Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals on iOS apps, Mac apps, iTunes Movies, and more!

I’m thrilled to say that my curated list of fantastic Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals on fantastic apps, movies, and more is live! Check out the dedicated page on my new website, mdmdeals.com.


Setapp-bannerMy thanks to Setapp for sponsoring this week’s deals. Setapp gives you access to dozens of great apps for one low monthly price. Get some of my favorite Mac apps today by downloading Setapp for a monthlong 100% free trial or read more about it!

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Setapp: Dozens of great apps, one great price [Sponsor]

Setapp-bannerImagine needing an app to make you more productive, do maintenance on your Mac, or be more creative–and now imagine that you can get a high-quality app to solve your need without having to look for one or deals with reviews, spammy software, trials, in-app purchases, or upgrade pricing. You now can, with Setapp.

Setapp is the first subscription service for Mac apps, giving you access to hand-picked, high-quality apps for one low monthly price. Get access to some of my favorite & highly recommend apps like CleanMyMac, iStat Menus, Gemini,  2Do, Boxy, Alternote, Dropshare, Unclutter, Marked, or Screens, plus dozens more–all for just $9.99 + tax a month.Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 17.46.55Try them out risk-free with Setapp’s truly free 30-day trial (no credit card required, cancel anytime). Get access to all these apps by downloading Setapp completely free today! If you do it fast, you can even enter a drawing for a new MacBook Pro. Check out Setapp today!

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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! Continue reading

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