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

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

How to track Robinhood stocks using IFTTT, Launch Center Pro, and Workflow

I recently began using Robinhood to purchase and sell stocks. I love Robinhood, as it offers a 100% free, legite, no-gimmick way to buy and sell stock (they make their money from interest on uninvested funds), but I wanted to put my purchases into a spreadsheet so I could track them easier. Typing that data in automatically would be a pain and I didn’t want to do it with every transaction. Fortunately, Robinhood sends a confirmation email with the details of each transaction, so, with the magic of IFTTT, Launch Center Pro, Workflow, and Google Sheets, I was able to create a workflow that does this automatically with one tap.

Here’s the overview:

  1. An IFTTT recipe finds the Robinhood email and sends the text to Launch Center Pro
  2. Launch Center Pro gives me a notification on my phone that, when tapped, sends the text into Workflow
  3. Workflow parses the email into variables for date, stock symbol, stock price, purchase/sale, calculates the total value, and sends it to IFTTT
  4. IFTTT then places the data into a Google spreadsheet where I can do what I please with the data

In detail, here’s what that looks like:

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On the FBI, Apple, and encryption

The last few months have seen this blog remarkably silent as I have taken a double full-time load at graduate school and work three jobs–there simply has not been time to write amidst everything else going on. And despite the fact that my workload this week is even busier than normal, I am writing now because I believe your voice is needed to do five simple things to ensure the current debate regarding encryption is won.

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