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Jun

Best Buy Offering Up to $50 Gift Card With Latest iPad Pro Models


Best Buy has launched a limited time promotion offering customers up to a $50 Best Buy physical gift card with their pre-order of the latest iPad Pro models, announced at WWDC 2017 this week, through its website.

Specifically, Best Buy is offering a $50 gift card for the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and a $25 gift card for the all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Best Buy estimates both models will begin shipping on Tuesday, June 13.

For the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro models, also unveiled at WWDC 2017 this week, Best Buy is offering college students an extra $100 off when they sign up for College Student Deals. The discount is provided in the form of an emailed coupon that can be redeemed online or at one of its stores.


Best Buy currently charges the same price as Apple for all of the latest iPad Pro and MacBook models prior to the gift cards and coupons.

Best Buy said customers can also get a minimum $250 Best Buy physical gift card with the trade in of select MacBook models at one of its stores. All three deals are valid in the United States and Puerto Rico only.

Disclaimer: MacRumors.com is an affiliate partner with Best Buy and may get paid if you click one of the above links and make a purchase.

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7
Jun

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 32 With New Features for Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra


Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced one year ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 32 includes new features for Safari 11, which is built into macOS High Sierra. A list of the new additions is below:

WebRTC and Media Capture
WebAssembly
Auto-Play Improvements

With Safari 11 now available to developers through the macOS High Sierra beta, Apple is providing two versions of Safari Technology Preview, one for macOS Sierra users and one for those using macOS High Sierra.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple’s aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.

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Jun

Best app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time


Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

HPlayer

Download and watche videos from your Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, Box, and other cloud drives on your iPhone even if you’re offline.

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iOS

Splashtop Personal

Use Splashtop to access your computer on the local network with best-in-class video-streaming performance. View and edit Microsoft Office and PDF files, and put your Mac in your pocket.

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iOS

ScanBee

ScanBee turns your iPhone into a portable scanner. It allows you to scan any document into a high-quality PDF file.

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Instaflash

Instaflash is your go to photo app with all the tools you need to perfect your photos instantly. Transform dark and dull shots into vibrant photos and amaze your friends and family.

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iOS

MailTime Pro

MailTime makes email as easy as text messaging. We reformat your cluttered email threads into clean chat bubbles. The app connects with an unlimited number of email accounts.

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iOS

WidgetCal

This app shows weekly or monthly view for your events and reminders, all with a beautiful layout directly in your Notification Center. Access your calendar without hassle.

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7
Jun

These are the best alternatives to Google’s pre-installed Android apps


Every Android user out there is used to getting their shiny new Android phone pre-loaded with a slew of Google Apps. From Maps to Hangouts, Google’s apps are central to the Android experience.

But what if you don’t want to use Google’s apps? Maybe you’re not a fan of how they collect your data, or you want to try something new — don’t fret, there are plenty of other alternatives to choose from. Look no further than our list below.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is arguably the center of your Google experience on an Android phone, but plenty of people swear by other browsers — and there are some great ones.

Best alternative: Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox has long been among the better web browsers since its launch in 2002, before Google Chrome was ever existed. It has come a long way since 2002 as well — and the Android version is much improved. Some of the better features on the browser include syncing with the desktop version, an easy-to-use bookmark system, support for casting, and more.

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Runner up: Opera

Opera is another long-running Android web browser, and it offers a number of excellent features. In fact, the browser is one of the most downloaded Android web browsers out there, and for good reason. It comes with a built-in news feed to help find content, and it also blocks all ads natively. The browser also compresses videos and images, so you save data, and Speed Dial allows you to quickly access your favorite sites. It helps that Opera has a great user interface as well.

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Google Photos

Google Photos is among the better services Google has put on offer in the last few years — especially since it offers unlimited, free photo storage — but it’s not for everyone. There are some other options for storing and managing your photo library.

Best alternative: Amazon Prime Photos

You may not be aware of this  — not many people are — but Amazon has its own photo storage and management system called Amazon Prime Photos. The app is similar to Google Photos in many ways, and it can be the best option for those who already have Amazon Prime. Like Google Photos, Prime Photos uses artificial intelligence to find people and locations, and you can upload your photos straight from your phone.

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Runner up: Flickr

Flickr offers a massive 1000GB of free cloud storage for all your photos, so unless you’re a professional photographer, you should have plenty of space for all your snaps. In the Flickr app, you can tweak your photos’ settings quickly and easily, plus you’ll get access to the Flickr community, which is helpful if your a photo-taking enthusiast.

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Google Maps

Google Maps may well be the best-known mapping software out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best in every situation. Here are a few great alternatives to Google Maps.

Best alternative: Waze

Waze may still be Google-owned, but it’s pretty different from the pre-installed Google Maps on your Android phone. How is it different? Waze is almost like a social network. When you encounter something on the road — a police car tracking speeds, a road closure, or anything else that may affect a ride — you can report it on Waze. Keep in mind that Waze is only for navigation in the car, unlike maps, which offers directions for walking and public transportation.

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Runner up: Here WeGo

Here Maps, owned by Nokia, is also a great mapping option. The service is available in a hefty 132 countries around the world, and is far less storage-intensive than Google Maps. On top of that, it allows you to download offline maps for free, and you can access navigation for public transit.

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Gmail

While the Gmail app allows you to get emails from other services, many prefer to use third-party email clients, where they can manage all of their emails in one inbox. Here are a few of the best email options for Android.

Best alternative: Alto Mail

Ever think you’d download an app from AOL? Alto Mail is a modern take on email built by a pioneer in the email world. The app is clean and simple, and it supports a range of different mail services, including Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and more. You get access to the Dashboard, which allows you to see important information at a glance — similarly to Google’s Inbox by Gmail app.

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Runner up: TypeApp Mail

TypeApp Mail, which is also known as TypeMail, is a pretty comprehensive email client. It supports all major email services, and it supports Android Wear, so you can manage your mail from your wrist. On top of that, the app is well-designed, offers a ton of quick-access features, and is super easy to use.

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Google Drive

Google Drive is used all over the world, but there are plenty of other cloud storage services that are just as good as, if not better than Drive for some uses. Here are some of the best ones.

Best alternative: Dropbox

Dropbox has long been a favorite cloud storage service for many people, and for good reason. It has a nice, clean interface, as well as apps for your Android phone and almost all other platforms that you may need it on. While it only offers 2GB of free storage space, there are plenty of ways to get more without paying money — and even 2GB should be enough for some people. If not, you can pay for more.

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Runner up: Microsoft OneDrive

This one is particularly good for those who use Windows computers, as it will help you better sync your files on your phone and computer. You’ll also get nice features, like notifications when files are shared with you, the ability to share photos and videos, and automatic tagging for your files (so you can quickly and easily find them later on).

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Google Play Newsstand/Google News & Weather

Getting the news in a timely manner can be very important, especially if it’s news that relates to your local area or a national or international event. In case Google Play Newsstand or Google News aren’t for you, here are some great alternatives.

Best alternative: Flipboard

Flipboard has become the default news app for many Android users, and for good reason. The magazine-style layout has inspired plenty of other news-based apps, and it helps make news much more digestible. On top of that, it aggregates all different media — text, video, and social media — into one accessible app.

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Runner up: Inoreader

Inoreader may not be as flashy as Flipboard, but it’s still well-designed and easy to use. The app is RSS-based, so you can pick and choose your favorite news sources and do away with other sources that you may not be so into. Not only that, but you can choose to keep tabs on specific keywords, so you can track particular topics rather than sources or websites.

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7
Jun

Retale Go lets you ask about local sales with your voice


Why it matters to you

Wondering about your local supermarket’s hours? Retale makes finding out as easy as shouting at your Google Home.

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Ever wonder how late your local supermarket stays open on Saturdays? What about the coffee shop down the street, or the Italian joint around the corner? If you have a Google Home or Amazon Echo within shouting distance, finding out is now as easy as invoking Retale Go, a voice-activated assistant that puts localized shipping information at your fingertips.

Starting this week, Retale Go launches on voice assistants from Google and Amazon. You can ask it for information about the more than 320,000 locations that make up its extended network, including store hours, addresses, and phone numbers. It will even tell you if the place you asked about has a sale going.

Activating the Retale assistant on your Google Home or Alexa is fairly easy. If you’re using an Alexa-enabled device like one of Amazon’s Echo speakers, you can add it from the Skills Store in the Alexa app. On Google Home, just say, “OK Google, begin using Retale Shopline.”

“At Retale, we are constantly looking for ways in which we can integrate our services with forward-thinking technology to deliver better shopping experiences to consumers,” Dan Cripe, Chief Technology Officer of Retale, said in a statement. “Web and apps are a fantastic foundation, but voice assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are the biggest disruptive wave since the smartphone – greatly expanding access to information.”

Retale Go collates up-to-date information from more than 5,200 of the world’s top retailers and 1.4 million stores globally, including JC Penney, Target, Rite Aid, Macy’s, Meijer, and more. That treasure trove of data — and the app’s local coupon alerts — apparently struck a chord with smartphone users, who’ve downloaded it in droves. As of June, more than 26 million people use Retale.

Retale’s core mission is to connect shoppers to its retail partners, and voice-activated apps are only the newest tip in its multi-prong strategy. In February, Retale acquired Out of Milk, one of the most popular shopping list app in the U.S. CEO Christian Gaiser noted that it had “tremendous scale in mobile shopping,” and that its targeted, location-based features would “[help Retale] meet the needs of shoppers at a different stage of the purchase funnel and nearly double [its] user base in the U.S.”

“Voice interfaces, aside from being really cool, enable natural interactions that simply don’t happen via other channels,” Cripe said. “By fitting into the natural flow of a person’s life, voice technology provides a convenient, hands-free and instant conversation between consumers and brands.”




7
Jun

PicsArt users can now sticker up before even taking the shot with latest update


Why it matters to you

Sticker-lovers can now add the photo accessories before taking the shot in the latest version of PicsArt.

Photo apps love stickers, well, the way a toddler loves actual stickers — and popular mobile photo editor PicsArt is adding a new way to sticker. On Monday, June 5, PicsArt launched live stickers that can be placed in the live camera mode before users take the shot.

The latest update allows users to take the custom stickers — either made or shared by another user — and add them to their shots before actually tapping the shutter release. This sticker-first, shoot-later approach allows users to build their shot around the easy-to-add artwork, from cat photobombs to unicorns, donuts, and crowns.

PicsArt users can access the live stickers by tapping the plus icon at the bottom of the app’s home screen, then choosing “edit” and selecting the camera. At the bottom of the screen, a sticker icon will bring up a carousel of stickers at the bottom of the screen. Users can find more options, including a search tool, by swiping up on that carousel.

Stickers are then simply dragged onto the screen, with the usual two-pinch gesture allowing for sticker resizing. Tapping and holding the sticker brings up the trash can to ditch the sticker and try another. Once the photo is shot using the live sticker, the image can then be edited with PicsArt’s gamut of editing tools.

The new feature is an extension of the custom stickers launched earlier this year in March. Using PicsArt’s editing tools, users can create their own stickers and share them with other PicsArt users. An export option allows the custom stickers to be shared inside social media platforms, which helped bring the photo accessory to its current popularity in the first place.

PicsArt, which now boasts over 400 million installs, is a free download for both iOS and Android users, with in-app purchases available.




7
Jun

Many SanDisk microSD cards and Lightning/USB-C flash drives are at all-time lows today


Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with great savings on a variety of SanDisk memory products.

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Amazon’s one-day sale scores you up to 25% off a variety of SanDisk’s memory products ranging from high capacity microSD cards to portable Solid State Drives. SanDisk has been in the business for a long time and many people use its products daily and speak quite highly of them.

Whether you are looking to add some extra storage to your phone or camera, or are in the market for some additional external storage for your computer, you won’t want to miss these discounts. Some of the items on sale include:

microSD cards

  • 32GB SanDisk Ultra microSD – $11.15 (Normally $13.95)
  • 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSD – $116.95 (Normally $199.99)

Flash Drives

  • 256GB SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive – $52.99 (Normally $69.99)
  • 128GB SanDisk Ultra Flair USB 3.0 Flash Drive – $28.38 (Normally $35.47)
  • 64GB SanDisk iXpand iPhone / iPad Flash Drive – $45.59 (Normally $79.99)
  • 128GB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C – $33.66 (Normally $59.99)
  • 128GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick – $54.99 (Normally $99.99)

External Drive Packages

  • WD 1TB Black USB 3.0 Drive & SanDisk Ultra 64GB Dual Drive – $63.17 (Normally $79.87)
  • WD 1TB Black USB 3.0 Drive & SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB Flash Drive – $64.67 (Normally $77.93)

There are a few other products not listed here that are also included in this deal. For a full list of the items be sure to hit the link below. Remember, these prices are only good for today, June 7, while supplies last so don’t miss out!

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For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

7
Jun

To those who think you don’t need a screen protector on the Galaxy S8


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It’s one of the oldest questions in smartphones.

Phone screens have gotten larger, and at the same time quickly lost all protection from the bumps and scrapes of daily life. The Galaxy S8 is probably the best example of just how vulnerable a piece of glass can be — with curved edges and no real bezels to protect.

Sure there’s Gorilla Glass 5 on front, which is supposed to provide some scratch protection, but that doesn’t mean this ongoing debate about whether or not to use a screen protector has been put to rest. Forum user flyingkytez posted his frustration with seeing small scratches develop on his GS8 as a warning to consider a screen protector. Not everyone agrees, though!

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06-05-2017 06:09 AM

Mine is in and out of my pocket a lot during the day, I am pretty rough on my phones, I don’t use a screen protector and have no scratches

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This is obviously dependent on how you’re using your phone. What’s “normal” use to some may not be the same for others. If you’r eon the road, pulling your phone in and out of your pocket or tossing it on tables, it’s far more likely to get these tiny scratches over time. You won’t notice them as they accumulate, but once they hit a critical mass you’ll see them.

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05-31-2017 04:50 PM

I’m okay with fine scratches. I will be keeping this phone 5 more months max.

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Then others are more pragmatic. They know no matter what they do they’re bound to pick up some scratches on the curved screen of a phone like the Galaxy S8, but they understand that’s part of the deal. If you don’t plan to hold onto a phone for that long anyway, why baby it or compromise screen quality with a plastic protector.

Where do you land on this discussion? Is a screen protector worth the hassle to avoid small scratches, or do you just deal with it in order to use the phone as it came out of the box?

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7
Jun

Someone is trying to make a Galaxy S8 case that covers the Bixby button


Sick of accidental Bixby launches? This might be a case you want.

Calling Samsung’s Bixby service not fully baked is perhaps the most gracious way to put the thing that was supposed to totally change how we interact with the world around us. Bixby Vision barely works, Bixby Voice still doesn’t exist yet, and the core Bixby recommendation engine really only sees the light of day when I accidentally press the dedicated Bixby button on the side of my S8.

Samsung won’t let you disable the button, and it won’t let you reprogram the button, so the only option left is to make a case to cover the button up entirely and forget it exists. Would you like a case like that? Kickstarter has what you need.

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The case itself looks nice enough, but it’s clear by the I Hate Bixby stickers and hats that are also a part of the campaign there are some deep feelings held by the creator. It’s a little unnecessary to go quite that far, but a case to cover this mostly useless button until Samsung gives you a real reason to use it doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

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7
Jun

How to listen to audiobooks using Amazon Alexa


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Setting up alexa to read your audiobooks is a breeze.

Talking to Alexa can make keeping organized easier, but it’s definitely useful for more than just an interactive to-do list and search engine. You can also use Alexa to listen to your Audiobooks when you’re ready to relax. We’ve got the details on how to get listening to your favorite books in no time.

Alexa can read audiobooks

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Alexa on the Amazon Echo can connect to a variety of different apps and services in an effort to make your life easier. This ranges from everything from shopping lists, to movies, and yes, even audiobooks. By just asking asking Alexa to open one of your audiobooks up, you can lay back and listen to the book you’ve been craving.

To access them you’ll need to connect to either your Audible or Amazon account, depending on which service you prefer to listen to. This means that if a new book comes out that you just have to have, you can order it, and then lay back and have Alexa open it for you.

Getting set up shouldn’t take any time at all, since your Audible account is connected to your Amazon account. The most you’ll need to do is make sure you are signed in to the Audible app if you plan on purchasing more books. The app should automatically sync up your library, letting you listen to the books you are interested in within moments of purchase.

How to use the Alexa app to listen to an audiobook

Open the Alexa app on your phone.
Tap the overflow icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

Tap Music, Video & Books.

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Tap Audible.

Tap the audiobook you would like to listen to.

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Are you listening?

Alexa is here to make your life just a little bit easier, and that includes playing your audiobooks for you when it’s time to relax. With virtually no setup required, this means you don’t need to worry about anything but settling in to listen to the story you want to hear. Have you been listening to audibooks with Alexa? Let us now about it in the comments below!

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