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Dropbox users can edit stored PDF files from within Adobe...

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Dropbox users who store PDF files on their cloud accounts will now be able to open, edit, save and share those files directly from that source, using Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader apps. It's just the first phase of a new partnership between Adobe and Dropbox.

The service is available now for Windows and Mac users. Dropbox stated:

"This means you can do more with your PDFs, wherever you are. You won't lose time waiting to get back to your computer to redline or electronically sign a contract, or add feedback to a design mock. And no more printing out a PDF, writing comments on it, scanning it, and emailing it as an attachment. Instead you'll be able to open a PDF from Dropbox and edit it using the Adobe apps, then save and share your work easily through Dropbox."

In addition, Dropbox and Adobe plan to offer the same kind of support for iOS users in the near future:

In the coming months, you'll be able to annotate and comment on PDFs stored in Dropbox right from your iPhone or iPad, using Acrobat Reader mobile.

Source: Dropbox





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Sprint to deploy 4G LTE service in 279 New York City subw...

Today, 10:47 AM

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Sprint will be giving the millions of daily New York City subway system commuters a better way to keep in touch with their smartphone. The carrier plans to deploy 4G LTE service in 279 underground New York City subway stations. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.

In a statement, Sprint's Scott Santi, its Regional Vice President, Network, said:

Our deployment includes the use of 1.9GHz and 800MHz spectrum in each station. And we're deploying 2.5GHz in select high-traffic stations in Midtown and Queens for even faster data speeds at those stations.

He added that at the moment, Sprint has 4G service in 83 NYC subway stations, which he claims "significantly" surpasses the rollout from rivals Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile

Source: Sprint





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Apple's iBooks antitrust monitor can finally leave

Today, 10:33 AM

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Apple won't have someone looking over their shoulder anymore in its iBooks division. The U.S. Justice Department has now ended the two-year monitoring of that part of the company's business, stating that Apple has now put in new rules that should keep it from violating antitrust laws in the future.

The monitoring began in 2013, after Apple lost its court battle with the U.S. government, which claimed the company violated antitrust laws when it made pricing deals with the major book publishers for its iBooks business. The court appointed Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, as the person designed to monitor's Apple's activities to make sure no more violations occurred.

Apple has used the court system a number of times to remove Bromwich as its monitor since he was appointed to no avail. Now, according to Bloomberg, he is no longer needed:

The government on Monday recommended that the monitoring not be extended. In a letter to the Manhattan federal judge who found in 2013 that Apple illegally conspired with publishers to set e-book prices, the U.S. said Apple has "now implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court."

Source: Bloomberg





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Save over 60% on these protective hard cases for iPhone 6/6s

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This hybrid case features a hard polycarbonate outer shell and a shock absorbent TPU underneath for double the protection against impacts. Best part is you'll be sporting this level of protection with a slim design! Choose your favorite color for only $10.95.





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Apple, Imagine Dragons partner for charity single to help...

Yesterday, 05:08 PM

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In order to aid the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, Apple has partnered with the band Imagine Dragons on an exclusive new single for charity. Part of the One4 Project, the single is called I Was Me, and all proceeds from the single will be donated to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Apple's Vice President of Environmental Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, offered her support for the move on Twitter:

Proud to support refugee and migrant relief efforts with @imaginedragons "I Was Me" http://t.co/f2saT7DLeC. Great music, great cause. #one4

— Lisa P. Jackson (@lisapjackson) October 12, 2015

If you're looking to contribute to the relief efforts in another way, you can also donate to the Red Cross through iTunes.

I Was Me is available for download on the iTunes Store now.





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iOS 9.1 beta 5 now available for developers and Public Be...

Yesterday, 05:03 PM

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Apple has released the fifth beta of iOS 9.1 for registered developers. The new beta is available right now through Apple's iOS Developer Resource Center, alongside an over-the-air download for those who were already running a previous iOS 9.1 beta.

Additionally, Apple has also released Public Beta 5 for members of its Beta Software Program. If you already have the fourth beta installed, you can grab the update over-the-air right now. Those interested in joining Apple's Beta Software Program can check out its website here.

Not a lot is known about the changes present in iOS 9.1, other than the new emoji characters it will add. It is expected to arrive for iPhones and iPads later this year.





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How to put Batman, Bart, My Little Pony or any cartoon ch...

Yesterday, 04:00 PM

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Wish you had more cartoon clock face choices for your Apple Watch than just Mickey? Here's how to get them all!

The Apple Watch comes with an optional Mickey Mouse clock face that not only points to the proper time but taps out the seconds. While we won't get Donald, Superman, Garfield, the Hulk, Homer Simpson, Eric Cartman, Archer, Megatron, Darth Vader, or any other fully-animated clock face until Apple decides to make more licensing deals, thanks to the Photo clock face, we can have any static cartoon character we want. With Live Photos and watch OS 2, we can ever make them move... slightly!

How to get your favorite cartoon character onto your Apple Watch clock face

We can't distribute any images we don't have the rights for, but thanks to the internet you can probably find any image you want for personal use only. I'll assume you know how to use Google (or whatever engine you prefer) image search and go from there.

  1. Launch Safari (or your preferred browser) from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Search for an image of your favorite cartoon character.
  3. Touch-and-hold the image to bring up the save option.
  4. Tap Save Image.


Once you have the image, you need to sync it over to your Apple Watch.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the image your just saved.
    1. Tap the Heart button to favorite the image, if Favorites is the photo album you sync to your Apple Watch.

    2. Otherwise, tap Select, choose the image, tap Add to, and then tap on the album you do sync to your Apple Watch.


If there's something you don't like about the image, you can give it a basic edit in the Photos app, or edit it in your favorite imaging app on iOS, OS X, or Windows. For the Superman image above, I made the background black in Photoshop so it would better match the Apple Watch aesthetic.

Once your happy with it, give it a minute or so to sync across.

  1. On your Apple Watch, press firmly on the clock face to enter edit mode.
  2. Swipe all the way to the right and tap on New to create a new clock face.

  3. Turn the digital crown to scroll down to the Photo clock face.
  4. Tap the screen to add it.


It should default to that last image you added, so chances are as soon as you add a new Photo face, it'll already be set to the image you want. If it isn't and you need to change it, or if you just want to scale and position it differently, you can easily edit it.

  1. Press firmly on the clock face to enter edit mode again.
  2. Tap on Customize.
  3. Turn the digital crown to zoom out and see all the available photos.
  4. Tap the image of your character to select it.
  5. Turn the digital crown to adjust the scale of the image.
  6. Swipe to adjust the position of the image.
  7. Press the digital crown to finalize the image.
  8. Tap the screen to exit edit mode.


That's it, you now have your favorite cartoon character—or, hey, real life character!—on your Apple Watch.

If you want to add a little bit of motion to your Clock Face, you can use a Live Photo as well. The best way to get it is to go to your favorite scene in a cartoon, then use your iPhone 6s to capture a Live Photo of it. Remember to press the shutter button at the moment when the character is in the perfect pose, and your iPhone will automatically capture 1.5 seconds before and after so you get that cape flourish, snarky smile, head turn, or whatever you like best.

You may have to experiment with lighting, angles, and timing to get a Live Photo you can use, but it's a fun effect when you do get it.

The negatives

The Photo clock face, alas, has nothing in the way of color customization, so you have to carefully position your image not to interfere with the time. Worse, the Photo clock face has nothing in the way of complications, which makes the Apple Watch phenomenally less useful. That likely relegates any character images you add to off hours, casual fun-time use only.

Hopefully Apple improves that in a future version of watchOS.





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Best apps with 3D Touch for iPhones 6s!

09 Oct 2015

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Why tap and tap when you can press and go with these great 3D Touch-enabled apps for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus!

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come with 3D Touch, a new interaction technology that makes multitouch multidimensional. While Apple has enabled it in many of the company's own apps, they've also provided a way for App Store apps to enable 3D Touch as well. There aren't a lot yet, and many more will come, but here are some of the best so far!

3D Touch offers Home screen actions, peek and pop shortcuts, and pressure sensitivity. Apps can adopt one or all of those. If you're curious how it all works, check out our 3D Touch explainer. If all you want is the apps, keep reading!



Instagram, the social photo sharing network now owned by Facebook, is turning 5 this week. It's also seriously upping it's game with 3D Touch support for Home screen actions like New Post, View Activity, Search, and Direct. In the Instagram app you can 3D Touch a name to see their account card and swipe up to get Unfollow, Turn on Post Notifications, and Send Message options. You can also 3D Touch on a photo in grid view to preview it, and swipe up to get Like, Comment, and Send Message.



The world's most popular collection network, Pinterest, has added 3D Touch support for Home screen actions. Now, with the press of a finger, you can launch straight into trending, search pins, and create a board. Once inside a board, you can also 3D Touch to peek at items and pin, link, and send items. Those options aren't implemented in the standard 3D Touch quick action way—they show up in a custom radial menu right where your finger is. Similar to how instant sending in Messages works, all you have to do is slide and you're on your way.



Dropbox, the most popular non-Apple storage provider on iOS, has added 3D Touch for both Home screen actions and peek and pop. Actions include the most recent file update, offline files, upload photo, and search. In the Dropbox app, you can peek at media files like photos and music, and swipe up to get options like send link, make available offline, rename, move, and delete. It makes Dropbox much faster and more convenient to use.



Yes, iMovie is an Apple app and it's even coming pre-installed on larger-capacity iPhones6s, but it's still got the beginning of a really solid 3D Touch implementation. Home screen actions include new movie and your last three movie projects. Inside the iMovie app, you can peek at a movie project and watch it play before opening it, to make sure you've found the right one. It's super handy once the number of projects start adding up. Unfortunately, there's no pressure sensitive fast forward or rewind yet, but that feels like something Apple needs to add to the media player in general...

Voice Dream Writer


When Apple launched 3D Touch they launched it with VoiceOver, their screen reader technology for the blind and visually impaired. Voice Dream Writer, which reads the written word in attempt to help everyone produce better work, returns the favor by implementing 3D Touch in a variety of thoughtful ways. Home screen actions include new documents and new from clipboard. You can also peek at your files to make sure you have the right one before opening it. What's more, you can press on the fast forward button to increase the speed of the screen reader. It's incredibly cool!



One of our favorite calculator apps is embracing 3D Touch in a couple of clever ways. You get Home screen actions, of course, but you also get to configure them in settings so they're exactly the way you want them. You can include any four of new calculation, paste clipboard, last conversion, use [your choice of] layout, convert [your choice of measures], last function, last memory, last result, last y register, open constants, open conversions, open functions, open tape, and run [your choice of function]. There are multiple choice options as well, so you can have multiple layouts or conversions, for example. You can also peek at the tape, registers, or RPN stack. It's a seriously cool way to calculate. (The free version doesn't include the settings or peek, but you can unlock them via in-app purchase... or just get the full version and enjoy!)



Like Automator on Mac, Workflow on iPhone lets you make routine tasks into repeatable magic. With 3D Touch, you can use Home screen actions to launch right into your most important workflows. In the Workflow app, you can peek at your 'flows to reminder yourself what's in them or make sure you're choosing the right one. You can also swipe up to get options like rename, duplicate, delete, and share. It's automation accelerated.



OpenTable not only enjoys Siri access on the iPhone but now also includes 3D Touch. Home screen actions let you launch right into your favorites or access upcoming reservations. With peek you can take a closer look at a joint before making a reservation and, if you don't like it, you can move on without first having to move back. It's super convenient. There are also preview actions for the next available reservation times, which is beyond super convenient.



The original square photo filter app, Hipstamatic is as hip as ever, thanks to 3D Touch. With Home screen actions you can shoot food, shoot sunset, shoot portrait, or edit your last photo. Yeah, it's like that. Once you launch the Hipstamatic app, you can also peek at any photo to make sure you select the right one, and get quick actions for mark favorite, duplicate and edit, share, and trash.

Scanner Pro


With the new 12 megapixel camera you can "scan" documents using your iPhone with better clarity than ever. With Scanner Pro, you can use Home screen actions to initiate a new scan or scan from an existing photo. Within the Scanner Pro app, you can preview scans so you can make sure you're always selecting the right one, and you can swipe up to get additional options like edit, retake, share, and delete.

The developer, Readdle, has also added Home screen actions and peek to their file browser, Documents.



Everyone's favorite cross-platform note-taker has added 3D Touch to make note-taking even more convenient. You get Home screen actions like new note, take photo, and set reminder. In the Evernote app, you can peek at notes and work chats, and swipe up for options including add to shortcuts, set reminder, and share.

And more!


We've highlight apps that implement multiple types of 3D Touch because that provides for the best experience. There are several apps that have only just begun implementing 3D Touch, however, and some are still worth a look.

  • Launch Center Pro: Configurable Home screen actions to launch your favorite LCP actions.
  • Camera+: Home screen actions for photo, selfie, macro, and lightbox.
  • Twitter: Home screen quick actions.
  • Endless Alphabet: Pressure sensitivity to make them letters DANCE!
  • Magic Piano: The harder you press, the more power you put behind the note you play.
  • Omni apps: Home screen actions for OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and OmniPlan.
  • Things: Home screen actions for getting things done.
  • Apple Store: Home screen actions for shop, stores, and orders.
  • Shazam: Home screen actions for Shazam now and visual Shazam.

If you've got any 3D Touch favorites I missed, let me know in the comments!





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TuneIn Premium adds streaming play-by-play feeds for all...

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Earlier this year, the TuneIn streaming audio service announced a new subscription tier, TuneIn Premium, offering more content for $7.99 a month. Now TuneIn Premium will add coverage of the National Football League in a multi-year agreement that will offer listeners access to live play-by-play feeds for all 32 NFL teams.
Here's a look at what subscribers can access with their new NFL content:

  • Access to play-by-play feeds for all 32 NFL teams, including both the home and away feeds, AFC/NFC championship games, the Super Bowl and select Spanish broadcasts.
  • NFL on TuneIn Channel – All TuneIn users will have access to an NFL channel featuring audio from select NFL Media programming, including popular NFL Network shows such as NFL Total Access, Around the NFL, and NFL HQ, as well as official NFL Media podcasts including Move the Sticks and the Dave Dameshek Football Program. NFL on TuneIn will be complemented by original NFL programming produced by TuneIn.
  • TuneIn Live Look-In Show– Starting in November, TuneIn Premium subscribers will have access to a seven-hour-long Sunday broadcast that will feature live analysis, stats, and drop-ins of local radio coverage for all Sunday games airing in-progress. This show will be live Sundays from 1pm ET – 8pm ET.





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