Best Video Editor

Final Cut Pro X

Many YouTubers swear by Final Cut Pro, FCP for short, and it’s easy to see why. FCP is a powerful video editing application platform on which you can add a host of special effects plugins that make the program even more versatile.

If you’re looking for a powerful video editing solution for your YouTube channel, you simply can’t go wrong with FCP.

Best Wireless Earphones

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro
Nothing I have purchased of late, has given me as much pleasure as the AirPods Pro, a truly great pair of wireless earphones. You will love being able to switch between iPhone and MacBook Pro by simply selecting the device from the menubar or in the iOS music widget.

That process is going to get far easier in macOS 11 and iOS 14, when auto switching will be introduced. Besides convenience, the AirPods Pro offer superb design and fit, improved bass performance, effective noise-canceling and excellent call quality.

Everything about the design screams usability. From the case that magnetically sucks in each earphone and then starts charging it, to effortless Bluetooth pairing, this is the best purchase you’ll ever make, after the iPhone, of course.

Website: Apple AirPods Pro

Price: $230.00

Review 1: CNET

Review 2: TechRadar

Best Digital Banking Tool

Chime

Chime Bank
Traditional banks love to charge fees, while offering terrible customer service. Chime aims to change that with almost zero fees and a smart new credit-builder feature, perfect for rising YouTube content creators. 😊

Best (Facebook) Privacy Manager

Jumbo

Jumbo Privacy Manager
Unless you live under a rock, you know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a problem with honesty (The Intercept: Zuckerberg Is Either Ignorant or Deliberately Misleading Congress). Since his earliest entrepreneurial days, Zuckerberg has been less than above board, reportedly stealing the original idea for Facebook from the Winkelvoss brothers (Telegraph: Facebook founder ‘stole the idea’), and stealing customer data almost from day one.

Instant messages from early 2004 reveal Zuckerberg called his first few thousand users “dumb fucks” for trusting him with their data (The Register: Facebook founder called trusting users dumb f*cks). No wonder just 41% of U.S. adults trust Facebook to “obey laws that protect your personal information.” (Mashable: 3 in 5 Americans don't trust Facebook to protect their data)

Does this mutual distrust bother him? No. He declared publicly that it was not Facebook’s role to be liked and that it was OK if people disliked him (USA Today: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a message for you: He doesn't care if you like him).

Now Zuckerberg has declared a war on truth. Facebook, which has some 2.5 billion members and is one of the most powerful media companies on earth, is allowing false advertising to proliferate on its social network — regardless of the damage misinformation and disinformation cause (TechCrunch: Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy). 🤬

Best YouTube Video Camera

Sony a6400

The Sony a6400 is highly regarded among YouTubers. The reasons are several. It has the same great autofocus technologies as Sony’s a7 III SLR, including 425 contrast-detection autofocus points, realtime eye autofocus, plus realtime tracking.

The 24.2-megapixel APS sensor of the Sony a6400 captures “oversampled” 6K data and then downsamples it to 3,840 x 2,160 producing superb quality 4K video. A flip-up LCD screen cements its current position as the best video camera for vloggers. Highly recommended.

Website: Sony a6400

Price: $998.00

Review 1: Digital Photograpy Review

Review 2: YouTube

Most Innovative Wireless Microphone

RODE Wireless GO

Introduced at NAB in April 2019, the RØDE Wireless Go is a remarkably innovative wireless microphone that connects to your camera via a cold shoe and receives 2.4-GHz signals sent from a matching transmitter featuring a built-in microphone.

The transmitter can be clipped to clothing and also has a port for an optional lavalier microphone. This innovative solution, with an attractive price point, is disrupting the wireless microphone industry.

Website: RØDE Wireless Go

Price: $199.00

Review 1: Digital Filmmaker

Review 2: Newsshooter

Most Innovative WordPress Builder

Divi

Divi is our favorite new favorite WordPress site builder, replacing two previous recommendations, Elementor and Pro. Divi made us redesign all our websites after it showed up on our radar this past summer. It is unquestionably the best-designed and most powerful WordPress site builder platform available today.

We love the free-floating settings palettes, the ability to edit directly on-page, and, in particular, its newest feature: a superbly designed theme editor that lets you create site-wide headers, footers, single-post blog templates. The theme editor is a true “wow” feature.

Like Elementor, Divi features an extensive layouts library, all responsive and pre-templated for fast site web design. Then there are literally hundreds of YouTube videos that show you how to create just about anything. A must-buy for any WordPress blogger or designer.

Use this site as a stellar example of what Divi can accomplish, or check out MichaelTchong.com.

Website: Elegant Themes

Price: Yearly access: $89.00/yr.; Lifetime access (one-time fee): $249.00/yr.

Review 1: aThemes

Review 2: CollectiveRay

Best Database/Spreadsheet

Airtable

Airtable spreadsheet and database
This company has raised $170 million and is worth more than a $1 billion. We can’t all be wrong, now can we? Airtable works like a spreadsheet but gives you the power of a database to organize anything.

It features rich fields that can hold checkboxes, dropdown menus. Has traditional grid, calendar or “kanban” (like Trello) views. Realtime collaboration with commenting and change audit trails is a huge plus.

But its most powerful feature may well be its ability to add look-up fields that link to other sheets for data consistency, making Airtable a true relational database. Perhaps the best testimonial is that we manage all Toolhacker editorial items in Airtable. 😉

Website: Airtable

Price: Free (Unlimited bases, 1,200 records/base/2GB attachments/base); Plus (5,000 records per base, supports Blocks and 5GB of data): $10/mo.; Pro (50,000 records per base and 20GB of data): $20/mo.

Review 1: Macworld

Review 2: Zapier

Best Design Tool

Figma

Figma is a relative newcomer that has taken the world of the design by storm. Its ability to keep up with a global development team is detailed in this case study: “Design At Scale: One Year With Figma.”

The best part is that Figma can import Sketch files, produced by another popular design tool, but Sketch charges $99.00 for its app. And while its cloud-based architecture makes Figma ideal for collaborating teams, Figma has released a standalone macOS app that makes it even more appealing.

Website: Figma

Price: Starter: Free (2 members); Pro (1 editor, unlimited members): $15.00/editor/mo.; Organization (unlimited teams, private projects): $45.00/editor/mo.

Review 1: Noteworthy - The Journal Blog

Review 2: Smashing Magazine

Best Mobile Scanning App

ScanPro

The recently rebranded ScanPro is the best mobile scanning app, bar none. Just snap a pic of your receipt and ScanPro automatically recognizes the edges of the receipt and put a nice, shadowed rectangle around it while eliminating any distracting background.

Conveniently saves your scans to iCloud for maximum convenience. It’s an app you won’t be able to live without. ScanPro uses the Scanbot technology shown above, which the developer is now shopping to other companies. If your company is approached by Chief Sales Officer Mark Stratmann, don’t hesitate for a moment. 🤗

Website: Scanbot

Price: Free; ScanPro+: $35.00/yr.

Review 1: Engadget

Review 2: Wirecutter

Easiest-to-Use Design Tool

Canva

Canva easy-to-use design app
This Aussie company has a better idea about how design should work. Investors have signed on, giving the company a $2.5 billion valuation. That makes 32-year-old CEO & Co-Founder Melanie Perkins one of the richest and Canva one of the most valuable female-led technology startups in the world. 😍 Wow!

Canva lets you easily create beautiful brochures, social media posts and other design documents. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.

The best news is that Canva now offers a desktop app (pictured above), a move that makes control freaks, like us, very happy! 😁

Website: Canva

Price: Free; Pro: $12.95/mo.

Review 1: PC World

Review 2: G2

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