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New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Take a Larger Role in Your Fitness Goals

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The new M8 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will continuously measure your motion data. A built-in barometer will measure your elevation based on air pressure, which is a notable improvement for fitness apps. Climbing flights of stairs, hiking mountains, and biking on inclines are all measured by the new iPhone technology.

The Health app in iOS8 will keep track of your data and integrate with third-party fitness and health apps. You'll be able to track food intake while focusing on nutrients such as protein and fiber, as well as measure distance walked, quality of sleep, how many stairs you've climbed, and lots more. The Health app can offer your health information instantly to your doctor and allows you to always have your Medical ID close by. 



iPhone 6 is larger, faster, and thinner

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Apple's new iPhone models were announced this morning. You'll soon be able to purchase the iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches). Both phones will feature a Retina HD display. The new iPhones will be thinner than any phone Apple has made. 

The new iPhones will also offer new landscape options for the weather and messaging apps, and even a special landscape view for the home screen. The larger display in the new iPhone 6 Plus allows you to see even more content in both portrait and landscape mode.



Gadgets for Your Outdoor Movie Night

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When the weather is warm, an outdoor movie night is a great way to spend time together as a family and get some fresh air. We often throw dive-in movie parties in our backyard, and there are several great gadgets that make these nights a little easier.



Create Your Own Custom Cases and Gadgets With These Retailers

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As soon as smartphones came out, case retailers quickly learned that smartphone owners were eager to customize their cases by uploading their own images and logos to display proudly. The technology has only improved as the years have gone on, and some retailers are even offering customizable portable chargers and Bluetooth speakers. 



Tip of the Day: View Facebook Messages Without Downloading the Messenger App

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There is no shortage of outrage over Facebook forcing users to download their Messenger app (and abide by their terms) by removing the messaging function from the main app. Turns out there is a way around it—though be aware this may only work until the next app update. Here's how to do it:



SMS Audio Announces New Biometric Headphones

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Less than three months after announcing their new Sport line of headphones, SMS Audio made another huge announcement last week. They have partnered with Intel to offer their version of the newest fitness meets lifestyle gear–the BioSport in-ear biometric headphones.



Waterproof Battery Case: Review of the iBattz Refuel Aqua

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Yes, it's true.

You can now have the convenience of a waterproof and battery case at the same time. 



The State of Mobile Learning: An Infographic

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Do you think Steve Jobs had any idea of the influence iPads and iPhones would have on education? Read on for a snapshot of the impact iDevices are having on the way we learn.

For more in-depth coverage of the state of mobile education, pick up a copy of the September/October Education issue of iPhone Life magazine at your nearest Barnes and Noble, Walmart, or Best Buy, or purchase the digital edition on Zinio or Apple Newsstand.



Back to School Apps and Tips

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School is almost back in session and that means many kids will be looking for back-to-school help. Here are some apps and iDevice tips to help make this school year easier on you and your student. 



5 Fun iPhone and iPad Accessories for Kids

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1. Plush Pals ($39.99)

These adorable plush animals are a must have for any music-loving kid (or adult). Plug Freddy, Manny, or Patch into your iDevice and they'll sing your favorite song, act as if they're narrating a cartoon, or mimic your video game. A bonus? They're soft and cuddly, apart from the battery area in the bottom. See the Plush Pals in action on their website or right here



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