The new iPad Air is amazingly thin, light, and most importantly, fragile. Tylt aims to ruggedize Apple's new flagship tablet with the RUGGD case ($49.99), which does a bit more than simply protect your precious new tablet.
You now have yet another option for a low-cost phone and data plan for the iPhone 5s and 5c, thanks to a new offering from TracFone. Their service brands Net10 and Straight Talk will offer the phones at Walmart starting on Friday. As is usual for a no-contract phone, you'll need to buy the phone up front. But in the long run you'll save money, with their plans running between $45 and $65 per month for unlimited U.S. voice minutes, text messages, and data, in addition to unlimited international calling to over 1,000 international destinations. Plus, you get a $50 discount on the phone compared to the price you'd pay Apple, with the iPhone 5s costing $649 and the 5c costing $549. The iPhone 5s is available both online and in Walmart stores, while the 5c is available only online. If you have a Walmart credit card, you can take advantage of interest-free financing for the phones: up to 18 months for the iPhone 5c and 24 months for the 5s.
Just when you thought OlloClip's lens add-ons for the iPhone 5 had everything covered, the company released the Macro 3-IN-1 set that provides three levels of microscopic detail. The latest OlloClip adds 7x, 14x, and 21x magnification.
For many college students across the country, finals are approaching and creating a lot of extra stress. The sources of this stress can stem from getting all of your study materials made and organized, forming study groups, and/or figuring out the lowest grade you can squeak out on the final to keep your current grade. I have found three apps helpful going into my third round of college final examinations and hopefully they will be beneficial to you as well.
Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you tips for making calls and using FaceTime like a pro.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Nowadays, we have a wide range of options to choose from when we want to share moments and memories, but newly launched app Explory pops out of the bunch. Created for iPhones and iPads, Explory will take you beyond the limitations of sharing that you are used to.
Apple has now made available its 2013 12 Days of Gifts app for free download in the App Store. In the past Apple has offered this app in other countries, but for the first time this year it's also available for download in the US. From December 26 to January 6, you'll be able to download a free gift each day: songs, apps, books, movies, and more. Each gift will only be available for 24 hours, so you'll want to check the app every day to see what's available.
4.5 out of 5 stars
When I received the nimblstand with a Wacom Bamboo stylusto review, I was pretty excited. Even though the nimblstand I received is prototype quality, I could tell right away that it was going to work pretty well. It’s lightweight, solidly built, and easy to manipulate, but we’ll talk about all that later. First, I should explain what the heck this thing is!
Happy Holidays gamers, and welcome to the latest installment of Game Centered. Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition. This week's installment brings news of what promises to be a new, award-winning game set within the Game of Thrones universe, as well as update news and a review of the latest Assassin's Creed iteration. And don't forget, the App Store allows you to gift apps, something to keep in mind as you read on...
Phiaton PS 20 Noise Canceling Earbuds ($49.99 on Amazon)
4 out of 5 stars
These earbuds are not only attractive, but they also block 95 percent of outside noise.
I received a review unit and was surprised at how well these earbuds worked. I never thought a pair of earbuds could accomplish almost the same thing as a pair of over-the-ear headphones.
Granted, I didn't get the same amount of noise cancellation as I do whenever I listen to my husband's pair of Bose headphones, but the PS 20 NC's were impressive nonetheless.
Holiday shopping may have gotten a bit smoother thanks to the news from e-commerce giant PayPal. They have announced a new 'Digital Gifts Store' service, and the first product that's available? iTunes. One caveat? The Digital Gift Store can only process transactions within the United States, so international customers are left out for now. While the store doesn't have much besides Apple's media service to offer, it might not matter when seen in a broader scope.
I have a special place in my heart for JumpStart learning programs. My kids grew up on the Toddler series and popped those CDs in our old PC like they were pop tarts in a toaster. But this is a post-PC era, and touch screens and apps are all the rage.
Fortunately, JumpStart has changed with the times and they offer a plethora of iOS apps that leverage the touch screen as well as relationships with Dreamworks and their Madagascar characters. Jumpstart offers apps that teach ABC's, math and more.
Lifeproof makes some of the best iDevice cases on the market. Their cases are among the most protective, most versatile, most durable, and most functional I have ever come across. And with all of the color and style options available, there is something for just about everyone. Now, in celebration of the holidays, Lifeproof has extended a special offer to iPhone Life readers. For a limited time, our readers will get an exclusive special 10 precent discount on the purchase of Lifeproof products at their website. Read on for more details...
Just like Tetris, the iPhone and iPad took the world by storm and copycats abound. Now Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris, has released an iOS app, DWICE ($1.99), that bears some similarity to his original creation and adds a modern, space-age feel.
The latest issue of iPhone Life magazine is available digitally on December 11 and at newsstands on December 17!
The Jan-Feb issue features the best fitness accessories for the iLifestyle, iUser profiles, tips on designing apps for iOS 7, product reviews, and other magazine-exclusive content you won't want to miss including:
Healthy New You
It happens every New Year—millions of people resolve that this is the year they are finally going to get fit and healthy, but find themselves going back to old habits within a few months. iPhone Life has got readers' backs with this roundup of expert tips, app recommendations, iUser success stories, and more to help you lose weight, eat healthily, and achieve balance in 2014.
As I enter my senior years, I am more attentive to age-related things. I watch how older users compensate for age deterioration: oral repetition, word association, and finger counting. iDevices should consider compensatory changes relative to older people: easier-to-use function keys, simpler operating procedures, larger fonts, and more focused menus to name a few suggestions.
Recently I attended a smartphone workshop at my local library. I attended the workshop to polish my own iPhone skills thinking that “older” people can use all the help they can get with these electronic devices. I thought this social group lacks the facility and acuity of younger users. Man, were my eyes opened!
As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 1,000,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our Weekly Scoop, you can have the best for free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App Report, AppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.
Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!
With over 2.19 trillion text messages sent annually, there’s a little known condition that is plaguing smartphone users known as "text neck." The injury involves stiffness in your neck and shoulders and typically is caused by excessive smartphone usage.
A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics found that 53 percent of mobile phone users suffer numbness or neck aches. Another study led by Erik Peper of San Francisco State University showed that 84 percent of subjects reported some hand and neck pain during texting. Moreover subjects also displayed other signs of tension, like holding their breath and increased heart rates.
A big thank you to everyone who entered our iPad Air Giveaway! We had so much fun hearing from everyone who entered that we wish we could give an iPad to all of you.
And the winner of the iPhone Life iPad Air Giveaway is...
This is the official announcement of the iPhone life Biweekly Giveaway! Be sure to enter the giveaway at iphoneLife.com/giveaways to win prizes, which we'll announce December 2nd! We are raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE.
Here's how it works: Every other Friday we will announce the prizes we're giving away through iphonelife.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iphoneLife.com/giveaways. On the following Monday morning, we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, send us your address and we will mail it to you.
This weeks featured items are:
I've been a fan of Rube Goldberg's drawings of overly complicated inventions since I first saw one. Now, through the magic of the iPad and Rube Works ($2.99), you can recreate some of his inventions, using an elegant, sophisticated interface.
If you're not familiar with Rube Goldberg, you owe it to yourself to do a Google search. Basically, he takes simple tasks, like an alarm to wake you up, and combines a plethora of obscure devices and even animals to accomplish the task! Rube Goldberg machines are far more complex than they need to be, and that's the point.
As a Google Apps for Business client (a paid, cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device using ad-free Gmail), I was seeing that my Gmail contacts were rarely identical to my iPhone contacts. The number of contacts I had in my Gmail contacts was nowhere close to the number of my iPhone contacts. This problem happens because when I receive an email from someone in Gmail and add them to my contacts, it didn't always sync with my iPhone contacts. You'd think it would; but it doesn't. And the same thing happens when I add a contact on my iPhone.
How does a picture of actor Morgan Freeman wind up featured here on iPhone Life? Well, while he is undoubtedly a respected and immensely gifted performer, the reason you see his face here is because this image was created with only fingertips, talent, an iPad, and an amazing app called Procreate ($5.99). It really is a painting, though the detail rendered is mind-blowing, even when you zoom in on it. As an artist in my own right I can honestly say I've never seen such an amazing portrait, much less one created on an iPad.
Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is part 32 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.
in this week's post, I'm going to break down the process of installing and running an app on a real iOS device (rather than the Simulator). Even if you think you know everything there is to know about this process, things have changed a bit under Xcode 5, so I recommend you read on!
Teens are difficult to buy for, but a teen with an iDevice gives us lots of options! Cases, external battery packs, and other fun device accessories are giving parents and relatives plenty of options this holiday season in all price ranges.
I love my iPhone 5s, and I love the Touch ID feature. So naturally, I want to protect the phone. That means using a rugged case, but most rugged cases, like the OtterBox for example, completely enclose the iPhone's home button, rendering the Touch ID sensor useless.
ADS-445 SwannEye HD Pan & Tilt All-in-One IP Network Camera ( $179.99)
4 out of 5 stars
One of the things I love the most about technology is how rapidly it evolves. What once cost thousands of dollars to purchase and required trained professionals to implement and use can become a commonplace commodity in a short matter of years. Such is the case with remote security cameras. One company that has thrived through these technology shifts is Swann, and their latest camera, the SwannEye HD, embodies the latest technological innovations while keeping the price affordable for anyone interested in visually monitoring security remotely. Let’s take a closer look at what the SwannEye HD has to offer.
A new project on Kickstarter is aiming to turn your iPhone into a motion-controlled musical instrument. The AUUG Motion Synth uses an attachment to play harmonies and alters the sound based on your movements.
With the AUUG grip, your iOS device can be secured to your hand and communicates with the app to collect data. When the grip is in position, you are able to play notes on the screen and move your device simultaneously.
Three cool titles helped me to overcome a triptophan and carb coma this past week. One of them was an actual zombie-style turkey shoot called Gunner Z (free with many IAPs). The second was a free tunnel race called Boost 2 ($1.99). Finally a platform defense hybrid called Forces of Nature ($0.99). All three made for a delicious gobble weekend of time killing fun!