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Donna Schill Cleveland is the editor in chief of iPhone Life magazine. After a stint as a newspaper reporter, she became web editor at iPhone Life, where she continues to pair her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. Donna holds a masters degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Valenta's Booklet Croco Case Wins with the Ladies

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My iPhone 5 has been sporting Valenta’s Booklet Croco White ($38.99) for barely a week, and it’s already made quite the impression.

I'll give the guys a disclaimer here— this particular case from Valenta is pretty feminine. It is satiny white and kind of blingy (which is probably why I love it!), and I've gotten more compliments on it than on any other accessory in recent memory.

Its booklet design and croco print covering its genuine leather surface give it the appearance of a fashionable women's wallet. Like many clutches, it's made of 100 percent genuine leather and has an inner pocket for storing cash, ID, or credit cards. A small magnetic clasp secures the cover to the back. 



iOS 7: Flat Icons, 3D Look

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook prepared to announce iOS 7 today at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, he boasted of recent figures showing that 93 percent of iPhone users currently run the latest version of iOS, far outshining Android’s stats. And after seeing a glimpse of iOS 7 during the live video stream, I expect 100 percent of users will make the upgrade come fall when the software is available for install.

“Installing iOS 7 is like getting a new phone, but one you can already use,” said Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi.



Watch Apple's Live Video Stream of the WWDC 2013 Keynote

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Today begins Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco and is the much-anticipated day we'll hear new announcements from Apple during its keynote address, beginning 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Apple has confirmed it will be live streaming the address. And in Apple's usual fashion, you'll need at least one of the company's products to watch it. To watch on the web, you'll need Safari 4 or later and a Mac OS X v10.6 or later. Here's the link to tune in: apple.com/apple-events/june-2013.

You also can watch it on AppleTV. So if you're the lucky owner of the streaming device, you can watch the keynote on the "Apple Events" channel, which appeared earlier this morning. 



Our Editor is Attempting a Guinness World Record!

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Yes, you heard right! This weekend, our very own Editor in Chief, Alex Cequea, will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest speech marathon, currently held at 33 hours and 46 minutes. 

Cequea has chosen to take on this crazy feat on his birthday, beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 and ending 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the convention center in Fairfield, Iowa. All of the topics during the 36-hour event will be based on themes from his own life, including his family’s journey from poverty in Venezuela to realizing the American Dream. 



Breaking News—Otterbox Acquires LifeProof, 'Solidifies Hold' on Case Market

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As promised earlier today, Otterbox CEO Brian Thomas has shared an exciting announcement during his keynote address at the annual CTIA tradeshow on the iZone Innovation Stage powered by iPhone Life magazine.

Thomas announced that Otterbox—a leading protective case makers for global handheld devices—has acquired LifeProof, another top company in its class that specializes in waterproof gear.

According to iPhone Life magazine CEO David Averbach, this announcement has huge implications for the future of not only the company, but of the industry.

“This move adds substantially to the Otterbox legacy and solidifies the company’s hold on the case market,” said Averbach.



Livestream of Otterbox CEO Brian Thomas at CTIA, Today Only!

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iPhone Life is very excited to be partnering with The Wireless Association—CTIA 2013 to bring iOS-related programming for two days to the iZone Innovation Stage in Las Vegas. We've had a great lineup of sessions exclusively for CTIA attendees, but today we have a special treat for you.

You can get a rare LIVE look directly from the CTIA iZone and join our keynote speaer, Otterbox CEO Brian Thomas, as he delivers an exciting announcement. Watch the LIVE stream HERE today, May 22 at 5 p.m. Eestern Time or 2 p.m. Pacific Time.



Open Letter to Newt Gingrich: Don't Be Puzzled

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Dear Mr. Gingrich,

Thank you for your brave efforts to rename the cell phone, a device you so aptly call your "handheld computer."

As you explain in your video, “If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone. If it has a McDonalds app that tells you the closest McDonalds based on your GPS location, that’s not a cell phone.” 

This is something we take very seriously at iPhone Life magazine. We’re sorry you’ve been taking flak for your insightful video. But take comfort in that you've fulfilled your mission to generate discussion of new names. “Federation Hand Widget” came out of the comments section today, and be honest, would you have been able to think of that on your own?



Revenue Wars: Will iOS or Android Help You Beat the 'App Poverty Line?'

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We hear the debate often—which mobile operating system is better, Apple's iOS or Google's Android? If you follow tech news and blogs, most likely you've seen the numbers broken down every way possible. And while this new infographic is not unique in that it pits iOS and Android against each other, the "war" isn't over market share or user experience— it's about app revunue. The graphic, designed by Ben Moss, editor of WebdesignerDepot, offers a very useful comparison for the so-called starving developer.

With more than a billion smartphones now in circulation worldwide, it comes as some surprise that one in three developers live below the “app poverty line,” unable to support themselves from their apps. But the 7 percent of developers living the dream, making more than $10,000 per month off a single app, keep others strategizing to do the same. That strategy starts with choosing a platform.



CTIA 2013 — iPhone Life to Sponsor First-Ever iZone

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As the annual CTIA trade show in Las Vegas draws near, iPhone Life is proud to announce it has partnered with CTIA to sponsor the 18,000-square-foot Apple oasis — the iZone powered by iPhone Life magazine. Along with displays of the newest Apple-specific wireless gadgets, the first-ever special exhibit area also will house the iZone Innovation Stage. iPhone Life has two days of great presentations lined up you won’t want to miss!



Aegis 5 & iPower Case — Innovative Designs for Your iPhone 5

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Buying a case is perhaps the most obvious way to customize your mobile device. While you can doctor your own ringtone, wallpapers, and settings, a case can offer distinctive looks and features to best fit your use of your device. have yet to meet anyone (myself included) whose love of his or her iPhone 5 doesn't verge on obsession. So why not make your coveted device reflect your individuality?

In this review, I will share details about two well-designed iPhone cases, each serving different functions. Both cases were part of iPhone Life's recent video contest, where we gave cases away to contestants who submitted the best, most convincing parody of an Apple ad.



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