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illumineX ships EyeSpy 2.2.4 — Googly Eyes for macOS!

EyeSpy 2.2.4 was released today at the Apple App Store for Mac. This release includes a bit of polish to the drifting balloon #GooglyEyes character, Squeaky. 
What's New in EyeSpy 2.2.4• Corrects issues related to switching characters by normalizing the on-disk saved User Defaults for EyeSpy (which had accumulated cruft from old character IAP data) • Corrects information in the IAP bundles for the balloon and pending zombie ArtPaX which fixes some character selection issues • Fixes a bug with the balloon character which caused it to perform a “slide home” animation and sound effect when resizing the balloon • Improves robustness of IAP system • Fixes a bug which reset the user’s preferred “home” location if the ballon character was selected with hot keys (Command-Right-Arrow) • Fixes a bug which led to the ballon occasionally not drifting when “Who let the dogs out?” was selected
Did you know? When EyeSpy is the in-focus app (CMD-Tab to switch to EyeSpy from any running app) you can use …
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We released updates to EyeSpy and the  first four games of our Infinity GamePaX series (BabelBloX, HextriX, HoppiX, and RuniX) this week.
Also this week, EyeSpy had twice as many downloads in Japan as in the USA. 
I have no idea why, because this week isn’t any different than any other week, but I’ve been predicting since we came up with the idea that EyeSpy should be Big in Japan™. I guess Japan has noticed! 
So I googled up the most popular hashtag in Japanese and sent a Tweet for Japan!

It supposedly means “love” but since I don’t speak the language there’s a non-zero chance it’s rather naughtier.
EyeSpy is Big in Japan (illumineX Tweet)
We've updated our macOS games BabelBloX, RuniX, HextriX, and HoppiX this week, as well as the #GooglyEyes toy EyeSpy.



These update improve the stability and performance of the apps on macOS High Sierra. A bug or two have been fixed in EyeSpy which prevented the In-App Purchase system from working correctly for some people. In addition, a bug which sometimes caused a crash when switching to a new EyeSpy character has been fixed.

Enjoy!

EyeSpy 2.1.0 ships with new drifting balloon character

Heads-up, EyeSpy fans! EyeSpy 2.1.0 is now available on the Mac App Store (Click that link to view EyeSpy on the Mac App Store) including a new drifting balloon character. (Squeaky is available as an in-app purchase for $0.99, while EyeSpy is a free download with original cartoon artwork including several free characters.)

The drifting balloons character was a favorite with our focus group and beta testers. EyeSpy is way more fun than it has any right to be!

EyeSpy is an all new implementation of the classic cartoon eyes watching the mouse cursor toy, written in Cocoa/Swift for macOS Sierra (10.12) and High Sierra (10.13).

illumineX can help you develop, refactor, or modernize your mobile and enterprise cloud applications. Contact illumineX today!

EyeSpy 2.1.0 press release at prMac

Steve Jobs on life

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.“— Steve Jobs
Today, Steve Jobs (1955-2011) would have celebrated his 63rd birthday.

Black Monday was the Big Bang

On February 11, 1993 NeXT announced they would no longer make and sell their sleek black computers the NeXTcube and related family of "pizza box" workstations known as NeXTstation. Three hundred people were fired and the company reformed around a software strategy based on pitching their operating system and object-oriented software developer tools known collectively as NeXTSTEP, for various  hardware platforms including PA-RISC, SPARC, and Intel x86.  In addition to providing their OS on other hardware platforms, the company worked with partners including Sun and Microsoft to layer their developer tools on other platforms including OpenStep for Solaris and OpenStep for Windows (sometimes known as "Yellow Box").

Known by the community of NeXT enthusiasts wryly as "Black Monday" this transition led to some amusing footnotes in the history of computing. One Wall Street firm, AIG Trading, didn't pick up the advanced (but probably very subtle) hints offere…