Shadows Remain, Duolingo, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend!
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Brilliant concept brings Touch Bar to the Mac mini

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This Mac Mini concept is pretty crazy.
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It’s time for Apple to think different when it comes to the Mac mini.

Even though it’s been over 1,000 days since Apple last updated its smallest Mac machine, Tim Cook insists it’s still an important part of Apple’s product line. Apple fans are desperate for an update, but if it looks anything like this concept it’ll have been well worth the wait.

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iPhone X app measures your face to find the perfect glasses

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Another use case for the iPhone X's new smart camera.
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This is how the iPhone X’s Face ID views your face

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What kind of face is Killian trying to pull here?
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Did you ever wonder how Face ID sees you? After all, it has an incredibly complex set of eyes that project invisible dots onto your face, and then turns the results into a 3D representation of your head. If you want to know what that representation might look like, then check out the new Face Mesh tool in the latest update to MeasureKit, the AR measuring app.

You can now search eBay using images

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Find that sweet vintage guitar on eBay just by snapping a photo.
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It just got a whole lot easier to find odd items on eBay. Now, instead of typing in your search criteria, you can just snap a photo of an object, and eBay will search across the site and return any results that look like your photo.

This is great for those times that you have no idea how to describe something, but you totally have to buy it. Or when you see something in an image and don’t know how search for it on Amazon. Or when you see a super-cool vintage blouse/jacket/bag and want to find something similar.

Pushpin, the best Pinboard app on iOS, is back

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Pushpin is back on iOS.
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Just in time for Halloween, Pushpin is back from the dead! Pushpin was the best Pinboard bookmarking app on the iPhone and iPad, but it withered and sat in the store without updates since the iOS 9 days thanks, the developer says, to the arrival of a baby. Now, Pushpin is back, and with a few tweaks, it is just as great as ever.

App Store redesign gives (some) downloads a big boost

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The App Store looks all-new in iOS 11.
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Paperlogix reads paper documents and files them for you

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Scan and file your paper automatically with Paperlogix.
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Paperlogix is a yet another document scanner app for iPhone and iPad, but it has one big feature that really makes it stand out. Like all the other decent scanner apps, it uses the iPhone’s camera to capture scans, and then processes them, removing the background, squaring off your wonky framing, and rendering text in crisp black and white.

But Paperlogix goes one better. It can read your scans, and then file those scans based on what it finds. So, for instance, you could have it automatically file all your grocery receipts in one folder, or send all invoices to your accountant, all without doing any of the work yourself. It’s pretty neat stuff.