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AmpKit, PDF Expert, Shade 3D mobile

updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue September 6, 2011 | Posted in iPhone Apps

AmpKit 1.2 (free) - AmpKit 1.2 provides iPhone/iPad users with a variety of guitar amps, effects, and recording options. With the latest version of the app, six new amps are available to choose from, along with 25 new presets, and four new effects. Additionally, improvements have been made to the applications overall sound quality. [Download - 78.3MB]

PDF Expert 3.0 ($10) - Readdle has recently unveiled PDF Expert 3.0, a major update to its iPad app that allows users to read and annotate PDF documents. Included in this upgrade are new page management options, a redesigned annotation toolbar, and new types of PDF annotations such as lines, arrows, rects, and circles. Other changes range from additional copy and paste controls to new presets for freehand drawing. [Download - 15.2MB]

Shade 3D mobile 1.1 (free) - A new 1.1 version of Shade 3D mobile, the 3D presentations app for iPhone and iPad users, is now available for download. With this newest release comes support for antialiasing, as well as for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4G. Files can now be uploaded to Dropbox, and screenshots images or shades can be shared with friends via e-mail. [Download - 25.3MB]

Emma and the Inventor HD 1.0 (free) - In Emma and the Inventor HD players must help save Emma's grandfather who has accidentally trapped himself in a mysterious void. This new hidden-object adventure game spans over 40 different screens and has a wide range of puzzles to solve and Game Center achievements to unlock. Other features include an original music score and support for nine different languages. [Download - 350MB]

DrawRace 2 1.01 ($1) - RedLynx has introduced a sequel to its popular racing game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, DrawRace 2. The game offers a large single player campaign with over 180 challenges to overcome, along with realistic car physics and highly detailed 3D tracks with ramps, slopes, and tilts. A Challenge mode is also available for those who want to compete against other players online. [Download - 299MB]

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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014.

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Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket

The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]


Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera

Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement.

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Apple employees testing wheelchair features

New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps.

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SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards

SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200.

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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26

Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion.

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Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users

Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser.

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