Monday Musings: Notifications, iTunes Affiliate Changes, and More

Monday Musings is back for it’s third edition. Here are some things you should check out to kick off your week.

Mac Power Users #376: Notifications! 

Myke Hurley joins Katie and David to discuss notifications. We discuss how notifications have become a problem, dealing with distractions and wrangling the various notifications to optimize our devices.

This episode discusses notifications for Mac and mobile devices. It’s a great look at how people handle things differently even when they work on some similar things. Myke offers some great insight into why his notifications are the way they are, too.

Apple makes changes to iTunes Affiliate Program

We’d like to clarify some changes being made to the Affiliate Program. Commissions for all iOS in-app purchases will be reduced from 7% to 2.5% globally, and all other content types (including music, movies, books, paid iOS apps and TV) will remain at the current 7%.

While I largely use Amazon Affiliate links, I do have an account as an iTunes Affiliate, too. I might not make much, if anything at all, through my links, but this is good news for those who do.

Bloodline season 3 trailer

The final season of Bloodline hits Netflix on May 26th. Will the lies and secrets catch up to them? This trailer sure makes it look like they do.

It’s time for the Raptors to decide what kind of team they want to be

Toronto’s All-Star backcourt underperforms every postseason, to the point that the team’s public relations department included in its game notes last week a nugget showing how many times DeMar DeRozan failed to reached double figures in the playoffs.

Perhaps the pressure unnerves them, though DeRozan responds to every stinker with a 30-point explosion. Maybe the lack of collective playmaking in Toronto’s low-assist system is more of a handicap in the playoffs, when teams trap DeRozan and Lowry, and dare Toronto to beat them with passing and shooting the Raptors don’t have. Is that on the coaching staff for building that system, and failing to adapt? Or is that style in the DNA of Toronto’s star players?

Zach Lowe takes a look at the future of the Toronto Raptors after they lost in a sweep to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s some great insight into the various options the Raptors have going forward. They’re an interesting team with some great players, but still not quite enough to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.