How to send audio from one iOS app to another with Audiobus

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Audiobus is like a set of virtual patch cables for musical apps.
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If you want to make music on iPhone or iPad, you can choose from an embarrassment of fantastic iOS apps. You’ll also find plenty of music effects and recording apps on the platform.

The problem is using two types of apps together, because iOS isn’t nearly as flexible as macOS when it comes to digging into the system. But with a $10 app called Audiobus 3, you can route audio between apps. That means you can send music from, say, a drum machine to an audio recorder, or from your guitar to a sampler.

Further, you can route audio from many apps at a time, letting you create as complex or simple a setup as you like. If you think of Audiobus as a set of virtual patch cables for your iPhone or iPad, you’re on the right track.

How to use the Universal Clipboard on iOS

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Since last fall, your Mac and your iOS devices have shared a Universal Clipboard. That is, you can copy on one device and paste on another. It’s seamless, and incredibly useful. For instance, you could copy a shipment tracking number in Mail on your Mac, then paste it into the tracking app on your iPhone. Or you could take a screenshot on your iPhone, then paste it into a blog post you’re writing on your iPad.

Universal Clipboard is so easy to use, you might have already used it without realizing. Here’s how it works.

5 tips to fix an unresponsive iPhone screen

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Is your iPhone screen acting up? Here's how to fix it.
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If you’ve been having problems with your iPhone or iPad screen not acting quite as responsive as usual, don’t panic: You can try out plenty of quick and easy tricks before heading to your closest Genius Bar.

Get five tips for fixing an unresponsive iPhone screen in our how-to video:

Treat yourself to a better weather app

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Today Weather presents some smart new features in a slick design, and we dig the result.
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Tips to help you relive your great vacation [Tech Travel Tips]

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You vacation photos are useless if you forget about them.
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tech travel tips It used to be that when you got back from vacation, you’d drop your film off at the lab and cross your fingers. You hoped you’d get some half-decent photos back a week later, while memories of that cool restaurant you liked faded with your tan.

Now we share our photos with friends and family while we’re still on the beach, then forget about them. But we can, and probably should, make a little effort to preserve our vacation memories. And — you guessed it — there are apps for that.

Great travel apps to make your trip easy and fun [Tech Travel Tips]

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Travel isn't all about visiting amazing places. Sometimes it's about using apps on your phone, too.
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tech travel tips You already have all the travel gadgets you need for a successful and relaxed trip. Today we’re going to look at travel apps. Specifically, apps that make your trip better and easier, like great city guides.

We’ll also showcase apps that work around limitations you face while traveling, like a lack of bandwidth. Let’s get started!

Nebo handwriting app is like paper, only better

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Nebo is the best Notes app and not in beta. And maybe even then.
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Nebo is an alternative to Apple’s upcoming iOS 11 Notes app. Like the Apple app, Nebo lets you use the Apple Pencil to draw and write in notes. It also recognizes the words you write and lets you search on those terms. Unlike the native Notes app, however, Nebo also converts your longhand scrawls into actual, editable text, which can be copied and pasted anywhere.

In fact, I used Nebo to write this entire article. My handwriting isn’t as fast as my typing any more (my hand still hurts), but the app is fantastic.

Get a grip on your iOS devices’ data [Deals]

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Whether you're looking to backup your iPhone or just get more control of its data, iMazing is the software for you.
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iPhones and iPads are totally convenient, until you need to move data on or off of them. As soon as you start struggling with the sync settings in iTunes, the “magic” drains from these devices fast.

With iMazing, an all-purpose iOS management app, you can wrangle your mobile data easily and intuitively. Browse and manage your backups, extract and print your text messages, drag and drop songs to your device and more — all without jailbreaking. Right now, you can get a lifetime license to iMazing 2 for just $24.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Learn like a brainiac with this note-busting app [Deals]

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MarginNote lets you visualize and interact with your notes like never before.
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Our devices are just as powerful as tools of distraction as they are for productivity. One way to return your devices to helpful status is to stuff them with apps like MarginNotes, a handy mind-mapping app that comes with a suite of tools that make it easier to organize and retain information while reading or studying.

It’s amazing the insights that emerge when you can see your thoughts and information laid out visually and interactively. MarginNotes is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, lawyers or anybody curious — no wonder it was named a Top 10 iOS app for 2016 by AppSo, and got 4 out of 5 stars from App Review Central. And right now you can get MarginNotes Pro for just $24.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.