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The nüüd. Lifeproof's entry into the iPad case market steals the show.

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If you are looking for a case that will provide the most protection (including waterproofness) for your iPad while keeping the bulk to an absolute minimum, do yourself a favor and check out the nüüd, by case design experts, Lifeproof! Truly, I can say, this is one of the best all-purpose, heavy-duty cases on the market and one I can highly recommend, whether it's for everyday use around the house, a day at the office, working on a construction project or rugged outback adventures. You name it; this case will have you covered!



Top 3 iOS games of the week! Featuring The Walking Dead, Horn and Eternity Warriors 2.

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Welcome to my Game Review column, featuring the hottest, best-selling new games in the App Store! As the end of the year approaches, and the holiday season draws near, I'll be publishing regular, detailed reviews of some of the best, most original and most unique new games to hit the App Store. Hang on tight, cuz we are in for an onslaught of great new games over the next few months!

 

This week’s featured games include:

* The latest Unreal Engine powered game, Horn. 

* The unique and immersive adventure, The Walking Dead. 

* The latest chapter in the Eternity Warriors saga, Eternity Warriors 2.

 


 

 



A little comic relief! Jerry Seinfeld and Siri...

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Just a quick posting! I saw this funny clip from my old friend Jerry Seinfeld, talking it up with my new friend Siri, in his online comedy show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.

 

It's short! Check it out and I hope you enjoy!

 

 



iPad Mini Update: Reliable sources point to an October media event unveiling. New device to officially be called "iPad mini".

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First expert Apple analyst John Gruber, and then the good Mr. Jim Dalrymple weighed in on the speculation swirling around the upcoming product launch of the iPad mini. I folowed up on their reports with my own investigating and found that I simply couldn't argue with their reasoning. As I recently reported, it seems entirely plausible that the Apple iPad mini will not launch in conjunction with the iPhone 5, as I initially thought might have been the case. It is all but assured that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled at a September 12th event, becoming available on or around September 21st, with the iPad mini to be introduced about a month later.

 

Now AllThingsD and Macrumors have also chimed in, in support of an expected product lauch of the iPad mini at a completely seperate media event in October. In fact, AllThingsD has gone so far, and been so bold as to call the new expected launch date in October "confirmed".



Apple vs Samsung: Tim Cook addresses Apple employees after jury's verdict in favor of Apple.

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Well, as I reported earlier, the jury in the Apple versus Samsung legal battle has returned their verdict this evening, and it goes heavily in Apple's favor. This precedent setting case has, from the start, been about far more that just the billion plus dollars the jury awarded Apple. Rather this case, and the jury's subsequent ruling in Apple's favor, has already been sending shockwaves through the world of smartphones and tablets. Apple now has the momentum, and it's clear that companies that may have thought they got away with blatant patent infringement and theft of intellectual property (cough, Google, cough) may indeed have somethings to worry about. Apple decisively won this case (even assuming Samsung appeals to the extent of the law) and since their revolutionary product was released in 2007, the world of smartphones has simply not been the same, (or rather it's been more the same than ever), as other manufacturers raced to ride Apple's coat-tails to the bank. So many phones now look and (try to) act like the iPhone. With the decision of this jury, a clear message has been sent: manufactures of all these Apple knockoffs have been given ample fair warning.

 

In an email to Apple corporate employees Apple's CEO issued these following words:



[Review] Top three, rugged iPhone cases under $20.00.

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There is undoubtedly no shortage of heavy-duty cases on the market, and I've tested most of them, under extreme circumstances. And to an extent, you do get what you pay for. However, you don't have to invest $40.00 or $50.00 and up for a good, protective iPhone case that will protect your iPhone from day to day hazards and abuse. These entry level, "heavy-duty" cases can fit anyone's budget, none costing more than $20.00.

 

 

$20.00 for a case that will protect your valuable iPhone against most drops and jolts that you are likely to encounter is not a bad deal at all. All three of these cases are pretty similar in their construction, so your decision would be more a matter of taste and personal preference than one of functionality and protection.

 

Commonalities:

Each of these cases share certain good attributes, namely a silicone, shock absorbing skin encased within a rigid polycarbonate shell. None of these cases have integrated clear plastic screen protection, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, considering the great strength and durability of the built in Gorilla Glass touchscreen.

 

That said, meet my top three picks for most affordable, rugged protection cases.



[Review] Introducing the booq backpack. A quality laptop/tablet bag, perfect for back-to-school, or job commutes.

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I just took my iPad and iPhone out of my backpack...

Everything was safe and dry.

 

Why would I think this might be interesting news? Well, I'm known for testing accessories rather aggressively, and the good folks at booq just sent me one of their favorite laptop/tablet backpacks to test. So I promptly hopped on my off-road motorcycle and went for a ride in rocky terrain, during a rainstorm. So yes, the fact that everything was safe and dry was good news.

 

The booq Mamba daypack is what I'm reviewing today and it's an excellent one!



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News: Just in, the Apple vs Samsung verdict! Also, the latest iPad mini rumors, gaming news and more.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

• When will the new iPad mini be released? Sources suggest at least a month after the iPhone 5.  

 

• Apple vs Samsung: The jury is back, the verdict is in!  

 

• Huge, free updates: Facebook gets a major overhaul, Gameloft's update to Order and Chaos brings great new features and Angry Birds: Space adds 20 new levels!  



iPad mini: Production picks up steam in preparation for the holidays.

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In preparation for the upcoming holiday season production of the 7.85 inch iPad "mini" is rumored to reach as much as 4 million units a month starting in September, according to new information from DigiTimes.
 
With an anticipated announcement expected alongside the new iPhone on September 12th, the iPad nano is set to go head to head with the likes of other smaller, less expensive tablets, namely Google's Nexus and Amazon's Kindle Fire.
 
 
If you happen to have been following the Apple rumor mill, this likely doesn't come as a surprise as whisperings have been circulating for almost a year about the existence of the iPad mini. In fact, sources in the supply chain say that as far back as June, production had begun on the iPad mini, at a monthly volme of "several hundreds of thousands" of units!
 
The iPad mini is rumored to enter the market somewhere within the 199.00 - 299.00 price range.



Life in the nüüd. Lifeproof introduces the first heavy-duty, waterproof iPad case.

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After months of anticipation and rumored development, Lifeproof, (arguably one of the best protective case manufacturers for iDevices) has produced, and now released, their version of the award-winning Lifeproof case, for the iPad 2 and 3rd generation models.

 

Called the “nüüd”, this new, completely submersible iPad case is a revolution of design and functionality. This cleverly designed case provides a high level of defense for our precious iPads, unlike anything else on the market.



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