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Siva Om is a freelance writer and blogger. He's covered the latest trends and developments in mobile tech for over a decade. Siva founded iDoc Tech Support computer services in 2002. He has been an avid gamer ever since getting his Atari console in 1977. When not working, Siva enjoys adventuring off the beaten path.

New and Updated Apps — Pulse, Album Share, Blitz Brigade

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1. Pulse (Free)

  

My favorite news aggregate app just received a welcomed update this week. The new version of Pulse makes sharing articles even easier and simpler.

In the previous versions of the Pulse app, you could share with Facebook and Twitter as well as via email, one at a time. Now, however, after LinkedIn's recent purchase of Pulse, you have the added ability to share articles via LinkedIn, or with all three social networks with just a couple of taps. In addition to adding the sharing feature, the new update also allows for sharing via SMS. Now sharing via Pulse couldn't be easier or more comprehensive.



Meze 88 Classics: High-End Ebony Headphones for the Discerning Audiophile

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A great pair of high performance headphones is a key ingredient in how we experience our iDevices. Many apps even suggest using headphones to help you immerse in apps and music. Because I'm aware of how much quality headphones can enhance our iDevice experience, I often review headphones of all different styles and quality for iPhone Life readers. In this series for the discerning audiophile, I will review several new and noteworthy entries in the extremely crowded headphone market.

The first pair of headphones I'd like to introduce you to is the Meze 88 Classics ($309). Mezes are the Lamborghini of headphones, exuding style and quality, both rare and luxurious. The Meze 88 Classics are some of the best headphones I have come across in a good while; one any music aficionado should know about.



OGIO Debuts New Line of Fashionable, Functional Tech Backpacks

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I first came in contact with OGIO gear as an off-road motorcycling enthusiast. I loved the products for their quality construction and design integrity.

OGIO’s new 2013 lineup of tech-friendly bags met all of my expectations of the company, fusing durability and water resistance with contemporary urban style. Of particular interest to any iDevice owner is the NEWT series of backpacks and messengers. OGIO designed these bags to carry the iPad, iPhone and MacBook safely, without having to tote a heavy, cumbersome pack. 



Adventure-Proof Your iPad with The Joy Factory's New aXtion Pro Cases

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The Adventure-Proof series examines and reviews the best in rugged iOS gear, apps, and accessories to help iDevice users enjoy the great outdoors with their mobile tech safely in tow. In this installment we'll take a close look at the latest in military-standard, waterproof protection for the iPad 2 through 4; aXtion Pro by The Joy Factory ($129.95).

Waterproof iPad cases are relatively rare, so my ears perked when I heard about a new line from such a reputable company as The Joy Factory. The aXtion Pro is a floating fortress of a case. It meet military grade, waterproof, and shockproof standards, so your iPad is good to go on just about any adventure. 



Could a Smaller iPad be in Apple's Pipeline?

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Image courtesy of iMore.

With Apple CEO Tim Cook hinting at new product releases this fall, the Apple rumor mill will be kicking into overdrive during the next few months. And while so many tech journalists postulate about the possibility of a tweaked iPhone 5S or an iWatch, my mind can't help but drift to something no one has been talking about, the viability of Apple developing a smaller iPad. Yes, I know the iPad mini is already a smaller iPad, but it's still too big in my book and should have phone capabilities. I am reminded of the ongoing heated competition between Apple and one of its main rivals at the moment, Samsung. After all, Samsung has seen tremendous success with its larger phones; obviously there is a market for such devices, myself included.



Adventure-Proof Music Listening with the NUU Splash Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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The Adventure-Proof series examines and reviews the best in rugged iOS gear, apps, and accessories to help iDevice users enjoy the outdoors with their mobile tech safely in tow. This installment takes a closer look at the Splash by NUU, the latest entry in the fast-growing field of extreme-duty Bluetooth personal speakers.



Top 7 Rugged and Extreme-Duty iPad mini Cases

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Update 12/16/2013: Check out Siva's new roundup of rugged cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display

With the introduction of the iPad mini last year, Apple once again changed the way we interact with mobile technology. Smaller and more portable than its more cumbersome older sibling, the iPad mini is a device designed to come with us wherever we may wander. As a result of the mini's superior portability, it's also far more likely to be in the line of fire.

At such times, a reliable protective case not only comes in handy to ward off scratches and scrapes. A good, heavy-duty protective case can make the difference between a catastrophic, life-ending event for your iDevice and a mere bump in the road. With that in mind, check out these ultra-protective iPad mini cases, each with its own unique features and advantages, yet all designed to absorb and redirect the shock and potential damage your valuable iPad mini will likely encounter.



3 Productivity App Powerhouses: OfficeTime, Jet Scanner and Documents by Readdle

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Productivity apps are designed to make our day-to-day lives flow more smoothly and simply. Whether at the office, on the go, or keeping busy with projects around the house, such apps can save us time, money, and mental energy. I've tried out three great productivity apps I'd like to share with you, including the camera-to-PDF converter, Jet Scanner, the acclaimed time management app OfficeTime, and the comprehensive document and file management app, Documents by Readdle.



Game Centered: Week in Review

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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games. 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 takes a look at some of the best new games, free games, and recently updated titles.



Q&A with Antonio Meze — Designer of Meze Classic Wood Headphones

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I recently had the opportunity to chat with Antonio Meze, the extremely talented designer of Meze ebony wood headphones. Antonio Meze is both a classic-modernist designer as well as a musician and audiophile, all of which is apparent the moment you put on a pair of his headphones. The quality of craftsmanship is simply exceptional, as is the quality of sound!



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