Read Best-Selling Books in Minutes With This Micro Book Library

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Reading is a great way to uncover new ideas. But for many of us, setting aside time for books can be a challenge. The 12min Micro Book Library provides the perfect solution. This mobile app offers condensed versions of important non-fiction books, meaning you can digest big ideas during your lunch break. 

Available on iOS and Android, the 12min library delivers 30 new micro books every month on a range of topics. On the virtual shelves, you’ll find best-selling titles such as Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini.

Each micro book takes just a few minutes to read, but it includes all the key ideas from the full-length book. The app can store micro books offline or send a copy to your Kindle. If you prefer, you can listen to an audio version of any micro book.

The 12min app is a great way to squeeze inspiring books into a packed schedule. Normally worth $346.50, lifetime access is currently $17.40 when you use coupon code BFSAVE40 this Black Friday. Read the rest

Pick Up a Drone for Less This Black Friday Weekend With These DJI Deals

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When it comes to drone technology, one name stands out: DJI. The company makes some of the best quadcopters currently available, along with some ultra-cool video cameras. Over Black Friday weekend, there are some great deals available on DJI tech — here are five of the best:

Ryze Tech Tello Quadcopter Iron Man Edition Powered by DJI

Perfect for any Iron Man devotee, this palm-sized quadcopter has a 720p HD camera onboard. It also has several flight modes, and pilots can program the drone to perform tricks using Scratch or Python. This special edition Tello offers 13 minutes of flight time and a range of 100 meters.

Sale Price: $129

DJI Mavic Mini: The Everyday Flycam

Weighing under 0.55 pounds, the Mavic Mini is no heavier than a smartphone. In spite of being a featherweight, this drone has a 3-axis gimbal and a camera that can send back live 2.7K quad-HD video to the supplied controller. Pilots can also set up cinematic shots with just a few taps.

Sale Price: $399

DJI RoboMaster S1 STEM Education Robot

This ground-based drone brings science and maths to life. Pilots can use custom code to guide the built-in artificial intelligence, and the S1 has 46 customizable components. It also has a camera for first-person piloting, and two-way audio for long-distance communication.

Sale Price: $549

Ryze Tech Tello Quadcopter Powered by DJI

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A day in the life of a 23-year-old Tokyo game programmer

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Masa is a 23-year-old game programmer at Bandai Namco Studios in Tokyo. In this 13-minute-video made by Paolo From Tokyo, we see what Masa’s life is like, from the moment his alarm goes off in the morning until he is back at home making a Gundam model before he goes to sleep.

From the YouTube description:

We’ll even interact with directors from popular Japanese video game titles such as Tekken and CodeVein. Plus we’ll get to see what a Japanese programmer from one of the large Video Game companies in Japan does after work with friends. This look inside a Japanese game dev’s life is pretty unique and should provide some insight for those people who want to work in Japan as a game developer or game programmer. Also, this day in the life of a Japanese programmer will show you what it takes to be a Japanese programmer. As you would expect, most of the work day is spent programming and coding, but there are other unique aspects of the Japanese programmers life we are able to see in this video.

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Can-opener bridge, recently raised 8 inches, claims another victim

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When the infamous 11-foot-8 bridge of Durham, North Carolina was raised 8 inches last month, fans of the videos showing trucks getting their tops sheared off were bummed out. But it looks like their despair was premature.

From the 11-foot-8 YouTube channel:

On November 26, the new 12foot4 canopener tried to snag its first truck, but it only managed to get a nibble! Still, we’re counting it as “crash #151” since the truck was clearly damaged. I actually collected the piece that fell off 🙂

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Learn Speed Reading Techniques From World-Leading Experts With ZapReader

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The problem with being a slow reader is that it takes longer to wade through emails and study for exams. Thankfully, anyone can improve their reading speed. ZapReader is an online platform that offers coaching from world-leading speed reading experts with scientifically designed exercises. Many users report a three-fold increase in reading speed without losing comprehension.

When kids first learn to read, they often pick up bad habits — such as speaking words aloud or reading sentences twice. These habits can stick with you for life, and they prevent faster reading.

ZapReader helps users shrug off those bad reading habits. The platform combines six hours of video tutorials with reading exercises that are designed to correct flaws in your reading technique. 

In addition, ZapReader offers special reading software which helps you put speed reading into practice. The software works with 46 different file types, including Word documents, PDFs and even Photoshop files. ZapReader also creates detailed reading speed reports, so you can see the change over time.

For anyone looking for a productivity boost, ZapReader holds the key. Worth $499, lifetime access is now $23.99 with 40% off coupon code BFSAVE40. Read the rest

This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade updates, TikTok distances itself from China, Kardashians send shady app to No. 1

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which […]

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes with a free $25 GameStop gift card through Sunday

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Nintendo’s Switch Lite likely won’t be dropping in price any time soon, so the best deals we have to work with in the meantime are the rare promos, much like GameStop’s Black Friday sale happening right now. Until Sunday night, on the eve of Cyber Monday, GameStop will include a $25 gift card with the $199.99 Switch Lite.

This deal works with any color (turquoise, yellow, grey), as well as with Nintendo’s limited edition Pokémon Sword and Shield edition model that’s grey with red and blue colored face buttons and sticks. All models are available online, and if you choose to buy one from GameStop’s site, the gift card will be emailed to you. Check your local store’s inventory before you head out, and when you pick it up, GameStop will…

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Here are the best Black Friday deals that are still available

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It’s no longer Black Friday, which means that some of the deals have been swept away with the night. However, there are still plenty (and by that, I mean a lot) of deals available to you to shop. For those remaining deals, Saturday is likely to be the last day you’ll be able to take advantage of them. Cyber Monday is coming on Monday, December 2nd, and that Black Friday deal you may have missed out on just might make another appearance — but you’ll be rolling the dice if you count on it.

Here are a few of our favorite deals that are still active.

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This Device Turns Your iPhone Into a High-Quality Audio Recorder

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Normally speaking, recording audio with your phone is a last resort. The built-in mic simply wasn’t designed for picking up guitar riffs and powerful vocals. However, the Shure MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone adds the necessary hardware for high-quality audio recordings. Made for iOS devices, this accessory is a must-have for any musician — and it’s currently 19% off for Black Friday, priced at $149.

With matched cardioid and bi-directional 0.4″ (1cm) cartridges, the MV88 can capture speech and song with remarkable clarity. The all-metal mic plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone or iPad, with a hinge that allows you to find the perfect recording angle.

The MV88 is suitable for recording speech, singing, acoustic instruments, and many other sounds. The mic automatically optimizes EQ, compression, and limiting, and there are five different presets to choose from. 

The free ShurePlus MOTIV app offers fine control over these settings, along with 24-bit/48 kHz .wav (uncompressed) recording.

The Shure MV88 is perfect for musicians, podcasters, and anyone who needs high-quality audio. It retails for $186, but you can get it now for $149 over Black Friday. Read the rest

Learn a new language in 2020 with Babbel and save extra for Black Friday

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As one year draws to a close and a new year is about to begin, it’s common to assess what you’ve accomplished and start to set new goals. And whether you have the resolution to travel more, gain international work opportunities or strike up a conversation with your grandparents in their native tongue, there are many benefits to picking up a new language. Most people hit a point in learning a new language where progress comes to a screeching halt because it’s difficult to maintain the consistency of practice — but Babbel was developed by expert linguists with a focus on making learning a new language both intuitive and accessible.

Babbel is the top-grossing language learning app in the world because it not only gives users 24/7 access to learn, develop and practice speaking and reading skills at any time, but it also breaks the lessons down into digestible chunks. You can practice in 10-15 minute-long increments that can fit into the busiest schedule and keep your pronunciation on point with speech recognition technology.

Go from a beginner to an advanced understanding of your pick of 14 languages ranging from Spanish and French, to Italian and German — and take your time learning, since this subscription gives you lifetime access to try your hand at all of them if you want to. The lessons cover a wide range of useful real-life topics that you can use to chat up locals, from travel to family, business to food and more.

Reinforce your learning with personalized review sessions and the freedom to study wherever and whenever you want: Babbel synchronizes your progress across your devices and even lets you access courses offline. Read the rest

This USB-C battery that can fully charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro is $100 for Black Friday

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In May, we introduced you to high-wattage USB-C PD external batteries that can charge a full-size laptop on the go — not just a phone — and the $150 Zendure SuperTank was one of our top picks thanks to its (relatively) compact size and price. But for Black Friday, the SuperTank is now more affordable than it’s been since its Kickstarter campaign — just $100.99 after coupon code at Amazon.

For the price, you’ll get a 27,000mAh (roughly 100Wh) capacity — enough to fully charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and most of the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s larger battery too — and the ability to charge several gadgets at once with one 100W USB-C port, one 60W USB-C port, one 18W USB-A port, and one 15W USB-A port.

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15 eLearning bundles on sale for 60% off for Black Friday

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Between presents for your family and dedicating your free time to your friends, the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is a reinvestment towards what fuels and nourishes you. We couldn’t think of anything better than learning new skills or developing new hobbies for the new year, so we rounded up 15 eLearning bundles that not only offer a wide range of compelling content, they’re on sale for an extra 60% off using coupon code BFSAVE60.

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The Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle

Learning to code can offer you impressive opportunities for career advancement, and the Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle is an enormous resource that covers all things Python in 85 hours. You’ll learn to manipulate data, derive business insights from raw data and more.

MSRP: $2030
Sale Price: $34.99
Price with BFSAVE60: $14

The Complete Tableau 10 Data Science Bundle

Tableau 10 is a tool widely used by companies to inform their decision-making, and this Complete Tableau 10 Data Science Bundle shows you how to use the platform to break down raw information into clear, actionable insights. Visualize data with dashboards, create charts, set up advanced calculations and more.

MSRP: $623.96
Sale Price: $19
Price with BFSAVE60: $7.60

The Complete Digital Marketing Super Bundle

Market yourself (or your company) like an expert with the Complete Digital Marketing Super Bundle: it covers everything from how to send effective email blasts with MailChimp to breaking down how to use Google AdWords to give your products and services more visibility. Read the rest

You can still find a good Black Friday deal on an Apple Watch

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Apple Watch | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your Apple Watch, or you’re a first-time buyer, Black Friday 2019 has been ripe with big deals on Apple’s lineup of smartwatches. Eagle-eyed shoppers might have quickly swept up Walmart’s doorbuster sale that had the Apple Watch Series 3 down to $129 — its lowest price by a cool $70 — which we featured in our larger guide to Apple’s Black Friday deals. But there are still some opportunities to save, whether you’re interested in Apple’s more affordable Series 3 watch, or its more capable Series 5.

Where you can still buy a discounted Apple Watch Series 3

Walmart has sold through its inventory of Apple’s 38mm and 42mm Series 3 watches with GPS capability, which were sold earlier today for $129 and $149,…

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The Black Friday sales on the games we actually loved this year

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Black Friday is the best time of the year for the gaming fans who’ve felt like they didn’t have the budget or the time to pick up every new hit title on release day. I find myself in that category, as someone who played Insomniac’s excellent Spider-Man a year late (currently on Black Friday sale for $14.99 at Best Buy) and still has quite a few 2019 game of the year contenders sitting in my backlog.

Thankfully, this weekend is the time of the year when you can pull together between $50 and $100 and pick up a truly great collection of four or five games on the cheap.

While Black Friday is a great time to pick up old games for as little as the cost of a Fortnite battle pass (please play Bloodborne and God of War if you haven’t already,…

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The LG G8 ThinQ might be the best Black Friday phone deal at just $400

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The LG G8 ThinQ isn’t the most amazing phone in the whole wide world, but it might just be the best bang for the buck this Black Friday. In April, we wrote that “you’ll get a lot of phone for your money” if you managed to find it at $699 — but today, you can snap up the unlocked version for just $400 at Amazon! That’s $450 off the original price.

For that money, you’ll be getting a sharp 6.1-inch OLED-screened handset that works on any GSM or CDMA carrier and comes with flagship specs, including a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a large 3,500 mAh battery, twin rear cameras (including wide angle before wide angle was cool), a rear fingerprint sensor and an honest-to-goodness 3.5mm headphone jack with a high…

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