How free porn enriched the tech industry — and ruined the lives of actors

Journalist Jon Ronson describes his new podcast series, The Butterfly Effect, this way: “It’s about what constitutes a reputable person and what constitutes a disreputable person.”

More specifically, The Butterfly Effect is a four-hour, seven-part exploration of the impact of the tech industry on the porn industry. It’s about the way free porn sites, notably PornHub, have made it very hard for porn workers to make a living.

The music industry has gone through similar upheaval, but musicians get more sympathy than porn actors (and can make money doing live gigs), Ronson says.

In the podcast, Ronson interviews Fabian Thylmann, PornHub’s millionaire founder, along with a spectrum of sex industry performers and creators struggling to make ends meet. For instance, Ronson profiles Mike Quasar, a porn cameraman and director, who tells Ronson he’s powerless to stop his films from being instantly pirated online. (The volume of streaming sites and sharing methods makes it hard for porn companies, often strapped for resources, to fight piracy.) Some porn stars make niche custom videos — performing content in ways requested by specific fans, for a fee — in order to survive financially.

For two decades since Them, a best-seller on extremists, Ronson has been creating engaging, funny accounts of people on society’s margins. The Welshman turned New Yorker’s last book was So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, about the internet pile-ons against the likes of inappropriate tweeter Justine Sacco.

In a wide-ranging conversation — lightly edited and condensed — Ronson discussed porn’s future, Alex Jones, and legitimized bullying.

Alexander Bisley

So these sites like PornHub, which are stealing porn and giving it away for free, have wildly depressed the money available for productions and the fees the performers are able to get, right?

Jon Ronson

Yes. So a lot of people are making a lot less money and are working much, much longer hours to make that money. That’s happening a lot. Whereas the people in charge of PornHub are making so much money they don’t know what to do with it.

These tech people who’ve never set foot on a porn set in their lives, these optimizers and algorithm people and AB testers, these “respectable people” — they’re the ones who seem to be causing the most trouble [in] the lives of porn performers.

I saw time and time again, people [in the porn industry] would have to move from pretty nice houses to much smaller houses. Porn performers have to go into escorting to pay the rent. More and more producers are going out of business. So in many ways it’s decimating the San Fernando Valley, but the tech people are doing very well.

The tech takeover of the world isn’t being criticized enough. It’s having these seismic changes, and people tend not to think about it because they’re giving the world what it wants, which is free porn.

Alexander Bisley

What do you think the future of porn will be, given this seismic shift?

Jon Ronson

I was just reading a comment on Slate that addressed this question. The commenter — Allen Garvin — wrote, “Dirty magazines are dying, porn shops are dying, mainstream porn video companies are dying (or else getting into extreme fetishes). People that go to porn conventions or show up at strip clubs to see specific porn actresses are getting older each year, with young men failing to replace them because they get their porn for free.”

I think all that’s true. So what will take its place? Amateur porn shot on cellphones. Some of those people will get deals with PornHub, and the like, where they’ll make some money from clicks, but it’ll be a fraction of what they would have made in the pre-streaming days.

And the people who built the industry? Some will move into customs and niche fetish stuff; most others will just vanish away into the ether.

Alexander Bisley

One of PornHub’s tech guys, exploiting performers’ work, boasted to you: “I’m not a piece of garbage, peddling smut.”

Jon Ronson

When I ask him about the people whose lives were being decimated as a result of the business practices, he went, “Ugh, okay. Their livelihood.” He talked like a tech utopian, somebody who thinks the tech world can do no wrong. A lot of tech people go out of their way to not think about the negative consequences. You shouldn’t not think about those insidious consequences.

Alexander Bisley

Tech guys like the one you quote above basically dehumanize the labor?

Jon Ronson

Yeah. In the same way we dehumanize people that we tear apart on social media. Or in the same way that despots from the past dehumanized their victims. We just don’t wanna think about it. And that’s one of the reasons my public shaming book got some backlash, because people didn’t want to be confronted with the truth of the psychological tricks they play on themselves to not feel bad about the bad things they do.

Alexander Bisley

Since Them: Adventures With Extremists, your book and documentary series about conspiracy theorists, the idea of humanizing the dehumanized has featured in your work. Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy theorist that has interviewed Trump on his show, was one of your early subjects, both in writing and in documentary. Did you go too far in humanizing him?

Jon Ronson

I’ve thought a lot about this, and I think Alex has changed. Alex is a different person now compared to how he was when I first knew him in the late ’90s. A lot of people who work for Alex would probably say the same thing. So the way we should regard him, the way we should write about him, should change. He’s changed partly because he’s more powerful now, and he’s richer, and he’s got an ally in the White House, and some of his conspiracy theories have got darker.

A couple of years ago, when Alex suddenly made a fortune from the Super Male Vitality supplements and so on, that’s pretty much exactly the same time that his discourse got more aggressive. As much as he denies saying that Sandy Hook didn’t happen, he did promote that conspiracy theory.

Alexander Bisley

How do you feel about the future of media?

Jon Ronson

I strongly believe the future for that industry of broadcasters is to welcome idiosyncratic voices and then just give them the freedom to do just that, which is exactly what Netflix did with Bong Joon-Ho for Okja, a film I co-wrote, and what Audible did with me and The Butterfly Effect. The days of gatekeepers making you jump through hoops is kinda over.

Alexander Bisley

The Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap, wrote a compelling essay about the Internet zeitgeist. “I have become increasingly wary of morality disguised as politics and of our reversion to a language redolent of sin and shaming, certainty and righteousness.”

Jon Ronson

Yeah. The way I would describe it is legitimized bullying. The destruction of people like Justine Sacco [who tweeted an inappropriate joke that launched a viral pile-on and that led to her being fired] — what of social justice? It was a cathartic alternative to social justice.

When you’re bullied in school, quite often, you’re bullied by everyone. You don’t have friends to turn to. Monica Lewinsky, in an interview I did with her, told me of her scandal: “I was hung out to dry by everyone; I didn’t belong to any group.” That’s the same as what happened to Justine Sacco — she was hung out to dry by everyone: Misogynists hated her, philanthropists hated her, social justice people hated her, Donald Trump tweeted about her. So that’s probably why I felt so animated about that story … because it reminded me of school. When you’re being bullied by everybody, it’s legitimized bullying.

In a way, it’s the reason I wanted to do The Butterfly Effect as well. Because it’s a story about every time somebody watches porn for free on PornHub, they are potentially exploiting the lives of the porn people they’re watching.

Alexander Bisley

David Simon, creator of the sex work–themed television show The Deuce, believes a big problem with porn and sex work is poor labor rights.

Jon Ronson

Definitely in terms of royalties, back-end and stuff like that, porn people would agree with David Simon. Where they might disagree is that there’s definitely a narrative out there about porn people being forced to do things they don’t want to do on set by exploitative directing. Maybe their boyfriends were coercing them in some cases. But I can say that the side of the San Fernando Valley industry that we were in for a year on and off [making The Butterfly Effect], I saw nothing like that. That may happen in Miami and Las Vegas.

But the [Valley] directors and the producers and the other porn actors — it’s basically a kindhearted and respectful community, certainly more than outsiders might think. It has its problems, but it’s way more collegiate than outsiders would think it.

Alexander Bisley

What might surprise listeners about The Butterfly Effect?

Jon Ronson

Probably the most surprising thing about the series is how moving and endearing it gets. How supportive the performers are to each other. And in the world of custom, in the world of bespoke porn, how there’s this really lovely bond between the cast and producers and their client, their fans. A bunch of people have said they’ve never thought that a series about the tech takeover of the porn industry would make them cry, but the end of the series will make you cry.

Alexander Bisley

And challenge them?

Jon Ronson

There’s this amazing line in episode five of The Butterfly Effect where I’m talking to this girl who was a big porn watcher, and I said to her: “Did you ever learn their names?” And she said: “No, I never learned their names. It’s like when you kill a deer; you don’t name it because then you can’t eat it.”

Alexander Bisley

In addition to the pressure for some of them to work as escorts, porn stars have to be an enthusiastic brand all over social media. Is that a challenge?

Jon Ronson

Yes! In episode two I meet this woman called Maci May who was having a terrible time, and she used to vent about it on social media but now she’s much more wary because you have to be like a brand. She can’t tweet, “I don’t have any money.” She’s discouraged from acting that way by porn producers and directors who say to her: “No, no, you’ve got to constantly be chirpy and happy.”

When she said that to me, I thought, “That’s really sad.” In a parallel universe, there’d be a Twitter where Maci May could do all of that stuff, vent about how unhappy she was. But that’s not the Twitter we created for ourselves, sadly.

Alexander Bisley

“Sex is probably the most interesting subject in the world,” Paul Auster says.

Jon Ronson

I would never disagree with anything Paul Auster says, because he’s amazing. … I never thought of sex as interesting. What I thought was interesting about The Butterfly Effect wasn’t sex, but it was about what constitutes a reputable person and what constitutes a disreputable person. The thing that really got me interested was this idea that tech people are considered reputable; sex workers, porn people are considered disreputable. But this story shows that the porn people and the sex workers are supportive, kindhearted, lovely people, whereas the tech people are amoral, ruthless people.

source;-Vox

8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Best Free iPhone Apps

Yesterday’s post covering paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was terrific, and there are still some freebies in there if you go back and check it out. We’ve got eight fresh options for you to look through on Thursday though, and you’ll find them all listed out below.

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Hands-free Browser

Normally $2.99.

Getting your hands dirty? With this app you can surf the web without touching the screen.
It’s fantastic for reading recipes while you cook, following repair instructions with greasy hands, working out, putting on makeup, or catching up on news while you are doing household chores whilst wearing gloves.

This app has also proven useful to people with arthritis, or when fine movement is difficult or painful.

You use similar gestures to those you would use on a touch screen, so it feels natural right away.

Simply browse the web normally to the page you want, then put down or dock your device. You can now use upwards or downwards hand gestures in front of your phone to scroll the page vertically, or “swipe” sideways to move between your favorite pages.

Features

• Hands-free Browser has been in the top utility 10 apps in many countries worldwide.

• Slick, fully functional web browser with vertical scrolling gesture support

• Optional “Hands-free Favorites” add-on lets you navigate through all your favorite pages by swiping, 100% hands-free!

• Bonus “Hands-free Favorites” feature: a “drop hand” gesture which you can assign to any browsing action you like! (iPhone only)

• Get similar gesture features on your iPhone/iPad to those found on some other latest brands of phones, right now!

• Integrated help and feedback tips to show you how the gestures work right away.

• Bookmark your favorite sites quickly and easily.

• Turn off the on-screen help, for advanced users.

• “Time spent waiting for load” meter. See how much of your life you are wasting while waiting for webpages to load!

• Prompt support from the developer, accessible from within the app. If you want a feature added or have some problems, the developer is happy to help.

This app uses the front-facing camera and computer vision algorithms. It works reliably under normal lighting conditions, from distances of 20cm up to 1 metre.

Download Hands-free Browser

iKeywi

Normally $0.99.

Want to add an extra row to your iPhone/iPad?
One of the most popular keyboard extension in iOS communication is available on AppStore now!

Features:
– Extra row for keyboard
– Customizable keys
– Input long terms with 1-Click
– Show letter case on keyboard
– Move cursors
– Supports both iPhone / iPad
– Also support iPhone 6 / 6 Plus now!

NOTICE: iKeywi requires “Allow Full Access” enabled in keyboard settings to save and load your keyboard settings. We won’t record nor send any information.

Available for QWERTY layout with English (U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia) dictionary now.
More layout and languages coming soon.

Download iKeywi

Super Phantom Cat

Normally $0.99.

App Store Best of 2016! Have fun!
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Super Phantom Cat is awarded the App Store Best of 2016 .
Featured in 166 countries on the App Store.
4.5/5 – “It is a pretty perfect hybrid of the new and old.” – TouchArcade
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Super Phantom Cat is a new retro platformer! Try to find your way through different worlds by uncovering hidden paths — and collect data to unlock new characters.
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“How to become a Super Phantom Cat?” Mr White pacing around his floor thinking ” It must be so cool if I could become a Phantom cat, I could be a phantom supercat and save the world!”
White have these thoughts when he was still a little boy, after he’ve been saved by the Phantom cat.
One night, the Flash cat show up. This truly master told White that if he wanna become a Super Phantom Cat he need to collect enough data to be transformable.
“Step into the adventure to collect data, you will become the hero to save the world eventually!” He says.
However, along with the changing phantom world those creatures are undergoing inevitable changes as well.
“There are different creatures in different galaxy; No matter you are human being or vampire, you can transfer your species and races easily with the help of data! Today you are an adorable cat, other day you can be a Diva, or you can be a vampire! Nothing is impossible, as long as you got enough data!!!
Explore the whole galaxy and collect all the data there to answer the most complicated philosophy question: Who we are?
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■ Beautiful
Clean, colorful art and whimsical character design
■ Retro Style
A modern twist on retro platformers with a quirky plot, hardcore platforming gameplay that’s perfectly tuned for touchscreen
■ Easy to play
Designed to be easy for everyone to pick up, enjoy and complete with fully customizable controls
■ Extra Bonus
Bonus levels for even more challenge and depth, endearing unlockable characters ranging from a cute chicken to a menacing vampire
■ Sound
Awesome chip tune soundtrack

Download Super Phantom Cat

FX-570ES Plus Scientific Calculator Pro

Normally $2.99.

Scientific Calculator is a full-featured RPN calculator that implements most functions of the beloved calculator. It is feature-complete (including programming and subroutines).

Yes, you will have the best calculator with your iPhone, not need calculator machine anymore for your work! Just use this app, NO ADS in app, full function, and the great graphic!

Download FX-570ES Plus Scientific Calculator Pro

Crazy Taxi

Normally $4.99.

Hey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi! Barrel through traffic packed streets, hurdle off parking garages, and crazy combo your way to crazy money in a wild frantic race to scare up the most fares. In Crazy Taxi, time is money, and only the craziest cabbies come out victorious.

TRANSPORT BACK TO 2000
-Remastered for mobile devices based on the hugely popular Dreamcast Classic
-Rock out to original music by The Offspring and Bad Religion

FIERCE ENVIRONMENTS TO MAKE YOUR PASSENGERS GO INSANE
-Extra large hills for extra long hang time
-Parked transporters with conveniently angled ramps
-Occasional deep sea exploration opportunities

DONT GET TOO DELIRIOUS
-Choose from 3, 5 or 10 minute game play in Arcade Mode and Original Mode
-Play in touch or tilt control modes

OTHER FEATURES:
-Continue the madness with 16 Mini games
-Listen to tracks from your own music playlist
-Game Center Leaderboard and Achievement support
-Universal Build – Play across multiple iOS devices

Download Crazy Taxi

Smart Merge Pro

Normally $2.99.

* Over 1,000,000 people love Smart Merge Pro 🙂

* Merge all duplicate contacts with one tap! *

MAIN FEATURES
○ Find & Merge duplicate contacts!
○ Remove contacts without name or phone number
○ One tap to backup your contacts!
○ Quickly find the contacts you need

Your contacts are the most important data in your phone which easily becomes messy if not consistently updated.
Smart Merge Pro easily helps you detect and merge duplicate contacts.

SIMPLY MERGE DUPLICATE CONTACTS
○ Merge all duplicate contacts with one tap!
○ Find & merge contacts with similar names.
○ Find & Merge contacts with duplicate phone or email.

CLEANUP
○ Remove contacts without name
○ Remove contacts without phone & email

BACKUP
○ Backup your contacts with one tap!
○ Quickly export your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Email
○ Move contacts between accounts (Exchange, iCloud, Local Address Book)

SMART FILTERS
○ Quickly find the contacts you need
○ Filter contacts by Company & Job title
○ Filter contacts by upcoming birthday & creation date

AVAILABLE IN 15 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English, Español, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Português (Br.), 中文 (Simplified), 中文 (Traditional), 日本語, 한국어, Nederlands, Русский, Türkçe, العربية, עברית

Download Smart Merge Pro

Morning Routine

Normally $1.99.

Transform New Year’s Resolutions into Lasting Habits!

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins

Featured on Product Hunt : “Great Product! I find the mornings are a great time to make important decisions for the day”

THE QUALITY OF YOUR MORNING DETERMINES THE REST OF YOUR DAY

Make sure it is as productive and focused as possible.

Key features :
● Create unlimited habits per routine

● Build unlimited routines : Night Routine, School Routine, Gym interval Workout (requires IAP)

● Set up reminders

● NEW! Select days per habit, as you may not always want your routine to be exactly the same, for example, you can add stretching twice per week only.

● Build, adjust and track your routines to create the best habits in your life

● Set a time for each task once and re-use every day

>> BE MORE PRODUCTIVE
The smart timer lets you know when to change from one activity to the other, even if your phone is locked, a notification will appear on your screen.

>> BE MORE FOCUSED
The most successful people in the world follow a morning routine that helps them focus on key activities and progress in life, to get to the top!

>> TRACK HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME

Check the stats for last week or last month using the pie chart.

You realise you skipped meditation for a month : you know exactly what change you need to make!

● You can easily prevent the screen to lock automatically (just for this app) so the timer is always visible with the current activity

● Decide wether you want the iPhone to warn you with a sound alert or a vibration, or both (look in the settings)

● Use 3D touch to quick launch the app

● No usage of 3G data : this app doesn’t need an internet connection. All data is saved on your phone and takes minimal space.

We recommend having your phone on Airplane mode to avoid distractions during your routine.

>> HELPS YOU FEEL BETTER
It is scientifically proven that completing small tasks gives great satisfaction and positive thinking, that leads to better and faster completion of the more important ones. This also largely increases productivity.

>> WHAT USERS SAY :
“Great idea and design. I try to be more effective in the morning but my time managment isn’t good. I think this can help me. :)”

● “Super helpful. Love not having to think about order of my routine each day. Good work!”

● “I was one of the people who complained about the ugly design of the app. The redesign looks much better. ” (Thank you!)
If you have read books like The Miracle Morning, The Slight Edge, The Compound Effect but struggled to implement the action steps, and want a tool to help you track your time and habits + create new ones, this app was made for you!

Download Morning Routine

Emoji Camera

Normally $0.99.

Emoji camera makes it easy and fun to turn your favorite moments into cool-looking memories. Emoji camera provide unique emojis and filters to inspire your imagination, created especially for those who love to stand out. You can add all your favorite emojis to your photos and bring them to life. Whether it’s the cut little monkeys , piggies , or even that pile of poop, you will be able to make you photo pop even more with some fun emoji action.

Its Easy-

-Simply take a photo or choose from you library , choose form hundreds of emojis , and apply the sticker on the photo.

-You can rotate and scale however you like, and place the emoji wherever you want.

-Edit your existed photos with filters, vignette, exposure, brightness, contrast, rotate, mirror and adjust intensity of filters.

-Use cropping patterns and frames to make your photo outstanding.

-Support to share your filtered picture to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Dropbox.

Be true to yourself. Get Emoji camera to support you in your choice of lifestyle. You won’t believe how great this camera app is until you use it!

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8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Best Free iPhone Apps

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s every Apple fan’s favorite time of the day: free app time! We’ve got eight solid paid iPhone and iPad apps on tap for you on Wednesday, and they’re all on sale for free. Of course, if eight apps aren’t enough you can always check out yesterday’s post, where you’ll find a few more apps that are still free downloads.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Preset

Normally $3.99.

Create your own reusable photo filters by mixing, matching 27 adjustments from our library.

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“It’s the best way to perfect your photos.” — Mac Sources

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Easy to use gestures allow users to swap, delete and temporarily disable filters in their layer chain.

Use Preset’s easy to learn interface to create the perfect combination of filters that you can save and reuse.

Users can also pinch on the image they are editing to zoom. They can double tap to go back to original scale.

27 Available Adjustments:
Basic: Brightness, Exposure, Gamma, Saturation, Vibrance, Contrast, Highlight, Shadows, Vignette, Sharpen & Unsharp Mask
Color: Monochrome, Duotone, White Point, Hue, Posterize
Vintage: Sepia, Fade, Chrome, Process, Transfer, Instant
B & W: Mono, Tonal, Noir, Minimum Component & Maximum Component
Watermark: #MadeWithPreset

And we are constantly adding new advanced, adjustments.

Share your Photos to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any app on user’s device that has a share extension.

The app supports full use on iPad in full screen, side-by-side or slide over mode.

Apply your presets inside the Photo App by using our extension. They can apply a preset then save it to their device.

Preset is available on any device that supports iOS 9 or 10. That includes iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

Download Preset

Zip—Zap

Normally $1.99.

Touch to contract.
Release to let go.
Bring the clumsy mechanical beings home.

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over 100 levels
no ads
no in-app-purchases

»brilliantly designed« – gamezebo
»a lot of heart« – pocketgamer
»clever« – toucharcade
»excellent« – macstories
»absolute joy to play« – platformalist

Download Zip—Zap

Sound EQ palette

Normally $1.99.

Shape the music sound on your feeling!

“Sound EQ palette” is a new sense music player app that gives you the feeling of being at a music performance. It will shape the sound to match a particular style, your feelings and your acoustic environment and more.

Equipped with the high quality Audio Enhancer with a parametric equalizer that allows the adjustment of various sounds. Without any complicated settings such as a conventional equalizer, you can select an adjusted sound effect with just a tap on the 2D-pad “EQ palette”.

Enjoy more aggressive sounds of your favorite to suit music genres from 144 patterns of sound equalizing palette, as you choose your favorite one from the painting color palette.

In the latest Ver 2.1, Shuffle function has been added as a new feature.

TOON,LLC is a sound company that seeks the comfort of sound environment based on our acoustic proprietary technology, and will provide tools for audio professional, sound technology, home theater installer, and anyone who loves audio.

Features:
+ High quality Audio enhancer engine with a parametric equalizer in floating point processing.
+ Equipped with the sound parametric equalizing palette which can be chosen from 144 patterns in 16 genres. Its genre name is a representative example of sound-tuning, sound effects can be expected in other genres.:

– 16 genres : Heavy Metal, Rock, Vocal, Jazz, Guitar, Piano, Bass,
Clean, Sparkle, Massive, Attack, Warm, Tight, Profound, Soft, Analog.

– Examples of sound tuning: 9 types in each genres on “EQ palette”
+ Guitar :
– Guitar-1 : Sharp
– Guitar-2 : Full of life
– Guitar-3 : Reverberate
– Guitar-4 : Glossy
– Guitar-5 : Well-Modulated
– Guitar-6 : Clear
– Guitar-7 : Definite
– Guitar-8 : Obedient
– Guitar-9 : Flamboyant
+ Vocal :
– Vocal-1 : Clear female
– Vocal-2 : Thick female
– Vocal-3 : Soft female
– Vocal-4 : Definite male
– Vocal-5 : Clear male
– Vocal-6 : Mighty male
– Vocal-7 : Quiet vocal
– Vocal-8 : Flamboyant vocal
– Vocal-9 : Reverberate vocal
+ Massive :
– Massive-1 : Reverberate
– Massive-2 : Mighty
– Massive-3 : Rich Snare
– Massive-4 : Rich Acoustic guitar
– Massive-5 : Rich Electric guitar
– Massive-6 : Deep
– Massive-7 : Thick Snare
– Massive-8 : Powerful Kick
– Massive-9 : Full of life
+ Please refer to our support page for more information on each genre.

+ Sophisticated UI, easy touch interface for shaping your sound.
+ Play music directly from your iTunes/iPod Music library.
+ Shuffle function.
+ Music selection is very similar to the standard music app.

Recommended Models:
iOS9.2 or later is installed, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s plus and iPhone SE required.

Note:
“Sound EQ palette” can not play DRM protected music. Currently, all music in iTunes has become a DRM-free.

Download Sound EQ palette

Pic Navi

Normally $2.99.

Pic Navi is an easy-to-use photo location viewer and editor. Browse pictures normally, and when you find a photo that you want to know where you took it, you can open a map that gives you driving, walking, cycling and transportation direction from your current location. You can adjust the photo location just by dragging a pin on a map. When you have a photo without GPS information, you can add it by typing an address. You can also remove GPS information when you want to make sure your privacy is protected.

Pic Navi can edit date and time of the photo. When you save photos you get from someone else, they are saved with the date and time they are saved, not when they were actually taken. You can modify it with Pic Navi, so for example, your photos and the photos you get from your friends can stick together. With Timezone Support, Pic Navi shows you the local time of the photo location, instead of your current timezone. Travel pictures with the accurate timestamp make revive your memory more vividly.

Use Pic Navi when you want to share a photo with its timestamp, like an old school camera. You can customize its size, format, font and color to your liking. You can also hide the timestamp by setting the font size to zero.

Features
– Direction from your current location to the location of the photo using a map app of your choice.
– Add, edit or remove location
– Customizable timestamp.
– Edit date and time.
– Timezone Support
– Albums in alphabetical order, plus search function
– Share one or more pictures with timestamps inscribed.

Download Pic Navi

Relaxia

Normally $0.99.

Over a million users and counting.

Relaxia is the ultimate app for relaxation and sleep, it is a great way to escape your daily stress and get a moment of inner peace and relaxation.

Relaxia provides various themes inspired from Nature to encourage tranquil and peaceful thoughts, and you will learn to go deeper into relaxing your body, spirit and mind

•Rain and Thunder
•Seaside, Beach sounds
•Underwater: Whales and Dolphins
•Fireplace
•Forest and Water streams

Relaxia has all the features you need in a stunning design and much more…

•Separate volume controls
•Play different sounds simultaneously
•Sleep timer

Download Relaxia

CubicToDo

Normally $0.99.

With CubicToDo, you will be able to manage the ToDo in the sense, such as fiddling with three-dimensional cube.

Have fun!

Function
-You can return to the previous page by swiping left.
-You can easily add and pull down lists and items.
-You can edit the list and press and hold the item.

Recommended for applications such
-Project management and work
-Inventory list of travel
-Restaurant list that I want to go
-Shopping list
-List of books you want to read and want to watch movies
-List of things you want to do before you die
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  22. Gazal Bharadwaj – UPSC Topper & Insights Follower (Rank – 40, CSE 2015) – History Optional Preparation Strategy
  23. J Snehaja – UPSC Topper & Insights Follower, 3ed Highest Score in Interview (206) – Rank 103 – Commerce Optional – preparation Strategy
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  29. ANTHROPOLOGY Strategy – Chetan T S, Rank 193 CSE – 2015
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  31. HISTORY OPTIONAL & GS STRATEGY: Vivek Chauhan, Rank 300
  32. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION STRATEGY: Mukul Gupta, Rank – 87, Marks 237
  33. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION STRATEGY: Devayani, Rank – 576, Marks 245
  34. SOCIOLOGY STRATEGY: Chandra Mohan Garg, Rank – 25, CSE – 2015
  35. PHILOSOPHY NOTES – by Rank 150, Ambarish Vemuri

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