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.

Mandalorian selfies, 21st century biz cards and more [Awesome Apps of the Week]

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What kind of lunatic wants to show up in Din Djarin's holopuck?1? Awesome Apps of the Week include Star Wars, HomePage, OmniFocus and SpotHero.
What kind of lunatic wants to show up in Din Djarin's holopuck?!?
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You can make like an intergalactic outlaw or keep in touch like a pro with two of the new apps and updates featured in the week’s roundup. And the other two featured apps show off the growing versatility of macOS Big Sur and CarPlay, two Apple platforms that deserve a little extra love.

Get the scoop in this week’s edition of Awesome Apps of the Week.

Optimize your new iPhone experience with these expert setup tips

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Get your new iPhone set up the right way.
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For many people, iPhone 12 will be radically different from previous iPhone models. Despite this, the iPhone setup process hasn’t changed much. However, while you might find yourself on familiar ground, there are still plenty of little things you really ought to do before you fire up your new phone for the first time (or pretty soon thereafter).

Let’s take a look at all the things you can do to get your iPhone set up exactly how you want it.

Keep your real phone number hidden with a second, ‘burner’ line

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Hushed
Get a second phone number that you can use for Craigslist deals, dates, work calls, and other times when you'd rather keep your real number private.
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The internet changed a lot about how we communicate. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the sensitivity of giving out your personal phone number to randos.

Craigslist, Tinder dates — heck, even work associates — there are lots of people you might not want to be able to reach you on a whim. This inexpensive private phone line offers an invaluable buffer between you and the unknown.

This app lets sexting couples sign an NDA first

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Couple in bed
E-gree is a free legal contract service.
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Want to receive an intimate photo from a romantic partner? You’d better be ready to sign on the dotted line (or, at least, the smartphone screen.)

A new app called e-gree allows couples to create legal contracts that could help stop the saucy selfies from being shared without permission. No legal fees involved.

Learn a new language the same way you learned your native tongue

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Memrise
With videos of common, useful phrases spoken by native speakers in 22 different languages, this app makes the learning process easy and fun.
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Lots of us have made the commitment to learn a new language, only to watch it fall by the wayside. Unless you’re fully immersed and have plenty of free time, it’s usually not as easy to learn a second (or third) language as it was to learn the first.

The Memrise Language Learning app aims to make it far easier to earn additional languages, using a three-step approach that mimics the way you mastered your native tongue. At the heart of the app are video clips featuring native speakers, who demonstrate all the subtleties of phrasing and tone that carry as much information as the words themselves.