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!

My thanks to Setapp for sponsoring markdmill.com this week.

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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

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

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

Black Friday iOS apps, Mac apps, & iTunes movie deals!

Note: The deals below are for 2016. The Black Friday deals of 2017 are now live on my new dedicated website, mdmdeals.com — now with over 11 ways to get the deals!

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 Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 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. Continue reading

Iconic: The Ultimate Tribute to Apple (Sponsor)

My thanks to Iconic: The Ultimate Tribute to Apple for sponsoring markdmill.com! bookcoverLast week I shared how Iconic, with its attention to detail and design, is a fitting tribute to Apple, as delightful as Apple’s own devices are. But Iconic is more than just a collection of brilliant photographs: it is a chronicle of history that will surprise and dazzle even the most die-hard Apple fan. Continue reading