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How to get four NFL superstars for your Madden NFL Mobile team

Even though you’re probably well on your way to building a top notch squad for the new season in Madden NFL Mobile, let’s say you could beef it up by adding Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Von Miller, and Todd Gurley to your roster. That’s something I imagine would interest you.

It’s not hypothetical either, but something you can actually do thanks to the Madden Season Blitz events going on right now in Madden NFL Mobile. It will require some effort on your part over the next two weeks, but if you act now and play often, you could snag elite versions of one or more of these stars before the real NFL season kicks off.

Instead of simply telling you about it, we’ll actually tell you how to do it too.

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3 best fantasy football apps to get you ready for the season

Last season didn’t go the way you wanted it to in fantasy football. You were super happy following your drafts or auctions, convinced you had outsmarted everyone. You were all set to hustle on the waiver wire, work out some sweet trades, and make room in your possibly imaginary trophy case.

And then the football season actually happened, and things went wrong. Injuries. Suspensions. Scheme changes. Other people having better luck with their mid-season acquisitions.

In any case, you didn’t get the glory you sought, and now here you are getting ready for a new campaign and hoping that things will be different. There’s no excuse not to be prepared, since info that you could only get by buying magazines a decade ago is literally at your fingertips today, or more precisely in your pocket.

Obviously, you should have the app for your league’s platform of choice on your iPhone, whether that’s ESPN or Yahoo Sports or what have you. But how about other apps to help you with your fantasy football prep? We’ve got five that may help you make sure things are different this year.

Well, until your first round pick goes down in Week 1, of course.

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Spotify looking to lower its revenue share with music labels

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Spotify is out of contract with all three major music companies, and according to Music Business Worldwide, the renegotiations aren’t going well. Citing sources familiar with the talks, the outlet says the sticking point is revenue share.

With Spotify preparing for an IPO, the labels see this as a great opportunity to get the streaming company to raise its revenue split from around 55% to 58%, which is what Apple Music pays. Spotify, however, wants to lower the amount.

How far down Spotify want to push this rev share is a matter of debate: one label source told us today that Spotify has asked to go below 50%, but a senior Spotify source flatly told us this is untrue.

(Apple is also believed to pay publishers 13.5%-15% of revenue depending on the territory – slightly higher than Spotify.) Regardless, the idea of Spotify paying labels – and artists – a lower portion of its income is bound to be highly contentious.

Essentially, Spotify needs the labels to cut it some slack if it’s going to be able to compete with tech heavyweights like Apple. It posted a $194 million loss last year, and wants to ramp up spending in 2016 for things like exclusive artist deals.

Source: Music Business Worldwide

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Daily Deals: $100 off iPad mini 4, free $50 gift card with Xbox bundle, and more

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iDB’s Daily Deal post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphonestablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experienceonline reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

$100 off iPad mini 4 at Best Buy

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Best Buy is once again discounting its iPad mini 4 inventory by $100. This means you can get the powerful 7.9-inch tablet for as little as $299 (for the 16GB model).

You can buy the iPad mini 4 at Best Buy starting at $299 (normal starting price $399).

Sennheiser GAME ONE PC Gaming Headset

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The open-back design keeps head cool while delivering extreme sonic clarity and accuracy courtesy of Sennheiser’s model specific transducer technology (50-ohm). The headset also features a pro-quality noise-canceling microphone that auto mutes when boom arm is raised. Two year warranty.

You can buy this Sennheiser gaming headset on Amazon for $130 (normal price $160).

Xbox One S 1TB, Madden NFL 17, and eBay Gift Card Bundle

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Folks in the market for an Xbox One may want to check out this deal. eBay seller rushhourwholesaler is offering the new Xbox One S 1TB 4K console, the full game digital download of Madden NFL 17, and a $50 eBay gift card. Combined, it’s a great value for those interested in the new Xbox One S and Madden NFL 17.

You can buy this Xbox-Madden-gift card bundle on eBay for $350 (normal price $400).

Vizio 55-inch SmartCast M Series 4K TV

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Introducing the VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display. Part of the VIZIO SmartCast collection with Google Cast built-in, the M-Series features a powerful 6″ Android tablet remote, and stunning picture of High Dynamic Range. What a great price on a cutting edge TV from buydig.

You can buy this 55-inch Vizio 4K SmartCast TV on eBay for $620 (normal price $1,000).

Remember that these are “daily” deals, meaning some of these prices may not be available for long. So don’t hesitate to take advantage of the savings!

Want even more deals? Be sure to follow @iDBDeals on Twitter!

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Unlocked GSM LG Nexus 5X – 16GB

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Top rated eBay seller mobilepros1 (98% feedback rating) has a great deal right now on LG’s Nexus 5X handset. These units are new in box, unlocked for GSM networks, and feature 16GB of storage. This is a solid deal on a powerful smartphone that offers a clean Android experience. Multiple colors available, shipping is free.

You can buy this unlocked LG Nexus 5X on eBay for $200 (normal price $350).

Philips hue LED Ambiance Starter Kit

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Set the mood with this starter kit, which contains a wireless bridge that allows you to control up to 50 hue and Friends of hue devices and includes 3 LED bulbs to get you started. Supports Apple HomeKit (so you can control your lights with Siri) and comes with a free $50 Best Buy gift card.

You can buy this Philips hue LED Ambiance Starter Kit at Best Buy for $180 (normal price $250).

Trianium Atomic S Battery Case for iPhone 6/6S

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The powerful 3100mAh Li-polymer rechargeable battery can provide 100%+ extra battery life to your iPhone 6/6S. The case only has a 3.5 star rating on Amazon, so we’d have a hard time recommending it at full retail ($80), but for $24 it’s worth checking out. Plus Trianium says its warranty is good for life of the product.

You can buy this battery case for iPhone 6/6S on Amazon for $24 (normal price $80).

Motorola Moto 360 Sport 45mm

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This is one of the best prices we’ve seen on the Moto 360 Sport. This is [obviously] the sport version of the newest wearable from Motorola. It features a 45mm round display, a fitness tracker, heart rate sensor, supports for Android Wear apps, and alerts/notifications from compatible devices.

You can buy this Moto 360 Sport from Amazon for $138 (normal price $200).

Refurbished Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker

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Amazon has Marshall’s popular Stanmore Bluetooth speaker at a nice price right now. Now these are refurbished units, but they come with original accessories, a warranty, and are described as showing “limited or no wear.” Again the Stanmore has been very popular with reviewers and customers for its great design and sound quality.

You can buy this Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth speaker on Amazon for $185 (normal price new $350).

Onson 3-pack of 6-foot Lightning Cables

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Looking for a Lightning cable…or 3? Check out this deal on a 3-pack of 6-Foot Lightning cables from Onson. They are made with high strength TPE environmentally responsible material and feature re-enforced ends that are built to withstand thousands of bends and unpluggings. I couldn’t find any mention of MFi certification, but Onson says they are 100% compatible with all versions of iOS and include a 12-month warranty.

You can find this 3-pack of Lightning cables on Amazon for $13 (normal price $30).

Amazon Tap Alexa Bluetooth Speaker

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The Amazon Tap is a portable Bluetooth speaker with support for Amazon’s Alexa Voice service. So anytime you are connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot, you can tap the Alexa button to play music, read the news, get weather reports and even order pizza. Has dual stereo, Dolby speakers that provide up to 9 hours of playback.

You can buy the Amazon Tap Bluetooth speaker on Amazon for $115 (normal price $130).

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Best apps for watching live TV

The Olympics have come and gone, leaving nearly everyone in a temporary state of “What the heck am I going to watch on TV right now?” Besides old reruns of Golden Girls, but that goes without saying.

I say temporary because we’re not too far away from the start of the new fall TV season, and even though the networks’ decades old paradigm is becoming increasingly obsolete, there’s no question that the seasonal concept still carries a lot of weight because of all the new and returning shows that will flood at us in fairly short order.

To prepare for the deluge, you’re going to want to be able to watch as many ways as possible. That means apps, and while this isn’t a true guide to cord-cutting — because taking in live TV still requires a cable subscription sometimes — it can at least help untether yourself from your living room this fall.

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Apple Store updates: design changes, new & renamed positions + ambitious retail credo

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During an all-hands meeting held with retail employees this weekend, Apple’s retail boss Angela Ahrendts discussed changes coming to its brick-and-mortar locations while revealing an updated corporate credo that all retail employees are expected to follow.

She also announced three new retail positions—Pro, Creative Pro and Technical Expert—renamed a few existing ones and shared tidbits on Jony Ive-approved store design and layout, as first discovered by MacRumors.

New corporate credo

For starters, here’s a new poetic credo Apple wants its retail army to follow:

 Enriching lives.

We are here to enrich lives.
To help dreamers become doers,
to help passion expand human potential,
to do the best work of our lives.

AT OUR BEST

We give more than we take.
From the planet,
to the person beside us.
We become a place to belong
where everyone is welcome.
Everyone.

We draw strength from our differences.
From background and perspective
to collaboration and debate.
We are open.

We redefine expectations.
First for ourselves, then for the world.
Because we’re a little crazy.
Because “good enough” isn’t.
Because what we do says who we are.

We find courage.
To try and to fail,
to learn and to grow,
to figure out what’s next,
to imagine the unimaginable,
to do it all over again tomorrow.

AT OUR CORE

We believe our soul is our people.
People who recognize themselves
in each other.

People who shine a spotlight
only to stand outside it.
People who work to leave this world better than they found it.
People who live to enrich lives.

In addition, Ahrendts talked about new and renamed positions.

New & renamed retail positions

The following retail positions have been added in an effort to help reduce Genius Bar/Grove and service wait times, as per MacRumors:

  • Pro—a new sales position above Expert
  • Creative Pro—a new learning position above Creative
  • Technical Expert—a customer support position in between Technical Specialist and Genius

Pros and Creative Pros, which are sales positions, are considered the most knowledgable about Apple products and services. Technical Experts are said to provide mobile repairs and product troubleshooting, the tasks previously limited to Geniuses.

The new positions are applicable in the United States, the United Kingdom and possibly elsewhere, sources said.

Some of the current retail positions/layouts have been renamed, too:

  • Red Zone Specialist → Specialist
  • Family Room Specialist → Technical Specialist
  • Business Specialist → Business Expert
  • Back-of-House Specialist → Operations Specialist
  • Inventory Specialist → Operations Pro
  • Back-of-House → Backstage
  • Red Zone → Product Zone

For those wondering, the Backstage is where the Inventory and Operations teams work while the Red Zone (now called Product Zone) is the sales floor.

Next-generation store design

Lastly, Apple told employees that dozens of locations are being renovated with the new design language which debuted in mid-2015, including the relocated Apple Annapolis (Apple dropped the “Store” moniker recently) in Maryland on Saturday.

More than 30 of Apple’s brick-and-mortar locations, including Apple Union Square and Apple Brooklyn, are now based on the next-generation store layout.

The new design language for retail stores is based on large glass panel doors, a 6K video wall, a massive sales floor, interactive wooden cabinetry for accessories and areas like The Avenue, Genius Grove, The Forum, The Plaza and The Boardroom.

Of course, updated versions of Jony Ive’s iconic wooden display tables are integral to the updated look and feel for Apple Stores.

Source: MacRumors

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Taiwanese pop idol claims he’s been photographed using dual-lens 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus

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Taiwanese pop singer, actor and race car driver Jimmy Lin is certainly no stranger to publicity stunts involving Apple leaks. In September 2012, for instance, Chinese social media lit up as he posted photos of himself using a then-unreleased iPhone 5.

Now, the attention-seeking star is back at it: he appears to have been photographed while using a dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus handset in Rose Gold.

Lin posted the picture on his Weibo page.

Of course, there’s no way to tell for sure whether the device in Lin’s hand is a genuine iPhone 7 Plus or one of the dummies readily available for purchase online.

As mentioned, Lin has a history of such postings.

In 2010, he published photos of what he said was an iPad mini, two years before Apple launched its first 7.9-inch tablet. Lin’s other postings include an iPhone 5 in September 2012, an alleged iPhone 5c dummy based on leaked design specifications and genuine-looking iPhone 6/Plus images a few months ahead of the phones’ official introduction.

Regarding his iPhone 6/Plus leak, it’s interesting that Apple employees in Hong Kong vouched for the legitimacy of the then unannounced handsets. If anything, you gotta give it up for Lin as all of the iPhone models he leaked over the years have turned out to be genuine.

What do you guys think?

Is Lin holding the real iPhone 7 Plus unit or a dummy/mockup?

Source: Yeah1.com (Google Translate) via Phone Arena

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Siri to pronounce Barbra Streisand’s name correctly with “next update on September 30”

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Will iOS hit on September 30? We don’t know, but that’s what well-known singer, actress, songwriter and filmmaker Barbra Streisand seems to have alluded in an interview with NPR, saying she picked up the phone and called Tim Cook after becoming frustrated with how Siri pronounced her name.

The CEO of Apple reportedly promised a fix for Siri to pronounce the actress’s name correctly with the next update on September 30.

“She pronounces my name wrong! It’s Streisand with a soft ‘s’ like sand on the beach, I’ve been saying this for my whole career,” the legendary actress and singer told NPR’s Scott Simon.

“So what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook. And he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name finally with the next update on September 30.”

Some blogs are taking this as proof that iOS 10 will release for public consumption on Friday, one week following the iPhone 7’s alleged September 23 retail availability.

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That may or may not be correct, but it pays to underscore that in Barbara’s case Apple can easily issue a quick server-side fix to make Siri pronounce her namer correctly.

Streisand also does not seem to be aware that Siri can be easily trained to pronounce someone’s name right simply by telling the assistant “That’s not how you pronounce [FIRST AND LAST NAME],” as my colleague Anthony detailed in his tutorial.

Source: NPR

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BigShotJb lets you take long screenshots of scrolling interfaces

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Without a doubt, sometimes taking a screenshot on your iPhone requires multiple screenshots that you have to stitch together to combine into a single screenshot. As a reviewer, this is something that I run into constantly when taking screenshots of settings for tweaks, and many other situations.

A new free jailbreak tweak called BigShotJb aims to make this process easier by allowing you to take long screenshots of scrolling interfaces, such as message conversations or Settings preference panes. We’ll show you more about it in this review.

Take those longer screenshots you’ve always wanted

When you need those long screenshots and don’t feel like spending the time to stitch multiple screenshots into one, BigShotJb comes in handy.

There are apps in the App Store, like LongScreen, that make this process easier than transferring all the screenshots to your computer and then stitching them together in photo manipulation apps like Photoshop or Pixelmator, but still, it requires effort before you have a full long screenshot.

That’s where BigShotJb shines. It requires no effort. When you use the tweak, a screenshot of the full scrolling UI is saved to your Photos app instantaneously.

Here’s a rather hyperbolic example:

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How to use the tweak

You might think using something like this would have to be difficult. On the other hand, it’s actually very easy.

All you have to do is shake your device when you’re in an interface you want a long screenshot of, and a long screenshot is taken. You’ll know the tweak worked because you’ll see a black “BigShot Saved !!!!” alert at the bottom of your screen after a long screenshot is saved to your Camera Roll:

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Some caveats

On devices with less memory, I have found that the tweak sometimes goofs and doesn’t load all the images. One such example is the Settings app above, in which the icons for News, iBooks, Podcasts, and Pokémon GO are all missing, but the others loaded just fine.

You’ll also notice that at the bottom of every screenshot you take with this tweak, you will have some slight cut-off, but it’s not a lot.

You can expect minor bugs with the current version of this tweak, but it doesn’t seem like it’s anything major. The tweak works best in UIWindow frames, and doesn’t seem to work that great for websites in Safari, so keep this in mind.

Wrapping up

Since I take screenshots like this all the time, I think BigShotJb is going to come in handy for many future needs of mine to come. On the other hand, I’ll probably end up waiting until some of the smaller bugs are squashed first.

The tweak is available for free right now in Cydia’s BigBoss repository from your jailbroken device if you’re interested in giving it a try. There are no options to configure.

Would you use BigShotJb? Let us know in the comments below!

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NotiCopy lets you copy the text of iOS notifications

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Sometimes you get important information from people in your iOS notifications that you’d like to do more than just read. For these situations, a new free jailbreak tweak called NotiCopy will come greatly in handy.

With this tweak, you can easily copy the information in any notification from your Lock screen or Notification Center to your clipboard so you can paste it later on.

Copy your notifications to paste later

In some notifications, you want to copy the text to your clipboard and paste it somewhere else. This might come in handy if you’re sharing what someone’s saying with another person or if someone sends you a link and you want a quick way to copy the link and paste it into Safari.

After you install NotiCopy, you’ll be able to tap and hold on any notification from your Lock screen or from Notification Center. Above, you see an example of Notification Center, and below you’ll see an example of the Lock screen:

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You’ll get a black “Copied to clipboard” alert that tells you the information was successfully copied when you tap and hold on any notification from these two sources. Keep in mind, this does not work with notification banners.

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This functionality works for all apps that can leave notifications on the Lock screen or Notification Center. With that in mind, you can use this tweak for more than text messages, but also for various other clients.

I think it’s also worth mentioning that if the text in the notification exceeds the preview limit, the tweak will copy the entire length of the text message, not just the limited preview. So in the example below, if I were to copy the long text I received and then paste it into the Notes app, I would see the full message and not the preview ending with “…”:

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Another benefit: avoid read receipts

If you’re someone who usually has read receipts turned on for iMessage, like me, I noticed that you can actually use this tweak to avoid sending a read receipt if you don’t really want to.

If you receive a really long condescending message like the one above from your significant other because the two of you might be arguing, and you want to read their message without disabling read receipts completely because you’re still texting other people, then you can use this tweak to copy the long text message and paste it somewhere else to read the full message.

When you do this, the sender will not be notified that you copied and read their message because you never actually opened the Messages app to read it. On the other hand, you still got to read the full message stealthfully and can continue to send read receipts to the other people you might be texting.

I think this is a cool little exploit with this tweak, although it’s not really part of the tweak’s core functionality, so keep that in mind.

Wrapping up

This tweak seems like it could come in handy if someone shares a URL, set of instructions, or a grocery list with you that you want to open or save. The fact that it works from the Lock screen and Notification Center is helpful, but the biggest deal here is that it works with all apps that leave notifications.

If you’re interested in trying NotiCopy, you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now. The tweak doesn’t have any options to configure, so after you install it on your jailbroken device, you can start using it immediately. Additionally, any tinkerers can also check out the tweak’s source code on GitHub, since the developer kindly made this tweak open source.

What are your thoughts on NotiCopy? Share below!

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