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Freebies! If you're like us, you probably perked up at the very mention of that word, so you'll definitely enjoy today's recap, which includes a few such offerings. The big kahuna has to be more than 30 in-app travel guides being served up over the next few days by mTrip, but you'll find one or two others as well, so let's get on with it...
It's been a busy summer for Adobe, which continues to update its core Creative Cloud desktop applications since their June debut. This week, Dreamweaver CC received a welcome update, adding a Modernized Live View, which uses the same HTML5 technology powering Google Chrome to display revisions to your website without ever having to open a web browser. Live Highlight also quickly shows the relationships between HTML elements and applied CSS selectors while in Live View. Last but not least, Dreamweaver CC receives the Sync Settings feature, which allows Creative Cloud users to sync workspaces, keyboard shortcuts and preferences among multiple Mac or Windows computers. The update is now available from the Creative Cloud Desktop application.
If you've been curious about BitTorrent Sync but bummed out that desktop and Android users were having all the fun, that ends now. BitTorrent announced Tuesday that the iPhone version is now available from the App Store. "Sync makes moving big files between devices simple," the company noted in a blog post. "Use it to remotely backup photos from your iPhone to your laptop. Use it to send work projects to your iPad at home. By the way, Sync as much as you want: there are no size caps or secret pricing tiers." Unfortunately, at the moment, BitTorrent Sync isn't a native iPad app, but hey, it's free and unlimited, so who's complaining?
Black Pixel served up another update to the NetNewsWire 4.0 for Mac public beta on Monday, the fifth such release for the venerable RSS reader. This time around, the app has been sandboxed, presumably in preparation for submission to the Mac App Store, with improved OPML import, better error handling and support for posting to App.net. There are also a ton of smaller fixes and improvements to be found with Beta 6, but don't be confused if you missed Beta 5 -- there wasn't one. To download, run "Check for updates" from your existing installation or head to the Black Pixel website to download a fresh copy.
If there's any international travel in your future, you might want to take advantage of a great deal going on for the next few days. As first noted by TUAW, travel guide app mTrip is offering more than 30 of its in-app purchases for free. Normally $4.99 each, the deal actually started on Tuesday with nine cities, but continues Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To grab the deals, simply download the free mTrip app, then be sure to launch it each day and tap the "premium purchase" button for the free cities noted in the post. You don't even have to download them all right now -- hit "Cancel" as they start to download and then continue collecting the freebies.
The Verge reported Tuesday that AT&T has hit a snag in its plans to scoop up the remnants of Alltell, which Verizon Wireless acquired in 2008. After agreeing to pay $780 million for the remaining "spectrum, licenses, retail locations, and customers from ATNI's Alltel branch," AT&T now finds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) breathing down its neck over the fate of 182,000 prepaid customers who could be out of luck as the carrier transitions the remaining Alltel network from its former CDMA status to GSM, and specifically 4G LTE. The delay essentially stops the clock on a 180-day review period that was only days from being completed.
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