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The UIAlertSheet, and UIActionSheet API’s can be difficult and cumbersome to use – often requiring excessive amounts of source code with all the delegates, callbacks, and switches required.
Blocks can definitely make these components much easier to use, and there are a number of implementations out there.  Recently I received a submission of a block based library, and I liked this one quite a bit – mainly because of the added button types, and the simple syntax for programming buttons.
The control is BlockAlertsAndActionSheets from Gustavo Ambroso, and is buil
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t on a control seen in a collection of categories and helpers from Peter Steinberger.
You can find the control on Github here, and Gustavo’s got a writeup on his blog.
Definitely a lot easier than creating UIAlertSheet’s and UIActionSheet’s with their API’s in the iOS SDK.
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We have been getting to know Siri since October 2011 when the iPhone 4S was launched. There is no denying that Siri is a great addition to the iPhone with its intelligent voice assistant being able to analyze voice commands and perform specific tasks based on this audible user instruction. A lot of people however still aren't convinced and many people say it is the lack of scope that is leaving them on the bench where Siri is concerned.

When the iPhone 4s and Siri were launched the software was billed and advertised as a personal assistant that would let you send messag
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es, schedule meetings, make phones calls and a lot of other impressive things. One of the major benefits was the ability to talk to Siri like a real person forming full sentences to instruct the software of what you wanted it to do. Siri would then analyze the sentence, understand it and process it. For a lot of things Siri works great but unfortunately the technology has not been integrated deeply enough into the iOS and there are some things that we would love Siri to be able to do that it just can't.

The jailbreak community have as always stepped forward and we are starting to see some great Siri-based tweaks popping up in Cydia. Some of these add additional power to Siri by hooking into certain settings and allowing users to launch specific applications using voice commands.

Apple made a big deal about the fact that they were partnering with Twitter to deeply integrate this social service into iOS. After the initial excitement died down all users really got was native account registering through settings and a framework for developers which negates the need to deal with Twitter's unfriendly APIs. IOS developer Tyler Nettleton posted on his Twitter account to see if any of his followers would be interested in a tweak that would allow Siri to write and post tweets.

It seems Nettleton's tweak allows users to activate Siri and simply say “tweet...” followed by a message which is immediately posted to twitter. This tweak has not been completed as yet but it sounds great and very promising indeed and we can't wait till it is released to the public. Of course you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone 4S to use it but that shouldn't be a problem as there are a number of jailbreak options available.

In the iTunes App Store there are plenty of iPad apps designed for productivity, but those that stand out for their ability to truly do so are in shorty supply.  Investing in one of these apps only to find you’ve made a poor purchase is a horrible feeling.
PDF Forms is different, in a grand way, giving one absolute control over your PDF files.
What PDF Forms offers is the ability to work with PDF documents and forms, commenting on PDF documents, completing forms, signing legal documents and sharing processed PDF documents via email or Dropbox.
Other features include:
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Get PDF documents from any application using Open In, from iTunes or Dropbox folders
Manage PDF documents using folders
Sign legal documents (contracts, notices, etc.)
Fill out various forms
Mark and comment any text or image in any PDF document
Split any PDF documents into separate PDF files
Share ready PDFs via e-mail or Dropbox

My favorite feature of the app is the signature pad option.  All one has to do is save a copy of your signature for later use on PDFs. Your saved signature can be resized and placed in the required area of any PDF form or contract with couple of taps.
Simply put, PDF Forms for iPad is a great way to edit PDF documents. For all who regularly work with PDF files, PDF Forms is a must-have iPad app.
The yellow sticky note of doom has appeared, and the Apple Store is currently down. What sort of updates will this bring? Since it's early Friday on the East Coast, most likely maintenance. But with Macworld, it could be anything. We'll let you know of any changes once it's back up!Apple Store is down originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments


27 Jan 2012 - Dar-Soft announces the availability of German localized versions of their popular PDF converting apps – PDF Printer and PDF PROvider for iPhone and iPad.
PDF Printer allows converting documents in different formats such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote files as well as Photos and Contacts to Adobe PDF format on the iPhone or iPad.
With PDF Printer internal Web-browser it is easy to open, preview and con
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vert to PDF HTML or any other web page.To the versatile PDF converting capabilities PDF PROvider adds ability to merge PDF documents from different sources. To generate the report or presentation it is easy to collect several documents in PDF or any other format into one PDF document.
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Download Sonic 4™ Episode 1 v1.0.0 Game For Android APK + SD Data Download Sega Sonic fans were waiting for this time for as long as 16 years, but now the wait is over. Sega Sonic 4™ Episode I is finally here for Android Devices. This game has an enhanced gameplay with classic style sonic [...]


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Make everyday magical with Younicorn. Do you believe in magic? You will after downloading this practically indispensable new iPhone app. Simply upload your photo, choose one of 12 mystical, enchanted backgrounds, add an adjustable horn, then get ready to have a spell cast on your mind! You can also upload your Younicorn photos directly to your Facebook page for all to see. Want to play a magical prank on a friend or family member? Younicorn them. Have a baby or a pet? Younicorn them.
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Just days before Apple's recent educational announcement, one toymaker was busily demonstrating the AppCrayon classroom stylus to a conference of California's Kindergarten teachers. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the verdict was clear. Teachers want a stylus. This was not entirely surprising for the folks at DANO Toys who designed the AppCrayon with input from professional educators and beta-tested it in classrooms across the globe for almost a year."By pairing a stylus with letter-writing, drawing, note-taking and other apps, DANO Toys has found a way to meld the new, forward-th
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inking iPad education program with traditional educational methods," says DANO Toys Education Director Chelsea Monahan. "Despite using a touchscreen device, students are still able to hold a pencil-like stylus to develop the motor skills that are necessary for printing, cursive and drawing." (more...)


This is pretty great news, according to the incredible sales figures released by Apple yesterday during their quarterly earnings report, the iPhone surpassed the Android and thereby taking the number one spot in U.S.  The guys at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech figured out that Apple sold 37 million iPhones during the fourth quarter of 2011, making Apple the top smartphone manufacturer on the planet.
Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldplanel stated “Apple has continued its strong sales run in the US, UK and Australia over t
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he Christmas period,” furthermore he adds “Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover.”
While this might not seem like a big deal, you still need to remember that there are hundreds of smartphones running Android Android, whereas Apple currently only sells three generations of the iPhone.
Wonder what 2012 has in store for Apple, will the release of the much anticipated iPhone 5 catapult these numbers even higher? What do you think will Apple be able to keep the top spot or will Android phones dominate the market during 2012?