iPhone photo-editing app Darkroom expands to iPad

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Darkroom is making the jump from iPhone to iPad.
Darkroom is making the jump from iPhone to iPad.
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Darkroom is a photo-editing application that invites comparison to Adobe’s Lightroom. But it’s always had a limitation: the only version was for iPhone.

That’s about to change, as an iPad version is out in beta.

Sell your old Apple Watch for a cheap Black Friday upgrade

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It's a great time to consider an Apple Watch upgrade.
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Retailers are offering big discounts on the Apple Watch for Black Friday, and you can fund your upgrade by selling your old model to Cult of Mac. The whole process is quick and easy, and we typically pay more than other buyback services like GameStop and Gazelle.

Find out how much your Apple Watch is really worth today!

How to translate anything with Siri shortcuts

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If only all text was so easy to translate.
If only all text was so easy to translate.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Today we’re going to make a Siri Shortcut that takes any text, converts it into English, and copies it to the clipboard. Never again will you have to struggle with a foreign menu on a web page, or a snippet of text from a non-English news site.

There are a few ways to translate text and websites on iOS, but this shortcut has two big advantages: It’s really, really fast, and it automatically copies the result to the clipboard. If you ever used the otherwise-excellent Microsoft Translate share extension, you will already be sick of having to manually select the result in a tiny window, and then use the share sheet again just to copy it.

Save $100 on the brand new MacBook Air [Deals & Steals]

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You can already save on Apple's brand new MacBook Air.
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Apple’s newest MacBook Air has been out for less than a week, and Amazon has already slashed $100 off its price tag for a limited time. It’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

We also have big discounts on HomeKit smart devices, $650 off the MacBook Pro, $55 off urBeats2 in-ear headphones, and more. Plus, many retailers are already offering early Black Friday deals on great technology, and we’ve picked out the best of those, too!

MacBooks become modern art on gorgeous walnut stand [Review]

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Yohann Macbook stand
The Yohann Wood MacBook Stand is artful and sturdy.
Photo: David Pierini/Cult of Mac

In German, the boy’s name “Yohann” means “gift of god.” The same could be said about the Yohann MacBook stand, a sculptural walnut base divine in both look and function.

You may want to say a little prayer when you place your MacBook Pro on this elevating perch for the first time, though. You will wonder how this thing can support your rather expensive machine.

Score top-rated VPN protection for 1/3 the usual price [Deals]

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Nord VPN offers top=notch online protection at a bargain price, just in time for your holiday travels.
This is top-notch online protection for bargain price, just in time for your holiday travels.
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If you’re traveling this holiday season, you’ll encounter more bugs than the cold or flu. Using public WiFi is a prime way to face malware, identity theft, and other online threats. So you’ll want to travel with solid VPN protection.

New wireless fast charger wins with aluminum and USB-C

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A new iPhone wireless charger uses USB-C.
A stylish new iPhone wireless charger uses USB-C.
Photo: Satechi

Satechi has a new wireless charger for Qi devices, including all recent iPhone models. This includes a USB-C port and can transmit power as quickly as iOS and Android devices can receive it. 

Its casing has a more modern look that previous versions from this company.

Instagram goes to war against fake follows and likes

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Instagram is fixing its fake likes problem.
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Using a third-party app to gain followers and likes on Instagram are about to become a lot less effective at artificially growing audiences.

Instagram revealed today that it is going to war against fake follows and likes by using AI to identify accounts that engage in the practice. Starting today, Instagram says it will remove inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.

This is the message you’ll see if you’re guilty:

RødeCaster Pro is the perfect box for iOS podcasters

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The RødeCaster Pro bundles everything you need to record a podcast in one box.
Everything you need to record a podcast, in one box.
Photo: Røde

Podcasting on iOS is perfectly feasible, as long as you don’t want to use Skype or FaceTime to talk and record the audio at the same time. The new RødeCaster Pro mixer/recorder neatly sidesteps this issue, as well as putting everything a podcaster might need into one sturdy box. And because the hardware is made by Røde, it’s probably pretty good.

Google Photos can now adjust background blur on Portrait Mode pics

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Google Photos library backup on iPhone X
Google Photos is the photo and video backup app we all wish Apple would give us.
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You no longer need to buy the iPhone XS or XS Max to take advantage of one of the best features on the new devices’ camera.

Google Photos pushed out an update this morning that allows any iPhone owner with a Portrait Mode camera to adjust the background blur after a photo has been taken.

The best Black Friday deals in tech [Live blog]

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Be ready for Black Friday on November 23.
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Black Friday 2018 is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to treat yourself (and others?) to big products at bargain prices. But you probably won’t find the best discounts at the Apple Store.

You’ll find the biggest price cuts from third-party retailers, and you can save a small fortune if you know where to look. Some have already started teasing their sales early, and we have the best deals right here in our Black Friday live blog.

You’ll find some of the biggest discounts on tech, accessories, and other awesome products — plus some helpful tips on where to find more. All you have to do is bust out your credit card and be ready when the discounts go live!