Filmborn, Tiny Wings, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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In a week in which the App Store went red to mark World AIDS Day and we got a big update on when Apple’s AirPods are set to ship, here are the apps which were keeping us busy.

From a great new game for Apple TV to a superb photography app for iOS, check out our picks for the latest awesome apps.

Drones, big boxes of geeky goodies, and more [Week’s Newest Deals]

Fly in first person and execute tricky maneuvers all with the world's smallest drone.
Fly in first person and execute tricky maneuvers all with the world's smallest drone.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Maybe it’s because we’re getting closer to Christmas, but each new shipment to the Cult of Mac Store seems better than the last. This week, we’ve got a super small 1st-person drone, software for totally unlocking PDFs, a powerful tool for capturing and converting YouTube videos, and a set of Loot Crate deliveries. Read on for more details:

Essentials to reinvent your data management [Week’s Best Deals]

inCharge puts a Lightning cable right on your keychain.
inCharge puts a Lightning cable right on your keychain.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Considering all the new forms and formats our data take with each passing year, sometimes we need to catch up. This week is the one to do it, as the best deals that have come through the Cult of Mac store are all ways to upgrade your data game: a set of keychain-sized Lightning cables; a MicroSD adapter for seamlessly expanding MacBook drive capacity, a lifetime of cloud storage, and a hub that converts USB-C into five familiar formats. Read on for more details:

Hackintosh monster Macs and iPhone 8’s marquee feature, on The CultCast

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If Apple won't update your favorite Mac, maybe it's time to build your own.
If Apple won't update your favorite Mac, maybe it's time to build your own.
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This week on The CultCast: Why building a Hackintosh can get you the monster Mac you’ve always wanted. Plus: Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals iPhone 8’s marquee feature; AirPods ship date is finally revealed; and stick around for our top Apple AirPort router replacement picks!

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Are smartwatches doomed?

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Is fitness really all that Apple Watch is fit for?
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The writing has been on the wall for smartwatches ever since Cupertino chose to focus on sports and fitness features for Apple Watch Series 2. Smartwatch sales are plummeting, and fitness seems to be the only profitable area remaining in the wearables sector.

More evidence of this trend emerged this week, with smartwatch trailblazer Pebble reportedly being acquired by fitness wearables specialist Fitbit. We might very well be witnessing the demise of the smartwatch as we know it.

So how did we get here? Is Apple Watch really only fit for fitness, or could it still one day fulfill its destiny and become a true wrist-based computing platform?

Score lifelong access to a powerful VPN [Deals]

Get a lifetime of secure, high speed browsing with a premium VPN.
Get a lifetime of secure, high speed browsing with a premium VPN.
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Getting online, you want to make as sure as possible that you’re not being snooped on, or vulnerable to theft. Hotspot Shield offers a significant layer of defense against these things by encrypting all your online activity via a private, high speed network. As part of the rollout of their new Elite Plus plan, you can get access for as many as 10 devices simultaneously for just $69.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.