This app unlocks new possibilities for PDFs [Deals]

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Work with PDFs like never before with this essential converter toolkit.
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If you work at a computer, PDFs probably cross your desktop on the regular. It’s a content-rich format that can make digital documents a pleasure to read. But when the time comes to make changes to a PDF, you’ve got to have the right tools. PDFConverterOCR is a great example, with the ability to convert native or scanned PDFs into a wide range of fully editable document formats. It’s a must have for anyone who regularly deals in digital documents, and right now you can get a lifetime license for just $19.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Cult of Mac Magazine: iPhone 8 photos leak, Using Instagram Face Filters, Watch Store sale and more!

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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we show you what iPhone 8 will look like in all its glory, how to use Instagram Face Filters and five great keyboard shortcuts you should know.

Learn about Google Photos’ great new features including new sharing options, stunning Photo Books you can build in a few taps, intelligent photo editing, and Google Lens integration.

And, get shopping at Cult of Mac Watch Store’s first major sale on Apple Watch straps. Sale ends Sunday! Enjoy 20 percent off great brands including Strapple, OleksynPrannyk, Bucardo and Form Function Form.

Here are this week’s top stories.

Shower while grooving to your favorite tunes [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include a shower-proof Bluetooth speaker, mobile VPN protection, and more.
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We’re back for another round of the very best deals on gear and gadgets in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got an extra huge Bluetooth shower speaker, a simple but powerful mobile VPN, a handy app for cutting down on reading times, and a set of workout-ready Bluetooth earbuds. Everything in this week’s roundup is discounted by 75 percent or more, read on for more details:

All the keyboard shortcuts you’ll ever need for Safari on iPad

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Control mobile Safari without taking your hands off the keyboard.
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Safari on the Mac is almost entirely controllable by the keyboard. You can open tabs, navigate forms on the page, and search through pages. And even if there’s no built-in shortcut, the Mac lets you add custom shortcuts to any menu item. The iPad isn’t quite so well-served, but you’d be surprised at just how many keyboard shortcuts there are for Safari on the iPad. In fact, there are so many great shortcuts that you may even forget you’re not using a Mac. Let’s take a look.

Will Siri ever be as good as the Google Assistant? [Friday Night Fights]

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The gap is getting wider.
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Google brought its Google Assistant to iOS this week, finally giving iPhone fans a taste of the best virtual assistant on the planet. But those on Android are in for so much more, with major improvements on the way, including impressive Google Lens integration.

Friday Night Fights bugThe changes make it harder than ever for Siri to catch up. Despite the improvements Apple made with iOS 10, it still feels like Siri is well behind its rivals. Is that gap now too big, or can Apple catch up? Will Siri ever be as good as the Google Assistant?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we wage war over virtual assistants.

How to make an A+ term paper in PDF Expert

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PDF Expert isn't just a view. It's a great way to create documents, too.
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How to quickly take charge of your photos with 3D Touch

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Depending on where you are, 3D touching a photo offers different options.
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3D touch is the feature that keeps on surprising you. Just when you thought you’d discovered all its tricks, up pops another one. Today we’re going to see how pressing on pictures in the Photos app offers all kinds of handy shortcuts for wrangling Faces, Albums, and Moments.

How to view Stories and upload photos to Instagram on the web

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Get the Instagram's app experience on the desktop website.
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Instagram has been a “mobile first” company ever since its inception. Since then, it has gradually changed its course and brought several features to the desktop and the mobile website. As of now, you can browse your Instagram feed and view notifications on the website. However, there are still app-specific features like Stories and uploading pictures that haven’t made their way to the website.

With features such as Continuity and Handoff bridging the gap between the iPhone and the Mac, carrying the iPhone has become less essential. Unfortunately, I still have to reach for my iPhone when I need to upload pictures or view Stories. Wouldn’t it be great to have these features on the Instagram web version? Let’s see how we accomplish that.

Why I love Apple’s hideous Smart Battery Case

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Apple's Smart Battery case has got me charged!
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Apple’s own battery case, cleverly titled the Smart Battery Case, has been on the market for over two years now. I had never really taken an interest in it;  it was just another battery case, only this one looked like it was pregnant with an iPod.

That was until last week, when I was desperately in need of some form of charger for my iPhone and decided to pick one up. Since then, my thoughts on what was just an ugly, overpriced battery case have totally changed.

Check out the video below to find out why it’s earned a place in my heart — and is now my favorite iPhone case.

iPhone 8 still on track for September launch

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Get your credit cards ready for September.
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Worry no more about an iPhone 8 delay.

According to the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation smartphone, a launch will go ahead in September as originally planned. Analysts say they see no delays in the company’s supply chain, and still expect the iPhone 8 to enter mass production on time.