MacBook Alarm is macOS app that will secure your laptop.

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Ken Wallace
Founder of MastermindJam.com
$4.99? INSTA-PURCHASE. But, to be 💯 honest, I also would have bought—without hesitation—if the price was $24.99. So my point is… RAISE YOUR PRICE! If I lost my laptop, the thief would get a $2k device, plus a PRICELESS amount of code and files. What’s my time worth to buy a new machine, configure it, and OMG replace all that work? $4.99 feels like I’m buying a novelty, not a solution to that real problem. Would I pay $4.99 for a car alarm? No, that’s too cheap and indicates low quality. Would I pay $4.99 for a baby monitor? No. Same reason. That’s again too cheap, and indicates low quality. What’s the right price? No idea. But I would immediately test incrementally higher prices. Put a banner on your site, announcing that the price will go up $5 next week. And—and this is key—actually raise the price by $5 next week. And repeat every week until sales slow. When they start to level off… just leave the price right there and take the banner down. My hunch is you’ll get above $35 before sales flatline. 🤔🙂
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@boaticus This is the best advice in this thread.
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Ken Wallace
Founder of MastermindJam.com
@boaticus Perhaps the goal is not to make as much money as possible, but to help as many people as possible while still making money.
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Ken Wallace
Founder of MastermindJam.com
@joshlewis Hi there! I'm sorry you assumed my comment was aimed at helping him pursue a goal of making as much money as possible. It wasn't. The goal is to get the app into as many hands as possible. Here's how... A low price can often be an indicator of low quality. When that happens, low numbers of people take a risk on trying it out. If you raise the price on certain products (especially security/insurance-related products like this) you increase the number of people who benefit from it. It's not logical. It may not even seem fair. But, it is the way many humans perceive the notion of value in their minds (I cited two examples above). Because of this weird, frustrating quirk of human perception, more people can often be helped... simply by making the price higher. Further, with a higher price, those people who do purchase can be helped for a longer period of time, well into the future, because the developer is incentivized to update, maintain, and add functionality. With my plan, if folks would like to pay less for the app, that's fine. In that case, they should hurry and not hesitate with their purchase before the price is raised. There's also a similar product listed on PH (Laplock) if someone really needs this functionality, and that app is free (correlation or causation debate on pricing vs. why that other app got a fraction of the upvotes as this). The maker of that app commented about this just a few moments ago. 😄 Anyway, it's an interesting debate. I've got no horse in this race, it was merely a suggestion. Andrey can do as he wishes. 😃
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timelesstheeDesigner
@boaticus Psychological manipulation aside, there is still no real need to charge above the true value of production.
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Andrey Azimov
Maker
Sheet2Site.com
👋 Hi PH, ⁉️ Problem Most of the time I work from a coffee shop with my laptop, and from time to time I'll leave to visit the toilet. But whenever I go, I 😓 worry that someone might 👺 steal my laptop while I'm away. 🛠 Solution I tried to find an existing solution to protect my laptop, but none satisfied me. The existing apps are either too expensive (monthly subscription), not supported anymore or they don't work the way that I want. For example, many of them don't play the alarm sound when the display is closed, making it easy for the thief to run away. So I decided to make my own perfect macOS security alarm app... How does it work? If someone tries to steal my laptop (disconnect from the charger or close the display), MacBook Alarm detects it, sounds an alarm and sends a push notification to Telegram so I can capture the bad guy! 🔼 UPDATE: I receive a lot of feedback after 1 week and made an update. Now there are 3 alarm modes: - If the charger was disconnected or display was closed - If the charger was disconnected - If the display was closed + Anti mute/sound change protection. 🎬 Here is a video demo:
🙏 Let me know your feedback. __________________________________________________________________________________________ This app is a part of my Hard Core Year - I 😱 quit my job and I have 1 year to get to 📈 profit as an Indie Maker. You can Read my story. I making this launch live in Twitch. Thanks, @rdev, and @gerasim_sergey who help with code.
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Mohammed Rafy
All things Community
@andreyazimov Hilarious.
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Vishwajeet SrivastavaAndroid Dev | GSoC'17 @MIT Media Lab
@andreyazimov loved the video. Super funny :) Very useful for someone like me who is always worrying about this 😉
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Love it. For the next iteration, maybe you can fix the "mute" problem? And invest $99 in an Apple developer certificate? 🤪👍🏻

Pros:

Solves a real problem when working at public spaces

Cons:

Ineffective if thieve mutes sound before taking the MacBook; app not signed.

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Sergey Pirogov
CEO & Founder, molfar.io
Best review
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Andrey Azimov
Maker
Sheet2Site.com
Working on anti muting.
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Andrey Azimov
Maker
Sheet2Site.com
Anti muting done!
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William
Compulsive maker
Nice job Andrey! Does it take a picture when the alarm rings so you can identify the thief afterwards? 😂
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Andrey Azimov
Maker
Sheet2Site.com
@wimgz Thanks. I thought about it but the chance that a webcam will shot will be a right photo is pretty low. So I decided to launch it without this feature but maybe in next version I will get back to it.
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Manuel Frigerio
Founder @referralHeroHQ + @SparkLoopHQ
Good idea but... it's SOOO expensive! I can probably do it myself in a couple of hours by fiddling around with abstruse configurations, spending another couple of hours trying to troubleshoot problems on StackOverflow and perhaps another 2 hours trying to find the right tune! I'd rather waste 6 hours of my life than paying you $4.99!!! Jokes aside, it solves a real problem and the video made me smile 😃 If anything, you are selling yourself short. I think $9.99 is fair
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Marc Köhlbrugge
Founder of BetaList
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Bruno LemosIndie Developer
> If anything, you are selling yourself short. Yes. If you think about it, it's helping to protect a $2000 essential work equipment. So yeah, $5 it REALLY low.
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Raman Shalupau
Maker @ CryptoJobsList.com

Great alti-theft alarm system for my MacBook 🚨

Pros:

Loud alarm. Great to scare the sh*t out of anyone who steals your laptop

Cons:

I wish it electro-shocked the person who's running away with my laptop 😈

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Teo DeleanuDeveloper
HAHA!
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Pierre-Gilles
Founder of @Gladys Assistant

I was happy to test the beta of this app with Andrey in Dojo, happy to see it live on PH!

Pros:

Definitely the n°1 problem when you‘re working in cafe, now solved 💪🏻 Loud alarm + text message on the phone, great combo!

Cons:

No cons found yet ;)

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Gleb Sabirzyanov
Aiming for the impossible!
Best product video in the world! 🔥🔥🔥🔥
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gerasim_sergey
CEO MacPlus Software, www.noteifyapp.com
I think this application really solves a big problem ... I just advise you to start using this application right now, before your MacBook is stolen
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I am unclear that this is an actual problem. When I'm in a public place and have to use the restroom, I bring my things with me in my backpack. I'm not setting up the war room from 1983's War Games. It's just a laptop I close and slide into my bag. Then again, I do have to untangle my headphones every time. That's a problem I'd pay $4.99 to solve.
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Cam Adair
Founder of Game Quitters
@brendan_hufford As someone who has worked in cafes all around the world for years, I have never once packed my laptop up to go to the restroom. Apparently i'm krazy x.x
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