App Store subscription fatigue: Avoiding being bled to death

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I saw a really interesting app for my Mac the other day that I'd love to use. It looks cool and does useful things. What stopped me in my tracks, however, is that the developer priced the app as an annual subscription. Subscriptions for apps that don't need subscriptions have become so common that at this point, I practically consider it a selling point when a dev charges a one-time fee for a perpetual license.

Abode Iota DIY security system adds HomeKit support

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Abode announced Thursday that its Iota DIY smart security system is finally HomeKit compatible. HomeKit is available as an update to the Iota system, enabling Iota users to control the system using the Apple Home app on the iPhone, and Siri on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and HomePod.

Editor’s Desk: Apple update death march, Adobe expectations, Apple Health and EHR

This week saw yet another point update from Apple to fix a problem, this time for an issue first introduced in late October. We also saw the release of an app we've been waiting for from Adobe for a year - one that's underwhelming many of us, it turns out. Apple surprised us with some welcome electronic health record integration; now if only the rest of the health care industry would catch up. Thoughts on all this stuff in this week's editor's desk roundup.

Photoshop for iPad — what happened?

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Faced with an average user review rating of 2.3 out of 5 stars for its Photoshop for iPad app on Apple's App Store, creative software maker Adobe has now admitted that it's indeed failed to properly distinguish between “real” and “full” Photoshop experience on the Apple tablet.

Adobe releases Photoshop for iPad, announces Illustrator

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It's been a year since Adobe first previewed a version of Photoshop running on an iPad at its Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles, with a promise to release the app sometime in 2019. Now the software is available for download from the App Store. It's a free download, though unlocking and using it requires an active Creative Cloud subscription.