Re/Code Covers our Tools

Re/Code has published a great review of our products – we’re thrilled to be featured on a site that has very quickly become a daily read.

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But there are also many programs out there designed to ward off such distractions. I tested Freedom, which costs $10 and works on Macs and Windows PCs, keeping your computer from connecting to the Internet for any reason for a designated time period. I also tested Anti-Social, a $15 Windows- and Mac-friendly program that’s designed to block specific websites. Though it blocks Facebook.com and Twitter.com by default, you can add whichever additional websites that you tend to read too often while trying to work. Both of these programs are made by80Pct Solutions, and both can be turned off when people reboot their computers. When bought together, they cost $20.

The Mindful Revolution

Time Magazine leads this week with a feature story about The Mindful Revolution (pdf). Premised on the growing trend (and positive outcomes associated with) of mindfulness-based relaxation and stress reduction, the story explores why increasing numbers of people are adopting these tools.

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Naturally, the hyperconnection and distraction associated with nearly all forms of education, commercial production, and socialization drives some of this motivation.  Are we near a tipping point?

The Isolator

Appeared a few years ago on Laughing Squid, but that doesn’t make it any less insane/awesome!

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The Isolator is a bizarre helmet invented in 1925 that encourages focus and concentration by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny horizontal slit. The Isolator was invented by Hugo Gernsback, editor of Science and Invention magazine, member of “The American Physical Society,” and one of the pioneers of science fiction.

In other news, we’re proud to welcome Hugo Gernsback to our Board of Advisors.

Anti-Social 1.0 Beta Released

We’re pleased to note that the Anti-Social 1.0 Mac beta has been launched, and is available to new and previous purchasers of Anti-Social.  A link to the beta is included in your order email.

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For the geeks, Anti-Social 1.0 is a ground-up rewrite for Cocoa using Objective C.  It includes nifty features like scheduling and automatic startup.