Stuart Breckenridge

2TB iCloud Storage Now Available

Juli Clover:

Apple today quietly added a new iCloud storage tier, offering customers 2TB of data storage space at a price of $19.99 per month in the United States. Apple now offers four iCloud storage tiers at prices that start at $0.99.

To me this suggests that photos are going to be bigger and, with macOS Sierra, Apple thinks a lot people will sign up for storing their desktop files in iCloud.

What irks me is that storage still can’t be pooled amongst Family Sharing members.

Removing Over the Air Updates from The FFI List

Starting in version 1.3 of The FFI List, functionality that allows users to download updated FFI list databases will be removed. There are a few reasons for this, but it chiefly comes down to the following:

  • The FFI database barely changes from month-to-month
  • There is a small cost to hosting a new database file each month

The FFI List will continue to be updated through the App Store and, as part of those updates, receive updated versions of the database.1 The app will validate saved FFI’s GIINs against the newer database.

1.3 will be released in early September and will contain the August 24, 2016 FFI List. For those who have the in-app subscription, this has been removed from sale. To ensure you don’t miss out, there will be a 1.3.x that contains the September 24, 2016 FFI List.

Following the 1.3.x release, I plan to update the app each quarter. The next release will be in January.

  1. App Store updates are now approved in a timeframe of hours to a few days, instead of around a week. It makes this approach slightly more palatable. ↩︎

Full Dualshock 4 Functionality Coming to the Mac and PC

From the PlayStation Blog:

We’re excited to announce that PlayStation Now is making the jump to Windows PC. The app launches overseas in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter.


We’re also introducing a new device, the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99 ($29.99 CAD). This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features.

Vesper Discontinued

Brent Simmons:

We at Q Branch just released the final version of Vesper. It does one crucial thing: it allows you to export your notes and pictures. See the new Export section in the sidebar.

Sync will be turned off Aug. 30 at 8pm Pacific. We’ll destroy all the data, and neither we nor anyone else will be able to recover it.

The app will be removed from the App Store on Sep. 15. Until then, starting now, it’s free — since you can’t create new sync accounts, and it wouldn’t be fair to charge new users if they can’t sync.

I loved working on Vesper. It was one of the great software-making experiences of my life. We’d get on a roll and it was wonderful.

And now it hurts to turn it off, but it’s time.

To everyone who used the app: thank you so much.

This is such a shame. Vesper was one of my favourite note taking apps, but since Apple’s Notes app was drastically improved in iOS 9, I didn’t think Vesper would last long.