Apps for old-school gamers and our brave new future [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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A handful of new and updated apps for your perusal.
A handful of new and updated apps for your perusal.
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We’ve got a mix of “new” new and “old” new in this week’s roundup of the best apps for iOS devices and Macs.

A new scoring app frees board game players from pesky pens and pencils, and a new avatar app gives users a futuristic way to establish and secure their online identities. Meanwhile, upgrades to well-known apps Brave (a fast web browser for privacy freaks) and Carrot Weather (a sarcastic weather app for masochists) gain interesting new features. Image-editing app Photo Sense and Luna Display also got big upgrades.

These new apps will keep you productive and entertained [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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Whether you're tweaking your Mac or playing around, these apps will help.
Whether you're tweaking your Mac or playing around, these apps will help.
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It’s Sunday, and you’re staring at your computer. What’s it gonna be? Work or fun?

Some of the new and upgraded apps in this week’s roundup put an array of clever tools at your disposal if you’re feeling productive. You can free up space on your Mac’s hard drive, download YouTube videos or give your Home app a makeover.

Others focus on fun. They give you new ways to flex your creativity and stay entertained — and maybe even get paid while doing so. Time to dig in!

Remove vocals and isolate instrumental tracks with EasySplitter Pro

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EasySplitter
This innovative iOS app removes vocals and isolates instrumental tracks so you can create your own remixes.
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Have you ever spent hours scouring YouTube for an accurate instrumental or vocal track from your favorite song? If the answer is yes, you know just how difficult it can be to find a particular isolated track.

EasySplitter is the perfect solution to this problem. The app (iOS or Android) seamlessly splits the vocals and instrumentals from any recorded song. Valued at nearly $600, a lifetime subscription to EasySplitter Pro is now available for just $39.99. That’s a small price to pay for a lifetime of remix freedom.

This app converts your entire reading list into listening material

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Elocance
With this app, you're basically converting any written content you want into a podcast.
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Between work and keeping up with the latest news, it can feel like there’s too much information to consume. Luckily, there’s a way to multitask and make the most out of the hours in your day — and tackle your reading list at the same time.

The Elocance Audio Reading App is highly rated, receiving 4.4 out of 5 stars on the App Store for its ability to convert all written content into audio that you can listen to while multitasking or on the go. And you can get a lifetime subscription on the cheap!

Get a lifetime sub to DogTV, a streaming service made for your best friend

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DOGTV
This 24/7 video channel is scientifically developed to comfort dogs when left alone.
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Humans enjoy plenty of options for keeping our minds occupied, from binge-watching Apple TV+ to winding down with a meditation app. But what about your dog?

If you have a pooch that suffers from separation anxiety, you know that sometimes a treat or toy isn’t enough to keep them preoccupied while you’re away. But a lifetime subscription to DogTV can deliver sights and sounds that keep your pooch calm.

Speakly makes learning new languages quick, easy and fun

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This language learning app has 4.8:5 stars in the Apple App Store
Get a lifetime subscription to a highly reviewed app that will let you learn eight languages quickly.
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Learning a new language doesn’t need to be tedious and time-consuming. The Speakly language app uses a proven methodology that combines science and computational algorithms to teach you the 4,000 most statistically relevant words of your target tongue in order of their importance.

And while that might sound intense, the app actually makes language learning fun and engaging.

This audio reading app turns anything into a personal podcast

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This app allows you to turn newsletters and articles into a podcast
This app allows you to turn newsletters and articles into a podcast.
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We all wish we had more time to sit down and read. But when even book summaries won’t cut through your massive reading list, you need to bring in the big guns.

Thankfully, there’s an app out there that’s made for all you multitaskers. This drastically discounted lifetime subscription to the Elocance Audio Reading App lets you convert all your work articles, documents and emails into an easy-to-listen-to podcast.

Amplify your reading comprehension with this powerful iOS app

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This tool allows you to read and annotate web pages more productively
This tool allows you to read and annotate web pages more productively.
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Whether you’re a student plowing through tons of online material for school, or just constantly have massive amounts of reading for work, don’t let important information slip past you and affect your performance. Become your most productive self with this lifetime subscription to Markup iOS Pro Lite, a tool for reading and annotating web pages and PDF documents.

How to track Santa from your Mac, iPhone or iPad

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How to track Santa from your iPhone or iPad
Tracking Santa as he flies across the world delivering toys is easy.
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It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is on his way. You can find out exactly where he is with the help of NORAD and your Mac or iPhone. You can even track Jolly Old Saint Nick’s progress in real time.

Here’s how to keep an eye on Santa’s progress.

These new apps will bring you some holiday cheer [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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We could all use a little Christmas cheer right about now, couldn't we?
We could all use a little Christmas cheer right about now, couldn't we?
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So far, 2020 has been a total Grinch. Find a little fun with these new and recently updated apps, which will guide you to Christmas light shows, plunge you into Marvel superhero brawls and even boost your darts game.

Plus, Canadian CBD connoisseurs can gain access to all the latest info on what’s available and where. And iPhone 12 Pro/Max owners can see in the dark.