscribers and just 99¢ a day or $9.99 (US) a year for new users.

We’ve also cleared thru all your feedback and are confident that we’ve killed all the reported bugs marring your app experience. If you identify any new bugs, please let us know. 🐛🚫

 

Now, some “bad” news (it’s not that bad, promise!):

Unfortunately, the backend server we utilize to send your daily inspiration has dramatically increased the cost of their services. Maintaining daily operations for our app comes at a cost and this new increase has driven up operation costs by more than 150%!! 😳

At first, we thought we’d have to raise the cost of Daily Sage, but are now happy to report that prices will stay the same thru the year (2018). The price for new users will likely increase in the new year. Those new prices are still TBD.

To help compensate for the rate increase, we’re switching the servers that deliver your inspirational notices (each day). We’re confident that the new servers will deliver the same reliable experience you’ve come to expect from our app, without interruption.

That said, installing this update is crucial:

Starting November 1, 2018, users who have not updated to version 1.5 will no longer receive daily notifications. 😢

For most users, your iOS device will automatically download and update your app, so no further action is required. IF you have automatic updates turned OFF or your device hasn’t received the automatic update before October 31, 2018, you can (easily) force the update to install: On your iOS device Tap & Open the App Store > Updates (bottom of the screen) > Daily Sage > Update.

We apologize for any inconvenience this update may cause and hope you continue to enjoy receiving life’s best advice, every morning. If you have a friend or loved one that you think might also enjoy our app, please share it.

As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to inspiring you, every day, in the future.

hAPPy Saturday!

 

 

iOS 12 Compatibility

This morning, Apple formally announced the release date for iOS 12: September 17th.
Below is a list of all of our apps and their compatibility with iOS 12.


Effective 9/13/18:

 

Daily Sage:
We are finishing up work on v1.5 (a critical update). We hope to have it released and on your iOS devices by the end of this month. 🤞🏻

 

TimeCruncher:
Additionally, we’re working on a major update to our popular TimeCruncher app. Until it’s ready, the current version (tho not optimized for the iPhone X series) is 64-bit and will run on any iOS12 compatible device.

 

Knowtify:
Knowtify is also fully 64-bit and iOS12 compatible!
We’re working on a cosmetic update to make it shine on the iPhone X series.

 

Spam Alert:
Our original flagship app is not yet 64-bit compatible and therefore not available on iOS 12. Tho disappointing, anyone who previously installed the app (in iOS 10 or earlier) will STILL be able to take advantage of the app’s primary feature: warning when spam is calling.

Until we’re able to update the app, new numbers cannot be added to the system and therefore, new submissions cannot provide our advertised warning. All previously added numbers (more than 1,500) will continue to be blocked.

 

POPtorious! & POP Jr!:
Unfortunately, POPtorious (our first app!) and its sister app, POP Jr!, both need a few adjustments before they will be ready to take advantage of iOS 12. We hope to make those adjustments soon so that we can get them back in the app store for existing users to continue playing and for new users to discover.

 

As always, we thank you for your support and appreciate your patience as we update our existing apps. 

We have lots of exciting updates and new apps on our roadmap and we look forward to sharing them ALL with you!

 

 

iOS 11 Compatibility

Tuesday morning, Apple formally announced the release date for iOS 11: September 19th.

All iOS updates come with change, both good and bad. In most cases, Apple gives us the tools to push our ideas further and our apps improve as a result. Occasionally, they remind us that some apps need extra polish, while others may be ready to retire. iOS 11 is an exciting update, but one that is forcing such change. Below is a list of all of our apps and their compatibility with iOS 11.


Effective 9/19/17:

Knowtify & Daily Sage:
Our latest (and most popular) apps are fully 64-bit and iOS11 compatible! #phew
We’re working on cosmetic updates to make both shine on the iPhone X.

TimeCruncher:
We’re working on an update, but the current version is 64-bit and iOS11 compatible.

Spam Alert:
Our original flagship app is not yet 64-bit compatible and therefore not available on iOS 11. Tho disappointing, anyone who previously installed the app (in iOS 10 or earlier) will STILL be able to take advantage of the app’s primary feature: warning when spam is calling.

Until we’re able to update the app, new numbers cannot and will not be blocked, but any of the previous numbers (more than 1,500) will continue to be blocked. #highfive

POPtorious! & POP Jr!:
Unfortunately, POPtorious (our first app!) and its sister app, POP Jr!, both need a few adjustments before they will be ready to take advantage of iOS 11. We hope to make those adjustments soon so that we can get them back in the app store for existing users to continue playing and for new users to discover.

reFaced:
At this time, we have decided to retire reFaced. When reFaced debuted, it was a popular way to swap faces with your friends and family. But, as bigger, better apps (like Snap) hit the market, we have been unable to keep up. Instead of rebuilding reFaced (from the ground up), we’ve decided to pour our efforts into improving our existing library and creating new and exciting apps.

 

As always, we thank you for your support and appreciate your patience as we update our existing apps.
We have lots of exciting updates and new apps on our roadmap and we look forward to sharing them ALL with you!

 

 

Proud to announce that our latest update is fully compatible with iOS 10, starting today (v1.0.5).
Grab it before Apple releases the update, tomorrow!

 

Updates! | Bug Fixes & iOS 10 Compatibility

facepalm

 

I’ve got some good news and bad news…

 

The bad news:

When Apple released the latest public build of iOS 9 (9.1) it inadvertently broke some functionality in our app SPAM Alert! At present, if you are running iOS 9.1, you will (likely) be unable to launch the app to report new numbers.

 

–face palm–

 

The good news:

Since the SPAM Alert! app doesn’t need to be running on your iPhone to work (it just needs to be installed), you are still actively protected from unsolicited calls. A visual warning will still appear if/when you receive a call from an offender on our master list.

We’re actively working to get the bug fixed and will let you know when an update is approved and available.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Happy Friday! Have a great wknd!

-Christian
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com

November 13, 2015 Bug Report, iOS 9, iOS App, iPhone, SPAM Alert

SPAM Alert Incoming Call

 

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.

 

hAPPy Friday!

 

-Christian
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com

 

are you following us on twitter?

reFacedApp fixed

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!

iOS Full-Screen Caller ID Change

 

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!

-Christian
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com

 

 

March 14, 2014 Apple, iOS 7, iOS App, iPhone, SPAM Alert

 

 

POPtorious!

 

hAPPy Friday!

POPtorious! – Party Edition has been updated with the #1 most requested feature: categories!

Now you can play “celebrity” or any 8 other pop-culture categories:
80’s, 90’s, TV, Movies, Music, Books, Sports and Broadway!

And, for our younger players, we’re proudly introducing: POPtorious! – Millennium Edition.

Both games are FREE to play and feature thousands of fresh, up-to-date clues. Additional game content is added everyday!

We’ve also included new features that allow users to skip difficult clues or pause their game without penalty!

Please take a minute, check them out and download.
They’re perfect for your next get-togetherdinner partygame nightroad trip or vacation.

Have a great wknd, everyone!

 

Help us spread the word!

(Tweet it, Facebook it, Text, Blog about it! Anything you can do is appreciated.)

 

update v1.0.2

+minor bug fixes associated with sharing on Facebook

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