Posted on November 22, 2013
I’m thrilled to announce that starting today, through to November 28th, SecureSend will be featured alongside AppDelete and Periscope Pro in this week’s AppyFridays bundle. With over 100 000 users and fresh new deals every week, AppyFridays is the authority on sweet deals when it comes to Mac apps, and I couldn’t be happier that they’ve selected SecureSend to participate in their bundle.The Mac SafeGuard Bundle will help keep your computer safe, secure, and organized, and allows you the unique opportunity to receive a 75% discount on what you’d normally pay for this trio.
Posted on November 9, 2013
A quick overview. The Pebble smartwach connects to your iOS or Android device and allows interactions such as notifications to be displayed on the screen of the watch. My service provides an API which allows anyone, from any website or server, to send notifications to any registered Pebble device, something which you could not accomplish before.. I’ve been using it myself for about a month now, and as a developer have found it adds immense value to my Pebble.
PbNotify is powered by Flask and MongoDB, and provides a public-facing bridge between the Internet and local notifications on your Pebble. With one simple request, any webapp or server can now send notifications straight to your wrist. One popular use is to be notified when a long-running command on a remote server completes, with information like exit status easily displayed on your watch, but this is only one example of the many uses for PbNotify.
Essentially, it provide a RESTful API that you make calls to from anywhere (after connecting your Pebble), allowing you to get local notifications delivered straight to your wrist. In addition to the commands on remote servers, I use the API for payment notifications (Stripe webhook), GitHub push notifications (Github webhook), and a bunch of other little things. With PbNotify, any service that can send information to a URL can be turned into a notification source on your smartwatch. Another cool way I use the API is a phone number which, with Twilio’s SMS API integration, I can text to have the body of my message be turned into a notification on my watch.
Additional useful features I’ve built into the accompanying watchface include a sensory alert when you leave the Bluetooth range of your smartphone, and messages that persist once the notification has been dismissed.
The complete API documentation can be found here. I encourage anyone who is interested to go check out the site, and register. The possibilities here are endless, and I’m excited to see what can be built on top of my work. Read More1 Comment
Posted on October 9, 2013
Set up a chat room on your local network for everyone to access instantly and anywhere with the click of a button, even on Wi-Fi networks that normally charge for Internet access!
LocalChattr: the Mac App Store’s first solution for simple, unlimited communication over a local area network.
On a cruise ship with exorbitant wireless access fees, when all you need is a way to stay in touch with your family or friends? On a plane and don’t want to pay the insane Internet rates to stay in touch with others on different parts of the plane? Simply launch LocalChattr, click “Start Server”, and you’re set!
You get access to a fully-featured chatroom hosted on the your own computer, meaning anyone on the same network can join and send messages without paying a dime, since you don’t actually need Internet connectivity.
LocalChatter is available on the Mac App Store as of today, so make sure to go check it out!Leave a Comment
Posted on September 2, 2013
Today I’m glad to announce the first major major update to SecureSend, bringing us to SecureSend 2.0. Well actually, make that 2.1 at the time of posting, since there were a few small changes to make. So what’s new in the latest and greatest version of this encryption tool? First and foremost, there’s a whole new interface, redesigned for easier navigation. The big change this means for current users is that most of the functionality you came to expect to be presented to you as options is now found in the various menus. Under the hood, there were some changes that included making SecureSend aware of multiple cores, so that your encryption and decryption can occur more quickly on powerful computers.
In terms of functionality, there are two major additions. The first was the most requested feature, which was to allow SecureSend to encrypt and decrypt entire files. Your emails have been read, and starting with this latest update, the same security algorithms that are used to protect text encrypted in SecureSend can now be used on arbitrary files. For more information, please visit the new SecureSend Help.
The other major addition I’m excited to announce is SecureSend Transporter, my solution to built-in chat-like functionality! Transporter is free to use, and allows you to send encrypted messages across the Internet, all without leaving the SecureSend app. Without having to email or otherwise manually send anything, SecureSend Transporter will send your encrypted message directly to another SecureSend app user, allowing them to receive and decrypt it instantly.
To check out these new features, update the app if you already own it, or purchase it on the Mac App Store.
Posted on September 2, 2013
Today at 9PM (EDT) I helped co-host the first ever Chalky Talk, a live-broadcast comprised of five students from Stanford, Berkeley, and MIT geared towards high school students looking to apply to the most exclusive American universities. Chalky is a Stanford-based startup which helps connect high school students, college students, and alumni to help with discovery of, applications to, and success in various colleges.
Join a panel of recent admits into some of the world’s most selective universities to gain valuable insight into the application process.
You’ll be surprised to find out what you’re doing wrong — and right.
Jonathan Engel (Stanford)
Yasyf Mohamedali (MIT)
Kaelyn Jhori Varner (Stanford)
Ross Teixeira (UC Berkeley)
I would highly recommend checking out the embedded video if you are a potential applicant to any American university, as we answered many of the most commonly asked questions, and provided some valuable yet specific insight to various aspects of the process.2 Comments