HelloTalk [Sponsor]

HelloTalk [Sponsor]

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My big thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring this year’s Christmas and New Years deals (most deals still live!), as well as the Black Friday deals earlier this year. If you’ve appreciated those deals, do me a favor and check out HelloTalk as their sponsorship made those deals possible. I’ve written several pieces about HelloTalk as part of their sponsorship, each of which explains a different part of the app. So far I’ve looked at:

  1. How HelloTalk provides you with comprehensible language input, which research shows to be the primary factor in learning a language.
  2. How HelloTalk is designed to connect you easily with native speakers of over 100 different languages
  3. How HelloTalk provides you tools that help you understand language.

These benefits of HelloTalk are why I’ve decided to keep HelloTalk on my phone as a tool in my own language practice. I’ve legitimately enjoyed using the app, posting to Moments (and getting corrections), and conversing with others. I wish HelloTalk let you search by gender and interests/hobbies, which would make it easier to have natural conversations with people interested in the same things as you, but I have found that when both people want to practice language, you find things in common to talk about.

If you are interested in learning a language and committed to gaining as much input as you can, then check out HelloTalk. It’s a free download and has an optional in-app subscription for more advanced features (better search, multiple languages, removing ads & limits on language tools). Check it out on the App Store today!

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HelloTalk’s Language Tools [Sponsor]

Sponsored App: HelloTalk

hellotalk_vertical_1000x761My thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring this week of deals! HelloTalk is a free app in the app store that simply and easily connects you to native speakers of over a hundred languages. If you want to learn, practice, or refresh a language, HelloTalk can help you out. My Master’s degree is in ESL and I’ve written before about how HelloTalk can help you learn a language and how it is designed simply to connect you with a language partner. Today, I want to share how HelloTalk gives you some of the techniques and tools you need to learn a language. Continue reading

Christmas holiday deals on iOS apps, Mac apps, & iTunes movies!

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My thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring this year’s Christmas and holiday deals! HelloTalk helps you learn languages by connecting you to native speakers. Read more about it or download HelloTalk today!


There are thousands of iOS apps, Mac apps, & iTunes movies on sale for Christmas, New Year’s, and other holidays! I’ve looked at over 4900 deals to curate just the best. If you’ve seen my curation before, you’ll be happy to know I’ve updated my system so that iOS apps & Mac apps are separated from each other, with subdivisions in each section so you can get quickly to exactly what you want!

Daily updates will be added to the top of each section as other deals break, so check back often! 

Some deals are time-sensitive, so make sure to follow my dedicated AppDeal Twitter feed, @MDMDeals for the most up-to-date curation of deals. I’ll be giving away some fantastic apps next week to my followers, so make sure to follow!

My top 10

iOS apps

Mac apps

Movies

Sponsored app: HelloTalk

My top 10 (updated regularly)

  • Due, remind yourself until you actually get it done; great app worth full price; HIGHLY recommended; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99! Also on sale is Due for Mac, also 40% off, $9.99 ↘️ $5.99!
  • Day One Journal, the best journal in existence; highly recommend; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99! Also on sale is Mac Day One, 25% off, $39.99 ↘️ $29.99!
  • Tweetbot, the BEST twitter client, period; powerful mutes, timeline sync, stats, & more; 50% off, $9.99 ↘️ $4.99! Timeline syncs with Mac app also 50% off, $9.99 ↘️ $4.99
  • Drafts, automate any text; one of the most powerful iOS apps; HIGHLY recommended; 70% off, $9.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Byword, minimalist text editor designed for Markdown; HIGHLY recommended; 50% off, $5.99 ↘️ $2.99! Also the Mac Byword (Mac), is 50% off, $11.99 ↘️ $5.99!
  • Interact, best iOS contact manager, w/ natural language input; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Scanner Pro, scan to PDF w/ OCR & built in workflows; 20% off, $4.99 ↘️ $3.99!
  • Notability, powerful note-taking & recording app; HIGHLY recommended; 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99! Also on sale is Notability (Mac), 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99!
  • Alto’s Adventure, Apple Design Award winning endless skier; fantastically fun; HIGHLY recommended; 75% off, $3.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • NeuBible, most beautiful & best design Bible app out there; HIGHLY recommended; 60% off, $4.99 ↘️ $1.99!

iOS apps

iOS Productivity & Utility apps

  • Soulver, calculator combined w/ a scratchpad; fantastic app; HIGHLY recommended; 75% off, $3.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Due, remind yourself until you actually get it done; great app worth full price; HIGHLY recommended; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99! Also on sale is Due for Mac, also 40% off, $9.99 ↘️ $5.99!

Posted Thursday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST

  • Launch Center Pro, trigger Workflows on location/schedule, launch actions/apps, & more; recommended; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Screens VNC, the BEST way to gain remote access to your computer; 50% off, $19.99 ↘️ $9.99! Also on sale is Mac Screens VNC, 50% off, $29.99 ↘️ $14.99!
  • Money Pro, manage your budget, bills, & accounts on Mac & to go w/ sync; 80% off, $4.99 ↘️ $0.99! Also on sale is Money Pro Mac, 70% off, $29.99 ↘️ $8.99!
  • PCalc, the best designed & most powerful scientific calculator on iOS ; 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99! Also on sale is Mac PCalc, 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99!
  • Tweetbot, the BEST twitter client, period; powerful mutes, timeline sync, stats, & more; 50% off, $9.99 ↘️ $4.99! Timeline syncs with Mac app, also on sale, 50% off, $9.99↘️$4.99
  • Day One Journal, the best journal in existence; highly recommend; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99! Also on sale is Mac Day One, 25% off, $39.99 ↘️ $29.99!
  • Linky, custom share extension w/ amazing support for multiple social media accounts; HIGHLY recommended; 50% off, $3.99 ↘️ $1.99!

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST

  • Drafts, automate any text; one of the most powerful iOS apps; HIGHLY recommended; 70% off, $9.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Byword, minimalist text editor designed for Markdown; HIGHLY recommended; 50% off, $5.99 ↘️ $2.99! Syncs perfectly with Mac Byword, also 50% off, $11.99 ↘️ $5.99!
  • Interact, best iOS contact manager, w/ natural language input; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Scanner Pro, scan to PDF w/ OCR & built in workflows; 20% off, $4.99 ↘️ $3.99!
  • Star Wars Stickers, official iMessage stickers from Disney; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Notability, powerful note-taking & recording app; HIGHLY recommended; 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99! Syncs perfectly with Mac Notability, also 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99!
  • Castro, podcast player w/ unique inbox triage system; 25% off, $3.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • BusyCal, beautiful & power calendar & reminders; $2.99 ↘️ free!
  • Milkeddit, a better Reddit client; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • djay 2, the ultimately djay station; 80% off, $4.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • djay 2 for iPhone, the ultimately djay station; 80% off, $4.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Syml, minimalist Text Editor w/ Dropbox sync; 54% off, $12.99 ↘️ $5.99!
  • Scanbot 6 Pro, powerful mobile scanning; HIGHLY recommended; 20% off, $9.99 ↘️ $7.99!
  • Business Card Reader Plus, scan OCR, & add business cards to contacts; 75% off, $39.99 ↘️ $9.99!
  • Castaway, podcast player; 50% off, $3.99 ↘️ $1.99!
  • Health Data Importer, best way to move your health data from one iPhone to another; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • 1Wallet, put loyalty cards in Apple Wallet even if they don’t have an app; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Srcfari, easily view a web page’s source code on iOS; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Duet Display, use iPad/iPhone as external display; HIGHLY recommended; 50% off, $19.99 ↘️ $9.99!

iOS Education & Information apps

Posted Thursday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST

  • Star Walk, view stars, comets, constellations, planets, & more in the night sky; 80% off, $4.99 ↘️ $0.99! Also on sale is Star Walk HD for iPad
  • Deliveries, the BEST way to track packages; HIGHLY recommended; 20% off, $4.99 ↘️ $3.99! Syncs with Mac app, also 20% off, $4.99 ↘️ $3.99!

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST

iOS Photography & Graphics apps

  • Mextures, add nondestructive award-winning textures to your photos; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Vee for Video, easy video editor for iOS; 67% off, $2.99 ↘️ $0.99!

Posted Thursday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST

  • LightScreen 2, easily manage, categorize, & delete screenshots; 50% off, $5.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Faded, manual camera controls; powerful filters; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Effects Studio, non photo edits & filters; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Hydra, take photos beyond range of standard sensors; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST

  • FX Photo Studio, filters frames, edits, & photo effects; $0.99 ↘️ free!
  • Fotograf, beautiful filters; $1.99 ↘️ free!

iOS Games

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Mac apps

Mac Productivity & Utility apps

  • Ulysses, one of, if not the, best writing environments for the Mac; 27% off, $44.99 ↘️ $32.99! Syncs perfectly with its iOS counterpart
  • TextExpander, save time by expanding short text snippets into entire documents with variables, fill-ins, etc; HIGHLY recommend; 20% off with code MDM20
  • Screens VNC, the BEST way to gain remote access to your computer; 50% off, $29.99 ↘️ $14.99! Also on sale is Screens VNC, 50% off, $19.99 ↘️ $9.99!
  • Money Pro, manage your budget, bills, & accounts on Mac & to go w/ sync; 70% off, $29.99 ↘️ $8.99! Also on sale is iOS Money Pro, 80% off, $4.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • PCalc, powerful & beautiful scientific calculator for your Mac; 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99! Also on sale is PCalc, also 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99!
  • Day One, the best journaling app, w/ perfect sync to iOS & multiple journal support; HIGHLY recommended; 25% off, $39.99 ↘️ $29.99! Syncs with iOS Day One Journal, on sale 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!
  • Winterfest apps 25% off on BBEdit, DEVONThink Pro, Tinderbox, TaskPaper, HoudahSpot, PDFPen

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST:

  • Byword, minimalist text editor designed for Markdown; 50% off, $11.99 ↘️ $5.99! Syncs with iOS
  • Copied, best clipboard manager on the Mac; 75% off, $7.99 ↘️ $1.99! Goes great with free iOS app
  • BusyContacts, most powerful contacts manager for the Mac; 40% off, $49.99 ↘️ $29.99!
  • PopClip, iOS contextual pop-up menu w/ text actions; 80% off, $9.99 ↘️ $1.99!
  • Magnet, easily snap & manage windows; 50% off, $1.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Dropzone 3, initiate customized actions by dropping files onto preset locations; 80% off, $9.99 ↘️ $1.99!
  • Notability, powerful note-taking app; perfect sync w/ iOS; HIGHLY recommended; 30% off, $9.99 ↘️ $6.99! Syncs with iOS
  • Declutter, automatically keep your desktop free of clutter; 67% off, $2.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • Denied, best iOS contact manager, w/ natural language input; HIGHLY recommended; 75% off, $3.99 ↘️ $0.99!
  • 1Blocker, block scripts, ads, trackers, & more; rules sync w/ free iOS app; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!

Mac Education & Information apps

  • Monity, monitor network & computer stats in widget area; 60% off, $4.99 ↘️ $1.99!
  • Deliveries, the BEST way to track packages; HIGHLY recommended; 20% off, $4.99 ↘️ $3.99! Syncs with iOS app, also 20% off, $4.99 ↘️ $3.99!
  • WiFi Explorer, scan & monitor wifi signals & networks; 90% off, $19.99 ↘️ $1.99!

Mac Photography & Graphics apps

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST:

  • Affinity Photo, Apple Mac App of the Year Award-winning photo editor; 20% off, $49.99 ↘️ $39.99!
  • Screenium 3, powerful & customizable screen recording app; 50% off, $49.99 ↘️ $24.99!
  • IconFly, easily generate iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad & Mac icons for your apps; 40% off, $4.99 ↘️ $2.99!
    Mac Photography & Graphics apps

Mac Games

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Movies

Listed alpahabetically, by day of sale. Apologies if sales not available in all regions 😞.

Posted previously on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8am CST


Check back throughout this week for more deals, added to the top of each post.

You can also follow my dedicated AppDeals Twitter feed, @MDMDeals where I curate the best deals each day and not just Christmas & New Year’s. I’ll be giving away some fantastic apps next week to my followers, so make sure to follow!

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You can subscribe to markdmill.com via RSS, Tumblr or by following @MarkDMill on Twitter. I also daily curate and tweet out the best sales on high quality iOS/Mac apps and iTunes movies via @MDMDeals.



Sponsored App: HelloTalk

hellotalk_vertical_1000x761My thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring this week of deals! HelloTalk is a free app in the app store that simply and easily connects you to native speakers of over a hundred languages. If you want to learn, practice, or refresh a language, HelloTalk can help you out. My Master’s degree is in ESL and I’ve written before about how HelloTalk can help you learn a language and how it is designed simply to connect you with a language partner. Today, I want to share how HelloTalk gives you some of the techniques and tools you need to learn a language.

In order to truly learn a language, you must not only have large quantities of input in that language, but it must be comprehensible–that is, slightly stretching to you, but still understandable. HelloTalk has built into the app the tools that you need to comprehend (and thus learn) language. For example, the other day I posted a message into my Moments feed, celebrating that I finished my last class for my Master’s Degree. HelloTalk enables other users to fix errors you may have made in your sentence–and within minutes, six different people had offered me corrections of my sentence (which you can see, below).

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Now, some of those corrections I could understand, but some I couldn’t. I could respond to that person and get more practice, or I could also use HelloTalk’s tools. Just long-press the sentence you don’t understand and it gives you a pop-up (above right). In the options, you can have the sentence spoken, transliterated into a script I may be able to read (below left) or even translated it into my native language (below right).

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Built-in tools like this make HelloTalk a great way to not just practice language, but get the tools you need to make the language comprehensible. I’ve not only practiced my Mandarin in HelloTalk,, but I’ve been able to get near-instant feedback on the errors I’ve made through their community and the tools they’ve made. It is a great way to keep learning even without a teacher.

If you want to learn, practice, or refresh a language, why not give HelloTalk a try? It’s free to download on the App Store today.

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Design of HelloTalk [Sponsor]

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My thanks to HelloTalk for being a sponsor this week. I wrote last week of how research shows the most important factor in learning a language is the quantity and quality of input in that language. One way to get that input is through language partners, but it can be hard to find the right partner for you. Fortunately, the free app HelloTalk has some great features that connect you easily and quickly to language partners of over 100 languages. The process is quite thoughtfully designed. Continue reading

Apple’s AI Advantage

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My thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring this week! HelloTalk helps you learn over 100 different languages by connecting you to native speakers of the language you want to learn. Read why, as a language teacher and learner, I think it’s valuable or download HelloTalk today!


There are few who would challenge that one of Apple’s significant competitive advantages is its ability to design and manufacture physical products. Even fewer, perhaps, would challenge that Google’s significant competitive advantages are it’s access to data and algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) which process that data. As a upcoming frontier in technology appears to be AI, many have assumed that Google’s advantages are so superior to Apple’s that the AI frontier is Google’s battle to lose, and Apple’s to struggle to win. It is my contention, though, that while Google has significant advantages in AI, Apple has advantages critical for competing in the AI frontier.

To argue for my position, I will identify the critical competencies necessary for competing in AI, then argue that Apple’s advantages in some competencies give them, at minimum, an equal fighting chance with Google’s advantages in different competencies. Continue reading

Cyber Monday deals on iOS apps, Mac apps & iTunes movies

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My thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring this year’s Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals! HelloTalk helps you learn languages by connecting you to native speakers. Read more about it or download HelloTalk today!


There are over 4,100 apps on sale for Cyber Monday. I’ve gone through them all so you don’t have to and curated a list of the top high-quality apps that are worthy of your consideration.

This post will be updated frequently, so make sure to check back! You can also follow my dedicated AppDeal Twitter feed, @MDMDeals for a curation of the best deals each day.

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HelloTalk [Sponsor]

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While writing my thesis for my Master’s degree in ESL, I was amazed to see the strong connection in research between mastering a language and receiving large amounts of quality input in that foreign language. In short, the more you interact in a foreign language, the faster you’ll learn it. The trouble is, most of us don’t live with easy access to native speakers of the language we want to learn. That’s where the free app HelloTalk comes in. Continue reading