iPhone 6

Do you remember back in high school, when we had a “word of the day” calendar to learn new words, to sporadically use throughout the day? It was a great effort to improve our vocabulary and, ultimately increase our SAT scores. I MISS those calendars.

I recently took an international holiday to mentally regroup and on the return flight, I was scrolling through years of inspirational quotes that I’ve collected: A mental pep-talk-routine I have, often. But, I was dismayed: why don’t I have these affirmations daily?

Then, inspiration struck💡!
I ordered a cocktail (to keep the juices flowing 😜) and sketched out the architecture of a new app: Daily Sage.

The app has taken on a wonderful life of its own. It went from being a product to an experience…for me and all those involved.
I’ve been actively recruiting professional entrepreneurs, mental health experts, life coaches, actors, comedians, etc. All looking to share their best life advice.

My first featured contributor recently wrote me this:
“Going back through and re-reading all of these favorite quotes of mine, I’ve realized I was actually speaking to myself this whole time. These were all messages that I selected because they at some point were the very thing I needed to hear. Spending dedicated time with them doing the artwork has been a very lovely walk down memory lane and it’s a huge reminder to keep pursuing our dreams! ;)”

So there it is: a light-weight app that delivers a quick, unobtrusive, inspirational message, every morning.
Daily affirmations to meditate with, appreciate and potentially share.

Try it for FREE, today, on the App Store!

hAPPy thursday!
-christian

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?

reFaced_bug_report_1

 

Well, crap!

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…

Happy Friday!

-Christian
Chief Software Architect, Brushmedia.com

May 30, 2014 iOS 7, iPhone, iPod Touch, reFaced

 

#reFacedApp

Hello gang!

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!

Are you following us on twitter?

May 9, 2014 Apple, iOS 7, iOS App, iPhone, iPod Touch

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.)

 

iTunes App Store - 5 Stars

First and foremost, thank you to everyone for downloading and sharing our new app with others. Your support is greatly appreciated!

SPAM Alert has only been live on the App Store for a week and it is already generating lots of buzz.
Feedback for the app has been astonishing:

 

Richard Stapler described SPAM Alert as “how tech can really make our lives better.”
John Kinyo was thrilled that [when his phone rang] “like MAGIC, [he] could see it was SPAM and a waste of [his] time.”
GadgetReview.com said it is a great way “to destroy SPAM calls on your iPhone.”

 

With as a SOLID 5-Star rating on the iTunes App Store, we’re off to a great start. If you have downloaded, but not yet taken the time to review, please do. Reviews help us share the app with more users and continue to improve it!

It’s easy to review!:  launch SPAM Alert on your iPhone and head to Settings > About > Rate & Review.

Please keep sharing SPAM Alert with your family and friends and we’ll keep working to #StopMobileSpam !

January 21, 2014 Apple, iOS 7, iOS App, iPhone, SPAM Alert

Introducing SPAM Alert

hello world!

if you’re anything like me, you’re getting more and more unwanted mobile calls from political parties, telemarketers, debt collectors, etc.

as it turns out, signing up for “Do Not Call” lists is no longer an effective way to prevent or stop receiving these unwanted calls. after receiving as many as six (!) unwanted, unsolicited, calls in a single day, i decided to do something about it:

i created SPAM Alert.
it’s a clever app that visually notifies me anytime 900+ known solicitors attempt to call my iPhone.

i’ve been enjoying it since August, and I’ve decided to share it with the world.

the user interface was written from the ground up to provide not only a pleasant iOS 7 experience, but also an intuitive environment for novices and experts alike. As Ron Popeil famously said, “Set it and forget it.” The next time you get an unwanted call, like magic, you’ll be warned.

no one should have to deal with mobile spam…

I would appreciate it if you would take a minute to check it out and hopefully download.
If nothing else, please help spread the word!

 Tweet it, Like it, Share it, Text it, Blog about it! Anything you can do is APPRECIATED!

Together, we can put a stop to these unwanted calls!

learn more . . . or download from the App Store.

i’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

-Christian

January 12, 2014 Apple, iOS 7, iOS App, iPhone, SPAM Alert

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