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Microsoft OneNote iPhone, iPad, & Mac apps updated with new features

OneNote-for-iPhoneMicrosoft updated its OneNote apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac today with a number of highly requested features including the ability to insert files, lock and unlock protected sections, PDF printouts, and much more.

In addition, the update also includes the ability to organize notebooks by moving and reordering sections and pages, support for formatted text copied from other apps, and an option to create notebooks and save them to OneDrive for Business.

The updated Microsoft OneNote for iPhone and for iPad is available on the App Store now. A full list of what’s new is below:

What’s New in Version 2.3

•Insert Files – You asked, we listened. Now you can insert files into your notes, open them with a double-tap, and easily share them using AirDrop.
•Protected Sections – Now you can lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows.
•PDF Printouts – Add a PDF printout to any notebook page, then add your own notes.
•Organize Notebooks – Now you can move and reorder sections, and move pages anywhere you want in OneNote.
•Formatted Text – Copy and paste formatted text between application – whether it’s an article from Safari or a document in Word, any content you paste into OneNote will look great!
•Creating Notebooks – Now you can create notebooks and save them to OneDrive for Business. Have multiple accounts? No problem! It’s easy to select exactly where you want to store your new notebook.

The Microsoft OneNote for Mac app gets a similar update today plus the ability to share a page from OneNote through email. 

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Review: uNu’s UltraPak portable batteries can be recharged up to 8X faster than the competition (Video)

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In my opinion, the worst part about having a portable battery pack to charge up your devices is making sure it actually has juice. I have a few battery packs around the house, but whenever I go to use them, they’re always dead. Sure, that’s my fault, but most of them take quite a while to charge. Thankfully, uNu has come up with a better solution…

The UltraPak series from uNu can actually be recharged up to 8X faster than conventional battery packs. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s nothing short of amazing. These battery packs are definitely the best I’ve used to date and will be replacing all of the other I have laying around.

The UltraPak Go features a 3,000mAh battery that can be recharged from 0 to 100 percent in under 30 minutes. That’s about two full iPhone charge cycles worth of power in a very short amount of time. Alternatively, the company offers the UltraPak Tour which packs a 10,000mAh battery and can be fully recharged in under 110 minutes.

Check out the video review below:

Aside from its awesome recharging capabilities, the UltraPak series features a pretty slick design with glossy front and rear panels and a rubberized frame for more grip. The only downside is that the glossy panels tend to pick up a lot of fingerprints and are easy to scratch.

Inside of the box, you’ll find a small user manual and a power adapter. The UltraPak Tour has two USB ports (2.1A and 1A), while the UltraPak Go only features a single 2.1A USB port. Along with that, both battery packs feature a built-in flashlight that can be accessed by double pressing the power button. Each battery pack also features a small LED screen with a power indicator and will also show you its remaining charge time while plugged into the wall.

I was really impressed with the recharging speeds of both battery packs. Everything worked exactly as advertised and I was left with a total of 13,000mAh (between both packs) after a short charging session. Personally, I prefer the UltraPak Go due to its small form-factor which can easily fit inside of my pocket, but the Tour does have the ability to charge a smartphone and tablet at the same time.

These battery packs are rugged and made of high quality materials, but the pricing may scare off a few people. The UltraPak Go is available for $59.99, while the UltraPak Tour can be had for $99.99. In my opinion, if you’re going to spend any kind of money on a USB battery pack, these are definitely the ones to have. They will save you time in the long run and give you more than enough power to keep your devices charged.

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SmartBrick Bluetooth LEGO controller replaces infra-red remote with your iPhone

If you your kids play with LEGO Technic, and the standard infra-red receiver feels just a little 1990s, a new Kickstarter project has the answer. The SmartBrick is a Bluetooth LE receiver that forms a direct swap for the IR one, enabling you to control your hi-tech LEGO projects with your iPhone.

The SmartBrick has four ports, enabling it to control four functions, and if that’s not enough you can control up to 16 SmartBricks from the app, providing a total of 64 controls. Because it’s Bluetooth LE, you can embed the controller inside your model, and you get around 300 feet of range – and even control your device over the Internet.

The app allows you to choose the remote control profile you’d like for your device. Joystick, gamepad and gyroscopic controls are offered as standard, and you can create your own custom controls.

A pledge of £40 ($68) gets you a brick from the first production run, but there are still some Early Bird specials available for £29 ($49).


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