As an alternative of a screencap, right here’s George Michael singing “Freedom” (Photograph by Kevin Winter/Getty Pictures)

macOS: Freedom, the cross-platform app that blocks distracting web sites, simply received much more highly effective. Now on macOS, and shortly on Home windows, Freedom can block desktop apps.

In Freedom 1.6, you possibly can open an inventory of all of your desktop apps, then choose those you need to block. Then (similar to blocking web sites) you possibly can block these apps on the fly, or throughout scheduled hours. So you possibly can block Chrome and TweetDeck when you get an hour of labor achieved in Excel. Or you possibly can block all of your video games from 10-6.

Screencap by Freedom

Freedom nonetheless can’t block iOS apps, solely the web domains they entry. So you possibly can solely put an app like Twitter into “offline mode,” and you’ll’t block an offline app resembling an addicting cellular recreation. It’s an enormous limitation. And there’s nonetheless no Freedom Android app; for that, you’ll want Offtime, which comes free with a Freedom license.

Nonetheless, blocking desktop apps is a giant step ahead, particularly when you earn a living from home. I used to waste my afternoons taking part in Mini Metro once I ought to have been writing. App-blocking would have fastened that.

Proper now, Freedom is 40% off with the code FOCUS, bringing a yearly subscription all the way down to $17.40, and bringing a “endlessly” license all the way down to a still-hefty $77.40. (Each licenses embody limitless downloads to all of your units.)

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