Up your mobile audio, photo and charging game [Deals]

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This roundup of gear and gadgets includes awesome audio, video, and charging goodies.

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Feel like spicing up the digital dimensions of your life? If so, today is your lucky day. That’s because we’ve rounded up massive deals on top shelf accessories, from Bluetooth speakers and headphones, to an awesome digital camera and portable power pack. It’s all discounted by nearly half off or more. Plus, you can get an additional 15 percent off when you use the coupon code “SAVE15” at checkout. Read on for more details:

Upgrade your iPhone photography game, and more [Deals]

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From clip-on camera lights to double-sided phone mounts, these are the iPhone accessories you're looking for.
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Your iPhone is a splendid device. But to make the most of its potential, you need the right accessories. That’s why we’ve rounded up a group of accessories that covers all the bases. We’ve got a double-sided magnetic phone mount, and trio of extra long, MFi-Certified Lightning cables. On top of that, we’ve got a clip-on light and a set of five lenses that’ll transform the way you take photos with your phone. Plus, most are discounted by more than 70 percent. Read on for more details:

Nab a special selfie light, 2TB of cloud storage and more [Week’s best deals]

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This week's best deals include a new way to take selfies, 2 TB of secure cloud storage, and lots more.
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Another week, another round of awesome new deals on gear and gadgets in the Cult of Mac Store. This go around, we’ve got a special lens for taking ultra slick selfies, and 2 terabytes of secure cloud storage for life. On top of that, there’s a powerful VPN subscription, and a special podium stand for your iPhone. Plus, everything’s discounted more than 60 percent. Read on for more details:

The Rock and Siri team up in new iPhone 7 ads

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Siri can help you do everyday things. Like take a selfie in space.
Siri can help you do everyday things. Like take a selfie in space.
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Apple’s partnership with the Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) has spawned three new ads for the iPhone 7 that showcase Siri’s talents at performing everyday tasks.

The Rock cooks up something smelly and takes his selfie talents to space in the colossal ads that are a follow up to the short film Apple released last month starring Johnson and Siri.

Check out all three sequel ads:

Apple drops more iPhone 7 photography tip videos

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Apple wants to help you shoot better photos.
Apple wants to help you shoot better photos.
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Did you know that you can shoot video and take still photos on your iPhone at the same time?

If not, you definitely need to watch Apple’s latest series of iPhone 7 videos that offer tips on how to capture amazing photos with the camera that’s always with you. Apple posted four more videos today that go with the other photography tutorials that came out yesterday. Now you can learn more about selfies, better angles, golden hour and more.

Watch all four new videos:

Adobe teases app that makes bad selfies look good

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Your selfies are about to get an upgrade.
Your selfies are about to get an upgrade.
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Creating professional quality selfies is about to become a lot easier, if Adobe ever releases the amazing new app its research team just teased online.

Adobe published a new video today showing off what the future of selfie photography could hold once its powered by artificial intelligence. Powered by Adobe Sensei, the app demo shows how you can transform a bad portrait shot into something great by changing the perspective of a person’s face, add depth of field, and replicate styles of other photos in an instant.

Prepare to be amazed:

iPhone 7 Plus’ stunning Portrait Mode is ready for its close-up

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Portrait Mode turns ordinary pics into extraordinary photos.
Portrait Mode turns ordinary pics into extraordinary photos.
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Apple launched a new ad campaign this week with two new short spots that showcase the superior shooting skills of the iPhone 7 Plus’ new Portrait Mode.

Both of the new ads highlight how to use Portrait Mode to elevate your pictures of people or pets to an all-new level. The new feature is technically still in beta, but it looks like Apple thinks it’s ready for its close-up.

These accessories will expand your idea of what’s possible with a selfie [Deals]

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Turn any surface into a phone mount, perfect for group shots.
Turn any surface into a phone mount, perfect for group shots.
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The word ‘selfie’ might make you smile or it might make you roll your eyes, but there’s a lot more to it than just front-facing cameras and goofy looking sticks. We’ve gathered some great tools for taking a wide variety of shots in a variety of situations, whether you’re trying to get the perfect jumping shot, experimenting with points of view, get shots or video from inside a car, or just more space for storing all of those photos. Any one of these could change the way you take selfies, so take a look:

Adobe knows what stock photos will be hot, hot, hot in 2016

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Quirky, personal tech will continue to attract.
Quirky, personal tech will continue to attract.
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Adobe Stock thinks it knows the future.

At least, the stock photography collective run by Adobe Systems, thinks that photos showing personalized technology (wearables and VR headsets), hipster aesthetics (Instagram, beards, and flannel, anyone?), and more stylish selfies will rule the roost in the coming year.

What’s that mean to you? Well, chances are you’ll see more of these kinds of images in your Facebook and Instagram feeds, and every day advertising life. If you’re a creative professional, you’ll want to stay up on the trending imagery as it evolves over the coming months.

Here’s a rundown of the trends Adobe Stock thinks are coming your way in 2016.