Firstlight app gives you real-time control over iPhone camera

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Filmic brings live analytics to its new camera app for iPhone.
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An app developer putting out a camera and photo editing app today is in for a steep, uphill climb. Dozens of apps populate the category and those at the top are holding that place for a reason.

But the name Filmic should grab the iPhone photographer’s attention. The maker of Filmic Pro, the go-to app for mobile filmmakers, now offers a unique camera experience for stills called Firstlight.

Apple to host surprise event for apps and games on December 2

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The best apps of 2019 will be showcased at the event.
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Members of the press received surprise invitations from Apple this morning to attend a first-of-its-kind event to honor 2019’s top apps and games on December 2 in New York City.

Apple routinely gives out awards for the best apps of the year, but this is the first time the company has hosted an event to hand them out. Get ready for the Oscars of apps.

Dropbox Transfer makes sharing huge files from your iPad a snap

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Dropbox Transfer simplifies sending and receiving up to 100GB of files.
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iPhone and iPad can now take advantage of Dropbox Transfer, which allows users to more easily send and receive up to 100 GB of files.

It doesn’t have the size restrictions of email, and is simpler than Dropbox’s traditional system for sharing files.

Photoshop for iPad shows that Adobe totally still has it

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Photoshop for iPad Is really slick, but lacks many features.
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Adobe’s Photoshop is now available in the App Store, ready for you to try. You have to sign up for a $10 monthly subscription, even just to test it out, but there’s a one-month free trial included in the sub. With that out of the way, how is it? Extremely limited, but very promising.

If you’re familiar with Photoshop on the Mac or PC, then you will feel immediately at home. You will also feel immediately frustrated, because the app does almost nothing. We learned earlier this month that Photoshop for iOS would offer a cut-down feature set compared to the full desktop version. Still, this app is so basic that — if you want to actually get any work done — you should grab something like Affinity Photo instead.

But as an example of an iPad app, Photoshop is stellar. It’s easy to use, and yet most of the basics are there. And there’s a new UI innovation, called the Touch Shortcut, that should be in every app. Let’s take a look.

Master new languages with this truly conversational app [Deals]

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The Mondly language app uses speech recognition and other advanced tools to enhance the learning experience.
This language app uses speech recognition and other advanced tools to enhance the learning experience.
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When you set out to learn a new language in 2019, the first approach that comes to mind probably involves an app. And apps are useful, no doubt, but most can only take you so far. To really learn a language, you need the feedback of someone who can correct your pronunciation.

When  a native speaker isn’t available, Mondly uses advanced technology to make up the difference — in 33 different languages!

Dig into a gold mine of books, audio books, articles and more from your iPhone [Deals]

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Save 25% or more on 6 month and year-long access to a million books, audiobooks, articles, and more.
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The world is awash in great writing and journalism, from books to articles on the internet. That leaves a ton of stuff to sort through. So having it all in one place makes it easier to find the best content, and saves lots of time.

Scribd offers access to a vast library of content straight from any device, via the app or a web browser.

Enhance your iPhone with sweet savings on 4 awesome apps [Deals]

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Save big on private phone numbers, VPN protection and more for your iPhone.
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Your iPhone comes out of the box full of potential. But a lot of that potential requires having the right apps. To put you on the right track, we rounded up some of the best iOS apps around — and all at the best prices.

From consuming content offline, to staying safe and anonymous online, to getting a secondary “burner” phone number and more, these top apps give your iPhone new capabilities. And they’re all going for anywhere from half to more than 90% off their usual prices.

Score a refurbished Magic Mouse, keyboard and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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We've rounded up some of the very best deals in the Cult of Mac Store this week.
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This has been a banner week at the Cult of Mac Store, so we’ve rounded up some of the best deals we saw. Below you’ll find massive discounts on refurbished Magic Mouse and Keyboards, 12-minute book summaries, access to vast stock photo libraries, and a powerful personal finance tool. You’ve gotta see these deals …

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Use Dashlane password manager to double down on iPhone security.
Use Dashlane to double down on iPhone security.
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