Mail Pilot: Discovery Edition Might Be My New Email Replacement App

Mail Pilot: Discovery Edition Might Be My New Email Replacement App

I had been looking for a great email app for years when I found Newton (formally CloudMagic)It was a nifty mail app that did a lot of extra stuff, and then even more when they changed the name and switched to a subscription-based payment system. But I didn’t care about that. It was all about the user experiment. It a gorgeous app, which matter to me since I would have the loop at a dozen times a day. This year they shut down the service. The app still works but there won’t be any updates going forward which will impact my workflow when Apple periodically updates Mac OS X. So I’ve once again been sampling all the current mail apps out there as a replacement. There have been a half dozen of them that I think are pretty good, but always seem to have at least one thing that doesn’t work for me.

Mail Pilot 3 was on of those apps that missed the mark. But it looks like the team is working on the next version they’ve codenamed Mail Pilot: Discovery Edition. And after watching the promo video, I might’ve found my next mail app. It sucks that it’s yet another email subscription service. A lot of the so-called premium functionality is not needed. I just need something slick and easy to use to navigate through my day. Still, I’m getting the pre-order pricing to see what the hell is up with this app.

This Hellboy Reboot Looks Hella Promising

This Hellboy Reboot Looks Hella Promising

 

 

Black Eyed Peas Continue Their Hip-Hop Revival in “Back 2 Hip-Hop”

Black Eyed Peas Continue Their Hip-Hop Revival in “Back 2 Hip-Hop”

Keakie Mix: The Prototype .02

Keakie Mix: The Prototype .02
Oakland Certifies “Early Childhood Education” Tax That Fell Short at The Polls

Listening To: H.E.R.

Listening To: H.E.R.

Comic Book Pull List: December 19th

Comic Book Pull List: December 19th

Traditionally, December is a slow month for comics. A lot of the books have wrapped up their major storylines and are pushing lesser relevant stories to compensate for the slow holiday season. But this mid-December week has me getting one of my biggest book piles of the year. Just shy of 30 books, we got the final issues to Marvel 3 major story-arcs (the X-Men’s Extermination, Spider-man’s Spider-Geddon and the Marvel Universe spanning Infinity Wars), While all of them ended with more of a whimper, they they did bring hope for a new status quo for Marvel. Despite the major releases this week, my favorite read was Captain America #6. Ta-Nehisi Coates seems to be channeling Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie in tone and ambience. I’m loving the disconnect of Steve and America. I know this is a deconstruction of Captain America so we can build him back up to the hero America needs.

In other books, Matthew Rosenberg continues Frank Castle’s war on Hydra in The Punisher #5 (they only other book treating Secret Empire as a major thing). West Coast Avengers continues to be one of my favorite books this year. I know it’s not a lot of folks ‘cup of tea’, but I think Kelly Thompson is killing it. Nick Spencer’s redemption on Amazing Spider-man continues. A lot of folks didn’t like his run on Captain America (that DOES NOT include me), but they have to admit he’s one of the best writers out there right now. And Gail Simone on Domino continues to redefine an awesome character.

#XMasList: Akai MPK Mini MKII Compact Keyboard / Controller

#XMasList: Akai MPK Mini MKII Compact Keyboard / Controller

For making beats, I’m totally laptop based. No other equipment needed. I do everything within the confines of Apple Logic Pro X. But I’ve always thought maybe a small controller with e mini keyboard and some sample pads would be great. Since I do a lot of beats in my work commute, I need things are are compact and easy to use. The AKAI Mini MKII seems to fit the bill. It’s very small, UBS-powered and should integrate easily with beat-making.

Netflix’s Bird Box Feels Like M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. But If It Was Done The Right Way

This movie came out of nowhere! Netflix seems to be pushing new content on a daily basis. So much that Bird Box totally flew under my radar. It has star power, a good script and a great premise, similar to The Happening. Some unknown force is causing people to kill themselves, but I’m sure it won’t be plants this time around.

Listening To Miink

Listening To Miink

Adobe Rolls Out Cloud Sharing and Other Enhancements for XD

Adobe Rolls Out Cloud Sharing and Other Enhancements for XD

#XMasList: iPad Pro 12.9″

#XMasList: iPad Pro 12.9″

I’ve has some version of an iPad since they first dropped in 2010. I currently own a 2nd Generation iPad (with a smashed screen) and a 1st generation iPad mini (which is so slow it’s barely usable). I was waiting for a major upgrade to the hardware and this year it finally came. After a couple years of the iPhone going ‘all-screen’, the new iPad Pro has all done an edged screen to give you more service room. Add in processing power that rivals current computers and you have one hell of a device. Even though money is tight, it might be time to pull the trigger and find a way to get one.

The Mobile DJ App Arms Race Continues As Algoriddim Overhauls DJay Pro Making It Free With An Optional Pro Subscription

The progression of mobile DJ apps has been a slow one. There’s a lot of apps to choose from but there’s only been 2 (in my opinion that were decent enough to use on your mobile devices while you were on the go. Traktor DJ by Native Instruments, and Algoriddim DJay Pro. Sometime this year, Traktor (which was my preferred app) stopped working. It froze and crashed repeatedly so I had no choice but to delete it and start playing with DJay Pro. Algoriddim has put a lot of love and thought into this app. A lot of the things I’ve been wanting in a mobile app seems to be covered in this new version. I’ll give a review when I get to play with it more.

In Production: Collaboration with Elley Jeeze

In Production: Collaboration with Elley Jeeze

Republicans Back the President, but Welcome Challengers

Republicans Back the President, but Welcome Challengers