Deep savings on cameras, lenses, software and more

So you've got a good eye for pictures? We've got a good eye for deals. And this holiday, there are some solid deals out there for photographers. Check out some of our favorite recent discounts on gear, software, and e-learning for photogs of any experience.

Gadgets

 

RevolCam: The Multi-Lens Photo Revolution for Smartphones

This Kickstarter-funded attachment adds wide-angle, fisheye or macro lenses to any smartphone, but that's not all. With the adjustable LED light, it's the closest thing yet to a full DSLR conversion kit for your phone. And right now, the RevolCam is $29.99 - a $5 drop off the previous sale price of $34.99.

 

Stable photos and video are just the beginning of the perks with this gimbal. Remote control over zoom and focus plus a range of video modes on the companion app make for a movie studio full of options. Originally $109.99, the MOZA Mini-MI Wireless Charging Smartphone Gimbal is now 13% off at $94.99. Plus, you can save an additional 20% today only with code CMSAVE20.

Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera

With the ability to turn your smartphone into a 360-degree video cam, this attachment makes for some truly next-level vacation posts. You can capture the world around you in multiple modes and even stream to social media in video chat, all in steady motion thanks to the built-in gyroscope. Grab the Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera for 16% off at $199. Save an additional 20% today only with code CMSAVE20. Read the rest

Press start on your game idea with this developer's crash course

Take a scroll through any app marketplace and you'll see that the doors are wide open for any game these days - and any game developer. Like any creation, virtual or analog, it all starts with an idea. And if you've got one of those, the Complete Unity Game Developer Bundle can walk you the rest of the way.

One of the most user-friendly, versatile tools for game developers out there, the Unity platform lets developers work equally well through any design, from simple platform to open-world. Each of the seven courses in this bundle spotlights a different functionality in Unity. You'll learn to utilize Cinemachine to set the stage with animated cutscenes, then fold them into massive open-world adventures. You'll find time-saving tips on even the newest mobile features like Augmented Reality, then learn how to package and publish your finished product in the Google Play store.

Get started on your game with the Complete Unity Game Developer Bundle, now $39. Read the rest

Here's a new, smarter way to learn a new language

At the rate the world is shrinking, you don't need to be a globetrotter for a second language to be a useful skill. And if you're looking to learn that second language (or a third, or fourth), uTalk Language Education is the learning program that makes progression not only easy but fun.

If you can't be among native speakers, there's not much of an immediate reward to rote memorization of words and phrases. That's why uTalk "gamifies" the process by folding the learning process into fun challenges and exercises. You can "level up" your fluency as you go along, getting verification on your pronunciation from native voice artists. Before long, you'll be picking up full sentences you can use in real-world conversations.

What's more, uTalk offers this learning structure for more than 130 languages, loads more than most other language apps. You can choose up to six with a lifetime subscription to uTalk Language Education for $24.99 - a drop from the previous sale price of $29.99. Read the rest

This compact pipe is perfect for smokers on the go

Smokers on the go can breathe a little easier. With an innovative, easy-loading spiral design, the Twisty Glass Blunt offered a smoother, more consistent draw than conventional pipes. Now the Twisty Glass Mini delivers the benefits of its heavy-duty sister pipe in a more discreet package.

For those that haven't already made the Twisty Glass Blunt their new smoking buddy, the Mini loads just as effortlessly. Just pack up to .5 grams of the tobacco of your choice into the tube, twist the screw and light up. The smoke travels through five chambers into a cherry that's a particular highlight of this model. (It's 50% smaller and therefore a cleaner hit.) It all adds up to a smoking experience as smooth as it is compact, and it cleans just as easily - just twist the screw out. Want an even more comfortable hit? The mini is compatible with your favorite water pipe.

Right now, the Twisty Glass Mini is $39.99, more than 20% off the MSRP of $50.99. Read the rest

3 top-selling gadgets that will fit into any stocking

Sometimes, smaller is better - especially when it comes to technology. Doubly so when it comes to gear that will fit into that Christmas stocking. From high-powered flashlights to high-performance earbuds, we've got three deals on tech that anybody can use - and afford.

Universal Waterproof Solar Charger

This handy unit is perfect for the outdoorsy, but won't go unused by anyone who cares about the environment, their power bill, or both. Capable of charging up and storing a battery capacity of 5,000mAh, the Universal Waterproof Solar Charger can charge up an iPhone or Android from what it gathers just soaking up the sun - and it has dropped to its current price of $10.99 from the previous sale price of $13.99.

UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-Pack

It's fitting that these durable flashlights come in a two-pack as they're equally dependable as a hiking flashlight or emergency roadside aid. With an adjustable zoom, three beam modes and an 800-meter range, these will be the gift your friends will thank you no matter how they use it. Originally priced at $100, the UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-Pack is currently $14.99.

Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

No wires and three hours of life on a single charge means no excuses for stopping that workout or jog. These buds pack CVC Noise Cancellation technology and one-touch, low-pressure controls into a minimalist, ergonomic design. Equipped with a wireless charging case that can juice up the earbuds up to four times on the go, the Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are $34.99 - down from the already sale-priced $44.99. Read the rest

Get expert design training in Photoshop, Illustrator and more

More than almost any career, graphic design is about the marriage of creativity and functionality. Assuming you've got the tools of the trade, all you need is a tutor that can show you how to join the two. Enter the Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle, a pack of online courses that serve as a boot camp for aspiring or journeyman designers.

The bundle comes with everything you need to know at every level of the trade, starting with a course on the fundamentals of color, layout, and photography. Then you'll learn to implement those concepts in Adobe's indispensable Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign platforms with lessons that focus on painting, designing and creating in each. Later courses will spotlight the flashier (and potentially lucrative) aspects of design like logo design and kinetic typography.

That's more than 30 hours of training in an 8-course package. Lifetime access to the Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle is currently $29. Read the rest

Pilot your way into real-life dogfights with Star Wars Propel Drones

Remember zooming your model X-Wing through the living room as a child, making an imaginary run on the Death Star trench? Looks like technology has finally caught up with your dreams. Not only does the Star Wars Propel Drone: Collector's Edition fly, but it can engage in real-life laser dogfights with other drones in the series.

Modeled after your choice of the T-65 X-Wing, X1 Tie Fighter or 74-Z Speeder Bike, these licensed drones can fly at up to 35 mph, with three-speed settings for different levels of skill. Powered by Reverse Propulsion technology, any one of them can execute stunts that can be pulled off with a push of the button. Drone pilots of any experience can warm up with 30 missions on the companion app, and get this: Two or more drones can even take off and do battle in a game of aerial "laser tag."

Originally $149.95, these battery-powered Star Wars Propel Drones with light-up display case are now 66% off at $49.99. Read the rest

Make your to-do list more doable with this revolutionary app

Are you actually running those errands or are they running you? Whether it's for that big work project or just your everyday life, you need an organization system that doesn't take up more time in entry than it's saving in implementation. Enter the 2DO Task Manager.

Using 2Do's Quick Entry option, you'll be able to see all your tasks in color-coded lists within minutes. You can sort them by date range, location and more with an exhaustive set of tags, and schedule each item with a simple drag-and-drop. You can even set reminders when you're within range of a location-specific task on your list. And with support for Dropbox, Reminders and more, you can check in and stay on target no matter which device you're on.

See why this is the one that racked up 4.8 stars on hundreds of Mac App Store reviews. Pick up a lifetime license to the 2Do Task Manager for $29.99 - a holiday drop off the already sale-priced $39.99. Read the rest

True PC power is now in a smartphone-sized package

Ever wonder why, in this age of smartwatches and VR, we're still cluttering our desk with PC towers? If you need a home computer for the tasks, screen size and storage that a smartphone can't handle, the Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 32GB Pocket PC is here to save space, time and money.

Simply put, it's a true PC for the portable age. Powered by an Intel processor, the Ockel Sirius B packs 4 GB of RAM, high-speed built-in WiFi and Bluetooth capability. Just plug in a monitor and input device and you're ready to go. And with a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, Micro SD card slot and AUX in/out, you've got plenty of options. And thanks to the fanless design, it's silent operation makes it perfect for holiday travel. Bring some movies and games and you've got entertainment wherever you can find a screen.

Originally $349, the Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 32GB Pocket PC is now more than 25% off at $249. Read the rest

Become a certified Excel expert with this online master class

In the business world, it's hard to find a job where you don't need Excel expertise. And it can be tough to prove that expertise to employers without an extensive background in data entry. Enter the Microsoft Excel Diploma Master Class, an online program that not only teaches you the ropes but lets you take the reins.

Tailored to any level of experience, this course builds a firm foundation by teaching one small, easily-processed concept at a time. Soon, you'll be moving from the simple task of entering data to complex calculations, automating time-saving macros and constructing your own workbooks and worksheets. Along the way, you'll log CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours, resulting in a certification that will prove to employers you have the skills for any workplace.

Kickstart your career with the Microsoft Excel Diploma Master Class, now available for $19 - down from the original MSRP of $395. Read the rest

9 can't-miss early Cyber Monday deals on games and tech

Grab that mug of hot cocoa and warm up those mouse-clicking fingers. We're ramping up to the best time of the year for holiday stocking-stuffing, and the only downside for online shoppers is narrowing down the deals. If you've got tech-minded friends on your list, you've clicked to the right place: Here are nine discounts on games, gear, and software we love.

Star Wars Propel Drone: Collector's Edition

Truly, it's a great time for geeks to be alive. The fact that this is an actual, flying T-65 replica X-Wing would be cool enough even if it didn't reach speeds of up to 35 mph. Or come with training missions and dogfight games courtesy of the companion app, which it does. The Star Wars Propel Drone is 66% off at $49.99.

NordVPN

'Tis the season of giving - and getting - but make sure you keep what's already yours. This top-rated VPN by PCMag boasts double-encryption on all data that runs through its 3,521 international servers, and it adheres to a strict no-logging policy that keeps your browsing safe and anonymous. You can get a 2-year subscription now to NordVPN for $95.75, down from the already sale-priced $134.40. Enter the code VPNSAVE20 and take an additional 20% off that.

The Ultimate Excel Bootcamp Bundle

Knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving with this deep dive into the business world's top spreadsheet platform. In four online courses suitable for any experience level, you can work your way to mastery in Excel and the underlying concepts that surround it. Read the rest

Get this arsenal of Mac apps at Black Friday prices

Christmas is coming early, Mac users. If you've been waiting to "deck the halls" of your computer with the software that will stretch its potential, pick up the Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle Ft. Acorn 6.

Like the name says, it's a full arsenal of the most top-rated apps for Mac, packaged together for a fraction of the price for the individual software. For the security-minded, there's the password-management app mSecure Pro and the essential Netshade VPN. Spotless and Gemini 2 will organize your files and keep them that way, and Crossover 18 will even let you run Windows software cleanly and easily on your Mac. And there's a ton for designers: Clip Studio Paint Debut, Next Flipbook Maker Pro and of course, the intuitive and versatile photo editor Acorn 6.

We're talking ten apps in all in the Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle Ft. Acorn 6, holiday priced at $25. And right now, you can knock an additional $5 off with the coupon code BFMAC5. Read the rest

4 Bluetooth headphone deals to please any audiophile

If you're keeping those ears to the ground for deals on headphones, get them warmed up. There's some quality tech to be had whether you're looking for yourself or a music-loving friend. Here are four of our favorite models that just got an early holiday price drop. And what's more, the price has been dropped on all of these headphones!

Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Sturdy in more ways than one, these headphones sport an impact-resistant build and remarkably long battery life - up to 30 hours on a charge. The solid earpieces aren't just for show, housing 40mm large-aperture drivers with active noise-cancelling tech that delivers crisp sound even in windy conditions. Originally $69.99, the Cowin E7s we're knocked down to $63.99. Use the code BFSAVE20 to save an addtional 20% off the marked down price.

Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Minimalist design meets maximum performance with the Cresuer Touchwave. Sweat-resistant and form-fitting, they're perfect for the gym. CVC Noise Cancellation makes room for beautiful sound quality, and the one-tap operation lets you answer calls without undue pressure on the earbuds or your ear. They're currently down from their already discounted $44.99 to a holiday price of $34.99.

TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Another set for the commute or morning jog, this TREBLAB pair makes full use of its neodymium-backed 40mm speakers with aptX and active noise cancellation. With Sound 2.0 technology, it's the pair you'll want when it's time to play your "desert island" discs. Originally selling for an MSRP of $259.99, the TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones are currently approaching 70% off at $78.99. Read the rest

11 must-have Black Friday deals for anyone on your list

The holiday season isn't even waiting for a proper chill to set in in much of the country, but that's not necessarily a bad thing - especially for those of us getting our shopping done early, and from a laptop or phone in air-conditioned splendor. We're seeing plenty of deals already on tech and household items, and here are a few of our favorites. From geek tech to next-gen can coolers, there's something from every wish list.

11. Samsung POWERbot Star Wars Robot Vacuum

MSRP: $699.99 | Normally: $372 | Price Drop: $349.99 (50% Off)

 

If you've got an especially tidy or overworked Star Wars fan, this is the droid you're looking for. Upgraded with CycloneForce tech, this suctioning soldier will clean up any corner of your empire, and its Visionary Mapping feature makes sure it won't get hung up on obstacles. This POWERbot was originally $699, then dropped to $372, and currently sits at $349.99. It won't be there long, so pick one up.

10. Audio Cassette to MP3 Music Converter

MSRP: $69.99 | Normally: $20.99 | Price Drop: $16.80 (76% Off)

 

We completely understand having an attachment to the old cassette tapes that kept our heads banging through road trips of yore. But time will not be kind to that medium, so keep the music alive with this easy rig that converts those old tapes to audio files for a new life on your computer or phone. The Audio Cassette to MP3 Music Converter is already 70% off at $20.99, but you can save an additional 20% off with the code BFSAVE20. Read the rest

5 best-sellers in online courses at Black Friday prices

Ever wanted to give yourself a whole new you for the holidays? Online learning is a great way to kickstart a new career or enhance an existing one. And whether it's art, coding or business, there's a course for you in this roundup of the five best-selling learning bundles of 2018 - and this week, they're all up to 75% off.

The Fundamentals of Drawing Bundle

This 7-course class gives you a solid foundation in the basics of art before branching out to focus on shading, portraiture, animals and comic book styles - everything you need to turn that doodling hobby into a well-honed skill. The Fundamentals of Drawing Bundle is already sale priced at $39, but enter the code BFBUNDLE75 for an additional 75% off.

The Complete 2018 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle: Lifetime Access

Packing 12 courses and more than 140 hours of learning, this bundle covers every aspect of IT for the business world. You'll learn to build and troubleshoot cloud, Linux, mobile networks and more, and get certified in the security know how to keep them humming. Lifetime access to the Complete 2018 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle was $59, is just now dropping to $49.

The Ultimate Excel Bootcamp Bundle: Lifetime Access

This one is a must for any data wrangler. In more than 70 hours of tips and tutorials, you'll learn how to fully navigate the business world's most widely used spreadsheet tool, taking a deep dive not only into the mechanics of Excel but the underlying theory behind the numbers, allowing you to use that data more effectively. Read the rest

These military-grade flashlights are an emergency kit must

At some point, it happens to everyone: Your car breaks down. Your electricity fails at home. And if it happens at night, the first tool you need is your vision. There's a more reliable way to get it back than that nearly-dead penlight at the back of your junk drawer or glove compartment: The UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight.

When we say military grade, we're talking 500 lumens with an adjustable zoom that can provide illumination for up to a mile. The wide working voltage will ensure that it keeps a long charge on a single AA battery, so it's there when emergencies happen. The multiple modes (bright, lower bright and SOS) give it versatility, and it's durable enough to be taken along on any trail expedition.

Don't wait for the next emergency. Pick up a 2-pack of the UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight with storage case on sale for $14.99 - and take an additional 20% off this best-seller with the coupon code BFSAVE20. Read the rest

Learning a new language is easy and inexpensive with Mondly

The key to learning any new language is feedback. When you're immersed in conversation, it's easy to pick up key phrases and pronunciation, but not all of us have the means to jet off to Spain, France or wherever we can learn to speak like a local. The next best thing: The Mondly app.

Mondly is packed with thorough dictionaries and verb conjugators for 33 languages, plus lessons that will have you picking up basic conversation fast. Plus, it acts as your private tutor, correcting your pronunciation through speech recognition. Combine that with examples from a roster of professional voice actors, and it's like having a new international friend to show you the ropes.

Why not learn a new language today? Your excuses are dwindling: The price has just dropped on a one, three or five language lifetime subscription to Mondly.

Mondly: Lifetime Subscription (1 Language): $19.99 (normally $39.99) Mondly: Lifetime Subscription (3 Languages): $39.99 (normally $59.99) Mondly: Lifetime Subscription (5 Languages): $49.99 (normally $69.99) Read the rest

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